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Experiencing Technical Difficulties.

Day 2 of SIF.  (Severe Intestinal Flux)

I am not working.  I am not blogging.  And I most certainly am NOT eating.  Fool me once, shame on me, because no one made me eat but someone should have stopped me.  Bad move.  Going back to bed.

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I am up after sleeping 4 hours straight.  Ate some chicken soup.  Not sure if that was a bad idea yet but my stomach is kicking up like it’s pissed that I disrespected it.

…anyhow…

Apparently San Francisco doesn’t need standardized testing to gauge whether the kids are proficient or way behind the curve and sadly sadly lacking.

Authorities say seven San Francisco middle school students have been taken to hospitals after apparently mistaking rat poison for candy.

San Francisco Fire Department Lt. Mindy Talmadge says students from the Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Middle School were taken to three hospitals Thursday afternoon after ingesting a blue cube they found atop a filing cabinet.

Why take them to three hospitals?  Segregation?

Speaking of MLK, it appears the holiday is being thrown under a bus, doesn’t it?

Snow makeup days on MLK Day.

Would you like some honesty?  While I respect MLK, I recognize that he was still just a man and had his issues, just like the rest of us.  Do I sit down with “my black brethren” and reflect about King’s dream?

Oh freakin, PLEASE.  Are you KIDDING?  We are near Detroit.  God’s honest truth?  Since I moved to Michigan I have met more blacks who have hostile (outright hostile) attitudes towards whites than any other place in the nation.  And I’ve been all over the nation.  Even the South, where you might expect more hostility, you don’t see it there.  Not like here.

When CW and I moved here from the NW, it was an absolute shock.

“It’s an opportunity for people, black and white, to reflect on what King’s dream meant for blacks and whites,” said Georgia State Conference NAACP President Edward DuBose. “And it’s humiliating to hear that school districts want to take a snow day rather than to honor Dr. King’s legacy.”

Huh.  How about that?  My kids’ teachers are taking a professional development meetings day on Monday.   Oh, maybe that’s secret-speak for “observing MLK day”.

“Humiliating”?  Dude, MLK is not your God, he was a champion for civil rights.  What were the names of the two white civil rights workers who were killed, again?  I forget what days they got for reflection.

I don’t think I was ever given the day off.  I am pretty much too busy to “reflect”.  If it makes anyone feel better, I don’t even know what day is “President’s Day”.

“Am I surprised? Probably not. But I’m disappointed,” said state Sen. Vincent Fort, an Atlanta Democrat and a leader of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. “It’s supposed to be a day of service, a day of reflection. And this sends a message that the home state of Dr. King may not fully value him.”

What the hell does whether or not you take a day off – especially in this business/economic climate – got to do with “fully value(ing)” a person?

And a post or two ago, I asked people for their peeves in terms of meaningless expressions.  Add two:

reflection

day of service

update:

I just saw this…  it is rather typical of the NAACP to be pushy as hell, much like Jesse Jackson, Sharpton, and others.  I’m more of a Clarence Thomas, Jesse Peterson, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Alan Keyes, and Ken Hamblin kind of guy myself.

SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — While attending a meeting for business leaders in Sanford, Governor Paul LePage spoke out about why he would not attend Martin Luther King ceremonies on the upcoming holiday.

LePage has declined invitations from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The organization has already expressed its displeasure with the governor’s plans to not attend the events.

“They are a special interest. End of story…and I’m not going to be held hostage by special interests. And if they want, they can look at my family picture. My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they’d like about it,” said LePage.

LePage has an adopted son who is from Jamaica.

When a reporter from another television station asked LePage if his non-participation is more than one instance, and rather a pattern, he replied, “Tell ’em to kiss my butt. If they want to play the race card, come to dinner and my son will talk to them.”

Well, the NAACP just didn’t like it.

In response, NAACP CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous accused the governor of stepping over the line.

“Governor Le Page’s decision to inflame racial tension on the eve of the King holiday denigrates his office,” he said. “His words are a reminder of the worst aspects of Maine’s history and out of touch with our nation’s deep yearning for increased civility and racial healing.”

Add another useless expression to “healing” and all the rest!

increased civility

“Deep yearning” is at least more on-par with a good Seinfeld episode, and as a result, I endorse it.

Good on you and yours, Gov. LePage.  Your son will grow up strong knowing that his worth is based on his worth and character, not on the organization you affiliate yourself with.  May I point you to a terrific example of good character?

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