Archive for February 4, 2013

Bullying

February 4, 2013

UPDATE below

Mrs Chief’s and my only son will be 43 years old in a few days.  He is 5′ 3″ tall. All the way through school he was the shortest person in his class.  I was in the Navy and we moved a lot.  He was bullied constantly.  Always the ‘new’ kid, always picked on.  It did not help one bit to go to the school and complain.  There was no one monitoring the loading of the school buses.

This is not much of a story about bullying.  Of course every school can have a ‘no-tolerance’ policy.  But who is going to witness the bullying, who is going to enforce the policy ?  It will be viewed by school officials as a case of  ‘he said, he said.’

They do not know whom to believe so they dismiss it.  Or worse, they know if they punish the bully, then the bully will eventually beat up the younger, smaller child being bullied, or have his buddies beat him up.

I grew up in Trumbull, CT.  We move during the Christmas break in 1954.  Trumbull did not have a high school back then.  Where I lived, we were transported by bus to Whittier Junior High in Bridgeport, CT.  I was 13 years old for the first half of my freshman year.  All of us from Trumbull were white.  We were, as I said, Freshmen.  There was a 19 year old black Freshman.  He would have all of the boys from Trumbull line up when we got off the bus and some black elementary school kids would take our lunch money.  We were too scared of him beating us up to protest.

UPDATE:  A few Hours after posting this I saw an ad on TV that got my attention:  3 out of 4 kids witness bullying and they listed this website Stopbullying.gov

From the site

Bullying Definition

A boy is bulliedBullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Check out the site for some good tips.

Guns

February 4, 2013

It’s opinion.  That is all it is.  Since I was in elementary school, around the seventh or eighth grades, I did not understand the second amendment of our Constitution to mean that anyone could own as many guns of any type as they could afford.

I understand that we do not want to see Bambi starving on Main Street, so a more than reasonable allowance is made for folks that want to or feel a primal urge, to hunt.  I have no problem with that.  Most of my friends hunt.  They have an assemblage  of guns appropriate for there they intend to hunt.

Both Illinois and Ohio have a shotgun season for deer.  Both states are relatively highly populated and shot gun slugs will not travel nearly as far as a .30-06 will.

My friends also get deer hunting permits for both Wisconsin and Nebraska.  As a group, about five of them go to Nebraska each year for a week.  One also goes to Wisconsin because that is where he grew up, where his wife is from and they can combine the family visit with a hunting trip.

All the rifles they own are single shot, bolt action.  The clip holds either 4 or 5 shells.  They also have pistols (sidearms) they carry to put a wounded animal out of its misery.

None of them own a semi-automatic, either of the rifle or pistol variety.  Some do own a semi-auto shotgun, but they are pretty common.

As a former hunter and a friend of hunters, I can see no reason for most of the weapons being sold to even be on the market.

Not only is the NRA on the wrong side of history, but the pro-2nd amendment fanatics are on the wrong side of racism.

The Past Is Never Dead, Even If Richard III Is

February 4, 2013

DNA tests done on skeletal remains found under a parking lot in Leicester, UK, have been definitively identified as those of Richard III, who died at Bosworth in 1485:

Experts from the University of Leicester said DNA from the bones matched that of descendants of the monarch’s family.

Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley, from the University of Leicester, told a press conference to applause: “Beyond reasonable doubt it’s Richard.”

Richard, killed in battle in 1485, will be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral.

The editor of a British journal, History Today, throws a bucket of cold water on excited Richard III geeks in the UK who believe this discovery will clean up Richard III’s historical reputation.

Whether it does or not, it’s certainly additional proof that William Faulkner was correct.


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