Wednesday, March 03, 2004
This Isn’t Rubbernecking
In a post titled Step Away From The Camera, Billy Beck points to an article at Belleville.com titled Man threatened with arrest after taking photos. So, what nefarious photos was this individual taking? Little kids undressing? Nope. Up the skirt panty shots? Nope. Ingress and egress photos of a military installation? Nope. The individual was taking photos of the police arresting a suspect. Pay very close attention to the “official” line on this which follows below.
Laimutis Nargelenas, a former superintendent of the Illinois State Police and a spokesman for the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, said ordinary citizens generally have a legal right to photograph police in action, as do news cameramen.
But if a police officer orders someone to stop taking pictures, they must cease even if the officer has no legal basis for such an order, Nargelenas said.
“Generally, we tell our police to keep in mind that the citizens have cameras, like in the Rodney King situation, and to always do the right thing because they are a lot of cameras and video cameras out there,” he said.
Parker said he contacted the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit to lodge a complaint, but was told by Master Sgt. Tyrone Jordan that it was illegal to take photographs.
Contacted by a reporter, Jordan said Parker did have a right to take photographs as long as he did not interfere with police, “although I would advise against it.”
Bold added for emphasis. Did you catch what the “officials” are saying?
Dale Franks, in a post titled Populist Leftism: Our social cancer, adds to the cocktail drip which every leftist agenda pusher should be mainlining.
Yet, in a larger sense, we really have no need to find an academic refutation of Marxist thought. The fact of Marxism’s worldwide collapse should be all the information we need. But, evidently, it is not. I constantly run into people who claim that real Marxism has never been implemented, and that it was perverted into something else in the USSR. The obvious reply is that if Marxism is so faulty it can be so easily perverted, then Marxism contains a serious fundamental flaw. Such a reply is completely lost on Marx’s proponents.
Via Jon Henke at Questions and Observations. As Jon mentions, “The rest is very important.”
Heard Taking a Walk on an Election Day
“I just still go and vote every election.”
An autopilot response if I ever heard one. Richard Nikoley relates an exchange of pleasantries while on his way home from a morning walk.
More Spiritual Stuff
I’ve recently linked to some writings of Roderick Long’s wherein he delves into Christianity and Atheism. Those posts have generated a few comments at this site. One recent post of Long’s I did not link to was God So Loved the World that He Did What? I didn’t quite know what to think about the post, so I said nothing. Today, I see that Bob Murphy has thought about the Long post, linked earlier in this post, and posted a reply titled God So Loved the World, That He Gave His Only Begotten Son. Roderick Long replies to Bob’s criticisms in a post titled Confessions of the Antichrist: A Reply to Bob Murphy.
I found the discourses between the two very interesting.
Wisdoms of Lazurus Long
I recall, about six years ago, being introduced to Heinlein via Stranger in a Strange Land. Talk about going on a reading binge. What follows is a quote from The Notebooks of Lazurus Long.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
I’m kind of weak in the areas of designing a building, solving some equations, and programming a computer, but I know where to look or who to ask for assistance in these areas.
Thank Russell Whitaker for the quote.
“Yet, the dream of socialism lives on.” Does it ever, unfortunately. William Anderson looks at the dream, and the dream as seen through Krugman’s eyes, after a visit to a visit with an incarcerated friend. Anderson’s piece is titled Health Care in Prison.
Tuesday, March 02, 2004
So a Florida teacher bet a student 20 bucks that if he jumped out a second story window he’d get hurt. The kid took the bet and jumped. I would’ve too. He didn’t get hurt but the teacher is in a bit of trouble. You know, not so long ago, this would’ve been just a sort of funny thing.
Those Dang Dogs
Not so long ago Billy Beck posted a few words about his mom’s Chihuahua passing out of this world. In that post, Billy asked the question,
What the hell kind of a moron posing as a rationalist does it take to talk to a dog?
I can’t answer that question, I informed Billy, but I can understand it. I bring this up because my dog, Izzi, an Australian Shepherd similar to the one in this photo, who is my constant companion, just had another Grand Mal seizure. Her third, that I have witnessed anyway. What a disheartening event to witness for a dog owner. It’s terrible. My tender babblings to Iz during the seizure, and her coming out of it, were only for my benefit, I think. I do not like it that I can do nothing, and I am aware of treating seizures with pheno-barbs or potassium bromide, for my pup.
We’re going to go talk a walk in the woods. Back later tonight.
“Coercion vs. Consent”
Richard A. Epstein, Randy Barnett, David Friedman, and James P. Pinkerton discuss the above here. Epstein leads off the discussion, Barnett, Friedman and Pinkerton respond and Epstein closes with final comments. Interesting read.
There’s a song, that I sang many times over the years, written by George Duffield, Jr. in 1858, titled “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” that is considered, by some individuals, as a militant Christian song. Well, this post is not about that.
This post is about Lorence Wenke, a state representative here in Michigan, “staunch conservative” and ”...a member of a fundamentalist church.” So, this guy should be quacksalvering to beat the band for Michigan’s proposed Marriage Protection Act. But wait, Wenke ”...opposes abortion and gun control. He backs small government and tax cuts,” and ”...Wenke plans to be one of perhaps only two House Republicans voting against putting on the November ballot a Marriage Protection Amendment, which would change Michigan’s constitution to ban gay marriage.”
He probably won’t be reelected, which isn’t a bad thing, and he’s taking grief from his church, amongest others, for his stand.
I’m thinking Wenke is a stand up guy and he would be wise to get out of politics.
A quote I am very fond of.
The complete atheist is more respectable than the man who is indifferent. He is on the last rung preceding perfect faith.
Albert Camus, The Possessed, pg. 132
I’ve posted the above quote here in the past. I do so again this morning after reading Roderick T. Long’s Theism and Atheism Reconciled. From Long’s post.
I think the disagreement between theism and atheism is in a certain sense illusory – that when one tries to sort out precisely what theists are committed to and precisely what atheists are committed to, the two positions come to essentially the same thing, and their respective proponents have been fighting over two sides of the same shield.
“It’s A Movie”
Greg Swann, atheist but Catholic identified, on The Passion. Bringing balance to the rhetoric applied so far.
UPDATE DATA: Scroll down to entry of March 1st 2004 titled The Passion, dispassionately.
That’s Still on the Slope
The above was penned by Micha Ghertner at Catallarchy after reading a post by Glen Whitman titled Regulating Healthcare = Regulating Religion. Glen’s post looks at the state of California’s Supreme Court ruling that the Catholic Church in California must provide birth control for its employees.
Maybe the states’ shouldn’t have the right to pick the state bird. Prime example. The state of Michigan chose the Robin as the state bird. Unfortunately, the bird leaves the state every Winter and only returns in the Spring. Unlike, say, the Black Capped Chickadee which hangs around all year round.
Monday, March 01, 2004
A big thunderstorm is rolling in, faster all of a sudden. Snow still on the ground. Reading about Emily Dickinson. Have a cold beer at hand and the wind has just, just, hit, with hail. Sweet. Post before we lose power or something.
Dickinson link via Fred Lapides.
Big wind now too.
Red Light, Green Light
Did you ever play the game, which is the title to this post, as a kid? I did, on Sunday afternoons in my grandma’s backyard. There was no yellow light in the game.
It seems the state of Maryland wants to play the game I played as a kid. The only problem is, automobiles and actual traffic regulated by stop lights are not meant to play the game I played as a kid. Oh, and Maryland appears to only play for money, so it isn’t actually a game.