About John Winslow
Horses and Politics. Is there anything else?
So, we have a new old government. The last bill on the floor before the the spring election was Bill 2, 2012, The Education Act. It was shot down. Of course the reigning PC party, and education minister at the time, Thomas Lukaszuk, blamed the death of the Bill on the Wildrose Party. Of course this was a smoke screen. No Bill brought by the ruling party would die on the floor if the majority of the party holding the majority voted it in. The reigning party faced more public uproar on the bill than they could afford to ignore going into an election.
Home Schooling parents and religious based private schools were in an uproar over the mention of the Alberta Human Rights Act being included in the Education Act. The minister of education, himself a Roman Catholic, tried to convince them the bill was not intended to give the government carte blanche to bring home schoolers or religious schools to human rights tribunals simply for teaching their own beliefs in school. Unfortunately for the education minister, Albertans weren’t that gullible. So long as the ability was provided for the government to interfere in their childrens’ education, they weren’t going to be shut up.
Debate rages on in the news, coffee shops, office water-coolers and pretty much anywhere we go regarding this phenomenon known as the “No Zero Policy.” To date I have not met a single educated person who agrees with this ridiculous policy. Of course I haven’t had an opportunity to speak with any of the geniuses in the school system who put more trust in “gurus” than they do in science and fact. Suffice it to say, any reasonable, thinking, successful person will tell you the no zero policy is an insult to those who work hard to achieve their goals in life.
What message are we sending to our children if they are permitted to pass without completing or, as in many cases, not even attempting to complete assignments received in school? Are we telling them that it is okay to be a slacker? Are we relaying to them the message the world does indeed owe them a living? How can anything good come out of sending our children on to university, college, or into the workforce completely ill prepared for the realities these institutions will force them to face? Yet these are precisely the messages we are sending them out there with.
I haven’t put anything humorous on this site in a long time. I received this in an email from Strathcona Animal Bedding and thought I would share.
If you text and own horses you will find this amusing. I did.
Horse Texting Definitions
OOF – Out of Hay
LAS – Lost a Shoe
HJBM – Horse Just Bit Me (It happens)
FOMHL – Fell Off My Horse Laughing (Experienced this when someone texted me while riding)
FTC - Forgot The Carrots
MIHA – Mare’s In Heat Again (The 15th of every month like clockwork)
IPTA – I’ll Pick up Tennis Instead (It’s cheaper than horses)
LWW – Lesson Went Well (I will use this when it happens)
MSMBO – Mud Sucked My Boot Off
HSIH - Horse Snot in Hair (Wouldn’t work for me, I get it on my shirt)
HAO – Hay All Over (Oy you should see the trailer after a trip)
HIMB – Hay in My Bra (Again, not for me)
PIHH – Pooh Induced Half Halt
UD – Unplanned Dismount (Fell off)
PTTDG – Praying to the Dirt God (Fell off)
MMM – Master Manure Mucker (Experienced Shit Picker Upper)
OOM – Out of Money (Life story of most horse owner)
MHTS – More Horses Than Sense
BAHHFDP – Bought Another Horse Husband Filed Divorce Papers (H can be changed to W for men)
BAHWFDP – Bought Another Horse Wife Filed Divorce Papers
GBBF – Got Board Bill, Fainted (I get reasonable board… plus plus plus)
GFBF – Got Farrier Bill, Fainted (4 shoes $150 – $200 installed)
HRHCF – Husband Realized Horse Costs, FAINTED! (Change H to W for men)
SLH – Smell Like Horse
HTNHFH – Hiding The New Horse From Hubby (H can be changed to W for wifey)
WWFNS – Will Work For New Saddle (I actually would. I bought another horse and need another saddle)
AROGC Arena Rained Out – Going Crazy (Too much mud can’t ride)
SSB – Saddle Sore Butt
ALIGAR – At Least I Got A Ribbon
NLT – No Lesson Today
HGR – Have a Great Ride
R2R – Ready to Ride
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