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November 27th, 2008  · stk

NewsBrief: [Off with the Blue] Scott's no longer considered a "rookie" firefighter • [Raccoons One Chickens One] Hutton house chickens retaliate after losing one of their own to raccoons • [National 'Kick a Ginger' Day] A teen FaceBook group acts out on a satirical South Park cartoon episode, with socially concerning results

Off with the Blue

rookie blue tags firefighter tags

Hover over the image to watch the "rookie" blue stripes come off of Scott's helmet.

North Cedar Fire Hall - Amidst loud clapping and a mayoral handshake, Scott and two other volunteers at the North Cedar Fire Department, graduated from being rookie firefighters - to full-fledged members of the fire hall.

Since Scott joined a year ago last April, he's been wearing the reflective blue stripes that are the hallmark of junior members of the firefighting team. After much training, including first responder, CPR, live fire, air brakes, incident command, auto extrication, ladders, pumping, wild-land fires and hazardous materials ... as well as attending many calls ... he's now been moved into the regular ranks.

There was much back-slapping and quaffing of beer, by hall members, welcoming in Scott's graduating class. (Mind you, it doesn't take much cause for celebration at the hall. After fighting hot fires all day, most members have a nearly unquenchable thirst!)

(Hover over the helmet to see the "before" and "after" look).

From "Rookie" to "Pro". Way to go!

Raccoons One Chickens One

Hutton House Chicken Coop - After the loss of Chicken little, there was much clucking and brawking in the Hutton House Hen yard this past week, as they mourned the loss of one of their own.

In the wake of their grief, the girls put their heads together and came up with a daring plan to build - a raccoon trap! With Scott's help (and that of our neighbor, Charlie) they managed to fashion a galvanized metal trap.

The girls have been baiting and setting the trap each night, before they head into the coop. Using everything from meat to chicken feed - whatever they can get their little beaks on - they've been "trolling for 'coon", as they call it.

It took a while before they caught anything, as most of the time, birds would fly into the trap and peck at (eat) whatever bait was used.

Last week, however, the chickens were met with success, as they captured a live raccoon!

As you can imagine, there was much glee. They clucked and brawked ... then they scratched dirt at the trapped animal. They even tried to elicit information from their prisoner of war, but the raccoon refused to answer their questions.

We can't really say what became of their prisoner, as it's not appropriate to discuss such things in a family blog. Let's just say that the chickens got their revenge.

The girls are feeling better these days, though they still keep their raccoon trap baited and set.

 

Official "Kick a Ginger" Day

Canada - In a very bizarre and disturbing collision between technology and juvenile behavior, November 20th became promoted as Canada-wide "kick a ginger" day. (If you don't know - I didn't - a "ginger" is a deragatory name for someone having "light skin, freckles and red hair").

Canada national kick-a-ginger day was November 20, 2008, thanks to south park,  facebook and dumb kids

Fueled by a South Park cartoon episode (see video snippet on the left**), kids that are way too young to be viewing such satire, decided that they would use the Internet - by way of FaceBook - and create a "National Kick-a-Ginger Day" group.

The group attracted as many as 5,000 members, many of whom vowed to "kick a ginger" on the designated day - November 20, 2008.

Sadly, many people followed through with their promise and some did so in a non-joking manner. There were many instances of red-heads being kicked, some over 80 times and a few were left with physical evidence of their battery - bruising and such (and any associated emotional scars).

The story came across the Randsco editorial desk after one of Rachel's co-workers, Diane Mishkin - who has a 13-year-old red-headed son named Aaron Mishkin - was victimized at his school on "National Kick-a-Ginger Day". He figures he was kicked or hit about 80 times. He was traumatized by his treatment and elected not to go to school the following day. He was amazed at the behavior or his classmates who participated in the violent kicking and punching.

The FaceBook group has since been removed and the administrator of the group - a 14-year-old Courtenay kid - has been questioned by the members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Some parents are so outraged, they are considering suing South Park. Other parents are angry that the schools weren't aware of the impending date and that they didn't take stronger actions.

Ironically, November 20th fell during the Canadian "Anti-Bullying" awareness week.

People are pointing fingers at South Park, teachers and administrators, but this author puts the blame squarely on parents. What the heck are they doing allowing juveniles to watch South Park? (With such episode titles as "You got F'd in the A", "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut", "Erection Day" and "Guitar Queer-o" ... this is obviously not material intended for undeveloped minds). Where is the dinner table discussions about bullying, tolerance and good sense?

That an early teen made a FaceBook group is not what's deplorable - don't blame the technology. What's deplorable is that kids actually acted-out on their cyber promises.

It's not a Village-idiot award here ... it's more like an entire village gets the award.

Smarten up folks.

** In the South Park show (not a show I've seen much of), the kid giving the speech during the episode above, wakes up one morning to discover he suddenly has red hair. By he end of the episode, he's advocating "red-power" and promoting tolerance. (i.e., despite the horrid language, the show does come back with a redeeming moral message).

More Info

  1. Vancouver Sun Nov-22 Article
  2. CTV.ca Nov-24 article and video interview
  3. Google search for "Kick a Ginger Day"

 

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1.flag Gary Comment
12/02/08
Congrats. again Scott - you fully fledged fire-fighter you. That's a real nice shiny helmet you have got yourself :)

Glad you got the culprit of the great chicken snack, justice has been served at last ;)


Gz
2.flag Gary Comment
12/02/08
Doooh, typo, that's ' Great chicken Snatch '


Edit as applicable


Gz
3.flag stk Comment
12/02/08
LOL, Gary ... the helmet is shiny because I had to clean all the soot off of it, to affix the new stickers!

I'll leave your typo, as it's most appropriate ... considering what became of the bird. :p
4.flag Gary Comment
12/02/08
I see what you mean, I can't believe the typo happened there, still if it gave you a laugh then it brightened your day a little I guess !

Gz
11/25/09
About the "kick a ginger day!"

This is absolutely shocking news to hear that young students beat up other young students because of their red hair! Don't their parents react and how could youngsters do such of crime? All this I blame on politicians and the media. All the evil children and other youngsters can read in the newspaper daily about hate, racism, violence play and games and all the politicians lies! All this is poisoning the world's children and many of the parents don't even care? What kind of world!

You young with hate to redheaded kids! Why do you bear so much hate inside you? Think about it and take a deep look inside yourself. Look at the world outside and instead think about what must be done NOW to stop all the crime and evil deeds! The world needs your love.

Please write to me about what you think about this "kick a ginger day!"


Lise Tollefsen Slembe
Leader of the norwegian organisation HULK
Help for young in seriouse lifecrises
http://www.hulk.no
hulk@broadpark.no
;)
6.flag Zotrablue Comment
06/16/10
The fact that they made 'kick a ginger' day proves that they didn't get the message of the ginger kids episode, which was not to tease others and too it began as a joke and people have actualy been getting hurt physically from this.
7.flag Not A Ginger Comment
05/17/11
apparently you didn't watch the entire ginger kids episode, he's not ginger and the other kids make him look like a ginger to teach him a lesson, and he only gives that speech at the end so ginger kids don't kill him
8.flag Alex Comment
09/21/11
I'll go with "not a Ginger" on this one. In the southpark episode, the boy who says gingers must die and stuff, Eric cartman, gets his hair painted red. He says gingers have no rights at first, but when he is a ginger he tries to overrule the other ppl. When he finds out he isn't a Ginger, he tells the gingers NOT to kill every other person, because then they would kill him too. He only thinks of himself, and he is rly hypocrite.
9.flag stk Comment
09/22/11
To "Not a Ginger" - Yes @ 'he's not a ginger', which is why I wrote, "[he] wakes up one morning to discover he suddenly has red hair". And (your words) 'the other kids make him look like a ginger to teach him a lesson', to which I ask, "and that lesson is?" (i.e., the redeeming moral message ... tolerance, it's OKAY to be "different", etc.)

Again, "Kick a Ginger Day" is not the fault of South Park, it's those that believe it gives them license to act it out for real (and those parents who allow an impressionable, too-young audience to watch such shows).
10.flag Attendee Comment
01/07/12
I kicked a ginger because he peered into my soul and tried to eat it.
11.flag Jew With A Knife Comment
02/27/12
First off, 14 is not a "preteen," it is a full-fledged teenager. Secondly, teenagers are old enough to view the content and issues portrayed in South Park. South Park takes current issues and shows them in a satirical way that is humorous for adults and somewhat informational for teens. Many kids wouldn't know anything about current events if it wasn't for South Park. And Kick a Ginger day? That's a joke, and gingers should learn to take it as such, ginger is only a derogatory term if it is deemed offensive by those who are called it. Overall, parents and kids alike need to grow some balls and be prepared to face the world, not be coddled into permanent ignorance.
12.flag stk Comment
02/28/12
Jew with a Knife - While technically correct that anyone age 14 is a teenager and not a preteen, I believe that most adults will agree that making a Facebook site (even if it was intended as a joke) that promotes violence (real or perceived) is not appropriate and could be considered childish.

Parents should decide if their children are old enough for viewing the content and dialogue contained in the show "South Park". Every person matures at a different rate and age alone should not be used as the determining factor. I would also encourage parents to watch such shows with their teens and have open dialogue about the issues covered in the show.

You may think that "Kick a Ginger Day" is a joke, but when red-haired kids are abused (mentally or physically) as a result, it is no longer a joke. It is something else entirely. (i.e., not everyone 'gets' that it's a joke).

If you'd like to come by to tell my wife that she needs to "grow some balls", I'd be happy to watch how that conversation turns out for you (she used to be a prison guard).

However, I will admit that agree with you that kids should be prepared to face the world and they should not be coddled. However, it's a big leap in logic to assume that preparation includes any kind of inalienable right to watch shows like South Park. There's a lot of other ways of understanding current issues and one of the best ways I know is frank family discussions (e.g., over dinner).

Based on the tone, position and the fact that you used polarizing imagery in place of a real name, suggests to me that you may fall into the "angry teen" category. It's just a guess, eh?

BTW ... based on your "polite" suggestion, I've edited the article for accuracy. ;)
13.flag Caitlyn Comment
09/29/12
i fear november 20th O_O
14.flag «ç®ôw» Comment
11/18/12
Hahaha, wow. T.V. shows do not cause kids to act inappropriate. The blame solely rests upon the parents for letting there kids even get away with it... I grew up on South Park, Ren & Stimpy, Beavus & Butt-head among many other shows classified as "inappropriate" for young minds nowadays. I'd also like to note I am a very productive member of society so clearly it's not the shows causing the problems, I was also taught by my parents things on tv are not real and should not be imitated. Clearly lacking from the parents today. Just a load of BS parents can't control their kids and then push the blame onto something else to detract the blame from them. End rant.
15.flag Anton Comment
07/23/13
All those racists should invent a "Kick a racist day" so they can kick into their own asses and even more sensitive body parts.

I'm no ginger, but I'm absolutely disgusted by this racist stuff using a modern propaganda via Facebook and a harmless disguise.