Archive for January, 2011

Better School Felon

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

I read today about a Mom who was convicted of a felony for lying about where her daughters resided in order for them to attend a better public school.  Have any of you ever done anything like that?  This woman was in someones cross-hairs; many single Moms all over the nation have done this very thing.  She was in college to become a schoolteacher.  Felons are not allowed to be schoolteachers which is probably a good thing, but, doesn’t the felony conviction seem a bit harsh?


So what is the solution?  She was living in the projects probably on welfare so she had time to go to school and be a proper mother to her daughters. Her alternative course of action may have been to work two jobs in order to have enough income to live in a better neighborhood with better schools.  Her daughters would be latchkey kids which is legal for teenagers.  Who cares if teenagers are home alone, they never get in to trouble.  How would she attend college if she worked two jobs?

With two jobs she wouldn’t qualify for any financial assistance, food stamps, or health insurance; maybe not even free school because her income would be too much, unless of course, she could get someone to pay her under the table.  More lying and more possible convictions.

The current system forces people to lie and rewards single parents who don’t work.  Currently,  if you work while putting yourself through school, you don’t qualify for help unless you are a single parent. A single parent can go to school for free, and if you are an unemployed single parent then you get a home, food stamps, insurance and free school.  (Just don’t ask for good schools for your kids, because the free homes are in bad neighborhoods.)

Lets say she never gets caught and her daughters grow up and go to college.  She is now a schoolteacher with an income that negates the kids qualifying for a grant unless they get knocked up.

My point?  This woman should not be convicted of a felony because she arranged for her daughters to go to better schools.  Perhaps we should bus good teachers to bad schools and fire the bad teachers.  I believe that you should qualify for financial assistance if you are in school and even more so if you are in school and have a job.


Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

…so according to this graph, unless the NOAA is lying, the average temperature in 2008 was about 54 degrees F.  The average temp in 1895 was about 52 degrees F.  Perhaps this isn’t significant, but, then again, perhaps it is.

If you look at it in degrees C it is only a difference of about 11.3 to 12.1.  Not impressive enough to get you out of your Ram tough truck?

Smart scientists are having a blue bloody bird over this stuff.  We’re so busy being mad at Republicans or Democrats or Wall Street or Mexicans we aren’t looking at what is really important.  This planet isn’t just a big floating rock, it is alive and we need to keep it that way.  There isn’t another live planet for us to go to.

synopsis of 2010

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

In August 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a joint statement on bedbug control. There was no plan of action.

Bed bugs in bed


After 25 years on the air and 7,000 shows,  Larry King said goodbye on his last live broadcast ever:

Larry king

The New York Times voted this the best campaign slogan of 2010: “I am not a witch.”

In this image taken from video Oct. 5, 2010, Republican Tea Party-backed Senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell is shown. O'Donnell is trying to assure Delaware voters: "I'm not a witch."

Four Loko, R.I.P.

loko vida

Everything a kid could want…bright colors and serious health risks, 12% alcohol by volume and some taurine, guarana, and caffeine thrown in to beat up young brains and bodies.

Vuvuzela Pictures

Vuvuzulas were interesting weren’t they? I’m glad they didn’t catch on.

Chelsea married Marc Mezvinsky

In September 2006, Chelsea Clinton was photographed in New York City with boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky.

According to Wikipedia, Julian Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, is the founder, spokesman and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks posted 391,832 secret documents on the Iraqi war, 77,000 classified Pentagon documents on the Afghan conflict and some 250,000 individual cables, the daily traffic between the State Department and more than 270 American diplomatic outposts around the world.

The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”


Republicans took control of the House of Representatives.  They chose John A. Boehner, to be their leader.

The Mosque controversy





They didn’t want a mosque built in Moscow either.   Is there some kind of solidarity in that?

19,000 barrels of oil a day pour into the Gulf of Mexico.  BP’s CEO, Tony Hayward, said he’s sorry and  “There’s no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back.” Tony was replaced.

bp oil spill Dave Martin alabama orange beach shore animals peta surf BP Oil Spill in Water Photographed by Dave Martin in Orange Beach, Albama!

the Haitian government reported that an estimated 230,000 people died, 300,000 had been injured and 1,000,000 became homeless after a magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake. Foreign governments provide financial aid and special envoys. The European Union promised €330 million. Brazil announced R$375 million. The United Kingdom–> 20 million, while France promised €10 million.  Italy announced it would waive repayment of the €40 million it had loaned to Haiti, and the World Bank waived the country’s debt payments for five years. The U.S. government would give $100 million.
According to the New York Times, Enough aid had been raised internationally to give each displaced family a check for $37,000.  As of September 2010, there were over one million refugees living in tents.

Happy 1/1/11!

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Isn’t New Years Day fun?  You can wander anywhere saying Happy New Year to anyone and no one gets offended.  If you happen to be on a warm sunny beach walk on New Years Day many smiles are returned to you when you wish strangers a Happy New Year.  “Love actually is all around.”

Last month while Christmas Shopping a sideways glance was given to me by a checkout girl when I finished up our transaction with wishing her a “Merry Christmas”.    No offense was meant.  It is shameful that the season of  “Peace on Earth”  causes such profound separation.  If you say “happy holiday” or “enjoy the season” you may experience equally disdainful looks from those who believe that “Merry Christmas” should be the announcement.

I love the theory behind Christmas.  The peace and goodwill and the idea that Jesus taught us to love one another.  it just isn’t what seems to prevail.

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