Saturday, January 10, 2015

For the Week Ending January 10, 2014

Celebrity Watch

Roberto Gomez Bolanos:

Best known by his nickname "Chespirito," Gomez worked as a screenwriter, playwright, composer, actor and director. He created unforgettable comedic characters that were staples of Latin American television. He was 85.

In honor of Kate's birthday, we're looking back at some of her best hairstyles ...

Vocabulary Watch


noun: A novel concerned with the maturing of someone from childhood to adulthood.

It was an easy test, though I struggled with parts of speech. What is a “connecting verb?” Following is their report on the results:

“Exemplary, my liege! Your mastery of American English is unparalleled (not unparalelled as so many would believe) and your abundant knowledge is greatly appreciated (what, with there being a societal deprivation of such). Your innate intelligence is applied dutifully and naturally to such concepts as predicates, complements, objects, nouns, verbs, adjectives, and -GASP- spelling words correctly and/or using them in proper context! We bow to you, Grammar Master! Carry thy banner high and mighty!”

The News

The offices of the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo had already been firebombed when the editor talked about defying threats from extremists. “It might sound a bit pompous to say so,” Stephane Charbonnier told Le Monde in 2012, “but I’d rather die standing up than live on my knees.”

Secretary of State John Kerry responded to attacks Wednesday by terrorists on a Paris-based magazine during which 12 people were massacred by gunmen, hailing the slain journalists as “martyrs of liberty” despite previous remarks by the White House that the magazine’s satirical cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammed  were “deeply offensive” and that it had “questions about the judgment” of the magazine to publish such images.

The administration’s initial comments raise the question of what constitutes good judgment. If we promise to say only good things about the extremists and their religion would they agree not to kill or maim outside the war zones?

Challenge to Boehner as House Speaker

The Republican alternatives included Representative Ted Yoho, the large-animal veterinarian from Florida who once argued that the Affordable Care Act was “racist” because it includes a tax on tanning beds. Another candidate was Representative Louis Gohmert of Texas, who warned that Muslim extremists were sneaking pregnant women into the United States to give birth to babies who “could be raised and coddled as future terrorists.” The rebel who got the most support, Representative Daniel Webster of Florida, was nominated by Steve King of Iowa, the guy who complained about young undocumented immigrants with “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

I am surprised that Boehner prevailed over such learned and articulate competition.


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