Thursday, May 26, 2005

Was she registered at Home Depot?

Officials in Duluth, Ga., have indicted the runaway bride.
Prosecutors want Jennifer Wilbanks to reimburse the money government agencies spent looking for her. Perhaps she should ask if, in lieu of cash, the city would accept a few wedding gifts from where she was registered.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

A wild and crazy guy

From the floor of the Senate this morning, John Cornyn, R-Texas, mentioned Rosanne Rosannadanna from "Saturday Night Live" as saying, "Never mind."
Uh, point of order, senator.
Emily Litella said, "Never mind."
Rosanne said, "It always something."
(By the way, both characters were played by the late, great Gilda Radner.)
Don't you just hate it when pols go pop culture and get it wrong.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Copying the work of others ...

.. is not as awful as your third-grade teacher told you. So says an editor of a Focus on the Family publication. Gary Schneeberger writes:
When you earn your living arranging words into sentences, you have a deeper appreciation than most for the power of language.
Or at least you should.
You should choose your terms with the careful clarity of an artist selecting colors; you should understand that missing the mark by even the slightest degree of shading jeopardizes the whole picture.
Too bad, then, that a growing number of editorial page editors at American newspapers have hauled out their rhetorical paint-by-numbers kits to accuse readers like you of "plagiarism" for looking to groups like ours for help in organizing your thoughts into persuasive, publishable arguments.

So a writer from a religious group is defining down the meaning of plagiarism. I guess it all depends on the meaning of the word is is.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

What's important

Ongoing genocide and an attendant crisis in Darfur.
An Iraqi insurgency that won't be quieted.
A U.S. military stretched too thin but adventures in Iraq.
So, what's getting the coverage? Guess.