“Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins” Sign in Texas Will Finally Come Down

Remember the 18-foot-wide sign welcoming visitors to the city of Hawkins, Texas?

Mayor Will Rogers had defended the Jesus-tastic sign even after receiving a letter of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. At one point, he said it wasn’t religious at all. He later said the sign should stay because Jesus was like Superman — and if the FFRF didn’t want a fictional being (in their opinion) welcoming people to Hawkins, then they would oppose Superman, too. So there.

Last we heard, the city council postponed a vote to decide the fate of the sign.

It’s been months since that delay was announced, but the city council has finally decided to do the right thing:

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Teacher Tells 4-Year-Old to Stop Writing with His Left-Hand Because It’s “Unlucky” and “Evil”

I’m used to hearing about conflicts involving irrational teachers in Oklahoma… but this is a new one.

Four-year-old Zayde just began attending Oakes Elementary School this year, but he’s already getting into trouble because his teacher thinks there’s something wrong with him.

He writes with his left hand.



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20 Years After It Was First Released, The Golden Compass is Now a Graphic Novel

Twenty years after it was first published, Philip Pullman‘s His Dark Materials trilogy is getting a nifty reboot. Today marks the release of a graphic novel version of The Golden Compass (with the rest of the trilogy coming soon):



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The Dad Who Wrote a Check Using “Common Core” Math Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About

Doug Herrmann, a father from Ohio, was frustrated that he couldn’t help his second-grade son with his math homework last week. Even though it should have been easy, the curriculum his son was using didn’t look familiar to him. It wasn’t the way Herrmann learned math growing up. On Tuesday, he wrote on Facebook: “Mental math and ten-frame cards? Common core sucks!”

Then, on Wednesday, he posted a check made out to Melridge Elementary School in the amount of… well, no one was sure, because he did it “using common core numbers.”

He didn’t actually send the check to the school, but the post struck a nerve. It’s been shared more than 25,000 times as of this writing and a whole bunch of articles have been written about it. Herrmann is already scheduled to appear on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning.

But does he have a point?

Not at all. Instead of trying to figure out what his child was learning, Herrmann did what so many parents do these days: He complained about something he doesn’t understand.

I’ll be honest with you: I didn’t know what “ten-frame” cards were and I wasn’t sure what he was trying to write in his check. Then I spent a couple of minutes doing the research he couldn’t be bothered to do himself.

So let me back up for a moment and try and explain this. It’ll take a second, but it’ll be worth it, I promise.

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For Some Reason, Saudi Arabian Diplomat Will Lead United Nations’ Human Rights Panel

In a headline worthy of The Onion, the United Nations has handed Saudi Arabia, a nation that has beheaded more people this year than ISIS, a key leadership role on its Human Rights Council.

The appointment — made last June but only recently reported — sees Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN, Faisal bin Hassan Trad (below, left), taking up the chairperson role to an expert panel on the HRC. The position gives Trad leadership of the five-diplomat panel, as well as sweeping power in selecting international human rights appointees in any nation where the UN has a mandate.

Yes, you read that right: Saudi Arabia, home of one of the worst human rights records in recent history, now has authority over the appointments of UN human rights workers worldwide.

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