Daily Archives: January 26, 2010

School District Bans MW Collegiate Dictionary

because a parent complained that 4th and 5th graders (10-11 year-old children) could look up “naughty” words.

Why do we still let one or two “offended” parents tyranize the rest of us? Why don’t we just tell them where to get off?

h/t Walter Olson at Overlawyered.com…

from the comments at Overlawyered:

What’s this lady going to do when her kid goes to web-dictionaries and discovers that you can make your PC audibly pronounce such terms?

Illinois Statewide Offices

From the ballots for the primary elections, next Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010. * = incumbent (my endorsements at the end, fwiw)

Federal: United States Senator (for the open seat that was Barack Obama’s, now Roland Burris’. Dick Durbin is up for re-election in 2012.)


Robert Marshall
David Hoffman
Jacob J. Meister
Alexander “Alexi” Giannoulias
Cheryle Jackson


Donald (Don) Lowery
Mark Steven Kirk
Andy Martin
Kathleen Thomas
John Arrington
Patrick J. Hughes


LeAlan M. Jones

State Offices

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Guarding the Beer

Nobody’s gonna get the beer away from him…