Archives for February 2015
By trying to be our kids “buddies” and shying away from holding the line in the sand, too often we let the little things slide. And that means we pass up lots of small but precious opportunities to teach good old-fashioned respect, citizenship and manners.
Yes! It’s critical that we raise our children to know what is right and act accordingly, whether or not they are being observed.
The first victims of the First Crusade, inspired in 1096 by the supposedly sacred mission of retaking Jerusalem from Muslims, were European Jews. Anyone who considers it religiously and politically transgressive to compare the behavior of medieval Christian soldiers to modern Islamic terrorism might find it enlightening to read this bloody story, as told in both Hebrew and Christian chronicles.
The Marshall Project is trying to get beyond the narrow newsroom focus on “cops and courts” and tackle the bigger systemic issues.
For people born with bad cards, the American Dream deals from the bottom of the deck. With a pimp for a father and a mother who turned tricks for drugs and food for her family, Tyson was groomed from birth for the red light district of sports, a place where sex and violence are never very far apart, or very far under the surface. For most of the last three decades of his global fame and infamy, Mike Tyson has existed in the popular imagination in existential free fall.
The letter S appears nowhere in the word “dollar”, yet an S with a line through it ($) is unmistakably the dollar sign. But why an S? Why isn’t the dollar sign something like a Đ (like the former South Vietnamese đồng, or the totally-not-a-joke-currency Dogecoin)?
There’s a good story behind it, but here’s a big hint: the dollar sign isn’t a dollar sign.
It’s a peso sign.