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bigger boat

 

Tomorrow, June 20th, will be the 45th anniversary of the release of the movie Jaws. I did not see it in the theater. I may be old, but I was only 3 at the time. My first memories of this iconic movie are watching it on the TV at my grandparents, likely as one of the Sunday Night Movies one of the channels had when I was about 8 or 9. It was scary (Dreyfuss peering in the sunken boat kinda got me), but the shark seemed so unlifelike that it wasn’t overly scary. No, the scary part was several years later.

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2020: Sherman Who?

I’m seeing lots of social media posts that after today’s surprising charges against the Atlanta PD officers in the Rayshard Brooks shooting the officers have hit “Fuck it!” The DA filed charges against both the officers involved. Which apparently caught the agency actually doing the investigation a little off guard.

cart horse

Cart, meet Horse. I’m not sure which of you goes where. /s

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A More Perfect Union

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

That’s the preamble to the US Constitution, one of our founding documents. And the document that gives us the form, structure and limitations of our republican form of government.

Unfortunately, it looks like our modern protesters and their enablers haven’t given much thought to that phrase. In their insistence that all inconvenient history be wiped from public view by the removing of statues and renaming of lakes, buildings and institutions they appear to think that our forefathers thought they had created an utopia for themselves. My view is that they understood utopia was unachievable, but that they were working for something better than they had before. And they gave us a framework to change our laws and the structure of our government to make future improvements. It doesn’t say A perfect union, but rather “a more perfect union.” There were things they argued over incessantly, trying to hammer out a compromise. We can see that in the documents of The Federalist Papers and The Anti-Federalist Papers. They were striving for better, not perfect. Continue reading “A More Perfect Union”

Eric Holder and Candace Owens — John C. Wright’s Journal

Companies that make editorial changes/statements should not be allowed to hide behind the lie that they aren’t being discriminatory.

 

In February of 2009, Eric H. Holder Jr., Mr. Obama’s Attorney General (no doubt borrowing a phrase from pro-Second-Amendment activist Jeff Snyder) called the United States “a nation of cowards” on the grounds that there is an insufficient dialog on race issues, apparently on the theory that no honest nor legitimate reason can exist for…

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A disconnect

June 8, 2020

We went to church yesterday for the first time in quite awhile. It was held outside in the parking lot so everyone could “social distance” as they liked, or sit in the vehicles and listen on the radio. Weather wise the biggest problem was the heat and humidity. It was about 96 degrees out yet and humid from the previous night’s thunderstorm that rolled through. Unfortunately I felt a profound disconnect between what was being said and what the reality is.

The minister spoke about the recent unrest around the country, and specifically here in Fargo. He spoke about his “white privilege” and “systemic racism” as well as a couple of other things like “listening to the other side”, trying to tie it into his chosen verse, James 3:13-18.

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

holy bible – English Standard version

So, that is actually a pretty decent passage relatable to current events. (I took this from the little pocket bible I carry around in my backpack, even though it’s not the bible I typically use for church now or what I grew up with. It’s a handy size, so that’s why I picked it up.) It talks about making peace and some of what it takes to make that peace and for it to last.

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My ‘Privilege’ comes from my culture, not my skin tone

A blast from the past that seems relevant now

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Sarah Hoyt posted on FaceBook about the twitter comment about ‘White Privilege’ that MSNBC commentator Toure made in response to a tweet about him recommending a piece in The Atlantic about reparations. This got me thinking what ‘White Privilege’ means, reparations, class and work ethic. Go back and read the links and the comments for background while I try to make my thoughts here coherent.

Coates article was about how he came to support the idea of reparations. While I don’t have a problem with reparations paid to victims, the time for such action would have been over a century ago when there were still victims around. Doing so now, 150 after the Civil War, would involve monumental problems. 1) There are no surviving former slaves from antebellum South. I doubt there are any surviving children of former slaves, though if there are you can probably count them all on…

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Federalism: An American Quirk

A brief primer on Federalism.

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My readers from outside the US (and maybe some in the US) are probably scratching their heads in puzzlement at the US political scene as displayed this spring and early summer. The president has left so many things to the states, all of which responded in slightly different ways, that it makes the US look somewhere between chaotic and insane. The President of France or Prime Minister of Russia would never allow this.

Welcome to Federalism. Germany has a little, although not as much as the US does. It is written into the Constitution, especially the Constitution before the Progressive Era reforms of the 1890s-1920s. The US has, in theory, two tiers of government. The federal government does federal things and the states do state things. Each level is a check on the other, or was, and this fits in with the three branches of the federal government.

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Fargo Riot

On Saturday, May 30, 2020, there were numerous protests around the country over the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, MN. For the most part I thought it was kind of useless to be protesting hundreds of miles away from where it happened, but it’s certainly within their rights to make their displeasure known.

Here in Fargo they had a protest that started downtown, marched to the police station where they peacefully mingled with police officers. Police officers got up and showed support for the protestors. Chief Todd even held up a sign as he mingled with the protestors. You see, even many police officers around the country could see the videos of the Floyd arrest and see major problems with it.

Chief Todd
Photo of Fargo Chief of Police Dave Todd captured from Fargo Police Facebook page. Person who shared it stated she got it from someone else.

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GoFundMe for Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore, destroyed by rioters last night — Monster Hunter Nation

The GoFundMe for Uncle Hugos is now live. Please, share this far and wide. For those of you that don’t know, Uncle Hugo’s is a locally owned, indy bookstore in Minneapolis. It got burned down last night by rioters. The building it a total loss. All the inventory was destroyed. Uncle Hugo’s has been there…

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