Eleven children ranging in age from 1 to 17 were left at hospitals Wednesday under Nebraska's unique safe haven law, which allows caregivers to abandon youngsters as old as 19 without fear of prosecution.
“To sustain this shining city on a hill,” Mr. Bush said, “we need to rescue the ignorant, irresponsible folks — from Wall Street to Capitol Hill to Main Street — who got us to where we are today. We must guarantee that no American suffers the soft bigotry of being forced to live with the consequences of his bad decisions.”
Barack Obama has edited his official website on many issues, including a huge revision on the technology page. Strangely it seems net neutrality is no longer as important as it was a few months ago, and the swaths of detail have been removed and replaced with fairly vague rhetoric. Many technologists were alarmed with the choice of Joe Biden before, and now it appears their fears might have been well founded.
Police raided a Westside house Friday morning where they suspected people were producing opiates and arrested a UC Santa Cruz doctoral candidate who said he used dried poppy pods to flavor home-brewed beer a month ago.
Actual posting seems to have pretty much stopped here over the past few weeks.
I blame the kids. They have kept the past few weeks such a constant state of motion that, like the title says, everything has pretty much been a blur.
So, a basic rundown of the past month or so:
The week before school started consisted of daily Field Hockey practice.
The school held a ‘meet the teams’ event where you could see all the fall sports teams/players plus get to see what $2 million dollars of taxpayer money buys in artificial turf. More on this later (hint: the kids don’t like it).
A last weekend of summer trip to the Strasburg Railroad and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. (flickr pics)
School started (August 25th).
Start of the local rec council outdoor soccer league for the youngest two (which also marks the start of the mom/dad tag team drop off/pick up relay).
Several home & away field hockey games.
A trip with the wife for a weekend of NASCAR racing at Richmond International Speedway which was nearly ruined by Tropical Storm Emma. (flick pics)
This is a big year for my oldest daughter (especially the past month). It’s the start of Junior High. that in itself brings a lot of changes… like getting on the bus at 7am instead of 8:20 like last year. The start of the 45 minute, 9 period school day as opposed to the 1 class staying as a unit all day in Elementary School. On top of all this, she decided she wanted to join the Junior High’s field hockey team. This means (in addition to the week of practice before school started) that she has practice two hours a day every day after school and play home/away games against other schools. Quite a change from her zero sports interest couch potatoe ways of just a few months ago. And as if all that wasn’t enough, Moday she had a full set of braces installed (which, as I am making a point to inform everyone, cost me $3,610. I’m doing this because….. damn).
I’m really impressed with how well she’s adjusted to all these changes. Her grades are actually up from last year. I thought for sure they’d take a hit until she worked out all her new responsbilities (not that everything has been perfectly smooth). She seems to be taking it all in stride. Here’s hoping it stays that way. (She’s already talking about Basketball in the Spring).