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Home brewers hope to make their hobby legal

The issue being addressed is concerning things like competitions. These are rather prevalent with events held at the local and national level. What you are describing is rather impractical in a club that has 150 members. Invite them all over to my house to try a beer? While you might not have any use to take it outside your home many others that I know, myself included, have many reasons to take it outside the home, relatives that live far away, the aforementioned competitions, fundraisers etc. IMO a commercial license for a homebrewer is somewhat absurd if all you want to do is share it for free.

February 12, 2013 at 8:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local Verizon, AT&T cell phone users having trouble getting connected

Announcer: [ over SUPER ] "One hundred thousand years ago, a caveman was out hunting on the frozen wastes when he slipped and fell into a crevasse. In 1988, he was discovered by some scientists and thawed out. He then went to law school and became.. Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer.

Jingle: "He used to be a caveman,
but now he's a lawyer.
Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer!"

Announcer: Brought to you by.. Gas Plus - actually gives you gas, for those times when you feel like being the joker; and by National Escort Services - if we don't get a prostitute to your door in 15 minutes, you don't pay; and by Happy Fun Ball - still legal in 16 states - it's legal, it's fun, it's Happy Fun Ball! And now, tonight's episode of "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer".

[ open on interior, courtroom, the Judge banging her gavel ]

Judge: Mr. Cirroc, are you ready to give your summation?

Cirroc: [ stepping out] It's just "Cirroc", your Honor.. and, yes, I'm ready. [ approaches the jury box ] Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I'm just a caveman. I fell on some ice and later got thawed out by some of your scientists. Your world frightens and confuses me! Sometimes the honking horns of your traffic make me want to get out of my BMW.. and run off into the hills, or wherever.. Sometimes when I get a message on my fax machine, I wonder: "Did little demons get inside and type it?" I don't know! My primitive mind can't grasp these concepts. But there is one thing I do know - when a man like my client slips and falls on a sidewalk in front of a public library, then he is entitled to no less than two million in compensatory damages, and two million in punitive damages. Thank you.

Judge: The jury will now retire to deliberate.

Jury Foreman: [ standing ] Your Honor.. we don't need to retire. Cirroc's words are just as true now as they were in his time. We give him the full amount.

[ the jury applauds Cirroc ]

Judge: Did you hear that, Mr. Cirroc?

Cirroc: [ cell phone to his ear ] Hang on a second.. [ to the judge ] I-I'm sorry, your Honor. I was listening to the magic voices coming out of this strange modern invention! [ smiles maliciously to the camera ]

Announcer: This has been "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer". Join us next week for another episode. Here's a scene.

[ cut to Cirroc and his caveman family standing before a podium at a political rally ]

Cirroc: Thank you! Thank you very much, thank you! First of all, let me say how happy I am to be your nominee for the United States Senate! [ applause ] You know.. thank you.. I don't really understand your Congress, or your system of checks and balances.. because, as I said during the campaign - I'm just a caveman! I fell on some ice, and later got thawed out by scientists. But there is one thing I do know - we must do everything in our power to lower the Capitol Gains Tax. Thank you!

Announcer: Next time, on "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer".

May 19, 2010 at 12:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Moore, Boyda discuss No Child Left Behind

No one can debate the merits of putting standards in place for public schools to ensure children are learning the fundamentals of reading, writing and math. But I personally know of at least three lifelong educators, from different states, who have either left their career as educators or are considering leaving because of pressure of what they consider to be a deviation away from the core aspects of an education curriculum.

I must admit that I am not a versed expert in the policy. But like any good researcher I do my homework and defer to the people who are experts. Not only the ones that are intimate with the details of the policy itself but with the education system in our country. One expert I defer to is a man named Jonathan Kozol, that author of Savage Inequalties. It is a book about the plight of schools in inner cities and less affluent suburbs. The first chapter describes the conditions in East St. Louis. It leaves you feeling numb and not wanting to continue on. But it is a very sad reality that still exist today. Mr. Kozol himself was a teacher at a segregated school in Boston in 1964. In September of 2005, Deborah Solomon of the New York Times interviewed Mr. Kozol concerning the No Child Left Behind Act and asked him "why would Republicans, who have traditionally opposed big government, encumber schools with the testing requirements attached to No Child Left Behind?" Kozol replied "The kind of testing we are doing today is sociopathic in its repetitive and punitive nature. Its driving motive is to highlight failure in inner-city schools as dramatically as possible in order to create a ground swell of support for private vouchers or other privatizing schemes."

While one could argue this is certainly just an opinion, consider the source for a moment and then look at private schools, such as parochial schools, and having the government pay for their children to attend has been a goal of the socially conservative right for years - please note the distinction here between conservative and social conservative. At some point in our political history (late 80's?) the meaning of conservative changed to mean something else entirely thereby paving the way for evangelicals to call themselves conservatives while still spending a great deal of our state and federal tax dollars - usually in the form of ridiculous ill planned constant proposals for things such as, oh I don't know, school vouchers? Such as was done by Kansas Representative Kay O'Connor (unaffectionately known as the "Voucher Lady") for a period of at least 4 years while serving in the Kansas Legislature. Each time the bill she introduced was struck down because, at least at that time, the Kansas House knew that it was (and still is) a bad idea. If you want your kids to go to a religious studies school you can pay for it yourself.

April 7, 2007 at 8:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )