the nation http://ripr.org en The real losers in March Madness Hoops http://ripr.org/post/real-losers-march-madness-hoops <p>Thoughts to ponder while watching March Madness: This is the best time of the year for the college basketball junkies among us. What is more thrilling than wall-to-wall televised hoops generously salted with upsets, buzzer beaters and the endless arguments (and bets) over brackets, conferences and the Final Four. All played out in the college atmosphere of&nbsp; the NCAA tournaments with all the trappings of student cheers, painted faces, pompoms, cheerleaders, crowds fully clad in team colors and the inevitable prancing mascots. Even President Obama fills out his brackets!</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:20:04 +0000 Scott MacKay 12660 at http://ripr.org Providence 5th graders make The Nation http://ripr.org/post/providence-5th-graders-make-nation <p>It is rare that 5<sup>th</sup> graders are featured in the lead of the letters section of a major political media outlet. But that is what happened in the most recent issue of the Nation, that liberal publication of politcs and arts.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 17:30:16 +0000 Scott MacKay 8681 at http://ripr.org