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calendar   Thursday - February 28, 2013

Again? Still? RCOB

5/3 of some folks are complete idiots





Earlier this month the President of Emory University wrote a piece for the school magazine about the efficacy of compromise. By the 24th he was forced to apologize for the piece because he mentioned slavery fully in context in his piece. The faux outrage that his comments caused proved three things: that no one at Emory has any grasp of American history, that the professors at Emory University are morons, and that the student body are utterly unable to employ critical thinking.

Read it all if you want.

Or read the original news piece here.

Or President Wagner’s little essay that the whole flap is about, right here.

Or just look at the picture of the anguished collegiate liberals out protesting and getting it ass-backwards as always:

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The Amy Farrah Fowler glasses and hair give hotness somehow. It’s amazing, but it’s true.



ATLANTA — A reception on Friday at Emory University to celebrate the work of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the years after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could have been more poorly timed, but not by much.

Emory University’s president, James W. Wagner, spoke Friday at a reception for an exhibition about the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. More Photos »

All week long, the president of Emory, James W. Wagner, had been trying to control the damage done by a column he wrote for the university magazine. In it, he praised the 1787 three-fifths compromise, which allowed each slave to be counted as three-fifths of a person in determining how much Congressional power the Southern states would have, as an example of how polarized people could find common ground.

It was, he has since said, a clumsy and regrettable mistake.

A faculty group censured him last week for the remarks.

Really? Srsly?? A group of faculty called out the president of their university because they felt his essay was racist?

Holy shit.  Fire the whole dumb fuck bunch of them. And get your kids the hell out of Emory if they go there. Obviously the faculty has no faculty with history, logic, patriotism, or simple reasoning.

Would somebody, anybody, please tell me how president Wagner’s essay was in any way, shape, or form, wrong? Two great and shining examples stand out as classics in American History to show compromise in action in Government. The Two Thirds Representation is one of them. And the Missouri Compromise is the other ... and both are on the same subject.

What kind of turbo-stupid drooling imbeciles are being turned out by the government run schools these days, that not only do current students not get this most basic civics lesson, but that their instructors, having graduated years earlier, worked their way up the educational pyramid to full PHD status and name-brand college professorships, also do not get it? That’s a non-stop continuous FAIL over a 12-20 year period, AT LEAST. I am beyond aghast. I am stultified. People, college students and professors, CAN NOT be this misinformed. And yet, they are. BY THE MILLIONS. TENS OF MILLIONS.

We need to take torches, pitchforks, and shovels and tear the entire nation’s educational system apart, from the very roots of pre-school on up, and rip out the black-armband morons EN MASSE who have failed our nation. They are far beyond a disgrace. They are subversive lying traitors. Every teacher who pushed revisionist history: flogged and fired. Every teacher who just swallowed the supplied lesson plan whole, and never questioned authority, who never put in the smallest bit of thought, who just regurgitated the garbage year after year: flogged and fired. They are traitors. Plain and simple. They are enemies of our nation, and enemies of our children. This is no accident. This is a national, decades old, coast to coast coordinated effort to misinform and to inculcate hatred and stupidity. And they should all hang for it.

There should not be a black person in America who is not willing to get down on his or her knees and thank God and the Founding Fathers in public for the 3/5 Compromise. Not a single one.

That even one black feels otherwise is a terrible tragedy. That nearly all of them feel otherwise is an indictment of brainless stupidity that covers an entire race. There is no hope for them. Not now, not ever. Their cause is lost. They are not just willfully misinformed, they are intellectually incapable. And any other person of any other race who buys into their moronic worldview is even more hopeless.

Let me put it as succinctly as I can: if black people have been taught that the 3/5 Compromise was a bad thing, then the teachers who taught them this are both morons and traitors. If black people were taught otherwise, but have come to consider the 3/5 Compromise a bad thing based on their own reasoning and based on consensus opinion within their own subculture, then they are effectively too stupid to draw breath. There is no middle ground, nor any room for discussion: it’s either A) teachers are traitors, or B) blacks are imbeciles.

If neither A nor B was the case, then I’d be hearing educational groups and race-representing groups preaching from the rafters 24-7 against that view. And all I hear is crickets. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/28/2013 at 01:17 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - February 26, 2013

just a personal note and another bizarre example of the kiddies in charge

As most of our regulars here know, my wife has not been in the very best of health for some time, and I’ve been caring for her.  She is not confined in any way except for the pain that restricts where she goes and how she moves.  So it’s been a nerve wracking experience for us both, and at the moment I’m a bit less than I want to be health wise myself.  Although in truth far better than she is.  She can drive short distances, which is pretty scary cos all the damn pills she is on do have an adverse affect.  Never really great at judging distance, she’s all the worse now; but heaven forbid you warn her of an approaching car she is determined to pull in front of.  I was certain it was curtains earlier today.  A bit misty, some drizzle, bone chilling cold.  So there we were at a stop, getting ready to turn onto another road. A car coming from our right with lights on, not that far from us but I admit not right on top of us either, and she decides she can go, then hesitates and then decides to pull out onto the road.  But this time that car is now pretty damn close and I had to shout at her to get her to stop.  She did and so I’m here to tell about it.  Whew. 

With all the meds the wife is on, you would think she’d be on a perpetual high. But no.  She is one of those people, and there are a few, who are “resistant” to medications.  So she’s loaded on the damn stuff but it’s doing F***all with regard to pain.  In the next few months I want to get her back home to see docs there.  Something ain’t right and there’s no help here that I can see.
So meanwhile I’m the one who hears, when she isn’t aware of it, the groans and moans when a spasm hits her.  Which is too often.
Unfortunately, she gave up her Medicare last year in order to save the money, since after all we are living here and not in the USA. Not the best idea we could have come up with.  I say “we” because I didn’t argue against it.  I just allowed it to happen when I could have done otherwise. So yeah.  “We” is correct.
And pretty damn short sighted “we” were.

Now as for meself.  There are times over the last few weeks when it’s been very difficult sitting at a puter and too often not feeling up to much.  Sometime so tired I fall asleep at the keyboard. And I’m not on near the meds my wife is.  I have other issues, hope to resolve some as tests are scheduled next month.
But it’s on and off difficult and so I’ll do what I can while I can.  Hate to let the side down.  Feelings of guilt I think I trace back to grandad who preached that there weren’t any excuses for time off for anything and even being dead didn’t count.  He’d expect you back at the job right after your funeral.

He’d ask if you were bleeding if you said you didn’t feel well and couldn’t go to work.  If you weren’t bleeding, he said there wasn’t anything wrong with you.
He had a very slight European accent and he’d say, “If it don’t come blood, it don’t hurt.”
So I really do have feelings of some guilt when I miss posting here.  Unfortunately for now however, there will be a day or so I’m gonna miss, and some days posts won’t be very many.

Like today.  There are three stories I want to share. I don’t like to cos it’s so much of the same old thing. But I just feel compelled because I want folks to know just what is going on here. Yeah I know you already know.  But it really isn’t exactly like preaching to the choir.  Not exactly.  It’s that when I run across a story like that which follows, I feel compelled to share that exact insanity.  I would guess that quite a few reading this will want to share it also. It’s sort of like a car wreck.  People just can’t help stopping and looking. 

See for yourself.  Is something badly off the rails here er what?


Head teacher and five staff suspended for locking a knife-wielding nine-year-old pupil in the ‘naughty cupboard’

Child carried blade taken from the kitchen at Revoe Primary in Blackpool

He was disarmed and put in a lockable ‘naughty cupboard’ to calm down

Staff suspended and police investigating false imprisonment

By Martin Robinson

Fury has erupted at a small primary school because its headteacher and five others have been suspended after they disarmed a knife-wielding child and shut him in a ‘naughty cupboard’.

Teachers placed the nine-year-old in a lockable room after he terrorised staff and fellow pupils with a blade he took from the kitchen at Revoe Primary School in Blackpool.

But police have been called in to investigate allegations of false imprisonment and the six staff, including the head, have been banned from returning because the boy’s parents complained.

The pupil had taken the knife from the kitchen area and was confronted by head Cath Woodall on a school corridor.

She blocked the boy’s path through the school and he started to kick out at her.

Other senior members of staff at the town centre school then put the boy in a Home Office approved hold.

He was placed in the small room with a glass window to try and calm him down.

However, a complaint has been made and the local education authority called in police to investigate.

THE REST CAN BE READ HERE


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calendar   Friday - February 15, 2013

Fire Them All And Start Over

PA Teachers: Keep Your $147,000 Grant, We Don’t Want No Educashuning



Da yoon-yun sez we don’ hafta, so we’s ain’ gonna.


A Pennsylvania school district is reportedly set to forfeit a $147,000 federal grant to fund teacher training after the union claimed it was not being consulted during the application process.

In what the New Castle News characterized as a “turf tussle,” the New Castle Federation of Teachers refused to sign on for the training program, which is designed to help educators prepare for tougher new state evaluations. The federal “Race to the Top” grant money will instead be allocated to other districts, officials said. Terence Meehan, assistant to the district’s superintendent, said the union’s decision came as a shock.

Don Runyon, president of the 250-teacher federation, said the district applied for the grant and when it involved the teachers union was problematic. The union contends the district applied for the grant in January 2011, at a time when teachers were working under an expired contract and negotiating the current pact, which went into effect retroactively to July 2011. Runyon said the training program, which includes some aspects his members find objectionable, should have been part of talks.

The initiative, Meehan continued, involves training for teachers, who must become more effective and uniform in teaching core subjects by 2015. If the district returns the funding, the district won’t have the staff development money when the training becomes required. The money was to be used for training teachers to establish a way of teaching so their lesson plans are approached in a way that will be embraced in Pennsylvania, he said.

Uniformity in education across Pennsylvania? Sounds like the state’s business to me. Not the feds. But better some training regardless of who pays for it, right? WRONG. “Ah way, or da highway”: that’s the union creed.

Flush the whole bunch and start over. No unions for teachers or any other government employees anywhere in PA or in America. Wages and benefits on a published scale, based on quartiled performance and time on the job. Given that, who needs a union?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/15/2013 at 12:38 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - February 12, 2013

Closing That Inconvenient Loophole, Part One

Stupid Students Hurting You School’s Performance Stats? Make Them Disappear!

Four MORE Ohio Schools Caught “Scrubbing”

Come on. What difference does it make?



COLUMBUS, Ohio - Four more Ohio districts removed poor-performing students from their rolls, state Auditor David Yost said Monday in the final step of his investigation into a practice whereby schools attempted to improve performance ratings.

More than 70 schools or districts also had attendance reporting errors, though these didn’t appear to be purposeful, Yost said.

The four districts bring to nine the number that Yost has identified in his investigation of the data withdrawal practice known as “scrubbing.”

The districts Yost identified Monday are Canton and Cincinnati city schools, Winton Woods city schools in Hamilton County and Northridge Local schools in Montgomery County.

Yost’s top recommendation Monday was requiring the state to peg school funding on yearlong attendance figures to encourage attendance through the entire year. Now, attendance figures are based on a count in October.

“Importantly, schools that break enrollment under such a system would suffer a loss of funding as a result,” Yost’s report said.

Yost also said the state should require independent oversight of districts’ data reporting instead of the current honor system, and the state should also independently monitor transfers by at-risk students.

Honor system? In school? Trusting the education system to not lie, cheat, steal, and fudge the numbers? LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/12/2013 at 12:32 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - January 29, 2013

How Degrading

A little tip of the hat to Rich K, who mentioned that Rachel Lucas was blogging again. I had an enjoyable half an hour this morning reading her current posts. She is an essayist, which makes her a rarity in the blogosphere. One of her posts linked to a small treatise written by Clark Whelton, titled What Happens in Vagueness Stays in Vagueness The decline and fall of American English, and stuff which I read and am obliquely responding to. It is a worthy quick read that I strongly agree with.

I was a very smart child. I had a large vocabulary at a young age, and was reading books far beyond my age group before I entered first grade. I also excelled at math and science and absorbed history and geography like a sponge. This won me no friends, and I was “Mr. Encyclopedia” and “dictionary Pearce” through many of my formative years. It occasionally got me in trouble too; I clearly recall being sent to the principal’s office because I gave the teacher an argument over a simple third grade exercise where you had to draw lines between pictures of objects and their written names. There was the word “fish” and there was a picture of a shark. I drew no line, and was marked wrong. Enraged that I only earned a 98 on the busy work “learning” project, I fought it. The principal had dealt with me before, and was highly aware of my precocious abilities. So instead of just making me sit in a corner for some time, he brought me into his office and asked me why I hadn’t drawn the obvious line. I told him that I felt it was a trick question, because a shark is not a fish. A shark is a cartilogenous elasmobranch. Yes, I said that. Third grade. I was that kind of kid. My parents had purchased us a nice set of moderate encyclopedias, which my brother and I devoured for many years, and one volume had one of those “tree of life” diagrams showing how all living things are related. I’d spotted the fish/shark split on one branch, and asked about it. This got me a rather exact answer from my father the professional biologist. Sharks and rays do not have bones, they do not have ribs, they do not have gill pumps, and they do not have swim bladders. Thus, they are not actually fish. To my everlasting chagrin, many years later that “tree” diagram was changed, and now has “bony fish” and “non-bony fish” sub-branching off of “fish” (well, in layman’s terms, which foreshadows the point I’m slowly making here). But in 1968 I was in accord with the textbooks of the day.

The lesson I learned from that and many similar experiences was “hide your lamp under a bushel”, and that lesson has been with me my entire life. And yet I still slip up sometimes. At bowling league the other week, talking about bowling with some of the other bowlers, without thinking I mentioned that certain lane conditions induce certain ball behaviors. The two ladies just looked at me for a second. Tick tock, tick tock, blink blink. “Induce”, says one, “that’s a good word.” I did some really fast mental reviewing to check that I had used the word properly. I had. “Yes”, I said, “it is.” End of conversation. Some things never change.

So I found Whelton’s analysis interesting. So did several hundred other people, who all left comments reinforcing his premise. Sadly, the degradation of our native language is even worse than Whelton realizes. Even discounting the snarky comments that tried to paint him priggishly pink, nearly every one of the 50 or so that I read contain grammar, spelling, or usage errors. That’s very sad. We should not dumb down our language usage; we should smarten it up. We should revel in our broad vocabularies, and we should endeavor to speak and write with precision and clarity.  And conciseness, my great failing. We don’t need to enverbiate incessantly when so many synonyms already exist and can be applied with only an additional word or two. English is the greatest and broadest language in the history of civilization, and maladroitness with our own native tongue will not give us any competitive advantage anywhere.

Blame PC. Blame the glorification of ghetto culture. Blame the school system. Blame the never-ending cradle to grave castigation of intelligence in America. Blame lazy parenting. Blame the computer revolution that has given us texting, online spell checkers and grammar checkers, which make learning the arcane arts of reading, writing, and effective communication nearly redundant. But if you read or hear a word that you are not familiar with, first blame yourself if your immediate reaction is not curiosity. If instead of “hey, what does that word mean, how is it pronounced, how do I use it, can I derive a general meaning from the context?” you instead just skip over it, or worse yet, feel resentful ... then you are not part of the solution. You are part of the problem. And that is degrading. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/29/2013 at 09:34 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - January 19, 2013

The Least Terroristic Person In Pennsylvania

Time For Another Major Lawsuit

PA School Suspends 5 Year Old Little Girl For Terrorism

Folks, this kind of mindless garbage goes on every day. It’s high time somebody put a serious beat down on the lunatics running the education system. Sue them broke, then press criminal charges.

A 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl who told another girl she was going to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty toy gun that blows soapy bubbles has been suspended from kindergarten.

Her family has hired an attorney to fight the punishment, which initially was 10 days for issuing a ‘terroristic threat.’ But her punishment was reduced to two days after her mother met with school officials and had the incident dropped to ‘threatening to harm another student,’ which apparently carries a lesser punishment.

“It’s laughable,” Robin Ficker, the girl’s attorney told FoxNews.com.

Ficker says Mount Carmel Area School District officials said the girl made the threat on Jan. 10 as she waited for a school bus with friends. A school official overheard the remark and searched the girl’s backpack and did not find the Hello Kitty gun, he said.

The next day, the girls involved were ‘interrogated’ by school officials, Ficker said. By the time the girl was done speaking to administrators about the incident, she was crying, he said. A teacher called out the girl in front of her class and told her police may get involved, he said.

Ficker called the girl “the least terroristic person in Pennsylvania.”

“What parent that you know would want their 5-year-old questioned about making terroristic threats without them in the room?” Ficker asked.

Last week the kindergartner was chatting in line while she was waiting for the bus. No one’s sure exactly what she said, but according to the family’s attorney, she told classmates something like, “I’m going to shoot you and I will shoot myself. She didn’t have the Hello Kitty Bubble Gun with her at the time, but when school officials got wind of the conversation, they questioned the little girl, suspended her for her making a “terroristic threat,” according to The Daily Item newspaper, and told her parents she needed to be evaluated by a psychiatrist.

“All I know,” the mother told the paper, “is what my daughter has told me and she said she was told she could go to jail, which is a very traumatic thing for a five-year-old to live with.”

The attorney says the little girl was questioned for about three hours, without her parents.

“This is a good-natured little girl,” Robin Ficker said. “And this shows how hysterical people who work at schools have become since Sandy Hook.”

No, this is how hysterical, and how button-pushing-mindless Zero Tolerance school officials have been for years. Shitcan the lot of them, and hire real men and women who can actually think for a nanosecond or two.

Before being allowed to return to school, Ficker said, the girl had to undergo psychological testing from an independent practitioner.

“The psychologist said that she posed no danger to others,” Ficker said. “I think it’s pathetic when little kids can’t play… or get in this kind of trouble for using the wrong words. This little girl is one of the least threatening people in the state of Pennsylvania.”

Ficker is fighting to expunge the incident from the girl’s records.

“I’m going to call the superintendent about this,” he said Thursday. “We need to expunge the record right away.

Real nuts and terrorists are winning when innocent kids are put through the ringer. Kids this age, they have fragile minds.”

That the kindergartner landed in trouble over such an incident might seem ludicrous to most, but Ficker said, “It’s not funny when a child is branded, when a child is suspended for playing with a bubble gun.”

The girl’s mother said she is also upset that she was not contacted when, for three hours, her daughter was questioned.

Ficker did not rule out suing the school district.

Hell yes, sue them. I’d say about $250 million would be the right amount to start, plus the jobs of every school employee involved, right up to the superintendent of the school district. If they are that stupid, that unthinking, then they are not even marginally qualified to be involved in the education system.

There’s a picture of a HK (Hello Kitty!) bubble gun machine at the second link. Aside from being bright pink, it doesn’t even look like a gun.

I think the parents in the whole town should outfit every kid with a Kalishnakitty T-shirt to wear to school in support. Every day until the pink slips are issued. These jack-booted imbeciles just don’t get it: you do NOT trample our children with your garbage beliefs, policies, and Gestapo tactics.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/19/2013 at 02:29 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - January 16, 2013

Forget Gun Control, Now We Have Finger Control

Six Year Old Boys Suspended For Playing Cops ‘n Robbers>
Are finger guns the new juvenile CCW?



I hope their parents sue the school system naked for the trauma they laid on these kids.



TALBOT COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Is it child’s play or a serious threat of gun violence? For the second time in less than a month, a Maryland child is kicked out of school for using his finger in the shape of a gun.

No one is debating the importance of keeping children safe. The question being asked is what’s child’s play and what’s not?

There’s controversy at a Talbot County school after two 6-year-old boys were suspended while playing cops and robbers during recess and using their fingers to make an imaginary gun.

“It’s ridiculous,” said parent Julia Merchant.

This is the second time a Maryland child has been suspended for such play. Earlier this month, 6-year-old Rodney Lynch was suspended from his Montgomery County school after pretending to fire an imaginary gun more than once.

See, if the kids had only said “ka-pow!” instead of “ka-pow ka-pow!” then it would be Ok. Right, CT state Senator Meyers? We don’t want children getting the idea that they have high capacity fingers, do we?

“Just pointing your fingers like this and then she did the pow sound and I just went like that and then I got sent to the office again,” Lynch said.

The school reversed its decision after Rodney’s parents appealed.

“They’re saying he threatened a student, threatened to shoot a student. He was playing,” said Rodney’s father, Rodney Lynch Sr.

“I do not believe maliciousness was involved here,” said child psychologist Dr. Joe Kaine.

Kaine says most 6-year-olds’ minds aren’t developed enough to understand why their idea of fun play might make adults upset.

“I can certainly appreciate that at school, that’s not a type of play that they are going to endorse and I certainly support that, but that’s where we educate the time and place for doing things,” Kaine said.

You support that? Well, blow it out your ass with a coil of barbed wire Kaine, you socialist nanny-state faggot. It is 100% natural for little boys to use their fertile imaginations to turn anything, including their own fingers, into a firearm, an airplane, a firetruck, or a bulldozer. This is what little boys do. It’s how they are programmed by God. It’s their job. So fuck off.

Oh, and read between the lines: obviously these two tykes were dragged off to the school-approved shrink’s office to have their heads examined. Just in case they were budding mall shooters you know. The nerve of the school system knows no bounds. I’m amazed the kids got back into school without a mandatory 6 month dose of Ridilyn to “calm” their “excessive” behavior.

People, it’s time to rise up and beat the lunatic leftists dead with their own weapons. Every single time they do anything you don’t like, sue them. Sue them, then sue them again next year. Sue them for this suspension. Sue them for the psychologist. Sue them for the trauma, whether it’s real or not. Sue them on general principle because everything they do, everything they believe, everything they strive for is guaranteed to be totally ass-backwards to what America is supposed to be.

Damn straight. Then stand in the courtroom counting your punitive damages award, and chant “bang bang, you’re dead. Wash your hands and go to bed.” just to rub their faces in it even harder.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/16/2013 at 11:51 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 01, 2012

away with the manger …. new version?

Christmas is closing in and it will not be long.  Usually my favorite season but I’ll tell you the truth. It is nothing like it was when I was a kid back in ancient times.
You youngsters 60 and under won’t know.  Times Sq. and Broadway and the Great White Way with theater after theater after theater and many with live shows.
And some of the big bands were still trying to hang in. I saw the great Benny Goodman and got to say hello and we shook hands. Hey, I must have been 8 or 9. I don’t recall.  Saw Woody Herman too.  Spent every Christmas in NYC at the Edison Hotel. And the restaurants were wonderful especially the Automat. Which is no more, like a lot of other nice things.
And somehow perhaps because of a young age and we now are talking 1943 to 1947. Maybe a bit beyond that, the Christmas Carols really sounded nice to my young ears. No pc back then, and nobody trying to show off their own personalized version of Silent Night.  Ever try and listen to how some of these new age self styled pop singers screech out notes and all manage to sound like they’re in extreme pain? 
And nobody was offended by public displays of the Nativity because I guess it was simply taken for granted that the country was, in spite of other religions, basically a Christian country. And anyone could enjoy the season without even being religious. Really.  Nobody took offense.  Nobody felt “isolated” and less a citizen.  That’s because it was the happy days (ok, not always for many ppl) before we had the aclu and others and the internet, telling us how miserable we were and how oppressed we were and how our rights were being violated by the public display of a manger and a cross.


How times have changed.


Away in a manger, two crooks stole the bed: How one school decided to change the story of Christmas

* Essex school criticised by parents for dumping traditional nativity play
* Canvey Junior School is staging a ‘cops and robbers’ themed play
* One parent has withdrawn their child and parents have said the play is inappropriate following a number of armed robberies in the town

By Mario Ledwith

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A primary school has been criticised after they ditched the traditional Christmas nativity, opting to stage a ‘cops and robbers’ themed play.

Parents have been left fuming by the school’s decision to choose the modernised play, in which their children sing Away in a Manger with a completely different set of lyrics.

The play, which will be performed by 11-year-olds at Canvey Junior School in Essex, gets rid of traditional characters Mary and Joseph, instead focusing on the tale of two violent robbers.

But parents have described the school’s decision a ‘tasteless’ in light of a number of armed robberies in Canvey Island, where the school is based.

Parents have also complained that themes of theft and violence are inappropriate for young children to intake - with one parent reported to have withdrawn their child from the production and complained about the play’s content.

One parent, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I can’t see that this gangster story is going to be better than something from the Bible.
‘What are they going to have our children saying? ‘Sorry Mary and Joseph, but there is no room in the cells?’

They added: ‘I think it is a little tasteless to stage the play with all the recent reports of armed robberies on the island.
‘I don’t understand why the politically correct brigade has had to get rid of the traditional story anyway?’

The school has defended the decision not to stage the traditional nativity play - a staple in schools across the UK.
Headteacher Janet Vaughan said the play, which has been previously published and was downloaded from the internet, is ‘fun’ and ‘lighthearted’.

She said: ‘The outcome is the robbers are caught and banged to rights and the true meaning of Christmas comes across very strongly with a nativity at the end.’
‘It is nice to have a fun element to any sort of Christmas production and we always have a religious basis to it as well.

‘It is very, very funny and nothing more than a light-hearted version of events.’
Referring to the updated lyrics to Away in a Manger, she said: ‘It’s nonsense to say the words are anything other than tongue-in-cheek and the children understand that.’

After receiving a parent’s complaint, Mrs Vaughan wrote to all parents saying if they had similar concerns their child could be withdrawn from the play.
However, she said despite one child not taking part, other parents have been supportive of the production.
She added: ‘Our productions are always absolutely excellent, the kids get such a lot out of it.’

source: The Daily Mail

Just so the reader here has a bit of the background. When the article mentions robberies recently, here’s what they’re referring to.

MASKED robbers held up a seafront arcade at gunpoint in the latest in a string of incidents on Canvey.

A handgun was pulled on staff at Canvey Amusements, in Furtherwick Road, as two thieves demanded cash from the safe.

The thugs, one in his 20s and the other older, made off with a four-figure sum of money following the incident which happened just before 6pm last Sunday (Nov 18).

It is the eleventh armed robbery the Echo has reported on in Canvey so far in 2012.

Since August alone the Co-Op in Linden Way has been targeted twice, Bargain Booze in Long Road has been struck twice by robbers, and Canvey Island Dry Cleaning in High Street was held up by a robber brandishing a metal pole.


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calendar   Sunday - October 28, 2012

so hitler was actually following the word of god and so, could not be guilty of anything

Well, now I can really say I have heard it all.  Tell you what’s scary. He really does believe it and he teaches that line to others who in turn will accept the argument.  Really can not ignore this even if there isn’t anything to be done.

Be hard to top this one and I don’t think I’d care to find something that does.

This is very short, there isn’t anything except the brief video and the translation.

I’m actually trying to find things to say about this, hit a wall. 

Found this at, MEMRI/TV Go there and find out what they’re all about.  It was an education for me. Hadn’t known all these videos and all this kind of thing was being archived this way.  If you visit the site there are links at the top of their page that you can access, which will tell you all about them. And tons of video clips with English translations.


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calendar   Monday - August 20, 2012

english and the spelling of

Not just becauz I am a louzey s9eller.  Which I are.
I was perhaps the worst in my family. Haven’t a clue why that was.

I was not rebelling against anything. Same with math. I used to marvel at my granddad, at the way he used to do what we called sums.
Just to entertain the kids he’d have us give him numbers he’d add, or subtract or multiply. My mother could do that too. With no paper and pencil. I work things out pretty well with those tools. I’ve always been more visual. So I was able to add up the numbers or divide them and always the grown ups were right.
Here’s a weird note tho. Really weird. And I do not think I could do it today.
I used to be able to work out the numbers on daily doubles and parleys and one or two other race combinations, all in my head.  When I checked things out for the totals using paper, damn if I didn’t have it all correct. ???  Go figure.  But add one plus one in civilian life was like, duh. 1+1=11.

And so to spelling.
When I got older I began to seriously question why English was spelled so many ways for the same word. To, Two, Too, for example. Surely we know by how a word is used, how it is meant to be understood.  Why is there a ‘K’ in knife and knight?
The list can go on but you see what I mean.

It isn’t easy breaking old habits but friend Drew sorta , kinda pushed me in that direction long ago.  I liked to spell enough as, enuff. It made more sense to me.
Through as thru is another.  Laugh should be laff.

A big influence on me once was the comedian Gallagher. Long before this video clip he was doing this act and I saw him and thought, hey.  I was thinking the same but not as funny. I was taking it seriously.
But okay, now I use spell check more and even have a huge heavy dictionary.  I do use the darn thing but I still manage to get some things rong.
I also have a tendency to spell things the way my ear hears em.  And so I often pronounce werds, rongly.  And due to an accent which I guess was regional, I used to pronounce coffee as, cawfee.
But that’s all ancient history, mostly thanks to Drew when we exchanged some letters on the topic of language. 

Anyway, a week or so ago I found an article on the English language and spelling.
Pretty darn interesting. But it all brought me back to Gallagher, who poor man, has been gravely ill and in poor financial shape as well.  Here he is on, Spelling. 



Spelling it out: After 1,000 years of foreign meddling, no wonder the English language is so confusing

By David Crystal

Why is English spelling so difficult? Why do so many people feel they are bad at it? Why is there an h in ghost, but not in goat for instance, and why is there a silent b in debt?

The answers to these questions and to some of spelling’s most baffling eccentricities lie deep in the history of English and its progress from an obscure Germanic dialect to global language – with help on the way from medieval monks, our cousins in America and even a bunch of Flemish-speaking craftsmen.

By the 11th Century, English spelling was merely erratic. Within 400 years, it had become chaotic. The root cause was the arrival of the Normans and a cadre of French scribes who wrote official documents.

These scribes brought continental spelling habits honed through writing Latin and French. They looked at the way English was being written and didn’t like what they saw.

There were unfamiliar letters in the shape of, for example, ash (æ), thorn (þ), the g was being written in a curious way, and Z – a letter that had been borrowed from the Irish alphabet – had come to be called ‘yogh’. They had to go.

One of these ancient letters, thorn, continued in use longer than the others and is still reflected in such usages as ‘Ye Olde Tea Shoppe’. Ye is a misinterpretation – it should have been pronounced as ‘th’.

As thorn fell out of use, people who came across it thought it was a letter Y. They then pronounced it as a Y – and we continue to do so today, saying ‘Yee’ Olde Tea Shoppe.

The fynysshed article

William Caxton, who was the first person to set up a printing press in England in 1476, didn’t seem interested in spelling. As long as a word was recognisable, it would do.

Caxton usually spells the word finished as fynysshed, for example, but we also find fynisshed, fynysshid and fynysshyd.

Having flexible spelling was a gift for printers trying to make their pages look good, with a justified (aligned) right-hand margin. Adding extra letters, and especially an e, was a simple solution to the problem of line length, which is why we still live with such words as have, give, live, groove, sneeze, gone, come and done.

In some respects, Caxton’s choices made English spelling more, not less, irregular. This was certainly the case when it came to the spelling of ghost. Why is there an h there? It wasn’t there when the word first came into English. In Anglo-Saxon England, the Holy Ghost was a Hali Gast.

But Caxton had learned his trade in Cologne and Bruges and, when it came to the painstaking process of typesetting, he looked to the Continent for help. All his assistants spoke Flemish. It’s no surprise, then, when we read a reference to the seven gifts of the Holy Ghoost. The Flemings had imported the ‘h’ because in their language the word was spelled gheest.

But by the end of the 16th Century everyone was using the new form. And slowly the ‘h’ spread to related words. Aghast appears first in the 15th Century, and eventually replaces agast. Ghastly replaces gastly.

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calendar   Wednesday - July 18, 2012

our lady of mecca?

It’s very short and maybe not too funny.  You know. They way things are going these days. Who knows?

Whatever, I thought our readers might enjoy this.
It’s the result of a recent report from the school, that says 90% of the kids in this Catholic school are muslims. And so far, no problems or complaints about statues of saints or the cross on display etc.

Is the Pope a Muslim?

By Richard Littlejohn
Daily Mail

The staggering pace of change in the demographics of inner-city Britain as a consequence of mass immigration is there for all to see.

Our population has increased by almost four million in recent years. And for all the talk of ‘celebrating diversity’ and ‘multi-culturalism’, some areas have become more mono-cultural, not less, as newcomers refuse to assimilate.

Look no further than Tower Hamlets or significant parts of our cities, where Islam is now the dominant culture. Not a lot of ‘diversity’ there.

In Birmingham, for instance, at a Catholic primary school which was built for Irish immigrants in the Thirties, fully 90 per cent of the pupils are Muslim.

The local parish priest is confident that the school will still be adhering to Catholic doctrine in 80 years’ time.

He’s perhaps being a tad optimistic, unless he’s planning to change the name to Our Lady of Mecca.


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calendar   Tuesday - June 19, 2012

crackdown on racist and homophobic name-calling in schools.

Kids have been calling other kids names since the beginning of time.
Sometimes it gets out of hand and adults need to step in.
In today’s world, there’s bullying that gets so bad that some teens have been driven to suicide.  A subject for a future post.

But this bit of name calling by tiny tots (some of them) doesn’t seem to be the crime of the century. What is certain though is that there sure is a bit of serious indoctrination afoot.  That’s what I think when I see a line in a story like this one.

“lessons that teach children about the importance of diversity”

That line just stood out from almost everything else in the article.

That’s our world and that is what the kiddies will grow up conditioned to. And they will pass it on like Moses returning with the ten commandments.
OFSTED btw, stands for Office for Standards in Education.

Oh btw and for the record.
I have not changed my thinking on the subject since forced busing and integration in the USA all those years ago.  I won’t change on this diversity and multi culture crap either.

(see comments after the article)

Take a look.


Ofsted: schools failing to stamp out offensive name-calling

Teachers are failing to fully crackdown on racist and homophobic name-calling in schools despite mounting concerns over bullying, according to Ofsted.
By Graeme Paton, Education Editor

Pupils are often being allowed to get away with “derogatory” language in playgrounds and the classroom by using insults based on disability, race, religion, family circumstances and sexuality, it was claimed.
In a report, the watchdog said children in primary and secondary schools regularly admitted to using words such as “gay”, “spaz” and “slag” to offend classmates.
Some children reported copying phrases from television or mimicking the behaviour of parents, inspectors found.
But Ofsted warned that many staff failed to pick up on slurs, dismissed them as harmless jokes or lacked the confidence to properly challenge pupils. In some cases, teachers even dismissed racist terms as “banter”, said Ofsted.

Inspectors recommended the introduction of new rules to ensure all teachers “consistently and firmly” clamp down on “aggressive language”, including lessons that teach children about the importance of diversity.

The report – based on inspections of 56 primary or secondary schools – told how some schools went to extreme lengths to stamp out bullying, particularly insults linked to homophobia.
One primary school encouraged pupils to behave in a “non-gender-stereotypical way”, with infant boys dressing in girls’ clothes from the dressing-up box or wearing their hair in ribbons.

A six-year-old at the school chose to wear a “tutu all day without comment from his peers”, other boys preferred “cheerleading to football” and all 10- to 11-year-olds learned about gay role models such as actor Sir Ian McKellen and rugby player Gareth Thomas in lessons, it emerged.

Another small infants school with large numbers of parents in same-sex relationships attempted to create an “open-minded” atmosphere by appreciating that “a boy may prefer to be known as a girl and have a girl’s name and similarly a girl may have a girl’s name but wants to dress as and be a boy”, said Ofsted.

Susan Gregory, Ofsted’s director of education and care, said schools had a duty to promote a “positive culture so all pupils learn in a happy and safe environment”, adding: “This report shows many examples where action to tackle bullying has been very effective and I hope this best practice can be emulated by other schools.”

The study – entitled No Place for Bullying – was based on formal discussions with 1,357 pupils and almost 800 staff.
It found that pupils in all of the schools “could give a range of examples of disparaging language that they heard in school”. The use of the word “gay” was the most common put-down, often taken to mean “rubbish”.

But Ofsted warned that staff “often said that they did not hear any of this type of language in a typical week”, while others dismissed slurs as a joke, even when they were based on racism.
“Less frequently, this apparent acceptance that derogatory language was ‘just banter’ was also applied to racist terms or to ones related to disability,” inspectors said. “For example, a teacher wrote that they heard ‘occasional racist remarks but it may be banter between friends’.”

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calendar   Monday - June 11, 2012

must not sing god bless the usa as it could offend other cultures.

It’s been raining hard and steady all day and in fact since last night. Had early start today, wife to doctor and I have a test very early tomorrow morning.
So, I was about to shut down early and pack it in but wanted to visit Vilmar’s site to see what sort of mayhem he was up to.
And darn if my blood pressure didn’t rise several notches.  The story is a day old, it may not be brand new but in case even one of you missed this stupidity, well, here ya go. Bizarre. Unbelievable that someone could be this stupid and still remain in the school system.  But then again, hey. This is what you get when you lower standards to meet quotas. 

H/T Vilmar

‘WE DON’T WANT TO OFFEND OTHER CULTURES’: N.Y. PRINCIPAL REPORTEDLY SCRAPS ‘GOD BLESS THE USA’ FROM SCHOOL PROGRAM

by Madeleine Morgenstern
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The principal of a Brooklyn, N.Y. elementary school, Greta Hawkins, has reportedly pulled the song “God Bless the USA” from a kindergarten graduation ceremony so as not to offend other cultures, according to the New York Post.

The kindergartners had spent several months learning the song, which was set to close out the program, until P.S. 90 principal Greta Hawkins came into a recent rehearsal and told teachers to scrap it.

“We don’t want to offend other cultures,” teachers quoted Hawkins as saying, according to the Post.

Teachers and parents were reportedly shocked by Hawkins’ decision, particularly because the Lee Greenwood song has been sung at school events in the past — and because a rendition of Justin Bieber’s song “Baby” was kept in the program.

Kindergarten mother Luz Lozada told the Post “God Bless the USA” got a standing ovation at last year’s fifth-grade graduation, and that the school’s immigrant parents, including those from Pakistan, Mexico and Ecuador, “love it.”

But New York’s Department of Education gave the Post a different reason for pulling the song: Hawkins thought the lyrics were “too grown up” for 5-year-olds to sing — though Bieber’s were apparently fine.

According to the Post, the Education Department is supporting Hawkins’ decision.

“The lyrics are not age-appropriate,” spokeswoman Jessica Scaperotti said.

It’s not the first time “God Bless the USA” has attracted controversy: In April, a Massachusetts elementary school made headlines after students were taught to sing “We love the U.S.A.“ instead of ”God bless” before ultimately backing down.

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calendar   Sunday - June 10, 2012

latest news, humpty dumpty saved in heroic effort by rescuers.

Another day of grey skies and some rain. Doesn’t bother at all. Keeps the damn dog next door inside.

Sunday is usually a day of doing near nothing but reading the massive pile of two Sunday papers and their magazines and the book reviews from Sat. as well.
So into the mix comes the wife’s ancient but still hardy and mobile 87 yr old auntie. Who we do love so don’t get me wrong. But having been caring for the wife for, I don’t know I lost track of time, anyway along comes Auntie Joan at her suggestion and the wife’s approval.  Which means that the huge pile of winter cloths and coats that were in the sitting room had to be hauled out and placed in the wife’s bedroom next door. Then when dear auntie leaves it all goes back.
Oh right, must make tea 4 two soon. Not a difficult chore as not doing anything fancy.  Those cloths I speak of should have been bagged and put away and suitcases or two in the attic with summer stuff hauled out and reused for winter wear. But things have not worked out that way for all sorts of honest reasons and being lazy is not one of those reasons. So here were are, and in a minute I’ll go into the sitting room and pretend to be happy to see our guest and bring them a cup of tea.  My wife believes the old girl is lonely and needs some company and that’s why she gave the okay for the visit. I imagine that by the time auntie leaves, the wife will need a dose of liq. morphine as her back is hurting badly. She sees her doctor tomorrow morning. Glad for that and overdue.

One must be thankful, and I certainly am, for small mercies.
The visit today just as easily could have been from Poor Brain Dead Cousin Jo. 

OK, onward. This caught my ever roaming eye for the absurd this morning. Could anyone ever make this sort of thing up?
Sure. Not a problem for anyone on the loony left.  Moonbats all.

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Humpty dumpty didn’t get bumped… because he bungee jumped: How our nursery rhymes have been sanitised

New push to save traditional British rhymes and songs from dying out
Classics including Humpty Dumpty re-written with happier ending

By LAWRENCE CONWAY

A new campaign has been launched to save traditional British rhymes and songs amid fears they are dying out.

The push follows sanitised, more upbeat versions of classic nursery rhymes, including Humpty Dumpty, being taught to children.

In one updated version the hero didn’t get bumped or bruised at all, but instead ‘bungee jumped’.

In another instead of being unable to ‘put Humpty together again’, the new version claimed all the King’s horses and all the King’s men ‘made Humpty happy again’.

The English Folk and Dance Society is running the new National Lottery funded campaign to save traditional rhymes and songs.

Rachel Elliott, the society’s education director, told The Telegraph: ‘There can be a risk of people being oversensitive and sanitising these things.

‘They have to be contextualised – we don’t want to condone drunkenness by singing about the Drunken Sailor.

‘But there was a lot of drunkenness at that time. And I don’t think the song is going to encourage it now.’

Humpty Dumpty ‘bungee jumped’
The original children’s poem:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s horses, And all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again!

A new sanitised version: 

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
He didn’t get bruised,
He didn’t get bumped,
Humpty Dumpty bungee jumped!

The society has warned that in some schools children are more likely to learn eastern European or African songs than English ones.

Some songs have been dropped because they refer to death, disease or war in ways that have been judged as no longer be suitable for children.

The society’s new campaign, which has attracted a £585,400 grant, will eventually create the world’s biggest online collection of English folk music, song and dance manuscripts.

Malcolm Taylor, the society’s library director, told The Telegraph: ‘The other cultures that you find in schools have more of a sense of tradition than the indigenous white children.

‘So they will learn about folk songs from other cultures, from Poland, and Africa – as they should, to engage those people – but you need to correct it by increasing the resources for English songs.’

In 2009 a government funded song book changed the lyrics of What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?  to remove any reference to alcohol or punishment.

The BBC was accused of ‘outrageous’ political correctness in the same year after changing the words to a nursery rhyme on a children’s show.

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