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posted at 2:01 pm on December 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

We’ve been tracking Reason TV’s Nanny of the Month for years — and this month, tracking is the right word to use.  Two of this month’s three finalists involve mandated government tracking via GPS and/or RFID, but the winner is Northside School District’s requirement for students to wear RFID tags to attend class.  Are they concerned with safety issues, such as unauthorized departures or abductions?  Not really — they’re more concerned about getting their share of government cash:

This month’s lineup of of busybodies includes the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where administrators may ban booze in dorms–even for students of legal drinking age (guess those college kids would just stay dry!). Then there’s Chi-Town, where officials are using GPS devices to track food trucks to make sure they don’t wander within 200 feet of any fixed businesses that sell food, including convenience stores. Violators could face fines of $2,000. Compare that to the $100 fine you’d face for parking in front of a fire hydrant and you get an idea for just how seriously city officials take the threat of competition. (Good thing the Institute for Justice is on the case.)

But this time the nanny of the month comes to us from deep in the heart of Texas, where administrators at San Antonio’s Northside school district are tracking kids with radio frequency identification chips. Dozens of electronic readers have been installed in the school’s ceiling panels to keep tabs on the kiddos while they’re at school. The official number-one reason for going RFID is to “increase student safety and security,” but–since district funding goes up when attendance goes up–it’s clearly all about the Benjamins.

With school-based tracking going back to at least 2004, the Lone Star State has been something of an RFID trailblazer. In fact, Northside is considering expanding the program to cover all of the district’s 97,000 students.

I’m actually OK with the University of Wisconsin’s consideration of a booze ban.  While some students are legally able to purchase alcohol, there’s no requirement for schools to allow these students to keep booze in the school’s dorms. The university has private-property rights, too, even public universities.  If students want to have their own wet bar, they can rent an apartment rather than live on campus.    Such a policy might have some negative consequences — Reason argues that it might cause more off-campus drunkenness and unsafe driving, and enforcement might be a big problem — but it’s hardly a nanny-state policy to tell students who live on campus to keep alcohol out of the dorms, especially when most college students aren’t legally supposed to possess it at all.

Otherwise, I think Reason chose well.  What do you think?  Pick your winner from this month’s finalists:

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Big brother is us. Orwell would have been more prophetic if he had called it big sis.

abobo on December 2, 2012 at 2:06 PM

What’s a little Big brother Marxist ideology between friends, RFID chips on your kids, restricting college kids from drinking alcohol, what’s the harm?

L.I.B (Let it burn) Burn baby Burn…

SWalker on December 2, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I really would not have a problem if they were used just to scan in and out. What I have a problem with is the whole tracking. I explained this to some conservatives. They had no problems. They said that they use a card every day, which is true, but they failed to realize that they were not track-able…only known when they enter and exit the building…

watertown on December 2, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I might considering tagging our government officials and bureaucrats.

Tag them.. from the president on down to state reps. Place monitors in the street. Let the public watch where they go. Probably a lot of prostitutes would go out of business.

JellyToast on December 2, 2012 at 2:09 PM

administrators at San Antonio’s Northside school district are tracking kids with radio frequency identification chips. Dozens of electronic readers have been installed in the school’s ceiling panels to keep tabs on the kiddos while they’re at school. The official number-one reason for going RFID is to “increase student safety and security,

It is a trade of liberty, for security….and they shall have neither.

This is a ruse, it’s conditioning. Once these kids are trained to give up a little bit, they’ll give a little more. Oh yes, it’s passive monitoring I’m sure.

The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made,above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

ted c on December 2, 2012 at 2:14 PM

This is upon you, you ‘bad’ citizens, you.

Stalin and Goebbels orgasm in their graves.

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 2:16 PM

ted c on December 2, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Each and every small sacrifice, each compromise makes the next small sacrifice, the next small compromise easier, just as a Frog is slowly boiled alive 1 degree at a time.

SWalker on December 2, 2012 at 2:18 PM

When do we start fighting back?

If you’re waiting for the GOP, you’ll be dead or enslaved first.

rrpjr on December 2, 2012 at 2:19 PM

When do we start fighting back?

If you’re waiting for the GOP, you’ll be dead or enslaved first.

rrpjr on December 2, 2012 at 2:19 PM

And they’ll ‘love’ you as much as Obama does.

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

When do we start fighting back?

If you’re waiting for the GOP, you’ll be dead or enslaved first.

rrpjr on December 2, 2012 at 2:19 PM

News Flash: We are already enslaved.

SWalker on December 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

IIRC, one girl at the TX school went to court because she refused to wear the thing, was kicked out of school, and won! I believe she said something like ‘the mark of the beast’ in her defense?
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letget on December 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Machiavelli, Orwell, Pinocchio, Muenchhausen, Goebbels, Stalin, Khrushchev, Che…all love you.

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 2:21 PM

do you know that the only difference between a jail and a public school is the razor wire on top of the fence? Children are trained to be controlled by the state at a young age. This is just symptomatic of that end result. Under the ruse of security, much freedom has been traded and it’s usually with the “just this once and nothing else, we pinky swear ;)!”

ted c on December 2, 2012 at 2:23 PM

IIRC, one girl at the TX school went to court because she refused to wear the thing, was kicked out of school, and won! I believe she said something like ‘the mark of the beast’ in her defense?
L

letget on December 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

no, I believe they let her back in without the ID.

ted c on December 2, 2012 at 2:23 PM

do you know that the only difference between a jail and a public school is the razor wire on top of the fence?

ted c on December 2, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Well, that and the food in jail is better… o_O

SWalker on December 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

er..they were prevented from expelling her.

ted c on December 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Well, that and the food in jail is better… o_O

SWalker on December 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

apparently the PE programs too. All of our prisoners come out of there yoked like they can lift a bus, but the kiddos are fat.

ted c on December 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

ted c on December 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Thanks, I didn’t quite get all the facts correct.
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letget on December 2, 2012 at 2:27 PM

SWalker on December 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

apparently the PE programs too. All of our prisoners come out of there yoked like they can lift a bus, but the kiddos are fat.

ted c on December 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Jails and prisons in America amount to basically graduate school for criminals. America’s school systems do not educate kids half as well as the jails and prisons do at being criminals.

SWalker on December 2, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I’ve noticed we’re not getting rid of the TSA anytime soon.

Cleombrotus on December 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM

went with the rfid thingy…

The hue and cry goes up for safety and security!! Oh save us from the evil ones!

Chip us monitor us!

Don’t let your kids get used to this creeping thievery of their freedoms… tell them every day this is not somthing to sacrifice!

Surely there are more Texans up in arms over this?

Hey TX what’s happening to you?

Scrumpy on December 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM

ted c on December 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Good on the girl, and the judge!

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 2:38 PM

…F R E E D O M…!!!

KOOLAID2 on December 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Now, now, Citizens. It’s for the children, you know. How could that be a bad thing?
Big Brother cares about you.
Big Brother wants only what is in your best interest.
Big Brother wants you to be safe.

//sarc//

Solaratov on December 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Surely there are more Texans up in arms over this?

Our home sure is! I hope this goes to Austin and gets stopped stat!

Or could this be just another ‘agenda 21′ thing? If so IT really needs to be stopped!
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letget on December 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I’ve noticed we’re not getting rid of the TSA anytime soon.

Cleombrotus on December 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM

…I refuse to fly anymore…and the family don’t mind.

KOOLAID2 on December 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Caught a few minutes of Stossel on Friday and he was interviewing some guy who apparently has delusions of absolute power over other peoples lives. He said he agreed with Nanny Bloomberg lowering the drink sizes in NYC. He said we should be glad to have our betters telling us how much we can drink or eat. We’ll be healthier and skinnier. His words were such a prime example of those who think they know better than we do how we should live our lives. Dare I say it, he looked of Mexican decent and appeared to have never met a taco he didn’t like. If charity should begin at home so should policing ones diet.

Kissmygrits on December 2, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Ve haf VAAAAAAAAYYSSSS uf vatching you!!!!!

pilamaye on December 2, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I am in favor of exploding RF collars for members of Congress, both houses, that are attached around their necks when the session begins, and turned off by popular vote when that session of Congress has completed its Constitutional duties, or has come to its end. Each member of Congress is paired up with another random member (either house, any party) and if any member leaves the confines of the US Capitol prior to the end of the session, boom…two members’ collars detonate.

Yep, just like that 1991 Rutger Hauer movie, Wedlock.

If they cannot do the peoples’ business, as required under our Constitution, then they stay until they do…or until the electorate decides they have accomplished what the Constitution requires…or decides might as well detonate them all.

No more going four years without a budget.

No more raiding the public till to pay for pet projects.

Being in Congress is serious business…or once was…might make ‘em think a bit before screwing us over time and time again.

As for RF tags on kids…inside the school, sure. Might be used to establish a baseline school population and verify that the number of students enrolled is not inflated, aznd those within the building are supposed to be within the building. And it could work well for instant student inventory and provide locational data should something bad happen.

But, only within the school, and only during actual school hours.

Outside school, it is none of the school’s business.

And, once we get them out of office, might want to have RF tags implanted in all liberals and progressives, and appropriate collars attached. Should any more than two of them get together for any longer than a few moments…kaboom.

There is a major societal safety and security issue at hand.

Cannot, ever, ever, ever, let them gain control over any part of government, federal, state or local, ever, ever again.

coldwarrior on December 2, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Cannot, ever, ever, ever, let them gain control over any part of government, federal, state or local, ever, ever again.

coldwarrior on December 2, 2012 at 2:47 PM

News Flash: That is their plan, and it’s already fully in effect. The American people will never ever ever regain control of their government.

SWalker on December 2, 2012 at 2:50 PM

SWalker on December 2, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Yeah, I know. But an old guy can dream, can’t he?

Wish so-called “conservatives” had paiod attention over the last several election cycles instead of walking away. Could have easily avoided all the current crap we are now stuck with.

But, being “conservative” was tooo impractical, tooo offensive to the electorate, being conservative was too mean to the children, we had to become moderates and let the MSM choose our candidates for us…and then we proceeded to eat our own, young and old alike, because they were either to Goldwaterish or Palinesque, or invoked Reagan a time too many, or didn’t have enough compassion and feeling for the poor and indigent…yada yada.

We are indeed to blame. We do get the governance we deserve.

coldwarrior on December 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

We are indeed to blame. We do get the governance we deserve.

coldwarrior on December 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

We were betrayed from the inside out, and to few of us woke up to what was happening and to late to do anything about it.

SWalker on December 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM

With school-based tracking going back to at least 2004, the Lone Star State has been something of an RFID trailblazer. In fact, Northside is considering expanding the program to cover all of the district’s 97,000 students.

Oh, this could never happen in Texas!

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Oh, this could never happen in Texas!

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Even as phucked as Kalifornia is, they aint tried that here yet… things that make you go Hmmmmm…..

SWalker on December 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM

The GOP is not to blame. Conservatives are. The GOP is not a libertarian party. Let’s face it. The GOP was formed to reign in all the states and bring them under Washington rule. Small government is not in their DNA. The GOP has always expanded the federal government. They have no problem with big brother. So don’t blame the party. Blame the conservatives who have no love for libertarian politicians or their way of thinking. If a primary was held today between Ron Paul, Gary Johnson or Barry Goldwater vs. George Bush, Bush would win 90% of conservative votes.

Only in the end will they realize, when it is far too late, that the only ideology that could win on the national stage – and stand against big brother – are libertarian policies.

keep the change on December 2, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I await the day when all babies will be implanted with RFI chips while still in the womb. They’ll get us all eventually.

Philly on December 2, 2012 at 3:28 PM

If I had kids I would not want them being conditioned to believe that it is acceptable for the authorities to track their every movement.

Rip Ford on December 2, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Shouldn’t forks be banned?

I mean think about it. Think of the injuries that have been caused from this over the decades. This could have been prevented. Do it for Children’s safety Mrs. Obama!!!!

Shouldn’t we all be driving those Googlemobiles that are self driving?

Think about the lives that could be saved!!! Think about all the CHILDREN that could grow up without fear of car injuries.

Can’t we be civilized and OUTLAW SEMI-trailers from the road?

First off they are HUGE POLLUTERS of climate destroying fumes. They kill and maim tens of thousands every year and they are just a tool for the Super-rich to make more money to heap on themselves!!!!

PappyD61 on December 2, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Shouldn’t we al have e-chips that regulate our caloric intake?

That information could be used to transmit “much needed” data to the OBAMACARE regulators that would help in enforcement of nutrition “expectations” for citizens.

Could we begin a program where all citizens are required to have some form of tattoo or mark to be involved in ANY type of commerce?

This would help the IRS and other agencies regulate commerce and make sure there is “fairness” in the marketplace.

Forward!!!

PappyD61 on December 2, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Home schooling

Philly on December 2, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Shouldn’t churches be REQUIRED to have their hate-speech regulated?

Some type of FCC reg or such is needed to force these whack job charity people to stop spewing their vile capitalist and biblical stories as some kind of “truth”. There is no truth but what our glorious ruling class tell us.

Why are certain people groups allowed to have children?

If they have a high rate of say…retardation aren’t we really saving ObamaCare dollars if we just forcibly sterilize them? How early could we do it? Could we do it in the Elementary school medical services clinics while the kids are at recess? You know you don’t really need to tell the parent units…..they might not understand something like children’s health.

FORWARD!!!

PappyD61 on December 2, 2012 at 3:49 PM

First Advent message: Craig Dillman, Senior Pastor, Belleville (IL) Nazarene
http://www.bfcn.org/live/index.php/sermons/finish/4-sermons/355-12-02-2012

davidk on December 2, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Only in the end will they realize, when it is far too late, that the only ideology that could win on the national stage – and stand against big brother – are libertarian policies.

keep the change on December 2, 2012 at 3:19 PM

You are a real asset to these threads.

1) Libertarian ideas don’t win elections and, even if they did, the elites in this nation would bury any proponent in the long run.

If you read the applications to Harvard and Columbia, you would find a near unanimous need to crusade for “reform”. This has evolved from the class presidents and valedictorians from public high schools that used to populate those places (with a good sample of kids from elite prep schools and some of those thought you could be an individual hero) to a collection of people at present with a love for the collective good. After twenty five years of living in a classroom dictatorship, the “collective” really means operating under someone’s thumb.

A love of order and fairness enhanced with our system’s success in getting rid of real problems doesn’t lead to Goldwater or any recent Libertarian Party candidate.

IlikedAUH2O on December 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Home schooling

Philly on December 2, 2012 at 3:48 PM

?

You really think we won’t have these in our drivers licenses and our vehicles at some time in the near future?

And 100 years from now, good American Conservatives will be tsk-tsking about news stories concerning “hippies”, “terrorists” and other radicals who destroyed their RFID chips.

“Why, it’s UN-AMERICAN I tellya! You gotta follow the LAW or our society will collapse! Dumbass public school-educated losers!”

LMAO

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

keep the change on December 2, 2012 at 3:19 PM

To finish,

2) The other tidal force involved in our politics today is the enslavement of the government by the media. If it makes a story that is large enough, you better be working on fixing it.

People get upset when you express a negative attitude toward solving the awful crisis we are suffering now or the one which is coming.

And ironically, most of the problems illuminated by the media concern folks who buy the products on their ads. Notice how the bodies pile up from the gunfire of gang bangers or impoverished guys in Chicago.

And the mayor goes to war with a chicken sandwich store which merely offended gays with the top dog’s donation patterns. I would rather be a gay with hurt feelings than a body in the gutter.

IlikedAUH2O on December 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM

You can fool most of the Americans, all the time.

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Ok. Schools say you have to wear those badges. But I don’t think the regulation says anything about the badges being EFFECTIVE.

Hey, kids! Here’s a hint. Google the phrase “Faraday cage”. For about a buck’s worth of copper screen, you can create an envelope around the badge that will destroy the effectiveness of the tracking device. Resist!

kurtzz3 on December 2, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Americans’ expectations for Obama 2.0 plunge

But today, 1,487 days after the United States electorate bought Obama’s Hope and Change bill of goods, the percentage expecting worse things before he’s gone has more than doubled — to 40% expecting negative change.

You can fool most of the Americans, all the time.

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 5:01 PM

And he still got re-elected…just incredible.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Hell, when I was stationed at Little Rock, AFB from 1973-75. Refrigerators in the dorm rooms were required to be locked if one of the occupants was under 21 years of age. The only time the refrigerator was locked was during inspections.

Food Trucks: It’s Chicago. Home of ‘Pay to Play’. Around DC, the cops are much more sneaky about where gypsy cabs and food trucks can park and/or ply their trade.

Easy way around the RFID card. Run it through with a load of clothes in the washing machine. Then tumble dry it on high for about two hours. Or, just continuously mail it to yourself.

Jack Deth on December 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM

In Phase 2 the RFID chips will be surgically implanted, and the students will have to pay a monthly “wireless” tax/fee/penalty for the service that tracks them. It’s no more harmful than a little ID tattoo on the forearm. No big.

Kenosha Kid on December 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Stalin and Goebbels orgasm in their graves.

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2012 at 2:16 PM

This, and the latest Twilight “movies” have me wondering, what comes out when a dead person has an orgasm?

Nutstuyu on December 2, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Government ownership of property is the opposite of private property. Isn’t UWisc public?

besser tot als rot on December 2, 2012 at 9:07 PM

RFID chips for students, but not FF guns.

besser tot als rot on December 2, 2012 at 9:09 PM

It’s much safer, easier, and more trustworthy to track your children by homeschooling. I know that many people feel they have no choice about sending their children to public school, but where there’s a will, there’s a way, and the harm avoided through the indoctrination taking place in government mind-conditioning centers is worth the sacrifice.

If you wish you could homeschool, but are concerned about legal issues, contact the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). They stay current on all state and federal laws for compliance, and for a very small subscription fee each year, they will make certain that you are identified legally as a home school in your state, and will defend you free of charge against the government.

Freelancer on December 2, 2012 at 10:20 PM

“PRESENT!!!”
[41.87811360,-87.62979820]

Shy Guy on December 2, 2012 at 11:02 PM

The ultimate reason for tracking?

http://www.missourieducationwatchdog.com/2012/11/ferpa-explained-to-parents-crystal-ball.html

No problems. All your decisions made for you by your government. Isn’t life grand?

manateespirit on December 3, 2012 at 7:32 AM

The irony is that parents were promised that the program was optional. Families who weren’t comfortable with it could opt out….. until they couldn’t. It started with exclusion from campus activities before moving to expulsion. In the process of the court case, the young lady was told that she could return to school ONLY if she agreed to never speak negatively against the program.

If you want to know how insidious government programs eat at our freedoms and our family structures – consider where we first learned to “stand in line” for a meal rather than being responsible for preparing it ourselves. From the day a child starts school, they are programmed that it is more convenient to allow someone else to provide for you. And we wonder why adults are mentally more likely to pull into McDonald’s for a $6 burger than go home and make it for themselves for $2.

2nd Ammendment Mother on December 3, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Don’t blame the school. When the government takes your money whether you like it or not, and funnels it into stupid programs, whether you like it or not, local governments are under pressure to grab as much of the funding from those stupid programs as they can.

Mahna Mahna on December 3, 2012 at 10:38 AM