Sunday, December 21, 2014

Santa, please !!


“Hey Santa, all I want for Christmas this year is an early present; Santa, please help the Seattle Seahawks kick the shit out of the Arizona Cardinals today.”

I swear to god that was my very first thought upon waking at 5:10 am, then it melded into, “Oh I better go pee” so, I arose to take care of business, quickly glancing at the clock and doing the math in my head, I said out loud “only 14 hours and 10 minutes to go before kickoff, hell yeah”

“GO HAWKS”

While peeing, I questioned my constant use of the phrase "I swear to god” its illogical, as I’m very ambivalent toward the existence of such a being, so swearing to god holds no real objective truth for me, as the relation to god is subjective to my reality. Saying it also does not signify if I’m being honest and sincere at all. I have concluded that when I say, “I swear to god” I'm using it as great adverbial adjective thingy in attempting to make what I say come across with both the passion and the force of the reality I feel at the moment.

Confused much..

However, it is clear that I need to reconsider my use of the phrase “I swear to god” and I also use the phrase, "god damn it” I say “god damn it” a lot, and I mean it, literally I want "it" to be damned, whatever "it" is.

Wow… I evoke the name of god a lot in my daily life, which is somewhat disturbing.

Mmmmm... I will have to rethink this obvious self hypocrisy later, plus the whole asking Santa to help the Seahawks win today's game, may also need a rethinking, but I will put my judgment on hold for that one, until after the game.

"GO HAWKS"













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Friday, December 19, 2014

Cleveland has so much more than the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to offer.


CLEVELAND, Ohio --

A Cleveland police officer fired after a drunken bar fight where he lost his service weapon and badge and didn't tell his supervisors about it for days has returned to the force after a federal arbitrator ruled his firing was excessive.
Daniel Flannery won back his job in part because the head of the union that represents Cleveland police officers argued that there are officers on the force who have done much worse and were not fired.

Specifically, CPPA president Jeffrey Follmer referred to separate cases in which:

One officer pulled his wife out of her car and fired off eight shots into it because he did not want her to get the car in a divorce settlement.

Another got drunk and threatened his girlfriend with a shotgun.

Another officer shot his gun "in a threatening manner" while intoxicated.

An officer pulled his gun during a drunken wedding fight.

A female officer smeared animal feces on her own apartment walls during a rent dispute, and told her landlord to pick her keys up at the department's gun range.

Another officer fled the scene of an accident after he hit a man on a motorcycle.



Speechless…..



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Trippin


It was so nice to find my seat, pull out my MP4, tune in, to tune out and then find some new, old music loaded by Alicia.

Should make some of the miles fly by.

Thank you Darlin.








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Monday, December 15, 2014

When sports personalities are socially responsible police get panties in a wad.


Andrew Hawkins of the Cleveland Browns came out for warm-ups and then for pregame introductions wearing a T-shirt that read, “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford.”






In response, Jeff Follmer the Cleveland Police Patrolman Union President released this statement:
“It's pretty pathetic when athletes think they know the law. They should stick to what they know best on the field. The Cleveland Police protect and serve the Browns stadium and the Browns organization owes us an apology.”

Seriously, how deeply disconnected are these police union representatives?
HEY, Mr. Jeff Follmer just because you “protect us” that does not give you the right to silence us, maybe part of your union training should include the rights of the citizens you serve?  

CITIZENS RIGHT TO PROTEST
You have a constitutionally protected right to engage in peaceful protest in “traditional public forums” such as streets, sidewalks or parks. But in some cases the government can impose restrictions on this kind of activity by requiring permits. This is constitutional as long as the permit requirements are reasonable, and treat all groups the same no matter what the focus of the rally or protest.
The government cannot impose permit restrictions or deny a permit simply because it does not like the message of a certain speaker or group.
Generally, you have the right to distribute literature, hold signs, collect petition signatures, and engage in other similar activities while on public sidewalks or in front of government buildings as long as you are not disrupting other people, forcing passerby to accept leaflets or causing traffic problems.
Under the USA Patriot Act, non-US citizens who are not permanent residents can be investigated solely because of their First Amendment activities. Immigrants who choose to engage in a protest, march, or a demonstration should carry with them the telephone numbers of friends and relatives, as well as the telephone numbers of an immigration attorney or an immigrant advocacy organization.
Limitations on Speech
The First Amendment does not protect speech that is combined with the violation of established laws such as trespassing, disobeying or interfering with a lawful order by a police officer. Also unprotected are malicious statements about public officials and obscene speech.
Although an inflammatory speaker cannot be punished for merely arousing an audience, a speaker can be arrested for incitement if he/she advocates imminent violence or specifically provokes people to commit unlawful actions.
Limitations on Action
Demonstrators who engage in civil disobedience – defined as non-violent unlawful action as a form of protest – are not protected under the First Amendment. People who engage in civil disobedience should be prepared to be arrested or fined as part of their protest activity.
If you endanger others while protesting, you can be arrested. A protest that blocks vehicular or pedestrian traffic is illegal without a permit.
You do not have the right to block a building entrance or physically harass people. The general rule is that free speech activity cannot take place on private property, including shopping malls, without consent of the property owner. You do not have the right to remain on private property after being told to leave by the owner.




































































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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Overcriminalization is a national plague



Author George Will


By history's frequently brutal dialectic, the good that we call progress often comes spasmodically, in lurches propelled by tragedies caused by callousness, folly or ignorance. With the grand jury's as yet inexplicable and probably inexcusable refusal to find criminal culpability in Eric Garner's death on a Staten Island sidewalk, the nation might have experienced sufficient affronts to its sense of decency. It might at long last be ready to stare into the abyss of its criminal justice system.


It will stare back, balefully. Furthermore, the radiating ripples from the nation's overdue reconsideration of present practices may reach beyond matters of crime and punishment, to basic truths about governance.


Garner died at the dangerous intersection of something wise, known as "broken windows" policing, and something worse than foolish: decades of overcriminalization. The policing applies the wisdom that when signs of disorder, such as broken windows, proliferate and persist, there is a general diminution of restraint and good comportment. So, because minor infractions are, cumulatively, not minor, police should not be lackadaisical about offenses such as jumping over subway turnstiles.

Overcriminalization has become a national plague. And when more and more behaviors are criminalized, there are more and more occasions for police, who embody the state's monopoly on legitimate violence, and who fully participate in humanity's flaws, to make mistakes.

Harvey Silverglate, a civil liberties attorney, titled his 2009 book "Three Felonies a Day" to indicate how easily we can fall afoul of America's metastasizing body of criminal laws. Professor Douglas Husak of Rutgers University says that approximately 70 percent of American adults have, usually unwittingly, committed a crime for which they could be imprisoned. In his 2008 book, " Overcriminalization: The Limits of the Criminal Law," Husak says that more than half of the 3,000 (BEG ITAL)federal(END ITAL) crimes -- itself a dismaying number -- are found not in the Federal Criminal Code but in numerous other statutes. And, by one estimate, at least 300,000 federal regulations can be enforced by agencies wielding criminal punishments. Citing Husak, professor Stephen L. Carter of the Yale Law School, like a hammer driving a nail head flush to a board, forcefully underscores the moral of this story:

Society needs laws; therefore it needs law enforcement. But "overcriminalization matters" because "making an offense criminal also means that the police will go armed to enforce it." The job of the police "is to carry out the legislative will." But today's political system takes "bizarre delight in creating new crimes" for enforcement. And "every act of enforcement includes the possibility of violence."

Carter continues: "It's unlikely that the New York Legislature, in creating the crime of selling untaxed cigarettes, imagined that anyone would die for violating it. But a wise legislator would give the matter some thought before creating a crime. Officials who fail to take into account the obvious fact that the laws they're so eager to pass will be enforced at the point of a gun cannot fairly be described as public servants."

Garner lived in part by illegally selling single cigarettes untaxed by New York jurisdictions. He lived in a progressive state and city that, being ravenous for revenues and determined to save smokers from themselves, have raised to $5.85 the combined taxes on a pack of cigarettes. To the surprise of no sentient being, this has created a black market in cigarettes that are bought in states that tax them much less. Garner died in a state that has a Cigarette Strike Force.

He lived and died in a country with 5 percent of the world's population but 25 percent of its prisoners. In 2012, one of every 108 adults was behind bars, many in federal prisons containing about 40 percent more inmates than they were designed to hold.

Most of today's 2.2 million prisoners will be coming back to their neighborhoods and few of them will have been improved by the experience of incarceration. This will be true even if they did not experience the often deranging use of prolonged solitary confinement, which violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on "cruel and unusual punishments" and is, to put things plainly, torture.

The scandal of mass incarceration is partly produced by the frivolity of the political class, which uses the multiplication of criminal offenses as a form of moral exhibitionism. This, like Eric Garner's death, is a pebble in the mountain of evidence that American government is increasingly characterized by an ugly and sometimes lethal irresponsibility.


George Will's email address is georgewill@washpost.com.



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Saturday, December 13, 2014

National feel good news



Here is a shout out to the three networks NBC, CBS and ABC for consistently filling the half hour designated for National News with no more than 12 minutes of “News”followed by 4 minutes of commercials, then 4 minutes of semi fluff stories that are not national news worthy, then 2 more minutes of commercials, then a 6 minute wrap up personal interest story (some kind of feel good bullshit fluff)  that no one fucking cares to see on the NATIONAL NEWS, then a final 2 minutes of commercials.

“Breaking News”
I don’t watch the News to feel good, I watch it to be misinformed.

Sorry PBS, BBC and Comedy Network you will have to fill both gaps in intelligent entertainment and NEWS. 

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Shout out to:

Amy Pascal the co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment who released a statement veiled as an apology, that included this memorable phrase.

"The content of my emails to Scott were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am,"

Is that part of the "apology" or just some delusional self-righteous justification ?

Mrs. Pascal doesn't seem to understand that essentially, the content of the e-mails she has written are defiantly a true and accurate reflection of who she is. As are all of our e-mails.

When you read Mrs. Pascal's hacked e-mails it becomes more than obvious the she is a trashy, racist and little bit more than insensitive.

Hey, Mrs. Pascal good luck in your new career hunt. I've heard sensitivity coach's are in demand, a number of LE agencies around the country are looking to hire them.

If that doesn't work out, "Maybe its time for you to go home and get your fuckin shine box."


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Is it Friday ? Cause I love me some fuckin Friday's....


























































































































































I want my books in tactile form and a designated reading chair was needed.






















She softly whispered "Trust me..."
a little voice in my head screamed "Oh hell no, I've heard that one before."









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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

935 Lies



935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity.
-Charles Lewis


Interesting read.

Click here


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I awoke opinionated today.


Any American that is called to be on a jury and is found to be a Christian should be dismissed immediately. Christians obviously don’t understand the concept of reasonable doubt or they would have reasonably challenged their own beliefs and ended the delusion before labeling themselves Christians.




Blind faith in leaders you can hear and see is just plain stupid; I don’t know what the hell to call blind faith in imaginary gods, maybe really fucking stupid.



In this life you get to choose what you believe. Why you would not choose to get all the available information to make an informed decision before you made that choice baffles the fuck out of me.





I doubt reading a report that states that the CIA is lying to congress, would come as that big of a surprise to anyone now days.







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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Quick draw in Cleveland

Tamir Rice a 12 year old boy had an air gun and was pointing it at passerby's. Officers arrive and Tamir Rice is shot dead in less than 2 seconds.




Officer Tim Loehmanns the cop who shot and killed Tamir Rice worked for the Independence Police department before being hired by the Cleveland Division of Police.
During Tim Loehmanns employment with the Independence Police department a letter was placed in his personnel file that said during firearms qualification training he was "distracted" and "weepy."
"He could not follow simple directions, could not communicate clear thoughts nor recollections, and his handgun performance was dismal," according to the letter written by Deputy Chief Jim Polak of the Independence police.

"I do not believe time, nor training, will be able to change or correct the deficiencies," Polak said.

The letter recommended that the department part ways with Loehmann, who then went on to become a police officer with the Cleveland Division of Police. 


Loehmanns records cite “a lack of maturity, indiscretion and not following instructions.” Cleveland Police confirmed that they did not review his personnel file from Independence, adding “there is no written policy mandating a review of an applicant’s previous employer personnel file.”



Maybe I’m being a little hard on cops, so here are some (Hero) cop clips.











Obviously, "Need for deadly force" is an issue here, making life and death split second decisions take a certain type of skill set, skills that not all active law enforcement individuals posses.

 
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Overwhelmed and stunned.

Police choke hold is prohibited.

Cop puts a choke hold on Eric Garner,
Eric Garner die's during the arrest, it is caught on camera and released to the public.

Death ruled a homicide.

Grand jury declines to indict.

No charges filed against the cop.


"Oh my God, are you serious?"

- Esaw Garner, Eric Garner's widow













The system is broken, maybe beyond repair. 


The people in power just don't care.


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World class Jazz

Get you some.....Jazz 24







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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Yield to the herd

I like the idea of equipping all cops with body cameras, of course there will be privacy issues, I doubt many cops well want their pee breaks recorded.

And if they did record pee breaks could you imagine the conversations in the departments locker rooms "Damn Brad you sure do have a little dick, would you like me to come by the house and show your girlfriend what a real man feels like?" "Bow chicka wow wow"! Frat boy type laughing and high fives all around.
Disclaimer: "Yes, I do have resentments and trust issues with cops." "Well, doesn't that figure." However, I'm over 50, educated and white so I (probably) won't get shot by one.

Obviously, there will be issues with the PoPo having control over the cameras, like the cameras being removed, shut off or the pause/stop buttons being pressed just before they shot, beat or molest a citizen. So, once again it boils down to a matter of trust, that could be a problem. As TRUST seems to be the primary issue here. Along with the fact that murder by cop is not murder, manslaughter or any other crime as long as it's done while on duty.

Another issue that needs to be addressed after one of these shootings, is who is policing the police?

The term blue code of silence is used for a reason.
There is an utter and complete lack of accountability for officers actions outside of the system, a system that employs them. There is a culture that has fostered misconduct and cover up and has been tolerated for far to long within the United States. The system has a systemic problem that needs to be addressed before any of these stop gap solutions will put a dent to misconduct, corruption and murder by cop.
Law enforcement community has become overtly power happy and overly militarized since 9/11 and is far to literal in it's use of strong arm of the law tactics.

Law enforcement training is horribly lacking in certain areas and recent behaviors shows that to be true.








Is the above getting a little redundant ?


Check out Cop Slang at Police Law Enforcement Magazine website, it shows how sensitive and funny cops can be. Ha ha 

Example of cop slang and humor; AH
     
With no other witnesses or dash cams running , when dealing with an ass hole on a traffic stop who believes you should be catching murderers or rapists rather than stop him for doing 20 mph over the speed limit, write AH on the citation and when they ask tell them it's because they are an ass hole, then when in court and the moron brings it up, and the judge asks, "no your honor, that means aggressive and hostile "

"Oh I find that funny Ha Ha : In other words, make sure there is no witness, then call a citizen an "asshole" then go to court and misrepresent the facts of the citizens demeanor as"aggressive and hostile" while you, a sworn officer of the court are committing perjury."

"Haaa Haaaa that is fucking hilarious. (sarcasm)"

Now, I could be posting things a little out of context, and that would seem a little unfair, especially as the PoPo I personally had the pleasure to deal with during the last 22+ years would never share information out of context, lie or misrepresent the facts.  Would they?

  



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Friday, November 14, 2014

Father John Misty



I hadn't seen much of my old friend Mr. Misty this summer, his presence was deeply missed around party cove, heard he was doing some touring in support of his album "Fear Fun" good for himself...metaphorically of course.


















What a fine song, with a fine horse, fine home, fine barn and a fine field of dreams just fine.....


















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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Shame day.



Our National shame day… oh wait, sorry, I meant to say “Happy Veteran’s Day”

The Department of Veterans Affairs is refusing to answer new questions about the possible death of tens of thousands of veterans who were awaiting access to the VA’s health care service, and whether thousands of medical records were destroyed.
Instead, the VA took to criticizing press reports about its shoddy performance over the last 15 years.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald promised a more accountable VA, but so far the VA is dodging questions about how many veterans have died or been delayed access to health care.
A report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said up to 47,786 veterans have died since 1998 after waiting to be approved for the VA’s health care system.

Internal VA documents confirm those numbers. As of mid-2012, the VA’s internal numbers indicated that it has a record of nearly 48,000 veterans who died with a status of “pending” in the VA’s health system. It’s not immediately clear how that number may have changed since 2012.
On Sunday, the VA responded with a blog post that says several facts have been omitted from recent press stories.
“It is important that we openly and willingly discuss our mistakes and how we intend to improve,” wrote Stephanie Mardon, acting chief business officer for the Veterans Health Administration. “As we acknowledge areas where more work is needed, we also need to set the record straight when our work is unfairly mischaracterized.”
But the blog post does little to answer the question of whether nearly 48,000 veterans have died while waiting for health care, and instead tries to argue that some of those veterans never formally tried to enroll. Specifically, the VA said it was a mere “allegation” that 47,786 veterans with pending applications for health care died without getting that access.

It countered that allegation with a “VA fact,” which is that an analysis of 1,843 pending records showed that about 75 percent of them never tried to apply for benefits. “We learned that the majority of records associated with deceased Veterans (75 percent) were for veterans who died who were not applying for health care benefits,” the blog said.
But the blog post doesn’t say why it only looked at 1,843 records, and provides no further details. A VA press secretary said she would try to get answers, but had none near the end of the day on Monday.

Internal VA records also indicate that close to 900,000 veterans are still in a “pending” status to receive VA care. But in its blog post Sunday, the VA tried to argue that most of those shouldn’t count because only 216,736 of them have an application date, a sign that they are formal applicants.

Additionally, the VA shifted the blame to the veterans for why these applications cannot be completed. The VA said about half of them need more information proving the applicant is a veteran, and the other half need more financial information from the veteran.

But explanation goes against information that the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee has received directly from the VA. Back in July, the VA told the committee that roughly 900,000 veterans are still in pending status.

And while the VA has said these delays are due to the lack of information being provided by veterans, others argue that the huge number shows that the VA’s electronic application system is completely broken. For example, they say it clearly doesn’t make it easy for veterans to submit information showing they are actual veterans, and does not seem to tie into any other government database that would have that information.

While the VA struggles to explain the possible death of nearly 48,000 veterans, it is also refusing so far to explain the possible destruction of thousands of veteran’s records.

At a July 8 hearing, VA whistleblower Scott Davis from the Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta said more than 10,000 veteran health records may have been deleted, and nearly 40,000 unprocessed applications were lost and then rediscovered.
House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) followed that up by asking for information related to this charge from the VA by late July.
A few days after that deadline, Miller got a letter saying the documents could not be produced because of a separate, ongoing investigation by the VA’s Office of Inspector General that Miller had requested.
“[T]he mere existence of a parallel OIG investigation emphatically is not a legitimate basis for VA unilaterally to decline a request for records for a committee oversight investigation,” Miller wrote. “In fact, my staff has been in contact with the OIG, which indicated there was no issue with a parallel inquiry in this matter.”
Miller then asked that this information be provided by August 15. When asked whether the committee received that information yet, three days past the deadline, a House aide replied, “no.”


No matter how UN-honorably the administrations treats our veterans, it is our duty to salute them all on this Veteran’s Day.








I will remember your sacrifice for the rest of my life.







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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Morning tune to wake my head.


An instrumental by the band King Giant, inspired by man's tradition of initiation, ceremony, the mysteries, and the age old quest to connect with the divine.



Road to Eleusis 


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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Albeit jaded...keep'em smiling. :o)>



Strawberry lips
sippin’ on a Stoli nip
stocked up on Mohawk cigarettes
A carton to New York City
the rest a dollar a piece
pay my way on down the Natchez Trace to New Orleans

I ain’t getting any younger
I’m tired of feeling alone
I pay a smile to the prettiest sight
In my rearview the backlit city skyline

Baby, this is what livin feels like!

Coming up on Houston
I think I’ll bypass this town
Johnny’s got a spliff with my name on it
in Austin where everybody’s hip
Honey, I guess so am I
All I want’s a cowboy to lead me in some honky tonk dive

A juke joint jive like Po’ Monkey’s
through corn husks, red mud
making two lefts turns off Highway 61

Keeping this road hot until she drops
black top, in the back my finest bottle of Scotch
Top down in the valley
“Feeling Alright” on stereo
Feeling like I could dance all night

Baby, this is what livin feels like!

I fall asleep on a misty white sand beach
Wisps of cloudy hair and sun golden teeth
I feel the pulse of everything from my head down to my feet
Every heart left in the world beating within me!

Hey hi I’m in love with this life!
I flirt with Time to buy more of what’s mine
so rightfully mine
Just my little piece of the pie
Well if I’m going out then I’m going out in style
Say what you will, say what you’d like
Just another broke down beat in the heart of Big Sky

This is what livin feels like!





Ain’t a song in the sky
the trees they calm to a still
A whisper glides
makes its way on down the street
A fetid stench steams in curls and it sits on the curb

I heard seven trumpets calling from seven lonely hills
as I walked on toward the station to get my ticket outta here
By noontime with cars heeled and all backed up to a hilt
the midday sun began to walk the line
black clouds began to pill

Here comes the rain

All was calm when it broke
From the doorway I could hear it coming down as he spoke
Crippled man out on a crate pouring truth out of his throat
screaming, “Can’t you see it’s your own air on which you choke?”

“Yes sir but people are just passersby by trade
on our way to slave away all day the highways to our graves”
“You know the language may have differed
but the Romans said the same
Don’t you know things of this earth will become earth once again?”

Here come the rain!

I gave you love and I gave you this world
to those I gave most what do you give me in return?
Oedipus kisses mother thrice on the cheek
an eye for an eye leaves but just one eye to see

Don’t rattle its cage! Don’t toss up its sands!
Cause for things like Fate honey Time’s only dice in its hand
“How long will you simple ones love your simple ways?”
Christchurch woman screams from the turret,
“Till it’s taken away!”

Here come the rain!
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Friday, October 24, 2014

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"If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you?























































































































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My parents taught me to be honest...

My teacher asked me what my favorite animal was, and I said, "Fried chicken."
She said I wasn't funny, but she couldn't have been right, because everyone else laughed.

My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did. Fried chicken is my favorite animal.
I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA.
He said they love animals very much.

I do, too, especially, chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal's office.
I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.
 
The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was.
I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.
She sent me back to the principal's office. He laughed, and told me not to do it again.
 
I don't understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn't like it when I am.
 
Today, my teacher asked me to tell her what famous person I admired most. I told her, "Colonel Sanders."


Guess where the f.... I am now...

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