The Friday Ketchup

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Are you still defrosting from being a human popsicle all week? Or did you fall down the stairs like I did and no one helped you so you just laid there for a few days, waiting until your strength returned? We’ve all been there and we understand. That’s why we do the Friday Ketchup to get you up to speed. Here it is- the Friday Ketchup.

A legislative committee in Oklahoma voted to introduce a bill that would ban funding for AP US History courses in the state, citing the lack of “American exceptionalism” being taught by the course. Unfortunately, the bill was rescinded for a rewrite on Thursday.

I don’t understand why people are so opposed to students getting a real view of their country’s history in schools. America is awesome, and it only does awesome stuff. For some reason people feel like they need to say we’ve done bad things in the past, which can’t be true. Maybe they’re just trying to make the other countries feel better for not being as great as us. Whatever.

In entertainment news, the rap music artist known as Vanilla Ice was arrested this week after being accused of stealing from a home in foreclosure. Ice is best know for his song “Ninja Rap” from the 1991 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. It’s very disheartening for this writer to hear about a childhood hero gone bad. Vanilla Ice has had such an amazing and long career, one that is only rivaled by acts such as the Beatles and Michael Jackson, and now all that stellar music may be overshadowed by such petty crime. I hope Ice stops, collaborates, and listens to some good advice from his community members on how to act like a good citizen.

As with all things that are born into this world, it’s time for the Friday Ketchup to end. But take heart in the knowledge that news is always happening, and where there’s news, there’s ketchup. So long.

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