Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
Well, I certainly don’t wanna be this guy, but it’s going to be an interesting case to watch:
A dramatic 911 call from the Pasadena man who allegedly shot and killed two men accused of burglarizing his neighbor has been released. The dispatcher tried to talk him out of it.
At about 2pm Wednesday, Joe Horn called 911 from inside his Pasadena home. He says he saw two men break into his neighbor’s house. Horn tells police that he is armed with a shotgun.
The link above has the full audio of the seven-minute 911 call. Mr. Horn carried the phone outside with him during his confrontation with the perpetrators, and continued to talk on it as the officers arrived at the scene.
“He’s coming out of the window right now,” said Horn to the 911 dispatcher. “I gotta go, buddy. I’m sorry, but he’s coming out the window.”
“Don’t, don’t , don’t go out the door. Mr. Horn? Mr. Horn?” said the dispatcher.
“(Expletive), they just stole something,” said Horn to the dispatcher. “I’m sorry. I ain’t gonna let them get away with this. They got a bag of something. I’m doing it.”
I’ve got a question about this kind of stuff and I think it’s the question everybody has on their minds, they just don’t want to admit it.
Here and there, we have gone full-tilt with the left-wing method(s) for controlling crime. Listing examples would be quite useless. We could go back to the late sixties and early seventies for enough examples. Suppose, just as an intellectual exercise…we were to go full-tilt with the right-wing way? You make a citizen’s arrest, you have the right to enforce your arrest with a legal instrument of lethal force. And of course since bluffing would be dangerous, you will have the right to back it up. Just be ready to prove you gave fair warning in case someone calls it into question.
In your house…on your lawn…on your neighbor’s lawn…on the bus downtown.
I remember during the early nineties that if you were to suppose out loud that such a system would lead to rampant violence, with average citizens huddled beneath their covers for fear that the next shooting frenzy would leave them ventilated in a ditch if they dared step outside, your fantastic musings would spread like wildfire. Many highly-visible politicians so mused. Suc ponderings have, within the information that has found it’s way to me, never panned out in reality. Michael Moore thinks America herself is living proof of this, but he’s been exposed as an unabashed self-loathing reverse-racist and his ramblings are so embarrassing nobody with a name worth defending will agree with him about it.
It’s a different world now. You can’t automatically win an election anywhere just by promising to get those nasty guns “off the street”…or “lying around,” as Mr. Moore likes to say. The message has caught on that a man with gun doth not a lunatic make.
So what would happen if we went all-out?
Common sense should tell you that crime would have to plummet. What kind of human dreck would place himself in such a situation, save for the residual debris here and there that natural selection hasn’t quite gotten around to handling?
Yikes! Did I really type that. Well yeah, I did. For all our fanciful social experiments with crime, the one truth to which we find ourselves returning time and time again, is that crime is committed by relatively few individuals. When we lock up the people who do it, crime goes down, and when we let them out again it goes back up. It’s really something that’s complicated only in our minds.
As for Mr. Horn, I hope he comes out of this okay. He’s right you know. Having to sit and watch a burglary at two in the afternoon, is just bullshit. Yes…being fatally blasted by a shotgun is a punishment disproportionate to the crime. I just don’t see it that way. Being blown up or burned alive is a punishment disproportionate to the crime of using a Bic lighter to check your gas tank — but when it happens, we don’t think of it as an example of injustice, we think of it as an anecdote of extreme stupidity. That’s how I see this. It’s unrealistic to saddle gasoline vapors with egalitarian and utopian notions of social justice; it’s equally unrealistic to saddle those expectations on an adrenaline-charged concerned neighbor suddenly finding himself a witness to a situation someone else made.
H/T: Riehl World View.
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