While in prison, Schneider has fought oppression in the system. He filed lawsuits against the Department of Corrections over the lack of free photocopying and cable TV programs dear to his racial interests. He won a case that forced prisons to pay interest on prisoner savings accounts.
California's electricity crisis is treated in the media as if it were some sort of natural disaster, like a hurricane. But the only fact of nature operating here is the hard-and-fast rule that whenever you come across a screw-up this big, you know the government is behind it.
In the 1990s, the Oxford English Dictionary added "trophy wife" to its official lexicon. The term refers to "a wife regarded as a status symbol for a usually older man." It won't be long before "trophy wife" spawns a new linguistic offspring:
Before his confirmation was settled, Democratic senators let fly at their former colleague John Ashcroft, explaining why the former governor, senator and attorney general of Missouri was unfit to serve as attorney general of the United States.
It isn't clear, and can't be made entirely clear, exactly what would logically evolve from President Bush's determination to use the reserves of religious institutions in America to forward charitable and educational work undertaken by the government.
The first big Washington scandal of the 20th century was the Teapot Dome scandal of 1921, which led three members of the Harding administration to commit suicide. Today, they would just consult their lawyers and spinmeisters, and then start making the rounds of the talk shows in order to confuse the issues.
If Archimedes, explaining the principle of the lever, really said ``Give me a place to stand and I will move the Earth,'' he was right in theory but impractical, because he would have had to stand far from Earth with an awfully long lever.
Sen. John McCain and Senate Democrats are all hot to trot over the prospect of finally enacting "meaningful" campaign finance reform legislation. The "reformers'" zeal would be easier to understand if they were similarly exercised over violations of existing laws.
Mathematicians use the term "rational numbers" for numbers that can form a ratio. By this definition, there is a lot of irrationality in California, where many people seem incapable of forming a ratio or proportion between different things.
"Lordy!'' I started to exclaim, before catching myself. Madalyn Murray O'Hair wouldn't have liked such a reaction to the apparent discovery this week of the grave in which a murderous associate stashed her, along with a son and granddaughter.
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