Gary E. Sattler
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Mar 12th 2008 12:50PM Sheldon, you're partially off the mark.
Remember that this guy's a Harvard schooled Democrat. Those folks watch out for their own, and you know it.
He'll most likely escape prosecution for solicitation.
He'll be paid handsome sums for discussing his foibles on television.
He'll get a book deal.
In six months he'll probably be holding spots on a couple corporate boards, making more money with less accountability.
You have to believe that he's had a backup plan ready just in case he got caught.
The ones who shall really pay the price are his wife and kids. My heart goes out to them.
There were no felonies committed here. Spitzer will skate... into the loving arms of his Harvard bretheren.
Mar 11th 2008 1:55PM Does Teddy Kennedy really get .72 cents per bottle of scotch sold in this country?
Now, there's a tax we could do without.
Mar 4th 2008 2:30AM Let's step away from the statistics and figures for a bit and just consider the principles of this.
Tracy, am I to believe that you consider our prison populations, in their entirety, to be made up of a fundamentally different type of human being than you are? Are they all a separate class of human beings which need to be arbitrarily caged for periods of time dictated solely by legal statute, each and every one of them?
Is that what you think?
What if you're only a little bit wrong. What if only 98% of those people in prison are really that separate class of being which requires caged restraint at the state's (read that: your) approval?
Are you willing to make the other 2% of the prison population live as those sub-beings, just because they got an invite to wear blaze orange pajama's like the really bad ones did?
Or might you indulge us to a review on a case by case basis to determine if criminals having committed crimes with no "victim" might actually be our own class of being wrongly incarcerated?
Here in Wisconsin, by statute, if a police officer discovers marijuana in your possession, he is interpreted to be the victim of your marijuana possession. Law makers had to write the statutes that way, making the arresting officer the victim, to fulfill the "elements of the crime", in order for sanctions against the infraction to be enforceable and prosecutable.
Now, getting back to that 90% of the prison population which really is from the tainted portion of the gene pool. Since they're *alternate human*, we can really stick it to 'em huh? I'm all for that! two meals a day, a six by six concrete cell, heated to 62 degrees f. No television but lots and lots of guilt generating books. We'd make them understand the error of their ways, if we could get the ACLU to shut their big mouths for a while.
Isn't this whole discussion mired in just where exactly we want to draw the line? I've had a fair bit of experience on both sides of that -v- they put in the middle of court case citations. Probably more than I should have, and I'm telling you that although we have a good system here in this country, in places it's seriously warped. I don't understand how you can't see it, unless you've experienced a different state law enforcement and judicial system than I have.
Whether you want to believe it or not, jail and prison populations are, and have been, manipulated by statute and practice to maintain levels of revenue flow in the enforcement and judicial systems while also providing a patently false, positive facade for a "war on drugs".
Who could possibly believe that every single one of those people who are incarcerated in jails or prisons for crimes which had no other dire consequence than "The officer saw the stuff", is a creature without the ability to think or change, and therefor requires the same treatment as the beings which kill, rape and maim?
How do you justify that?
Mar 2nd 2008 6:34PM Agreed Bruce,
I know that here in Wisconsin the problem was exacerbated by our former Attorney General, who now happens to be our Governor. Under his guidance, a host of former misdemeanor infractions were reclassified as felonies, thereby increasing inmate populations. Then, they stripped our judges of sentencing discretion and instituted state sentencing guidelines for almost everything.
It's sad, when you consider that our state had long ago declared that the intent of our judicial system is to aid and maintain strong family and community structure but has instead focused on punitive sanctions, often resulting in deep damage to families rather than restoration.
I favor strong justice and just punishment for crimes committed, but putting someone in prison for getting caught twice with a little weed (less than five grams) is over the top, in my opinion.
My apologies to the Bill Clinton fans, but I'll always believe he closed far too many military bases.
Mar 2nd 2008 2:20PM There's a direct correlation between when Bill Clinton performed wholesale closure of military bases and the explosion of America's prison populations.
There was a time when young men on the edge were given the opportunity to opt for military service instead of incarceration.
Just one more example of the failure of our growing socialist nanny state via the ideologies of "progressive" socialist Democrats.
Mar 2nd 2008 12:54AM To quote another song:
"Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug."
Feb 29th 2008 8:59PM Dead-on analysis again Sheldon. Thanks!
As for me: Rural and loving it!
Feb 29th 2008 1:35PM I didn't mention the Vette because it's not coming back... It never went away.
I only like the Mustang because it's a pretty faithful representation of the old fastback body style.
Frankly, you couldn't give me a Ford.
Give me GM or give me... uh... you know.
Feb 28th 2008 11:26AM Scientists are saying the northern Hemisphere has endured its coldest winter in decades, adding that snow cover across the area is at its greatest since 1966.
Around the world, vast areas have been buried under some of the heaviest snowfalls in decades. Central and southern China, the United States, and Canada were hit hard by snowstorms. In China, snowfall was so heavy that over 100,000 houses collapsed under the weight of snow.
Jerusalem, Damascus, Amman, and northern Saudi Arabia report the heaviest falls in years and below-zero temperatures. In Afghanistan, snow and freezing weather killed 120 people. Even Baghdad had a snowstorm, the first in the memory of most residents.
AFP news reports icy temperatures have just swept through south China, stranding 180,000 people and leading to widespread power cuts just as the area was recovering from the worst weather in 50 years, the government said Monday. The latest cold snap has taken a severe toll in usually temperate Yunnan province, which has been struck by heavy snowfalls since Thursday, a government official from the provincial disaster relief office told AFP.
A record-long spell of cold weather in Vietnam's northern region, which started on Jan. 14, killed nearly 60,000 cattle, mainly bull and buffalo calves, local press reported Monday. By Feb. 17, the spell had killed a total of 59,962 cattle in the region, including 7,349 in the Ha Giang province, 6,400 in Lao Cai, and 5,571 in Bac Can province, said Hoang Kim Giao, director of the Animal Husbandry Department under the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, according to the Pioneer newspaper.
In Britain the temperatures plunged to -10 C in central England, according to the Express, which reports that experts say that February could end up as one of the coldest in Britain in the past 10 years with the freezing night-time conditions expected to stay around a frigid -8. And the BBC reports that a bus company's efforts to cut global warming emissions have led to services being disrupted by cold weather.
Scare mongering appears to be the case, according to reports from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that reveal that almost all the allegedly “lost” ice from the world's ice caps has come back. A NOAA report shows that ice levels which had shrunk from 5 million square miles in January 2007 to just 1.5 million square miles in October, are almost back to their original levels.
Moreover, a Feb. 18 report in the London Daily Express showed that there is nearly a third more ice in Antarctica than usual, challenging the global warming crusaders and buttressing arguments of skeptics who deny that the world is undergoing global warming.
A polar bear should find Al Gore and eat him.
(Content Source: Newsmax)
Feb 25th 2008 12:15PM Excellent job of tracking your money Abelicio!
Your effort was a success, because now you are beginning to make some money decisions based on a good solid look at how you spend. It's not a bad thing to buy some of the extra things you want. After all, working just to pay the bills will make you old very fast. A person needs to remember that having a better life is one of the reasons we work so hard. However, you will find that if you wait for some of those extras, you will enjoy them even more.
Keep doing what you're doing. Keep tracking that money. In a month I'd like to hear about how much money you managed to put into a savings account!