Riding on a subway in NYC reminds me of being inside a giant tin can, sometimes when you step onto the train you never know what suprises might await you inside. Today, it happened to be a man (homeless) who captured my curiosity as he wandered onto the other end of the train. He was about 6 feet tall, in his late fifties and was wearing a wrinkle free black t-shirt, a pair of pressed blue jeans and faded black work boots. The thing that struck me about him was although he looked tired he was very polite and well mannered (gentlemen are a rare breed in this city) and he looked well groomed... Read More
Although it is not the first case of its kind, it is now the longest in California history, exceeding the record previously held only by the now notorious McMartin Preschool case from the eighties. Parallels abound: beginning with the fact that in both cases the accuser is the son of a clinically diagnosed mentally ill woman and comes from a family all too often under the watchful eye of CPS. Also, in both cases, an arrest was made based upon an accusation alone- without evidence to prove a crime had occurred at all.
Most disturbingly, however, is the similarity between the prosecution... Read More
For at least the sixth time, Prosecutor Lori Frugoli refused to give closing arguments, in what has turned into the longest and perhaps costliest preliminary hearing in California history. In April of 2008, in an effort to reign in the prosecution, Judge Faye D’Opal finally denied the prosecutor’s request for even more time, and did not allow her to file any new motions. After twenty-two months of granting Frugoli endless opportunities to gather together a case, the judge announced, “It is time to put this matter to rest.” The judge then scheduled closing arguments for May 29th and instructed... Read More
Here are some of the things I learnt in China, from Translators who work as Translators translating Chinese into English.
You can see some of their published Public efforts on "Lost with Translation" Forum at ActiveEnglishSpeaking...AESDon't crack a joke. Its taken seriously and you end up with an hurt person who feels they have lost face because you laughed. eg 'Oh!!! You really are being silly...' is taken to mean, 'you are silly' Don't try to correct their English. Because they translated it, it has to be correct. Don't try and explain a joke. You get into more hot water... Read More
Boy band mogul Lou Pearlman was sentenced this morning to 25 years in federal prison for running a lengthy, systematic con that artificially inflated his net worth and cheated people out of $300 million.
Pearlman was responsible for the rise of such groups as The Backstreet Boys, N'Sync, and O-Town. It turns out however, that a large portion of his wealth was derived from various Ponzi schemes and other scams.
Pearlman, 53, was once the toast of Orlando. His financial empire included popular musical acts the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, an airplane charter business, and Church... Read More
The high moral ground for American democracy rests on the presumptions of healthy, competitive and fair elections. And holding these traits to be self-evident, the elections are held with utmost pomp and show. The grandeurs associated with US polls are unparalleled and are generally considered as reaffirming symbols of multiparty viabilities in the world.
Countries that do not boast of a multi-party system are considered to be autocratic, and consequently despotic. Whether or not it is important to analyze the rationale behind such a forgone conclusion where fairness is associated... Read More
In a dissenting opinion, Justice Marvin Baxter of the California State Supreme Court wrote that the Court overstepped its bounds by even hearing arguments and ruling on the case concerning the law banning same-gender marriage in California. “Changes to marriage laws should be decided by the voters,” Baxter said.
But his opinion falls on immoral ears.
The morality of America is that the people – ALL of the people – are allowed to vote as to how the nation is to be governed. Today’s decision by the California Supreme Court to overturn the will... Read More
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I believe that someday all military operations will be reduced and we will be able to make agreements using international negotiations. War never changes things to better, never!