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Eight Year Olds, Dude

And my sentiments apply to those that abuse children. Stop blaming other factors and start taking responsibility for your own actions.
Those sentiments also apply to our fucked up government officials that are clogging our prisions with folks that need not be there (drug users for one). Stop making excuses! Stop abusing US! Make room in those prisons for folks just like yourselves!

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M.A.C.

Marye articulated my view, exactly. I thought we were teaching our children how to become responsible, reasonable people and not how to blame external realities for failure. The type of "rationale" for these kinds of policies is the problem with our country and culture today, imo.
I say we blame Canada instead! The bombings will begin tomorrow!

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Is a very complicated topic, indeed marye

I know that in the states a caregiver has to think twice about whether they touch a child or not. I basically find this very sad, I have to say. As you said yourself, is often a good way to get through to children with physical contact. I remember when my son was smaller, and started playing soccer (was 4). When the coach really wanted to make a point to the boys, he would take them under his arm. Or when they were crying for some reason, he took them on his lap. No parent thought twice about it. Was a good way to have a good relationship with such small children. Lean towards finding that healthier. BUT, I still remember the pedophile in our village, who was molesting small kids under the guise of teaching the chess club, so...caution is important. But what I think is more important that rules and regulations about touching children or not, or hug lines, or whatever, is fostering awareness in the children about what is ok and what is not. And that it is ok for children to say "no, don't hug me" if they feel uncomfortable with someone´s attentions. I remember a big fight w/my mother, when she came to visit, and my son did not want to hug her. I didn't make him, and told my mom that our rule was his right to say no. She was angry w/me for that, but oh well, can´t help her.
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it's kind of a mess over here these days, TL

What with the hysteria over child molesters (which is not to say that when it actually happens it is not a very serious matter, but it's equally true that innocent teen and adult lives have been ruined by lies that weren't exposed till years later), teachers are pretty much afraid to touch kids at all, even when they're not actually forbidden to do so.

Yes, there are certainly bad and/or clueless adults who don't have a decent sense of boundaries (to put it no more strongly), just as there are teachers who feel entitled to paddle kids in their care, and I have no tolerance for that. Child abuse is child abuse, and respect for boundaries is, as far as I'm concerned, the keystone of proper society.

But that said, I think back to my days as a HeadStart volunteer in 1966, where all the kids were poor and most of them were attention-starved due to their parents' dire circumstances, and it was a key component of my gig to push them on the swings, give them comforting hugs, and generally play with them in a fairly hands-on fashion (I had eight younger sibs. This was not rocket science). It was good for all of us, and never in ten thousand years could I do that now.

So I think this principal's action, which I'd probably protest strongly if I had a kid in that school, is part of the same pathology. It sounds very much as if all the participants in the hug lines were participating of their own free will, so whereas it would have been quite proper to penalize them for being late to class, it was in no way proper to ban the hug lines, as far as I'm concerned. Yet another instance where proper enforcement of existing policy would do the job fine, but noooo, we have to have another damn oppressive rule.

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How bizarre GRTUD

Hugs lead to chaos and lewd behaviour? Am afraid to think about what sort of hang-ups such a policy could give kids.
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Sharts!! No More Hugs...

No Hugs Allowed at Ill. Middle School
By Associated Press
Tue Oct 2, 7:33 AM

OAK PARK, Ill. - If you need a hug, you won't get it at Percy Julian Middle School. Principal Victoria Sharts banned hugging among the suburban Chicago school's 860 students anywhere inside the building. She said students were forming "hug lines" that made them late for classes and crowded the hallways.

"Hugging is really more appropriate for airports or for family reunions than passing and seeing each other every few minutes in the halls," Sharts said.

Another reason to institute the no-hugging policy was that some hugs could be too long and too close, she said.

"There is another side to the issue when a hug is either unwanted or becomes inappropriate as judged by one of the students involved," Sharts wrote in a statement to parents. "On occasion, we do deal with those incidents. The goal is always to promote safe and orderly hallways where everybody can get by, be safe, and be on time."

Also, let's not forget - let's NOT forget, Dude - that keeping wildlife, an amphibious rodent, for uh, domestic, you know, within the city - that aint legal either.

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Some Good News

Good work, everyone! Wish I was there....

Summer of Love
By Associated Press
Mon Sep 3, 2:53 AM

SAN FRANCISCO - Even the closing of the Bay Bridge could not keep thousands of nostalgic flower children away from San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

More than 100 performers, some who were there the first time around, took the stage Sunday in a free concert to commemorate the year San Francisco became the world's countercultural capital.

An estimated 50,000 people came together to celebrate peace, love and understanding, organizers said, despite the Labor Day weekend shutdown of the bridge connecting Oakland to San Francisco for repairs.

The nine-hour event began with blessings by Native American shamans and ended with Jolie Valente, son of the late Dino Valente of Quicksilver Messenger Service, singing his father's song "Get Together."

San Francisco police said the gathering proceeded harmoniously, with no major incidents reported.

"Just nothing but love," police Sgt. Mark Im said

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Senator Pervert Stepping Down

So on Saturday 1st September, Senator Larry Craig (R-ID), the airport men's room pervert and cultural values hypocrite, announced his intention to resign his office effective the end of this month.

Anyone who has been following the matter attentively has heard the audiotape of the interview with the arresting officer, replete with Sen. Pervert blurting such things as "You solicited me" and "You're out to enforce the law...but you shouldn't be out to entrap people, either."

Well, that's true enough in principle...but one must pause to wonder how many of our spritual kin are doing the federal mandatory minimum --under laws of the kind passed with the help of Sen. Pervert and his ilk-- and who might have uttered those very same words regarding entrapment back when they brought that wagon 'round.

I ain't sayin' --I'm just sayin'.

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Very Strange Indeed

I ran across this article while taking a break from reading Alex Grey's book, "The Mission of Art". I really don't know what to make of the information, at this time. I was approaching this passage of the book when I stumbled upon the story:

"The imaginal realms of visionary art include surrealists like Dali and fantastic art like the amazing work of Mati Klarwein and the morbid genius of H.R. Giger as well as idealist work like that of (William) Blake and (Ernst) Fuchs. Fantasic (sp?) and surreal art operate in a territory without clear moral order, a rudderless dream ship adrift on the unconscious water of memory and invention, desire and fear, sex and violence, wherever the currents of obsession lead."

I can safely say I'm not an art expert or even an occasional artist (other than my writing attempts) so I suspect something less ingenuous. Perhaps the price tag of the work is negatively swaying my judgment, I don't know. Should I be kept at bay by financial success or amount? I do feel that human remains are being exploited with this work. I find it hard to believe the person whose skull this belongs consented to such treatment, although I find such no worse than our current cultural funeral practices. If the purpose of art is to stimulate thought, it has fulfilled that purpose. Perhaps this work deserves a "Bone Head Award"? Due to our affection to the SYF icon (Sparky), I was hoping to make that a positive memento. I just don't know....

Thu Aug 30, 4:35 PM ET

LONDON (AFP) - A diamond-encrusted skull by British artist Damien Hirst sold on Thursday for 100 million dollars (75 million euros), a record price for work sold by a living artist, a London gallery announced.

The work, entitled "For the Love of God," is a skull cast in platinum and encrusted with 8,601 diamonds. Carbon dating has shown that the original skull on which Hirst's work is modelled dates to the 18th century.

Hirst remains best known for earlier conceptual works in which creatures including a shark and a cow were pickled in formaldehyde inside glass tanks.

The diamond-encrusted skull was sold to an group of anonymous investors, a spokeswoman for the White Cube gallery in London, where it has been on display from the beginning of the summer, told AFP.

Death is one of the central themes in works completed by Hirst, 41, who once said that the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States were like a work of art, but later apologised.

Hirst also holds the record for the most expensive work of art by a living artist at auction -- his "Lullaby Spring," a three-metre (10-foot) wide steel cabinet containing 6,136 hand-crafted and individually-painted pills, sold for 19.2 million dollars in June.

"All energy flows according to the whims of the Great Magnet. What a fool I was to defy him."

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Old Religion Magik?

If I ever get my hands on this kind of money, I'm just a memory at work....

Wicca Teacher Says He Has Winning Lottery Ticket

Derek Valcourt
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(WJZ/AP) NOTTINGHAM, Md. Dundalk accountant Elwood "Bunky" Bartlett says a New Age book store made it possible for him to become an overnight multi-millionaire.

"If it wasn't for this place I wouldn't have won the lottery," said Bartlett barely 24 hours after learning he held one of four
winning tickets sold for Friday night's estimated $330 million Mega Millions jackpot. He added, matter-of-factly, that he made a bargain with the multiple gods associated with his Wiccan beliefs. "You let me win the lottery and I'll teach," he said.

Bartlett plans to meet with Maryland Lottery officials Tuesday to present his ticket for confirmation, but he showed off a
photocopy and greeted friends Sunday at Mystickal Voyage, the New Age gift shop, where he occasionally teaches Wicca and Reiki healing. He arrived in the new Ford Explorer he purchased Saturday from a Ford dealership in Columbia.

Lottery officials said they cannot confirm the validity of the ticket before they meet with Barlett on Tuesday.

"There's no reason to believe it's not legitimate, but it has to go through security," said State Lottery Director Buddy Roogow, who said he has spoken with Bartlett.

"He's fully aware of the size of his fortune and he's talking to the right people about what to do with his newfound fortune," Roogow said.

Bartlett told Roogow he didn't play very often, but was enticed by the size of the jackpot.

"It shows that anyone can win," Roogow said.

The shop is about 100 yards from Walther Liquors, the store where his wife Denise purchased the winning ticket. The couple were heading to Mystickal Voyage for an event, stopped on the way for take-out food, and Bartlett waited in line while Denise purchased two $5 tickets. The numbers were chosen at random by computer.

Bartlett, 40, said his wife has a sensitive job at the Department of Defense and was waiting for guidance from her
supervisors before speaking to the media.

The couple has two children. Son Ryan is 21 and daughter Ashley is 18. "He (Bartlett) called me at 9 o'clock yesterday (Saturday) and told me I would never have to work again in my life," said Ashley. She plans, however, to continue in her capacity as an office manager at a men's recovery house.

"Both of my children have still told me that they are going to work so I'm very proud of that, that hopefully the money is not going to change them either. And that's what I'm looking forward to is that it's not going to change me, the only thing that this money is going to allow me to do is to do what I promised which is to teach," he said.

However, he also plans to invest in Mystickal Voyage, co-owned by friend Lori Perdue, with hopes of expanding the store, maybe opening a second store and possibly franchising it. "Her vision for this has always been much bigger," he said.

Bartlett is an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church and said he was drawn to Wicca about 20 years ago. "I
started learning about it and reading about it, and it just resonated with me," he said.

Bartlett has yet to decide if he will accept his winnings as an annuity or choose the lump sum cash option. The jackpot could get larger once ticket sales are tallied, Roogow said, but the lump sum payment would be at least $48.7 million, or about $32 million after taxes.

Three other winning tickets were sold in New Jersey, Texas and Virginia, lottery officials said Saturday.

The odds that any ticket would match all five numbers -- 8, 18, 22, 40 and 44 -- and the Mega Ball number -- 11 -- drawn Friday night were one in 176 million.

Maryland lottery officials delivered a large but fake $330 million check to Walther Liquors on Saturday, and Michael Leggett, son of owners Christine and John Ebmeier, posed with it for photos. The owners will receive $25,000 for selling the winning ticket.

"All energy flows according to the whims of the Great Magnet. What a fool I was to defy him."

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