- 3:51 pm Monday, July 28th, 2014 by George Mathis
Plagiarism in journalism gets you fired.
In academics, it is supposed to result in a grade of zero.
But what happens when a superintendent is caught plagiarizing a commencement speech by his students?
In Massachusetts, he gets docked a week’s pay, which is a healthy $5,000, after a series of potentially improper school board meetings.
Superintendent David Fleishman was called out in a truly “special edition” of the South Newton High (Massachusetts) student newspaper published June 23. In the newspaper, two graduates who had recently sat through a commencement speech by Fleishman noted phrases borrowed from a commencement speech by Massachusetts Gov. [More]
- 5:07 pm Friday, July 25th, 2014 by George Mathis
Was Jesus black? Does it matter?
I would say no to both of those questions, but we’ll never know the answer to the first one. Even if scientists had DNA samples they wouldn’t know the exact color of Jesus’ skin.
Jesus, like most people from the Middle East today, would likely check “white” on a U.S. Census form. Curiously, Jesus’ parents, Joseph and Mary, are said to have traveled about 80 miles in the days before Jesus’ birth so the newborn could be counted in a Roman census and/or be born in Bethlehem, the hometown of David, the former king of [More]
- 5:25 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by George Mathis
I never understood the allure of being in the high school marching band.
Those who joined had to lug an instrument around all day, practice for many hours (often in the hot sun) and spend their Friday nights entertaining folks who came to watch football.
And let’s face it, trumpet isn’t an instrument you’re likely to sit on the back porch and play when you get older.
But a report issued by Ohio State on the “sexualized” culture of its marching band makes me wonder if learning to play music was the real draw.
- 5:12 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by George Mathis
July is a a great month to be a teacher. Most are having fun with their family and resting up before the new school year begins.
Others educators are trying to smuggle drugs into prison.
In New York, a highly regarded principal is accused of trying to sneak heroin to her incarcerated son, reports CBS News.
If all things are relative, maybe cheating on a standardized test isn’t so bad.
Principal Sadie Silver, whose Brooklyn students have made dramatic improvements on standardized tests, was arrested along with her boyfriend on drug possession charges while the couple visited her son, who is doing time [More]
- 1:03 pm Monday, July 14th, 2014 by George Mathis
In the good old days, before Auto-Tune and marketing tactics destroyed rock-and-roll, it took talent to have a hit song.
Now, all you need is a big budget and the backing of a propaganda machine.
The federal government, which is required by the Constitution to protect U.S. states from invasion, is using a hit song to slow the flow of illegal immigrants across our southern border.
According to an article on The Daily Beast, the U.S. hired an advertising agency to come up with a song in Spanish that would discourage Central American residents from trying to sneak into the [More]
- 5:46 pm Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by George Mathis
There are times of your life you will always remember vividly.
In 1986, my college roommate wanted to watch the space shuttle Challenger take off. He tuned in to CNN, woke me up and we watched history unfurl on Jan. 28, 1986.
I remember seeing the explosion and realizing something dreadful had happened. People at Cape Canaveral seemed to be watching on tape delay. When cameras showed spectators, many were clapping.
That was almost 30 years ago, and we must forgive those who were not alive then and cannot recall the nation’s shock at losing seven astronauts and the three-year grounding of the space [More]
- 4:22 pm Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by George Mathis
UPDATE: Police have called off their plans to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old in an effort to prove a sexting case against him.
The Associated Press reports police and prosecutors faced a wave of criticism following media reports that they had obtained a warrant to take photos of the teen’s erect penis. Police wanted the pictures to compare against photos he is accused of sending to his 15-year-old girlfriend at the time. On Thursday, Manassas Police Lt. Brian Larkin said the Police Department will not proceed with the plan to take the pictures and will let a search [More]
- 4:26 pm Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by George Mathis
As we’ve all been reminded, hot cars kill.
In Florida, where it gets even hotter, a woman faces only a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after leaving her dog in a car while she shopped for 13 hours at Wal-Mart.
Another shopper spotted the pet, Waldo, dead in the car of 49-year-old Cassaundra Rasmussen and alerted police in Crestview, Florida.
Rasmussen was found “browsing” in the store. She said she forgot about Waldo, left inside an oven of a car with no water.
I’ve been in some big stores, but they can’t make one big enough to keep me shopping for 13 hours. [More]
- 12:45 pm Monday, July 7th, 2014 by George Mathis
Tuesday morning, Washington state will become the second state in the U.S. to have marijuana stores.
Demand is so high for ‘mind-altering bud’ that, despite high prices, stores are expected to sell out within hours or days.
“What do you do when your shelves are empty? Do I just send everybody home? Do we try and stay open? I can’t pay people if we aren’t selling anything,” says one excited retailer in a Reuters article.
I’ve never operated a marijuana store, but I think if you sell out of everything in one day you should [More]
- 5:25 pm Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by George Mathis
Should uniforms of the various branches of the U.S. military be used to sell beer?
The 4th of July is just around the corner, and if you are like most people you are already planning a cookout, viewing fireworks and waving the U.S. flag.
Drinking beer and shooting guns is optional, but America loves both.
In Alabama, a lawmaker wants to declare independence from taxes on ammunition. “Holding a firearms sales tax holiday at the anniversary of our nation’s birth is the perfect way to celebrate the rights and independence that we hold close to our hearts as Americans,” says lawmaker Becky [More]