Monday, March 26, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen...

In the event you have not noticed it, we have finally arrived. Our fair land is for all intents and purposes a police state. For those of you who may not be convinced, I have graciously supplied the below video. View it and get back to us.

This is neither jest nor hyperbole. Your humble writer in a previous life (too long ago) earned his bread in a career which he understood categorized him as a "peace officer". During the course of that career he had occasion to supervise street cops who made arrests for a broad range of crimes; some serious and some not so serious. In those times if a deputy brought to jail an arrestee, that arrest was required to be approved by yours truly. On only one occasion over a period of 12 years as a supervisor did I need to disapprove an arrest made in the field.

If a deputy sheriff assigned to my supervision made an arrest as described in this situation he would not only have been the laughingstock of the Los Angeles County Lennox or Catalina Island Sheriff stations but be the subject of serious disciplinary action instituted by yours truly.

Alas, times have changed; and this old Greek is ashamed to reveal in most social contexts that he is a retired "law enforcement" officer.

Heaven help us!

ht:Travis Holte @LRC blog
cross posted at: Eternity Road

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Some Much Needed Levity

Occasionally an exceptionally amusing parody catches our eye. The following is an excerpt from such an example by Christopher Manion in Crisis magazine. Go here to read the whole hilarious anecdote.

Nelosi then called a meeting with other Democrats to hear the tearful story of Sucha Flake, a law student who moonlighted as a bartendress at a pickup bar on M street. Although Flake was thirty years old, she was still in school, and she spoke poignantly of the plight of her fellow student inebriates.
“I attend an Alcoholics Anonymous law school that does not provide beer coverage in its student health plan. Just as we students have faced financial, emotional, and medical burdens as a result, employees at sober hospitals and universities across the country have suffered similar burdens. We are all grateful for the new ObamaBeer regulation that will meet the critical health care needs of so many women and our partners. For me, this is deeply personal. I have one friend who can’t go to sleep at night without consuming a six-pack. Since a good night’s sleep is a prerequisite for getting to class on time in the morning, for getting good grades, and for getting that all-important government job after we graduate, I think it’s time that the Obama administration remove the stigma of furtive students paying big bucks for false ID’s, as well as the painful decision many of us students must face every night – forced to choose between having a decent meal or going out for a few beers.”
“When I look around my campus,” Flake continued between dainty dabs at her tearful cheeks with a tissue thoughtfully supplied by the taxpayer, “I see the faces of the women affected, and I have heard more and more of their stories. On a daily basis, I hear from yet another woman from AA Law or other schools or who works for a sober employer who has suffered financial, emotional, and medical burdens because of this lack of beer coverage. And so, I am here to share their voices and I thank you for allowing them to be heard, even though they could not appear today because they’re all drunk.”