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Vermont High School Kills Homecoming In Fear of Twerking

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When I heard the words "From The Rutland Herald"  in the MSNBC early news mentions, I assumed Bernie had made the headlines, or perhaps the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant was up to no good.

Instead … the culprit was a Vermont Catholic high school nearby that had done the unthinkable and cancelled Homecoming. For fear of The Twerk.

Were they expecting an orgy? The hippie population is alive and well so this is doubly surprising.

I'm rarely ashamed of Vermont, but I have no idea what those idiots are thinking to censor or cancel Homecoming. We don't have a ton of culture up here always, but this has to be one of the most ridiculous and wrong-headed strictures on fun and dancing in state history. From the Bennington Banner.

BENNINGTON — Administrators at Mount Anthony Union High School have canceled the homecoming dance scheduled for Sept. 20 because the popularity of an aggressive and sexually suggestive dance has made some students feel uncomfortable and unsafe, said Principal Sue Maguire.

 

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In a letter, Maguire said the dance, called “twerking,” had been popularized by Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Since then, the way students have been dancing at school functions has “crossed the line of what we can condone as appropriate behavior at a school,” she said.

For crying out loud … couldn't the kids have the freedom to enjoy Homecoming? Mount Saint Anthony could have an alternate plan, just bring in more frowning nuns with rulers to herd the Twerkers.

Terry Creech, professor of dance and other arts at Bennington College (the school is also in Bennington) gave an opinion on the limitations. A high school further north, near Stowe, Vermont, is trying to shut down all dancing. Because of the Evil Twerking.

WTH? The principle of Mount Saint Anthony, Sue McGuire, doesn't seem to eager to bring dancing back ...

"We plan on continuing the dialogue in hopes that we can work together to reinstate dances,” Maguire said.

“Unfortunately, our young people are continuously exposed to a culture filled with sexualized images and messages, but this should not and cannot be permitted at our school."

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What kind of message is this to high school and young girls -- that they're acting like sluts and can't be trusted -- but do have actionable offenses.

This really speaks to the wave of anti-feminist/anti-woman sweeping the country since the damn Tea Party started going as far Right as possible: Full On Puritan.

Have they not seen Dirty Dancing?

Look out folks, it'll be burkas and no visible skin from head to toe. The evil female can't suppress her libido in public -- so shut them down.

Terry Creach continued,

Some of the religions in the U.S. think of dancing as being sinful and sexual as opposed to an art form or being sensual,” he said. “… For those of us in the dance world, we feel very limited by that perspective.

Check out the the principal's letter at Bennington Banner.com

 

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RIP Senator Jim Jeffords, of Vermont, who passed away this week

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And he passed on AS an Independent … The GOP let Jeffords wave buh-bye. The party left him.

Thom Hartmann had some interesting things to reveal! (And a Vermonter, sigh, but Bernie covers all ills.)

Jeffords had always been a Rhino (surprisingly thick on the ground up here in New England); in fact our wise and politically active Gramma Bea … if one has thoughts that our souls return, or somehow meet again after death … I can count on her giving him all kinds of hell in the proverbial 'meeting again' phase.

Photo, the AP.

Photo, the AP.

It's hard to imagine a more principled New Englander member of Congress than Jeffords. He was a dying breed: men and women who serve their country well and can see both sides.

From The Washington Post.

James M. Jeffords, the maverick Vermont politician who in 2001 gave Democrats a short-lived majority in the U.S. Senate when he left the Republican Party and declared himself an independent, died Aug. 18 at a retirement residence in Washington. He was 80.


from left, former U.S. Sen. Robert Stafford, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Sen. James Jeffords, R-Vt., U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders, sit behind Calvin Coolidge impersonator Jim Cooke.

from left, former U.S. Sen. Robert Stafford, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Sen. James Jeffords, R-Vt., U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders, sit behind Calvin Coolidge impersonator Jim Cooke.

Diane Derby, a former aide, confirmed his death but said she did not know the immediate cause. Mr. Jeffords declined to seek reelection to the Senate in 2006, citing his wife’s and his own declining health, and was succeeded by Bernie Sanders, his state’s longtime representative-at-large, who also is an independent.

A former Vermont state senator and attorney general, Mr. Jeffords served seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before winning election to the Senate in 1988. He established himself as a moderate-to-liberal Republican, a reflection of his state’s political tendencies, and frequently voted with Democrats on matters such as health care, taxes, abortion, gay rights, gun control and the environment.

He was but 80 years old to have touched the number of people Jeffords did.

U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., waves to members of the Legislature at the Statehouse in Montpelier in this Jan. 5, 2006, with his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Daley Jeffords. (Photo- TOBY TALBOT:AP )

U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., waves to members of the Legislature at the Statehouse in Montpelier in this Jan. 5, 2006, with his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Daley Jeffords. (Photo- TOBY TALBOT:AP )

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Underground Corrupted Water in 3 Vermont Counties, Protests Commence

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Vermont is not as pristine as advertised, and when I heard about the protests and lengthy, seemingly endless lists of contaminated water in their home, business or schools. My high school, in North Clarendon, was included in the listings, as well as ski areas, stores that we've shopped at forever, nearby farms and farm families, plus nearby Mill River Union High School.

We happen to live within 4-7 miles of two of the sites that are spitting and spilling contaminatesfrom deeply buried gas storage. One is the town we border, North Clarendon, where my sister and her family live and the smallish high school I attended there are drowning in serious contaminated ground H2O water trouble.

Now we have a pretty good reputation for running a pristine state (excepting the protest-driven closing of the hideously dangerous closing of the nearby Yankee Nuclear Plant.

Time for another peck of protests to make some noise. This is a spot on display of Industrial Greed (guess these circumstances define it), and what piss poor regulation can achieve over time.

The Cleanup Fund began in 1941, and was quickly neglected with all the men and a few dedicated women shipping across the Pond after World War II got serious. Great decade for the Military Industrial Complex Generals.

Scanning the 42(!) page PDF from the state's Petroleum Clean-up Fund, I was aghast at the number of resolved situations.

And the hundreds of homes, business buildings, schools, restaurants, hospitals, shops and hair salons and gas stations. The link is above, it's a peeper popper.

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Image from the Vermont Petroleum Cleanup Fund.

For each site, a number of actual Vermonters exposed to contamination can vary. The actual users for public water supplies can be as low as 25 people per system to as high as many thousands of users. For sites with affected private water supplies, the number of contaminated wells depends on the specific conditions of the site. On average there are approximately three contaminated wells discovered per site, with an average of 3 users per household. However, one of the 161 sites listed above involved contamination to over 80 wells affecting approximately 240 users, and a site discovered in 2002 involves contamination to over 30 wells, including a public water supply, affecting hundreds of users.

Vermont has been trying to walk in the (pale) green footsteps of New Hampshire and New York to ban the additive M-T-B-E from the state's gasoline - for nine years - nine trips around the sun, and even MTBE is an additive to keep gas from leaking. Ironic much?

Surface water impact scan affect both public health and the environment. High concentrations of petroleum in a stream can cause detrimental affects to biota, and lead to an increased exposure to stream users.

Lastly, sites with indoor air impacts can lead to the greatest risk to public health. Petroleum
vapors entering a home can be at levels that are explosive. More often petroleum vapors reach
levels that pose a serious health risk. Of the 141 sites with indoor air impacts, the number of
exposed individuals varied from site to site. An average site involves three homes affected with
approximately three persons per home.

For a state that barely hits 500,00+/- population wise, and about 20% are second homes for Flatlanders.
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Overnight: Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken

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One of my favorite Robert Frost poems with pictures from New England.

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