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The History Of Tea.

Sweet tea is somewhat of a source of Southern pride, and most people will guzzle hot tea and honey or lemon when they are ill. But did you ever wonder about the history of tea?

TED did.

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water –– and from sugary Turkish Rize tea to salty Tibetan butter tea, there are almost as many ways of preparing the beverage as there are cultures on the globe. Where did this beverage originate, and how did it become so popular? Shunan Teng details tea’s long history.




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Suspended For “Liking” A Post.

(The new computer system has crashed. This sucks. Oh well, back to the old system.)

One has to imagine the shock and surprise of the parents of Zach Bowlin when they got a call from the Edgewood Middle School in Trenton, Ohio saying their son was suspended for 10 days and faced expulsion for “liking” a post on Instagram.

According to his parents, Zach and his friends like to shoot and play with Airsoft pistols. The guns used in this type of sport shoot spherical, non-metalic pellets and are generally considered safe.

So when one of Zach’s friends posted a picture of his Airsoft pistol, without thinking he was doing anything wrong, the 13 year old “liked” the picture one night at home.

The next day, Zach was pulled into the office, searched and suspended.

The parents of Zachary Bowlin posted a picture of the intended suspension notice which read, “The reason for the intended suspension is as follows: Liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.

A picture of an Airsoft pistol is “potential school violence?”

When you’re dealing with school districts nowadays and there are pictures of guns, regardless of the kind of gun it is, it’s a gun,” Edgewood City Schools Superintendent Russ Fussnecker said. “And there are certain images or words, I can’t determine if that’s playful or real. And until I can get to an investigation, I have to look into it, those students have to be removed.”

While there is logic lacking in the thought that an Airsoft pistol is a lethal weapon, a picture or an image is not a gun itself.
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10 Archaeological Discoveries That Rewrote History.

Prepare to be educated.





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More Educational Stupidity. Silver Cross Is “Disrespectful.”

(courtesy Liberty Council)

This is a case which is more of a “two-fer” – a activist teacher who is a bully and a school and school district that are completely, totally and utterly ignorant or stupid and most likely both.

The story begins with a student attending Riverview High School in Hillsborough County, FL, made an “egregious” error in a math class taught by one Lora Jane Riedas:

One of our student clients reports that she had just sat down in class, and placed her books on her desk, when Ms. Riedas approached her. Referencing the tiny cross necklace which was around the student’s neck, Ms. Riedas said, “I need you to take your necklace off.” Our client asked “Why?” and Ms. Riedas refused to explain, stating “That’s disrespectful; you have to take it off.”

The cross in question is shown above and measures less than an inch.

The student acquiesced to the Riedas’ ridiculous and unConstitional demand, but when she told her parents, they investigated and found other children who had been subjected Riedes’ bullying by being told to remove religious jewelry. The parents did the smart thing and reached out to the Liberty Counsel for legal representation.

Liberty Counsel took the case and sent a demand letter (seen below) to the Hillsborough School Superintendent, one Jeff Eakins. The letter states the reason the teacher has banned the wearing of religious jewelry:

Ms. Riedas has prohibited at least three children from wearing Christian cross necklaces in her classroom, claiming on occasion that they are “gang symbols.”

This is the type of thinking and reasoning that a teacher has in a high school?

“Gang symbols?”

Of course, the question would be “if they are ‘gang symbols,’ to what ‘gang’ the symbols belong?”

The Supreme Court case in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District is quite clear on this issue:
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“Shotgun Bullet” Is More Evidence Of Ignorance Mixed With Authority.

This is the story of a four year old little boy, who spent time over the weekend bonding with his grandfather.

The grandfather is a police officer who was doing the responsible thing of teaching the 4 year old about gun safety. The grandfather even took the youngster to the range where the officer and boy fired off a few rounds at a target.

As one can imagine this was pretty cool for the 4 year old. He was spending time with his grandpa. He was doing things other kids probably weren’t doing.

As proof of the adventure, bonding and educational time, the kid took an expended shell casing from the weekend to school to show classmates. This was not a bullet, nor something that could be fired and used to harm anyone. It was just a piece of brass and a small one at that.

1) 3 in 12 ga magnum shotgun shell (for comparison) 2) size “AA” battery (for comparison) 3) .454 Casull 4) .45 Winchester Magnum 5) .44 Remington Magnum 6) .357 Magnum 7) .38 Special 8) .45 ACP 9)
.38 Super 10) 9 mm Luger 11) .32 ACP 12).22 LR

Imagine the mother’s surprise when she went to pick up her son at pre-school and was met with a “stone faced teacher” who said the child had brought a “shotgun bullet” to the school.

What. The. Heck?

A “shotgun bullet?

Housed in a .22 caliber empty shell casing?

And these people are allowed to get near kids to “teach” them?

As stupidity seldom seems to take place in isolation, the school, A Place To Grow in Troy, Illinois, decided to suspend the 4 year old for 7 days.

According to the mother, Kristy Jackson:
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A Solution In Search Of A Problem.

Washington DC has a lot of problems. Despite being the capital city of the United States, mean income is lower, schools are a mess and the city manages to be in the top ten of most dangerous and crime ridden areas in the country.

One would think there would be a lot of things for the City Council to focus upon and so the Council decided to take on a pressing and imperative issue of day care workers. (And yes, that was sarcasm.)

The City is now requiring day care workers to have college degrees.

For right now, the requirement will be that workers only have an associate degree, but plans are to increase that to a bachelor’s degree in the future.

There are all sorts of issues with this. First, is the rational for the move itself:

More than a decade after Washington, D.C., set out to create the most comprehensive public preschool system in the country, the city is directing its attention to overhauling the patchwork of programs that serve infants and toddlers.

The new regulations put the District at the forefront of a national effort to improve the quality of care and education for the youngest learners. City officials want to address an academic achievement gap between children from poor and middle-class families that research shows is already evident by the age of 18 months.

In other words, unable to improve education through regulations, the City of DC decided to increase regulations. After all, if your regulated programs are not producing results, instead of looking around and seeing what other areas are doing, you create more regulations.
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You Have To Be Educated To Be This Stupid. A Continuing Series.

(Image courtesy WTVD-TV)


Caitlin Miller is a five year old in kindergarten who was suspended for one day at her school.

Her crime?

We’ll let WJBF.com explain:

HOKE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) – A mother is outraged after her 5-year-old daughter was suspended from school because of a stick that resembled a gun.

Caitlin Miller returned to school Tuesday after her one-day suspension.

It started Friday when her mother got a call from the principal about a playground incident. Caitlin explained that she and her two friends were using their imaginations, playing “King and Queen.”

In this case, Caitlin says she was the guard protecting the royals and picked up the gun to imitate shooting an intruder into the kingdom.

Hoke County Schools said Caitlin posed a threat to other students when she made a shooting motion.

A threat?

A threat of what? Spinters? Dirt on the girl’s hand?

Every day we hear and see stories and advertisements of the importance of letting kids dream and encouraging their imagination. A 5 year old imagines in a game that she is protecting her king and queen from evil and she is suspended? Anyone but us see the hypocrisy there?

The School District spokesperson doubled down on the stupidity:
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Student Expelled For Recording Professor’s “Hate Speech.”

Caleb O’Neil. (Image Courtesy of The Orange County Register)

Caleb O’Neil is in trouble. He has been suspended from Orange Coast College, a public community college in California.

His crime?

O’Neil recorded a teacher’s rant concerning the presidential election. The College says that recording is against their policy of making recordings on campus.

(That, of course, can’t be totally correct as there is no expectation of privacy for someone walking out and about in public. The real issue is whether the college can say a student cannot record an incident in class that has nothing to do with an academic lecture on the class’s subject matter which was “human sexuality.”)

The rant had nothing to do with the course material and ironically, although the rant was full of “hate speech” toward conservatives and people who had voted for Donald Trump (unless you consider being called a “terrorist” an act of love and acceptance) the rant was characterized as trying to make sure people felt “comfortable” and in a “safe space.”

Everyone except for people who believed and acted as O’Neil did.

O’Neil is a member of the Orange Coast College’s “College Republicans” and had campaigned on campus for Donald Trump. He had worn tee-shirts to classes supporting Trump. So when a teacher by the name of Olga Perez Stable Cox started to go off on people like O’Neil, he felt – and we believe rightfully felt – that he was being attacked by a teacher who controlled his grade in the course. A student making an ethical charge against a teacher is a tough thing to sustain. So in the middle of the class, O’Neil started recording the rant. When the teacher finished her diatribe, he put the phone away. (He recorded only 2 minutes of what was a 20 minute diatribe.)

Some of Coz’s comments include:
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