Boston Lockdown: An Odd Reminder Of “Patriot’s Day”

I’ve heard of schools being in lockdown, but never whole cities—certainly not a city the size of Boston. And yet it happened yesterday. It happened because of a series of events set in motion on Patriot’s Day—the bombing of the Boston Marathon. What is Patriot’s Day? “Patriot’s Day (or Patriots’ Day) commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, which were fought near Boston in 1775. Patriot’s Day is annually held on the third Monday of April. It should not be confused with Read more […]

Umbrella As Assault Weapon: Another Victory For Paranoia

The worst thing about this kind of story, other than that it is increasingly common, is that the authorities always brag that it is a mark of success. I take them at their word. They want a chance to fly their helicopters and spend the day tracking down a “gunman” armed with an umbrella. The teen who reported the sighting of the gunman feels conflicted about the report she made to police. But not to worry: “Police say they would rather respond to a false report than not be there for the Read more […]

Without Faith We Are Exiled To Coward Nation

Last Saturday at a flea market in Portsmouth, VA, the police found some man who had some outstanding warrants. When they approached, he managed to barricade himself in a bathroom. Nothing in the story mentions a weapon or suspicion that he might have a weapon of any kind. Nevertheless, the nearby Portsmouth campus of Tidewater Community College “was put on lockdown as a precaution and the ramp from I-264 to Victory Blvd was closed to traffic.” Friday morning, at L. C. Mohr High School, in Read more […]