Thursday, May 31, 2007
It's cowardly of me, I know, but this really isn't something I want to get into with the board.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I should point out that our local committee voted in favor of impeachment at last week's meeting. I wasn't on the winning side, because I think it's a masturbatory exercise when we don't even have the votes to end the war. But I have to admit, if it were in any way possible, this is the administration to impeach.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Here’s the way it ought to be: When Rudy Giuliani says that Iran, which had nothing to do with 9/11, is part of a “movement” that “has already displayed more aggressive tendencies by coming here and killing us,” he should be treated as a lunatic.
When Mitt Romney says that a coalition of “Shia and Sunni and Hezbollah and Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda” wants to “bring down the West,” he should be ridiculed for his ignorance.
And when John McCain says that Osama, who isn’t in Iraq, will “follow us home” if we leave, he should be laughed at.
But they aren’t, at least not yet.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
It is the day before Memorial Day, and in our household, Sophie, the last of the hamsters, passed on. While she waited patiently for burial, Paul noticed that the jar of praying mantis eggs had hatched, and baby praying mantises were clamoring to be set free. The circle of life, right on our dining room table.
However, it's an interesting way to advertise for free. Since I recently resurrected an old YA manuscript and plan to start sending it around (to show you how old it was, it was typed, and I had to input the entire thing), perhaps I'll start posting little hints that encourage publishers to pick it up. But maybe not.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
So this is the picture of American health care you get after watching for a few weeks: it’s full of holes, it’s slowly bankrupting us and we’re kind of used to it.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Schumer: Not voting
Brownback*: Not voting
For a complete list, see this for the House and this for the Senate.
* = running for President
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Uneventful or not, the saddest thing to see is the lack of coverage. The Journal no longer covers Dryden Schools at all. Ida Pease of the Cortland Standard was promoted, so no one from the Standard comes to meetings. Tompkins Weekly is rarely there. WHCU can't be bothered. Only Matt Cooper from the Dryden Courier attends with any regularity. It's no wonder I had to get back on the board to find out what was happening.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Tonight is my first Board meeting. I plan to make enemies right away by b*tching about the Cafeteria deficit, which has blossomed from $60K to over $200K since I first started complaining five years ago--despite the Board's creation of a committee to study it. We should also have some interesting discussion of the district's technology acceptable use policies. The whole notion of what happens to intellectual property online is fascinating. The upshot, I believe, is that there is no expectation of privacy in public schools. If they can open your locker, they can seize your emails. Paul's had interesting cases where kids have downloaded materials in direct violation of Newfield's acceptable use policies (in one case jamming the server by filling it to the brim with illegal music downloads), and he's gone into their accounts and erased everything. And he can.
Kids in Virginia are now challenging some of this in a case that should prove useful, if not definitive.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Yesterday Paul saw a couple of these on Hammond Hill. I was so jealous; I hadn't seen a tanager in years. Then today, one appeared on our hummingbird feeder! He and his spouse are hanging around in a birch tree nearby. And the hummingbirds are wildly feeding--the feeders just went up yesterday, and we already have swarms.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
It's one thing to be a stepping-stone district. Dryden is one of those, and you get used to it. It's another thing to have an atmosphere so toxic that no one can survive it. Is it the union? the board? a combination of the two?
Every time I feel jealous that Lansing has so much more in the way of tax base and offerings, I remember the turnover issue. You have to start wondering, after all this, who is going to apply for those positions?
Friday, May 11, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
It reminds me of when PZ and Sabrina lived on Titus Street, and Sabs, who had lived all over the world, told me that she had never seen a more hate-filled, racist community than Ithaca, NY. She could not walk home from work without being taunted and having things thrown at her from passing cars.
It was eye-opening to those of us, myself included, who thought this was a peace-loving, progressive community.
I'm telling you, it's all about class.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
It's a chilling argument, one that aims right at the heart of our small-r republican ethos. But I find it peculiar that the same people who would have followed Bobby (or in smaller numbers, Ted) Kennedy to the ends of the earth are raising it now.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
It remains to be seen whether this is any more effective than the old, haphazard means of protesting.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Friday, May 4, 2007
LATER: "Anonymous" pointed out that I just didn't look hard enough. Jim's now on my list on the (far) right.
On the one hand, it's scary to know that there are this many cameras watching your every move. On the other hand, it's kinda cool.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Grade 4 Enrollment (ELA test): 139
- White: 129
- Black: 6
- Hispanic: 1
- Asian/Pacific Islander: 3
- American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0
- Economically Disadvantaged: 54
Grade 8 Enrollment (ELA test): 159
- White: 151
- Black: 4
- Hispanic: 2
- Asian/Pacific Islander: 1
- American Indian/Alaskan Native: 1
- Economically Disadvantaged: 45
Graduating Seniors: 125
- White: 123
- Black: 1
- Hispanic: 0
- Asian/Pacific/Islander: 1
- American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0
- Economically Disadvantaged: 1
Leaving aside the obvious question of what happened to all those economically disadvantaged kids (the Regents test numbers show 17 in 12th grade, compared to 1 graduate??), it's pretty clear that racial diversity is low in Dryden, whereas economic diversity is variable. (The way schools count this is iffy; it relies too much on free-and-reduced lunch numbers, which tend to diminish as kids get older and no longer care to be stigmatized this way.)
If you had purchased $1000.00 of Nortel stock one year ago, it would now be worth $49.00. With Enron, you would have had $16.50 left of the original $1000.00. With WorldCom, you would have had less than $5.00 left. If you had purchased $1000.00 of Delta Air Lines stock you would have $49.00 left. But, if you had purchased $1,000.00 worth of beer one year ago, drunk all the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have had $214.00. Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle. It's called the 401-Keg Plan.