Bureaucrats don’t like non-compliant, rebellious serfs

The Foundation for Economic Education highlights how bureaucrats weaponize the child protection system against parents wanting to protect their children from increasingly dysfunctional schools. Schooling is adept at rooting out individuality and enforcing compliance. In his book, Understanding Power, Noam Chomsky writes: “In fact, the whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on—because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions.” This filtering process begins very early in a child’s schooling as conformity is rewarded and divergence

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Not even remotely safe for work . . . but very funny

I try to keep this a family-friendly blog.  However, sometimes something not-entirely-family-friendly happens that is so ridiculously funny or stupid that it just has to be shared, even in as sanitized a form as possible. That’s the case with a video posted over at Chief Nose Wetter’s place.  It shows a boy toddler who discovers one of his mom’s “toys”, and thinks it’s the best thing since sliced bread.  Hilarity ensues. WARNING:  This video is NOT safe for work, and requires you to have a sense of humor about boys and their toys, and ladies’ ditto. That said, for a good laugh, click

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Restoring marriage

The problems inherent in marriage are discussed in an article at National Review.  The excerpt below highlights many of the issues they discuss, and I’ve highlighted one paragraph in bold, underlined text for further discussion. Who or what is to blame for this unraveling of marriage and the complete breakdown of trust in Rob’s world, and in the world of so many white, working-class people like him? Economic instability is most immediately evident … Less visible but more dramatic is the role of social alienation. At least two generations have now come of age in the aftermath of the divorce revolution, and

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Marriage and the “loaf of bread test”

I was pleased to read an Australian article offering a fresh perspective on what makes a good, sound relationship.  It may seem trite, but it echoes what I used to say to couples in marriage counseling (as a pastor) for many years. The Loaf of Bread Test was unwittingly invented by the husband of a friend. He made sandwiches for my friend and himself. There wasn’t much bread left so he made his sandwich with the crusts and gave her the good slices. It was such a tiny gesture — mundane even. It’s not Insta-worthy, you wouldn’t put it on Facebook and

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Day 4 on the road: running around Dayton, Ohio

Wednesday was a business day for Miss D. and her family.  They had to deal with various issues, none of which directly involved me, so I was a bit of a spare part for most of the discussions.  I spent the morning with them, then went back to our hotel for an afternoon nap while they continued their work.  We met up again for supper at a Chinese buffet (good food, BTW, and very tasty). While running around town, I was struck by the “two Daytons” feel of this city.  There’s a fair amount of gentrification in some areas, with older buildings being restored

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With evidence like that, why bother with the trial?

I’m normally a strong believer in the rule of law, particularly the Sixth Amendment to the US constitution, guaranteeing a fair trial to those accused of a crime.  Without that, who can ever be assured of real justice, rather than partisanship, bias and bribed judges and juries? Nevertheless, in a few particularly egregious cases, the issue is so clear-cut that a trial hardly seems necessary.  This appears to be one of them.  (Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.) Investigators have arrested a man after his wife found video on his phone of him sexually abusing her 5-year-old son, his stepson. On May 5, the

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That brings back teenage aviation memories

British Airways is marking the centenary of its founding, on August 24th, 1919, as Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T) – an acronym familiar to US readers for rather different reasons!  You can find a condensed history of the company here. As part of its celebrations, the airline is painting five of its fleet in historic color schemes.  This Boeing 747-400 is painted to resemble British Overseas Airways Corporation‘s 747-100’s, the first generation of the “Jumbo Jet“.  Click the image for a larger view. Back in 1973, my father was President of the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce in South Africa.  When BOAC began its 747

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Milking fans for all they’re worth – and then some

I’m still shaking my head in disbelief after reading Disney’s new prices for a visit to its Disneyland resort. Starting Sunday, a one-day, one-park ticket for Disneyland or California Adventure park rises to $104 from $97 for low-demand days, such as weekdays in May. That is a 7.2% increase. Meanwhile, the consumer price index for the 12-month period ended in November rose 2.2%. A ticket for regular-demand days will rise to $129 from $117, a 10.3% increase. The price of a ticket on peak-demand days will rise to $149 from $135, a 10.4% increase. For annual passes, the least-expensive Southern California Select

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Women, marriage, motherhood, and feminism – an inescapable conundrum?

Aaron Clarey, writing at Captain Capitalism, has a quirky, iconoclastic view of life, the universe and everything.  His books bear that out.  He’s opinionated, unafraid to challenge established views, and firmly opposed to much modern political correctness and social justice perspectives.  He can come across as abrasive and rude at times, too . . . so much so that he’s named his business “***hole Consulting“, which tells you a lot, right there!  He describes himself on his Amazon.com author page as follows: Aaron Clarey is the world’s only motorcycle riding, ballroom dancing, fossil hunting, mountain climbing, economist. He spent 15 years in banking to learn

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