March 24, 2006

Another peculiar photo choice.

Filed under: government, texas — Alex @ 12:40 am

(AP) DALLAS - Young Hurricane Katrina refugees living in Texas scored considerably worse on a statewide standardized exam than Texas children, and thousands of them could be held back.

Another weird Yahoo photo choice

Teachers and state officials blame the low scores on New Orleans' poor school system, the trauma of being abruptly uprooted from their homes, and the possibility that some of them were put in the wrong grade after arriving in Texas with no records.

Alex Says:  Wouldn't someone just… ask the kids?  "What grade were you in?"  "Fourth."  "Uh-huh.  You're going to eighth now."

Once again, Yahoo has chosen a very strange, barely-related photo to run with the story; the subliminal message I receive is "these kids will grow up to be parking lot attendants." 


March 22, 2006

Want to see me get REALLY belligerent?

Filed under: government, texas — Alex @ 11:13 pm

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Texas has begun sending undercover agents into bars to arrest drinkers for being drunk, a spokeswoman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said on Wednesday.

The first sting operation was conducted recently in a Dallas suburb where agents infiltrated 36 bars and arrested 30 people for public intoxication, said the commission's Carolyn Beck.

Alex Says:  As one who enjoys "the drink" (no, really!), I find this very disturbing.  More disturbing still was the photo that ran with the Yahoo! News article–I have NOT doctored this:

Yahoo! News entry