The End? Or not.

In case I’m not around after tomorrow (December 21, 2012), let me just say:




The Emotional Side of Gun Control

gunThe recent mass murder of innocent children has focused attention, once again, on guns and gun control.

One of the things I find rather disconcerting is how emotional some gun owners get when any discussion related to modifying gun laws comes up. They scream to all who will listen that the ultimate goal of  the government is to confiscate all their guns. (Of course, this is the mantra of a certain gun organization so why would they not think that?)

They are also quick to point out that the guns used in these killings are often stolen so gun owners should not be the ones targeted. The question then becomes … where (or who) was the gun stolen from?

As far as I know, except for the fanatical left-wingers, the discussion is not about banning guns completely. The more sensible discourse has focused on controlling semi-automatic and military style weapons because they are usually the weapons of choice in these senseless killings.

Just for the record, I am not anti-gun. I have friends and family members who are sensible gun owners. I have nothing against hunting or target shooting. And, in these crazy times, it’s probably smart to own a gun for protection.

But I do feel some gun owners need to stop letting their emotions about guns and gun ownership get in the way of meaningful changes in gun control. And they need to do it before any more people lose their lives simply because they visit a mall, go to church, or attend school.

Poverty and Opportunity in America

This is from an article entitled “5 Ways Most Americans Are Blind to How Stacked Their Country is to the Wealthy” —

Mitt Romney said he wasn’t concerned about the very poor, because they have a safety net. This is typical of the widespread ignorance about inequality in our country.

How many people know that out of 150 countries, we have the fourth-highest wealth disparity? Only Zimbabwe, Namibia and Switzerland are worse.

It’s not just economic inequality that’s plaguing our country, it’s lack of opportunity. It’s a dismissal of poor people as lazy, or as threats to society. More than any other issue over the next four years, we need to address the growing divide in our nation, to tone down our winner-take-all philosophy, to provide job opportunities for people who want to contribute to society.


Critics bemoan the amounts of aid being lavished on lower-income Americans, making dubious claims about thousands of dollars going to every poor family. But despite an ever-growing need for jobs and basic living necessities, federal spending on poverty programs is a small part of the budget, and it’s been that way for almost 50 years, increasing from 0.8 percent of GDP in 1962 to 1.2 percent of GDP in 2007.

This is me talking … people who are content (full belly, roof over their head, steady job) tend to look askance at the poor. We all need to remember that sh__ happens and none of us are immune to it happening to us. And then what?




The entire article can be found here.

5 Things You Cannot Recover

There are 5 things in life you cannot recover:

  • A stone … after it’s thrown.
  • A word … after it’s said.
  • An occasion … after it’s missed.
  • The time … after it’s gone.
  • A person … after they die.

Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly.
Laugh uncontrollably.

And never regret anything that made you smile.


Enjoy Life!







The Casey Anthony Conundrum

Oh my. I just can’t help myself. I simply have to comment on Casey Anthony. Yup, I got sucked in the same as hundreds of others. Maybe not to the point of watching the actual trial while it was going on, but I did watch Nancy Grace (oops) to get all the highlights.

Here’s my scenario. I do think Casey killed her daughter, but I also think it was an accident. No, Caylee didn’t drown in the pool. She was suffocated to death. I won’t speculate on whether or not chloroform was used, but I do think some type of relaxant put Caylee to sleep so Casey could do her thing, whether it was going to a party, being with her boyfriend, whatever. She just wanted to make sure her daughter didn’t interfere with her plans. She added the duct tape in case Caylee woke up and started crying.

Of course, as we know, Caylee never woke up.

casey-and-caylee There is no doubt Casey panicked when she discovered her daughter was dead. How in the world was she going to explain what happened? She decides to put her little body in a garbage bag and place it in the back of the car until she can decide what to do. I think she added the heart sticker and wrapped her in the Winnie the Poo blanket because she truly loved her daughter (as confirmed by several witnesses).

She then goes about her business for the next several days, which included partying and trying to act as if nothing is wrong in her life. As we already know, she doesn’t tell anyone Caylee is missing. But then the body begins to smell. This is when she realizes she has to do something, so she decides to place Caylee in the wooded area.

The car, however, still reeks of the decomposing body, so she abandons it in a parking lot – probably hoping the smell will dissipate and no one will be the wiser.

The rest is history.

Now here’s the rub in my scenario. Did Casey intentionally cover Caylee’s nose as well as her mouth? If she did, then I’m all wrong. It was murder. But if she, perhaps, accidentally covered her nose in the process, then we’re back to square one.

As for the jury’s decision – I have served on two murder trials. On one, everyone was in agreement the person was guilty and he got the death penalty. In the other, the prosecution asked for first degree murder but we had to return a verdict of second degree. Why? Even though every single one of us knew the guy was stone cold guilty, there simply wasn’t enough evidence to convict him of first degree.

scales These two experiences made me very aware that as a member of the jury, you  carry a very heavy burden. A person’s life could be in your hands. That’s why you MUST be convinced – beyond any reasonable doubt — that the evidence presented convicts the individual of the intended charge.

Did Casey Anthony kill her daughter? I think so. Did she do it intentionally? I doubt it. Did she react appropriately when she discovered the death? Probably not, but what would you have done?

Aided by the media, the public has tried and convicted Casey Anthony of murder and are upset she has been set free. But if my scenario is correct, she isn’t really free. She will live with this event for the rest of her life … knowing she killed her daughter. And for what? A few moments of fun?