Monthly Archives: August 2008

Gosh, You’re Purdy

Well played, McCain. Well played.

BTW, were Sarah Palin and Tina Fey separated at birth?


Eyes on the Prize

One of my resolutions Jan. 1 was to average a movie per week in 2008 (only movies in theaters count, sorry DVDs). I’m doing OK, but I need to pick up the pace just a bit and that will get harder and harder once “movie season” is over.

If you count multiple screenings of several movies (Juno, Iron Man, Indiana Jones IV, Kung Fu Panda, Get Smart and Tropic Thunder), I’m up to 30 of the needed 52. Mathematically, I should be at 33. There’s still hope. Keep me in your prayers :-).

Save it for Posterity

This is the kind of thing we need to be putting in time capsules.

My Olympic Fever has Broken.

Thank goodness it’s over. Now that the closing ceremony is behind us, I can finally start going to bed before 3 a.m. and stop caring about drama on the Cuban ping pong team.

In other Olympic news, I want one of those awesome mono-cycle things.

Spare the Rod…

Because the ACLU has nothing better to do, they’re all upset over the use of corporal punishment in our nation’s schools. CNN reports that in the 06-07 school year, schools reported paddling or spanking more than 200,000 students.

“…. Beating kids teaches violence, and it doesn’t stop bad behavior,” wrote Alice Farmer, the author of a joint report from Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union. “Corporal punishment discourages learning, fails to deter future misbehavior and at times even provokes it.

“Beating” kids may teach violence, but we’re not talking about Singapore-style caning. Spanking/swatting/paddling kids teaches them that unacceptable behavior yields unpleasant results and it sure as heck discourages bad behavior. I can distinctly remember hearing the swats from the principal’s paddle echo through the halls of my elementary school. One look in kids eyes and I promise you would be convinced that the fear of being paddled kept behavior in check.

Beyond corporal punishment in schools, I remember to a T the exact moment I realized that right behavior meant no more spankings. Once that light bulb went off, the spankings went away and everybody was happy.

“When you talk to local school officials, they point to the fact that it’s quick and it’s effective — and that’s true,” Farmer said. “It doesn’t take much time to administer corporal punishment, and you don’t have to hire someone to run a detention or an after-school program.”

Well, duh. Finally, ACLU Alice is talking sense. But she just has to keep talking…

“We need forms of discipline that makes children understand why what they did was wrong.”

I’m not a child psychologist, but I did spend several years as a child back in the 1980s and I’m here to testify that 99 times out of 100, I knew darn well why what I did was wrong.

Since real discipline is out, I guess she’d be in favor of detention. Of course sooner or later, parents will complain that students are being embarrassed or singled out and it too will be considered cruel and unusual. Besides, anyone who has ever seen The Breakfast Club can tell you that while it may seem like a punishment initially, the long term effects of detention are kids running rampant through the halls, dancing in the library, smoking pot and creating art with their dandruff. Un.Accept.Able. The only other idea I can think of is time out, which to anyone over three, would actually be a reward.

The bottom line (Ha! Get it? “Bottom” line?) is that spanking works. Sure, it’s not fun and it probably does “hurt me more than it hurts you,” but it works! As the Bible says, “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him” (Proverbs 13:24). Of course the key of this verse is love. “Beating” is unacceptable and wrong. Discipline is love. In a way, that’s why the “hurts me more than it hurts you line” works. When I disobeyed, I was not only disrupting polite society, but I was “hurting” my parents and authority figures.

Interestingly, two of the few remaining state that love their students are Missouri with 5,159 swats and Oklahoma with a whopping 14,828 (Ha! Whopping!). Look at the “blue” states on the map below and ask yourself, “Where to all the normal, happy people live?” For once, I’m glad I’m proud to be from a blue state.

Two more reviews

FYI, I’ve just posted my reviews of Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder on A Rough Cut.

Now Whisk the Cyanide into the Eggs until They’re Light and Fluffy

According to recently declassified documents, Julia Child – Yes, THAT Julia Child – was a U.S. spy. How awesome is that?

Of course this opens the door for the entire Food Network to be spies… watch Paula Dean be the one to capture Osama Bin Laden.