Zero Tolerance: Show Your Team Number, Get Suspended

Number 3 showing number 3. Result: automatic suspension.

Zero tolerance = no tolerance = intolerance.

From Janet Hightower, mother of Dontadrian:

“Earlier this year, my son posed for a school photo holding up three fingers—just like in the photo you see here.

“It was a harmless gesture, but when school administrators saw the photo, they interpreted it as a gang sign. Rather than speak with my son to find out the truth, the school suspended him and nearly kicked him out of school.”

If we had Zero Tolerance for adults, anyone arrested would be convicted.  No explanation would be allowed.  There would be no trial by jury and no possibility of being found not guilty.

We don’t allow this in America for adults, so why do we do it to our children?

You can sign a petition at:

https://www.aclu.org/secure/school_pride_zero_tolerance?ms=oth_acluaction_140401_taf

Photo from the ACLU website and is used here with no threat to copyright intended in order to illustrate the issue.

 Any opinion expressed by an individual member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily express the views of the whole family.

It’s in the Cards

 

The Loveshade Family

The Loveshade Family was fortunate enough to have snagged the coveted Ace of Hearts position in the Flying Buffalo Famous Game Designers Poker Deck for 2014 (say that three times fast).  The four kings (the honored game designers) for 2014 are Richard Berg, Tom Dalgliesh,  Liz Danforth, and Ken St Andre.  S John Ross, who penned the foreword for Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht, was a finalist.

We’re currently down to the final art tweaking stretch for the Ace of Hearts.  The deck should be available at Origins, Gen Con, and on our website in June 2014.  So look for it!

Welcome My New Niece Kimberly!

I’m so happy I have another niece! Her name is Kimberly and she weighs 7 lbs. 15 oz. and is 20 1/2 inches long.

She is the second niece I had on New Year’s Day. How can that be? Staci was born on January 1 2008 which is the American new year. And Kimberly was born January 31 2014 which is the Chinese new year. They’re both the daughters of my half brother Benny and half sister Brandy. I know that sounds weird but they aren’t related to each other. Benny is my Mommy’s son and Brandy is my Daddy’s daughter.

I thought they could give her a horse name because this is the year of the horse but they already decided. I feel if I have a baby I’ll wait until I see him or her before I decide on a name.

Anyway Kimberly and Brandy are doing great. Staci’s already trying to help she’s 6 years old now. Everybody grows up so fast! I can’t wait to see Kimberly I hope I don’t have to wait til spring break!

Order of the Pineapple Winners 2014

DisOrder of the Pineapple

Yes, it’s time to announce the new inductees into the Order of the Pineapple:

His Wholiness the Rev. DrJon and Miley Spears.

Miley Spears: She wrote or co-wrote “Discordianism” and got two articles on Discordian American Princesses featured on Uncyclopedia, and was the primary influence behind making DAPs its own category.  Miley wrote or co-wrote Discordian items for Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht, s23.org wiki, Urban Dictionary, and Intermittens Magazine, and also writes for Wikipedia.

His Wholiness the Rev. DrJon (aka Rev. DrJon Swabey): He compiled what is probably the 21st century’s first Discordian tome Apocrypha Discordia which included both new and old-but-previously-unknown Discordian material.  DrJon retrieved an early version (thought at the time to be  the first) of Principia Discordia, and wrote an outroduction for the first hardback edition since 1976 for Principia Discordia.

The Order, sometimes called the DisOrder of the Pineapple, began in 1982 and is awarded on 18 January.  It was begun by the Ek-sen-triks Cluborguild and honors those who have given extraordinary service in “the participatorial study of comedic attitudes and eccentric tendencies.”

Last year’s winners were Adam Gorightly and S. John Ross (Pope Leo), and other winners this decade were Alan Moore, Dr. Demento, Professor Cramulus, Professor Mu-Chao, R. Crumb, and Sondra London.  So far no one’s turned down the award — without quoting Groucho Marx.

Congratulations to the new winners! Remember to eat something having to with pineapple on January 18!

See all the winners and more info at op.loveshade.org

 

Reverend Loveshade & Ms. M.C. Baby 2

Can we say preggers?

Yes, Reverend Loveshade and Ms. M.C. are excitedly expecting their second bundle of joy!  Expected due date is 2014 June 15, but you know how babies are.  Really the whole commune is expecting the baby as they are one big extended family.

Their first daughter, Puffletoes Twinkleton, was born about the date in 2011.  (You might have guessed that’s the girl’s Discordian, not legal name).

As it happens, Lorien Loveshade is expecting a new niece any day now.

Congrats!

Image by mahalie stackpole under a Creative Commons 3.0 license from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pregnant_profile_III.jpg

John F. Kennedy and the Second Oswald

Late Marine buddies Kerry Thornley and Lee Harvey Oswald — which is which?

Was Discordianism co-creator Kerry Wendell Thornley involved in the 1963 assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy?  Was Thornley really the first — and only — person to write a book about alleged Kennedy killer Lee Harvey Oswald before the assassination?

Check out my article just published by Yahoo:

John F. Kennedy and the Second Oswald

http://voices.yahoo.com/john-f-kennedy-second-oswald-12385542.html?cat=37

 

Atheists Can be Scouts in UK

French and British Scout from 1912

Beginning next year, atheists and agnostics will no longer have to lie to become Scouts in the United Kingdom.

In the new vow, the part in parenthesis will be optional:

“On my honour I promise that I will do my best
To uphold our Scout values, to do my duty to (God and to) the Queen,
To help other people
And to keep the Scout Law.”

Unlike the U.S., the U.K. hasn’t had a prohibition against homosexuals in Scouting. Explorers have been co-ed since 1976, and since 1991 girls have been allowed to be Beavers and Cubs.

www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/09/uk_scouting_opens_the_doors_to_unbelievers/

Photo by Agence Rol is in the public domain and is as found at commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scouts-entente-cordiale.jpg

Thanks to Herr Bookmonger for pointing this out to us

U.S. Government Shutdown Day 10: Guess Who Still Gets Paid?

When the government funding shuts down due to a battle in Congress, guess who still gets paid?

Congress has one key duty in the Constitution — pass spending bills that fund the government. If it doesn’t, most functions of government — from funding agencies to paying out small business loans and processing passport requests — grinds to a halt. But some services, like Social Security, air traffic control and active military pay, will continue to be funded. Oh, and Congress still gets paid, too.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/30/politics/government-shutdown-up-to-speed/index.html

 

I Am Troy Davis to be Published

Cover of I Am Troy Davis

In spite of an international outcry that severely questioned his conviction, Troy Anthony Davis was executed by the state of Georgia in America on 21 Sept. 2011.  There was no physical evidence against him; the murder weapon was never found; seven of the nine witnesses who had testified against him recanted their testimony, some saying they had been coerced by the police; and one of the two remaining witnesses was said to have confessed to the killing of Savannah, Georgia police officer Mark MacPhail.

Jen Marlowe wrote the book with Troy’s sister Martina Davis-Correia and Troy himself.  Martina was battling breast cancer at the same time she was battling for her brother’s life.  Sadly, she lost both battles.

The book has been praised by Maya Angelou, Amy Goodman, Eve Ensler, Susan Sarandon, Gloria Steinem, Cornel West, and others.

The execution of Troy Anthony Davis is more than the death of one man, it’s the continuing tragedy of a severely damaged criminal justice system.  It’s anybody’s guess how many innocent people have been killed and how many are scheduled for execution right now.

I Am Troy Davis (Haymarket Books) is scheduled to be released on September 21, 2013 to mark the two-year anniversary of the execution of Troy Davis.

http://donkeysaddle.org/index.php/i-am-troy-davis

The book cover is used to illustrate the book.  No threat to its copyright is intended.  An opinion of an individual member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.