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[snip] "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition," U.S. senator Barack Obama told this year's graduating class of downstate Knox College. "It asks too little of yourself. You need to take up the challenges that we face as a nation and make them your own. Not because you have a debt to those who helped you get here, although you do have that debt. Not because you have an obligation to those who are less fortunate than you, although I do think you do have that obligation. It's primarily because you have an obligation to yourself. Because individual salvation has always depended on collective salvation. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential."

[snip] The more you watch, the less you know. Kristen Harrison, a speech communication professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, finds that children in grades one through three who watch more TV--an average of 28 hours a week--are more confused about nutrition than those who watch less. Regardless of how much they knew to start with, the more television they watched, the less able they were to provide sound nutritional reasons for their food choices. Many equated "diet" and "fat-free" with "nutritious."

[snip] W is for wisdom. Bush was quoted in 1999 by the Scripps Howard news service saying this about President Clinton's intervention in Kosovo: "I think it's also important for the president to lay out a timetable as to how long they will be involved and when they will be withdrawn."


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