Today’s Tasty Tidbits

IO Error just figured out why Bush was re-elected:

Not sure what a word means? You might be one of millions of Americans who turned to Merriam-Webster to find a definition. And Merriam-Webster’s top 10 most looked-up words of 2005 reveal that Americans are looking for the definition of integrity.

The word “integrity” topped the company’s top ten Words of the Year for 2005, being looked up over 200,000 times.

When I was in school, we would intentionally speak foreign languages in order to snark over the heads of our peers and teachers. It was an easy way for a couple of guys to comment on a pair of perky protuberences bouncing by without having to go all the way to the locker room — or to poke crude fun at a teacher who didn’t speak the language in question. In today’s tyrannical no-child-left-behind-unless-they-speak-spanish-or-are-gay-or-atheistic
climate, things have certainly changed:

Most of the time, 16-year-old Zach Rubio converses in clear, unaccented American teen-speak, a form of English in which the three most common words are “like,” “whatever” and “totally.” But Zach is also fluent in his dad’s native language, Spanish — and that’s what got him suspended from school.

“It was, like, totally not in the classroom,” the high school junior said, recalling the infraction. “We were in the, like, hall or whatever, on restroom break. This kid I know, he’s like, ‘Me prestas un dolar?’ [‘Will you lend me a dollar?’] Well, he asked in Spanish; it just seemed natural to answer that way. So I’m like, ‘No problema.’ “

So I’m like let’s totally suspend Principal Jennifer Watts instead of Rubio.

Anyone who does political stumping in the black community knows how very important education is to the voters in local races. The AP reports on what they call a new trend:

Home-school advocates say the apparent increase in black families opting to educate their children at home reflects a wider desire among families of all races to guide their children’s moral upbringing, along with growing concerns about issues such as sub-par school conditions and preserving cultural heritage.

I can think of a lot more reasons than the article states: poor teaching, lack of textbooks, overpaid administrators, run down buildings, violence and death…

Power (back) to the people!

According to this site, “The Idaho Supreme Court is hearing Ten Commandments case to determine if the Ten Commandments should be returned to Julia Davis Park.” The way I learned the story, God gave Moses the tablets which he carried down from a mountain in the Sinai desert. Perhaps Moses Judge Roy Moore can help us set the record straight on this one.

This Fox News morsel is from the “this is your brain on Internet” department:

Global cybercrime generated a higher turnover than drug trafficking in 2004 and is set to grow even further with the wider use of technology in developing countries, a top expert said on Monday

Get ready for a War on Information, and a new breed of paraphernalia: your PC. Props (whispering across the soon to be prohibited divide: LTNS, Alina).

An interesting title: Pope says materialism pollutes Christmas spirit. I’ve been trying to stay out of all the religious and Christmas arguments on this site, even when I pick the fight.

Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.