Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Apparently, the establishment clause doesn't apply to High School Marching Band

 It appears that Winchester High School in Indiana, which has a (really talented) marching band in competition with the band my child is a member of, either doesn't understand one of the most fundamental aspects of our country's governance and constitution or it just doesn't care. What I am talking about is church/state separation and the promotion of religion in public schools. I know, it seems really simple, the school cannot promote or endorse any religion. Students that attend a school are free to pray, have religious clubs, wear crosses etc the school, being a publicly funded entity simply cannot endorse or promote any religion.

Where am I going with this? Well, upon attending the very first marching band competition This is the very first performance:

I am not sure this even needs commentary but...

Really?!  I mean Really ?! This is outrageous. It isn't like a band was doing a number from Jesus Christ Superstar or a historically significant piece of liturgical music. This is like something from a tent revival. I don't even have words for how ridiculous this is. Is the band director so blinded by christian privilege that he/she didn't even think about it? Or, are they deliberately trying to push an agenda or prove some sort of point?

Can you imagine if the first line were allahu akbar!

It baffles me that over and over again, public school teachers and administrators do, or allow, these things to happen. Anyone who cannot understand or refuses to follow these simplest of laws regarding separation of church and state, especially in a public school setting where the emotional and social grown of children is at its most venerable, have no business working in education.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Merry Christmas !

Celebrations this time of year have been happening long before we called them christmas. It isn't non-christians that ruin it. If anything, the (non existent) war on christmas is caused by well meaning people who are attempting to be PC and inclusive but fail and assholes like those on FOX News that want to stir something up and feed a false persecution narrative.

Monday, June 25, 2012

TV Role Models

Having grown up in the late 70s and 80s I wonder how much the people and stories from inside that box effected my worldview and character. I think I will make a quick list of the first few to pop into my head:

Hawkeye Pierce
Andy Griffith
Ponch and John
Fat Albert

Aside from those who I thought of first most of my favorite shows were all basically the same, they all feature a guy (it was almost always a guy aside from the bionic woman and Isis) who went around fighting injustice and helping people. He usually achieved this with the help of his trusty car or motorcycle or he posses some special skill or ability. In addition to the regular shows I often watched the Steve Tatone (car dealer) Sunday Morning Movie. These usually starred Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Peter Fonda or were some cowboy, there were also some love movies but not that often.

Hmm something to think about. Who did you watch?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Sam Harris

The only way to know which way is up, ethically speaking, is to honestly assess what people want and what they believe.  We must confront the stubborn reality of differing intentions: In every case it is essential to ask, “What would these people do if they had the power to do anything they wanted?” 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wisdom from: in the heat of the night

"The only way you can execute a man without torturing him is to tell him you forgive him, then set him free, Then when you see that big smile come on his face, shoot him in the back of the head."

Chief Gillespie on the difference between torture and execution.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Definition, Unconstitutional (Perry Edition)

Unconstitutional:  1. Anything that doesn't go your way 2. Any rule, law or idea that you do not agree with 3. Any condition that arise from a failure to achieve or comply with a requirement 4. Any state law that is in opposition to your view, regardless of the fact that you champion states rights when in agreement with your views.

See Also: Anything republicans don't like

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Locked Up for being brown and flying on 9/11

 Stories like these make the joke line "The terrorists have won" not funny at all. Because they have.

"Silly me. I thought flying on 9/11 would be easy. I figured most people would choose not to fly that day so lines would be short, planes would be lightly filled and though security might be ratcheted up, we’d all feel safer knowing we had come a long way since that dreadful Tuesday morning 10 years ago.
But then armed officers stormed my plane, threw me in handcuffs and locked me up."

 Having brown skin and sitting next to other people with brown skin who apparently took too long in the toilet makes you suspicious and a possible terrorist.

Entire Account from the Victim (and that is what she is).

Boing Boing Story

Associated Press