Archive for January 17th, 2009
You hear many conservatives yelping about “flag desecration,” as though the torture of hundreds of prisoners conducted by the U.S. is not flag desecration. Here is a post pointing out further hypocrisy, expecially the cherry-picking done by conservatives. The sections of U.S. Code cited by this article suggest that even those many candidates who decided […]
When we compare the good result of the water-landing of Flight 1549 with the indiscriminate “collateral damage” occurring in Gaza, we can only conclude one thing: American lives are much more important than Palestinian lives. After all, saving those 155 American lives was “miraculous,” according to American media reports (listen to this report and check […]
Consider the types of billboards that we most often see along the highway. They encourage us to pollute our bodies with unhealthy food, to pollute our minds with shallow amusements and to pollute our Earth by wasting resources and indulging in luxuries. The two billboards I photographed below are all-too-representative of what I’ve read along highways.
Yes, there are also billboards for public services as well as billboards for useful and reasonable products. What concerns me, though, is that most billboards carry unhealthy messages. There are so many unhealthy billboards out there that unhealthy activities seem to be norm. It’s booze, gambling and conspicuous consumption all the way down the highway. What effect might this have on us? It reminds me of James Q. Wilson’s broken window theory of crime: