George F. Will: For this, we give thanks

Published: November 22, 2012
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Big Teacher is watching: Some Orwellian school districts asked children to wear bracelets monitoring their physical activity and reporting it to a website. North Haven, Conn., ordered a family to stop keeping “livestock” — a pet rabbit — on its property.

Literature flourished this year as sales of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy passed 40 million. Hot for egalite, France's new socialist government proposed banning homework because it gives advantages to students from homes conducive to study. Congress found that Amtrak spends $16.15 to make a cheeseburger it sells for $9.50. Houston's new “pole tax” — $5 per customer at strip clubs — will fund rape investigations because the clubs promote unhealthy attitudes about women. Los Angeles County's $1 billion pornographic movie industry may decamp for more libertarian precincts now that voters passed a measure requiring performers to wear condoms.

Florence Green, the last World War I veteran anywhere, died in England two weeks shy of 111. Finally, at Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus, Ohio, Megan Ryan has Down syndrome and the title of Homecoming Queen, which by itself redeems 2012.

George Will's email address is georgewill@washpost.com.

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