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Journal Archives

Thank you, Sheriff Taylor, the dad I never had.

I probably owe more to Andy Griffith and the skills he portrayed as a father on the Andy Griffith show for my upbringing than to any other male figure ever alive.

I came up on a defunct due to death asparagus ranch, raised by grandmother in a home with mom and sister, four years older, and attended a two-teacher eight-grade school.

Like Mayberry, I was raised in a rural setting, without even running drinking water (we had to go to a well to refill what fed a single kitchen spigot).

We had a Black and White TV that my mom bought my grandfather with her first paycheck.

Three years and 14 days younger than Ron Howard, Opie was the boy I longed to be.

And Andy was the dad that I never had, but for lack of any other came to teach me values, and morals, and kindness and goodness, and how to be happy with just the way things are, and without preaching about it.

Thanks, Sheriff. Thanks, Pop.

Rest In Peace.

PS: Fact is, my DU user name is inspired by Barney, who was once heard to say, "Andy, I think we got us an SKP!" (escapee)

Right Fucking Now. Elizabeth Warren for President 2016......

Plan ahead. Nobody else comes close. Elizabeth Warren: "There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own"

"You built a factory out there? Good for you... But I want to be clear:

you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for;

you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate;

you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for."

"You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did."


I declare my support for Elizabeth Warren for President 2016 right fucking now.



Shell. Let's Go.

Inspired by a link in GD, be sure to give it a kick and rec:


A satire site invites you to create your own Shell "Let's Go" poster, like the one I made below.

The website is here: http://arcticready.com/social

Play a cool game on their "Just for Kids" page:


Just for Kids: Angry Bergs

Right now, the polar ice caps of our planet are melting.

That's bad—but it's also good!

That's right! It's bad because our planet needs ice at the poles. But it's good because when the polar ice melts, we at Shell can go up there to get more oil, which can do a whole lot of things. Thanks to oil:

Mommy and Daddy can drive to the store to buy you new toys.
Companies like Mattel™ can build new toys.
Engineers can drive to work to design new, better toys that are even more fun to play with.
When you're done with your toys, trucks can take them away to dispose of.

Oil can even help us fix some of the problems that melting ice causes.

So it's fine to be sad about our melting polar ice caps, and about how sad that makes the planet—but remember to be glad as well, because of all that the oil we're finding there is letting you do, now and far into the future!

I think the GD post: "Women: How feminine are you?" is a valid topic for discussion.

But the Poll and the terminology used to raise the topic were unacceptable, and the member probably not sincere and the poll is now locked.

I offer this link for context:


And my earlier Meta post was, IMO, misunderstood, so I am deleting it.


The discussion I find fascinating is a cultural one about the potential dissonance between femininity and feminism, the generational and regional and cultural aspects and nuances.

Similar gender-based discussions can be, and have been, had around male attributes and stereotypes; can a male be both masculine and sensitive? Is it feminine to be kind and masculine to be mean?

I was raised by women: a grandmother, mother, and sister, and without strong male role models, so these things interest me because I never fit the typical male role in this culture.

I am sorry that a few members mistook my earlier post of the same subject line to mean that I agree with that posting member or with the design of that poll, I agree with neither.

I will now delete that post and leave this one in it's place.

Thank you and have a terrific weekend.

Spring has "Sproing"!

~~~celebrating DU's new sexual freedom from prudish moderation!~~~

NB: We might have locked this as a sex thread back in the day....

Oh, LOL, it was unintentional, didn't realize you wrote what I read before I posted.

There is and will continue to be a LOT of that shit around here. Such As:

"...Obama Will Get My Electoral Vote"

That is bullshit right there, that is waving a turd in front of the faces of people who want to be sure of preventing a Republican win.

Fuck that shit.

Vote green but go post it somewhere else or keep the fucking shit to yourself.

I wrote that after reading your post elsewhere and now that I realize it I just want to clarify that I wasn't addressing you personally in the reply above to your OP, but rather quite broadly and generically to people who flaunt in not so subtle terms that they aren't going to vote for Obama.

That's all I got.


Who remembers this: "The Land of Make Believe".... Chuck Mangione and Esther Satterfield, 1973?

"Dreams are really
The thoughts that you
Have hidden in your heart.

When you start a brand new day
Let your heart show you the way
And make a dream or two
Come true.

How I love when my thoughts run
To the land of make believe
Where everything is fun

"The Land of Make Believe"....
Chuck Mangione and Esther Satterfield, timeless, classis. Enjoy.



Charges dropped against Newton County homebuyers

Source: Atlanta Journal constitution

Charges have been dropped against a couple arrested at the home they had just purchased, the Newton County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

Jean Kalonji, an immigrant from the Congo, said that being confronted by armed neighbors brought back painful memories.

Jean Kalonji and his wife, Angelica, had just closed on a foreclosed home and were told by their real estate agent they should go over to the house and change the locks. But while they were at the home last week, they were confronted by gun-wielding neighbors who refused to believe the couple had purchased the home.

Instead, the neighbors called deputies to the home and the couple was arrested and charged with loitering and prowling. The Kalonjis didn't have the closing paperwork with them at the time deputies arrived and were forced to spend the night in jail after the arrest.

Read more: http://www.ajc.com/news/charges-dropped-against-newton-1424231.html

I'm delighted that charges have been dropped and I wish I could go there and give them HUGS and welcome them!!!

But instead, I'm sad and embarrassed by those among us so filled with hate.

I Would Like DU's Opinion Of the Film, "Race to Nowhere", if You All Would Be So Kind!

Full Title: "Race to Nowhere: the Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture". I'm considering getting the film and hosting a premier to local educators.

The film has not been released, so I'm asking for impressions about the trailer, about the subject, Major Educational Reform.

More than a challenge to traditional education, the film calls into question our values and the impact these have on childrens' quality of life.

Link to trailer:

Link to creator's page: http://www.racetonowhere.com/

About the Film

Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

"Race to Nowhere" is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.

In a grassroots sensation already feeding a groundswell for change, hundreds of theaters, schools and organizations nationwide are hosting community screenings of the film nationwide. Tens of thousands of people are coming together, using the film as the centerpiece for raising awareness, radically changing the national dialogue on education and galvanizing change.

Featured in the film:

Dr. Madeline Levine, Clinical Psychologist and author of the best-seller, The Price of Privilege
Dr. Wendy Mogel, Clinical Psychologist and author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, Adolescent Medicine Specialist, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Dr. Deborah Stipek, Dean of the School of Education at Stanford University
Dr. Denise Pope, Co-Founder, Challenge Success, Stanford University
Sara Bennett, Founder, Stop Homework

Thanks in advance.


"We Need to Test These Kids on What They Know; Not What We Want Them to Know"

"Ha Ha Funny" or prescient?

When I first watched this clipped I thought, "Yeah, there's a lot of truth here."

Kids are experts in their own experience and by high school know a LOT about what they need, even if we don't think they do.

If we (teachers, admins, schools, and others) think WE know everything that THEY need to learn, then we've failed from the start.

Further proof that kids know more than test-makers and the schools and teachers who administer the tests:

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