Opinion

October 24, 2012

Charles Oliver: Not so fast, soccer moms

The Isambard Community School in England has barred parents from attending sporting events  their children take part in at the school unless they submit themselves to and pass a criminal background check.

Several Pasadena, Calif., schools have banned Flamin’ Hot Cheetos because of their fat and sodium content. If they find a student has brought them to school, officials confiscate them. Several years ago, I was covering the education beat and I was interviewing a local high school student. I’ve forgotten exactly why, but he showed me what he had brought for lunch that day: Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Tapatio sauce.

Chris Boedeker, the Republican candidate for Georgia House of Representatives District 82, has pulled an ad accusing his opponent in the Nov. 6 election, incumbent Democrat Scott Holcomb, of opposing drug testing for welfare recipients because he is a drug addict. The ad used a brief, out of context clip of Holcomb joking that when he was in the military he always got called on for a urine sample after he’d just urinated and said Holcomb was talking about getting tested after he’d just used drugs.

Thanks to redistricting and California’s new “top two” primary system, Democrats Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, who have served in the U.S. House of Representatives 29 and 15 years respectively, find themselves facing each other on the Nov. 6 ballot, and apparently neither man is keen on leaving Congress. At a recent forum, the two began to exchange harsh words and Sherman, 57, put his arm around Berman, 71, and asked, “Do you want to get into this?” Fortunately, a police officer separated the two.

French President Francois Hollande has proposed banning homework. He says it is unfair that some children have parents who will help them with homework and others don’t.

A dove flew into the side of Ryan Adams’ home. The crash broke the bird’s neck and killed it, so Adams cooked and ate the bird and blogged about it. That brought a visit from a Texas Parks and Wildlife agent who threatened to prosecute Adams for possessing wildlife that had not been legally taken. It’s currently dove season, so if Adams had hunted and killed the bird there would be no issue. After media picked up the story, however, state officials said they would not prosecute Adams.

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