Saturday, February 02, 2008

Makes me want to hurl

Three 13-year-old girls accused of throwing french fries during lunchtime at their school were cited for "hurling missiles," an adult infraction covered by city ordinances.

Am I wrong for thinking this is a bit of an over-reaction? Yeah, apparently there had been some food-throwing problems at the school, but is this necessary? Obviously, the police chief thinks so:

"It wasn't a spontaneous thing -- a couple of kids giggling, throwing a french fry at each other," Deutsch said. "They intended on getting everybody involved in this and starting something that no doubt would have the potential of getting out of control."

Outside of an incredible mess, just how out of control does he think this can get? Are we talking trashed lunchroom out of control or the complete breakdown of society in Laramie, Wyoming out of control? There is a difference here, and there should be some sense of proportion as well.

It seems we as a society have completely lost that particular sort of sense, however. The march toward anarcho-tyranny continues on.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Reason #621 why I'm utterly against socialized medicine

An 11-year-old boy from Britain, who was partially deaf for nearly 10 years, was suddenly cured when a thick piece of cotton popped out of his ear, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

So for 10 years, the geniuses at the British NHS managed to miss a wad of cotton in the kids ear. Sort of makes you wonder what else they're missing, doesn't it?

I like calling North Carolina home...

Yeah, I was born and raised here, but the real reason I still live here is the people. People like Assistant Randolph County District Attorney Andy Gregson, Randolph County District Attorney Garland Yates and Randolph County Sheriff Maynard Reid.

Speaking on the subject of concealed carry, Sheriff Reid says

“People who can pass the class and the screening process to get a concealed carry permit are not the kind of people we have trouble with. The people we worry about are those with guns who are up to no good.”

The Sheriff of neighboring Montgomery County,
Jeff Jordan, had this to add:

“The screening process is so vigorous, we can be assured this is an upstanding citizen.”

It's nice to live where the local law understands and supports your Constitutional rights.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Survivalism going mainstream?

(Via SurvivalBlog)

It seems that a new group of people are becoming aware that our civilization could be failing before our eyes. In Middleville, MI, Aaron Wissner and his family have ran head-on into the Peak Oil theory and have the zeal of the newly converted.

The WSJ article mentions the philosophy of relocalization (here, have a few websites to look at), which, Peak Oil or not, is one of the most intelligent things I've ran into lately. I like the idea of not spending two hours a day in my car, and buying the majority of my goods and services from my neighbors, who in turn buy the goods and services my family offers.

Even if nothing happens, and The World As We Know It doesn't end, the idea of more people becoming aware that it could will lead to improvements in our human society. I don't want an end to our modern technology, but I would like to see its influence on our daily lives reduced. Good grief, get off the cell phone, put down that PlayStation controller, get up from in front of those 500 channels, and put in a garden. Do your own work around the house. Take a walk in the woods. Reconnect with your family, neighbors and friends.

Are still reading this? GIT!