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Werd: Thanks - Part One

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Posted by Patrick Snajder
Categories: Editorials, History, Videos,

This week’s invocation for the Werd is William S. Burroughs reciting his poem “Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1986” (Gus Van Sant directed the video): And the text to follow along: Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1986 Thanks for the wild turkey and the passenger pigeons, destined to be #### out through wholesome American guts. Thanks for a continent to despoil and poison. Thanks for Indians to provide a modicum of challenge and danger. Thanks for vast herds …

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Barack Obama’s First Hundred Days

So… January 20, 2009, history takes its latest bow when President-Elect Barack Obama is sworn in as America’s 44th Chief Executive. The fortunate ones lucky enough to secure Inauguration tickets will brave arctic temperatures as the rest of America watches this latest chapter in US history unfold on an ocean of televisions from Seattle to the Florida Keys. January 21, 2009 will mark the real onset of what might be called the Altering Era. That’s …

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Barack Obama to tap Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State

With Inauguration Day less than two months off, President-Elect Barack Obama will tap former First Lady and current U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) to be Secretary of State in his administration.  She is expected to accept the post, which will be announced after the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. A recent AOL readers poll showed Clinton’s nomination to be a popular choice with 73% giving it a thumbs up rating, 21% gave it a thumbs down …

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Werd: Service - Part Five

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Posted by Patrick Snajder
Categories: Editorials, Education,

Until a kind benefactor/patron finally purchases the Oxford English Dictionary (complete set, please) for me, I will be using the excellent (free) resource Online Etymology Dictionary for my Friday updates.  Here’s how the latter OED defines the roots of our word, “serve”: c.1175, “to render habitual obedience to,” from O.Fr. servir “to serve,” from L. servire “to serve,” originally “be a slave,” related to servus “slave,” perhaps from an Etruscan word (cf. Etruscan proper names …

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Werd: Service - Part Four

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Posted by Patrick Snajder
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While we may have noticed a mingling of church and state in the past few years, it seems that church and stage are as far apart as ever.  In the modern music scene, most popular musicians of note either move from a religious message towards a more secular message (e.g., Evanescence and Kate Perry) or tone down their religious leanings to offer a message that can be more broadly applied to a larger audience (e.g., …

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Beauty tips from a cheapskate

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Posted by Colleen McKie
Categories: Advice, How To,

You might not know it to look at me, but I’m somewhat of a girly girl.  I like make-up, scented lotions, and pretty things.  What I don’t like is spending a lot of money on them.  In my search for the perfect shampoo, lipstick, body scrub, et cetera, I have come across some great, and surprising, finds that won’t break the bank but will make you feel like a million bucks. It’s All About the …

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Werd: Service - Part Three

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Posted by Patrick Snajder
Categories: Editorials, Media, Site Features,

The general objections[1] I have found against Obama’s proposed America Serves program are: This unpaid manpower will be used for nefarious means; with the volunteers steered into programs that support Obama’s socialist goals. The program will cost taxpayers money in subsidizing the college grants and insuring and providing resources for students to complete their service and is another example of government waste without any quantifiable levels of improvement. These service programs are one step away …

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Werd: Service - Part Two

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Posted by Patrick Snajder
Categories: Editorials, Education,

President-Elect Obama has, in his life and in his campaign, continually stressed the importance of an American public that commits to community service.  Unlike the Bush version of sacrifice, which stressed spending money, Obama’s version implies real, hard work: a toil that requires sweat and elbow grease committed by members of the American public in order to improve our society.  It is a philosophy demonstrated by his post-law school job as a community organizer and …

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A fat girl’s shopping Hell

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Posted by Colleen McKie
Categories: Advice, Editorials, Fashion, Humor,

Okay, I am what you might call pleasantly plump.  By no means a size two, or even a size six, I have some extra meat on my bones.  But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like looking good.  But what it does mean is that I have grown to hate shopping. Remember the days when a size 14 was a size 14, not a size 12?  Or a large was actually large,  not walking doll …

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Werd: Service - Part One

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Posted by Patrick Snajder
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Charlie Rose interviewed Tom Brokaw on October 30th.  Some of the conversation included a discussion about Brokaw’s general philosophy that is it our duty as Americans and as humans to perform some sort of service for the benefit of our community.  Brokaw noted that, in all of his speeches to various organizations, the call for service is the most significant part of his message.  Rose, at the 48:20 mark of this conversation, turned the tables, …

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