Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Finding Peace




Think of the essentials of human life, and I am going to take the very simplest – the essentials of which every child is conscious. The first word of human consciousness is “I am,” and when that word of human consciousness is analyzed, these are the terms of its expression: “I know,” that is mind; “I will,” that is choice; “I can,” that is force. These are the simplest things of human consciousness. Man takes these ideas of experience, and projects them into immensity, and so constructs his idea of God. Mind, infinite knowledge; will, supreme choice and consequent government; force, absolute ability. These things underlie all streams of religious thinking. Wherever religion has placed at its center, personality as Deity, it has been because man has taken of himself, and has imagined something of the same pattern, the same nature, the same kind, but vaster and greater.

Now mark what man has been doing. In every case, apart from Christ and apart from His ministry, man has projected himself into immensity, and consequently, he has projected into immensity all that is in himself. In every case, therefore, there has been an amplification of failure. Self-centered life flung out into immensity postulates a self-centered God. All the things of human limitation, resulting from human sin, abide in human conceptions of God, apart from that which has come into the world through Christ. An enlarged conception of mind, an enlarged conception of knowledge, based upon man’s own consciousness of knowledge, which is limited, creates an imperfect conception of knowledge. Man has never come, apart from Christ, to a consciousness of full and final and perfect knowledge of God and consequently, man persists in his attempt to deceive God. When man attempts to deceive God, he, by that very action, reveals the fact that he does not believe that God knows all and perfectly.

The whole system of sacrificial worship in other religions is that of attempting to persuade God to change His mind, and alter the method of His procedure.

Or, if man thinks of will, his will is capricious and revengeful, and he flings that out into immensity, and his conception of God is upon the pattern of what he is in himself.

In the light of these considerations, we turn to the declaration of the text, “God was in Christ.” This, then, is the meaning of incarnation. God answers the human necessity; enshrines Himself in humanity; thinks, speaks, chooses, acts through human channels; comes into the very midst of human history, after man had begun to write that history; and thus gave humanity the one and only Man from Whom the lines flung out into immensity include God as He really is.

All that was found in the perfect manhood of Jesus may be projected, and he result will be the truth about God. Fall back if you will upon my simple illustration of the camera. See in this same picture of your New Testament that which you put into the lens, and when the light shining through it projects the figure full of truth and unsullied splendor on the canvas, I see God. Every line is a line of beauty, and every expression of the face is full of beneficence, and yet of righteousness. I come back to this Man of the New Testament, and I follow Him and watch Him, and I take the things I see and fling them out, and I find God. I will take, for illustration, these self-same things to which I have made reference – the mind, and the will, and the force. Now I must leave you to wander at will, through these gospel stories, and I hope some of you may, and watch the working of the mind of the Master, anywhere and anytime; and when you do so, let the lines pass out until they fill the infinite spaces, and you will have found the working of the mind of God. Observe Him in the hour of his choices, anywhere and anytime, and then fling the lines out into immensity, and you have discovered the good and perfect and acceptable will of God. Mark every effort of Jesus, every putting forth of strength. See it in its purpose, watch it in its method, observe it in its victory, and fling the lines out, and you will find that He is vindicated in what He said. “My Father worketh even until now, and I work.” There is perfect harmony between the two.

Mark well the mind of Jesus in its essence by observing its activities; it encompassed vast eternities, and compressed Him into the simple speech of childhood. I have taken up an old sea-shell, and have put it to my ear, being told when I was a boy that if I would I could hear the ocean. Of course I heard it; the shell was made by the ocean, fashioned by the ocean, was of the ocean, and the ocean of the atmosphere repeated the action of the atmosphere of the ocean, and I heard the sweep and the music of the sea in the shell. Quite reverently – the figure is an imperfect one, I know – I put my ear and listen when this Man speaks, and He speaks in little words, all human language: “Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Oh, my masters, put that shell to your ear this morning, and the infinite speech of eternity is singing itself through your soul, and as you obey you find rest.

At the back of all the activity of this Man, love was the motive. The expression of His activity was service rendered to others, and all the way I see Him flaming in white hot anger against all that bruises and hurts; and whether I watch Him taking children in His arms and blessing them, or watch Him when in quiet dignity He pronounces the eight woes upon a guilty city, it is ever the vision of God that is breaking on my life. “God was in Christ,” and what is the result? We have found God, and He is a God of joy and a God of sorrow, a God intimately interested in all the details of human life, a God forever active; and all these things I have come to know through the Child, and Boy, and Youth, and Man of Nazareth.

Did I say that God answered man’s method, that man’s method is that of projecting man into immensity, and God adopted it? And did the way in which I said that make it appear as though God were turning from His own first purpose, and accommodating Himself to human failure? By no means. That is God’s return to first purpose. He made man in His own image and after His own likeness. And man, true to himself, might have flung out upon the canvas of eternity his own image, and have found God. The most intimate relationship existed between man and God in the Divine economy. But, when man shut his eyes to the far flung vision, and began to live as though that upon the earth which was material was the whole of himself, then he became distorted, iniquitous – exactly the same meaning is in the two words – sinful, sensual; and then, lifting his eyes to the heavens, were shadows indeed, and all his knowledge of God was based upon the knowledge of his fallen self, and was evil. But in Christ, we have the very effulgence of His brightness, and when all that He is in humanity is seen and enlarged, we have found God.

And one final word as to the purpose, “reconciling the world unto Himself.” Man’s misconceptions of God have resulted in man’s hatred of God. I want you, if you will, to think of that, and to think of it carefully. You tell me that the carnal mind is enmity against God, and I agree with you. But I ask you, Why is the carnal mind enmity against God? And from the very letter of Paul that declares the carnal mind is enmity against God, I make another quotation. The carnal mind does not know God, nor can it. It is at enmity against God. Yea, verily, I need not argue it; I need not argue it in London. But whence the enmity? The enmity is the outcome of ignorance. You say we are far away from the idolatry of our Hebrew Bible, with it’s Baal and Moloch and Mammon. I am not sure, but I will not press that. We are far away from the idolatries of ancient Greece and Rome. Again, I am not sure, but I will not argue it. But you are not far away, or humanity is not far away from it’s hatred of God. It does not express itself in brutal and vulgar language always. It expresses itself in the West End in the fact that the name of God is tabooed, and you must not mention Him. Men do not love God. Why not? They do not know Him. The old German sang well and truly, and you remember Wesley’s magnificent translation:


O God, of good the unfathomed sea
Who would not give his heart to Thee?


And whenever a man gets that vision of God, he gives his heart and everything else to Him.

But though humanity has had a revelation of God in incarnation, the incarnation as revelation does not reconcile men to God, neither can it. The birth of Jesus was the birth of a Man perfect in Himself, but other men will not be reconciled by that birth. The old prophet saw far beyond his own age, and I quote you his language: “When we see Him there is no beauty that we should desire Him.” Do you imagine for a single moment that the prophet meant that there would be no beauty in the Servant of God when He came? I do not so read the prophecy. There was no beauty that would appeal to men. Why not? Because they are blind and cannot see. And here is the root of the trouble with the world.

“God was in Christ” is a great word, the meaning of which is not exhausted by the birth and life of Jesus. We must go on, and include the cross. The cradle demands the cross; or else I have seen a Man, strangely other than I am, and I shall hate Him because His purity rebukes my impurity, and His spacious, spiritual and eternal conceptions are a perpetual rebuke to my clinging to the dust of my materialism and the devilish sin that I love. Such hatred was the cause of His crucifixion. That is why they crucified Him.

And then, to face another mystery as infinite as the first, God in man suffered, as man apart from God suffers. And out of that came the fulfillment of all that began on the morning of the birth of Jesus. And when at last, by the infinite mystery of that dying, the life of that self-same Christ is communicated to men, they see Him as they had never seen Him, and they find God as they had never found Him, and in the vision is at once illumination and energy.

So that brethren – let us remember this also – not by His coming, not by the beauty of His Babyhood, the strength of His Manhood, the glory of His moral character are we saved, but by that final mystery to which this all led, the mystery of the cross; and by the way of His death I find my way back into His life for illumination and for energy. It is thus that we find God, and not only find Him intelligently, but find Him in victorious relationship and fellowship; and, to use the daring and marvelous and awe-inspiring language of Peter, we are made “partakers of the Divine nature.”

And so we have attempted to look a little beneath the surface, and have been compelled ultimately to look at something infinitely beyond the birth and life of Jesus. We know God through Jesus. No other interpretation is correct. How important then that we should know the Christ and know Him intimately. And to do it, brethren, we must begin at His cross. He is known, not by outward contemplation, but by inward revelation; and that inward revelation comes to the men who meet Him at the one trysting-place He has provided – His cross. And so I leave you at the cross, for there we must begin, and by the mystery of its cleansing tide and its regenerating forces we come into sympathy with Jesus, the Man of Nazareth, and find our God, and so our peace.


-- Excerpt from "God in Christ", a sermon from The Westminster Pulpit by G. Campbell Morgan.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Appropriately Named "Killacycle"


This electric motorcycle does 0-60mph in less than 1 second. This is what it can do with an inexperienced rider:


And this is what it can do with an experienced rider:



It sounds like a cordless drill. The rider in the first video is OK, it looked worse than it was. Read his blog here.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

It's So Obvious


Socialized medicine is not the solution

Medicare should be a sufficient example to send all voters running away from any suggestion of getting the federal government any deeper into the health care business. Economists and politicians alike predict the collapse of the current government-run health care program. It makes no sense at all even to think about expanding government's roll in the medical business. There is simply no way government can run a health care program that will not end in disaster.


It's a no-brainer but people want to get something for nothing so bad they will vote for it - and they will pay for it, too, possibly with their life.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But then again, I hear those people in Nigeria make a killing off those email scams.

Friday, September 21, 2007

And You Want The Government To Supply Your Health Care?


Bambi vs. the Bureaucrats

Had he been a hunter, and had the mottled white doe that tumbled down a hill into his rural Oregon driveway six years ago been an adult, Jim Filipetti could have ponied up $19, applied for a deer tag and gunned the animal down. He could have butchered the deer the state now knows as "Snowball," mounted her head on the wall and moved on with his life.

But Filipetti chose to raise the injured fawn as a pet, spending thousands of dollars on veterinarian bills to treat her deformed hooves, installing strips of carpet throughout his house so she wouldn't slip on the hardwood floors, and feeding her a steady diet of sweetpeas, tomatoes and green beans—"the best that Safeway had to offer," he says. After 12 months, the house painter moved her to a pen outside his home in Molalla, Ore., but she was still a member of the family. "It was like having a dog around the house," Filipetti says.

Filipetti uses the past tense because his beloved Snowball has been seized by the state, which was considering euthanizing her.


The government wants to save you from your own stupidity with government stupidity. Yeah, that'll work. The government needs to get out of health care and out of schools, and out of playing Mommy to the nation.

Just Asking


How does a foreign country aquire any part of Nasdaq, let alone 19.9 percent? And 28 percent of the London Stock Exchange?

The transaction is being made through Borse Dubai, a holding company 100-percent owned by the government of the Emirate of Dubai and controlled by Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the head of the Dubai ruling family.


That's like selling bullets to the guy who wants to kill you.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

No WMD's Here


'Dozens died in Syria-Iran missile test'

According to the report, cited by Channel 10, the joint Syrian-Iranian team was attempting to mount a chemical warhead on a Scud missile when the explosion occurred, spreading lethal chemical agents, including sarin nerve gas.

Stupid Is As Stupid Does


Man Bit By Rattlesnake After Putting It in His Mouth to Impress Ex-Girlfriend

Wilkinson said. "I told her it was a nice snake. 'Nothing can happen. Watch.'"

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Forget The Whales...


... Save the languages!

Anderson said languages become endangered when a community decides that its language is an impediment. The children may be first to do this, he explained, realizing that other more widely spoken languages are more useful.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

That's Apostate!


A very interesting video about Muslims who have converted to Christianity in Britain. Must see, actually. Being an Apostate in Britain

Sunday, September 16, 2007

New Bin Laden Video


To English speaking infidels.

Kathy Griffin


Just some of my thoughts on what she said.

Jesus is an easy target. A bully will pick on the weak kids because they are not likely to fight back. There's very little danger in going after Jesus. What's going to happen? A couple of your words may get bleeped, someone will write a commentary about your insensitivity, your name gets mentioned on the news a few times, your target audience will laugh? Quentin will be signing her for another movie - life goes on.

Jesus is not capricious, He's not going to strike her down. And neither will Christians.

So what's this all about?

Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists, has called for a boycott of the Emmy awards, likening the decision by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to actions by radical Islamic states.

Johnson said "this is something I'd expect in a nation like Saudi Arabia or Taliban-controlled Afghanistan."


Bleeping or editing out a few of her words is like the actions taken by radical Islamic states? Really? Where has Ellen Johnson been living for the past six years, obviously not learning anything about Islam - except maybe from CAIR.

So why didn't Kathy Griffin tell Allah where to stick it? She could have addressed Jesus and Allah - spread the love around, heck, throw a few Hindu gods in there, too. No, that's off the table, can't do that. Even in the United States, she would have had to go into hiding for saying that. If she were in Saudi Arabia or Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, it would mean her life. She would be stoned to death or beheaded.

Kathy Griffin doesn't know Jesus, has no clue Who He really is. When He reveals Himself to her, she will change her mind. We were all enemies of God once.

And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled. - Colossians 1:21

Truly I say to you, All sins shall be forgiven to the sons of men, and blasphemies with which they shall blaspheme - Mark 3:28

Another point was made by Lauren Green in The Inaccuracy of Kathy Griffin's Remarks on Jesus:

The freedoms we enjoy in this country to speak freely and to live freely are directly related to that man who died on a cross 2,000 years ago.


And one more thing. There are many, many people who say they are Christians, and live as though saying "suck it" to Jesus. Not by words, but by deeds. Just saying.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Another Personal Jihad


Man with AK-47 assault rifle arrested after leaving Dearborn's Hemlock Park

Zorkot, a third-year medical student at Wayne State University, was allegedly armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and dressed in black clothing with camouflage paint covering his face when he was arrested Saturday in Hemlock Park.


You would never know from reading that article that he is a Muslim on a personal jihad, something which he is not shy to declare on his personal website

Here is a much better link to get to the bottom of this.

Why are these things just swept under the rug?

Amazing Photos


Last space shuttle mission - Awesome detail

Twin Tower on Sept. 11, 2001 - Most of these I hadn't seen before.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Things Are Happening, And They're Happening Fast


Manekin Pis dries up
That's to say, the capital city of the European Union has a Muslim-majority governing party.

(They talk funny over there)

Celebrity Calling


So I got a call today, yeah, Fred Thompson called. I let the machine get it, I can't be bothered with a Presidential candidate, maybe if he becomes President, then I'll answer. So, yeah, he invited me to meet him in Celebration - the town, not the party. I can't make it though, I'm too busy. He's not even President yet.

You Can Rest Easy Now


Earth Might Survive Sun’s Explosion - Not life on Earth, just the Earth itself.

What a relief, I was so worried.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Never Forget!


It Makes You Wonder


I previously posted about a possible test run on an Orlando flight. There is a lot more information about it here: The Untold Story of Delta Flight 1824.

The Aviation Nation has this on the incident.

Pat Campbell also posted about it in his blog, which includes the following from an "inside source."

There were 9 middle easterners, supposedly a family. 3 females and 6 males, they were "randomly"selected by the airline for additional screening by TSA. As a "SELECTEE" we automatically run an "EXPLOSIVE TRACE DETECTION" test on your bags after xray.
2 of the bags and some contents tested positive for SEMTEX (an explosive used by terrorists.) We tested the bags 4 times using different machines and got a positive each time. We then dump the bags...we found 3 jars of Vaseline duct taped together (as 1 cylinder) they tested positive. The Vaseline had been removed and put back in the jars, as we could see the voids on xray. We found strands of wire with the ends stripped, packets of the small eyeglass screw drivers, and 2 of the males had Vaseline smeared on their arms and neck areas. 3 of the males had false or fraudulent credentials, 1 male possessed 2 pass ports (same picture different names). After 2 hrs the FBI and OPD took them away from the checkpoint to the OPD station at OIA. From that point on I don't know what happened with them...

We removed all bags from the plane and did complete bag searches at the International gate side. We (TSA) found the 8 large bottles of Hydrogen Peroxide, not the bomb dogs.

You are 100% on the right track here. OIA is playing this thing down (probably for the bottom line) drasticly.

Hope this helps and is legible as I'm in a bit of a time crunch here.

thanks for getting the word out...OH! NOTHING IN THE LINE OF REAL EXPLOSIVES WAS FOUND, JUST TRACES.


Hard to know what to say about all this. Who's telling the truth? Hope we don't find out the hard way.

Psst, Wanna Buy A Theme Park?


Cypress Gardens will be auctioned off Sept. 25, minimum bid is $17.4 million.

No Questions Asked


Orlando held one of those sneakers for guns programs where you can turn in guns no questions asked and receive, surprise, a pair of sneakers in return. Among the guns that were turned in was a Surface-to-air missile launcher.

1. Shouldn't they get 2 pairs for turning that in?

2. No questions? Really? Not even, "Any more where that came from? We'll buy shoes for the whole family."

Monday, September 10, 2007

How Far Is Too Far?


Presidential Candidate Kucinich Blasts Bush ‘Illegal Occupation’ on Syrian TV

Is he really that stupid? And a Presidential candidate? He is a national embarrassment - at the very least. Watching this is painful. Please get this guy a straight-jacket.

Stuff This


Stuffed Ark - Life-like stuffed animals.

Giantmicrobes - Yes, microbes. Germs. You would not believe how cute those diseases are.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

This Is Cute


Video of a Chihuahua playing mom to baby squirrels

Why It Pays To Recycle


Beer Cans Prevent Escape From Fire

A Cincinnati area man who died in a house fire early Wednesday morning may have survived if his escape had not been blocked by a large pile of beer cans.

Let 's Get At It


From Star Parker's Liberals love the sin and hate the sinner:
Coverage by the mainstream media of the Larry Craig scandal confirms again that liberals love the sin and hate the sinner. They've got both the Idaho senator and the conservative values he has supported in their crosshairs.

Perhaps it's relevant to take a moment and recall that the need for biblical guidance comes from the proclivity to sin. You don't need a map if you're hardwired to know where you're going.

But, for those on the left, a map isn't necessary because it doesn't matter where we are going. For them, a man going astray is proof that having a destination, and rules for getting there, is hypocrisy. The problem is not the fallen man but having rules to begin with.


That's the world, that's worldly. It doesn't just seem like things are upside down in this country, in the world. They are. And it's nothing new.

In dealing with the text "They that have turned the world upside down have come hither also (Acts 17:6)," a preacher of rare insight made use of three divisions. First, the world is upside down anyhow; secondly, to turn it upside down therefore is to turn it right side up; thirdly, let us get at it. That is the whole philosophy of our subject. Christ found men upside down. He came to invert the order and put them on their feet, that they might see things in their true relationship, and live as they ought.

This is preliminary only. There is much to do after a man's life has been changed, after it has become articulate, but nothing can be done till that is done.


Quoted from "Christian Principles" by G. Campbell Morgan.

Vouchers


I only wanted to call attention to a small part of a commentary, really not even the point of it, more of an aside. The commentary is Muslims untouchable, so get the Christians!

And this is the quote:

Non-Catholic Christian schools have been receiving state subsidies in Alberta and Saskatchewan for nearly 20 years. There has been a record of steady improvement in provincial testing results, no doubt caused in part by the competition the Christian schools offered.


American children desperately need a voucher system for their schools. Dare I say the future of America depends on it.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Let Evolution Do It's Thing


Report Says Most Polar Bears Dead By 2050

Polar bears depend on sea ice as a platform for hunting seals, which is their primary food. They rarely catch seals on land or in open water. But the sea ice is decreasing due to climate change - and the latest forecasts of how much they are shrinking are, if anything, an underestimate, scientists said.

"There is a definite link between changes in the sea ice and the welfare of polar bears," said USGS scientist Steven Amstrup, the lead author of the new studies. "As the sea ice goes, so goes the polar bear."


Well, obviously they'll evolve flippers and other adaptations to overcome the loss of ice. Oh ye of little faith (in evolution).

Another Test Run


You are not hearing about this on the news, not even Drudge, at least not yet. Here's a radio interview of Doug Hagman by Pat Campbell.

Middle Eastern men flying out of Orlando International Airport trying to get screwdrivers on a plane and bomb sniffing dogs hit on hydrogen peroxide in their luggage. You have to hear this.

Listen here

This Is Actually Quite Surprising


Not that there are government officials on the take, just that they were arrested. Especially so many from one state.

I guess they got a little too brazen. Discretion is the better part of valor don't you know.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Don't Go In The Water


Encephalitis Kills Another Young Swimmer

Authorities have released the name of a 10-year-old Osceola County youth who died from contracting amoebic encephalitis while swimming in a lake. And officials are investigating a third possible death from a deadly waterborne amoeba.

Health officials said that there is an increased risk of infection by the organism in all freshwater areas throughout Florida, especially during summer months when the water temperature exceeds 80 degrees.

Water sports or activities such as wakeboarding, water skiing, swimming or diving puts people at a greater risk, officials said. The amoeba invades the brain and the disease progresses rapidly, usually resulting in death within three to seven days. The infection cannot be spread from person to person or contracted from a properly maintained swimming pool.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Quote of the Day


Many on the political left are so entranced by the beauty of their vision that they cannot see the ugly reality they are creating in the real world.
-- Thomas Sowell

Jonah Goldberg on Hypocrisy


Craig’s List of Lessons

The Left claims to hate “moralizers.” So any failure to live like Jesus while telling others to follow his example is an outrage, even the defining challenge of our lives. (In 2005, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean pledged, “I will use whatever position I have in order to root out hypocrisy.”)

One solution to the hypocrisy epidemic, of course, is to have no morals at all. You can’t violate your principles if you don’t have any. Another solution: simply define down your principles until they are conveniently consistent with your preferred lifestyle. My own perfect moral code would mandate a strict regimen of not enough exercise, too much scotch and a diet rich in cured meats. Men would be religiously barred from taking out the garbage until their wives told them no less than three times to do so. “Thou Shalt Not Shave More Than Thrice Monthly”: I’d never be a hypocrite if only the Bible gave us commandments like that.

But the Left has another solution. Under its system, you can still be a moralizer. You can still tell people what to do and how to live. And, best of all, you can still fall short of your ideals personally while guiltlessly trying to use government to impose your moral vision on others. All you have to do is become a liberal moralizer.

Once you become a liberal, you can wax eloquent on the glories of the public schools while sending your kids to private school. You can wax prolix about the greedy rich while making a fortune on the side. You can even use the government to impose your values willy-nilly, from racial quotas and confiscatory tax rates to draconian environmental policies and sex-ed for grade-schoolers — all of which will paid for in part by people who disagree with you.

You don’t even have to give up traditional religion, so long as you now define the teachings of your faith in perfect compliance with the Democratic platform.

Why, just look at John Kerry. In 2004, the Democratic nominee repeatedly insisted that his religious faith is “why I fight against poverty. That’s why I fight to clean up the environment and protect this earth. That’s why I fight for equality and justice. All of those things come out of that fundamental teaching and belief of faith.” Great! But when it comes to, say, abortion, consulting one’s faith is a no-no: “What is an article of faith for me is not something that I can legislate on somebody who doesn’t share that article of faith.”

Friendly Reminder


If you are taking you child to daycare, DON'T FORGET SHE'S IN THE CAR!

It’s just tragic beyond comprehension.


That's an understatement.

Florida Wants To Have A Yard Sale


Crist Says Selling Lottery, Roads May Be Money Source

"What I understand is that sometimes there are those in private industry who will give you significant upfront dollars, in the billions, for a lottery or for a road like Alligator Alley," Crist said.


How much can you get for the whole state?

Did The Law Change And Nobody Told Me?


When you get pulled over by the police are you supposed to pull over to the left now? I'm confused. (no jokes) More often than not, every time I see someone pulled over they are in the median or in a left turn lane.

There is a car pulled over right now in front of the hotel in the turn lane, there are 3 cop cars behind him and they have him handcuffed (for pulling over to the left I hope) as they go through his car. Do so many people run now that they are just happy they are stopped? If I pulled over to the left would they give me a ticket for that and the original offense? I even saw a woman getting a ticket while she sat at a light in the left turn lane - waiting for the green arrow. I guess it didn't turn green fast enough for the policeman.

Maybe it's one of those "statements," like wearing your pants below your ass. Some people just like to be contrarian.