“Is the American tradition of self-reliance disappearing? That’s a painful question for conservatives to ponder. After all, we’re dedicated to reducing the role of government and promoting individual freedom and opportunity. But the facts, while sad, are clear: More Americans today depend more heavily on government than ever before.” –Edwin Feulner
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I’m not being facetious with this statement. I really don’t understand. Cops love dashcam video. It shows their chases, it shows all the bad things people did when trying to run from them. It adds charges (yes, your honor, he ran three stop signs without slowing down).
Video recordings show the truth. Or at least the truth the camera sees and hears.
Cops should love cameras because they record when someone does something stupid in their presence. It protects them against unfounded police abuse accusations (your honor, my lapel video shows the defendant raised a red swingline stapler to hit me when I walked into his cubicle).
The public loves video evidence because it doesn’t lie either. Instead of complicated diagrams and disputing expert witnesses trying to explain just how the police shot the dead person in the back only with no weapon found at the crime scene, just show the jury the dashcam video, the officer lapel video, and the surveillance camera footage of what happened. It shows where police officers walk across the street to harass and arrest someone videoing them who is obviously NOT interfering with police duties. How many people now sit in jail because police lied and there was no video to tell the impartial truth, as in this case in Bloomfield, NJ?
So I have to go with the Photography Is Not A Crime crowd and say know the law on recording in your area and Always Record the Police!
Link to Photography Is Not A Crime
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Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed in terms of how to help people who break them.
Thomas Sowell at Townhall.com
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This is an interesting article about how differences in zoning and building laws bring about differences in a community. One community has mixed use within a single block and much lower costs to own a home, while another has homes without business nearby and higher home costs.
A typical house lot in a newer neighborhood of Matamoros has only around 1200 square feet, while in Brownsville, new subdivisions have lots around 5400 square feet. Interestingly, the lot size trends appear to be diverging: Matamoros’ new lots are smaller than those in older parts of the city even as car ownership has soared, while Brownsville’s are much larger. Older areas of both cities, dating back to the late 1800s or early 1900s, both tend to have house lots of around 3,000 square feet, although in different configurations (Matamoros, for instance, never used rear alleys).
New homes in Matamoros are often a tiny, in some cases little more than 500 square feet, but appear to be mere placeholders for expansion. Usually set back about 15-20 feet from the lot line, these homes are swiftly expanded forward into the setback and up a story or two using simple construction techniques, with the result that after no more than a decade or so, the street’s appearance is completely transformed, and no longer appears mass-produced. (Single-use zoning seems to be unknown or unenforced, as numerous small commercial establishments can be seen cropping up, mid block, along these streets.)
Read the rest of the article here at oldurbanist.blogspot.sg
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“A person who is not inwardly prepared for the use of violence against him, is always weaker than the person committing the violence.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, 1974
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in 1974
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