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The Sex Police & the War on Sex

“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 (more…)

AP Photo/State of Michigan, Department of Attorney General

The Worlds (Not-so-)Greatest Father?!

The man to the right, Daniel Everette (33) of Michigan was arraigned “the other day for charges of child sexual abuse and using the Internet to attempt child sexual abuse.” [1]

Oddly enough, despite the fact that his shirt proclaims his love for both wrestling and his children, no one yet knows if he has any offspring of his own or if he actually watches WWE wrestling.  Gosh, as if pro-wrestling didn’t have enough bad press in the last year already.

Somehow I doubt the WWE will be sending this guy free ringside tickets for getting their company logo into the public eye.

Bad Cop, No Donut…

John Stossel has a great article up over at Townhall.com about the extortion scheme known as the “STOP” sign.  Among the interesting things Stossel points out

1. Cameras placed at stop signs in New York and Michigan showed that 82 and 72 percent of drivers, respectively, failed to come to a complete stop.  Oh, and the cops didn’t either.

2. Stop signs are bad for the environment.

3. Getting rid of stop signs has been shown to save lives and lower the number of accidents.

4. Cops have a perverse incentive to get overtime pay by giving tickets at stop signs- and surprise, surprise, cops are not always honest.  Stossel reports how one cop made $21,000 in overtime pay thanks to all the time he spent testifying in court. (more…)

There used to be a day when you could fill out your tax forms and residency forms, hand them in, and things worked out perfectly fine.  However, now thanks to the Department of Homeland Security you MUST complete your I-9 form in front of a human resources representative.  I guess because human resources employees can somehow spot a terrorist?!

So thanks to homeland security, I now have to drive an hour and fifteen minutes round trip (almost a quarter tank of gas- $8 worth) for 2 minutes worth of paperwork.  Isn’t government bureaucracy grand?  NO!  And no, I can’t fill it out on my first day teaching because my class starts on Tuesday and the forms MUST be filled out on the first day of classes- Monday.  If you don’t do that the college can’t hire you.  It’s that convoluted…I mean…simple.

Oh, and by the way, we were told by a representative of the HR department that they ARE NOT allowed to tell us what documents we need to bring with us.  You heard that right. Stupid, isn’t it?  I guess this is like some kind of citizenship documents pop quiz.   I am going on the assumption they need my license and social security card- but I am not ruling out that they may want my birth certificate, blood sample, urine sample, and my D.N.A.

So if you wonder why I am only posting this non-weight loss related blog post today, now you know.  But hey, at least my employer will know I am not some crazy terrorist.

A Prayer for Today…

Posted: July 18, 2007 in law, Me, personal, prayer

Lord, You are a loving and generous God,

A faithful and steadfast Father,

Blessing those who seek You, and granting perfect peace to those whose minds are fixed on You,

Lord, I pray that You bless this family with abundance,

Not that we might fulfill our wants, but that we might give it all away to glorify You.

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I am presenting for your enjoyment a PowerPoint presentation on slavery I created last year for a course on teaching at the college level. Some of its contents might surprise you. Let me know what you think.

Most of all I want to know if you learned anything knew? Did it challenge anything you thought you knew? What do you think it was missing? Or anything else that might be on your mind.

Just click the below link/file.

What is Slavery