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Cracking the SAT

The title to Princeton Reviews book is pretty straight forward... use the book to study and do well on the SAT. But after an article in the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago, it makes me wonder if maybe it means something more... Is Princeton Review subliminally sending messages to kids to take crack before taking the SAT test? Probably not on purpose... but who knows?

Apparently, people have been taking to the prescription drug adderal to do better on the SAT, and apparently its been working. This is supposed to be a drug given to kids with ADHD so they can sit still and not screw around in class, but it also seems to give a pretty good kick for people taking "tests of reasoning." Then again, isn't it more a test of how well you feel that morning anyway? Aren't the top pieces of advice given by those shady SAT prep classes and books to get a good nights sleep and to eat a good breakfast? If this is all you need to do then why did we waste the past 12 years of our …

Al Qaeda Recruiting Missions

Say what you might about the war on terror, but its hard to see how this strategy is actually solving the root problems of terrorism. Sure it might be temporarily repressing terrorist attacks in America, but how long can we do this? forever? The war on terror surely hasn't been very effective in capturing Bin-laden or Al-Zarqawi or increasing our Middle-eastern credibility...

When you consider the reasons why terrorism exists, it starts to make sense how ridiculous our current policy is. America's support of Isreal and our utter disrepect toward Muslim people in the Middle East seems to be incentive for them to want to attack the US and Isreal. Our actions in the Iraq war seem to have done nothing but exacerbate these problems. There are images on Middle-Eastern television showing Americans forcing Iraqis to strip and then completely humiliating them. Then there is video of an American cursing and blowing away an innocent Iraqi in a mosque. The civilian death toll is estimated…

So Much Hypocrisy

Being the moral, Christian guy that George Bush is... it seems like he's doing a good job of fighting to keep Senator Arlen Spector from becoming head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, since Spector is openly pro-choice and will ensure Roe v. Wade stays in place. But its making me ask... what the hell?

Both Bush and Pennsylvania's other Republican Senator, Rick Santorum, endorsed Spector for re-election, even though they knew he was running as a pro-choice candidate, and that he openly opposed Bush on other issues like stem cell research. They pretty much snubbed Rep. Toomey, who Paul Begala calls "a much better peson." The whole thing makes you wonder what the actual motive of this thing was? Did they want to ensure Roe v. Wade didn't get overturned but at the same time wanted to use it as a campaign centerpiece to appease the evangelicals? And then did they want to put up a fight with Spector to make sure their image as anti-abortionists was upheld? Obviously …

What Now?

So the election is over and it looks like the Republicans somehow did an amazing job of completely playing America. The poll numbers and statistics are so bizarre that the whole thing just boggles my mind. Wasn't terrorism supposed to be a big issue in this election? Whats interesting is that all of the states and communities that have been, or are likely to be victims of terrorist attacks overwhelmingly voted for Kerry. New York, New Jersery, Connecticut, Marlyland, and DC all went to Kerry, despite being the biggest victims of terrorist attacks. The East Coast and California are the most likely to be attacked by terrorists again, and still... no support for Bush there. Back at home, Cleveland is the biggest and most likely target in Ohio, but in Cuyahoga county, Kerry won by a landslide.

Whats especially mind-boggling is that more Americans indicated they voted for president based on 'moral values' more than any other issue, including the war and the economy. How the hel…