Daily Archives: January 19, 2013

More effective than a Hello Kitty Bubble gun


She must have lured him inside with a phony "Gun Free Zone" sign. Poor burglar!

She must have lured him inside with a phony “Gun Free Zone” sign. Poor burglar!

12-year-old girl shoots home intruder, who desists thereafter. 

Deputies say, the girl was home alone when a man she’d never seen before, rang the front doorbell. They say when no one answered the door, the man went around to the back of the house and kicked a door open. That’s when authorities say, the girl grabbed a gun and hid in a bathroom closet.

“He had worked his way all the way through the house and into the bathroom. And from what we understand, he was turning the doorknob when she fired through the door.” Says Bryan County Under sheriff, Ken Golden.

Under sheriff Ken Golden says the girl is a hero and that under the circumstances, she did everything right to protect herself .”She did everything she was supposed to do and as a last resort, she did what she had to do to protect herself.”

In Texas this girl’s a brave, resourceful heroine. In Mount Carmel, she’s a terrorist, unfit for reeducation at a public school. Lucky kid, to live in Texas.


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When pigeons come home to roost

Seattle bans feeding homeless in the park. Messy, dangerous. Wasn’t Seattle once know for its progressive bleeding hearts? Reality sucks.

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Obama joins the NRA

You're safe now - I'm sending Sidwell's guards to your school

You’re safe now – I’m sending Sidwell’s guards to your school

He told his base, but they won’t hear.

[A] fter the NYT, and pretty much all the other inside-the-beltway crowd, called the armed-guards-in-schools proposal crazy — the Times called it “delusional, almost deranged” — President Obama came out with . . . a proposal for armed guards in schools. It is no small feat for an out-of-touch, on-the-ropes organization [like the NRA]  to get the President to basically endorse its signature policy proposal at a time of national debate.

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 8:27 am


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Another school massacre, narrowly averted by heroic principal Susan Nestico

Assault rifle

Assault rifle

From all the way across the pond, FWIW’s Irish correspondent espied this latest bit of idiocy. Kindergartener suspended for threatening to bring her Hello Kitty bubble gun to school and shoot herself, classmates.

MOUNT CARMEL – A 5-year-old kindergarten student at Mount Carmel Area Elementary School was suspended last week for allegedly telling classmates she was going to shoot them and herself with her pink Hello Kitty Bubbles Gun.

She was reportedly questioned for three hours before her mother was contacted, said Robin Ficker, 69, an attorney from Bethesda, Md., who is representing the family.

“This is an innocent child who was made to cry while being questioned for three hours about something she said that she doesn’t even understand,” he said.

Ficker said the girl, who did not have the toy in her possession at school, was initially suspended for 10 days by Mount Carmel Area Elementary School Principal Susan Nestico in what the school classified as a “terroristic threat.” The suspension was later reduced to two days and labeled a “threat to harm others.”

During a telephone interview with The News-Item Friday, Ficker said the 5-year-old girl was playing with two friends while waiting in line for the bus while still inside her classroom and spoke about her Hello Kitty gun, which shoots bubbles.

Ficker said the kindergartner mentioned she was going to shoot one of her friends and then herself with the bubble gun so that they could all be together. Then, she was going to shoot herself again when she got home.

Ficker said someone at the school became aware of the conversation and reported it to administrators. The next day, the attorney claims, officials at the elementary school questioned her for three hours before suspending her. Ficker claimed the girl’s mother wasn’t contacted about the incident until after the girl was questioned.

Two thoughts: Tar, feathers; home schooling. Okay, a third thought: this is what’s produced by a modern day advanced degree in education.

UPDATE: Oh, this is just too good. Here’s all you need to know about this assistant principal, Susan Nestico.

Suzsan Nestico, ignorant slut

Suzie Nestico, ignorant slut Fluke

And so it began.  About three weeks ago marked day one of a journey on the academic highway to a second Master of Science degree, this time in Educational Leadership.  While I am a teacher, I am first a learner, so these opportunities are intrinsically motivating for me.  Learning is something I am most passionate about and never pass up the opportunity to learn more, do well and be better.

For some time, others, including my own superiors, have occasionally commented, “You’d make a good principal.  Are you going to get your certification?”  I can easily visualize myself in that role as I have teacher-led a number of technology efforts in our districts, I help oversee a variety of programs, and I lead students by example in teaching from a global perspective with many real-life participatory citizenship opportunities.  I’ve affected change somewhat among my students.  I get a bit dreamy and euphoric about it, you know.  I think, “Heck yes, I can make a difference!”

And there’s this:


Positive, progressive, public high school Social Studies teacher committed to making the best of my students’ time in my classroom [or while being grilled in the detention cell – Ed] through all things technology, digital citizenship, and global collaboration.


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What, I’m supposed to know the names of my bodyguards?

No, you can't come to the party, you'll wait outside!

No, you can’t come to the party, you’ll wait outside!

Mike Bloomberg: “Most of the people I know don’t even have a gun”. Those are for the hired help.


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First we took their corn to make our ethanol, now we’re eating their lunch

You can eat your Quinoa, or save the life of a starving Incan child. Now chow down!

You can eat your Quinoa, or save the life of a starving Incan child. Now chow down!

Demand for Quinoa pushes its price past poor Bolivian’s budgets.

It’s Michelle Obama’s and Whole Food mommies’ favorite grain, although I had never heard of the stuff until the First Lady and some Greenwich housewife fed it to children during a White House junk food picnic.  And it doesn’t stop at corn, quinoa or Chilean long tooth sea bass, either: western foodies want everything.

Soya, a foodstuff beloved of the vegan lobby as an alternative to dairy products, is another problematic import, one that drives environmental destruction. Embarrassingly, for those who portray it as a progressive alternative to planet-destroying meat, soya production is now one of the two main causes of deforestation in South America, along with cattle ranching, where vast expanses of forest and grassland have been felled to make way for huge plantations.

Just sayin’.


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