Archive for September, 2008

Pro Life

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

I can’t get my brain around how some who are passionately Pro Life are also strong supporters of the death penalty and war.  It is such a contradiction to me.  Yes, a fetus is innocent.  So are some who are executed as well as many who perish from bombs in war.  I just don’t get it.

Lock Your Doors

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Marion Jones was released from prison today.  At least our tax dollars were able to keep this hardened criminal behind bars for a little while.  Too bad our nights of sleeping peacefully are over.

Seriously though, it would be great if our legal system could be revamped to use prison for those who are a physical danger to society and find alternate punishments for others.  I understand prison for rapists, murderers, drunk drivers and such.  These individuals have demonstrated they need to be contained.  Prison should not be the punishment for a crime but more a location for punishment to take place for those who warrant confinement.  Those who break the law must experience consequences and these consequences should reflect the seriousness of the crime.  Surely our society is wise and creative enough to come up with deterrents that don’t involve putting an able and harmless people in a box at the taxpayers’ expense.

I Love To Talk

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

I love to talk. It is something I do whenever given the chance. My mom jokes I came out babbling and never quite stopped. That said, even I know how to zip it when someone is giving a speech or presentation. As I’ve watch the political conventions it has bugged me to no end how much chattering is going on as people attempt to speak and convey heartfelt messages. Good grief. It’s just so rude. Perhaps these folks have never had to deliver a speech in front of a large group. I’ve done my fair share of speaking engagements and know first hand how distracting even an errant cell phone ringing can be. I’m not sure how I would feel to be speaking to a room of inattentive chatter bugs. I’m sure part of me would be tempted to just stop, say never mind and invite the crowd to continue talking about their crucial matters without concern of my interrupting them.  Of course, there is another part of me who would probably get a kick out of inserting ridiculous statements to see how long it took for people to catch on.  Things like “growing up with Elvis as a father” or “I’m reminded of an experience I had 3 lifetimes ago while a deckhand on Columbus’ ship” come to mind as potential insertions.

McCain Who?

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Since announcing Sarah Palin as his running mate, John McCain seems to have become largely irrelevant.  I’ve heard little analysis or commentary of the presumptive Republican nominee for president.  When his name is mentioned, it is usually tied to ‘one toe in the grave’ remarks.  I suspect McCain is going to live long enough for us to care about his position and policy plans.  Lord help me for agreeing with Lindsay Lohan, but she is right when she says all of this tabloid style journalism about Palin is distracting from analyzing the real issues.