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Harsh Lessons?

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008 3:52 AM

I haven't seen any of the speechifying from the Democratic National Convention, so I have nothing substantial to say.

Tonight's keynote address is from Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is expected to release her delegates and ask them to vote for Barack Obama. Frankly, after nearly two years of punditry on what Hillary is expected to do or going to do, I'm going to wait and see.

I still think she wants the job too much.

Meanwhile, the FBI has arrested two men in what appears to be an assassination plot against Barack Obama. A press conference on the arrests is forthcoming.

Dave over at Too Old To Be Cool mentioned a proposal in Texas to solve chronic truancy by bestowing tracking cuffs on the little darlings. The ACLU is arguing that this would be a violation of the students' privacy, as the tracking device would function when they aren't at school.

Well, boo fricking hoo. If you don't want to have your movements tracked, go to class.

I can think of other solutions that wouldn't violate students' privacy - such as placing truants in the equivalent of a boarding school, eight hours a day, seven days a week, with plenty of honest work to fill the 'free time.'

Or perhaps, since the students are partaking of public education - funded by your tax dollars - mommy and daddy should remit an appropriate amount to cover the money that's being wasted on their no-show progeny.

And if that's not acceptable, perhaps we should stipulate that if you don't want to be in school, you can replace some of the migrant farm workers in the fields.

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