Bullying

Sometimes bullying is the best thing that can happen to a boy.

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It wasn’t called “bullying” when I was in school. We called it “picking on.” The b-word may have been popularized by the film Bully (2001), or maybe two years earlier in the aftermath of Columbine High School killings. The concept of bullying is now politicized. I won’t dwell much on that aspect here except to note that anti-bullying campaigns don’t do much to protect White or Asian kids from race-based attacks in Black schools. But what I want to look at here is the dynamic of bullying among boys on its continuum that spans from legitimate in-group correction or rite-of-passage hazing, on to its destructive excesses.

Here is an anecdote: I made friends easily at age 13, having just arrived in the United States. It was a neighborhood with blue collar families and young couples with starter homes. There was also a tall 14-year-old mesomorph Brady (all names have been…

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What a country

 

       A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots
 
       If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license,
but not for entering and ….remaining in the country illegally – you
might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by
idiots.
 
       If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip
or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion – you might
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
       If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a
check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not
to vote for who runs the government – you might live in a nation that
was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
       If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens
from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives
twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in  Egypt – you might
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
       If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas,
but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might
make you fat – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses
but is run by idiots.
 
       If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined
to a wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a
woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head
searched – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but
is run by idiots.
 
       If your government believes that the best way to eradicate
trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more – you might live
in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
       If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying
his teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity
class in grade school is perfectly acceptable – you might live in a
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
       If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more
government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with
Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free
cell phones – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses
but is run by idiots.
 
       If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to
provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment
checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was
diligently sought, but couldn’t be found – you might live in a nation
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
       If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest
big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a
wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government
forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage – you might live in a
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
       If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself
makes you more “safe” according to the government – you might live in a
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
       What a country!
 
Special thanks to my uncle Deek for letting me plagiarize his email rant to me.