Tasered Student: Shame on Everyone

September 19, 2007 at 6:12 am | Posted in America, democracy, education, Florida, government, news, politics, society | 1 Comment

I found this latest bit of news very disturbing and very sad. To actually hear someone cry out “Please don’t tase me!” only to be tased anyways is nothing but cruel.

Video of police Tasering a persistent questioner of Sen. John Kerry became an Internet and TV sensation Tuesday, generating fierce debate about free speech and the motives of the college student involved – a known prankster who often posts practical jokes online.

Mailtribune.com

Don’t get me wrong, the guy was definitely a disturbance to the event and seemed intent on disruption that bordered on harassment, but who needs to shock a man that is on the ground with 4 people on top of him?

And no matter what John Kerry says, shame on him for not trying to diffuse the situation. Law enforcement may be up to law enforcement, but I can think of a million different ways any good speaker and leader could have talked the young man down from his hysteria.

I mean, do you think if Kerry had stepped away from his “safe zone” and confronted Meyer and the police, offering to answer the question if he left quietly with police, that it would have turned out so ugly? I don’t think so.

Shame on the campus police and shame on Senator Kerry. Shame on Meyer for not having the restraint to participate in a mature and responsible dialog with fellow citizens without resorting to hysterics and exhibitionism.

Food for thought: what social or moral responsibility did the audience have? You can hear a girl (or two) off camera shouting for them to stop, but would it have been appropriate for the group to protest the violence of the police officers? By being silent, was the audience condoning this entire spectacle?

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Premium gas or regular?

September 13, 2007 at 2:19 pm | Posted in cars, gasoline, news | Leave a comment

Which do you use? Why?

I’ll be straight up, I have never bought so-called premium gas for any of my cars. And now I’m really glad I haven’t. It’s all just a marketing ploy. As if the oil companies don’t make enough profit as it is…

Does Premium Gasoline Deliver Premium Benefits to Your Car?

Holographics

September 11, 2007 at 7:25 pm | Posted in news, technology | Leave a comment

Pretty cool stuff… The future promised to us in our childhood books and movies doesn’t seem to be too far off. Granted I would want to stick my finger anywhere near that spinning mirror, but it’s really cool nonetheless. Make sure you watch the video…that’s the best part.

Researchers develop a 360-degree holographic display

Mental Health

September 9, 2007 at 2:09 pm | Posted in Asheville, healthcare, mental health, news | Leave a comment

Special awareness event here in Asheville this weekend. Below are some shots of the flowers that were setup in front of the hospital that I work at. Also, here’s a link to the local newspaper article about the event: Citizen-Times.com.

My pictures don’t do the event much justice. The scene was quite spectacular when you drive by in your car. Good stuff though…I’m all for people being mentally healthy.

Flowers 1

Flowers 2

Flowers 3

Electoral College

September 6, 2007 at 5:43 pm | Posted in America, Bush, democracy, Democrats, government, news, politics, Republicans, society | 1 Comment

Do you want your vote to really count? Then what’s up with the electoral college? FairVote.org published an article regarding how over half of Americans would prefer to get rid of the electoral college.

With this in mind, we just finished reading an excerpt of Immanuel Kant’s essay, What is Enlightenment? in my Humanities class. One point of emphasis made by our professor was that Kant would have advocated free speech and perhaps even freedom of the press. But when it comes to voting as an inalienable right for everyone, he may not have been so “liberal”.

The reasoning behind this deduction has to do with Kant’s definition and understanding of enlightenment. Look around, would you describe all of those who you interact with as enlightened? Probably not, and this is the difference between an “enlightened age” and an “age of enlightenment”.

Continue Reading Electoral College…

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