A couple of days ago over at Probable Cause: The Legal Blog with the Really Low Standard of Review, I alluded to the fact that ideas for blogging come to me faster than I am able to keep up. Although I don’t get nearly enough time to write, I’m constantly sending myself email messages from my phone saying, “blog about this!” or “blog about that!” Then when the time comes, I feel almost overwhelmed with all I want to say and have difficulty deciding how to focus.
Today is such a day.
The front page of The Fresno Bee today reports that Sheriff Margaret Mims plans to sue the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.
According to the story, she’s not satisfied with trashing her own department’s budget: she now wants to go after the budget for the rest of the county.
Perhaps the funniest line in the entire story, though, is the quote from Mims about the supervisors:
They overstepped their authority. (Brad Branan, “Mims plans to sue supervisors” (February 6, 2010) The Fresno Bee, A1, col. 4.)
Now there’s an example of the pot calling the kettle black!
In 1933 — for the younguns here, that’s a really long time ago — President Franklin D. Roosevelt said,
This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. (Franklin D. Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933, as published in Samuel Rosenman, ed., The Public Papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Volume Two: The Year of Crisis, 1933 (New York: Random House, 1938), 11–16.)
I seem to be seeing irony everywhere I look lately. I don’t know if it’s the world, or if it’s me.
Yesterday’s Fresno Bee contained several Letters to the Editor which help to demonstrate why the world is becoming a nastier place. Now, to be clear, I don’t believe the people who wrote those letters want the world to be a nastier place. It’s clear from reading them that they combine a lack of understanding with a belief that their position will contribute to — so they impliedly appear to believe — making the world a better place.
Truth is, this lack of understanding helps make the world nastier. And not just for the targets of the wrath of these Law & Order types.