Tuesday, March 28, 2006

In The News 3/28/06

ABC News: Gadgets That Provide Peace of Mind for Pets: "GloLeash — $29.99 (available now)
The Gloleash combines a retractable dog leash and a flashlight into one device. Brilliant!
Lasted longer than I thought it would, very useful.
Doggie Seat-Belt Harness — $24.99 (available now)

Locking your pet into a seat belt protects your dog and the passengers in the car. If you get into a high-speed accident, the dog could slam into a seat, the window or even other passengers. If your dog has a hard time sitting still in the car, the harness will also prevent them from jumping into the driver's seat."
She always has a harness in the car. It means puppy ride! (5 yrs old!)

Getting out before all the indictments hit the fan. Can Scotty be far behind? Please? Oh, Please?
White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. announced his resignation this morning after nearly 5 1/2 years as President Bush's top aide. Bush said Card will be replaced by Joshua B. Bolten, the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Card will serve until April 14 to provide a transition period. The move could presage broader staff changes as Bolten takes over an operation hobbled by political problems heading into a crucial midterm election season.
These guys don't have an original name between 100 people that they keep suggesting. Why not Harriet Miers? She gave him the most important PDB that we know of and he hasn't appointed any women lately. Bolton, Bolten. Does he have a stache?

This cretin has to recuse himself so often, he might as well find a different job that he can work at every day so he can get paid for work done, not "promised" like the rest of us.
On the eve of oral argument in a key Supreme Court case on the rights of alleged terrorists, a group of retired U.S. generals and admirals has asked Justice Antonin Scalia to recuse himself, arguing that his recent public comments on the subject make it impossible for him to appear impartial.

In a letter delivered to the court late yesterday, a lawyer for the retired officers cited news reports of Scalia's March 8 remarks to an audience at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland. Scalia reportedly said it was "crazy" to suggest that combatants captured fighting the United States should receive a "full jury trial," and dismissed suggestions that the Geneva Conventions might apply to detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
And this one is just a thinly disguised deliberate effort to raise a populace unable to think, just follow directions.
Schools from Vermont to California are increasing — in some cases tripling — the class time that low-proficiency students spend on reading and math, mainly because the federal law, signed in 2002, requires annual exams only in those subjects and punishes schools that fall short of rising benchmarks.

The changes appear to principally affect schools and students who test below grade level.

The intense focus on the two basic skills is a sea change in American instructional practice, with many schools that once offered rich curriculums now systematically trimming courses like social studies, science and art. A nationwide survey by a nonpartisan group that is to be made public on March 28 indicates that the practice, known as narrowing the curriculum, has become standard procedure in many communities.

The survey, by the Center on Education Policy, found that since the passage of the federal law, 71 percent of the nation's 15,000 school districts had reduced the hours of instructional time spent on history, music and other subjects to open up more time for reading and math. The center is an independent group that has made a thorough study of the new act and has published a detailed yearly report on the implementation of the law in dozens of districts.

"Narrowing the curriculum has clearly become a nationwide pattern," said Jack Jennings, the president of the center, which is based in Washington.

At Martin Luther King Jr. Junior High School in Sacramento, about 150 of the school's 885 students spend five of their six class periods on math, reading and gym, leaving only one 55-minute period for all other subjects.

About 125 of the school's lowest-performing students are barred from taking anything except math, reading and gym, a measure that Samuel Harris, a former lieutenant colonel in the Army who is the school's principal, said was draconian but necessary. "When you look at a kid and you know he can't read, that's a tough call you've got to make," Mr. Harris said..
If you spent more time trying to teach the kids before they got to these
institutions instead of making them follow arcane rules they might do a little better. Have you considered teaching 4 and 5 year olds something that they can relate to besides Dick, Jane and Spot (a dog only seen on tv) in the innner cities? Oh just sign them up for the Army, we can save money on the uniforms and you don't care about them anyway.

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