Saturday, May 07, 2005

The New Cruelty In Full Swing. Harry Reid Blows It Again. Mars Polar Lander Found?

Support Our Troops, Just Don't Bother Us With The Details

The following story comes to us by way of the AOL News AP wire. It's a sad example of self-important douchebags pretending to support the troops while punishing their family members here at home.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (May 7) - A high school student was suspended for 10 days for refusing to end a mobile phone call with his mother, a soldier serving in Iraq, school officials said. The 10-day suspension was issued because Kevin Francois was "defiant and disorderly'' and was imposed in lieu of an arrest, Spencer High School assistant principal Alfred Parham said.

The confrontation Wednesday began after the 17-year-old junior got a call at lunchtime from his mother, Sgt. 1st Class Monique Bates, who left in January for a one-year tour with the 203rd Forward Support Battalion.
Mobile phones are allowed on campus but may not be used during school hours. When a teacher told him to hang up, he refused. He said he told the teacher, "This is my mom in Iraq. I'm not about to hang up on my mom.''
Parham said the teen's suspension was based on his reaction to the teacher's request. He said the teen used profanity when taken to the office.

"Kevin got defiant and disorderly,'' Parham said. "When a kid becomes out of control like that they can either be arrested or suspended for 10 days. Now being that his mother is in Iraq, we're not trying to cause her any undue hardship; he was suspended for 10 days.''

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Well thanks a pantload Mr. Parham. That's really big of you. Not arresting a kid for talking on a cell phone to his mother who is serving in Iraq, and who probably doesn't get many chances to talk to her, qualifies you as a great humanitarian. This is shameful behavior on so many levels. This prinicipal and the teacher who complained should be the ones suspended for such a harsh overreaction.

Harry Reid Temporarily Grows A Pair. Said Pair Then Immediately Shrivels Back To Microscopic Size...

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid momentarily forgot his place when, during a high school civics forum, he called a spade a spade. But, as you will see from the excerpt below from AOL News, he quickly reverted back to his usual meek and submissive mode.

LAS VEGAS (May 7) - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid called President Bush "a loser'' during a civics discussion with a group of teenagers at a high school on Friday.

"The man's father is a wonderful human being,'' Reid, D-Nev., told (lied to) students at Del Sol High School when asked about the president's policies. "I think this guy is a loser.''

Shortly after the event Reid called the White House to apologize (beg forgiveness), his spokeswoman Tessa Hafen said. Reid spoke with Bush adviser Karl Rove, asking him to convey the apology to Bush, who was traveling in Europe.

The Nevada Democrat expressed (soiled himself with fear) "regret for the comments, that it was inappropriate,'' Hafen said. Reid was giving a late speech in Salt Lake City and was unavailable for comment, she said.

Hafen then helped Reid wipe himself clean, and brought him a change of clothes.

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Lost And Found - Mars Division

The Mars Polar Lander, which vanished in 1999, has apparently been found. No word yet about how talks with the Martian insurgents are going...

Yahoo News excerpt:

Nearly six years after NASA's Mars Polar Lander vanished during a landing attempt on the Red Planet, a scientist said he had spotted what appeared to be wreckage of the spacecraft.

The observation came during a reexamination of grainy black-and-white images taken by the orbiting Mars Global Surveyor, which searched for the probe with no success in 1999 and 2000.

"The observation of a single, small dot at the center of the disturbed location suggests that the vehicle remained more or less intact after its fall," wrote Michael Malin, president and chief scientist of the company that operates Global Surveyor's camera, Malin Space Science Systems of San Diego.

Malin makes his case in the July issue of Sky & Telescope magazine. A copy of his article was posted Thursday on the magazine's website.

The $165-million lander was headed for touchdown near Mars' south pole Dec. 3, 1999, when contact was lost. A NASA team concluded a rocket engine shut off too soon, causing the craft to plummet about 130 feet to almost certain destruction.

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