News Headline: “Study: Americans mostly OK with government surveillance.”
George Orwell’s 1984 is taught in many schools.
But not well.
J.T., a Key West., Fla., reader, notes that a Florida teenager was arrested for burglarizing a house after police saw a computer in the house logged on to his Facebook account.
News Headline: “Man makes it inside White House after jumping fence.”
News Headline: “Secret Service wants $8 million White House replica for training.”
Just be grateful the president doesn’t spend time at the Pentagon.
J.C., a Tucson, Ariz., reader, regarding the news that two out of three Americans can’t name the three branches of government, writes:
“The three branches of government: Moe, Larry and Curly.”
Except for one thing:
The Three Stooges always meant well.
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News Headline: “Mike Huckabee peddles ‘cures’ for diabetes, cancer.”
Note to the Tea Party’s snake-oil salesmen:
Don’t sell actual snake oil.
You’ll give the whole thing away.
News Item: “. . . in the wake of a controversial black-students-only assembly at Oak Park and River Forest High School. . . . planned affinity groups for students of other races that would culminate in an all-school assembly. However, no dates have been set for any future affinity groups. . . .”
The school should get back to us when it ventures to set the first meeting of a white affinity group.
+ The 2016 federal budget proposed by House Republicans offers tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest Americans while cutting Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps.
+ Bonuses on Wall Street in 2014 totaled more than twice the combined incomes of all full-time workers paid the minimum wage.
News Headline: “Ann Coulter will play the vice president in ‘Sharknado 3.’ ”
News Headline: “Michele Bachmann has a cameo on ‘Sharknado 3’ ”
News Headline: “Tom Cotton: The new Ted Cruz?”
We wait for “Sharknado 4.”
There are still people who need to be eaten.
A Virginia school that suspended a sixth-grader last September because he was in possession of marijuana is defending the suspension now that the substance has tested negative for being marijuana on the grounds that the school’s zero-tolerance policy includes marijuana and whatever might seem to be marijuana even if it isn’t marijuana.
News Headline: “Irish senator thinks Mothers’ Day will be banned in future if gay marriage
Oddly reassuring, isn’t it, that the politics of other nations can be as embarrassing as ours?
But so much for American exceptionalism.