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    Re: Advice for graduates

    Drew, ol’ Bob Lee Swagger just wrote about commencement addresses, and he mentioned Ted Turner’s. Here’s what he said: Ted Turner at UNC in the early 90s was truly one for the ages.? This was, I believe, pre-Jane and Ted was quite deep in his cups ? hell, the…
    Locker Room contributor, May 18, 2004
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    Advice for the graduates

    Jon Stewart’s commencement speech at William and Mary is one for the ages. Sure beats the Ted Turner drivel at my UNC graduation. An appetizer: “Thank you Mr. President, I had forgotten how crushingly dull these ceremonies are. Thank you. “My best to the choir. I have…
    Locker Room contributor, May 18, 2004
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    Whither NCLB?

    Paul E. Peterson, writing the opening editorial comment in the latest EducationNext magazine, makes many of the same observations I made about NCLB in my recent blog. Peterson, unlike me, is an optimist about where we will be down the road, and isn’t considering the tradeoffs. Worth…
    Locker Room contributor, May 18, 2004
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    Why are there so many articles about cicadas this year?

    After all, cicada broods emerge basically every year. The last brood, “Brood IX,” made its appearance last year in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia in relative anonymity. What makes “Brood X” such a media cause c?lebre? One could be the brood’s reputation as the “Big Brood,” certainly. But…
    Locker Room contributor, May 18, 2004
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    On chancellor salaries ? well, doesn’t this sound familiar?

    From this news item: The university system “faces its most severe budget shortfall in years, but that doesn’t appear to be a factor when it comes to setting the salaries of two new top administrators, critics say. The same critics predict that high salaries for the two administrators will…
    Locker Room contributor, May 18, 2004
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    Not a Rebuttal

    Entertaining? Yes. A rebuttal? No. The humorous article my friend Drew linked is indeed a chortle, but it does not rise to level of rebuttal. If anyone is looking for such seek out this: Prager, Dennis. “Homosexuality, the Bible, and us–a Jewish perspective.” Public Interest. Summer93 Issue 112, p60.
    Locker Room contributor, May 18, 2004
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    My, doesn’t Mitt Romney look handsome…

    The most entertaining rebuttal to conservatives on the same-sex marriage issue that I’ve read yet.
    Locker Room contributor, May 18, 2004
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    “Poverts”

    I’m sure you will enjoy reading this article by Gary North, in which he introduces a new word into the language: “povert.” A povert is an envious person who hates it when others succeed. North gives a nice discussion of the harmful effects that these people have. Envy is…
    Locker Room contributor, May 18, 2004