Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Morning Musings-I had bad completion for my student's attention this morning; Warner Southern's mens basketball team is in the NAIA championships, and their first-round game against Rio Grande was going on even as we speak. They were playing the radio play-by-play and projecting this webcast on the wall of the Rigel Center, just down the hall from my Personal Finance classroom; half the class was playing hooky and the other half was distracted. Good news; we're up 22 with two minutes to go as we go to press, set to advance to Friday's Sweet 16. It reminds me a little bit of the 60s or early 70s when the World Series games were played on weekday afternoons; people would sneak radios into class or work to keep up with the games. Bad news from the Balkans, the Serbian PM, Zoran Djindjic, got assassinated this afternoon Belgrade time. Hopefully, the reformers will keep up the fight there and the Serbs don't backslide into ethnic back-biting. Autoboomer U, Baghdad campus? This will make surrenders interesting; a person could walk up with a white flag and let the plastique rip as they got in amongst the troops. Might we ask the surrenderees to strip to their skivvies before we let them get close? An insult to their Islamic dignity, yes, but it might be a necessity. ANWR drilling might just pass. They've got 49 votes and if they put it in a budget resolution, it's filibuster-proof.

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