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.
And I sent the following link to BD a while ago so he might slip it into the links at some point, but just to make sure you read what could be the most important article in the history of mankind, check this baby out.
Call me squeamish, but one reason I never went beyond preliminary (unsuccessful) infertility treatment and into the heavy-duty injections is that I couldn't wrap my mind around the idea of selectively reducing a multiple pregnancy in order to avoid carrying way too many fetuses at once. I figured that if that were the price, it wasn't in the cards for me to conceive.
Not trying t hijack the thread here, but The Houston Chronicle had a story this morning that you all need to know. Back in March, the singer [?] Patti La Belle was sitting in her limousine outside one of the gate areas of the Bush Intercontinental airport. For some reason never explained, her luggage was sitting on the concrete at a little distance from her car. A young man was ambling around the area talking on his cellphone. Apparently he got a little close to Ms. La Belle's luggage, so she rolled down the window of her limousine and instructed two of her bodyguards to rough up the young man, who had not even touched her luggage. The bodyguards attacked the young man, knocking him to the ground so violently that he sustained a concussion. The airport police intervened at this point and the thugs/bodyguards claimed that the young man attacked them and smelled of alcohol. It turned out that the young man was a West Point cadet who was waiting for a relative to pick him up, and he had not been drinking. The upshot was that LaBelle's lawyer contacted West Point, and the young man was suspended.
The cadet very intelligently hired a lawyer, and things proceeded to court. Evidence was collected from the police and the security cameras, which showed that the young man was telling the truth. Today the Chronicle told its readers that the lawsuit was settled and the young man reinstated in West Point to finish his schooling so that he could serve his country in the Army.
Thought you all might want to know about this, because the law actually worked as it should, the police were good and effective, and an attention-grabbing entertainer's effort to gain free publicity was foiled.
It may sound kind of unimportant in the vast scheme of things, but I do love it when dishonesty is foiled and the innocent are protected and reinstated.
Patti LaBelle is no Ella Fitzgerald, one of our great jazz singers. LaBelle is just trying to get free publicity for her passe career.
That certainly is in stark contrast with the way England's justice system works (or doesn't). The subject of the link about self defense being illegal in England is on a slightly different point, but the difference between what they consider justice in England and what we do in the States is SO different.
I know nothing of Patti LaBelle, but she sounds like a thug so I have no interest in learning more. Thank heaven "our" West Pointer got treated properly. Which also reminds me of how poorly the Duke Lacrosse players were treated. The professors that paid for a full page ad denouncing them to my knowledge have not apologized. There is still litigation pending. I hope they are sued for libel.
Me too, mudbug, oh me too. Having once been a singer doesn't give one the right to bully other folks, just to get publicity. I ought to know ... I once was a singer. One needs the grace to accept reality and not to punish other people, because one's time has passed.
The most interesting statistic from the table "Recession and the Rich" is how FEW tax returns are filed in the $200K and above category, just under 4 million of them. These 4M represent just 3% of the 134M tax returns that are filed each year, and yet these 3% are the folks who pay half or more of all the federal income taxes the government collects. And they are the folks Obama claims are not paying their "fair share" of taxes. When 97% of the people depend on--actually, demand--- just 3% to pay the bills, and yet are ungrateful that the small minority considers this a duty and does it largely voluntarily, you know the country is in trouble. America sorely needs an attitude adjustment. It can start by ridding itself of its divisive president who thrives on fomenting class envy.
Dear Marianne: Thank you so much for the update. But, I must disagree with your assumption "because the law actually worked as it should". I always admire your discerning mind and word craft. However, you must admit that much of what happened in tis case is a result of two pre-existing conditions:
1. The kid is West Point (i.e, parents of means, or wealth?) he most likely already had a politically powerful base/background.
2. it happened in Texas--dang I love TX! It's the only state I know where white men are still free to be men--speak their minds, fight for justice, etc. Hope Buddy reads this!
Yes, RL it CAN happen that way. However, most of the time at the very least, the kid from the farm will need (read essential) to have the active support of his local congressman or senator. This is essential for the kid to even get his foot in the door. I am speaking of probabilities here.