We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I do not think that I like Eliot Spitzer, butI don't know him as a person. I do know that if he came to me for comfort and help, I would be happy to offer it to him as a fellow flawed, sinful, and foolish human. I would pray with him for himself and for his family, who are surely suffering for his idiot behavior.
However, his story got the brain thinking about how, if you do 999 good, charitable, loving things in your life, and one bad, illegal thing (not that Spitzer is in that category - I doubt it, based on how he handled his powers as a prosecutor) - you are screwed if you get caught.
Nobody will care about the other 999.
That is why cops say that there are only two kinds of people - crims that haven't been caught, and those who have been. One must be careful in this life, because it can blow up in an instant.
I dion't think so. If you say there are only 2 kinds of people ...those who've been caught and those who haven't yet, you're implying that we're all just as bad but that' not true, because I know some really good people who live peaceably and won't ever have to worry about getting caught for any thing. I don't have to look any further than my own family of 7 brotheres and sisters to see that there are the selfish ones and there are the empathetic ones; you've got the workers and the slacker types, the enthusiasts, and the complainers, and I am just so glad that I was born with the mellow gene.
I think you're speaking of two different things. There's intent and there's mistake. The cops are speaking of the first, the rest of us live by the second axiom. Spitzer had intent. Nothing mistaken in his actions.
That is why cops say that there are only two kinds of people - crims that haven't been caught, and those who have been.
Criminals R Us, Uncaught--sign on a cop car.
And indeed, lots of cops are criminals.
We had a guy here, stupid bastard, that was a deputy sheriff, started blazing away at one of the Idaho Fish and Game Department's deer decoys, one night, using the cruiser's spotlight, shooting out the window. Decoys are kinda fancy now, flip their little tails, and move the head around. Arrested by the Game Wardens, he was.
Think Mark Ferhman or Ferhman, the cop in the O.J. trial, who never used the 'n' word, never committed perjury in his life.
American strikes up a conversation in a bar with a local Scot. Scottsman says, "McGregah's the name. Ya see theas bah? Built it wit' me own tew hans, all toung-n-groova. Naugh a nail used. Bu' when I walks tha street dah pepah say "tha goes McGregah th' capentah? Nooo. See tha fence comin' inta towne? Build it meself. Streches 15 mile. Keeps tha sheep a' home an' safe from tha wolves, bu' when I walks tha street do tha folks say "tha goes McGregah th' fence buildah? Noooo. See tha church in town? Build it meself. Steeple 150 foot high. When I walks tha street do people say "tha goes McGregah the faithfuhl child of God? Noooo." Scotsman takes a sip of his Guiness, pauses, and looks the tourist straight in the eye and says "Bu' yah fook one steenkin' goat...."
Just saying I hope the cops included themselves in the saying.
There's a report somewhere, by a women from UCLA, an urban sociologist she calls herself, whose work is tracking the LAPD. Been studying it for years. Can't recall the name, or where I read it, but it makes frightening reading. The corruption, she claims, is actually worse than it had been, as it has worked its way up the police food chain a bit. The smaller the city, the more honest the cops, might be a rule. Get down to Green Acres, everything's great:)
Got ya bob... I agree. Not sure about the 'smaller' point though... unless they all go to confession every week, and that then is published in the weekly town newsletter. And oh... that they're honest in confession.
My beloved says that he feels great anger toward Sptizer because of what he has done to his daughter's lives. They will Never, Ever, be able to have a healthy relationship with a loving man. That part of their lives is finished. But, then again, my thought is that the Mrs. Spitzer has always known of her husband's "weakness". She turned a blind ey because she chose to be near the money and power. I have serious doubts that there is any woman alive whose husband could be cheating like this for more than 10 years without her knowing about it. Not this gal--she was way too smart from the beginning. She can be held responsible for the damage done to the girls.