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Brothers At Arms 005 The State of Education

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The state of education in this nation is more than abysmal, it is criminal. Join Joe Long and Ira Robinson as they discuss some of the insanity going on in that area, as well as other topics, in this episode of Brothers at Arms!

 

 

The following are the show notes used to record this episode.  They are here for your reference and convenience.

 

NEWS:

Louisiana businesses are suddenly discovering a new law that flew under the radar during the last legislative session:
    Cold hard cash. It’s good everywhere you go, right? You can use it to pay for anything.
    But that’s not the case here in Louisiana now. It’s a law that was passed during this year’s busy legislative session.
    House bill 195 basically says those who buy and sell second hand goods cannot use cash to make those transactions, and it flew so far under the radar most businesses don’t even know about it.
    “We’re gonna lose a lot of business,” says Danny Guidry, who owns the Pioneer Trading Post in Lafayette. He deals in buying and selling unique second hand items.
    “We don’t want this cash transaction to be taken away from us. It’s an everyday transaction,” Guidry explains.
    Guidry says, “I think everyone in this business once they find out about it. They’re will definitely be a lot of uproar.”
    The law states those who buy or sell second hand goods are prohibited from using cash. State representative Rickey Hardy co-authored the bill.
    Hardy says, “they give a check or a cashiers money order, or electronic one of those three mechanisms is used.”
    Hardy says the bill is targeted at criminals who steal anything from copper to televisions, and sell them for a quick buck. Having a paper trail will make it easier for law enforcement.

Two school districts in Kansas announced this week that the academic year would end early because they lack sufficient funding to keep the schools open.

Concordia Unified School District will finish up six days early, on May 15, and Twin Valley Unified School District will let students out 12 days early, on May 8, the Associated Press reports.

In March, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed a school funding overhaul, which resulted in the state’s schools losing a combined $51 million meant to help them finish out the current academic year. Members of the Twin Valley school board cited “the present mid-year, unplanned financial cuts recently signed into law” as a reason for the early shutdown.

Memories Pizza is a nine-year-old shop in downtown Walkerton, Indiana, just a few blocks from John Glenn High School. It’s owned by an openly-Christian couple, the O’Connors, who decorate their shop with mementos of their faith in Christ. So how does a small business in a small town wind up making headlines around the world as the new avatar of Christian bigotry?

Perhaps, you say, they brought this upon themselves, seeking out publicity for their strict biblical views.

Eh…no.

Some cursory internet forensics shows how it happened…or rather, how it was made to happen.

ABC-57 reporter Alyssa Marino’s editor sends her on a half-hour drive southwest of their South Bend studio, to the small town of Walkerton (Pop. ~2,300). According to Alyssa’s own account on Twitter, she “just walked into their shop [Memories Pizza] and asked how they feel” about Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Owner Crystal O’Connor says she’s in favor of it, noting that while anyone can eat in her family restaurant, if the business were asked to cater a gay wedding, they would not do it. It conflicts with their biblical beliefs. Alyssa’s tweet mentions that the O’Connors have “never been asked to cater a same-sex wedding.”

What we have here is — as we called in journalism school jargon — “no story.” Nothing happened. Nothing was about to happen.

After an elementary-school substitute teacher reprimanded a mother and father (a doctor) for packing their daughter a lunch with chocolate and marshmallows, the school has reportedly offered an apology for overstepping its boundaries.

The shaming note, handwritten on orange paper, was sent home on Tuesday with Justin Puckett’s daughter Alia, a student at Kirksville Primary School in Missouri. It read as follows:

“Dr. and Mrs. Puckett, 

The cafeteria reported to me that Alia’s lunch today included 4 chocolate bars, a bag of marshmallows, Ritz crackers and a pickle. Please see that she packs a proper lunch tomorrow.”

The letter also had a space titled “Parent signature requested” on which Puckett wrote “Request denied.”
On Tuesday, Puckett uploaded a photo of the note to Facebook with the caption: “Big brother……….At least get your facts straight before intruding. I was aware of her lunch contents. Four pieces of ham, low fat string cheese, pickles, 4 marshmallows, and a small piece of dark chocolate (she did have 2 extra pieces, one for her brother and another for a friend who we know well and her parents are ok with this). There were no crackers. Sure, I’d liked her to pack a few more veggies and maybe a piece of fruit, but we compromise on pickles occasionally. How would you respond to this note?”

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