Daily Archives: October 27, 2009

Michiganonians, your help is needed!!!!

If you live in Michigan, read this:

The state has withheld its October payment from the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station and MSU Extension.

Armstrong, the dean of MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, sees it as a sign that Gov. Jennifer Granholm might veto the programs’ $64 million in funding altogether.

“We called (the state) to ask questions, and we’re just not getting any clear answers,” he said.

He has a word for what it would mean: “Devastation, devastation.”

Then do this:

Contact your Michigan State Senator

Contact your Michigan House Rep

Do additional griping here.

The Irony of Henry Adams: The most misunderstood quote evah!

I just received a mass emailing from Julia’s high school, in the name of the principal. Routine business. At the end of the missive was this quote:

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

What does this quote mean to you? If you don’t know its context, you may be in for a surprise.

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When Do Immigrants Learn English? Likely, not when you think.

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The North End, Boston, Massachusetts
Over the last three years, thirty nine drivers were cited by Dallas cops for not speaking English. There is apparently a $204 fine for not speaking English while driving in Dallas. Supposedly this stems form a Federal regulation that big rig truckers must be able to speak English. This regulation was over zealously interpreted and implemented in Dallas, and enforcement of this dumb-ass rule has actually been carried out. It is most astonishing to me that it took three years of Dallas cops handing out these citations for people to suddenly realize that they were living in a world of shame and oppression. But that’s Texas for you. I suppose Texans expect this. The recipients of these citation probably consider themselves lucky that they weren’t executed.
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