Coffee Party Kick Off Meeting Saturday Morning 10:00 am Haymarket Town Hall

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The Prince William County, VA Coffee Party will hold its kick-off meeting on National Coffee Party Day, March 13th, 2010, from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M.  The kick-off meeting will be held at the Haymarket Town Hall.  The address is:

 

15000 Washington Street

Haymarket, VA 20169-2975

(703) 754-4816

 

To register for this event, please go to the Prince William County Coffee Party facebook page or www.coffeepartyusa.com    For more information about the lovely town of Haymarket, please visit www.townofhaymarket.org.

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Some Fall 2008 Financial Post Mortum

Let’s re-examine what the experts say. 

Paulson on AIG and Lehman

Buffett a Year After the Crash

It makes more sense to hear what the experts say than it does for non experts to fight about the economy on the blogs. And if I am not mistaken, Paulson and Buffett are both Republicans. Both have forgotten more about money than I have ever learned. Paulson is also out of Goldman Sachs.  He is well respected and worth a fortune.  He stepped up to the plate to serve his country.  He had nothing to lose and everything to gain. 

Article on Why Lehman Brothers Failed

I think I have wasted an hour of your time….

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I am sure Glenn Beck is disappointed that there just wasn’t more red meat out there.  But as Jon Stewart says, he got a new sign off slogan.  I liked the dog best.

And on another score, I feel like I have been wasting my time trying to establish dialogue on issues that people are talking about or want to talk about.  Interesting, that Elena and I can be insulted at the drop of a hat, and if we so much a speak back, the self righteous start in on us again about our manners.   That’s not going to work any more. 

I don’t feel like swimming through a sea of partisan politics and sound bites only to be insulted.  I don’t feel like spending the day defending one lone person who comes through the blog on his way to work and throws a poke at the Tea Party.   Not meaning to be Gospel Moonie but, “First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

I do hope this subject doesn’t have to be revisited.  Enjoy Jon Stewart.  He is funny in this video and I am simply too tired to look for anything more stimulating.

KKK Killings Live on in America

From Yahoo News:

COVINGTON, La. – A Louisiana man accused of helping his father hide the body of a Ku Klux Klan recruit pleaded guilty Thursday to obstruction of justice and was sentenced to three years in prison, according to a prosecutor’s spokesman.

Prosecutors believe Shane Foster, 21, also helped his father clean the camp site in rural St. Tammany Parish in southeastern Louisiana where Cynthia Lynch, 43, was shot to death in November 2008, district attorney’s office spokesman Rick Wood said.

Foster’s father, Raymond Foster, 45, is set for trial April 5 on a second-degree murder charge.

What on earth?  What year is this?  Cynthia Lynch, 43, was shot to death in November of 2008.  Her crime?  She was trying to leave an initiation ritual and head for home.  She had hooked up with the Louisiana KKK group run by Raymond Foster via the Internet.  She was described as a troubled woman who was trying to fit in somewhere.  That probably fits the description of many people who are attracked to the KKK.  Just a group of misfits.

All too often groups like this are blown off.  Do-gooders try to tell us that the KKK is irrelevant nowadays and that any concerns about this organizaton are  simply an over-reaction.  This killing doesn’t sound like an over-reaction to me. 

Do these sentences sound a little on the lean side?  If you shoot someone to death, why is that second degree murder?  Another female, Danielle Jones, pleaded guilty to being an accessory.  She spent a year in jail.  Is Louisiana soft on crime or is it just soft on KKK krime?  How much a part of the south is the KKK in 2010?

KKK Pictures

Just in case anyone forgets who the Klan hates, here is a pretty good reminder.  🙄

Creative Loafing Atlanta presents: The Georgia Knight Riders and Knights of the Ku Klux Klan rallied for a crowd of more than 500 on Feb. 20 in the town of Nahunta, Ga.
These good ole boys are all pleased with themselves.

ACLU Sues Mississippi School That Canceled Prom Rather Than Let Lesbian Couple Attend

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March 11, 2010

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OXFORD, MS – The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit today against a Mississippi High School that has canceled prom rather than let a lesbian high school student attend the prom with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo to the event. In papers filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, the ACLU asks the court to reinstate the prom for all students at the school and charges Itawamba County School District officials are violating Constance McMillen’s First Amendment right to freedom of expression.

“All I wanted was the same chance to enjoy my prom night like any other student. But my school would rather hurt all the students than treat everyone fairly,” said McMillen, an 18-year-old senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi. “This isn’t just about me and my rights anymore – now I’m fighting for the right of all the students at my school to have our prom.”

Read entire Press Release

How about let’s just alter this scene just a little bit.  How about if the girl didn’t say she was a lesbian and 2 girls just showed up at the door to go to prom, like unromantic friends.  Would they be denied admission?  What is wrong with schools? 

There was a suggestion made that a private group should sponsor a private prom for ”people like this.’  Now just what is that supposed to mean?  I read in the paper that Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Church did sponsor a special prom for gay and lesbian students last spring.  Good for them.  That church is a real standard bearer for helping those who are under-represented.  I hope they will do that every year, despite the fact that local bloggers (many who claim to be good Christians)  had a field day and made extremely disparaging remarks about the church and the kids.   It’s easy to point fingers.  Its harder to step up to the plate and provide for those amongst us who might not have an advocate. 

Most of the time I think the ACLU is a pain in the ass.  I think we are supposed to think that.  However, this is one time I am glad they are out there, defending those who might not otherwise have a line of defense.  Schools need realize that gay and lesbian students are not all closeted like they were a generation ago, not should they be. 

If  the school wants to ensure that people’s sensibilities are not offended, it  needs to address the behavior of everyone coming to the dance.  It  needs to set standards of conduct and stick to its  guns.  It  should demand the same lines of decency from the heterosexual students as it is  obviously going to do with the homosexual students.  They can all do their dirty dancing after the prom.

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