"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

11.25.2008

tuesday this & that

  • Oh, oh, here we go! Wonder what the story with the Midland guy is. At least it's not the tackiness of Clinton proportions.
  • Inspired to Action has a new look - check it out!
  • I completely agree with every single point in this analysis.
  • This is a great idea. (EXCEPT THAT AFRICA IS NOT A COUNTRY. Nor is "Africa" a community. It is thousands of cultures, languages, and traditions. Treating it like one homogenous whole diminishes the reality of that diversity, and it makes it all too easy for us to write off an entire continent as one big basket case of war, disease, and poverty. Which it is not. I'm really glad that more Americans are becoming more sensitive to the suffering that goes on in Africa's countries, but we would never talk about Russia and Vietnam as being representative of "Asia," and we would be insulted to be discussed in the same breath as Nicaragua as "America." We should show Africa's people the same level of respect.) But, really, other than my soapbox issues, giving up wasteful spending to help someone in need is the right thing to do.
  • Great. Something else to make air travel miserable.

6 Comments:

Blogger euphrony said...

1) Today's Houston Chronicle had an article about the Conroe man who was pardoned. It started when his daughter wrote a letter asking for a pardon as part of an assignment in a college civics class to write an elected official.

2) The three-way tie will be easily resolved when A&M beats Texas on Thursday. Probably. Well, it could happen!

3) I was going to point out the "I need Africa . . ." to you, if you'd not seen it. I also was listening to NPR this morning talk about the food crisis in Zimbabwe, how some people are picking the undigested kernels of corn from manure, cleaning it and cooking it. All in a place that should, by all rights, be feeding half of the continent.

4) Uh, that is so totally irresponsible and disrespectful. And, frankly, I'd be more than peeved myself. I hope they were at least using headphones!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 9:46:00 AM

 
Blogger Michael said...

You agree that Texas should get the BCS bid? Shocking!

I think Texas has had the better season and the better player (McCoy), but I think OK is the better team. OK has put up some sick numbers since the loss to UT. However, the record of their opponents was kinda shocking. That being said, I think OU gets the bid if they beat OSU (which is at OSU by the way). If they beat them easily, it should be a no-brainer.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 9:58:00 AM

 
Blogger haitianministries said...

Being a professor, I thought you'd be jumping for joy over this one.

http://chronicle.com/jobs/news/2008/11/2008112501c.htm

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 10:26:00 AM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

Haitian ministries - praise Jesus! Seriously. You have no idea how much of my time is spent fighting students over their unwillingness to put in the time to do correct citations. I'm 100% okay with the ones who use EasyBib, because they don't screw it up.

Michael - we beat OU. We BEAT OU. And, unlike Tech, we haven't embarassed ourselves in a big game yet.

Euphrony, I know. And I feel bad for my little rant. But the "Africa" thing is making me crazy this year. Must be the improper citations. :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 10:47:00 AM

 
Blogger David McCullars said...

Hmm, what kind of a person watches porn in public? My immediate thought was that this wasn't really porn but more likely an R-rated movie. (Of course I could be dead wrong -- I'm sure there are some rather strange people who think a crowded, uncomfortable fuselage is an ideal place for porn.) But sometimes you just have to read between the lines and wonder ... America, land of the prudes.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 12:26:00 AM

 
Blogger euphrony said...

David, I'm afraid that there are some real jerks out there who see nothing wrong with watching porn in public. I remember reading numerous news stories a few years ago, when people were starting to trick out their cars with in-dash or in-headrest TVs, of police pulling people over for watching movies while driving. And several of the reports were of people watching porn while driving. There were numerous complaints of people driving by them and getting an eyeful. Sadly, there are some people who don't have the sense God gave a pinto bean.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 10:58:00 AM

 

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