Just Following Orders 6.7
In a sanguinary reprise of their age-old antagonism, jock and
nerd skirmished last month on the parched plains of DeKalb, Illinois.
The field of battle, it seems, had been double-booked. Twenty or
so members of the Northern Illinois University football team showed
up at Huskie Stadium for a practice session, only to discover that
the field was occupied by the Capital Regiment, a drum and bugle
corps from Ohio that was in town for a national competition.
According to press reports, NIU strength and conditioning coach
John Binkowski parleyed with the leader of the regiment but received
no satisfaction. He returned to his men, hustled them into formation,
and ordered them to charge. What followed was a confusion of beefcake,
busbies and brass. When the dust settled, several corpsmen had fallen,
one with a severely sprained ankle and another with a fractured
But if the Huskies won the battle, they lost the war. The encounter
had been videotaped, and two defensive tackles were hauled in by
police. Anthony Falbo was subsequently cleared, but Brian Peterson
faces felony battery charges. Coach Binkowski has been fired. Falbo
copped the Nuremberg defense. "In my years of experience, in that
situation, you never second-guess the coach," he told the Chicago
Tribune, "especially when you're running with a group of your
The Violent Majority 8.0
When it comes to kicking countercultural ass, Dirty Harry could
learn a few things
from the police force in Kazakhstan's capital. Almaty's finest have
become notoriously zealous in their sweeps of rockers, anarchists,
artists, gays and various unkempt types, according to a report by
the Institute for War and Peace Reporting.
Those caught in the dragnet can expect extortion, beatings and even
more extreme forms of torture.
A local punk rocker was confined recently to "the water tank,"
a four-foot-high cell halffilled with cold water. To avoid drowning
in the tank, the victim must remain crouching. An Almaty doctor
reports having treated numerous young victims of this torture, who
generally develop urinary tract disorders as a result.
Some cops are even beating up on geeks, including enthusiasts of
The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkienists protest that they
pose no threat to public order, and they vow to stand up for their
rights. "We are perfectly legal," protested one. "We spend most
of our time in the mountains. We only hold conventions in the city
twice a year. ...
The police don't like it, but we aren't going to stop. It's our