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Cheap-ass BOCS antics threaten all-day kindergarten

February 1st, 2015 3 comments

Washingtonpost.com:

Prince William County’s schools enrollment boom has outpaced the growth of the district’s budget for years, a quandary exacerbated by the recession. Class sizes have ballooned. Bus service has been cut. Per-pupil spending has flattened.

Faced with the prospect of the county’s enacting a smaller than planned increase in the property tax rate, the school board has again begun weighing drastic cuts, this time to the district’s treasured universal full-day kindergarten program, which Superintendent Steven L. Walts once touted as his “greatest accomplishment.” After years of cutbacks, board members said there are few places left to look to save money.

“It’s more of an economic calculation than an educational calculation,” said school board Chairman Milton C. Johns (At Large), who has championed the expansion of the program. “We’re out of options.”

So this is what it comes down to?  The BOCS needs to stop trying to “out-Republican” each other and do the right and responsible thing.  Cutting new funding back to a $12 million increase is not the right and responsible thing to do when PWC gets approximately 2000 new students per year.

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McCain declares Code Pink “Low life scum”

January 30th, 2015 6 comments

Washingtonpost.com:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) confronted anti-war Code Pink protesters at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, saying “Get out of here, you low-life scum.”

The hearing, to include testimony from former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright and George Shultz, was on global threats and national security strategy.

“I’d like to say to my colleagues and to our distinguished  witnesses this morning: I’ve been a member of this committee for many years, and I have never seen anything as disgraceful and outrageous and despicable as the last demonstration that just took place,” said McCain.

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Principal announces a snow day: Game on!

January 27th, 2015 No comments

School head Matt Glendinning announces that Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island is closed because of inclement weather.

I think that Principal Glendinning has missed his calling. He seems too talented to be doing the BS that principals have to contend with.

Any takers? Are any of the local principals this talented? I will publish if we have any takers.

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Auschwitz Liberation 70th Anniversary: The Guardian Point of View

January 27th, 2015 15 comments

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Editorial from The Guardian:

The facts are, wrote Hannah Arendt in 1946, “that six million Jews, six million human beings, were helplessly, and in most cases unsuspectingly, dragged to their deaths”. Human history, she added, “has known no story more difficult to tell”. In the years since those facts first became known, the story of the Holocaust has been told and retold, yet it still remains obdurately difficult to tell.

Scholarly inquiry, the search for causation, the most meticulous reconstruction, the grave questions of theologians and of thinkers like Arendt herself, the wrenching accounts of survivors, the discovered testimony of victims like Anne Frank – it all goes only so far. The unknowability of the Holocaust was famously, if inadvertently, expressed by the guard at Auschwitz who curtly told Primo Levi: “There is no why here.” We cannot in the end explain the Holocaust: it is beyond explanation.

The converse is not true. We cannot explain the Holocaust, yet, in large measure, it explains us. The Holocaust set the moral, ethical and geopolitical parameters within which the western world lives, influenced international institutions, sits balefully on the shoulders of writers and artists, and is never entirely absent from our minds.

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New state GOP chairman elected

January 25th, 2015 35 comments

Washingtonpost.com:

— The newly elected chairman of the Virginia Republican Party on Saturday promised to stick to GOP principles of fiscal responsibility and individual liberty.

John Whitbeck, a 38-year-old lawyer from Loudoun County, ran on a platform of healing a fissure within the party and expanding its reach through a renewed focus on fundraising.

To underscore the point, he also announced former Texas governor Rick Perry will give the keynote address Feb. 24 at a fundraising dinner.

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Jon Stewart: The “Guns, God, Guts, and Gravy” Interview

January 21st, 2015 12 comments

Do we live in Bubbleville? Are the Bubbas in Bubbaville all that stupid?
Ouch. Was Jon Stewart overly rude or snarky? You be the judge.

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Open Thread………………………………..Monday, January 19

January 19th, 2015 70 comments

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The winter pansies at my house are struggling because of all the cold weather.  It looks like some of them have croaked but they might surprise me and take a new lease on life.

The little ones like Johnny Jump Ups do better than the bigger faced pansies.  The big faces flop around a little too much under snow and ice.  I was greedy this year.  I have 5 containers of them.  The smaller ones are wintering on the porch for protection.

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Morris Davis: Where is justice for the men still abandoned in Guantánamo Bay

January 16th, 2015 54 comments

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Colonel Morris Davis:

 

Where is justice for the men still abandoned in Guantánamo Bay

 

“I will be back soon,” I said, as we stood up and shook hands. Then I turned and walked a few steps to the gate, and waited for the guard to unlock it so I could leave. Those were the last words I said to Mohamedou Ould Slahi after I met him in the tiny compound he shared with Tariq al-Sawah in the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay. That was seven and a half years ago. I have never been inside the camp again. Slahi has never been out.

I didn’t know, that afternoon in the summer of 2007, that in a few weeks I would send an email to the US deputy secretary of defence, Gordon England, saying I could no longer in good conscience serve as chief prosecutor for the Guantánamo military commissions. I reached that decision after receiving a written order placing Brigadier-General Tom Hartmann over me and the Pentagon general counsel, Jim Haynes, over Hartmann.

Hartmann had chastised me for refusing to use evidence obtained by “enhanced” interrogation techniques, saying: “President Bush said we don’t torture, so who are you to say we do?” Haynes authored the “torture memo” that the secretary of defence, Donald Rumsfeld, signed in April 2003 approving interrogation techniques that were not authorised by military regulations – the memo where Rumsfeld scribbled in the margin: “I stand for 8-10 hours a day. Why is standing [for detainees during interrogations] limited to 4 hours?” Rather than face a Hobson’s choice when they directed me to go into court with torture-derived evidence, I chose to quit before they had the chance.

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Hail to the Gipper?

January 16th, 2015 32 comments

From Delegate Ramadan:

HJ509  Establishing President Ronald Reagan WeekThis bill designates the first week of February of 2016 and in each succeeding year, as Ronald Reagan Week in Virginia. Hail to the Gipper!!!

Give me a break!  Ronald Reagan is not a Virginian.  I am not even sure he knew Virginia was here.  Hail to the Gipper?  I want Bill Clinton Week if we have to have a Ronald Reagan Week.

Half of Virginia is named for Reagan.  He wasn’t everyone’s fair hair child.  In fact…..So far we have a middle school, an airport, and a part of the Prince William Parkway named for this guy.  I am not really sure what he did for Virginia.

Let’s put things in perspective.  I will continue to rant and rave until this absurd matter is settled.

It’s time for everyone to get all the stardust out of their eyes.  H was just a man, not a deity.  I wish people realized how stupid some look when they say his name with adoring eyes.  Geez.

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Free Range Parents Investigated for Neglect by CPS

January 15th, 2015 18 comments

Washingtonpost.com:

It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say they are being investigated for neglect for the Dec. 20 trek — in a case they say reflects a clash of ideas about how safe the world is and whether parents are free to make their own choices about raising their children.

Let me start off by saying that if things were this stringent when my kids were coming along, I would be in the jail probably for about ten years.  My kids ran all over the place and once they got a little age on them, there were times I didn’t know right where they were.  They also didn’t have cell phones. What is the free-range movement?  According to WaPo:

The Meitivs say they believe in “free-range” parenting, a movement that has been a counterpoint to the hyper-vigilance of “helicopter” parenting, with the idea that children learn self-reliance by being allowed to progressively test limits, make choices and venture out in the world. “The world is actually even safer than when I was a child, and I just want to give them the same freedom and independence that I had — basically an old-fashioned childhood,” she said. “I think it’s absolutely critical for their development — to learn responsibility, to experience the world, to gain confidence and competency.”

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