Thy Will Be Done – Cook and Friend NOT Expelled From UCF

13 08 2008

No expulsion for UCF student who stole Eucharist wafer

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) — The University of Central Florida student who stole something sacred from a Catholic mass will not be kicked out of school.

On Tuesday, a panel of four students and two administrators, voted unanimously to dismiss all charges against Webster Cook and his friend Ben Collard, saying there was no hard evidence that the two did anything which would merit expulsion or suspension.

. . .Tuesday’s hearing took about seven hours, but the panel has two days to reverse that decision.

Cook’s impeachment hearing from the student Senate is scheduled for August 28.

Favorite Daughter Voting and Blogging

13 08 2008

Favorite Daughter will vote for real, first time ever, in our August 26 primary. She chose to register “nonpartisan” (like her mom, who is so proud!) so mostly we only get to vote in a bunch of judge races (five this round I think, with more than a dozen non-campaigning candidates spread across them — why do we the people think we’re self-governing by electing opaque strangers in the first place, they’re just a grab bag of NAMES!)

Anyway, FavD’s um, education, is increasingly interconnected with the many stories of this presidential election, as are her online explorations and encounters:

Calvin and I like to paint Warhammer figurines, watch The West Wing, and yell at people on the internet. . .
“The people on these sites? They’re the cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The muumuu-wearing chain-smoker? That’s Nurse Ratched. When Nurse Ratched is unhappy, the patients are unhappy. You? You’re McMurphy, you swoop in there with your card games and your fishing tricks…”

“I didn’t swoop in, I came in the same way everybody else did.”

“Well, now I’m telling you to open the ward window and climb out of there before they give you a pre-frontal lobotomy and I have to come in and smother you with a pillow.”

This is a lesson which Calvin and I have recently learned in our internet travels. It started out innocently enough, when I discovered a conservative homeschooler blog comparing The Honorable Mr. Obama to Adolf Hitler.