In easily the most bizarre news item of the day, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that school administrators can punish students for statements that promote illegal activity.
The event in question occurred in January 2002, according to blog site Lift While Climbing,
as the Olympic torch relay wound through Juneau, Alaska, en route to the winter games in Salt Lake City. As the torch passed by the school, student Joseph Frederick and friends unfurled the banner across the street from campus apparently to attract the attention of television cameras.
More analysis of this will follow tomorrow, I’m sure. The SF Chronicle, from the city that knows a thing or two about bongs, stumbled first out the gate with a lengthy piece on the ruling, not even the recent 25 percent reduction of its newsroom staff could keep them from leading the news cycle.
Anthony Spicoli humor aside, this confirms what I’ve said for years — we’ve run out of things to do. What other explanation is there for “Bong Hits for Jesus,” additional holes in one’s head
and the vaunting of all things 80s?
That’s all for now. The crotchety old man is signing off to read The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, the latest offering from Wonder Boy Michael Chabon. Anyone else reading it? What is everyone else reading this summer?