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calendar   Saturday - April 25, 2015

the really stupid do manage to thrive. and that’s one thing that’s wrong with our world

I’ve ranted and bitched about the addition of the letters “ism” to almost everything these politically correct days.  And the addition of the term “phobia” attached to various words.  It’s always, without any exception, placed there by the loony damn left and taken up by the press. Always pisses me off and we all know those terms are used as verbal cudgels against conservatives and anyone who dares question the red rats on the left.

Well, today I ran into another new one, new to me and possibly you as well.
Just what the hell is a “Transphobic?” I never saw the word before today, never heard it spoken either.
So I looked it up.
I got the following definition.

“Unreasoning hostility, aversion, etc., toward transgender people”.

I guess I should have been able to figure that out .

Seems a PC head teacher decided that children as young as three years old, should be made to sign a pledge , “Not to use transphobic language in nursery school.”

Here’s the schmuck who thought it up.

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And here’s the story. 

We live in a very sickly world when ppl like her thrive.  And altho it isn’t a part of this article, how’s this for the same sort of distorted thought process.

After a spate of rapes, a killing or two and assaults, the police in one city thought they should offer young women some good advice.
They had posters made up suggesting to the ladies to not allow a friend to wander off alone. When you go out together, stay together, always have a companion.  Simple, innocent.  Innocent?  Well not quite according to the more militant sisterhood of femi Nazis.
They were highly critical of the police and said the posters were patronizing and actually anti female.

That’s our screwed up world ppl. 
Anyway .... on with the latest phobia.

Parents anger after children as young as THREE told to sign contract promising not to use ‘transphobic language’ at nursery

· Turnham Primary School demands pupils sign ‘agreement’ before starting
· Includes line asking children to ‘refrain from using...transphobic language’
· Shocked parents say asking three-year-olds to sign agreement is ‘bonkers’
· Chairman of school’s governing body apologised for any offence caused

By Eleanor Harding, Education Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Children as young as three are being asked to sign a contract pledging not to use transphobic language at school.
The pledge is contained in a ‘home-school agreement’ which all children must sign before they start at Turnham Primary School in September.

The infants must also promise to refrain from using homophobic and racist phrases and to be tolerant of people with different sexual orientations and lifestyles. Each child must print their name and provide a signature to confirm that they understand their ‘responsibilities’ while attending the school.

It is understood that teachers at the South-East London school introduced the document to help stamp out playground prejudice against transgender people and a wide range of disabilities and cultures.

But yesterday the chairman of governors said that they knew nothing about the change to the contract, which was also dismissed as ‘bonkers’ by parents who said pre-school children could not be expected to understand such complex issues.

Yesterday, one mother said: ‘My son is three yet he is meant to pledge not to use “transphobic” language.

This just fills me with dread about what sort of politically correct, tick-box bureaucracy runs this school.

‘How am I meant to explain it to my three-year-old that he must sign on the dotted line not to do something which he is not even aware exists when he can barely hold a crayon?

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/25/2015 at 04:40 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - April 08, 2015

Maybe they should read more books out loud or something

Please Lord, let me get through this one without being mean. I understand that most people don’t share my love for learning, or my fascination with the roots, history, and complexity of the English language. I must also remain focused on the fact that the submissions here were worldwide, not just from England or Canada or the USA. Just remember how much you detest the French language and why.

[ Yes Drew, but you love it when Brazilian and Russian girls say “Ess kwhir el” to identify that gray tree rat, “Mooz” to point out that big deer with the palmated antlers, and “Wahl” to name the largest mammal in the sea. Yeah, but that’s what makes foreign accents so charming! ]

Reddit names hardest word to pronounce

After more than 5,000 submissions on Reddit from around the world, the word with the most votes was “Worcestershire.” Yep, like the sauce.

Now, before you get up in arms about me pronouncing the word incorrectly, even the “CBS This Morning” anchors don’t really agree on how to say it.

“The most difficult word in English is ‘Worcestershire.’ Some people say ‘Worcestershire,’” anchor Gayle King said.

“I like Worcestershire sauce,” anchor Norah O’Donnell said.

“Choir” came in second on the list, and the word “squirrel” was the third most difficult word to pronounce.

Also included on the list is the word “penguin,” a term that even Benedict Cumberbatch bumbled in a BBC documentary.

“I’m completely terrified of the word,” Cumberbatch said on “The Graham Norton Show.”

The Independent reports rounding out the top 10 were the words “isthmus,” “anemone” and “otorhinolaryngologist.” The last one’s an ear, nose and throat doctor.

Wust Er Shear

Kwhy Er

Skwirl or skwir ul. It’s almost a one syllable word.

Payng gwin. Yes, but it’s so adorable when she says “pen jew in”. Awww.

Isttth mus. It helps to be an Igor when saying this one. Yeth Marster, yeth!

An enemy? An enema? No, an emeny. Not Anna moan, not an emo nay.

Oh toe rhino lahr in gol oh gist. This one doesn’t belong here; it’s dead easy. It’s just long. If you can master supercalifragilisticexpialidocious ( ie form redresses function ), or the proper names of the folks from India and Africa you work with, this one is nothing.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/08/2015 at 12:52 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - April 01, 2015

You Don’t Even Have To Look, Part … lots

11 Georgia teachers found guilty of racketeering

Eleven former Atlanta public schools teachers accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy that drew nationwide attention have been convicted of racketeering charges.

The verdicts in the case were announced Wednesday in a Georgia courtroom. Only one of the 12 educators on trial, Dessa Curb, was acquitted of the racketeering charge.

“I knew God had my back,” Curb told the reporters after the verdict was announced.

Eleven of the dozen accused educators were found guilty of conspiracy charges. One of the defendants, Angela Williams - who was found guilty of conspiracy, two counts of false statements and two counts of false swearing, which is lying under oath - may face the longest sentence.

Ten of the defendants were taken into the custody right away.

Shani Robinson, who is pregnant and close to her delivery date, was allowed to remain out on bond.

“They have made their bed and they’re going to have to lie in it and it starts today,” said judge Jerry Baxter.

A grand jury indicted 35 educators in March 2013. Many reached plea agreements with prosecutors. The educators said they faced pressure from supervisors including former superintendent Beverly Hall to inflate students’ scores to show gains in student achievement.

Hall was supposed to be tried along with the others, but her lawyers successfully argued she was too sick to help her own defense. She died last month from complications of breast cancer.

The long-awaited verdict comes six years after the allegations first became public, when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution raised questions about altered answers on standardized tests at number of Atlanta public schools. After six months of testimony from 164 witnesses, jury deliberations began on 19 March.

The Atlanta case is one of the largest school cheating scandals in US history.

“They cheated. They lied. And they stole,” John Floyd, the prosecutor, told the jurors in his closing statement. One teacher was acquitted.

Asked if he thought his office did the right thing in accepting plea deals from other 21 of the 35 indicted educators, Paul Howard, Fulton County district attorney, said: “Oh yeah. We absolutely did the right thing.”

The 21 plea deals helped make it clear that the accusations of racketeering were “not some fantasy created by the DA’s office” and “made it easy for people to recognize that something bad happened,” he said.

A 2011 report by two special investigators found that 178 teachers and principals at 44 schools had cheated. The 800-page report found that teachers at some Atlanta schools were erasing wrong answers and replacing them with correct ones. Better test scores on state tests resulted in performance bonuses for teachers and principals.

“The cheating had been going on so long, we considered it part of our jobs,” Jackie Parks, a former third grade teacher at Venetian Hills elementary school and witness for the prosecution, told the New York Times in 2013. According to her, cheating had been going on since at least 2004.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/01/2015 at 08:22 PM   
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calendar   Friday - February 20, 2015

Seriously?

NJ Junior High Gym Teacher Busted

Porn, Pot, Pedo ... what an idiot



A gym teacher at the Costley Middle School in East Orange ran a major indoor marijuana farm in his home, which was discovered when police executed a search warrant as part of a child pornography investigation, state authorities said today.

“JB” (name removed and link redacted by his request because he is not yet convicted of any of these charges), 37, of Roselle, who is also the head wrestling coach at East Orange Campus High School, was arrested Friday after allegedly uploading child pornography to a Google+ photo account using a computer at a school facility, the Attorney General’s Office said.

Authorities said the investigation began with a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which indicated that images were uploaded from an IP address in a school district facility using an email address later traced to JB.

“It’s appalling that a man entrusted with instructing and mentoring young students as a teacher and coach allegedly was dealing drugs and sexually exploiting children by viewing child pornography online,” acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said.

An attorney for JB could not be reached for comment. Authorities said he has been an employee of the East Orange School District since 2000. The most recent available state pension records indicate JB earned $86,592 in 2013.

The superintendent, Gloria Scott, declined to provide any personnel information, including what action, if any, had been taken, whether he had been suspended, or whether he would be fired.

“I am aware of the situation and I am cooperating fully with the authorities,” Scott said in a statement. “We cannot share any personnel information.”

She added the district would be communicating with parents, students and teachers.

The state public records law requires public agencies to release certain personnel information including an individual’s name, title, position, salary, payroll record, length of service, date of separation and the reason, and the amount and type of any pension.

When presented with the law, the district still declined to provide information about JB’s employment, but added he “will not be working” there “in any capacity.”

On the day of his arrest, police searched his home on Sheridan Avenue and examined his hard drive, finding several images of child pornography, authorities said. Two laptop computers, including one issued to JB by the school district, were seized, along with a desktop computer which JB allegedly could access in the high school athletic office.

Authorities said that, while executing the search warrant, police found a major “grow room” in JB’s home with approximately 40 marijuana plants, a special ventilation system, high-powered lights and chemicals used as part of the growing process.

They also seized seven handguns, four rifles, a shotgun and a homemade silencer from his home. Authorities, citing an ongoing investigation, declined to say whether JB created any pornography, or whether it included or was shared with students. They also declined to say whether he shared with or dealt marijuana to any students.

Yeah, you see it too ... it’s mostly crap charges at this point. Yes, he had a pretty big grow going on. But given the universality of pictures of naked people online, and how “slightly underage in this country” is of legal age in some other country, and how “porn” is a term subject to individual definition, I’m not really sure if the charge of “sexually exploiting children” is apt or not. It could be. The guy could be a big time pedo. He is the wrestling coach, and wrestling is creepy homo dominance shit in my opinion. With underage boys. Ewww. Or he could have a collection of titty pics from a few thousand selfies on social media. It’s not like anyone has to buy this stuff. So the “exploitation” angle could be pretty thin. I’m just saying. But he was a dumbshit for uploading from the school with his work email. How dumb is that? Middle school gym teacher career dumb?

OK, he’s gonna get burned for the grow room, but a good lawyer can plea this down. The guns can be completely legal, although the “homemade silencer” is going to hurt. But again, plea bargain time. Doesn’t sound to me like even the newspaper is buying the kiddie porn angle very much.


Drew shakes head at the stupidity of his fellow humans. And then the shocking truth hits him ... A junior high gym teacher earns EIGHTY SIX FIVE???? Horry Clap!!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/20/2015 at 09:47 AM   
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calendar   Monday - February 09, 2015

California Campus Commies

University of California Student Board: Divest From America

The little left wing brats are so mortified to be enjoying the best our nation can offer, so embarrassed to be part of Evil America, that the entire university system, state wide, has called for all the university’s assets to be pulled from these shores. Because human rights. And social justice. And everything is just so much better everywhere else. I guess they think their colleges are supported by bags of cash sent in from Burma and Zimbabwe. And that deposed Nigerian prince in need of a bank account who is always sending me emails. Since they reject America so completely, perhaps the little darlings should all transfer somewhere else. Bangladesh comes to mind. Perhaps Borneo.

This is the fruit you bear when your education system teaches your children to hate their country from First Grade on up. Aren’t you proud?

The University of California Student Association board – which represents all 233,000 students enrolled in the UC system’s 10 campuses – approved a resolution on Sunday that calls on the system’s leaders to financially divest from the United States.

The measure cited alleged human rights violations by America such as drone strikes that have killed civilians, and claimed the country’s criminal justice system is racist, among other accusations.

The “Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California” passed with an overwhelming majority vote of 11-1-3.

“The government of the United States of America is engaged in drone strikes that have killed over 2,400 people in Pakistan and Yemen, many of them civilians,” the resolution stated. “The government oversees, by far, the highest rate of imprisonment in the world, and racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately targeted by law enforcement agencies, particularly for drug-related offences. 400,000 undocumenteducal immigrants are held in detention centers every year, and millions have been deported since the current administration took office, and the government is directly supporting and propping up numerous dictatorships around the world with weapons sales and foreign aid.”

The resolution also called on UC system leaders “to withdraw investments in securities, endowments, mutual funds, and other monetary instruments with holdings” from the governments of Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Sri Lanka and Mexico, as well as the U.S.

A separate resolution passed with a 9-1-6 vote Sunday called for divestment from companies that do business with Israel. That vote was described as a “landmark decision” by progressives for being the “first multi-campus student association to vote in favor of divestment.” The decision was preceded by protests from a large contingent of students who vehemently opposed the measure.

“Think about that. If they had their way, the student government of the U. Cal. system would require divestment from U.S. Treasuries and most of the world,” Cornell University law Professor William Jacobson points out on Legal Insurrection, responding to the vote. “The U. Cal. student government has proven a point I’ve made repeatedly in terms of the academic boycott: If you are going to boycott Israel, then you need to apply those standards to the whole world, which will result in boycotting yourselves.”


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/09/2015 at 03:20 PM   
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calendar   Monday - February 02, 2015

i don’t think i’d be very happy in school in these times. wasn’t thrilled in my time either tho

One of my life complaints, expressed bitterly at times, is the way our language has not so much changed, as how often it’s been raped.  Can I use that term?
Once upon a time, the word colored, or coloured if spelled Brit fashion, was no more a racial slur than the word gay. The ‘G’ word has been stolen and the ‘C’ word has been assassinated.  Colored is a no, no these days.  Not only that, but the word gay which I’ve seen spelled with the ‘g’ in caps, can also mean something trashy, unwanted or dumb.
As in, “oh don’t be so gay”.  Or, “That’s really gay” meaning gross or bad. And that my friends, is an unacceptable use of the word gay these days.

Granted, it’s the very young who have used the ‘g’ word in that manner, and it must be stamped out, according to lefty teachers and OFSTED, (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills)

I know I am not the Lone Ranger in lamenting the changes in some of our words.  People have complained from one generation to the next for a hundred years about language change.
I’d bet if we could go back to the time of England’s Henry V111, we might not understand the English spoken then. Or even in a much later period. Language evolves. I get that.  Anyway, the court of the king and the aristocrats of that day would most likely have been speaking Norman French, the indigenous Saxons were speaking what would evolve into English, as I understand it.

I hate all these new ‘phobias’ that are so popular too.  I think some things are made up as the politically correct left move along, telling us what is and is not acceptable language and expression. 

Which brings me at long last to the following.


Ofsted guidance at the heart of a major row over ‘inappropriate’ questions fired at primary pupils can be revealed for the first time today.

For years inspectors have been internally briefed that they can quiz pupils aged four to 11 about the word ‘gay’ and same-sex families, it has emerged.

They have been told to ask young children if classmates are ever picked on for not behaving like a ‘typical girl’ or a ‘typical boy’. And since 2013 Ofsted briefings have also urged inspectors to tackle ‘transphobic’ bullying, by asking primary children if they think someone ‘born a girl who would rather be a boy, or born a boy who would like to be a girl’ would feel safe at their school.

Ofsted has repeatedly denied that youngsters have been questioned about ‘inappropriate’ topics since the introduction of new rules last year requiring schools to promote ‘British’ values.

Last week, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of schools, told the Commons’ education select committee that he had conducted a ‘thorough’ investigation into claims children were asked inappropriate questions and found them to be false.

But as early as January 2012, the schools watchdog published a briefing for inspectors, telling them they could quiz primary pupils about aspects of homophobic bullying such as the use of the word ‘gay’ in school.

In September 2013, the watchdog produced a new document, Exploring The School’s Actions to Prevent and Tackle Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying, which endorses asking primary pupils wide-ranging questions about homosexuality and transgender.

It is also alleged a girl of around 12 was asked if she was a virgin.

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Good grief!

Now there’s “transphobic?” Transphobic?

Get me outta here.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/02/2015 at 01:30 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - January 14, 2015

So glad I have no children. Oh. Wait. I do tutor kids at Church.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/14/2015 at 01:48 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - December 09, 2014

some points of view and my own angry as usual rant cos libs drive me up the wall

A couple of notes of interest I found on the letters page.

CLUELESS TEACHERS

It’s time general knowledge was added to the school curriculum.
As an old geezer, I watch many quiz programmes on which the ignorance of some of today’s teachers is beyond belief.
Recent examples have included: 

Q. What was the Fighting Temeraire?
A. A racehorse (wrong)

Q. Which English queen’s face appeared on the first postage stamp?
A. Elizabeth 1 (wrong)

Q. Who was the first president of the USA?

A. JFK

In each case, the excuse given by the teachers was that these subjects weren’t on the agenda when they were at school.

God Help the children of the future.

Terry Duncan, Bridlington, East Yorkshire


A LESSON FROM INDIA

The father of an immigrant family told me he was sending his teenage daughter back to India to finish her education.
I asked him if she was going to learn more about her culture, but he said no, she was going to school in India to learn “proper” English.
He said the education system set up by the British still taught Oxford English.
A pity our schools don’t.

K. Jennings, Cardiff

And from the world of Loony Tune economics as approved by progressives and lefties and a possibly a few soft hearted cons as well ….  comes this insanity.

It’s been published (or where could I have gotten a figure like this?) that the national debt of the UK is approaching £1.65 trillion.  Sheesh.  How many zeros is that?
The govt. is looking at spending cuts of 55 billion required in the next Parliament to balance the budget.  Hang in here with me … it gets interesting about this point.

The outta touch powers that be who run this place, have voted to enshrine in law, a commitment to spend .7 per cent of national income on (more) overseas aid.
Wait … we aren’t finished with this self financial flagellation yet.
Flagellation must always include insult too and here it is.

A further £1 billion is going to be added to the £12 billion allocated to foreign aid, which is so swollen reports the Daily Mail, that the department responsible struggles to spend it all.  Huh?  That’s what the papers say.
But hey people …. look at it this way.  Although this country spends a billion EVERY MONTH overseas ….

At least it’s all politically correct so that’s alright then.

And finally to end this for the evening for me this bit of news none of you are aware of. Don’t we wish?

The rest of the news is all about that racist America where more blacks are in jail then in school or jobs.  Where white cops are having a filed day shooting blacks for fun and no profit.  One libtard writer reports that one poor teen was shot dead by a cop who was declared not fit back in 2012, and the poor dead Negro was only holding a fake gun yet the cop shot him anyway.  She knows damn well fake guns of that type have a colored tip of some kind to ID them as not real guns. The bitch knows that but omitted it from her column. Typical. The way the nasty slag wrote tho, he was shot cos he was black.  Nobody writes about the fractions of seconds a cop has to decide if his life is on the line.  Oh yeah, and then we’re back to that Trayvon kid whose spelling I think I have wrong but who cares?  She ID’s the guy who shot him as a cop also.  I didn’t even read the entire column.  I just really wanna outlive the bitch. 


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/09/2014 at 01:00 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - October 29, 2014

Gee I wonder why

USDA: Thousands Fewer Kids Getting School Lunches Now

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Gee, I wonder why?




Since new federal nutrition standards began rolling out in 2012, fewer students are buying school lunches, even though enrollment is going up.

The Cox Washington Bureau reviewed U.S. Department of Agriculture documents and found thousands fewer students bought meals when stricter standards kicked in.

The rules, championed by first lady Michelle Obama and approved by congress, require more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in lunches. Plus, the rules put limits on sodium, sugar, fat and calories.

“It’s a struggle to get kids to eat them and enjoy them,” said Dianne Pratt-Heavner, with the School Nutrition Association.

Might as well just brown bag it. And make sure your kid has a pack of Yodels and a pack of those orange cheese and peanut butter crackers for trading. Because that’s what kids do.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/29/2014 at 01:45 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - September 17, 2014

Getting An Education

LA School System Armed With MRAPs and Grenade Launchers



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Because every school needs a tankette or two, and short range thermobaric explosives



Los Angeles Unified School District police officials are considering whether they need the armored vehicle and grenade launchers they received from the U.S. military.

The military hardware at the disposal of LAUSD police officers includes a 20-foot-long, 14-ton armored transport vehicles, much like the ones used to move Marines in Iraq combat zones. The armored vehicle is worth $733,000, and the school district’s police force got it from the government for free.

How would LAUSD use such a vehicle?

“For us? That vehicle would be used for extraordinary circumstances,” LAUSD police Chief Steve Zipperman said.

The armored vehicle, which is stored at a secret location, has been in the department’s possession since July.

“It’s something that we believe is a life-saving vehicle,” Zipperman said. “And certainly we realize we need to take a look, is this the best alternative right now for us until we find something else that is more conducive to a police-type of rescue.”

The district is also in possession of grenade launchers, which it received for free from the military after 9/11. Neither the armored vehicle nor the grenade launchers have ever been used. But the district doesn’t plan on keeping them.

The chief says the armored vehicle will stay but will only be deployed on his direct orders with the approval of the school superintendent.

“To suggest that it’s a threatening type of equipment or equipment for a show of force, that is not the case,” Zipperman said.

Funny thing there, Chief. Nobody believes you, not for a second. Nothing like a 12 foot tall armored truck for not being threatening in.

Remember how the Left had such conniptions after the Sandy Hook shooting when some Conservatives suggested arming some teachers? How that was so bad? But now heavy armor and grenade launchers is OK? Really? Seriously???

ps - Oh, phew, never mind, the school is going to dispose of the grenade launchers. Really? To who? The Army gave them away in the first place. Who is the school system going to sell them to? Hunters? In California? I don’t think so. The drug cartels? I wonder.

UPDATE: Oh goody, the school is giving back the 3 grenade launchers. But they’re KEEPING 61 RIFLES. Read more at The Blaze.

Could someone please tell me what the %!*#~)(=`! a school system needs with SIXTY ONE MILITARY RIFLES? Much less even one?  This is just another step in Obama’s “civilian army”, arming up the government workers in every department from top to bottom. What a chickenshit tyrant.

Oh, and this one earns the Heywood Jablowme award of the day. Srsly. Shut your effin’ EBT suckin, race card playin’ overfed pie hole, you ignorant lying dumpster sleeping crack whore:

Deborah Fowler, deputy director of Texas Appleseed, a social justice nonprofit, said in a statement that other more common weapons used by officers and security guards, such as Tasers and pepper spray, have been misused in schools. Much of this excessive force is targeted at students of color and those with disabilities, she said.

... and unless there is a typo at Teh Blaze, it seems LA school system has had M16s since 2001? Really? And reading between the lines, I think they may only be giving back 3 of the grenade launchers, and keeping some. They are keeping the MRAP.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/17/2014 at 12:35 PM   
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calendar   Friday - September 12, 2014

Tit For Tot. I Mean Tat.

Take Their Lunch? We’ll Take Our Kids!

UK parents push back against FORCED school hot lunches

Think it’s bad over here, where your kid might have to order up a horrible Mooch Meal™ if you don’t pack her a bag lunch? Over in the UK the rules now say the sprogs HAVE to purchase a school provided hot lunch, and they’re taking away any and all food the kids bring to school.

Some parents, recognizing this as a form of extortion, have yanked their kids from the schools and started home schooling in reaction. Good for them.

Because think of it ... a wonderful British meal forced on your child ... pease porridge and cullen skink, fish head pie and love in disguise (trust me on that one), a scoop of scouse, some brussels sprouts ... boiled up by the Lunch Ladies and left on the steam tray all morning. Mmm, mmm,  good  barf.*

Parents have removed their children from a primary school after the governors banned packed lunches.

At least six children have been taken away from Milefield Primary School in Barnsley because of its strict new policy which aims to have all pupils eating a freshly cooked school dinner.

The change follows new rules, championed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, which force schools to provide a free hot lunch to infants aged four to seven.
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But some families are upset that packed lunches, often cheaper to prepare, have been banned. They fear fussy children will end up going without as the school only offers one choice of meal.
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Parents were told about the meal policy in a letter from the headmistress on the last day of term in July.

Paula Murray has said she is proud of the change, which has been backed by a majority of parents.

But Adam Martin, 31, has taken his children Harry, four, George, five, and Amelia, seven, out of the school over the dispute.
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Mr Martin, a gas engineer, said: ‘I feel like our freedom of choice has been taken away. We were appalled to be told our children couldn’t take in packed lunches and further incensed with how the school have dealt with the situation.

‘We like our kids to have a packed lunch because, not only does it save us money, but it also allows you to let your children eat what they like.’

He added: ‘The packed lunches we make are healthy, we don’t need somebody to tell us what our children should be eating.’

His attempts to communicate with education authorities over the summer had failed, he said.

Parents who had hoped to discuss the meal policy with teachers on the first day of term were met by two police community support officers.

Yeah, you read that right. Parents showed up to discuss things and the school sicced the plod on them. Nice, eh?

PS - sounds like the meal plan kind of sucks ...

WHAT DO CHILDREN GET FOR £1.75?

A slice of white or wholemeal toast for breakfast
A carton of milk and a healthy snack mid-morning
A traditional meal at lunch followed by a dessert (all made fresh daily)
A piece of fruit or vegetable in the afternoon

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Oh yeah, whenever I think GRIMEthorpe, I think “great meals”. Riiiight.

PS - don’t you just love the Jesuit style way they give free lunches to the tiniest mites? Get them trained up and used to it, so in 2 years they’ll demand it when mum and dad have to cough up the weekly tenner!

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/12/2014 at 04:48 AM   
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calendar   Friday - August 15, 2014

one of the classes of 2014 … you’re the top, you’re the top banannas ….. apology cole porter

A break from my usual. Youngsters countrywide getting their test results, with many off to university.

To be honest ... it’s been so long since I was in skool ..... I very much doubt I could pass any test of my day, if taken today.
It also occurs to me that even with some criticism I have heard from some older folks about dumbing down, some of the subjects these kids are taking today and the tests many have passed with flying colors, would have me floored. I suspect it might floor some of the older fogies too.

So here’s some non famous (yet) good looking and quite bright youngsters, starting out on life’s adventure.  And much good fortune and health to them all.

Pretty and pretty darn smart.
Straight A’s and A plus.
HANA BARZINJI (medicine) age 18
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subjects derided as ‘Mickey Mouse’ courses fell out of favour.

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Their school seems to have a fair number of twins ....
Triplets here are ..
Alexandra, George and Zoe Ellaby (age 18)

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Twins, Jenny and Carrie Soderman, age 18
lots more at the link

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/15/2014 at 12:27 PM   
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calendar   Monday - August 11, 2014

School lunches

Did you ever suspect that school lunches would be anything more than what am I packing for tomorrow?

Lunch at Fort Thomas Independent Schools may include more French fries, fewer vegetables and larger portions this year. One thing that won’t be on the menu: federal dollars.

The Campbell County district is opting out of the federal school lunch program, forfeiting hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding.

The reason: Kids didn’t like their healthful lunches.

“The calorie limitations and types of foods that have to be provided ... have resulted in the kids just saying ‘I’m not going to eat that,’” Fort Thomas Superintendent Gene Kirchner said.

I’d say just pack lunch, but I’ve read some stories, mostly in Virginia, where teachers have confiscated students’ lunches for not following Federal guidelines!

Makes me want to be a kid again. Just to pack my lunch and have some old bag of a teacher try to take it away!

Read more here


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 08/11/2014 at 03:30 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 09, 2014

A plug for a great resource

I’ve been a fan, and customer, of The Great Courses.com

Now a bigger fan: their customer service is great:

August 7th I sent this;

“Dear Great Courses,

In reference to my order Sxxxxxxx dated 02/27/2014;

I just opened The Peloponnesian War (Peloponnesian War (DVD) Item Number: PD3372) and find the I’m missing Part 2 entirely. (that would be disks 3 & 4.) Since Parts 1 and 3 were shrink-wrapped together I can only assume a mistake in the packaging /shipping was made.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Christopher xxxxxx
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Dayton, OH xxxxx”

The reply the very next day. Today!

Dear Mr. xxxxxx:

Thank you for your email.  I apologize for the error with your course. 

We will send a new copy of The Peloponnesian War right out for you.  There is no need to return that erroneous course.

If there is anything else we can do for you at this time, please let us know.  Again, I apologize for the error and thank you for your interest in The Great Courses.

The Great Courses, cheaper, and more convenient than auditing a class at the local college/university. (Taking classes for credit? Can’t help you.)


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