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2 Overreactions

There are two somewhat prominent stories that have made headlines recently, both involving government overreaction. Both of these could have been easily avoided without any hoopla or to-do.

The first happened less than 75 miles from where I grew up in rural South Carolina. It appears they had some overreactive employees at a nuclear power plant who called the sheriff’s department after a glider took a single pass over the plant. The police then grossly overreacted and allegedly even had plans to shoot down the engineless plane.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security were called and a 70 year old man spent over 24 hours in jail for a single pass over a power plant.

Everyone (except, it appears the FAA, the control tower, the OTHER county’s sheriff’s deputies called to the scene, and the pilot himself) screwed up here. This man shouldn’t have ever been arrested, should have never been interrogated by the FBI or DHS, and should have never had any interface with the police.

This trend of “react with overwhelming force and sort it out later” is not positive and does nothing for the liberty of Americans. I’m not saying nuclear power plants shouldn’t be watched and secured, but you need to understand the situation you’re getting yourself into before you start threatening folks with lethal force. I hope this pilot sues the pants off of the Darlington County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI, DHS, and the power plant. I hope in turn, that the people of Darlington county vote their sheriff out of office and the new sheriff performs some house cleaning. The deputies (and everyone involved) wasted massive amounts of taxpayer money and time.

What happened to the freedom of movement? What happened to sanity?

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The next story is of a FIVE year old girl in PA who was suspended (and labeled a “terrorist threat”) for discussing a Hello Kitty bubble gun.

There was no threat, there was no danger. This is a bunch of nanny state idiots that are pushing their anti-gun agenda and “zero tolerance” too far. After initial review, her suspension (originally 10 days) has been reduced to 2 days. That’s right, a girl has been banned from campus for two days for discussing her toy bubble gun. The state may be doing her a favor with that, but it is still detrimental to her psyche, her education (what education she can get from a public institution), and her well being.

The school also required the girl see a professional counselor before she could return to school. That’s right folks, a psych exam for a 5 year old to continue with her education.

This is why, if your child is involved in the state run education system, you need to be involved. You have to know who is on your school board and what policies they’re pushing. You need to ensure you don’t have these nanny, ban everything idiots as principals. If your school does have garbage like this, you need to see that they are disposed of accordingly.

This is another case where I hope the family sues the school district and the fools that have allowed these imbeciles to hold positions of power pay dearly. They’re obviously already fleecing the taxpayers by not providing students with a sane and rational learning environment.

You have to pay attention. Everything starts locally and moves up. If you have statists on your school board, they will probably go on to hold other offices and hold more power over you. This will come back to bite you at some point. Don’t let your government become hysterical and if they do, don’t stand for it.

Update: now with actual links to the stories…

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6 comments to 2 Overreactions

  • The pilot agreed not to sue the county in exchage for having the charge against him dropped.

    And that is 90% of the reason my kids go to private school. A picture of me shooting an IDPA match hung in my sons class for about 2 months this year.

  • Yeah, I saw the bit about agreeing not to sue in exchange for having the charge dropped. That said, I’d say that decision was made under duress. I’d fight it.

    Mine will either be home schooled or go to private school when the time comes. I’d honestly prefer hs, but we’ll see what my wife is up for when the time comes.

    That is awesome about the IDPA picture being hung in the school. Most of the private schools I’ve been to / associated with in the past weren’t that cool.

  • Rob Crawford

    You have to wonder what the plant crew was thinking. The plant is designed to be able to take — and continue functioning — a jet liner crashing into it. What danger would a single-man glider pose?

    If they were concerned they were being scouted… well, they need to look at their plant on Google maps. That’s clearer than the view from a moving glider.

    But “nuclear” is a boogie man for too many Americans, sadly. It’s like saying “witchcraft” to stereotypical medieval peasants.

  • Rob, very good points.

    Post-9/11, you can’t scratch your rear near any sort of power plant without upsetting someone.

  • I think you’re right. If they “hated us for our freedoms”, they probably don’t hate us very much anymore.



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