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  1. water lily
    water lily February 24, 2014 8:37 am

    A gun-toting Jesus? I think not. It’s amazing what passes for “Christianity” these days.

    It’s also amazing what passes for art.

    That is all. 🙂

  2. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty February 24, 2014 8:45 am

    The “open carry” article is such a mess of gun grabber talk and California loony tunes… where to begin. The author needs to spend a few hours with me walking around in my little town. He might learn something. Then again….

    The school “justice” thing is probably ok for some things, though it sounds too much like psychobabble “group therapy” to me, not any kind of honest arbitration. In light of that, a “suspension” is a good thing, actually, because it gets the kid OUT of the poisonous atmosphere of the “school” at least temporarily.

    The real injustice, of course, is the very fact that the children are incarcerated in a government “school,” with the constant threat of the insane “zero tolerance” for this or the other. I don’t see how that can be remedied with psychobabble, but good luck to them.

  3. Scott
    Scott February 24, 2014 9:31 am

    My non-psychic prediction concerning those cops. Absolutely nothing will happen to them. There will be an “investigation” that lasts long enough for the incident to slide out of view, and those cops will be transferred to some other department. They won’t lose so much as a vacation day. That guy is *very* lucky to be intact, walking and talking. So-they didn’t realize their cars had cameras? Or they just didn’t care? Probably the latter.
    Sometimes, general looniness can be really entertaining…I wonder how many followers this guy and his particular interpretation of Christianity will pick up?
    Irish Democracy sounds a lot like what an uncle of mine called Just Shut Up.

  4. LarryA
    LarryA February 24, 2014 10:29 am

    Unfortunately, I think there’s a possibility of open-unloaded-carry passing as a way around the ruling. Which would then lead to another court case, since unloaded carry is not self-defensive. (Bet the police wouldn’t go for it.)

    Would open carry lead to greater acceptance of firearms, or social ostracism?
    I’d certainly like to see the experiment tried in California. (With me in Texas.)

    The NSA reaction was a classic case of the Streisand Effect.

  5. Karen
    Karen February 24, 2014 1:31 pm

    Who knew I’ve been engaging in “Irish Democracy” all these years. Sort of like the old “I’m not deaf. I’m ignoring you.”

  6. Ellendra
    Ellendra February 24, 2014 7:35 pm

    “Restorative justice”: They tried the whole “talk it out” thing when I was getting death threats from another girl in 7th grade. It didn’t stop the death threats. I can see where it might work for some conflicts if those conflicts are based on honest misunderstandings. But there are some people who are just plain cruel for cruelty’s sake, and talking isn’t going to change that.

  7. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal February 24, 2014 8:34 pm

    Back a few years ago, while I was working at the frame shop which made hand-crafted frames, and framed artworks for Manhattan art galleries, one of the managers almost threw away some “art”.
    She took a box off the shelf to measure the art inside, and write up a ticket for the frame which was to be made for it, carefully opened the flat box, started looking through the tissue paper… and found nothing. Believing that something “artlike” had to be in the box, she looked again and again, until she noticed a regular-sized sheet of (apparently) printer paper such as you’d buy from Walmart. It had been crumpled and then sort of smoothed back out- and ever-so-faintly, in a bottom corner, written in pencil, was the “artist’s” signature and date.
    I saw some really, really bad “art” (and some good, and some absolutely horrifying!) while I worked there, but that was undoubtedly the laziest “art” I ever saw.

  8. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau February 25, 2014 9:15 am

    On that open carry thing, it is hugely amusing that the gun banners are reduced to the state of promoting open carry to get guns off the street. I suppose the theory is that open carry allows them to “legally” prohibit concealed carry, and that OC can be (unofficially) made so unpleasant through police harassment that nobody will do it. But they may be miscalculating. I can just see a lot of old duffers with nothing left to lose and unwilling to put up with cop bullshit, going OC as a result. It will be entertaining…

    On the story about cancer medicine, this has to be repeated over and over in this country. If anything is going to wake people up in this country, Obamacare is it. With that and all the gun sales going through the roof, thank Heaven Obama got elected, rather than some GOP drone.

    I don’t think that “restorative justice” is an example of arbitration, but is rather a caricature of it. It reminds me of the push a while back to make government be run more like a business, completely missing the point that the fundamental difference is that businesses and arbitration are voluntary. Kids in these prisons we call schools are not in a voluntary situation.

  9. A.G.
    A.G. February 25, 2014 12:47 pm

    Restorative Justice sounds interesting, assuming the numbers are accurate. Curious to know all the details. Reminds me of some Native American concepts.

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