- "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The reality is not that I lack respect for the law; it’s that I have greater respect for justice. Where there is a conflict between the law and the higher moral code that we all share, my loyalty is to that higher moral code."
“This is what you shall do; love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”
Tag Archives: law enforcement
Speaking of military drones and our fascist police state: The ubiquitous fantasy of “homeland security,” pushed hard by the federal government in the wake of 9/11, has been widely embraced by the public. It has also excited intense weapons- and techno-envy among police departments and municipalities vying for the latest in armor and spy equipment. In such a world, deadly gadgetry is just a grant request away, so why shouldn’t the 14,000 at-risk souls in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, have a closed-circuit-digital-camera-and-monitor … Continue reading
This is a perfect example of the importance of knowing your rights. Never be afraid to politely and respectfully say NO to unlawful searches. It is your right as an American (and should be as a human being anywhere). In the United States of America, without your permission, or a warrant, they can not legally search you or your vehicle. Yet. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and … Continue reading
There have been many high profile cases of citizen abuse involving the recording of police officers over the past few years. Most state and local law enforcement agencies would prefer to leave things as open-ended as possible in this regard, so that when officers do violate citizen rights, they aren’t bound by clear rules regarding whether or not they can be recorded. To me the report below looks like a case of the federal Justice Department stepping in to avoid … Continue reading
I keep seeing these stories of excessive force, abuse of power, and misuse of tasers and pepper spray from all over the country and it sickens me. I live in a country that would rather waste billion – no, trillions – locking up cancer patients and legal adults for growing, possessing, and ingesting plants without a second thought. We have allowed our state and federal governments to use fear of “terrorism” – a nebulous and subjective term if ever there … Continue reading
I used to be what most of my progressive friends would call a “gun nut.” I owned a military assault rifle for several years. I also owned a five shot .38 caliber revolver, a beautiful but deadly work of industrial art. I sold that pistol to an old acquaintance many years ago and traded the rifle for a bass guitar in a pawn shop a few years later. I still own another small caliber pistol that gets used out here … Continue reading