Sen. Tim Green, D-St. Louis, has proposed legislation that would require schools to take all ninth- graders to a state correctional center before their sophomore year starting in the 2009-10 school year.
Superintendents or principals who fail to comply with the law would have their contracts terminated under the proposal.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
NEWTOWN, Conn.—In response to New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's filing of a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission yesterday, indicating that he would enter the 2008 presidential race as a Republican, the firearms industry's trade association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), reminded America's sportsmen and gun-enthusiasts of the former mayor's record of hostility toward firearms and gun-owners.
"Recent remarks indicate the mayor is attempting to camouflage his record on guns – a political maneuver now common for politicians seeking national office," said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Minutes after nighttime curfew began in Baghdad at 9 pm we saw breaking news on al-Hurra and al-Jazeera saying that Baghdad's security operation has just started.
The news says the first operation is currently underway in Azamiyah in the northeastern part of the city.
However, it looks quiet here at the moment, except for a sudden increase in activity in the skies with US jet fighters patrolling over the northern parts of Baghdad.
We're now only a few kilometers far from Azamiyah, so if there's going to be some action, we'll certainly hear-or see-it, and we'll keep you updated.
I've become addicted to the Military blogs. If you really care about what is happening in Iraq and Afghanistan you need to read them. Those on the ground, doing civilian reporting are more honest then any television station. There IS good news from the war, you just have to know where to find it.
"I think we can all agree that success in Iraq is the only option. Allowing Iraq to fall into a full scale civil war which results in Iraq breaking up into individual parts will undermine our security, the security of our friends and allies in the region, and could provide terrorists with a safe-haven from which to plot, train, and execute terrorist attacks. However, my number one priority is the safety of our men and women serving in our Armed Forces."
I'm a mom of 2 incredible kiddos. We live on a small farm in Daviess County, MO...that's Missouri for those who never stop off in fly over country. Missouri is right in the middle of the country and truer Americans you could never find. I've lived in this county most of my life, with a few side trips to "The City" of Kansas City and a small town in Texas thrown in.
My foray into politics began in earnest while Bill Clinton was soiling the office of President (not to mention that blue dress).
I was raised in a family that voted Democrat. My father was a union iron worker, so of course, he leaned to that party. For a long time I considered myself "independent", stating I would vote for the best person, not the party....then Clinton happened. I'm sure you have heard of Reagan democrats, I became a full-fledged Conservative Republican thanks to Clinton, his enabling wife and the hypocritical democrat party.
The party of my father has become a nightmare. They still claim to care about American families but only the blind could believe that. How can a national party oppose saving innocent children's lives (abortion on demand)? How can they openly support the destruction of families and morality (gay marriage)? How can they openly oppose victory while our country is fighting a war? Do they want to see the fight brought to American shores? Wasn't September 11 enough for them to see reason?
Don't get me wrong, I hardly believe the Republican party is perfect. In fact, I'm not too thrilled with some of those in power right now as you will see in further rantings. I do believe the Republican party is the best vehicle we have to further real American values. A few bad apples with only an eye toward poll results (Hagel for one) haven't completely soiled the party, but they sure are trying.
I don't believe President Bush is an evil or stupid man. I think he is doing the best he can in a terrible situation. No one can expect perfection from any human being. I support the war on terror completely and would like to see it even more aggressively pursued. Iraq was not a mistake, though mistakes have been made. The enemy we face is like no other in history. We are fighting a political ideal of domination. People who do not value their life or that of their children is an evil unlike anything before. Until the followers of Islam begin to value the life of children and wish to see them grow old and prosper we will be fighting this war.
Well, that's more than I had planned to begin with and I still have more I'd love to comment on. All in good time....
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