A Book Report by Lauren Graham

A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Bad Beginning, book cover

The book I'm reading, A Series of Unfortunate Events, A bad beginning, was written by Lemony Snicket. It is the first book of thirteen and contains the beginning of misery for three young children. The three Baudelaire siblings had a great life, with kind parents, and wealthy family. That is until one unfortunate day while they were on the beach they received the horrid news of a fire that burned down their house and took their parents along with it, from a man named Mr.Poe. Their luck went down from there, itchy clothes, dirty houses, cold porridge, cruel guardians and evil men out for the Baudelaire fortune. This book has no happy ending, no happy beginning and no happy middle, its just one disaster after another.

The Democracy Test

If we are serious about democracy, educated citizens are required. If you are against an educated citizenry, you are against democracy. This simple test separates the fascists and demagogues from legitimate statesman, regardless of party affiliation or rhetoric. #demotest

How does your candidate do on the Democracy Test?

No one who is against education ever says straight out that they are against education. One might hint that "A university education might not be for everybody". This is true when applied to one or another individual, but demonstrably false when made into official policy. Don't get me started on the school voucher debacle.