Baltimore

See, smacking works

Sue Bradford wanted to stop parents smacking their kids…but it actually works.

The Daily Mail reports:

A Baltimore mother is being hailed for doing her part to quell the violence after a video of her smacking her son upside the head when she spotted him rioting and throwing rocks at police emerged on Monday.

The unidentified mom recognized her son even though he was wearing a black ski mask that covered much of his face.

She spotted him on TV throwing rocks and went after him like a heat-seeking missile.   Read more »

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Landslide in Baltimore. Wait for it…

Densification no solution, would someone tell Len

Len Brown is trying to foist intensification upon Auckland while he rests his lonely carcass in the space and grandeur of a lifestyle block (when he isn’t resting in some of Auckland’s best hotels).

Aucklanders don’t want it, and there is little justification for. One suggestion is that intensification alleviates congestion. It may be that that is a false premise too.

 It is commonly put forward that Auckland needs to increase the number of people living near the city centre if it wants to tackle the traffic congestion and avoid costly upgrades to its highway and roading network.

By extension, first-home buyers need to accept that the Kiwi dream of owning a quarter-acre house is gone, and they should instead focus their attention on the cheaper apartments that will increasingly be coming onto the market.

The upside is that by living closer to the city centre, residents in these apartment will be able to walk, cycle or take public transport to work, cutting down on the need for cars, and hence congestion.   Read more »

Gun hysteria results in death. Of common sense

via dailymail.co.uk

Josh Welsh – via dailymail.co.uk

I’d write “only in America”, but the sad thing is that this isn’t an isolated incident.  Basically, kids are being used to make a political point

A 7-year-old Maryland boy has been suspended from school after biting his breakfast pastry into a shape that his teacher thought looked like a gun.

Josh Welch, a second-grader at Park Elementary School in Baltimore, said he was trying to nibble his strawberry Pop Tart into a mountain.

“It was already a rectangle and I just kept on biting it and biting it and tore off the top and it kinda looked like a gun but it wasn’t,” Josh said. “All I was trying to do was turn it into a mountain but it didn’t look like a mountain really and it turned out to be a gun kinda.”

When I got to this point of the article, I was looking at the web site, and around the page, to see if this was a piece of satire.

Nope.

But when his teacher saw what he had done, the boy says she got “pretty mad” and he knew he was “in big trouble.”

Josh’s dad was called by the school and informed that his son had been suspended for two days.

“I asked if was any one was hurt, they said ‘No’,” B.J. Welch said. “I would almost call it insanity. I mean with all the potential issues that could be dealt with at school — real threats, bullies, whatever the issue is. It’s a pastry.”

The school sent home a letter with every student informing parents that: “A student used food to make an inappropriate gesture.”

Who are these teachers and school administrators?

Why isn’t anyone telling them to stop acting like fools?

 

Source: NewsNet 5