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Archive for September 2nd, 2009

Had Thai food today.  Me and my co-worker The Dude went to our favorite place.  We ordered a heat level of 13 stars out of 4.  They let you go higher if you ask for it.

There’s only 1 guy that eats it hotter, and he’s at a 15.  So next time I’m trying a 15.   My battered shrimp and spring rolls came out and you couldn’t even see them for the mass of deep red and purple chilies piled on top.  The waiter kept wincing every time he walked by.

It.  Was.  Awesome.

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Yeah, without a thumbprint it’d be really hard to distinguish him from the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of double-amputees running around.

Steve Valdez didn’t have an account at a Bank of America location in downtown Tampa, where he tried to cash a check from his wife last week. However, Valdez has prosthetic arms and is unable to provide a thumbprint. He says he presented two forms of identification but was still denied.

Bank of America spokeswoman Nicole Nastacie says the bank has apologized to Valdez. Nastacie says the bank should have “offered alternative requirements if an individual is not able to give a thumbprint.”

So much for taking up arms against your agressor.  Group hugs don’t work.  Giving them a hand for their utter stupidity… meh.  Bitch-slapping would be a chore.  Guess they better roll up their sleeves and figure out how to get smarter in a hurry.

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Somebody lend Obama their brains.  He seems to have lost his if he thinks that my daughter is going to be allowed to watch his indoctrination thing in school.  Here’s the letter to his receptive liberal teachers (most all of them, I guess):

Letter From Secretary Arne Duncan to School Principals
August 26, 2009

Dear Principal:

In a recent interview with student reporter, Damon Weaver, President Obama announced that on September 8 — the first day of school for many children across America — he will deliver a national address directly to students on the importance of education. The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens.

Since taking office, the President has repeatedly focused on education, even as the country faces two wars, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and major challenges on issues like energy and health care. The President believes that education is a critical part of building a new foundation for the American economy. Educated people are more active civically and better informed on issues affecting their lives, their families and their futures.

This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation’s school children about persisting and succeeding in school. We encourage you to use this historic moment to help your students get focused and begin the school year strong. I encourage you, your teachers, and students to join me in watching the President deliver this address on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. It will be broadcast live on the White House website www.whitehouse.gov 12:00 noon eastern standard time.

In advance of this address, we would like to share the following resources: a menu of classroom activities for students in grades preK-6 and for students in grades 7-12. These are ideas developed by and for teachers to help engage students and stimulate discussion on the importance of education in their lives. We are also staging a student video contest on education. Details of the video contest will be available on our website www.ed.gov in the coming weeks.

On behalf of all Americans, I want to thank our educators who do society’s most important work by preparing our children for work and for life. No other task is more critical to our economic future and our social progress. I look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead to continue improving the quality of public education we provide all of our children.

Here’s how you interpret that last paragraph:  No other task is more critical to our agenda and social engineering than our liberal-minded brothers and sisters in the teacher’s union.  I look forward to feeding you our agenda and indoctrination bullet points as we talk with our captive audience, tomorrow’s democratic voters.

UPDATE:

In his letter to principals, Duncan said viewing of the speech is encouraged, not mandatory. It’s the first time a president has ever given a speech addressed directly to students.  Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/26711.html#ixzz0PzsAQhQU

“Strongly encourage” means “You have a choice but if you don’t want to do what I’m telling you, you’re fired.”

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