Author Archive | Charles Oliver

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Brickbat: Standing in the Door

Orange Coast CollegeThe College Republicans at California’s Orange Coast College have filed a formal complaint against professor Jessica Ayo Alabi after she blocked members of the group from attending a public roundtable discussion during women’s history month. The group says that was not the first time Alabi, a professor of sociology and gender studies, has […]

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Brickbat: Delete That Post!

An Austrian court has ruled that Facebook must delete posts about Green Party leader Eva Glawischnig that party officials complained were insulting. The court ruled that merely blocking Austrian readers from seeing them was not sufficient. The court ruled that Facebook must also delete any re-postings of the original posts.

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Brickbat: Time to Take Up Chewing Tobacco

foter.comThe Laguna Beach, California, City Council has voted to ban smoking, vaping and the use of e-cigarettes in all public places, including sidewalks and alleys. Councilman Rob Zur Schmiede described the law as “balanced” because it allows people to continue to smoke in their homes and vehicles.

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Brickbat: A Day at the Beach

dave_7 via Foter.com / CC BYIn Florida, a Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation employee ran over three people lying on the beach at Crandon Park with his county truck. A county spokesman described the incident as “unfortunate” but said the driver was only trying to let people know the park was going to close soon.

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Brickbat: Make Yearbooks Great Again

bionicteaching via Foter.com / CC BY-SAOfficials at North Carolina’s Richmond Early College High School confiscated copies of the yearbook from those who had paid for them, claiming that some of the student quotes were “inappropriate.” The only inappropriate quote cited by local media was “Build that wall.”

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Brickbat: By God!

Dominic Lipinski/ZUMA Press/NewscomIrish police were investigating actor Stephen Fry for blasphemy. A TV viewer filed a complaint after Fry said in an interview that if he made it to Heaven he would ask God, “How dare you create a world in which there is such misery? It’s not our fault? It’s not right. It’s utterly, […]

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Brickbat: You Snooze, You Lose

A Cleveland, Ohio, 911 dispatcher was suspended for six days after being caught falling asleep during emergency calls. The dispatcher, Jasmin Thomas, had previously been warned about sleeping on the job. “Not excuses, but the reality is that she’s a single mom,” Steve Loomis, president of Cleveland’s police union, told WJW-TV in Thomas’ defense. “She’s […]

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Brickbat: Teaching the Important Lessons

Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye/NewscomAnn Marie Shelvin and Tracy Gallow, teachers at Louisiana’s Washington Elementary School, face a number of criminal charges for bullying and forcing other students to. Shelvin threatened to fail three students if they did not fight the girl and told the girl to kill herself. When the girl’s mother complained and the school […]

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