Saturday, November 22, 2014
No Friend to Law and Order
Attorney General Eric Holder has issued a stern warning ahead of the grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown:
... Attorney General Eric Holder urged law enforcement authorities Friday to minimize the potential for confrontations during possible demonstrations.Reading further, one will fail to unearth one jot about the protesters remaining calm or working with authorities to stop vandalism, theft, or violence. One will find no, "Harm to persons or property will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," there. This is amazing since, were there no protests, there would be no possibility of an escalation to violence, vandalism, or looting.
"It is vital to engage in planning and preparation, from evaluating protocols and training to choosing the appropriate equipment and uniforms,'' Holder said in a video message posted on the Justice Department website. "This is the hard work that is necessary to preserve the peace and maintain the public trust at all times-- particularly in moments of heightened community tension."
I don't particularly object, under these circumstances, to reminding law enforcement to behave professionally, but standards for civilized behavior apply to everyone. Given that such violent anti-capitalist reactionaries as Lisa Fithian are on hand to incite rioting, this omission is beyond derelict on Holder's part.
"[N]ot feeling good every moment of the day doesn't mean that you're doing something wrong." -- Michael Hurd, in "Is 'Feeling Good' Really the Purpose of Life?" at The Delaware Coast Press
"True closure involves not only accepting the facts and getting out of denial, but also understanding why and how the relationship ended." -- Michael Hurd, in "'Closure' After Breaking Up -- What's It Mean?" at The Delaware Wave
My Two Cents
A neuroscientist has recently made a case that high altitude might contribute to depression, but Michael Hurd's first column still speaks to the so-called "Utah paradox": The state with the suicide epidemic also happens to rank as "America's happiest state". Given how commonly "feeling good" is mistaken for happiness, any survey attempting to create such a ranking will probably be polluted by that premise, particularly if any form of self-reporting factors into the results. Hurd's column even describes how acting on that mistaken premise can lead to depression.
I don't know how it is that I am immune to the latest earworm, from the movie Frozen, but the author has my sympathy:
Wikipedia tells me that you have kids, too. As I live and breathe, I swear that one day I will write something that will get in your kids' brains and move into your house. My words will haunt the echo chamber of your minds, day in and day out. And you, too, will fall down sobbing. You'll understand. And I'll laugh from afar, letting the storm rage on.On a related note, isn't it incredible how much adulation for royalty there is in Disney's entertainment? I think some of this stems from much of its early work being derived from fairy tales, but I can't help but wonder if, as in many comics, part of the phenomenon lies in a foreign-ness of the heroic to our culture. (This is not to say that comics shouldn't exist, or can't portray heroism accurately.)
Then, once the dust settles, maybe we can meet for coffee or something. Maybe a playdate? We can work around nap schedules.