Author Archive | Charles Oliver

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Brickbat: You Can Never Leave

Miquel Llop/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/NewscomThe Spanish government has seized more than 1.3 million leaflets and other materials promoting a referendum on independence for Catalonia. Meanwhile, prosecutors are threatening to charge elected officials with civil disobedience, abuse of office and misuse of government funds if the vote takes place.

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Brickbat: Constitutional Scholar

Larryhw / Dreamstime”There is a fine line between freedom of speech and hate speech,” said Lori Stettler, vice chancellor of student affairs at Southern Illinois University. “Once that line is crossed, there is zero tolerance.” Stettler tells the student newspaper that any student taking part in a hateful demonstration will face disciplinary action.

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Brickbat: Never Mind

Cumberland County, North Carolina, schools superintendent Tim Kinlaw has apologized for canceling a school environmental program that used the Marquis de Lafayette, for whom Fayetteville is named, for its mascot. Kinlaw says he canceled the program because some members of the community complained that Lafayette was a slave owner. He says he has since learned […]

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Brickbat: It Takes a Thief

Jeff Wasserman / DreamstimeFormer LaSalle County, Illinois, state attorney Brian Towne has been charged with perjury and official misconduct. The charges include having investigators from his office stop cars on Interstate 80, seizing cash and vehicles from alleged drug dealers in those cars and spending at least some of those proceeds for his personal use.

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Brickbat: The Tick

Members of Japan’s Miyazaki prefectural government say that in retrospect it was a bad idea to bring a deadly tick with them to a press conference to warn about the dangers of a tick-borne disease. The tick got away, and even with help from the reporters at the press conference, officials were unable to find […]

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Brickbat: Make School Great Again

Georgesheldon / DreamstimeOfficials with Georgia’s Cherokee County school system have apologized after a teacher ordered two students out of her classroom because they were wearing “Make America Great Again” shirts. The teacher said they couldn’t wear the shirts “just like you cannot wear a swastika to school.”

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Brickbat: Collective Punishment

After officials at New Jersey’s Randolph High School found a beer can at a high school football game, they ordered 75 students sitting nearby to a classroom. Then they called their parents and gave them two hours to have blood or urine tests performed on the students. If anyone refused, their child would be suspended […]

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Brickbat: Like a Good Neighbor

NOAATwo men who loaded up an RV with supplies to help Hurricane Harvey victims managed to get to those in need, but not before being harassed by a Texas cop. “My patience is running thin because my house is flooded, too, and I gotta be out here helping people. I appreciate that you’re here, but […]

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Brickbat: Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Edyta Linek / DreamstimeSteve Polansky has been flying kites on Toronto’s Woodbine Beach for more than 20 years. But he says a city worker recently told him flying kits at the beach is against the rules and threatened him with a $300 fine if he kept it up.

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