Friday, September 19, 2008

Harvey Milk Day!!! 

Since today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, (which I'm sure the kids would enjoy a lot more than Harvey Milk day) all I can say is, "Arrrrgh! Avast, ye lubbers!"

A friend of mine sent me a link to this snopes.com post about a California Assembly bill to commemorate the birthday of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk with "exercises" in the public schools. Milk was purportedly the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the US, and was murdered a year later by Dan White, who had resigned his seat on the SF Board of Supervisors.

I replied as follows:

Obviously, in the midst of our state's annual budget crisis, Assemblyman Leno (I have no idea whether he's related to a certain late-night talk show host) and his colleagues have zeroed in on the much more important task of honoring the murdered SF Supervisor Harvey Milk with a plan to "commemorate" Mr. Milk with "exercises" in the schools to mark his birthday. I can only imagine what those "exercises" might be, but given his support for the infamous Illinois sex-ed bill, I'm sure Mr. Obama would approve, not to mention Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid.

Perhaps I wouldn't mind so much if Supervisor Milk had done anything particularly noteworthy, but basically his qualifications for commemoration are (1) he was gay and (2) he was murdered by a disgruntled predecessor. Yes, he was the first openly gay person elected to office but hey, he was from San Francisco! It was always a matter of "not if, but when," which is why I don't regard his election as noteworthy.

30% of California students don't graduate from high school, and to be quite frank, this kind of thing is one reason why. Too much social engineering and too little real education. The school day is only so long--time spent conducting "exercises" to commemorate Mr. Milk is time not spent teaching English, mathematics and history--it's a zero-sum game. No wonder people here are opting for home-schooling in droves.

I've been trying to vote clowns like Mr. Leno out of office for decades, but since he's not from my district, I have no voice here, and unfortunately there are enough voters in his district to elect Mr. Leno.

To quote Thomas Paine, "These are times that try men's souls."

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