June 29, 2005

Animaniacs Therapy

The LlamaButchers link to Operation Respect: Don't Laugh at Me with more "juicy bits" at Michelle Malkin.

Two thoughts: (1) Look, the real problem is kids who can and want to beat up other kids, not poor communication skills. If the administrations at the schools did something useful rather than suspending kids who take butter knives to school, this wouldn't be as much of a problem. Then of course there's the state governments passing laws that tie the hands of the schools, to the point of not being able to restrain out of control kids without a police presence.
(2) The Animaniacs have a cartoon in which the little squirrel is being beaten daily by a bully. His aunt wants to do something about it, but the kid wants to do the right thing so he keeps following the let's all be friends advice of the school counselor. Of course, every time he does he gets another injury. This lasts until he asks for help from his aunt, who helps with cartoon bombs, hand grenades, and pie.

My basic philosophy: treat everyone nicely, until they screw with you, or until it's obvious they are going to screw with you. Then do something to make sure it never happens again.

Posted by Owlish at June 29, 2005 03:58 PM

If a man smiteth you on the cheek, turn the other cheek. If he swings on that one, coldcock the sumbich.

Posted by: triticale at June 30, 2005 05:45 AM


Posted by: owlish at June 30, 2005 08:32 AM

Actually Orson Scott Card handles the bully issue well (if not a little extreme) in Ender's Game.

Posted by: Ethne at July 2, 2005 08:32 AM

Hmm. I actually prefer the short story version of Ender's Game, it stripped everything down to the essentials, and after reading that the book seemed unwieldy.

Posted by: owlish at July 2, 2005 09:18 AM
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