Welcome to the 127th Carnival of the Vanities!
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Next week, the 128th Carnival of the Vanities will ride into town over at Believe Seeking Understanding. Submission guidelines are here.
Here’s the hosting schedule through April 13th, 2005.
Now, ON WITH THE SHOW!
Fresh Politics highlights the current fallacy in the approach to improving our dismal educational system.
RightWingSparkle is thinking about Thanksgiving in this true story about a special man who made a choice we could all learn from.
Peers & Peerless shares his experience on being in a local show the night playwright Arthur Miller died.
According to Spin Cycle, professional cycling teams are jonesin on the speculation over who will be invited to participate in the 2005 Dodge Tour de Georgia. All bets are closed on Lance Armstrong – he’s announced that he’ll show up.
God is God, and The Zero Boss is not. "J" confesses that he doesn’t really understand Christianity, and especially the Grace that comes with forgiveness.
Did you know that in late January, two news conferences were held by a couple of coalitions of lefties to announce their "plans" for protesting President Bush’s inauguration? According to The Drunkablog, the blogosphere was silent on the story at the time, and still hasn’t commented on the covert strategy.
Seebach Exhibit 7: "McDonald’s nutrition chart? Don’t trust it!"
Mmmm…Savvy women who have heads filled with fashion and are programmed to use it. These cosmetologists aren’t the ‘couldn’t hurt a fly’ little things they appear to be. HerWryness says they are really teeny tiny terrorists.
At Hill Country Views, someones playing hockey with global warming!
Emily at After Abortion wonders why abortion providers aren’t learning how to screen for unwanted abortions. Do women get adequate pre-abortion counseling in abortion clinics? The unanimous opinion of people who work in post-abortion support is "no".
Baggage… and Blathering asks, "What makes a supermom tick? What drives the desire to be a perfect mom and build a perfect child? And just how crazy is that, anyway?"
Today’s lesson from "Taken in Hand": In relationships in which there is an element of control, it’s vital for the person in control to listen to the concerns, opinions and fears of the other. Being taken in hand doesn’t mean being silenced!
Quoting the infamous Eagles song, Catscape reports: "David Wolkins discovers that Americans for Tax Reform is just like The Hotel California. You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave."
The city of Houston is contemplating enacting a ban on smoking in restaurants that make less than 50% of their revenue from alcohol sales. The People’s Republic of Seabrook thinks this is a good thing, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough.
Farmhunk at The View from the Bunker wants Frank J. to hear him out.
The Idiom has an analysis of the role bloggers played in the resignation of Eason Jordan from CNN, and explains why David Gergen’s call for bloggers to adopt journalistic standards in the wake of this resignation is misguided.
This week the Opinionated Bastard uses the environment to illustrate how good science can be bad policy.
Angelweave has a word of warning: Frito-Lay is aggressively marketing the 0 Grams Trans Fat push. Trouble is, zero grams doesn’t mean the products are necessarily Trans Fat free. Some are; some are not.
Josh Cohen reflects upon the summer camp tradition of "Color War", and how it’s teaching our kids more than just how to win sporting events and cheer for their team — it’s changing the way kids think of conflict and war.
Critical Mastiff uses the Harry Potter series as a yardstick for public attitudes, and predicts that the political party best able to match the "Harry Potter Narrative" will come out ahead.
The Watcher of Wheels opines about a weird story featuring a man from Texas who was arrested while going on his own personal mission to collect the bounty on Bin Laden’s head.
Bill Adams: "What’s the one question that 9/11 conspiracy theorists never ask?
Libertarian Leanings discovers a curious change in attitude on the part of the press, now that the outing of Valerie Plame threatens jail time for a couple of reporters, rather than political death for the Bush administration.
The Conservative Cat discusses the open letter from NARAL Pro-Choice to the Pro-Life community and provide a little bit of the mathematics of birth control.
Matt at Overtaken by Events provides a brief recap of his wifeâ€™s recent trip to the tsunami devastated areas in Southern India, and a discussion about the difference between American poverty and real poverty. Plus, he throws in a couple of barbs directed at UNICEF and the Red Cross.
Conservative Dialysis claims that some Blacks hate Black History Month, and a growing number do not want to participate in related celebrations.
The Walloper writes of a pseudonymous UNC student who exposes an open secret in Hill Hall, home of the music department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Harvey at Bad Example provides some tips and tricks for making the writing in your blog posts sound more
friendly and conversational. A must-read for the beginning blogger, and
even established players will find it worth a look.
Two, Two, Two Posts in One! (OK, Part One and Part Two) Peaktalk, commenting on Bush’s recent Euro Tour says, "Despite the niceties and the optimism, Europe and America are fundamentally
Coyote Blog on "SIN" Taxes: Government often puts taxes in place to discourage certain behaviors. However,
when people respond and taxed behaviors start going away, the government
sometimes finds itself encouraging these same behaviors it once tried to
curtail, all in the name of increasing tax revenue.
Eric at Classical Values comes calling to say, "Taking private land for PRIVATE use is a bad idea."
This one is begging to be made into a movie. RoguePundit reports that the FDA has approved adding military troops to an ongoing test that uses ecstasy to help treat people with post traumatic stress disorder.
Interested Participant shares an amazing Bay Area statistic. A census of the homeless population in San Francisco found that 6,248
people were on the streets, in jails, in shelters, and in rehab and emergency centers. The total homeless was 28% less than the number
compiled during a prior census (8,640) in October 2002.
Bloginators contributor Eric Cowperthwait argues that the focus of school reform in California should be on bringing the benefits of education to the disenfranchised, rather than the equalization of funding.
The Penitent Blogger with one womanâ€™s journey to work on tsunami relief in Southern India.
The Smallest Minority highlights a piece on the Supreme Court’s current hearings on the Kelo vs. City of New London Fifth Amendment eminent domain case. It appears that the Supreme Court is going to whack off another big chunk of individual rights – in this case, the right to your own property.
Wordlab introduces me to Drinkable Yogurt Commercials and says, "At first, you can’t take your eyes off the video, and then, you can’t get the friggin’ song out of your head." (Good Lord, he’s right! -ed.)
And, last but not at all least…
Pissing in Flander’s Fields – A bit of doggerel from Tex the Pontificator responding to the Belgian distribution of urinal stickers with Bush’s face and the American flag.
Phew – that’s one big ‘ol honkin link fest if I do say so myself. If you submitted a post and it isn’t here, please let me know. I tried to catch everything before the SPAM monster did.
Hope you enjoyed this weeks Carnival of the Vanities. Have a great day!