Take A Peek At The Right To Look Today

This week, Analysis would like to revisit the right to look, something not guaranteed by the US Constitution or Bill of Rights. Looking is the most natural and spontaneous activity of the human body (a vestigial defense response still genetically imprinted for human survival?). It is not considered a right within the US representative democracy. Please, check your spontaneity at the door! The online Newark Advocate shows an “Editorial; Better late than never for Buckeye Lake (3-21-15). After the Governor’s press conference re; that damn issue, the Advocate cites the projected cost of repair – $125-$150 million (given the Corps’ track record, probably significantly more). The editorial board then does something quite extraordinary and out of character, it actually looks. “But his own Ohio Department of Natural Resources director was quoted three years ago saying the problem had grown critical and something must be done.” But (for the sake of modesty?) the board doesn’t linger in its looking. Speaking on the 3-20-15 Columbus On The Record, WOSU’s Ann Fisher unabashedly stated that three years ago the ODNR’s figures for that tier 1 critical damn repair were half of what is given today (same ODNR that issues permits for fracking). Ann exercises her unconstitutional right to look. John the governator is quick to lobby nationwide for a balanced budget amendment. Given a contingency, he is just as prone to forsake the balancing act and borrow money to keep that damn issue from bursting his presidential aspirations (the state issuing bonds is a “politically correct” way of saying “borrowing money”, as someone waaaay in the future will be paying it off). But the right to look slips into the “legislated” right to look ever so perniciously. Practically innocuous is what Michael McAuliff reports via the Huffington Post (3-19-15, “Republicans Vote To Hide Costs Of Repealing Obamacare In Budget”). In a trying bit of reporting, McAuliff reports on the convoluted effort by the Senate Budget Committee to hide the added deficit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act while including its projected revenues within the GOP’s proposed deficit busting budget (“repealing Obamcare would add $210 billion to the deficit.”). “”We have a point of order in the budget for anything that adds to the deficit, but we have a section that specifically excludes the Affordable Care Act from that,” [Senator Debbie] Stabenow said. “So think about it. This budget is conceding the fact that the Affordable Care Act has reduced the deficit, and repealing the law would increase the deficit.” Stabenow also alluded a related problem the GOP budget ignores: At the same time that it instructs Congress to come up with a repeal, it continues to count all the revenue that the Affordable Care Act is expected to raise — and which the government wouldn’t collect if the law is dismantled.” But wait, there’s so much more. After having prostituted the US congress, and pulling a George Bush “So what?” in regards to his pre election negation of a two state solution re; Palestine and Israel, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu virtually won reelection in the recent Parliamentary campaign. As an aside re: the right to look, Harry Shearer (on le Show) ran a recording of the Bibi sitter’s address to congress back in January of 2002 when Netanyahu spelled out how much better off the mid east would be if Saddam Hussein were toppled by US military invasion. The day after his recent electoral triumph, some online pundit headlined that the US is following the lead of Israel, reflects what is happening there. How can this be, you say? The AP’s Ryan J. Foley headlines “Bills would limit access to officer body camera videos” (3-20-15). “IOWA CITY, Iowa – State legislators are pushing to make it much harder to release police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law enforcement accountable. Lawmakers in at least 15 states have introduced bills to exempt video recordings of police encounters with citizens from state public records laws, or to limit what can be made public.” “Absent public-records protections, these police decisions can be unilateral and final in many cases.” “The Kansas Senate voted 40-0 last month to exempt the recordings from the state’s open-records act. Police would only have to release them to people who are the subject of the recordings and their representatives, and could charge them a viewing fee. Kansas police also would be able to release videos at their own discretion.” The elderly may (or may not) remember what it was like in the days prior to cameras on phones and the disruptive technology of hand held video recorders. For even a minor traffic violation, the state’s only witness needed to be the arresting officer. On the stand, whatever came out of his mouth was considered irreproachable fact. Currently several US states also have legislation pending that outlaws bystanders recording officers engaged in police activity.

“Move along now. Nothing more to see here.”

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