Three cheers for American hero James Willie Jones

For anyone not familiar, here is the basis of this post:

“Deputies: Fla. dad threatened kids on bus who teased daughter suffering from cerebral palsy”

Knowing how the cops and school adminstrators don’t work, hoping these things go away and treating them as bottom priorities, this is exactly what the parents of the Seminole County and every other school district should expect. the claim by the sheriff’s office that they should have gotten the complaint can be dismissed out of hand. Investigations like this do not bring in money for the department budget any more than investigating thefts and car burglaries do. Tickets from speed traps make money.

Three cheers for Mr. Jones. Here is the remedy: excrement rolls downhill. Parents and local media should be raising hell over why this situation started and got so far out of control. When/if the prosecutor and school board members see no hope of re-election if Mr. Jones is punished, positive actions will/could happen, including investigation, dismissing, putting the superintendent on notice or a combination from the board, putting the transportation manager on notice from the superintendent, the superintendent firing the driver and the transportation manager along with whover got the complaints from Mr. Jones and failed to act; and most importantly, law enforcement and social services investigating the parents of the abusive kids. Few things will make such parents start paying attention to their kids’ rotten behavior than to have cops come up to them at their places of work or to the door in front of the neighbors and haul them in for questioning.

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Nitpickers unite!

     As one who is tired of half-hourly updates on the Gulf when nothing is new, and ditto Joran Van Der Sloot hourly, I got my wish for a change today.

     While there are numerous reasons to criticize BP and Washington, today saw a new low in being persnickety. BP’s Board Chairman, Carl-Henrik Svanberg did a transliteration. That is, he commented on help for and understanding the needs of ‘the little guy’ be he an individual, a worker or a small business owner. But he did so by taking the Swedish way of saying it and translating the words into English with adjustment of word order for English. The little guy became “the small people”. One notes the news media tried to make an issue of this non-issue. Anyone who did must have missed class the day they taught journalism. But then, quotes were gathered from Gulf residents and ones reported were the negative, naturally. Even FoxNews stooped to this lowly and infantile stunt.

     We can all hope many Gulf residents are adult enough to keeping criticism of BP to the legitimate issues. 

     So, I propose a simple solution for anyone on from the Gulf wanting to criticize Mr. Svanberg’s English. Try the shoe on the other foot. 1. Apply for your check from BP via a form and instructions printed in Swedish. 2. Be required to ask for your checks when ready in fluent and accentless Swedish. 3. Have the checks payable in Swedish kroner.

     To anyone who is critical of Mr. Svanberg’s English, I ask, “Talar ni svenska?” and if the answer is “Jag talar inte bra svenska.” I offer a new personal motto: “Jag har hjärna brist.”

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