Tuesday, November 19, 2013

For A Tuesday

So it goes....

A very good argument for mothers of young children being able to stay home with them, for freedom to eat what one wishes and for telling people to cram it:

A Manitoba mother is speaking out against a bizarre daycare policy that caused her to receive a $10 fine for not including Ritz crackers in her kids' lunches.

On the day the fine was administered, Kristen Bartkiw of Rossburn, Man. sent her two kids to school with a lunch of homemade roast beef, potatoes, carrots, an orange and milk. But according to The Little Cub's Den daycare, her lunches lacked a grain and therefore violated the province's school lunch policy.

(Sidebar: okay, what kind of baby-minding centre would come up with this mandatory menu and what kind of parent would agree with this lunacy?)

This absurd reach for control will be attempted again. One hopes that this "fine" will not be paid.

Who was helped by the banning of a toy drive?

An elementary school in Cayce is canceling a Christmas toy drive after a threat of legal action.

East Point Academy is a publically-funded charter school under the South Carolina Public Charter School District. About 360 students attend.

For the past three years, the school has participated in “Operation Christmas Child.” Under the program, kids collect toys, pencils and other small items, pack them into shoe boxes, and donate to needy children.

That now has to stop after the school received a letter Monday from the American Humanist Association, a national nonprofit organization with over 20,000 members and 125,000 supporters across the country, according to the letter.

The mission of American Humanist Association’s legal center, according to the letter, is “to protect one of the most fundamental principles of (American) democracy: the Constitutional mandate requiring separation of church and state.”

The letter called the school’s involvement in Operation Christmas Child “unconstitutional.”

"The letter was very explicit that there would be litigation against us if we did not stop," said school East Point Academy’s principal, Renee Mathews.

Mathews said that of the two full years the school has participated, before the practice was stopped with the letter, about 100 families participated each year.

While I'm sure these humanists are patting themselves on the back for halting a charity no one had a problem with for two years, there will be, doubtless, children who have no reason to thank them.

You've made this guy proud, humanists.

One-hundred and fifty years ago, a real president wrote this:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. 

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. 

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

A lesser man excised the mention of God from the Gettysburg Address:

Washington DC talk show host Chris Plante reported today that Barack Obama omitted the words "under God" from the Gettysburg Address when reciting the great speech for a Ken Burns documentary.  
What would one expect from someone who thinks he is a god himself?

Not to worry. He is also a prick to his employees:

Dan Bongino, the former Secret Service agent who is running for Congress, said Obamacare has canceled the very health insurance given to federal workers that he converted into a private plan for his family when he left the job.

He's an equal-opportunity jerk.

When the vain and empty-headed are given a platform, who knows what they will say?

Elle magazine has been accused of "deplorable ignorance" for a fashion shoot on the theme of North Korean "military chic."

Wow! People are starving to death under the thumb of a dictator but man, can those soldiers rock a pair of boots before dragging an entire family to a concentration camp!

An ancient city is discovered in Israel:

Archaeologists have unearthed traces of a previously unknown, 14th-century Canaanite city buried underneath the ruins of another city in Israel.

The traces include an Egyptian amulet of Amenhotep III and several pottery vessels from the Late Bronze Age unearthed at the site of Gezer, an ancient Canaanite city.

Gezer was once a major center that sat at the crossroads of trade routes between Asia and Africa, said Steven Ortiz, a co-director of the site's excavations and a biblical scholar at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

The remains of the ancient city suggest the site was used for even longer than previously known.


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