Thursday, January 22, 2009

What You May Have Missed

As we can all agree Tuesday was a historic event. Nothing I write here could possibly do it justice or convey the gravity of what has taken place. That being said I'm sure we've all watched the coverage of the Obama's entire day on Tues., from Breakfast to the Prom to when I'm sure they made sweet sweet presidential lovin. So here are a few headlines you may have missed from Tues.

Reuters: Entire South African Airways crew arrested over drug bust

BRITISH customs officers arrested the entire crew of a South African Airways plane after finding cannabis and cocaine in baggage at London's Heathrow airport, officials said.
The crew of 10 women and five men, including the pilot and stewardesses, was held after arriving on a flight from Johannesburg.


What a bunch of wienies!
An East Hampton man who proudly adorns his back yard with a 6-foot statue of a smiling hot dog, said his neighbors' gripes are a bunch of baloney.
"I love it," Rian White, 53, said of the giant-size sausage, a 30-year-old antique.
White, who clutters his lawn with various artifacts, said he's been skewered by neighbors and town officials. The freakish frankfurter landed him in front of a jury in East Hampton town court, which gave him a pass on an illegal-signage rap, but convicted him Friday of five misdemeanors relating to his property upkeep. "I'm not a slob," he insisted. "I'm a collector."

Arizona Republic: Man arrested after exiting plane, walking on wing

An airline passenger was arrested at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Tuesday evening after opening an emergency door on a Delta Air Lines flight as passengers were exiting at a gate. As people were getting off the plane, the man opened an emergency door and walked out on the plane's wing. Police and federal authorities questioned the man.

Christian Post Reporter: Evolution Disclaimer Proposed for Miss. Textbooks

A Mississippi lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require textbooks to include a disclaimer describing evolution as a "controversial theory" and advising students to keep an "open mind" to other explanations for the origin of life.

The proposal, if enacted, would require the State Board of Education to include the 200-word disclaimer on the inside front cover of textbooks that include evolution topics.
"The word 'theory' has many meanings, including: systematically organized knowledge; abstract reasoning; a speculative idea or plan; or a systematic statement of principles," the opening paragraph of the bill states. "Scientific theories are based on both observations of the natural world and assumptions about the natural world. They are always subject to change in view of new and confirmed observations."
"This textbook discusses evolution, a controversial theory some scientists present as a scientific explanation for the origin of living things. No one was present when life first appeared on earth. Therefore, any statement about life's origins should be considered a theory," the proposal continues.
"Evolution refers to the unproven belief that random, undirected forces produced living things. There are many topics with unanswered questions about the origin of life which are not mentioned in your textbook, including: the sudden appearance of the major groups of animals in the fossil record (known as the Cambrian Explosion); the lack of new major groups of other living things appearing in the fossil record; the lack of transitional forms of major groups of plants and animals in the fossil record; and the complete and complex set of instructions for building a living body possessed by all living things."
The textbook disclaimer would end with the following advice: "Study hard and keep an open mind."

Well there's just a smattering of what else happened on Tues., All in all Tues. showed the country at it's best and as you've read above at it's dumbest.

So until next time, don't forget. "Study hard and keep an open mind."

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