I did my regular Friday week in review spot on O’Reilly. You can watch here if you’re interested. Not much time to get in-depth on any one topic–but that’s why I blog. 😉
Random links and food for thought:
*Lots of folks are talking about audio of Ted Kennedy singing in Spanish on illegal alien activist Eddie Sotero’s L.A. Spanish radio show. Apparently, KFI’s John and Ken played the tape. If anyone captured it, let me know. *Update: Audio here.*
*The latest cloture vote count is here.
*I received an e-mail from the brother of MTV correspondent Gideon Yago. He’s mad about my column today poking fun at Yago over the journalist political donor story. Here’s his e-mail:
Just read the article where you rip on my brother. Thankfully for you, as an a OpEd author you have no need to masquerade as an impartial journalist and have free reign to execute your orders as Bill O’Reilly’s attack dog.
Thankfully for the rest of us, no one takes your work and your fact checking seriously anyway.
Noah, I commend you for sticking up for your brother.
*A reader sends a link to this story of a two-year-old girl who is a Mensa member:
Her parents knew Georgia Brown was bright. After all, she could count to ten, recognised her colours and was even starting to dabble with French. But it was only when their bubbly little two-year-old took an IQ test that her towering intellect was confirmed.
Georgia has become the youngest female member of Mensa after scoring a genius-rated IQ of 152. This puts her in the same intellectual league, proportionate to her age, as physicist Stephen Hawking.
According to an expert in gifted children, Georgia is the brightest two-year-old she has ever met. Parents Martin and Lucy Brown have always regarded their youngest child as a remarkably quick learner. She was crawling at five months and walking at nine months. By 14 months, she was getting herself dressed.
“She spoke really early – by 18 months she was having proper conversations,” Mrs Brown said. “She would say, ‘Hello I’m Georgia, I’m one’. She was also putting her shoes on and putting them on the right feet.” Georgia, who is at nursery school, was also able to tell the difference between pink and purple – a skill which most children learn at primary school age.
Professor Freeman said: “I said to her, ‘What a pretty pink skirt, and you have tights and shoes to match’.
“She said, ‘They’re not pink, they’re purple’.
Hmm. Have they lowered the Mensa standards or is it just me?
*One last story for the night. Rev. Marino in Bayonne, NJ e-mails: “Last Wednesday I attended the graduation of one of our church parishioners who also is the valedictorian of the Class 2007 of Bayonne High School here in NJ. My excitement quickly turned into a big disappointment when I found out during the graduation ceremonies, that he was not allowed by the school principal and school superintendent to give his speech because he wants to include his prayer in his speech.” Here’s the local news story:
Bayonne High School valedictorian Jeremy Jerschina had wanted to give a heartfelt speech at his graduation ceremony on Wednesday.
A religious young man bound for the Christian school Calvin College in Michigan this fall, 18-year-old Jerschina said that to speak from the heart as he addressed his graduating class, he had to speak to God as well. But Principal Richard Baccarella and the Bayonne Board of Education would not let him speak if he included a prayer – so he didn’t speak at all.
With his mother Bozena looking on as the pair sat in the living room of their West 25th Street home yesterday, Jerschina described his exchanges with Baccarella and Superintendent of Schools Patricia McGeehan, in which they asked him to remove the prayer from his speech.
He said the day before the ceremony they even asked one of his former teachers to help him rewrite the speech in a way that would satisfy the school board, although they could not reach a compromise.
On graduation day, Jerschina said, Baccarella told him that if he decided to give the speech without the prayer, he could signal the principal as he sat on stage to be recognized as valedictorian and that Baccarella would give him time to speak. But, Jerschina said, that put him in a position where he had to “either rip out my beliefs or stay silent.”
“God and Christ are the reason I did how I did in high school, and are what I stand for most,” Jerschina said. “The principal and superintendent said I could do the speech if I left the prayer out, and I told them that I’d rather do the whole thing or not at all.”
In a statement released yesterday, McGeehan said the school district would have been breaking the law had it allowed Jerschina to speak.
What would have happened if he had asked to pray to Allah?
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