Archive for February, 2007

A telling metaphor

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

The people who oppose a state takeover of the St. Louis Public Schools are having a “teach-in” on Friday at City Hall.

Perhaps before the screaming and chanting starts, they can put their heads together and figure out how to spell the word “school.”

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The Fred Ferrell sexual harassment case

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

I try to find some form of humor in all of life’s pratfalls — after all, you can’t have manslaughter without laughter! — but I can’t find anything funny about the Fred Ferrell fiasco.

The most disturbing thing about the Highway Patrol report, other than the bile-inducing visual it creates of an old man’s slobber on a young woman’s cheek, is the fact that some people interviewed for the report obviously lied to the investigators.

As you read the report, you can tell that some of the patronage employees weren’t as smart as they thought they were with their CYA stories. You can picture one of Ferrell’s sycophantic bag handlers in his cubicle plotting a double-jump, not knowing that the lawmen are playing chess, not checkers. Checkmate!

Gov. Matt Blunt did the right thing by firing Ferrell yesterday. Give Team Blunt-circa-2007 credit for cleaning up yet another mess that was left for them by Team Blunt-circa-2006. As a partisan, I hope voters don’t remember the incident well enough to take it out on Republicans next year. As a taxpayer, I hope the incident becomes a case study in departmental dysfunction from which all political appointees can learn.

The full report is here.

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Barbara Cooper on Lincoln Days

Monday, February 26th, 2007

The Post-Dispatch chose not to run it in their print edition, but Barbara Cooper’s letter summarizing the success of Lincoln Days can be found on the Post-Dispatch Letters to the Editor blog here.

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Akin, Davy Crockett, and war protesters

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

As anyone who has sat through a few of Todd Akin’s stump speeches will tell you, the man knows more about American history than just about anyone around.

So do Democrats really think that Akin thought Davy Crockett had a Blackberry?

National media may have jumped on Akin’s remark, but local lefties paid no mind — instead of protesting Bond or Akin, they were busy bothering their local Democrats.

Luckily for my friends in Akin’s district offices, MetroLink doesn’t travel to West County or St. Charles. Whew!

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