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Just Sven
10 years ago

Aint that the truth re dogs and cats. It’s a wonder they even allow one day for the dogs.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

Sure Happy It’s Thursday, GN; not so delighted that it’s currently “26 -- feels like 22” here in Happy Larryville.

Hai, Sven!

There’s been a sudden uptick of interest re medical marijuana here in GA -- led by state Rep. Micah Gravley, a Republican from Paulding County. (GA actually passed a MM law in 1980 but never implemented it.)

From the linked article:

Still, the Christian Coalition remains firmly against any state law on medical marijuana.

The president of the group, Jerry LaGuire, told Geary that marijuana, in any form, is considered a Class 1 substance by the federal government, one of the most dangerous drugs. He says federal law trumps state law. He accuses the lawmakers supporting the bill of a conspiracy to break federal law.

I’d love to see someone ask Mr. LaGuire on-camera what he thinks Jesus might say about making people suffer because of an (allegedly Christian) SoCon political agenda.

I wish there were somewhere in this country (where I’d actually want to reside) which isn’t under the thumb of either liberals or SoCons.

Paddy O'Furnijur
10 years ago

Sure Happy It’s Thursday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Sven and Fatwa!
Thanks for letting us know about your contact with Miss Harper, Sven -- I think of her often.

Final exams begin on Monday, so will I be in my classroom today, helping students prepare? No, of course not! Instead I’m going to spend all day at yet another conference on PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Support) -- a disciplinary approach we implemented three years ago. Part of the grant we received to implement this system included the requirement to attend the multiple training sessions and yearly follow-on trainings (I have no idea when we get to stop). The conference date has already been changed twice, so we couldn’t get it changed to a more reasonable date. While the program has solid research behind it, that research primarily involves elementary schools, with middle schools a distant second. They don’t have enough data from high schools to even include it in their analyses. In short, this is a program best started at the elementary level, continued into middle school, and then into high school. Until we get a school full of students who have grown up with this system, we won’t see the full benefits. It’s like not disciplining your kids for the first twelve years of their lives, then expecting them to behave when they become teenagers just because you started enforcing the rules.

Have a good one, my friends. Who knows, I might drop in sometime during the conference.

Just Sven
10 years ago

Miss Harper has been having some tough times, but it was good to hear from her. And wishing her a happy birthday and many blessings.

Paddy O'Furnijur
10 years ago

Well, I’m glad that’s finally over. The first slide in the presentation set the tone for the entire day -- it reported on data from 325 elementary schools. All day long we struggled with how to apply what we were learning to the behaviors and motivations of teenagers. I did get to have some useful conversations with our school psychologist about some of my students and how to refer students for help.

10 years ago

Late afternoon/early evening greetings from the soon-to-be-icy Central SE Texas prairie, EveryGerbillyBody!

And Happy Birfday Harper (if my calendar is correct -- it may not be considering I screw up Jerrie’s birfday every year).

NOAA’s been issuing Warnings and Watches since Tuesday about the “icy precipitation” event planned for this evening and tomorrow morning -- they’re starting schools two hours late so no one’s skating around the county. At least not by accident, anyway.

Other than that, I ain’t got much. Detroit’s starting to become a distant memory, although meeting in person a lot of the people I’ve emailed back and forth with has paid some good dividends already.

Mr. X’s physical terrorist is working him pretty well, and he’s getting some good range of motion back, but…he may have to go back under the knife because the tendon the ortho planned to snip but didn’t is still giving him trouble. Thankfully, THAT recovery will be measured in days.

Mr. X was really good during his down time, but *I* really didn’t like seeing my normally completely self-sufficient and independent husband in a sling looking less than up to anything. It was disturbing, to say the very least. And G-d only knows, he’s sick and tired of being down.

Um, good luck, Paddy? Hey, at least the work week’s almost over…


Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist

Happy Birfday, Plaguie!!1!!11

(We miss you!)

TeX --

Glad Mr. X is doing “pretty well”; hope you are, too.

Um, good luck, Paddy?