The Move

This past few weeks have been really centered around work with 1//3 of the folks moving to there new home (the Central building) and Vern almost assuredly leaving after the move. Things have been interesting. The move happened this past weekend and I am much happier now that it is over with. There is a much smaller wave of folks that will be moving this coming weekend. Everything went surprisingly smoothly considering. I went in on Sunday and re-hooked up everything along with some other folks. They did a really nice job with everything the color scheme to the furniture everything seems really nice. So nice in fact that I wish in some ways that I was staying at the Central instead of moving up to the Tower with everyone else next Summer.

On the home-front, I had sent a letter to the Property Manager requesting 10 days credit on our November rent because of the flooding problems we had had back in Sept/October. Well he responded with a counter offer of 150 dollars. The decision that I have to make now is do I want to pursue this further and am I willing to take it to small claims court? He’s really not being fair about the matter. We didn’t have access to one whole room while they were attempting to correct the problem. The problem didn’t actually get completely resolved until yesterday when the carpet cleaner guy got here. This means it took them over an entire month to completely resolve the issue. I almost don’t want to expend any more energy on the matter, just accept the measly amount he’s agreed to. Anyone been to small claims court?

Thursday Mike and some friends will be performing the annual RHPS cabaret thing at the Cuff. Think of it as RHPS on a very small scale. The Cuff is providing a mini stage this year and of course the props (which they do every year). Its a lot of fun and I do enjoy it. I only wish I had Friday off. Alas, I don’t have it off in fact it is moving day for the last wave of people moving to the Central. I’ll be happy when I see that paycheck with all of the overtime on it though.

I was going to write about S from work but its not worth it. It is just another body occupying space. I do believe that most people are like pigeons which really is sad.

Civics Student…or Enemy of America? By Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive. Posted October 7, 2005

From the progressive:

Selina Jarvis is the chair of the social studies department at Currituck County High School in North Carolina, and she is not used to having the Secret Service question her or one of her students.

But that’s what happened on September 20.

Jarvis had assigned her senior civics and economics class “to take photographs to illustrate their rights in the Bill of Rights,” she says. One student “had taken a photo of George Bush out of a magazine and tacked the picture to a wall with a red thumb tack through his head. Then he made a thumb’s-down sign with his own hand next to the President’s picture, and he had a photo taken of that, and he pasted it on a poster.”

According to Jarvis, the student, who remains anonymous, was just doing his assignment, illustrating the right to dissent. But over at the Kitty Hawk Wal-Mart, where the student took his film to be developed, this right is evidently suspect.

An employee in that Wal-Mart photo department called the Kitty Hawk police on the student. And the Kitty Hawk police turned the matter over to the Secret Service. On Tuesday, September 20, the Secret Service came to Currituck High.

“At 1:35, the student came to me and told me that the Secret Service had taken his poster,” Jarvis says. “I didn’t believe him at first. But they had come into my room when I wasn’t there and had taken his poster, which was in a stack with all the others.”

She says the student was upset. “He was nervous, he was scared, and his parents were out of town on business,” says Jarvis. She, too, had to talk to the Secret Service.

“Halfway through my afternoon class, the assistant principal got me out of class and took me to the office conference room,” she says. “Two men from the Secret Service were there. They asked me what I knew about the student. I told them he was a great kid, that he was in the homecoming court, and that he’d never been in any trouble.”

Then they got down to his poster.

“They asked me, didn’t I think that it was suspicious,” she recalls. “I said no, it was a Bill of Rights project!”

At the end of the meeting, they told her the incident “would be interpreted by the U.S. attorney, who would decide whether the student could be indicted,” she says.

The student was not indicted, and the Secret Service did not pursue the case further.

“I blame Wal-Mart more than anybody,” she says. “I was really disgusted with them. But everyone was using poor judgment, from Wal-Mart up to the Secret Service.”

When contacted, an employee in the photo department at the Wal-Mart in Kitty Hawk said, “You have to call either the home office or the authorities to get any information about that.”

Jacquie Young, a spokesperson for Wal-Mart at company headquarters, did not provide comment within a 24-hour period.

Sharon Davenport of the Kitty Hawk Police Department said, “We just handed it over” to the Secret Service. “No investigative report was filed.” Jonathan Scherry, spokesman for the Secret Service in Washington, D.C., said, “We certainly respect artistic freedom, but we also have the responsibility to look into incidents when necessary. In this case, it was brought to our attention from a private citizen, a photo lab employee.”

Jarvis uses one word to describe the whole incident: “ridiculous.”

Matthew Rothschild is the editor of The Progressive.

George Bush is the Republican version of Jimmy Carter

From Americablog

Everybody hates George

by John in DC – 10/07/2005 08:34:00 PM

New poll. Even the Republicans hate him now.

Evangelicals, Republican women, Southerners and other critical groups in
Bush’s political coalition are worried about the direction the nation
is headed and disappointed with his performance, an AP-Ipsos poll

nly 28 percent say the country is headed in the right
direction while two-thirds, 66 percent, say it is on the wrong track,
the poll found.

“There is a growing, deep-seated discontentment
and pessimism about the direction of the country,” said Republican
strategist Tony Fabrizio, who believes the reasons for their pessimism
differ for those in one political party or another.

Among those
most likely to have lost confidence about the nation’s direction over
the past year are white evangelicals, down 30 percentage points since
November, Republican women, down 28 points, Southerners, down 26
points, and suburban men, down 20 points.

Bush’s supporters are
uneasy about issues such as federal deficits, immigration and his
latest nomination for the Supreme Court. Social conservatives are
concerned about his choice of Miers, a relatively unknown lawyer who
has most recently served as White House counsel.

Really sucks to have that epiphany five years too late that you voted for an idiot.

BBC Documentary: God told Bush to go to war

I’m not sure which is more horrifying god talking to George Bush or George Bush thinking that god is talking to him.

Stefan Jones says: “Dang. Here I was cynically blaming oil companies and neo-conservative hawks for goading Bush into invading Iraq. It turns out God gave him the idea.”

President George W. Bush told Palestinian ministers that God had told him to invade Afghanistan and Iraq – and create a Palestinian State, a new BBC series reveals.

[Palestinian Foreign Minister] Nabil Shaath says: “President Bush said to all of us: ‘I’m driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, “George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.” And I did, and then God would tell me, “George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq …” And I did. And now, again, I feel God’s words coming to me, “Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East.” And by God I’m gonna do it.'”