The Lord of the Flies School

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 2:22 PM Comments (29)

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I decided to put the children in charge.

I hesitate to call an idea stupid (OK, I really don’t), but in the history of stupid ideas, this gets top billing right next to getting involved in a land war in Asia and “Flock of Seagulls” haircuts.

The idea?  Schools entirely run by kids.  Little kids.

What could go wrong?

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This is clearly an NBC puff piece, but I cannot help but speculate if, perhaps, the producers are making some subliminal commentary.

Take the success story mentioned in the piece.  The...READ MORE

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Death by Regulation

Monday, December 27, 2010 3:49 PM Comments (5)

For years, progressives unable to convince a majority of Americans of the rightness of their opinions looked to judges to change the law of the land via fiat, rather than putting their ideas up for a vote.

This has had disastrous consequences for this country. Access to abortion would clearly be very different in America if legislatures were allowed to vote but instead a majority of justices declared the killing of the unborn a “right” thereby cutting off all debate and leaving America with some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world.

The New York Times is now reporting a new end run around the peopl. Due to Republicans gaining strength in Congress, the Obama administration may...READ MORE

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Lame Duck? No. Zombie Duck

Thursday, December 23, 2010 11:28 AM Comments (2)

The lame duck session of Congress is finally over.

This session of congress has been called “the most ambitious legislative agenda that’s ever been pursued in a lame-duck session since the 20th Amendment.”

Since the what amendment?

The 20th amendment.  That is the amendment to the Constitution that was supposed to kill lame duck congresses forever.  Now we have Zombie Duck Congresses.

Lame duck sessions of Congress have always seemed wrong to Americans.  We just voted the bums out, why should they get to decide anything?  They shouldn’t.

So the Congress passed and the states ratified the 20th amendment.  The headline in the 1933 Washington Post declared “Present Lame Duck Session Will...READ MORE

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Happy Meals, Sex, Violence and Condoms

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 2:42 AM Comments (9)

The New York Times and their cohorts in kookiness have their pom poms out for a new lawsuit against a fast food giant for advertising happy meals. Why? Because parents feel bad about saying no to their children. Seriously.

It’s standard marketing: pitch your product to the most easily persuadable. Or as Roy Bergold, a former McDonald’s head of advertising, argued once: “Go after kids.” McDonald’s has done just that with the Happy Meal, a choice of burgers, nuggets, fries and other specialties with a must-have toy.

…The Happy Meal is up for some well-deserved scrutiny. Last week a mom from Sacramento filed a class-action suit supported by the center to make McDonald’s stop using toys as bait...READ MORE

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Chastisement

Monday, December 20, 2010 1:48 AM Comments (6)

When reading the Old Testament, the chastisement of the Jews is relentless.  Every time they turn their back on God through disobedience, they are attacked, enslaved, or displaced.  Every time.  But they kept on doing it.

Reading about the Old Testament Jews reminds me of watching a horror movie.  You scream fruitlessly at the screen “Don’t do it!!  Exile and slavery are waiting behind the door!!”  Alas, alack.

That is the thing, characters in a horror movie do no know they are in a horror movie, they live their lives as if all is normal.

So too, life in chastisement seems much the same.  Do you think that your average brick making Jew in Egypt realized that his people were being...READ MORE

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Anglican Nuns Joining The Battle. Will You?

Thursday, December 16, 2010 1:49 AM Comments (10)

We have all seen the war movies and heard the stories of those too young to serve lying about their age so as to join the service in defense of liberty, justice, or freedom.  Some said they were young and naive, but they wanted to be in the battle.  They wanted to make a difference.

When I hear these stories, I usually think of the kid from Brooklyn or the farm boy out of Iowa.  They knew where the real battle of their day was occurring and they wanted to be part of it.

The kid from Brooklyn, the farm boy from Iowa, the nuns at Walsingham?

In a joint statement, the nuns explained their situation. They said: “On December 2 2010 Sister Wendy Renate, Sister Jane Louise and Sister Carolyne...READ MORE

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Postnatal Abortions Are All the Rage

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 2:35 PM Comments (17)

The culture war seems to be operating on an unsuspected new front. While many pro-lifers have been focused on mothers not killing babies in the womb, a staggering new scientific study indicates that incidences of parents killing their newborn babies is five times higher than previously believed.

It’s all the rage.

Come on, you can’t be surprised, can you? You didn’t think a little thing like birth would stop people from killing their babies did you? Seriously, why should the much heralded “choice” end just because the baby is lying on a table rather than in the womb?

Sydney Morning Herald reports:

A team of paediatricians examined the court records of known infant homicides in three...READ MORE

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Great! At Home Gender Selection

Sunday, December 12, 2010 11:56 PM Comments (16)

A woman my wife is friendly with just announced she was pregnant and that even though she was just a few weeks into her pregnancy she was going to learn the gender of the baby in the 7th week.

My wife said she didn’t think that information was available until much later but then this woman told her about a fairly new product, an at home gender detector kit, that can work just seven weeks into a pregnancy. When my wife told me about this I’ve got to tell you my heart sank. It’s a sad world where I find this to be bad news.

Look, if this were a world where mothers were simply dying to know whether to buy pink blankets or blue or footballs or dolls I’d be happy for this information but...READ MORE

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Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.

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