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Note to my Readers

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Well, I hoped I wouldn’t have to say it so soon, but I’m being forced. I’m taking a break – but only for the weekend. I’ll be back on Monday with something witty and scholarly to occupy your time. Meanwhile, please contemplate the writing of my co-author, Nicholas.


You may (or may not) have noticed that “The Weekly Adage” has been changed to “The Sporadic Quote”. This is because we don’t want to be bound to update it on a concrete basis, and would rather leave some quotes up longer than others. We have an archive of past quotes that hopefully will be available here soon; in the mean time, if you want to find one you saw here previously, don’t hesitate to ask!


On a closing note, my copy of Stephen Colbert’s book “I Am America (And You Can, Too!)” has been delayed, so the review I had planned of writing has been postponed. It will be posted relatively soon, however, because I’d never break a promise.

Until Monday –


Written by Ethan

February 21, 2008 at 2:56 pm

I was watching, were you?

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Yes, I saw it.

If you think I’m referring to Hillary Clinton’s pathetic attempt to “get real” (as if she could start after 61 years of avoiding it), you’re wrong.

If you think I’m referring to the news that Fidel Castro will not be accepting the position of President and Commander-in-Chief of Cuba, you’re wrong.

No, while I saw both of those interesting events, I’m referring to an occurrence which will not be happening again until late 2010. True, Cuba will probably still have the same political leader, and so will America; but that’s only slightly relevant.

No, I’m referring to the Total Lunar Eclipse, witnessed by most of the Americas, Europe, and Africa. It was actually a very beautiful spectacle, with the moon being in the shadow of the Earth, and therefore unable to reflect the light of the sun. This caused the moon to appear as a muted, rust-colored spot in the night sky, instead of the blazing celestial body we witness (full, that is) thirteen times a year.

I’ll take a paragraph here to explain how a lunar eclipse occurs; the basic principle is that, while the Moon is rotating around the Earth, and the Earth is rotating around the Sun, eventually the three bodies will form a perfect line. This causes the body in the middle in this case the Earth to block the Sun’s light from reaching the other body. This casts a shadow upon the other body, eclipsing it.

Please do not confuse a Lunar Eclipse, which was witnessed tonight, with a Solar Eclipse. These occur on the same principle, except with the Moon reflecting sunlight away from a certain spot on the Earth, thus casting it in shadow.

In conclusion, I’d just like to mention that I’m glad to see Castro go; I hope the people of Cuba can now enact some serious reformation, and make their country a better place for all.

I’ll say nothing of Hillary, except that I see a Total Political Eclipse has begun in the Democratic Party.

Written by Ethan

February 21, 2008 at 12:08 am

Thank you, Wisconsin!

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Well, it looks like she’s out of luck. While it is still a bit early to make predictions, I’m still going to try. This may be more of a deep, soul-felt hope, but it looks as if that hope may be realized. I’ll just say it:

Hillary Clinton is finished.

Tonight, the people of Wisconsin joined the ranks of Americans who have denied Hillary a win in the last ten primaries and caucuses. With the residents of the Dairy State giving her a thumbs-down, Clinton takes another giant step away from the White House.

Of course, I may be speaking too soon. There is still the pompous and twisted John McCain campaigning for the presidency, as it would seem to be a given that he will be the Republican nominee. However, my question for the republicans who don’t have a favorite candidate as of yet, why vote for McCain? While you are told that you should “help the party” and “keep the frontrunner strong”, if the frontrunner is a corrupt warmonger, do you really want him to be strong? There are alternatives – indeed, the beauty of democracy is that we will always have other options; we just have to chase them.

I urge you, people of America, to take another look at the candidates and choose the one you feel can lead America with strength, justice and benevolence.




Written by Ethan

February 20, 2008 at 1:48 am