Ruth Wallis passed away on December 22nd. The New York Times published a very nice article about her in their Jan 3rd edition. Typecast as solely a risque comedienne, it's refreshing to see her referred to as a 'Jazz' singer. Having written more than 125 songs, not to mention 'Boobs ! The Musical' (300 performances at the Triad Theater, New York City), it's gratifying to see my mother given the notice that ultra-conservative America denied her while she was alive. Thank you Kirsten.
Ruth S. Wallis Music
You ask if anything is pure anymore. Tell me, when was anything pure? When in the history of the world have animals been free of potentially harmful microorganisms? When in the history of the world has there been water untainted by bacteria and minerals? When in the history of the world has there been air free of infectious organisms and dust?
The answer of course is never. Why should we expect something from our environment that has never really existed except in some childish environmentalist fantasy? The real world is a dirty messy place, get over it.
Why the obsession with revitalizing downtown? The roads are narrow, the buildings antiquated and the parking a nightmare. Short of burning it all down and starting over with a better plan any efforts will simply be more wasted tax dollars while real problems continue to fester.
There are streets in this town that never get plowed, where snow and ice remain for weeks following a snowstorm. But the city spends money on fountains and parks in the downtown area that only serve the homeless population. There are intersections that become lakes after a rain and the city spends our money on gurus and advisers on how to fix downtown.
There is a huge amount of city that isn't downtown, but that doesn't seem to register with the city government or the staff of the Independent. If you spend all this time and money fixing up downtown who will go there? The majority of our population doesn't live anywhere near downtown. A half hour drive followed by a futile attempt to find a good parking spot all to pay high prices for the same crap they can get at a Wal Mart that's right around the corner with plenty of parking isn't worth it for most folks.
Downtown, just another way for the elitist snobs to waste the tax money of the majority who won't be serviced by this revitalization dream.
The whole reason we have assessment in public schools is so that they can be held accountable to parents. Holding parents accountable to the state is completely backwards and contrary to what this nation was founded on.
"Home Schoolin"? Ain't that just another word for some sicko cult devil worshippin' Waco David Koresh
crap? Ever see "Children of the Corn"??? Them kids were "home schooled" too- Yeah- "Daddy taught me how to use an axe REAL GOOD"! How do we know you ain't teachin them that the world is flat and unwed mothers and cat lovers are witches?? Yeah- possession is next- we'll have public witch burnings in Acacia Park once your brood start pointing fingers accusing folks of "being witches" and drivin' on the "evil " side of the road...
I absolutely agree with what Sunniesmom says. It is our right to educate our children as we see fit. That has been going on for thousands of years without having ever been questioned, what is so different now? Are parents suddenly not qualified? I darn sure am.
My children have as many friends who attend public school as they do homeschooled friends and they are 10 times more social than I EVER was in my school days. They move through daily life dealing with grocery buying, bill paying, doctor appointments and become quite confident in their abilities to handle such things on their own.
All of the homeschooling parents I know want good things for their children. We want our kids to be well adjusted and able to function in the world. Countless kids, tumbled through the public school system, don't come out ready for the "real world" because the ps system is so far removed from reality that it isn't funny. Now, THAT is scary.
"The scarier part of parents controlling their kids' education: It's a largely unchecked phenomenon. In many cases, no one outside the family really knows what's going on, and researchers say good statistics on homeschooled kids are hard to come by."
You think THAT is scary? How about 1) the idea that parents shouldn't determine or direct their children's educations, 2) that anyone believes parents who take on such a task should be 'checked on' like naughty children up to no good, 3)that anyone thinks that homeschoolers never interact with other people, and so "no one knows what is 'really' going on" (do you think HSers dance naked by the light of the moon or something?)4) that statistics provide some 'proof' of learning.
Articles like these provide proof that the public in general is brainwashed into accepting ridiculous assumptions such as these without question. That, boys and girls, IS scary.
The problem is that half these little brats in public schools think the world owes them a fair shake. We did away with red ink corrections, 1st and second place awards, dodge ball, or anything deemed "politically incorrect" via their dope smoking hippy parents. Teachers are so hamstrung in punishing delinquents they spend half the time baby sitting Damien while the rest of the class doesn't learn jack. Start smacking these little bastards and you'll see test scores go up! Bring the "tossed salad" man to school.... "Jimmy, you got a D-, you'll have to go see the "tossed salad man"... "Noooooooooo- I'll LEARNNNN-I SWEARRR"
(Thanks Chris Rock). WBW
A scarier question is that we know the failings of the American public school system and it seems nothing is being done about it.
Public school students' failure is well documented and known by teachers and school administrators thanks to standardized testing and NCLB required testing. However why are those students being allowed to fail?
Rather than worry about the 1 or 2% of homeschooled children why not ponder and fix the problem with the 98% of the students who go to school and address those not faring well in the public schools.
This is a response to IKE, I think you missed what the story was about. NO one is blaming or saying boot camp is wrong. What this article is saying is the system needs improvement. First the medical staff that are suppose to treat prisoners when they are HURT!!!!!!! This will affect Joelene the rest of her life. The XRAYS showed her leg was being held to her body by skin and the bone was completely ripped away from her hip. This could of been prevented if the medical staff has done their job. SOOOO before you interpet this as something that whinning or blaming put yourself in her situation and see how you would feel when no one will listen. This program helped you however the question is did it help Joelene???? I think NOT
You did exactly the right thing, Adrian. Sanitizing war is part of making it acceptable, hence the neocon ban on showing photos of the flag-draped caskets of our fallen.
These poems, with all their anger and vitriol, deserve to be heard and read without the censor's pen or whitewash brush. War is profane and only by shining a harsh light on that profanity can we hope to rid this earth of it forever.
Thanx for having the guts.
I find the story of poor ms. Hartman tragic but ill written. It is very unfortunate that she has withstood quite the acciedent. Yet every one is ready to set the blame on any one and every one but what it is.. An Accicednt.. The worst part of this story is how Pathetically the writer Slanders A program that honestly saves lives. Mine and my 9 month old son are living proof.I am a Boot Camp Graduate It will be two years come this December. I am currently in the system still. A system that may not seem just in everyones opinion(and usually those opinions are in the eyes of those who are guilty of some cause) but I have the opinion of someone who walks the line of change each day. Three years ago I was a strung outn junkie, who was on a suicide mission. I came from a broken home, abusive relationships, and have children of my own that now live with relatives because of my irresponsibility. I was sentenced to prison in april of 2005, a few short months before that in December of 2004 I leaped off the seconde teir in fear of facing my consequences of my drug addiction caused me. In September of 2005 I was takin to a program I had volunteered for in hopes to reduce some of my prison sentence. I had no idea that this program would help me get out of prison soone but that it would give me back something I had lost and had no hope of ever getting back, Myself,my sanity, tools to a successful life wihtout drugs, abuse to be looked at like a normal citizen not a drug using convict . The Boot Camp Program Seriously Saved My Life. Remember ther is always two sides to every story... Just as ms. Hartman has had her Story heard I would like to have my story heard, Because The Boot Camp program is not wht it was portrayed in this article. Please Contact me to Hear my full story.. Sincerely Lottie firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't stop hammering this subject -- victimless crimes, punishment out of control, the only people who benefit are
a) The employees of the prison system
b) The corporations that run the prisons, siphon Lord knows how much money out of the "system."
Shameful. We have more people in prisons than anyone in the world, most of them criminals with no victims except themselves. And we complicate it with programs that victimize the prisoners.
Shame, shame, shame,
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