We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Hey, Ma, I off to feed them new dinnerchickens that came in last night."
"Okay, Jimmy, see you in a bit."
(five minutes later Jimmy walks in missing three toes, two fingers, has an ear half torn off and suffers innumerable deep gashes on his arms and legs)
"Say, Ma! Them dinnerchickens play kinda rough! Did they come with any instructions?"
"Let me look, son."
"Ah, here's our mistake. They're not 'dinnerchickens', they're dinochickens. Sorry about that!"
While I liked the article, forcing farmers to wear body armor does seem a bit over the top.
On the other hand, I was extremely disappointed with the 'gladiators' article.
"Five competitors who had been chased away..."
How cool would it have been if the competitors had arrived, been told they had to leave, and had responded by drawing their swords and attacking. They wimped out on what would have been the story of the year!
Betsy's Page is always a good read, and it reassures me that there are still good primary and secondary teachers in our system, albeit that many of them are in charter schools and are swimming against the tide of propagandized neglect that is rife in today's NEA trained school systems.
But Betsy, of course, is a sterling exception as a high school civics teacher, who encourages her students to debate debating clubs at other schools, and even gives up her own time on weekends to go with her team.
Took a quick look at the Smithsonian map. I'm sure they are all interesting places.
Now, with a family income at or a bit below the median for my state, how the dickens am I going to pay for those trips? I'd have a hard time paying for a trip to the Smithsonian!