Homeschooling FTW

This video is meant to be a “Why WI Teachers can’t afford to pay $600 more of their own health care benefits”…. But when I read it (it’s a video of scrolling text) – all I could think of was  – “Damn.  I am so glad we chose to homeschool, so my kids will never have to be in a classroom like that!”

Oh, & by the way – the last line “the one & only support the teacher has in that room… The Union Rep!”  I call BS. That teacher’s union rep is not in the classroom helping to control the kids.  That teacher’s union rep is currently protesting a bill meant to save that teacher’s job.  If the WI bill doesn’t go through, the WI school system will be forced to fire many of their teachers because they can’t afford to pay them all.

The teacher described in this video has NO support.

The TSA can kiss my A-Double Snakes.

This video disturbs me on so many levels.

My vision turned red the first time I saw this little 3 yr old girl kicking at the TSA agents while screaming, “Don’t touch me!”  The Mama Grizzly in me wanted to jump through the screen back in time and stand between that baby girl and that TSA agent.  I wanted to lay some smack down on someone on that child’s behalf.

My next instinct was to scream at the parents.  How could they? How could that father just stand by, running his cell phone cam when his child was in such obvious distress? Yea, there was definitely a story there, but the man should be a father first, reporter second – not the other way around. Arrgghh!!  And the mom…  Maybe my vision is skewed here, being that I’m a mom with a couple of kids on the Autism spectrum, but really?  I can kind of see where she tries to make the best of a bad situation.  She tries to pick up the child and comfort her while the screener keeps grabbing at her. But seriously? I wouldn’t have let them touch my child in the first place.  I would raise holy hell.  They would be dragging my butt to jail, because if some laid a hand on my child, there would be punches thrown.

But my anger and frustration with the parents melted away as I listened to the interview with the TSA Supervisor.  I was absolutely horrified to hear the TSA Supervisor say that they need to “turn it into a game.”  Are you kidding?  TSA is not the best at background checks, even hiring illegals, felons, and kid-touchers.

Indeed, back in March it emerged that TSA worker Sean Shanahan, who was employed at Boston Logan International Airport to pat down passengers, had been charged with multiple child sex crimes targeting an underage girl.” —Prison Planet

So their bright idea is to make these searches – which, by the way, means touching in ways that would get most people sent to prison – into games? WTF? I want to know what this guy is smoking that he thinks it’s ok for anyone to lay hands on a child in such a manner.  Oh, but the alternative is to go through an x-ray machine without the benefit of that lead-lined skirt they give you at the hospital to protect your bits and pieces from radiation.  Oh yea. Lets do that. /facepalm.

My outrage at TSA is only magnified after reading accounts like this – a young mother prevented from making sure her autistic toddler doesn’t wander off – the comments here, and listening to accounts like this one:

After all this testimony, I am more pissed then ever at our ineffective, inept TSA, and the Government, that not only continues to allow this rampant violation of our Constitutional 4th Amendment Rights, but tries to tell us it’s all for our good and we should just go along with the public molestation.  Really, Janet Napolitano, really?  I mean, when the government is in the business of terrorizing children and molesting law abiding citizens who wish to make use of a private enterprise, I think you could almost say that the Terrorists are winning this round. Geez.

Obama loses his cool over some hecklers.

via Gateway Pundit.

Seems a bunch of hecklers were hassling BigO about Global Aids funding.  Read this story in WashPo for more information on why the hecklers are mad.  I love this story because all those invovled in the Global Aids Fund are praising Bush and dissing BigO.  Awesome.

The trouble, activists say, is that the big gains in generosity and economizing have mostly stopped. International AIDS assistance was the same in 2008 and 2009, and is not expected to go up much, if any, this year. The White House request for global AIDS spending for the next fiscal year is only 2 percent higher than what is being spent this year.

Although there’s argument about the exact numbers, there’s little doubt the Obama administration is on track to spend less than planned by either the GHI or the Lantos-Hyde Act of 2008, which renewed PEPFAR (Bush’s revolutionary President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) and authorized spending $48 billion from 2009 through 2013. Many other donor countries are taking a similar go-slower approach.

“Bush made a commitment, and then circumstances changed. Despite the change, he kept his word,” said Zeitz of the Global AIDS Alliance.

D.C. playing racial politics? Meh, what else is new?

Washington DC.  I grew up a few miles outside of D.C.  So it really doesn’t surprise me at all to hear that Mayor Adrian Fenty – whose policies reduced the murder rate and helped to better the school system – is out.  Joe Hicks, of PJTV, has an absolutely brilliant piece on how Racial prejudice played a roll in DC politics.

Since PJTV doesn’t allow embedding, view the Video here.