There's a interesting story in today's St. Paul Pioneer Press about the overcrowding at Hudson High Scool and what to do about it. It will be interesting to see what the blind-leading-the-deaf have to say about it at the ontheborderline.net blog. It's always important to get the OTBL cowboy's anti-community perspective. One thing you can count on is that between everyline posted over there, the implied chant is "it's my way or the highway...it's my way of the highway..."
It must be interesting for a person to go through life telling people "You seem to be an intelligent person. It's too bad you can't see things the right way -- my way."
Faced with an increasingly overcrowded high school, Hudson School District administrators are focusing on moving out to make way for additional classrooms.
Moving the 25 school administrators and staff out of the wing they now occupy at the high school would free up enough space for seven classrooms. But where the offices would move to remains undecided as three options remain under consideration.
In the coming weeks, district Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten said, the school board likely will choose between moving into rented trailers, leasing office space somewhere in town or buying a building to move into.
A special community meeting will then be scheduled, possibly in April.
at 3/16/2007 Posted by JPN
A friend sent me a link to the 1987 Bill Moyers documentary "The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis." Watching this refreshes the memory about what we are witnessing in Iraq, in the Justice Department, the FBI and throughout the slog of the Bush presidency. It gets scary when the wheels come off the war wagon. It gets icky when you lift up an old board out in a field and put the light of day on the creepy thinks lurking underneath.
This is the full length 90 min. version of Bill Moyer's 1987 scathing critique of the criminal subterfuge carried out by the Executive ... all » Branch of the United States Government to carry out operations which are clearly contrary to the wishes and values of the American people. The ability to exercise this power with impunity is facilitated by the National Security Act of 1947. The thrust of the exposé is the Iran-Contra arms and drug-running operations which flooded the streets of our nation with crack cocaine. The significance of the documentary is probably greater today in 2007 than it was when it was made. We now have a situation in which these same forces have committed the most egregious terrorist attack on US soil and have declared a fraudulent so-called "War on Terror". The ruling regime in the US who have conducted the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, are now banging the war drum against Iran. We have the PATRIOT act which has stripped us of many of our basic civil rights justified by the terror of 9/11 which is their own doing.
Watch the full show (90 minutes).
at 3/15/2007 Posted by JPN
“From 1946 to 1961 we thought in terms of dollars rather than of people. We thought in terms of gross national product rather than in terms of gross national product one that Herbert Hoover employed in 1930. By pouring in money on the top, we hoped that some would reach the bottom. But in feudal societies the few at the top kept practically all of it. Millions were stolen and banked aboard. What was not stolen was used to entrench those who already owned and controlled the nation.”
Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
Democracy’s Manifesto: A Counter Plan for the Free Society
at 3/15/2007 Posted by JPN
CARACAS, Venezuela — Hugo Chavez has called President Bush a devil, a donkey and a drunkard. But on Wednesday the Venezuelan leader said his comments were "nothing personal."
Chavez, who had stepped up his verbal assault during Bush's Latin American tour this week, suggested that the two adversaries might eventually overcome their differences and even play a game of dominos or baseball together.
"One day, if maybe George Bush and I survive all of this, we will reach old age, and it would be good to play a game of dominos, street baseball," Chavez said on his weekday radio program.
But he said his comments about the American leader were "nothing personal" and that his opposition to Bush was due to "deep ethical, political, historic and geopolitical" reasons. Chavez has fiercely opposed U.S.-backed free trade policies and criticized the Bush administration's handling of Iraq and other foreign policy decisions.
Chavez said Bush was part of a long line of elitist U.S. administrations that have become accustomed to abusing the rest of the world, acting unilaterally and violating human rights. He also taunted the U.S. leader for skirting questions about Chavez during his Latin American tour in the past week, comparing him to a matador avoiding the bull with his cape.
"The president of the United States takes out his cape as always, Ole!, because he doesn't want to respond" to pointed issues raised by the Venezuelan leader, Chavez said.
Bush on Wednesday completed a tour of Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Guatemala. Chavez went on something of a shadow tour of Bush's trip over the same period, visiting several regional nations including Argentina, where he led thousands in an anti-bush rally.
at 3/15/2007 Posted by Sunny Badger
1. You have to be against a woman’s right to choose, but support the murder of thousands by air strike.
2. You have to believe that a shopping mall is better than a backyard, as long as it’s not YOUR backyard.
3. You have to believe that guns in the hands of drug dealers and gang-bangers are less of a threat than countries that have never fired a weapon at Americans here in America.
4. You have to believe that there were no airlines before Federal funding, tax breaks and kickbacks.
5. You have to believe that global temperatures are more permanently affected by natural changes in the earth's climate than billions of tons of waste gasses pumped into the atmosphere by coal and natural gas power plants.
6. You have to believe that the sex of someone else’s spouse is actually your business, but your adultery isn’t anyone else’s business.
7. You have to believe that the AIDS epidemic cannot be slowed with the assistance of the Federal government.
8. You have to believe that the teacher who can't teach 4th-graders how to read is doing a great job.
9. You have to believe that hunters care about nature because the 10-point rack on the wall shows their commitment to it.
10. You have to believe that things magically happen even if you have no self-esteem.
11. You have to believe that Mel Gibson made The Passion Of The Christ because Christ died for our sins and not to gain notoriety.
12. You have to believe the ACLU is bad because it supports certain parts of the Constitution, but the NRA is good because it supports certain parts of the Constitution.
13. You have to believe that taxes are too high and the deficit, trade gap and unemployment levels are too low.
14. You have to believe that Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy, and Thomas Edison.
15. You have to believe that standardized tests are not racist, but racial quotas and set-asides are.
16. You have to believe that George W. Bush is normal and is a smart, well-spoken person with no hidden agendas.
17. You have to believe that a representative democratic republic will work for everyone, regardless of belief, history or ideology and that it’s okay to kill a considerable percentage of them to bring it to them.
18. You have to believe that a President having consensual sex with another adult is far worse than a President who’s eager to send our children off to get killed in a war that isn’t a war to find weapons that didn’t exist.
19. You have to believe that Christmas and Easter were originally Christian holidays and not co-opted seasonal festivals of Pagans.
20. You have to believe that changing the rules of the Senate and the Ethics Committee to protect Republican Senators is somehow in the best interest to the United States.
21. You have to believe that we actually went to war in Iraq to find WMDs because they were a clear and present threat to the United States.
22. You have to believe that Republican backed special interest groups didn't finance The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, they got the idea and money on their own.
23. You have to believe Bill Clinton getting a blowjob in the Oval Office is appalling, but Newt Gingrich serving his wife with divorce papers on her deathbed is A-OK.
24. You have to believe in defending the sanctity of marriage except when it’s a husband trying to fulfill his wife’s wish in ending her life.
25. You have to feel that marriage is sacrosanct and inviolate while ignoring the fact that 61% of Catholics get divorced and another 7% get their marriages annulled.
You have to believe that what John Kerry did 30 years ago is important, but what George W. Bush didn't do 30 years ago isn't.
26. You have to believe that this message was authored by a left-wing pinko socialist bleeding heart liberal.
at 3/15/2007 Posted by Sunny Badger
Warning: Be careful not to nick your nuts...
Former Hudson school superintendent has offered to pay for the first 157 miles of their relocation...
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. -- A failure by the state to audit school district records for nearly three decades has resulted in another scandal, this time involving the misappropriation of nearly $8 million from a suburban district, state Comptroller Alan Hevesi said Monday.
The latest accusations involve the William Floyd district in Suffolk County, where an audit uncovered $6.4 million in inappropriate spending, including instances where the superintendent increased salaries for himself and nine other administrators over several years without school board approval, Hevesi said. That's besides $1.5 million that former William Floyd administrators admitted stealing last year.
The scandal is the latest in a series involving Long Island school districts. There have been arrests in seven districts, including William Floyd, since an audit of the Roslyn school district two years ago found that more than $11 million was stolen from its treasury. Six people have pleaded guilty in that case.
WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Tuesday a balance must be struck between ensuring the competitiveness of financial markets and protecting investors.
Paulson addressed a gathering of top business leaders and former government officials. The conference followed months of campaigning by American business for an easing of laws and regulations established after the Enron debacle.
Paulson said the laws and regulations have been, "extensive and significant, so it is quite naturally taking time for companies to understand, process and implement the new rules and requirements."
However, he said, "the principles behind them have been positive, as have many of the results."
Panelists included billionaire investor Warren Buffett, General Electric Co. Chairman Jeffrey Immelt, brokerage founder and CEO Charles Schwab, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Paulson and Christopher Cox, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, are serving as moderators.
at 3/13/2007 Posted by Sunny Badger
"Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was having an extramarital affair even as he led the charge against then-President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair, he acknowledged in an interview with a conservative Christian group."
"Gingrich, who frequently campaigned on family values, divorced his second wife, Marianne, in 2000 after his attorneys acknowledged Gingrich's relationship with his current wife, Callista Bisek, a former congressional aide more than 20 years his junior."
"Gingrich argued in the interview, however, that he should not be viewed as a hypocrite for pursuing Clinton's infidelity."
at 3/12/2007 Posted by Andy Rand
"That a person like (Bush), with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is going to walk in our sacred lands, is an offense for the Mayan people and their culture."
Director of a Mayan nongovernmental organization with ties to Mayan religious and political leaders.
Priests To Purify Site After Bush Visit
(AP) GUATEMALA CITY Mayan priests will purify a sacred archaeological site to eliminate "bad spirits" after President Bush visits next week, an official with close ties to the group said Thursday.
"That a person like (Bush), with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is going to walk in our sacred lands, is an offense for the Mayan people and their culture," Juan Tiney, the director of a Mayan nongovernmental organization with close ties to Mayan religious and political leaders, said Thursday.
Bush's seven-day tour of Latin America includes a stopover beginning late Sunday in Guatemala. On Monday morning he is scheduled to visit the archaeological site Iximche on the high western plateau in a region of the Central American country populated mostly by Mayans.
WHO IS THE REAL DEVIL?
at 3/12/2007 Posted by Sunny Badger
Surprising alliances are forming as evangelical groups join the fight to save what they consider God’s creation In January, a group of evangelical Christians and scientists announced they would work together to persuade US political, church and scientific leaders to act to curb climate change. It is an unlikely marriage between two camps diametrically opposed on the circumstances of the earth’s creation but willing to collaborate to save it from destruction.
Read more @ Ethical Corporation.
at 3/12/2007 Posted by Sunny Badger
The March/April 2007 issue of Mother Jones magazine has an excellent article on an Alabama homeschooler whose antiwar videos get 30, hits a day. It's inspiring story that should be shared with your kids and students.
Read the full article: Are You There George? It's Me Ava.
Here's what Ava's critics are saying about her:
Right Wing Love Letters:
A few more automated comments from her critics.
It's always interesting to see Ann Clouter put on the spot for her the babbling stupidity that drools from the manure covered fangs in her mouth. Of course, her pay check depends on vomiting up rancid chunks of redneck conservative spew. Without the slack-jawed, Deliverance-doubles who think she lick up her spew, the calluses on her knees would be much more noticeable.
Clouter compares Iraq to California...
16-year homeschooler responds to Clouter: California Dreaming by Ava Lowery
Check out more of Ava's work at Peace Takes Courage.
You would think the Marines could use at least one comic who isn't funny enough to get paid to be a comic. Or maybe Miller's room-temperature IQ is needed state side to bring the intelligence level above freezing.
Meanwhile, down in Alabama, a 16-year old girl named Ava is putting together pictures that put Miller's always forgettable words on mute.
How This Must End by Ava Lowery
See more of Ava Lowery's work at Peace Takes Courage.