August 1st, 2013

DontBlameMe

Answering A Higher Calling

Today, Illinois gov Pat Quinn signed a bill into law allowing medical marijuana in Illinois.  (Please note in Cook County, you are simply fined for small amounts already.  Why everybody is pussying around with legalizing it is beyond me.)  Can't grow your own, but you can be prescribed it.

So, to review....

Concealed carry?  Passed and veto overridden.

Banning non-hands-free cell phone use?  Passed.

Medical marijuana?  Passed.

Pension reform?  Uh...we're working on that....
Let Me Tell You Why That's Bullshit

The Scales Of Justice Need Adjustment

Today is part one of the sentencing hearing of Ariel Castro, the guy who held three women captive for over ten years.

Prosecutors gave him a plea deal for over 900 counts.  He will be in jail for life plus 1,000 years (I guess so he can be eligible for parole next spring).

The key part of the plea deal -- jail time, no death penalty.

So Ariel Castro, a living embodiment of evil, gets three squares a day, shelter, clothing, medical care, and maybe even money from a book deal.

Homeless people don't get that kind of reward.

Castro held three women captive for over a decade.  He forced one to miscarry five times.  Each of them kept journals that he read and didn't care about.  He played in a band with one of their brothers.  He passed out flyers for another and comforted her family, all the while knowing he had them locked away.  He beat them.  He starved them.  And they didn't escape because of their sheer will.  Castro says he decided to let them go and intentionally left the door unlocked.  In other words, he could have easily kept them prisoner even longer.  He knew they would escape and alert the police, so he was with his brothers, who got tarred in the media by association.  He didn't turn himself in, didn't call anyone.  Every action was a "fuck you!" to doing the right thing.  The last thing he said to his brothers wasn't even an apology, he just said, "You're never going to see me again."  He claimed remorse at his hearing.  Bull.  Fucking.  Shit.

Even the staunchest opponent of the death penalty would be willing to make an exception for this.  And instead, prosecutors are warehousing him away for the rest of his life.  "Yeah, you did all that stuff, but hey!  We're not going to treat you like a monster!"

Fuck the prosecutors.  If ever there was a time to stick to your guns, this was it.  I mean, life + 1K?  At what point is not seeking the death penalty noble and at what point is it just absurd?

"What is honor?  A word.  What is that word, honor?  Air."

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Running On Empathy

Jesus, Peter.  All this gloom and doom and complaining.  Is there ANYTHING uplifting you can post?

As a matter of fact, yes, there is.  Readers, come and honor a hero among us.

Myles KerrThis picture is of Boden Fuchs (left) and Myles Kerr (right).  Fuchs is 9 years old.  Kerr is 19 years old and a lance corporal in the US Marines.  The two were participating in the Jeff Drenth Memorial 5K footrace, held last Saturday in Charlevoix, Michigan.  Both were with their own groups, Fuchs with his friends, Kerr with some other Marines.  Like any active Marine, running a 5K race is a baby piss job, so he was running in boots, fatigues, and carrying a full backpack.

As he ran, Kerr spotted Fuchs.  Fuchs was struggling to finish the race, and had fallen so far behind his group, he was all alone.  Spotting Kerr, Fuchs asked, "Sir, will you please run with me?"

Kerr ran alongside him, staying by his side and pep talking him into finishing the race.  Fuchs finished in 35:38.  Kerr came in at 35:43 and dead last for his age group.  In fact, his Marine buddies thought he might have been injured and that was why he was late.

There's a Facebook page called The Seal Of Honor.  It was founded in memory of Lt. Michael Murphy, a Navy SEAL who served in Afghanistan.  It posted the picture and wrote, "By his unwavering commitment to help those in need through his ability to inspire others by his unequivocal level of motivation, Lcpl Kerr reflected great credit upon himself and was keeping in the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps."  The photo has been liked more than 200,000 times and shared nearly 10,000 times.

So there are good people out there.  Look and you can find them.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled hatred of the world.