Filed under: Freedom, Heartwarming, History, Music, The United States | Tags: 2001 World Series, America the Beautiful, Ray Charles
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Education, Energy, Freedom, Fun n Games, Heartwarming | Tags: Education Bureaucrats, Mindless Obedience, Zero Tolerance Policies
There are many things wrong with our public schools, a good percentage can be traced to the fact that our school administrators—the principals — are idiots. The damage done to little kids in the name of “zero tolerance” policies mounts up.
A 5 year-old kindergartner in Surprise, Arizona was told to pull down his pants on the playground by another kindergartner. This is not a remarkable happening. The other kid told Eric Lopez that if he didn’t pull them down he would pull Lopez’ pants down for him.
Eric Lopez pulled his pants down, as instructed, and was hauled off to the principal’s office and forced to sign a “sexual misconduct” form. Eric, a bright little kid, knows his letters so he signed. So now he has a label and a file that will follow him for the next 12 years. Eric did not know, and nobody told him— was that he had a right to have his mom present.
His mother didn’t find out until after the forced confession. She has since filed significant paperwork to appeal the label attached to her son of “sexualized minor.” Oh please! These are some people that are supposed to have some familiarity with kindergartners. They’re only 5 years old! They don’t have any idea what a “sexualized minor is.”
The Dysart Unified School District insists that it was simply following standard procedures in the case of “indecent exposure.”
Read that line again. This is “indecent bureaucratic behavior.” This is follow the rules, even when you know that the rule is absurd, and makes no sense, and you are damaging a five-year-old child and his family.
How did we get to the point where bureaucrats are so fearful of unpleasant consequences for not following the rules exactly as stated, even when some tiny mote of reality must exist in the bureaucratic brain that this is really, truly, monumentally stupid?
In a world where a kid gets expelled from school for biting a pop-tart into a shape resembling a gun — or the State of Idaho, if you turn it barrel-up—it’s clear that we have slipped a cog. Actually the pop-tart looked a lot more like the state than it did like a gun. Similar educational bureaucratese pops up frequently. We have all seen way too many examples.
Lenore Skenazy has a blog about “Free Range Kids,” and has written a book by the same name. I was a free range kid, as were my children. The nonsense is fairly new, and quite ‘progressive.’
Filed under: Africa, Cool Site of the Day, Heartwarming, Science/Technology | Tags: A Black Rhinocerous Calf, Saving Endangered Species, World Zoos Breeding Efforts
On Sunday, May 25th, a Black Rhinoceros was born at Zoo Miami. This little girl weighed 122 pounds. Black Rhinos are highly endangered as they continue to be poached at alarming rates in Eastern and Southern Africa.There were once over 100,000 running wild in Africa— within the past century, those numbers are down to an estimated 5,000. They are killed for their horns which are prized in some eastern cultures for medicinal purposes and as status symbols. Sad.
Here she is with mom. Check out all the babies at zooborns.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Education, Heartwarming | Tags: Graduation Ceremonies, Proud Families, Unsurprising Speeches
Sorry about the absence of blogging yesterday. A graduation in the family. Lovely to see all those happy young faces, to hear what they’ve accomplished and where they are going next. A future math teacher, a hopeful singer (good voice), three future ballerinas, a cellist, and one headed for a school of Midwifery, among others. We wish them all the very best.
Nice ceremony, smaller school, lots of ‘follow your passion’ and way too much ‘social justice.’
Filed under: Freedom, Heartwarming, History, Military, News, Politics, The United States | Tags: Bush 41, Happy 90th Birthday, President George H.W. Bush
Bush 41, celebrated his 90th birthday in his own remarkable fashion — he jumped out of an airplane. In this case, a helicopter. He has lost the use of his legs, so he made the jump in tandem with Sergeant First Class Mike Elliot, who guided the parachute to a graceful landing in the Bush front yard at Kennebunkport.
Carl Cannon pays tribute at Real Clear Politics:
George Herbert Walker Bush, the second son of Prescott and Dorothy Bush, was born on this day in 1924, which means that the spring he turned 18, his nation was at war. Poppy Bush, as he was called, had just earned his high school diploma at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass, where captained the baseball team and earned a reputation as a handsome and friendly class leader.
With the assistance of Bush’s father, a future U.S. senator, Andover secured the services of Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson as its 1942 commencement speaker. One of his tasks, Stimson decided, was advising the 213 all-male members of the graduating class that they not rush off to war. Go to college first, he advised. Your country will still need you in three or four years — as officers.
But Poppy Bush had quietly acquainted himself with the men assigned to the U.S. Navy’s local recruiting office. And as he and his family filed out of Cochran Chapel on June 12, 1942, Prescott Bush asked his son whether Stimson’s speech had changed his mind.
“No, sir,” the young man replied. “I’m joining up.”
It was George Bush’s 18th birthday. Days later, he was in the United States Navy.
A year after that, he was flying combat missions against the Japanese, the youngest Navy flier in the Pacific theater. He would fly 58 missions and be awarded the Navy’s Distinguished Flying Cross. On the last of these missions, on Sept. 2, 1944, his plane was shot down. His two crewmen did not survive, but Bush was rescued by a U.S. submarine after floating for hours in the ocean.
As president, Bush went back to Andover, and he recalled what he remembered of Henry Stimson’s long-ago commencement speech. “He observed how the American soldier should be brave without being brutal, self-reliant without boasting, becoming a part of irresistible might without losing faith in individual liberty,” Bush said. “I never forgot those words.”
Filed under: Australia, Environment, Freedom, Heartwarming | Tags: A Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat, Australia's Taronga Zoo, Eight-Month Old Joey
This little female joey is an eight-month old Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat who has just begun venturing outside of Mom’s pouch. The Taronga Zoo is Australia is celebrating the arrival of the second joey in three years, a breeding success story that could also help the Critically Endangered Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat. Her name is Sydney.
They are notoriously difficult to breed. Compatibility and timing seem to be crucial, for the female in only receptive to the male for a 12-hour window. Other than that, forget about it.
I have read about wombats, but never seen pictures of one. Our only marsupial in the United States is the possum, an unpleasant animal that we see occasionally here. They hiss, and they are definitely not cute.