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Keep Your Skepticals On

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  • April 17, 2014 at 12:21pm

    Are you sure you’re reading this right?

    It seems to me these rule are the opposite, even if poorly written. Examine the opposite of each rule and it will put it in better context.

  • April 17, 2014 at 12:15pm

    If these are Obama’s rules, he’s failed them.

  • April 17, 2014 at 12:11pm

    This is NOT the liberal PC focus group list – that is why it draws criticism.

    The liberal version tells kids to get med, feel bad and report EVERYTHING. This is the opposite.

  • April 17, 2014 at 12:09pm

    Actually, this is NOT the list developed by left-wing blue ribbon panel experts, which is why it draws criticism.

    The blue-ribbon rules follow the mantra of get mad, feel bad, report it – zero tolerance. Someone points a finger, tell a teacher they are pointing guns around….

  • April 17, 2014 at 12:03pm

    The only think this flier really lacks is proper context…

    Let’s have a look at the inverse…
    1: Get mad
    2: Treat the bully as if they are trying to hurt you.
    3: Be afraid.
    4: Verbally defend yourself.
    5: Attack.
    6: If hurt, do not show it. Get angry.
    7: Be a sore loser.
    8: Dwell on the put-downs.

    Is this a better set of rules? How the hell is this going to improve anyone’s situation if everyone is taught to be a victim before anything even happens?

  • March 25, 2014 at 11:07pm

    “The central question: Should these companies who object be treated as “individuals”?”

    No it’s not. The central question is: Can the government require an individual to act against religious/moral objection for someone simply because they employ that person.

    This isn’t about individual rights of those employed by companies – it’s about the government legislating morality.

  • March 25, 2014 at 8:00pm

    If valuing learning above self esteem then dump common core. If maximizing potential is valued, stop setting all children to the same metronome. If Asian children are doing so well, why does common core have absolutely nothing to do with what Asian schools are doing right?

  • March 23, 2014 at 9:29pm

    Creating a protective bubble around someone is not the way to teach them to deal with harassment through life – be it the school placing anyone who looks at the kid crooked in suspension or the father filing restraining orders against the same. Unless, the school and the father plan to do this the rest of his life…

    Let the kids defend himself and accept the punishment for doing so. Both kids will be the better for it.

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  • March 21, 2014 at 4:30pm

    “In addition, Bruce’s statement noted that she and the district’s director of student services will help organize a parent advisory council on bullying to “make sure that every child feels safe and comfortable at school.””

    Ugh. More problems than it solves. Parents want a “Bully Free” zone, which is impossible. So what happens is bullied children get placed in a protected bubble by school staff, which does nothing but further isolate the child from healthy social interaction with other kids. Not to mention the “safety transition plan” for the kid to take the bag to school everything that is wrong about this: Giving an individual special protections from everyone else is not going to win them any friends – quite the opposite. Respect is earned, not granted.

  • March 20, 2014 at 8:53pm

    Last time I checked $200 billion was about 6.7% of $3 trillion.

    And as far as “best interests”, that depends on the goal. Look around the world and ask yourself if all the turmoil is the result nations acting in their “best interests” or if it’s power structures sacrificing the ideals of “best interests” to attain an specific objective.

    If best interest was enough incentive for good behavior, we’d have whirled peas. You might be surprised how much hardship people are willing to endure for their ideology.

  • March 18, 2014 at 1:02pm

    Could at least have gone as far as an angry letter. Maybe even go overboard and send it Certified Mail. I don’t think there is anyone immune to the anxiety as a debtor receiving a certified letter from their creditor.

    Wait…. Aw crap!

  • March 17, 2014 at 11:02pm

    “Even if we can just get parents to talk to their kids about stuff like this — teaching their kids not to bully and to just care for each other — then maybe that’s what our story was meant to do,” she said.

    …and teach criminals not to crime. And haters not to hate. Of course teaching children not to bully is fine, but for anyone to have an expectation for it vanish from the lives of their children is simply not realistic.

    There were three wrongs done here. First, there was an expectation that a boy displaying My Little Pony publicly would not be privy to public scrutiny. Second, the boy was treated horribly for it – no excuse for the bullying. Third, the school sees the lunch box as the root of the problem when it has nothing to do with it.

    “This is who I am, and if you don’t like it, go pound sand. I don’t really care.” is a fantastic message. “The problem is bullies – if there were no bullies there would be no bullying.” is useless – there will always, always, always, always, always be more bullies!

    The one and only thing that should have happened here was for the mom, the boy and the school to say “This is who I am, and if you don’t like it, go pound sand. I don’t really care.”

    Maybe the biggest problem here is it’s always called bullying – bullying is something bullies do. No child or adult for that matter will ever want to admit to themselves they are a bully. It’s harassment – plain and simple. Call it what it is and

  • March 17, 2014 at 10:04pm

    What? A sustainable society needs a sustainable rate of consumption?!?! Glad we put the NASA guys on that one.

    Too bad what they didn’t figure out was that “equitable distribution” of resources has nothing to do with sustainability of a society if the benchmark “rate of depletion of nature reaches a sustainable level” has already been met.

    If they really believe it, it really would be much easier if instead of telling us all of the problems wealth distribution would solve, they should save everyone time and try to find something – just one societal woe it won’t solve.

  • March 16, 2014 at 3:22pm

    …but there is no need to.

  • March 15, 2014 at 10:22pm

    A, B & C are not the only possibilities.

    D) The target demographic of My Little Pony is young girls. It is specifically designed to appeal to the entertainment tastes of that demographic – by admission of the creator!

    The fact that it does have themes that appeal to a wider demographic is incidental. It also emphasizes many themes that are not universally appealing entertainment. Ponies, fashion, social drama, gossip, royalty, sass, vanity, cute cuddly little animals… There is much more that separates the tastes of boys & girls than guns, violence vulgarity & bad language. There is a great deal of universal theme in the show to appeal to everyone, but that does not change the fact it clearly and intentionally favors one over the other.

    Why can’t a man wear a dress?

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  • March 15, 2014 at 9:33pm

    Yes, if the family expects a public display to not be open to public scrutiny, they are certainly asking for an exception.

    Do you find it reasonable that to present one’s self in a public forum there is a reasonable expectation that the forum will respond to that presence? Your response here isn’t exactly kind and even includes a put-down. Is it your fault if feelings are hurt, or do you think that if someone can’t take the heat they should stay out of the kitchen?

  • March 15, 2014 at 9:15pm

    My daughter has the power to stand up for herself – no school administration can take that away. They can discipline all they want, it doesn’t change that stand up for herself was not the right thing to do, and I’ll make sure she knows that. And I don’t really have a huge issue with that – consequences to actions even in self defense are part of the bargain, so long as they are reasonable. Should get in trouble for punching a bully, so long as the self defense is recognized and it is not treated as the greater of the offenses.

    Also, I don’t think disciplining a bully does any good for anyone. Been down that road many times. Even if that instance of bullying stops, there will be more unless the root issues are resolved.

    But yes, children can and should have every right to stick up for themselves. In my eyes, they always do. Any policy to the contrary does complicate it.

  • March 15, 2014 at 8:53pm

    I too was bullied for exactly the same thing but a few weeks ago.

    My daughter and I forgot to pack up her lunch before going to school. So, I returned home and got her lunch and bought it to the school office to take to her classroom. The ladies in the school office told me how cute I looked carrying my pink lunchbox. True story. I was secure enough about myself to carry the pink lunch box, so I was not bothered and myself saw the humor in it.

    Both parties in this instance are wrong. Getting rid of the backpack does not solve anyone’s insecurities – nor does punishing the bullies in the town square.

    It’s like I told my daughter getting called names by an older girl at school – it is not the job of everyone else to protect her from bullies all her life. It’s her job to be secure enough with herself to handle it appropriately.

    Feel really bad for the kid – doesn’t deserve it and nothing excuses it. But it’s the nature of things with 7.149 billion people on this planet and 7.149 billion bullies. Kids really need better guidance when it comes to how to live in a society. A place in society is earned by having conviction – not carved out by governance. It was a bad idea to let the lunchbox go to school with the boy knowing or understanding what the implications were going to be.

    An eccentric backpack is not a cause of bullying just as a short skirt is not a cause for rape – but both can and will spark the attention of a would-be perpetrator.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 4:24pm

    “His thing with the reindeer, That’s a little outside of nature’s laws!”

    Yeah… No reference to bestiality there.

    It’s not like Disney has a kid’s show that says “Look! I have two moms!” Oh, wait…

    They can do whatever message they want, but they should be honest about it. And maybe they aren’t “promoting” anything, but they certainly are acclimating a generation to more than I feel comfortable with.

    Was watching a Disney cartoon just the other day – a scene involving the villain and a scantily clad kick-line, there is a very close up of one of the girl’s legs & crotch framing the screen and the face of the villain in the middle. It’s only a few seconds and I don’t really care it was there – except that the animation crew not only designed the shot, but spent time working on the shot and apparently not once did anyone think wiser of it. Undoubtedly hours of eyeball time on it, but no one there clued in?

    Nothing egregious, but these kinds of things certainly speak volume about the level of standards they operate by.

  • January 23, 2014 at 8:58pm

    “Them crazy yanks!”

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