Monthly Archives: April 2011

TSA ‘molestation’ complaint gives us new ways to hate on gays, Muslims

Did you guys hear about this?

Former Miss USA Susie Castillo received an airport patdown that so violated her personal space that it felt to her like “molestation.” Here’s the video she recorded soon after the pat-down:

Here’s my take: there is a suggestion here (not coming from Susie Castillo, but coming from the wide coverage of this ‘news event’) that the ‘former Miss USA’ was ‘molested’ because she’s so pretty. If this is the narrative–and I believe it’s there, … Read more

thoughts on Michael Griffin’s murder conviction

So Michael Griffin was convicted this week of murdering Don Belton. Griffin never denied killing Belton, which made for a speedy trial: All that was left was deciding whether the act was one of self-defense, manslaughter, or outright murder.

Griffin’s defense was that Don Belton had sexually assaulted him, twice, and then refused to admit to the rapes or apologize when Griffin confronted him a few days later. Griffin’s lawyer tried to convince the jury that his client pulled out … Read more

Michael Griffin convicted of murder in stabbing death of Don Belton

I have thoughts. I have many thoughts. But right now I just want to post the news article from the Bloomington Herald-Times.

Jurors convict Griffin of murder in stabbing death of IU professor

By Laura Lane 331-4362 | llane@heraldt.com
April 14, 2011, last update: 4/15 @ 12:30 am
Michael James Griffin
Don Belton

After 12 hours of deliberations, jurors late Thursday night found Michael Griffin guilty of murder, deciding he intended to kill Don Belton when he stabbed him 22

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Friday quote bag

“The phrase, “technology and education” usually means inventing new gadgets to teach the same old stuff in a thinly disguised version of the same old way. Moreover, if the gadgets are computers, the same old teaching becomes incredibly more expensive and biased towards its dumbest parts, namely the kind of rote learning in which measurable results can be obtained by treating the children like pigeons in a skinner box.”

Papert S. (1980). Teaching Children Thinking in Taylor, R., Ed., The Read more

know your rights for the National Day of Silence

This Friday, April 15, is the National Day of Silence, a day in which students are asked to stand, in silence, in protest of the harrassment, bullying, and silencing of LGBTQ youth in schools. If you are a student who is considering participating in the Day of Silence, you need to know your rights in advance of the protest. Below is a document published by Lambda Legal in which your rights as a student are detailed.

April 15, 2011 … Read more