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:: Friday, September 13, 2002 ::

Patriotic Hair?

This is why my wife and I are planning on sending our son to private school (though it won't be easy to afford):

"Superintendent William Licate said Thursday the discipline code says students can't attract undue attention to themselves. "

Yes, sir, can't have any of that dreaded individuality running rampant amongst the little children. Ritalin them up and stand them in lines and remind them again why 'Another Brick In the Wall' is the devil's work.
:: Peter 9/13/2002 03:37:00 PM [+] ::

Nimbus 2000

I'm not really sure I have any comments on this story of the alleged popularity of the Nimbus 2002 Harry Potter toy broom among women. I'm sure it's all meant in innocent fun...

...The toy, supposedly meant to suggest little Harry's magical mode of transportation, features sound effects and a "grooved stick and handle for easy riding." And it vibrates when you squeeze it between your legs...

I'm sorry...it does what?

Here's one of the customer reviews from Amazon:

"Excellent!, June 11, 2002
Reviewer: poola13 from Ohio
When my 12 year old daughter asked for this for her birthday, I kind of wondered if she was too old for it, but she seems to LOVE it. Her friends love it too! They play for hours in her bedroom with this great toy. They really seem to like the special effects it offers (the sound effects and vibrating). My oldest daughter (17) really likes it too! I reccomend this for all children."

Is there a Darwin-award for parenting?
:: Peter 9/13/2002 03:34:00 PM [+] ::
:: Thursday, September 12, 2002 ::


Last night, in the midst of remembrance, I caught the 60 Minutes II interview of President Bush on CBS. And there, on national television, when asked his opinion of Arafat, President Bush so perfectly replied:

"...A complete failure and an utter disappointment."

Truer words have rarely been spoken. It was the first time all day I smiled.

Then, to my absolute delight, on a day filled with looking back, my son, once again, caused me to look ahead. He recited, for my wife and I, and then for all of his grandparents, and then, once more, for the video camera, the Pledge of Allegiance. Complete with 'Under God'. It turns out that his day care taught all the children the Pledge. You should hear how he shouts out 'For all,' so happy and proud that he's finished it all correctly. And we'll forgive him when he says 'indibisible' and 'dalmation' when we all know he means 'indivisible' and 'one nation.'

Thank you, President Bush, for having the courage to speak the truth.

Thank you, Andy, for reminding me why it's so important.
:: Peter 9/12/2002 11:18:00 AM [+] ::
:: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 ::

September 11, 2001

I've been trying to think of what to write for tomorrow but words seem so inadequate somehow. And they say a picture is worth a thousand of them. So, here's a picture. No, not a picture of people falling from the skies or airplanes flying into buildings. This is a much simpler, smaller picture than those. More personal. Not a reminder of why we fight, but one of who we're fighting for.

We fight for the future, for our children and their children. We fight for those who are oppressed and for those too young to fight. We fight for those unable to fight for themselves. We fight because we are Americans, because we believe that everyone deserves life, liberty and the pursuit, the sweet pursuit, of happiness. We fight because we love our children and want them to grow up in a world safe for them to be who they are. In a world where they can be anyone they choose to be. We fight so that they, hopefully, won't have to.

This is my son. He's three. His name is Andy.

We're fighting for him.

God Bless America.

:: Peter 9/10/2002 09:03:00 AM [+] ::
:: Monday, September 09, 2002 ::

Daniel Pipes

"America's war on terrorism did not begin in September 2001. It began in November 1979"

So begins the latest column by Daniel Pipes, listing the American casualties of Islam over the last 23 years.

"In all, 800 persons lost their lives in the course of attacks by militant Islam on Americans before September 2001 - more than killed by any other enemy since the Vietnam War. "

Still think we're not at war with these people?
:: Peter 9/09/2002 08:38:00 AM [+] ::

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