The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

6 May 2003

Plane crazy

Diane L. reports on yet another effort to insulate our innocent youth:

The other day, there was a letter to the editor of the Alameda Journal, signed by several local teachers and a minister, regarding a jet plane that has always been displayed outside of Encinal High School. The name of one of the school's teams is the Encinal Jets. Well, these teachers want the jet removed, because it's a symbol of violence, and it might give stress to immigrant students, because it would remind them of war.

Jet? I thought she was a little lady suffragette.

Can you imagine what these people might think about Oklahoma's Midwest City Bombers?

Posted at 6:05 AM to Political Science Fiction


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Posted by: Cam at 7:04 AM on 6 May 2003

I caught it, and thanks.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:28 AM on 6 May 2003

The Bombers! Little brother graduated from MWC HS, as did many friends.

Posted by: DavidMSC at 8:47 AM on 6 May 2003

"Well, these teachers want the jet removed, because it's a symbol of violence, and it might give stress to immigrant students, because it would remind them of war."

Oh. My. God. In. Heaven.

Thank you, Oh Merciful One, that my own beloved parents and those immigrants like them were not subjected to the asinine, idiotic, monstrously distorted and incredibly farked-up pathetic thinking(?)that is apparently rampant in today's society.

(And as for you, Mr. Charlie, WHERE do you find the time to notice what you noticed in yesterday's "Tri-Weekly" posting??)

Posted by: Vickie at 3:12 PM on 6 May 2003

Any time I see an expiration date on a mailing label that doesn't match what I think it should be, I start looking around for a reason why. In this case, the magazine in question is publishing fewer issues per year, which means, since I paid for X number of issues, the subscription will expire later. The copies of Mad, of course, are in my archives.

Posted by: CGHill at 4:11 PM on 6 May 2003

Oh.

Posted by: Vickie at 5:10 PM on 6 May 2003

I should have pointed out that Alameda is by no means a people's republic a la Berkeley. Public opinion is evenly divided on most issues, but every now and then the leftists whine about something and get their way, annoying everyone else.

Posted by: Diane L. at 12:10 AM on 7 May 2003

True. When I hear "Alameda" I invariably think "Naval Base." Which would tend to leaven the usual Bay Area nonsense-worship.

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 10:51 AM on 7 May 2003