Daily Archives: March 17, 2011

A job? or a career?

I saw this earlier today, and it struck a cord with me:

The difference between a job and a career is the difference between forty and sixty hours a week.

Robert Frost (four time Pulitzer winner)

Which are you in: a job or a career? In which do you want to be?

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DOMA on its way to review?

District Judge Jeffrey S. White

Is a case in California setting up DOMA for overturn?

A federal judge in California has ruled that a federal appeals judge has no power to order the U.S. government to provide health benefits to the same-sex spouse of a court employee, but went on to invite a constitutional challenge to the law that mandates a denial of such benefits — the federal Defense of Marriage Act.   The judge also indicated that the challenge probably would succeed.

In other words, the appellant, a court employee seeking benefits for her partner, has the wrong procedural posture. She gets until April 15 to file an amended complaint for review of the constitutional grounds of the action preventing the benefits.

With Lambda Legal arguing the case on her behalf and praising the judges dicta that she has a “clear right to relief,” I have no doubt that the case will be amended and refiled.

Stay tuned and remember: if you can’t win at the voting booth, you might be able to win in court, instead.

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(h/t SCOTUSblog)

 

 

Victim 1, Bully 0

Common sense revolts against the machine in a post entitled:” If Tomorrow I Tell The Press That, Like, A Fat Kid Will Get Humiliated, Or A Nerd Will Be Slapped, Nobody Panics, Because It’s All “Part Of The Plan.” But When I Say That One Little Bully Will Get His Ankle Broken, Well Then Everyone Loses Their Minds!

Don’t miss the video, at Popehat, in case YouTube has taken it down. In it we see “fat” kid taunted and then slapped by a bully. Suddenly, the fat kid appears to snap, responding with force. The bully gets what was coming to him. I doubt he’ll be pushing people around anytime soon.

The video was posted on Facebook, where the response was overwhelmingly in support of the victim’s response. On the other hand, the “experts” expressed surprise at the support for victim’s self defense. Patrick, at Popehat, asks if we have all lost our minds.

We’ve built a society in which, under the doctrine of zero tolerance, seasoned experts and school administrators have lost all perspective: They have autistic children arrested for wearing a hoodie. Kids are prosecuted for denouncing scientologyGirls are strip-searched by the ibuprofen police. Boys are suspended for opening the door to help a lady whose hands are full. “Good students” and “nice children” are arrested for carrying nerf guns to class. If our schools are an asylum, the inmates are truly running it.

Check out some of those links. It’s a pretty embarrassing list of mis-deeds by teachers and administrators. Are we really that backwards that we are losing perspective?

Further, what does it say about our culture if we punish the victim for acting in self-defense? What does that say to bullies and the victims of abuse?

APROPOS: the stats on how often a teacher is dismissed for incompetance are less than staggering…

APROPOS II: Maybe we ought to give more consideration to making it easier to fire teachers. Good arguments exist for why it’ll be better for students, better for schools, and, yes, better for teachers, too.

(I’ll post this one under “Education Reform,” just because…)

via If Tomorrow I Tell The Press That, Like, A Fat Kid Will Get Humiliated, Or A Nerd Will Be Slapped, Nobody Panics, Because It’s All “Part Of The Plan.” But When I Say That One Little Bully Will Get His Ankle Broken, Well Then Everyone Loses Their Minds! | Popehat.

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