Out of the Blue

With the fantastically beautiful spring weather now upon us (thank goodness!) we finally have the fence doctor in to examine what it will take to better confine our canines, who have basically turned the wooden barricade fencing around our yard into a patchwork collection of repaired toothpicks. This is especially timely, as Gunnar the still-nicknameless puppy is probably about at puberty, at which point his motivation to break out and be a man-about-town will be that much greater. Also, Hudson the wonder dog's glacial maturation process seems to have accelerated with the presence of her little charge, and she is demonstrating an ever-greater degree of dominant behavior lately (she mounted a pretty successful challenge to the alpha dog in her group of trail friends this morning, and he is a 100+ lb Scottish Deerhound!), so we are also that much more concerned that her escaping might lead to some sort of dogfight, which nobody needs.

Meanwhile, as MrsBlue tours the grounds with the fence doctor, Hudson is whining like she's being tortured... I'm sure this is because she can't go out and make friends with him, but knowing what I do, it almost seems like she is ruing the plan to close off her escape routes.

Stories of the Day: 'Star Wars' fans wait at wrong theater. Use the Farce? Lured by the dork side?
Pope Reborn as Superhero in Comic. Thanks Devicer.
Smelly Money Lands Indiana Man in Jail.
Science!: Japan Unveils Plan for Flight to the Moon.
World's first blue rose. Thanks Miquel.
Drunk? Your Car Will '86' You. And why shouldn't all cars have these?
Images of the Day: You gotta be kidding me.
Unknown Airbus A330-2.... Thanks Jim.
Follow-ups: Fireproofing key to Twin Towers' collapse.
Congress may extend daylight-saving time. Have they been reading Out of the Blue?
Shuttle rollout under way.
Thanks Mike Martinez and Ant.
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Pope:
I read Halsy's comments; again I'm not religious so I'm not defending from an emotional standpoint, but the arguments given in no way support the accusation of being a mass-murderer. Does the church show intolerance towards homosexuals (and women too)? Absolutely. Is it quite wealthy? Absolutely. Does it scorn contraceptive methods? Again, yes. But this is nothing to do with supporting Pope John Paul II as a 'mass-murderer.' And to bring up the Catholic religion's behavior from centuries ago (e.g., Crusades or Inquisition), is completely irrelevant.

DUI interlocks in all vehicles:
To hell with that! I don't drink, and damn well am not going to blow into my car to get it started every time I drive. I put on ~40,000-50,000 miles per year and have never been in a dangerous situation due to a drunk driver on the road. I agree that it would help prevent drunk driving, and feel for people with loved ones injured or killed by drunk drivers, but the loss of my liberty is a far greater threat to society.

The guy who posted about the drunk driver killing the two people and getting off scot-free - clearly if the prosecution could show the drunk driver was at fault, they would have. Apparently in this case the two others blew through a stop sign, didn't look, or whatever, and caused their own demise. Sad, but the blame was theirs.

Drunk driving related deaths premeditated murder? Look up the definition of premeditated. High risk and preventable, yes, which is why they are charged with manslaughter (3rd degree murder). If you are not drunk and kill someone while driving, you are not charged with manslaughter. Don't pretend that manslaughter is an insignificant crime to be charged with.

When I was in college Colorado passed a law requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets. It has since been repealed. What about society paying for medical costs associated with helmetless motorcyclists braining themselves, you ask? The monetary cost is not worth the loss of freedom to make decisions, good or bad, and take responsibility thereof, of members of this society, I say. I do not ride motorcycles and would absolutely wear a helmet if I did, but do not want the gov't legislating into my life anymore than is necessary to protect the Earth.

It is always a tradeoff between freedom (and anarchy) and a totalitarian régime. Read George Orwell's 1984. In his novel the government uses the excuse of constant war to permit police and security cameras to keep constant watch on the entire population. Now how many people here are in support of the Patriot Act, and think it's really in our best interests?

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