Thursday, May 31

Diversify

Provide relevant communications and promote thoughtful awareness of diversity related topics, events and activities within "Company V" and its community.

Inform and provide employees with broad opportunities to enhance their professional development and enrich their understanding of diversity.

Foster employee participation and enhance the "Company V" image as a "good corporate citizen" within its communities as it relates to pertinent diversity events. To meet both our diversity objectives and the Strategic Imperative "Improve Profitability and Drive a Culture of Performance," we must take action to ensure we continue to foster an inclusive environment. To that end, I strongly encourage everyone in Operations and Technology to complete the following diversity courses which are offered on eLearn.

Why Diversity Matters -
• Recognizes the advantages of having a well functioning diversity program in the workplace.
• Matches the factors that help link diversity to a company's bottom line.
• Provides select examples of the strategies for increasing employee satisfaction through diversity.

Valuing Team Diversity -
• Course will specifically benefit individuals working on project teams.
• Recognizes the importance of getting along with team members who are different from you.
I like diversity, it's one of the biggest piles of equine fecal matter I know. They don't like my flag, but I don't give a bull crap.

Worth it

"When I went back to the office, I saw blood pumping out of my arm, and I was shocked. I was checking myself out and couldn't believe I got shot over some chili sauce."
"I got shot over chili sauce. I was trying to figure while in the hospital why someone would shoot me over some chili sauce."
The law of supply and demand explains it.

They're making more people everyday. Wendy's chili sauce is harder to come by.

Wednesday, May 30

The awakening?

A couple of humpback whales make their way 90 miles inland from the Pacific, then just as inexplicably, make their way back to the ocean after two weeks. It's all so nice and cute but...

Ariadne Green, 57, of Vallejo, caught a glimpse of the pair on Tuesday and earlier in the week at Rio Vista, where the whales had circled for several days near a bridge. She described the humpbacks' inland visit as a "profound spiritual experience"...
What da...?
I've had some spiritual experiences in my lifetime, but never with a whale. Maybe I should spend more time with my cat?

Decline and fall of the American empire

All the front running candidates both Democrat and Republican seem the same because there is only one issue upon which to campaign: pandering to the voters. The guardians of an empire must keep the public appeased to stay in power. No matter how inane, the public must be told what it wants to believe and given the creature comforts to which it feels entitled.

First, a politician can never admit we are an empire. A politician must swear to protect our environment and furry little animals. Whose environment is producing the oil and whose furry little animals are dying to keep our bodies warm and bellies full is not a subject for political debate. We don't want to know how our sausage is made, We just want it served with a couple of eggs and country gravy.
There is no difference from Republican to Democrat. There is just a two party monopoly, promulgated by the MSM. Ron Paul alone stands true, and he's lambasted by members of his own party.
We are the modern Roman Empire. The words of our Founding Fathers is our Spartacus and the Constitution our Hannibal hammering at the gate. We force our politicians to become sin eaters feasting at the corpse of our liberty. All this and more just so we can believe we are just a simple constitutional republican instead of an empire.
What happens when the public is no longer appeased? Who becomes the enemy of the empire? Consider Venezuela...
"Enemies of the homeland, particularly those behind the scenes, I will give you a name: Globovision. Greetings, gentlemen of Globovision, you should watch where you are going," Mr Chavez said.

In his broadcast Mr Chavez also accused protesters and opposition media of stirring unrest.

"Sound the alarm in the hills, neighbourhoods and towns to defend our revolution from this new fascist attack," he said.

Saturday, May 26

I am nothing...He is everything

I close my eyes,
only for a moment, and the moment's gone
All my dreams,
pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Fart in the wind,
all they are is a fart in the wind.
Same old song,
just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do,
crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see

Fart in the wind, all we are is a fart in the wind

[Now] Don't hang on,
nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away,
and all your money won't another minute buy.

Fart in the wind, all we are is a fart in the wind
Fart in the wind, everything is a fart in the wind.
...with apologies to Kansas.

I am a fart in the wind.
A blade of grass
I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind


For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are {but} dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer. - Psalm 103:14-16

O LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him? Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow. Bow Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, that they may smoke. - Psalm 144:3-5

But God...

But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children, To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts to do them. - Psalm 103:17-18

Friday, May 25

Shrew shows

The View. Equine Fecal Matter. You understand, I just didn't want to use the crude term. Who cares about all this crap? It seems people who failed reading comprehension in grammar school. People who are no more literate than to imagine Hannity, O'Reilly and Limbaugh are among the great thinkers of our time.

TV is so self indulgent. I grow more and more disenchanted with it as time goes by, although I do like a GOOD distraction now and then. This show, like so many others, is a waste of electronics and electricity, and I've never seen it. How do I know? Read this...

A political discussion over the war in Iraq became heated when an angry O'Donnell decried Hasselbeck for not standing up for her when media outlets suggested that she'd called U.S. troops "terrorists" during a previous debate.

"What you did was not defend me. ... I asked you if you believed what the Republican pundits were saying—you said nothing, and that's cowardly," O'Donnell said.

Responded a stern Hasselbeck: "Do not call me a coward, because No. 1, I sit here every single day, open my heart and tell people what I believe."
People who have no other apparent "talent" than to open their hearts and tell people what they believe...and get paid for it. That, unfortunately, is what television has come to. American Idol? Nothing more than a vehicle for the degradation of the American version of democracy. Survivor? Reality television? Celebrity worship for human lab rats.

Moreover, this show, The View, becomes newsworthy in the MSM, propagating its novelty. Gas prices high enough? Save money by selling off the TV at your next garage sale.

Monday, May 21

4 down, 7 to go

Overall, I think the performances of Fiddler went surprisingly well over the weekend. Surprisingly because given the quality of our last few rehearsals, it seemed as if any live performance would be embarrasingly poor. There were so many final rehearsals, though, in such a short time that it made for pushing the cast too hard. In my own case it would have been better had I foregone the last couple of rehearsals just to get enough rest to concentrate on performing, but again, the weekend was good.

Even the "Jews only" performance went reasonably well. I dropped a line in "To Life" which left a noticeable gap and there were other minor errors but that's the beauty of live theatre. There's nothing like performing in front of an audience; as if I would know anything about performing in front of a camera. Each audience is different and their dynamics are different. Some laugh at some jokes and don't laugh at others and react differently to points in the storyline. It seems if an actor could gauge an audience by their reaction early enough in the story, that actor could alter their performance in such a way to better connect with or evoke a reaction from that audience. Just an observation. Not that I really know that much about acting. I'm just a walk-on with no formal training. Sort of like breaking into the minor leagues past my prime.

It's been enjoyable and rewarding in ways, but I doubt I'll do it again. Group participation lends itself to a sense of community and theatre is no exception. I just don't think I'm really meant for the theatre community but it has been an education.

Saturday, May 19

Mourning Mike


BATON ROUGE - LSU fans spent what normally should be a happy day on campus - graduation day - mourning the loss of the school's beloved mascot.

Mike V, perhaps the strongest symbol of the university's athletic programs and maybe the university itself, died early Friday at the age of 17 because of complications from emergency surgery.

"I think he's the symbol of LSU for a lot of people," said Beth Bonner, a Baton Rouge native. "He is the university to a lot of people."

I mourn the loss of Mike, that noble mascot. May he rest in peace.

One down, 10 to go

The first performance went well, remarkably well in my estimation.

Tonight is my first real test, playing Lazar Wolfe. I think I've got it down, just need good rest and relax to concentrate. I still just want this to be over.

Ron Paul for President


Educating liberal Rudy and the Republican party

Thursday, May 17

Electricity, heights and women


Yeah, I don't know what scares me most.

Wednesday, May 16

Now... the way

It's the end of rehearsals, finally. The last two months have been long ones. I'm ready to get this over with. 11 or maybe 12 performances and I'll be done and I doubt I'll do it again.

Principle trumps pragmatism

"Politics is about compromise, and the Kingdom of God is not." - Cal Thomas

I only wish Christian conservatives would remember their Christian principles when all Christianity around them clamors to vote for the Republican, whoever that will be, because we just can't afford to let Hillary get into the White House.

If she wins, she wins. God will still rule righteously from heaven but Christian voters will have to live with themselves and their compromised principles.

Attack of the hoes

(CBS) NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Police say a 50-year-old man living in his mother’s home killed a transvestite prostitute with a garden hoe after bringing him back to the house, police said Wednesday.
Just for the hoe of it.

Maybe Don Imus was talking about nappy headed garden tools?

"Atheists are funny": The Anecdotal Evidence

Atheist Christopher Hitchens, author of the new book, "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything," told CNN's Anderson Cooper last night he wishes there were a Hell just for Jerry Falwell.

Asked if he thought Falwell were in heaven, Hitches, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, replied: "No. And I think it's a pity there isn't a hell for him to go to."

In answer to the question of what stirred such vitriol in his heart, Hitches said: "The empty life of this ugly little charlatan proves only one thing, that you can get away with the most extraordinary offenses to morality and to truth in this country if you will just get yourself called reverend. Who would, even at your network, have invited on such a little toad to tell us that the attacks of September the 11th were the result of our sinfulness and were God's punishment if they hadn't got some kind of clerical qualification?"
I just get this put to the blog before Christopher Hitchens goes about proving my point: They're angry, with no object to their anger. After all, there's no God to get mad at. So they just pick on the people who follow Him...Who doesn't exist...as if that makes any sense. Now, I didn't care for some of the things Falwell did. For one, I thought his handling of the Jim Bakker affair was wrong. Still, calling Falwell an "ugly little charlatan" goes too far, in my estimation, but it does serve to prove my original point. Too frustrating to decry a God Who doesn't exist? Just abuse His followers, even in their death.

Hitchens' pitiful vitriol rings hollow for someone who's an avowed atheist. Seems a little strange in saying "...a pity there isn't a hell..." I wonder. In whom does he think judgment lies? Who is Judge?

Monday, May 14

Atheists are funny...part deux

I admire people like Vox Day who take up the challenge of intellectual debate, throw in some argument as well, and decimate mental midgets the likes of Dawkins, Sam Harris and Carl Sagan. Sagan being dead and all, I suspect he’s already feeling pretty puny compared to the Cosmos. Anyway, Vox is putting together his own response to these amusing people called "The Irrational Atheist". My admiration extends mainly because I know I’m far from being an intellectual heavyweight but also because there are people like Vox Day who can wield the sword of logic and the written word so well. It’s amazing to read and it brings me to pour over the train of thought again and again to digest and make it part of my understanding. He's been getting some fodder from someone he affectionately calls Pharyngurl, who enumerates Christianity's 12 sins against science. After reading the 12, I thought perhaps I'd try to help the "Cosmos" understand itself and rustle up my own response. Among the ongoing sins he mentions are:

• Dominion. Near the top of the chain of being, just below that imaginary old guy with the beard, is us. We rule the world. It's an interesting thought, but it's false: we are part of the world, the rest does not obey us, and we are fools on the road to destruction to pretend that we can dominate. It's a way of thinking that urges us to control rather than adapt, oppress rather than accommodate. It cheapens the complexity and beauty of the natural world that surrounds us.
"We are part of the Cosmos. We are the world....we are the children..." Imagine we're all holding Coca Colas, tipping our glasses to each other. Can you feel the love tonight? Seriously though, aren’t the secular scientists exactly the ones telling us we need to do something about global warming, as if little old us IS in control? That we dominate the environment enough to have brought about this effect on climate and we're the ones who need to do something about it? Sounds more like control than adaptation to me.
• Predestination. I've had a few one-on-one conversations with creationists, and one of the weirder but fairly common discoveries is that they reject the concept of chance. Everything must have an intentional cause. A branch fell off my tree because the wind blew it down; similarly, if an ancient ape evolved into a human it must be because…? They've filled in the ellipsis with "God", and they are not satisfied with explanations that do not invoke causes and intent. Try it yourself sometime; they have an almost allergic reaction to the notion of junk DNA, for instance, because there's no way molecules could have a random element, it must all be for a purpose.

This trait isn't exclusive to religion, of course; you can see causality built right into the structure of our language, and it's probably hardwired into our brains. Religion makes it difficult to oppose, though, because it provides a convenient catch-all repository of causality: god did it. It doesn't matter that it's a meaningless phrase, it seems to satisfy an intrinsic desire to wrap up loose ends with an explanatory purpose.
Reject the concept of chance? I’ll make a deal. I’ll accept chance, if he’ll accept ‘predestination’, as he calls it, but the chances of that are nil. As a Christian, I can accept both within my view of the natural; although the longer I live the more I’m convinced that even the “branch” falling off the “tree” isn’t happenstance. For the atheist, it’s an all or nothing proposition. It’s not about the notion of “junk DNA”; it’s about the notion of any sort of DNA at all. Where did any of it come from and how? Admit there are natural intended results of any kind and they admit there’s an Intender.
• Miracles. Religion's universal lazy way out of anything. Forget evidence, forget logic, you got a problem explaining something? Poof. It was a miracle. It's a cheap excuse to throw away the hard work of reason.
It’s for this reason that I pity a true atheist. They live life without wonder and amazement, for all that is just exists and solely has functionality. All is form and function, so where is beauty and mystery? Explaining the morphing of a caterpillar into a butterfly as a spectacular metamorphosis makes no sense to an atheist; all is mundane. Although I can see how an atheist could be so under whelmed by life, given his viewpoint, Christians are also sometimes given to the hyper-spiritual and hyper-miraculous, if you will. No, miracles aren’t a lazy way of explaining the things that are, but explaining all that is given mankind's limited abilities and comprehension leaves a lot beyond that and in the field of the "miraculous".

Yes, here’s where I come to scripture, inasmuch as atheists hate that “storybook”, but then I suppose they only bother to read Azimov and other science FICTION authors to tickle their intelligence. Nevertheless, I find the Lord’s monologue in Job chapter 38 to be telling:

"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Do you know how its dimensions were determined and who did the surveying? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? "Who defined the boundaries of the sea as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and thick darkness? For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores. I said, 'Thus far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop!' "Have you ever commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east? Have you ever told the daylight to spread to the ends of the earth, to bring an end to the night's wickedness? - Job 38:4 – 13

Friday, May 11

Atheists are funny...

...vacuously aimless, I know, but certainly funny nonetheless. Funny, that's another word for amusing, meaning "to divert from serious thought", for if atheists were really intellectually honest they'd admit they're not...intellectually honest, that is. They're angry, with no object to their anger. After all, there's no God to get mad at. So they just pick on the people who follow Him...Who doesn't exist...as if that makes any sense. I mean, if I ran across somebody devoted to someone who didn't exist, I'd just leave 'em alone. I'd think they were a mental case, but why not just take the gun out of their hand and let them enjoy their insanity? I wouldn't waste my time arguing, taunting them, saying, "Hey, did you know you’re following nothing?" After all, I might begin to sound like I need the blue pill myself.

Case in point, some time ago I happened to see a C-Span airing of Richard Dawkins and his "The God Delusion" tour from Lynchburg, VA. The same Lynchburg which is the home to Liberty University, the fundamental Baptist school connected with Jerry Falwell, that paragon of pastors. Note: tongue firmly in cheek. Jerry Falwell strikes me as living proof that one doesn't have to have morals to be called Christian, but I digress. I watched Mr. Dawkins in this episode he mentioned from his website...

"Many of the questioners announced themselves as either students or faculty from Liberty, rather than from Randolph Macon which was my host institution. One by one they tried to trip me up, and one by one their failure to do so was applauded by the audience. Finally, I said that my advice to all Liberty students was to resign immediately and apply to a proper university instead. That received thunderous applause, so that I almost began to feel slightly sorry for the Liberty people. Only almost and only slightly, however." - Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion" tour journal
Mr. Dawkins, dripping with condescension, trot back and forth across the stage with undulating grace to the approbation of his followers, while dispensing the atheistic gospel, as if there were anything good about it, like a TV network morning show gives news, long on fluff, short on substance. Don't expect atheists to debate, they just know how to argue and cast aspersions on their opponents. Insulting their school is almost as low as insulting their momma, but give an atheist some credit. While they won't recognize a holy God if He stared them in the face, they know mommas are sacred.

I think of atheism like a roller coaster ride. Get on, scare the crap out of yourself, end up back where you started and you can't wait to do it all over again. It's a philosophical viewpoint going nowhere in a hurry and they don't fool me in a roller-coaster-terrorized heartbeat. Deep inside that angry exterior is a little pissant child scared out of their wits to look beyond the veil of death and wonder what might be their lot when the "ride" is over. They want to ride again and again and the more they ride the more they've learned to enjoy the fright. So they can't wait to ride again, only to end up with themselves, back in their dark little corner of the world saying stupid things like "We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself." What in flag wavin' Southron heritage was Carl Sagan drinking when he said that? Who the heck is "we"? Although I do know it ain't me. Why should I help some "Cosmos" know itself. It has its own problems and I've got mine. When the "Cosmos" helps me pay my electric bill maybe then I'll help it know itself.

But I suppose that's what atheists do. Write books, give lectures, get paid to think up stupid things to write and give lectures on and generally pontificate to the rest of us about knowing ourselves. Oh, but I just remembered, Carl is dead and there's no persuading him. His mind's made up. One less atheist, one more believer, I guess. "Excuse me, Mr.Sagan, but on this side of the fiery pit we're about to serve Baked Alaska." Then again, maybe he doesn't have a mind anymore, just like he wasn't devoted to a god...who doesn't exist...as if that makes any sense.

Tuesday, May 8

What was that about timetables?

BATON ROUGE -- New Orleans Police Superintendent Warren Riley told lawmakers Monday that he will present a plan by the end of the week describing when and how Louisiana National Guard troops and State Police will be withdrawn from New Orleans.

Riley refused to provide details about the phaseout plan until it is presented to Gov. Kathleen Blanco, but said it will call for the troops and troopers, who were added last summer to fight a surge in crime in the city, to leave "in the near future."
Troops withdrawn? Surge? And so it's OK to let the "enemy" know when troops are leaving New Orleans but it's not OK in Iraq? Are we admitting defeat in New Orleans? Of course it would be better that troops wouldn't be in either place but I find it a curious disparity.

Moral Authority

There was good cause for celebration when prosecutors dropped all charges against three former Duke University lacrosse players accused of sexually assaulting a stripper at a party. Our justice system works. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper rightly said the athletes were victims of a “tragic rush to accuse” by a zealous district attorney. Amidst the celebration, however, we were also reminded of the fact that good looks, intelligence, athletic performance, and wealth do not produce moral virtue.

“Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?” This proverb may explain why many of us op-ed pundits were so quick to assume the worst. When you invite strippers to a drunken party you are begging for trouble. The Duke University lacrosse team was burned by much of the public and the three lacrosse players received a special burning by district attorney Mike Nifong.

What would have happened if the Duke Lacrosse team had been the kind of men who were not fans of drunkenness or the dehumanization of women?...While many of the details of the Duke University rape case may never be resolved, one fact is sadly clear: Crystal Gail Mangum, the accuser, and the three players were all in the same moral boat the night of the party.
Sin is sin. Sure, Crystal's canard and her sad life took the headlines but the lacrosse team contributed to her dehumanization through their own self-indulgence.

There is guilt to go around, for all of us. A culture that excuses drunkenness and lewd sexuality can expect its descent into gross darkness. Maintaining high moral ground means individuals making right choices, day by day, week by week, into a lifetime. Moral authority is built upon personal responsibility and accountability to God. It's not enough to preach Christian morality and love, it's critically important to live it with humility, to live righteously.

But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. - 1 Timothy 1:5

Saturday, May 5

Making pancakes

[Jessica] Botzko is again accused of child endangerment after her 10-year-old son ran away from home with his younger brother and told investigators he was tired of being put in a dog cage, police said. The older boy also had been forced to wear a remote-controlled shock collar, authorities said.

At least once the 10-year-old boy was made to wear the collar — designed as a training device for animals — while inside the cage and was repeatedly shocked, court documents said. The cage, less than 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide, had a chain across the top with two locks on each end, said police Capt. Ray Carroll. The older boy and his 5-year-old brother ran away from home Tuesday night when their father was away and their mother was dancing at a strip club, police said.
Why are police and the courts involved in this? Do parents have the right to raise their children as they choose? What court has the moral authority to determine it? If a pregnant woman chooses whether or not to birth a child, what should it matter how a child is treated after it's born?

Making pancakes? No, it doesn't have any connection to this, except that stories like this are as mundane. Go back to your breakfast plates, America. The world spins, and so does the news.

Seldom one who's bored

"Bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel." - Renata Adler
Boredom is a waste. With every sort of activity available, especially in 21st century America, it's beyond my understanding how anyone could be so. Reading is pure enjoyment and stimulating.

To digress, throughout my entire life, it seems, there's always someone, acquaintance or stranger, who comes along to correct me, even in my contorted humor. As an example, last night in my home I entertained a small group by singing Poisoning Pigeons in the Park. In all the time since I've known and memorized the song I've never had anyone correct me after singing that ditty, until last night. There is a line in the song which goes "It's not against any religion, to want to dispose of a pigeon...." I gave my rendition of the piece. Most everyone present seemed to enjoy it, until one woman tells me it is against Buddhism...to dispose of a pigeon, that is.

I had been told, before meeting her, that this idiot is a liberal. Of course, her comment serves to reinforce my understanding that the terms are interchangeable. Classical liberals I don't have much problem with, and find myself agreeing with politically. I haven't met any of the modern type who could think straight enough to make it from a living room to the front door. This one proved herself no exception. Had it not been for the constraint of propriety I may have helped her find my front door.

And for those who've gotten this far and may not understand of what I write, let me put it plainly. THE WHOLE FREAKIN' SONG IS A JOKE!! As painful as it may be to elucidate, a joke, as defined by Merriam-Webster's, is (1) : the humorous or ridiculous element in something (2) : an instance of jesting : something not to be taken seriously : a trifling matter. Again for emphasis, SOMETHING NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY!

I understand this little "minuend" goes to a local institution of higher learning which I know to be supported through tax money. Isn't it comforting to know there are mental midgets, and I specifically use the term midgets and not the politically correct term dwarfs, we're supporting through this? We're doomed...

Friday, May 4

Where it's done right

Seems the Swiss have more than their bank accounts going for them.

Guns are deeply rooted within Swiss culture - but the gun crime rate is so low that statistics are not even kept.

The country has a population of six million, but there are estimated to be at least two million publicly-owned firearms, including about 600,000 automatic rifles and 500,000 pistols.

This is in a very large part due to Switzerland's unique system of national defense, developed over the centuries.

Instead of a standing, full-time army, the country requires every man to undergo some form of military training for a few days or weeks a year throughout most of their lives.

Between the ages of 21 and 32 men serve as front-line troops. They are given an M-57 assault rifle and 24 rounds of ammunition which they are required to keep at home.

Once discharged, men serve in the Swiss equivalent of the US National Guard, but still have to train occasionally and are given bolt rifles. Women do not have to own firearms, but are encouraged to.
There used to be a time when guns didn't have a stigma in the culture that they do now. People seem to get used to calling the police when they need a gun involved for their self defense. Gun control is pulled out like the race card.

I wouldn't mind having an assault rifle...or two.

Wednesday, May 2

Peanut Butter Dreams and Watermelon Skies

Play practice has been moving along well. It's been years since I've done something like this but the excitement is coming back. Now, if I can just bear down and remember my lines.

Sharing two parts in two different casts isn't something I've done before and it's confusing. Trying to remember which part I play in which cast along with all the lines, blocking and entrances makes it more challenging, something I'm learning to enjoy.

Opening May 18th. I think it'll be a good run.

Tuesday, May 1

Police are not the friendies.

I'll always remember that.
They don't know the law, but they do know the judge.
I'd like to know the outcome of this, but I would expect a judge to ignore the law.

Carry a recorder and digital camera with you. You may find you need them to protect yourself as much as a gun.

A government of laws and not of men?

Jeremy Berman of Royal Oak got a ticket for going 70 m.p.h. on I-696, putting him squarely in the middle of a bunch of confusion about changes in Michigan freeway speeds.

He had heard, correctly, that the Legislature pretty much did away with the 65 m.p.h. expressway speed limit in Michigan last November...so legally the speed limit is 70 m.p.h., despite what signs say.
State police writing citations to people who're legally obeying traffic laws. Think they wouldn't arrest for no cause or kill an innocent
In court documents, prosecutors said Atlanta police officers regularly lied to obtain search warrants and fabricated documentation of drug purchases, as they had when they raided the home of the woman, Kathryn Johnston, in November, killing her in a hail of bullets.

Narcotics officers have admitted to planting marijuana in Ms. Johnston’s home after her death and submitting as evidence cocaine they falsely claimed had been bought at her house, according to the court filings.

Two of the three officers indicted in the shooting, Gregg Junnier and Jason R. Smith, pleaded guilty on Thursday to state charges including involuntary manslaughter and federal charges of conspiracy to violate Ms. Johnston’s civil rights.
...at their own discretion? And if the elected representatives of the people, the legislature, writes the laws, what power do they hold when police decide to penalize whomever they choose for whatever reason and ignore the law?

It may sound like much ado over nothing, but once the status of law deteriorates in a society, consider where it leads.