The Bullet and The Foot: Oct 29, 2009
To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence. Neither is it the acme of excellence if you fight and conquer and the whole Empire says, "Well done!" To lift an autumn hair is no sign of great strength; to see the sun and moon is no sign of sharp sight; to hear the noise of thunder is no sign of a quick ear. What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease. Hence his victories bring him neither reputation for wisdom nor credit for courage. --Sun Tsu, The Art of War
Yeah, my 100th page.
Granted, about a dozen are templates, indexes, and CSS, but that's still a lot of content.
Congratulations are in order for a dear friend of mine, Leigh Harrell. Yesterday she finished her dissertation defense. And of course, as she majored in Statistics, I now have at one person who can Doctor the numbers and have them come out in a way I'd believe. ;-)
I present, from my home town of Philly, when really wanting Phillies tickets turns into prostitution charges. I'll grant you, it is pretty clear to all involved what was going on. But honest to G*d, is that the best use of police time? If police work is slow enough that they have someone trolling Craig's list as a profession, it's time for a few people to try unemployment as a new career field. Not to mention the fact, this charge requires expanding the definition of prostitution to the point that a woman accepting an invitation to dinner could be subject to prosecution. But hey, turnaround time was a bit quicker on getting a legal opinion on this one.
Let's be clear, I'm not mad at the Police as a profession. I'm mad at the glaringly bad examples of police work in practice. Kind of like my jag on journalists, not journalism. If you take an office of public trust, don't act shocked if you are run up a flag pole for betraying that trust through sheer incompetence. And it's a credit to the profession how few bad examples there are, indeed. But man, when it's bad, it's awful.