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Doctors Seek to Ban Kickoffs in H.S. Football Games

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Dr. McInerney says spiking kickoffs "may save someone’s life or limb." What's your take on the doctor's opinion?

Dr. McInerney says spiking kickoffs "may save someone’s life or limb." What's your take on the doctor's opinion?

A doctors’ group is scheming to fundamentally change the way high school football is played in New Jersey. They claim kickoffs are “the scariest part of the game” and must be banned immediately.

The Medical Society of New Jersey’s Committee on Medical Aspects of Sports will announce today their plot to spike kickoffs in high school football games played statewide, reports NorthJersey.com’s Darren Cooper. It is anticipated that the doctors will suggest teams start possessions at the 20 or 25-yard line so no bodies collide on returns.

“The kickoff is the scariest part of the game,” said committee chairman Dr. Vin McInerney. “It’s just not right and it doesn’t make sense anymore … Two teams are coming at one another full force like gladiators.”

Coaches across the state say they’re not convinced that eliminating kickoffs is going to reduce injuries and increase the safety of this full-contact sport that comes with its share of risks.

“I think if you do that, they have to eliminate punts as well and then you’ve really altered the game,” said Wayne Hills coach Chris Olsen. “I know people are trying to look for an answer for all the injuries, but I would hate to see them alter the rules of the game to that effect.”

Don Bosco coach Greg Toal acknowledged kickoffs are brutal, but says eliminating them isn’t the answer, especially when the same types of injuries “can happen on a defensive back trying to tackle a running back.”

At least one congressman and one former NFL player are expected to cheer on the anti-kickoff contingency today as they lobby state officials to make high school football less of a full-contact sport.

Ticked-off about quacks and bureaucrats trying to make football a kinder and gentler sport? Here are a few folks to contact:

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) – He is expected to attend the meeting today and lend his support to the doctors’ assault on high school football.
Email: http://pascrell.house.gov/contact/
Tel: (973) 523-5152 – Main District Office
(202) 225-5751 – D.C.

Dr. Vincent K. McInerney – “I don’t think it will diminish from the game.”
Tel: (973) 694-2690 ‎ or (973) 694-2290

Medical Society of New Jersey
Main switchboard: (609) 896-1766
Email: info@msnj.org

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School’s Innocent Tradition Falls Victim to Anti-Bullying Policy

Click to watch Principal Syzmaniak's justifying his "proactive" decision to outlaw a longstanding tradition at his new school.

Click to watch Principal Syzmaniak's justifying his "proactive" decision to outlaw a longstanding tradition at his new school.

A Massachusetts high school has banned the annual tradition of freshmen boys and girls wearing pink t-shirts to distinguish them from upperclassmen at a pre-Thanksgiving football game pep rally. According to the school’s new principal, the color pink is a magnet for bullying.

“Officially, nobody’s come to me yet this year,” said Whitman Hanson Regional High School Principal Jeffrey Szymaniak, “but I’m trying to be proactive with that so that if one student feels inappropriate in this area, or one student doesn’t feel safe, that we’ve created an environment where all kids feel comfortable and safe.”

FOX-25 reporter Shannon Mulaire said students told her that in previous years, before their new principal arrived, “they weren’t forced to wear pink, but they did have the option, and some of them want that back.”

At this year’s pep rally, seniors will still wear their traditional black t-shirts, while juniors sport red and sophomores don their whites — but freshmen will be banned from wearing pink — no questions asked, Syzmaniak warns.

Szymaniak told Mulaire that any student who shows up to the pep rally wearing pink will be denied entrance and re-directed to the cafeteria where they can participate in “another activity.”

Michael Graham, a conservative talk show host in Boston, sums up the situation nicely: “Being picked on by a fellow student is too horrifying to bear, but being singled out by the principal and punished? It’s A-OK!”

Contact Principal Szymaniak if you are outraged by his arrogance. He has stigmatized the color pink and promoted it to his students as a sign of weakness that invites bullying — not vice-versa:

Email: jeffrey.szymaniak@whrsd.org
Tel: 781-618-7020
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000417334992

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Bureaucrats Bench H.S. Football Coach for Winning

Bureaucrats pulled their coach. Fair or foul play?

Bureaucrats pulled their coach. Fair or foul play?

Coach Russell Stone said he was just trying to make sure all of his graduating receivers received passes on Senior Night. While only one pass went for a touchdown, Stone has been suspended by school district administrators for ‘running up the score’ in a 75-7 win last week.

This Friday, Douglas Byrd High School in Fayetteville, N.C., will be without its football coach for the final game of the regular season. Graduating seniors, this time, will be punished for playing along last week with their coach’s controversial game plan.

Cumberland County schools student activities director Leon Mack refused comment to the local media, saying only that Stone’s suspension is a “personnel matter.”

What are your thoughts? Should school district officials decide what the appropriate margin of victory is and punish coaches who exceed it? What about the seniors who might be one stellar game away from receiving second looks by college recruiters? Is it bureaucrats’ role to pull the kids’ coach and crush their chances of receiving potential scholarships?

Share your thoughts with Cumberland County schools’ Leon Mack:

Email http://www.ccs.k12.nc.us/Email/LeonMack.htm
Tel. – 910.678.2445

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Tax Collector Shuts Down Kids’ Pumpkin Stand

Despite the fact that we totally missed the ball on this story, here’s a quick summary from the Idaho Reporter:

The incident occurred in front of a Lewiston home Friday when a staffer for the commission ordered the family of Dan and Kami Charais to close down all pumpkin sales.  The couple’s kids, one 4-years-old and the other 6, were selling the orange gourds to save up money for sports and other activities.  The staffer with the commission said that roadside stand lacked proper sales permits and that the family would need to obtain proper licensing before opening shop again.  The staffer also demanded that the pumpkin stand collect sales tax on all purchases and forward that money to the state.

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‘Cougars’ Banned from Cruising the High Seas

Just another "educational" experience courtesy of a "non-profit" organization catering to cougars and their younger prey.

Just another "educational" experience courtesy of a "non-profit" organization catering to cougars and their younger prey.

An “educational non-profit organization” that caters to the ‘cougar’ lifestyle claims it had to cancel an upcoming singles getaway because a major U.S. cruise line allegedly discriminates against older women who prey on younger men. Keep reading, because it gets even more bizarre.

The Society of Single Professionals complains that, despite the “tremendous success of the world’s first International Cougar Cruise” aboard Carnival Cruise Lines in December 2009, the ‘Fun Ship’ will not allow itself to become the ‘Love Boat’ again in 2010 or beyond. Rich Gosse, chairman of the organization, elaborates:

While it is perfectly acceptable for middle-aged men to date women their daughter’s age, women don’t have the same privilege. After the tremendous success of the world’s first International Cougar Cruise, December 2009, aboard Carnival, we were shocked that they refused to allow another. If there had been problems on the first Cougar Cruise we would understand being banned. But hundreds of our cougars and cubs onboard were well-behaved, and there were absolutely no problems. We expect the same will be true with the European Cougar Cruise.

Cougars awaiting their prey.

Cougars awaiting their prey.

Stepping-up to the plate and welcoming hundreds of sex-crazed cougars and their so-called ‘cubs’ aboard is Royal Caribbean International. The “Liberty of the Seas” ship will depart from Barcelona, Spain, and help the intergenerational couples make love connections or whatever ‘floats their boats’ across Europe from April 16-21 in 2011.

An “educational non-profit organization?” How the heck did they pull that off with the IRS and State of California?

It sure is amazing how a glorified sex tour operator that also proclaims itself to be “an alternative to the bar scene” is proudly advertising its “nonprofit” tax status. The NSLF searched Guidestar.org’s “broad and deep” database of non-profit organizations to verify the organization’s “non-profit” status and could not locate any results to support the claim:

Society of Single Professionals is a division of American Singles Education, Inc., incorporated in the State of California in 1978 as an educational non-profit organization. We are the world’s largest non-profit singles organization, sponsoring thousands of educational and social events for singles worldwide, on six continents.

If you’re wondering what passes for an “educational” experience worthy of tax-exempt status, perhaps the itinerary for the April 2011 cruise will give you a good idea (or not):

Our days at sea will have an array of activities offered by the cruise ship and by our social host along to bring the group together.  So you’ll have non-stop activities or you can just sit back and socialize with a cool drink, relax in one of the many pools or jacuzzis or enjoy a tantalizing host of other on board services.  Workout in the fitness center and pamper yourself in the spa! Watch the sun set over the sea as you stroll the decks of our floating resort and then enjoy incredible gourmet meals, lavish nightly shows and the chance to dance the night away with great new friends.

According to the State of California’s requirements for organizations seeking to incorporate as “domestic non-profit corporations,” the petitioner must prove it provides a “public benefit,” “mutual benefit” or “religious” purpose. “Unless otherwise required by law, any deviation from the required purpose statement can be cause for rejection,” the Calif. Secretary of State’s “Corporate Filing Tips” webpage states.

We’re not tax attorneys, but we do know that this cougar-centric organization serves no religious purpose. Here’s how the Secretary of State defines “public benefit” and “mutual benefit” requirements:

Public Benefit – This corporation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for (public or charitable [insert one or both]) purposes.

Mutual Benefit – This corporation is a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation organized under the Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation Law. The purpose of this corporation is to engage in any lawful act or activity, other than credit union business, for which a corporation may be organized under such law.

Something sounds fishy about American Singles Education, Inc.’s so-called “non-profit” status qualifications. Despite widespread media coverage of this organization and its sexually-charged activities, not a single journalist has ever raised the issue of how this organization can claim itself to be an “educational non-profit organization” meriting tax exempt status.

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A Town Called ‘Carefree’ Bans Fireworks

Not a worry in the world, except when it comes to citizens possessing fireworks.

Not a worry in the world, except when it comes to citizens possessing fireworks.

One would assume that elected leaders in Carefree, Ariz., take a pretty laid-back approach to governing, and that’s the way citizens like it. Afterall, this town’s name seems to imply that, outside of Disneyland, it should be the “happiest place on earth.”

Well, the once ‘care-free’ town is now under siege by a grumpy fire marshall, who despite a state law that makes most fireworks legal, is complaining that citizens can’t be trusted to possess them. By a town council vote of 6-1 supporting Fire Chief John Kraetz proposed ban on everything from sparklers to “toy smoke devices,” Carefree is quickly becoming nanny state country.

“We all agree that Arizona is not an environment that is conducive to using these type of devices,” Kraetz told The Foothills Focus. “Even those seemingly simple sparklers burn at up to 3,000 degrees. Those have a real capability to start a catastrophic fire.”

Applying the same logic Kraetz is using to defend his successful ban on fireworks, gas stations, gas heating and cooking appliances in homes, and anything flammable should be banned, too, if he’s truly concerned about saving people from potential “catastrophic” fire risks.

However, it appears that Kraetz’ real concern is about the additional expenses incurred by the local fire department when called upon to extinguish fires outside of those caused by typical goof-ups and accidents.

“From a cost perspective you think we charge between a $1,000 and $1,500 for a fire truck to report to a scene,” Kraetz says, “and then it’s $150 per man on the scene and you could easily be looking at a $25,000-$30,000 bill for a fire caused by the use of these fireworks.”

Gasoline, cigarettes, propane tanks, and turkey fryers can all cause raging infernos that Kraetz seems to think only fireworks are capable of igniting. It’s evident that Kraetz’ true beef with fireworks stems from a lack of funding from the state to combat any additional fires they ignite, on top of those that already drain his limited resources.

If that’s the case, and we bet it is, Kraetz needs to take-up his budgetary issues with state officials, tell the town council they’ve been duped, and get them to keep fireworks legal as ordered by Governor Jan Brewer in May 2010.

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Nanny State’s Influence on School Kids Over the Years

Here’s a bit of humor mixed with the harsh reality of being a school kid in today’s nanny state culture.

School – 1957 vs. 2010

Scenario:
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end-up best friends.

2010 – Police called; arrest Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault; both expelled, even though Johnny started it. Both children go to anger management programs for 3 months. School board holds meeting to implement bullying prevention programs.

Scenario:
Robbie won’t be still in class; disrupts other students.

1957 – Robbie sent to office and given 6 of the best by the principal. Returns to class; sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2010 – Robbie given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADHD. Robbie’s parents get bi-weekly disability payments and school gets extra funding from government because Robbie has a disability.

Scenario:
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1957 – Billy is more careful next time; grows up normal; goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

2010 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy sent to foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison.

Scenario:
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957 – Mark gets glass of water from principal to take with aspirin.

2010 – Police called; Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario:
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows-up an ant hill.

1957 – Ants die.

2010- Police & Department of Homeland Security called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism; parents investigated; siblings removed from home; and computers confiscated. Johnny’s dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario:
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Ms. Honeysuckle, who give a hug to comfort him.

1957 – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2010 – Ms. Honeysuckle is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

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