Here’s the post that went bye-bye the other day…

Murder charges await Marine captured in Mexico Cesar Laurean has been captured in Mexico and is now awaiting extradition to the US to face murder charges in the death of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach. In order for extradition to be granted, however, the US must agree to not seek the death penalty against Laurean. Mexico, like Canada, refuses extradition in capital cases where the death penalty is a consideration.

Laurean had been living in fig groves, living off the fruit. Too bad he didn’t choke on them…

What I find particularly interesting is the part of the article on CNN that says “Mary Lauterbach has demanded answers from the Marines about why more wasn’t done to protect her daughter after her rape allegation against Laurean.”

Yet, when her daughter was alive and going through the whole rape thing, this very mother told the press that her daughter was a pathological liar. NOW, all of a sudden, she wants answers? Mark my words, this woman’s going to file a lawsuit. She couldn’t provide moral support to her daughter, but she’ll sure as hell become dramatically grieving when it comes time to consider how much money she can get out of this whole deal. I hope I’m wrong, but it’s the sense I get, based on comments this woman has made throughout the whole thing, as far as her daughter is concerned.

Local Republicans are scratching the dirt looking for candidates to run for congressional seats — the 25th and 26th District are looking at vacancies.

Stephen Minarik, chairman of the Monroe Republican Committee, said the retirements of Rep. James Walsh of Onondaga in the 25th District and Rep. Thomas Reynolds of Clarence, Erie County, in the 26th have been problematic for the party.

With any kind of luck, we can also get the likes of Joe Robach and Joe Bruno out of Albany while we’re at it.

Tax filing day is right around the corner. Here in Rochester, members of the LGBTQ community will be at the main post office protesting the tax inequities levied against same-sex couples. If you’re able, and you believe that the taxation of same-sex couples compared to straight couples is unfair, then go to your local post office and let the world know.

The Repugnican County Executive who is appealing the ruling in our case, and who also lost another unanimous decision against her (not)F.A.I.R. plan will be asking the same Appellate Court that ruled against her to re-look at the case in the hopes of getting a different outcome, apparently.

Gag-Mie Brooks apparently is taking the tack that, if you ask enough times, the answer will change. This move, however, is due to the fact that the State Court of Appeals was unlikely to hear this particular case because it did not have state-wide implications. Apparently other counties use the sales tax the way they’re required to and aren’t looking to sell out their childrens’ education because they couldn’t properly manage their budget.

And on top of that, her lips are moving. Yep, she’s misleading you again. She SAYS she won’t increase property taxes and, on the surface, that’s true. BUT, you don’t have to increase taxes to increase your revenue from property owners. Just overinflate their assessment value. That’s what they did last year. Nope, we didn’t raise taxes, we just raised the assessments. By about 20% in some areas. Mine went from $105,200 to $126,000.

Why can’t the Democrats find someone to run against this hack? Hell, if I thought I had a prayer, *I* would oppose her! Unfortunately, though, I’m not a politician, I say what’s on my mind, I’m a lesbian, and I tear the tags off my mattresses and pillows.

I’d like to appoint Lisa to an $80,000/year job at the Water Authority. We could use the money.

The Greece school systems is coming out with new guidelines for standards of conduct for students (and staff/faculty too, I hope).

One of the things that is being discussed is the implementation of a school uniform code. Now, if they’re going to go with something like “blue/black/gray pants and white/blue/red shirts” or something like that, then I could probably support it.

I think its incumbent on school authorities to explicitly spell out what is and what is not acceptable to wear in school. Language should not be left to individual interpretation and if there is any question regarding the item being worn, the principal has the final say and that “clarification” added to the written dress code for the school. The dress code can and should be a sort of “working document” that is updated as circumstances requiring clarification arise.

Implementing a dress code is lazy on the part of the administrators.

For example, I would support something like the following:

  1. All shirts will have sleeves no less than 2″ in length from the shoulder. Sleeves will not be rolled any higher than 2″ from the shoulder.
  2. All shirt bottoms will meet the hip-bones, at the least.
  3. All necklines will not fall more than two inches below the collarbone.
  4. Dresses will not be higher than 3″ above the center of the knee.
  5. Hats or hoods will not be worn inside the building.
  6. Sunglasses will not be worn inside the building.
  7. Pants must not fall below a point of 2-3″ below the hip bone.

You get the idea, I hope. I mean, let them be kids, let them express themselves, but have some limits. If they want to wear middies, they can wear them to the mall or at home, but school is not the place for them any more than work would be.

If, however, the school district is seriously considering actual uniforms (and I hope to hell they’re not), then enforcing the wear of them is going to be terribly difficult in a public school system. If I can’t afford the uniforms for my kids, what are they going to do — prevent my kids from having an education because I can’t spend money on over-priced school uniforms?

We ran into this when I was a kid going to Catholic school. There was only one place in town where the uniforms could be purchased, and that was THE most expensive clothing store in town, M. Cohn & Son.

Only the “A” Catholics could afford their clothes there in the first place and, for a young single mother struggling to raise 2 kids in a Catholic environment, the prices were prohibitive and drove families like ours to the public schools.

A committee made up of administrators, faculty, staff, students and parents can and should be convened to discuss this and come up with some recommendations for the dress code.

That’s my two cents.

Out on Spring Break next week. May, or may not, blog.