Jillian C. York

Jillian C. York is a writer and activist.

Month: August 2008 (page 2 of 3)

For your perusal…

Some links to keep you busy:

A Protestor’s Guide to the Democratic National Convention

What does the rest of the world think about U.S. elections?  Voices without Votes knows.

Saudi girls deserve sports heroes, too; my latest blogging venture.

WeOp-Ed: Participatory media at its finest (idea-wise, that is).

And in the totally random category (well, maybe not so much considering how obsessed I am with gymnastics once every four years)…an interview with Yelena Mukhina, the Olympic gymnast who, competing for the Soviet team in the 1980s, sustained an injury that left her a quadriplegic. Mukhina died in 2006.

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.

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