Category: crime

Should Convicted Felons Be Allowed To Vote?

Your answer to this question depends on your race, ethnic background, cultural heritage, and whether you got enough sleep last night. Everybody has an opinion

In today’s Washington Post there is a story about the NAACP (National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People) running to the United Nations ( Oh, my!) to squeal on us for some states not allowing felons to vote. Now, the twist is that most states don’t allow felons to vote, but most restore that right after a person has served out their time.

The states that do not restore these rights are Florida, Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia. These states are highly contested battle ground states, and activist organizations like the NAACP know full well that most of the felons in and out of prison in these states can make the difference in this Presidential election if they vote for the Democrat.

Thugs traditionally vote for the Democrat candidate. Strange, isn’t it? The common ground between felons and the Democrat Party is corruption. Think, “Birds of a feather…”, and all that.

OK. The NAACP says the whole thing is racist, but that’s not necessarily so. It just happens that most people in some jails are black, but not because they are black.

There is no evidence of racism to support that thesis. What we have is a statistical correlation, and there is no evidence of racial discrimination that puts these people in their situation. Witness the millions of successful black entrepreneurs, academics, and professionals who are doing well by anyone’s standards.

How did they stay out of jail? We don’t read about their statistics. There are lots of very successful black people in the USA.

Race is seen in almost every facet of life, but that in itself is not racist. We all know it when we see a black person, or a white person, or a person with Asian features. Recognizing these things is not racist. It is natural, and we should rejoice in our differences and likenesses.

The NAACP will see race in everything, therefore everything is racist. That is how they raise money. If your only living is made by going around screaming, “Racism!”, “Racism!”, that is what you will do.

The question was, “Should convicted felons be allowed to vote?” My answer is, no.

However, once a person has paid their debt to society, they should be invited back to live like the rest of us, with a complete set of rights.

The funny thing about this situation is that if the laws were different in those states under discussion, those felons that become ex-convicts would probably not vote, anyway.

Well, maybe they would if somebody paid them. Nah! That could never happen in the Democrat Party.

New York Shooting; Lance Armstrong; Republican National Convention

New York Shooting

I turned on Fox News Channel this morning and learned of the shooting in New York City. New York Mayor Bloomberg was describing the tragedy in which two people were killed and another nine people wounded.

The shooter was fired from his job last year, and decided to kill the guy that fired him. After taking care of the first piece of this business, he encountered some policemen. The shooter and the cops entered into a gun battle. The shooter was killed, and several people were wounded in the ensuing shootout.

It is thought that some of the people wounded by police bullets.

This was not a random shooting. The killer planned it. Since New York City has laws against buying guns the killer, Jeffery Johnson, should not have had a gun. It seems that once again, gun laws don’t work.

Lance Armstrong

The most famous cyclist in the world, Lance Armstrong, has decided to no longer fight the accusations of the USADA  (United States Anti-Doping Agency) who claim that Armstrong, seven time winner of the prestigious  Tour de France, took performance enhancing drugs or substances.

The USADA has not offered proof of any indiscretion of Armstrong. Instead they say that several of Armstrong’s team mates are prepared to testify against him, even though there is no record of him testing positive for any substance in his long career. With so many wins in a grueling sport like cycling, it is no wonder that people are suspicious.

In my opinion the USADA is being high-handed in their accusations, convicting Armstrong with press releases instead of revealing real evidence. We all know that you can get some people to say anything, and Lance Armstrong feels this is what is happening.

The reason Armstrong is giving up the fight is that it is all-consuming, and expensive. If he is guilty that is one thing. To accuse someone without revealing the evidence is wrong. Maybe the truth will come out one day, but I am not going to hold my breath waiting for the USADA to reveal anything concrete.

The Republican National Convention

You can just hear the jokes, now. With tropical storm Isaac, soon to become hurricane Isaac, threatening the Tampa Bay area and the Republican National Convention, the terms “big blow”, “all wet”,”and “blowout” all come to mind. Ordinarily, it would be funny if the proceedings of this convention were not so serious. The very future of our nation can very well depend on how this convention is done.

If the convention is interrupted by the storm, the Republican candidate will be operating at a disadvantage to the current White House occupant. We all watch the major party conventions not just to listen to speeches, but to become familiar with that party’s platform, and get a feel for their candidate’s character and potential. Their records will be on display, and there will be lots of publicity, both true and biased.

You can count on the coverage of the Republican Convention to be twisted. It is important that the convention be seen as planned and that weather will not be a problem. The word is that the convention organizers have plans to cope with any interruption.

One of the things being bandied about is to reverse the timing of some of the events. There is a suggestion to nominate Mitt Romney, first. This might forestall any gimmicks or tricks that the Ron Paul people may be planning to stage. Plus, it gets Romney nominated regardless of what the storm does, and leaves the rest of the convention for the regular political speeches.

Our Crazy World

Just in from the Indian Express (Journalism of Courage) Five Jealous Wives Rape Nigerian Man To Death!

What is our world coming to? I have a problem believing the story, much less picturing how this happened. Go ahead. Link to the story. Do you believe this, at all? Did they have to force viagra down his throat?

Is there a moral to this story? From my experience, only one jealous wife is needed to do the job, and her modus operandus would likely be a butcher knife, or 9 millimeter automatic. Forget the kill by sex thing.

Maybe that poor Nigerian with six wives was being stimulated with clubs and knives.

Was Penn State Penalized Enough?

  • Sixty million dollars – equivalent to one year’s revenue from the football program
  • No bowl games for four years – football program once again slammed
  • Reducing football scholarships from 25 per year to 15 per year
  • Probation for five years
  • All football wins from 1998 to 2011 vacated

These are the fines and sanctions levied against Pennsylvania State University as announced this morning by Mark Emmert, President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

In a Sports Illustrated article, the writer says that Emmert overstepped his authority. It seems to me that if the NCAA doesn’t have the authority to punish an institution, who does? Do you leave it up to the students, faculty, or administration? Do you leave it up to the state legislature?

I am trying to decide in my mind if Penn State was punished enough. How do you get a young man’s life back after being abused by a famous man at a powerful university? Nobody wants to listen to you because there is so much money at stake in a football program like Penn State’s. There were at least ten of these young men who were inflicted with Jerry Sandusky’s attention multiple times.

Joe Paterno, famous and respected  head coach, knew about it. The university president knew about it. How many others in the university administration knew about it?

Many people don’t like the idea that the current students at the university will bear the brunt of the penalties. So what? Should not the students in former years have taken some of the shame when these crimes should have been reported?

I think it is a case of compounding guilt, similar to compound interest for money. The longer the crime goes unreported, the greater the guilt should grow. No, the students, today don’t deserve what they are getting. But they have alternatives.

The press has not gotten wind of another scandal that reveals the culture of corruption that Penn State has become. The famous Climate Gate email scandal in 2009 implicated Michael Mann, a Penn State climate studies professor in acts of academic malfeasance. This was an international scandal, and academics all  over the world were seen as scientists who had trashed the principles of science, and had published studies based on bad science, bad mathematics, and just plain lies.

Mann’s name was at the center of this scandal, and Penn State chose to investigate one of its own. There was no sign that anyone among the investigators was from anywhere other than Penn State,  and most of the outside scientists interviewed were friends of Dr Mann.  None of the complainants were interviewed. This is like having a trial without a prosecutor, jury, or judge. Penn State whitewashed the whole affair,

Dr Mann’s whitewash is just another cover up by Penn State’s president, Graham Spanier, who was ultimately responsible for the Sandusky cover up. How many other cover ups have been perpetrated by Penn State and its administration?

What do you think?