October 23, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: Lies My Teacher Told Me

This week’s threads highlighted the myths that have been told to you in school or are still taught to the general public. These threads just barely scratch the surface. Our history is very whitewashed. History is always written in the perspective of the ones in power.

 

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What your teacher told you: As a student, your teacher has told you that you can be all that you can be. You can be a millionaire too. Just pull yourself by your bootstraps and you can be rich and successful. America is the best country in the world when it comes to social mobility. People are poor because they want to be. Capitalism is good, socialism and communism are bad. Everyone has the same equal opportunities.

The truth:

1. “High school students have eyes, ears, and television sets (all too man have their own TV sets), so they know a lot about relative privilege in American. They measure their family’s social position against that of other families, and their community’s position against other communities. Middle-class students, especially, know little about how the American class structure works, however, and nothing at all about how it has changed over time. These students do not leave high school merely ignorant of the workings of the class structure; they come out as terrible sociologists….The students blame the poor for not being successful. They have no understanding of the ways that opportunity is not equal in America and no notion that social structure pushes people around, influencing the ideas they hold and the lives they fashion.”

2. “High school textbooks can take some of the credit for this state of affairs. Some textbooks cover certain high points of labor history, such as the 1894 Pullman strike near Chicago…or the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire that killed 146 women in New York City, but the most recent event mentioned in most books is the Taft-Hartley Act of fifty years ago. No book mentions the Hormel meat-packers strike in the mid-1980’s or the air traffic controllers’ strike broken by President Reagan. Nor do textbooks described any continuing issues facing labor…”

3. “Six of the dozen high school American history textbooks I examined contain no index listing at all for “social class,” “social stratification,” “class structure,” “income distribution,” “inequality,” or any conceivably related topic.”

4. “There is almost nothing in any of these textbooks about class inequalities or barriers of any kine to social mobility. “What conditions made it possible for poor white immigrants to become richer in the colonies?” Land of Promise asks. “What conditions made/make it difficult?” goes unasked.”

5. “Social class is probably the single most important variable in society. From womb to tomb it correlates with almost all other social characteristics of people that we can measure. Affluent expectant mothers are more likely to get prenatal care, enjoy general health, fitness, and nutrition. Many poor and working-class mothers-to-be first contact the medical profession in the last month… Rich babies come out healthier and go home to very different situations… Poor babies are more likely to have high levels of poisonous lead in their environments and their bodies… Rich children benefit from suburban schools that spend two to three times as much money per student as schools in inner cities or rural areas. Differences such as these help account for the higher school-dropout rate among poor children.”

6. “The tendency of teachers and textbooks to avoid social class as if it were a dirty littler secret only reinforces the reluctance of working-class families to talk about it.”

7. Why might they commit such a blunder? First and foremost, publisher censorship of textbook authors. “You always run the risk, if you talk about social class, of being labeled Marxist,” the editor for social studies and history at one of the biggest publishing houses told me.”

8. “But isn’t it nice simply to believe that America is equal? Maybe the “land of opportunity” archetype is an empowering myth—maybe believing might even help make it come true.”

9. “One way things are is unequal by social class. Although poor and working-class children usually cannot identify the cause of their alienation, history often turn them off because it justifies rather than explains the present.”

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  • AxelFoley

    Mornin, fam.

    • Miranda

      Mornin early bird!

      • rikyrah

        Morning Miranda!!

      • Alma98

        Morning Miranda.

    • rikyrah

      Morning Axel!

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      Mornin’!

      • Alma98

        Mornin’ Sepia.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD Saturday MOrnTin’ AxelFoley. ***BIG HUG*** :>)
      – –B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • Alma98

      Morning Axel.

  • Miranda

    As you can imagine…this hashtag is bout to be run over by the bigots.

    https://twitter.com/TedWinnerCNN/status/500617764424667136

  • Miranda

    Is Race An Issue In Ferguson? Depends On Whom You Ask

    Brown’s death and fiery rallies exposed two cities that exist in one. Some residents say, “It’s one of the most racist places there is.” But the mayor insists, “There’s not a black-white divide in Ferguson.”
    posted on Aug. 15, 2014, at 11:07 p.m.
    Joel AndersonBuzzFeed Staff

    FERGUSON, Missouri — From his neatly-manicured front yard, Peter Tries could hear sirens in the distance. But the armored vehicles bristling with officers wielding assault rifles, the large cable TV news trucks, and all the other scenes that flooded America from his hometown of Ferguson — none of that happened in his neighborhood. And he objects to the view of his hometown as a cauldron of racial tension.

    “I think this whole thing is getting blown out of proportion,” said Tries, who is white and 35 years old. “There’s never been any kind of race thing here. It’s something I never even think about.”

    Over at the Prime Time Beauty & Barber Shop, a social hub in the black part of town, folks see it differently. “They treat us like criminals,” said barber Branden Turner, who’s worked at the shop for a few years. They described officers routinely waiting for customers to leave so they could give them traffic tickets, search for drugs, or ask them for identification so they could run a background check.

    more here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/joelanderson/is-race-an-issue-in-ferguson-depends-on-who-you-ask

    • edp4bho

      “It’s something I never even think about.”

      Yup!

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      Mornin’ Rikyrah and POU!

  • Miranda
    • rikyrah

      and there you have it!

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      I love this!!!

    • edp4bho

      Love it when black men stand strong. Can’t get any better !!

  • rikyrah

    There are six federal agencies investigating in Ferguson according to a reporter on Up with Steve Kornacki.

    Anyone want to remotely believe that any other President would have them in Ferguson?

  • rikyrah

    These two tweets absolutely relate, IMO:

    orUS50

    @FORUS50

    Follow

    .@stevenlwalker Ferguson PD uses tanks& tear gas & against peaceful protesters but not 1 there to stop looters. #ObviousFPDincitesViolence

    7:01 AM – 16 Aug 2014

    https://twitter.com/k_psi/status/500529489235828738/photo/1

  • rikyrah

    But, the Ferguson POlice Chief wasn’t trying to make anything remotely better.
    …………………………

    The Ferguson Police Chief’s Statement Is Only Making Things Worse
    By Brian Beutler

    Five days after a police officer fired multiple rounds at and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, we now know that the officer’s name is Darren Wilson. Thanks to Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, we also know that officers believe Brown had just strong-armed a convenience store clerk for a $48.99 box of Swisher Sweets cigars. Jackson provided the incident report from that robbery to reporters in Missouri this morning. He took no questions, suggesting reporters take some time to “digest it.”

    Having read it and re-read it and digested it, I find the Ferguson police department’s behavior over the past week even more baffling than I did before.

    For the sake of argument let’s assume (a huge assumption) that the Ferguson police are not trying to build a public case for Wilson’s innocence by assassinating a dead man’s character.

    Why did it take five days for them to release this information, none of which has anything to do with the circumstances of Brown’s death?

    What happened to the box of Swisher Sweets?

    Per Matt Yglesias, if Brown was a suspect in a robbery, why wasn’t his accomplice Dorian Johnson arrested and charged rather than allowed to escape and appear in multiple television news interviews?

    Was Johnson lying when he claimed that Wilson approached him and Brown not to question or arrest them for robbery but to tell them to “get the fuck onto the sidewalk”?
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    We don’t know because Jackson says he “cannot discuss the investigation about the attempted apprehension of the suspect in that strong-arm robbery. That goes to the county prosecutor’s office.”

    I’m sure there are more questions. This is just for starters. But it smells very bad when a police department refuses to release any information about a deadly officer-involved shooting, unleashing five days of madness, and then reverses course to assure the public that Brown was a menacing, cigar-stealing thug.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119109/ferguson-police-michael-brown-incident-raises-more-questions

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

      Hol’ up! The Ferguson police chief sad he can’t discuss the robbery, but he released surveillance video of said robbery????

    • nellcote

      The Ferguson Police Chief’s Statement Is Only Making Things Worse

      ===
      mission accomplished

  • rikyrah

    Not feeling any caping for Rand Paul. At all.

    ……………….

    Wash. Post Recasts Rand Paul As Civil Rights Ally, Forgetting Their Own Reporting
    Blog ››› August 15, 2014 11:37 AM ED

    The Washington Post reporter Dan Balz portrayed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) as a key figure who can help GOP outreach to racial minorities, following Paul’s criticism of Ferguson, Mo., law enforcement and their role in the Michael Brown killing. But Balz ignored Paul’s previous opposition to the Civil Rights Act, despite having reported on it in 2010.

    In his August 14 article, Balz highlighted Paul’s opinion piece in Time decrying the response of Missouri police to protests in the wake of the police shooting of the 18-year-old Brown. Paul acknowledged in his piece that race skews “the application of criminal justice in this country” and criticized the “militarization of our law enforcement” — which Balz characterized as “a shift away” from typical conservative rhetoric. According to Balz, Paul’s acknowledgement of racial disparities in particular “sets him apart from others in his party,” allowing him to help expand the GOP’s base (emphasis added):

    Paul is a prospective 2016 presidential candidate and the leading proponent of libertarian philosophy among elected officials. In Ferguson, he has found circumstances almost tailor-made to advance his worldview. In doing so, he continues to set himself apart from others in the Republican Party with the hope of expanding the party’s coalition and advancing his own political future.

    In this case, he blames the militarization of local police on big government and especially Washington’s willingness to provide such materiel to local communities. His comments on race mark another moment in which he is trying to show an openness to the issues affecting African Americans that sets him apart from others in his party.

    But in 2010 Balz himself reported that Paul had “embarrassed the GOP establishment” by “questioning parts of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.”

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/08/15/wash-post-recasts-rand-paul-as-civil-rights-all/200451

    • nellcote

      It’s not what he says, it’s what he does, how he votes.

  • rikyrah

    OF COURSE, it’s about race. The only folks to purse their lips and say that it’s not are White folks and Slave Catchers.

    …………………………………….

    Pressure Cooker

    ……………………………………………

    As I said up above, there’s nothing exceptional about this scenario. In America, it happens all too often.

    At its core, this is about racism – both the individual and the institutionalized kind.

    Yes, it’s about race. Yes it is. That is the very crux of the matter.

    And don’t try to pretend that it’s not. Race and how we view race in America from our various perspectives always
    shapes how we perceive incidents like this. Everything, the inevitable
    violence, the mollifying empty promises, the gravid media analysis, the openly racist comments, the subtly racist comments, the contemptuous dismissal of the race issue, everything that always follows this kind of event depends from this basic fact: In America it’s always about race.

    Ignoring that fact or pretending that it’s not so in order to avoid dealing with it is precisely why it continues day in and day out.

    When the police refer to the black population as “animals,” on record, to a reporter, it’s about race.

    When the population is predominately black and the police force is predominately white, it’s about race.

    When the dialog focuses on the dead teenager’s appearance, his clothing, his friends, his school record, his family, his habits and haunts and hangouts, when the media publically debates whether he was a “good son” or a “thug,” it’s about race.

    When the media openly speculates about the victim’s possible drug use or criminal history, it’s about race.

    When your perception of the dead teen’s guilt or innocence is determined by which political party you belong to or which political pundit you listen to, it’s about race.

    When you attempt to justify the death of a
    black teenager because other black people smashed windows and lit shit on fire in protest, it’s about race.

    When you attempt to dismiss another dead black teenager at the hands of the police by quoting statistics about “black on black” crime, it’s about race.

    When you’re more outraged about the unconstitutional arrest and intimidationof white reporters than you are about the unconstitutional shooting of a black teenager, it’s about race.

    When you’re more concerned about the militarization of white police than you are about the fact that those same police gunned down a black teenager for no apparent reason other than he happened to be walking down a public street while black, just like any of a hundred other black teenagers gunned down by those in authority, it’s about race.

    When you suggest with a knowingly raised eyebrow that a black teenager ought to be smart enough to immediately submit to police authority without any trace of resentment or risk summary execution, but you think a bunch of white ranchers are patriots for defying the government and pointing assault rifles at federal agents, it’s about race.

    http://www.stonekettle.com/2014/08/pressure-cooker.html?spref=tw

  • rikyrah

    from hopefruit over at TOD:

    hopefruit2
    August 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

    UNCOMFORTABLE RANT ALERT:

    The “Cop name release” announcement from Friday was a bait and switch. And I wouldn’t be surprised if someone in the media – perhaps FOX NEWS or such, advised the Ferguson Police chief that if they initiated a smear job on Mike Brown, painting him as a thug, then it would be game over for the Brown case, and that they would have a willing partner in the entire media spectrum – left, right and center. Not only that, but the Brown case as a whole would lose support among non-Blacks.

    Thus I keep coming back to Brown’s lawyers. They KNEW that Brown might have been associated with a minor shoplifting/robbery incident – whether or not it was related to his being shot by a cop is irrelevant – and that the Ferguson PD would try to link that incident to him in the most underhanded way in order to paint him as a felon who deserved to die. They should have advocated strongly on their client’s behalf that the Ferguson PD is attempting to taint the jury pool by releasing irrelevant information that could prejudice minds against their client and in favor of that killer cop before the case goes to trial. They should have insisted that more info about that cop related to the actual shooting other than just a name and a few PR-related niceties about longevity in the service be released if they are going to release anything about Brown. They should have been at the front of this issue and by Friday morning should have released a strong pre-emptive statement or done a media press conference alerting the public to that possible ploy by the Ferguson PD, and putting the media on notice. And at that point should have focused it back on that killer Cop about whom little to no information has been given out.

    This would not only have severely diminished the impact of the police chief’s “revelation” with his pictures, videos, etc, but would have kept the media in check with their bullshit. Instead the lawyers waited for the Police chief to initiate his smear which was allowed to fester in the media for 4 hrs before they put out a weak statement with misspelled words in the first sentence! They got caught flat-footed and hastily responded in a defensive manner. And you have so-called liberal MSNBC playing this damn video on loop 24/7, knowing perfectly well that it was not related to the shooting, but they don’t mind spreading the propaganda of Brown being a criminal and enabling the racist slander of this young man the media!

    The hideous and shameful psychological reality of America’s anti-Black racism is that once a Black man/boy is painted as a lawbreaker – he’s no longer a sympathetic figure, REGARDLESS of how he is/was treated or who was the perpetrator in his death. Brown’s lawyers ought to have been fully aware of this and addressed that issue head-on and wrestled it to the ground before it was allowed to manifest in that smear. These lawyers need to be way more focused than they are. Less emphasis on marches/protests/rallies (which should be reserved for the community members and activists) and more emphasis on the nuts and bolts of this case and seeing that cop held accountable for his behavior and that justice is served as it should be.

    Thank goodness the FBI/DOJ is also on the case, and hopefully their investigation should lead to the correct outcome. But their processes always take time, and meanwhile Brown’s name is being dragged through the mud when he deserves this nation’s sympathy.
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    http://theobamadiary.com/2014/08/16/early-bird-chat-325/#comment-1111443

    • AxelFoley

      This, this, a MILLION TIMES THIS!

    • Kennymack1971

      NO LIES TOLD. NONE.

    • gn

      Perfectly stated.

    • itgurl_29

      No lies. I’m not a lawyer. I’m not in public relations. But this is exactly how I would assume this situation would be handled. Crump and his team are wack. Period. And these press releases with missing words and misspelled words?! Come on!! The failed Trayvon because they had this SAME defensive posture.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia
    • rikyrah

      uh huh

      uh huh

    • Kennymack1971

      Shenanigans….nothing but shenanigans from the Ferguson PD.

  • rikyrah

    The POU twitter feed is full of good information. thank you.

  • crazycanuck

    They need to get rid of that police chief, oh and MED, needs to stfu

  • rikyrah

    And, from Hawaii…

    Hawaii’s Schatz beats primary challenger in storm-delayed Democratic race
    Published August 16, 2014
    Associated Press

    Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz fended off a primary challenger Friday night after the dramatic election was extended nearly a week over Tropical Storm Iselle.

    Schatz defeated Rep. Colleen Hanabusa after a makeup election for more than 8,000 voters in two remote precincts that were clobbered by a tropical storm.

    The race divided Hawaii’s political establishment over who would fill the term of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/16/storm-hit-hawaii-voters-decide-us-senate-primary/

  • crazycanuck

    T and POU twitter breaking it down for dumbass MED and his stupid minions

    • rikyrah

      yes, they are. This is why I love twitter and am appreciative of good twitter feeds like POU’s.

    • AxelFoley

      Not following this mess, but it sounds like MED is letting out his inner Tavis Smiley, am I correct?

      • crazycanuck

        Yup, he knows exactly what is going well on, this is a deliberate attempt to bring down the president

        • AxelFoley

          You guys have this kinda drama up in Canada, cc?

          • crazycanuck

            Not on this scale, at least not yet.

          • AxelFoley

            Ya’ll are lucky.

          • crazycanuck

            Maybe, but in a way I think you guys are the lucky ones. You protest, you have organizations to help you out. I know you guys don’t think it’s enough, but the ones we have here are totally and utterly useless.

  • Alma98

    Morning everyone.

  • rikyrah

    but but …..GOP WAVE Election!

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    10:51 PM – 15 Aug 2014

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • crazycanuck

    Van Gogh: The Life ‏@VanGoghTheLife 2m

    #VanGogh of the Day: A Woman Walking in a Garden, Summer 1887. Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 cm. Private collection. pic.twitter.com/iypRNVp86o

  • crazycanuck

    Tell it Rev, Tell it. He’s talking truth. Listen MED

  • GreenLadyHere

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    I’m really proud of those who ran to block looters. They tried to redirect back to the chant “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” pic.twitter.com/dARQl1xTyx

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  • crazycanuck

    One kid says "It's the fact that we stilll have to protest for this shit. My grandparents did this shit I shouldn't have to do this shit."— Please Don't Shoot (@NaniCoolJ) August 16, 2014

  • crazycanuck

    Retweeted by POU

    It appears that the #Ferguson PD is upset that a Black man (Ron Johnson) was called in to oversee things, so they tried make him look bad.— April (@ReignOfApril) August 16, 2014

    • nellcote

      I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that prosecutor McConnell is involved as the DoJ is looking over his shoulder too.

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • crazycanuck

    It boggles my mind that so many on twitter have to school these so called journalist on their OWN HISTORY.

  • crazycanuck

    Ok i’m off to buy some shoes and bras, oh and I need coffee. Keep up the pressure POU. I love you guys.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

    So, the DOJ told the Ferguson Police NOT to release the surveillance video???

    http://twitter.com/goldietaylor/status/500663478810468352

    • Alma98

      Sabotage, they knew what would happen that’s why they did it.
      They have tainted this case which was their intentions.

      • AxelFoley

        Just like the GOP tainted people’s opinions about anything getting done in Washington. That’s how these scumbags operate. Muddy things up, get people disillusioned.

        • Alma98

          Not to mention the media is more than willing to help. We really need our own media outlets not the ones owned by white folks.

        • nellcote

          Muddy things up, get people disillusioned.

          ===
          This. in everything they do From Benghazi hearings to the corruption of the english language.

    • GreenLadyHere

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  • lamh

    Signed Maddie up for Dancing School! She said she wanna be like Gabby (@gabrielledoug ) http://t.co/3cUaouOSIu

    Alright everything fits. Maddie is ready. http://t.co/voIqfW94nP

    • Alma98

      Such a cutie and she’s getting so big, fast.
      Go Maddie and have fun!

    • rikyrah

      Go Maddie!!

      I’ve been signing up Peanut for her extracurriculars for the Fall.

  • GreenLadyHere

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  • nellcote

    Dear Twitter/Facebook Warriors,

    Please remind our friends in Ferguson that they have until Oct. 8 to register to vote in Nov.

    http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register.aspx

  • Alma98

    I hadn’t heard about this, words can’t express what I’m feeling right now.

    Nurse Begged Police to Perform CPR on Michael Brown, Police Refusedhttp://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43731_Nurse_Begged_Police_to_Perform_CPR_on_Michael_Brown_Police_Refused/comments/#ctop

    • rikyrah

      I can, Alma.

      Complete and utter rage.

  • nellcote

    Interesting point on the teevee, FOIA info is usually given directly to the requesting party not at a public press con.

  • nellcote

    Ryan J. Reilly @ryanjreilly · 2h
    Community members helping to clean up Sam’s Meat Market #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/HdocWXKDwf

  • lamh
    • rikyrah

      yep

  • nellcote

    Media Matters @mmfa · 16h
    Fox’s deceptive video editing cut out part when Obama said “there is never excuse for violence against police” http://mm4a.org/1vRf5GD

    • rikyrah

      of course they did. we expect no less.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/ Sepia

    Pic of Mike Brown’s killer has surfaced!

    http://twitter.com/goldietaylor/status/500687628648579072

    • gn

      About time, glad some in the media are focusing on this officer. This really needs to be disseminated to the public asap so that if people have info on him, they know to come forward.

    • lamh

      Is this confirmed

  • Alma98

    Did anyone else hear this? She can’t remember which news outlet had the interview. My mom said the store owner said Mike Brown gave the cigar back. She said the store owner said he threw it back in the store when he made them leave.

  • gn

    Is it really the same guy? Interesting.

    https://twitter.com/VixenCamp/status/500690668558118912

    • Alma98

      That doesn’t look like the same person to me gn.

  • desertflower1

    Morning everyone:) Been quite awhile since I poked my head in here…I’m embarrassed at how long it’s been! Anyway, Thom Hartmann was having this very discussion about labor and the fact that we don’t talk about the labor movement and how a strong labor movement has helped America move forward with protections and the like…we don’t tell students all the things that unions have done for Americans, regardless of whether they belong to a union or not..Weekends and overtime just to barely scratch the surface. We need to HAVE that conversation, rather than the labor and union bashing convos that we hear now….of course, it doesn’t help that the text books are all Made in Texas!! All this never get the credit it is due. Time to take back the narrative from the crazies:) Have a great weekend…promise I won’t be gone so long again>

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    Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
    Whistleblower Protection Laws
    Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
    Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
    Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
    Sexual Harassment Laws
    Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
    Holiday Pay
    Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
    Privacy Rights
    Pregnancy and Parental Leave
    Military Leave
    The Right to Strike
    Public Education for Children
    Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
    Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

    • Alma98

      Afternoon desertflower, good to see you.
      This is so true and it needs to be stated again and again.
      I think this is why civics classes need to be put back in schools.

      • desertflower1

        Hi, Alma98:) I agree…so much would be gained from teaching Civics again…not this abbreviated next to nothing we teach now. Sinful what people DON’T know about their govt and how it works.

    • gn

      Great to see you to here, welcome!

      • desertflower1

        Hey, gn:) Nice to see you too!

    • rikyrah

      welcome desertflower.

      post more often!!

      • desertflower1

        :) thanks. rikyrah…mostly camp at TOD, but am sad that I haven’t been here to post in some time. I will be better!

  • gn
  • crazycanuck

    I can’t believe this weather. We had a Winter that refused to end and now summer seems to be over. Urg.