Gerry Spence, How to Argue & Win Every Time (via scu)
File this under #non-sequitur. This isn’t even a coherent thought.
As Chesterton said somewhere, the purpose of an open mind is to close it on something solid. When it comes to belief, it’s not whether but what.
What sds said.
I suppose I can see how someone would say that belief closes the mind, but only in the same way as any other change in someone’s life attitude or conviction. When someone does some reflection and decides that they are a feminist or atheist or revolutionist or whatever, it is, in essence, a closing of the mind to entertaining the antitheses of these things. All conviction is closed-mindedness. What is to be feared is not a closed mind, but a mind unwilling to close on something important.
And faith is not a replacement for wonder; it is borne of it.
found this in a doctors office
im not convinced they know what drugs do
I actually found this article because a friend whose brother is a police officer posted it as if it were a good thing.
A cop penned an op-ed in the Washington Post, and this is the actual headline:
The article is as bad as the title suggests. It’s always the victim’s fault they got brutalized by a police officer. They should just stand and take it.
First he whines that people are always saying mean things and disrespecting cops.
Working the street, I can’t even count how many times I withstood curses, screaming tantrums, aggressive and menacing encroachments on my safety zone, and outright challenges to my authority. The he actually threatens the readers of his op-ed.
He writes from the perspective that police officers have special rights that ordinary citizens do not. He speaks only of cops who fear for their lives when confronting a suspect, but never acknowledges that people have a legitimate fear for their own lives when dealing with a cop.
Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?
Then he actually says that if a police is violating your rights, you should just tough it out and file a complaint later.
But if you believe (or know) that the cop stopping you is violating your rights or is acting like a bully, I guarantee that the situation will not become easier if you show your anger and resentment. Worse, initiating a physical confrontation is a sure recipe for getting hurt. Police are legally permitted to use deadly force when they assess a serious threat to their or someone else’s life. Save your anger for later, and channel it appropriately. Do what the officer tells you to and it will end safely for both of you. We have a justice system in which you are presumed innocent; if a cop can do his or her job unmolested, that system can run its course.
I’m sorry, but this is a naive and twisted view of authority from a cop who is obviously unconcerned with the hundreds of documented cases of police brutality.
Stand and take your constitutional violations like a man, he says. Tell that to this guy. Or this guy. Or this guy. Or this baby. Or this 13 year old kid. Or this homeless man. Or this guy. Or this guy. Or this 16 year old. Or this family. Or this pastor. Or this 10 year old. Or this nurse. Or this student.
We could do this all day.
Obviously, nobody is advocating being disrespectful to police officers, but to pretend like simply allowing a police officer to molest you is the better course of action is moronic.
Cops disrespect common citizens every single day, but every day citizens don’t have the authority to club, taser, arrest, beat, or shoot police officers. Only police have the authority to do this to you.
This is how power works.
Cape Creek Bridge- Florence, Oregon, USA
My favorite beach area!
I present to you a puppy eating watermelon.
I can’t stop thinking about this
if a cat and a dog got married this is what they would look like
that is actually a perfect description
Bernard Black // Black Books.
’I don’t mean this in a bad way, but genetically you are a cul-de-sac.’
Carol has informed me that I would be Bernard today if I hadn’t quit drinking.
You owe it to the world to take up drinking again and open a shop
But oh my goodness, Height is so relaxing on the brain to look at
"nerd" and"loser" were like hard hitting insults in the early 2000’s and now they are used as affectionate terms we have truly come full circle
Sorry, but no, we did a 180. A full circle would mean we went back to them as insults
The Best of Nathan Filion’s “No Day”