blog postsPut a nickel on the drum, but no pesos. At the Salvation Army, it's all-English, all-the-timeAug 25, 2007 11:35 pm2094 views In 2005 the Salvation Army fired two long-time employees of its Framingham, MA, thrift store for speaking Spanish, not English, on the job.Poll shows 1 in 4 Americans don't read books. But books aren't everything . . .Aug 22, 2007 12:02 am2175 views 27% of Americans read no books last year, according to an AP-Ipsos poll just out. The media immediately reported that the nations literacy is in free fall.Watching TV delays infant language, but don't touch that dial . . .Aug 14, 2007 10:44 pm2271 views Parents regularly tell children that watching television will rot their brains, and now theres proof. According to Frederick Zimmerman and his team of researchers at the University of Washington, watching television whether its "American Idol" or "Sesame Street" actually shrinks babies vocabulary by up to six to eight words per hour. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, found that "each hour per day of viewing baby DVDs/videos was associated with a 16.99-point decrement" in cognitive development compared with babies who did not watch TV.Banning bitch and ho: If words are outlawed, only outlaws will have wordsAug 8, 2007 1:08 pm1358 views Eighteen members of New Yorks City Council have sponsored a resolution to ban the use of bitch and ho as hateful language [that] creates for all women a paradigm of shame and indignity.