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    Filed on August 8, 2008 at 2:43 am under by dcobranchi

    APOD does it again!


    Filed on August 7, 2008 at 6:30 am under by dcobranchi

    As California goes, so goes the nation. And it’s going down.


    Filed on August 6, 2008 at 11:54 am under by dcobranchi

    Apparently even McCain finally recognized just how stupid his campaign was sounding, as he flip-flopped on the tire gauges today.


    Filed on August 5, 2008 at 9:36 pm under by dcobranchi

    The Not Back to School special at Natalie’s.


    Filed on August 2, 2008 at 6:09 pm under by dcobranchi

    I really hope this is not the reason. I mean, there’s no good reason to send anthrax through the mail in order to terrify the nation, but if he really did it for money, that just seems particularly “wrong.”


    Filed on at 6:17 am under by dcobranchi

    No doubt the kids are going to win this battle:

    Violating Gonzales High School’s dress code is not a crime, but some of the offenders are about to start looking a lot like convicts.

    Soon after classes begin Aug. 25, violators of the district’s beefed-up dress code must don navy blue coveralls unless they get another set of clothes from home — or serve in-school suspension. The outfits aren’t just styled like prison jumpsuits — they’re actually made by Texas inmates…

    Kids wearing spaghetti-strap tank tops, extra baggy pants, cargo pants or T-shirts may find themselves finishing the school day in the drab one-piece outfits. Boys with earrings or facial hair, girls in miniskirts and anyone in clothes that show underwear face the same fate…

    The 2,650-student district has ordered 82 coveralls, which are most often sold to county jails, state mental institutions and juvenile prisons. School districts have bought lunch trays and similar items from inmate labor, but no other school district has ordered the jumpsuits in the last year, said Michelle Lyons, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice…

    The senior class president, Jordan Meredith, said some students plan to turn the policy on its head — instead of considering the jumpsuits a punishment, they’ll make them cool.

    Meredith said he’s already heard from some who plan to deliberately violate the dress code to get a jumpsuit to wear. Meredith is considering buying a jumpsuit of his own to wear for the entire school year.

    “I don’t think that jumpsuits are going to work, because my friends actually, instead of it being a punishment, they’ll see it as an opportunity to be like, rebels,” said Meredith, who also isn’t sure whether his hair, dyed bright fire-engine red, will pass muster. “I don’t think there’s going to be enough jumpsuits for everyone in the school.”

    I’m not sure how forcing kids to wear prison uniforms is going to help the school deal with the facial hear or earring epidemics. Do the uniforms cover their heads, too?


    Filed on at 3:51 am under by dcobranchi

    Naming your kids like this:

    (CNN) — When you hear the name “Indiana Jones,” you think of an archaeologist carrying an idol and dodging a giant boulder. When you hear about “Dow Jones,” you might wonder if it’s up or down that day. However, in this case, Indiana and Dow Jones are siblings, 12 and 7 years old, respectively. Indiana Elizabeth Jones shared her story with the iReport community, and we spoke with her mother, Jennifer Jones. The Port Deposit, Maryland, resident says Indiana got her name simply because her husband’s family is from that state.

    As for Dow Joseph Jones, there was serious talk of naming him Jack Ryan Jones, to keep the Harrison Ford theme. (Jack Ryan is the character Ford played in a series of action movies.) Instead, her husband named their son Dow on a dare while Jennifer was asleep in the hospital bed after giving birth.

    Anyone want to bet that the mother is “in love” with Harrison Ford and the father isn’t real happy about it? The Dow Jones thing while she’s asleep smacks of revenge.


    Filed on August 1, 2008 at 1:41 pm under by dcobranchi

    It helps to have friends in high places:

    ^NC home schools reach record number

    ^Eds: APNewsNow.

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has a record 38,000 home schools now operating in the state.

    The state Division of Nonpublic Education said Friday that 38,367 home schools were educating more than 71,000 students during the 2007-2008 school year.

    That’s an increase of more than 2,000 schools since 2006-2007.

    All of the state’s 100 counties have home schools. The largest concentrations are in Wake, Mecklenburg and Buncombe counties.

    A home school is a nonpublic school where students receive academic instruction from a parent, legal guardian or a member of the student’s household.

    North Carolina legalized the operations in 1985.

    AP-ES-08-01-08 1118EDT


    Filed on at 4:02 am under by dcobranchi

    Maybe we should ALL drive around with gay rights bumper stickers. These folks need some waking up.

    Defeat of anti-bullying bill was a win for society

    We wish to offer a heartfelt thanks to the N.C. Senate for scuttling the pro-homosexual “bullying bill,” HB 1366, in the form that was so desperately being pushed by Equality North Carolina (a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender lobby), Rep. Rick Glazier and the editorial board of The Fayetteville Observer.

    Special thanks are also due to the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the N.C. Christian Action League, who with others, marshaled opposition to this stealth measure that would have, by enumerating “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” among more than 15 characteristics which could make students targets of disrespect by peers, assuredly put us on the slippery slope to an even more pervasively homosexualized society than we endure today. All one needs to do is look at the state of affairs in Europe, Canada, Massachusetts, California, etc., to see what could ensue here.

    Even state school board chairman Howard Lee told the News & Observer of Raleigh that he disagreed with a laundry list of “victims.” “Bullying is bullying. I don’t care who it is against and under what circumstances.”

    Brenda High, founder of Bully Police U.S.A., said the most effective anti-bullying policies are those that apply to all students and do not list subgroups.

    Gender confusion is not innate and fixed at an early age as your editorial asserts. It is a transient condition in a minuscule percentage of the population at any given time.

    Jeffrey C. Long, trustee, N.C. Christian Action League

    UPDATE: The two LttE immediately following the one quoted above are also about the same issue. The third in the series is equally vile. Read ’em and weep for any LGBT kids living in Fayetteville.

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