April 02, 2014
Putting the "Duh" in In-duh-vidualism
Why yes (since you asked) - it really *is* all about you:
If you’re a parent, you’ve probably gotten the dreaded call from the school nurse, letting you know that your child has lice. It happened to our older daughter in kindergarten, and then again two years later when our youngest was in the same grade. Each head lice infestation was a mini nightmare: a work and school day lost to early pickup, chemical shampoos, vacuuming, and endless combing for nits (eggs). The days after, spent worrying that a stray louse might mean another call from the nurse and another day out of school. And that call always came: Your daughter has lice again. She’ll be waiting for you in the office. Last year we spent a couple hundred dollars on a professional lice remover, just because we could no longer face the hours every night we needed to spend nit-picking.
Our experience was not uncommon (though not everyone is crazy enough to call Lice Happens’ 24-hour “LiceLine”). At many schools, any discovery of live lice in a child’s hair warrants a phone call and the immediate removal of the child from school. At some schools, the child may return the next day if the parents have treated the child’s hair—that is, shampooed it to kill live lice. But in schools with “no-nit” policies, a child can’t return unless every last tiny louse egg has been combed from her hair—and schools may check returning students and send them home if any nits are found.
But then, this fall, everything changed. The schools here in Arlington, Va., have adopted what you might call a live-and-let-lice policy. No child will be sent home for lice or for nits. If a child has lice in her hair, the nurse will contact parents but send the child back to the classroom for the rest of the day. Parents are expected to treat the lice, but no one is checking in to enforce this expectation. No classes or groups will be screened for bugs. “No healthy child,” the policy reads, “should be excluded from or miss school because of head lice.”
Watching the author get schooled in the comments is arguably one of the most satisfying experiences we can recall in our long history of online bloviation:
This makes no sense.
"If you have a kid, the odds are very high that they've had lice."
::a few paragraphs later::
"Lice are so hard to get!"
My kids keep getting infested with lice every month or so from an elementary school. The no lice, no nits policy makes sense. And if they would have that rule in my kids' school, I wouldn't have to go through lice clean up every 4 to 6 weeks. It IS easy to get it. And it is such a huge PITA to clean up. And my kids have open sores on their heads from scratching. So, it does actually have a medical impact. I really want to just go clean every kid in the class and their houses for them to stop the infestations.
In the early 80s when our progeny were just starting school, we car pooled with several neighbors who had daughters with long hair. Lice were a terrible problem for them. Having two boys with very short hair, we were lucky enough never to have to worry about lice (though we too spent many hours checking their heads).
Kids sit right next to each other on the school bus or in carpools. Several times we watched them spread from one child to another. Though our boys never got them, we still had to clean our car thoroughly to stop the cycle of reinfection. And our neighbors did everything in their power to deal with a problem they didn't create, both for the sake of their own children and so that no one else would have to go through what someone else had inflicted upon them.
What on earth gets into people like this? Parasitic infestations are not an alternative lifestyle choice.
February 20, 2014
Friday Odds And Ends
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Administrators at a school in the South Suburbs of Chicago are up in arms over a state law (House Bill 0183) that requires schools to post small signs announcing that guns cannot be carried in schools.
The new law relates to a new concealed-carry license law, reports the SouthtownStar, a suburban newspaper. Schools in Illinois did not allow guns previously. Now, though, schools — and government agencies, liquor stores and certain other organizations — must post 4-by-6-inch stickers as visible reminders that guns are forbidden on premises.
Some school officials aren’t happy about the stickers because they contain a very basic image of a gun.
“It is bothersome to have to post a sticker of a gun that says, ‘Hey, folks, leave your guns at home,’” Theresa Nolan, principal of Tinley Park High School, told the SouthtownStar.
Nolan stressed that she is very concerned with “safety and security” and concerned that, somehow, someone could wrongly interpret an image of a gun emblazoned with the universal sign for prohibiting something.
“I think the general public will be alarmed by it and wonder if people have been allowed to bring guns to school in the past,” Nolan also fretted.
She said she would prefer “something more subtle.”
Well, it *is* Chicago, I guess she thinks they should put up signs with pencils to tell people "Don't bring a knife to a gun fight." Or maybe just this:
As the “Greatest Show on Earth” returns to Brooklyn Thursday, circus folk fear a national clown shortage is on the horizon.
Membership at the country’s largest trade organizations for the jokesters has plunged over the past decade as declining interest, old age and higher standards among employers align against Krusty, Bozo and their crimson-nosed colleagues.
“What’s happening is attrition,” said Clowns of America International President Glen Kohlberger, who added that membership at the Florida-based organization has plummeted since 2006. “The older clowns are passing away.”
“The challenge is getting younger people involved in clowning,” said Association President Deanna (Dee Dee) Hartmier, who said most of her members are over 40.
“What happens is they go on to high school and college and clowning isn’t cool anymore,” he said. “Clowning is then put on the back burner until their late 40s and early 50s.”
Funny, I would think that with all the retiring politicians that wouldn't be a problem.
Speaking of clowns....
Tip O'the Stetson (I think): PowerLine's Week in Pix
However, the Clown of the Week award goes to Sheikh Mohammed Yusuf, Imam of the Amena mosque in the UAE - yeah, seriously, not the dude in the pic above, but you'll see why.
Religious clerics in the UAE have issued a fatwa against one-way trips to Mars, arguing that inhabiting the Red Planet goes against Islamic teachings.
"Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam,” ruled the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment, the Dubai-based Khaleej Times reported.
“There is a possibility that an individual who travels to planet Mars may not be able to remain alive there, and is more vulnerable to death,” the committee said.
The committee argued that trying to dwell on Mars would be so hazardous as to be suicidal and killing oneself is not permitted by Islam, the Khaleej Times said."
December 20, 2013
Important Military Purge Update
The blog princess has written a few times about grossly inaccurate and misleading reports that the Obama White House, when not micromanaging the design of Marine headgear, is "purging" the military in a manner reminiscent of Stalinist Russia. Whilst perusing the day's news, the princess ran across the horrifying details of one such politically motivated "purge":
An Airforce general in charge of nuclear missiles was sacked because he got so drunk on a delegation to Russia that he bragged of the 'hot women' he had met, boasted of saving the world... and tried to 'fist bump' a guide during a tour of a monastery. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey was removed as chief of the 20th Air Force Global Strike Command, based in Wyoming and responsible for 450 ballistic missiles at three bases across the country, in October. And today it emerged he was relieved of his duties for a catalogue of misdemeanors while leading a U.S. delegation to a nuclear security training exercise in Russia in mid-July.
...An investigation into his behaviour said Carey was frequently rude to his Russian hosts and others, and that he associated with foreign national women whom he acknowledged were 'suspect.'
During a stopover in Switzerland, the report reveals, he bragged loudly about his position as commander of a nuclear force, saying he 'saves the world from war every day.'
Upon his arrival in Moscow he and an unidentified man were seen visiting a nearby hotel to meet 'two foreign national women' not to return to his Marriott hotel room until the early hours of the next day.
It meant he was 45 minutes late for in joining the delegation to the Moscow suburb of Sergiyev Posad. He blamed his lateness on jet lag, saying his body clock was out of sync.
He then drank so heavily at an official lunch that afternoon that he began talking loudly about sensitive issues including NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and the civil war in Syria.
We are outraged.... OUTRAGED that this man should have been fired for absolutely NO reason other than partisan political gamesmanship.
When such jackbooted oppression becomes the norm, can similar "purges" of the Secret Service be far behind? Heaven forfend!
November 25, 2013
For Your Amusement
Seen at IMAO was this vid:
Quite frankly I can't top Harvey's title, so I'll just end with it....
"...And then she voted."
Enjoy peoples, and don't forget to put your vegetable trees on order for spring.
November 03, 2013
You Had One Job
What can I say? Sometimes the pictures just speak for themselves. So, here for your viewing pleasure and snarky ridicule is "You Had One Job" supermarket edition:
November 28, 2012
There are dumb ideas, and there are really dumb ideas.
As Superstorm Sandy hit our region last month, Marvin Lee Kingsbury and Charles Kent Bowers hatched a really dumb idea.
The really dumb idea was this: Let’s make whiskey sours, and let’s get a raft, and let’s float five miles down the Monocacy River — the raging Monocacy River — so we can go shopping at Wal-Mart.Bowers said they intended to drink the whiskey sours “like the victory cigar” when they reached their destination at Walmart. He said there were more turns and curves in the current than expected. Additionally, Bowers said he had not changed his view about the trip and would do it again.
“Absolutely, better boat next time,” Bowers said.
Better boat because on their first shot they used a rubber raft “rigged with a piece of plywood in the bottom and swim noodles for stability,”
And don't try to pretend you have not attempted similar feats yourownselves, knuckledraggers.
Admit it, peoples. You are jealous.
October 15, 2012
A Likely Obama Voter Speaks
"The government put the deer crossings there. They can direct the deer population anywhere they want to by moving that deer crossing sign."
...Right... and all these car accidents you had involved a deer after you'd seen a deer crossing sign.
Exactly. I mean, I try to watch out for the deer, but going 60-65, how am I supposed to, you know... you can't brake really quick...
It's the keen understanding of cause and effect that always gives them away.