What Is Wrong With this Picture?

via iOwnTheWorld:

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My handy pocket Constitution from The Heritage Foundation says something a little different. Should we all request a bushel or two or a thousand be sent to the Denton, Texas school system?

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Hey, Douglas County Sentinel: Spell-check is your friend

(Disclaimer: I make my own share of typos, but at least I proof-read before I post. This is just plain embarrassing!)

Douglas County DA David McDade continues to investigate the “changing party” held in the county that is part of the tangled web of APS deceit.

After reading the article, however, one can’t help but wonder if the bigger crime is that the Douglas County Sentinel doesn’t have a spell-checker.

[sic] The Atlanta Public Schools test cheating investigation’s Douglas County cponnection is gettiung an even closer look, as Douglas County District Attorney David McDade looks for any activity that could be subject to prosecution.

McDade has been going through the 120 volumes of a Georgia Bureau of Investigation report as well as the 800-page internal investigation report ordered by the office of Gov. Nathan Deal. He knows that the five Atlanta Public Schools employees met in the Douglas County home of […] to have a “changing party” in which they allegedly used answer sheets provided by a school official to change students’ answers on standardized tests after exams had been turned in.

Those employees of Gideons Elementary have been given immunity from prosecution in exchange for their cooperation in the investigation, but McDade says he is seeing if their supervisors are guilty of any crime.

“We have scheduled interviews with those five individuals and have been in contact with their attortneys,” McDade said. “The first of those interviews will happen on Monday.”

He said while those at the “party” may not face charges, he wants to see what precipitated the actions.

“We hope to determine whether or not there is any evidence that anyone with any supervisory poower over these teachers have any crtiminal liability. Just knowing about it isn’t criminal, but if they in some way suggested it or directed it – that could be a different matter.”

Ouch. Don’t believe me? Screenshot after the fold…

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Jennifer Keeton, Augusta State University and the First Amendment

Which of those three doesn’t belong? According to Augusta State University, Jennifer Keeton. This brave young woman is a graduate student in education/counseling. The university has told her that she has to renounce her Christian beliefs or be expelled. Supposedly, her views do not align with accepted norms of counselors, teachers or faculty members at ASU. Wow.

Capt’n Ed:

It sounds to me like the ACA [American Counseling Association] wants a “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule for religion. That runs square into the First Amendment, especially for a state-run school. The ACA’s idea of who comes first doesn’t get to trump the restriction on freedom of religious exercise. If clients get off-put by Keeton’s approach to counseling, they can look for another counselor. Now, the ACA can decide not to certify her; as a private organization, they have that prerogative. If they do that explicitly based on her religious belief, however, they may have a problem with that in court, especially as it will block Keeton’s ability to make a living.

The state-run school has no such leeway. They cannot impose a religious test for graduation, no matter how they dress it up.

Ms. Keeton has sued, stating that ASU actively violated her First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of religion. She is being represented by the Alliance Defense Fund.

More at the AJC. And more to come…but you can bet it won’t be in the MSM.

Where are the Board of Regents? Aren’t they the governing body of the public higher ed institutions in Georgia? Hello? Anybody in there?

Our Potty-Mouthed President

Part the first, here.

Obama on BP – he wants to kick somebody’s a$$. Yes, really. He even said it on television.

Erick is as floored as I am at how low this President has sunk.

He is talking to experts not to find out how to solve the problem but to find out whose ass to kick? Seriously?

That is the President of the United States in his own words.

There is one well leaking caused by the collapse of one platform owned by one company.

Not only has Barack Obama not once talked to the CEO of that company, his big donor British Petroleum, he overreacted and shut down every company’s offshore drilling — every single one. He put, effective immediately, tens of thousands of people on the unemployment line.

And in the President of the United States’ own words, he’s not talking to experts to figure out how to solve the problem, but to figure out who to assign blame to.

This is not leadership. Heck, this isn’t even bullying.

This is failure.

Contrast that with the commencement address he gave to Kalamazoo Central High School (the same day, even?) where he admonished the graduates

Don’t Make Excuses. Take Responsibility Not Just For Your Successes, But For Your Failures As Well. … It’s The Easiest Thing In The World To Start Looking Around For Someone To Blame.”

Really. And a toe-tapper to boot.

Doublethink doublespeak. Reminds me of something I saw over at Gerard’s.

Jim Hoft has an excellent list of things Obama blames Bush, and the GOP, and America for. Too bad O can’t stomach his own medicine.

UPDATE:
From American Thinker

That was a first. By uttering that line, Obama crossed a line that no president ever crossed before, passing another milestone in the advance of vulgarity in our culture, and lowering public discourse to a new nadir.

Indeed, it is one thing to spout vulgarities in private meetings or in battle, but knowingly on national television? If you want to further denigrate yourself in public opinion, go right ahead, but it’s another thing entirely to sully the Office of the President. And get your d$%*#$ can off the Resolute desk.

Short-Sighted Budget Cuts

Sonny Perdue proves yet again he can’t tell the forest from the trees, or the boat docks, for that matter. He must have been absent from school the day they taught cause and effect. Dr. Stephen Briggs in the AJC:

Short-sighted tuition-grant cuts will actually cost Georgia more

By Stephen R. Briggs

In the midst of a fiscal meltdown, why would state leaders eliminate the most cost-effective program for helping Georgia students to attend and graduate from a four-year college?

For more than three decades, the Tuition Equalization Grant has been a vital source of financial aid for Georgia residents choosing to attend one of the state’s private colleges or universities. In 2008, this program provided $1,200 in annual assistance for Georgians attending these institutions. In 2009, the grant was reduced by nearly 20 percent, to $975. In the administration’s proposed budget for next year, this important source of financial aid is eliminated entirely.

Elimination of the TEG would mean that 29,000 Georgia college students will no longer receive any taxpayer-supported tuition assistance from the state, despite the taxes paid by their families that support higher education. For thousands of these students, the TEG is the only source of state-supported assistance available.

Eliminating the TEG for 29,000 Georgia taxpayers makes no economic sense. This action pushes students to choose public institutions which are already overcrowded and underfunded. Students who opt for state institutions will cost Georgia taxpayers more than $7,000 in state funding on average, significantly more than the per-student cost savings gained by the elimination of TEG. Even in the near future, eliminating TEG is likely to increase state costs and undercut efforts to improve Georgia’s graduation rates.

One state official called the TEG a luxury that was “great while we could afford it, but not deemed a necessity.” Since when did improving college graduation rates become a luxury rather than a state and national priority? It is not a luxury to support students at state institutions with a tax-based allocation of $7,000 per year, nor is it extravagant to support students at the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech for twice that amount. And certainly, it is far from a luxury to support students at Georgia’s private colleges with a TEG of $1,000.

Perhaps some state leaders believe that TEG students can afford to pay another $1,000 because they attend private institutions and come from more affluent families. In truth, TEG students come from every corner of the state and are from families whose average income is less than that of students attending the state’s four-year colleges and universities. Most remain here after graduating from college: they enter Georgia’s work force, strengthen our communities, build our economy and pay taxes.

These students choose to shoulder a large portion of the cost of college because they seek the quality and focused learning environment of a private college. As nonprofit institutions, the private colleges themselves invest substantially in these students through fund-raising and receive no budgetary assistance from the state university system.

Every student who chooses a private college reduces the need for expensive new buildings at public institutions. It does not take a college degree to see that the $1,000 TEG builds a stronger higher education system for all Georgians in a time of fiscal constraint.

Stephen R. Briggs is president of Berry College in Rome.

More later…

Clayton News

Check out my latest post on Clayton County at Atlanta Politics Online.

Like My Senior Needs ANOTHER Reason to Skip – Updated

September 8, the day of Obama’s National Super-De-Duper Indoctrination Speech to our school children, has just been dubbed National Skip Day. Like kids need another reason to ditch. Cool kids, get your hall pass here.

I guess Allahpundit doesn’t have kids of his own (I don’t know, I’m only guessing) – if he did, why would he even allow those precious little ears to hear O’Suavey’s dulcet tones of socialism while he attempts the grandest overreach of all time? He’s sooooo cool; he multi-tasks like that.

Ace:

Here’s a secondary harm in Obama’s address — even if he himself keeps his speech nonpartisan, he’s giving the signal to thousands of leftist teachers that it’s time for full-on indoctrination.

Children are the future of our great country, not the targets of leftist propaganda.

Americans now feel their kids are being unfairly targeted, thanks to Obama’s stupid move here. He’ll get his speech done, lots and lots of teachers and faculty will use the opportunity to get a little indoctrination in, a few pro-Democrat, pro-Obama warm and fuzzies implanted into the innocent and gullible hearts of our young. But this little stunt will have gained him little, and cost him much.

But he has awakened the Ents. School boards are close to all-powerful, but they are elected on a local level. Most parents and citizens have been asleep at the wheel, especially in Republican territory. Because of this event, we are going to see MASSES of people show up at school board meetings and PTA meetings who never did before, just like the townhalls of August.

They’re going to be asking some questions:

* Why did you let this happen here?
* Why did we elect you anyway if you’re just gonna be a sop to the left?
* You know what? We’re gonna vote you out and get some people who actually CARE about our kids running our school boards.

I should point out one thing that’s true about the upcoming school board meetings that was not true about the townhalls. There will be enough angry citizens attending in those meetings to vote out incumbents in the next election. They won’t require the media, they won’t require the Republican Party. They have kids, their neighbors and friends have kids, and no amount of teacher endorsements, union intimidation, or smooth talking will keep them from turning out ineffective or leftist school board members, the very next election.

I am telling you now, and as far as I know, I am the first to say it. Obama’s circus-stunt flyby of our nation’s public schools on September 8 will end up dealing a fatal blow to the left’s decades-long ownership of the schools in conservative territory. It won’t happen right away, and it will in fact be a long and bloody war. The left is dug in and fortified, and they’ve been playing dirty for as long as anyone can remember. But it will happen. [E Pluribus Unum at RedState]

Who put these people in charge, anyway? Hippy vegans? Cannibals? Oh yeah, them.

Protect your babies, while you still can.

UPDATE: Extreme BAD MANNERS reported by Maggie’s Notebook:

Did you know that President Obama went directly to School Principals to announce his plans to speak to our school age children? And did you know this is a “major breach of protocol?” Did you know that, at least, he should have only contacted School Superintendents?

More from American Daughter:

Ignoring school superintendents, Obama wrote to school principals announcing his forthcoming speech to school children. This is a serious breach of protocol. All communications should be routed through the Superintendent of Schools for each district.

Not only was this bad manners bigtime, it has implications for states’ rights and local rights that go far beyond the one event. School districts are overseen by a School Board, usually elected by the citizens of the district. Voters expect that board to ensure an education that reflects their values and goals for their children.

By deliberately cutting the local school boards and the superintendents out of the loop, Obama is essentially bypassing the voters, including parents. He is establishing a precedent for federal control of the children, for making them wards of the federal authority. This is totally a page out of the Marxist playbook that Obama and his office mate terrorist Bill Ayers used in Chicago.

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The Six Degrees of Stacy McCain

You’ve heard of that game “The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” (which is really based on Frigyes Karinthy’s theory first published in 1929 and further popularized by playwright John Guare). The premise is that everyone on earth can be connected through the people they know, with at most 6 friends between them.

Saturday morning, I got to play this game with Notorious Blogger, Stacy McCain, during breakfast at a Cracker Barrel in Douglas County, Georgia. He was in Georgia to give a speech up in Rome to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Accompanied by the Hubster and our two (respective) sons, we had a lively discussion. While the boys discussed what teenage boys do (sports, girls, school, girls, guitars, girls), the grown-ups at the table discussed the elitoids in academia, being Southern in a anti-Southern world, how the much the area had changed, high school marching bands (he played trombone, I played trumpet), our families and our upbringing.

Readers of this blog already know that my son and Stacy share the same high school alma mater and are proud survivors of Siegel-land. We proceeded to find a few more mutual acquaintances. Including the one that knows Obi (the Obi that Obi’s Sister is named for), the illustrious and historic Sasquatch of Spirit of Atlanta fame.

It was loads of fun.

Bloggers at Breakfast

The Circle of Life

Linked over at The Other McCain. All that is old is new again. The best teachers make their subjects live before their student’s eyes. John Siegel, LSHS – Best.History.Teacher.Evah.

So, help me here, knowing what we all know about Stacy…exactly what does it mean that he and my boy share the bond of being Siegelized?

Is Al Gore in Town?

Dang. It is frightfully cold down here. Usually in the winter, we get a few spikes of freezing weather. A nip here, some ice there, a snow day because 3 flurries flew around in a northern county for 5 minutes, then boom – it’s spring. Several days in a row of sub-zero wind chills are highly unusual. Thank goodness there is no moisture in the air! That results in a whole different subset of car happiness. I absolutely, positively DO NOT DRIVE in that stuff.

Just like houses on the West Coast are built for earthquakes and houses in Miami are built for hurricanes, houses in Georgia are usually built as a sanctuary from the brutal summer heat and humidity. We’ve not used our fireplace in about five years. Furnaces usually run for about four months. I only own one wool sweater (I’m a fleece girl now).

I can’t help but think that perhaps Al Gore is in town. Or maybe he’s used all that money he’s made off of fake carbon-offsets to built a dastardly particle beam gun to point at the atmosphere and wreak havoc with the weather. Or worse yet, maybe he’s died and is hermetically sealed in some top-secret cryo facility. His massive brain refuses to freeze with his body and is casting about like a frantic apparition, causing chaos in the weather models. Remember when Obi-Wan died (the Kenobi, not my brother)? His force was released from his body and he became even more powerful. Hmmmmm. Regardless, just remember the one-and-only cause of bone-numbing cold – it’s the global warming, stupid.

Somewhat aside: Evidently the frigid weather has frozen some brains over at the Georgia Dome. I putter past by the venue twice a day on the long, slow slog to and from work. This morning the outdoor jumbotron read, “Congratulations to the Atlanta Falcons. 11-5 season and a birth in the playoffs.”

Snort. I guess you don’t need no fancy learnin’ to type on that there big sign. The saddest part was this: how many others sitting the traffic around me knew it was incorrect? Or even cared? Or can read/write/speak the Queen’s English to begin with?

Give Thanks

Over the river and through the woods, to Obi’s house we go…

Turkey Day is finally here. For most of America, it is a day to overeat like tomorrow will never come and watch dozens of football games. Parades, floats, flying clown balloons. Since schools no longer teach the meaning of Thanksgiving, here’s the 101.

Thanksgiving is one of two true American holidays. Independence Day is the other. While there is some academic contention as to where and when the first Thanksgiving occurred, it is generally accepted that the celebration occurred in the Plymouth colony in the fall. The settlers ate a meal with the Native Americans who helped them avoid starvation the previous winter. Gratitude for simple survival.

The Anchoress:

I thank my God for all good things, and even for the things and circumstances that do not always immediately seem to fall into the category of “good.” I trust. I hope. I believe. I thank.


Rick Moran:

This Thanksgiving finds us all a little worried, a little distracted by what is going on in our country and the world. We fret about the future. Our concern extends to our children and we wonder what kind of America they will grow up in. We’re concerned about our jobs, or our businesses, or our pension and savings.

What is there to be thankful for? For most of us, it must be the blessings and joys that being part of a family brings us and how that connection sustains us, warms us, and embraces us so that the world’s troubles are kept at bay. As long as we have each other, the storms outside of our little familial cocoon can’t really wash away anything we can’t afford to lose.

All the wealth in the world can’t buy what you will have in front of you at the Thanksgiving table today. All the security that could be granted by all the armies in the world won’t make you any safer than you will be today in the warm embrace of those whose love is given unconditionally and without artifice.

Perhaps when things are blackest, a reminder of where the light is shining brightly will bring us peace and allow us to recall why we were placed on this earth and what makes life the joyous adventure it is.

Gerard leaves us with a Pilgrim Hymn that reminds me of another song of gratitute.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Irritating Phrases

Oxford University has compiled a list of irritating phrases.

The researchers who compiled the list monitor the use of phrases in a database called the Oxford University Corpus, which comprises books, papers, magazines, broadcast, the internet and other sources.

The database alerts them to new words and phrases and can tell them which expressions are disappearing. It also shows how words are being misused.

As well as the above expressions, the book’s author Jeremy Butterfield says that many annoyingly over-used expressions actually began as office lingo, such as 24/7 and “synergy”.

Other phrases to irritate people are “literally” and “ironically”, when they are used out of context.

Mr Butterfield said: “We grow tired of anything that is repeated too often – an anecdote, a joke, a mannerism – and the same seems to happen with some language.”

The top ten most irritating phrases:
1 – At the end of the day
2 – Fairly unique
3 – I personally
4 – At this moment in time
5 – With all due respect
6 – Absolutely
7 – It’s a nightmare
8 – Shouldn’t of
9 – 24/7
10 – It’s not rocket science

Oops, they forgot one – Hope and Change.

Pray for Clayton County Schools

These bozos had 5 YEARS to clean up their act. Now it’s the children that suffer. Since when does a Board of Education need to worry itself about the students of their district? In Clayton, that’s business as usual. SACS revoked the system’s accreditation yesterday. As a proud alum of a once fine school system, I am appalled.

Low points of the whole sordid affair:

The commission cited Clayton’s dysfunctional school board as the school system’s main problem.

The governance issues hampered everything from teaching and learning to staffing and allocation of resources, accreditors said.

“It affected the entire school system,” said Mark A. Elgart, president and chief executive officer of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. “Today, the students’ education in this particular district is being compromised.”

The loss of accreditation means students could have trouble getting into some colleges and universities, or receiving scholarship money. Georgia’s public colleges have promised to accept Clayton students. Students who graduate before 2010 will still receive their HOPE scholarships, thanks to new legislation signed by Perdue this year.

Clayton can regain accreditation if it shows before Sept. 1, 2009, that all the nine mandates have been met.

If successful, accreditation would be restored, retroactive to Sept. 1, 2008. If it is not successful, the school system would have to start the accreditation process from the beginning, which likely would take about three years.

On Thursday, SACS said the school system had fulfilled only one mandate: to assure that every board member lives in the county.

“There’s positive intent in some cases, but there is no result in some cases,” Elgart said.

Accreditors were particularly concerned that the board surrendered its governing authority to Thompson, Elgart said. In April, the board signed a contract that allowed Thompson as the new superintendent to violate policies and circumvent the board.

“The current contract cedes authority to the superintendent,” Elgart said. “It not only violates standards for accreditation, but board policy and violates state law.”

The accreditation loss doesn’t just affect students, but every resident and business owner in Clayton.

Real estate agents have estimated the county has lost almost $550 million in housing equity since the school system was placed on probation in 2003.

Stupid, AND Scary Things

The “new and improved” textbooks.

Don’t count on your kids see Islam in the proper light now that textbooks are being cleansed of any unpleasant information about the violent deathcult.

If the Left is so hateful to this woman, what makes you think they will be nice to you after November?

You know if she were a Democrat first lady, we’d be hearing about her bravery on the frontlines and her commitment to women’s rights endlessly. She’d be lauded by the yappers of The View and gushed over by Oprah, Katie, and the NYTimes.

Instead, she’s “wasting jet fuel.”

Scar-die-cat Dem’s, too afraid to leave their own backyard (who cares about the fuel?), have the MSM in their back pocket of projectile self-justificating projection.

He [Peter Beinart] prattles on and on about how the wisest men seek the counsel of the most jaundiced observers, and all in service of the #***@#$ STUPID notion that staying away from Iraq is to BHOs benefit and will allow him to better understand the real situation. It’s nothing short of self-referential, preposterous bollocks.

Yes, oh yes, we must guard that oh-so-precious backside. That backside that is covered in corruption, with Rezko acting out his part of restroom attendant. But you can count on his media to look the other way. Those corrupticrats…oh wait…

Don’t tell me: they weren’t that way when Obama first met them…

UPDATE: Siggy outlines the many people Obama knew before he didn’t know them. (End update)

This “Lightworker” crap is downright nauseating. Too bad there are some pretty stupid people out there who buy it.

There’s a vast amount of positive energy swirling about that’s been held back by the armies of BushCo darkness, and this energy has now found a conduit, a lightning rod, is now effortlessly self-organizing around Obama’s candidacy. People and emotions and ideas of high and positive vibration are automatically drawn to him. It’s exactly like how Bush was a magnet for the low vibrational energies of fear and war and oppression and aggression, but, you know, completely reversed.

Gag. Gag. Gag.

Einstein’s Chauffeur

I just love this story about Einstein via Siggy:

When Albert Einstein was making the rounds of the speaker’s circuit, he usually found himself eagerly longing to get back to his lab work. One night as they were driving to yet another rubber-chicken dinner, Einstein mentioned to his chauffeur (a man who somewhat resembled Einstein in looks and manner) that he was tired of making speeches.“I have and idea, boss,” his chauffeur said. “I’ve heard you give this speech so many times. I’ll bet I could give it for you.” Einstein laughed loudly and said, “Why not? Let’s do it!” When they arrive at the dinner, Einstein donned the chauffeur’s cap and jacket and sat in the back of the room. The chauffeur gave a beautiful rendition of Einstein’s speech and even answered a few questions expertly.

Then a supremely pompous professor asked an extremely esoteric question about anti-matter formation, digressing here and there to let everyone in the audience know that he was nobody’s fool. Without missing a beat, the chauffeur fixed the professor with a steely stare and said, “Sir, the answer to that question is so simple that I will let my chauffeur, who is sitting in the back of the room, answer it for me.”

Can’t you just imagine the twinkle in his eye during this entire exchange?

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