Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Violent Video Games - I Can Die Now

I appear to have committed the ultimate liberal sin.  My brothers are going to disown me.  I agree with something Gayle Ruzika said.

Gayle Ruzika is the neo-nazi, ultra right wing liberal bashing fundamentalist at the center of the Eagle Forum here in Utah.  If it involves guns, freedom and liberty for all (those who are entitled to it) she is for it.

Given my natural tendancy toward a more liberal and/or moderate view of life it would seem that Ms. Ruzika and I would never see eye to eye on anything.  It appears that I should never say never.

Yesterday the US Supreme Court struck down a California law prohibiting violent video game sales to minors.  The Court said that this was an infringement of the rights of minors.  Aside from the fact that minors really don't have rights, it would seem in contrast to their views on obscenity.  You are a criminal if you sell a kid a nudie magazine (I'm not advocating this) but it is their constitutional right to buy a game that shows rape, torture and exploding body parts. 

I usually side with the US Supreme Court and most of the time I can see their reasoning.  I haven't read the decision but I would assume there is more to it than we are getting on Fox News.

Here is the part about Ms. Ruzika.  She said that the US Supreme Court was wrong (no suprise) and that we needed to protect our children from these sorts of violent games.  I couldn't believe that she was saying what I was thinking.  I can die now!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Where is it?

I guess I am starting my own theme of photos - where is it?  This is in the United States and is from a city I visited a few weeks ago.  It is a famous building of historical sigmificance.  I guess a better question would be what is the historical significance?

If you zoom in on the wall sign it will give you a clue.  The plaque below was on the house across the street.  It also contains a clue.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

They're Roos

If anyone guessed Australia on the Hungry Jack photo you are right.  To prove that I was there, here is a photo of Kangaroos on a golf course. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

What is it?

I'm going with the Thematic Photograpic theme this week of  “signs that make us wonder”.  .  I took this on one of my travels last month.  It is a real sign for a fast food place.  If it looks familiar with another name that is because they are related but due to some long lost dispute this is how this brand appears.  Can anyone tell me where?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Quote of the Day

This morning I was watching TV and saw a story on the You Tube movie "A Life in a Day". 

You Tube asked for submissions of video from all over the world from one day in March and then they compiled the best into a single 90 day movie.  There are a lot of mundane scenes and some very clever and dramatic.  One shows a lady skydiving.  The cameraman goes out of the plane first and then catches up to her and films her as the camer passes her.  It is beautiful film. 

The producer said in summing up the experience "All around the world our differences are superficial, our similarities are more profound".  I thought that was very moving.