Wednesday, October 04, 2006


I've lived in Bakersfield long enough to know that talkin' 'bout Texas can bring y'all a heap o' trouble. (did I get enough apostrophies in there?) It seems we have our share of natives or sons of here. It's been years since I visited the Lone Star State (and that ain't much of a beer either). It always seemed a world apart, but so does most of the South to this pure in the wool left coaster.

As such, neither of these stories surprises me. Just keep remebering this is the state that elected the loser GWB and finally brought him to the White House.

FRISCO, Texas -- An award-winning Texas art teacher who was reprimanded after one of her fifth-grade students saw a nude sculpture during a trip to a museum has lost her job.

The school board in Frisco has voted not to renew Sydney McGee's contract after 28 years. She has been on administrative leave.

The teacher took her students on an approved field trip to a Dallas museum, and now some parents are upset.

The Fisher Elementary School art teacher came under fire last April when she took 89 fifth-graders on a field trip to the Dallas Museum of Art. Parents raised concerns over the field trip after their children reported seeing a nude sculpture at the art museum.

The parents had signed permission slips allowing their children to take part in the field trip.

Really, a nude statue, what, was he rock hard?

Last week a parent in Texas decided he wanted a book banned from the school curriculum. Turns out he should have read it first...
Posted by amused Klep on Oct. 02, 2006.
Turns out the Verms should have read the book first, and maybe paid attention to the date. You see, last week was Banned Books Week, a week in which the ALA celebrates the first amendment and cautions against the dangers of banning books. As though that weren't amusing enough, this particular book: Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

Fahrenheit 451 is a classic novel. You probably read it yourself in school; I know I did. In it, Bradbury paints a dystopian future, one in which the job of a fireman is not to put out fires, but rather to set them in order to burn books, as all books have been banned.
That's right. Alton Verm chose Banned Books Week to seek the banning of a book, the major theme of which is the problems to be faced by a society when access to literature and similarly recorded knowledge is restricted or entirely curtailed.

I don't know what to say. (is that a first?)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this girl in my history class who does nothing but bad mouth California at every opportunity, guess wheres she from. The professor posed the question does california have a culture? And of course she spoke right up and said absolutely not. I wanted to say you dumb bitch California makes the culture for 1/2 of the world about 100 miles from here in a little place called Hollywood. I've nothing against Texas but damn. This has nothing to do with your stories but I thought I'd blow a little steam about my dear friend who carpet bagged a house in the northwest and talks smack about how stupid we are in California.

8:11 PM, October 04, 2006  
Blogger Prof Frink said...

Well I consider razzing Texans a sport of the highest calling. Of course most of them regard it as the fun it's meant to be and return the volley. They just ain't got as much ammo.

6:53 AM, October 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here here

I try not to provoke them under any circumstance, just look at the world and you see what happens when a Texan gets pissed off.

7:45 PM, October 09, 2006  

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