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…Walk All Over

In the never-ending battle between the youth and those in charge of instilling knowledge, maturity and a respect for the rules in their young minds, every day, another law is created and then consequently broken.

Most of them are dull and routine; however, every once in a while, one stands out and deserves recognition.

A middle school of no special significance has made a bold move in this ongoing war—banning boots.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Of course, the boots themselves are not what make this news worthy, but what they conceal.  It seems students have been using their Uggs (and wannabe Uggs) to sneak their cell phones into class.

Of course, now these industrious young minds will have to find some other vehicle by which to smuggle in their contraband cellular devices.

Might I suggest pockets, also, pencil cases (not just for writing instruments).

And so the battle rages on.

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More on the Story: MSNBC

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…have a nice flight

...it's a bird, it's a plane, and your phone in the off position

I love a good cause (I suppose the URL should have tipped you off) but then again who doesn’t enjoy standing up for what’s right?  Holding those in authority accountable for that which they dole out is one of the founding principles of our country and the modern era.  The trick is knowing when it’s worth it.

So how do you know when you’re being oppressed?  Let’s assess the situation with a few simple questions:

Are you being disenfranchised, enslaved, or taxed for your tea at an obscenely greater rate than your fellow countrymen across the pond?

If you answered yes to any of these, you may be the object of oppression…and a small tea addiction.

Next question:

Are you being asked to turn off your electronic devices during takeoff and landing on an airplane which is headed to a destination of your choosing?

Get over it.

You rebels without a power off button on your iPhone (or at least not one you’re willing to use)–It’s not worth it.

Kindle users I’m talking to you too.  Just another reason to stick with traditionally bound books.

I understand.  You feel manipulated, lied to, one might say, unnecessarily grounded.  I get it.  For years you honestly believed that your iPod could single-handedly bring down your flight to [still a destination of your choice].

Sometimes the truth hurts.  Yes, they simply want your undivided attention and are willing to lie to you (and in some cases charge for your luggage) to get it.  I can see why sneaking a few clandestine texts or rounds of Words With Friends in might seem harmless.

This is not the answer.  You are dealing with a slippery slope and at the bottom of that slope is loud conversations about personal issues that will leave you praying you get seated next to the teething infant and her chatty mother.

Not to mention that while you may be enlightened enough to confidently wield your airplane mode phone mid-flight, that doesn’t mean the couple across the aisle won’t ask for you to be removed from the plane for endangering the lives of all those on board.  Panic is bad, especially at 30,000 feet.

And please, don’t give me the “I’m bored” excuse.  That is what Sudoku, crossword puzzles, and several pages dedicated to teaching you how to make an elephant out of a dollar bill are there for.

Now. Please put your tray and seat in the upright and locked position and have a nice flight.

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“Disruptions: Norelco on Takeoff? Fine. Kindle? No.”: New York Times

“Why I Won’t Turn Off My Gadgets on Planes”: TIME

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…Throw Them 1, 2, 3 Strikes (They’re Out) At the Old Ball Game

One thing you can count on in each and every game, it will end.

You may not agree with every call or decision, but once that final strike is called; pop fly is caught or runner is thrown out, it’s over.

And much like a game of baseball, this week of baseball has also reached its end.

 We hope you enjoyed it, and we’ve got you at least a little excited about opening day.

For now it’s time for a different game, and maybe a little madness?

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…Judge Not

It seems oddly fitting that on this day dedicated to a man and his dream for a better future, that Swiss bankers are seeing a bit more color equality.

Thanks to a review of their insanely specific dress code,  UBS AG employees may soon be equal opportunists when it comes to undergarment color choices.

That’s right, the dress code specified what color their underwear could be (skin-colored…if you were curious).

And if you think that’s bad, there are also dietary restrictions.  Employees are strongly discouraged from eating garlic and onions.

Unless your employer suffers from alliumphobia, ataxophobia and chromatophobia (an unfortunate combination) then odds are good that your dress code is no where near as strict.

Another thing to celebrate this MLK Day as you prepare to head back to work tomorrow (or wrap-up your work day…sorry)

You can be thankful you work in a place where you are judged  not by the color of your underwear but by the content of your character.

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

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More on the Story: No Longer Judged by the Color of their Undergarments

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An expert on the importance of dressing for success:

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