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Christian girls in Iraq and Syria

This should really be on my other blog but I’m having problems posting there from my phone. This is a short article about an interview done with orthodox Christian nuns regarding the torture of Christian girls in Iraq and Syria. They are being kidnapped, raped, murdered, and mutilated she states and Americans are more concerned with the NFL. She has a good point. One of the girls she spoke to was only 5 years old!! http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/09/17/muslims-slice-breasts-kidnapped-christian-girls-syria-iraq/

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short opinion on the NFL and Ray Rice

The NFL could care less about the ethics/morality of their players.  It’s all about money folks.  Yes they will act when the media (or police) catches wind of a player’s bad behavior but not before then.  It’s sad but I don’t even think most fans care that he beat his gf or whatever she was.  If it was your own favorite team and let’s say the best player, and he is charged with something will you justify it being ok for him to still play?  These players think they can do whatever they want and until the fans and NFL really care about something other than the game, they will continue to do whatever the fuck they want and still be loved and adored….

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Another fundraiser??

I’m sure you have seen a variation of this before now but I thought I would share anyways.  

We spend too much on killing people and not enough on education here in the US.  This should not be a surprise to anyone.  Our schools are falling apart…  are children are learning in little trailers instead of classrooms more and more often (Little Girl is n a “portable” this year). We don’t have the funds to recruit great educators.  First, the teachers now a days need  combat pay in most schools and secondly, private companies pay much more.  I thought about becoming a teacher but the way things are now I would never do it.  The teachers are now even losing their freedom of choosing curriculum.  We have “Core Curriculum.”  To me this takes passion away from the best teachers.  If you can’t teach lessons that you are passionate about and you are stuck with the same lesson plans every year, how enthusiastic are you going to be as a teacher?  Now I know I am rambling, but this year the core stuff has really pissed me off.  Bottom line is that Whitney was right when she said “the children are our future.”   Yet, are education system just seems to decline every year.   Why do we continue to give humongous tax breaks to the wealthy and companies instead of investing in our future?  Why do we need to have our military ALL over the world and supplying other countries (ahemmmmm- Israel) with weapons to kill people?  Do you know that after your income exceeds 100,000 a year you no longer have to pay social security tax the rest of the year?  Why the fuck are these people NOT paying more into the system if they make 100K+?  Our entire PUBLIC (not private or charter) education system needs to be revamped, modernized, and fucking FUNDED.  Did you know some countries offer free higher education (http://www.deseretnews.com/top/1642/0/Countries-that-offer-free-higher-education-.html)?  It is an investment in your country and it’s future.  One of the best things that ever happened to Japan was that after WWII, they were forbidden to create a “real” military.  Instead that money was used on other things and Japan’s economy eventually took off.  Ok on to my next point…

Bake sales are no longer bake sales.  God forbid you actually want to bake something for a bake sale.  For the most part bake sales are no longer held here because of the liability issues associated with them. What if someone was allergic to peanuts and they ate your fudgy peanut buttery brownies?  They school would be sued.  Same situation if I make something tainted with salmonella or I put needles in the cookies.  I love to bake so this has been a real disappointment for me.  Well what are we going to do if we can’t have a bake sale… I’ll tell you.  Let’s sell overpriced items from a catalog that parents are embarrassed to show to coworkers because the products are unappealing and quadruple what you would normally pay for them.  And we all know these fundraisers are really more of a parent’s job than a student’s.  We need to take our kids to houses or take the paperwork to work, or church, whatever.   Then we need to keep track of all the money and finally make the deliveries.  It sucks.  Why do we do it????   Because the schools make it almost impossible not to do it…

Your child runs through the door clutching a big white envelope and you know already what it is by their glee and the size of the envelope.  I dread this every year.  They are excited beyond belief at the prospect of winning a “prize.”  For those soccer moms and the “I have no life of my own and live vicariously through my children” parents, they are excited too!  Not me.  I just have a feeling of nauseousness at the thought of asking their grandparents and our neighbors (all retired and on fixed incomes) to spend so much money on crap. I know if I don’t do it, I will be thought of as an unsupportive parent by the school probably and my kids will be angry that money won’t let them earn a prize (yeah sell 100 items and get a dollar store toy is what it amounts to).

My Little Girl presented her fundraising envelope to me this afternoon.  We will probably do what we do for every fundraiser and 2 out of 3 kids (Little boy could care less about fundraisers) will do it.  My husband will be in charge of going to the neighbors with the kids and asking the grandparents.  There just has to be a better way to fund our schools.  That’s all I’m saying…

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Morning FYI- virus spreading in Midwest

Hey everyone,

Watch your kids for a new respiratory virus that can be quite scary. Here our the symptoms from CNN:

The virus can start as just a cold. Signs include coughing, difficulty breathing and in some cases a rash. Sometimes they can be accompanied by fever or wheezing.

Respiratory problems appear to the hallmark of EV-D68, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

“Most enteroviruses cause either a little bit of a cold or a diarrheal illness — a few cause meningitis,” said Schaffner. “This one is the, if you will, odd cousin. It causes prominent respiratory symptoms. Why it does that, we’re really not sure.”

THIS IS NOT DEADLY but it sounds like a trip to the hospital is necessary:(

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/07/health/respiratory-virus-midwest/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

International Day of Charity/Pakistan

 

 

Today is the International Day of Charity… Consider donating to ANY charity today.  My mom told me last night there have been massive floods in Pakistan and her friends, an Orthodox priest and his family, have had their home flooded.  I think I will be looking for a good charity to get money to Pakistan.

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“Dozens of people have been killed in flooding caused by incessant rain across large swathes of India and Pakistan.

At least 40 people were killed in Pakistan as torrential rain wreaked havoc in Pakistani-administered Kashmir and Punjab.

In Indian-administered Kashmir, 28 were reported dead, AP news agency reports.

This does not include the toll from a bus carrying 50 members of a wedding party that was swept away on Thursday” -BBC

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29074286