Monday, June 1, 2015

Yippee!... uh-oh... (... and it probably doesn't matter)

The Senate let the so-called Patriot Act die.

Uh-oh: Rand Paul was the Senator that seemed to be most in line with my views on the so-called Patriot Act.

... and it probably doesn't matter: within the week key provisions of the so-called Patriot Act will doubtless be re-instated.

Does ANYONE remember the post 9-11 catch-phrase?
We had failed to "connect the dots".
In a moment of fear and panic the so-called Patriot Act was passed.
It generates MORE dots - it does NOTHING to "connect the dots" - it simply generates LOTS MORE DOTS!

In my experience, decisions made when fearful and panic-stricken are BAD.
The so-called Patriot Act was a BAD idea then.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

He thought he'd get away with it...

The big news is that a South Carolina police officer shot a fleeing black man in the back. It was captured on video. "Ferguson" seems to be the main meme. What do I see? Yeah, the shooting was horrific... BUT! - - what I see is a police officer who KNEW he'd get away with it - calmly composing the scene to agree with his report of the incident. I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico - whose police department is currently under some form of DOJ oversight. Two Albuquerque police officers have been indicted for murder for an incident captured - last year - on video... in this case, police department videos. Again - what is surprising is that the officers involved KNEW they'd get away with it! If I were a betting man, I'd put money on the proposition, "Most cops are decent people."... BUT - in these times of strained $$$, with communities struggling just to make ends meet - LOTS of folks get to be police officers who probably oughtn't be, and they believe, "Hey, they gave me a gun. I'm gonna use it!" ... AND - they KNOW they'll get away with it! ... it is particularly distressing to see state legislatures (see, e.g., Texas) attempt to pass laws that outlaw citizens from taking videos of cops. Without the videos, they WOULD get away with it!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Mississippi??? - Who knew?

Mississippi, a Vaccination Leader, Stands by Its Strict Rules

My weak libertarian bent DOES in fact question the power of the State to mandate medical intervention. ... if only the anti-vaccine folks weren't so crazy.

More and more I'm favoring "Enlightened Despotism" - an essay which I recall as attributed to Frederick the Great of Prussia, and which I read in Mr. Mitchell's 12th-grade World History class at Tulsa Central High School.
A Google search suggests this memory is imprecise. Any help?