November 5, 2006 at 2:22 am (Uncategorized)

Back in my day, strangers were always coming and going from the elementary school up on the hill. Guest speakers, parents, vagabonds looking for leftover cafeteria food. Those were simpler times. Pedophiles 8.jpghadn’t been invented yet and every third student wasn’t some black clad sociopath with a blog and a stolen gun. School doors were propped open with chairs in the warm months, generally left unlocked the rest of the time. We were told not to take candy from strangers and to look both ways before crossing a street. Those nuggets pretty much got us through and here we are.

These days, every adult and most children understand that every other stranger is likely a weirdo who wants to lock you in the trunk of his car. Kids disappear from schools, from malls, from their very bedrooms. Metal detectors have gone up in the schools and sturdy locks have been produced. More important than the equipment though, is the loud awareness that monsters are afoot and all precautions must be taken to keep them out.

Or so we were lead to believe. By this time, most of you will have read the Sun Journal expose on local school security. I had nothing to do with it but I’ve been horrified by the stories of our reporters — some of them downright nasty to look at — walking around, into and all over the local schools. One of them roamed the halls and then meandered right up to the girls locker room wearing a black cap and a leather coat. Un-friggin-believable.

From what I understand, school administrators are outraged at the approach taken by the paper. They’re not proclaiming: “we see now the holes in our procedures and by God, we’re going to patch them.” No, they’re taking on the role of victim and claiming the newspaper employed dirty tactics.

Boo friggin’ hoo. Lock your back doors for chrissakes, and confront strangers who stroll through the main entrance. Better that the paper reporter on the naked emporer than to write about another school shooting, abduction or sexual assault.

Anyway… your thoughts on school security, bulldog news tactics or the dewey decimal system. Those who choose not to participate will be asked to stay after school and clean erasers. And the teacher ain’t sexy.



  1. K2 said,

    Isn’t the 500-pound gorilla in the room the lack of gun control in this country, along with the gratuitous violence playing endlessly on TV, video games and in the movies that show kids that killing people is the best (and easiest) form of conflict resolution?

    To me, the real problem is the easy accessiblity of guns. Until we make it harder to possess guns, this shit will just get worse. I mean, how the fuck did the Columbine punks get their hands on those weapons? Shameful, and what has Colorado, or any other state for that matter, done about it? Nothing at all.

    But no, we need assault rifles and uzis and AK-47s because our 2nd Amendment warrants them. Bull shit. Here’s the text: ‘A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’

    It’s in the context of ‘militias,’ not hunting or shooting ‘sports.’ (How a bullet flying at 3500-feet per second into an animal’s flesh is ‘sport,’ I’ll never know.) And re-read the ‘well-regulated’ verbage.

    This is an Occam’s Razor issue, but most people are too rabid about their ‘right’ to own any kind of gun and as many guns as they want. What we have in this country is simply too many guns in too many of the wrong people’s hands.

    And we can lock down the schools, but you can’t lock down the bus stops, busses, entire school grounds, etc.

  2. jarheaddoc said,

    Ya know, K2, a lot of what you post makes me think, and in a positive way, but gun control is a very political issue that even the Supreme court is hesitant to touch.

    The basis of those words comes from the founding fathers having a good understanding that the British had a hard time with the war because a lot of people had guns and were willing to use them against the invaders. The founding fathers also never envisioned a standing army, in fact, they didn’t want one, because they saw said force as nothing more than a tool to occupy and oppress a people. And firearms were a necessary survival tool in the day, just like an ase or a knife.

    The constituition of the united states has, in a lot of ways, ceased to be a dynamic and living document to the present politicians of this country. The fourth amendment has pretty much ceased to exist, as bobbie pointed out the other day, and that’s a scary thing. It’s bad enough that DHS can go into a house and confiscate all the firearms in that house if there’s a complaint, and they don’t have to give those firearms back if the allegation is proven baseless.

    One of the first things that Hitler did was register all the firearms in germany, then he took them all. You cannot have the masses rising up against you if you take away their fire arms.

    Firearms ownership has been a basic tenet of American life for hundreds of years. I will use Britain as an example: gun control laws are strict and the law abiding citizen’s firearms are locked up at a club, but gun violence still exists because a criminal will always somehow get a firearm to do violence.

    And to use your own words against you:

    What we have in this country is simply too many guns in too many of the wrong people’s hands.

    Why are the law abiding citizens being penalized for the actions of criminals? Isn’t that the way it always is, the few screwing it up for the many?

    And no, I’m not a hunter, and no, I don’t own any firearms these days.

  3. K2 said,

    Wasn’t the killer in PA law-abiding till he killed a half dozen girls? But yet he managed to have an arsenal.

    My ultimate point is: too many fucking guns.

    For the record, I’m not against most hunting, as long as the majority of meat gets eaten by the hunter or whomever he/she gives it to. Trophy hunting is fucking pathetic. I defer to the short story “The Most Dangerous Game.”

    jd, like you don’t hunt every day with your Love Gun. “Happiness . . . is a warm gun. Bang, bang, shoot, shoot.”

    By the way, does a male’s risk of erectile dysfunction decrease if he’s a chronic masturbator? (The old use-it-or-lose-it axiom.) A friend of mine was curious. Yeah, a friend, that’s it.

  4. jarheaddoc said,

    Said as he took off his glasses to look at the hair on his hand.

    Doesn’t the hunted guy win in the end of that story?

    Look, man’s biology is one of violence and a thousand years of psychology are not going to change millions of years of biology. The world hasn’t been the same since Tonk picked up a stick and hit Gronk, just our weapons have gotten better.

    One point I would like to make is that it wasn’t all that long ago historically that people like Bonny and clyde were the villains and hunted down like dogs because they had no rights, now the accused has all the rights and the victim doesn’t. the bad used used to wear black, now he wears white.

    The media has done a wonderful job of promoting a shitpot full of really bad behavior: monkey see, moneky do. The guy selling pumpkins at the church to raise money for the orphanage doesn’t sell subscriptions, K2, but the child molestor priest does. We are simply victims of our own need to know what the other person is doing.

    And we have no shame whatsoever anymore, do we? Watch Jerry Springer and Oprah and Geraldo. Bad behavior is rewarded. Christ, look at our sports stars and what they get away with. Why? Entertainment value, I guess.

  5. jarheaddoc said,

    Okay, K2, just to be a prick to you, knowing that you will look it up and I won’t have to, Google this:

    How many people are injured each day by:

    firearms; alcohol related incidents; driving while using a cel-phone

  6. K2 said,

    Heart attacks whilst jerkin’ are the #1 killer.

    Without using ‘the Google,’ I see your point, but I think it’s apples and oranges, to a degree. Yes, death is death, but somehow I view getting murdered in cold blood as the most egregious.

  7. Mr. Ed said,

    Any word from the ME’s office as to the cause of the deputy’s death?

  8. LaFlamme said,

    Ah, Occams Razor. That theory has always fascinated me, at least where it’s applied to cosmology. The easiest solution is usually the right one. If you see a blackened tree on the ground a day after a thunder storm, Occam’s Razor suggests it was probably struck by lightening.

  9. LaFlamme said,

    I haven’t heard anything about cause of death, although the running theory has been a heart attack was in play.

  10. Mainetarr said,

    WMTW said he appears to have been in cardiac arrest when he was pulled from the water. My heart goes out to his family and co-workers. What a terrible loss.

  11. Linda said,

    Has anyone said what they were diving for?

  12. Mr. Ed said,

    Well finally LaFlamme decided to post something on the SJ website about the deputy. Day late and dollar short, still nothing on the cause of death. Now can we expect something on the shooting in Auburn, next week?

  13. LaFlamme said,

    Did you stumble in here by mistake on your way to the SJ forums, Mr. Ed? You silly horse, you.

  14. Mr. Ed said,


  15. LaFlamme said,

    The shooting in Auburn was the result of a romantic entanglement, I’m told. A man confronting his wife and her lover and then getting popped for his troubles.

  16. Linda said,

    I figured that was the case — didn’t the SJ say that the man “returned home unexpectedly”? They don’t need to spell it out for us.

  17. Martha said,

    If you’re referring to the article I read.. apparantly the husband went to the other man’s home which is where his wife was. A fight between the men ensuec and the husband was shot in the leg.. I may be way off, but that was the way I read it.

  18. Linda said,

    You are probably right Martha. I just know that somebody went somewhere and the people there weren’t expecting him.

  19. Mainetarr said,

    Yeah, Martha, you are right. And the SJ reported later, I believe, that the woman WAS there in the house where her hubby got popped.

  20. Bill Hoffman said,

    Google is the best search engine

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