This says it all
Everybody who is concerned with national defense going into this election should probably read this.
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Despite pleas from players and parents, the Oscoda Board of Education on Monday upheld the cancellation of the varsity football season after four games.What an awful message this sends; if things get tight, don't go out and try your best. Just walk away. I am just amazed at how people could send such an awful message, though I shouldn't be given the fact that competition among children is something that is not being discouraged so nobody's feelings get hurt (never mind the fact that competition is part of everyday life).
The school board in this northern Iosco County district sided with coaches who said the condition of the varsity team was ''dangerously unsafe'' to continue playing.
''When you go to a game on Friday night and see a team physically dominated, those are the indisputable facts,'' said Kyle Tobin, head coach of the team.
Tobin said Oscoda's team wasn't physically competitive, had too few players and faced a grueling schedule in the North East Michigan Conference against teams such as Bangor John Glenn High School and Ogemaw Heights High School.
Yet players such as quarterback Mike Gondek pleaded with the school board to reconsider the school's Sept. 19 decision to cancel the remaining varsity football games.
''All I ever wanted to do was play football,'' said Gondek, a senior. ''My teammates never felt so unsafe that we didn't want to be out there.''
The team went 0-4 this season, without scoring a point.
And is that the message you want to send? That you have no faith in these kids who want to play football?
But Lansing-area schools that have suffered through losing streaks say Oscoda Area High School's decision to throw in the towel sends the wrong message.
"The message you're telling the kids is that when it gets tough, you're giving up," said Eaton Rapids football coach Randy Taylor, whose team went 0-9 last season. "You're giving up on the kids."
The Supreme Court said yesterday that it will decide whether a teachers union can collect fees from nonunion members and spend their money on political activity without their prior permission....Long-time readers know that this is a pet peeve of mine dating back to 2004's SB 507, which gives the Board of Education authorization to enact a fee on non-union teachers who do not affiliate with TAAAC.
In the union case, the court will decide whether the Washington Education Association (WEA) can spend money, collected from 3,000 nonunion teachers, on political activity without their prior consent. The teachers are required to pay fees to the union even if they don't belong to it because they are deemed to benefit from collective bargaining. Washington state's Supreme Court ruled that the requirement is unconstitutional because it puts too much burden on the union to check with every nonmember....
Stefan Gleason, vice president of the Fairfax-based National Right to Work Foundation, which is working on behalf of the teachers, said the case has big stakes because the state court's ruling could be seen to create a right to collect money even from nonunion teachers.
The DSCC ads had been scheduled to begin airing a month from now and run up to the Nov. 7 general election.Looks like they really are quaking in their collective boots...
But last week, the DSCC moved up its $1 million ad purchase by one month and presumably will run ads against Mr. Steele for six weeks instead of two weeks.
When Dusty Baker called for Jae-Kuk Ryu to pitch the ninth inning of the Cubs' 14-6 win over the Brewers, it marked Chicago's 522nd pitching change of the season, a new major league record. The previous mark was set by Felipe Alou's Giants in 2004.
Being against the war is one thing. Drawing paralells to the U.S. and the Mayans through the end of the 13th b'ak'tun in December 2012 while promoting a movie....that's a little different.
At a film festival in Texas, Gibson, 50, drew parallels between the collapsing Mayan civilisation depicted in the movie and the current situation in the US.
"The precursors to a civilisation that's going under are the same, time and time again," Gibson said after the work-in-progress screening at the weekend. "What's human sacrifice if not sending guys off to Iraq for no reason?
"I don't mean to be a doomsday guy, but the Mayan calendar does end in 2012, boys and girls. Have fun!"
A maverick Anne Arundel County state senator who was defeated in the Democratic primary after breaking ranks with party leaders on several high-profile issues has switched political parties, apparently with an eye on seeking re-election as a Republican in November.Wow. I'm not even sure what to say....
Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr., 42, a lawyer elected in 2002 as a Democrat, said Tuesday night that he has become a Republican and had the paperwork to prove it. He was carrying it with him at a Republican fundraising dinner in Baltimore.
The telephone survey conducted Sept. 15 to Sept. 18 has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.If you have read what I have had to say on this in the past, you'll know why the Sun screwed this poll up as well.
The Sun properties, owned by one partnership, are assessed at about $66 million. They include The Sun's headquarters in the 500 block of N. Calvert St.; an office building-parking garage next door, and the Sun Park printing facility on Cromwell Street in Port Covington.Somebody needs to find $66 million in a hurry; maybe we can right some of these wrongs!
Not only does Norris show disdain for the Steele campaign, but also an abject rejection of the voter's ability to figure out which candidate is in which party.
Donald F. Norris, a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, said that while such cross-party coalitions are a routine campaign gimmick, Steele's new signs are "underhanded" and a "dirty trick."
"Oh ho, we're a blue state, aren't we?" Norris said. "This is an obvious attempt on the part of a candidate who is behind in the polls to confuse the voters about which party he actually represents. To me, it's a form of dirty politics."
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Phil Singer said that Steele's ties to the national GOP are indisputable and that signs alone will not mask his allegiances.And of course Terry Lierman had something to say too:
"Michael Steele is trying to hide the fact that his campaign is funded and directed by George Bush and the Republican party," Singer said in an e-mail statement. "When Steele returns the money he's gotten from the national Republicans and unequivocally rejects the President's support, he can try to portray himself as an independent."
"Steele's new logo is the biggest election fraud perpetrated on the voters of Maryland in this campaign to date - and proves that Steele thinks his only chance is political identity theft," Lierman said in a statement. "But 'Steeling' a logo or party name won't work; Maryland's voters are smart enough to know that the former Maryland Republican Party Chairman - who was on the executive committee of the Republican National Committee and who was recruited to run by George Bush himself - will just be another Bush Republican vote in the U.S. Senate."Lierman's statement was so hyperbolic that I was amazed David Paulsen didn't give it himself. At least he called it the biggest fraud to date, because I don't think we need to remind anybody about 1994.
Ronald Walters, a professor in government and politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, said Steele's new signs are an attempt to avoid a discussion of the issues. Noting that Steele's conservative policy views are not in sync with the beliefs of the majority of Maryland voters, he said that Steele is better off selling an image that might have broad appeal.
"He wants to stay away from any discussion of the issues because that would be to his detriment," Walters said. "He wants to run instead on his personality."
Hey...isn't O'Malley using the same strategy? Heck, so is Cardin isn't he?
This is is sheer lunacy from the Democratic Party. They are proving once and for all that Michael Steele has Ben Cardin against the ropes and, like the 1998 attacks against Ellen Sauerbrey and the 2002 gubernatorial debate, they are acting out of desperation. How else can you explain comments like these that insult the intelligence of the voters and, quite frankly, make the quoted not sound particularly smart?
Almost every day, the great antennas of NASA's Deep Space Network turn to a blank patch of sky in the constellation Ophiuchus. Pointing at nothing, or so it seems, they invariably pick up a signal, faint but full of intelligence. The source is beyond Neptune, beyond Pluto, on the verge of the stars themselves.Click on the link to learn all sorts of things about the heliosheath, the heliopause, nanoteslas and all sorts of neat stuff.
It's Voyager 1. The spacecraft left Earth in 1977 on a mission to visit Jupiter and Saturn. Almost 30 years later, with the gas giants long ago seen and done, Voyager 1 is still going and encountering some strange things.
"We've entered a totally new region of space," says Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist and the former director of JPL. "And the spacecraft is beaming back surprising new information."
Charlie Rangel too (H/T RedState):
One of President George W. Bush's fiercest political opponents at home took his side on Thursday, calling Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez a "thug" for his remark that Bush is like the devil.
"Hugo Chavez fancies himself a modern day Simon Bolivar but all he is an everyday thug," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a news conference, referring to Chavez' comments in a U.N. General Assembly speech on Wednesday.
"Hugo Chavez abused the privilege that he had, speaking at the United Nations," said Pelosi, a frequent Bush critic. "He demeaned himself and he demeaned Venezuela."
'You do not come into my country, my congressional district, and you do not condemn my president. If there is any criticism of President Bush, it should be restricted to Americans, whether they voted for him or not. I just want to make it abundantly clear to Hugo Chavez or any other president, do not come to the United States and think because we have problems with our president that any foreigner can come to our country and not think that Americans do not feel offended when you offend our Chief of State'Incidentally, Chavez is one of many heads of state the U.N. gave a stage too this week, joining such other proud examples of
There are so many strange and goofy things associated with this story. And unlike the Cardin blogger flap, there is clearly potentially criminal activity involved.
Democrat Amy Klobuchar's U.S. Senate campaign has fired its chief spokeswoman, revealing Wednesday that she viewed an unreleased TV ad for Republican candidate Mark Kennedy that may have been illegally obtained.
In a prepared statement, Klobuchar campaign manager Ben Goldfarb said that communications director Tara McGuinness was contacted last Saturday by a local blogger who sent her a link to the ad. Goldfarb said the campaign had turned the matter over to the Minneapolis office of the FBI.
"The blogger indicated to Ms. McGuinness that he had gained access to the advertisement by use of passwords," Goldfarb said in the statement. "Exercising poor judgment, Ms. McGuinness opened the link, watched the advertisement and asked others on our campaign to watch it."
At a hastily called press conference late Wednesday, Noah Kunin, who maintains the liberal blog www.blanked-out.com, revealed that he uncovered the ad. He said he was at the Web site of Kennedy media consultant Scott Howell, looking for previously aired examples of his work.
Kunin said he typed the word "Allen" into a field at the site, seeking the ads of Howell client U.S. Sen. George Allen, which led to several more links that ultimately brought up the Kennedy ad.
No big surprise that the campaign aide to Rep. Ben Cardin, who is challenging Lt. Gov. Michael Steele for the open Maryland Senate seat, who published racist and anti-Semitic remarks on a blog, was steered to Cardin through MoveOn.org and the Democrat National Committee, says a state Democratic operative.
Cardin's senior staff on Sunday mulled putting out a story that the woman, who joined the campaign about a month ago, was believed to be a Republican plant. But after reviewing notes of the woman's hiring, they discovered that she was a Democrat Party operative. The staffer has been fired.
Baltimore's City Council banned pizza menus from vestibules. It condoned tearing down advertisements promoting cheap houses and work-from-home jobs. Now the council is faced with a dose of its own medicine - a bill that would regulate political yard signs.
Responding to an increase in larger-than-ever political signs that have proliferated in some neighborhoods during this year's gubernatorial campaign, Councilman Robert W. Curran introduced a bill yesterday to ban political signs larger than 16 square feet in residential neighborhoods.
"Not only are they unappreciated ... they're unsightly," Curran said yesterday. "We've never seen 4-by-8 signs in the neighborhoods before."
I just can't see the point in taking time and energy to pass this. Frankly, this seems more like an restriction of the right of free expression of people to support candidates of their choosing, and an overreaction planted by the O'Malley campaign thanks to the large 4x8 Ehrlich sign across the street from the Mayor's home.
after giving a presentation to some computer science colleagues last week, Prof. Ed Felten was approached by Chris Tengi, a member of the department's technical staff, who pointed out that the key that opens the AccuVote-TS voting machine is very similar to a key that he has at home. Tengi's key opened the voting machine, and upon further investigation, the Princeton posse discovered that both keys are actually a common office furniture type used for hotel minibars, electronic equipment and jukeboxes. Furthermore, said keys can easily be bought on eBay or from various online retailers. So, all you need to hack Diebold's crackerjack security is to spend a little cash on these keys, bring 'em to your next local election along with a cheap-o flash drive, and you can easily open the lock that houses that Diebold memory card while you're in the voting booth -- good times, hey?Yeah, good times.
A blog has apparently led to the firing of a staffer in the Ben Cardin for Senate campaign.
According to the Washington Times Insider Politics blog, a person labeling herself the 'Persuasionatrix' wrote that she was on the staff of a high profile, contested Senate campaign and was based in Baltimore.
Persuasionatrix wrote that staffers should pose holding Oreo brand cookies under the caption 'devouring the competition.'
They got the story from Wizbang:
Just days after Rep. Ben Cardin won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Maryland, we've found the secret blog of a female Cardin staffer who has quite a bit to say about race, gender, and creepy old Jewish guys... It's not quite Washingtonienne, but Cardin's mystery staffer, known as Persuasionatrix, is dishing some anonymous dirt that's sure to leave a black eye on the campaign...Wizbang has posted the full blog here.
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