*sigh* There are days when I really wonder what kind of world my sons will inherit. Politics have always tinged science where the government is concerned, but things are getting worse and worse. Here's something from Orincus on the topic.
Z's favorite Mutts character is Sourpuss because he hates Mondays. This morning reminded me of some song lyrics by Andy M. Stewart:
Monday morning, why do you haunt me With your bells and factory whistles all around? Monday morning, why do you taunt me? And I so tired I could sleep here on the ground. Monday Morning from At it Again, Andy M. Stewart and Manus Lunny, Green Linnet
The boys and I had breakfast at Denny's this morning. They've redecorated the places many times, but there's enough Coffee Shop Moderne left over to bring back childhood memories. We certainly weren't coffee shop people, by any means, but would often stop in one on driving trips.
At first, the memories are generic. Just a sense of familiarity in a linoleum table top or a vinyl bench seat. That strange, unique smell that's three parts coffee and two parts bacon grease.
Here's a first-time legislator with too much time on his hands: Louisiana may ban low-slung pants. It seems this poor fellow is offended by "catching glimpses of boxer shorts and G-strings over the lowered belt lines of young adults." So he wants to impose a $500 dollar fine or six months in jail, or both! According to Rep. Shepherd, "The communityis outraged." I would be too, if I learned that my representative was doing something idiotic like this.
The ACLU has pointed out that the proposed legislation probably would not pass the U.S. Supreme Court's obscenity exception to the First Ammendment. They also pointed out that this would affect other groups besides young people. Say, plumbers?
After I posted Zero Tolerance I had a conversation with an elementary school administrator about the topic. Not only did I get an idea of what a rational policy might be, I also realized that there may be a misunderstanding about the term "zero tolerance".
One of the weblogs that I follow is Zero Intelligence. It addresses the idiocy that is manifesting itself in our schools in the form of zero tolerance policies. This story caught my eye (and I commented on it) because I was guilty of something similar when I was in elementary school.