Regarding the QOTD, there is nothing at all reasonable about criminal charges over a school essay. NOTHING. One essay? Shouldn't there at least be a pattern? This kid is a straight A student that has never been in any trouble before. What is a "violent essay" anyway? How many acts of violence does a person have to write about in an essay to qualify it as violent? Are criminal charges being brought because the essay was written by a student? What if it had been someone else? A novelist, a journalist, or perhaps just "a man in his 50s"? We've had shooting rampages at schools, malls, fast food restaurants, post offices, and workplaces. Should everyone who might frequent one of those places be profiled? I'm a little disappointed in the Marines, too. All a recruit has to do now is be accused of something to be disqualified from service? Shouldn't they at least wait until the police matter is resolved before they say something like "“basically, he is no longer an applicant to become a Marine”? Whatever happened to "I may not like what you have to say but ... or innocent until proven guilty"? I understand the fear for our safety but I'm not comfortable with this. Our fears are getting the best of us. Is this really how we want to live?
Classy NASCAR fans throw things at Jeff Gordon because he passed Dale Earnhardt on the total victory list. To this day, I do not know what he ever did to them to make them dislike him that much. The man can race.
Quote of the Day
In light of recent events (at Virginia Tech), that is part of the context of what happened that makes the reaction all the more reasonable
Tom Carroll, First Assistant State’s Attorney in McHenry County
Blog of the day here.
Quote from said blog: "Recently we were asked by the Lords Science and Technology Committee whether failures of online security caused real problems, or were exaggerated. While there is no doubt that many people talk up the threats, here is a real case in which online fraud has done much worse harm than simply emptying bank accounts."