A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Quick Hits: Tobacco farmers face changes. Balko’s new book. Intercourse to climax.

  • Radley Balko, award-winning criminal justice and civil liberty investigative journalist (and all around bad-ass), is getting ready to release the must-read book on the militarization of police in America this Summer. As part of his push, he’s been posting the sordid details of a different militarized police operation every weekday to his blog (he claims to have over two years worth of material at that rate, with more coming in the time). It’s important to remember that there are no actual officially published numbers regarding these kinds of activities (SWAT raids, etc.) in America. So, until state and local agencies become more transparent, anecdotal evidence and extrapolation are the best we can do. If you want to learn more, check out this interview with Balko regarding the upcoming book.
  • How long is it from Intercourse to Climax? Well, that depends. If you’re a man, you probably take a slight left onto PA-283, and head past Harrisburg on your way to Climax, PA – a quick 4 hours away. However, if you’re a woman, you’ll likely take a left onto N Hills Rd, winding your way through Maryland until you get on the I-95 and eventually arrive in Climax, GA – which is a 15 hour trip. It’s important to keep in mind that women need to leave about 11 hours earlier if both partners want arrive at their destination simultaneously, but you probably knew that already. Next time, we’ll discuss the best routes to Coxsackie from the Meat Packing District in NYC.

March 12, 2013 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits: Tobacco farmers face changes. Balko’s new book. Intercourse to climax.

Quick Hits of the Week

  • Comfort is a big idol in our home. A lot of the decisions I’ve made have been swayed by how uncomfortable the choices were going to be. That meant our home was uninviting for a long time, because I don’t like to be surrounded with a lot of people or noise. It also meant that I avoided opportunities to lead others, because I’m uncomfortable being responsible for anyone other than myself. Of course, that meant that I missed out on a number of chances to grow and learn and find purpose in my life, because the really important things in life all happen when you’re outside of your comfort zone, and Michael Hyatt wants to encourage all of us to visit there more frequently. So next time a tough decision comes up, I need to be willing to choose the option that makes me the least comfortable. You should, too.
  • We only have a television to watch an occasional movie or to play the Wii, so we don’t have cable and we don’t use an antenna. (An antenna? Really? Are we back in the 80’s?) That means we haven’t watched any of this year’s  Olympic games. Even so, there is no way I could have missed Michael Phelps huge achievement. Fact: He’s earned one medal more than Argentina has in its 112-year Olympic history. Want to know more? Here are 21 other astonishing facts about this astonishing young man and his 22 medals.
  • Based on what I’ve read so far, I find myself liking Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. He seems like a stand-up guy who is actually working to change the culture of the Anaheim city government in such a way that encourages kindness, service and freedom. He and Newark Mayor Cory Booker should get together and create a how-to series on city leadership. Unfortunately, Mayor Tait’s efforts don’t appear to have filtered down to the Anaheim PD quickly enough. It will be interesting to see his short-term and long-term responses to the situation surrounding the protests. I pray that he finds the wisdom and courage he needs as he goes forward.
  • Allow me to be mean for a few seconds here. I want you to take a few moments and really evaluate the friends that you spend the most time with. Are they the kind of people that you want to be like, or are they just a bunch of losers that are fun to be around? You will be the average of your five closest friends, so it’s important that you’re spending time with the right people. Think about your life as an exclusive club. The people and activities you let past the red velvet rope at the door need to be helping you set the atmosphere you want inside. Keep the negative influences out, and implement strategies to bounce them out when they sneak in. Kick the losers out like Dalton at the Double Deuce.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up. First person to identify the movie reference above will receive an official Bodey-Bonus-Buck worth absolutely nothing, and my gratitude for actually paying attention. Thanks.

August 9, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week

Quick Hits of the Week

  • I touched on this briefly at the end of Monday’s post about paying stupid tax, but Seth Godin does a better and more succinct job of explaining why it’s so important to understand the opportunity costs. If we want to be more financially stable as a family, or in business, it will be vital for us to become more aware of the unseen costs of our financial decisions. If I say “yes” to that, what do I have to say “no” to?
  • Over 40 years ago, this country declared a War on Drugs. Over 10 years ago we declared a War on Terror. In both cases, our local law enforcement agencies are some of the primary combatants. It’s no wonder that they have, more and more, taken on a military posture and attitude. Even our small towns are being supplied with equipment that makes it hard to separate the policeman from the soldier. The problem is that, when the SWAT team comes knocking, it puts those of us who don’t wear the uniform into one of two categories: potential threat or acceptable loss. There are almost no hard numbers available to the public, but it’s estimated that a SWAT team raid occurs in the US every 12 minutes. This is a trend that needs to change, and soon.
  • Dan Miller posted a great image to his blog this week. It’s been asked, in manners both genuine and accusatory, why would a God that is loving and present ever allow his creation to suffer? If we had no history where we were broken by our suffering, then the gold of God’s redemption would have no place to go. Through our adversity we become more like him, and thus, more beautiful.

June 28, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week