Sunday, October 21, 2007



This picture is a screen capture from NFL highlights of the game between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints on Sunday (Saints win! 22-16!). There, in the lower left, you'll see an advert for Game 1 of the World Series, between the Colorado Rockies and Cleveland Indians.

Maybe the Fox Network should have waited a little bit, since it broadcast Game 7 of the ALCS between the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox. The Sox pummeled the Tribe Sunday night 11-2.

Sorry, Tony Messenger. I'm hoping the Sox pull another Cardinal-style sweep. But don't tell Kris, official sister of the Mailbox and crazy-psycho Sox fan. I can't have her know I'm rootin' for her team.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007


If there's any curse about being a journalist, especially one who has spent time as a copy editor, it's how typos, bad spellings, awful grammar and misused punctuation stand out like an awkward interview. If there is any joy, it's being with a woman who sees the same typos and finds them just as repugnant. True story: We almost took back fireworks we purchased because on the way out we spotted the stand's sign that said, "SATURN MISILES."

The Grammarphile, official friend of the Mailbox, has had a long, illustrious, 10-month career of finding typos and making fun of them. She makes reference to a cute and smart Grammar Stud, so I hope she's also in loves with someone who takes the same sick joy in being repulsed by lexicographical laziness. But what amazes me is the amount of links she has on her blog to other blogs dedicated to picking out mistakes. There's a lot of them. You should browse, read and gag along with the rest of us.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007


Costs for a lawsuit against the state over funding education have already surpassed $4.6 million. The story is in today's Globe.

After I wrote the story, I received an e-mail press release from the Children's Education Alliance of Missouri, which states that lobbyist Rex Sinquefield helped the attorney general's office defend the case with an $800,000 private donation.

According to the blog Show Me Progress, Sinquefield has been quite busy figuring out how to skirt campaign donation laws. Sinquefield is president of the Show-Me Institute, a think-tank that advocates "school choice," which some have called a euphemism for a voucher system. The CEAM also advocates the concept of school choice.

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Monday, October 08, 2007


Missouri Sen. Ed Robb, R-Columbia, may have some 'splainin' to do.

The Columbia Tribune's Jason Rosenbaum blogged about how Robb allegedly told a Mizzou students' group that Missouri has too many universities (scroll down the page a tad). While a College Democrat spilled the news in a letter to the editor published in the Maneater, Robb admits to Rosenbaum that he would support transforming some regional universities into traditional community colleges.

Missouri Southern State University is one of his examples.

"We have too many universities," Robb said to Rosenbaum. "I think there must have been a contest to see how many universities per capita we can have. And [Missouri] Western and [Missouri] Southern were community colleges. And in the past decade they’ve become full-blown universities. And they’re very close to other existing four-year universities."

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