Monthly Archive for August, 2008

apologies to james joyce

The first time I heard this song, I was 13 years old.  Still feels right at 30.  Thank you Robert, Jimmy, John and Bonzo.

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my neighbor jon way had these led zeppelin cds we used to listen to these all the time and play dungeons and dragons jon had an incredible imagination better to believe they were dinosaur bones he had the sweetest dog ever ramsey the king of dogs a golden retriever one time the dog bowled me over but i still loved him jon’s brother and i once shot a bird with a bb gun and it was the most shameful feeling in my life way worse than anything before or since we parted ways but not because of that my first love taught me that you have to let go of people you love sometimes a merciful lesson in retrospect its 6 in the morning and i cant sleep thank god for mp3s from 1997 makambo the sky a deep indigo silence is relative in this city and so is home the sky brightens from azure to cornflower an unwelcome guest descending into a grateful unconsciousness

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?

I just read a story at the Washington Post about a man who chronicles examples of New York City law-enforcement officers breaking the law.  Calling himself “Jimmy Justice,” usually targets illegally parked traffic cops blocking fire hydrants, double parked, or in no-parking zones.  You can read the article here.

This man is a hero.

Unsurprisingly, this “infuriates” James Huntley, the president of the Communications Workers of America Local 1182, a union which represents the city’s traffic cops and sanitation workers.

“Sometimes we do have to make U-turns. Sometimes we do have to park here and there,” Huntley said.

Us too, DICK.

In my view this video vigilante is doing the city a public service.  When citizens witness law enforcement openly flouting the law, it causes distrust of law enforcement, encourages people to break laws they think are unfair or are being unfairly enforced, and ultimately, erodes their faith in the rule of law.

Typical of a union president, Huntley openly threatens Jimmy Justice, and presumably anyone else with similar intentions:

“We can have him arrested for menacing or stalking,” Huntley said of Jimmy, signaling a possible new confrontation in the streets.”

The union president’s response is especially slimy.  Rather than admit to a problem and take steps to remedy that problem, he decides that the only solution is revenge.  Where he could have taken the high road and garnered newfound respect for traffic cops, by his response he ensured the continued loathing of all traffic cops by New York’s citizens, even by those of us who do not have cars.