Mar 16, 2017

Crime and Punishment by the MPHS Committee on High (COH)

Crime and Punishment of MPHS 60 Something Alumni


The Committee on High of Morgan Park High School Faculty Alumni to Monitor and Enforce Good and Proper Behavior of Morgan Park High School Alumni

Committee on High (COH)

 The Pushup Police

We began reconnecting
electronically on the EMPEHI
Yahoo list in 2002. Old friendships were renewed. All was well in our virtual reality world. You can click below if you would like to join us.

But then we began to get into political food fights. So a second list was created to permit the intelligent political discussions while the original list was reserved for pleasant memories and discussions.

Pleasant Discussions

Pleasant Political Discussions

All Was Right with the MPHS Virtual Reality World
It was Truly Meet, Right and Salutary

But all good things must end. Sometimes people would become very angry and dismissive of others viewpoints. Kind of like Archie Bunker without the charm. Conservatives dissing Liberals and vice versa. Kind of like a discussion between Rush Limbaugh and Ed Schultz but without the pleasant chitchat.

Some people left the list in disgust. And the food fights spread from the MPHSForum over to the EMPEHIReunion. Something had to be done.

Fortunately even in retirement our MPHS Faculty continues to watch over us in a paternal/maternal way.  They maintain our permanent records and check to make sure that we continue to behave as the proper young ladies and gentlemen they trained so many years ago. They began to monitor our communications using the NSA and intervened when necessary.  They formed the:


The Committee on High of Morgan Park High School Faculty Alumni to Monitor and Enforce Good and Proper Behavior of Morgan Park High School Alumni

aka    Committee on High (COH)

The following explains how our MPHS / EMPEHI Crime and Punishment System works. Some of you probably think I just make up these punishments. This is not accurate.

What actually happens is that the

COHOMPHSFATMAEGAPBOFMHSA (Committee on High of Morgan Park High School Faculty Alumni to Monitor and Enforce Good and Proper Behavior of Morgan Park High School Alumni Faculty), aka the Committee on High (COH) for short read our communications carefully and monitor all MPHS Alumni’s words and actions. When they see incorrect behavior, they correct it, just like back in High School. If the miscreant does not humbly and quickly perform the punishment then more punishment is heaped on the guilty transgressor.

I am not privy to the exact membership of the Committee on High. They don’t tell us everything. They treat as they did in high school - like mushrooms - keep us in the dark and shovel s... on us.

The membership sometimes varies when some of them are on teacher conventions or vacation or unavailable or playing Canasta. The Committee usually includes Mr. Attonides, Coach Stepanek, Coach Warden, Miss Camutz, Miss Walters, Mrs Duffy, Mr. Zaheedi Tayler, Mrs. Vial, and the home rule teacher of the accused guilty transgressor / violator.

They also sometimes bring in outside members for specific cases. This includes anyone who has ever had it in for the accused.

The Committee on High does not get hung up on procedure or trials, they just dish out punishment as they see fit. Just like High School.

They communicate to me via mental telepathy at night.  I relay the messages on to the appropriate list where the transgression occurred. The only way I can avoid them is to wear a aluminum foil helmet with Viking Horns adorned by a Native American feather, grounded to a 1930 Chevy.

This is not comfortable and which as you can imagine annoys the hell out of my spouse. And it is hard to get a good night sleep wearing the helmets.

So don't blame me the messenger for the punishments dished out. I am just reporting it as they send it to me. I did not volunteer for this assignment, I was drafted. I tried to go to Canada but their thoughts and directives followed me. And I can’t wear my Viking Helmet all the time - 57 Chevies are hard to find and people would talk.

All your thoughts, words, and actions are part of your permanent record. The Committee on High knows who has been naughty and nice. So lets be careful out there.

Punishments normally include pushups, jumping jacks, and
running laps.  Given our advanced age and infirmity the COH usually makes the punishment virtual reality. On occasion some alumni are obdurate and refuse to perform their punishment. On these rare occasions the COH takes more serious actions and haunts and harasses the evil doer in their dreams until the miscreant finally goes straight.

You can fact check the above on


Speaking of punishment, the Committee on High advises
me that any MPHSer who is or has become a Cubs Fan is guilty of extreme disloyalty todasoutsideaChicaga and also very poor judgement, and sentenced to sit in a corner for 13 nights and hum this mantra 13 times:

Why, of Why, do I root for the Cubs
When all they ever to is flubs

Self flagellation during the humming of the Mantra is encouraged but not required.

The Committee suggests that you also get professional help.

Wait, Wait, I made a mistake.

The Committee on High has further advised me that the dissing the Cubs, while accurate, is a divisive issue that is best only discussed on the Forum. And they object to the divisive extremely poorly written doggerel.

I did not write the above - I only transcribed what was imparted to me from the COH. But they don’t care, they are punishing me. Sometimes life is not fair.

As punishment I am forbidden Lutefisk for 40 days and 40 nights and 20 pushups (virtual reality).

This is a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

Ad Hominem Attacks

Marked by or being an attack on an opponent's character rather than by an answer to the contentions made

Appealing to feelings or prejudices rather than intellect

Attacking the man and not his argument is an old and nasty habit which some of us have. Ad attacks Hominem and vice versa.

When someone takes a position or posts a link the responsible way to address it is to logically and non emotionally discuss the position and refute it with your opinion backed up with links that support your line of reasoning.

The irresponsible snarky way is to attack the person.

Ten pushups for all of us who have done that. And let he who has cast the first stone take it first. For shame on me for attacking Swedes, Danes, and denisons of LaLa Land (aka California). Twenty pushups for me and no more ad hominem attacks on Swedes, Danes, and LaLalanders for the next ten days, or, if I just can't help it cause it feels so good, twenty more pushups.

Craig Hullinger - proud Norski (½ Norwegian, ½ everything else)


Will wrote:  "I should be grateful that El Jeffe Hullinger has not meted out push ups to me."

My apologies to Taffy.  I missed Will's comments. Even though Will apologized nicely, he still erred.

To err is human, to forgive divine, neither of which is the policy of the MPHS Committee on High.

The Committee on High Will assigns him 20 pushups.  Real ones.

If I may interject... My recollections of Ms. Camutz were from a study hall in the Cafeteria..

She handed out Minor Disciplines and Majors like 2 or 3 every every study hall.. She gave me a few Minors and I never had her for any classes..  Didn't matter much because I was thrown out of Morgan Park 9 times.. Requiring my Father to meet with Anton.. I was even thrown out of Summer School..

That was exciting… and hell of a lot easier than trips to the Police Station in Gresham..

As far as monitoring this Forum and providing Non Judicial Punishment..  Who cares, this is a Forum and hopefully an exchange of ideas..  I've never seen anything that resembled name calling..  Wordsmithing and snarky comments yes, but nothing harsh and in your face.

As Charlie Kitchen liked to say.. "The Delete Key is always an option"



* Don refused to do his pushups as assigned by the COH. A dangerous mutiny which cannot be tolerated. So the COH tortured him in his sleep.

Don, you can deny to members of the forum that you were not lasered and water boarded by the Committee on High. There will be some naive folks who will believe you. And I can see why you want to cover up this terrible embarrassment. And you do have plausible deniability.

Go ahead, be a Committee on High denier. You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time.

But most of us know the truth, don’t we?

Miss Camutz had advised me that you have been punished enough for now, and no further action will be taken. If you commit no more transgressions for the next 60 days they will give you your Danish Viking MPHS horns back.

Pushup Police

I was hoping Miss Camutz would miss your post, but she misses very little. You are in big trouble with the Committee on High to Ensure Proper Decorum and  Manners among MPHS Alumni from the Mid 60's.

Miss Camutz told me to tell you to do:

"Ten pushups and write on the Blackboard ten times:"

"I will not send such missives on the this list. If I have something political to say I will write to the forum."

Go, and sin no more.

Remember, I did not come up with this punishment - it came from the Committee on High. So don't be blaming the messenger.


CH - This difficult issue better discussed on the Forum, which is probably where you meant to send it.

2 Virtual reality pushups for making a mistake.


Don, Taffy, and Will have refused to take their punishment like a man.

Now, they are in deep, deep, do do.

As you can imagine, Mrs. Duffy and Miss Camutz were terribly upset. They considered the actions of DTW to be mutiny and a revolution similar to what is going on in Egypt.

Miss Camutz will be very severe.

They have taken the issue to the Committee on High.

You could have been off the hook with .5 aka ½ of a
pushup. This is pushup appropriate for elderly miscreants. You just do the downstroke the next time you fall against the wall and you would have successfully performed your punishment.

Instead, you revolted. The COH finds this revolting.

You can soon expect a nocturnal dream visit from Mr. Attonides, Coach Warden, Mr. Zaheedi Tayler, Mrs. Vial, President for Life Hosni Mubarak, and the Egyptian secret police. I don't want to depress you so I won't tell you what they will do to you in your sleep, but believe me, .5 of a pushup would have been better.


Loved the replies from Will and Taffy! They so illustrate the libertarian vs progressive mindsets.



Hey, ease up there Sarge. I haven't quite finished the push-ups you dolled out last years.

Will, the true blue conservative, argues that the cumulative penalties are too high and points out he is still "paying off" the last penalty assessed. Sort of like when taxes are onerous?



Since I am heading into the frigid Midwest tomorrow on a non pleasure trip that has already been delayed twice by hideous weather, I will use that as a substitute for the assigned punishment.


Taffy, our progressive, plays the victimhood card and implies that enduring other injustices should set her free.

As for me, I'm going rogue and just ignoring the penalty!

Nice try though.



Not only are you talking to spirits of the departed, but you think Taffy should take her punishment like an elderly man.
If you continue to lose touch with your people, we may need to call in the ROTC to take over the Committee on High until the next elections. Be careful; that kind of instability could spread next to Fenger, and ultimately throughout the soutside.


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