Okay, who doesn’t care about Weiner’s wiener? Raise your hand. So glad to see all my friends and family waving madly.
Ack! Tell me it isn’t true. The latest news report says Texas Governor Rick Perry is ready to launch a White House campaign. As my husband said, “O goody, now he can screw up the other 49 states.”
Police in Kansas City, MO, are treating the death of an 18-month-old boy who drowned in a bathtub as a potential homicide, after a 5-year-old girl told social workers that she held him under water to stop his crying. Police said the girl, who was left with other children in the care of a teenager, was considered a possible suspect in the toddler’s death last week, raising complicated legal questions about how a court could proceed with a case against such a young suspect.
I have nothing snarky to say about that. It is just a horrible tragedy, and I am glad I am not the person having to decide how to handle the case. How could a five-year-old even know what she was doing?
A recent column by Leonard Pitts quoted the results of a study of Historical Illiteracy that found that a majority of college seniors could not identify the words of the Gettysburg Address, and they didn’t know the significance of Valley Forge. His column was in response to Sarah Palin’s gaffe regarding Paul Revere and his infamous ride. The point that Leonard made so well is that, as a nation, Americans are poorly educated when it comes to history. Classes in history are no longer required at a lot of the nation’s top schools.
Leonard ends his column by highlighting some of the most important events in history and writing, “And we allow all that to be forgotten at our own peril. How can our children write the next chapter of a story they don’t even know?”
I have nothing to say to that, either. Leonard said it all.