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One nice thing about small children is that they aren’t scared to ask questions. They haven’t completely absorbed the idea that ignorance is shameful. Sometimes these questions are devastating, because small children also haven’t learned the trick of swallowing their fears and doubts.
Josie paused. She is, at five years old, a devout collector of money.  “Why do we have to pay taxes?” she said.
“We pay taxes for things we need,” my wife said.

“Like a bunk bed?”

“No,” I said. “We have to pay for a bunk bed ourselves. Taxes are to pay for things we all share.”
“Taxes didn’t pay for our car,” I said. “But what do cars drive on?”

“The road,” Josie said.
On the way home from the visit with our friends, we took a short cut onto a private road. It was littered with massive potholes. As Erin’s old Honda bounced into one, Josie shrieked from the backseat. “You know what this place needs? Some taxes!”
Much longer article worth reading:

Maybe teaspitters could get it. maybe.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Jun 11, 2012, 06:28 AM (0 replies)

One 'stimulus' project states in Tornado Alley should begin:

The tornadic activity we have seen is going to become the norm IMHO. Some people still have tornado shelters,but many people don't. They were just not built with homes after a while.

I would recommend that a program be started to either pay for or help people pay for the installation of tornado shelters. There are many pre-fab types available, and many of them are made in the USA.
These are examples from just one company:


They make them that will hold up to 50 people.
I am not recommending this company. There are many examples if you do a search.
If this was done, planning their installation would be critical. Think twice. Dig once.

These mega-storms that contain huge tornadoes and a lot of them are not going away. While there should also be wind-resistant building principles applied in any new structures, none of them can withstand a major storm. Shelters would mitigate loss of human life.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Jun 11, 2012, 05:37 AM (1 replies)

3 Auburn football players shot- 2 dead (deaths confirmed, but not names)

RT @ToddKincannon: RT @WestonEast
#Auburn shooting: Ed Christian pronounced dead at U Village. Ladarious Phillips dead in hospital, Eric Mack in hospital.



Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Jun 10, 2012, 04:04 AM (8 replies)

Sen.Sherrod Brown smacks down Dana Loesch at NN12:

RT @Lizardoid: Awesome! RT
@DLoesch "Sen Brown do u have time for a question?" me "Not from you I don't." - Sen. Sherrod Brown
#nn12 | Oof!

Ha! Way to go Sen.Brown!

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Jun 10, 2012, 03:32 AM (1 replies)

Carrie Underwood: Country queen speaks out for gay marriage,but how will conservative fans take it?

Christian singer Carrie Underwood risks wrath of the faithful with backing for equal rights for homosexuals.

She is the musical darling of American conservatives: a God-fearing farm girl from Oklahoma who became a music phenomenon on the back of wholesome hit records about faith, family and the greatness of the United States.

Until now, that is. In a development that will doubtless outrage her many fans on the religious right, the nation's most popular country singer, Carrie Underwood, has come out vehemently in favour of gay marriage.

"As a married person myself, I don't know what it's like to be told I can't marry somebody I love, and want to marry," she said. "I can't imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love."

The endorsement, in an interview with The Independent, puts Underwood in the line of fire of one of America's most divisive social debates. Barack Obama recently endorsed same-sex unions, indicating that he wishes to make the subject a key talking point in the forthcoming presidential election.

This will be interesting. She has a huge country fan base.
Carrie has always been a talented singer who is warm and approachable. I've always liked her.

I wonder if somebody will try to make her walk this back or if she will stick to what she said. Hope she sticks!

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Jun 9, 2012, 04:17 PM (2 replies)

'Girls & Boys' - a great redneck It Gets Better video. Could be from Mayberry.

Even if you don't like country music, watch this. It's like a version from Mayberry.

Love it!
Andy would be proud!

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Jun 9, 2012, 03:47 PM (9 replies)

Random things I learned teaching.

These are some small but telling actions that may help new teachers. (or not)

1-Never act like you know everything. You will get busted. If you are stumped, admit it and tell the students how to find the answer or tell them you will find out. Don't forget to find out because they will remember.

2-Be willing to say 'I'm sorry.' if you have truly done something that wrongs a student then apologize. It doesn't have to be a huge Busby Berkley production. Some teachers think that this is showing a weakness. I consider it essential in creating good relationships.

3-Learn the names of your students as fast as possible. I was able to call them out after one roll call. I substitute taught and knowing names was essential for survival. It really helps in any class and the kids think you possess magical powers. In addition, this is helpful in any class and aids class control.

4-Use basic manners. most kids will understand and follow suit. They set a foundation for the behavior you expect. Don't spend your time being the manners police though. Just set a good example.

5-If a student curses, there are several responses. Some teachers go to Defcon 1 immediately. Some ignore it. I hit a middle ground. I looked at the student and said 'Excuse me?' they knew how to translate these two words. They knew they meant that they had one chance to get out of any trouble by apologizing. 99% of them did.

6-If some method you are trying doesn't work, figure out a new process and dump the old one. Think through a new idea thoroughly. You don't want to change every week. Unfortunately, at times you will be stuck with edicts from the Gods of Education that are impractical. Modify them if you can. Know if those above you are jackasses and ready to put black marks by your name. There are some left who are reasonable.

7-Think about what rules you want to have and enforce them. I knew some teachers who had a page or two. I used as few as possible that would get the job done. If I had a page of rules, i would forget half of them.

7-Finally, if you value our life, never break up a fight involving 2 girls. I learned this the hard way. Breaking up any fight is not a good move. However, I have been able to use my voice to stop some and they were mostly boys.
I thought about why the girls fighting were off the hook. I think it's because by the time most of them have reached that level of action, they are beyond mad and beyond control. In addition, boys have some vague rules. They don't want to be called out or hair pulling. They will do it to survive, but it and some other actions are not at the top of the list. When girls fight, anything and every hing goes. Their imaginations create some strange situations. They always look like cartoon versions of Tasmanian Devils whirling around.
If you think this is sexist, it's a general observation over the years.

There are more but they escape me now. These weren't mentioned in any of the classes I took. I believe every teacher should substitute for a semester. That will give them valuable experience in class control. Many know their subjects, but if the kids are out of hand, that won't matter.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Jun 9, 2012, 06:26 AM (19 replies)

40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken

A moving collection of iconic photographs from the last 100 years that demonstrate the heartbreak of loss, the tremendous power of loyalty, and the triumph of the human spirit. Warning: Some of these will make you weep.

Tanisha Blevin, 5, holds the hand of fellow Hurricane Katrina victim Nita LaGarde, 105, as they are evacuated from the convention center in New Orleans.

Harold Whittles hears for the first time ever after a doctor places an earpiece in his left ear.

"Wait For Me Daddy," by Claude P. Dettloff, October 1, 1940: A line of soldiers march in British Columbia on their way to a waiting train as five-year-old Whitey Bernard tugs away from his mother's hand to reach out for his father. (H/t Jodi P)
Many more:

Some of these did make me cry.......

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Jun 1, 2012, 02:42 PM (15 replies)

If you tweet,

try the app 'Quip' if it is compatible with your device.
I think it makes a much better presentation of tweets, and has many other features.


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Jun 1, 2012, 08:17 AM (0 replies)

Politicians’ Deleted Tweets Are No Longer Safe Thanks To Politwoops

The Internet was never a private place, particularly not for politicians – but now they can’t even delete their tweets. It’s kind of sad really and one could feel bad for them, if this whole thing didn’t promise to be entirely hilarious.

Sure, anyone can delete a tweet, it’s not like politicians’ delete key won’t work anymore. And yes, anyone who moves fast enough can grab a screenshot before they get the tweet deleted – that’s nothing new. But the folks at Sunlight Foundation just created a handy little script that grabs only those tweets that politicians delete – and posts them. Tee hee.
Sunlight Foundation’s mission is to make government transparent and responsible by “working to change the relationship between citizens and their government with Internet technology.” Well, Politwoop certainly does that! It brings transparency to a whole new level.

Sure, we all tweet things we don’t mean to share, but now politicians have no way to hide them. Discover tweets that your politicians shared and then promptly deleted. And it not only lists the deleted tweets, it tells you when the tweet was deleted and how long the tweet was up before it was deleted.

Wondrous places on the interwebs.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu May 31, 2012, 04:15 PM (2 replies)
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