Archive for July 27th, 2012


Hear, hear!

July 27, 2012

Via Maggie’s Farm


This American life

July 27, 2012

The first third or so of a post at

34 glorious, American years

(Every year on July 20th, I celebrate the day my mother and I arrived in America. […])

In 1977, the year I was born and the year my father and many other Jews left the Soviet Union (my mother and I left in 1978, my grandmother and great-aunt left in 1976), the Soviet propaganda machine began circulating a rumor. It went, roughly: life in America is so terrible that the old people eat cat food.

This was… perplexing.

People didn’t quite get it: they have food specifically made for cats in America? What a country!

A lot of things about America remained beyond their comprehension.

A week after my father arrived in New York, he and a friend were walking around Manhattan in pure wonder. They got to midtown and stood in front of Bloomingdale’s watching well-dressed people come in and out. They discussed it amongst themselves that they would obviously have to show evidence that they had money, or proof of income, or some other paperwork to get inside. Surely this store for the wealthy wouldn’t just let them in. They watched and watched but didn’t see people getting stopped. They walked slowly through the doors and found no one gave them a second look.

Via Q & O


The right to keep and bear cameras

July 27, 2012

On the one hand, I think this is good advice. On the other, I think it’s a pity that distrust of police has become so widespread. That’s the impression I have, at least; not that I’ve ever experienced any police brutality. (The worst encounter I’ve had was a cop who tried to shake me down. He wasn’t abusive, he was just annoyingly persistent.)

The Best Way to Protect Your Rights is to Exercise Them

You have Constitutional rights by virtue of being a citizen of the United States of America. They have been bought and paid for with the blood of patriots who understood that freedom is anything but free. These rights do not depend on your income, race, religion, the clothes you wear or the car you drive. […]

Citizens should arm themselves with existing inexpensive audio/video recording equipment. This is what some term, “the right to keep and bear cameras.” When dealing with abusive law enforcement, proof of events is an absolute must if your rights are to be preserved. If you are arrested and charged with the typical quota-induced misdemeanor and choose to fight the relatively inexpensive charge, you need proof. While the state bears the burden of proof, according to the legal books, in reality the word of a police officer often trumps the word of the citizen regardless of the lack of evidence. The reality is today the citizen is guilty until proven innocent. Recording devices are helping curb this injustice.

This guy’s vehicle is definitely a ‘Project Car’. But there are some good suggestions in the clip without going whole hog and armoring your ride.

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