Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
So today was the first day of school for the middle-school math teacher known around here as Lumberkid. She's spent the last two weeks making sure her classroom was ready; doing way more work than I ever imagined was necessary.
So anyway, she is excited about her kids even though she knows some of them will be a challenge. And she's decided to ignore her dad's suggestions as to the best and most durable discipline-bats to use. She's going to rely instead on non kinetic discipline techniques.
When I was in school things were handled differently. The vice principal had a paddle the size of Rhode Island. It had nails sticking out at odd angles and it had been known to throw sparks when used properly. Early on the vice principal declared himself "wise to my shenanigans" and so daily beatings followed. But only till his arms got tired. And of course they stopped when I graduated, well almost. He followed me to my first few jobs out of high school but eventually he decided he couldn't afford the extra gas and paddle maintenance.
Anyway, I sure wish Lumberkid well. I know she'll be spectacular. I'm already proud.
Posted by lumberjack at 12:12 AM
Friday, August 22, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
When Obama first spoke about Ferguson I was quietly impressed. After all, he resisted the temptation to pass judgement before there was even an investigation. I had half expected him to pull a rush to judgement, as he did with Trayvon, and the Harvard professor. So yeah, I was pleased that the 1st. Law Professor seemed to finally understand how our judicial system was supposed to work.
And I expect Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to pause in their money counting long enough to pronounce judgement on on a man they know nothing about. But Jay Nixon had no reason to call for prosecution. Nobody could fault him for saying "let's see where this investigation leads."
Bax Nixon. Bad bad Nixon.
Posted by lumberjack at 11:04 AM
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
I know, racist kids. Why else would kids resent being told what to eat?
In other nanny news – Again, a scientific study argues against the nanny-state recommendation that we consume under 2300 milligrams of salt per day:
Participants consumed an average of about 5000 milligrams of sodium per day. They found that sodium consumption under 3000 milligrams daily was associated with a 27 percent increased risk of death or serious event defined as heart attack or stroke, as compared to those individuals who consumed between 3000 and 6000 milligrams. It was only when sodium consumption increased to over 6000 milligrams that the risk of adverse outcomes was detected.This is good news and bad news, of course. Good, that the federal government may once again trust us regular people to regulate our own salt intake. Bad, in that if we take this away from the nannies, they'll put a herculean effort into finding something else to ban/regulate. Liberals don't care what it is, just so long as it's mandatory.
More from the article:
And on a related note, Brian Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences in New Jersey adds, “There is not a single study, not one, showing [such a] benefit for having a sodium intake of less than 2300 milligrams.” The current guidelines are based on these short-term studies showing that a low sodium diet results in reductions in blood pressure in people who are already diagnosed with hypertension or borderline high blood pressure, but these reductions may actually result in more harm than good.
This new study is now sparking the FDA to re-evaluate the research supporting the current guidelines, yet they say the agency “continues to recognize the need to reduce the sodium content of the food supply to help reduce sodium intake.”
Posted by lumberjack at 1:01 AM