Archive for July, 2012

Government owns it all

July 28, 2012

Oregon Man sentenced to 30 days in jail for collecting rainwater

(CNSNews.com) – A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater…

…According to Oregon water laws, all water is publicly owned. Therefore, anyone who wants to store any type of water on their property must first obtain a permit from state water managers…

…The case, he said, is centered on a 1925 law which states that the city of Medford holds exclusive rights to “all core sources of water” in the Big Butte Creek watershed and its tributaries…

So, the city of Medford owns the rain from the sky?  Think government isn’t getting a little out of hand.  While the law was enacted in 1925 it apparently didn’t say anything about rainwater. 

Theater Shooting incident

July 22, 2012

What do you say about an incident like the Aurora Theater Shooting? Is it a sign of our times? Is it about movie violence and video games? Already the questions about gun control have surfaced. Are we as a nation regressing to a more primitive state? Is the American civilization failing?

It’s often too easy to look at particular events and especially during a depressed time and see the fall of the west. But are we really in such a bad state?

You’ve heard the statistics. According to the FBI crime has gone down. Of course don’t look to Chicago when studying these stats.

What about violence in movies and video games? Well I certainly think we’ve gone too far in some movies, not because it causes more violence in society but because it’s not necessary for the story and is just gore. Who needs that? That’s not a rhetorical question. It appears some people do need the over the top detailed gore. But does that produce the kind of violence we saw at the Aurora Theater? I don’t think so.

Video games of course will be targeted again. Most video games appear to be first shooter types. I haven’t actually counted and compared as I’m not a gamer. My ten year old son routinely whips me at nearly all video games he has. Of course I then break out the Chess set to redeem myself. Are these often violent games the reason for mass shootings? Again I don’t think so. Too many gamers are perfectly fine.

Now the access to guns in America is always pointed to when such an event takes place. Yet again reporting seems to indicate that as gun ownership and concealed carry laws have grown overall crime is down. It would be great if we could simply wish guns (along with nuclear weapons) away, but we can’t. So we cannot allow just the criminals to have them? It is seldom the law abiding gun owner with a concealed carry license conducting these mass murders. Yet they are always the target for the social do-gooding attack dogs. Reality be damned.

Now the last item does concerns me. Are we as a society regressing? Do we seem more primitive and less civilized? On first look it sure seems like it. We are definitely turning into a dependent country. Soon over half of the country will be on the government dole. Could the lack of self-reliance and self-accomplishment which destroys self-esteem be the real problem? In our instant gratification society we seem to have lost much of the self-disciple needed for healthy lifestyles. I certainly think it’s a problem. But again, is it why people go off and kills dozen of other innocent people?

I don’t think you’re going to find a quick simple answer that fits the bill. There will be no silver bullet to shoot into the heart of the beast that will end these types of crimes.  I guess you just have to be very aware and realize life is dangerous.  That doesn’t make it better though. 

Colorado crime rates

Colorado Crime Rates

Total us crime

Uniform Crime Report Statistics

Note on the charts: Population increases must be considered.  But they are interesting to look at.

Everything plus the neighbors kitchen sink

July 16, 2012

A potential witness in the case against George Zimmerman has testified that the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Florida teen Trayvon Martin molested her as a child.

With a case that has crumbled to nothing this is what we can expect from now on. Will George Zimmerman get a fair trial? Not likely.

With a judge that seems to have pre-judged the case and a DOJ that is hell bent on a conviction regardless of the facts George Zimmerman is in a tough spot.

For those of you who have never felt the full force of a government prosecution, watch and learn. If you still feel comfortable with the growth and power of the big G you’re not paying attention.

Funny of the week, parking spaces in Germany

July 13, 2012

Town Assigns ‘Easy’ Parking Spots to Women

 

(Newser) – Pull into the new parking garage in Triberg, Germany, and you’ll see something strange: wide, well-lit spaces with female symbols on them, and cramped spaces near concrete pillars with male symbols on them. The logic is simple, according to Mayor Gallus Strobel: Men are better at parking. He insists the move wasn’t sexist, because there are 10 spaces reserved for women, and just two for men, the Telegraph reports.

What’s more, Strobel seems delighted by the controversy he’s kicked up. "I never expected this reaction," he said. "I’ve been on the phone all day, the TV will come. I am happy, and it looks like we’ve hit a raw nerve in society. It’s been a great marketing gimmick. Women can come here and prove me wrong, and while they’re at it they can see the town’s attractions."

Interesting…..

Happy fourth of July

July 4, 2012

Waldo Canyon fire status

July 2, 2012

55% contained.  Progress is being made.

Current status.

Fatalities: 2 / Homes burned: 346 / Acres burned: 17,827 / Containment: 55% / Firefighters: 1,581 / Evacuations: 3,000