Archive | June, 2008

>Bicycle = Magical

30 Jun

>(It must be magic, it makes my old jeans fit again!)

No, really. Magical. I go riding in the evening and glide past and through sparkles and patches and clouds of fireflies, sometimes blinking in sync, big, fat, bright ones that float through the air at the approximate angle of the “little people” from a children’s book. It’s remarkable in the green twilight of sunset along the well-wooded trail. It’s almost too pretty to believe in.

Another bit of “magic” is the effect riding regularly has on my metabolism. It is as if the exercise reminds my body what do do with caloric intake, stepping everything up, leaving me more energetic for having done some honest perspiring rather than tired. And maybe that’s exactly what happens. All I know is, Sherlock Holmes had more fun than Mycroft.

(Update: Typo corrected thanks to commenter).

>Linguistic Patrol

30 Jun

>Every tenth person who misuses “decimate” should be taken out and shot.

That is all.

>Marry A Voter, Have Many Children

30 Jun

>…If you want to try changing things via the ballot box and soap box: late word is that there’s a genetic component to political involvement. While I nurse a secret suspicion it’s the yammerheadedness gene, it could be I’m mistaken.

>NRA vs. SF: Oh, Heller Yeah

29 Jun

>NRA and CCRKBA found themselves a gay gun-owner who lives in a San Franciso Housing Authority-run condo apartment building for their firearms-rights lawsuit in the City By The Bay. It’s a little brain-puzzle for the Mayor and lefty press to cope with — and the guy’s reasons (not wanting to be a helpless victim when bashers come to call) make perfect sense.

>A Photo I’ve Got To Op

28 Jun

>Separation of Church and State, Indy-style: Downtown doing the engineering side of covering this idiocy for the Big Giant Old Media Company, I noticed that the large, impressive City-County Building sits catercorner to the Disciples Center, HQ of a major Protestant denomination; from Court Street (one of the city’s named alleys, supposedly a bizarre byproduct of Indiana’s early, local-option approach to Prohibition*) they appear back-to-back across the alleyway. They’ve worked out a fine deal: the Disciples of Christ don’t arrest anyone and the Police and Mayor don’t preach. Some of the City-County Councilbeings have a little trouble with not-preaching part, while others seem to be having trouble with both Godliness and abiding by the law

I hope my little camera can catch the same view my eye found Friday afternoon; the image is striking. And, for the more frothing-at-the-mouth one way or t’other, perhaps it might be a reminder that these institutions can and do co-exist quite smoothly.
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* I can’t substantiate it but supposedly Indianapolis’s ban of saloons included language courts held to imply forbidding them only along named streets, so the bars nailed up the front doors and hung signs out back. There are a few left that still do! But at the time, the city simply named the alleys. Sneak-y.

>Rule Two Violation In WaPo

28 Jun

>…In an AP (well, of course) photo above Eugene Robinson’s very grudging admission that the Second Amendment means what it says. (A wink and a nod to Turk Turon for the link).

Of course, he also thinks putting guns in the hands of the law-abiding will somehow result in a statistically significant uptick in homicides, then shares this deep and abiding insight, “I think the idea that the Founders’ ‘original intent’ should govern every interpretation of the Constitution is loony — as if men who wrote with quill pens could somehow devise a blueprint for regulating the Internet.”

Yeah, Mr. Robinson, ‘cos human nature has changed in drastic and fundamental ways since the late 1700s? Because “freedom of speech and of the press” could not possibly refer to electronic media, even the fat pipe of easy and widespread Internet access? (Only shouting from soapboxes and printing with a manual press using hand-set type are protected, yeah sure). Because making “… no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” could not possibly include Sci3nt0l0gy, Unitarians* or Hari Krishna d00ds?

It is not a matter of the technology those men used to record their thoughts but rather the quality and depth of those thoughts. A quill pen scratches along at about the rate most writers compose and far more rapidly than the thoughts of political philosopher can be organized and set down.

It is nothing but prejudice — the blind arrogance of the materially privileged — to sneer at our forebears as narrow, ignorant men because they lacked typewriters, ballpoints, indoor plumbing, electric lights and streetcars. They had their minds. They had the body of Biblical, Greek and Roman writings (and were often able to read them in the original language) along with nearly as much of modern Western philosophy as we have today. They had Shakespeare, Swift, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, algebra and calculus. Their time is not called The Age of Reason Enlightenment (oops) lightly. They were not savages, grunting at the first dim light of tomorrow; they knew the human mind and human heart for good and for ill.

It is true that some among the Founders and Framers were newspaper columnists. But we mustn’t hold that against them, either.
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* Like those icky John and John Q. Adamses. How durst they?

>Should We Bake Them A Cake?

27 Jun

>There ought to be some way for us People Of The Gun to show our appreciation of the good folks at SCOTUSblog, who labored under hugely more traffic than their usual and kept the blog running nevertheless. Well done!

And they’ve provided my morning chuckle, too, with a posting in re Heller from aptly-named weenie Law Professor CarlT. Bogus, long-time source of PSH, who writes in part, “Surely, insurrectionism has had both James Madison and Edmund Burke spinning in their graves.” Umm, gee, yeah, except Madison didn’t need to be dead to hear about it; his ol’ pal Thomas Jefferson was wont at the time to muse that a revolt every ten or twenty years would be about right. Did’ja miss that sidebar, Prof?

I’m forever amazed at these guys who so trust The State they’d deny the right of the People to resist tyranny. Wonder if he has a big poster of the Tian An Men Square Tank Guy with big ol’ red circle-and-slash negation symbol over it — or is it okay to stand up to The Man as long as you’re unarmed and get vanished for it?

Awww, Professor Bogus, who’s the sad clown? Heheheh.