“Ken Giles was jogging in a park in Johnson City, Tenn., when, as he put it, “nature called.” He went off the trail to go take care of business. Then an undercover agent “put the badge in my face and told me that I was under arrest. I just thought I was in trouble for urinating in public.”
It was much more humiliating than that. The park was the site of a police crackdown on gay men using the park for sex. But the police went beyond arrests. Before anyone was convicted, they posted the names, addresses and photos of the men.
Giles’s wife saw his picture on the news. Then his employer fired him. “When I lost my job … my wife was so upset that she had a … a major heart attack.”
Another man named by the police killed himself.” – John Stossel
What purpose does this kind of thing serve? Why can’t police distinguish between someone trying to relieve themselves and someone try to get some kicks from public sex? Why are police so busy hiding in bushes or bathroom stalls trying to entrap people into engaging in illicit activities? While engaging in sexual acts in clear public view in front of others should indeed be a crime, There is no need for all this covert activity and undercover work.
Banning Fast Food to Fight Obesity?
“Jan Perry, a Los Angeles city-council member, is spearheading legislation that would ban new fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s and KFC from opening in a 32-square-mile chunk of the city, including her district.” – WSJ
You might ask why? The standard response from advocates of such measure
“[These measures are] crucial in the fight against obesity, diabetes and other diseases and health conditions.”
While all of you know I take seriously the problem of obesity in America, this is certainly not the way to go about it. Limiting the choices of all members of society because some abuse their freedom is the very antithesis of what one should expect from their government. This problem will only be solved when individuals take responsibility for their actions, not when the government bans or sin taxes every last twinkie, Big Mac, or fried food found in fast food restaurants, grocery stores, or your very own fridge.
Grown up P.E.- Do you Still Hit the Dork With Glasses? Wait, That’s me!
“This is Old School P.E., a two-hour exercise program strictly for adults, built around grown-up versions of gym class staples. Participants say getting in shape is a bonus to the main attraction — a Friday night out with friends, away from the kids.” – Yahoo! News
As much of a dork as this makes me, I think this would be really fun and totally cool. I would do this in a heart beat if they offered it somewhere within a 20 mile radius of my home.
A Four Day School Week?
“Facing a crippling increase in fuel costs, some rural U.S. schools are mulling a solution born of the ’70s oil crisis: a four-day week.”- Rueters
Sounds like a splendid idea to me. I for one hope my university embraces this plan. Then I would only have class Monday and Wednesday and would not have to drive all the way to Greensboro 3 days a week (each trip costs me $25 in gas). Gosh, just thinking of that makes me shiver. When I first started the program it was less than $12 per trip.
BTW: IT IS TIME TO DRILL! DRILL! DRILL! DRILL!!!
“FORMER NASA astronaut and moon-walker Dr Edgar Mitchell – a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission – has stunningly claimed aliens exist.
And he says extra-terrestrials have visited Earth on several occasions – but the alien contact has been repeatedly covered up by governments for six decades…
“It’s been well covered up by all our governments for the last 60 years or so, but slowly it’s leaked out and some of us have been privileged to have been briefed on some of it.”- News.com.au
What say you, my readers. Has he flipped his nut? Is he speaking truth to power (gosh the phrase turns my stomach)?
“A family court judge in Yahoo! Newshas had enough with parents giving their children bizarre names here, and did something about it. Just ask Talula Does The Hula From . He had her renamed.-
I am conflicted because I dislike the court step within the sphere of parental authority- which of course name choosing lies well within. However, I also have a strong distaste for parents who saddle their children with ridiculous names which bring them personal gratification but burden their children for the rest of their lives.
While celebrities like Jason Lee have enough wealth to financially insulate their child for a lifetime when they give them ludicrous names like “Pilot Inspector,” the children of regular folks who think that naming their child something odd seems really neat (after all, the celebrities are doing it, right?) can’t provide their kids the same security. Instead their children will try to get into college, get jobs, and find a loved one burdened with a name that will do much to decrease their chances in life- and this isn’t even to mention the sport their classmates will make of them.
Please, if you are a parent thinking of giving your child a name like Tula Does the Hula or Pilot Inspector or Peanut, please think again. Think about why you are giving them that name. Is it for your own gratification, are your reasons all self-referential? Have you taken into consideration how the name you have chosen will benefit or harm your beloved child? If not, please, please, please do so.