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Life Is Backwards
I think the life cycle is all backwards.
You should die first, start out dead and get it out of the way.
Then you wake up in a nursing home, feeling better every day.
You get kicked out for being too healthy.
Go collect your pension.
Then, when you start work, you get a gold watch on your first day.
You work 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement.
You drink alcohol! You party! You have sex! You're generally promiscuous!
You get ready for High School.
You go to primary school.
You become a kid. You play. You have no responsibilities.
You become a baby.
You spend your last 9 months floating peacefully with luxuries. Like central heating. Spa. Room service. Larger quarters everyday.
Finally you finish off as an orgasm.
I rest my case.
Leaves Driver to Die
Thomas Hoopingarner, 17, was driving home with two passengers when his car fishtailed, hit a tree and landed in a pond. Hoopingarner's passengers escaped but he did not. His seatbelt was jammed.
The next day a hunter discovered Hoopingarner's car, with Hoopingarner's dead body still inside.
So why didn't Hoopingarner's passengers get help?
It's anybody's guess. The passengers did go to a nearby home and used the phone. They evidently called friends and even though they went to two homes that night, the passengers never told a soul about the car accident.
Which reminds me, as I like to rant, of vaunted Senator Kennedy of Massachusetts. Who did the same thing.
Which is not to say that Hoopingarner's passengers should be absolved. Just pointing out that even though Indiana is up in arms over this case, it HAS happened before and that Senator left Mary Jo Kopechne to die at Chappaquidick while he rounded up lawyers and mounted a protective defense.
Sure the passengers should have reported the accident. Speculation is that Thomas Hoopingarner would still be alive as his car was not deep in some body of water. The car was upside down. Hoopingarner's body hung upside down, still confined in its seatbelt sling. He was unable to open the car window or escape even if he could have opened the window.
However, Hoopingarner's passengers committed no crime. That state’s law does not require passengers involved in an auto accident to report the accident. Thomas' parents are working furiously to change that law.
It's like anything else. Laws must be enacted to punish those who have no human decency or common sense.
Maybe those passengers will get elected to congress.
From FortWayne JournalGazette:
The elder Hoopingarner says the coroner told him his son, who had no alcohol or drugs in his system, had likely survived for up to an hour after the accident. There were signs he had struggled to free himself, the father said.
Law Passed to Protect Against the Compassion Police
There is nothing, absolutely nothing, wrong with sharing repast with those human beings in need. Indeed, such behavior should be encouraged.
Alas, beyond encouragement and common sense, in steps the Compassion Police and such as aesthetics and original intentions go out the window.
There is a group of Compassion Police that calls itself "Food Not Bombs" that has taken it upon itself to feed the homeless.
First, what the hell kind of name is that? Is this some offshoot of the Cindy Sheehan wing of loony lunatics? The name itself casts suspicion on what initially appears to be good intentions.
But so okay, beyond the name, these are good people only trying to lend a meal to the downtrodden.
Hey, "Food Not Bombs"...THAT'S NOT WHAT A PUBLIC PARK IS FOR.
But to so state is to invite the Compassion Police to rain down rants upon the hapless head of anyone who would suggest such a thing.
Although the councils of two cities now have had to pass an ordinance prohibiting such use of public, taxpayer-paid places for such a purpose.
To the Compassion Police I softly suggest, if you object to those who think that public parks should remain, well, public parks, that we send "Food Not Bombs" over to your house and let them set up a fine feeding station directly in front.
Better, we'll let them set it up and invite the homeless from across the state to join in and while we're at it, let us leave it set up 24 hours a day.
You say that's not what the front of your house is for? Hmmmm. Same for a public park, same for a public library, same for government buildings. They are built on the taxpayer dollar to serve a specific taxpayer purpose. I've seen plenty of homeless shelters and "soup kitchens" all around the bigger cities. Plenty of tax and charitable dollars are given to help and feed the homeless. I'll even vote to give more to the homeless. But to allow so-called "good-hearted" groups to take over public land and buildings for use for a purpose not as intended, indeed even outright illegal, is not the way a decent and orderly society operates.
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Another American city has made it a crime to feed the homeless in certain areas.
Last week, Las Vegas outlawed feeding homeless people at city parks. Now, Orlando is following suit.
Orlando is trying to keep charitable groups from feeding the homeless in downtown parks.
Officials said transients gathering for weekly meals create safety and sanitary problems for businesses.
The City Council voted to prohibit serving meals to groups of 25 or more people in parks and other public property within two miles of City Hall without a special permit.
A group called Food Not Bombs, which has served weekly vegetarian meals for the homeless for more than a year, said it will continue illegally.
Destiny Norton-Another Jessica Lunsford?
The city is outraged. Homes near Destiny Norton, who was missing from her front yard where she was last seen, were allegedly searched "four or five" times. Like little Jessica Lunsford before her, Destiny had been abducted by a neighbor and her body was found right next door to her home.
This sort of thing is such a tragedy. I remember too well the alarm over the missing Jessica and the search. Jessica's body too was discovered in a neighboring home. She too was found dead. She too, like Destiny, might well have been alive as investigators and volunteers searched desperately for her.
I don't have any answers except to ask all neighbors to volunteer a search of their homes should a nearby child suddenly go missing. Those who refuse should be looked at real close and a legal search warrant somehow obtained quickly to target the homes of those who refused to agree.
From the Deseretnews.com:
Salt Lake City police officers have found the body of missing 5-year-old Destiny Norton in the basement of a home in her neighborhood and have arrested the man living there, police Chief Chris Burbank announced.The U.N. and True Crime
The body was found at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Burbank said
The man being held for investigation of homicide was identified as Craig Roger Gregerson.
First, what's the deal with the first name being the same as the last?
Moving on, seems Osman Osman used his vaunted U.N. diplomatic pouch to receive illegal drugs and distribute them across the U.S.A.
Which would all be naught but more illegal drug activity across the fruited plains. Except Osman Osman used the funds received for his illicit drug deals to help fund terrorism in his home state of Somalia.
Someone Makes An Honest Living At The UN
The New York Sun found someone who supports free-market economics and property rights at the United Nations. Unfortunately, Osman Osman put those principles to use in a drug-smuggling operation and got busted by the FBI:
A U.N. employee used U.N. diplomatic pouches to smuggle illegal drugs as part of a ring that brought 25 tons of contraband into New York in the past year and a half, federal prosecutors and the FBI said yesterday.
During her first trial, Andrea Yates was found guilty of murdering her five children but declared insane during the penalty phase. That jury verdict was overturned due to a stupid witness for the prosecution.
There are two Yates' posts on this Blog, HERE and HERE, both posted as the Yates saga was ongoing.
Andrea Yates give me the willies and I am sure the juries who had to try the woman got the willies as well. For what could be more unfathomable than the concept of a mother who would pathetically murder her five children so systematically? And yet our human hearts and minds can only conceive that such a heinous action had to be the result of a damaged mind.
For her second trial, Yates was found "not guilty by reason of insanity".
Now I don't know what the difference is between these two verdicts. In one trial she was found guilty but not declared insane until the penalty phase. In the second trial she was outright declared not guilty due to insanity. I'm guessing here, but I suspect that the first verdict would be more effective in keeping Yates locked away for is she was ever "cured" of her insanity she would still be guilty of a crime and would then be locked up for it. The verdict in the second trial would effectively commit Yates to a mental institution but at the point she is declared "cured" she would be, well, cured. Free to go, free to walk away, free from the penalties of her crime.
Said penalty being, at the very least and as common wisdom had it, a lifelong commitment to a mental institution for while the juries and American wisdom viewed this crime as something a mangled mind committed, surely Yates would be confined forever, if in a mental facility instead of an actual prison.
Which is all speculation I admit. Why can't I get this hinky feeling out of my head that someday, someway, Andrea Yates is going to walk free amongst us?
In the link below, one amateur pundit takes a more harsh position as to Yates' crime and subsequent punishment. Many share the writer's position.
From Magic City News:
Wrong Verdict in Yates Case
It seems the world has never been the same since that fateful day back in June of 2001, when Andrea Yates drowned her children in a bathtub. Andrea drowned not one child, or two, or three, or four, but all five children who ranged in age from 6 months old to 7 years old. Trying to keep this murder scene in your head even for a few moments is extremely difficult. There are some things that are so horrific, you wonder how the human brain can absorb such naked evil.
But absorb such naked evil we must. We may never fully understand it. We may be presented with a plethora of seemingly legitimate defenses. We may want to pretend that the murder of children is impossible. Truth is, mothers are just as capable of murdering their children as fathers are. When it comes to the death of children, file gender under: irrelevant.
The verdict that came down in the new Andrea Yates murder trial of "not guilty by reason of insanity" is absolutely insane. Not to mention, dead wrong. Andrea will now spend the rest of her life in a mental hospital where she will have to take psychiatric drugs. A mental hospital is the last place that Andrea needs to be. She needs to spend the rest of her life in prison for drowning not one child, or two, or three, or four, but five children. These were her children. They were the responsibility of her and Rusty Yates, her husband at the time.
Road Rage and Death
Little Kenneth Anderson was only trying to protect his mother. For Kenneth's mother got out of the car then carrying Kenneth, his mother and stepfather, to try and intercede in a fight between her husband and another driver that began while in a convenient store's parking lot.
The stepfather had evidently made some comment about Vincent's wrong or missing use of a turn signal as HE exited that same convenient store parking lot. Vincent then followed the Anderson car home and at some point both cars pulled off the road. An argument ensued. The wife got out of the car to try and intervene, then 11-year-old Kenneth got out of the car to try and urge his mother to get back inside. A bullet from Robert Lee Vincent's handgun hit Kenneth in the forehead, killing him instantly.
Folks, there are simply no words. Surely the lovely Robert Lee Vincent will spend the rest of his tiny life locked up. 11-year old Kenneth will never breathe another breath.
(07/31/06 - GASTON) - A man accused of shooting an 11-year-old boy to death during a roadside fight with the child's stepfather was arrested Sunday in Virginia, police said.
Robert Lee Vincent, 65, of Garysburg, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kenneth Anderson.
Murdered West Coast Hikers’ Pictures Released
Two women, mother and daughter, take off for a day of hiking at a remote location in Washington state. They were seen early in the day by another camper. Within a few hours of this sighting, the pair were found dead along a hiking trail.
Authorities have been mum about how Stodden and Cooper were killed although there's scuttlebutt across the Internet on this crime.
I've covered this crime HERE and HERE .
Pictures of the dead mother-daughter pair have finally been released.
SEATTLE - Two women found slain on a popular Mount Pilchuck-area trail in Snohomish County were a Seattle school librarian and one of her adult daughters, a relative said.
In a statement issued Thursday, David Stodden of Seattle said the victims were his wife, Mary Cooper, and their daughter, Susanna Stodden.
Her Dogs Killed Her Son-Is SHE Guilty?
This is a tough one. Maureen Faibish was charged with felony child endangerment and misdemeanor child endangerment. Which sounds like a prosecution ploy to have this woman suffer a penalty for SOMETHING.
Faibish's son, Nicholas, 12, was mauled to death by the family's two pet pit bulls when Maureen left him alone with the two pets. There were extenuating circumstances that common sense should have ascertained.
First, Nicholas was left in a rather squalid basement but he had something to eat and video games for entertainment. His mother left him a shovel and instructed him to prop it up against the door against the pit bulls. The female pit bull was in heat and the male pit bull was agitated, as might be expected.
The basement's toilet did not work so the mother should have anticipated that Nicholas might need to exit the basement to use the bathroom. Or at least that was the prosecutors' arguments. Faibish did want Nicholas to accompany her to his sister's school picnic but testimony was that Nicholas refused to go. For some reason he was also home from school that day but perhaps this was due to the picnicking festivities. This is not clear.
Whatever the case, the woman had a recalcitrant child, two agitated pit bull dogs which HAD bitten the boy TWICE earlier in the day. The mother was concerned enough to try and lock the child somewhere safe so there's an inkling the woman knew there was a danger.
Maureen was gone three hours at her daughter's picnic. When she returned, Nicholas was found bleeding and dead in a bedroom as the boy had, evidently, left the basement despite his mother's warning.
The jury deadlocked on how to deal with Maureen Faibish and as one juror explained, they simply did not think that Maureen Faibish left the house that day and expected to return home to find her son dead.
I have to agree with that jury and this is why we do not let political elites or special permanent juries sit and judge such things. We the people have the common sense and it's called that for a reason. The bigger crime here is that this family owned two rather nasty pit bulls. Owned them, kept them in the house and what with the female in heat and the other dog a male, it does appear that this pit bull thing was an ongoing enterprise of sorts in that people who allow this sort of situation to exist actually WANT to breed the dogs.
Yet that jury got it right. The women and her husband, who was away at the time of the incident, were a bit on the stupid side but stupidity is NOT a crime.
And when stupid people reproduce it is sad to say and someone call the Compassion Police, but at times the objects of their reproduction do not survive either due to lack of forethought by the child's stupid parents or at times, gasp, the offspring is, his or herself, a bit stupid.
It's a tragedy, make no mistake. But to lock away Maureen Faibish would serve no purpose. Perhaps the political elites should consider legislation regarding pit bulls and the silliness of breeding them within the family home.
(07-31) 14:32 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco jury declared today that it was hopelessly deadlocked in the child-endangerment trial of a woman who left her 12-year-old son home alone with two pit bulls that mauled the boy to death.
The jury of eight women and four men told Judge Anne Bouliane of San Francisco Superior Court that it had been unable in nearly more than two days of deliberations to reach a verdict in the trial of Maureen Faibish of San Francisco. Bouliane declared a mistrial and sent the jurors home.
Brave Jewish Woman Receives No Credit
Naveed Afzal Haq is a Muslim. The nut got it into his head to shoot up some sort of Jewish community center in Washington state. He injured five women and killed one during a gun rampage that he embarked upon because he was upset with the Israeli attacks on Lebanon going on over in the Mideast.
There was a heroine during that attack and yet the Lamestream Media doesn't mention it. For Dayna Klein not only crawled to a telephone to get help even though she was pregnant and was shot herself in the elbow, she also managed to talk the nut case into getting on the phone himself when he eventually gave himself up to authorities.
Let this humble Blogger salute this brave woman, more of a manly man than 98% of the Muslims in the world.
With her co-workers fleeing out second-story windows and bullets
flying, Dayna Klein - five months pregnant and already wounded by a
bullet to the arm ?rawled away to an office to call for help.
Illegal Alient Deliberately Murders Cop By Running Him Down
This is a post from FreeRepublic. While a news source is linked regarding this crime, the thread itself has more information from commenters' personal knowledge.
The perp is from Honduras, he had an expired visa and he was wanted for double-digit automobile offenses. The passengers in his car, also all illegals, swear he deliberately ran down Deputy Callin.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orange County deputy who was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Interstate 4 on Tuesday died Wednesday night.
Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary announced that Deputy Michael Callin was removed from life support and died at 7:25 p.m., WESH 2 News reported.
From the perp's affidavit
After striking the victim, the Honda continued westbound to the intersection of the Interstate 4 westbound ramp and Hollywood Way. It then left the roadway and ran into a fence where it stopped. The driver and two of the passengers ran from the Honda toward the Universal Studios property. Another passenger, witness number 7, got out of the car but did not runfrom the scene. He was detained by witness 2, who had stopped in the area to ask for directions.
Speaking of Illegal Aliens
Get this. A freaking U.S. taxpayer border guard is convicted for himself smuggling in illegal aliens, some of them in his government paid truck!
And the politicos wonder why we're mad out here in la-la land.
SAN DIEGO - A Border Patrol agent who admitted smuggling more than 100 illegal immigrants into the U.S. from Mexico, some of them in his government truck, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison.
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