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The Watering Whole: Wednesday, September 17, 2014: In Tennessee, anything goes.

It’s the law in Tennessee: Public Schools must provide a forum for religious speech.

Now, while it has long been the law that the government cannot support one religion over another, or religion over non-religion, there have been some exceptions. “In God we Trust” “One Nation, Under God”

But Tennessee is leading the charge when it comes to freedom of religion in public schools. Students at all kinds of school events can now give religious speeches. BUT there must be a disclaimer that said students’ speech is not the stated position of the school.

And said student’s speech is not limited to school events. Kids can now freely express their religous beliefs in the hallways between classes and said ‘voluntary speech’ cannot be quelched by school officials. So if a student’s religion says gays are an abomination and should be eradicated from the planet, the student is free to say so. Presumably, this freedom of speech extends to Wiccan’s casting a spell on their comrades who say all witches should be burned at the stake.

But that’s not all. There’s more. “Students may express their written beliefs about religion in homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination based on the religious content of the student’s submissions. … Students may not be penalized or rewarded based on the religous content of the student’s work.”

Having spent the better part of the summer analyzing 7th grade texts in Social Studies and Life Sciences published by Bob Jones University Press, I do believe that for conservative christian students raised according to the biblical interpretation of history and science, life just got a whole lot easier in Tennessee. God’s Providence and Adam’s Sin explains just about everything one needs to know about history and science.

Andn we wonder why our kids don’t outscore the rest of the world when it comes to public education outcomes.

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The Watering Hole: Wednesday, September 10, 2014: To be, or not to be…

To be, or not to be- that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them. To die- to sleep-
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to. ‘Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die- to sleep.
To sleep- perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub!
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despis’d love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would these fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death-
The undiscover’d country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns- puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
(Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1)

I believe that if we live long enough, sooner or later we will come face to face with Hamlet’s question, “To be, or not to be” a choice, a precipice, which, once stepped off, cannot be undone. Some do choose to cross that line, to go to that “undiscover’d country”. We’re left behind, unwilling or unable to follow; we are suicide survivors. We have survived the death of someone close to us – a death we cannot totally understand, because is seems so senseless. Yet it was a choice, perhaps the ultimate leap of faith in the acceptance of a loving God.

We cry out in silent anguish. If only….if only….if only. A thousand ‘if onlys’ for every star in the heavens.

Today is the World Suicide Prevention Day. It is a day where we, the survivors of suicide, have been invited to light a candle at 8:00 p.m. local time, to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide.

I will be lighting a candle for my late brother:

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“Your brother died today.”
The sky is blue.
The sun is shining.

“Your brother died today.”
The lie is through.
The runner’s hiding.

“Your brother died today.”
I’m crying too.
The gunner’s riding.

“Your brother died today.”
My brother too.
My brother too.

(this poem was written the day I got the call.)

And, from a different perspective:

Through doors now closed to mortal thought
Th’ eternal flame flicker’d low.
What hellish deeds thy hands hath wrought
And shadows in thy soul doth grow.

What anguish rent thy tortured breast,
Through the darkened halls of the kingdom,
Past chambers where the dying rest,
And portals of forgotten home?

From whence came the desperation
That drove thee on towards madness,
To end at last in consecration;
One final hope of gladness?

The course that cannot be undone:
Rest in peace, my little one.

As for me:

I have traveled the other side of the looking-glass,
Down the rabbit’s hole,
Past the March-hare’s madness,
And drank from the Devil’s bowl.

Below the depths of Wonderland,
The lonely darkness calls,
And beckons my soul to dwell therein,
In labyrinthical halls.

I long to return to the darkness,
The Never-Never Land of night;
To leave behind the looking-glass,
Forever banished from its sight.

But the chess game moves ever onward,
And I, a lowly pawn,
Have slain the Black Knight with a double-edged sword,
And condemned myself to the dawn.

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The Watering Hole, Wednesday, HUMP DAY! September 3, 2014: 3 x FAST

With the start of college classes all across the nation,fraternities are trying to come up with new ideas to bring in pledges. One fraternity settled on a fundraiser on Pledge Day: Burger Bakers. But not just any Burger Bakers – they decided to use bagels instead of burger buns, so they were Bagel Burger Bakers.

And from which college, you might ask, did these Bagel Burger Bakers come? Why, none other than Rutgers.

That’s right. They were the “Rugter’s Bagel Burger Bakers”.

Your turn.

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Why Corporations MUST move out of the United States of America

Corporations have a duty, under law, to maximize profits for their shareholders. In order to do that a Corporate “Person” must move to a country, any country, that offers a greater tax haven than here in the US of A. So, unless we re-write the laws and eliminate the free-trade agreements that make it more profitable to move out of the country, these Corporate People are just doing what the law (that they helped write) makes them do.

Sundae Roast: August 31, 2014

When I was a teacher, I got a class of 8th grade Hispanic students to average over 90% on their tests, including the school’s test on the U.S. Constitution. They gained 2.5 years in reading level in 1 year. You’d think I would have been asked to share how I did it with other teachers. But, no. I became a pariah to the administration.

Public schools are a heirarchy, and those in a heirarchy survive by appeasing those in power above them. I failed at that, and am no longer a public school teacher.

We don’t want the best and brightest to become teachers – they get run out of the field, usually within 5 years. We want those who are willing to jump through innumerable hoops and do whatever their boss tells them to do, because we want to indoctrinate our children to think and behave the same way.

 

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

You don’t need a whole lot of work days to do the bidding of the ruling class. In an oligarchy, such as the US, the ruling class tells the elected representatives what measures to pass, and which ones to obstruct. In return for doing their bidding, the ruling class provides the elected representatives with enough cash and campaign ads to insure their reelection. Historically, such governmental systems eventually succumb to collapse, through rampant corruption, armed insurrection, or both. In either event, some of the ruling class flee the country with their ill gotten gains.

It may well take the next Ice Age to level the playing field – for people to realize we cannot heap 99% of our collective wealth on 1% of the people and expect to survive as a species.

 

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BOYCOTT BURGER KING

Burger King recently announced its plans to leave the United States so it won’t have to pay income taxes. In response many have called for a boycott of the fast food franchise.