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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Money Floats

I'm going to buy a stock in a company that I know is barely afloat. However, there is upside potential. The company has lots of parties and is a big hit with the ladies. I'm sure they'll turn things around.

Fast forward and they actually tank. My options are underwater and I'm sinking in debt. Thank goodness that my government will give me all of my money back for my mistake of investing in something that was not really a wise risk.

What, the government won't refund my money? Why then will my tax dollars go to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina?

Let's analyze this, the mean elevation is something like 8 feet below sea level and the city is sandwiched between a lake and a river, both near the ocean. Rebuild ... yes, but let's take the opportunity to rebuild ... 100 miles inland instead of in flood plain between a lake and the Mississippi river, for Christ's sake.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Insanity of the Insanity Plea

As a civilized society, we do not tolerate folks killing other folks. We call that murder and there are laws against differing degrees of intent for the act of homicide. To keep a fair standard, we can not impose discretions on those who trespass against our laws because of reasons of mental incapacity. Insanity is not a valid plea for anything - let alone murder.

Ignorance of the law is not an excuse for breaking it. Anyone would be prosecuted for breaking any law whether they know it is a law or not. There can not be special treatment for those who are "incapable" of understanding a law or even that laws exist. Their mental incapacity is not an excuse for ignorance, which as previously stated, is not an excuse for transgressions.

I read an article today about an Arizona man who for no apparent reason gunned down two people in cold blood. Court documents are now showing the man may be mentally unstable which I'm sure any defense lawyer worth his salt will turn into an insanity plea. Supposing it works, the insanity defense would send our criminal to a hospital where caregivers would try to mend his broken brain. There is no justice in this for the family of the real victims.

Too many times, criminals are being portrayed as the victims because they were abused as children or they feel their civil rights were violated. Committing a crime forfeits your civil rights.

Whether you do or don't believe in the death penalty, there can be no excuses for what boils down to acquittal for criminals when they subvert our legal system with an insanity plea.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Big Picture

Sometimes you need to take a few steps back to look at the big picture before a full understanding can be achieved that:

  1. There is a problem
  2. You are only contributing to it by following the status quo and not taking the aforementioned step back to evaluate, recognize and formulate an acceptable solution that even moderately mitigates the mistakes inherint in the existing process.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Weekend Review

Back to the oppressive heat of Vin's World after a relaxing stay in North Conway over the weekend. The Wyatt House Inn was our base of operations for the mountain biking and shopping (a little he says, she says). The mountain biking was off Bear Notch Road in Bartlett. The original destination of Black Cap was passed up for the Nanamocomuck ... in the rain. Much fun, but alas, back to the real world and the heat. Oh my, just started raining here - sweet relief!

Friday, August 19, 2005

Wurd Smything

How come big and huge are smaller than small and small is more huge than big and bigger than huge?

How come phonetically isn't spelled that way?

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Global Warming

Every summer in New England, I am reminded of the major issues of global warming and the threats that it poses to the existence of our species here on earth. Every New England winter I am reminded of how foolish that line of thought is and for every article you show me supporting global warming theories, I can show you 2 reports and 2 feet of snow that proves otherwise.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


The problem with liberals is that they'd rather remedy the symptoms instead of curing the disease. Conservatives cure the disease ... by killing the host.

Customer Service

I am pleasantly surprised that I still interface with "nice" people when booking hotels and calling for support service. Given my knowledge of the youth today, I can't help but think that the "customer is always right" mantra is going the way of the dodo. However, now and again, I interface with someone who is kind and outgoing and willing to go above and beyond to help. That person not only earns my respect, but more importantly, earns my business. With the amount of choices today for any type of service, you'd think merchants would bend over backward to please the customer for the sake of the business and hopefully good word of mouth.

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