1 in 3 teens says First Amendment goes ‘too far’


HoustonChronicle.com – 1 in 3 teens says First Amendment goes ‘too far’

It turns out the First Amendment is a second-rate issue to many of those nearing their own adult independence, according to a study of high school attitudes released today.

This totally blows me away. How could we, as a nation, somehow allow young people to think that the First Amendment “goes too far”?!?! This is frightening! Remember that these are the people who will run our country some day….

Millennials Rising : The Next Great Generation (Vintage) Tuesday of last week I went to a discussion of the book, Millenials Rising. I hadn’t read the book, but went to the discussion anyway. The book is about the Millenial Generation and the author argues that the Millenials will be the “next great generation.” Whether or not they will be the next great generation remains to be seen (I work with them and they have a LOT to learn, let me tell you). Our discussion, which included people from all generations, centered on some of the things that define the Millenials. These are the kids who grew up being shuffled from play date to soccer practice, etc. Thier lives have been strictly schedule for them all of thier lives. They also have a really good sense of team work. I guess because it’s been drummed into them in school all of thier lives (I’m not an elemenary school teacher and can’t vouch for what is being taught). But they are very much the opposite of my generation (X) who is very much “individual” centered. One of the professors brought this “team” issue up and mentioned that they could accomplish great things with this or they could become “Hitler’s Youth” (his quote). The thing that will determine this is the leadership that they have. I thought that these were some interesting points.

I’m not really sure if I buy the “generations” theory, but it does raise some interesting issues. Food for thought, if you will. I might read the book at some point.


Bush Urges Iraqis to Vote, Lowers Expectations

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Yahoo! News – Bush Urges Iraqis to Vote, Lowers Expectations

Bush also expressed sadness over the crash of a U.S. helicopter in western Iraq that news reports said killed 31 American Marines. Five more U.S. troops died in insurgent attacks on Wednesday.

He did?!? I certainly didn’t hear any “sadness”. You gotta love the media spin.

I listened to the press conference this morning. Not because I wanted to ( I can’t stand the sound of Bush’s voice). It happened to be on while I was getting ready for work. I think he set some new lows with this one. For example, the answer to the helicopter crash…..He couldn’t fake a better answer to that question? He said someting about looking into the facts. That was it. And the answer to the questions regarding the growing opposition to the Iraq war in America. His answer, as always, “the world is a better place without Saddam.” Uh, yeah…That’s true, but it still doesn’t change the fact THAT WE WERE MISLED INTO THIS WAR!!!

I was so mad I flipped the radio off! God, and we have four more years of this clown…

Jan. 24 called worst day of the year


MSNBC – Jan. 24 called worst day of the year

I heard this on the news this morning and thought I’d post the article on my blog today. The study was done in Britan and has much to to with Seasonal Affective Disoder and the dark, dreary days in Britan. Add to that debt from Christmas, failed attempts at new years resolutions, and, well, you got yourself a cocktail of depresson.

Personally, I find myself more depressed on Mondays. It’s hard to drag my ass to work on Monday morning. And I’ve found myself down in the doldrums lately for various reasons. Much of it has to to with the debt accumulated over the holidays. So maybe there’s something to this study….

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Here’s another pic that I took on tuesday. Boy, am I milking this for all it’s worth! It’s nice to look at pictures of the Big Sur coastline. There’s something about it that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Well, no sign of crazy guy today, thank goodness. I was half expecting him to knock on our window last night. I barely got any sleep. This is so weird. I hope that he just goes away and doesn’t come back. Raf thinks that he is pretty harmless. I talked to my neighboor upstairs and she said the same thing. But there’s a part of me that feels very uneasy about this whole thing.