…And lowers it!
Demonstrating the importance of a good education the City of Pittsburgh Public School Board decided that grades were so important that they would accept nothing less than a grade point average of 1.5 for any student wishing to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities (That’s D+ for those of you who grew up when I did).Â We cannot have any football players ineligible because of low grades.Â The “lowering the bar” part is because prior to this the bar was a full “C” or 2.0 grade point average.Â That requirement must have decimated the ranks of the chess club and the forensics team.Â Lest your heart (and mind) be too troubled by the lower standards any “students who are at a 1.5-1.99 GPA must take part in a probationary program aimed at getting them to a 2.0. If they haven’t achieved this in two semesters, they would be ineligible for activities including sports, band and club activities” unless there is a chance that a city football team can capture a state championship.Â We wouldn’t want to deprive any kids of that honor.
I’d like to suggest that the Obama Administration be renamed the OBA Administration or the Obama Back-Assward Administration.Â When most of us have a problem we try to find and fix using logic.Â For instance, my car was having some trouble starting so I had the battery and alternator checked.Â If I were to act like the Obama Back-Assward Administration, I would probably have my key checked.Â It would be funny except that these folks are “running” the country or should I say “ruining” the country…
Debate is still raging over Democare.Â I am thinking that “Democare”Â may be more descriptive than Obamacare as we need to chain this legislation to all of the Democrats.Â Let’s pin this to them like a tattoo.Â Unfortunately, the left is still pushing a vigorous agenda of big government and big spending and wealth spreading.Â Lest you are relaxing as Democare has taken a hiatus (you know it will be back) here are some of the other socialist agenda items that you may have missed:
Sometimes I feel like there is so much crap happening in the world that I don’t know which item to invest my effort.Â Yesterday was one of those days as I read the paper and found far too many items to leave any of them without comment, but I did not want to dedicate a whole post to them.Â So here are my quick comments:
Item one:Â The ailing Senator Ted Kennedy is seeking to have the rules changed in case he cannot fulfill his term.Â Rather than a special election, Kennedy is hoping that the Massachusetts legislature changes the rules to allow the Governor to appoint a replacement so that his state will not lack representation by two senators.Â That sounds pretty reasonable especially since it worked so well in Illinois.Â
Politicians, civic “leaders”, newspersons, and citizens seem to be engaged in some class warfare lately.Â This probably has always been true with what may be the most famous example in France.Â Did Marie Antoinette really say, “Let them eat cake” when told that the peasants did not have bread?Â Did the peasants have their fill when they later said “off with her head?”
The funny thing is that being rich or poor is a relative thing.Â Rich in America probably pales in comparison to rich in Dubai while poor in America looks rich to the citizens of Zimbabwe although there are probably a lot of billionaires there.Â A billion dollars there, however, will not buy you a loaf of bread.
A while back I posted Divided We Fail, which outlined my theory that politicians want a divided country so they can “rule” with impunity.Â I am sorry about the quotes, but I cannot bring myself to call what politicians do as ruling or leadership.Â I have to use the quotation marks to signify my dirision at their efforts.
In the last few days and weeks, there seems to be another campaign, primarily by the President and his followers to provide a distraction.Â The willing mainstream media made a big deal about how President Obama had a secret meeting with “leading” conservatives in the media.Â Unfortunately, the meeting was not so secret and the meeting did not include the most conservative voices.
Most of you have heard of NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard).Â Having worked in the environmental field for over 25 years, I have run into a few.Â It is not unusual for a NIMBY to gleefully point to another community to put their; incinerator, recycling station, halfway house, bank, nucular (I know) power station, etc.