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Funny political COMICs of 2013 my fav's

Please do not take offense - just some of the funny political COMICs of 2013 that are on my favorite list. Check them out.


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Thomas Jefferson: 10 best quotes from a brilliant mind

How did Jefferson know?

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."


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When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
Thomas Jefferson


The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
Thomas Jefferson


It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.
A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
Thomas Jefferson


I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson


My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much
government.
Thomas Jefferson


No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
Thomas Jefferson


The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
Thomas Jefferson


The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of
patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson


To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he
disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.


Teacher promises student will “NOT” get A in her class – Fail

Teacher promises student will “NOT” get A in her class – Fail

Does this teacher really have it in for these kids?

One of the things I had to deal with when the school year started with my teen age daughter – was the adamant declaration from one of her honor class teachers. The way my daughter describes what happened on the first day of school goes like this:

“We walked into class and on the first day of school the teacher tells us that this class is for serious students. She then tells us that no one will get an “A” in her class.”

Suffice it to say I was a bit concerned but I gave the teacher the benefit of the doubt – I tried to calm my daughter down who was concerned that she was not going to be able to keep her ‘A’ overall average and good grades up because this teacher had it against her. I did my best to help my daughter to think positive: maybe you misunderstood her I said, maybe she meant to say that you had to work real hard to get an ‘A’ in her class or that what she was secretly doing was challenging you and the rest of this honors class to do more, to excel.

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Hysterically my daughter started to argue with me: you don’t understand Dad, she said “YOU NEVER WILL”, that there is no way possible that someone will ever get a grade of ‘A’ in her class. I was starting to get concern because my fear was that my daughter believing that it was impossible to get an A in this class; then she believe that she shouldn’t even try.

I spoke with her for a long while and I reminded her of what I have always told her, what I have tried to teach her over the years – success is not about what others say or do. Success is about you facing a challenge, giving it everything you have and doing your best to achieve your goals. Even if this teacher has it out for every student in that class, even if she purposely gives you a lower grade than what you deserve – again, we are speculating, I will give her the benefit of the doubt, you should strive for excellence.

She looked at me and she said: but what if I don’t get an A in the class? To this I replied, as long as you give it your best, did better and gave more than what was asked of you – I will be proud of you and you will be proud of yourself. To be honest I wasn’t sure if the conversation went anywhere – teenagers have a way of saying “I know” or “ok dad or Mom” and still doing their own thing.

It has been more than 9 weeks, we’re about done with half of the semester and while it was a rocky start, I am proud to say my baby girl has a current grade of - wait for it ….. Yes – an A! In fact my daughter was the only one to pass an important test the teacher had prepared for the class. Of course my daughter was not happy that the teacher singled her out to the class as she told the other students: “you see if you would have studied you too could have passed this test like ….”

One of the reasons I wrote my book: for Children How to become Rich, Successful and do well in school, was because I wanted to give my children a simple reminder of what I have been trying to teach them all their lives. Children have the capacity to achieve greatness, they simply need to understand the principles and create a desire within themselves to strive for more, to ignore the "nay-sayers" and to challenge themselves.

Now, this teacher may decide that she will not allow any student to best her, that no student will get an A in her class. But I am hoping that my daughter will first continue to excel in her class, second I hope that if this teacher does this – that my daughter take this as a lesson to be learned: there will always be haters – but only you know the truth.

But secretly in my heart I'm thinking - prove that women wrong baby - you can do it.

Chess transforms a difficult ESE student

Special needs (ESE) student has wonderful turn around due to the interesting game of chess.

Michael (name changed to protect the innocent)is an ESE student who came to my school two years ago that required special attention - to the point that he was required to be in a special room away from the other students with specially trained instructors. He was like many of the other students in the program who because of their uniqueness needed to be cared for differently.

In Florida, children who have special learning needs are called exceptional students. Exceptional students include children who are gifted and children who have disabilities. The purpose of exceptional student education (ESE) is to help each child with an exceptionality to progress in public school and prepare for life after school.

When Michael arrived at my school he had a special attendant whose only job was to follow him around school to insure that he would not - to put it lightly, get out of hand. He had several behavioral issues and a very short attention span to say the least. But Michael had one thing going for him, a teacher who was interested in starting a chess club. Mr. Dewberry was a very strict and to say the least a deferent type of teacher. In his desire to help his children in his special needs (ESE) class he also invited them to play chess - Michael was one who excelled greatly in the game.

In fact Michael improved his behavior in class and in his studies due to the realization that Mr. Dewberry had negotiated a deal with Michael - "behave in class and do well with your grades and you can join the chess club". That was his offer, of which he accepted and followed through with. Soon Michael did not need his supervised attention; he was doing well in class and in his grades - not to mention he was also one of our best players in the club. I was very privileged not only to be a part of the chess club but to be a part of the transformation chess caused in Michael. I was one of the instructors who taught him the basics of the game and like with all the children I instructed him in how chess can be used to excel in life.

Chess is a game of logic, patience, timing and focus - you have to plan, be flexible and adaptive and most of all, you have to be dedicated. These are things we all need; these are skills, tools and attributes we must acquire if we want to be successful in life. This is what I taught all of them, even Michael.

After two years I moved to another school and to my surprise Michael was also transferred to the school I started working at. He is still doing well in his grades and has no behavioral issues (that I know of), every time we meet he greets me with such warmth and always excitedly ask me "When are we going to start a chess club here". Because of Michael - it looks like the new school I am working at may have a new club - the chess club.





Funny politically incorrect holiday joke - run if you are easily offended.


Funny politically incorrect holiday joke - run if you are easily offended.
With all the holidays that come up - the food that becomes the focal point of all our holiday activities - I just wanted to mention something that is on everyone's mind - the challenge to control ones weight in the face of such insurmountable odds.
That is right - with all the food that is thrown at us during the holidays, people always start the new year with weight loss as one of the top ten new years eve resolutions.
So, here is a prayer from a man's perspective - please, do not be so easily offended...... it's a joke and you know you want to laugh.

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Skydiving joke fun great pictures.

Joke, funny or Crazy... What do you do when you want to celebrate your birthday - well, you jump out of a perfectly good airplane of course. Or at least that is what one of my friends did.
This is what I would have been thinking - but this is just me.


 Wow! we are going to have so much fun - we Rock!!
 
OMG! Am I really going through with it?
 
I guess I might as well go I did pay for this...
 
 Holy Crap! How high are we?

 Wait I'm not ready, wait....
 
I do not want ....
 
 to DIE .. ieieiei
 
 AAaaaaaaaaaa!
 
 ..........
 
 This is my hysterical face ..
 
 Uh .... when do we open the shoot?
When? Hello!
 
 Oh, thank you Jesus!
Get me out of this this now!
(Proceeds to kiss ground and vomit..)

Girl Power - girls can be engineers, success and more

I love this – Girl Power story. It is something I have tried to teach my daughter when she was small – girls can do more. Children can be more, better future, more possibilities.

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Debbie Sterling is a female engineer and founder of GoldieBlox, a toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers. She has made it her mission in life to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math.
GoldieBlox is a book series+construction set that engages kids to build through the story of Goldie, the girl inventor who solves problems by building simple machines. Debbie writes and illustrates Goldie's stories, taking inspiration from her grandmother, one of the first female cartoonists and creator of "Mr. Magoo".
Her company, launched in 2012, raised over $285,000 in 30 days through Kickstarter, and has been featured in numerous publications such as The Atlantic and Forbes. Prior to founding GoldieBlox, Debbie served as the Marketing Director of Lori Bonn, a national jewelry company. For the past 7 years, she has also served as a brand strategy consultant for a wide variety of organizations including Microsoft, T-Mobile, Organic Valley and the New York Knicks. Debbie's inspiration to create a mission-driven company came in 2008, when she spent 6 months volunteering at a grassroots nonprofit in rural India. She created a viral-video fundraising campaign called "I Want a Goat", raising over $30,000 for economic and educational development in the region. This experience helped pave the way to finding her true passion: inspiring the next generation of female engineers. Debbie completed her degree in engineering at Stanford (Product Design, '05) and currently lives with her husband in San Francisco.



Great, funny video about teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills to girls - breaking out of their stereotypes. Even better if you remember the Beastie Boys #STEM

Funny silly healthcare Joke / Canada Has Death Panels ....

Funny silly healthcare Joke / Canada Has Death Panels ....

I recently read an article about healthcare and the title – of all things it reads like this:
Canada Has Death Panels … And that’s a good thing.

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At first I thought it was a joke, sarcasm – I read the article waiting for the punch line but it never came. Maybe I missed it I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt – but I doubt I did. I found it odd that he could be so callus with his attitude. Personally I had a brother (Albert) who was very sick and I know what it is to have a family member so sick that you find yourself conflicted, struggling to come to grips with the debate in your heart: Is it better to let him go or to keep him alive?
No one should have to go through that and trust me I know how it feels, how much it hurts but we choose to help my brother live, for as long as he could until it was time for him to go – I choose to believe that He decided (he did or his body did, but it was not our choice to make).

Life is precious and who could ever place an accurate value on such a thing? But to listen to the writer of this article; it seems some believe they can.

“In Ontario, by contrast, the provincial legislature decided in 1996 to create a quasijudicial tribunal, the Consent and Capacity Board, to make these life-and-death decisions more quickly. If a patient’s substitute decision maker withholds consent, then doctors may apply to the board—comprised of lawyers, mental health professionals, and community members—for a determination that the proposed treatment is in the patient’s best interest. If so, the board has the power to consent on the patient’s behalf.”
It’s interesting that the point made is to “expedite” the process by appointing ‘decision makers’ who if a family member with-holds consent (meaning does not agree to order to pull the plug on family member) then they can go to this board who will decide for the patient.

Another quote: “The Hippocratic Oath’s promise to do no harm still applies. But they are also only wrong in part. When taxpayers provide only a finite number of acute care beds in public hospitals, a patient whose life has all but ended, but whose family insists on keeping her on life support, is occupying precious space that might otherwise house a patient whose best years are still ahead.”

The problem (in my opinion) is that if you have a state or government run medical health insurance plan, even with all good intentions – the so called free plan (or universal plan) requires that others make decisions for you. After all – money is money and even the government is not made of money. Just look how crazy it gets in congress simply trying to balance the budget. So imagine if you will – you get into a car accident and people you do not know, who feel nothing towards you decide that the odds, the percentages, the numbers do not warrant spending millions of tax payer dollars on trying to keep you alive. Farfetched I know – but in the realm of the possible.
Just ask Canada.


Source
Article: Canada Has Death Panels And that’s a good thing.
By Adam Goldenberg
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2013/10/canada_has_death_panels_and_that_s_a_good_thing.html

Rock Paper Scissors BANNED at school?

Rock Paper Scissors BANNED at school?

One of the things I love to do is play “Rock, Paper, Scissors” with the kids at my school. Being an adult and a figure of “authority” - I try to find ways to make the kids feel like they can relate to me. In most cases, it helps the school children feel like I can relate to them.

One of the reasons I love rock, paper, scissors is because we can play, have fun and it is relatively a simple quite game. There is no screaming, running, jumping, throwing, no debate on rules or anything that can be misconstrued in any way shape or form. Let’s face it, in today’s world we as administrators in a school, we have to be careful how we deal with children.

But rock paper scissors is such an innocent game and trust me – my kids love it. In fact not only did the group of children that I monitored during lunch duty love to play the game with me – but soon I had children in other class groups wanting to play. The first graders and second graders were starting to get the other monitors and even the assistant principal to play the game with them.
I was fun, I would walk into the lunch room and from a distance the children would start to wave at me, trying to flag me down, desperately wanting to play rock paper scissors with me. Many of the fourth graders and even fifth graders would play against me and since its such a simple game – its hard to cheat at it – so it wasn’t like I won every game. Personally I think that is what they liked the most – they were able to beat and win against an adult.

But apparently, it seems that my days of playing rock, paper, scissors with the students has come to an abrupt end. Yes, I have been asked to halt any and all rock, paper, scissor games with the students. Not, not because we were being disruptive – because we were not. Many of the students quietly played against each other during lunch time and never once did we have an argument or any outburst of any kind. No, neither was it due to any child not doing his or her work – after all, it was lunch time. Neither was it due to anything that could be considered any type of disturbance, bad behavior or anything of the sort.

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The reason I was asked to stop playing rock, paper, scissors with the child was: drum roll please ...

The ban was brought about because; (as I was told) some of the children could not handle the level of energy.

What? Are you kidding me?
Is this a joke? Has the world gone mad?

First of all – I thought schools wanted children to have energy? Don’t you want your children excited, energized and motivated to learn? And how in the world can playing a round of rock, paper, scissors be so energizing that it would affect the students ability to learn or to control themselves?

I have a sneaky suspicion that the people who work with me during my lunch duty – the ones the children dislike, the ones the children even hate; you know the type. The ones who even though it’s lunch time, they don’t want the children to talk, to laugh, to even move because that would be outrageous. I think these wonderful mean spirited cold hearted people find it difficult to believe that an adult can keep order and still have fun with the students. After all, they themselves have become so ridged in their lifestyles that to crack a smile might cause their faces to go into an uncontrollable spasm.

A few days before I received the email placing a ban on playing “rock, paper, scissors” I had several students from a table three rows down from the children I regularly attend to ask me a simple question: Can you dismiss us today. When I asked them why they wanted me to dismiss them they (each individually did the same thing) they looked around, lowered their voices and said: we hate Mrs. (name remove to protect the innocent). I explained to them that my duty was over before their lunch time was and that in order to not offend Mrs. (bleep) I could not dismiss them.

I could see the heart break, the hurt and it filled me with sorrow. I could see how she treated them, her harshness, her over bearing ways, her desire to create an atmosphere that was more like eating at a military base – God forbid if you spoke to loud. But what was to loud because depending on her mood, a whisper was too loud for her.

So here I am. I have spent the last three days discouraging children from playing “rock, paper, scissors” with me. They ask me visibly disappointed “Why can’t we play ‘rock, paper, scissors’?” And I tell them, because someone complained that we were being too noisy. They look at me with that – “What the?” kind of look at me and it pains me, to which my response to them: I know, it makes no sense to me either.

Pumpkin Treat Contest - oh Yeah!


 
Pumpkin Treat CONTEST!

Here we GO – Pumpkin Treat Contest!

Who doesn’t like to get involved in a nice competitive contest – sure people say that competition only brings out the worst in people but I personally believe it also brings out the best in people. After all, most people never truly give it their all, unless there is something to win or something to be lose (like pride).

At our school we proved we can have a contest, meet a challenge and still – even with many showing their strong competitive side, we can get along well and be gracious winners and losers. After all, despite everything people say – everyone can’t be a winner, just ask all the people who play the lotto every week. A contest, any contest requires a winner and a loser.

Now I know people hate to lose – so do I. But lets be real, losing can drive you to work harder, can create a drive, it can cause you to strive to be better and fuel a competitive spirit that in truth, is what made this country great in the first place. Then again most people want to avoid having people’s feelings hurt, they want everyone to be winners – so in the end, there is no real reason to strive for excellence if mediocrity will always be enough to win you a prize. Since no one can lose and no one can truly win – what’s the point of even trying to do your best?

Pumpkin Treat contest
School mascot dress as Frankienstien
But with all that said – we had a blast. We saw how competitive our co-workers could be and we also saw how well we enjoy the spirit of a good challenge. There was no arguing, no back biting, no snickering behind closed doors – no, we took it for what it was worth. We each did our best, we enjoyed displaying our hard efforts, laughed as the children happily enjoyed the pumpkins on display (each class having their own favorite) and in the end – the winner was the Cookie Monster Pumpkin.

I love these events, I think it can certainly bring out the best in people, creatively, emotionally as they bond to work together to create a master piece and in the end – it reveals the truth about you and me.

You can say what you want, but the bad, the ugly and the mean spiritedness people exhibit during competitions is not something that came about unexpectedly – it was always there to begin with.

Congratulations to the Fred Wild third grade department for your well deserved win.

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Funny – You’re “Fired” over Face Time – WT???

Funny – You’re “Fired” over Face Time – WT???

Now I have seen it all – my Buddy was fired not by email, over the phone or by snail mail but while on Face Time on her Iphone? Wow, how technology has truly changed our lives. It’s bad enough to get the axe – but to be fired by your boss over Face Time on your Iphone. I am pretty sure that Steve Jobs was probably the first to do this – may be Donald Trump needing to spice of his lagging rating could use this idea: You can win a prize to be the one to fire the Celebrity apprentice. All you need is face time.... ready set go: You’re Fired!

Here is how I found out and to make it interesting I will show you the conversation we had over instant messaging on Face Book – oh how we love technology.


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I guess the Boss was afraid to see her face to face but didn't want it to be too impersonal.... LoL

What we do for FUN - duct Tape Mr Tunning (see video)

How to motivate children? Well you bribe them with something crazy Fun. We had a fundraiser going on in our school and one of the prizes we had if the students reached their fundraising goal was to - drum roll please...... You Duct Tape Assistant Principal Mr. Tunning to a Pole.



You have to admit it was a grand motivator - the kids worked real hard to reach their goals and by golly they did that and so much more. It was truly an inspiring site to see how all the kids pulled together, how they motivating each other and how they challenged each other to do more.

I have to say, I was just as excited as the kids were on the day of the event. The school was buzzing with excitement – the air was super charge and it was a wonderful sunny but cool day. Assistant Principal Tunning had his entire family there to root the kids on (personally I was a bit concern – what if his little girl would have thought that duct tapping her dad to a pole was dangerous – or that it would hurt him?) Luckily the family was in good spirits and his children had a blast.

I myself had three cameras going – I had several people taking pictures as I recorded as much as I could on video. It was hard trying not to laugh – I didn’t want my voice coming out on video. Of course as you can tell by the video there was no lack of noise.

All in all in was a good start to a Friday morning and an awesome way to start a three day week end for me. Sometimes working in a school, being involved in a local school – helping children, motivating children, seeing them laugh, it does wonders for you.

Teaching my 9 yr old how to write

I am teaching my son how to improve his writing skills. Well in truth - after watching some YouTube videos on how some of these educational curriculum changes seem more harmful than helpful, I have stepped up my efforts in all of his educational needs.

Today we finished up on a simple writing assignment he was given, in short he was asked to choose ten out of his twenty or so spelling words and to write a short story. I have mentioned it before and I am not ashamed to mention it again – I am not a writer and by God I need all the spell checking and grammar help the word processer program can offer me.

This is the finished story
Notwithstanding, I think I can handle a bit of fourth grade level writing, of course it sounds easier than it really is. For instance like many a parent – I fell into the trap of simply dictating to my child what he should write. Luckily he had already come up with an interesting story and as I found myself correcting his work without allowing him to give any input or even explaining to him the how or why I was asking him to make so many changes – he quickly blurted out to me “But my teacher said I have to do the work!”.

Here is where teaching becomes difficult – How do you explain to a child what you want him to learn without actually giving him the answer? I was in a 2nd grade classroom the other day and I watched as a teacher tried to introduce the “Associative properties” of addition in math. No matter how many times she repeated her statements the students would not respond back with the correct answer. In the end she found herself giving the students the answers to the worksheet as she went along.

So, how did I do with my son? Was I able to avoid doing the work for him instead of helping him to learn how to do it on his own? Well, it took two days of one hour sessions to finish a decent short story of about two hundred words. The hardest part of the whole process was trying to get him to come up with the ideas without having to actually give it to him. Oh, it didn’t stop him from asking for hints nor as he put it “Can you start the sentence for me?” No, I had to find interesting ways to get him to think of an idea and then help him refine what he had created.

For example: a few of the words he chose were sandwiches, daisies and ambulances. So after establishing in the story that the three characters drove ambulances for a living I asked him to create a sentence that would 1. Keep the flow of the story and 2. Make actual sense. Why, because he was simply throwing sentences together – so I asked him: when people work what do they do that you can use to create a sentence with that uses the word sandwiches? He came up with the concept that people eat and therefore they wanted sandwiches. So I asked him: where could they get a sandwich – his response was, from a sandwich shop. Then I asked him how can we tie in another one of the words on your list using this very same sentence – it took a bit of frustration but we finally arrived at the sentence where they bought sandwiches at the sandwich shop that was named Daisies.

I have to give teachers credit – I was working with only one child, my child and there were moments there where I wanted to rip my own hair out from the frustration I was feeling. But in the end it turn out well – he still needs work and like all children he will forget and will need to have this repeated to him over and over again. But that is par for the course. My concern is – with some of these strange new teaching methods – what chance does a child have who doesn’t have an involved active parent to help?

Teacher Appreciation – Fred Wild and Office Max

Teacher Appreciation – Fred Wild and Office Max

a day made better office maxSometimes all it takes to change how a day is going – is to have someone show a little bit of appreciation for all the work you do. Today was that kind of a day for one lucky elementary school teacher at Fred Wild Elementary in Sebring, Fl.

The last few years Office Max has been hosting an “A Day Made Better” appreciation day for teachers. I was fortunate enough to be there last year when they presented this honor to Mrs. Hood at Memorial Elementary and this year I was present when Office Max presented Mrs. Cooper with this honor.

A day made better, is geared toward helping teachers supply the needs of their class room. Many teachers pull out money from their own pockets to fill the needs (short supplies) of their class room. So Office Max created this program to honor one teacher every year with this bounty of wonderful electronic and (student) class room supplies.

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I have to admit I was a bit jealous to see that she received a kindle fire (oh I wish I could have gotten one) but I must honestly say – it was a joy to see her surprise when we walked up with the large box of goodies. Talk about excited, for a minute there I thought she was going to pass out. We were all very happy for her, it felt a bit like Christmas in July - I mean September.

I wish we could do this for so many other good teachers who spend all year working hard, giving up more than their required time and paying out of their own pockets for things they need in the classroom. I would like to say: congratulations Mrs. Cooper – you deserve it! I would also like to say thank you. Thank you to all the dedicated hard working teachers who are out there. Without you, school would be a very sad place indeed.

I would also like to thank Office Max for "A Day Made Better".

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Hello Kitty Beer? Real - not a Joke!

Hello kitty Beer?
Hello Kitty beer - no it is not a joke.
The cartoon cat aims to get Chinese women to buy a low-alcohol brew. If a former boy band and The Simpsons can sell beer, then why not Hello Kitty?

So, Hello Kitty is selling beer these days, and the business world is suddenly a wellspring of moral outrage.

Please. Sit back, have a beer and let's pretend we all know that Sanrio's flagship character is nearly 40 years old and has fans making retirement plans. "What about the children," you say? What about the even more cynical marketing behind this latest move?

The cans of six fruit-flavored brews -- including peach, lemon-lime, passion fruit, and banana -- all have the purposefully cute cartoon cat on the can. Does that mean they're angling for kids? Not any more than the presence of Samuel Adams on Boston Beer's (SAM -0.51%) products is a lure for middle school social studies students.

No, the Hello Kitty beers are available only in China and Taiwan, restricted to roughly 2.5% alcohol by volume (or half that of a Budweiser) and are aimed at those nations' adult women.

Marketing to kids of any gender is already unwise, but particularly so in China -- where nearly 56% of men drink and the World Health Organization says high-risk alcohol consumption among them "has reached epic proportions."
As a result, Chinese women don't exactly have a high opinion of beer, thanks to a rate of alcoholism that counts 33 males to every one female. Going after those women with an intoxicating, higher-alcohol brew associated with a boozy night out just isn't going to work.

Tone down the alcohol and soften the image with the more pleasant Hello Kitty, however, and those teetotaling drinkers may enjoy an alcoholic beverage at a much safer pace.
At least that's one theory. The other is that sometimes a beer brand needs a hand from a recognizable name. Here in the U.S., beer companies have lent their labels to former boy band Hanson, the HBO show "Game Of Thrones", Sub Pop Records, sports radio host Dan Patrick, Major League Soccer's D.C. United, MLS fan groups the Timbers Army and Emerald City Supporters, and "Iron Chef" Masaharu Morimoto.

That the company behind the Hello Kitty beers thinks it needs a cartoon cat to appeal to female drinkers is discouraging, but the use of nostalgia and a beloved childhood favorite to sell beer isn't unprecedented. Just ask Universal Studios, which pours both a version of Duff Beer from "The Simpsons" and an interpretation of Butterbeer from the Harry Potter series that can be topped off with a shot of rum.

By Jason Notte
Hello Kitty beer advertisement (© Taiwan Tsing Beer Company via Facebook)

Create 7 Habits tickets for behavior in school (leader in me)

How to make 7 Habits ROAR tickets for student behavior

Our school like most use “ROAR” tickets (or some form of ticket) system to promote good behavior – such as the behaviors found in the 7 habits leader in me program. Just like most schools everything at school has revolved around the seven habits and I was given the job of creating a new layout for our “ROAR” tickets with a 7 habits them.

seven habits roar store tickets for behavior
I have to say – I wanted to go all out.

I didn’t just add some leader in me 7 habits element into our roar tickets – I redid the entire thing by scratch. Personally I think it came out pretty well and I am not just saying because I did it – Our school Principal and a few others have fallen in love with it (Hope the unveiling goes off just as well).
Note: I created a sheet of seven tickets each one had a different 7 habits quoted on it.

Seeing as others may want to do the same thing I decided to create a short tutorial on how to create a similar 7 habits themed ticket for your schools use. Here goes.

What I used and programs you may need.
Word Paint (several windows opened at once)
Power Point
An image editor (I use Irfan View for cropping, resolution, resizing and etc.)
* Internet – sometimes it is easier to get ideas than to create fresh ideas (everyone needs help)

How I started
I had already created certain images to use on Facebook, school website and for school forms. Such as our school mascot which by the way took me several days of work on Microsoft word paint. I collected the images I needed for my idea (roar ticket theme) and I opened several window paint files.

(* don’t be ashamed to use any free non-copyrighted images that are online, I know not everyone is creative with a pencil and pen - as in drawing an image from scratch.)

The reason I open several windows of paint is to be able to cut and paste images to one file (word paint work area) in order to be able to avoid making a mistake and having to start from beginning (I love copy and paste).

If you did not know I always work with white back ground in order to use the “transparent” feature of copy and paste. I worry about adding color later, especially since most of the images I had were already colored in and the background was the only thing I needed transparent. Why is this important – because, it helps in overlaying images on top of each other. Sure I can use adobe products to do this – but I find it easier this way (Maybe it’s because I don’t want to go through all the trouble of learning adobe’s product)

Tip: I use power point to create fancy lettering and to use it’s tilt feature which I later “cut and paste” to my image as needed.

As you can see by the finished product the wild cat mascots had is overlaid on large roar text – which I used “Showcard Gothic” as the font. I also overlaid the roar words over our schools very familiar wild cat paw print. Just to give a bit of flair and familiarity since the mascot was a new image we adopted this year.

The large seven with the circle was taken from an old image and alter to how I wanted it and I added the words “Habits” to it to fill the need of the theme. Then it was just a matter of deciding what kind of border I would create and then it was just a question of cut, paste, clean up by erasing junk (when over lapping images that you copied from others or website you may need to clean by cutting and erasing residue that remains and is seen when using transparent feature).

The rest was simply trial and error.

My suggestion: make image large. Why? Because when you save and open it in image editor you can keep the resolution high for better crisp look when printing and still resize image to your desired size. In the case of my image I resized it to about 3.2 widths and 2.2 heights (a bit smaller than a business card).

I hope this was helpful to you and by all means leave me a comment below.
Thank you.
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