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benswann.com

by Barry Donegan

June 30, 2014

This fall, new federal regulations are set to go into effect which will prohibit schools from allowing sweets and homemade items to be sold at bake sales.

For decades, underfunded programs within schools have relied on bake sales to raise money. Traditionally, popular items like homemade cupcakes, cookies, and other sweets have generated heaps of revenue, funding school clubs, sports teams' uniforms, and other academic essentials. However, The Wall Street Journal is reporting on new federal regulations, set to take effect this fall in many US states, that would so seriously limit bake sales as to render them ineffective, unprofitable, and pointless in most cases.

reason.com

by J.D. Tuccille

June 30, 2014

On the website of Connecticut's Regional School District 14 is a commendable, but somewhat out-of-context, commitment to relative Internet freedom for public school students, dated June 20.

"Regional School District 14 takes the position that while it is obviously critical to block specific categories of websites as required by law (e.g., pornography, etc.), the blocking of otherwise appropriate websites, regardless of political or religious viewpoints, is WRONG." The statement goes on to note that "On Region 14's computers, some websites were blocked, while others were not," and it was all a big technical error.

reason.com

by Lenore Skenazy

June 30, 2014

Imagine the very worst home a child could grow up in: No food in the fridge, parents strung out on drugs, the children covered with scabs and beaten regularly. You would want someone to step in and save the kids.

And then there's Scotland. Scotland wants to treat all families as potentially abusive and appoint a "named person" (that is, a guardian) as soon as the child is born and up through age 18 to oversee the parenting. This "shadow parent" would be empowered by the government under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act, which will take effect in 2016.

medalerts.org

by Steven Rubin

June 29, 2014

A recent report about the 6-valent vaccine Infanrix claims that it is responsible for many deaths. The report claims that 73 infants died since the vaccine was introduced.

. It also claims that these deaths typically occurred within a few days after the vaccination. Is this true? Let's look at the VAERS data. Make a Graph of Year of Vaccination, considering cases where the vaccine Name is infanrix (in Section 3 of the search form), and the patient died (in Section 4). Not only does VAERS data support this report, it goes beyond their conclusions. It shows that there have been 323 deaths associated with Infanrix since its introduction, most of them during the period described in the report. The number of deaths associated with Infanrix reached a peak in the year 2001, when 55 deaths were reported. And keep in mind that VAERS underreporting is well-known, so there could be anywhere between 10 to 100 times more cases than appear here.

thefreethoughtproject.com

June 22, 2014

A 9-year-old boy in the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas recently tried to do something good for his community, and the government shut him down.

Some time ago, young Spencer Collins opened up a free library in his front yard, for anyone in his neighborhood to use, and it was actually fairly popular. The "library" was really nothing more than a book case, but is was a great idea. The bookcase allowed people to leave a book and take a book, so neighbors could share books with one another for free. Unfortunately, some nosy neighbors didn't seem to like what Spencer was doing with his own family's property and they actually reported his library to the local government. The government responded by ordering the family to shut down their son's library, or face financial penalties.

thefederalistpapers.org

June 18, 2014

An Iowa woman jokingly calls it Satan's handiwork. A California mom says she's broken down in tears. What could be so horrible? Grade school common-core math.

photographyisnotacrime.com

by Carlos Miller

June 18, 2014

After posting signs all over campus at Portland State University inviting students to attend a meeting sponsored by the International Socialist Organization, a group of left-leaning students tried to kick out a right-wing blogger.

They even called the cops, which as we know, can be unpredictable as far as their knowledge of the law goes, especially when one of the students accused him of "acting very aggressively." And another woman told the cop that there was "underage people" in the meeting as if that would make a difference. But fortunately, the Portland State University cop who did arrive, Sergeant Robert McCleary, did not have to be educated about the right to record a public meeting at a public university.

watchdog.org

by Spencer’s Little Free Library

June 18, 2014

Somehow, the City of Leawood just couldn't see this library controversy coming.

The City of Leawood says it was utterly blindsided by the onslaught of public outrage after it forced a young boy to remove his Little Free Library from the curb in front of his house. No, really. City Administrator Scott Lambers said nobody saw it coming. Maybe Leawood's code enforcement crew could use a lesson in public relations?

themattwalshblog.com

June 17, 2014

I've come across this bizarre claim countless times, and I've been meaning to respond to it for a while now. Fortunately, this email from Tim afforded me that opportunity...

Courthouse News Service

by David Lee

June 17, 2014

A 12-year-old boy was handcuffed and arrested after he found a blade from a pencil sharpener at school, the former student claims in court.

Quentin Scott sued Albuquerque Public Schools; Brad Winters, APS chief of operations; Steve Tellez, APS chief of police; and C. Sigler, APS school resource officer, in Bernalillo County Court on June 12. Scott claims he found the blade at school in 2007. He says he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at the time and tried to sell the pencil sharpener blade to another student for a dollar. "The razor from a pencil sharpener is not a deadly weapon," the 11-page complaint states.

      

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