Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Something Bad; Something Good

This magazine was introduced to me by my father-in-law. I like it. It is a reader digest of several news and entertainment sources summed up into pithy paragraphs quoting one source of against another. Conservative, Liberal and in-between writers are all here.

The Week (Dec. 8, 2006):

French soccer fans riot after Israel beat them. 100 white French fans chased a Jewish soccer supporter. A black police officer confronted them. They turned on the officer, yelling epitaphs and making monkey noises.

France's enlightened socialism has certainly come a long way in race relations.

In Ambrus, Slovenia, the villagers blocked a returning gypsy family. The police intervened but eventually gave up. The Gypsies (who prefer to be called Roma) are under more persecution in Europe. One mayor in the Czech Republic evicted 100 Gypsies, declaring that he was "cleaning an ulcer."

Of course, we have our problems in America. And that racism is found in another enlightened socialistic-inclined country: Hollywood. Michael Richards, Mel Gibson & even Ted Danson.

On the brighter side: 69% of American polled believe that "spanking children is sometimes necessary." (Scripps Howard Service/Ohio University)

We won't have to worry about the steroid-crazy chess players anymore. The World Chess Federation requires its players to undergo drug screening. (p.4)

"Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after."
Anne Morrow Lindbergh (p.17)

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