then again, mebbe it’s just about school lunches

High school senior forms petition with over ONE THOUSAND signatures against Michele Obama speaking at their high school graduation ‘because it would overshadow the students’ big day’

A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate.

For others, it was the notion that Obama’s speech, tied to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools, would overshadow the student’s big day.

[A] spokesman for the Topeka school district … said officials asked the president or first lady to speak at graduation as a tie-in with the anniversary of the Brown decision, which outlawed school segregation. [more]

Happy Easter

Easter Homily

by Saint John Chrysostom

If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let them enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival.
If anyone is a grateful servant, let them, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord.
If anyone has wearied themselves in fasting, let them now receive recompense.

If anyone has labored from the first hour, let them today receive the just reward.
If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let them feast.
If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let them have no misgivings; for they shall suffer no loss.
If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let them draw near without hesitation.
If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let them not fear on account of tardiness.

For the Master is gracious and receives the last even as the first; He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first.
He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one He gives, and to the other He is gracious.
He both honors the work and praises the intention.

Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord, and, whether first or last, receive your reward.
O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy!
O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day!

You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today!
The table is rich-laden: feast royally, all of you!
The calf is fatted: let no one go forth hungry!

Let all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness.
Let no one lament their poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one mourn their transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free.

He that was taken by death has annihilated it!
He descended into Hades and took Hades captive!
He embittered it when it tasted His flesh! And anticipating this, Isaiah exclaimed: “Hades was embittered when it encountered Thee in the lower regions”.

It was embittered, for it was abolished!
It was embittered, for it was mocked!
It was embittered, for it was purged!
It was embittered, for it was despoiled!
It was embittered, for it was bound in chains!

It took a body and came upon God!
It took earth and encountered Ηeaven!
It took what it saw, but crumbled before what it had not seen!

O death, where is thy sting?
O Hades, where is thy victory?

Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!

For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the first-fruits of them that have slept.
To Him be glory and might unto the ages of ages.

Amen.

Evidently, judges can be tools, too

Ordinary tools, such as pliers, screwdrivers and wrenches, are “weapons” and so a Chicago school was correct to punish a teacher who brought them to class for a visual aid, according to a new court decision. [more]

So, they gonna search students’ cars in school parking lots for *gasp* toolkits?
Background check and permit for the school maintenance guy?

Hey, don’t get me started on “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

Finish your assignment! »
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cultural ref

Wait … we can do that?

Hey, a SCOTUS guy said it, not me.
(What? Well, yeah, okay, I’ve said it, too; but nobody listens to me … nor should they, now that I think about it.)

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told a crowd of law school students that if taxes in the U.S. become too high then people “should revolt.”

Speaking at the University of Tennessee College of Law on Tuesday, the longest-serving justice currently on the bench was asked by a student about the constitutionality of the income tax, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Scalia responded that the government has the right to implement the tax, “but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt.” [more]

“That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

That’s not what Scalia meant, I’m sure.
Just sayin’: hey, tax revolts can lead to bigger things.

Harry Reid sez there’s a word for this

…It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday.

More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.

“It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. “The urgency is now.”

Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen participants, including her counterparts from Idaho and Montana, during a press conference after the daylong closed-door summit. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee addressed the group over lunch, Ivory said. New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented…

Cliven Bundy sez heh

ToDaZeD *urp*

*Faux-Humility Edition

Prepare yrself... »

Pelosi used the occasion [of a Holy Week foot-washing ceremony] to talk about passing HR15 – bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would “some pile of nonsense“…

Juxtaposed »

By 2005, at least 80 percent of towns with a population between 25,000 and 50,000 people had their own SWAT team. The number of raids conducted by local police SWAT teams has gone from 3,000 a year in the 1980s to over 50,000 a year today.

ToDaZeD *urp*

*running cupcakes*

Prepare yrself... »

just sayin’ weee-ooo-weee-ooo-weee-ooo


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Finish your assignment! »

my wife, Morgan Fairchild!

…Biden, to set up a story about how he was almost arrested on Ohio University’s campus in 1963, said he came to Ohio University then because “my football team, the University of Delaware, came to avenge a loss” from 1961.

“I came … I was a football player … I came here in 1963 … and we beat you Bobcats, 29-12,” Biden said…

Living it Up

Finish your assignment! »

previously…

…if you look back at 2012 and the series of interviews the sitting president of the United States gave, probably the toughest interview he had was with Jon Stewart

more schtick

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archives

attention whore disorder

…A Washington woman has come under fire over claims her PTSD caused by online harassment and Twitter trolls is equal to that of military veterans.

Melody Hensley was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 16 months ago following online abuse, which she says is the result of her being an outspoken feminist and atheist…

…One man in particular has waged a two-year hate campaign against her by publishing her tweets

*GHASP*

today’s KisP fun facts

147,802,000 non-veteran benefit takers outnumber…the 86,429,000 full-time private sector workers 1.7 to 1…

…while welfare recipients receive tax “refunds”…

Iron Statement of Teh Week Month

boggled

“Well, it’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over,” said __________

Guess who... »

Harry DaHo Reid
rly? »

“An American People” ??!?

more schtick


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We … were. all. gonna. die.


[peeks out from under covers]
Is it safe to come out now?
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there’s a word for this

…If a man meet a little mule and he wanna get married to the little mule, as long as he and the little mule get along all right, that’s fine with me. It doesn’t bother me any kind of way.”…

have you ever been in a Turkish women’s prison?

you ever seen a grown woman naked?

…A shockingly graphic tweet by U.S. Airways featuring a woman and an airplane has led to an investigation and red-faced apology by the airline.

A photo of a naked woman lying exposed on a bed with a toy plane between her legs was publicly shared by the airline late Monday afternoon while responding to disgruntled customers who were angry about a recent flight delay…

feller once asked …

… what’s with your Bison Party thing?

Wellp … it’s something like this.


~ vid ~

There’s some iconic imagery in there.

And, no, this episode isn’t over.*

* UPDATE (BTF): »

The executive director of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association says his sources inside the federal government warn that Washington’s weekend retreat in a dispute over grazing land in Nevada was only a move to distract attention and diffuse tensions, because a raid on the family’s ranch still is planned.

And there probably would be violence involved, said Richard Mack, the former sheriff of Grisham County, Ariz.

“I don’t think it would be possible” to launch a raid without violence, he told WND Monday. “I don’t think the Bundys would lie down and be taken.”

He cited the vow by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., that the confrontation was far from over, despite the weekend’s retreat by armed gunmen working for federal agencies.

Reid on Monday told KRNV-TV in Reno: “It’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over.” [more]

See also: LostLiberty’s link (14)

Muslim Brotherhood re-moves their ‘hood

Wellp, heeere’s an interesting item, brothers an’ sisters.
Looks like the MB’s new international office, now located above an old, disused kebab shop in the north-west London area of Cricklewood*, is being moved to-ooo …
[adjusts glasses, scrolls through the story] (Ah! Here it is.)
… Graz, Austria. [pulls up GoogleMaps]

Hmm, evidently, some of the head guys have been there before, so I assume that Graz has decided to let bygones be bygones. Then again, Austria used to like Nazis, and I assume these guys speak Austrian**, so reckon it’s a win-win. At least they won’t have to go live in some Islamist-run hellhole while they ply their protection racket.

Not sure they’re gonna get many guys to help ‘em move their stuff, though.
I mean, hey, no beer and pepperoni & sausage pizzas.

(What? No, I don’t know if Graz has disused kebab shops.)
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* That phrase is the entire reason for this post.
** Historical ref