Volume II                                December 25, 2006                             Number 48
A Political, Social, Literary Journal

Holy Seasons
and the Hellenic Spirit
James Adler
This week's on-line version of the exemplary liberal Israeli paper Ha'aretz has asked an unfortunate question of its readers, "Who are the Maccabees of today?"...

Harvard Square Observer:
The Joy of Teaching
Ernest Cassara
Ye Olde Observer would like to wish you . . .
“Happy Holidays!”  Oops!  Strike that...

The DeFacto Closing of the Flagships and Possible Replacements for Them
Lawrence Velvel
...The fundamental impetus for the post is a recent article about flagship state universities....

• Reader’s Question
• Pat Ourselves on the Back
• In the Tent or Outside?
• A Bit of Humor for the Holidays

Implication for the Long Run:
Developments Last Week
• Naiveté
• A Promise
• Responsibility
• Lasting Term?
• Folly's Persistence
• Familiar Tonic

Everything Else

In China:
Magical Ice Sculptures
James Adler
A town in Northern China, Harbun, does this every year.

Wisdom from Polonius
A Holiday Primer from History.com

Chuckle of the Week:
Holiday Cartoons
WARNING: These cartoons are not politically correct.

Chuckle Extra:
The Perfect Man and Woman
The battle of the sexes continues - even during the holidays. Click the title above to link to another round at FlashFunPages.com

Site of the Week:
Barney's Holiday Extravaganza
No matter your political or religious views, you have to be a real Scrooge not to like cats, dogs, and children.

From the Video Shop:
Neil Turner
I am not alone in stating that this filmed version of A Christmas Carol is by far the best so far...

Editor's Panel

From the Editor
John Turner
I have no other message on this day other than...

From Liberty Street:
The Universal Holiday
John Turner
I don't how old I was before I recognized that Christmas wasn't for everybody...

Ernest Cassara
Founding Editor

John Turner
Managing Editor

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