It seemed like a good idea at the time

If there’s anyone who ain’t going to be wagging their finger at somebody over an attempt at humor gone awry it’s your humble Baron. I’ll go there – too soon – and in the most offensive way possible. It’s what endears me to my friends. I reckon I’d actually be more inclined to cut some slack to the man who takes things a little too far.

That being said, Professor Brainiac really screwed the pooch on this one.

Jefferson County geometry teacher uses wrong example to teach angles — assassination of President Barack Obama
By Marie Leech — The Birmingham News
and Carol Robinson — The Birmingham News
May 18, 2010, 6:30AM

A Jefferson County teacher picked the wrong example when he used as­sassinating President Bar­ack Obama as a way to teach angles to his geome­try students.

Someone alerted autho­rities and the Corner High School math teacher was questioned by the Secret Service, but was not taken into custody or charged with any crime.

“He was talking about angles and said, ‘If you’re in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president,’ ” said Joseph Brown, a senior in the geometry class.

There’s no question the teacher in question acted stupidly, should know better, and deserves the suspension he’s currently received. No argument from me there. And just as surely this molehill will be transformed into Olympus Mons by Olbermann and his ilk. Not that we don’t have shrill voices on the right equally ready to redline the outrage meter.

Politicization of the classroom aside, it’s a goof. Hey, if nothing else those kids learned a valuable lesson about the Law’s appreciation of things like yelling “Hi, Jack!” to your old college roomie on an El Al flight.

I wasn’t outraged by the assassination fantasies that sprang up during Bush’s time in office. I laughed it off for what it was. Who was the dizzy bimbo on Air America that played the gunshot drop after saying “George Bush?” Is it really the sort of thing the Secret Service needs to investigate? The threat probably does need to be evaluated, but dispatching the Secret Service anytime someone expresses some situation where the president is assassinated smacks more of intimidation. I’m sure the fact it was deep red Alabama set off an extra round of pants-shitting.

As far as Barack Obama is concerned, Vice President Joe Biden first in the order of succession is a far more wonderful defense mechanism than acid for blood. Knowing that, I’d take a bullet for Obama.

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