Ten Thousand Fugitives and the Beach Boys

Written by Roger Wright

Connecting Ten Thousand Fugitives andrepparttar Beach Boys

My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous— insatiable for your nourishing commands. Psalm 119: 17-33

Driving betweenrepparttar 105747 two lunches I had that day. Mike Love’s reed thin voice leading up torepparttar 105748 radio news that “Torture Guy” (Our American Attorney General) had somehow slappedrepparttar 105749 cuffs on 10,000 fugitives almost all at once.

The sun baked nasal Beach Boy surf tones heraldingrepparttar 105750 first cannon shot of actual class warfare inrepparttar 105751 United States. Karl Rove commandsrepparttar 105752 guns to be turned on our own. Karen Hughes spins it so soccer moms can quickly nod yes and then get back on their cell phones. Condi stamps a black stiletto boot and raises her eyebrow. And Brian Wilson’s lyric kicks offrepparttar 105753 parade in my car:

Well I’m not braggin babe So don’t put me down But I’ve gotrepparttar 105754 fastest set of wheels in town.

Ten thousand fugitives in 24 hours????????

Alone, justrepparttar 105755 number andrepparttar 105756 time frame is alarming. But that it’s coming from “Torture Guy”---makes me remember that soon, on this long drive back home fromrepparttar 105757 wild and distant suburbs of Chicago (where all food comes from Olive Gardens, Applebee’s and Bennigans)—it makes me remember that if I just take Oakton east, I’ll go right by Steak and Shake.

Because if this is it, ifrepparttar 105758 country has now been lead to implode---I better grab another lunch. Never mind that I just finished lunch 5 minutes ago. And that it wasn’t at a chain restaurant. I better eat again.

Wonder whatrepparttar 105759 ethnic and racial breakdown of that mass arrest would be? Wonder if there’s a religious element to this? Did Jerry Falwell giverepparttar 105760 word that we could finally round up allrepparttar 105761 Muslim Americans? Wonder why that first lunch left me feeling so empty?

What would Brian Wilson do? Would he grab another lunch? Would he wonder why Kaufman’s Deli on Dempster in Skokie had somehow left me with a rye bagel that was just short of stale, cream cheese whipped with air, , lox that didn’t tingle with tasterepparttar 105762 way a special, sometimes treat should. Nova lox that brings on a train of thought that goes: I can’t get this very often---way too expensive. . .especially when you have no money coming in. . . .so why can’t I taste this????

I am pulling out intorepparttar 105763 traffic on Dempster, one hand onrepparttar 105764 wheel,repparttar 105765 other stuffing potato chips into my mouth just a little too fast as I look east for lines of Federal Marshalls. But all I see is McDonalds andrepparttar 105766 Skokie Swift train.

Why can’t I taste these potato chips? Only salt andrepparttar 105767 bulk. And why do they keep making me even hungrier? Boy some fries would go good now. . . Why am I so hungry?

And how many people does it take to arrest 10,000 in a day? Did they put them on trains and roll them out to Utah, string up some barbed wire and callrepparttar 105768 place a Relocation Camp? What kind of paperwork was generated? And most of all: why do I keep stuffing these potato chips in my mouth just a little too fast?

Let's Restrict the Definition of Marriage for Straights

Written by Jean Fritz

The debate du jour acrossrepparttar country is whether to legitimatize homosexual unions withrepparttar 105746 title of “marriage.” The primary argument against this move is that doing so dilutesrepparttar 105747 meaning of marriage and diminishesrepparttar 105748 family, which is one ofrepparttar 105749 cornerstones of civilization. I happen to agree with this perspective. However, there are heterosexual couplings that also fit that template. Perhaps we should also restrictrepparttar 105750 definition of “marriage” for heterosexuals as well.

The most visible – and applauded – “marriage” illustrating this wasrepparttar 105751 seven-hour liaison between Britney Spears and her fifteen-minutes-of-fame significant other. Legally, this was a marriage, but what went into it? About fifty bucks and a lot of alcohol. Evenrepparttar 105752 most hardline conservative can’t say that this “marriage” did anything to enhancerepparttar 105753 strength ofrepparttar 105754 family.

A second illustration is Britney’s current pairing. Minutes afterrepparttar 105755 annulment of her first folly, dear Britney hooked up with a guy whose claim to fame is fathering two out-of-wedlock children with a shack-up honey. These children now look forward torepparttar 105756 joyful experience of being knapsack kids, shuttling back and forth between households on a regular basis, hoping that bio-mom, bio-dad or stepmother Britney is willing to pullrepparttar 105757 plug temporarily on their all-important “career” and pay attention to them. Boy, this marriage really did a lot to promote family values, didn’t it?

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