Regulation

Government Attacks on Freedom

How petty regulations and "zero tolerance" policies destroy liberty

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Something's happened to America, and it isn't good. It's become easier to get into trouble. We've become a nation of a million rules. Not the kind of bottom-up rules that people generate through voluntary associations. Those are fine. I mean imposed, top-down rules formed in the brains of meddling bureaucrats who think they know better than we how to manage our lives.

Cross them, and we are in trouble.

The National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) received an anonymous fax that a seafood shipment to Alabama from David McNab contained "undersized lobster tails" and was improperly packed in clear plastic bags, rather than the cardboard boxes allegedly required under Honduran law. When the $4 million shipment arrived, NMFS agents seized it. McNab served eight years in prison, even though the Honduran government informed the court that the regulation requiring cardboard boxes had been repealed.

How about this one? Four kindergartners—yes, 5-year-old boys—played cops and robbers at Wilson Elementary in New Jersey. One yelled: "Boom! I have a bazooka, and I want to shoot you." He did not, of course, have a bazooka. Nevertheless, all four boys were suspended from school for three days for "making threats," a violation of their school district's zero-tolerance policy. School Principal Georgia Baumann said, "We cannot take any of these statements in a light manner." District Superintendent William Bauer said: "This is a no-tolerance policy. We're very firm on weapons and threats."

Give me a break.

Here's another: Ansche Hedgepeth, 12, committed this heinous crime: She left school in Washington, D.C., entered a Metrorail station to head home and ate a French fry. An undercover officer arrested her, confiscating her jacket, backpack, and shoelaces. She was handcuffed and taken to the Juvenile Processing Center. Only after three hours in custody was the 12-year-old released into her mother's custody. The chief of Metro Transit Police said: "We really do believe in zero-tolerance. Anyone taken into custody has to be handcuffed for officer safety." She was sentenced to community service and now carries an arrest record. Washington's Metro has since rescinded its zero-tolerance policy.

Keith John Sampson, a student-employee at Indiana-Purdue University Indianapolis, had the temerity to read Notre Dame Versus the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan during breaks on the job. One student complained because the book's cover depicted the Klan. The university then found Sampson guilty of racial harassment! Thankfully, a great organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), came to his defense and got his school record cleared.

Palo Alto, Calif., ordered Kay Leibrand, a grandmother, to lower her carefully trimmed hedges. Leibrand argued that no one's vision was obstructed and asked the code officer to take a look. He refused. Then the city dispatched two police officers. They arrested her, loaded her into a patrol car in front of her neighbors, and hauled her down to the station.

In 2001, honor student Lindsay Brown parked her car in the wrong spot at her high school. A county police officer looked inside and saw a kitchen knife—a butter knife with a rounded tip. Because Lindsay was on school property, she had violated the zero-tolerance policy for knives. She was arrested, handcuffed, and hauled off to county jail where she spent nine hours on a felony weapons possession charge. School Principal Fred Bode told a local paper, "A weapon is a weapon."

Congress creates, on average, one new crime every week. Federal agencies create thousands more—so many, in fact that the Congressional Research Service itself said that merely counting them would be impossible.

This is a bad trend. As Lao Tsu said, "The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be."

John Stossel is host of Stossel on the Fox Business Network. He's the author of Give Me a Break and of Myth, Lies, and Downright Stupidity. To find out more about John Stossel, visit his site at johnstossel.com.

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  1. This has all the makings of an especially infuriating episode of Stossel.

    It’s been said in jest many times, but we are getting to the point it would be shorter to list all the things that are legal rather than illegal.

  2. “Ansche Hedgepeth, 12, committed this heinous crime: She left school in Washington, D.C., entered a Metrorail station to head home and ate a French fry.” French fries today, heart attacks tomorrow!

  3. Glad to see our public servants protecting schools from the deadly scourge of butter knives.

    After all, who can predict the actions of a crazed honor student with a butter knife? Think of all the english muffins that could be severed and drowned in Parkay; the toast forced at blunt knifepoint to submit to the advances of pubescent students and their jelly.

    This miscreant masquerading as an honor student should thank the state for its lenience… She is lucky her car wasn’t seized.

    1. Parkay? ARREST THE TRANSFAT OFFENDER!

      1. I’ll get ’em!

        1. of course the real offenders here are the LEGISLATORS and other “deciders” who make such stupid laws.

          thankfully, where i work, i have never had to enforce such idiocy.

          but the schools do have absurd internal policies about zero tolerance. for example, it is against student policy to defend oneself. iow, you get punched and you punch back – that can still get you disciplined by the school. i had them call me on one of those cases, and they wanted BOTH kids charged with assault. i told them only the kid who punched first committed assault, the other kid was defending himself, and was not going to get charged. they got pissed off. “it’s zero tolerance”.

          but the LAWS that make a butter knife a felony are absurd. those are OF COURSE the fault of legislators etc. but we keep electing/reelecting these nimrods

          1. When my brother was in middle school, a kid threatened that he was going to pull out a pocket knife and stab his friend after class. Once class was over, the punk started talking smack and began reaching into his pocket. My brother decked his ass before he could whip out the knife. Apparently defense of a third person is also frowned upon, since he too was suspended for a week.

    2. + 1 000 000

    3. [sigh]

      Starting when I was eight (third grade) I attended a public school on a U.S. military base in Germany. Once a week, on den meeting day, I carried my Cub Scout pocket knife to school, hanging from a clearly-visible belt loop. So did every other kid in the pack.

      Other days we carried our regular pocket knives “concealed” in our front pockets.

      After we returned to the U.S. I continued the practice in public elementary and secondary schools in California and Texas.

      How did we survive?

      1. Everybody carried a pocket knife when I was in school but it was never considered a weapon in a fight. Kids today can’t carry fingernail clippers or God forbid, give an aspirin to another student. We have liberaled ourselves to death.

  4. Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We *want* them broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against? then you’ll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We’re after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it. There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted ? and you create a nation of law-breakers ? and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.

    1. The inevitable “Atlas Shrugged” quote – to be repeated at least 50 times by people who didn’t read the thread.

      1. Sayeth the troll who didn’t read the article.

        1. Sayeth the troll who did RTFA and read AS 4 times through 😛

      2. Inevitable? wtf are you talking about?

    2. You won the game, congrats

    3. That quote did not ring so true the first time I read it as it does today.

  5. …confiscating her jacket, backpack, and shoelaces.

    Did they really think she was going to hang herself for eating french fries?

    /hat tip to Arlo Guthrie

    1. i heard the arresting officer took some 8 by 10 glossy photographs of the crime scene

      1. With circles and arrows, and a paragraph on the back describing what each one of them was?

      2. With circles and arrows, and a paragraph on the back describing what each one of them was?

      3. I think there were 27 of them.
        Did she have to sit on the Group W bench?

  6. You just can’t be too careful with those butter knives and imaginary bazookas.

  7. I mean imposed, top-down rules formed in the brains of meddling bureaucrats who think they know better than we how to manage our lives.

    That’s because bureaucrats know better than us. It’s like Tony said: We [uh, meaning, they] “decide” on the kind of society we [uh, meaning, they] want to have, and then work to achieve it.

    Tony’s recipe is, of course, like building a house from the top towards the bottom, but bureaucrats are also magicians, so we’re supposed to trust that the roof will not fall on our heads.

    1. I like that analogy.

    2. I read the comments solely hoping to see you tearing Totalitarian Tony a new one.

    3. I read the comments solely hoping to see you tearing Totalitarian Tony a new one.

      1. I prefer the title that SF gave him a while ago : The Spokesman for Mediocrity

        That title might be the only thing that Tony has ever actually earned…that and a kick in the nads

    4. Trolling by proxy ?

  8. Those who believe that the end justifies the means do not understand that because there is no end, only the means matter.

    1. I’d like you on that being kinda profound, but your name is “poopy”.

      1. Sigh.

        I’d like to compliment you on that being kinda profound, but your name is “poopy”.

      2. Yeah, really, what kind of name is “poopy”?

        1. Shut up dammit! That’s me boy yur inscultin.

    2. That’s some heavy shit, dude.

  9. They have a zero tolerance policy on french fries? I don’t understand what she was arrested for?

    1. One of two things:

      1. truant from school – the officer would have no way of knowing that she had gone home for lunch, only that a 12 year old wasn’t in school.

      2. 12 year olds aren’t allowed to ride the Metro unaccompanied (or during school hours).

      1. Forced enrollment in education is such a joke. For one, it completely disregards the fact that many parents choose to homeschool, or another alternative to public schooling. Secondly, while adolescents aren’t necessarily of “legal age,” truancy laws infringe on the rights of the individual and the sovereign family unit to set their own rules and guidelines.

        Hmmm, what’s better for a child’s education: Real world experience like riding the grody Metro with hobos who have stories to tell, or going to public school and sleeping at your desk for 6 hours (my entire high school career)?

    2. I don’t understand what she was arrested for?

      It’s impossible to tell from Stossel’s airy treatment.

      1. Stossel mentions that she ate a French Fry, a seemingly unimportant act. A person with frontal lobes still intact should be able to put 2 and 2 together.

        1. “She left school in Washington, D.C., entered a Metrorail station to head home and ate a French fry”

          Agatha Christie could have written that line. Which action is pertinent in the mystery? That she left school, entered a Metro station, wished to go home or ate a french fry?

          1. Doesn’t matter. Whatever it is, I’m sure they didn’t need to handcuff a 12 year old and confiscate her shoe laces for the offense.

            1. Then Stossel could have simply written, “Authorities handcuffed a 12-year-old.” Do you see how this works?

    3. a quick search on her name indicates it’s illegal to eat ANY food on the subway. Agree that Stossel’s writing is vague here.

      1. I actually understand WMATA’s draconian rule on this, and it’s true that there’s no vermin in the metro, and it’s rediculously clean. The WMATA should be allowed to set the rules for transit. I mean, if it were a private organization. Which it’s not.

        1. No food does not = No shit and Piss. I saw shit and smelled piss in there this morning. People shit and piss in the fucking metro, usually homeless guys, and to some extent I can’t blame them. For “public” facilities, the eschew the need for bathrooms.

          I can see the Metro planning meeting like I was there “So, how do we make our overpriced and underfunded excuse for a jobs program more unsavory to people? Anyone? No, LaFawnda we can’t let people bring food because the FDA or some other bunch of assholes will get in our vaginas over that. Anyone? Ok, fine…we won’t install bathrooms so bums, incontinent men, and older women piss and shit all over the platforms since they won’t have any recourse. If we catch them, we fine them, and if we don’t, the stench will deter tourists from ever setting foot in our tunnels for a second time. Yes, Joe Bob? No, we aren’t here to serve shit. We are here to get paid, retire at 50, and laugh at these fucks as they go to work with piss and shit all over their shoes.” Ridiculously clean, my ass.

        2. There is less vermin in the Metro than other metros, but I hate to tell you – there are mice and rats in the DC metro. I’ve seen them. DC has a hideous rat problem, and they are there. Metro’s policy of no food and drink keeps the rodent pop down, but doesn’t eliminate it.

          She was 12 – warn her and let it be.

      2. I agree it was unclear but I figured it must have been illegal to have food on the train.

    4. Not allowed to eat any food on the Metro. There was a case a few years back in which a girl was walking down the stairs into the Metro and just finishing a chocolate bar. She was still chewing the last bite as she stepped down the last step, or something like that. Cop arrested her for eating in the Metro. I would have asked for evidence – there wasn’t any! She was swallowing the last bite as he started arresting her!

      1. the heinous crime of “public mastication”. is that a sex offense?

  10. Action plan: Why don’t we find meddling lawmakers, and peruse the law books, to find laws we can send anonymous tips in on them and their family. Keep hounding them until they see how rediculous the system has become.

    1. Try that on me, buster.

  11. In Soviet America, trouble gets into you!

  12. The flip side of Zero Tolerance is selective enforcement. Even granting that it’s gone out of control in terms of what is being punished, ZT means that everyone who breaks the rules gets punished without exception – no favors, no “letting it slide ’cause he’s a good ‘ole boy/righteous brutha/oppressed person” yadda yadda.

    Stossel’s conflating thorough enforcement of the rules with insane micro-regulation.

    1. Selective enforcement of most of these rules is the only sane policy. Zero-tolerance policies allow no room for what’s best for the people involved. To treat a kid with a butter knife in her car the same as a thug who hides a hunting knife in his jacket and stocks the hall is the height of stupidity. Would I rather have selective enforcement of a weapons ban than zero-tolerance? Any day. You’re ignoring the mens rea requirement that used to figure into law, but has increasingly been replaced by the most idiotic sort of robotic response to violations (not crimes).

      1. err, stalks the hall

        1. the problem with overbroad laws and relying on selective enforcement is that it essentially creates a police state. at any moment, you are likely committing some (rarely enforced) crime, and it is completely up to the noblesse oblige of cops and prosecutors as to whether you get pinched for same. that’s not the kind of world i want to live in.

          it gives the state WAY too much power.

          there is room for discretion for cops and prosecutors on valid criminal laws, but not that much discretion

          1. Zero tolerance just makes it worse. You still get the police state, but the administrators get off easy when they do insane shit because hey, it’s “zero tolerance”.

            You don’t really think zero tolerance means 100% enforcement do you? It just means they have to be careful to see only what they want to see.

    2. Stossel’s conflating thorough enforcement of the rules with insane micro-regulation.

      Actually, he’s not. He’s very clear (in the title even) that he’s talking about both, and given the tendency for them to go hand in hand, it’s not a mistake to discuss them in the company of each other.

    3. No, the flip side of zero tolerance is enforcement discretion, just like there always has been with every other law on the books.

      I see people drive right past state police at 5 to 10 mph in excess of the speed limit every single day. The police don’t have “zero tolerance” for speeding – they use their discretion and typically don’t bother pulling people over for doing 62 in a 55 – otherwise they would have to pull over every single car on the highway.

      Similarly, it shouldn’t be too hard for anyone with half a brain (but that would leave out most school administrators) to tell the difference between a butter knife lying in the open on the seat of an unoccupied car and a true “weapon.”

    4. Zero tolerance just means that you have to turn a blind eye when a star quarterback arrives on the school grounds with his 30.06 in back window of his pickup. We only refuse to tolerate what we allow ourselves to see. Not seeing an infraction is not the same as tolerating it, but it sure has the same result.

      1. Sigh
        in THE back window.

    5. The flip side of Zero Tolerance is selective enforcement.

      Or you can repeal all the dumbass laws and have Zero Enforcement. If you have and enforce a law that says students can’t stab anyone you don’t need to prohibit knives.

  13. Re: Hate Potion Number Nine,

    The flip side of Zero Tolerance is selective enforcement.

    That’s a false dichotomy.

  14. Is it really necessary to repeal laws, merely because they’re unpopular, unenforceable, and poorly conceived?

    Now more than ever, we ought to have more laws. It’s high time the government did something about the growing crisis of ducks wearing long pants.

    1. Liberal Genius, you and every other consumer who “gets it” can start by linearizing all your behaviors.

  15. Should we expect otherwise? Loud, maybe populous, voices are constantly berating the government, corporations, and anyone else in a position of leadership to “get ahead of the problem.” The easiest approach is zero-tolerance, though the best approach is, almost if not always, a policy with good standards to guide the implementor. Also, those same loud voices fear abuse of discretion so much that they believe zero tolerance really is the best. We need louder voices that recognize the most of us are good and honest and can reasonably exercise discretion. And we need to recognize the flip side that as humans we can’t perfectly foresee the future so our policies must be allowed to develop as we learn. And we must allow that writing the perfect law/policy can create something so complex that it becomes unfathomable or impractical.

  16. Excellent work Stossel. I wish more people, got FBN… especially me.

  17. Has Stossel’s show been changed as far as air-time? I check the TV, and it’s not on at the normal time.

    1. My dvr is set to record at 9pm (EST) tonight.

  18. I don’t think the Purdue student got in trouble for reading a book that featured a klansman on the cover. I think he really got in trouble for reading a book that made Notre Dame to be the heros.

    1. Living in Indiana, that’s probably true. Here there are three major theologies: IU, Purdue, and Notre Dame. You see them frequently in the form of ceremonial altars that hold strange white offering boxes near people’s driveways.

      (For those not in the know, the ever-popular signs of your allegiance are mailbox stands in the shape of the school logos. We don’t see many ND ones where I live since this is big time IU country, with some P posts, but ND ones do appear.)

  19. Texas catalogs more than 2300 felonies on its books…I don’t hear a single objection from my allegedly conservative acquaintances.

    1. That’s because the laws are from Texas. And laws from Texas are Texan. And things that are Texan are big and better than things from other places.

    2. Like many, you sir, must not get out too much. There are quite a few conservative Texans bitching and moaning about ridiculous laws. They’re also bitching and moaning about the evil gays too, so it’s all too silly to me.

      1. iirc, texas is one of the few jurisdictions that criminalizes misprision of a felony. i always thought that was a lame law

        1. Texas, generally speaking, is a lame place to begin with.

  20. The Soviet Union had beautiful subway stations and subway trains. They were strict about their rules.

    On one occasion, in 1934, a graffiti writer wrote on a poster of Stalin. The poster contained the caption, “Under Stalin, life is better.” The graffiti writer added, “for Stalin.” He was caught and sent to the gulag for 4 years.

    1. School Principal Fred Bode told a local paper, “A weapon is a weapon.”

      They call it The Stalin Rule.

    2. Well, that guy certainly understood the core tenet of Stalinism.

      Even before those four years in the gulag.

    3. Well, that guy certainly understood the core tenet of Stalinism.

      Even before those four years in the gulag.

  21. The concept of freedom has been turned on its head.

    Once upon a time freedom mean you can do whatever you like so long as it is not prohibited by law.

    It is now getting to the point where you are only allowed to do that which is permitted by law.

    So much for a “free country”.

  22. The capacity of the human mind for swallowing nonsense and spewing it forth in violent and repressive action has never yet been plumbed.

    Revolt in 2100 (1953), postscript

  23. When I read the following quote from William Blake many years ago, I really did not understand it:

    “Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion”

    Viewing the world we live in today, it is clear that he was, in addition to being a painter and poet, a prophet also.

  24. penis + potato + ocean liner = dictatorship

    1. Whoah…dude, that’s some heavy shit.

    2. I giggled.

  25. School Principal Fred Bode told a local paper, “A weapon is a weapon.”

    My response to Mr. Bode would have been, “and an officious fucking asshole is an officious fucking asshole.”

    What a shambling moron.

  26. I’m glad there are no real problems in the world.

    Can I be Stossel’s understudy? Seems easy enough. Read an anecdote about something silly, then in that incredulous tone, say “give me a break!”

    I once heard about an inmate suing over not having cable TV. This proves that we need to restrict people’s access to the courts. Cable TV? Give me a break!

    1. I guess a colossal dick like you would have no issue with any of these incidents. Unless, of course, something like it happened to you. Then you’d probably get your panties all in a bunch.

      Disingenuous fuck.

      1. I don’t care about cherry-picked anecdotes, no.

        1. I care about minorities no matter how far in the minority they are.

        2. Give me a break!

    2. Tony, before posting recite the following mantra aloud:

      I do my thing and you do your thing.

      I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
      And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
      You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful.
      If not, it can’t be helped.
      (Fritz Perls, 1969)

    3. so let me get this straight…

      You think Stossel is commenting on something very uninteresting… and you are commenting on worthless commentary…

      Anyway, what do YOU think Stossel should rail against if encroachments on personal freedom are insignificant.

      hmmm

      1. I take it back. I suppose even the school of libertarianism needs its special ed kindergarten teachers.

        1. Do you feel hostility toward Special Ed teachers Tony?

    4. Tony you are clearly a conforming consumer so I exhort you to continue to do the following:

      1) Conform to all regulations.

      2) Pay all your fines promptly.

      3) Pay all applicable fees on time.

      4) Pay all taxes, they are your greatest good.

      5) Submit yourself to the law whenever you have transgressed against the regulations of the Economic State. Report all those violators you encounter.

      6) Seek psychological counseling whenever you have thoughts or feelings that are contrary to the Economic State.

      7) Remind every consumer you know of these rules for linear behavior as often as possible, at work, in the home, and in all social contexts.

  27. In order to control the economy all non linearity must be removed to make the economy predictable.

    Human beings, that is consumers, through the decisions they make are the primary source of non linearity in the economy.

    Their behavior must be linearized.

    Zero tolerance policies are one way of achieving this goal. Greater refinement in regulations, fines, fees, taxes, criminal penalties, and psychological counseling will produce the ideal citizen, the linear consumer.

    A perfected economic state will then have been achieved. Each consumer will live in an economy that guarantees economic justice and fairness for all, there will be no more recessions or inflation, for ever and ever and ever.

  28. Is Stossel a lone libertarian voice in the wilderness? Doesn’t anyone else yearn to be free of these petty tyrants? If you have a problem with the Klan book story, a book that was in the schools’ library, call or email Dr. Kim Kirkland director at (317) 274-2306 kirkland@iupui.edu and let her explain her approved reading list.

    If you want to help the french fry girl, get a hold of Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn, former FBI guy, at http://www.wmata.com/about_met…..s_bios.cfm

    To help free the lobster smuggler, get in touch with Jane Luxton http://www.gc.noaa.gov/luxton-archive.html she’s replace James R Walpole as the NOAA General Counsel

    These big fish in public ponds have a lot to lose. Don’t let the tax-eaters feast in peace. At the very least expose them as the black-robed-evil Emperor Palpatine tyrants to their children and the rest of the world.

  29. “Keith John Sampson, a student-employee at Indiana-Purdue University Indianapolis, had the temerity to read Notre Dame Versus the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan during breaks on the job.”

    Yes, I’ve read this before actually… PC Never Died, it was posted January 11th, 2010 in reason magazine by Greg Lukianoff.

    The incident, as I recall, happened at a college campus in 2007. Typical p.c bullshit, obviously. .. but are the examples against freedom so scarce that old offenses have to be regurgitated?

    Or perhaps this is a lesson that history is doomed to repeat itself if we lose our awareness? It was just posted in January? I guess at least we’re staying on top of our game?

    At any rate, I find it redundant, like black people who still bitch about slavery and Rodney King.

    Get fresh and updated info next time, thanks.

  30. YEAH, to hell with all government! Let’s turn the United States into Somalia…but with NUKES, motherfucker!

    1. Truth, before posting read this prayer aloud to yourself:

      I do my thing and you do your thing.

      I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
      And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
      You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful.
      If not, it can’t be helped.
      (Fritz Perls, 1969)

      1. That’s lovely.

        I wish more people thought the same.

        1. It’s “The Gestalt Prayer.”

          I wrote it myself. 0 🙂

    2. How about 1810 America with NUKES, motherfucker!?!?

      Good government + good intercontinental ballistic missiles with hi-tech radioactive warheads.

      And “Truth”, you get the job of decontaminating the reactors or Thomas Jefferson will pitchfork you. Idiot.

    3. Because what Libertarians want is a nation that doesn’t respect individual rights with roving gangs of murderers vying for whatever government power they can get their hands on so they can forcibly extract wealth from the citizenry. Meanwhile, their representatives hamper the free trade of other nations by stealing and killing for a million tube socks packed in the hull of a freighter. Yep, that’s exaclty what Libertarians want.

      1. Libertarians seem to want Somalia without all the bad stuff, not realizing that the vacuum created by reducing government’s scope will be filled by someone, likely someone less democratically accountable.

        1. Want do you want Tony?

        2. Interesting comparison, Tony. I’ve got some hyperbole, too. Liberals seem to want Nazi Germany without all the bad stuff, not realizing that the roles created by increasing government’s scope will be filled by someone, likely someone more interested in using the monopoly power of force claimed by government to impose his viewpoints. Damn! I can play this game too.

          1. Tell me DK doesn’t stand for Donald Keck, please! Ok, lie to me. I don’t want to know.

            1. Donald Keck? No, though we do share the same profession. Assuming you’re thinking of the physicist.

              DK are my initials. Not Donald Keck. I personally prefer Donkey Kong. I often feel that beating my chest and making loud noises is the only way to deal with some of the inanities I see posted by people like Tony. Kind of reminds me of the unending stream of insipid comments I heard from every corner during my grad school days at Berkeley.

  31. I was the kid who loved to push this bullshit.

    “Hey faggot, I’m eating fries. What are you going to do about it?”

    “Look, my hedges are too high. Suck my cock, dipshit.”

  32. I’ve recently discovered that the dreaded game of Dodgeball has been banned in many public schools’ gym classes.

    Love or hate dodge ball, but the reality is, we have some idea now who politicians really are: Fuckin’ nerds man.

    2010 is the ultimate revenge of the nerds movie!!

    Banned list:

    Dodgeball
    Fatty foods
    pitbulls
    cigarettes
    foul language
    sexy nasty women
    offending people

    What more evidence could you possibly need?

    NEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRDDDDDDDDSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! GEEEETTT ‘EEEEMMMMMM!!!!!

    1. This reminds me of being in grade school… My friends and I all used to play 4-Square at lunch/recess/whatever all the time. And although I’m sure there are some real “rules” to the game somewhere – we usually played a pretty simple game where if the ball double bounced in your square or you didn’t catch it, you lost a point or whatever.

      So, naturally, we’d always do whatever we could to make that happen.

      Everybody enjoyed this game, and we all had a great time in general… Except for one kid.

      One kid wasn’t all that good at it… Even then, nerdier than everybody else (and me and all my friends were/are all uber-nerds to begin with). As I remember it he had glasses with those straps to hold them on his face in the back… Yeah.

      Anyway, he sucked at the game and literally every time he would play – he’d start losing and his first reaction would be to shout “NEW RULE!!!!”

      Then he’d tell us that we no longer could do this or that, cause it was unfair, or whatever.

      That kid was the first time I think I consciously remember realizing that some people actually just have that personality that needs to control everybody else. Sad times.

  33. My 6 year old was sent to the office for “pretend fighting with weapons”. His weapon of choice? A lightsaber. Yes, he was disciplined for pretending to fight with an imaginary weapon. I told the school board administrator that I didn’t think they had to worry that my son would show up at school and massacre his classmates with his lightsaber. He didn’t think it was funny. I thought it was hilarious. I sent him to school the next day with a Star Wars t-shirt on.

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