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|Feb-26-15|| ||playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> <Mrs. PGP> and I are very fond of crossword puzzles, cryptograms, and various other kinds of puzzles, all of which can be found together in certain puzzle magazines. We've been buying them from the same publisher for almost 40 years; but lately haven't been able to find the magazines on the shelves at the store.|
The one we subscribe to was very, very late, so yesterday I called the publisher and asked what's what.
Well, it seems all the puzzles that we love are being phased out, and the company from now on will publish nothing but Sudoku and incredibly easy crossword puzzles that a 6-year-old can do.
They have no choice, Customer Service told me. "No one is buying anything but really easy crossword puzzles and Sudoku. They won't buy the other puzzles because they can't do them, they're just too hard."
This in the country that spends more on education--or should I say moron education?--than has ever been spent in human history!
Can't even do crossword puzzles. No wonder the country's in the shape it's in.
|Feb-26-15|| ||Travis Bickle: So what are you saying, only rich GOPers kids get an education at a private school?|
|Feb-26-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Sounds like capitalism at work. Supply and demand.|
|Feb-26-15|| ||playground player: <Travis Bickle> Not at all. Not so long ago, a public school education was sufficient to produce persons capable of solving crossword puzzles. |
Look at any school budget and see what accounts for by far the biggest piece of the pie--salaries and benefits. Look at the kids coming home every day with a knapsack full of books--they are, in effect, homeschooling themselves. They don't do it very well.
<Jim Bartle> Well, naturally, they can't keep producing a product that hardly anyone is buying. If you can't make a profit, you can't stay in business--no matter what any pinko college professor says.
It's just hard to have this avenue of pleasure sealed off merely because people are so very poorly educated anymore.
|Feb-27-15|| ||OhioChessFan: A review of the infamous Paul Morphy: Confederate Spy|
|Feb-27-15|| ||playground player: <OhioChessFan> Yes, that's the review I read. |
Now it seems obvious to me that Stan Vaughan's alleged "book" was a knockoff of <The Chess Players> by Frances Parkinson Keyes, from 1960, in which she speculatively depicted Morphy as an operative for the Confederacy from 1862 to 1865.
It's amazing, the stuff that can get published, these days.
|Feb-27-15|| ||cormier: Gospel: "Go first be reconciled to your brother"|
|Feb-27-15|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|Feb-28-15|| ||cormier: Gospel: Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect|
|Feb-28-15|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|Feb-28-15|| ||playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> In spite of all my fatal errors--like, for instance, not publishing inane, profane rants from liberals--my blog audience has grown consistently since its inception. I guess a lot of people just don't realize how bad it is.|
Today's offering considers one of the moral lessons taught by today's Young Readers fiction: to wit, that all adults are dangerous.
|Feb-28-15|| ||optimal play: <playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> In spite of all my fatal errors--like, for instance, not publishing inane, profane rants from liberals--my blog audience has grown consistently since its inception. I guess a lot of people just don't realize how bad it is.> Hey, you're a clever & witty writer (and that's *not* lackey adulation!)|
<Today's offering considers one of the moral lessons taught by today's Young Readers fiction: to wit, that all adults are dangerous.> How is it any different from the old fairy tales? i.e. evil step-mothers (Cinderella), abandoned children (Hansel & Gretel) etc?
Also I noticed one of the comments references Archie Bunker! LOL! No doubt an inspiration for her! (heh heh) She then goes on to explain how she tries to hold her own daughters feet to "the Christian fire" which I must confess, even as a Christian all my life, is a term I have never before heard; must be an evangelical fundamentalist protestant thing! :D)
|Mar-01-15|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|Mar-01-15|| ||playground player: <optimal play> <"clever and witty...>" Thank you for that. I hope it didn't cause you pain.|
As for my reader's comment, I'm sure she was only expressing profound relief that her daughter didn't come out of college with a degree in Feminist Music and an indefensible belief in Big Government.
<Esteemed Colleagues> For a boyhood memory that sheds light on how I came to call myself Playground Player--
It's March already!? Where is this year going?
|Mar-01-15|| ||OhioChessFan: Some discussion of the pro-evolutionary dishonesty in academia.|
|Mar-02-15|| ||optimal play: <OhioChessFan> Thank you for posting the link to that fascinating and educational article.|
However, may I ask, if the age of the universe is correctly estimated at between 10,000 & 11,000 years, whereas the biblical calculations date the universe at 6,000 years, how are we to account for the 4,000 to 5,000 year discrepancy?
|Mar-02-15|| ||OhioChessFan: I reject the premise of the question. I don't believe you don't understand the cartoon.|
|Mar-02-15|| ||achieve: http://creation.com/that-quote-abou...|
Missing transitional fossils are easily compensated for by just making them up!
Same principle is encountered in theoretical physics.
Browny point for those who guess correctly who are behind it.
|Mar-02-15|| ||cormier: 1st Reading: The sacrifice of our father Abraham|
|Mar-02-15|| ||cormier: 2nd reading : "God did not spare his own Son"|
|Mar-02-15|| ||cormier: Gospel: " This is my beloved Son"|
|Mar-02-15|| ||cormier: .....
|Mar-02-15|| ||cormier: Gospel: " Forgive , and you will be forgiven"|
|Mar-02-15|| ||playground player: The fossil record is always messing up the doctrine of Evolution. Just in recent years we've had discoveries of Triassic birds (living with the earliest dinosaurs, so the idea that "birds evolved from dinosaurs" probably turns out to be wrong), Triassic pollen (oops! flowering plants, eons too early), and soft tissue in the fossilized bones of a dozen different kinds of dinosaurs.|
Evolution is not science. It is a tenet of the secularist religion.
|Mar-02-15|| ||achieve: Aside from my sarcastic tone, the article centering around Dr Patterson and his testimony makes several very strong points. Too many to list almost. |
Better read it.
It is key.
Well done to Ohio for linking it, and for <pgp> to expand on it.
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