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I recall a dinosaur whose body was so large that it took the nerve impulses too long to travel for him to reliably avoid possibly chewing his own foot off before the pain alerted him to what he was eating. I don't know if there is any truth to the story, but as a fable it seems apt here.
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2009 on Banking on Taxpayers at Nobody's Business
We all understand that police and other emergency services do triage. But as you point out, Rogier, when the priority valuation behind the triage is this off-kilter to the rest of us, it sure undermines our faith in the system. I'd like to think there is an explanation for this reaction which would enable us laypersons to understand, but at the moment I don't get it.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2009 on To (Not) Catch a Thief at Nobody's Business
In my view the only real purpose a book burning serves is to remove access of those particular copies of the book from the possession of the persons who owned those particular copies. I guess it's fine if they want to burn books they no longer want. Doesn't much affect anyone else. I guess a book-burning is also free speech, isn't it? (Honest question.) And the author & publishers should be delighted, since such activity and attention tends to increase sales and so on.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2009 on Comical Misnomer of the Month at Nobody's Business
Simply from an effectiveness viewpoint it is noteworthy that the folks protesting still don't get it: Madonna is happy for any publicity, and their protests will make many more people pay attention to her act, etc.
If we are going to respect history, we should agree that the land that Israel is on is theirs. The Palestinians could have been taken in by multitudes of other Arab nations, but instead were elected to be the spearhead of anti-semitism in the area. This entire group of people were given a new name ('Palestinians') in order to destroy rather than build. I do not believe in respecting a culture, nor a nation-- which are only conglomerates of ideas and individuals, respectively, but in respecting individuals and ideas themselves. I respect an individual and an idea by granting them the consequences which naturally attach to them, and add compassion by trying to minimize the distressing consequences. Whether an individual or an idea comes from an Islamic, a Christian, a Jewish, an aetheist, or even a Raelian (!) origin is not of much importance. Nor is it important if the individual or idea is Russian, American, Indonesian, or from the intriguing nation of Tonga. Individuals are evaluated on the basis of what they do, ideas on the basis of what they mean, what they lead to, how adequately they apprehend reality, honor God and honor human beings. Anyway, I did appreciate this one sentence from Issa, "Whoever says that Israelis have no right to live is the enemy of Allah for you can’t determine life of anything you can’t create." I sincerely hope that this is more than words, and that the huge numbers of Muslims who cry 'death to Israel' will repent.
You're right. I am (pretty much always have been) a very diligent law-abider, but even I have had one incident where I experienced the dark side which an officer can slip into. My wife and I were driving along slightly behind and to the left of a police cruiser, and were reluctant to pass, so we held position. The officer slowed and rebuked me quite aggressively for 'driving in his 'blind spot'. I know that police agencies in my neck of the woods are more and more trying to change the nature/paradigm of police work to a 'service' rather than 'intimidate' model. They are actively recruiting folks with significant life experience at least partially to overcome that tendency towards arrogance which some younger officers might fall into. Anyway, I especially found your first paragraph (in your response to my comment) very well put. I'm more and more coming to think that cops should be like doctors or nurses, with 'bedside manner' being a crucial suite of skills. ('Curbside manner'?)
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2009 on Cops and Obedience at Nobody's Business
One of the challenges of being a police officer is that one is called upon to be professional in situations in which professionalism is very difficult to retain. A salute to the good cops who keep their heads, and without doubt those who do not need to be corrected and held accountable. With power comes responsibility. I do think that 'mouthing off' means that someone is showing less respect than they should, less than 'a reasonable person' would evaluate as appropriate. In such a situation the police should never be abusive, but I can see them taking that as an indication that the 'mouther' might well be willing to violate other 'reasonable' expectations of society and the law, in which case they might quite fairly put the mouther through a certain amount of investigation. Notes: (see http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Mouthing+Off) mouth off Slang 1. To express one's opinions or complaints in a loud, indiscreet manner. 2. To speak impudently; talk back. (and http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mouthing+off) "when you start swearing and saying all this crap to someone "
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2009 on Cops and Obedience at Nobody's Business
1 Tim 2: 1-4 "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2009 on Man of God at Nobody's Business
That is poetic indeed.
Toggle Commented May 24, 2009 on Freedom Highway at Nobody's Business
Rogier, if I understand correctly Christ himself also found hypocrisy among the most disgusting things. All the more impossible to understand, then, when these people who claim to be Christians are so hypocritical.
We're already paying to try to balance a budget of X amount of $$$ for Rescues. When extra rescues are demanded, there are extra costs above X. Liberty means both freedom and the responsibility for the consequences of that freedom, doesn't it?
I'm a believer in Christ. I don't agree with churches incorporating or ministers being licensed by the state to perform marriages. In my view this puts both church and state in an untenable position. In my view if the state wants to encourage churches to exist and therefore simply gives churches tax-free status, or allow them to be charitable donation destinations, that's their affair. But for any religious organization to accept any authority of any state in order to gain any advantage is way off.
Toggle Commented May 22, 2009 on The Lord Will Provide, Right? at Nobody's Business
I'd very likely buy subscription(s) to newspapers that did THIS kind of publishing and avoided Entertainment Tonight fluff.