Quote of the Day

Dan Savage on Trigger Warnings:

So what purpose, then, do trigger warnings serve? It seems to me that they exist not to protect the reader, but to draw attention to the writer. You’ve heard of false consciousness? Well, trigger warnings are false conscientiousness. The writer who uses trigger warnings isn’t saying, “I care about you.” The writer is saying, “Look at meeeeee.” It’s narcissism masquerading as concern.

If you want an example of trigger warnings (or content notes) taken to the extreme, take a gander over at Shakesville:

Good thing she put the content note in for Brown vs. Board of Education. I would never have guessed that we may be discussing racism or segregation based on that title alone.

Cop Tasers 10 Year Old for Not Washing his Patrol Car


The boy, identified as R.D., blacked out after receiving 50,000 volts of electricity when struck by a police officer’s Taser gun.

Rachel Higgins, a guardian appointed by the court to protect the child’s privacy filed a lawsuit Oct. 26 in 1st Judicial District Court in Santa Fe County against Police Officer Chris Webb and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety on behalf of R.D., claiming that Webb fired his electronic control weapon at the boy on May 4, 2012.

Webb has been charged with battery, failure to render emergency medical care, unreasonable seizure and excessive force.

Higgins will appear in court to represent the boy because the family members live in a small town and do not want to reveal their identities.

The lawsuit claims police officers drove their patrol cars onto the intermediate school campus, where Webb asked a group of boys which one would like to clean his patrol unit.

R.D. raised his hand to say he did not want to clean the police officer’s car.

Webb then said, according to the lawsuit, “Let me show what happens to people who do not listen to the police.” He then “shot his Taser gun at the boy’s chest,” said the family’s attorney Shannon Kennedy of the Kennedy Law Firm of Albuquerque.

Maybe the cop has a good defense?

According to the police report, Webb said a group of students had asked him to show them his Taser gun, and when he pulled it out, it accidentally went off and hit R.D. in the chest.

Webb stated in the report that he immediately shut off the power switch, removed the cartridge and threw the Taser gun to the ground.

High School Comes Out Against Science in Yearbooks

A high school is upset that a student used the periodic table to spell “Back that ass up” in her yearbook caption.

A student says fallout over her quote in the yearbook is threatening to ruin her senior year.

Paris Gray is a senior class vice president, a member of SADD, the Beta Club, and a leader on campus at Mundy’s Mill Hgih School.

Now, she could be kept from speaking at graduation next week.

“I think their reaction was beyond what it should have been because nobody understood it,” said Paris Gray.

She received an in-school suspension and was kept from participating in a senior walk last Friday after yearbooks were distrubuted, all due to a quote she left near her portrait.

The message was: “When the going gets tough just remember to Barium, Carbon, Potassium, Thorium, Astatine, Arsenic, Sulfur, Uranium, Phosphorus.”