Just Say No… to Hugs?

Sweet smoking Judas, you’ve gotta be kidding me. Mesa Public Schools has instituted a No Hugging Policy?

A group of Shepherd Junior High School students in east Mesa protested a new school policy banning student hugs with a giant group hug on Friday.

Students waited until school was dismissed before gathering across the street from the campus to begin hugging each other and then chanting, “We want hugs.”

Some kids sat on the shoulders of their friends during the display.

The public display of affection and chanting came at 3:45 p.m. and lasted about 20 minutes.

Neither principal Eileen Cahoon nor Kathy Bareiss, spokeswoman for Mesa Public Schools, immediately returned calls seeking comment about the new anti-hugging policy and student reaction to it.

The new rule was announced Wednesday.

One student, 14-year-old Chelsea Burnham, said she had to serve an hour detention Thursday after the new rule for hugging a friend. She also was forced to read the school’s new “public display of affection” policy.

Detention for hugging?! Words fail me. If they don’t change this, someone better be out of a job.

UPDATE: Welcome Hot Air readers — make yourself at home! Drinks are in the fridge.

UPDATE #2: The principal has backed down! Kind of. An update is here.

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February 29th, 2008 by admindude

Mesa endorsements.

I’ve already chronicled my all-important choices for Mesa Mayor and City Council, but AzCentral has a list of Mesa’s candidate endorsements. The Mayoral candidates first:

Rex Griswold: Mesa Chamber of Commerce; former Mayor Don Strauch; Frank Alger, Mesa park board member and veterans advocate.

Scott Smith: Mesa Chamber of Commerce; State Sen. Karen Johnson, R-Mesa; State Reps. Russell Pearce and Kirk Adams, both R-Mesa; former Councilman Bill Jaffa; Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona; Arizona Police Association.

Claudia Walters: Mayor Keno Hawker; Mesa and Arizona chapters, Fraternal Order of Police; The Mesa Republic; Mesa Chamber of Commerce; Councilmen Mike Whalen and Kyle Jones; Planning and Zoning Board members Rich Adams and Frank Mizner; former state Sen. and corporation commissioner Carl Kunasek, R-Mesa; school board member Cynthia Hobbs; former Councilmen Dennis Kavanaugh and John Giles; former Mayor Wayne Pomeroy; former Tempe Mayor Dale Shumway.

(Hey! Why didn’t they include me?! So jealous…)

It looks like Walters wins the endorsement Olympics, but my man Smith earns most of the crucial cop and firefighter vote. BTW, the Chamber of Commerce appears three times because they endorsed everyone… way to take a stand, guys!

And even though I’m supporting Kavanaugh for District 3 councilmember, this list was just painful to read:

Dennis Kavanaugh: Gov. Janet
Napolitano; U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell, D-Ariz.; Vice Mayor Claudia
Walters; council members Kyle Jones and Scott Somers; former mayors Don
Strauch, Wayne Brown and Wayne Pomeroy; former council members John
Giles, Pat Pomeroy, Jim Davidson, Pat Gilbert, Joan Newth and Leonard
“Pat” Langdon; Arizona Police Association.; Fraternal Order of Police;
Professional Firefighters of Arizona; United Mesa Firefighters; United
Food and Commercial Workers; Service Employees International Union;
Sierra Club; Arizona Multihousing Association.; Southeast Valley
Regional Association of Realtors; Mesa Chamber of Commerce; The Mesa Republic.

Mark Yarbrough: Former council member Janie Thom.

Mark, with friends like those…

(H/T: Mesa Issues)

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February 29th, 2008 by admindude

Divine intervention?

Am I the only guy that jumps every time I read a headline on Arizona’s District 3 congressional race?

Lord calls on Shadegg to support moratorium on Medicaid regulations

Whoa John, you better do what He says.

Lord releases list of endorsements

I’ll vote for whoever He wants me to.

Lord hits Shadegg over ‘wavering’ on CD3

If I were the headline writer, I couldn’t have resisted the verb “smites.”

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February 29th, 2008 by admindude

Kids, back in my day…

Someone has created a wiki of Obsolete Skills, so our progeny can remember how to do all the things we don’t need to do anymore. Going through the list brought back many forgotten memories:

  • Adjusting a television’s horizontal and vertical holds
  • Changing the ribbon on a typewriter
  • Making a chain of pop-tops
  • Rewinding an audio cassette using a Bic pen
  • Using a flash cube
  • Testing radio and TV tubes

A couple of days ago, while looking at the hideously ancient store graphics at my local Walgreen’s, I was transported back to the ’70s. I remembered being a kid, getting cylindrical ice cream scoops at the neighborhood Thrifty store and seeing a machine like this:

Wonder if I can find one of those babies on Ebay? Yep.

(H/T: Kottke)

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February 29th, 2008 by admindude

Quote of the Day, 2/29.

“Meanwhile, Osbourne is reportedly struggling to write his autobiography, because he can’t remember anything that’s happened to him.”

   — From an AzCentral news story on Ozzy Osbourne.

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February 29th, 2008 by admindude

You want a piece of this, eh?

Obama wants to “re-visit” NAFTA, and Canadians are none too happy about it.

“If any American government chose to make the mistake of reopening that
we would have some things we would want to talk about as well,” (Canadian Prime Minister) Harper

Does Obama really want to bring down the vicious, brutal, unmerciful yet exceedingly polite wrath of the entire nation of Canada upon his campaign?

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February 29th, 2008 by admindude

Friday Music Blogging: Burial

With news that Portishead reuniting, I wanted to focus on a new artist who evokes a similar mood to the British trip-hop band. Burial is the pseudonym of a London musician who creates “dubstep” — a gritty, dark and soulful style of electronic music.

His debut album won universal praise and was featured in many Best of 2006 lists. His latest album, Untrue, earned even more acclaim. It took me a couple of listens to “get it,” but now I can’t stop listening to (especially while doing computer work).

Being truly underground, Burial has no videos, but thankfully a fan has created his own using scenes from an anime film. This track is called “Archangel”.

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February 29th, 2008 by admindude

Minigun 2, trees 0

Dear Santa,

I have been an especially good boy this year…

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February 29th, 2008 by admindude

Defining victory down

At first, the surge wasn’t working because the violence in Iraq wasn’t going down.

But the violence in Iraq did go down. Rather dramatically.

Then the surge wasn’t working because the political goals weren’t being met.

But now they are.

Now the surge isn’t working because the troops haven’t come yet.

What’s next? The surge isn’t working because Clay Aiken still walks this earth? Because there’s no flying cars? The surge isn’t working because despite all our efforts, Uwe Boll is still making movies?

You’d think if there was one thing that would unite us, it’d be that last one…

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February 29th, 2008 by admindude

Quote of the Day, 2/28.

“You are Keith Olbermann with an accent.”
   — Karl of Protein Wisdom’s dismissal of self-important commentator Andrew Sullivan.

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February 28th, 2008 by admindude