Monthly Archives: November 2007

What if Jesus was an Illegal Immigrant?

This story is heartwarming, depressing, and thought provoking. Wow.

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Quotes from von Mises

If it were really possible to substitute credit expansion (cheap money) for the accumulation of capital goods by saving, there would not be any poverty in the world.

-Ludwig von Mises

Hmmm

What is the phrase for taking an argument to its ultimate, and likely illogical conclusion.

Cause I think this lady did that for environmentalism. Sheesh

This is why I’m not too big fan of cops, or the drug war.

Unbelievable. This sorta stuff happens way too often.

I should know. I’ve had two instances in the past year where cops have beat on my door, one time with guns drawn and the other time they intimidated me into letting them search my apartment… even though it was quite clear after I gave them my drivers license, that I wasn’t the person they were looking for.

And I swear, if I hadn’t been awake at 11:30 PM when they had their guns drawn and were beating on my screen door while I was sitting inside, visible to them, I would have gotten the hell out of my house through the back entrance. When you live in East Nashville and someone’s beating on your door in the middle of the night, unless you’ve got a gun, you should probably try to escape. Had I done that, I might have been shot and killed.

Struggling With The Way Of Christ

On Saturday night, Carrie and I were on our way home from a long day of Christmas shopping. Her brother was all ready at our place and had decided to cook a big breakfast for us for dinner, but we needed to pick up a few things, so we pulled into the parking lot of the nearest grocery store.

As we were driving to find a spot, a man in an F150 pulled forward (he had backed into the parking spot) right into our car, destroying the front left side as well as ripping the bumper off the car. This just a month after Carrie’s car had been hit in Brentwood, and just a week and a half after we’d gotten it fixed. Needless to say, we were mad.

I jumped out of the car, burning with anger at this man who had no reason to not see us. We were moving slowly and he was facing us when he hit us. He got out of his truck. I asked him if he had insurance.

Nope.

What I said immediately following that isn’t PG 13 material, so its gonna stay off this blog, but lets just say that the gist of what I said was “I can’t believe you don’t have insurance, you know that that is illegal right?”

We pulled the car into a parking space… while he held up the critically injured bumper in order to keep it from being run over by the car.

We took his information… what little of it he had. No registration for the vehicle either. I called the police, and they said they were sending someone out. We got tag numbers, drivers license number, address, name, phone, etc.  Then we received a call back from the police who said they would not be coming since it occurred on private property. I was really hoping that this guy would be arrested… but that obviously wasn’t going to happen. At least he didn’t just leave without giving us his information.

While I was on the phone with insurance, Carrie was outside of the car talking to this gentleman. Apparently, he used to drive 18 wheelers, but lost his CDL after he had a stroke. He mentioned something about how maybe he shouldn’t be driving anymore.

Insurance got back to me yesterday and let me know that, while I had uninsured motorist bodily injury, I did not have uninsured motorist property. I wondered why I would have rejected that, but after thinking about it, I realized that when I rejected it, I thought it meant property damage (such as homes, stores, mailboxes, etc) but that is apparently not what it meant. I also don’t carry rental car insurance.

In any case, that means our collision will cover the damages, but the kicker is that my deductible is 1000 dollars. I did that on purpose. It lowers our payments considerably, and we’ve got the money in savings in case anything happens. And collision covers accidents that are your fault. I have no problem paying money when I screw up.

But I didn’t screw up. I was doing everything right. This guy screwed up, didn’t have insurance, and shouldn’t have been driving to begin with… as he admitted himself.

Here comes the problem. My insurance company is going to sue him to recover costs. Its going to happen. This guy supposedly doesn’t have any assets (he rents, and apparently is still making payments on his truck). He did tell us he has a pension and disability (and I would imagine social security) so he has money coming in every month. I called him to see if we could come up with a solution on our own, but he said he had no money, but might could pay us in installments monthly. I tried selling someone a vehicle that way once. I never got paid and after two weeks, almost had to get the police involved to get my car back.

I don’t want this man to be harmed. But I want some sort of renumeration from this because it wasn’t my fault that he ran into me, or that he didn’t have insurance.

How as a Christian, should I deal with this restoratively rather than retributively?

Ludwig von Mises quotes

Maybe it won’t be a Thursday thing; just a thing I do on occasion. Without further ado:

The factory owners did not have the power to compel anybody to take a factory job. They could only hire people who were ready to work for the wages offered to them…. Their only refuge was the factory. It saved them, in the strict sense of the term, from death by starvation.

-Ludwig von Mises

Fox News: I am ashamed…

I am literally ashamed at this point in my life that I once was a devotee of Fox News.  I felt it was obvious that they were supporting Giuliani, but I didn’t understand the extent of that relationship.

I will still say that Fox doesn’t really make their bias unknown. They say “Fair and Balanced” sure, but most of the on air talent is mostly involved in discussions, rather than just strict reporting of the news, and the on air guys are open with their political leanings. I’d rather someone tell me up front what their position is. At least that way I know how to interpret things.