Daily Archives: June 27, 2011

They’re back at sea

The Gaza Flotilla sets sail again today. Time to replay the answer.

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This should do it

No sexes at this Swedish preschool.

Breaking down gender roles is a core mission in the national curriculum for preschools, underpinned by the theory that even in highly egalitarian-minded Sweden, society gives boys an unfair edge.

To even things out, many preschools have hired “gender pedagogues” to help staff identify language and behavior that risk reinforcing stereotypes.

“Different gender roles aren’t problematic as long as they are equally valued,” says Tanja Bergkvist, a 37-year-old blogger and a leading voice against what she calls “gender madness” in Sweden.

Those bent on shattering gender roles “say there’s a hierarchy where everything that boys do is given higher value, but I wonder who decides that it has higher value,” she says. “Why is there higher value in playing with cars?”

At Egalia — the title connotes “equality” — boys and girls play together with a toy kitchen, waving plastic utensils and pretending to cook. One boy hides inside the toy stove, his head popping out through a hole.

Lego bricks and other building blocks are intentionally placed next to the kitchen, to make sure the children draw no mental barriers between cooking and construction.

Director Lotta Rajalin notes that Egalia places a special emphasis on fostering an environment tolerant of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. From a bookcase, she pulls out a story about two male giraffes who are sad to be childless — until they come across an abandoned crocodile egg.

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Doesn’t anybody like ObamaCare?

The President himself had to grant thousands of waivers to his Democrat union friends to let them escape his utopia, and now it turns out that the Connecticut unions rejected Malloy’s plan because of exactly that issue. 

[Union rep] Padilla said in an interview and in a statement that the primary reason for the defeat was that union members believed that Malloy and the union leadership “attempted to insert a social experiment, the enhanced health care plan, into a collective bargaining agreement in the hopes that it would eventually lead to universal health care, otherwise known as Obamacare or SustiNet, in our state.”

The vote, he said, would have been reversed if the health care provisions had been dropped.

It annoys me that they very people who push for socialism: unions, Democrats – want no part of it themselves. Socialism and taxes, it seems, are for the little people.

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Malloy: the back tracking begins

Okay, so we won’t lay off all 7,500 workers, and who said anything about “immediately”?

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But Al Gore promised!

Hurricanes at all – time low.

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Global warming – great news for Africa!

National Geographic: Global warming may restore the Sahara to the lush land it was 12,000 years ago. Things change, man adapts.

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GPS warrantless tracking – legal?

The Supremes announce that they’ll hear next term a case involving the constitutionality of hiding a GPS tracker(without a warrant) on a suspect’s car. Interesting issue, to me at least. It’s certainly okay for cops to follow a suspect around on public streets and watch where he goes, but what if it’s 24-hour warrantless surveillance conducted by satellite? Is that too much? I don’t pretend to have an answer, although my inclination is that it’s too broad,  but it will be fun to see what the legal scholars make of this.

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Hang on to your wallet, electricity prices going up

Connecticut legislature creates entire new agency to subsidize “alternative energy”. In  the history of the world, no political agency has ever resulted in taxpayers saving money and this one won’t either.

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Oh dear

I guess we’re in for a lot of this.

Gay Pride on display yesterday, NYC

And this: Greenwich Police getting married in the morning

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This should heat up a warm summer night

Public meeting tomorrow night on whether to ban leaf blowers. I can’t stand the noisy things but banning them? Maybe.

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