Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ooh look, I'm "rich" :-)

Sadly "Mr. David Norman" does not seem to have a telephone, nor is he capable of writing English well enough to pass for an actual Englishman, so I guess this Nigerian will have to try his scam on someone else.

Mr.David Norman,
Knights quarter, 14 st. john's lane,
London, ec1m 4aj England
Email [Deleted]


Compliments of the day!

I got your contact on my private search for a reliable and trusted person to handle a transaction of this nature. I know that the contents of this mail might sound so strange, but I want to assure you that every word of it is true.

I am Mr.David Norman a financial consultant to a deceased immigrant Mr. Andreas Devich, property magnate who was based in the U.K., who happens to be my client. on the month of July 2000, my client, his wife Maria, their daughter andrea each, her husband Christian, and their children katharina and maximilian all died in the air France concord plane crash bound for new York in their plan for a world cruise, since then I have been managing his properties here in the u.k. and some others which he put out for sale.

The properties which have long been put out on sale have now been paid for and now the money paid has long been deposited into his local bank account here.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and estate left behind by my client before they get seized or declared unserviceable by his bank since both of you have the same last name.

Particularly, the bank has issued me with a notice to provide any of his beneficiaries or have the account confisticated within a short period of time.

my late client has an account valued at 50.3 million united states dollars only. since I have been unsuccessful in locating any of my clients relatives for some time now and with no one coming forward since my client passed on and with the bank now giving me a deadline, I now seek your consent to present you as the beneficiary to my deceased client just for the sake that you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of his account valued at 50.3 million united states dollars only can be paid to you.

This I intend we share amongst ourselves in the ratio of 50% to me and 40% for you while the balance 10% we shall use for settling any miscellaneous expenses that might arise. I have all the necessary information that can be used to back up any claim that we may make and I can assure you that you shall be paid this amount as the beneficiary of the funds of my late client.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Trust me as his personal consultant that this is a risk-free transaction. Please get in touch with me via my confidential email, and send me the following information:

1) Your full names and address as you want them used in the payment documents
2) Telephone and fax numbers .upon receipt of this information,
We shall discuss further about this transaction.

Thank you in anticipation of your cooperation.

Best regards,

Mr.David Norman.
Please get in touch with me via my confidential email [deleted]

Whores, of various types

Gee Whiz, I called Obama a "corporate whore" before he was elected. I called him that because it accurately describes him, and nearly every other politician. Everyone knows "whore" has a wider meaning than just low level sex workers, it also includes really offensive people like politicians & lobbyists. If you want to know where the power is in America just follow the money, when you do that you'll realize that "whores" describes pretty much the entire legislative, judicial and most especially executive branches of the DC Mafia. Heck, PJ O'Rourke called them that years ago and got a best seller out of it!

Now we have hypocritical right wing spew condemning the use of the word just because it was uttered by a Democrat. A new low even by these dweebs. Pathetic losers all.

You would think in a country where people swear, cuss, deride others, gossip, slander, lie, cheat and steal on a daily basis - that someone referring to another person in a “derogatory” way would not make national news. ...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sophia and Serenity

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Lora and Serenity at the Presidio

Serenity "met" her Great-great-great Grandmother and Grandfather Hans & Bella Gilbertsen (Pearson) Also said hello to Hans and Anna Sletten while we were there :-) We were on our way just over the hill to Sophia's birthday party.

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Sophia's party was Pirate themed, Aargh!

Pirate party
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

California State Parks cutbacks widespread

About a million useless, parasitical Sacramento drones will keep pushing paper around in the capitol, but the parks will close... as I've said before, it's time for some major civil disobedience, just hop the fence and use OUR parks anyway.

California State Parks cutbacks widespread

Larry Devich Here is a photo of the new California State Parks Pass, only $19.97 plus tax. Only good on weekdays, on weekends you might have to use money. Oh well.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Issues Etc.

Still the best talk radio around, Christian or not: Issue Etc.

Is Obama an American? And do we really care anyway?

An old friend, of a somewhat "conservative" bent, sent me this today. I thought I'd share it here, along with my own reply which I have appended at the end:

While I've little interest in getting in the middle of the Obama birth issue,Paul Hollrah over at UTFSM
(What the hell is that anyway?) did so yesterday and believes the issue can be resolved by Obama answering one simple question:

What passport did he use when he was shuttling between New York ,
Jakarta ,and Karachi?

So how did a young man who arrived in New York in early June 1981,
without the price of a hotel room in his pocket, suddenly come up with
the price of a round-the-world trip just a month later?

And once he was on a plane, shuttling between New York , Jakarta ,
and Karachi , what passport was he offering when he passed throughCustoms and Immigration?

The American people not only deserve to have answers to these questions,they must have answers. It makes the debate over Obama's citizenship a
rather short and simple one.

Q: Did he travel to Pakistan in 1981, at age 20?
A : Yes, by his own admission..

Q: What passport did he travel under?
A: There are only three possibilities?
1) He traveled with a U.S. Passport,2) He traveled with a British passport, or
3) He traveled with an Indonesia passport.

Q: Is it possible that Obama traveled with a U.S. Passport in 1981?
A: No. It is not possible. Pakistan was on the U.S. State Department's
"no travel" list in 1981.

When Obama went to Pakistan in 1981 he was traveling either with aBritish passport or an Indonesian passport. If he were traveling with a British passport that would provide proof he was born in Kenya on August 4, 1961, not in Hawaii as he claims. And if he were traveling with an Indonesian passport that would tend to prove he relinquished whatever previous citizenship he held, British or American, prior to being adopted by his Indonesian step-father in 1967.

Whatever the truth of the matter, the American people need to know
how he managed to become a "natural born" American citizen between
1981 and 2008..

Given the destructive nature of his plans for America, as illustrated by
his speech before Congress and the disastrous spending plan he has
presented to Congress, the sooner we learn the truth of all this, the better.

If you Don't care if Your President is not a natural born Citizen and in
Violation of the Constitution, then Delete this and go into your cocoon.
If you do care then Forward this!
Thanks for reading this-sk

Nope, I did not "forward" this, though putting it on my blog should count for something I suppose. Here is my reply to him, I've added a couple of things here that I didn't get into the email I fired off but essentially the idea is the same:

--Now sk, you *know* I don't care, I'm an anarchist for goodness sake. What difference does it make to me if a thieving rotten politician is born on this island with "our" folk or that other island with "those" people? To me it's just lines on a map that mean nothing. Either way governments have theft, murder, rape, pillage and other such fun and games in mind for me and mine. Just peruse the posts at Pro Liberate if you doubt it (Dum spiro, pugno! "While I breathe, I fight.").

I say NO to the whole idea.

Resistance starts at home, just say no, ignore the government and all its BS as much as possible. Avoid paying taxes whenever you can, ignore all silly laws, especially when the man can't see you. Jay walk, smoke a joint, drive 85 in a 65 zone. Work for cash once in a while, barter instead of buy and *Smile* for the surveillance cameras while you give them the single finger salute at the same time :-) Most importantly of all don't give your kids to the man, don't let him fingerprint them, don't send them to the government indoctrination camps they call schools, don't encourage your kids to "respect" cops and the government. Let them know the truth, cops and all governments are the sworn enemies of all free people.

It is more blessed to ask forgiveness than permission. Larry Devich

Ya Old Goat!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Nobel Prize, Ribosomes, and Evidence for Intelligent Design | Reasons To Believe

The longer I study biology and science in general, as a rank amateur of course, the more undecided I become on the debate between evolution and creation. I don't have any doubt at all about the fact that God initially created all that is. The Big Bang seems pretty conclusive evidence of that to me.

When it comes to the origins and development of life though, I find myself simultaneously agreeing with about a half dozen contradictory theories, and this just doesn't quite work for me :-) I mean, I can easily believe two or three contradictory things at once but I start to lose my balance when I attempt to juggle a half dozen. So, I either need to get better at mental gymnastics or keep on studying and reading and pondering and praying. Which, since I find the subject of origins so fascinating, is undoubtedly what I will continue to do.

I find much to agree with in the Reasons to Believe model, but it starts to seem a lot like the old God of the Gaps take on things and that just pushes God into little corners that get smaller and smaller as we find good solid explanations for those gaps. Now, to be fair RTB maintains that they are not God of the Gaps people and they have good explanations for why that is the case. But it still tends to look like God of the Gaps to me when you strip it down to its essence.

On the other side I find that naturalistic evolution, à la Richard Dawkins, fails to account for the very origin of life itself in any remotely plausible way, that is one gap that really needs an explanation! Then, after failing to get the whole process started they proceed to claim to have eliminated the need or even possibility of a God from the cosmos. This leaves the whole thing rather pointless and a bit depressing I think. Though I suppose one might buck up and have a good time anyway, even though when you're dead it's over and in the end the entire cosmos fades out into the despair of entropy.

Theistic evolution, which is really where I tend to settle most of the time, is OK I suppose but it is little different from naturalistic evolution when you look at it, we just say things like "God intended it to go that way and it did." Which I think is true but not very compelling to most non-believers. :-) I tend to think that God maybe entered into the evolutionary process from time to time to nudge things forward and then in Adam and Eve he intervened by somehow "breathing" the Image of God into them. Or maybe God, being Omniscient after all, set the whole thing rolling at the Big Bang and knew it would all come out the way it did. But that has problems too, like the whole sin and salvation thing doesn't quite make sense without free will and this view, that it could not have gone another way, just fails to explain things for me.

As to Young Earth Creationism (YEC), well the less said about that the better I'd think. "It's Turtles all the way down" just ain't gonna cut it with me, ever.

Hey, look, really I'm only juggling three things here, all is well after all! I believe in all three for the moment, which means I can't stop thinking about it or the whole thing crashes to the ground. Heh.

That said here's a bit on the RTB side, the complexity of the inner workings of the cell simply boggles the mind, putting it all together through evolution seems impossible, but is that just a gap, or is it evidence of design? I'm not decided yet.

The Nobel Prize, Ribosomes, and Evidence for Intelligent Design | Reasons To Believe

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

XKCD nails the truth again

We live in a world where there are actual fleets of robot assassins patrolling the skies. At some point there, we left the present and entered the future.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Medical-pot backers react to new Obama policy

A small bit of common sense from Obama. Now if we can just get rid of brain dead dweebs like Lamar Smith who think that killing people because they take drugs he doesn't like is a good idea, things will be even better. END PROHIBITION NOW!

Idiot politicians...

Medical-pot backers react to new Obama policy

Sunday, October 18, 2009

BBC NEWS | Health | 'Ethical' stem cell crop boosted

Now there is even less justification for murdering babies to harvest stem cells:

BBC NEWS | Health | 'Ethical' stem cell crop boosted

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Sheriff Calls Balloon Chase a Hoax -

The fact that the poor kid vomited twice when being interviewed makes me want to just slap the crap out of his dad. Forcing a child to lie, when obviously he really did not want to, is just plain evil. It's child abuse. In fact, that should be one of the charges as far as I'm concerned. As to punishment, I think a week in the stocks in the public square would be about right, humiliate the jerk and allow the community to tell him (and the mother I suppose, if she was really in on it from the start as well) what they think of his stunt. Prison and fines, that would be a waste of resources. Stocks are cheaper, just lock him in and let the family or friends (if he has any left now) feed and water him for the week.

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How "Justice" Operates Under A Criminal Regime

William Grigg nails it again. Our "government" is just like every government that has ever existed anywhere. It is nothing more than a pack of violent thieving thugs out for personal gain, either money or personal power or, usually, both.

Pro Libertate: How "Justice" Operates Under A Criminal Regime

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Finding Common Ground - Science and the Sacred

...Simon Conway-Morris, the renowned paleontologist at Cambridge University, is just one scientist who argues that religion and science are completely compatible.

The British professor believes evolution isn't as accidental or random as one might suspect. In his opinion, if evolution began all over again, human intelligence would develop pretty much in the same way as it has. Conway-Morris emphasizes that developments happen as a result of pre-existing conditions, such as the need for blood cells to have hemoglobin in order to transport oxygen. Evolution, therefore, works only because it plays out within a certain set of rules.

Evolution "is after all only a mechanism, but if evolution is predictive, indeed possesses a logic, then evidently it is being governed by deeper principles," he recently wrote. "Come to think about it so are all sciences; why should Darwinism be any exception...?"

...the proportion of Christians among the science faculty in certain departments at Oxford and Cambridge universities -- such as the Earth Sciences Department in Cambridge or the Physics Department in Oxford -- appears higher than the national average, says Denis Alexander, director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, an academic research enterprise based at Cambridge.

"There are generally more Christians in the sciences than in the humanities," he said.

So, mushy headed post modernist English profs are atheists while geologists and physicists are Christians, I find that pretty interesting :-)

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sagan - Hawking remixed "A Glorious Dawn..."

Sagan - Hawking remixed "A Glorious Dawn..."


If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch
You must first invent the universe

Space is filled with a network of wormholes
You might emerge somewhere else in space
Some when-else in time

The sky calls to us
If we do not destroy ourselves
We will one day venture to the stars

A still more glorious dawn awaits
Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise
A morning filled with 400 billion suns
The rising of the milky way

The Cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths
Of exquisite interrelationships
Of the awesome machinery of nature

I believe our future depends powerfully
On how well we understand this cosmos
In which we float like a mote of dust
In the morning sky

But the brain does much more than just recollect
It inter-compares, it synthesizes, it analyzes
it generates abstractions

The simplest thought like the concept of the number one
Has an elaborate logical underpinning
The brain has it's own language
For testing the structure and consistency of the world

For thousands of years
People have wondered about the universe
Did it stretch out forever
Or was there a limit

From the big bang to black holes
From dark matter to a possible big crunch
Our image of the universe today
Is full of strange sounding ideas

How lucky we are to live in this time
The first moment in human history
When we are in fact visiting other worlds

The surface of the earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean
Recently we've waded a little way out
And the water seems inviting

Essay - The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate -

Is a particle from the future coming back in time to destroy the Large Hadron Collider? How cool would that be? :-)

A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.

Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, Japan, put this idea forward in a series of papers with titles like Test of Effect From Future in Large Hadron Collider: a Proposal and Search for Future Influence From LHC, posted on the physics Web site in the last year and a half.

According to the so-called Standard Model that rules almost all physics, the Higgs is responsible for imbuing other elementary particles with mass.

It must be our prediction that all Higgs producing machines shall have bad luck, Dr. Nielsen said in an e-mail message. In an unpublished essay, Dr. Nielson said of the theory, “Well, one could even almost say that we have a model for God.It is their guess, he went on, that He rather hates Higgs particles, and attempts to avoid them.

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Pleasanton Weekly : Earthquakes reported just south of Pleasanton

So yesterday we had record rainfall followed in the evening by our house jumping around for about 4 seconds, just to make sure we were all paying attention to the fact that nature is still bigger than we are ;-) God is in control, not us.

Pleasanton Weekly : Earthquakes reported just south of Pleasanton

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Government School Child Abuse

From the blog "Imperial Twilight"

Imperial Twilight: More Government School Child Abuse

This time the victim is 6-year-old Zachary Christie:

Zachary’s offense? Taking a camping utensil that can serve as a knife, fork and spoon to school. He was so excited about recently joining the Cub Scouts that he wanted to use it at lunch. School officials concluded that he had violated their zero-tolerance policy on weapons, and Zachary was suspended and now faces 45 days in the district’s reform school.

Yep, just another day in the mind-squashing, soul-killing, "zero-tolerance" prison that is the Delaware state school system.

The good news is that Zachary's mother is home schooling him now. The bad news, it seems, is that she only intends to keep this up until her son's punishment is overturned or he goes into the kiddie lockup. After that, presumably, it's back to the regular "schoolag" for another 12 years of mandatory idiocy and degradation. Let's hope Mr. and Mrs. Christie will receive strong encouragement and support from home schooling parents, so that they decide to remove their precious son from the public school system altogether.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

News & Culture in CA | Dianne Feinstein: A Question of Ethics

War for fun and PROFIT. If you had any doubts as to why the US is in Iraq and Afghanistan, this should clear things up for you. On the Democratic side we have DiFi and on the Republican side we had Cheney and Halliburton. It's all about bloody money! They can all go to hell, as I'm pretty sure they will, but sadly they are taking America with them.

News & Culture in CA | Dianne Feinstein: A Question of Ethics

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More awards for Obama!

It's not just the Nobel, BO is getting a whole slew of awards:

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Fog forces Blue Angels to abandon their show

So I got up this morning and looked out the window and saw low clouds and fog here in Pleasanton and ditched the idea of going to see the Blue Angels. Later in the day when it was really nice and sunny and warm I was feeling like maybe I ought to have gone... but nope, I made the right call after all.

The Blue Angels were forced to cut short their program - the highlight of Saturday's Fleet Week air show - when heavy fog rolled in and made flying unsafe, said a spokesman for the Navy's elite demonstration team.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

In Surprise, Nobel Peace Prize to Obama for Diplomacy

Cool, you can continue slaughtering people in countries around the world, drive the world economy into the ground, do absolutely nothing different from your hated predecessor in fact, yet because you are "Black" you win the big prize. The Nobel Prize, now fully committed to "Affirmative Action" We do live in Bizarro World now, don't we?

In Surprise, Nobel Peace Prize to Obama for Diplomacy

WASHINGTON — President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” a stunning honor that came less than nine months after he made United States history by becoming the country’s first African-American president.

The award, announced in Oslo by the Nobel Committee while much of official Washington — including the president — was still asleep, cited in particular the president’s efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

“He has created a new international climate,” the committee said.

Read the rest of the media's reality free fawning tripe here.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cyberbrethren: One Nation Under God

It is all I can do to keep from ranting and screaming. This is appalling and borders on idolatry (worship of the state) in my opinion. Click through to the blog post by McCain, and read the comments. Then go on through to the actual painting's web site here and read the explanations this clueless git writes about history and America.

Cyberbrethren: One Nation Under God

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Delayed photo

A few days... er... weeks ago, we went to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. That day Serenity had colored everyone's hair, except mom who said no thanks... here is what we looked like when we went :-)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

San Francisco Fleet Week 2009

It's Fleet Week in San Francisco again. I love watching the Blue Angles and checking out the ships that come in to port. I plan to go to the city on Saturday along with whoever is willing to come with me.

San Francisco Fleet Week 2009

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Italian group claims to debunk Shroud of Turin

Debunked yet again, for the umpteen thousandth time. But don't let that stop you from believing in it! I'm sure the aliens who picked up Elvis will come back and explain everything any day now...

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Saving the Children - Science and the Sacred

From the Blog Science and the Sacred:

We don't want our children to grow up misinformed about creation. We want our children to know about the truthfulness of evolution, but we also realize we are in the minority in our churches. Because our position is the minority view, books, videos and websites abound which teach children that biology, at its very roots, is wrong. Curricula teach children things we parents and grandparents know to be untrue. Our concern is that as our children come to independence, as they learn the earth really is billions of years old and life has been evolving from the beginning, they will discard the faith of their youth. If that faith is interwoven with anti-scientism it will be nearly impossible for some of our young people to rebuild the fabric, when they find that many of the threads within the fabric have to be removed. Augustine, 1600 years ago, said it best. In reading the following, simply substitute the word "child" for his word "infidel."

It is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, while presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense...If they find a Christian mistaken in a field which they themselves [come to] know well and hear him maintain his foolish opinions about scriptures how then are they going to believe those Scriptures in matters concerning the resurrection of the dead, the hope of eternal life, and the kingdom of heaven?

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The gulf between the entertainment world and America ? Cranach: The Blog of Veith

Over 100 Hollywood moguls and insiders, including Woody Allen, Martin Scorcese, David Lynch, and Harvey Weinstein have signed petitions urging the release of child rapist Roman Polanski, who has been arrested after fleeing a plea bargain 30 years ago.

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APOD: 2009 October 4 - The Same Color Illusion

I argued with this one for a while, even when I clicked on the "to verify this click here" link. But if you cover everything except the 2 linked squares on that page it proves it to be true. Just goes to show that just because you saw something it does not mean it was really there.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Imperial Twilight: State Secession versus Counter-Economics: Which Is the Better Strategy?

This movement should create a situation in which authorities will control empty stores, but not the market; the employment of workers, but not their livelihood; the official media, but not the circulation of information; printing plants, but not the publishing movement; the mail and telephones, but not communications; and the school system, but not education.

Kulerski's words appear in a fine article published by The Freeman, "A Tribute to the Polish People". It's a fascinating study of how to beat a modern police state without resorting to violence, which is a game the state usually wins. Significantly, the Poles were able to outmaneuever and undercut their oppressors even though they had no cell phones or Internet. Of the six points Kulerski enumerates, the American state is already retreating in the fields of information, publishing, communications, and education.

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Intelligent Design vs. Alien Intervention - Science and the Sacred

Check out the video at the end of this post, it's fantastic. We must teach the controversy! We need to hear both sides of the issue! Heh, this parody is wonderful. I mention that it is parody for those of you out there who might actually think this is serious. It is a joke.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sand Castle Building

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We are here in SF after going to the Gulf of the Farallones Visitor center where we learned about plankton and other cool stuff. When we leave here we will ve going to the symphony.
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Riding bikes to school is forbidden!?

I walked and biked to school when I was in elementary school. This sort of over controlling BS makes me just a bit crazy. Obviously the folks who make these rules would not be very comfortable with the concept of unschooling ;-)

Saratoga Springs board to consider modifying ban on riding bikes to schools