Things you see at 4:00 am

Like many of my friends I work nights and thus I have the misfortune of being awake for a lot more hours than most people and get time to think and write accodingly. These are just reflections on the curent state of everything I have an opinion about.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Taft's veto threat on the CCW amendments.

There are two amendments being discussed for Ohio's CCW law. The first amendment is restricting how journalists can go about finding out who has a CCW permit. As of right now they could just obtain a list of all of the permit holders for a county and publish it as they saw fit. The amendment would change the law so journalists could only find out if specific people have CCW permits by asking one name at a time. Hmm sounds like a logical Improvement to me after all are there not privacy laws in place to protect people from things like identity theft? Then why should those of us that have a CCW permit have our privacy violated every day by having a list with our names published and circulated. People who fear guns and the people who carry them won't bother to think that because we have a CCW permit we are trained and responsible, no they will just see a big scary gun. Its bad enough that we are discriminated against by every business that puts up a no carry sign, Taft wants to have us discriminated against in our homes nad on the streets as well. The Ohio State News paper The Lantern has published an opinion page about how Tafts veto is a good thing The section of the opinion piece reads,
"restricting journalists' access to the names of those with conceal-carry
permits - but changing these provisions is not in the best interest of
conceal-carry and the public. One of the proposed changes to the
provisions would limit journalists' access even further to conceal-carry
information. Instead of being able to obtain an entire county list of
conceal-carry permits, journalists would only be able to ask if a specific
person has a permit. Advocates fear that publishing names deters people
from getting permits and tells criminals who has a gun."
Well it has been a while since I took beginning English but when writing an opinion essay isn't kind of important to back up your opinion with some facts or at the very least support it with some reason? Here is the logic and reason they quote.
"But Gov. Taft is right to fight for accountability in the permit process.
Further restricting access to conceal-carry permit information limits a valuable
check to ensure accountability for those who undertake the responsibility and
privilege, not the right, to a concealed-carry permit. Journalists, are not
criminals, and should be given the benefit of the doubt that they will use the
information they obtain responsibly to serve the public"

Where is the check in having the public know who has a CCW permit? As for the part about the Journalists being given the benefit of the doubt the nation used to give journalists the benefit of the doubt, But Mr. Dan Rather proved that journalistic integrity has taken second place to bias and personal motives. The least the person could have done after they wrote this article is attach their name to it instead they took the cowards way out and Published it under the generic Editorial board. They also didn't give a link to reply or give a chance for an open discussion forum. Now if that doesn't smack of Journalistic integrity I don't know what does...

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Ohio State really doesn't care about its students

I find it interesting that an Ohio State Lima student can be murdered by another Ohio State Lima student and no one, aside from those of us who knew the victim, have heard jack shit about it in Columbus. The only logical conclusion that I can come to is they are afraid that the bad press will prevent enrollment so better to pretend that it never happened then admit that bad things can happen anywhere near any of their campuses.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Back on Blogger

Well general lazyness and a cheapness have made me give up a pay by the month blog that I really didn't use anyway so I am going back to the lovely free services of blogger