“Under Pressure”

By now the world has witnessed the protests being lead by students of the school last visited by gun violence…….too many are bad mouthing the students for their activism even to the point of claiming that they are puppets or even actors….

One FOX anchor person even went so far to try and bully a 17 year old…..it backfired miserably (but what can you expect from anyone on FOX)…in case your nose picking got in the way of your current events…

Laura Ingraham offered an apology to Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg Thursday—after multiple major advertisers heeded his call to pull their ads from her Fox News show. Hogg, who has become a prominent gun-control advocate since the mass shooting, called for the boycott after Ingraham taunted him for “whining” about being rejected from colleges, the New York Times reports. “On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland,” Ingraham tweeted Thursday, inviting the 17-year-old to appear on her show.

At least nine advertisers have announced their intention to boycott Ingraham’s show, including TripAdvisor, Nestle, Hulu, Wayfair, Nutrish, and Stitch Fix, reports the Hill. “In our view, these statements focused on a high school student cross the line of decency,” TripAdvisor said. Hogg rejected Ingraham’s apology, noting that it was only issued after advertisers started pulling out. “I will only accept your apology only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and I in this fight,” he tweeted. “It’s time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children.” The Washington Post notes that the episode shows the Parkland survivors have power “not just in organizing rallies but in spurring corporate America to act.”

BTW in about 24 hours she lost 4 sponsors and she offered an apology…but it was a typical Right Wing apology….tried to toot their horn and not a heart felt apology just trying to save their butts…did she mean her apology?  Only to the point that her career would suffer….so NO not sincere.

When I saw this and read the news I immediately thought of the Queen song…..

The grand kids of the 70’s protesters…..so activism must be like male baldness….skips a generation…..

The vile response of Right Wingers to these kids has me worried for their safety……in the same thought I am proud of their activism.

Some even claim some protesters want to kill gun owners…..

A Republican state lawmaker in North Carolina claimed this week that speakers at the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. on March 24 — many of them shooting Parkland shooting survivors — wanted to “murder” gun owners. She provided no evidence to support her outlandish accusation.

“They’re out to take your guns, and our freedoms,” State Rep. Beverly Boswell wrote in a Facebook post on Monday, above a photo of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Tyra Hemans and Emma Gonzalez, who lived through a mass shooting at their school last month that left 17 people dead.

My time is nigh…..sorry had to wax poetic……be well, be safe….hope to see you guys tomorrow….chuq

PS:  After I wrote this draft news has been leaked that Laura will take next week off from her gig on FOX.  Is she being punished or is she going into hiding to wait this storm out?

Plus the total number of lost sponsors has hit a dozen probably more by now…..

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Corporal Punishment

A Sunday of lots of rain so the garden is out of the question without a slicker…..but what crops I have planted can use the water….

I’m gonna step back in time……

When I was in high school I was a bit of a trouble maker….I was a member of a group called the Red Tidal Discussion Group…..we protested that our history book was printed in 1942 and not updated….we lead a sit-in in protest of no black history classes and I lived in Mississippi in the 1960’s….enough about my earlier years…needless to say that punishment in those days was a good paddling…or what they call ‘corporal punishment’ these days….I visited “coach” several times for he was our disciplinarian……5 whacks per offense we had to remove our wallets and anything else we had in our pockets so the full impact could be appreciated (sarcasm)…..by my junior year I had lost count of the trips to “Coach”……

I bring this up because of something I read about the students that recently walked out of class to protest the deaths of 17 students in the most recent school shooting…..

I seems that some things die hard in the South….Arkansas will deal out corporal punishment to those students that walked out of class….

Three students were punished for walking out of their Arkansas school Wednesday during the national protest against gun violence, and their punishment is now in the spotlight. Per ArkansasMatters.com, the Greenbrier Public Schools superintendent says the students never gave a heads-up so their school could prep for their demonstration, adding they were disciplined not for exercising their First Amendment rights, but for leaving class. Their choice of punishment, per the super: suspension or getting a parent-OK’d paddling. He wouldn’t say which punishment was selected, but the mom of one student did. On Wednesday, Jerusalem Greer tweeted that the kids “chose corporal punishment,” adding: “This generation is not playing around.” Her revelation soon went viral, with reactions ranging from calls to contact the ACLU to a horrified “Holy hell. Corporal punishment is still a thing in schools?!”

And that’s proven surprising to many, as, yes, many states do still allow it, though the exact number differs (it’s usually said to be 19). The Daily Beast reviewed Greenbrier’s school policy and found it stated physical punishment couldn’t be “excessive, or administered with malice”; an attempt to talk to the school’s assistant principal about the policy was met with a hang-up. Greer’s son, Wylie, told the Daily Beast his two “swats” didn’t hurt or cause any injury. He says he has “the utmost respect for all the adults involved,” as they were “merely doing their job,” though “the idea that violence should be used against someone who was protesting violence as a means to discipline them is appalling,” he noted. (Alabama paddled 19,000 kids in one school year.)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/teens-face-corporal-punishment-in-rural-arkansas-for-participating-in-student-walkout

Too bad we cannot use corporal punishment on politicians…kinda like a public flogging….I know where I would bring…..you?

The South hangs on to their institutions from the past…statues and corporal punishment and a simmering racism…..

Closing Thought–14Mar18

One of the most controversial programs in our schools is sex education…..OMG!  they will teach our children how to have sex?

That is one of the dumbass questions that is asked when the subject of sex education is brought up at a school board meeting…..that is not what the program would be about…..

The program would teach our kids what happens when they have sex…unwanted pregnancy….it would also teach the kids about STDs….safe sex would be the aim of the program….but to some that would be tantamount to teach our children to be prostitutes….

For most of the religious types there is only one acceptable way to have safe sex and with the Trumpian thought process ….the only thing would be abstinence…..

Abstinence-only education — encouraging adolescents to wait until marriage for sex — is making a comeback under President Trump.

In a marked departure from the previous administration, conservatives at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are putting an emphasis on abstinence to reduce teen pregnancy rates.

“We definitely are seeing a shift,” said Kelly Marcum, a government affairs legislative assistant at the Family Research Council in Washington, which supports abstinence-only education.

“We’re really excited to see that the administration is giving some tools back to us to keep pushing that fight.”

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/377304-abstinence-only-education-making-a-comeback-under-trump

The last time abstinence only program was to the forefront the incidents of anal sex among teens went way up.

My point is that teens have raging hormones and they are going to have sex so why not teach them all about the act….knowledge would go a long way to preventing unwanted pregnancies….

We cannot blame Trump as much as I would like to…..ignorance does more damage…….. many babies are born out of ignorance….besides what is better than sex?

Gotta bounce…..peace out and look for more stuff….chuq

Arming Teachers?

Let’s see one idea floated by the NRA or was it Trump or who the Hell was it?  Is to arm teachers…in other words put guns in classrooms…..what moron thinks this is a good idea?

President Trump has proposed a pay rise for teachers—armed ones, that is. The president said Thursday that arming teachers would make schools “hardened targets,” and teachers who undergo weapons training and carry guns should get a bonus, CNN reports. “These people are cowards. They’re not going to walk into a school if 20% of the teachers have guns—it may be 10% or may be 40%. And what I’d recommend doing is the people that do carry, we give them a bonus. We give them a little bit of a bonus,” he said. The president slammed gun-free zones, saying they were like “ice cream” to killers. “They see that as such a beautiful target,” he said. “They live for gun-free zones.” More:

  • Teachers’ union responds. American Federation of Teachers chief Randi Weingarten said union members aren’t interested in Trump’s proposal. “Teachers don’t want to be armed,” he said. “We want to teach. We don’t want to be, and would never have the expertise needed to be, sharp shooters; no amount of training can prepare an armed teacher to go up against an AR-15.”
  • NRA “reeled Trump back in.” Democrats accused Trump of parroting the ideas of the gun lobby, the New York Times reports. “Not surprised the NRA reeled President Trump back in,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “Just amazed at how fast it happened.” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said: “No police officer, no educator of any note is advocating that what we need is more weapons on school campuses rather than fewer.”
  • Shooter drills are “very negative.” The president said school shooting drills were tough on kids and they’re not something he wants to talk to his son about. “Active shooter drills is a very negative thing, I’ll be honest with you,” he said. “I think that’s a very negative thing to be talking about.” The Hill reports that White House spokesman Raj Shah later said Trump sees active shooter drills as a “bad brand” and thinks they should have a less frightening name, like “safety drills.”
  • Bucking the NRA. Trump’s critics accuse him of being too cozy with the NRA, though some of his proposed policies put him directly at odds with the group, the AP reports. The president says he supports banning people under 21 from buying semi-automatic weapons, and he believes the NRA will eventually support the plan. “Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!” he tweeted Thursday.
  • Listening phase. Aides say Trump, who met with attorneys general Thursday as well as state leaders, is still in the “listening phase” amid calls for action after the Parkland shooting, the Washington Post reports. The White House says, however, says proposals to ban semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15 are not being considered.
  • “Fake News.” Trump returned to an old theme Thursday following a Fox report on CNN’s emotional town hall meeting in Florida Wednesday night, where Sen. Marco Rubio and an NRA spokeswoman were jeered by a crowd that included school shooting survivors. “School shooting survivor says he quit @CNN Town Hall after refusing scripted question,” Trump tweeted. “Just like so much of CNN, Fake News. That’s why their ratings are so bad! MSNBC may be worse.”
  • “One of the greatest people I have ever known.” The AP reports that a funeral was held Thursday for Aaron Feis, the football coach killed while shielding students during the Parkland shooting. Joe LaGuardia, who went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with Feis, called him “one of the greatest people I have ever known.”

(Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says he was “devastated” to discover that the armed resource officer assigned to the school stayed outside instead of trying to stop the shooter.)

I was trying to put this in words that were not filled with expletives…was having a hard time at that attempt….and then I read a good op-ed on this very subject…..

After the most recent school shooting, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a 19-year old gunman was charged with killing 17 people, debate flows freely, yet again, on how to best prevent these tragedies from ever happening. Anyone with a heart can surely agree this is the overall goal. The morning after the shooting, NC State Representative Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus County) stated that he wants to work with police to train and allow teachers to carry guns in attempt to limit the death and destruction caused during a school shooting.

“We have to get over this useless hysteria about guns and allow school personnel to have a chance to defend their lives and those of their students,” Pittman said during a meeting of the Joint Legislative Emergency Management Oversight Committee, as reported by the News & Observer.

https://www.charlottefive.com/arming-teachers/

Well said…..you would be asking teachers to do more than teach….we would be asking our teachers to become armed body guards….they do not teach that course at university and how much more in their paychecks to do so?

In short a lame ass idea.

Ignorance About Slavery

When it comes to the subject of American slavery the student is woefully misinformed for the most part.

Every American knows though some do not want to acknowledge that the American South was a hot bed of slavery…….too many make too many excuses for the   situation and our educational system is no help in teaching the real story of slavery……

Just eight percent of American high school seniors can identify the cause of the Civil War; less than a third (32 percent) know which amendment abolished slavery in the U.S.; and fewer than half (46 percent) know that the “Middle Passage” refers to the harrowing voyage across the Atlantic undertaken by Africans kidnapped for the slave trade. These are only a few of the more unnerving findings from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, which concludes that in classrooms across the country, the subject of slavery is as mistaught as it is misunderstood.

Drawing from online surveys of 1,000 12th-graders and more than 1,700 social studies teachers, along with an exhaustive analysis of the 10 most widely read U.S. history textbooks, the SPLC’s latest report attempts to assess how well the country understands its original sin. In a word, the results are “abysmal.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/wont-believe-american-high-schools-teaching-students-slavery/

More on the study made on the subject of slavery as taught in our high schools……

https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/02/04/582468315/why-schools-fail-to-teach-slaverys-hard-history

I am old and I live in the South……I have heard just about every  excuse possible for the act of slavery….none of them are acceptable…..at least to me.  Ignoring the institution will not make it go away……teaching falsehoods will not make it more acceptable.

Closing Thought–02Feb18

I live in the great state of Mississippi, the Magnolia State, the home of the blues….birthplace of Bo Didley, Elvis Presley and many other great musicians……

I have pointed out of the years that Mississippi seems to always be at the top of everything bad and the bottom of everything good….for instance Mississippi is the most littered state…the top state for diabetes…so on and so on….

And we can add one more issue to the worst list……Mississippi is the least educated state……

A good education often brings greater chances of employment as well as higher income potential—two perks that residents of Mississippi and West Virginia might be at a disadvantage of attaining. That’s based on a list of the most and least educated states in the US, compiled by Wallet Hub, which puts those two at the bottom. Here are the top five in each category, with a score out of 100, based on quality of education and the educational attainment of adults 25 and older:

Most educated (with score out 100):

  1. Massachusetts: 82
  2. Maryland: 76.5
  3. Connecticut: 72
  4. Vermont: 71
  5. Colorado: 70

Least educated:

  1. Mississippi: 21
  2. West Virginia: 22
  3. Louisiana: 23
  4. Arkansas: 27
  5. Alabama: 31

Click for the full list or see the US cities with the best job prospects.

The 5 worse states have Repub government for all 3 units of government….a perfect illustration of how unimportant education is to the GOP.

Peace Out my friends…..chuq

Closing Thought–11Oct17

My Brain Is Bigger Than Your Brain!

I have often said just how childish the Trump person can be.

He, Trump, is taking grief over his thing with SecState Tillerson….so our commander in chief has a way to solve this problem….a contest.

We may never know for sure whether Rex Tillersoncalled President Trump a moron, a “f—ing moron,” or never let an unkind word pass his lips, but Trump himself offers up a solution to the conundrum: “I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests,” the president says in an interview with Forbes. “And I can tell you who is going to win.” Trump also doubles down on his contention that Tillerson “was wasting his time” in negotiating with North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un, leading his interviewer to question whether “publicly upbraiding” the nation’s top diplomat renders him ineffectual. “I’m not undermining,” Trump responds. “I think I’m actually strengthening authority.”

Seriously?  The world is going to crap and our prez wants to compare IQs with his SecState…..so sad and so pathetic.

This is a silly 7 year old tantrum…..

I would say just by saying this sort of crap then his IQ may not be as high as he thinks.

Was this just a joke?

Trump has spent time denigrating Tillerson privately and praise him publicly….that is the kiss of death for Tillerson…..how much more can he tolerate?

“I don’t know. I’m not a diplomat” is an odd statement to make if you’re a high-ranking US Cabinet official tasked with critical matters of diplomacy. Yet those words were uttered by the US secretary of state during a September meeting at the UN regarding Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the kickoff anecdote in Dexter Filkins’ deep dive in the New Yorker into the Trump administration oddity that is Rex Tillerson. From a hardscrabble childhood in Texas, Tillerson ascended to the top of the Exxon hierarchy, where he got used to calling the shots and making major decisions of his own volition. It’s a drastically different role than his current post as President Trump’s foreign policy chief, where the reticent former executive now finds himself in a job “marked by strife and confusion” and “uncomfortably subordinate to an unpredictable man,” Filkins writes.

The story delves into Tillerson’s “mixed” legacy at Exxon, including his attempts to rehab the company’s image on climate change, as well as an almost obsessive drive to make multibillion-dollar deals with overseas entities, even those that may have flouted US foreign policy; his “very close” relationship to Vladimir Putin receives special note. His challenges now are quite different, including a high number of vacancies in the State Department, a seeming inability to keep up with the day-to-day, and a reportedly sour relationship with UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. “Rex … f—ing hates her,” one official says. The undercutting of Tillerson’s efforts by the president himself is only adding to the pile-on that has observers wondering how much more he can take. “Tillerson was contemplating his retirement from Exxon, after which he could do whatever he wanted. … Now he’s got to feel like he’s covered in s—,” one aide says. “I can’t imagine this is what he expected.” Entire profile here.

Let’s say he goes….who is in the shadows waiting their turn in the diplomatic barrel?  Will there be an IQ test for the position?

This admin gets more pathetic by the day…….and it is only 274 days old….what can the future bring?