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November 27, 2010

Texas principal throws out library books, replaces library with cafe

They literally threw away all the books. To impress the superintendent. Lamar High's Library Ousts Books, Re-Opens as Coffee Shop - Houston News - Hair Balls
Just adding a coffee shop to a neighborhood library so people can feel like they're in Starbucks and ultra hip was apparently too passe a trend for Principal James McSwain of Lamar High School. Finishing up a week ago, McSwain has thrown out nearly all the books and filled the space they were unnecessarily taking up with couches and coffee and food and told his students that they can access the exciting world of reading through e-books! And if they don't have a laptop of their own and Internet access to do so, they can use one of the laptop computers in the library coffeeshop! He's even expanded the library coffeeshop hours to 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. which works great if you're one of those kids with your own transportation and not one who is too young, too poor or with rotten parents who won't let you drive to school yourself rather than riding the bus. And he's bought 35 new laptops! For a Houston ISD flagship school with more than 3,000 students in it. A veteran educator who visited the school a few weeks ago said most of the books were already gone by then. "There were a few down one side. They assured me they're getting rid of those as soon as they could. The plan is to turn the whole space into a coffee shop run by students."

November 12, 2010

After Christian Fellowship meeting five students beat twelve-year-old girl bloody for having a boy's name

Joe. My. God.: MISSISSIPPI: 12 Year-Old Girl Beaten By Students Over Her "Male" Name
After a Fellowship of Christian Students meeting, four girls and a boy surrounded her. "They started talking about me like I was a man, and like, stuff like that. That I shouldn't be in this world. And my name was a boy name," she said. Foster described how these people attacked her. "I was kicked in the rib. I was kicked in the leg. I was hit in the face. I was sat on top of and my face was jammed into the floor. I was thrown onto the cafeteria table. I was thrown in between the seats." Her mother, Meggan Foster, is appalled at the whole ordeal. "She was sitting in a chair. Her glasses were broken. She had been crying. She had a bloody tissue in her hand from her nose bleeding," Foster said. She said that a surveillance camera caught the whole thing, but that the principal could not give her a copy because it involves other students.

November 10, 2010

Possible GOP chair of the Energy commission says global warming is impossible "because god promised Noah"

This is why religion matters. This. This lone moron will have the power to scuttle all climate change legislation and will use his understanding of an 1800-year-old "best of the prophets" anthology to do it. This is what evil looks like, ladies and gents. Whenever I argue religion with someone and they try and claim that religion is a private, personal thing, they need only look at Rep. Shimkus and know that that is total bullshit. John Shimkus: 'Global warming won't destroy planet because God promised Noah' | Mail Online
A Republican congressman hoping to chair the powerful House Energy Committee refers to the Bible and God on the issue of global warming. Representative John Shimkus insists we shouldn't concerned about the planet being destroyed because God promised Noah it wouldn't happen again after the great flood. Speaking before a House Energy Subcommittee on Energy and Environment hearing in March, 2009, Shimkus quoted Chapter 8, Verse 22 of the Book of Genesis. He said: 'As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease.'

November 06, 2010

Racism has a face; or, What part of the 14th Amendment don't you understand?

Russell Pearce Freaks Out When Confronted by DREAM Activists - Phoenix News - Feathered Bastard
Check out this priceless video, a link to which was sent to me by Carmen Cornejo, executive director of CADENA, an Arizona group of professors and professionals who lobby for the DREAM Act. That's the proposed legislation that would give children of undocumented parents, brought here when they were little, a path to legalization, if they serve in the military or go to college. In the video, state Senator Russell Pearce, recently elected Senate President, is confronted on election night in the lobby of the Hyatt by two DREAM Activists, Erika Andiola and another young woman named Daniela. (The full confrontation begins about 1:07 in.)