Leave It To Peever

­­ Bumper sticker of the week: The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

­­ Quote of the week: ''More than ever corporate America is keen on dispensing new rules, and it has become more Orwellian with every passing financial quarter. In return for helping their companies prosper and, in some cases, facing the companies' ever daunting global imperatives, corporate America's workers outside the executive ranks have mostly been asked to tighten their belts. Fewer pensions, less job security, and a heavier work load are their rewards for surviving the downsizing and re-engineering fevers. Where factory workers once fought for an 8-hour day, their descendants today fight to hold the line against 12-hour days.

No surprise that workplace grumbling is pervasive. But it's disparate and incoherent. It is a Babel of whines. And in Decatur, Illinois, this Babel erupted into a cacophony of howls.

Progress is wonderful. But progress without a safety net or a vow to put humanity before the bottom line is cruel.'' Three Strikes, Stephen Franklin

­­ Insight Comunications should be kicked out of Knox County. In the spirit of non-violence, it should be done gently.

­­ Attorney General Ashcroft is showing his true colors. He has his boss' line down pat, ''If you're not with us, you're against us.'' In an effort to take further advantage of Sept. 11, he seems to be working overtime tightening the reigns on our civil liberties. He is far more dangerous than any terrorist I've seen so far. We have about 10 of our heads of state walking lock stepped over the Constitution, with Congress wagging their tails behind them.

­­ District 205 publishes an informative little newsletter twice yearly called Directions. This is management's version of what goes on in our schools. As a taxpayer, I would prefer to read a newsletter done by the students. I'm sure I would get a much clearer picture of what is actually going on.

­­ I can tell this is going to be a good Christmas. There are angels on television running around in their panties and bras. I really am getting into this angel thing.

­­ Carl Sandburg College is searching for a new President. As badly as they need some new blood, I'm betting the acting president is a shoo-in. The whole outfit out there, from the board to the teachers to the administration, is about as incestuous as a Kentucky family.

­­ Number of children who die from hunger every day: 35,615--

Minutes of silence: none--

Plans for international response: none--

Prime-time news reports: none--

Benefit concerts: none--

Governmental priority: low

­­ ''People have to watch what they say, and what they do.'' -- Ari Fleisher, White House press secretary.

­­ There are 19 members of the Bush administration cabinet. How many are millionaires?

A. 5

B. 10

C. 18

D. 3

Answer: 18. Seven are worth more than $10 million.

­­ You heard it here first, on December 20, 2001: W. George will not win reelection, assuming there will be poll watchers in Florida not related to Katherine Harris. After having blown up the entire uncivilized world, W. will realize there are only so many defenseless nations to annihilate, and will turn his eyes toward bigger fiefdoms to conquer for his ever-growing kingdom, only to be soundly put in his place when he suggests Great Britain would make a nice 51st state.

Uploaded to The Zephyr Online December 18, 2001

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