Major Dad 1984

Cursed By A Classical Education

Let's just say that I intend to use this blog to blow off some steam that I might be feeling with the International/National media, my work situation, or maybe even to tee off on the family in a humorous way of course!

3/10/2005

Do Kids Have a Right To This Kind of Privacy?

New technology helps schools keep tabs on students...read more about it here at FoxNews.com.

Student ID Badges Raise Privacy Questions


Apparently the privacy kooks believe that knowing where children are on campus is far too invasive for our youth. It would seem to me that those kids that play by the rules have nothing to worry about. Those that choose to buck the system will simply be "apprehended" and disciplined sooner rather than later.

"We don't want our children to feel like a piece of inventory,"
was one of the mantras chanted by those that feel this is an intrusion to a child's rights. Inventory control and youth security cannot be compared. I would much rather have shoplifters carry away a store before I'd want kidnappers take my children. If this badge can help prevent abduction, cut down on truancy, drug trade, etc in school...so much the better. (I'll let you in on something, Buddy...kids never have had...nor will they ever have too many rights.)

"Aren't we trying to instill the feelings that we trust our children?"

NO! WE'RE NOT! Weren't you ever a child? Children by nature will try to push the edge of the envelope with discipline and order...and it is OUR job as adults and parents to help kick them back into the play and keep them between the lines.

I'm sorry, but if children could be "trusted" we certainly wouldn't spend so much time coddling them, teaching them, training them and preparing them for the rest of their lives. (An aside here...hell, I'm tracked from building to building on a daily basis at work. While I'm sure that my "badge" gets me places mostly for security purposes, the folks at the security desk can at least tell when I'm in a building...and if they're watching the cameras, even when I leave. I'm not pitching a privacy fit here, am I?)

I am a parent...and while I love my children to death, I don't think that I trust them as far as I can toss them just yet. Ask MajorTeen...she's been of legal driving age for nearly a year now...but is not quite "there" yet as far as me trusting her behind the wheel of a multi-thousand pound petroleum fueled, four-wheeled missile.

Keeping track of people isn't something that just happens to kids, like I mentioned before it's part of life. When they grow up and get a job, most likely they'll be handed a "badge" of some sort to identify them as a legitimate employee...and quite possibly to monitor their activities throughout the workday. I believe that employers have the right to keep track of their employees and ensure that they're being as productive. As a stockholder and taxpayer I certainly don't want to subsidize somebody's propensity towards slothfulness.

As a parent, I don't want to turn a blind eye towards something to assist our educators in keeping track of my kids for the 8 hours a day I entrust them to their care.

See you on the high ground. I'll be wearing multiple badges!

MajorDad1984

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3/06/2005

Steroid Use and "Statutes of Limitations"

Good morning, gentle readers.

Here's a story that caught my eye and thought I'd jot down a few thoughts about it...

Critics Slam Schwarzenegger on Steroids


As you've just read, it appears that Governor Schwarzenegger's prior use of steroids is becoming the latest barb used by his Democrat/liberal enemies. Boiling things down, Arnold's critics are now claiming that it's hypocritical for him to attend a bodybuilding competition that bears his name as there are undoubtedly competitors that are dabbling in the world of steroids in order to "bulk up" and "get huge." The RECENT problems with steroid use in the world of professional baseball brings into question, Arnold's prior use.

These critics need to take the following into account before they get too disdainful when it comes time to throwing rocks inside their glass houses.

In the era that Mr. Schwarzenegger was competing in the bodybuilding "game" steroids were legal. Arnold competed from 1963 - 1975 (one Mr. Olympia title in 1980). The timeline for steroids becoming illegal was:

  • 1975 - International Olympic Committee bans use of anabolic steroids.
  • 1988 - Sale of anabolic steroids for non-medical use becomes illegal as part of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988.
  • 1990 - Possession of anabolic steroids without a prescription becomes illegal.

Like it or not times, medical treatments and vices change. If this were not the case alcohol would still be illegal, your family doctor would still have a jar of leeches sitting on the shelf and we'd all be swilling "Dr. Phantasm's Magikal Elixir" chock full of cocaine and opiate products.

For liberals and Democrats, there's some sort of statute of limitations for "youthful indiscretion." However, if you're a conservative (or heaven forbid a neo-con) or Republican, your background can be peeled back to before you were even born. (Anyone remember the controversy about the Schwarzenegger ties to Nazi Germany?) Isn't this the same party that seems proud to trot out names like?

  • Senator Edward Kennedy (Chappaquiddick, need I say more?)

  • Senator John F. Kerry (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months of service in Vietnam without spending a night in a hospital?)

  • Senator Robert "Sheets" Byrd (Joined the KKK in 1943 to fight Communism...but weren't the Soviets our allies in 1943? Hmmmmm....)

  • Senator Joseph Biden (Problems with plagiarism in law school and on the stump in 1988!)

  • Former President Bill Clinton (Take your pick of the scandals...there's plenty to choose from....my favorite is the ‚ÄúDevil in the Blue Dress, Blue Dress, Devil with the Blue Dress On" affair)
What's good for the goose is good for the gander...



In closing, I was continuing to do a little more research about what Arnold's actually said about his prior steroid use during periods where it was a legal substance...and I ran across this article on the MSNBC site...

When Steroids and Politics Mix...


Based on the timing of this piece, it's pretty clear that it appeared with all the other "hatchet" jobs run just days before California voters went to the poll to replace Gray Davis with Arnold.

The "high and mighty" tone of this article seems to want to compare the use of legal substances (now outlawed in more learned times) with the drugs that celebrities, athletes, and runway models seem to want to use to dull the pain caused by their chosen professions (I'm still trying to figure out what kind of pain I'd have it my bank accounts were 1/10th as flush as theirs)

Whether it's right or it's wrong to outlaw substances like marijuana, hashish, opium, heroin, cocaine and all the other narcotics that seem to draw the irresponsible wealthy like bees to honey...THESE SUBSTANCES ARE ILLEGAL TODAY...AS IS THE USE AND POSSESSION OF THEM! Arnold and countless other bodybuilders that juiced themselves up to incredible size did so at risk to their health...but under the care of doctors dispensing legal substances of the day.

The fervor swirling around this issue seems to be the inferred response to the following question that was never asked...

"Governor Schwarzenegger, if you were an up and coming bodybuilder today would you use illegal steroids to gain a more competitive edge?"

Arnold's response to the question, "Do you regret using steroids in the past?" yielded a negative answer. I have to believe that if journalists asked my question posed above...Governor Schwarzenegger would most definitely say that he would abide by the current laws of the land and those that govern the sport he was participating in. In other words...no, he would not break the law and use illegal substances to enhance his performance.

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