Grapevine: Texas public schools teach 'new' history lesson

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A History Lesson

Texas public schools are teaching the Boston Tea Party was terrorism -- in the same vein as Al Qaeda.

Teachers are instructed to read this news report -- as if it happened this past hour.

"A local militia -- believed to be a terrorist organization -- attacked the property of private citizens today at the port. Although no one was injured in the attack -- a large quantity of merchandise -- considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators -- was destroyed.

The terrorists -- dressed as natives and apparently intoxicated -- were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities.

It is believed that the terrorist attack was a response to the policies enacted by the occupying country's government. "

Students are then told to discuss the report and try to determine who the terrorists are -- and where this happened.

The Chicago Way

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is looking for a way to get moms and dads to show up to parent-teacher school conferences.

Emanuel is offering a Walgreen's credit card -- with a 25-dollar bonus -- as a reward for showing up -- to parents of children at 70 schools.

The Los Angeles Times -- in calling the card a bribe says -- "Is this what it's come to?
The only way to get parents to fulfill their basic responsibilities is with a financial incentive?"

Walgreen's is picking up the tab -- hoping to encourage more shopping in its stores.

'Tis the Season

Finally -- a New Hampshire woman is mad as hell and can't take it anymore.

A local news report -- says the shop owner has endured Salvation Army workers tolling bells from morning to night five weeks out of every year.

Quote -- "I listen to this for 200 hours a year. This is my fourth year and I can't take it anymore.
I'm so sick of it. It makes me hate Christmas."

She tried to get the Salvation Army cited under the city's noise ordinance.

The police did not feel the complaint was justified -- but a local Salvation Army representative says --

It is looking for ways to lower the shop owner's blood pressure -- including an idea of giving ringers a bell that doesn't audibly ring.

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