Story of the Week

Jul 8, 2011

The winner this week will come as no surprise to anyone who has watched the news, read the news, or just listened to other people’s conversations. But before we talk about Casey Anthony, there are a couple of other stories that at least deserve a mention. How about this one?

Coney Island Bathroom Workers Ration Toilet Paper.” Seriously? First of all, is that an actual job title? Bathroom Worker? What kind of pull do you have to have to get a job like that? And why is a city like New York having to ration toilet paper? If you read the article closely, they are only rationing TP in the women’s room. Things are a little more grim for the men. They don’t get any TP. After watching the Fourth of July extravaganza they put on, I can understand why they don’t have toilet paper. It was a great show. I think the fireworks went on for about an hour and the cost was somewhere around a million bucks. A million bucks will buy a lot of TP and maybe even fund a couple of positions for Bathroom Workers in the men’s room.

“Atlanta Public Schools: 178 Principals and Teachers Cheated on Standardized Testing” The principals and teachers got together and had parties where they changed answers on the tests so their students and schools would look better than they were. This is a perfect example of how the government schools have failed. Bad principals and bad teachers are sending uneducated young people out into the marketplace. Sure, Arby’s is always going to need employees. They might even qualify to be a Bathroom Worker on Coney Island. At some point, though, we are going to have to wake up to the fact that the government should not be in the education business. On the up side, there is no going to be less and less competition for the really bright kids when it comes to getting jobs and promotions.

And before people in other states start looking down their noses at Georgia’s poor public schools, this was also in the news this week:
Bill Mandating Gay History in Schools Goes to California Governor. Ok, Georgia’s public schools may have their problems but we have not gotten to this point yet. Use your imagination on this one. Teacher to first grade class: “And that is why Jane had two mommies.”

And of course, this week’s winning story is:
“Casey Anthony: Not Guilty of Murder.” For anyone who followed this case, the verdict had to have come like a punch in the stomach. I have always felt that there should be a basic intelligence test that people should have to pass before they can vote or serve on a jury. I know that is radical, but look where stupidity has gotten us. There was a lot of evidence that the jury had to consider in this murder case. It seems clear to most people that these jurors really did not do their job. The entire trial was televised. We all heard they same evidence that the jury did. If that is the case, why do the majority of Americans think the jury was wrong?

Just remember “Not Guilty” is not the same thing as “Innocent.” Casey Anthony beat the charges but she has the rest of her life to live with her actions.

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