Filed under: Architecture, Art, Freedom, Heartwarming, The United States | Tags: A Beautiful Amish Barn, A Community Working Together, Raising a Barn in Ohio
An Amish Barn Raising in Ohio. This is majorly cool!
Wow. Look at what can happen when you know what you are doing, and how to do it. The first building my father built many years ago—promptly fell down. Big mistakes, if you learn from them can be profitable. He learned his lesson, and the second attempt worked fine.
The important thing is learning from mistakes—not the mistakes themselves. Something we need to remember.
(h/t: Maggie’s Farm)
Filed under: Freedom, Heartwarming, History, Politics, United Kingdom | Tags: One Nation, Still Great Britain
The United Kingdom is a country people want to belong to,
and the world is a better place.
……………………Be Britain still to Britain true,
……………………Amang ourselves united;
……………………For never but by British hands
……………………Maun British wrangs be righted!
……………………No! never but by British hands
……………………Shall British wrangs be righted!
…………………………….From Daniel Hannan
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.