Mrs. MC: Did you tell our son that he could head-butt Jerome [a boy in his preschool class]?
Mrs. MC: Why does he think you told him that? (more…)
Filed under: Birkenhead Drill | Tags: bullying, education, fatherhood, LDS, monopoly on violence, rendering unto Caesar, the Cathedral, turning the other cheek
Oh, I do say!
This is beastly. I suppose this must be that very odd American sense of humour, what? But it’s one thing to be pestered by one’s elder female relations, and quite another to actually entertain homicidal thoughts about the dears. You’d never see anything like this in a civilised country like England. Sigh.
Some law professors’ views on how a court is likely to rule on an issue are untainted by exposure to actual courts.
–Thus Ken White
According to recent BSA policy, the above picture is unkind and unsafe, unless the boy is wearing safety glasses and only pointing the super soaker at an approved target on an approved range. Grinning while doing it has not yet been explicitly banned.
The BSA policy is being understandably mocked in the press. (more…)
Yesterday I remembered something my cousin’s husband said twenty-five years ago. He was an Air Force mechanic and would make a twenty-year career of it. He was assigned to the F-117 stealth fighter some number of months before its existence was publicly disclosed in 1988. Immediately before that he was working on F-4 Phantoms, the Vietnam workhorse that the Air Force had been flying since ’63. Sometimes he would marvel at the improvement in some state-of-the-art system, like the brakes, and then learn that it was the same system as used in the F-15 and not so new after all. From the perspective of the Phantom, a lot was new that wasn’t so new.
I changed spark plugs yesterday on a 2002 Chevy Prizm. (more…)
Did he also experience all the small acts of kindness, and service, where people went out of their way to “lift up the hands that hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees”? Did he experience the joy that the lonely feel when one reaches out to them to let them know they matter and are cared about? Did he feel the hope restored when we visit someone who is sick or in prison and cheered their hearts? Did he feel the relief of the overwhelmed when someone paused to share their burden with them? Did he feel the relief we feel when someone forgives us of our screwups and mistakes, or when someone shows us undeserved mercy?
-thus Jon Goff. Read the whole thing.
Saturday I came home mid-morning from helping a neighbor with his irrigation turn. My son met me at the door. Can anyone be as solemn as a kid with an announcement? Solemnly, he informed me he couldn’t plant corn that day. (more…)