Thursday, November 30, 2006

The "No Time To Do A Post" Open Thread

The title says it all. I got home from work late last evening and was too tired to think straight.

So today, you can pick the topic. For those of you that read PYY and do not have blogs (and those that do), you can post a mini-post of your own. Got a beef, pet peeve, or something you want to air out? Here's the chance to get it off of your chest. How about an idea, thought, or a suggestion? Feel free to post it.

I'll be back to normal tonight (Ihope).

Thanks for reading.

13 comments:

Mark said...

I'll kick off here with a reminder of what is going on the rest of world that the MSM isn't covering.

A Civil War in Mexico that could send refugees of a shooting war, not just refugees of a collapsed economy looking for work, into the USA.

A Civil War (but Matt Lauer won't call it that, if it ever makes his teleprompter) in France where the French Police casualty rate is higher than the American rate in Iraq.

Let's not forget South Africa, where since the communist ANC took over, the poor are actually worse off then they were under the previous government.

superfrenchie said...

Mark: //A Civil War (but Matt Lauer won't call it that, if it ever makes his teleprompter) in France where the French Police casualty rate is higher than the American rate in Iraq.//

What the hell are you talking about?

Have any number to even start to back that up?

Greg said...

Mark: what about the civil war going on in our inner cities? I've been saying for a while that the MSM should cover the violence in our cities the way they cover the violence in Iraq, only they shouldn't get to Iraq until they're done covering the US stuff. It would go something like this:

"Two shot and killed in Boston on Saturday. And another man stabbed to death on Sunday. In related news, in continuing inter-clan strife in NYC, 4 Cripts were shot in a drive-by; in retaliation, 2 Bloods were shot as they sat in their car in the Bronx. Still more violence rocked Los Angeles this weekend.... The blood continued to poor in Richmond, Va...." They wouldn't even have time for Iraq. NYC has about 23 murders a month; Boston about 2; LA about 22; Miami about 3; Chicago about 18; Houston about 11. I wonder how people would react if they were bombarded with the images on violence in our country every single day on the news.

ms. miami said...

lasunsett- let me briefly swing back to an earlier discussion and clarify my views on behavior profiling.

i think that trying to prevent each and every attack that might come our way is a noble, yet unreasonable, goal.

although our law enforcement officials should always strive to do better, it's statistically unlikely to always find the muhammed attas or even timothy mcveighs before they act.

i accept that there are no certainties in life and assuredly run a high risk of injury or death every day on i-95.

you might want to check out my post on superfrenchie today (when you have time) for some musings on the dangers of fear...

Mark said...

Stop by my blog for details on the Urban Guerrilla War in France (that is the term Reuters is using).

Greg makes a good point about the violence in the areas of extremist "gun control" in the United States.

Boston has gone to great lengths to make a safer working environment for violent criminals.

It is also interesting to note that a majority of these crimes are tied to the illegal drug trade. So called "gun control" laws stop drug dealers from getting firearms about as well as the drug laws passed in the 1920s keep them from getting drugs.

Greg said...

Mark: //Boston has gone to great lengths to make a safer working environment for violent criminals.//

He, he. Mark, are you from the Boston area? The arrest rate on murders in abysmal here, perhaps on purpose. They were even touting a new "truce" negotiated b/w rival gangs, until one of the scumbags killed another of the scumbags this weekend. They should tell Jim Baker about how negotiating with killers works before he publicly suggests making nicey-nice with Iran and Syria.

Anyway, I notice you have a page named "Westborough." That wouldn't be the town in Mass., would it? I grew up right next door....

Greg said...

Mark, upon further investigation, I see that you are indeed from my neck of the woods. Small world! I actually work in Westborough now, though I still live in Boston, unfortunately. Grew up in Northboro. How funny....

superfrenchie said...

The reason Mark is not talking about a civil war in America: a police state that works!

1 of every 32 Americans (7 millions total) is either in jail, on probation or on parole.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15960666/

Mark said...

Does that number take into account all the illegal aliens?

We do have a problem here. We have mandatory minimum sentences for "crimes" like drug possession and we have muggers, murderers and rapists out on parole, or in the case of the criminals paradise of Massachusetts, let loose on weekends while serving their sentence.

Your number is artificially inflated as well. By counting those out on probation or parole, you are counting criminals released back into the law abiding population. That is the sign of an inefficient police state.

As one civil rights activist here in the Bay State put it:
"It isn't a fascist police state when you can publically call it one - unless you mean that term as a complement."

Greg said...

Would this happen in a police state?

http://tinyurl.com/yb34c9

LASunsett said...

Greg,

//Would this happen in a police state?//

I have to say that this website profiled in this story you link to, disturbs me greatly. To think that anyone could put something like this online, makes me wonder about the state of mankind.

1. This is the obvious one: This will discourage citizen informants, which is where much onformation can be acquired for use to prosecute criminals.

2. Anyone that has a beef with someone could rat them out as rats (whether they were or not), as a means to get them hurt or killed by some crazy that may just stumble on a face, and recognize that face, and then nail them when they get the chance.

From what I was allowed to see (w/o buying the plan), it would appear that there wouldn't be much quality control, for accuracy purposes.

3. Innocent family members of agents and others could be at risk, because of this.

There are more reasons, but I would think those were enough to warrant shutting this site down. I do not know how easily (or legally) that can be done.

I hate censorship of almost any kind, but this is something that I feel crosses the line, big time.

LASunsett said...

Ms. Miami,

//let me briefly swing back to an earlier discussion and clarify my views on behavior profiling.

i think that trying to prevent each and every attack that might come our way is a noble, yet unreasonable, goal.//


Agreed. But there is no reason we cannot try.

//although our law enforcement officials should always strive to do better, it's statistically unlikely to always find the muhammed attas or even timothy mcveighs before they act.//

Agreed, again. But I also believe that striving to do so will lead to a much less chance, they will be able to carry an act. there's never any guarantee.

//i accept that there are no certainties in life and assuredly run a high risk of injury or death every day on i-95.//

Most definitely. No doubt at all.

I will say that while I cannot gloat over the fact that there have been no major attacks on American soil since 9/11, I cannot overlook it either. As I form my opinions about the methods currently being used, I have to incorporate all aspects to make a judgement. That particilar fact alone has had a huge impact on developing my stance.

//you might want to check out my post on superfrenchie today (when you have time) for some musings on the dangers of fear...//

I glanced at it but did not read it thoroughly yet. But I plan to. I wouldn't want to miss the opportunity, for anything.

:)

Anonim said...

This is basically a FYI posting for those interested in the EU-Turkey debacle. I came across this article by Mick Hume at spike-online.com. I thought it was quite insightful, thorough, and to-the-point. Here is the link:

Time to ‘talk turkey’ about Turkey – and the EU