Disclaimer first, opinion after...
I am certain that most of the Occupy folks are decent enough people. It is always tempting to make the weirdos and oddballs be the mean rather than the outlier.
But still, the Tea Party folks never had weirdos and oddballs of these dimensions. Check out the list of serious crimes that are being committed in these Obamavilles. And those are just the ones that have been reported.
The list does not include the many crimes that the various Occupy committees have successfully hushed up. Their official position appears to be that they are unwilling to engage local law enforcement over criminal activities.
Rape appears to be the most common crime that these "committees" have the most trouble containing.
by but unlisted is racism/anti-Semitism. (A prominent theme for those following the Occupy antics via Glenn Reynolds' Instapundit.)
Many of the positive changes in our society over the last 30-40 years have occurred due to an expanded sense of tolerance. What is lacking from the Occupy folks is discernment. Tolerance is what causes a 16 year old girl to avert her gaze to the normal nudity experience when one is preparing for a good night's sleep. Discernment is what causes her to call the cops when she becomes the object of to public masturbation.
Sadly, she possessed more discernment than the supposed adults that are running these protests.
Disclaimer first, opinion after...
I'm glad I waited for clarification before offering any commentary about this event. This was what I was hoping had happened.
"Whoever shot at the White House is basically a terrorist," LoRusso tells CityBeat, "and I was holding a moment of silence for the White House and President Obama and everyone in the White House. I wasn't holding a moment of silence for the terrorist in any way. We're a peaceful movement, and we don't support people shooting at the White House."Although I do wonder if Dave Maass is aware that there are leftist blowhards that do much the same to folks that are not of a leftist mindset. Me might try reading the pages of the NYTimes, WaPo...etc...etc....
At least if you scale it up properly....
More info and a poll here.
As anyone who has studied wealth and demographics will tell you, money changes a people. Along with a better standard of living, wealth buys a longer lifespan, education, and thus a more fulfilling way of spending one's years than simply squatting out a football team in some muddy backwater field.
Here is one illustration of how wealth and knowledge have changed birthrates. The focus is on the Middle East, but the lesson is useful around the world.
This time lapse video from the International Space Station is fantastic. Most of the views are of the night side of earth. I saw Michigan and the rest of the Midwestern states in several passes. The Nile river is also clearly visible.
The natural light shows are even more impressive. Lightning rolls through the clouds as the space station flies overhead. Also, the aurora borealis hangs shimmering in the atmosphere.
Although it was not exactly lost. I knew where it was all the time.
What I didn't know was "when". As is "when will I ever finish that quilt!"
You may have noticed that my Google Reader feed is gone. Google, in their infinite wisdom, has eliminated the ability to "share" things read via Google Reader via that gadget. Instead, you are expected to "share" with your Google+ page.
OK. For those paying attention, this post appeared way before it was scheduled. Then when I tried to change the date, it stayed published. So I reverted to a draft, and tried to add this note. But Blogger screwed with the video size. Argh!!
In any case, this is the selected moment for you to enjoy Mr. Shatner's unique stylings. Enjoy!