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  • Poll: Most Americans Want to Criminalize Pre-Teens Playing Unsupervised

    08/23/2014 9:08:42 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 119 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 20 AUG 2014 | Lenore Skenazy
    A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that. What's more: 43 percent feel the same way about 12-year-olds. They would like to criminalize all pre-teenagers playing outside on their own (and, I guess, arrest their no-good parents). Those are the results of a Reason/Rupe poll confirming that we have not only lost all confidence in our kids and our communities—we have lost all touch with reality. "I doubt there has...
  • Boy Suspended for Pointing Finger Like Gun

    03/04/2014 8:26:45 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 6,608 replies
    Newser ^ | 3/4/14 | Kate Seamons
    America's kids have been suspended for pretending that pencils were guns, but an Ohio school may have topped that. A 10-year-old student at a Columbus elementary school was handed a three-day suspension for making a finger gun and pretending to shoot a classmate. The suspension letter more formally referred to his weapon as a "level 2 lookalike firearm," reports the Columbus Dispatch. Devonshire Alternative Elementary School's principal says students have been frequently told not to play pretend gun games, with a district rep saying kids were warned consequences would follow. Those consequences hit hard last week for fifth-grader Nathan Entingh,...
  • Buy the kids guns for Christmas!

    12/19/2013 5:53:45 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/19/2013 | Ted Nugent
    With the Christmas shopping orgy well under way, never forget that the ultimate gifts that keep on giving throughout life for young and old are guns. For the young boys and girls, cap guns and holsters, nerf guns, toy bows and arrows with the suction cup arrows and other assorted toy guns and associated accessories are the obvious choice. Whatever you do, don’t forget to teach your rootin’ tootin’ boys and girls how to quick draw their cap guns and how to twirl them on one finger Roy Rogers style.
  • Kids flee football in light of NFL violence, Pop Warner participation plummeting

    12/01/2013 8:03:42 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 138 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, November 28, 2013 | Nathan Fenno
    For Eddie Mason, the decision wasn’t difficult. The NFL veteran’s 10-year-old son, Tyler, won’t play tackle football until high school. Mr. Mason’s decision wasn’t a result of the burgeoning national discussion about football’s role in brain injuries. Instead, he believes children should learn the game’s fundamentals without tackling. Mr. Mason, who played three seasons at linebacker for the Redskins before retiring in 2003, sees a problematic culture infecting football’s lowest levels that’s inextricably connected to the safety concerns. “This brash kind of mindset, the underdog mindset,” Mr. Mason said, “this hard-core attitude kind of deal about who hits the hardest...
  • Less Vaccinations brings Childhood Diseases Back, plus Never Fear, Nanopatch is Here!

    11/09/2013 6:30:02 PM PST · by lee martell · 26 replies
    Nov. 9, 2013 | Lee Martell
    Today's young parents are confronted with a dilemma; should they obey the clear, strict instructions of the neighborhood school and make sure their child is vaccinated before school starts, or should they 'just say no'. Some folks on side of receiving immunization shots are quick to point out the worrying resurgence of various diseases most Americans thought were almost wiped out. Diseases such as measles, mumps and whooping cough have largely been held in check because of available immunization injections. In 2011 there were 167 cases of Whooping Cough reported. In 2013 there have been 352 so far. These almost...
  • The Kids Are Amazing

    11/09/2013 4:41:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 9, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    For many American children, the floor has become their closet. This drives me crazy. I walk into a room where an urchin resides, and there are clothes scattered everywhere. Believe me, I know the passive-aggressive tactics that kids use to torture their parents, but something else is going on here. More than a few times, I've heard parents describe their offspring as "amazing." If you look up that word, you will see this meaning: "To cause great wonder or astonishment." That's what "amazing" means. So occasionally, I will ask the parent of an "amazing" child to tell me exactly...
  • Boyhood Is Not a Mental Illness

    10/18/2013 4:11:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    American Spectator ^ | October 18, 2013 | Marta H. Mossburg
    All the employees of school districts on a witch hunt to expel and otherwise permanently punish young boys for shooting toy guns or forming their fists into the shape of a gun need to read Back to Normal. The purpose of psychologist Enrico Gnaulati’s 2013 book is to argue how ordinary childhood behavior is often misdiagnosed as ADD, ADHD, depression and autism — frequently with life-long, disturbing consequences. But along the way he raises the taboo question of whether we “label boys as mentally unstable, behaviorally unmanageable, academically underachieving, in need of special-education services, or displaying behavior warranting school suspension...
  • Actor who voiced Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Moose on 'Captain Kangaroo' dies at 86

    08/07/2013 6:31:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 52 replies
    Today ^ | Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
    Character actor and puppeteer Gus "Cosmo" Allegretti, who voiced such "Captain Kangaroo" characters as Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose, Grandfather Clock, and Dancing Bear, has died, the Los Angeles Times reports. Allegretti died of emphysema on July 26, though his death wasn't publicized until Wednesday. Allegretti played numerous characters on the long-running Emmy-winning children's show, which featured the late Bob Keeshan as Captain Kangaroo. Allegretti himself created Bunny Rabbit, a bespectacled bunny who tricked the Captain into giving up his carrots, and Mr. Moose, whose corny jokes resulted in a shower of ping-pong balls falling on the Captain's head. He also...
  • Where Are All The Kids?

    08/05/2013 4:40:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    You can drive through residential neighborhoods and never see a single child out playing. We should worry about what this means for the future. There are still kids in those neighborhoods to be sure; you can see them at the schools getting dropped off by their moms. Few kids seem to walk to school anymore. My old elementary school got rid of the bike racks and turned the enclosure into a garden. Maybe it’s the phenomena of helicopter parenting. It’s not the cool helicoptering of Wagner and “Ride of the Valkyries” but the lame kind of Barney and songs about...
  • 40-Year-Old Photo Still Makes Us Smile (A picture is worth a thousand words)

    07/20/2013 8:17:19 PM PDT · by skoob2u · 45 replies
    http://theblacksphere.net/ ^ | July 19,2013 | Tami Jackson
    I thought this picture was a great reminder of the great opportunity Obama has squandered to unite our great country. I am so very tired of his divisive identity politics and contempt for America. It's hard to keep a positive attitude these days and I thought this picture provided a little inspiration for why we need to keep Obama from tearing our country apart.
  • The Left, Bert and Ernie and Children's Innocence

    07/02/2013 8:50:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/02/2013 | Dennis Prager
    <p>If a Martian were to observe the human condition, he would have to conclude that the left has an agenda to deprive children of their innocence.</p> <p>The Martian would have no other explanation for the premature sexualizing of children that the left has engaged in for decades, and which seems to increases almost weekly.</p>
  • Teaching Kids Not to Help an Old Lady

    06/04/2013 11:22:20 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 24 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6/3/2013 | Lenore Skenazy
    Here's a bit of advice real "safety experts" are giving kids — and parents. It's poisonous. But first, the back story: The other day, a blogger named Lisa Flam wrote on a popular parenting website that her seventh-grader came home one day and announced he "didn't do it." Didn't do what? He and his friend were walking home from school (points for that!), when a white-haired lady stood in her doorway and requested the boys' help. "She asked them to move a medium-size package from her front step into her house," Flam wrote. "On the sidewalk, the boys wondered what...
  • Kindergartener interrogated over cap gun until he pees his pants, then suspended 10 days

    05/31/2013 10:47:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 90 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/31/2013 | Eric Owens
    In the latest incident of anti-gun hysteria to erupt in a school setting, a kindergarten boy has been suspended from school for 10 days because he showed a friend his cowboy-style cap gun on the way to school.
  • To: Those of You Born 1930 - 1979

    05/31/2013 6:21:29 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 159 replies
    This morning's email | 5/31/2013 | Unknown
    To: Those of You Born 1930 - 1979 At the end is a quote of the month attributed to Jay Leno.. If you don't read anything else, Please read what he Said. TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's! First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints. We had...
  • What really happened to boys?

    05/07/2013 12:47:29 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 122 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 28, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Four years ago, psychologist Leonard Sax (MD, PhD) wrote a well-received book titled “Boys Adrift.” The doctor tried to answer the question, why have so many young males fallen into passivity and indifference? Dr. Sax had heard more and more parents complain that their boys stayed indoors most of the time, spent hours on video games, and in general seemed to lack the confidence and esprit de corps that had characterized boys throughout history. “Something scary is happening to boys today,” Sax concluded. “From kindergarten to college, American boys are, on average, less resilient and less ambitious than they were...
  • Family's Home Raided over Facebook Photo of Child's Rifle

    03/19/2013 2:01:47 PM PDT · by JouleZ · 70 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | March 19, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    <p>New Jersey police and Dept. of Children and Families officials raided the home of a firearms instructor and demanded to see his guns after he posted a Facebook photo of his 11-year-old son holding a rifle.</p> <p>“Someone called family services about the photo,” said Evan Nappen, an attorney representing Shawn Moore. “It led to an incredible, heavy-handed raid on his house. They wanted to see his gun safe, his guns and search his house. They even threatened to take his kids.” Moore was not arrested or charged.</p>
  • Dick's Supermarket ( Another KC Vanity Post)

    02/15/2013 9:07:07 PM PST · by KittenClaws · 47 replies
    Kitten Claws | Today | Kitten Claws
    As I walked through the Supermarket today, I passed through the isle that was full of children's toys of all kinds. Little racing cars, coloring books, transformers, Barbie dolls and baby dolls, stuffed bears, plastic airplanes, little ponies, bouncing balls, basketballs and something called slime. There were several children there, taking full advantage of the bounty as if it were provided for free. One opened a package of baubles that I could not identify while the other drooled on a basketball before throwing it in the general direction of the other child. And my old mind could not help but...
  • Hyannis 5-Year-Old Threatened With Suspension For Making Gun Out Of Legos

    01/29/2013 6:34:20 PM PST · by massmike · 38 replies
    http://boston.cbslocal.com ^ | 01/29/2013 | n/a
    A mother says her 5-year-old boy was threatened with suspension after he made a gun out of Legos during an after school program. Sheila Cruz received a written warning recently about her son from the after school staff at the Hyannis West Elementary School because he had been using toys inappropriately. “She (the principal) said, ‘it’s a threat to other children and other children could have been scared.’” School officials say little Joe made the toy gun, then ran around the classroom, pointing it at other kids, and making shooting sounds. Cruz says while she and her husband thought about...
  • Why You Shouldn't Play Hide and Seek [More Nanny State Insanity]

    09/29/2012 3:07:37 PM PDT · by varyouga · 36 replies
    Momtastic Magazine ^ | 6/25/2012 | Rachel
    Recently it was banned from a playground in England, the topic of a sex convict’s confession in New Zealand, the subject of a child’s funeral here in the United States and the reason for a 911 call in my own back yard. Can you guess what it is? Hide and Seek. Yes, hide and seek. In our era of parenting, there are two philosophies regarding children’s interactions with the world that have seemingly emerged. Philosophy one views the world as a mostly safe place that we need to allow our children to freely experience and explore, and philosophy two views...
  • Traumatic Childhood May Increase the Risk of Drug Addiction

    09/02/2012 8:25:23 PM PDT · by TedAdamson · 33 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 8/31/2012 | Science Daily
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 31, 2012) — Previous research has shown that personality traits such as impulsivity or compulsiveness are indicators of an increased risk of addiction. Now, new research from the University of Cambridge suggests that these impulsive and compulsive personality traits are also associated with a traumatic upbringing during childhood. The study was published August 31, in the journal American Journal *************************************** This is what I have been saying for several years now, and Science is coming around to the same point of view. I discuss this as well as the cure in my book "Up From Down" which is...
  • More Kids Taking Antipsychotics For ADHD: Study

    08/09/2012 2:14:13 PM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 51 replies
    US NEWS HEALTH ^ | August 7, 2012 | Steven Reinberg
    TUESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Use of powerful antipsychotic medications such as Abilify and Risperdal to control youngsters with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other behavior problems has skyrocketed in recent years, a new study finds. Antipsychotics are approved to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, other serious mental problems and irritability related to autism. But they don't have U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for ADHD or other childhood behavior problems, and their use for this purpose is considered "off label." "Only a small proportion of antipsychotic treatment of children (6 percent) and adolescents (13 percent) is for FDA-approved clinical indications,"...
  • Sikh temple gunman had 'kind and gentle and loving' childhood, stepmom says

    08/07/2012 3:42:09 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Tuesday, August 7, 2012 | Fox News
    The 40-year-old Army veteran who killed six people and wounded three others at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin reportedly grew up as a “precious child” in a typical American family, according to his stepmother. Laura Page, who was married to Wade Michael Page’s father for roughly two decades, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that her stepson was “kind and gentle and loving” during his childhood. [...] Page, who was shot to death by police, described himself as a member of the "Hammerskins Nation," a skinhead group rooted in Texas that has branches in Australia and Canada, according to the SITE...
  • Growing Up With Two Moms: The Untold Children’s View

    08/07/2012 1:28:40 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 50 replies
    The Witherspoon Institute ^ | August 6,2011 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    Quite simply, growing up with gay parents was very difficult, and not because of prejudice from neighbors. People in our community didn’t really know what was going on in the house. To most outside observers, I was a well-raised, high-achieving child, finishing high school with straight A’s. Inside, however, I was confused. When your home life is so drastically different from everyone around you, in a fundamental way striking at basic physical relations, you grow up weird. I have no mental health disorders or biological conditions. I just grew up in a house so unusual that I was destined to...
  • How to Destroy A Boy in One Sentence

    07/31/2012 5:05:45 AM PDT · by Trafalgar123 · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 31, 2011 | Stella Paul
    Walking home this morning, I saw a frizzy-haired mother with a lefty vibe and Savonarola expression. Her young son ran in front of her, chasing pigeons. I listened, awestruck, as she admonished him thusly: "In your next life, I hope you come back as a pigeon, so you know what that feels like." Confused, the boy said, "What?" She repeated her wisdom in sterner tones. I'm dazzled by her genius at packing several soul-crushing blows into one sentence: 1) You're going to be reincarnated as punishment 2) Your mother eagerly awaits your eternal punishment 3) Walk robotically by my side...
  • Have Our Children Forgotten How to Play Outdoors?

    07/25/2012 7:37:51 AM PDT · by rhema · 76 replies
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | July 16, 2012 | Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr
    Author Richard Louv believes that America’s children are now suffering from a syndrome he identifies as “nature-deficit disorder.” In his recent book, Last Child in the Woods, Louv suggests that the current generation of American children knows the Discovery Channel better than their own backyards–and that this loss of contact with nature leads to impoverished lives and stunted imagination. Louv begins by recounting an anecdote involving his son, Matthew. When the boy was about ten years of age, he asked his father: “Dad, how come it was more fun when you were a kid?” The boy was honestly reflecting on...
  • School Buses an Ideal Environment for Bullying

    School buses serve as a setting for as much as 10% of all bullying incidents in the country, according to the data collected by the U.S. Department of Education. The reality, however, could be much worse, since as many as two-thirds of all bullying incidents that take place in the U.S. schools are never reported. A recent article on Slate.com explained that limited space and lack of adequate supervision make school bus bullying notoriously hard to control and reduce. Jeremy Stahl, writing at Slate.com, said that he polled his colleagues about their own and their kids’ experiences and many recalled...
  • Barack Obama's mother 'was secretly in contact with his estranged father'

    05/01/2012 7:13:17 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 51 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 30 April 2012 | Daniel Bates
    Barack Obama's mother was secretly in contact with his estranged father during his entire childhood without the future president's knowledge, a new book claims. Ann Dunham gave Barack Obama Sr regular updates about his life during the 1960s and 70s and even sent him school reports. It was not until the 1980s that Mr Obama became aware of the contact between the two - but he still did not forgive his father for being an absent dad. The claims are made in a new book by Mr Obama's half sister Auma in which she reveals that their father was routinely...
  • Parents' create 'bucket list' for baby daughter with fatal disorder

    04/30/2012 7:43:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 30, 2012
    A Texas family has created a 'bucket list' for their infant daughter after learning she suffers from a fatal genetic disorder, myFOXhouston reported. Mike and Laura Canahuati, from Bellaire, Tex, are on a mission to teach the world about their daughter Avery's fatal genetic disease. You've likely never heard of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, but 7.5 million Americans carry the gene that causes it.
  • Quick question on Obama's past

    03/07/2012 12:04:35 PM PST · by chuckles · 19 replies
    vanity | 3/07/2012 | chuckles
    I was just pondering why Obama acts so differently with different countries and was wondering if he was a Shia Muslim in Indonesia. He attacked Lybia at the drop of a hat and killed Osama without a tear, but won't act on Syria or Iran, both Shia countries. If Indonesia is mainly Shia, that would explain alot. If he was raised Suni, well, back to the drawing board. Does anybody know?
  • New Playgrounds Are Safe—and That's Why Nobody Uses Them (More Nanny State Unintended Consequences)

    02/02/2012 7:15:24 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 120 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | Feb 1 2012 | The Atlantic
    New Playgrounds Are Safe—and That's Why Nobody Uses Them The problem with safety guidelines is that they make most playgrounds so uninteresting as to contribute to reduced physical activity. Playgrounds don't look like they used to. Steep metal slides and wooden towers have given way to slow, plastic slides and carefully penned-in climbing contraptions. And forget about seesaws -- they're a thing of the past. When kids are bored by unimaginative (read: safe) playground equipment, they're less active as a result, and with childhood obesity at epidemic proportions, that's a danger, too. An interesting new investigation looks into this phenomenon....
  • Girls and Legos: With its new “Friends” line, Lego sets off a gender firestorm

    01/15/2012 2:04:39 PM PST · by NYer · 66 replies
    Annistonstar ^ | January 15, 2012 | Lisa Davis
    Christmas had come and gone, and the toy aisles were emptied of Lego Star Wars sets, and Lego Harry Potter sets, and Lego superhero sets. This is when Lego decided to roll out its newest line: Lego Friends, aimed squarely at girls. Lego Friends figures are strikingly different. They don’t look anything like the traditional Lego minifigure. Lego Friends have big eyes, button noses and pink lips. They wear skirts. They have names like Mia, Andrea and Olivia. They come with pink and purple bricks, in sets that can be built into a pet hospital, or a bakery, or...
  • Young boy wishes to join Girl Scouts

    10/27/2011 12:45:01 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/27/11 | Mike Krumboltz
    Bobby Montoya is a 7-year-old boy from Denver. Unlike a lot of young boys, Bobby has no desire to join the Boy Scouts. Instead, he wants to be a Girl Scout. We first saw Montoya's story over at 9news.com. The NBC affiliate reports that when the boy's mother, Felisha Archuleta, tried to sign her son up for Girl Scouts, a troop leader told her no. -SNIP-
  • Toddlers and Tiaras: 3-year-old wears 'Pretty Woman' prostitute outfit

    09/06/2011 12:28:26 PM PDT · by SmithL · 74 replies
    SFGate: The Mommy Files ^ | 9/6/11 | Amy Graff
    Last week TLC's "Toddlers and Tiaras" reality show enraged the world with a shocking performance by a 4-year-old sporting fake C-cup boobs and acting like a 20-something. . . . 3-year-old Paisley struts across the stage dressed as Julia Roberts in the opening scene of the movie "Pretty Woman." In thigh-high black patent leather boots and a tight blue mini skirt,
  • Bert and Ernie - not gay (Sesame Street says, Marriage??? No Way!!)

    08/11/2011 8:24:58 PM PDT · by dayglored · 47 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | Aug 11, 2011 | CHRIS GRYGIEL
    They've lived together for 42 years and share a bedroom, but the people who produce "Sesame Street" made it clear on Thursday: Bert and Ernie are not gay. Nor are they heterosexual. They just are. "Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. "Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics, they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation," Sesame Workshop said in a statement posted on Facebook. ...
  • My mother didn't beat me - it was just a joke says Fergie as she backtracks on abuse claims

    07/31/2011 4:28:25 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:16 AM on 31st July 2011 | By Sharon Churcher
    Just two months ago, she accused her mother of horrific abuse in an emotional outpouring on American TV. Her late mother, Susan Barrantes, regularly beat her, the Duchess of York alleged during her reality show Finding Sarah. 'When she used to hit me because I didn't sit on my potty or wouldn't eat, a little vein would come up on the centre of my head near my red hair,' she said, adding that her mother called it the 'sign of the devil' and would shout, 'I'm going to beat that devil out!'
  • Seesaws: A Vanishing Part Of America

    06/17/2011 4:36:33 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 41 replies
    Let's Be Fair! ^ | April 29, 2011 | Bob Dorigo Jones
    Seesaws: A Vanishing Part of America By Bob Dorigo Jones Can you remember the last time you saw a seesaw? I’m talking about an old fashioned teeter-totter – the kind without springs. If you are under the age of thirty, it’s very possible that you’ve never seen one. Although they were once a staple of playgrounds around the country, the lawsuit explosion in America prompted school officials and park superintendents to start removing them in the 1970s and 1980s. Philip Howard, a prominent attorney and the author of the bestselling book, The Death of Common Sense, wrote this about...
  • Muslim-raised Jessica Mokdad Might Have Wished She Grew Up Like Katy Perry - In a Christian Home

    05/04/2011 6:04:44 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | May 04, 2011 | J. James Estrada
    20-year-old Jessica Mokdad is dead. Her stepfather Rahim Alfetlawi shot Jessica in the head while she was at her grandmother's Michigan home. Alfetlawi was upset that Jessica was not living by strict Muslim customs, according to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and so he killed her this past Saturday. Meanwhile, in an upcoming Vanity Fair article, singer Katy Perry complains of not having a "childhood" because she was raised in a Christian home. Perry is riding the top of the music charts and making tons of money singing songs like "Teenage Dream" and "Hot N Cold," having escaped...
  • Tragic toddler weighs nine stone (3 years old - 132 lbs)

    03/23/2011 6:40:14 AM PDT · by relictele · 37 replies · 1+ views
    The Sun (UK) ^ | 23 Mar 2011 | Isabel Jensen
    THE desperate parents of a NINE STONE three-year-old have told how they can't make the giant toddler diet because they are scared of him. Lu Hao, from China, is dangerously overweight, and at 9st 6lb is FIVE TIMES as heavy as other boys his age. He is getting so big his family are frightened of him — and have given up trying to stop the youngster from gorging on huge plates of ribs and rice. His parents claim he throws vicious tantrums if he doesn't get third or fourth helpings of dinner.
  • Mousehole...

    11/12/2010 9:29:01 PM PST · by pickrell · 18 replies
    12 November 2010 | Ron Pickrell
    I was ensconced upon the commode awaiting developments, while idly looking around the bathroom. We had an old-style freestanding steel bathtub, then, its porcelain badly cracked. Two water lines, together with the heavier drainpipe, ran down from it and into cutouts in the floorboards. The hole for the hot water pipe was covered with a cheap, pot-metal dress ring about the thickness of a soap bubble, meant to hide the ragged edges of the linoleum. It failed sadly. The whereabouts of the other dress ring was never properly explained, but we always held out that it was communists what done...
  • Couple's Radio Flyer turns heads on streets

    10/09/2010 6:54:01 AM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 15 replies
    KTUU.com ^ | September 29, 2010 | Christine Kim
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Valley couple took a childhood memory and turned it into a retirement project. Now, they have a Radio Flyer car to drive around town in. http://www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-radio-flyer-car-092910,0,1784245.story?wpisrc=nl_wonk
  • The Grudge: Barry Soetoro's Indonesian Expatriate Hell

    09/10/2010 12:45:40 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Sept 10, 2010 | Thomas Lifson
    In his most formative years, the boy who became President of the United States was, in other words, subjected to humiliating, demeaning membership in a lower caste and cognizant both of the seemingly undeserved privileges of children born to high-caste expatriates and the grinding poverty of ordinary Indonesians among whom his family lived. That a deep anger and sense of unfairness would develop in such a situation seems more than likely, laying the groundwork for resentment of American power and wealth, and an embrace of anti-colonialist ideologies which undergirded a quest for political revenge, later in life. It was not...
  • The 50 Best/Worst Childhood Fads

    07/02/2010 10:31:26 AM PDT · by MissTed · 50 replies
    First Things ^ | 7/2/10 | Joe Carter
    They were the best of fads, they were the worst of fads—all at the same time. The faddish objects or our childhood were sometimes loved and sometimes hated but they were hard to ignore. Here are a list of the 50 best/worst from the 1960s to today: 1. Beanie Babies What made it the best: You and your friends loved collecting them. What made it the worst: Old ladies loved collecting them too. 2. Bratz Dolls What made it the best: 559 different dolls to choose from. What made it the worst: They all looked like strippers. 3. Cabbage Patch...
  • Oprah lied about poverty, sex abuse, tell-all book claims

    04/13/2010 2:37:17 AM PDT · by Scanian · 24 replies · 1,706+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 12, 2010 | JEREMY OLSHAN
    Oprah Winfrey embellished her poor upbringing and made up stories about sexual abuse to boost her ratings, her relatives say in Kitty Kelley’s new biography. Although Winfrey claims she never had any new dresses or dolls, and had to adopt two cockroaches as pets growing up in rural Mississippi, her cousin contends she was actually relatively “spoiled” as a little girl. “Where Oprah got that nonsense about growing up in filth and roaches I have no idea,” Katherine Carr Esters said. “I’ve confronted her and asked, ‘why do you tell such lies?’ Oprah told me ‘that’s what people want to...
  • One More Mystery..(certifigate)

    02/11/2010 12:35:58 AM PST · by American Dream 246 · 22 replies · 1,079+ views
    theobamafile ^ | 02/11/10 | theobamafile
    On February 9th, 2010, I received the following email from "Northeast Elizabeth": On your site's "Education" page, you post a photograph identified as "Barry, 3rd Grade, 1969" which is identical to this one appearing in the Honolulu Star Bulletin in December, 2009 (in an article revealing that Obama spent at least part of third grade in Hawaii and not solely Jakarta as widely reported). Did you add it to your site after that date, or was it there before? I ask because in the article, Obama's former classmate Scott Inoue indicates that he didn't receive the photo back from Obama...
  • The Outfitters Lament: Too Few Kids With Guns

    02/09/2010 9:34:53 PM PST · by sinanju · 22 replies · 555+ views
    WSJ ^ | February 10, 2010 | Mark Yost
    "The Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show is a sportsman's paradise, but one where trouble is brewing. There were lots of kids here with their families, walking the nearly 300,000 square feet of the State Farm Show Complex. They were checking out the newest fishing lures, gun blinds and camouflage clothing. But many of the outfitters who set up booths at the show and sell mountain-lion stalks in New Mexico, bear hunts in Maine and African safaris are worried that they're in a dying business. Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show State Farm Show Complex Through Feb. 14 "Most kids wouldn't know...
  • To Those of Us Born Between 1925-1970

    02/06/2010 8:02:54 AM PST · by Dallas · 154 replies · 4,042+ views
    An email I recieved
    No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, WE ARE AWESOME !!! OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF !!!     To Those of    Us Born   1925 - 1970  :   At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno.. If you don't read anything else, please     read what he said.   Very well stated, Mr.. Leno. ~~~~~~~~~ TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s!!   First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank while they were...
  • WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME

    12/22/2009 8:23:00 AM PST · by Dick Bachert · 2 replies · 219+ views
    Vanity ^ | 1997 | Dick Bachert
    I wrote this in 1997. While the world in which many of us spent our early years has been largely turned upside down and the aches and pains of growing older become more frequent and noticeable with each passing year, the root message of the birth we arbitrarily celebrate each December 25th is timeless. It is even more vital for fallen sinners who call themselves “Christians” -- especially THIS one -- to embrace that message. Please pray with me that – with God’s help – we can return America to her roots so that our grandchildren will have the peace...
  • Finally, The Growing Backlash Against Overparenting

    11/20/2009 7:21:50 PM PST · by HokieMom · 60 replies · 1,391+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | November 20 2009 | Nancy Gibbs
    The insanity crept up on us slowly; we just wanted what was best for our kids. We bought macrobiotic cupcakes and hypoallergenic socks, hired tutors to correct a 5-year-old's "pencil-holding deficiency," hooked up broadband connections in the treehouse but took down the swing set after the second skinned knee. We hovered over every school, playground and practice field — "helicopter parents," teachers christened us, a phenomenon that spread to parents of all ages, races and regions. Stores began marketing stove-knob covers and "Kinderkords" (also known as leashes; they allow "three full feet of freedom for both you and your child")...
  • No Einstein in Your Crib? Get a Refund

    10/24/2009 4:49:10 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies · 864+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | October 23, 2009 | TAMAR LEWIN
    Parent alert: the Walt Disney Company is now offering refunds for all those ”Baby Einstein” videos that did not make children into geniuses. They may have been a great electronic baby sitter, but the unusual refunds appear to be a tacit admission that they did not increase infant intellect. “We see it as an acknowledgment by the leading baby video company that baby videos are not educational, and we hope other baby media companies will follow suit by offering refunds,” said Susan Linn, director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which has been pushing the issue for years. Baby Einstein,...
  • The teenage-ification of manhood

    10/20/2009 7:31:51 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 43 replies · 2,393+ views
    National Post ^ | 17 Oct 2009 | Robert Fulford
    Saturday, October 17, 2009 Presented by The teenage-ification of manhood Robert Fulford,  National Post  Parents often complain that kids grow up too fast these days. But many adults, it seems, aren't growing up at all. In an ongoing series, the National Post comment pages have been probing this annoying phenomenon. In today's final instalment, Robert Fulford explains the social construct we now call "the teenager."---The word "teenagers" appeared in the late 1940s, signalling the arrival of a new tribe of young people, the replacements for what were once called adolescents. These self-important newcomers were not just adults-in-training, as young people...