In the midseason finale of The Walking Dead, Beth dies after Rick and the gang had (they thought) successfully managed a hostage negotiation with Dawn. After hostages are traded – Beth and Carol for two of Dawn's police officers – Dawn predictably and despotically demands that Noah, the ward whom Beth had replaced and who had escaped with her help, remain behind in Beth's stead. Although Noah is willing to sacrifice himself so that Beth can leave, Beth turns back to Dawn and stabs her with a pair of surgical scissors she had hidden in her cast.
In every man’s life there comes a time when he must ask himself a hard question. For me, that question occurred out of the blue, prompted by a headline on Facebook. It is this:
Do I still consider myself a fan of the Dave Matthews Band?
I responded to myself with an apoplectic, “Of course I do!” Then, I stopped and thought about it. I couldn’t remember the last time I had actually listened to one of the band's songs. I mean, really listened, or possibly even sang along with.
I recently took the Which Early Christian Heresy Are You? quiz and my result was Arianism. I posted on Facebook my disappointment at not receiving Pelagianism. But after a few days of contemplation, I’ve started to wonder if I’m really that disappointed.
Recently, Neshaminy High School in Bucks County, PA, made a ripple when the student editors of the school newspaper (The Playwickian) decided that they would no longer print the name of the school’s mascot — the Redskins — within its pages.
A week ago, it got out that an 80-year-old white guy made some racist comments. Considering that such an even was unprecedented in American history, the Internet blew up and the People called for blood. A few days later, LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million. Furthermore, NBA commissioner Adam Silver made it perfectly clear that he was going to press NBA franchise owners to force Sterling to sell the Clippers.
As it turns out, I'm a horrible libertarian: I'm allowing my kids to take New York State's standardized tests. The first of these, the English Language Arts, are being administered this week, and the math version will follow in a few weeks, after spring break.