In Roxbury, Mass, Orchard Gardens School was one of the worst. It was violent. The kids were horrors. They had a new principal every year. When Andrew Bott took over in 2010, he was told it was a career killer. He fired the security guards, and lessened security. He reinstated the music program, put the arts back in, and has special programs for music and dance. Within a year, the changes were significant.
“...Orchard Gardens’ refocus is emblematic of studies linking arts education with academic achievement. A 2012 study by the National Endowments for the Arts found that “At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement.” Chris Plunkett, a visual arts teacher at Orchard Gardens is starting to see that play out….”
Taking away the prison camp feel also made the kids more secure. Their grades went up and they began to behave better. It seems like Andrew Bott has stumbled onto the problem of what ails this nation. It is all about not having guns, security guards, and having the arts. Get it – the arts.
It is now acceptable, according to the 2nd Court of Appeals in NY, to discriminate against a person with a high IQ. Speaking of a low IQ, the new President of the NRA fantasized about whipping those of us who want reasonable gun control. Jim Porter will take control of the organization in Houston, as Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, John Bolton, and Glenn Beck join him, as speakers. As low IQs go, 20% of Americans think that armed rebellion might soon be necessary. Against whom? Those of us with higher than normal IQs? According to one source, the Koch Brothers are behind the call for armed rebellion against Obama.
How about a teacher interrupting a 4th grader’s hospital stay, for brain surgery, because he needed to take a standardized test? What about a child being taken from his parents because they wanted a second opinion on heart surgery? Thank goodness for a decent judge.
Something is terribly wrong with a nation where a pregnant woman is docked, and eventually fired because she needs to go to the restroom – on doctor’s orders. Our economy is so bad, and people are so afraid of losing their jobs that now, restroom breaks are monitored. There are, according to Paula Brantner, executive director of Workplace Fairness, no legal requirements for employers to allow their employees to use the restroom. Eric Cantor wants to end overtime pay for hourly workers. Why not do away with the minimum wage while he’s at it? Don’t worry, he will soon make the attempt?
Meanwhile, in Kentucky, a five year old boy, who was given a rifle for his birthday, shot and killed his 2-year-old sister. The coroner said it was just one of those crazy accidents. Meanwhile, in Florida, if you are Black and sixteen years old, and do a science experiment, you can be expelled and charged with terrorism. If you are poor, and live in Ohio, just plan on going to debtor’s prison.
According to Pat Toomey, background checks died because the GOP didn’t want to help Obama. Michele Bachmann’s eithc’s probe is heating up, but so much for that one. Don’t expect her to be disciplined. Billy Long, a Republican Congressman from Missouri says that the American people want more sequestration. In New Hampshire, Republican, Edmond Gionet thinks the US is due for an armed revolution over immigration rights. He’s just reflecting the fact that some polls indicate that almost half of Republicans think that we might need an armed revolution.
Sequestration is effecting Meals on Wheels. According to the Eagle Forum (in an email):
“…There is no biblical mandate for mass Amnesty for illegal aliens. Make no mistake, the current Senate proposal allows all illegal aliens to come forward to receive “Registered Provisional Immigrant” (RPI) legal status within six months after President Obama signs the bill. That is Amnesty.
Scripture clearly commands individuals and the Body of Christ to show kindness and compassion to “strangers” or “sojourners,” terms that imply a person is in a foreign land temporarily. However, that is not a command to the government. Government is charged with protecting its own citizens and administering justice so its citizens remain free to exercise compassion and generosity.
America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. The individual exercise of compassion and generosity are an integral part of the American dream. In order to protect the American Dream for everyone who seeks it, we must implement sound policy. Amnesty is not sound policy.
We are saddened that people of strong faith have been called nasty names (racist, isolationist, nativist, and xenophobic) for demanding that our government institute policies that keep us safe, protect jobs for law-abiding citizens and immigrants, stop adding pressure to an already crumbling economy, and stop adding dependents to a welfare system which is already unable to keep the promises already made.
It is not racist, isolationist, nativist, or xenophobic to demand the rule of law and to demand that government obey the immigration laws that have already been passed….”
The Pink Flamingo has serious problems with the Eagle Forum and their version of “Christian” when they advocate sequestration. Evidently it’s quite Christian to allow seniors who are in dire need help, to suffer and starve. It’s only fair, making them learn from the mistake of not being wealthy. Evidently there is no Biblical mandate against allowing the least among us not to suffer, either. It’s all about Ayn Rand and the wonderful billionaires who need our worship.
The religious right is now down on birth control. There’s a woman in Phoenix who belonged to one of those discourage birth control churches. She just killed her new baby. She had 9 kids. I guess, because she did not have an abortion, that’s okay? Evidently the true blessing is to have children, many many children, according to Mitt Romney, who basically proved he was a tool of the Quiverfull Movement. It also proves The Pink Flamingo was right about Mittens.
FYI, a little bird has told The Pink Flamingo that there are those who now think that Mittens’ speech was an overture to the hard right to start shaping his plans to run in 2016. Word is, he’s already playing around in DC, to start promoting another FAILED campaign. It all makes some sick, perverted sense. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz go for the nomination, Mittens steps in and takes it again…GOP DOA.
The Bishop of Providence Thomas Tobin, warned his flock against attending gay marriage ceremonies. It’s one thing to hold birth control as something sinful, and another to tell members of one’s church not to even attend a gay marriage ceremony. There’s something terribly lacking in love and compassion. In order to obey the church, a person who has a family member or love one who is gay cannot support their family member, thereby alienating themselves from their family. How does this express the love of Christ?
“...At this moment of cultural change, it is important to affirm the teaching of the Church, based on God’s word, that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered,” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2357) and always sinful. And because “same-sex marriages” are clearly contrary to God’s plan for the human family, and therefore objectively sinful, Catholics should examine their consciences very carefully before deciding whether or not to endorse same-sex relationships or attend same-sex ceremonies, realizing that to do so might harm their relationship with God and cause significant scandal to others….”
The church has every right to oppose gay marriage if they so desire. That’s not The Pink Flamingo’s observation here. My concern is how attending a same-sex marriage ceremony could cause a scandal and harm one’s relationship with God. How does showing love for someone, who may or may not be involved in breaking one of the Ten Big Ones harm one’s relationship with God? Sorry, I don’t get this one at all. If a sin is defined as breaking one of the Ten Big Ones, and we are all guilty, then how is this any different from associating with a known liar, or turning a blind eye to that banking official who knowingly allows employees to steal from customers? I don’t see a difference, then again, I’m an evil Episcopalian.
The Obama Administration is now persecuting Christians in the military. Evidently it all goes back to the fact that certain ‘Christian’ organizations are now classified as hate groups. (I think that’s being kind). So, religious rights are issue. Soldiers who share their Christian faith may be subject to Court Martial. It’s like the lies they told that military chaplains could not pray in the name of Christ. Never mind that they’re also clamping down on tattoos. It’s all about command officers demanding that those who have a lower rank attend religious based meetings. Sorry, but that’s illegal. Chaplains can promote meetings, etc. but not command officers. There is no ban. Glenn Beck wants God to destroy the US.
Kelly Ayotte voted against equal pay for women because she said we have enough laws. Is there something in the water in New Hampshire? State GOP Rep Stella Tremblay says the Boston Bombing was an inside job because the bombers looked calm.
As bad as the far right’s war on women is, their war on science is even worse. It is a war on reason, real education, expanding one’s mind, and learning how to think critically, instead of being a sheeple. A FOX dingbat guest, Penny Nance, CEO of the Christian activist group Concerned Women for America said that science and enlightenment lead to the Holocaust. Yes, she really did say that. You can’t have it both ways. She stated that the Age of Enlightenment lead to the Holocaust, but, the Age of Enlightenment is what lead to the American Revolution.
Glenn Beck, who is truly becoming unhinged, says the latest shooting in Houston, by a severely disturbed man, was a set up to take down the NRA in a Reichstag moment. Yes, he really said that. The NRA, whom he supports are marketing guns for children. You should buy at gun at age five?
NRA? If the Orchard Gardens School of Roxbury is any indication, then the NRA is literally dead wrong.
Is our society falling apart at the seams, or are people just plain old batsh*t crazy? How much of this is the fault of the far right media trying to destroy Obama?