Better the conscious vote than the unconscious:
“The case of Terry Schiavo is tragic; regardless of Congress’ action there will likely be only sadness and grief. The only option left to me as a member of Congress is to vote my conscious and pray for Terri and her family.”
“Better known for their colorful antics, the Indianapolis Clowns also was a sound baseball team, according to MLB.com, the Web site for Major League Baseball. In 1952, it won the Negro American League championship with the help of a young slugger from Mobile, Ala., named Hank Aaron.”
A kind of writing found only in newspaper offices, journalese always seeks the awkward and unnatural way of putting things. Lately, journalese has demanded that sports teams be treated as singular nouns, requiring a singular verb, even when the team’s proper name includes a plural. Thus we see “The St. Louis Cardinals is leading the league,” and “The Texas Longhorns is fleeing the field in tears, the Razorbacks in hot pursuit.” “Cardinals are leading” and “Longhorns are fleeing” are normal, and correct.
The person writing about the Indianapolis Clowns tried to follow the dictates of journalese (“Clowns was” … “it won”), but he lapsed into orthodox patterns of communication when he used the plural pronoun “their” instead of “its.” Usually, bad writing comes easy. Sometimes, you have to concentrate.
“The filly Sue’s Good News has a history of muscle cramps, but since the Pippin … she has been treated for poor blood circulation, a regiment that includes 12 human aspirin per day and a low-carbohydrate diet … ” Sometimes you need a regiment and sometimes you need a regimen.
“A story headlined ‘Syria seeks our help to woo U.S.,’ in Saturday’s Weekend Australian misquoted National Party senator Sandy Macdonald. The quote stated, ‘Syria is a country that has been a bastard state for nearly forty years,’ but should have read, ‘Syria is a country that has been a Baathist state for nearly forty years.’ ” Baath is a political party.
A tourism operator in the district of a senator who's sponsored a "bathroom bill" to discourage transgender use of public facilities has joined those objecting to the legislation as damaging to business.
A photograph of a woman doing a headstand so you can see her red underpants. A sculpture by Robyn Horn titled "Approaching Collapse." Those and other works that assistant professor of photography Margo Duvall says "celebrates the female voice in art" for Women's History Month go on exhibit March 1 in the gallery in the Russell Fine Arts Building.
The plan, formulated months ago, was this: Ellen and I were going to go to Washington for inauguration festivities, then fly out the morning after the balls for Panama City and a long planned cruise to begin with a Panama Canal passage.
Not since the John Birch Society's "Impeach Earl Warren" billboards littered Southern roadsides after the Supreme Court's school-integration decision in 1954 has the American judicial system been under such siege, but who would have thought the trifling Arkansas legislature would lead the charge?
The Senate this morning added an amendment to Rep. Charlie Collins campus carry bill that incorporates the effort denied in committee yesterday to require a 16-hour additional training period before university staff members with concealed carry permits may take the weapons on campus.