In the latest indictment of our educational system, a new study has found that only 1 out of five kids in Oklahoma City can tell time on an analog clock. These kids rely on iPhone and other devices with numerical readouts of the time.
This is not exactly the “wake me up” that most travelers are seeking in their morning commute from Amtrak.
Micah Risner, 29, and his fiancée Nataleigh Schlette are accused of a truly bizarre crime in Ohio. Family members received pictures of a grotesque murder scene of Schlette. Risner then texted his sister to suggest that he had murdered Schlette. When police were called to the home, they found Schlette alive and the couple admitted that the whole thing was a moronic prank. The police were not laughing and the couple was charged with “inducing panic.”
We have often discussed the difficult challenge in dealing recidivists for DUI and other non-violent offenses. Margaret Johnson, however, is virtually in a category onto herself. The 40-year-old English woman has been arrested 153 times and is called the “Pickpocket Queen of Birmingham.”
Carleton University has students and some faculty upset over a decision to remove scales for its gym because, according to one students, “scales are very triggering” for people with eating disorders. Some asked if mirrors would be next. However, that decision was already made in one dorm in Bucknell University where mirrors were covered in an effort to promote “body positivity” and “self-love.” Various schools have similarly adopted “mirrorless Mondays” to combat eating disorders and triggering episodes.
Zachary Gross, 31, may be the least repentant criminals to face a judge at sentencing. The Kentucky man interrupted the judge during his hearing and told him to spare him the “lecture.” It was a particularly curious position for a man to take after telling his pit bull to attack his girlfriend,Marilyn Stanley — leading to her being partially scalped by the dog. The horrific attack and its equally horrific aftermath was caused by Gross anger over Facebook postings by Stanley. If there was anyone in need of a good lecture, it would seem to be Zachary Gross.
It appears that if you are an authoritarian tyrant everyone looks like a Nazi when they oppose your will. Recently, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced the German government for blocking rallies of Turkish nationals — saying that the decision is “no different to those of the Nazi period.: Erdogan has been widely denounced for his destruction of the secular traditions of Turkey and his attack on free speech and the free press. Erdogan somehow missed the global ridicule of his (of all people) objecting to the denial of free speech. Now, undeterred, Erdogan is denouncing the Netherlands as Nazis after the denied permission for a plane carrying Turkey’s foreign minister to land in the country ahead of a rally supporting his notorious expanded powers.