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Today's word on journalism

September 18, 2008

Partisan politics:

"Say 'conservative' and they wag their tails. Say 'liberal' and they bare their fangs. More to the point, say either and all thinking ceases. . . . [P]eople hear this doublespeak and cheer. Why not? They have been taught that words mean what you need them to in a given moment. Turns out, all it requires is a limitless supply of gall and the inherent belief that people are dumber than a bag of hammers."

--Leonard Pitts Jr., Pulitzer-winning columnist. The Miami Herald, 2008 (Thanks to alert WORDster Jerry Vonderbrink)

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Keiko Wells to kick off English department speaker series
Utah State University's Department of English Speaker Series kicks off the year Wednesday with Keiko Wells and her presentation "What I See in America through the Study of Black Spirituals."

Richmond to have harvest market on September Saturdays
This town is hosting a Harvest Market on Saturdays in September. The featured items will be locally grown fresh produce.

Stockholm museum re-creates era of giant wooden warships
In 1625, the King Gustaf II Adolf ordered four ships to be built, and Vasa was supposed to be the biggest one of them. One thousand oak trees were cut to build the ship. / By Jonas Tyden

Simple Kitchen: Treats, meats and creams
So for my final article, I decided that I am going to give you just a bunch of yummy summer recipes that you can enjoy making, serving and eating. These are some of my favorite recipes and so they will turn out! / By Errin Stevenson

Simple Kitchen: Wraps of flavor
Wraps are one of my summertime favorites. They are quick, light and healthy. / By Errin Stevenson

Swedes sing along at Allsång på Skansen
This week I decided to visit the extremely popular Allsång på Skansen show. It is a Swedish television show where famous Swedish and international songs are sung, and the crowd sings along. / By Jonas Tyden

Simple Kitchen: Chicken pasta spinach salad
A salad that serves as a main entrée is always one that I just love! It is healthy, filling and gives you a different dish during a busy week. / By Errin Stevenson

Palace of Drottningholm has history and style
This week I visited the Palace of Drottningholm, which is on Lovön outside Stockholm, Sweden. It was built in the 1600s and it is a palace full of history. / By Jonas Tyden

Simple Kitchen: Summer sun quenchers
In Utah, summers are hot and drinks are always nice when they are served while the grill is going. So, lets kick our drinks up and add some flavor. / By Errin Stevenson

Visby, the city of roses
I spent this past week in Visby, which is the capital city on Gotland. Gotland is the largest island in the Baltic Sea. It is a very beautiful island, and approximately 50,000 people live on Gotland year around. / By Jonas Tyden

Swedes celebrate the sun on Midsummer's Eve and Day
The Swedish Midsummer is seen by many as the start of the summer because a lot of people go on vacations after the traditional weekend. / By Jonas Tyden

Simple Kitchen: Barbecue bash
Let's let the fire begin by filling up our propane tanks to start the grill. With Pioneer Day just around the corner, we know there is lots of barbecues headed our way. / By Errin Stevenson

Simple Kitchen: Fruity summer
If you are like me, living in Utah can be hard because there is a short fruit season here. So, during these few months, enjoy! Fruits are great for any meal during the summer. They are very healthy, light and fun to serve. / By Errin Stevenson

Simple Kitchen: Easy pasta
Pasta is a great side dish, main dish or just a snack during the afternoon or evening hours. Served with warm bread, it is always an easy hit! / By Errin Stevenson

Simple Kitchen: Grilling some fine bratwurst
Grilling is my favorite way to cook meat in the summer! It is quick, yummy and really easy to clean up. It also adds the nice, fired flavor to your meats and you can cook your meat to perfection. / By Errin Stevenson

Simple Kitchen: Green and healthy
Slow down on the dressing and speed up the fruits and vegetables is my theory. Also, look for the dark colors in fruits and vegetables. They are usually the richest in nutrients. / By Errin Stevenson


'Mamma Mia!' a bit of summer fun
The light-hearted summer movie musical Mamma Mia! is perfect for best girl-friends, mothers and daughters and anyone else looking to have a carefree night on the beach. / By Sara Anderson

'Dark Knight' a powerful step up from first Batman movie
Gotham has a new white knight and a new villain to haunt your dreams. The Dark Knight is black with menace, dripping with distain from the Joker's evil laugh. And the ending isn't exactly happy. / By Sara Anderson

Funny, cool action, actors in 'Get Smart'
Get Smart
is a laugh-out-loud good time. The cast is perfect for the roles and makes the action and comedy look easy. This could be the comedy summer-blockbuster. / By Sara Anderson

'Hulk' good for action but not in 'Iron Man's' league
The Incredible Hulk
may go over better with fans of the comic book but can be enjoyable for anyone looking for action and science fiction. / By Sara Anderson

'Kung Fu Panda' fun for all ages
Kung Fu Panda,
which opened Friday, is full of action, bravery, comedy and a tale of the underdog (or under-panda). This film is rated PG and proves to be enjoyable for any age. / By Sara Anderson

'Zohan' too racy, not Sandler's best work
If you're offended by sexual jokes, motions or innuendos, this movie is not for you. The movie does have funny political moments and carries a humorous political theme throughout. Still, not the best Adam Sandler movie. / By Sara Anderson


Arrington Lecture to examine future study of Utah War
The 2008 Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture at Utah State University will feature a noted independent historian, William P. MacKinnon, who will take a look at future study of the Utah War.


USU Partners in Business announces 2008-09 seminar series
Utah State University Partners in Business begins its 2008-2009 season Sept. 3-4, with the Operational Excellence seminar, which brings hundreds of professionals from around the Intermountain West.


Tips for Better Golf: Cure your slice
This won't usually happen in a day, so be prepared to practice these tips on the driving range as well as on the course. / By Josh Perry

Tips for Better Golf: Getting more power in your drives
Whether you just started golf or have been playing for a while, you continually seek longer drives no matter your skill level. / By Josh Perry

Tips for Better Golf: Improve your putting
Anyone can use a few more strokes off their game. Improve your putting and you will definitely achieve this. / By Josh Perry

Tips for Better Golf: Short game savers
Getting up and down for par out of the rough, bunker, or even the fairway is not always easy if your short game is off. / By Josh Perry

Tips for Better Golf: Fixing that hook swing
Hitting that perfect draw down the fairway is what most golfers desire, but for a lot of people, that perfect draw ends up being a hook out of bounds. / By Josh Perry


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