Archive for October, 2009

If it’s on the shelves, it’s off the streets

October 25, 2009

I think, more folk might do well to read this article.

If it’s on the shelves, it’s off the streets byPeter Moskos. [Peter Moskos is an assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the author of “Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore’s Eastern District.”]

Murder in 3 Acts

October 25, 2009

A while back there was a TV movie, “Murder in 3 Acts” shown on ABC in Oz.  It concerned the murders committed by Snowy Rowles around 1930.  The disposal of the bodies was accomplished by the method discussed by Arthur Upfield & mates over coffee.  Upfield has just sold his first BONY novel and was looking for a plot device for his 2nd.  The main thing was to dispose of the body completely and, hence, pose a nasty problem for BONY.

Rowles was there with them.  However, he was careless and was caught & hanged.  Upfield’s book came out & was serialixed during the trial.

If you can obtain the film, it is a good view.

What is the economic impact?

October 25, 2009

Illegality drives up the cost of the illegal substance.  —  What would the actual cost, with a 6% markup to provide a  suitableprofit, of the more common “illegal” substance such as MJ, cocaine, & heroine?  — Please note, I’m NOT saying they should be legal, just what would the comparative prices be?

Now how would this effect the crime lords?  If an addict, one would have to register, of course, could buy his or her drug of choice from a legal source at realistic prices, what would happen to the economies of drug producing countries.  [Of course, California would now run a surplus as the value of MJ grown in the state is in the billions of dollars.

It would be interesting to see an economic evaluation of this.  maybe money is being allocated in the wrong areas.

New Riechs’ Novel

October 25, 2009

I just finished reading the latest Kathy Reichs’ novel: 206 Bones.   I recommend it to mystery fans.

Her approach to forensic mysteries is so much better than Cornwell’s.   I’ve come to hope, the bad guys kill off the Cornwell’s protagonists.  They don’t work any more.

Let them go!

October 24, 2009

“Limits on exec pay cause worries of brain drain!  Will top bosses at bailed-out companies leave as their compensation is cut?”  —

Maybe the answer should be: Good, get rid of them.  All they did was take money and run the companies into the ground.  Maybe some new blood will get the companies moving again.

IMHO too many “executives” are vastly overpaid for the work they do.  I really don’t believe, they are worth the pay.  I remember reading a rumor that JP Morgan, that pillar of support for the common man, feeling that the ratio of 20 to 1 between the top salary and the lowest full time employee’s salary, should be enough.  Today, 200 to 1 or higher is more like it.

However, one must realize, these executives are of such a better class of people than ordinary persons that they should be rewarded for just being better than everyone else.  Just ask them.

Let him do hard time!

October 23, 2009

Film director Roman Polanski, who fled sentencing in California on child sex charges in 1977, after being convicted, should be extradited to the US from Switzerland and do his hard time for drugging and having unlawful sex with a girl aged 13.  —  So he is a brilliant director.  This does not allow him to break the law and get away with it.  —  He is a sicko!

This explains a lot of Politics

October 23, 2009

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument. -William G. McAdoo, lawyer and politician (1863-1941)

Do we really need to be there?

October 22, 2009

The Japanese want to redefine its relationship with the US.  Sounds good to me.  Actually, I wonder, if we need to really be in the Far East at all.  —  Since all the countries there seem to do is gripe about the Yanks being there, why not leave them to their own devices.  —  Japan is apparently pushing the idea of an East Asian Community [Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere ?], a sort of Asian version of the European Union, with China at its core.  Go for it.  —  Yes, let us pack up our toys and take them home.  —  There is no need for the US to be the world’s policeman.  Let them all go to hell in their own hand basket.  🙂

Too much PC

October 21, 2009

I am bemused by the total lack of any sort of sense of humor when Target is attached for the “Illegal Alien” costume.  Maybe not completely in the best of taste, but no where near as bad as some of the so-called costumes I’ve seen shown for sale.  — Then again, an illegal alien is just that: ILLEGAL.  Go to jail & deport.  —  Yes, they are seeking to better themselves.  However, so are all those folk in line for legal immigration.  —  Hmm, maybe the US should review its immigration policy.  However, being able to speak English is obligatory.  How else can someone from Korea communicate with someone from Russia?  ETC.

Stupid Law!

October 19, 2009

IMHO the “Zero-tolerance” rules in schools, as in the court system, is too inflexible and causes miscarriages of justice.