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Musings of a Dinosaur

I often get accused by readers of being a dinosaur, of being insensitive to the feelings of others, and of living as a relic from a previous age. Well, you all may be right. So it is with some amusement I run a piece that I have lifted from my friend, Dennis Gartman’s, The Gartman Letter, on the difference between going to school in 1957 and 2010:

Scenario 1:

Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls

into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his

truck’s gun rack.

1957 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s

shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show


2010 – School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack

hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again.

Counselors called in for traumatized students and


Scenario 2:

Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark

shake hands and end up buddies.

2010 – Police called and SWAT team arrives — they

arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged with

assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario 3:

Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other


1957 – Jeffrey sent to the Principal’s office and given a

good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class,

sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2010 – Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He

becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The family

gets extra money (NYSE:SSI) from the government because

Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:

Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his

Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1957 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal,

goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

2010 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse, Billy is

removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state

psychologist is told by Billy’s sister that she remembers

being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s

mom has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario 5:

Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to


1957 – Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on

the smoking dock.

2010 – The police are called and Mark is expelled from

school for drug violations. His car is then searched for

drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the

Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint

bottle and blows up a red ant bed.

1957 – Ants die.

2010 – ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all

called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The

FBI investigates his parents – and all siblings are

removed from their home and all computers are

confiscated. Johnny’s dad is placed on a terror watch list

and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 7:

Johnny falls while running during recess and

scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher,

Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1957 – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on


2010 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and

loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny

undergoes 5 years of therapy.

So True!