“God Bless America”

handguns posterNot much one can add, really.

R.I.P. all the innocents of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Though there can never be any sense to the murders, may your deaths ultimately have some meaning.

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The ‘Land Of The Free’???

…’Free’ is arguable, but clearly not the Land Of The Well-Educated!

The New York City Department of Education recently compiled a list of terms that they considered were unacceptable as terms (or words) to be included in public school exams because they believed they “could evoke unpleasant emotions in the students.” Examples of banned words and why they were so included are- “Dinosaurs, because they call to mind evolution, which might upset fundamentalists” or “birthdays, because they aren’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses” and even “Halloween, because it hints at Paganism”!!! I would love to see the explanations for all of the exclusions- here is the complete list.

Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological)
Alcohol (beer and liquor), tobacco, or drugs
Birthdays
Bodily functions
Cancer (and other diseases)
Catastrophes/disasters (tsunamis and hurricanes)
Celebrities
Children dealing with serious issues
Cigarettes (and other smoking paraphernalia)
Computers in the home (acceptable in a school or public library setting)
Crime
Creatures from outer space
Dancing (ballet is acceptable)
Death and disease
Dinosaurs and prehistoric times
Divorce
Evolution
Expensive gifts, vacations, and prizes
Gambling involving money
Geological history
Halloween
Homelessness
Holidays
Homes with swimming pools
Hunting
In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge
Junk food
Loss of employment
Movies
Nuclear weapons
Occult topics (i.e. fortune-telling)
Parapsychology
Politics
Pornography
Poverty
Rap music
Religion
Religious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan)
Rock-and-Roll music
Running away
Sex
Slavery
Terrorism
Television and video games (excessive use)
Traumatic material (including material that may be particularly upsetting such as animal shelters)
Vermin (rats and roaches)
Violence
War and bloodshed
Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)
Witchcraft, sorcery, etc.
(Note: While the much vaunted “Constitution” preserves one’s right to do pretty much anything on this list, it apparently also preserves the right of ‘government’ to say you mustn’t talk about it!!!)

There was, thankfully outrage expressed by various educationalists and (I suppose) to their credit the NY Dept of Ed issued this statement.
“After reconsidering our message to test publishers and the reaction from parents, we will revise our guidance and eliminate the list of words to avoid on tests. We will continue to advise companies to be sensitive to student backgrounds and avoid unnecessary distractions that could invalidate test scores and give an inaccurate assessment of how students are doing.” Despite this turn-around it is obvious that such thinking exists in the United States and there are similar examples of similar quasi-bigotry in the management of schools’ curricula and resourcing.

What a load of garbage!!! This is the world we have created for our children and these administrators want to pretend it doesn’t exist??? For goodness’ sake! If we continue to try to insulate our children from the worst there is, that is one thing but to be pathetically and misguidedly PC about things and avoid them because we think it might upset someone is outrageous.

I have long considered the United States of America to be one of the bastions of government and business sponsored propaganda and this does little to alter that view. God Help America!

Cop This Humour

Who thinks cops in the United States are lacking in good humour? I guess many who’ve been shot by them, or beaten by them, or have been ‘framed’ by them for an offence they didn’t commit. BUT here is proof that at least some aren’t. These are all statements made by arresting officers in The States.

These are comments made by 16 different Police Officers. The comments were taken off actual police car videos around the country:
1. “You know, stop lights don’t come any redder than the one you just went through.”
2. “Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they’re new. They’ll stretch after you wear them a while.”
3. “If you take your hands off the car, I’ll make your birth certificate a worthless document.”
4. “If you run, you’ll only go to jail tired.”
5. “Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that’s the speed of the bullet that’ll be chasing you.”
6. “You don’t know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?”
7. “Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don’t think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I’m the shift supervisor?”
8. “Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I’m warning you not to do that again or I’ll give you another ticket.”
9. “The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?”
10. “Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop.”
11. “Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven.”
12. “In God we trust; all others we run through NCIC.”  (National Crime Information Center)
13. “Just how big were those ‘two beers’ you say you had?”
14. “No sir, we don’t have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we’re allowed to write as many tickets as we can.”
15. “I’m glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail.”
16. “You didn’t think we give pretty women tickets? You’re right, we don’t.. Sign here.”