May 06, 2008

Mr. Potter, You're Fired!

Honest to gods:
LAND 'O LAKES, Fla. -- A substitute teacher in Pasco County has lost his job after being accused of wizardry.

Teacher Jim Piculas does a magic trick where a toothpick disappears and then reappears.

Piculas recently did the 30-second trick in front of a classroom at Rushe Middle School in Land 'O Lakes. Piculas said he then got a call from the supervisor of teachers, saying he'd been accused of wizardry.

"I get a call the middle of the day from head of supervisor of substitute teachers. He says, 'Jim, we have a huge issue, you can't take any more assignments you need to come in right away,'" he said.

Piculas said he did not know of any other accusations that would have led to the action. The teacher said he is concerned that the incident may prevent him from getting future jobs.
If I had a lot of money, I'd hire Mr. Piculas and ask him to make Florida disappear. We might thus be spared much grief over the next half year.

I found this story via John Derbyshire, who is, in certain respects, fabulous on the subjects of creationism, ID and Ben Stein's latest exercise in thought- and civilization-destruction. Truly, on those issues, Derbyshire is fabulous. (As you might expect, you need to work fairly hard to set a goodly amount of typical conservative, right-wing crap apart from the points on which Derbyshire is correct.)

Deal with it, John. You are sometimes, in some respects, fabulous, you sweetheart.

Not to worry, Derb. All of us anarcho-leftist gays have your back. All 20 of us. We are small, intimate group. And seriously: We have your back.

Sweet dreams.

P.S. Perhaps, Derb, you know another of the subjects we keep track of from time to time, one Ralph Peters? See "There Is No Substitute for Firm, Hard and Deep Insertion." If you happen to, ah, join up with him, please tell him we have his back, too.

Nighty-night, boys.

P.P.S. Following my own links back, I found this: "Conundrum." I'd forgotten all about that post. Funny stuff. I believe I do have my moments from time to time. :>))