Saturday, February 27, 2010

More News Bits

Quote of the Morning

"I cannot in good conscience vote for a bill that would prohibit the men and women who died on foreign soil from smoking in their VFW Hall if they want it to be that way" (Indiana Representative Jerry Torr)

 Middle School Student Suspended for NOT Taking Drugs

Indiana is apparently just full of rocket surgeons and brain scientists today.  Jeffersonville middle-school student Rachael Greer said it happened on Feb. 23 during fifth period gym class at River Valley Middle School when a girl walked into the locker room with a bag of pills.

"She was talking to another girl and me about them and she put one in my hand and I was like, ‘I don't want this,' so I put it back in the bag and I went to gym class," said Rachael.  But just saying no didn't end the trouble for Rachael. During the next period, an assistant principal came and took Rachael out of class. It turned out the girl who originally had the pills and a few other students got caught. That's when the assistant principal gave Rachael a decision.

"We're suspending you for five days because it was in your hand," said Rachael.

"The fact of the matter is, there were drugs on school campus and it was handled, so there was a violation of our policy," said Martin Bell, COO of Greater Clark County Schools. 

We wanted to know what would have happened if Rachael had told a teacher right away. Bell said the punishment would not have been any different. District officials say if they're not strict about drug policies no one will take them seriously. 

"That's not a good policy," said Patty Greer (Rachael's mother). "We're teaching our kids if you say no to drugs you're going to get punished, it's not right."

My Own Commentary:  Indiana State Representative Jerry Torr probably learned that dead people smoke tobacco in VFW halls from Indiana "Educator" Martin Bell.  "Zero Tolerance" is a no-brainer policy, and Martin Bell is clearly the no-brainer most qualified to enforce it. 

Read this aloud as fast as you can - 
"Hero Blue Heeler 'Blue' Gets Blue Buffalo for Life" 

Blue is the Queensland heeler who followed his 3-year-old companion Victoria into the Cordes Lake wilderness last Thursday and kept her warm all night until she could be rescued. 

Blue Buffalo Pet Food Company offered free meals for Blue for life, equal to about $1,000 a year -- but it's not about the money.  Blue Buffalo was founded from the courage of the "original Blue," a dog who bravely fought three rounds of cancer.  Now, the Bensch family's Blue has earned the company's "Blue Hero Award."

Blue Buffalo dog food is generally considered to be a very high quality feed.

Waiting for the Waves

I am assuming that anyone reading this already knows that Chile was struck by a magnitude 8.8 earthquake overnight.  That earthquake prompted a tsunami warning for the entire Pacific basin.  I'm actually just following the news and waiting for the expected waves to pass by (rather than over) Hawaii and other Pacific islands.  These were just bits and pieces of news I read while surfing for more information on the earthquake and tsunami.  I may have more to post later today.

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