. . . or is it?
What the Booman said.
I have long thought that the concept of “performance art” is dumb.
If it is art, it can stand on its own. It does not need to be “performed.” If it needs to be “performed,” it’s not art, it’s chutzpah.
Also, “art installations” are crap. If it needs to be “installed,” it’s not art. It’s a washing machine.
Politeness, the language of love.
The Roanoke County school board is planning to cut health care coverage for school bus drivers–you know, those folks who work a split shift for not much money–because Republicans in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s General Assembly have chosen to remove the “common” from “Commonwealth.”
The Roanoke Times’s Dan Casey has some suggestions for the drivers. Here’s my favorite; follow the link for the rest:
The first is part-time delegates and senators in the Virginia General Assembly. Those are the people who’ve cut state support to public education and forced school boards into the position of cutting bus drivers’ benefits.
The second is positions on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. Those part-timers are eligible for full-time health benefits, too. They’re the ones who’ve been avoiding tax increases that would help fund continued benefits for other part-timers.
Bernardo Tirado thinks he has figured out the Frolickers:
For starters, we all fall into one out of four Facebook Personalities Types (FPT), which are:
- Me Mees
Follow the link for the sordid details.
He notes that, “in the context of Facebook Personality Types, ‘Post’ refers to an individual physically making a status update, uploading a picture, or checking-in at an establishment,” not a commenter.
He doesn’t seem to have a category for persons who seldom log into Facebook because they are fed up with the Zuckerborg. (My blog posts to FB are automated.)
Politeness begins at home.
Her unborn child also did not survive.
Addendum, the Next Morning:
And, apparently, didn’t bother to check.
Being a duke means you can always tax the serfs.
Nope, no one.
A Pensacola, FL court is set to decide on Friday whether 24-year-old Keenan Finkelstein is criminally liable for shooting a deputy sheriff in the leg in March of 2013. According to the Pensacola News-Journal, Finkelstein and his defense team are pinning their hopes on the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.
PoliticalProf points out the Republican dialectic:
Barack Obama is a weakling, mom jeans wearing apologist for American exceptionalism whose multiple failings and incompetencies caused Americans to needlessly die in Benghazi, continues to cause tens of thousands of deaths in Syria, and so abetted the Russian (Soviet???) invasion of Ukraine.
He is also a ruthless authoritarian dictator coming to take your guns, lock you up in reeducation camps who sends his jack booted thugs in the IRS to abuse your rights and liberties if you espouse any political point of view he doesn’t like, all in the name of imposing Obamacare and its socialist nightmare on the freedom-loving American people.
The rest is below the fold in case it autoplays.
Some kind of weird connectivity issue with PVF on the other side of the modem. Going to wait it out.
Everything (except possibly me) is working normally again. I suspect my hosting provider was doing some maintenance. Computers don’t run themselves, though sometimes it seems as if they do.
James Madison called slavery “the most oppressive dominion ever exercised by man over man” — but did not free the slaves he owned. Thomas Jefferson believed slavery should be ended in the future — but continued to own slaves throughout his lifetime. Patrick Henry, who said, “Give me liberty or give me death,” believed that slavery was “evil” — but would not free the men and women he owned because of “the general inconvenience of living without them.”
One price the slave owners paid was constant fear of insurrection,* especially after the Haitian revolution.
Read the rest. The article speaks for itself–and for others.
*That “fear of insurrection” is what gave rise to the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. The Second Amendment is steeped in racism. Any other explanation for it is racists’ bullshit.
It’s not the students.
It’s not the teachers.
It’s not even the administrators, though a lot of them are grifters who serve no useful purpose.
It’s wishful thinking and a ginormous misdirection play.
Our elite class has decided that they will not consider economic solutions to economic inequity. Instead, they will ask the educational system to solve what are, in large part, economic problems. Educational systems can help improve economic problems on the margins, but if the core problem is economic you need an economic solution. Elites will not consider economic solutions, so educators are given incoherent and unrealistic demands, and all else follows.