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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

So much to learn, such little brain

Whew! Now that yesterday is over, I'm anxious to hear how everyone's kids survived the President's socialist indoctrination speech. Did your students come home and pack their bags for China or are they determined to stay and fight the imperialist repression? Or were they totally sheltered from all that hard work/personal responsibility propaganda?

I'm curious because my only K-12 kid was working in the school preschool during the speech and for some reason they have no TV. I KNOW! How unAmerican is THAT? Soennyway she missed it.

When they announced that President Obama would be addressing school children about staying in school, you would have thought that his speech was going to be all about condoms, gay marriage and hard lemonade for all the fuss.

Seriously, when I thought I heard my local news anchor say that some 'Parents are taking issue with Obama’s speech', I convinced myself that he must have actually said that 'Herons are baking tissues on Bahamas beach'.
My hearing malfunction makes it easier to ignore things that might get me worked up. So I did.
Ignore it, I mean.

Even though parents were calling their schools and district bigwigs demanding that their children’s time not be 'wasted' listening to the President of the United States tell them to stay in school because that was probably just a ploy to tinker with their impressionable minds. Some parents were even threatening to keep their children completely out of school yesterday. Some teachers were being required to get permission slips signed by their parents before they were allowed to view the speech. Woo hoo! Let's here it for open-mindedness.

One of the advantages of living in the reddest of red states is that most days I go to bed feeling like the most rational, sensible person in the world. Although You-tah doesn’t hold the copyright on freaky, it must be sold at Co$tco in very large, cheap bundles - with rebates because boy howdy, it runs rampant.

Happily, our high school seemed to be a bit more reasonable. The principal just sent out a voice mail telling parents to email her if they wanted their child to opt out of the broadcast. Which I did not. And still that kid missed it. How am I ever going to get her brainwashed now?

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I'm so excited that Alpha is back to school and carpooling with me - even if it is only 3 days a week this semester - because I learn so much from my college girl. This morning... as we sat perfectly still in traffic on the 215:

Alpha (halfway through a large cup of JavaJoe's): Oh, hey, today's the ninth! Mattie says that because it's 9/9/09 and 9+9+9=27 and 2+7=9 something BIG is going to happen today! Maybe this is it!

Jane (too busy shifting gears to drink anything): Huh?

Alpha: The nines thing! Maybe Jesus is up there blocking traffic. People would probably stop to see Jesus, right?

Jane hoped the traffic tie-up would be because someone was handing out free helpings of rationality.

But it was neither. :o(

19 comments:

Shanna said...

I'm going to have to admit something. I have no idea whether my kids' school allowed it, or whether they were in a room with a t.v. I've heard about this for a few days now and really didn't give a whip. Maybe I should have? But alas, he's the president and I just don't see it being likely that he'll brainwash anyone. If I was Prez I'd hire someone to do my brainwashing for me!

Love the talks you have in the car with Alpha.

Tracie said...

hmm....didnt know anything about it and neither of my chiclets mentioned it.

Nadine Hightower said...

I sure hope College takes with that one.

Laoch of Chicago said...

It is pleasing that your daughter has good math skills.

Kathy B! said...

Hooray for Alpha :)

And good grief! I am so fed up with all the gibberish surrounding Obama's speech. For cryin' out loud. It's a SPEECH.

Miss Thystle said...

well WAS it Jesus? Although, if *I* were Jesus, I don't think I'd stop in Utah first, I think I'd hit Hawaii or somewhere. Just saying. Not that Utah isn't lovely and all...but you know. It's no Hawaii.

The Lady in Pearls said...

Just goes to show you can put a black man in the white house, but you still can't take the ignorance out of America. Or something like that...remember when people respected the president - even if they didn't agree with him?

And I have to agree with Thystle. I almost said something ignorant about Jesus and Mormons. But I didn't. See? I am growing up. ; )

Diane said...

This week I seriously considered cashing in on my British citizenship and moving my butt (and my child's butt... my child, who didn't hear the speech at her school) to England. I have never been more ashamed of so many of my fellow Americans. Well, except for when W won that second time... that was pretty bad.

Kat said...

I was so ready to say something witty and wise until I read June's comment and starting laughing my ass off and forgot...

PS - Didn't give this one milli-second of a thought until I read this and had to call Caleb in the room and ask if they watched it at school. His response "Nah, apparently our school district is racist or something..." Out of the mouths of babes - oh wait he'll be 16 this month?

Cindy said...

Amen, Sista, Amen!

Adore ya!

Miss ya!

Angie Ledbetter said...

So, did anything happen with Alpha on the 9's day?

DavidShag said...

No condoms, gay marriage or hard lemonade?? But those are the only good things left in America! Now I'M going to pack my bags and head for China...

MizAngie said...

It's crazy. Around here people are cheering the idiot congressman who yelled "you lie!" to the president of the United States. "Wish he'd come on down hyere. Ah'd vote fer 'im!" {shudder}

Bacardi Mama said...

I think it is amazing that a grown man can be so childish. He might have his opinions, but you don't heckle the president. What happened to common courtesy and respect? It was a time when I was ashamed to be an american and that sure doesn't happen often. Just another example of stupid republicans!

Lorna said...

I couldn't agree more (I'm a fellow You-tahn) and so ashamed at how phobic the people around me have become. I too, want to move to Britain (or at least Canada). My fellow Americans have become so.....unAmerican, in my opinion. Who are these close-minded people? Well, that was fun (ranting, I mean). Good blog! Nice to know I have a sane neighbor somewhere in Utah.

Lorna said...

Hi, Jane. I have an award for you at my place ... the Honest Scrap Award, for those bloggers who write from their heart. Come on over and get it!

thesleepdeprivedmomma said...

I think it was more a matter of MEDIA reaction to the original "lesson plan" suggestion the White House sent out but then later amended. HOWEVER, my beautifully brilliant child didn't have the opportunity to watch the President because our school district has cut so much funding the kids will soon be required to bring their own abacus to school.

What? Not even a chortle from the accountant chic???
FINE!

Just Linda BLAH BLAH BLAH said...

hey Jane just thought I would stop by and say HOWDY

Ann said...

Well, as a "stupid Republican" and homeschooling mom who did not vote for Obama, my daughter and I did watch the speech. I don't know what the uproar was about; it was a fine speech. I am teaching my daughter that the office of President is to be respected, whether you voted the guy in or not, whether you agree with his policies or not. Honestly, tho, I wonder why it's okay to heckle and make fun of our past Republican president (c'mon, you know it's true) but if someone says anything bad about the current prez, it makes that person "unAmerican" and a raging racist... just wondering.