This is no longer the case.
Earlier today I got to read some nurdle typing in all caps about how horrible the Republican's are as the "party of hate everybody".
An hour later there is a comment that reads "Netanyahu. An arrogant Jew who used to be a terrorist."
Almost every other posting has some troll making this sort of (self censored word)/asinine comment. It adds nothing to the conversation. It adds nothing to the community. It adds nothing accept gas to the fire.
This isn't about being blind to other opinions, it is just tiring to have to decide "Am I going to do battle with this troll, again?"
So I love the fact that in this document we have the following quote from the "first" witness for the state: __She said her monthly income mostly amounted to $321 in Social Security and that she cast a provisional ballot in November because she didn't have an accepted form of Texas ID. She said she couldn't submit proper documentation in time to make her provisional vote count. Among the biggest obstacles was the cost of getting a copy of her Mississippi birth certificate.
"I had to put $42 where it would do the most good," Bates said. "We couldn't eat the birth certificate."__
Note the following: http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/31,0,344.html _Birth certificates cost $15, with a $5 fee for additional copies of the same record._
I'm one of these people that likes to come prepared. That means things like a ferosteel rod in my left outside coat pocket. Or the Leatherman Tool in my pants pocket. Or the two BIC lighters I carry everywhere (mostly used for lighting the heater in my workshop). What is and is not allowed?
I carry a "get home bag" in my car. It has food, water, shelter, communications, firstaid and a bunch of other things. If the car slid off the road in the ice and I could not get out that bag has enough to keep me alive for a few days till rescue arrives. Or if I had to hike I can put that on my back and go. Oh, in the winter it has a warm hat, warm socks and warm gloves, just in case.
So I shed about 25 pounds and my checked baggage got about 20 pounds heavier. I get to the airport and as I'm passing through security I ask the TSA guy "Do you have any instructions?"
He gave me a wise ass answer, polite and joking but not an answer. I looked at him and said "I've not flown in 20+ years, what do I need to do to get through your checkpoint?" At that point he was polite and helpful.
There was no choice that I could see but going through the MM wave detector. I think there was a standard metal detector off to the side but wasn't going to make waves. It was a business trip. As I came through the TSA dude was very polite, explained he had to "clear my wallet" (I knew to leave it in my pocket next time) and to pat down the buckles of my suspenders.
As I came through I was impressed. These guys were acting in a professional manner and were not the groping TSA people of horror stories.
Coming back same thing except I left my wallet in my pocket and the throwaway tools in my coat. I.e. if they had a fit I would have tossed them in the garbage without feeling hurt. The TSA people were polite and respectful.
Then bad things happened....
Southwest Air didn't seem to know how to get a plane out of the gate on time because the overhead bins were full. I kid you not, it took almost 35 minutes for them to deal with a full overhead bin situation. This meant we were late into BWI. Which meant we missed our flight home. The plane was still sitting at the gate but they were not willing to hold the doors for 5 minutes... sigh
After a miserable night in a cheap hotel it was back to the airport for a 5:05AM check in.
Now I found the TSA of horror stories. More interested in talking to each other. Bitching about the passengers. Touching people without warning. I had decided to wear suspenders because I don't have to take them off to go through the scans. I do have to take a belt off and as heavy (fat) as I am putting my belt back on takes way to long.
This guy is complaining "always the suspenders, always the suspenders". No curtsy at all.
So yes, another out of control government agency.
I've been making it a habit of going to the local school board meetings. I reported that it felt like it makes a difference. Last night I learned that it DOES make a difference.
Here in NH school system budgets are broken into two parts, the "must do" and "Discretionary". After the school board has a proposed budget it is put to "warrant" where the town people vote.
Interestingly enough the teacher's contract has to go to warrant. So this year, first time in 15 years, the town voted to NOT accept the discretionary increase. This put the school board in panic mode.
At an emergency meeting of the school board we learned that while teacher contracts have to be approved by the town administrative contracts do not. Only the school board has say in that. So at a time where teachers were not getting a pay raise the administrators were slated to get a 3% pay raise.
The school board voted to withhold that pay raise from the top earners. Those over 76K/year which means that the secretaries and such did get their pay raise.
So from that meeting forward I've been proposing at each and every meeting that administrative pay raises be tied to the town accepting the teacher pay raises.
For three months, 7 meetings nothing. I was being blown off.
Last night my proposal was scheduled for discussion! Before the next budget is proposed the school board will discuss and make a PUBLIC vote on whether to honor the towns intentions.
Oh, I also called them lairs again. We asked the same question 3 times. We got two different answers. One of them had to be a lie.
For some reason they don't like being called liars. And the newspaper was there. I might even get mentioned in the dang paper.
Come on people, get involved. You can spend 6 to 8 hours a month making a difference! Show up at the school board meetings. Go to meetings of the town selectmen. Start small and make a difference!
The police department are getting slashed again. But they have money to aid illegals coming across the border.
We throw money at our schools for years and no progress. Children are not learning and teachers are frustrated. The administrators income are raised every year.
The pro are the elected officials and school administrators.
Now to educate the parents and community of that problem.
We hear how we have lost the battle so many different ways. But there is a place where you can win and make a difference, that is your local school board.
About 2 or 3 months ago I went to my first school board meeting. There were about 50 citizens there. Mostly to protect their little pet project. I was there to protect my little slice of the budget, funding for gifted and talented.
The next week there was a second meeting. 10 citizens were there. I spoke out and slammed the board for lots of things.
The next meeting I was there. There were 3 citizens. The rest were presenters or school people making reports.
The next meeting I was there again. There were three citizens there. I was the only one that had attended all of the meetings from the first special meeting.
Yesterday I got a call from the school board. It was to inform me that they were moving a meeting and they just wanted me to know because I'm attending regularly.
I don't know if I am really making a difference. But I get heard. My words are in the minutes. It might not be a great thing but it sure as well is better than sitting at home and whining about what "they" did.
Go show up. Go to your town select meeting. You would be surprised at how few people are willing to put in 8 hours a month to actually make a difference at a local level.
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