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Abdication of Responsibility

Dear Congress:

If you fail to act, you are choosing yourselves over your constituents. If you fail to make a choice to benefit voters and tax payers, you are abdicating your responsibility to guide this country.

Set aside your agendas, set aside your egos. You stand on the precipice of a tremendous decision. But failure to decide for whatever reason is a decision. Failure to reach an agreement, to find middle ground, will torpedo the already struggling economy.

While you sit in your fancy offices and argue over line items, understand that those of us on the outside looking into the beltway do not like what we see. We see men and women that we trusted with the future of this country paralyzed by the fear of decision making and governing.

Instead of statesmen & stateswomen choosing well and making the decision you are each pontificating and posturing to cover your fear with mindless speech. You fear that you will choose poorly and it will be held against you by voters.

Guess what?!? Your failure to choose is a decision and a vote for yourself and against your constituents. You best hope they don’t remember that!

Get off your asses and fix this, NOW.

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July 27, 2011: Random News

NFL Lockout is over, former UGA players get calls, murder suspect with lengthy juvenile history, school dropouts, remember Jesse Owens, speaking up in representative government, and ATF guns to drugs dealers.

Good luck, Go Dawgs! Former UGA players get calls about free agency. As one young man put, “basically, I’m still trying out.” Yep. We’re all still trying out every day of the week. Good luck.

Too little funding, too little interest. This young man’s story is not uncommon. Juveniles are the most overlooked aspect of society. We don’t fund treatment for kids, we don’t properly fund schools, we don’t properly fund medicaid, we don’t properly fund the Department of Juvenile Justice, kids with big problems result. The deputy should not have died. Could someone or something have changed this child’s outcome?

Exploring School Dropouts and the Cause. NPR is running a series on School Dropouts. Children who live in chaos have no vote about the chaos. They cannot focus on school because their short lives are in a constant state of fruit-basket turnover.

Remembering Jesse Owens at the Berlin Games. What a great accomplishment! Jesse Owens.

Speak up! Whatever your politics. Apparently, people did speak up. 40,000 calls per hour! Let Congress know how you feel. One day of complaints is NOT enough. Unfortunately, my Congressman is a single minded dolt who listens to know one. But you all have hope! Keep calling.

Tough choices, complicated results. While I don’t envy the choices that the ATF must make in dealing with the drug war on the Southern Border of the U.S. One must wonder about the wisdom this particular choice.

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July 20, 2011: Random News

Georgia’s Death Penalty Controversy Continues, Randy Quaid dodges arrest, fashionable perp walk. In non-court related news, new Harvard weight-loss study with significant diet research.

Death Penalty Debate Rages On. As the drugs used for execution shift and change, the impact and “humaneness” of the acts is subject under increased scrutiny. I understand that Judge Tipton Lane wants to be able to review the process, nothing good can come from a video recording of the death chamber process. Digital media proliferates too quickly and is inherently uncontrollable int he wrong hands. I hope Judge Tipton Lane can control this media. Otherwise, we will return to the days of public hangings.

Sleep and dash? Randy Quaid and his wife are now officially on the lam. Currently, they are in Canada. No Christmas Vacation reunion movie in his future.

Court dates are important. If you’re dodging the police, be careful who you trust. One woman was arrested in her weeding dress for failing to appear in court. Boy, that jail probably wasn’t her favorite honeymoon suite. Proving a case may present challenges but finding people and using human information sources to find folks is a whole lot easier.

Budget cuts delay court appearances. How do the budget cut affect justice? People sit in jail longer. Why should you care? The longer a minor scofflaw spends in jail, the more food, amenities and supervision is required. Instead of funding the smooth justice system, the public spends more money on necessities. When will government discover the wisdom of a fully funded justice system.

Careful who you hire…This article highlights something I’d never thought about who is your locksmith?

When the facts and rules are against you attack the investigators. Congresswoman Maxine Waters is attacking the Congressional committee staff who investigated her corruption charges. What will come of this I wonder.

New Weightloss Advice. “The beauty of the new study is its ability to show, based on real-life experience, how small changes in eating, exercise and other habits can result in large changes in body weight over the years.” Further, “The foods that contributed to the greatest weight gain were not surprising. French fries led the list: Increased consumption of this food alone was linked to an average weight gain of 3.4 pounds in each four-year period. Other important contributors were potato chips (1.7 pounds), sugar-sweetened drinks (1 pound), red meats and processed meats (0.95 and 0.93 pound, respectively), other forms of potatoes (0.57 pound), sweets and desserts (0.41 pound), refined grains (0.39 pound), other fried foods (0.32 pound), 100-percent fruit juice (0.31 pound) and butter (0.3 pound).”

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July 10, 2011, some news

A lobby for the unemployed? Incompetent Juveniles. A migrant’s journey. Mass market tomatoes. Big Pharma not willing to cooperate to aid the U.S. budget?

The forgotten. This article suggests, perhaps implies, that the unemployed should unite to form a lobby. They are the forgotten. Any thoughts on this?

Not totally forgotten, it seems. One state legislature is debating whether cutting off unemployment will extend the economic problems. Duh?

Juvenile Court Tactics, do they work? This article explores one the problems faced in juvenile courts everyday: whether a child is competent to stand trial and what if any services are available to restore (or obtain) competency. Managing the process is a challenge. “Mr. Mahoney said there was a “disconnect” between the court’s best intentions and achievable treatment goals.“The treatment plans can be really difficult to execute,” he added. “They’re often unrealistic in terms of the real world.”” In my experience the problem with reaching treatment goals is the lack of care, attention and investment of the parents in this process.

A migrant’s journey. If you’re interested, read about the journey to the U.S. by folks who don’t have visas or passports.

How’d that tomato get here? The story of the supermarket tomato: where it came from, how it’s different from home grown.

Corporations don’t want to help, including big pharma! As the debate over the budget and the debt ceiling continues, big pharmacy companies are lobbying to kill discounts to medications for folks on medicare. The reason those of us who don’t qualify for medicare should care? Corporations are happy to profit off of Americans but these companies refuse to contribute to recovery. I am all about capitalism but companies should make choices that benefit the country so the economy doesn’t completely tank and put EVERYONE out of business. Cost benefit analysis: take the cut to keep the economy limping along…otherwise there may be no money to buy your pills.

 

 

 

 

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McCourt v. McCourt v. Selig

What were they thinking? Did anyone bother to consider the health of the storied franchise…the Dodgers…? Rarely do I agree with Bud Selig but he is absolutely right about stemming the flow of money from the Dodgers to the McCourts. Selig today rejected a television contract between the Dodgers and Fox, nullifying the divorce settlement agreement between the McCourts.

Outrageously, the settlement agreement stipulated that $183million from the television contract would be distributed to the McCourts and their attorneys from this contract. How naive am I? I missed the lesson on your professional sports team serving as an ATM for the family and counsel.

Frank McCourt should give up the team. He should stop using an icon as bargaining chip in two games he will lose: the divorce and the fight with Major League Baseball.

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Random New: June 15, 2011

Stories I find interesting.

Economic Indicator to Worry About! If Congress doesn’t raise the debt limit, the U.S. will go into default on loans. Seriously, why is it that I heard this only the BBC this morning. I saw no other reports. This economic indicator should be cause for great concern. And yet NO ONE is paying attention.

Historic Markers Made Naturally. How did the native Creek and Cherokee find their way such long distances that history shows that they traveled? Apparently, the trail was marked with intentionally crooked trees. How interesting is that? Check out the website of the Mountain Stewards, the group compiling a list of these trees.

Palin isn’t the only one…U.S. students don’t about the history of their country. Schools should do a better job of creating well-rounded students instead of test taking automatons.

Economic Food for Thought. How do you gauge how the economy is doing? Look at all the signs. Small businesses are generally not expanding and perhaps shrinking the size of business. Is this caution or an indicator? You decide.

The Problem with the Politics & Politicos Today.  The NY Times editorial hit the nose on the head, though I would expand this to all politicians NOT just the Elephants. The politicians are not talking about substance, they are sound and fury signifying nothing. But people are buying their hot air.

Legalize small amounts of Marijuana? New York is considering it. The other interesting point in this article is a discussion of how these “crime prevention” arrests affect the lives and futures of the folks who perhaps were NOT bent on other crimes.

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Short-sighted

Florida will begin requiring drug testing for individuals receiving welfare on July 1. I find reasonable and otherwise compassionate people who profess religious beliefs endorsing this measure. Perhaps they just don’t understand the impact of their short-sighted belief in this measure.

Why should you care about adults who test positive for illegal drugs and no longer qualify for welfare? Governments tout the budget savings which prevent supporting drug addicts. Consider the money paid out to individuals in welfare compared to what will be paid as a result of this new mandate. I will not argue religion. Budget arguments should be enough.

Economic reasons.

Oftentimes, drug addicts are actually self-medicating mental health issues ranging from depression to schizophrenia. The mental health system in this country is so barebones that low income people who acknowledge their mental health issues have a great deal of difficultly obtaining help. Those who don’t understand their mental health problems but somehow get pointed in the direction will overwhelm the system.

When these individuals lose their primary financial support, their children will be further deprived and end up in government foster care. People who cannot provide food, shelter and clothing for their children will flood the juvenile court system. This flood triggers a number of fiscal problems. First, children must be housed either in foster homes or groups homes. The State will pay a higher rate to support these children than the initial welfare being saved. Second, the medicaid for children in foster care provides a much higher level of services and costs tax payers more than the medicaid the children qualified for medicaid because their parents were on welfare. Third, the government MUST provide “reasonable efforts” to reunify the family. “Reasonable efforts” means that parents should be provided services like psychological evaluations, drug rehabilitation, parenting classes, family therapy, transportation to visits with their children, and the list goes on. These services, too, cost money. An entire industry exists to support these services. Even at the reduced rate that States negotiate, we, taxpayers, foot the bill. Finally, if the parents don’t get their act together, the children remain in foster care with a need for therapy because of their separation from their parents. The parents are entitled to attorneys in these matters. Attorneys are often appointed at set rate but court is expensive.

Drug testing costs money, too. Guess what folks, the tests cost money. Repeatedly testing folks will create yet another industry that we the taxpayer fund.

Crime will no doubt increase as people attempt to feed themselves, and perhaps their habits. More burdens on the taxpayer resulting from increased jail populations, people who can’t make bond, or increases in sending people to prison. 2 to 3 square meals a day, clothing them, upkeep on aging facilities, paying people to watch the inmates, medical services for folks who usually don’t have medical care. This might actually be a step up for some folks.

How about some education. Provide some services to these people before they end up in the system. The more cost effective plan would be to require drug evaluations and treatment for people before cutting off their aid. “Give a man a fish he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime.” ~ Chinese Proverb.

Why don’t we try some compassion? Compassion doesn’t make headlines or get people elected. Understanding doesn’t make a splashy headline.

For those of you who justify support of this measure with Christian belief, I leave you with this quote. You should be familiar with the source:

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40.

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