Jillian C. York

Jillian C. York is a writer and activist.

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Giant poo escapes!

Artist Paul McCarthy (no, not McCartney) created a giant poo sculpture in a garden in Switzerland.  The giant turd, described as “house-sized,” apparently escaped on July 31, wreaking havoc along its path.  It even broke a window in an orphanage (poor kids!)

Museum officials haven’t decided whether or not to return the sculpture to its proper place.

Texas says teachers can carry guns to school

A North Texas school district has just ruled that teachers may carry concealed weapons:

“When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that’s when all of these shootings started. Why would you put it out there that a group of people can’t defend themselves? That’s like saying ‘sic ’em’ to a dog,” Thweatt said in Friday’s online edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The school district feels that teachers should be able to defend themselves against potential school shootings.  Apparently, the nearest police station is over 30 miles away, and the campus sits nearby U.S. 287, a heavily trafficked highway.

Is this seriously what my country is coming to?  Wait a minute…Texas, why don’t you just go ahead and secede from the union already?  Seriously.

Way to keep it classy, Deep South.

Goodbye

From IHT:

Mahmoud Darwish, the world’s most recognized Palestinian poet, whose prose gave voice to the Palestinian experience of exile, occupation and infighting, died on Saturday in Houston, Texas.

Darwish was my introduction to Palestine.  I can imagine that’s true for a lot of people like myself who, as students, fell in love with either Arabic or the Middle East or for whatever reason picked up a translation.  Unfortunately, It Was Paradise drew me in, made me wish I could read his words in Arabic (I still can’t, though spoken, I get some), or that the rest of his works were translated.

And so today, another great soul lost.

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