I’m not drunk, I’m just drinkin’

The prosecutor argued that J.D.B. had never been in custody, only in school, and that no reasonable person would have believed he or she was in custody.  [emphasis added]

Wendy McElroy, “When Police Interrogate Children,” The Freeman

Yes, because no “reasonable person” would ever associate being held captive for seven hours a day in a state-run institution with being “in custody.”  Only a crazy person would think such a thing!

(Via Rad Geek.)


Matriculation Nation

Here at the cubicle farm where I work, whenever somebody gets a promotion, Human Resources sends out a company-wide email congratulating the person on their new “assignment.”  The email always includes a brief biographical sketch, noting when she or he started at the company, what college they graduated from, what degree(s) they’ve earned, etc.  It also notes any degrees they’re currently pursuing, and it’s always phrased like this: “Mary Jane is matriculating in the Master of Business Administration [or whatever] program at the X University School of Graduate Studies…”

After the last email that went out I joked to a couple of coworker friends that I’m starting to develop matriculation envy, although, seriously, matriculation nausea is more like it.  I can’t imagine a more ridiculous charade than a bunch of corporate strivers getting advanced degrees in subjects that have little to nothing to do with their actual jobs, just to impress upon their bosses that they’re suitable material for a promotion.  Now, granted, the company actively promotes its tuition reimbursement program, and even requires—or at least strongly encourages (same thing)—a Master’s degree for certain jobs, but I have to say, I still don’t get why anyone would waste their time on such nonsense.  If spending 40 hours/week in more or less voluntary captivity isn’t enough to demonstrate my fealty to the company, then fuck it.  They’re not getting my free time, too.

They hate us for our freedoms…

…therefore, we should curtail some of those freedoms.

The Koran-burning stunt by that Florida preacher elicited two entirely predictable responses: 1) Angry Muslims rioting in the streets, and 2) US politicians calling for the curtailment of some of our allegedly Constitutionally protected freedoms.  Of the latter, we have the Senate’s Junior Maverick, fighting for truth and justice and war without end:

In Afghanistan, at least for now, the deadly violence appears to have abated. But in this country, Jones’ actions have raised questions about what constitutes responsible free speech. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said on CBS Sunday Morning that that’s an issue he plans to take up in Congress.

“I wish we could find some way to hold people accountable,” he said. “Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war. During World War II, you had limits on what you could say if it would inspire the enemy.”

Here’s another idea.  If you’re so concerned about people being killed by pointless violence in Afghanistan, Lindsey, you could take up the issue of the ongoing criminal occupation of that country in Congress and vote to get the fuck out.  But no, that’s clearly not an option.  That would mean the terrists would win, and we can’t have that.  Better to put limits on some of the few remaining freedoms we the inhabitants of the Homeland are still allowed.

I think Lindsey and his neocon cohorts in Congress should get together and have themselves a little barbecue, too.  Maybe throw a copy of the Constitution, which they’re so laughably sworn to defend, on the grill.