Desecration

Do you know what I find most outrageous about this? That a public “servant” tried to force a student to turn an American flag inside out.

[Update a few minutes later]

Thoughts from First-Amendment specialist Eugene Volokh. As a commenter notes there, if a school is at risk from disruption by students wearing an American flag, it has very deep-seated problems. This is multi-culturalism run amok. Also, as another commenter points out, if this was really about Cinco de Mayo, they should have been concerned about French flags. But this was more about Mexican nationalism in American schools than the celebration of a minor Mexican holiday.

[Update a few minutes later]

Zombie has further thoughts:

So here we have the Principal and the Vice-Principal of an American high school treating the Stars and Stripes as if it was a gang bandanna; even worse, the school administrators took sides in this imaginary US-vs.-Mexico gang fight by allowing the widespread display of Mexican flags on campus but banning (under threat of punishment) any display of the American flag.

NBC quotes a fellow student:

“I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day,” Annicia Nunez, a Live Oak High student, said. “We don’t deserve to be get disrespected like that. We wouldn’t do that on Fourth of July.”

Disrespected? I’m confused. Aren’t all the students Americans? Who is being disrespected by the display of our shared national flag?

I thought that one of the purposes of the public school system, agree with it or not, was to instill a sense of common culture and national (not nationalistic) pride. It seems to be failing at that as well as everything else.

The Absurdity

of the foreign terrorist organization list:

…if you can follow this, we’re in a war on terror against terrorist organizations that are killing and plotting to kill Americans but that our government won’t officially call terrorist organizations.

The “Continuity Irish Republican Army” is on the terrorism list … but not the Taliban.

Note that this is bipartisan stupidity. The Bush administration could have done something about this years ago, and never did.

The Politically Incorrect Disaster

The more I see things like this, the angrier I get about the irresponsible and sensationalistic press coverage of Katrina, for no other reason than to discredit the Bush administration.

[Update later morning]

(Tenesseean) Michael Silence is running an Internet poll. Of course, the problem is, it’s been so undercovered that many people taking the poll won’t even know what it was about. As I note in comments over there, there should have been a third choice: “What TN flooding?”

And what is that Barack Obama hates so much about southern people?

The MS In MSNBC

Lileks, on the moral superiority of our media and political “elites.” It’s really hard to use that word for them with a straight face.

Hope the attack was caused by one of the several dozen million militia members — also known as “Midwesterners.” After all, that’s the logical extension of being opposed to anything the government does while in control of the Democratic Party: blowing up that oasis of commerce and gaudy free enterprise, Times Square.

Fingers crossed: Oh, if only the attack was caused by someone protesting Arizona’s immigration policy. Such a thing would be misguided, but there’s a lot of anger out there about a law many say harkens back to Nazi Germany, where they rounded up Jews who had entered the Third Reich illegally, and made them return to Israel.

…CNN chatterboxes later ruminated that the fellow had a hard life in the U.S. — couldn’t get a good job, had his house foreclosed on. Granted. But this has happened to many during the Great Recession, and 99.99999% don’t sit down and conclude: “Well, it’s Pakistan for fertilizer bomb training, then.”

Do these people actually think about the stupid things they say?

I fully expect all those being foreclosed on to be put on a terrorist watch list. But we can’t discriminate against those Jihadis. That would be intolerant.

Doesn’t Water Flow Downhill?

I just saw a report on concerns among Gulf-shore residents about oil from the Gulf infiltrating the wetlands.

It’s springtime, right? It’s flooding a couple states north of there. The rivers are all flowing outward through the deltas. Short of major on-shore winds, how would this happen?

I should add, that they should be happy that this didn’t happen in hurricane season. Of course, if they don’t stop staunch the flow soon, it will be.

[Update a while later]

D’oh!

Per comments, I forgot tides. As a someone familiar with orbital mechanics, do I feel stupid?

Do you really need to ask?

When Is Racism Not Racism?

When it’s racism against white schoolchildren.

The left is always telling us that a power relationship has to be involved for it to be racism, it’s not enough to just have bigotry. Well, who has more power over kids while they’re at school than the school principal? And if figures that it would be in Ann Arbor.

Which reminds me of a true story. A few years ago, I was visiting some friends of mine who have a farm west of town, and as we were driving down the dirt road to their place, we saw a black squirrel run across the road in front of us. My friend said that probably the Ann Arbor city council had voted to bus him out there to increase local diversity.

The Pressure Is On

…at SpaceX. Alan Boyle talks to Elon Musk.

I think I’m going to be on Which Way LA this afternoon with Elon, talking about the moribund manned space industry in southern California. SpaceX is the only player standing.

[Update early afternoon]

I’ll definitely be on the air, in a little over half an hour. KCRW streams, so you can listen on the Intertubes, if you’re not near an FM radio in southern California.

[Bumped]

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