The joy of public school

From Malaysia: Police have arrested 14 Fifth Formers to help investigations into the death of Mohd Farid Ibrahim (left) of Sekolah Menengah Agama Dato Klana Petra Maamor in Ampangan. Farid, 16, of Taman Desa Anggerik, Senawang, was found sprawled in a toilet of the school about 4pm, bleeding profusely from head injuries. A school warden took him to the Seremban Hospital, where he died about 30 minutes after admission. A school clerk lodged a police report last night, stating that Farid had fallen in the toilet, but police found bruises on his head, right ear and abdomen…. Farid’s uncle, Mohd Marzuki Ishak, 52, said his nephew had complained of constant ragging and bullying at the school since enrolling there a month ago, and had wanted to be transferred to another school.

The evils of public school aren’t caused by bad teachers or inept principals, they are endemic and inherent to the very nature of the classroom. They aren’t even necessarily limited to the public schools per se, although it is there that they see their fullest flowering. The end results of same-age classroom education become disturbingly similar over time, across racial, class and linguistic boundaries. This Malaysian beating is just another anecdote, of course, but you’d be surprised at how the debates over the dismal state of education in England and Switzerland, to give two examples, sound almost exactly like the debates in the USA.

Safety in hollow-point

From the Star Tribune: Family members and friends from Minnesota walked through woods and marshes and along lakeshores Monday as a massive search intensified for a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Wisconsin who grew up in Rockford.

I was on a plane a month ago with a friend of Dru Sjodin’s family. And now, we’re on to the next disappearance of a pretty girl and the ritual gathering of search parties. Instead of a cell phone, why not consider buying your daughter a compact .38? Wouldn’t you rather call a defense lawyer instead of Missing Persons?

Why Joseph Farah is not a conservative

The editor writes: Conservatives, it seems to me, only forestall the inevitable slide into tyranny. I don’t want to forestall it. I want to prevent it. I want to reverse that slide. I want to restore the dream that was America.

Professor Friedrich von Hayek, author of “The Road to Serfdom,” is a hero to many conservatives. Yet, he, too, rejected the label – not only for him, but for his mentor, professor Ludwig von Mises, as well. “I cannot help smiling when I hear professor Mises described as a conservative,” he wrote. “Indeed, in this country and at this time, his views may appeal to people of conservative minds. But when he began advocating them, there was no conservative group which he could support. There couldn’t have been anything more revolutionary, more radical, than his appeal for reliance on freedom. To me, professor Mises is and remains, above all, a great radical, an intelligent and rational radical but, nonetheless, a radical on the right lines.”

I agree. That’s what I want to be. Was George Washington a conservative? No. He was a revolutionary. He is known throughout the world – or was when people appreciated such concepts – as the “father of freedom.”

That’s what I want to be too. A radical of the right. It’s why I won’t vote for George Delano, who isn’t even a conservative anyhow, but a moderate liberal. It’s why I left the Republican party, which doesn’t even bother to try forestalling the slide into tyranny anymore. I don’t care that Christian Libertarians, or Constitutionals or the Southern Party aren’t going to win the election this year. We have two choices: stick with something that we already know doesn’t and won’t work, or move out in a new direction. I choose the latter.

Good cops and bad law

A few things first. I am probably as anti-government as anyone, both intellectually and emotionally. That being said, I’m from a military family which has been fighting American wars since the Revolution, and being a weightlifter, I have several friends who are cops. Some are old school, some are new school; I consider them good people, but both sorts have told me stories of their own behavior that crosses the legal line.

I understand why they have done as they did. The frustration of arresting the same drunk loser for the 20th time at the same bar and knowing that he’ll get charged with nothing is tremendous. Better to give him a backseat “warning” then turn him loose with a few bruises, as that at least has a chance of penetrating said loser’s thick consciousness. It’s understandable, but it still isn’t right. This is the old school evil, and it really doesn’t do much harm.

If things were as bad as Sierra Times implies, the citizens would have revolted against the evil police long ago.

DD, I don’t think you understand the fear and contempt that the average person has developed for the police. Blame must fall mainly on the politicians, of course, as this sort of attitude is only developed by forcing the police to enforce bad law. The average person has violated numerous traffic and drug laws, for starters, and therefore has developed a criminal mentality with regards to the police, viewing them as the enemy. I think the above statement is faulty logic, too, as things have been a lot worse in many police states, and no one has revolted.

I’m only staying up past my bedtime tonite, chatting with you folks, because I’m so amazed at the level of anti-law enforcement rhetoric….

I know the feeling…. And I think you should not only be amazed at the level of anti-law enforcement rhetoric, but also deeply concerned, especially given the sources. The readers here are mostly intelligent, law-abiding folk, the sort who were good conservative Republicans a generation ago. What has changed? More than anything, it is the law itself that has changed. I firmly believe that many of the police in the most notorious police states in history were the same sort of good people who simply did their job and did as they were told. Every policeman who enforces the drug war, who steals money under the guise of arresting it, is a likely candidate for a future police state policeman who will see no evil in what we would all see to be blatantly wrong.

Furthermore, there is corruption endemic within the police departments, in that they are largely not held accountable for their own violations of the law. Here in St. Paul, there was evidence that three senior officials conspired to withhold facts about a recent fatal police shooting. Not only was the policeman cleared of all wrongdoing – they inevitably are in Minnesota – but so were the conspiring officials. It defies reason to believe that all policeman everywhere are innocent of all wrongdoing; this sort of whitewashing is why even those whose natural bent is to support law-enforcement have become extremely dubious of it.

Finally, law enforcement has been corrupted by the revenue services, which make them accomplices in their illegal actions. I know of one very clear case of fraud by the state revenue services which led to an illegal seizure. Calling the county sheriff wasn’t going to help, though, since the sheriff had sent a few cars along to help the seizing agents. Now the state courts are conspiring in a desperate attempt to deny the man the jury trial that is his explicit right under the state constitution since the state has already admitted in court that it violated its own laws. Having followed this case from the early going, I can say that I have ZERO respect for the law, law enforcement or the courts in the state of Minnesota.

Good people obediently doing evil still amounts to evil being done.

I don’t feel safe, how about you, Frank?

From Drudge: It’s a groundbreaking court decision that legal experts say will affect everyone: Police officers in Louisiana no longer need a search or arrest warrant to conduct a brief search of your home or business. Leaders in law enforcement say it will keep officers safe, but others argue it’s a privilege that could be abused. The decision in United States v. Kelly Gould, No. 0230629cr0, was made March 24 by the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Two dissenting judges called it the “road to Hell.” The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed in Denham Springs in 2000.

New Orleans Police Department spokesman Capt. Marlon Defillo said the new power will go into effect immediately. “We have to have a legitimate problem to be there in the first place, and if we don’t, we can’t conduct the search,” Defillo said. But former U.S. Attorney Julian Murray said the ruling is problematic. “I think it goes way too far,” Murray said, noting that the searches can be performed if an officer fears for his safety.

Freedom is just another word for something the government took away from you. I don’t know why the Bush administration passed the Patriot Act. All they needed to do was wait around and have federal judges create it for them. I imagine it won’t be long before the only person you are permitted to legally marry is a same-sex Nazi police officer, who can decide to end your suffering and allow you to die with dignity whenever it suits him.

“But Frank, it’s just a hangnail!”

“Sorry, Ralph, I just can’t bear to see you like this. Heil Klinton!”

Good questions

From the Washington Times: U.S. Air Force members in Iraq are furious over a recent order to take down all American flags at Kirkuk air base to avoid offending Iraqis. “The reason we were given is so we would not offend the Iraqi people,” said Air Force Technical Sgt. Samuel D. Arbuckle. “We were told that we are not occupying this country. And apparently we are not in charge. Well, my question is this: If we are not in charge, then who is?”

And more importantly, if we are not occupying the country and we are not in charge, why are we still there? I don’t have a problem with fighting the war that’s been declared on us. End the mullahs and the House of Saud. But this charade of establishing a democracy that isn’t a democracy isn’t going to work.

He has a point there

DJS writes: Based on your column, I must conclude that President Bush, Dr. Rice and the whole White House apparatus is composed of liberals, judging from their response to recent revelations regarding their lack of focus on terrorism.

I don’t think that their response has been as bad as all that, but I haven’t been paying much attention to it and whys aside, you’ll get no argument from me on the overall conclusion. There’s plenty of ways to build that case.

Offense is the best defense

Mike Adams writes: Well, I suppose it had to happen. After eleven years of teaching at a public university, I finally got a call from one of my superiors informing me that I had made one of my co-workers feel “uncomfortable” in the workplace. For those who may not know, the right to feel “comfortable” at all times trumps the First Amendment at most public universities. Naturally, when I found out that I made a co-worker feel “uncomfortable,” I wanted to know what I had said or done to produce such an unthinkable result. That was when I learned that the “discomfort” occurred because I had been discussing some of my weekly columns here in the workplace (i.e., at the public university). The penalty for that transgression was simple: a ban on discussing my columns in the office in front of those who might be offended by my opinions. This was accompanied by the shocking revelation that “not everyone sees things the way you do, Mike.”

Here’s what I don’t understand about conservatives. If I was ever presented with such an outrageous demand, I would tell the person that they could stick something very prickly in a place that would make them very uncomfortable, doing so with words carefully chosen to make them feel uncomfortable. Prof. Adams goes on to write an amusing column about his hypothetical response, but it doesn’t obscure the apparent fact that he caved.

As I’ve previously written, the only way to handle these passive-aggressive control freaks is to up the ante. They object to “girl” start using “bitch” in front of them. If they complain about “queer” then use “flamer”. They’re only trying to unsettle you by making you feel guilty; once you make it clear that you not only don’t feel guilty but are perfectly willing to unsettle them, they give the whole thing up as a bad cause.

It’s not just Packer’s fans

Duane Cross proves he remembers: Owens’ one shining moment came in 1999 when he caught the game-winning TD against Green Bay in the Divisional round. But even that is tainted. Ask any Packers fan and they will tell you that on the Niners’ game-winning drive that Jerry Rice fumbled the ball but the pass was ruled incomplete to eventually set the stage for T.O.’s “heroics.”

I’m no Packer’s fan, but that was a terrible call. Rice clearly fumbled after catching the ball; no question that Green Bay was robbed by the officials. Another thing that’s always bothered me is that I can recall thinking that the Falcons called four timeouts in the second half of that awful NFL championship game of 1998.

You can tell me to get over it. But I won’t.

G2 Intelligence

Joseph Farah’s intelligence briefing reports that the jihad is getting very excited about Paul Muad’dib making an appearance soon. Here’s a few of the predictions that appear to have been made by jihadist prophets.

Two European countries will be attacked.

Spain and Italy, I would assume.

Another attack is planned against the U.S.

I don’t know that you need to be a serious prophet to call that one.

Followers are asked to get rid of euros and as true Muslims replace them with gold.

So maybe THAT explains the recent pop from 390 to 423. Rampant inflation plus the gold dinar equals buy gold.

A mass gathering of jihad warriors is expected in the cities of the twin holy mosques Mecca and Medina.

I’m wondering just how keen those warriors will be on showing for this mass gathering subsequent to the Sheikh Yassin affair last week.