Thursday, March 15, 2007

Moving to Calexico

Packing up my things today; I picked up a teaching position in Calexico and they need me down there tomorrow evening. It should be an interesting (and bloody hot) next few months. I grew up around these parts, so I have this odd feeling like I am coming home.

Calexico's public schools are finding that many of their students are not able to pass the exit exams the State implemented last year, and I will be working with many of these students in the hope that I can get them up-to-speed.

I will be back to blogging this Sunday. Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Huffington Morons and John McCain

Good lord, I am learning to hate the Huffington Post a little more everyday. One of my major gripes with their editorial policy, is the way they distort very mundane and “non-story” articles into scandalous pieces that are meant to defame certain figures. Want a great example?

“McCain Launches NCAA BBall Pool On Campaign Website”

"Get started today and fill out your bracket to be eligible to win a McCain 2008 fleece, hat or pin for your prognostication prowess."
-- Sen. John McCain's campaign website.

"Gambling on amateur athletics is wrong."
-- McCain, in a statement introducing legislation in May 2003 to ban gambling on amateur sports.”

I figure most HuffPos don’t actually read the articles; they just see McCain’s name together with gambling, and are reassured of their prior assumptions concerning the man’s character.

No one who actually read those three sentences would argue that McCain is pushing some illegal gambling ring. Sounds to me like he is giving out a few prizes for folks who register with his email list. I don’t just say that because I like McCain, but because that is what it says!

But no, John McCain is a Republican, and he supports “W’s war”, so we have to go out of our way to distort and smear every action the man takes. Pretty brainless, but it is what I am coming to expect from my friends at the Huffington Post.

I might as well use this opportunity to endorse (yes, yes...I find that statement hilarious too) John McCain for President. While I am not %100 behind his entire program, I feel that he is the kind of man needed as President at this moment in time. As of this point in the race, he is getting my money, labor, and support. A campaign using actual volunteers seems to be a thing of the past, but I would like to contribute in more ways than writing a check.

That’s not to say that he will get my vote come 08; a lot can change between now and then. That may take a little steam out of my endorsement, but no individual “owns” my vote, and it will all depend on which candidate looks strongest the day I walk up to that voting booth. But as of now, and frankly as of the last few years, John McCain has looked like a man I want as President.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Pamela Hess on C-Span

An emotional interview with journalist Pamela Hess on C-Span concerning the War in Iraq. Definitely worth a watch.

(Heads up via Dean’s World)

Worthy of Webster’s

"Something I have heard more and more frequently is that ANSWER are useful idiots recruited by the CIA to turn off the American public from the anti-war movement. Think about it."

That’s the power of a conspiracy theory: it doesn’t have to be logical, reasonable, or defensible.

I wonder if the CIA or “Zionists” ever hear some of these ridiculous claims made about their ability to shape the world and laugh.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Blur – Coffee and TV

A classic video, from one of my favorite rock bands. Anything with a cute little milk carton has got to be good right?