Monthly Archives: April 2011

Ward Churchill Spotted at TUSD Board Uprising

Students who chained themselves to chairs in order to stop the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) Board from taking action against “Mexican-American Studies” the other night may have had some rather infamous company.

Remember Ward Churchill?  The Former Ethnic Studies Professor and activist that was fired from the University of Colorado?  The one who pretended to be an American Indian?  The one who called 9-11 victims “Little Eichmann’s”?  Yeah, that Ward Churchill.  He was apparently in Tucson supporting the students who took over a TUSD Board Meeting.

Here is a rather long and poorly shot video of what took place on Tuesday.  Pay attention to the guy leaning on the podium in the middle of the room.  (I know it’s hard with the excessive zooming and panning).  Churchill can be seen chanting along at 1:57, 2:35, 3:30ish and 5:39.  I have posted freezes below the video.

So why was he there? Did someone bring him in? He certainly appeared to be having a good time. Mysteries for now.

If you’ve forgotten some of the controversies that led to Ward Churchill’s firing from the University of Colorado, here is an instructive refresher link:

Michelle Malkin’s Ward Churchill Category

(h/t the fine folks who run TU4SD.com)

UPDATE:  Daily KOS article from April 27th also mentions Ward’s presence at the meeting.

Clarification and UPDATE:  Some people think I shot the video.  It was shot by someone sympathetic to the students and also a true amateur.   Also, Churchill’s presence blows apart the claims by the students communist handlers that the students were working mostly on their own.

TUSD Ethnic Study Students Shut Down Meeting

If you are a news junky like I am then you probably already know what happened.  If you live in Tucson, then you know that a lot of the country’s craziness is happening right here.  Here’s one account of what happened:

I think the adults directing the children know that their time is short.  After all, the class has been found in violation of state law.

There is so much to say on this subject and will try to carve out more time to say it in the coming days.  The Blaze was kind enough to pick up some links that I sent them to La Raza studies.  Go to their story and take a look at the handouts for yourself and see some of the anti-American hate that is presented in the class. Or, just surf over to TU4SD.com.  They have a TON of information.

What floored me is when I learned that “Ethnic Studies” was being offered as a core curriculum class!  In other words a student could chose La Raza and skip U.S. History and still graduate!  Outrageous.  The TUSD Board Meeting that was scheduled (and is now rescheduled for May 5th) was to decide if Ethnic Studies should be offered as an elective only.  According to the Arizona Republic, some of the “adults” in the room are cheering the students on:

It certainly isn’t the hapless governing board running TUSD that’s in charge. Two of the board members could be seen pathetically cheering on the screaming students and former students during Tuesday night’s melee.

No arrests were made, but charges still may be forthcoming.

It is Finished

Often during the music worship time at church I am taken back to that moment in history where Jesus Christ hung on a cross and was punished for the sins of the world.  In my mind’s eye I see the entire universe, all of creation, and all of time, pivoting on that moment.

The Old Testament Saints were looking forward to the cross in faith and the New Testament Saints look back.  That remarkable moment that affected future and past.  Where God righted our wrong once and for all and for all time, past, present and future.

Several years ago I wrote how God showed me that it was the joy of my salvation (and yours) that gave Jesus strength as He went to the cross.  It’s a similar message that Musicianaries “Take No Glory” share in their song, “He Didn’t Die in Vain.”

Check out all of their music.  They give it away for free!

John 19:30
“Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!”  And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”

The story doesn’t end there.  Jesus rose from the dead on the 3rd day!  He appeared to His disciples and many others over a period of 40 days and then He ascended into Heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for the saints.

We are born with a sin nature thanx to the original sin committed by Adam, but God fixed it.  Only He could.  Sin (falling short of God’s perfection) demands a payment.  Death.  Jesus paid that price so God could be both Righteous and Love.

Righteous because God can’t say that sin brings death and then lie by not punishing sin.  Because of God’s Love He sentenced His Son to our death so we could live with Him forever!  It was the only way.  That’s why Jesus said that the only way to the Father is through Him.  And so it is.  Finished.  All you have to do is believe.

America, Our Promised Land

This is part one in a series that Pastor Duane Sheriff preached in November of 2010.  Listen and be blessed as Pastor Duane reminds us of America’s history and God’s Will for, “America, Our Promised Land.”  (runs 56 minutes)

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Reptile Dysfunction

Don't you hate it when you've just popped some corn and the family gathers around for a little evening TV and one of those Cialis commercials comes on?  If no one is talking, suddenly someone brings up something, anything, so the family can talk instead of stare uncomfortably at the screen.

While I'm on the subject I've been wondering, just what is "Reptile Dysfunction?"  I live in the desert and see lots of reptiles.  I even came face to face with a rattlesnake a few Springs ago, not to mention a Gila Monster and numerous other slithery and scaly critters.  They all seemed fine.  Frankly, I'm a big fan of all the lizards that run around here.  It kinda brings out the big kid in me!  All of that excitement seeing a lizard dart up a wall or a snake crossing the street.  I don't think I've seen any reptile dysfunction.

What?  What's that you are saying?

Really?  Oh.  That's different.

Never mind.

April Foolin’

In general I’m not big into April Fool’s Day.  Those that know me pretty well are usually surprised to hear that.  I tend to be a fun-loving guy who likes to laugh a lot.  I guess it can be surprising when I say that I have a tough time coming up with April Fool’s pranks, or jokes, that are good.

Sure, stoopid April Fool’s jokes are a dime a dozen.  Usually it’s based on a lie that isn’t hard to detect as a lie.  Everyone has an uncomfortable laugh and then gets on with the day.  Worse yet is a made up tragic story that causes wailing and sobbing only to be replaced by fists flying when the truth is revealed.

However, I do have one story of a joke that I actually planned out and pulled off that wasn’t half bad.  This is that story.

It was years ago in Roswell, New Mexico.  I was the main Weather Anchor on the 6:00 and 10:00 news on KBIM-TV.  I brought my son and daughter to work with me on April Fool’s Eve along with the suit and tie that I was going to wear the next night.  I used a photog to shoot the video.  By the 6:00 o’clock news on April Fool’s night, I was ready.  I instructed my director to mess with the clipping on the weather wall shortly after I started my weather and then roll tape once I walked off camera.  It worked brilliantly.  Here’s what the viewer saw that night in 1993:

We came out of the commercial and I got 10 or 15 seconds into the weathercast when I started to fade in and out on the air.  I turned to the camera said, “something’s not right, I’m gonna go check this out.”  I then walked off camera and out the studio door with the camera following behind.  I walked into the control room and up to the “director” and it was my 4 year old son and 10 year old daughter.  My son had the headsets on and my daughter was at the controls of the switcher.  I looked at ’em and said, “I know it’s your first time directing and all, but can you please try and get it right?”  They said in unison, “OK Dad.  NOT!”

I then walked back into the studio shaking my head and went on with the weather.

Fun times!  Great team work between a news photog, director, tape op and my kids.  My only regret is I didn’t save a copy.

Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my brother Chris!  Seriously.