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Bob Morris, Indiana Lawmaker, Calls Girl Scouts A Radicalized Organization VIDEO

Bob Morris, Indiana Lawmaker, Calls Girl Scouts A Radicalized Organization VIDEO.

I apologize, but please, I have to speak out!

Please please please everyone just stop and THNIK

Take a deep breath.

Attacking the Girl Scouts!!!!!!

This is getting scarier by the moment!!!

I had wanted to try out the “Press This” feature for some time now, but I was hoping to do it on a much much much lighter subject!!

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This is my attempt at satire.  Regardless of what your politics are; you’d have to wonder what impact the current political environment has on our young people.  What lessons are they learning?

High School Politics:  A Civics Lesson 101 in the 21st  Century

Mount Rushless High School, in suburban Atlanta, provides an amazing insight into what our children may be learning from the current political atmosphere, and perhaps learning from their parents. It involves the school’s Student Government Association (SGA) and it’s a civics lesson for the 21st century… politics at Class AAAA level.

Mount Rushless could be considered a microcosm of America, its student body representing almost every ethnic and socio-economic group. As the new school year began three candidates ran for SGA President: Patrick “Phig” Newton, Abigail Donnareid, and LaJamarcustavious “LJ” Wilson – all juniors. After what was described as an ugly campaign, Wilson won.

A survey taken after the last election reveals the factions supporting each candidate. There are students who say the SGA’s responsibilities should be limited to homecoming and other social events, with no involvement in fundraising. Survey results placed nearly 100% of Newton’s supporters in that category.

Those that supported Donnareid want their student government to promote more after-school religious and family oriented activities. She talks fondly of her father’s efforts to “put God back into the classroom.”

“My dad jokes that what he tells me comes from the “Book of Buchanan” she said. “He also told me that this country was founded by Christians, and most of everything we do here, or at least used to do, was based on that, and we should never stray from it, even at my age. We need to take back our school.”

Wilson’s supporters, according to the survey, agreed with his campaign slogan: “Your Student Government Works for You!” His supporters are a mix of every demographic in the school. “I just want us all to be one school,” he said. “I saw nothing but one group fighting another, and it seemed every group thought they were the only ones who had the right answers, or thought they were the only true Mount Rushless students. Everybody kept talking about how their parents thought compromising was betraying what you believe.  Everybody thought the word “compromise” was a sign of weakness.”

Among the incidents that occurred since the election:

The parents of Ben “Butch” Thompson, starting quarterback for the school’s newly crowned Class AAAAA champion football team, allowed him to skip the trophy presentation given at the school’s PTA meeting. “Dad said he really admired the example set by the pro athletes who didn’t accompany their team to the White House to be honored by Obama” said Thompson. “Dad wants me to stand up for what I believe in, and since I don’t like what LJ’s all about and didn’t vote for him, Dad said I didn’t have to attend.”

Several students, whose parents kept them out of school that day, boycotted Wilson’s inaugural address during assembly. When asked after the event why they took such action, one of the students, Michael Walrump, a transfer student from South Carolina, said, “I never supported any of the ideas that guy was proposing.  If you don’t agree with someone, you don’t have to listen to them or do anything with them. I remember when my parents kept me home that time when Obama made that speech on TV. I didn’t vote for LJ, so I got nothing to hear from him.”

A few blocks from the school, several students, including Donnareid and Newton, gathered at the home of classmate Joseph Brown during Wilson’s speech to stage a “Tweeting for Truth” session. In explaining his actions, Newton told reporters “what you witnessed was a profound demonstration by true Rushless students who’re exercising their constitutional right to follow in their parent’s footsteps, and take bold action in showing those who would try to turn our school into a clone of Carl Marks High that we won’t tolerate it. Frankly, the election was a sham, as anyone can clearly see that it was those students who don’t believe in studying who voted for LJ. Those people, combined with the clear naiveté of most freshmen who believe in LJ’s rhetoric, propelled us into this pit of student misery, and frankly what we need to do is take a look at the qualifications for voting in the next election.”

Wilson’s homecoming assembly speech didn’t fare any better than his inaugural address. It was interrupted by a still-unidentified student who shouted,  “you’re a liar,” causing outbursts of laughter, arguments, and general confusion among the students. It took over fifteen minutes for school staff to restore order. Several students, when questioned about the appropriateness of the outburst, referenced their parents’ pleasure over the “you lie” outburst during the President’s State of the Union address.

In all, what we’re seeing here and perhaps in schools all over the country, are the lessons our children are learning about politics… a new civics lesson for the 21st century.

Sports Reporter: The “Perfect” Writing Job

Aw hell, you mean I have to cover the Superbowl again???

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Alright!!! It’s Super bowl time!!! As much as I like sports, and love football in general, being a sportswriter looks like a sweet job. I mean, look at the benefits:

You get PAID to go to games, and even the big events, like the Super Bowl

Need I say more? Covering the Super Bowl is your job. You’re there all week. You get to go almost anywhere. Now of course you have to produce something, and if it was me it would be nice and succinct:

Team A won.
Team B sucked.
Details in tomorrow’s edition.
Post-game party in ten, we’re out of here!”

You get opportunities to talk one on one with sports celebrities

How sweet can that be? You have complete freedom to ask them whatever question you want. Appropriate or not, you can ask it. You’re representing the fans, and you too want to know why the hell he swung at an inside pitch on a 3-0 count.

It seems impossible to run out of things to talk about
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The next game – check. The last game – check. Last game’s impact on next game – check. Last arrest – check. Getting an athlete to say something stupid – check. Asking other players to respond to stupid statement – check. Going back to the first athlete to get his response to what others said about the stupid statement check. Asking an athlete if getting asked about the statement 100 times in a row is a distraction – check. Asking an owner if he’s going to fire a coach – check. Declaring an owner’s denial as a sign he IS going to fire the coach – check.

If you’re an “insider” you can get some pretty cool cellphone numbers

You are the man! (or woman) You not only have athletes, managers, agents, and commissioner’s’ phone numbers in your contact list, you also have a more valuable group of names. Airport staff to let you know what coach just flew in, coincidently as the team is searching for a new coach. Also hotel staff, to let you know who checked in, or they saw the owner and the coach.  Also anybody on the team’s administrative staff; how else would you know a coach is scheduled to be interviewed while the team denies it.

You try to find out information before it’s announced so you can say “you heard it here first”

You, and your employer, are the smartest kids in the class. I mean, it’s not like the team was going to keep it a secret and sneak the new coach out at the very first home game for everyone to see.

You don’t have to say things about an athlete or call him a name to his face

Like any fan who can post a comment or call in to a sports show, you can call someone a bum, a thug, a cancer on the team, should be traded/cut, the weakest link on the team, etc. and not have to duck. And remember, unlike a fan… you get paid for it!

And most important of all, you’re almost never, ever, wrong!

Team goes 1-15, you predicted 15-1 season. Coach gets fired, and you now have more material than you need to write, and write, and write! To this date, as far as I know, no sports reporter has ever been fired for a team’s performance. Even better, couch your calls in a “beat the sports writer’s predictions” contest, so your bad calls becomes someone else’s season tickets.

In all seriousness, it surely seems like a fun job that does require serious work, but also seriously it’s one of the few jobs I can think of where among other responsibilities you’re paid to be a Monday morning quarterback.  Obviously, being able to write about something you enjoy is great!

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...and ANOTHER thing !!!!!

I’ve mentioned before that eventually I’d like to get a second blog going. Opinions, commentary, movie, and music reviews, what’s going on with my life, and on and on. Everything I’ve read and heard so far says a blog should be focused, developed so that when you come to it you know what the subject matter is. A blog that contains cookie recipes and commentary on world oil prices may not work. (unless it can show how the price of oil makes it difficult to bake said recipe, maybe)

Right now it’s a bit of a struggle to remember to just stick to one topic, so my words on politics, entertainment, sports, space exploration, or any of the other things that interest me will come later. I’ve seen other blogs that are a combination journal, opinion, and other things, and they really don’t look that bad.  I’ll follow those I like. I hope that   they’ll link back to this site.

But back to this blog.   Again, from my reading I know I still have much work to do on this site alone, among them building my links. For now I’m going to keep it focused on my media growth, however I don’t want this to be all words and no play either. Getting my act together here can’t do anything but help generate success for my next blog. Since this is my blog  (mine, mine, it’s all mine!)  I think I can figure out a way to work a few of the other things in, and it’s going to be this section.

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I’ve started using Twitter to get my thoughts out and I’m having a ball posting and replying to the folks I’m following. It really feels good knowing that your voice is out there, the ole “feels good to vent” idea. I’m not linking it back here in this post, again because I’m working on keeping this blog focused on words, sounds, and images. I’m not sure if I’d be distracting from it. Then again, may try it for a while and see how it works.  Feedback is appreciated.   Definitely not going to tie in to Facebook just yet.  One step at a time.