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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Are zero-tolerance policies at American schools targeting harmless kids and actually backfiring? Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit blog is spot-on in his assessment: YES. NEXT QUESTION?; Rules-are-rules, and optics are optics. But at The White House, it's all fun and games with plastic guns with our do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do president!





The sort of plastic gun you see above gets you suspended or expelled from lots of American schools these days, no matter how young or innocent you are, or even whether what's in your hand is actually a Pop Tart.
Really.

Rules-are-rules, and optics are optics. 
But at The White House, it's all fun and games with plastic guns with our do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do president!

Prof. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit blog is spot-on: YES. NEXT QUESTION? 
Are zero-tolerance policies at school targeting harmless kids and actually backfiring?

Deseret News
Are zero-tolerance policies at school targeting harmless kids?
Compiled by Eric Schulzke, Deseret News
June 11 2013 12:05 a.m. MDT
School officials around the country have been reacting to the specter of the Sandy Hook shooting by targeting harmless behavior among some very young students, University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds argued in a USA Today op-ed.
The most recent case Reynolds cites was a Maryland kindergartner suspended for 10 days after being interrogated and wetting his pants because he brought an orange-tipped cap gun on the bus to show a friend.
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865581435/Are-zero-tolerance-policies-at-school-targeting-harmless-kids.html

The Blaze
8TH GRADER SUSPENDED, ARRESTED OVER NRA T-SHIRT NOW FACES $500 FINE AND A YEAR IN JAIL
By Madeleine Morgenstern
June. 15, 2013 3:55 p.m.
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/06/15/8th-grader-suspended-arrested-over-nra-t-shirt-now-faces-500-fine-and-a-year-in-jail/


Fox News Channel
Gun play: 'Zero tolerance' toward schoolkids could backfire, says expert
By Perry Chiaramonte
Published June 11, 2013, 
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/06/11/gun-play-zero-tolerance-toward-young-schoolkids-could-backfire-says-expert/


Reason Magazine
Zero Tolerance Watch: Teen Faces Felony Charges for Science Experiment 
By Jesse Walker
May. 1, 2013 9:45 am  
http://reason.com/blog/2013/05/01/zero-tolerance-watch-teen-faces-felony-c

Orlando Sentinel
Kiera Wilmot will not be expelled from school, attorney says Polk County teen was suspended for mixing chemicals on campus, causing firecracker-like 'pop'
May 29, 2013
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-05-29/news/os-kiera-wilmot-not-expelled-20130529_1_alternative-school-leah-lauderdale-school-police-officer

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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night we had! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is saying something considering what seems like the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

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