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Have a Merry Christmas or we will sue you

Friday, December 11th, 2009   7:04 am | Author: freethinker | Education, Politics/Government, Religion | Add Comment
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The Tea Party has found a new cause. In a reverse course the Party is seeking to impose a government regulation (instead of getting the government out of people’s lives) to require schools to play Christmas music and have pupils participate.

 

Calling it the ”Freedom to Present Christmas Music in Public School Classrooms or Assemblies” initiative the Redding (California) Tea Party is dead serious about this.

 

The local paper the Record Searchlight reports 

 

“The initiative would require schools to provide children the opportunity to listen to or perform Christmas carols, and would subject the schools to litigation if the rule isn’t followed.”

 

“Schools currently are allowed to offer Christmas music as long as it is used for academic purposes rather than devotional purposes and isn’t used to promote a particular religious belief, according to an analysis by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office.”

 

This is the brainchild of Merry Hyatt, a substitute teacher who filed ..continue reading

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Music in the barn

Saturday, June 20th, 2009   3:58 pm | Author: MDB | Life, Pets/Animals | Add Comment
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We visited friends of ours last week who own a working farm. They have a large barn with several horses. Our friends had speakers installed there to play classical music for the animals. They felt that it had a soothing affect on them.

 

I thought it was a good idea. They told me that they read a story of a woman in England that was doing the same for the last twenty years, playing classical music from a radio station to her horses. Then one day she received a notice from the Performing Rights Society stating that she had to get a license to play the music since she had a few employees and that made her a commercial enterprise the same as cafes and bars that play commercial music and playing music in her barn was considered a performance.

 

How stupid is that?

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Karaoke perfomances

Thursday, June 18th, 2009   7:41 pm | Author: Erica | Entertainment/Sports, Services/Products | Add Comment
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After work several of my co-workers and I went to a bar for a couple of drinks. About a half hour after we got one of the owners of the bar got on a small stage and said it was karaoke night and the mic was open to anyone who wanted to sing. Several people lined up and I have to say that we must have hit tone deaf night. One or two of the”singers” had a decent voice the rest were terrible. Worse than terrible :-( And it was so loud that we couldn’t have an ongoing conversation.

 

Someone told me that the Karaoke was voted as the worst invention in a government survey in England. I think they were right.

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American Express McCartney Presales a Joke!

Monday, June 15th, 2009   8:40 am | Author: rosie | Entertainment/Sports | Add Comment
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I got an email form Amex stating that Friday June 12, I can go online and buy Paul McCartney tixs in advance of general public sale.  The tickets are 49.50,59.50,99.50,175.00 and 250.00.  So I went online only to wait 15 minutes before I got in only to find out the Presale was only on the 175.00 and 250.00 tickets, even though the email I got stated all prices.  Needless to say I did not buy them and tried for over 45minutes to get them today, but I never got in to buy them, I am annoyed that I was offered a Presale that did not exist(99.50 tickets).

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Susan Boyle fever

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009   1:15 pm | Author: Traveler | Entertainment/Sports | 1 Comment
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I spent the last few days in London and witnessed the Susan Boyle mania everywhere. The papers, TV, conversations at the pubs, everywhere.

 

I have to say that I don’t understand it. She seems like a nice lady. Has a good voice, although it seems that she is stuck on that one song from Les Miserables. I am sure that there are thousands if not tens of thousands of ordinary people in the world who can sing as well as her. And just to show that I’m not down on the Brits I didn’t get the American Idol mania last week either.

 

I guess these shows are a great diversion from the real problems we face today. Like this site. Always good to check in here and see what is bothering people.

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