June 27th, 2009


A Car-Free Town

Germany is doing something radical...
Auto-Ban: German Town Goes Car-Free
Tony Paterson, The Independent UK: "The Germans may have given the world the Audi and the autobahn, but they have banished everything with four wheels and an engine from the streets of Vauban - a model brave new world of a community in the country's south-west, next to the borders with Switzerland and France."

I hope this works out for them.

Obama: Not Like This

I was very disappointed by this bit of news:

White House Drafts Indefinite Detention Order
Dafna Linzer and Peter Finn, ProPublica and The Washington Post: "The Obama administration, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close Guantanamo, is drafting an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate suspected terrorists indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations."

Persons suspected of a crime should be charged with a crime, held in safe and secure custody, and speedily given a fair trial. When this does not happen, it is bad for the society as a whole, because when a society gets into the habit of mistreating one group of persons it tends to start doing that with more and more persons. That way lies disaster. Those rights are enshrined in America's founding documents for sound reason, and they should be honored. None of this nonsense about creating groups of people to whom the rules don't apply. The rules are for everyone. That is part of what distinguishes a civilized nation from barbarism.