Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Why America isn't the greatest country in the world anymore.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Logical Flaw of the Stand Your Ground Law

THere is something that really bothers me about this law taht surprisingling the over-active 24h news media freak show hasn't dug into yet. Or at least I haven't heard them brign this particular point up.

that is Not how the stand your ground law relates to Zimmerman's actions, but how it realtes to Martin's actions.

Zimmerman says he had the right to stand his ground. He was trying to protect his community after a string of break'ins. So, for the sake of argument about this law. Lets say Zimmerman has represented the accoutn of that night very accuratly. And that he was justified in the killing.

But, as a thought expirement, let's reverse thing. If Trayvon Martin had killed Zimmerman tht night in thier struggle. Would not the "stand your ground" law protect him as well? He had the right to be there. He had some guy stalking him, with a gun no less. He had a legitimate right to fear for his life. Those are the grounds to use deadly force in Florida. SO I come to the conclusion that Trayvon Martin would have had the right to kill George Zimmermann.


My point?

How can anyone write a law that makes it perfectly legal to kill someone over a misunderstanding. George Zimmerman didn't know Trayvon Martin had a right to be there and only had skittles with him. Trayvon Martin didn't know that George Zimmerman was just trying to stalk him he was just trying to stop a rash of burgleries.

This is why sane places have the law that you have to retreat if you can. So just in case it was a misunderstanding, You don't have a circumstance where both parties have teh right to kill each other.

Thanks for reading my rant.

disclaimer:

I do not know what happened that night, this was a theoretical exercise.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ben Franklin, full of it. from C. Hitchens

I am ready a collection of essays from Hitchens called Arguably. He supports his claims but the more I read the more I feel he is choosing his arguments not on evidence but on belief, but that he has a pre choosen narative and he is streching in every way possible to make as many peices fit into his narative as possible. The latest was his essay on the writtings of B. Franklin, US of A founding father. As Hitchens couldn't find in any support for his argument that franklin didn't believe in god he argued that Frankilin didn't mean what he wrote. That his famous almanac and its earthy wisdom was written in jest and that any intellectual could see that. W it is a well written essay and argument. I am not convinced. I, never having read any of Franklins work would have to read it myself to make that determination.

And that beings me to my point. From reading a few of the works of Hitchens. I think, as good of a philosopher as he is, is more interested in being interesting and sensational than being correct or arguing to find the truth. And I guess now i take this grain of salt in every thign of his I read now.

ps

I love how he quotes all these great sources to read myself.

Geico Auto Insurance / uses for your car

So I just set up auto insurance through Gieco. I had to list what the car was for. I had three options:
  • Commute to school
  • Commute to work
  • Recreational use

There was no option for a stay at home father (or mother in that case).

I had to put down that the car was for recreational use which of coarse means a higher premium. Are there not people who stay at home with their children and don't work? apparently not according to Geico.


...and what about retirees. are all thier cars only for recreatinoal use as well?


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Back in the US of A / Comcast

So I back in the US. Ever since I have moved here to Milton VT Comcast has been trying to get me to subscribe for thier cable TV service. They try to contact me 5 to 7 times a week though phone calls ( I am on the national do not call registry) and snail mail. I do not answer thier calls and throw away the mail because I have no television set. Also, my internet is provided through my phone company ( fairpoint comunications).

today I finally picked up the headset when they called and said "hello, I have no television set, thank you) . No one repleid on the other end of the line. I then hung up the phone. Lets see if this stops them.