Daily Archives: Thursday, 18-Oct-2012

Schwinn Deluxe 7

Schwinn Deluxe 7

I don’t think they make these any more but for some reason I’ve been thinking about them and I think I’d really like to have one. It has to be a seven speed, not a single speed. And what I’d really like would be a matching set of them, men’s and ladie’s. This is styled after the 1950s Schwinn Phantom.

Why is this a concern of the State?

I understand the state having a concern of carrying weapons  in public places and even banning gun carry in schools and parks but a church is owned by its members. Isn’t it? Shouldn’t the congregation decide whether a permitted gun holder can carry on church property or not?

In July, a federal appeals court in Atlanta upheld Georgia’s law banning guns in churches and other places of worship.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the law. GeorgiaCarry and the Rev. Jonathan Wilkins of the Baptist Tabernacle of Thomaston had filed the suit.

Wilkins has said he wanted to have a gun for protection while working in the church office.

via U.S. Supreme Court Court asked to review guns in church case | timesfreepress.com.

Now I’m not so certain I could support the carrying of guns in my own house of worship but I don’t really care what the Baptist do in their own house of worship. I think it is bad precedent to allow the state to assume they have the authority to decide this for us. To me this is almost like telling the Sikhs they can’t carry their Kirban in their house of worship.

URL: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/oct/18/us-supreme-court-court-asked-review-guns-church-ca/

Yes, we ought to.

When someone proposes something the first thing I often find myself doing is going through a mental list looking for reasons why I can’t. Usually I don’t go far down that list before I come up with a reason not to do what is being suggested and I just stop right there with a “no.” I’ve begun to think that may be the wrong approach.

Instead, I’m going to try to go through a list of why I should first. If I find a reason I should involve myself in the proposed activity I’ll then start planning to do so. It’s in planning to do the activity that will tell me if there are reasons I can’t but it will also put me in a position to find a way around the reasons I can’t rather than just dismissing the idea because of some initial roadblock.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

This article from the AJC hits close to home. A young man was shot and killed at a neighborhood playground on the other side of Lawrenceville from me. I live in a similar neighborhood with a pool, playground and tennis courts. There is a basketball goal set in the parking lot. All of this is within 150 yards to my front door.

The following excerpt could have been from a conversation with me and folks in my neighborhood regarding the activities at the neighborhood commons where the shooting took place.

“Normally we just play basketball over there,” Daniel Dupuis said. “We’re not trying to get in any trouble and stuff like this don’t need to be happening.”

But Clementine Keen, who lives in the neighborhood, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she and other residents have repeatedly asked those who don’t live there to leave.

“We as the neighbors have come up and asked people to leave because it is for residents only,” said Keen, who walks her dog in the area.

Crowds are often gathered in the area, sometimes leaving behind trash and drug paraphernalia, Keen said. Neighbors have requested extra police patrol in the area, she said.

“We just all feared something would happen,” Keen said.

This is why our neighborhood can’t let just anyone use our neighborhood commons. There have been many times when walking the dog I’ve come upon groups of teenagers and young adults I don’t know. I’ve found broken beer and liquor bottles littering the playground. I’ve found drug paraphernalia and condoms.

More than once we have come upon strange kids involved in vandalism and more than once we smelled marijuana in the air. I know these kids need a place to hang out but we just aren’t equipped to supervise their activities and I’m not willing to keep replacing the things they destroy. If I don’t think they are from the neighborhood I call the police.

URL: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/1-killed-in-gwinnett-county-shooting/nSfXS/

Yesterday most of my plans got blown out of the water but it still turned into a productive day. I’ve had days go just as planned and still got nothing done. Let’s see what this day brings aside from rain.