Daily News Shots, 03/11/2010

Having long ago clued in to the blatant bias and sometimes outright lies in America’s public school textbooks, FOX news is reporting further on the Texas textbook battle that is angering portions of the country that don’t agree with Texans. Issues include evolution vs. creation (particularly the controversy in teaching evolution as fact rather than theory), which names will be included, and which facts will be presented. Errors contained in several history and social studies textbooks have been ignored by much of the MSM as it seems the same loony liberals who write those books also have ties to the equally batty liberals who run the MSM. Anger in liberal states such as Massachusetts and California stems from the fact that Texas, which buys a large majority of textbooks, tends to set the standard for what is in them and the state department of education is reviewing what they are willing to peddle to their kids.

Sharif Mobley of Buena, New Jersey is in US custody after he tried to shoot his way out of a hospital in Yemen. He was apparently in custody already and was trying to escape when he killed one guard and wounded another. Former classmates were stunned and the family stated they were still waiting for word from Sharif. The FBI has been tight-lipped due to the nature of the investigation. Conservatives smell a pro-Sharif campaign for defense and ultimately release coming on despite his documented membership in Al Qaeda.

In a stunning twist of irony, a jury in Santa Ana, California recommended the death penalty for serial killer Rodney Alcala. He was first arrested in 1979 and convicted, but his convictions were overturned due to technicalities. Prosecutors re-filed the original charges and tacked on new ones in 2006 when DNA evidence linked Alcala to each of his five murders; photos just released by police show more potential victims. The jury in the land of fruits and nuts took exactly one hour to suggest the death penalty.

Finally, administrators at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Mississippi decided to cancel the senior prom after lesbian student Constance McMillen wanted to take her girlfriend and wear a tux (both are students at the school). Spokesmen hilariously claimed that the controversy had “provided a distraction to the educational process” despite the extracurricular nature of the senior prom. The decision to cancel this year’s prom was made after McMillen consulted the ACLU on the matter and the ACLU threatened a lawsuit. It is worth noting this is the same school sued ten years ago for the practice of reading bible passages and leading prayers over the school’s intercom.

It is also worth noting, however, that the ACLU is still famous for only fighting against Christian students.

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10 thoughts on “Daily News Shots, 03/11/2010

  1. “The jury in the land of fruits and nuts took exactly one hour to suggest the death penalty.”

    Santa Ana is in Orange county. Orange county is very Republican and it used to be one of the most Republican areas in the entire U.S.

    The speed of this verdict does not surprise me given the trial was in Orange county.

  2. “Finally, administrators at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Mississippi decided to cancel the senior prom after lesbian student Constance McMillen wanted to take her girlfriend and wear a tux (both are students at the school).”

    Oy! I would guess same sex love doesn’t play well in Mississippi. So the school district was over the barrel. If they allow the girl on girl date then the school assumes liability if they are harmed.

    But, if they don’t allow this couple to attend, then they risk a lawsuit.

    Oy!

    Here is another one you’ll all love about laws way out of control.

    My friend’s daughter plays high school softball.

    The school district can afford to bus the team to away games but it can’t afford to bus them back from the game.

    If my friend wants to go and pick up her daughter then she can do that. But if another parent with a daughter on the team wants to drive my friend’s daughter home, then the following must be provided:

    1. Proof of auto insurance on the car.
    2. My friend has to give her daughter a written permission slip allowing another parent to drive her home.

    Whatever happened to:

    “Hey Linda, can you drive your daughter and my daughetr home from the game? I’ll fetch them next time. I’d love to go to the game but I have to take my son to the dentist.”

    Linda: “Sure. I can do that.”

    “Thanks Linda. I really appreciate it.”

  3. John, liability is an issue now simply because of lawsuits. Something happens and everyone wants to sue. In the case of the softball player, if the girl is injured on the way home from the game, the parents could sue the school for failing to provide safe transportation. It has happened before.

  4. I don’t understand how they can have the money to bus the kids TO the game but not take them back. Wouldn’t the bus stay at the game and come back? I mean it has to come back at some point. Very strange. But liability is the law of the land. I have heard of stinks being made about local parents taking care of neighborhood kids (until their parents get home) because they are certified daycare. Which is why I propose bringing child labor back. If we send the kids to the coal mine, asbestos factory, lead paint chip factory (they have to eat!) then we wouldn’t have to worry about where they are! Hehe. Just kidding.
    The prom one is ridiculous. The heterosexual students are going to be doing enough things that a same sex couple isn’t even an issue. Although I was a safety date for a girl (she was a senior, I was a junior) because she couldn’t officially go to prom with her girlfriend. They were still essentially going to the prom together but just not officially. Life gets too complicated.
    AndyB, NH.

  5. “I don’t understand how they can have the money to bus the kids TO the game but not take them back. ”

    AndyB

    I am the bus driver. I drive the softball team to the game. School is out. So I can drive the bus back to the bus barn, clock out, and go home. There is nothing else to do with the bus. School is out. There are no students to cart around.

    I can also wait for the game to end and do. I drive the team back to the school. I drive the bus back to the bus barn, clock out, and go home.

    So it costs more money to have me wait for the game to be played. I get paid even if I am sitting there watching a softball game. That is the law.

    The school district can’t afford to have a bus driver sit around for 90 minutes to 120 minutes watching a softball game, track meet, swim meet, etc. But it can afford to pay the driver to cart the team over, drop them off and head back to clock out.

  6. “Although I was a safety date for a girl (she was a senior, I was a junior) ”

    LOL. But what about you Andy? Who was your guy safety dating dude? BTW, I am assuming you are gay. I apologize if I assumed too much.

  7. “John, liability is an issue now simply because of lawsuits. ”

    You can say that again. On and on it goes.

  8. “It is worth noting this is the same school sued ten years ago for the practice of reading bible passages and leading prayers over the school’s intercom.”

    You make it sound like the lawsuit was somehow unreasonable. Again, right-wing logic perplexes me.

    The ACLU only fights AGAINST Christians? Thye have a whole website listing their cases in protection of them. For example, a girl’s right to sing “awesome god” or another’s right to write about god in her yearbook.

  9. “You make it sound like the lawsuit was somehow unreasonable. Again, right-wing logic perplexes me.”

    A lawsuit over this issue is unreasonable. It’s bad enough it got as far as it has becuase now she will be knowns as the girl who had the prom canceled. For the rest of her life she gets to carry that dubious distinction.

    I hope she can live with that choice because she is stuck with it.

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