Archive for April, 2007

Of Greeters and Valedictors

And those who combine both functions:

Mr. Fu notes two Wal Mart greeter failures in the last three weeks. Crotchety old farts engaged in chatting with other old farts.

But that was all offset this morning by a singing greeter / valedictor. He warbled “Welcome to Wal Mart” upon entry for all the customers and “Thank you for shopping at Wal Mart” on the way out. The experience was different and kind of disturbing in an unfamiliar way. Perhaps if they employ more singing greeter / valedictors Mr. Fu shall become accustomed to their presence.

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Good Arguments Against Federal Aid

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Nothing Touched Me

And made me whole.  Dinesh D’Souza angers several atheists when he questions the lack of atheist participation in the comfort of the grieving. Is D’Souza’s timing a little to close to be asking such questions and really taking advantage of a tragedy?  Perhaps.

Atheist anger is kind of interesting (does the anger serve some evolutionary purpose?).  But there does seem to be a lack of coordinated effort by atheists in humanitarian (snicker*) causes.  Like when was the last time you visited a sick friend in the Atheist Hospital?  Or met a recovering alcoholic whose life was changed by disbelief in a higher power?

Argue what you will about the existence of God, but if you balance the anecdotal evidence of the number of lives positively impacted by atheistic teachings versus those positively impacted by Christian teachings I think far more would pile up on the “God exists” side.  So if God does not exist, why are so many people’s lives changed for the better by a figment of their imagination?

*snicker, from the old line: If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?

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Firearms in Your School

Your whacked-out psycho-classmate has firearms, how to you propose to stop him?  David Kopel on ‘Gun-Free Zones.’  Cho Seung-Hui picked an unfair fight, so why should he have all the advantages?  What you need is more training.

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You Think Medical Care Costs A Lot Now?

Just wait until it’s free!  Learn what that means and why.

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Fred Moving Forward?

Stephen F. Hayes on Fred Thompson.

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Nifong’s Mob Connections

 Sounds like Nifongg’s handling of the stripper rape case nearly incited a mob:

On the same day, Nifong started a media offensive. The News & Observer had broken the story of the team giving DNA samples and then published an interview with Mangum. Activists and neighborhood residents had responded with two protests outside the house where three lacrosse captains lived: a candlelight vigil and a raucous affair where protesters banged pots and held signs that read “Castrate” and “Get a Conscience, Not a Lawyer.”

There are many lessons to be re-enforced and many unseemly behaviors seen in this story.  Lessons to be re-enforced: 1) “innocent until proven guilty” protects the accused, 2) for “innocent until proven guilty” to avoid a mob scene the populace needs to be confident that justice will be done, 3) prosecutors and defense counsel should be compelled to keep their mouths shut until a public trial, 4) if you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas, in that if the accused had not been attending a party characterized with such ill conceived activities as hiring strippers, then there would have been far less opportunity for them to be accused of rape.

Unseemly behaviors: 1) abusing a position of authority for personal gain, in Nifong trying to use this case to boost his election campaign, 2) class envy in assuming the accused were guilty by virtue of their socio-economic status, 3) the assumption that the accuser was truthful without a complete investigation being completed, 4) mob actions of intimidation and disturbing the peace.

There are more issues involved here, but these are enough to consider for some time.

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