Tuesday, December 18, 2007

No Death Penalty

Some PROGRESSIVE LEGISLATION out of New Jersey this week: Governor Jon Corzine ended the death penalty there, commuting outstanding sentences to life without parole.

There were, of course, arguments from family members of the victims of the men effected. That is to be expected. No doubt there is a lot of hurt that isn't going to go away. I don't believe though that fulfilling the desire for revenge is going heal anybody. I don't believe that the death penalty has anything at all to do with justice. I don't believe that we can call ourselves a decent, civilized society while we are carrying out revenge killings.

I see this as a baby-step in the right direction and a sign that despite all the terrible things that we as a nation are involved in at the moment, that there is a movement of conscience bubbling somewhere beneath the surface.

So anyway... hats off to Jon Corzine and to New Jersey. It's a start.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Big Wheel Keep On Turnin'

R.I.P. Ike Turner.

Yeah, I said it. Sometimes a person becomes more famous for their weaknesses than their strengths, and I suppose that could be said of Ike Turner. Not my place to talk about just punishments though. He was a hell of a musician.

Trebek in Jeopardy?

Is Alex Trebek IN JEOPARDY? Apparently he is fine but has suffered a minor heart attack. No doubt someone didn't know the capitol of Saskatchewan.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

For the record

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY, The Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed, granting dominion to Ireland and partitioning Northern Ireland... thereby ensuring the fighting would continue for generations. You have to really appreciate that kind of foresight!

Monday, December 03, 2007

In case you didn't know this about me...

I haven't ZIG A ZIG AH'd in AGES!!!! But I'm going to really soon!

The Future Is Now

I was just watching Jeopardy, and kicking some serious ass I may add, and I was introduced to a word/concept I hadn't considered before:

RETRONYM

Now I'm not a complete thicko and have quite a few of these in my regular vocabulary, but it's the first time I've heard the word. It's kind of cool...

One example they used on the show: Regular coffee... as opposed to decaf...

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Protecting children

Too little too late, but here's SOME EVIDENCE OF PROGRESSIVE THINKING. There are many damn good reasons not to prosecute children as adults. It was never more than a cheap, exploitative political ploy anyway. It would be nice to think that this portends a shift in societal values... we shall see.