The latest stupidity courtesy FoxNews:
Parents in Illinois are outraged over a move by a local high school to scrap its girls basketball team's trip to Arizona over the Grand Canyon State’s new immigration law.
The Highland Park High School varsity basketball team has been selling cookies for months to raise money for a tournament in Arizona.
Now, after winning their first conference title in 26 years, the girls are being denied the opportunity to play in the tournament due to uncertainty over how a new Arizona law that makes it a crime to be in the country illegally will be enforced -- and because the trip “would not be aligned” with the school's “beliefs and values,” Assistant Superintendent Suzan Hebson told the Chicago Tribune.
Parents said there was no vote or consultation regarding the decision, which they called confusing, especially since they say no players on the team are illegal immigrants.
“I’m not sure whose values and what values and what beliefs they’re talking about, we were just going to Arizona to play basketball and our daughters were very disappointed to find out the trip had been canceled,” Michael Evans, a father of one of the players told Fox News.
Evans said if for some reason a player was worried about her safety, she could always opt to stay home from the December tournament without forcing the entire team to do the same.
“This tournament was voluntary, so students could decide not to go if they thought they were at some sort of risk of some sort of harm to themselves, but to penalize all the other girls because of some potential risk? I don’t understand it,” he said.
Evans said he also failed to understand why the school allowed so many other trips, but not this one.
“The school has sent children to China, they’ve sent children to South America, they’ve sent children to the Czech Republic, but somehow Arizona is more unsafe for them than those places,” he said.
“The beliefs and values of China are apparently aligned since they approved that trip,” he added.
One player, who said she is against the Arizona law, told Fox News she didn’t see how the tournament was related.
“It’s ultimately the state’s decision, no matter what I think. Not playing basketball in Arizona is not going to change anything,” she told Fox News.
But for now, Hebson says, Arizona is off limits.
"We would want to ensure that all of our students had the opportunity to be included and be safe and be able to enjoy the experience," Hebson told the Tribune about the tournament. "We wouldn't necessarily be able to guarantee that."
Once again, that's Suzan Hebson, Shebson@dist113.org.
Of course in this case, you might have trouble getting through, as it looks like every blogger in the Chicago metro area is stirring the natives to grab their torches and pitchforks. Y'know, we'e got assistants kicking kids out of school for wearing American flag t-shirts on cinco de mayo; we've got assistants giving third graders detention for possessing candy; and now assistants punishing girls for wanting to play in a tourney in the USA, where the school's values are not reflected, rather than someplace they are, like Red China. Aren't you glad all the FWCS assistants are getting pink slips in June? Hopefully we'll replace them with acceptable administrators, perhaps selected from our highly intellectual Burmese community.
Lordy, look at the world cup turned upside down! First we have the hosts, Germany, winning their way into the second round with a 3-1 win over a suddenly Danish Denmark team. Then Latvia wakes up at last with a 5-2 win over hapless Italy. Then (as the tremors begin) Finland stays alive with a 3-2 win over the USA, who joins Italy in the "relagation round" (which means the loser of this bunch gets booted out of the top 16). And THENNNN... In 24 games in 76 years of international competition, Switzerland was 0-for-22 with 2 ties against Canada. In 16 of those games, Switzerland scored one goal or less. I think after yesterday's Norway/Czech Republic game, you see where I'm going here... Switzerland 4, Canada 1!!!!
Canada, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Germany, and Switzerland have won their way into the "qualification round" which will be a 2-pool round robin. The other two last place teams will join USA and Italy in the relegation round. The last two in this pool will be replaced in the 2011 world cup by Austria and Slovenia. I would hate to be replaced by Slovenia. It would be like being replaced at work by Scrappy.