Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Whatever happened to due process?

A seven year old girl is shot in the head inside her own home during a police SWAT raid. (Read the articles here and here)



Whatever happened to due process? Since when are the police allowed to act as judge, jury and executioner? Why are police allowed to use this level of violent force when apprehending a suspect?

The man in question was not convicted of murder. He most certainly had not gone to trial, faced his accusers, and had a verdict of guilty delivered. He was not holding the family hostage. The situation was not violent until the police showed up.

This is wrong. This is immoral. Since when did apprehending a suspect make it okay to for the police to enter someone's home and use deadly force in the presence of children?

Since when did it become more important to apprehend and punish people for wrong-doing than to protect innocent life?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

California may have some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, but reading this article makes me hope perhaps that big earthquake will come along and give the surrounding states some valuable new waterfront property.

"Los Angeles the second-largest city in this country, an immigrant city, an international city. It needs to have its voice heard," said Councilman Ed Reyes. "As an American, I cannot go to Arizona today without a passport. If I come across an officer who’s having a bad day and feels that the picture on my ID is not me, I can be... deported, no questions asked. That is not American."

That's bullshit and you know it, councilman.

Stand tall and proud Arizona. Do not cave in!

Friday, May 07, 2010

I'm liking the things I'm seeing out of Arizona lately. Having made some sensible changes to immigration laws, as well as having one of the toughest sheriffs ever reported in the news, they are now eliminating speed cameras on highways.

I found the closing comment to the article hilarious and will only say that silent majorities deserve to be ignored.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

This afternoon I was browsing the drudge report and clicked the link for a video of the current flooding in Tennessee. Perhaps it was just the music they chose to accompany the video, but as I watched it evoked an unexpected reaction.

Calm. Peace. Wonder.

I know natural disasters are a wretched experience to go through. The emotions involved are usually anger, sorrow and fear for the people involved. I don't think I really want to experience a natural disaster for myself. And yet... somehow, watching the flood, knowing how powerless we are against such things, I was in awe at the power of our Creator. Amazed at the destruction. And underneath it all was a certain wistfulness and a desire to be cleansed of all the detritus I surround myself with. To see it all swept away and be left free...

But, at the same time, I have to acknowledge that desire is mostly laziness on my part. I'd rather God sweep it all away than have to work toward sweeping it away myself!