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Officer Pterodactyl is unimpressed with your excuse for speeding through a school zone January 17, 2018

Posted by Sobek in News.
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1. geoff - January 17, 2018

From his looks, the school must have been Hogwarts.

2. lauraw - January 17, 2018

First impression was that scene in Beetlejuice where the two ghosts literally pull long faces.

3. lauraw - January 17, 2018

youtube.com/watch?v=QFVSrjAXq6g

4. Sobek - January 19, 2018

I read the story of the rebellion of Korah against Moses, from the Book of Numbers, tonight, and had a thought I want to share.

Moses and the Israelites have just been told they have to wander in the wilderness for 40 years because of their lack of faith. You can imagine this would get some of them upset. So Korah (a Levite with rights to administer in sacred things) recruits Dathan and Abiram (Reubenites with no such authority) and 250 others, “famous in the congregation, men of renown” (Num. 16:2), and they challenge Moses’ authority.

“Ye take too much upon you,” they complain, “seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them” (16:3).

The thing I noticed about this story tonight is that Korah’s latter two statements are completely true. The entire theme of the previous book, Leviticus, is of a holy Lord dwelling among a holy people in a holy land. And yet, although Korah was right, his actions were an affront to God, who punished him and the other rebels with death.

One thing that has caught my attention in recent times is this notion of correct principles applied incorrectly, which can produce catastrophic results. In the spiritual realm, this is the true principal that God loves everyone (true!) applied inappropriately (so it doesn’t matter what you do!) and producing bad results (immoral behavior is seen as irrelevant or even virtuous).

This is primarily a political blog, so consider how this idea applies in the criminal arena. Caring for the poor is a good principle. Misapplied, it means putting people on the public dole in the name of charity, with catastrophic results in the form of multigenerational poverty and virtually inescapable misery. Freedom of choice is a good principle. Misapplied, it means slaughtering the unborn and selling their organs, with catastrophic results in the form of (for example) a virtual genocide against blacks in America and gendercide against our girls, and all the attendant miseries that befall a society that prizes convenience over child-rearing and families.

5. Retired Geezer - January 19, 2018

This deserves a second reading:

This is primarily a political blog, so consider how this idea applies in the criminal arena. Caring for the poor is a good principle. Misapplied, it means putting people on the public dole in the name of charity, with catastrophic results in the form of multigenerational poverty and virtually inescapable misery. Freedom of choice is a good principle. Misapplied, it means slaughtering the unborn and selling their organs, with catastrophic results in the form of (for example) a virtual genocide against blacks in America and gendercide against our girls, and all the attendant miseries that befall a society that prizes convenience over child-rearing and families.

6. lauraw - January 19, 2018

this notion of correct principles applied incorrectly, which can produce catastrophic results

Doing the wrong thing by good intention still allows people to think well of themselves. Results are not their problem.

7. geoff - January 19, 2018

This is primarily a political blog…

Well, only because other people don’t post so much. I’m quite happy with all the other content.

8. geoff - January 19, 2018

Doing the wrong thing by good intention still allows people to think well of themselves. Results are not their problem.

Which leads them to legislate fixes for their originally mis-applied good intentions, and those fixes require fixes of their own…

9. Sobek - January 19, 2018

Officer Pterodactyl doesn’t want this thread to get all preachy. He got enough guilt from his Gorgon ex.

10. lauraw - January 20, 2018

Gorgons are such misunderstood creatures. We’re supposed to be such an inclusive and tolerant society, but it’s still okay to pile on the constant and unrelenting insults and snide comments when it comes to gorgons.

Frankly, I’m tired of it, okay? I’ve been holding this in a long time.

11. Sobek - January 21, 2018

Some of Officer Pterodactyl’s best friends are Gorgons.

12. lauraw - January 29, 2018

I had a dream early this morning. Hubby and I were in a restaurant and they accidentally seated us near the gorgon. I wanted to move to another table. It was really hard to get the waiter’s attention.


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