Numerous bloggers are writing about Jack McClellan's blog on which he openly admits to being a pedophile, but defends his actions by stating that he hasn't "done" anything yet [see next]: Jack McClellan, 45, who calls himself a pedophile but says he has never sexually touched a child, has created Web sites in Seattle and Los Angeles detailing how and where he trolls for children.
I am a proponent of our Constitution and certainly support the First Amendent and our right to freedom of speech, but I find it difficult to accept that injurious material is allowed on the internet under the auspice of public domain. "It is an interesting case," said Eugene Volokh, a law professor and First Amendment expert at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Professor Volokh cited a federal statute that bars the posting of bomb-making information on the Web, and suggested that a similar statute banning information that helps people find children to molest could be enacted, perhaps. But simply providing information about where children gather was not likely to constitute such a crime, he said.
In terms of children's images, he said: "The general rule is pictures of people in public are free for people to publish. Now if it is without permission and the person is a child and he suggests the children are sexual targets, you can imagine a court saying this is a new First Amendment exception. But it would be an uphill battle."
The plight of those opposed to sites such as McClellan"s will be a difficult road. While posting pictures of children in sexual situations is a felony, posting them fully clothed in everyday situations is not, even in the context of sexualizing them by proxy, so to speak, First Amendment scholars said. Further, while inciting others to commit crimes can be illegal, it is unclear whether giving people links to children's book fairs is criminal.
I strongly believe that it is the responsibilty of law makers and citizens combined to resolve this type of problem. Can we, in good conscience, allow such sites to flourish and qualify their content as allowable under the Constitutional right to freedom of speech?
I would like my readers to leave me comments on this issue. Specifically, possible resolutions and opinions would be welcome. I want to know how other people feel about this issue and about other sites analogous to Mr. McClellan's .
Charles Hard Townes worked at the Bell Telephone Laboratories during WW2. Later he was one of three scientists who independently developed the technique of microwave spectroscopy of gasses. By 1953 he had constructed the first maser. He envisioned it first as a way to study atoms and molecules but it found applications too in astronomy. Townes shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for fundamental work in the field of quantum electronics which has led to the construction of oscillators and amplifiers based on the maser-laser principle.
According to MSNBC, our courts are struggling to get people to act as jurors. Why is it necessary for various cities to be employing numerous techniques to encourage participation in what is a cornerstone of democracy?
Courts across the country have been going to extraordinary lengths in recent years to get people to report for jury duty — a cornerstone of democracy and a civic responsibility that many citizens would do almost anything to avoid.
American citizens have long complained about the explosion of lawlessness, government control and feeling ineffective in promoting relevant changes. Serving on a jury is a way to effect change, and have a voice in what laws we demand to be upheld.
Experts say the shirking of jury duty has been a problem as long as anyone can remember, and it is unclear whether it has gotten any worse in the past few decades. But according to one study, fewer than half of all Americans summoned report for duty, in part because of apathy and busy lifestyles. Perhaps some of the responsibility falls upon employers who could provide more incentives to employees who do not shirk their responsibility to serve. This option is not as likely to occur because afterall, it iis the employer who is short staffed during the time served by the employee.
Among other efforts around the country to boost participation:
In Los Angeles County, officials have put ads promoting jury service on the court system’s mail trucks. They read: “Jury Service: You Be the Judge.”
In New York state, occupational exemptions to jury service have been eliminated, so doctors, lawyers, firefighters, police officers and even judges can no longer get out of jury duty.
In Florida, court officials use a poster of Harrison Ford, star of the movie “Presumed Innocent,” to encourage people to report for jury duty. The poster was part of a 2005 public service campaign developed by the ABA. “If a picture of Harrison Ford helps us be a more democratic society, then I’m all for it,” said Greg Cowan, a court official in Leon County, Fla.
In Washington, D.C., judges have summoned no-shows to court, where they must explain why they missed their date or face up to seven days in jail and a $300 fine. In Tulare County, Calif., sheriffs go to the homes of no-shows and hand them orders to appear in court to explain themselves.
Around the country, some courts have tried to make jury service less burdensome by raising daily fees paid to jurors, limiting jury service to one day or one trial, and reimbursing jurors for parking costs.
Sheriffs rarely sent to find jurors Nationally, about 46 percent of people summoned for jury duty show up, according to a survey of jury improvement efforts conducted by the National Center for State Courts and published in April. It was the organization’s first such survey.
Many of the rest did not show up or were excused or disqualified for a variety of reasons, including medical or financial hardship, or employment in a job exempt from jury service. Or, they never received their jury summons because it was mailed to an outdated address.
'A common problem' The problem appears to be worse in urban courts, where the population is more transient and address lists can quickly become outdated. But rural and suburban areas also have problems with reluctant jurors.
In Tulare County, Calif., where the trial of two brothers accused of murdering five people in a bar had to be delayed a day because not enough prospective jurors showed up, Superior Court Judge Lloyd Hicks said the warning letters and visits from the sheriff are making a difference. He said the no-show rate has declined from about 56 percent to 39 percent since the crackdown began about a year ago.
“It had been a common problem because people were aware that nothing would happen to them,” Hicks said. Now, people are calling in to schedule their jury service after watching their neighbors get a visit from the sheriff, he said.
Would you serve for jury duty if requested? Leave a "yes" or "no" in the comments area.
Geoffrey de Havilland (Engineering, Aeronautics) Birthday: 1882, High Wycombe, England Geoffrey de Havilland was educated as a mechanical engineer. He designed his first plane and engine in 1908-9 and taught himself to fly in 1910. Of the eight planes he designed, five went into war service. His Moth (1925) became the Tiger Moth, a standard WW2 trainer. He developed the Mosquito, and the Comet which was the first passenger jet airliner.
Preparing for my residential move, I have been going through old files and to my surprise I found this email that I have printed out a few years ago. I would imagine that some of you have also seen this email, but, being a few years ago I found that I have completely forgotten that i had printed it out and I thought that perhaps many of you may also forgotten about it. It gave me great pleasure to read this again and I hope it does the same for you. Our God is an aw some God!!!
Moses and his people were in the desert, but what was he going to do with them? They had to be fed, and fed is what he did, according to the Quartermaster General in the Army. It is reported that Moses would have to have had 1500 tons of food each day.
Do you know that to bring that much food each day, two freight trains, each a mile long, would be required! Besides you must remember, they were out in the desert, so they would have to have firewood to use in cooking the food.
This would take 4000 tons of wood and a few more freight trains, each a mile long, just for one day.
And Just think, they were forty years in transit. And oh yes! They would have to have water. If they only had enough to drink and wash a few dishes, it would take 11,000,000 gallons each day, and a freight train with tank cars, 1800 miles long, just to bring water!
And then another thing! They had to get across the Red Sea at night. (They did?) Now, if they went on a narrow path, double file, the line would be 800 miles long and would require 35 days and nights to get through. So, there had to be a space in the Red Sea, 3 miles wide so that they could walk 5000 abreast to get over in one night.
But then , there is another problem. Each time they camped at the end of the day, a campground two-thirds the size of the state of Rhode Island was required, or a total of 750 square miles long....think of it! This space just for nightly camping. Do you think Moses had this all figured out before he left Egypt?
I think not! You see, Moses believed in God. God took care of these things for him. Now do you think God has any problem taking care of all your needs?