Thursday, July 21, 2011

In A Country Near You?

   Perhaps this happened in a country near you.
  The judge had heard the case. The accused man’s locked gym-locker had been packed full of drugs. The accused had the only key.
   The organized crime lawyer had defended him well. But it was hard to overcome the naked and clear evidence.
   The judge said he would render his verdict the next day.
   That night, the judge received an untraceable text-message from a local throw-away phone. The message was simple: WATCH THE NEWS IN THE MORNING.
   The next morning the judge checked. Nothing too exceptional had happened locally, though the big story was a big arson-fire which was taking most of the attention. He did notice, however, a small, very interesting story from a very remote part of the country. A long-retired municipal judge and his wife had been extremely badly beaten and murdered during a home-invasion in their secure gated-community home. The police had absolutely no clues, suspects or motives.
   Later that morning, the judge delivered a not-guilty verdict in the organized crime drug-locker case. He said it was possible someone else had placed the drugs in the locker of the accused, thus leaving reasonable doubt as to the accused man’s guilt. He set the accused free.
   Could this happen in your country? Who would know?
   In another country, not too far away, a man found himself charged with a crime that society did not like very much. They especially liked a very harsh sentence on repeat offenders. This was the man’s second offense. The first time was 40 years earlier.
   The accused hired a good lawyer for $10,000 and pleaded not guilty. Through various manipulations, the lawyer delayed, postponed and rescheduled the trial for over two years. The trial had disappeared from the front of the public’s mind over that time period.
   Finally, on trial day, the defence lawyer announced to the judge that he and the prosecutor had reached a plea-deal that they thought the judge would find satisfactory.
   His client would plead guilty and accept a $1,000 fine. The prosecutor agreed. He said that since the accused had no previous record that that would be fair, particularly given the extended-age of the case. In his submission he said this would also spare the court a lengthy trial.
   His Honour also agreed and issued the $1,000 penalty, thus ending the case.
   The accused went home happy; though $11,000 poorer he had escaped lengthy jail-time. The fact that he was guilty of an earlier violation somehow had not found voice in the court.
   The judge went home happy too, knowing that there was a guilty-plea and a sentence, and a long-standing case was off the docket. He also noted that his bank account was $2,000 richer.
   The prosecutor was also pleased with a guilty plea and that the case was finally finished. He noticed his bank account was mysteriously plus $2,000 as well.
   Additionally, the defence attorney was very pleased that his client had gotten a good deal and that he was going home $6,000 wealthier for almost no work at all.
   Could this happen in a court near you? Would anybody know?

Saturday, July 16, 2011


Someone inconsiderate stole my lawnchair. I had it near the alley last night to use today while I soaked my compost. When got there at noon it was gone. What kind of person steals from a cripple? 

Why Many In Canada Dislike The Official Languages Act

 The Federal Court of Canada on Wednesday ordered Air Canada to pay $12,000 to Ottawa French-language rights crusader Michel Thibodeau in part because when he asked an English-speaking flight attendant for 7Up in May 12 of 2009, he got Sprite.
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Friday, July 15, 2011


Sarah Palin's last two Tweets on Obama: 

The Sugar Daddy Has Run Out of Sugar.

Obama lies, economy dies. He says "default's catastrophic" then opposes deal to avert it. Nonsense. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Bridge

   Greenwood closed the Louisa Street Bridge about five or six years ago. There was talk about the replacement bridge from Christian Valley. There were many promises about the new bridge reaching completion by “this” summer or “next” fall, or for sure the “next” summer after that. On and on went the talk and promises, but all Greenwood found built were excuses.

   In contrast, when the Minneapolis six-lane I-35 bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River, it took exactly one year to clear it away, and design, engineer, build and complete a new eight-lane replacement bridge.

   In Florida, last winter, a tanker crashed and burned intensely, melting much of an expressway overpass. Four weeks later the overpass repairs and replacements were complete.

   It is good for a new bridge to be stationary. In Greenwood’s case, it should become stationary after the bridge is in place over the water, not before.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Drug-Free Welfare

   If Floridians want welfare, they better not take drugs.
   Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that requires benefit recipients to undergo drug testing.
   Applicants for the welfare program who test positive won't be eligible for the funds for a year --- unless they undergo treatment.
   Those who fail a second time would be banned from receiving the funds for three years.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Different Perspective

   The average yearly wage of a person in this world is around $10,500. The average income in Canada is $38,500. A Canadian mail carrier who works 2,000 hours a year would receive approximately $47,000 plus very liberal benefits. 
   The average NDP Member of Parliament in Ottawa takes $158,000 in annual salary with all kinds of extra gravy added on. This easily puts them in the top five percent of the highest salaried Canadians, and probably in at least the top two percent of the world.
   With the world view in mind, it is a very strange spectacle to see the NDP in Ottawa dancing like union string puppets singing songs of defending the poor postal workers.
   It looks very much like one of the world’s richest gangs making sure another well-off gang keeps their wealth too.
   But they probably can’t --- or won’t --- see it like that.