Another Example of our Stellar School systems!

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Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Member Since: May 10, 2002

Just an interesting tid bit to ponder. Yesterday my partner noticed three police cars blockaiding a road next to an elementary school about a half mile from our shop. He mused that yet another drug lord had become baracaded in. Later in the day he mentioned it to his significient other who is a secretary for the school system. Turns out it was just a live hand grenade in the street that had to be dispositioned. Obviously the event scaped the news. Just this year the school district proclained it was to be a "school of choice". So if you have asperations of your children becoming drug lords, gang members, mercenaries, or any similar life choice requiring specialized skills, let me know. I know the secretary in charge of admissions!

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


May 06, 2004 09:32 am

Sad ain't it Walt.

Let me share the story of a little girl named Ashley.

Ashley's parents were against sending her to public school. They sent her to a Christian preschool for two years. Then, decided to send her to a Christian day school for kindergarden...ironically, a sister-school of the school her father went to, and still happened to have the same principal as her father had.

It was not too long before they started telling Bible stories, as expected in a Christian day school, along with the three royal R's. These stories, within a few weeks, became quite graphic in nature, and little Ashley came home crying and tramatized from hearing of the sacrificing of lambs, Jesus being nailed to a cross (along with the obligitory rail road spike as a visual example for the kids), the evil master who sent slaves into the fields to be killed and much more. Ashleys father proceeded to call the teacher and was quite angry after the third or fourth incedent.

To no avail...the stories kept coming (as expected) but with no throttling of the graphic nature.

Ashley was then removed from that school and reluctantly put into the local public kindergarten. Since almost that VERY day her behavior has improved 200%, she is READING her mother and father bedtime stories (and still in kindergarten) and her concentration and comprehension has improved dramatically.

After elementary school Ashley's parent may rethink public schools, as school gets a bit more intense then, but for right now, they are content they made the best decision.

Ashley is my daughter...

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
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Since: May 10, 2002


May 06, 2004 09:43 am

Moral of the story: If you have children and live in the Detroit or surounding area, move to Minnianapolis St. Paul!

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


May 06, 2004 09:45 am

Or a nice southern suburb thereof :)

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
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Since: May 10, 2002


May 06, 2004 09:53 am

The rest of the story.... that just makes my brain swim is that when my partner asked his significient other about what he had seen, her reply was post-scriped with "Ya, I totaly forgot that. It was a very hectic day" Insignificient event at the average terrorist training camp!

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


May 06, 2004 09:55 am

"Oh, yeah, that hand grenade thing...right, I remember now"

that had to be a VERY hectic day...

Idiot.
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Since: Apr 22, 2004


May 07, 2004 09:31 am

sheesh... I'm glad I don't live in the USA! :)

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
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May 10, 2004 12:02 am

Well, Saturday was a real neat day as well. On the next street over from my home someone decided to conduct a drive by shooting. We had police, swat teams, bucu spectators, etc. It appeared that a great time was had by all! This is one of the nicest subdivisions in the area. Probably the only ones left in Michigan that can afford a decent home are the drug dealers. A gentleman running for state representative took advantage of the circumstance and spent today talking to the folks in the neighborhood. Insta-ready made campaign issue. I guess it's time to join the rest of Detroit and sleep in the bath tub.

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May 10, 2004 04:34 am

Sad, Walt, it's really sad.

Pinnipedal Czar (: 3=
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Since: Apr 11, 2004


May 10, 2004 06:41 am

How would you eq a hand grenade discharge out of that otherwise perfect track ? Sorry .

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
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Since: May 10, 2002


May 10, 2004 01:19 pm

Ya Hue, that is a real challange here in these parts. Plenty of stray aberant "signal" to filter out from time to time. Sirens, Gun blasts, handgrenade explosions, speratic screaming, oh and the frequent thumpermobiles.

Say are you still in Detroit? Noticed your reference in the profile. Maybe we should get together and build a bomb shelter or something like that for a studio?

...bringing sexy back
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Since: Jul 01, 2002


May 10, 2004 01:34 pm

you could get sponsorship off the drug barons...

glad its not that bad where i am, its bad enough having kid throwing eggs up the house and writing their name in paint up the wall.

first drive by shooting round here is gonna be by me, if i catch em painting my walls again...

bace135 in the house tonight!
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Since: Jan 28, 2003


May 10, 2004 01:40 pm

My business partner and groupmate/fellow mc is originally from flynt, MI. He describes it as hell. Seems michigan is just not a very nice place.

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May 10, 2004 01:41 pm

I'd be crabby too with only the Lions, Tigers and Pistons for teams to follow LOL

...bringing sexy back
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May 10, 2004 01:48 pm

try living here and supporting man city! not a good thing, trust me...think of a potentially good football team, who insist on scoring a few own goals every game, and who dont seem to know where the other goal is...thats what we're up against!

bace135 in the house tonight!
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Since: Jan 28, 2003


May 10, 2004 01:55 pm

Well, the pistons aren't bad right now. That's gotta count for something right?

I mean, I got the Niners, Giants and Warriors and all these out of towners/transplants rooting for the wrong teams and rubbing it in my face. It's a wonder I don't get into more fights.

Pinnipedal Czar (: 3=
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May 10, 2004 03:52 pm

Quote:
"Maybe we should get together and build a bomb shelter or something like that for a studio?"


A bomb shelter... YES ! lol
I don't live in the Detroit area proper, but about 20 miles north of it . The crime is ALMOST as bad as the police, who like to shoot first, question later . I met a bartender once who was shot by our police in the face, after calling them herself to break-up a bar fight ... nice, huh ? Hell, I set-up security cameras in my place to protect me from THEM . We should get together sometime though... someplace safe . lol

Quote:
"I'd be crabby too with only the Lions, Tigers and Pistons for teams to follow LOL"

Yeah, and our hockey team, just got knocked out of the play-offs . Sheesch ...

Oh, and coolo... you're friend is right, Flint,MI IS hell ! lol Funny though... y'a drive 30 min. north of there and it's some of the most beautiful country to see in Michigan .

We live in a very cool state, where the extremes of our society are pretty-much right in our face, but at least we're not terrorised by children with eggs ! LOL



Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
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May 10, 2004 11:00 pm

Ya Hue, it is pretty bipolar. I spent a lot years in the northern burbs myself. Also 15 years in northern around Aplena and Gaylord. And yes mid-state is pretty nasty but thankfuly not that close to Hell which is not a bad little town...yet. Thinking seriously of looking to the west next. A lot going on without being shot at regularly.

Czar of Midi
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May 20, 2004 10:35 pm

Ya Walt, west like Minnessotta for instance. Weathers not half bad, nice space out here in the southern burbs. And besides that, dB and me is here. What more could ya ask for?

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
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May 21, 2004 08:10 am

It's very tempting Noise. Twin cities, Kansas, a few others. Frankly I thought this thread was dead and gone but as much as it came back again... Yet another little fun fact. A good friend lives across the street from the drive by incident. He related that the police came out, talked to the shooter and the shot at. Knew them both by name. No arrests made. Official word is the police don't want to agravate the situation. Could cause cival unrest. The police where to have a "meeting" about the incident because a lot of neighbors didn't agree. They didn't like bullets flying over them. Go figgure!

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


May 21, 2004 08:13 am

Quote:
Official word is the police don't want to agravate the situation. Could cause cival unrest.


Well, one surely doesn't want to offend the shooter or trample on his rights ya know...

My wife and I are seriously discussing leaving this liberal, socialist, politically correct chamber pot of a nation, just haven't figured out where to go yet...which is sad, as messed up as it is, one is still hard pressed to find a better one.

I am not a crook's head
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Since: Mar 14, 2003


May 21, 2004 08:44 am

Have any of you Michigan-ites (???) listened to "Greetings from Michigan" from Sufjan Stevens? Just wondering if that album made any splash at all in its namesake state. I've almost worn out that CD.

about the only impression I've gotten of Michigan was from the latter parts of Bowling For Columbine, where the filmmaker paints a pretty dreary picture of Flint. Sufjan Stevens does likewise with the opening track from Michigan, entitled "Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)".

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
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May 21, 2004 08:54 am

It's tough. There doesn't seem to be a lot of "middle of the road" thinking at present. I'm sorry to hear you are suffering from contemporary or sophiciated thinking there in MN as well. It is quite twisted. I would advise not considering south eastern Michigan as a option. I'm affraid you would find little relief from what you are experiencing. I think you would find it to be a lot more violent and uneducated atmosphere, with a strong tone of the pseudo-sophicated liberal "no consequence / no responsibility" affect woven in the fabric. I doubt that is what you are seeking.

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Since: Apr 03, 2002


May 21, 2004 08:57 am

Minnesota, while a beautiful state with a lot of great wildlife, parks, rivers and other gifts from mother nature, is a haven for the liberal socialistic morally vacant masses...which is sad.

Tadpui, yeah, Bowling for Columbine probably didn't do any good for the Flint tourism industry...

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
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May 21, 2004 09:14 am

Tadpui, Can't say that I have. I remember you mentioning it earlier. I think Flint was the first of many yet to fall. The US auto industry is still hanging on to industrial revolution mentality. The bottom line is visulized in every day real people events where the UAW worker collects $30.00 plus an hour for sleeping in the warehouse after smashing his phone, while the manager parades his new tie and practices a new level of arrogance. It's a short sighted little war that has proliferated far beyond usfullness. Obviously post Mercede's involvement, we are reduced to the Big Two and quite franlky per repairs in the shop are still creating inferior junk at premium prices. Michigan has never diversfied, probably because the auto industry has maintained a level of inflation that other industry's can not compete with in the area. If you don't work for the big X, you can not afford the area. Obviously that is being challanged.

Eat Spam before it eats YOU!!!
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Since: May 11, 2002


May 21, 2004 09:27 am

Don't believe a word of what they say Walt!!! they're just looking for fresh meat for the psychotic minneapolis freeways... I mean... they have stop lights on the entrance ramps! Nobody knows how to merge and the lanes are a least a foot narrower! Plus ITS COLD THERE!!!

:)

I used to live just north of Battle Creek, MI and it was pretty nice... but I lived so far out in the midle of nowhere that I could only see 3 other houses if I was standing in the road infront of mine... Though there was one instance where some guy was hunting deer inside our barn... and got one... we told him to give us half or we'd call the police... so we got half.

In highschool bringing weapons was practically encouraged...everyone carried a knife... and during deer season a lot of people brought their guns.

My sister just moved back to michigan actually.. though the northern part of the LP

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May 21, 2004 09:29 am

They are not "stop lights" they are "flow control" lights, come on now, be fair :-)

Eat Spam before it eats YOU!!!
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May 21, 2004 09:37 am

well they suggest you stop :)

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
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May 21, 2004 09:57 am

Zek, That is halarious! I grew up in the northern LP. I know of what you speak! My school always closed for deer season. But that was when you brought out the pot to make coffee, rocks where found on dirt roads, folks had hoes in the shed, a mofo was a good deal, and when you shot something you could often eat it. Things change.

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