I was not a fan of most music from the
60's and 70's. But Dan Fogelberg was an occasional exception.
He did some pretty nice, low-key stuff - most notably "Longer" - which was not
only pleasing to listen to, but had a meaning (unlike most of the other material
being foisted on us at that time).
This weekend, Mr. Fogelberg died too young (age 56) of prostate cancer.
May he rest in peace.
IS THERE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR TEACHER IDIOCY?
Would you have told the little girl she could not use a regular knife to cut a
steak in school, then taken the knife (preferably after using it to cut
her steak) and told her to have her mother pick it up?
Would you have just taken the knife from the little girl and given her an
acceptable one to cut her steak with?
Or would you have called the sheriff and had her arrested and charged
with a felony?
Here's what the academic bright lights at the Sunrise School in Ocala Florida
did, courtesy of www.wftv.com:
Knife At Lunch Gets 10-Year-Old
Girl Arrested At School
POSTED: 5:41 pm EST December 14,
UPDATED: 4:36 pm EST December 17,
OCALA, Fla. -- A 10-year old Ocala girl brought her lunch to
school and a small kitchen knife to cut it. She now faces a felony charge after
being arrested. The school and the sheriff's office disagree on the reason for
School officials say the 5th grader was
brown-bagging it. She brought a piece of steak for her lunch, but she also
brought a steak knife. That's when deputies were called.
It happened in the cafeteria at Sunrise
Elementary School. The 10-year-old used the knife to cut the meat.
"She did not use it inappropriately. She did
not threaten anyone with it. She didn't pull it out and brandish it. Nothing of
that nature," explained Marion County School Spokesman Kevin Christian.
But a couple of teachers took the utensil and
called the sheriff. When deputies arrived, they were unable to get the child's
parents on the phone, so they arrested her and took her to the county's juvenile
"And we didn't handcuff her or treat her like
a criminal. But, we took her to the assessment center to be assessed," said
Capt. James Pogue, Marion County Sheriff's Office.
School officials said it doesn't matter what
the knife was being used for. They said they had no choice.
"Anytime there's a weapon on campus, yes, we
have to report it and we aggressively report it because we don't want to take
any chances, regardless," Christian said.
But the sheriff's office said the extreme
measures in what some may say was a harmless incident had to do with school
policy, not theirs.
"But once we're notified, we have to take some
type of action," Pogue explained.
The student now faces a felony charge for the
possession of a weapon on school property and the principal suspended her for
ten days. The parents of the girl could not be reached for comment.
The sheriff's office has turned the case over
to the State Attorney's Office. .
Are these people crazy, stupid or both?
Is there any capacity for acting intelligently at this
school? You've seen the evidence; you tell
A TASTE OF THE FUTURE: PART 31
Here is my latest installment of how the future will look if radical
Islam makes good on its stated intention to take over the world and subject it
to shari'a law. The article comes from www.foxnews.com.
Muslim Brides Undergoing Painful Vaginal Surgery to
'Re-virginize' for Wedding Nights
Monday , December 17, 2007
On her wedding night, Aisha Salim will hand her blooded sheets
to her in-laws as proof of her virginity, according to a story in The Daily
Telegraph of Australia.
But theres one problem. Being a modern English university
graduate, she is far from the traditional untouched Muslim bride.
Like most woman her age, Salim has smoked, drank, had sex and
even lived with one of her past boyfriends.
However, if the devout Muslim family of her soon-to-be husband
or even her own family knew this, she could be murdered.
Aisha has opted to have her virginity surgically restored in a
delicate but painful surgery called hymenoplasties -- where the hymen is
re-created from the already torn tissue, or a new membrane is
"If my husband cannot prove to his family that I am a virgin, I
would be hounded, ostracised and sent home in disgrace, Salim told Englands
My father, who is a devout Muslim, would regard it as the
ultimate shame. The entire family could be cast out from the friends and society
they hold dear, and I honestly believe that one of my fanatically religious
cousins or uncles might kill me in revenge, to purge them of my sins. Incredible
as it may seem, honour killings are still accepted within our
"Ever since my family arranged this marriage for me, I've been
terrified that, on my wedding night, my secret would come out. It has only been
since my surgery last week that I've actually been able to sleep properly. Now,
I can look forward to my marriage."
Salim is far from alone in seeking such drastic -- and almost
barbaric -- surgery.
The rise in Islamic fundamentalism has seen 24 women in the U.K.
have the procedure between 2005 and 2006.
"I've always adored my parents, Salim said.
My father, now 62, is a retired accountant and my mother raised
a family of seven sisters in a five-bedroom house in Birmingham.
"I attended the local Catholic secondary school and although I
wore a scarf on my head, I refused to wear a veil, telling my parents that it
would make me stand out too much.
"I was one of the girls, totally accepted by my white, English
friends whose lives revolved around shopping and fancying boys.
"But the moment I stepped over the doorstep, normal teenage life
would cease and it was like entering an entirely different world. At home, we
had to pray together five times a day.
"We weren't allowed to watch television. My parents were so
worried that Western influences might take our minds off the most important
things -- education and religion -- that we were never allowed to bring any
"But it made all the things my friends did more attractive to
me. I would sneak out on Saturday afternoons and join them in town, hanging
around, shopping and chatting to boys," Salim
Take a good look. Because this is what will
replace western civilization if we allow it to. And it will be the way YOU
If we fight against radical islam we may win and we may lose. If we do
not, we will most assuredly lose because, either way, they will continue fighting. And if they
win, our culture and our civilization is over, to be replaced by what? Adult
women having their hymens surgically recreated so that they can "prove"
virginity on their wedding night? Women who fear being ostracized, divorced
and even murdered by their own family if they do not re-invent their "purity"
for men they did not pick to be their husbands and may not even
God help the people who want to live this way. I know I'm not one
of them. Are you?
We play political games with this lunacy at our own peril.
WHEN MAKEUP ISN'T ENOUGH
This picture, which I just lifted from www.drudgereport.com, is not meant as a
commentary for or against Hillary Clinton. It is meant as a visual
commentary on what a gruelling campaign does to candidates - both female and
In case you were wondering, here are the latest box office figures for
"Redacted". Redacted is an angry attack on the war in Iraq and the quality
of our troops. It was bankrolled by mark cuban, the semi-rational
owner of the Dallas Maverick basketball team and directed by Brian De Palma who
should have known better.
After 4 weeks, www.boxofficemojo.com reports
that the total worldwide gross for "Redacted" is........(Ta-da-da DAAAA
TOTAL LIFETIME GROSSES
To add to the fun, a total of 104 moviegoers rated "Redacted" on an A
to F scale. it received 94 ratings of F.
However, it is reported that "Redacted" got
a ten minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival. I guess that's
where they drew the 4 "A" ratings.
Who says movie people are out of touch with
the real world?
HILLARY FIRES UP THE WARMTH....
I love this little pictorial by www.sweetness-light.com. It
really does say it all, so here it is without further comment:
PHILLY ANCHOR Alycia Lane is
scheduled to appear on TV tomorrow night in "Celebrate the Season," an annual
special highlighting holiday cheer in the Delaware Valley.
Not so fast.
The suits at CBS 3 and the CW Philly may have to
reconsider broadcasting the special since Lane was arrested early
yesterday on charges of punching a New York City cop in the
According to the police complaint, the
Emmy-winning anchor yelled at the female police officer, "I don't give a f---
who you are, I'm a f---ing TV reporter, you f---ing dyke," according to
Philadelphiawilldo.com, a Philadelphia Weekly blog.
The Daily News exclusively reported Lane's
arrest yesterday on PhillyGossip.com. She was nabbed at 2:04 a.m. at 17th Street
and 9th Avenue in lower Manhattan, said New York City police spokesman Sgt.
Lane, 35, her current honey, Q102 morning
host Chris Booker, and another couple were in a cab behind a slow-moving
unmarked cop car, the New York Post reported. One of the males jumped out
and headed to the police vehicle, screaming, "I don't care if you're a cop,
drive faster!" the newspaper said.
The officers got out and identified
themselves to Lane and company, and Lane began to take photos, according to the
paper. The female cop asked her to step back and that's when Lane lost it,
according to the Post.
A station source said Lane's iPhone was
confiscated by cops as evidence.
Lane was charged with one count of assault with
intent to cause physical injury to an officer, Nieves said.
The 10th Precinct officer suffered laceration
wounds to her face, Nieves said.
Lane was released on her own recognizance by 5
p.m. yesterday. No bail was set. A hearing was scheduled for April 3.
Her lawyer, Manhattan-based David Smith, defended
"Miss Lane never hit or ever said any
derogatory comments to anyone," he told the Daily News.
Lane was "accosted by several individuals wearing
plainclothes," Smith said. "They attempted to grab her camera to prevent her
from taking photographs of an altercation they [plainclothes people] were
involved in. Miss Lane was shocked to learn after the fact that these
individuals were police officers."
The high-profile anchor, who has been with CBS3
since 2003, "respects police officers and has done several positive profiles of
them in the Philadelphia area," Smith said.
Lane and Smith "are confident" that after a full
investigation, she will be cleared of the charges," he said.
Yesterday, during an open-house staff holiday
party at CBS3 offices on Spring Garden Street near 15th, news of the arrest
spread quickly in an otherwise jovial atmosphere, station sources said.
Employees spoke in hushed tones about the arrest to their colleagues and the
mood soon turned serious.
"We have no official comment at this time except
to say that we are very concerned for Alycia," said station spokeswoman Joanne
Calabria. "We are still trying to sort out exactly what happened."
"No decision has been made" regarding her duties,
station sources said.
Lane made national headlines in May when the
New York Post reported that she had e-mailed bikini photos of herself to
married NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen, which upset his wife, Suzy Shuster. Lane
said she and Eisen had been platonic friends for 10 years. .
Hey, if Ms. Lane really has a positive image of police and really thinks the policewoman
is a dyke, maybe she'll send her a few of those bikini
WHEN PEOPLE DEMAND RIGHTS THEY DON'T HAVE....
I was going to write a relatively extensive opinion about the battle of legal business enterprise
and illegal aliens in Phoenix. But it occurred to me that the best way
to do it is to just add the words which remind you of their illegal status where
appropriate. That tells the story better.
I will now post an article from the December 9 edition
of The Arizona Republic. You'll see where I've added those words
and how they put things in perspective :
Outside Phoenix store, border
debate rages on
Emotional protests at local
battleground mirror national fight
Newton The Arizona Republic Dec. 9, 2007 12:00 AM
On East Thomas Road in
Phoenix, the national shouting match over immigration unfolds week by week in a
neighborhood that has changed in the same ways Arizona has.
deputies patrol the parking lot at M.D. Pruitt's Home Furnishings each Saturday,
ensuring that no day laborers (who are here
illegally) trespass on the property. Day-labor advocates mount
protests nearby, blaring Mexican folk music while children (of the
illegals) dressed in traditional garb (traditional
to Mexico, not the United States)
dance on the sidewalk.
Pruitt's opened 57 years ago, but only recently
did day laborers (who are here illegally) gather in large numbers to seek
work on the sidewalks and parking lots of nearby businesses. The subdivisions
that stretch back from Thomas Road have seen more and more Hispanic families
(who are here
illegally) arrive, changing the character of the neighborhood.
Meanwhile, the country's roiling debate over
immigration continues unabated.
A compromise that would have
given illegal immigrants a way to become citizens fell apart in Congress earlier
this year amid angry protests.
Since then, the battle has only grown
angrier. Citizens furious over government inaction have called for the border to
be sealed and for more illegal immigrants to be deported. The battle lines have
In Phoenix, those lines lead straight to 35th Street and
Thomas, where the owners of a family furniture store say they struggle to
understand how such a divisive battle ever erupted in front of their showroom.
After weeks of keeping his
distance, Phoenix's mayor now says he's prepared to enter the fray. He wants to
sit down with the Pruitt's owners and the (illegal) laborers' spokesman to develop a
solution to the escalating conflict.
But until a
compromise is reached, some involved in the protests worry the conflict could
boil over into violence.
For a time, the
jornaleros(who are here illegally) congregated mostly at
the new Home Depot. When Home Depot cracked down on the
(illegal) laborers in 2005, they moved closer to
In an interview Friday, Michael
Sensing said the laborers (who are here
illegally) frequently used the Pruitt's
parking lot as a place to find work.
They would approach Pruitt's
customers in their vehicles. Female customers shopping alone complained about
feeling intimidated by the laborers (who are here
illegally), Sensing said.
When Sensing hired off-duty police to patrol his lot,
laborer advocate (for people who have no legal right to be
Salvador Reza began staging weekly
protests, accusing the Sensings of harassment. Reza insists that no day laborers
(who are here illegally) trespassed at
Gordon's staff worked with the Sensings and with Reza to broker
a truce. On Dec. 6 of last year, after negotiations between the men, Pruitt's
agreed to stop hiring the police patrols. In return, Reza agreed to work with
the laborers (who are here illegally) to keep them off
Thomas and pledged to help create a day-labor center.
For a while, the
truce worked. But for a variety of reasons, which remain in dispute, the
day-labor center never materialized.
This spring, the day laborers
(who are here illegally) returned to Thomas Road,
numbering around 140 a day, according to a log Sensing keeps. Although they
stayed off Pruitt's property, they were close enough that the Sensings were
concerned that past problems would re-emerge.
When Phoenix refused to
send off-duty officers to the site, the Sensings turned to Sheriff Joe Arpaio
and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
Sensing said his father asked
Arpaio only to patrol the area and enforce no-trespassing laws. But during the
Sheriff's Office's first weekend on patrol, deputies arrested six illegal
Reza felt the truce had been
broken and resumed his protests (on behalf of people with no legal
right to be here ).
The Sensings hired off-duty sheriff's deputies, and since then they have worked
only when Reza and his followers are protesting, Sensing said.
would stop protesting, Sensing said, he would happily stop hiring the deputies.
Reza said Sensing has to quit hiring the deputies first.
After all, each
deputy costs the Sensings $30 an hour,and with the housing-market slump and the
hundreds of protesters outside Pruitt's each Saturday, the furniture business
hasn't exactly been booming.
What really keeps Michael Sensing up at
night, he said, is the thought that people may think of his family as racists.
"Even walking through the store, going out to lunch or dinner, if I'm
passing someone who's Hispanic, I'm thinking, do they think I'm racist?" said
Sensing, whose staff is about 55 percent Hispanic. "It's really sad. We feel
like we've been a good part of this community.".
The article continues, but you get the idea.
I keep wondering what "rights" people who are here illegally
have. And in particular, given the subject matter of this story, what
rights they have to trespass on private property.
If illegals have that right, they have one that legals don't have
(in actuality, there are many places around the USA where illegals have
rights that legals don't have. They are treated as some kind of an
elevated, protected species).
What I wonder about even more, is when the country of Mexico is
blamed for this situation. Mexico is a rich country with millions of
people perfectly willing to work, who cannot get any work or support their
families. Why is that?
What is MEXICO doing about it? Why is the USA Mexico's
safety valve? There isn't enough gold ore, and silver ore, and tourist
trade, and industry and agriculture there to support its people? Where are
the benefits of these assets going?
Now those are a few questions we should all want an answer
to. Especially the people who are here illegally.
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