After asking for some topic ideas on my Facebook page this morning, I decided to write about all of them, plus another one that was going through my head already.
Because, you see, I have a special version of crazy. I'm going to try to keep each story brief (haha), so that I can cover them all in time to actually take a shower and get to my son's classroom celebration.
Speaking of which, he is kicking ass right now. Considering that he started out the year as one of the youngest boys in the class, having missed almost the entire year of preschool the year prior for health reasons, with a speech articulation problem that made communication almost impossible, and we are where we are now, I think he gets a high five. Seriously. We were looking at possibly retaining him a few short months ago. Now he's reading.
And he's pretty dang adorable, if I do say so myself.
Sometimes the most important tool in teaching kids is just giving them time to figure it out.
Anyway, on to the topics of the day.
Cliven Bundy, the patriot?
If you haven't heard about the drama in Nevada, I'll try my best to summarize. Rancher's family owns ranch in Nevada for many generations, grazes cattle on public land. BLM comes in and takes over rights to the land because of an endangered species, begins assessing fees to graze cattle (pretty sure the state was charging fees before, that were paid). Anyhow, Cliven Bundy refuses to pay grazing fees, keeps grazing cattle. BLM sues him for unpaid fees and wins. He still refuses to pay. Feds threaten to take his cattle into custody, and manage to round up a few. Bundy puts the call out to anyone wanting to help protest, hundreds (maybe thousands) of pissed off gun toters show up. Stand off with feds occurs. Feds release the cattle.
If you listen to anything the far right is saying, Bundy is a patriot. A hero. Many elected officials have rallied behind the guy, claiming that he is fighting for liberty and state's rights, and against the intrusion of the federal government. Some of them are already regretting that affiliation today after a story broke about what a ridiculous racist the guy is, on top of everything else. He actually said, and I'm not even kidding, that blacks might have been better off as slaves than as the recipients of government assistance.
In 2014. He said this. On camera.
I'll wait for you to pick your jaw up off the floor.
Here's the thing. This guy isn't a patriot, as much as he wants to pretend that he is. He's mooching off of federal lands, lands that other ranchers pay for access to. He just wants special treatment. He's refusing to comply with orders of both the federal government AND the court system, which has resoundingly ruled against him. Defiance of the law doesn't make someone a patriot. It makes them a lawbreaker. He just happens to be a horrendously racist one too.
The First Amendment and The Teacher
David Foggin is a high school teacher in West Virginia. On his Facebook page, he posted a rant about the gay-straight alliance club at the school, one that makes my grammar loving ways cringe. Here it is, hopefully you can read it.
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