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U.S. Defense Policy: McKinney Grills Rumsfeld
School Vouchers
Canadian Teen Jailed for Writing Horror Story (2001) [updated]
Reading: Which Way for Liberty?

U.S. Defense Policy:  McKinney Grills Rumsfeld

Mar 24'05: Representative Cynthia McKinney Grills Rumsfeld

Three questions: Sex slavery. Missing Pentagon Trillions. 9/11 War Games.

School Vouchers

Laurence M. Vance: Problems with Educational Voucher Proposals

Several problems with government vouchers are mentioned, including:

  • They are an another income-transfer program, paid for by taxpayers.

  • The independence of private schools will be lost.

  • "Under a state-funded voucher system, there are many groups that will still have no “school choice” because they will never receive a voucher in the first place. "

Canadian Teen Jailed for Writing Horror Story (2001), Katy Abel: When Student Writings Set Off School Alarms : Horror Story Lands Canadian Teen in Jail

This story is from early 2001. The boy was bullied and was also accused of making threats.

"The unidentified 16-year-old boy had no history of violent behavior. Even so, the horror story he wrote about blowing up a school was enough to land him behind bars. "

"[Stephen King] himself issued a brief statement about the case, observing: "It has been a time-honored custom to put people in jail or bully them because of their imagination." "

More details here:

Cases of Post-Columbine Hysteria in Canada

From CBC:

"According to his parents, the boy wrote the story shortly after he was attacked by a gang of 11 youths. They said he was pushed to the ground and kicked in the head repeatedly, leaving him covered in blood."

So they arrested him for his story and specific threats he was alleged to have made. I wonder if they jailed the bullies! But of course the bullies were only stupid and violent and not in need of any pscyhological evaluation I guess.

Canadian writers defended him:

"Rather than becoming violent, he got creative," said [Sean] Wilson, who organizes the Ottawa International Writers' Festival. "I think he should be applauded for that."

Reading: Which Way for Liberty?

Lew Rockwell, Mar 29 '05: Which Way for Liberty?