patriotism, etc.

The founder of a U.S. Muslim television network has been arrested and charged with murdering his wife by beheading her, the network's Web site and local media reported.

Muzzammil Hassan, founder and CEO of Buffalo, N.Y.-based Bridges TV which launched in 2004 with a mission to show Muslims in a more positive light, was charged after reporting the death of his wife, Aasiya Hassan, 37, on Thursday night.

If it wasn't so terrible and tragic, it might make you laugh (a little bit). What makes it even worse is that the murder and subsequent arrest were reported on his network, generating him some revenue and publicity. Incredible.

Anyway, it was Presidents' Day today, but no one cared because some institutions of higher learning don't feel obligated to recognize federal holidays. I'm sure Martin Van Buren would be rolling over in his grave if he could know that he's not getting the respect he deserves on the one day devoted to him and his ilk. To be fair, I didn't do my part - I shaved, rather than flaunting a full beard in memory of some of our best presidents, and I went to class instead of doing the patriotic thing and peaceably assembling with my arms in hand.

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