Jun 272017
 

The signs pummeled us just as we crossed into my sister’s home state last week. She had warned me about aggressive speed limit enforcement in Virginia, and indeed, we were all of two miles across the state line when we passed our first pair of cruisers in the median—one aimed northbound, the other southbound.

After I determined in two different speed traps that a plain-Jane minivan with the cruise set at 75 (in a 70) wasn’t going to attract attention, I relaxed.

But I did take an opportunity to entertain my family with a story about that sign, SPEED LIMITS ENFORCED BY AIRCRAFT. (You know how we all have those things we should have learned/realized sooner growing up than we did?)

We had those signs on I-20 through Alabama when I was growing up, and I’d see them in the little strip of the Florida panhandle we had to drive through to see my mom’s parents. And until I was about 10, I just assumed there was a cop in a Cessna up there, and when he nailed your sorry ass, he was landing that airplane on the highway to give you a ticket.

Silly, right? Imagine the logistics of such; the risk to life and property; the costs. What a dumb thing to think!

So, when I finally realized how stupid that was, I thought “ahhhh. They land a helicopter to give you a ticket.”

See how smart I got after I realized my mistake? Sigh.

That lasted a couple of years, until I actually put it together that law enforcement pilots, when they were there at all, were relaying (sometimes) radar readings, but (mostly) timing measurements, to ground officers (you know, in cars), who would then stop the motorists.

I question how many of these manned flights occur these days, simply because of questionable ROI. But Lea pointed out during the discussion that this could be a highly effective use for a law enforcement UAV.

Be careful out there. And remember, even smart kids think dumb things sometimes.

(Thanks to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office for the photographs of actual law enforcement aircraft.)

 Posted by at 10:08 am
Jun 092017
 

“God has called me here and he’s done so for a reason. So I know he’s going to do incredible things.” – Sarah Harmening

The Mt. Zion Baptist Church bus crash in Atlanta yesterday couldn’t have hit much closer to home. The church is right in our neighborhood; the people onboard, our friends and neighbors. It was a mission trip to Botswana for high school juniors and seniors.

Sarah Harmening, who died in the crash, was the 17-year-old daughter of an old friend of Lea’s. Her mother shared the last page of her journal, showing what was on her mind and heart just minutes before she went to be with Jesus.

Her mother later commented on Facebook that she was certain God would get tremendous spiritual service from her daughter.

God bless all of these young people who set out to be the hands and feet of Christ. God be with all of those hurting in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church family.

 Posted by at 3:32 pm
Jun 072017
 

The boys and I were recently discussing one of the terror acts committed against civilians in the name of Islam—in this case, a shooting attack. “Of course it’s always important to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings, but I’m not particularly worried about that kind of thing happening here.” “Why not, Dad?” “Because as […]

 Posted by at 12:18 pm

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