Author Archive | Charles Oliver

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Brickbat: Moving Target

David Hewison / DreamstimeA spokesman for the Bernalillo County, New Mexico, sheriff’s office says a deputy who pointed a gun at a motorcyclist riding on a highway was “in fear of an immediate and impending battery” despite himself being in a moving patrol car. Video shows two motorcyclists doing wheelies when the patrol car approaches […]

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Brickbat: To Ban a Mockingbird

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’Officials in the Biloxi, Mississippi, school system stopped eighth-grade students from reading To Kill a Mockingbird after they’d already begun reading it for a literature class. Superintendent Arthur McMillan is refusing to answer questions from the media about why the book was pulled from the curriculum. School board vice president Kenny Holloway […]

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Brickbat: Old Enough to Know Better

Ivan Kmit / DreamstimeThe Palm Beach County, Florida, school system is set to pay $3.6 million to the the families of four third-graders molested by a school employee. But system officials at first sought to fight a lawsuit brought by the families, arguing in court documents that the girls were “old enough to appreciate the […]

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Brickbat: The Chief Problem

Seagames50 / DreamstimeThe Toronto school board has voted to abolish job titles such as chief financial officer and chief administrative officer out of concern the word “chief” in job titles could be offensive to Indians. A spokesman for the school system admits that no one has actually complained about the word.

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Brickbat: Mother’s Nightmare

Syda Productions / DreamstimeWhen Tammy Anderson began bleeding, she called Queen’s Hospital in Essex, England, They said they’d send a midwife. But Anderson miscarried, and several hours alter, the hospital called her back to say she should come in. She remained in the ER for three hours with her dead baby before being admitted.

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Brickbat: See No Evil

Nenitorx / DreamstimeUnited Kingdom Home Secretary Amber Rudd has called for a law that would criminalize reading “terrorist content” online, including “jihadi websites” and “far right propaganda.” Those convicted under the law would face up to 15 years in prison.

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Brickbat: Move Along

Joe Ravi / DreamstimeAfter Bart Riley, owner of Montana’s Riley Meats, confronted a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector about trying to force requirements on his business that were not in federal regulations, the inspector sought revenge. According to those who worked for Jeffrey Legg, he told them he wanted them to issue one compliance order […]

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