Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The end is near

What we are seeing here is an attempted coup of the legitimately elected president. Whether you like it or not, Trump was legitimately elected to the Presidency, in accordance with the US Constitution. Overthrowing the President for anything less than "high crimes and misdemeanors," for political reasons, or because you do not like the results of the election, means that you don't care about this nation, that you and your opinion are more important than the legitimate process that was put in place by the founders.
I fear that should this coup be successful, we are looking at the end of the Republican form of government that was put in place when this nation was founded. What follows will more than likely be some sort of dictatorship, but there will be bloodshed in the interim. The future is not bright.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Use of force

Last year, I was attacked in my classroom by a student. The student is a star athlete with a record of violence against staff. He will soon be signing with a division 1 college, and going on to a free college education, and perhaps even earning millions as a professional athlete.

I just received a letter from the state, saying that the investigation is complete, and that I committed no wrongdoing. Three lawyers, thousands of dollars, and a year later, I have been cleared. The student admitted that he attacked me first, and I had documentation showing that the reason he attacked me was because I was enforcing a policy of no cell phones in class, just as I had been instructed to do. The same supervisor that instructed me to do so was the one who pushed for my prosecution. She was angry that I "lawyered up" when the student attacked me.

The state immediately began an investigation into the incident, to see if I should be prosecuted for holding the student down to stop the attack. At any rate, the entire episode is over.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Leg Six: California and Oregon

We left Vegas and headed for San Francisco. We spent the first night of this leg about an hour from San Francisco in Lathrop, California. The next morning, we drove to San Francisco, and spent a few hours at Fisherman's Warf. We toured the maritime museum, and while there, we saw a dog and a large sea lion get into a bit of a territorial dispute. The dog was definitely on the losing side of that disagreement.

We then drove across the Golden Gate Bridge, and in the process got a few pictures:

We then headed up the coast, and arrived at Eugene, Oregon- where leg Six came to an end. The stop in Eugene also marked the end of our sixteenth day on the road. Sixteen days from Central Florida to Oregon, with a few interesting stops along the way.

Friday, August 4, 2017


It was only a matter of time. Here come the trans-species people. A person who is trans-species has just as legitimate claim at being a cat or a dog trapped in a human's body as does a man claiming to be a woman. That is, they both have the same mental issue.

The funny part is that South Park did an episode on this exact situation. EDIT: Actually, two.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Combat pay

Taking a break from my trip report to talk about a news story that appeared in the Orlando Sentinel back in May:

Carver Middle School is an F rated school in the middle of the Pine Hills neighborhood, located west of Orlando, in Orange County. This school's students tested in the lowest 3 percent of all students nationwide. In order to correct this, Orange county is attempting to lure the best teachers in the state to the school by offering an extra $20,000 a year to teachers willing to work there.

The problem is that the school is in a crime ridden, poverty stricken neighborhood. I have blogged about Pine Hills and its surrounding neighborhoods before. More than once. The school is 91% black, 6% Hispanic of any race, and less than 1% white. Seventy percent of the students receive free or reduced lunch.

Both the violent and non-violent crime rates in Pine Hills are double the national average. Police officers are shot and killed in the area of this school often enough that several streets in the area are named for fallen officers, and shootings happen there nearly every night. The local government repeatedly dumps millions of dollars into this blighted area in an attempt to "clean up" the crime problem, to no avail.

Currently, the teachers there are inexperienced first or second year teachers who transfer away at first opportunity. Teacher pay is tied to student performance, and combined with the crime in the neighborhood, teachers avoid the area like the plague.

Any teacher who accepts a job at this school is placing his or her life in jeopardy. A $20,000 bonus is not worth it, in my opinion. The plan likely will not work and be a waste of money, anyway. You cannot, no matter how good of a teacher you are, teach a student who does not want to learn. The crime problems need to be addressed, the gangs eliminated, the drugs under control, before you can convince the students to give up the thug lifestyle and learn.