Political Animal


LYING TO OUR CHILDREN….Via Electrolite, apparently New York is still sanitizing the literary excerpts it uses on its Regent exam:

In new guidelines, the state promised complete paragraphs with no deletions, but an excerpt from Kafka (on the importance of literature) changes his words and removes the middle of a paragraph without using ellipses, in the process deleting mentions of God and suicide.

The new state guidelines promised not to sanitize, but a passage on people’s conception of time from Aldous Huxley (a product of England’s colonial era) deletes the paragraphs on how unpunctual “the Oriental” is.

You know, I can almost sympathize with the test creators, who probably get a lot of shit from people who consider certain passages to be offensive. But that leads to the real mystery: why choose these passages at all? Out of the entire body of world literature, aren’t there plenty of excerpts they could choose that don’t include sensitive or offensive phrases?

Maybe they should pay Patrick and me to create the next test. We can fill it with inoffensive Robert Heinlein passages.

DIET ADVICE….I’ve seen several blogospheric

DIET ADVICE….I’ve seen several blogospheric posts about dieting lately, so I thought I’d share the CalPundit No-Hassle Diet Plan? with you:

Don’t eat any between-meal snacks.

No, this won’t solve all your problems, but as a quick-and-dirty plan it’s pretty decent. As a bonus, it has the advantage of allowing you to continue your normal ? yes, I said normal ? eating habits at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I figure that if you don’t have the self control to stop snacking, you don’t have the self control to stick to a diet either. So my way is cheaper, easier, and better all around!


SOOTHING AND RELAXING….This is the Tokyo Water Park, which describes itself this way: “Get away from the hustle and bustle of city-life as we welcome you to the breathtaking Tokyo Water Park where you can wash away the pressure and stress of the over-crowded city and relax with your friends in the soothing enjoyment of sun, fun and splashing.”

Well, why not? It doesn’t look too much worse than Huntington Beach on July 4th.