Friday, May 28, 2010

Off to Chicago!

I probably won't be able to blog this weekend. We're taking 11 students to compete in the national quiz bowl tournament in Chicago today. We'll be touring a small bit of the windy city today and then testing our skills against teams from all around the country.

UPDATE: After the first day's competition, our top team has a seven and three record. Our B team has a five and five record. There are some mighty smart teenagers here.

UPDATE II: After the first day, our A team was ranked 17th out of 200 teams and our B team was 118th. Unfortunately, the finals didn't go as well for us and we got knocked out after three rounds. But the kids had a load of fun and enjoyed the Art Institute and seeing many of the paintings and artists we've studied for quiz bowl.


tfhr said...

Good luck at the tournament but be safe while in Chicago.

The latest figures show that Chicago had racked up 122 homicides for the year, exceeding the 116 killings over the comparable period in 2009, a very bad year. Among the top 10 U.S. cities, Chicago is within shooting distance of advancing from second place to win the dubious distinction of being the U.S. murder capital. It's no coincidence that the Windy City is already the U.S. gun-control capital.

Since 1982, Chicago has banned the private ownership of handguns and rifles by requiring a convoluted registration process designed to be impossible to complete. Exceptions to the rules enable politicians and their personal friends to own and even carry handguns - but nobody else. This unconstitutional scheme has been a colossal failure. Before the ban took effect, Chicago's murder rate had been falling relative to the nine other largest cities, the 50 largest cities, the five counties that border Cook County, and the United States as a whole. After the ban, Chicago's murder rate rose relative to all these locations. During the first 19 years of the ban, there were just three years when the murder rate was as low as when the ban started.

pman said...

Good luck and have your blog so THANKS...

mark said...

Congrats and good luck the rest of the way. I hope it's a good bonding experience for the team.

Skay said...

Good luck Betsy!

Thanks for pointing out how well "smart"liberal governance has worked in Chicago, tfhr.

"Exceptions to the rules enable politicians and their personal friends to own and even carry handguns - but nobody else."

Apparently they and their thug "friends" are out there using the guns they are allowed to have.

Otherwise one might conclude that their "smart" ban on guns is not working.

It reminds me of Rosie O'Donnell--who railed against the second ammendment --yet she had body guards--who did carry guns.

tfhr said...


How did the team do?

tfhr said...


You're exactly right with the O'Donnell comparison and here's more:

But just as the man got off a second round, the homeowner, who had a handgun of his own, fired a single shot, killing the intruder, a police source said.

"He missed, (but) my daddy didn't," said the 80-year-old's son, Butch Gant, who lives upstairs in the two-flat in the 600 block of North Sawyer Avenue.

The shooting comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of June on Chicago's decades-old ban on possessing handguns. During oral arguments in March, the court's majority appeared almost certain to strike down the city ordinance and rule that residents have a right to a handgun at home.

Chicago police have long aggressively been trying to remove guns from the public, saying they are the principal weapons used in murders and employed by gangs to enforce turf through violence.

It's quite a story and there's still a chance that the homeowner may be prosecuted given Mayor Daly's recent comments. Also, this (justified)shooting is not included in the Chicago weekend tally of three dead and twelve wounded in various shootings around the city.

tfhr said...

OK, so they didn't win the contest but they did do very well AND you know the fun they had will forever be associated with learning and with competing. How can that ever go wrong?!