Monday, February 20, 2006


Sorry that I haven't talked to you much lately. I wanted to finally give you some good news after being stressed out with the usual Ground Hog February when everything seems to be building up. Today was another great day and a relief after two long weeks. I'm excited that things seem to be falling into place and I gave a little speech about developing a cross-curricular human chess match. During our monthly staff workshop, I asked the staff for help in getting this project off the ground. I will be asking for 32 volunteers to participate in this school wide activity. They can dress up as Mayans against the Conquistadors and exhibit a chess match in front of the school in the gym. There will be a large screen showing an accurate classic chess match with magnificent sacrifices and brilliant moves while the students act out each move. They will all develop a script and a story of the game while this action is going on. A host will be describing the action while we see the pieces move on screen.

I'd like to get the History dept, English dept, Math dept, Drama ,Wood Shop and Art classes involved. There will be math involved in explaining the moves and creating the measurements for the set and for large wooden pieces that we can make to play in the courtyard!
I will revise this lesson plan as this project develops!

Our district meet is coming up Saturday and since chess has little money we will be asking the students to show up at the tournament! I pray that we will have all the good players there in order to be one of the top two teams to represent us in the State meet in April!
It would be nice if we could have this chess play done in front of the school before the State meet if the Universal Forces help to get us there!

This was a great moment today when I had the backing of the previous chess coach who helped the students win the State championship last year! (4 seniors graduated from the team last year) He told the staff how much effort I've putting in developing the chess program here in this small Navaho village.
The principal also commented how chess really helps the students with their critical thinking skills, which will help them in test scores! We have to do well in testing in order for their not to be restructuring of the school next year. Many staff are very apprehensive about what might happen next year. A worst-case scenario would be that the school would close down.
I'm very excited about this chance for all the teachers to come together on this project. They all seemed to be very receptive to this especially one of the very good English teachers (who is also the wrestling coach) spoke to everyone about differential learning and how it can involve several curriculums so this project seemed to synchronistically tie in with his lecture!

Chess game moves Wardcliff students
School's top players, human pieces ignite interest in learning

KEVIN W. FOWLER/For the Lansing State Journal

Nice game: Wardcliff Elementary School student George Sun (left) shakes hands Monday with Hyeum Tae Kim, who as the white king removed George from play during the school's human chess game. Thirty-two students from the school were led by fifth-grader Jimmy McDaid and third-grader Billy Liu in a game of human chess. The school, part of Okemos Public Schools, has won two national chess titles and seven state championships.

By James McCurtis Jr.
Lansing State Journal

EAST LANSING - Wardcliff third-grader Alex Theuer became a queen on Monday. And 31 of her schoolmates were bishops, rooks, knights, kings and pawns. The kindergarten through fifth-graders donned Renaissance gear and became human chess pieces on a life-size chess board in the school's gymnasium.

The players' moves on the life-size board corresponded to the moves made by two top school players on a regular board.

"I like being such an important piece," said Alex, who has played chess since she was in kindergarten. "It was fun."

Every year, Wardcliff holds a chess game in front of the student body where human chess pieces wear costumes, complete with crowns, and bring the game to life, said Bruce Roth, a chess teacher at the school for six years.

The purpose is to have fun while giving students the opportunity to learn one of the oldest skill games in the world.

"This is almost like a play," Roth said. "Chess teaches them good thinking skills. They learn how to plan ahead."

Fifth-grader Jimmy McDaid played on the regular chess board with white pieces while teammate Vu Hoang directed the white human pieces to corresponding positions.

Third-grader Billy Liu played the regular-size chess board with black pieces while Dylan Miksicek moved the human pieces.

Each move, especially those where a piece was taken out by an opponent, drew cheers from the children, parents and teachers watching on the sidelines.

The white team won the match.

Wardcliff school officials are proud of the school's achievements in chess. The school, part of Okemos Public Schools, won two national titles in 1997 and 2001. It won state titles in 1988, 1991, 1996-99 and 2002.

"One thing about chess, it teaches you to slow down your thinking,'' Roth said.

Tom Fraser teaches chess at Montessori Children's House in Lansing where a team of nine students came in fifth at the National Scholastic Championship in Nashville last week.

Fraser said chess is already a fun game, but mixing it up with human pieces or other activities is good to gain student's interest.

"It is now documented that chess playing improves reading skills, math skills and problem solving," Fraser said. "With children, you try to put variety into it."

To learn more about chess and tournament play throughout the United States, visit the U.S. Chess Federation's Web site at

chess strategies
Unfortunately Bush has divided this country into red and blue more than any other president since the civil war. .."pro lifers" will have their way starting with South Dakota taking away a woman's freedom of choice ... the balance between liberals and conservatives in the supreme court is gone.. the division in this country will only become huge... I am very scared that fundamentalists and war loving versions of Jesus are causing even more rift. We as a people don't understand that we are just a milder version of the Middle East ...what happens when a country fights over religion.

The Iranian government is controlled by religious zealots even more than our government is, but we are catching up. Religious zealots are taking over and forcing their moral views on our eroding democratic freedoms.
Think about our moves before it's too late and we as a freedom loving people are checkmated? What strategies can we do to turn the government back to a true democracy?

Biased right wing mediator
realamericansvc Says:February 25, 2006 - 10:03
Garvald, let me direct you to what you've certainly missed, I certainly don't want you left in the dark in confused and angry bewilderment:
"February 25, 2006 - 06:58
It's becoming clear to me why you whined yesterday that you had been banned, and had your email banned from this site, and that you had to change your name.
You begged that this site allow an alternate view that included at least interspersal attacks against Bush, and please, please allow you to, as if you'd behaved and were initially unfairly accosted.
Yes, your whine barely 24 hours old is becoming discomfited by the moment.
Be careful, one hates me here for it, but I am known to have prior used the moderation method of assault on an out of control dispirited noncompliant.
Shall you never decide to comment on the topic contained at the top of the thread, a rude misbehavior to the hard earned status of the post leader, I may lose control once again and attempt to contain the errant intafada bewitching you.
Good day. is hilarious. They love to give it out and insult liberals. They rarely allow liberals on the site unless they are as meek as Colmes is to Hannity.
These rednecks love to give insults but when they get it back, they claim foul and kick them off the blog. It was like the playing ice hockey in communist Russia where the officials will go to siberia if they call fouls on the the Russian players but its ok to call as many fouls as they like on the Americans! Have you blokes on these intolerant sites that whine about the left wing media ever heard of the Pravda. They would only print propaganda. Any subversive journalists or poets that complained or wrote about the goverment were sent off to Siberia!

Chess team comes in 2nd place in Northwest Regionals! 2/26/06
This has been a good week overall. I made peace with my assistant and she actually said I was a good teacher, bragging about my to the guidance counselor about how I've been helping this one student who happens to be a teenage mother how to to count and tell time. She's been neglected by the Borginator all year, since the B had to involved with everyone else's classes but her own. Now she's on medical leave for a few weeks after a student that I was restraining caused her so had a tantrum after lunch kicking over her computer, since she's on there all the time instead of teaching. The administration defends her or won't hear any complaints since she does a lot of the paperwork that they would have to do. She even doesn't have to have lesson plans for the severely disabled class but my plans were under scrutiny.
I was very happy that Mcb liked my plans and having been taking care of all the paperwork that she wants. Next week will be our last meeting and I'll have accomplished the growth plan she and Trout set up. Maybe they are all nice to me because I mentioned to them about the fact that I've only written one referall for when Clay physically threatened me a few times in the first month of school and there was no action on the part of Trout. When she asked him about that, he just hemmed and hawed.

Our state championship will be coming up in the beginning of April so I need to get the kids to start taking algebraic notation to help them slow down and analyze their moves better!
I asked Lane to go over the game he lost since he had written down all the moves. His opponent was down to only 3 minutes. This might have caused him to become distracted, losing his rook and getting in check. He was mated shortly afterwards since the enemy's rook was on the last file. The knight came in and cornered him. They were tied materially and Lane would have most likely won on time, if he stayed focused on the game instead of the clock!

Comic relief starring Dubai Dubya, Mr. Piggy Rove and Rush Drugbaugh!
(this site lists conversations in reverse, thanks for your patience, readers) This site loves to allow both sides. Anone can leave a tag, even someone as intellectually challenged as Darth (who apparently lately has delusions of being a god??)

Dubai Dubya: Hey keep up the good work, Karl. And Ill never feed you to that commie prosecutor, Fitzgerald! By the way, where is Dubai. Are they related to my best friend, the prince?
Rush: Ill relay the spin to the 0's on Fox. I'm sure they can start calling these libs and disloyal Republicans bigots too!
Rush: Hey Yeah. Im so glad you're on our side, Karl! What would we do without you??
Karl: Liberals always whine about the ACLU and prejudice! Lets call them bigots since they always call us bigots. They can't deny that! Our adminstration loves rich A-rabs!
Rush: Hey Karl! Glad the media's gotten off your back lately since we got the supreme court members in the news instead of you! Karl, what spin should we use to get them off our backs about the rich A-rabs controlling our port?

you decide: its amazing about all the hot air machines say the same thing, you might hear it first from and then on fox or vice versa!
you decide: The faux "libertarians" of today, who are especially and annoyingly numerous among bloggers, have rendered genuine libertarianism unrecognizable. For the moment, libertarianism's reputation has been almost entirely destroyed and deservedly so, if one considers only its loudest contemporary advocates good link voice. lets see darth defend himself. he wont, *beep* make a kennedy or kerry remark or some "bigoted" insult!
you decide: I think this board has realized for a long time that Darth can't think on his own, nothing comes out of his mouth original except insults and bragging about sodomizing and bar hopping!
you decide: I think this board has realized for a long time that Darth can't think on his own, nothing comes out of his mouth original except insults and bragging about sodomizing and bar hopping!
steinwallen: This site is OCD, you always pick on Darth and Jules! The media has so much liberal bias! Darth, check out LINK . conservatives can complain about the liberal media. Only a few liberals are allowed on that site! so you should feel safe from harassment there!
BYRD2006.COM: Please sign the petition to hold hearings on Bush's spying games!
April: I don't even trust Fox News on the weather forecast
April: i'm not surprised that Fox would say something like that. Fox News is as believable as Bush & Co.
voice: I just read an article where Rush Blimbough says that exact same lame things as darth about Democrats being bigots for not being on board with with the port deal. Darth mouthing the words of the most ridiculous man in the universe.
voice: Only on Fox: "All-Out Civil War in Iraq: Could It Be a Good Thing?" Summary: Fox News featured two onscreen captions during a segment on escalating violence in Iraq that read: " 'Upside' To Civil War?" and "All-Out Civil War in Iraq: Could It Be a Good Thing?"
voice: [LINK] Is Liberatarianism dead ?
voice: Darth: Bush has not failed" LMAO Then what do you call it ? Maybe in Darth Logic a civil war in Iraq is what Bush had planned all along ! LOL
voice: English lesson for Darth: too means also>>> to is a preposition.
Darth is your God!: bigot!
Darth is your God!: who is we? TDF! and who are you talking too? TDF
Voice: ignorant, partisan hack..before we even discuss darthlogic...LOL
Voice: wHEN A DEMOCRAT IS ELECTED...WTCH DARTH, NOT...I REAPEAT NOT GIVE THE NEW PRES EVERY BEBEFIT OF THE DOUBT LIKE HE DOES WITH BUSH...darth with be swiftboating the democratic nominee with a vengenance..won['t you darth ?
Darth is your God!: oh well, you keep on crying, lets see where you are a year from now! TDF! Goa brunch to run too! TDF!
Voice: CIA heads say Bush lied...How's it workin?...30% think Bush is doing a good will show in the 2006 elections...and then...we'll see what excuse you use THEN...

God: "Darth is your God!: I am neither a democrat or a republican..I AM A LIBERTARIAN! IDIOT STICK"
hmmm, in heaven there are libertarians, but I've never met any that have such narcissistic behavior. He certainly drinks alot I guess because hes afraid there wont be any booze in heaven. I'd kill my self if I looked like Darth. I think I'll send my angel shrink down to help him with his very deranged type of thinking!

March 8th

Sing Along with Dubya
future??: there are a lot of things most americans dont know about. there are many questions that this most secretive administration in history wont tell us. if we dont know and learn our future will be doomed.
future??: [LINK]
future??: Shortly after Bush's father was appointed director of the CIA, Salem bin Laden appointed Bath as his business representative in Texas. According to The Houston Chronicle, Salem bin Laden, heir to one of the largest building companies in the Middle East, signed a trust agreement appointing Bath as his Houston representative in 1976.
future??: Bath found investors for Arbusto and "made his fortune" by investing the money of two BCCI-connected Saudi sheiks, Khalid bin Mahfouz and Salem bin Laden. Mahfouz was one of the richest men in the world and a controlling shareholder in BCCI.
future??: Bath became friends with George W. during their days together in the Texas Air National Guard. Bath "confided that he was an original investor in George Bush Jr.'s oil exploration company," according to The Outlaw Bank.
future??: Hatfield, 43, was found dead of an apparent prescription drug overdose in a hotel room in Springdale, Ark. on July 18, 2001. Police declined to investigate.
future??: "Like his father who made his fortune in the oil business with the money of others, George W. founded Arbusto with the financial backing of investors, including James R. Bath," said the late James Howard Hatfield, author of a "controversial biography," Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Mak ing of an American President
future??: Two months before Iraq invaded Kuwait, on June 20, 1990, the younger Bush sold two-thirds of his Harken stock, 212,140 shares at $4 a share-for a total of $848,560. "That was $318,430 more than it was worth," Dr. Arthur F. Ide, author of George W. Bush: Portrait of a Compassionate Conservative, said. "George W. broke the law to do this since the transaction was an insider stock sale."
future??: It raised oil-industry eyebrows when the Persian Gulf state announced it had chosen tiny Harken to explore an offshore site for gas and oil. Bahrain officials said they had no idea President Bush's son was associated with Harken, a claim oil-industry sources ridicule
future??: Through a tangled web of Saudi multi-millionaires, Texas oilmen, and the infamous Bank of Credit and Commerce International, Bush was financially linked with the bin Laden family until Salem met an untimely end in a freak flying accident near San Antonio in 1988
future??: James R. Bath, a friend and neighbor, was used to funnel money from Osama bin Laden's brother, Salem bin Laden, to set up George W. Bush in the oil business, according to The Wall Street Journal and other reputable sources
future??: President Bush and the bin Laden family have been connected through dubious business deals since 1977, when Salem, the head of the bin Laden family business, one of the biggest construction companies in the world, invested in Bush's start-up oil company, Arbusto Energy, Inc
future??: As President George W. Bush leads an intense international manhunt for Osama, few Americans realize that Osama's eldest brother, Salem, was one of Bush's first business partners.
future??: Carlyle has become the thread which indirectly links American military policy in Afghanistan to the personal financial fortunes of its celebrity employees, not least the current president's father. And, until earlier this month, Carlyle provided another curious link to the Afghan crisis: among the firm's multi-million-dollar investors were members of the family of Osama bin Laden
future??: How will President George W. Bush personally make millions (if not billions) from the War on Terror and Iraq? The old fashioned way. He'll inherit it.
history lesson for D: Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany January 30, 1933, and absolute dictator in March 1933, after two years of expensive and violent lobbying and electioneering. Two affiliates of the Bush-Harriman organization played great parts in this criminal undertaking: Thyssen's German Steel Trust; and the Hamburg-Amerika Line and several of its executives.@s1@s3
history lesson for D: The President's family fortune was largely a result of the Hitler project. The powerful Anglo-American family associations, which later boosted him into the Central Intelligence Agency and up to the White House, were his father's partners in the Hitler project.
history lesson for D: Nazi interests in the Silesian-American Corporation, long managed by Prescott Bush and his father-in-law George Herbert Walker, were seized under the Trading with the Enemy Act on Nov. 17, 1942. In this action, the government announced that it was seizing only the Nazi interests, leaving the Nazi s' U.S. partners to carry on the business.@s3
history lesson for D: Nazi interests in the Silesian-American Corporation, long managed by Prescott Bush and his father-in-law George Herbert Walker, were seized under the Trading with the Enemy Act on Nov. 17, 1942. In this action, the government announced that it was seizing only the Nazi interests, leaving the *beep*' U.S. partners to carry on the business.@s3
history lesson for D: In October 1942, ten months after entering World War II, America was preparing its first assault against Nazi military forces. Prescott Bush was managing partner of Brown Brothers Harriman. His 18-year-old son George, the future U.S. President, had just begun training to become a naval pilot. On Oct. 20, 1942, the U.S. government ordered the seizure of Nazi German banking operations in New York City which were being conducted by Prescott Bush
Prediction: darth will go on an alcoholic binge in november of this year and wont make another post until he gets a job at the local pizza hop.
redneck elections: [LINK]
redneck elections: Stalin and the Struggle for Democratic Reform
voice: What the he-ll will darth have to talk about when a Democrat wins the next election...TDF.
redneck elections: Soon after Adolf Hitler became chancellor he announced new elections. Hermann Goering called a meeting of important industrialists where he told them that the 1933 General Election could be the last in Germany for a very long time
Dubya Girls
voice: Air America is a good station...they actually are very fair and have intelligent hosts unlike most that darth listens to.
Texas's: I have to get back to my Red Beans & Rice. TDF!!!
redneck design: same difference.tdf
redneck design: hmmmm rush has lots of pain killers to help him through his day!~ tdf
Texas's: they weren't elected. tdf!
redneck design: hitler and stalin became dictators too!
Texas's: Al's radio show ended as it debuted, down the terd shoot! TDF!!!
redneck design: borrowing ?? tdf
redneck design: Nixon won the election too! sure helps when you can change the laws. burglary today would be called something else on faux news>
redneck design: country is falling apart but al loses his station! wah
redneck design: rednecks are in celebration all over the country that a liberal station is out of business! tdf
Texas's: you guys are real bright. so much so that you couldn't defeat Bush. TDF!!!
redneck design: Texas's: ONLY A MAN TEACHER HAS SUCH POOR GRAMMAR! TDF!!! yep you can find yale graduates that still dont know how to spell nucular! rofl!
redneck design: hmmmm,when liberals were in power, the budget was balanced, we were at peace. america was popular, education was being funded, people had higher paying jobs. repukes in power=deficit that might be balanced in a century, a war that will never end, folks lucky to get minimum wage (and if darth gets his way will be gone) ! no more funding of education. but the rich have tax cuts!yep weve made progress
redneck design: hmmmm,when liberals were in power, the budget was balanced, we were at peace. america was popular, education was being funded, people had higher paying jobs. repukes in power=deficit that might be balance in a century, a war that will never end, folks lucky to get minimum wage (and if darth gets his way will be gone) yep weve made progress!
science in america: unintelligent design=darth's conception
Texas's: U R A NOBODY! tdf!
voice: not looking so good....what an understatement.
voice: i don't
voice: incorrect on air america
voice: libs are so bad but it's the gop causing all the problems...but the df doesn't say that.