Archive | 2017

Hmm. So hard to decide. Do these kids deserve a time out? Or a felony conviction?

A Playground Fight? Now You’re a Felon, Kid

Aiden punched Noah because Noah wouldn’t let him on the slide! Ooh! Now what? Well, if this took place in Missouri, at recess, Aiden could be heading to jail. In an era when we have finally come to realize that zero tolerance policies and the school-to-prison pipeline are permanently damaging kids by saddling them with criminal […]

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Shawna, a mom of three, is on the Sex Offender Registry for life, for sex she had as a teen with a teen. Her story is told in the documentary, "Untouchable," by David Figen.

“How I Got on the Sex Offender List” — By a Mom of Three

Sometimes when I post about the Sex Offender Registry, I get comments like, “Those scum don’t deserve to EVER live a normal life!” This note below is to remind us that a study of 17,000 people on the registry by the The Georgia Sex Offender Registration Review Board found that about 5% were “clearly dangerous,” […]

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Tomorrow, scattered showers and/or The Apocalypse.

Why Is Every Rainy Day “The Storm of the Century” Now?

These musings come from a reader who blogs at southgeek and describes herself as “someone who sees and greatly fears that our personal freedoms and independence are being sold down the river in exchange for imaginary security. And when it comes to security of children, well, all bets are off.”  . Agreed. But today she […]

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A brother saves his twin, and teaches us all a bunch of lessons.

Twin, 2, Saves Brother After Dresser Falls On Him

Many of you sent in this dramatic story of a dresser falling on a Utah 2-year-old and his twin brother rescuing him from underneath it. It sickens me the way KSL TV news showed the worst part of the video three times in two minutes, but here you have it: . As MSN reports: A […]

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Steven Pinker. (Photo credit: Rose Lincoln / Harvard University)

When A Legitimate Movement Goes Overboard

Here’s Harvard’s Steven Pinker musing on what happens when a legitimate movement —  the movement to improve child safety, for instance, or to awaken sensitivity to minorities — achieves its main goals, but insists on acting as if today’s dangers and insults are on par with those of the past. . His point about child […]

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