Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Riots on the Left’s Agenda?
Most of what I have read today, whether from the Right or the Left, regarding the vote in Wisconsin yesterday, has utilized some form of violent descriptive as color commentary on the results. Harold Meyerson, writing for The American Prospect, is no different, describing yesterday’s voting results as a “body blow” in a piece titled A Wisconsin Domino Effect?
Meyerson also muses on what the future may hold in regards to elections in Wisconsin and throughout the United States, and refers to this as “political civil war.” There’s a variation on a theme heard before.
But what I found most interesting in regards to Meyerson’s musings was this closing paragraph.
Of course, as historian Fred Siegel, a leading opponent of public-sector unions, remarked to me many years ago (when he was still on the left), before unions, the common form of protest for workers seeking a better life was rioting. That may eventually prove to be the common form of protest after unions, too.
Don’t think for a minute that riots are not on the Left’s table to be considered as a possible course of action.
Via a Goldberg Corner post titled Is It Time To Riot?
A Pervasive Evil - The End Justifies the Means
Let’s put aside, for this post at least, the trampling of the rights of innocent individuals which occurred in Aurora, CO when the police, while attempting to nab a bank robber, cordoned off 15 or so cars, ordered the individuals from their cars, including children, handcuffing some individuals and not others, and lining them up on the curb, as reported here.
What I want to address is the following statement, uttered by Police Chief Daniel Oates of the Aurora Police Department, which is allegedly an apology for illegally detaining innocent individuals.
Police Chief Daniel Oates on Monday apologized to the innocent bystanders that got caught up in the search for the suspect. Oates also said the ends justify the means since the suspect was caught (bold by ed.).
This the end justifies the means attitude is a pervasive evil, infecting the highest levels of government to the lowest, and it displays a complete disregard for individual liberty and core moral values, and plainly shows that the Aurora Police Department’s “Individual Value Statement,”
Our commitment to community service is driven by the expectation that we maintain the highest core values.
has no meaning.
Transit of Venus
Got to enjoy a view or two of the transit of Venus, yesterday evening around 7:45 p.m. EST, and I’m glad I did. Here’s a series of photos published in the Mail Online.
Zippo has manufactured their 500 millionth lighter. Congratulations to them.
I do not have the first Zippo which I ever owned, but I do have my USS Los Angeles (SSN688) Zippo, much like this one here, with the exception of noting that mine has the submarine dolphin insignia engraved on the lid.