“Education Spring”-the rise of public education advocates against the business-backed privatization movement-is spreading across the country and has finally reached Washington. But if you’re wondering why standardized testing is causing such a stink these days (after all didn’t we manage OK with the SAT, ACT and other tests?) all you have to do is go back to where this all started in Texas. Providing cautionary tales to the rest of the country is a public service we provide here. You’re welcome.
This June marks three years since Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of sexual abuse on a monstrous scale.
An excellent first hand account of everyday life on an early Lee County farm can be found in the diary of Eldon Chesnut, written in the year 1875. Eldon’s father, Robert, or “old Bob” as he came to be called within the family, came to Iowa from Pennsylvania in 1824 and worked as a carpenter. In 1836, he proved up a claim in section 32 of green bay Township and built a log cabin. The cabin was replaced with a frame house in 1850 and that original claim, overlooking both the Green Bay Bottoms and the Skunk River valley remains in the Chesnut family to this day.
About three years ago I was driving at night near New London. I was listening to the radio, minding my own business when a deer decided to take a wildlife dare. That’s what I call it when a deer runs in front of a fast-moving vehicle and goes to be with Bambi’s mother. Surely the animal would have had to have been dared to run in front of an old man driving a Grand Prix. That scenario is dangerous enough for other motorists, for Pete’s sake.
You’ve probably heard the hullabaloo about this year’s “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit issue. The average American woman wears a size 14, but SI is just now acknowledging such “plus-size” women, allowing model Ashley Graham (size 14) into a PAID ADVERTISEMENT and Australian model Robyn Lawley (who doesn’t really think of her size 12 physique as making her plus-size) into the editorial content.
Brian Williams probably isn’t a liar. Based on recent revelations, amplifications and clarifications, he appears to be a serial exaggerator.
The internet is really wasted on me and wife Melissa around Valentine’s Day.
Women have long been annoyed that they do more housework than men, as demonstrated by many studies, but now they are really steamed.
Here in Iowa we take great pride in the fact that our farmers’ hard work fuels not just the region, but the nation as a whole. For generations, farming has been a way of life characterized by hard work, good stewardship, and the satisfaction that comes from cultivating the land to feed your family and the world. Our farmers’ hard work provides us with one of the nation’s must robust economies, but we must maintain a clear view of both the opportunities and obstacles that will weigh on our future.
So NBC’s Brian Williams is off his anchor desk for six months -- wanna bet it’ll be a LOT longer than that? -- and has gone from being a respected anchor to a godsend to comedy writers, internet ridicule, and Jerry Seinfeld punch lines.