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Law & Order: Baseball Intent
Wednesday, 20 Apr, 2011 – 12:18 | 2 Comments
Law & Order: Baseball Intent

If there’s an app on my phone Big Guy is going to play with it – especially since I’ve taken the games off my geriatric-by-today’s standards Blackberry so I could install Major League Baseball At …

A SWAT for requiring over-the-counter prescriptions
Thursday, 17 Mar, 2011 – 15:43 | Comments Off
A SWAT for requiring over-the-counter prescriptions

As a former speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates was fond of saying, “fat possums travel at night.” That translated roughly to “watch out for legislation trying to sneak through in the waning …

Extending the principal’s job to cover the world
Wednesday, 16 Mar, 2011 – 17:03 | One Comment
Extending the principal’s job to cover the world

I am not in favor of bullying.
I am not against school officials taking swift action against anyone who breaks the rules or laws on their campuses.
I am, however, opposed to making principals in charge of …

Just because the rant’s legal doesn’t make it right
Thursday, 3 Feb, 2011 – 17:23 | One Comment
Just because the rant’s legal doesn’t make it right

It’s a classic case of the cliche about two wrongs not making a right. Make it three wrongs in this case.
A California high school student, who, according to Mashable was upset over his homework load, …

It’s not about the Net. It’s about decency
Friday, 1 Oct, 2010 – 17:04 | 2 Comments
It’s not about the Net. It’s about decency

I knew it was coming the second I heard that the Internet was tangentially connect to Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi’s suicide.
Yes, tangentially. The Internet did not kill Clementi. It wasn’t even a weapon in …

When the ‘profits first’ policy fails – disastrously
Thursday, 8 Apr, 2010 – 19:02 | Comments Off
When the ‘profits first’ policy fails – disastrously

It’s not as if big coal companies ever have been benevolent societies – the song “Sixteen Tons” and its lyrics about owing your soul to the company store stemmed from a miner’s reality.
It’s not as …

When the First Amendment should come second
Wednesday, 31 Mar, 2010 – 18:23 | 3 Comments
When the First Amendment should come second

I’m a big Bill O’Reilly fan today.
I also agree with Michelle Malkin.
And I think an appeals court was dead wrong when it ruled, on free speech grounds, in favor of people who protested at a …

A SWAT for trying to impose values from afar
Thursday, 25 Feb, 2010 – 19:30 | Comments Off
A SWAT for trying to impose values from afar

What’s worse than a YouTube video showing a developmentally disabled boy being bullied?
A court verdict in Italy that finds Google executives guilty of invasion of privacy because the video was posted to begin with – …

Shiver in the cold, kids. That bad woman isn’t licensed
Tuesday, 9 Feb, 2010 – 19:30 | Comments Off
Shiver in the cold, kids. That bad woman isn’t licensed

We have a raging health-care crisis that we cannot solve.
Unemployment has “dropped” to 9.7 percent, but that’s a trick. The real number is much higher because we no longer count people who are so discouraged …

Giving police faster information – great. But at what cost?
Wednesday, 3 Feb, 2010 – 18:38 | Comments Off
Giving police faster information – great. But at what cost?

I have absolutely no problem with the police knowing anything my Internet Service Provider knows about me – as long as they use a proper search warrant to obtain the information.
Anyone’s a fool to think …

Note to the Class of 2011: Be careful what you put on your shirts
Tuesday, 5 Jan, 2010 – 22:51 | Comments Off
Note to the Class of 2011: Be careful what you put on your shirts

Note to school officials in Dearborn, Mich: Teens do stupid things. Incredibly stupid things that at times demonstrate a stunning lack of awareness of history.
And something that happened in 2001 is indeed history to today’s …

Hair today, in-school suspension tomorrow
Wednesday, 16 Dec, 2009 – 22:56 | One Comment
Hair today, in-school suspension tomorrow

Of all the things to go to the wall with a kid over, hair has to be the most ridiculous.
An odd-ball hair style causes no long-term damage – it can always be cut or grow …

“Private” text messages on the government dime doesn’t seem right
Monday, 14 Dec, 2009 – 21:21 | Comments Off
“Private” text messages on the government dime doesn’t seem right

In the electronic game of cops and robbers, the cops are winning – at least in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Back in February, that court ruled that it was fine for prosecutors to …

Warning: Don’t eat the lip balm
Monday, 30 Nov, 2009 – 23:26 | 2 Comments
Warning:  Don’t eat the lip balm

I thought nothing could ever top the warning the eyeglass cleaner at work used to carry: Do not use on contact lenses.
That was before last weekend, when I bought a box of lip balm that …

A SWAT for trying to create a rap sheet over a rap
Thursday, 19 Nov, 2009 – 22:44 | Comments Off
A SWAT for trying to create a rap sheet over a rap

You’re a harried fast-food worker sticky with sweat and grease but trying to maintain the obligatory smile and chirpy tone because even a minimum-wage job is a coup in this economy.
“Welcome to McDonald’s, may I …

Why the Balloon Boy tale was so easy to believe
Sunday, 18 Oct, 2009 – 21:48 | Comments Off
Why the Balloon Boy tale was so easy to believe

A helicopter sits beside a major intersection just a mile or so past the main gate at Fort Irwin, and every time we pass it Big Guy works himself into a lather.
“Why can’t I fly …

A SWAT for trying to outlaw what’s already illegal
Thursday, 1 Oct, 2009 – 22:56 | Comments Off
A SWAT for trying to outlaw what’s already illegal

Bullying is mean-spirited, malicious and wrong. It’s also immoral, but it’s not illegal. Nor should it be.
Threatening someone is mean-spirit, malicious and wrong. It is illegal, as well it should be.
So why is it that …

How to become a gang-banger without even trying
Wednesday, 2 Sep, 2009 – 22:14 | Comments Off
How to become a gang-banger without even trying

Here’s one that’s going to be interesting in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that said school officials did not have the right to strip-search a teen accused of carrying ibuprofen:
School officials in …

Let Dugard find her way in peace
Saturday, 29 Aug, 2009 – 9:31 | One Comment
Let Dugard find her way in peace

Big Guy bristled when I refused to let him out of my line of vision yesterday evening at the PX, when he went to fetch to pile of pepper he has to have on his …

A SWAT for the jobless and the clueless
Thursday, 20 Aug, 2009 – 22:21 | Comments Off
A SWAT for the jobless and the clueless

As Trina Thompson sees it, any reasonable employer would pounce on an applicant with her academic credentials, which include a 2.7 grade-point average.
Much to Thompson’s dismay no one’s pouncing, and when she was still unemployed …

A SWAT for parents seeing dollar signs in the sewer
Thursday, 16 Jul, 2009 – 22:21 | Comments Off
A SWAT for parents seeing dollar signs in the sewer

In this era of texting-happy teens, it was only a matter of when, not if, someone would take a tumble while messaging on a walk – apparently there are no laws against that yet.
So it’s …

A SWAT for catching drug dealers by punishing consumers
Thursday, 4 Jun, 2009 – 20:30 | Comments Off
A SWAT for catching drug dealers by punishing consumers

Isn’t this just what we need in this economy: Legislation that would put a common over-the-counter medication back behind the counter to keep it out of the hands of those who abuse it.
Technically speaking pseudoephedrine …

A SWAT for getting involved in a college prank
Thursday, 28 May, 2009 – 21:11 | 5 Comments
A SWAT for getting involved in a college prank

He’s a hacker considered “a master of the trade amongst his peers.” He even had two operating systems on his computer and used a prompt to issue commands!
Therefore, in January police in Boston had to …

Reason No. 3,542 the Brits are bonkers
Tuesday, 19 May, 2009 – 0:56 | Comments Off

From the country that wants to censor the Internet worldwide in the name of protecting its children comes another bizarre project, also in the name of “protecting children”
The British have launched a database, at a …

I don’t want to see your butt, but I’ll defend your right to show it
Sunday, 12 Apr, 2009 – 23:09 | Comments Off
I don’t want to see your butt, but I’ll defend your right to show it

How low should  sagging pants go? It’s the type of debate that always erupts when fashion trends butt into generational sensibilities.
I’ll admit, rear views exposed in public bother me, whether it’s a woman whose rump …

The era of the 14-year-old sex offender
Friday, 27 Mar, 2009 – 22:18 | One Comment
The era of the 14-year-old sex offender

Coming to a town near you: The arrest of a teen on child pornography charges for taking pictures of herself.
It happened again this week in New Jersey, when a 14-year-old was arrested after posting nude …

RU going to jail over TXT IM?
Thursday, 19 Feb, 2009 – 0:51 | 2 Comments
RU going to jail over TXT IM?

Rule of thumb for the guys: You won’t get in nearly as much trouble for what you do as you will for lying about it.
That’s what a 14-year-old Wisconsin girl found out last week when …

A giant legal headache over a 13-year-old and ibuprofen
Saturday, 17 Jan, 2009 – 11:27 | One Comment
A giant legal headache over a 13-year-old and ibuprofen

Savana Redding is a college student in Arizona who likes to read, write and listen to classic and alternative rock.
“Sorry to say but I do not listen to rap … i don’t like the messages …