According to an article in www.theblaze.com posted hours ago, a “western Pennsylvania public school district announced that one of its schools would begin searching student lunches brought from home this week and confiscating “excessive” quantities of chips, soda, candy and other snacks.”
The school is countering students bringing their own snacks by imposing searches of property that probably cannot withstand Constitutional scrutiny. No probable cause for a search is claimed or even noted as important. The school uses the undefined and morally-drenched word “excessive” to describe its analysis of a problem. The article continues: “The Aliquippa School District posted a Facebook message saying that “due to the excessive amounts of outside snacks” being brought into Aliquippa Junior/Senior High School — including “shopping bags full of chips” and “bottled and canned drinks” and “candy” — starting April 4, each student is limited to bringing to school up to one 4-ounce bag of chips and up to one 20-ounce bottled or canned beverage, WPXI-TV said.”
Excessive snacks lead to confiscation by the school, which is the State. “If more than the allotted items are brought to school, authorities will throw them out, the message said. In addition, the rule also applies to students who bring their lunches to school — which will be searched.”
One person who commented on his or her approval of the policy provided an additional fact that may have been used to justify the policy. As alleged by the Centre Daily Times, the person: “I don’t remember being allowed to have food outside of the cafeteria when I was in school, so I find it weird that the school district even has to request this.” See the video embedded in the article
The situation is curious. What’s being done with all these ‘snacks’ and where are they being consumed? The article references parent Janisha Walker who told WXPI that she’s “seen some of the snacks kids are bringing in when I drop my daughter off” and added that she’s asked her daughter, “Are they setting up a small store? Why are they carrying a variety box of chips and two liters of soda into the school?”
An insight into the internally inconsistent bureaucratic mentality can be gleaned by the justification for the policy articulated by Superintendent Phillip Woods. “Some students also are selling and trading snacks, which has led to arguments and distractions, so the district wants to minimize that.” Woods did not elaborate on how distractions would be reduced by reducing the number of snacks. Would a distraction be minimized from two minutes to one and a half?
If the problem is distractions from school-oriented activities by trading snacks in the halls, or if the problem is littering, then ban all snacks outside of the cafeteria. Students who violate the ban would be sanctioned. A forced reduction of snacks in harmony with a grotesque search and seizure program seems destined to escalate distractions rather than reducing them.
The school district’s post garnered hundreds of critical comments since it was posted last week, NBC News reported, adding that the post was deleted by Tuesday morning. A district spokesperson did not respond to a request for further comment or answer why the post was deleted. The school district made a perplexing statement. “If you have children in the district please contact your building principal. If you are an Internet heckler, continue as you were.”
Troublesome is the mindset of the bureaucrats that imposed or sought to impose this policy. It is reasonable to assume that this policy was discussed and debated. Therefore, pros and cons were thrown around like confetti at a wedding. The enactment of the policy reflects not only an obtuse tyrannical mindset but an arrogance, a sense of immunity to reason and an indifference to the logical consequences of an over-reaching—excessive—and likely illegal approach to a situation better handled more deftly.
National Gas Prices Could Hit $6.20 Per Gallon By August
National gas prices could surge to well over $6 per gallon by the end of the summer, according to analysts at JPMorgan.
Natasha Kaneva, head of global oil and commodities research at JPMorgan, wrote in a research document that the United States was going to face a “cruel summer” as gas prices are expected to dwarf their already record highs.
“With expectations of strong driving demand — traditionally, the U.S. summer driving season starts on Memorial Day, which lands this year on May 30, and lasts until Labor Day in early September — U.S. retail price could surge another 37% by August to a $6.20/gallon national average,” she wrote.
“Typically, refiners produce more gasoline ahead of the summer road-trip season, building up inventories,” the analysts said. However, over the last month, “gasoline inventories have fallen counter seasonally and today sit at the lowest seasonal levels since 2019.”
The report comes the same week that the United States set a new record for gas prices with the average cost per gallon rising over $4 per gallon in all 50 states for the first time ever, according to a report from the American Automobile Association (AAA).
“The high cost of oil, the key ingredient in gasoline, is driving these high pump prices for consumers,” said AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross. “Even the annual seasonal demand dip for gasoline during the lull between spring break and Memorial Day, which would normally help lower prices, is having no effect this year.”
As explained in the report, “total domestic gasoline stocks decreased by 3.6 million bbl to 225 million bbl last week. Gasoline demand also decreased slightly from 8.86 million b/d to 8.7 million b/d. Typically, lower demand would put downward pressure on pump prices. However, crude prices remain volatile, and as they surge, pump prices follow suit. Pump prices will likely face upward pressure as oil prices stay above $105 per barrel.”
Pro-Abortion Extremists Threaten To Burn Down Supreme Court, Murder Justices, DHS Memo Reveals
Pro-abortion extremists are reportedly threatening to burn down the Supreme Court building and murder justices and their clerks following the leak of a draft of the Supreme Court’s majority opinion intending to overturn Roe v. Wade.
According to a May 13 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo obtained by Axios, the “U.S. government is bracing for a potential surge in political violence once the Supreme Court hands down the ruling that’s expected to overturn Roe v. Wade… Law enforcement agencies are investigating social-media threats to burn down or storm the Supreme Court building and murder justices and their clerks, as well as attacks targeting places of worship and abortion clinics.”
The memo says the threats “are likely to persist and may increase leading up to and following the issuing of the Court’s official ruling.”
However, the memo notes that the “mere advocacy of political or social positions, political activism, use of strong rhetoric, or generalized philosophic embrace of violent tactics does not constitute domestic violent extremism or illegal activity and is constitutionally protected.”
A DHS spokesperson told Axios that the department “is committed to protecting Americans’ freedom of speech and other civil rights and civil liberties, including the right to peacefully protest.”
“[The] DHS is also committed to working with our partners across every level of government and the private sector to share timely information and intelligence, prevent all forms of violence, and to support law enforcement efforts to keep our communities safe,” the spokesperson added.
Earlier this month, a draft of a Supreme Court’s majority opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked to Politico.
In the draft, Justice Samuel Alito writes that “Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely—the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito added. “Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and de
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