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Archive for May 9th, 2005

My Favorite Music Critic Has A New Post

Posted by Mark on May 9, 2005

Jackory does his usual stellar job on a founder of Christian contemporary music. Great stuff.


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Balance of Power is Up and Running!

Posted by Mark on May 9, 2005

I’m not sure these guys planned to be up and running the same day as HuffingtonPost, but I’m far more excited about Balance of Power than I am Arianne’s latest project. Made up of five veteran bloggers from across the political spectrum, they will tackle new subjects at least weekly. Their initial offering is The Patriot Act. Great work across the board. As usual, I’m more in agreement with Zaphriel than Joe, but what else is new? All five are great writers, and worth adding to your morning or evening reading, after Liberty Just in Case, of course.

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Arianne’s Site: The Reviews Are In, and It Ain’t Pretty

Posted by Mark on May 9, 2005

Arianne Huffington launched her new site today. Nikki Finke is, to say the least, unimpressed. I think the site has possibilities. Today’s the first day, after all. Let’s give it a chance for at least a few weeks before deciding it’s dead in the water. In all honesty, I found the initial offerings somewhat dry and boring, but I’ll keep coming back for awhile. It may succeed, and be a lefty competitor to the Drudge Report. Or it may go the way of Air America, limping along, and unable to pay its bills. We’ll see.

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Two Girls Slain in Zion

Posted by Mark on May 9, 2005

Jody over at The Bandwagon has the pictures, and gives voice to my thoughts better than I can.

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The Rules of Society…

Posted by zaphriel on May 9, 2005

If you live in the Sacramento or Reno area, you can listen to a great morning show called “Rob Arnie and Dawn in the Morning“, it has lots of funny segments, and occasionally some pretty engaging political/societal discussions (sort of like blogging on the radio).

This morning, Rob made a great point that I whole-heartedly agree with.
They were talking about this story, about a boy who was on his cell phone with his mother in Iraq.

Rob made the following points.
The policy of the school is that a student can have a cell phone but it cannot be on during school hours at all, not even during lunch. Rob argues that the rule is the rule and if we don’t like it, we should try to change them. With that I agree.

Even though I am in the military, and I have been to Iraq, and my wife is also in the military and has been to the Middle East, I absolutely side with the school on this, for several reasons.

First the child had the phone on during school hours, violating the policy in the first place. (The phone should have never been ON to be answered in the first place.)

Second the child was belligerent when asked to comply with the policy, breaking a second school rule. (I know I do not tolerate such behavior from my child, and I doubt I ever will)

Those of us in the military generally hold our children to a higher standard of behavior, (At least I do). If I were in this same situation, I would have expected my son to politely explain that I was on the phone from Iraq, and to inform me that he was at school and was not allowed to continue the conversation on his cell phone. I would also expect the school to act with empathy and understanding (something I think they did do by reducing the punishment prescribed to a 3 day suspension instead of 10), maybe they should have had a policy that allowed for such instances where that child doesn’t know when they will speak to their parent again, but that is entirely a different issue.

The rules are there for a reason, and that child should have known better than to be belligerent and cuss at a teacher. That is never acceptable behavior, no matter what. We can’t just chose what rules we want to follow and when we want to follow them. If we don’t like them, we need to change them from the inside (in this case, propose a rule change at the PTA meeting). Those points are being lost in the MSM.

Thomas Jefferson said, “Certainly one of the highest duties of the citizen is a scrupulous obedience to the laws of the nation. But it is not the highest duty,” meaning we are to obey our laws and try to change those we find unreasonable, either by lawful protest or by initiating the change through our representatives.

Violating the law while it is in action however is an unacceptable solution, unless there is no other means (which is an exceedingly rare occasion).

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