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Lucid dreaming

·These are notes I took immediately after I woke up this morning.

· My high school was in the press for a newsletter that had a December newsletter from the school board that said,

"At this holiday time, we pause to remember the sacrifices which were made back when Christmas began," the letter said. "God sent his Son to earth as the greatest gift to mankind. We feel that our Kenowa Hills Family has also made great sacrifices throughout the past years. All Kenowa Hills employees give willingly to the students entrusted to us. ... Merry Christmas, and God bless us everyone!"

This caused some anger from a family (whose kids I went to school with... and Atheists) who want the board to retract the statement and assurances the board "will recognize and respect the diversity of religious beliefs in the community."

Unsurprisingly, member Dennis Kneibel said, "I don't think there's anything wrong with it, but we'll talk about it with our attorney." I hate this guy. He had kids one year older and one year younger than me and I just did not like them. And he's this cop who thinks he owns Walker. I can't remember why, but my dad has a thing against him too.

The other reason this is all so ridiculous is highlighted by a custodian who thinks the language "Kenowa Hills Family [faculty/staff] has also made great sacrifices". Implying there could be more cuts or sacrifices. Kenowa Hills was recently in the news for the employees working something like an entire year without a contract and constantly threatening to strike, with support from schools around the area. Eventually they settled on less than what they got before and it's still a huge sore spot. So to have the school board say, "Praise Jesus and be grateful for what you have, employees..." is a real insult.

· In the Taco Bell drive thru the other night I said, "Gracias" to the employee after getting my food. He replied with, "No hay que nada". (ain't no thang)

· On the bus a few weeks ago some high school students grumbled that I got on the bus for free. The driver explained that GVSU students get free admission. One asked my major and I said French. She said, "How do you say 'Hop off my dick' in French?" I replied, "Sautez de mon bite".


Yeah for Kenowa Hills and Dennis Kneibel. It's called freedom of speech - if you don't like it - ignore it and don't listen to it!!!!

To: A Girl, who posted from Ann Arbor

Since you didn't leave your e-mail address I won't be sure that you can read my response. My guess is you were googling "Dennis Kneibel", as he may be a relative or father of a friend of yours, and found this entry on page 2 as I did.

Yes, it is freedom of speech, however that freedom isn't protected when it is of a religious nature (representing only one religion) in a publicly-funded environment, here a public high school. It sure is fun to ignore ridiculous statements like his, but how long should we just ignore something we don't like? What if Intelligent Design creeps into the classroom? Will our children have to ignore this free speech in their science classes?

(I'd also like to point out that you can't really listen to something that's written as it makes no audible noise.)

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