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  1. about 14 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    I used to think that, too, until someone gave me this idea: no matter what we do, people will still kill people. But when it’s harder, it will happen less.

    You can’t stop killing, but slowing it down, even a little, is a totally worthwhile thing, as long as you don’t go overboard (e.g.: NYC where it’s illegal for a woman to have anything that might help protect her from predators).

    Saving lives is saving lives.

    I agree that there’s lots of low-hanging fruit, but it’s hard to get people riled up enough to do something about the low-hanging fruit. That’s why it’s still low-hanging.

    I think the real problem is that we’re looking for answers from government, while our government has our stupidest citizens running it. (This has been the case since Mark Twain’s time, at least.)

  2. about 14 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    With smaller schools, no-one can avoid notice. There’s an entirely different dynamic at work. But we’re Americans, and bigger is better.

    With thousands of kids in one school you can afford to make elaborate facilities, because the per-kid cost of a million-dollar auditorium/theater and indoor running track isn’t so high.

    No-one on school boards seems to understand that there’s a huge value to having smaller schools, with simpler facilities.

    And as long as there are disaffected kids who feel a need to make themselves noticed, bad things will happen.

    I just hope the fashion of shooting up the place passes, in favor of something less lethal. Remember: they’re teenagers, so as long as it’s “cool”, they’ll keep doing it. (The cigarette companies know that very well.)

  3. about 14 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    (S)he is exaggerating the point, but (s)he has a point.

    When I was teaching in public school, I saw that, in general, girls succeeded and boys were repressed, to the extent that they didn’t act “like girls”.

    I don’t blame the administrators or teachers, though: what do you expect when you pack thousands of kids into a building many times the size of a Sam’s Club? The only way to keep order is to make any expression of testosterone-fueled behavior a cause for disciplinary action. Unless the kid’s parents can afford for him to play a sport.

    I think the huge-ifying of the American high school has a lot to do with school shootings. Unless a guy is a star athlete (3 or 4 out of thousands), it’s easy to think that nothing you do will ever matter or get noticed, unless you do something heinous.

    I’m sure it’s cheaper to put thousands of kids in one school, but maybe not when you factor in the body bags.

  4. about 15 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    What the %$@#!^ are you talking about?I’ve never touched an AR-15, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one, except for movies and TV. I certainly don’t love them.

    I’m pointing out that there’s a tragedy bigger than this tragedy that no-one is doing a blessed thing about. And, apparently, you’re more interested in insulting me than you are in dead kids.

    So I’ll just shut up for now. You’ve made it abundantly clear that facts are unwelcome in this forum. At least today. Stephan has whipped you up into such a froth that thinking seems just too much to ask right now.

  5. about 16 hours ago on Luann

    In all modern Disney movies (probably the last couple dozen), it’s the girl who makes the first move.

    In Little Mermaid, her entire life centers around getting him to kiss her.

  6. about 16 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    …as our kids go to school in the dark, Congress having moved up Daylight Saving Time again.

    You do know that more school kids are killed by Daylight Saving Time than by gun-toting maniacs?

    It’s just less news-worthy when a kid in rural Minnesota is run over by a sleepy driver because rush hour begins in total darkness now.

    Apparently, Congress is more interested in whoever lobbies for DST (Big Grill?) than in dead kids.

    Brains are amazing things: many dozens of dead kids don’t matter, so long as it’s one at a time, and we call them “accidents,” while 17 kids at one time is a constitutional crisis.

    According to the facts, the most dangerous part of the school day is over when the kid arrives safely at school. But we make decisions with out emotions now.

  7. 1 day ago on Dog Eat Doug

    True confessions!

  8. 4 days ago on Luann

    These days, it’s not unusual for 8 and 9-year old girls to have “boyfriends”.

    I blame Disney for getting their interest up prematurely.

  9. 6 days ago on Working Daze

    I guess reading comprehension maybe isn’t really your thing.

  10. 9 days ago on Working Daze

    I replied below in the main thread, in my hubris thinking it would be a good thing for more people to see it.