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Finally, Righteous Pardons

Obama has been stingy with his pardons, but these are way past due and make me feel empowered. I’ve been getting a lot of petitions in my E-mail telling of terrible, family busting, life destroying injustices that have been going on for way too long. I’ve been signing them.

Seems like all I do these days is sign petitions. Nothing ever seems to happen, but now it has. You might think Obama is going way out on a limb here, but I think things have changed enough since the good old, “lock em’ up and throw away the key!” – unless you’re Scooter Libby – days of yore.

If your job is to test peoples urine for marijuana traces, it might be time to find another job. Lawyers might not be doing quite so well in the future either, unless we start arresting dangerous people. You can bet the drug cartels aren’t happy.


How, Not, To Work Your Political Views Into A Conversation

When I was starting out in Junior High School in 1965, they were building a new one to accommodate our large student population in that area. They had already picked a name for the new school, but a fellow student, who was a big history buff decided he wanted the school to be named after a personal hero of his. He began his quest to have the school named after Winston Churchill. I can’t remember all of the details or how difficult, or long the procedure took, but I’ll be damned if the school isn’t named Churchill Junior High today.

You may have already heard about the teacher in New Hampshire who recently decide to teach his fourth grade students how a bill is adopted, so he had them decide on a bill and they took it to the legislature. The attempt to get the red-tailed hawk named as the official state raptor turned into a learning experience for sure, but definitley not one you would have imagined.

After one legislator mocked the bill, saying they’d probably next be naming an official state hotdog, Republican Representative Warren Groen really took the wind out of the sails of these kids by saying:

“The hawk grasps its prey “with its talons and then uses its razor-sharp beak to rip its victims to shreds, to basically tear it apart limb by limb, and I guess the shame about making this a state bird is it would serve as a much better mascot for Planned Parenthood.’’

I guess this idiot thought these students were being taught to be a bunch of stinking liberals by their stinking liberal teacher. Just let the adults come up with the bills, huh?

The Democratic governor is going to visit the school and try to get the students not to give up trying to be involved in their communities. My sense is that after making the national news, they are going to be even more involved. That’s how these sorts of inane blunders usually work out, but you’ll never convince some ideologues.


Retailers Carve Up Your Thanksgiving Dinner.

I rarely watch ABC, CBS, or NBC these days. They are much too fast paced to let you even think, especially the commercials; maybe that’s the idea. I had NBC on last night and the commercials were even more dizzying then usual because of what we now call “black friday”. I don’t shop much and would’t get caught dead shopping on black friday so I hadn’t noticed there is a race on for retailers to open, not just on Thanksgiving day, but earlier then the others on the next to last holiday that remains in “the greatest country on the face of the earth”. Hell, most of us even used to get Sundays off every week. You know; day of rest.

If you want the list of holidays that virtually all Americans used to look forward to, go to the entrance of Costco and you can see for yourself. There are about eight of them, and workers at Costco still get them. It seems there are still corporations that respect the right of their workers to enjoy the time-honored tradition of sitting down with their family, just once a year to enjoy a meal with the whole family. Here’s a good article about corporations which know this is wrong and it also has a couple of hilarious quotes at the bottom from PR guys that support opening on Thursday.

I always considered football to be a terrible distraction on that day, but when I think of some poor mother who has to get up and fix the largest meal of the year and then hussle out the door to get to the busiest day of the year at her thankless job, IT MAKES ME SICK!

I guess it wasn’t a hard decision for the retail greed-heads since most grocery stores have been open on Thanksgiving for something like 40 years. The frog boils slowly.

Jim Hightower agrees with me, so I know I’m on the right track.

I found this chart that will help you to remember where to shop and where NEVER to shop:


Police Shot Darrien Hunt 6 Times In The Back

Last month, 22-year-old Darrien Hunt was shot and killed by police in Saratoga Springs, Utah, while carrying a toy sword. The Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy confirms that six bullets hit Hunt in the back. Contrary to what was implied in the original police report, a toxicology analysis concluded that Hunt had no drugs in his body.

Susan Hunt told the Deseret News: “They killed my son because he’s black. No white boy with a little sword would they shoot while he’s running away.

“Those stupid cops thought they had to murder over a toy. This is my baby. This is my family. And they ruined my family.”

Again, we have to wonder what they were thinking. Why shoot an unarmed citizen who is running away? Assuming the police believed they had no choice but to use deadly force, why not shoot ONE TIME?

Finally, somebody needs to educate the police about cosplay.

At the time of his death, Hunt was wearing an outfit that bore a striking resemblance the Japanese anime character Mugen, from the series Samurai Champloo. The weekend prior to his death, Salt Lake City hosted the annual Comic Con event at which attendees dress up as comic book characters in a practice known as “cosplaying.”

Prosecutors won’t file criminal charges in this case. Darrien Hunt’s family plans a civil suit against the police.


A Confluence of Events

I was sort of hoping somebody was going to hide marijuana joints all over my apartment for me to find and smoke tomorrow, but I doubt it’s going to happen. :(


Utah School Threw Out Students’ Lunches Because They Were In Debt

TANSTAAFLVia Think Progress:

A Utah school’s child nutrition manager threw out the lunches of about 40 elementary school students this week after the kids’ parents fell behind on payment.

Some parents at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City say they didn’t even realize they were indebted to the school. The school apparently made calls Monday and Tuesday telling some parents that there was a balance on their accounts, and the children of those who had missed the call were the ones whose lunches got thrown out.

…The children were given milk and fruit instead of a full lunch — the meal that the school says it gives any child who isn’t able to pay.

“So she took my lunch away and said, ‘Go get a milk,’ ” recalled one student, a fifth grader named Sophia. “I came back and asked, ‘What’s going on?’ Then she handed me an orange. She said, ‘You don’t have any money in your account so you can’t get lunch.’”

Parents were outraged by the move, calling it “traumatic and humiliating.”

There is no such thing as a free lunch. As any libertarian or right-winger can tell you.

More info:
Lunches seized from kids in debt at Salt Lake City elementary


From Rock Bottom to Molten Lava

Let’s face it! We all agree with John McCain sometimes and he certainly gets a lot of face-time. When he comes out against ‘human cockfighting’, I’m for it.

An article I’m about to link to has this paragraph:

Prominent critics of [mixed martial arts] for adults including Senator John McCain, who called it ‘human cockfighting’ and in 2008 wrote a letter to the governors of every state asking them to ban it.

I’m interested in the word “adults” in the above paragraph, because I want to know if McCain was talking about human cage fighting for adults or something much, much worse.

I’ve never been a parent, but I imagine you have to walk a fine line between teaching your children to be kind to others or take a strong stance when threatened.

If you are weak of heart, don’t go here. :(

If this is the only future America can come up with, we need a LOT more bread and a LOT less circus!

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