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June 28th, 2010 | Author:

To get the proper effect for this story, I advise that you listen to the video while you read the text below it.

Every seven seconds, your cell phone automatically scans for the nearest cell tower which can pinpoint your location as accurately as within 50 meters. A GPS chip in your phone can reveal your location within a few yards. In just one year, Sprint Nextel provided law enforcement agencies with the specific whereabouts of an unknown number of customers more than 8 million times. They required law enforcement to provide neither a warrant nor probable cause to access this information. Sprint even set up a website for law enforcement agents so they could access these records from the comfort of their desks. “The tool has just really caught on fire with law enforcement,” said Sprint’s “manager of electronic surveillance.” I bet it has.

Read the rest here.

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June 28th, 2010 | Author:
  • Making all you gun-lovers happy, the Supreme Court today ruled that Chicago’s handgun ban violates the Second Amendment.  Here are some details.
  • In case you’ve been oblivious to happenings on the West Coast, the trial of Former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle is well underway in Los Angeles.  You’ll remember him as the cop who shot a man in the back while he was face down on the ground on New Year’s Day 2009.  In a surprise move that broke his year and a half long silence, Mehserle testified on Friday, saying that he thought he was tasing Oscar Grant, not putting a bullet in his back.  This cell phone video seems to support his claim. In case Mehserle is acquitted of murder charges, Oakland area cops are preparing for rioting á la Rodney King.
  • Moving east to Oklahoma, a woman has filed a lawsuit because a cop shot and killed her dog when he stopped to ask for directions (which begs the question, why don’t the cops know where they’re going?)  Not surprisingly, his story about the shooting changed when he found out it was captured on a security video.  You can watch a news report about this here.

Reporting live from upstate New York, this is akaGaGa.

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June 23rd, 2010 | Author:

You are all welcome to read this Word for Wednesday, but I’m actually writing it for me so I won’t forget what the Lord has shown me.  Some lessons we need to learn in a new way.

I go through stages when I whine and complain and I can barely stand to hear myself.  These days it’s often about my physical aches and pains.  If it’s not that, you all know I am a master-complainer when it comes to our government.  Just five minutes of  headlines can send me into a tailspin.  Another favorite target is the American church.  I read some things that supposedly are Christian and I want to pull my hair out.

The first time the Lord called me on this complaining attitude was within the first year after I was saved.  Just months before, forgiven for 39 years of sin, I was the most grateful woman on the planet.  I don’t recall what I started whining about, which tells you how important it was, but this is the passage He sent my way:

Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, Unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both good and ill go forth? Why should any living mortal, or any man, offer complaint in view of his sins? Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD. (Lamentations 3:37-40)

I committed that one to memory, repented, and returned to being a grateful woman.  Over the years, as I’ve dealt with my share of trails and tribulations, this passage would come to mind and close my mouth pretty quickly – but for some reason, that hasn’t been the case of late.   This week the Lord has called me on it, using one little verse:

How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who are grumbling against Me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel, which they are making against Me. (Numbers 14:27)

What finally broke through this thick skull of mine is that every time I complain – about anything - I’m complaining about God.  I’m rebelling against the circumstances of my life, which He has ordained.  I’m disagreeing with the things He’s trying to change in me.  I’m saying, “Not Your will, Lord, but mine!”  Ouch.

Just to make sure I wouldn’t forget, He sent me to this passage that Paul was writing about Israel in the wilderness:

Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, “THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK, AND STOOD UP TO PLAY.” Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day. Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. (1 Corinthians 10:7-12)

Just to make sure I don’t fall, I think I’ll spend some time on my knees.

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June 11th, 2010 | Author:

We’ll be spending the next few days camping in Massachusetts.  It’s partly a work trip, as we have to empty my mother-in-law’s apartment.  She’s officially in long-term care now, as she’s not capable of living alone anymore.  But she’s mostly cheery, and even I like the place she’s staying.

So we’ll do our part at boxing and sorting, and then the rest of the family will take their turns.  And around the edges, we’ll be outdoors in a lovely campground.

Good Lord willin’ and the crick don’t rise, [yes, crick - that's how we say it in these parts] I’ll be back to the blogosphere on Tuesday.

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June 05th, 2010 | Author:

[I]t is a truth confirmed by the unerring experience of ages,
that every man, and every body of men, invested with power,
are ever disposed to increase it,
and to acquire a superiority over everything that stands in their way.

-Brutus
The Anti-Federalist Papers
Antifederalist No. 17

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