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16
Sep

weekly photo challenge: faces

This week the photo challenge is about faces (plural or singular).

This is Olivia!  Her expressions are priceless, and look at those long eye lashes!

I took this photo a couple of months ago with a Tamron Macro Lens on my Canon Rebel.

 

15
Sep

paying the piper

The Honorable Judge Belvin Perry today released his decision about the amount of money Casey Anthony should pay to reimburse law enforcement.

Casey Anthony is officially ordered to pay $97,000 in restitution to Orange County law enforcement agencies.

Judge Perry: Casey Anthony will repay $97,000!

The amount is less than the $500,000 that the State of Florida requested, but it will do.

It is only just that she covers a good part of the costs of what her lies cost the county to investigate Caylee’s “kidnapping” and disappearance.

This is a good and just ruling.

I heart Judge Perry!

 

15
Sep

a nice and random thursday

It’s Thursday night that means I’m glued to Project Runway!

After work tonight, I went to a chapter meeting of the South Florida Chapter of the International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI).

It was absolutely wonderful because our guest speaker was Dr. Sivasailam Thiagarajan, fondly known in the Training and Performance Improvement industry as Thiagi.  He is a professor at Indiana University, author, and one of the world’s most celebrated and creative performance improvement guru’s.

He appeared at our dinner meeting via Skype and discussed how to successfully and strategically use Rapid Instructional Design techniques in the classroom.

What a dear, funny, and humble man.  He even made sure we got a copy of his recent book.

And so, my day ended in the best way, but it’s time to say good night…  Just as soon as Project Runway is over, of course!

So, goodnight all!

14
Sep

troubled times for the Anthony’s?

George and Cindy Anthony are no longer of one mind.   What the Dr. Phil interview of the Anthony’s has proved is, the jig is up.  George is no longer singing in Cindy’s choir.  He knows Casey was responsible, and he cannot fathom how he could have raised a monster capable of killing another human being.

Cindy and George Anthony have totally divergent beliefs with regards to what happened to Caylee.   Of significance is the fact that George Anthony is now telling more of the truth.  Perhaps the suffering he went though (the blame of abuse of Casey, and being complicit in the “accident”), has caused him to face the truth and now say publicly, “Yes, Casey did this.”

How George and Cindy manage to stay together is anyone’s guess.  I sense real trouble between them.

The camera repeatedly caught George glaring at Cindy with a clear look of contempt during both interviews.  He seemed to snarl at her.  The friction between them was quite clear.

George spoke about Casey’s culpability (he is no longer pretending to agree with Cindy); it was clear Cindy did not like what George was saying.

Cindy lives in an alternate reality.  In one of her most absurd statements she said, if Casey was found not guilty, it was a sign from God that Caylee died accidentallyCaylee would never want Casey to suffer or take the blame for something she didn’t do, Cindy said.

George, however, said if it had been an accident, why use duct tape, garbage bags, and a swamp as a grave?  George also said he thought Casey may have drugged Caylee in the past when she wanted to go out on the town.

I continue to believe that Cindy Anthony is in a very deep denial.  She cannot bring herself to accept that Casey had anything to do with the crime.

It’s possible the next thing we learn with regards to this family is to hear that Cindy and George are going their separate ways.

I don’t see how they will be able go on now that George is no longer drinking Cindy’s Koolaid.

 

 

13
Sep

da’ nile river

I recorded the Dr. Phil interview with the Anthony’s today.  Anxious to see it, I sat on the couch to watch it and…. fell asleep about ten minutes into the show.

From what I saw, Cindy Anthony is still paddling down da’ Nile river.

Like her daughter insisted on the Nanny story with clenched jaw determination; Cindy has a strangle-hold on denial.

I heard more excuses than ever.  I truly believe that Cindy cannot live with the idea that her daughter is capable of murder.  Maybe she accepts the truth privately?  Otherwise how can she and George stay together given the fact they are on totally different wave lengths on this issue.   You would think there is incredible tension between the two.  That’s why I wonder if, privately Cindy knows what’s true, but publicly,  she must deny it to save face.

Cindy blamed seizures, postpartum schizophrenia, and a possible a brain tumor as excuses for Casey’s behavior.  I kid you not. She said brain tumor.

Of course, with all the excuses, she is also telling us that she knows Casey is responsible. If she believed Casey had no part in Caylee’s murder, there would be no need for excuses, right?

I wonder if it was Cindy who came up with the idea, when Casey was pregnant, that the bulge in Casey’s tummy was a tumor, not a pregnancy?   When Casey was appearing pregnant, her brother Rick said that Cindy said to him, and I paraphrase, “Casey is not pregnant. She’d have to have sex to be pregnant.”

Oh dear.

In the ten minutes of the interview that I was able to see, it seemed to me that George was more forthcoming with the truth- though he did side-step – he attempted to lay it out there.

George was also quite rigid, I thought.  Almost cold.

Cindy was pleasant, her blue eyes are lovely, but that constant deception that comes out when Cindy speaks, even though she repeats  phrases like: “To be honest,” or “honestly” or “truthfully,” she is not being honest.  She is saying what she wants to believe, nothing beyond her fairy tale idea of what occurred.

Maybe she needs da’ Nile river to maintain her sanity?

The second installation of the show is tomorrow.  I’ll try to watch both, but can’t promise I won’t fall asleep!

12
Sep

ashes to ashes, dust to toxic dust; the remains of 9/11

We passed the impossible ten-year anniversary of 911 yesterday.   It was a terrible day for the families of the victims, and my heart breaks for all of them.

Did anyone watch the documentary about the firefighters of Ladder One in NYC,  on television last night?  If you did, you would have seen that thousands of people are dying as a result of that deadly day.  You would have learned that the Officials of the NYC Health Department, Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, and others, lied and said the air at Ground Zero was safe to breathe.

Of course, this is not “new” news – we’ve known for some time of the health concerns of the rescue workers.   Seeing the CBS 911 documentary last evening brought the concerns of the rescue workers back into focus.

Even if you made a grade of C in high school biology, as I did, you would have figured out the AIR WAS NOT SAFE to breathe. (Sorry for the CAPS – this topic  infuriates me.)

We saw the dust that covered everything after the towers collapsed.  It was toxic dust.

We all know that it was rare for the workers to find entire remains of victims.  The rescue workers didn’t find computers or pieces of shattered windows or telephones or desks or chairs or pens or notebooks or staples or printers or paper clips when they searched Ground Zero.

The rescue workers breathed in the highly toxic dust of the computers and shattered windows and telephones and desks and chairs and pens and notebooks and staples and printers and paper clips.

They also breathed in and breathed out the dust of the 911 victims.  Ashes to ashes, dust to toxic dust.

The hundreds and hundreds of rescue workers who gave their very souls to recover bodies, also consumed the bodies in the very air they breathed.

I knew this. We all knew this.  The people at the scene were not thinking of their own safety, they were, and still are, completely selfless – they were there for the victims and the families.  They cried and cried and cried for the victims, not for themselves.  The paper masks they were given did nothing to block the toxins in the air.  The masks got sweaty and dirty, and of no use anyway, and most threw them away after an hour or so.  But, then it didn’t matter, the city ran out of masks.

And now, the rescue workers are dying.

What is killing the men and women who gave so much of themselves in the recovery effort?  Cancer.

I don’t have the precise statistics, but will quote the following by National Journal reporter, Maggie Fox in her story Studies find higher cancer rates in 9/11 rescuers:

These workers were exposed to an incompletely characterized mix of asbestos, alkaline cement dust, pulverized building materials, and fire smoke for many days and weeks, often without proper protection…. Hundreds of these people are disabled and can no longer work, and thousands have become ill and continue to receive medical treatment nearly 10 years after 9/11.

Nine years into the study, 28 percent of the workers had asthma, 42 percent had sinusitis, and 39 percent had GERD. Inhalation of toxic, highly alkaline dust is the probable cause of upper and lower-respiratory injury in rescue and recovery workers.

Doesn’t this make you see red?

Our government will lie when it suits them. We started a war in Iraq based on a lie.

The following is by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Paul Krugman:

The Years of Shame

Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?

Actually, I don’t think it’s me, and it’s not really that odd.

What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.

A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?

The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.

I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons.

You can read more of Paul Krugman’s blog here: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/

10
Sep

Weekly Photo Challenge: Florida Bobcat

I took the photo of this fine fellow – a Florida Bobcat – at Flamingo Gardens, in Davie, Florida.  All of the animals at Flamingo Gardens are being rehabilitated due to an injury they’d suffered in the wild.   However, I’m not sure why this regal guy needs to be rehabilitated.

Many times Flamingo Gardens rescue animals that had been pets, until they got too big or unruly to handle.  This creates a problem for the once domesticated, but born to be wild, animal. They lose the ability to act like a wild animal.    They they don’t know how to hunt for themselves and if left alone, could die in the wild.

There are two Bobcats on hand at Flamingo Gardens.  Their habitat is lush and green and there are plenty of trees for shade.  When it’s hot, they have a cave to cool off in, and a little pond to play and bathe in.  It’s quite the life they have!

It’s fun to see the two Bobcats play together; they are just like kids rough-housing together.  When the weather is cool, they are especially frisky!  It’s such a treat to see them.

This is my entry for the weekly photo challenge by WordPress.

Florida Bobcat

9
Sep

a seizure excuse?

There have been a few purposeful “leaks” about George and Cindy Anthony’s appearance on an upcoming Dr. Phil Show.   By the way, the air date of the show has been moved from Monday, Sept. 12th to Tuesday, September 13.  And, there are two  segments – Tuesday & Wednesday of next week.

The leaks reported by TMZ have Cindy Anthony telling Dr. Phil that Caylee “drowned” because Casey was having a seizure while Caylee climbed into the pool.  Okay!

Granted, I don’t find this plausible.   But, then again, it doesn’t matter what I believe – if it makes Cindy feel better by believing this, so be it.   If believing this helps Cindy put one foot in front of the other and get through the day,  so be it.   The story is just too out there and simply lacks that ringing sound of truth.

The  real problem with this new story?  How is a person able to wrap a baby in duct tape and triple bag her while having, or recovering from, a seizure???  Or, am I missing something?

To tell you the truth, I always wondered about the seizure that Jesse Grund, Casey’s former fiancee, described to the Detectives on the case.  Could this be what made Casey change so drastically, as so many of her friends described?  (I don’t really think so, but I thought I’d mention it!)

Jesse described to Detective Yuri Mellich, that he saw Casey Anthony having what he called a Grand Mal Seizure.  According to Jesse, Casey was in bad shape, foaming at the mouth, unresponsive to any stimuli.

When the incident happened, Jesse immediately called 911.  Casey admitted into the hospital for testing, but tests were all negative.   There were no indications from the doctor that she’d be in danger of having more seizures.

George and Cindy never made too much about the seizure incident with Jesse, and they never discussed then what they now say were a few seizures.  Therefore,  it’s odd this is brought to light now.  Perhaps Cindy is trying to soften Casey’s image?  Maybe.  I think this excuse as a protective mechanism for Cindy – to maintain her sanity and avoid the devastating truth.

It could be that Cindy needs to place blame on something other than her daughter,  and the seizure story fits that bill (for her).   I hope Dr. Phil reminds her that this does not comport with Caylee being thrown away like garbage, in a swamp.  I hope he challenges her about that.

It doesn’t make sense that a person could have a seizure, come out of it, and then do something horrible to their own child.   I know people will blame “sleep-walking” for criminal behavior.  It’s been a defense in a couple of murder cases, but a seizure excuse?  Why wouldn’t Jose Baez grabbed this theory if there was any truth to it?

Cindy Anthony has experienced a hell that none of us can imagine or understand, and so I can almost forgive her for wanting to believe anything but the truth…….

If it brings Cindy a sense of peace to believe this, so be it.

Cindy and George Anthony have been through a hell on earth that not one of us could possibly comprehend.   They lived it.  God help them.

8
Sep

watching project runway

It happens every Thursday.   I sit down to write then remember that the show Project Runway is on!  I’m writing during commercials breaks but that doesn’t work and so I’m throwing in the towel on this one.  And, I like watching commercials!  Oy.

The designers on the show tonight have to work in two teams of five.  It’s interesting to see how they work – or don’t work – together.   It’s not easy for some people to be on a team and I think it’s because it’s difficult for some people who are high-performing perfectionists.

On a team, it’s about loosing individual attitudes and egos to focus on how individual strengths come together to support the end product.  When it works, it’s like an orchestra, in harmony – no discord.

Now, it’s back to Project Runway – some of the players have a few things to learn about teamwork!

 

7
Sep

courtroom becomes theatre of the absurd

Consider defendant Ralph E. Donaldson, of Dayton, Ohio.  In 1997, he plead guilty to attempted murder for beating his girlfriend into a state of total disability.  Defendant Donaldson was sentenced to eight years in prison, then given an extra twelve years when he violated his parole in an aggravated burglary charge.

Nice guy.

Then, the victim, his former girlfriend dies, and Donaldson is charged with murder.

Now defendant Donaldson pleads not guilty.  His defense?   The death of Deborah Nooks, the victim, had nothing to do with the severe beating.  Nope.  The defense claims it’s clearly a case of malpractice, and the defense would like to use Dr. Werner Spitzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz to prove it.

Dr. Pitzzzzzzzzz, who never met an intact skull he didn’t like, is sure to offer comic relief in Dayton.

And, guess who pays for Dr. Spitzzzz, if his testimony is allowed?  Surprise!  He would be paid using taxpayers money because defendant Donaldson is indigent.

Wait, there’s more……

  • Dr. Fitzzzzzzzzzzz charges a cool $5,000 per day,
  • Cool Dr. Bitzzzzzzzzzzzz charges $400.00 per hour to review the medical records, and
  • The supreme medical examiner charges $1,500 to write a report of his findings.

I had the opportunity to review the report done by Dr. Fatzzzzzzzzz in this case.  It was not in the least bit impressive, as you can see.

Here it is:

I am not making light of this terrible case.  It’s a horribly tragic case in every sense.
But, I am making fun of Dr. Nitzzzzzzzzzzz!

It’s like a Theatre of the Absurd play when Spotzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz makes an appearance.  His testimony in the Casey Anthony trial was so bizarre it was both unbelievable and sad.  Sad because the once esteemed doctor still wants to strut his poor self on the stage, when he should retire his act and scoot off to Bora Bora for some fun in the sun.

Courtrooms are not the place for the resurrection of a has-been.  Dr. Pitzzzzzzzzzz’ hay-days are  over now.

The victim, Deborah Nooks, was so severely beaten by the defendant in 1997 that the only way she could communicate was to blink her eyes “yes” or “no”.   She was completely incapacitated.  That’s how she lived until August of 2009, when her poor body gave up the fight and she died.

Of course, you’re wondering what will the defense of Defendant Donaldson be?

The defense position:  She died as a result of malpractice.    “Malpractice!”

Oh yes, Ralph E. Donaldson, who plead guilty of attempted murder, now claims he didn’t do it.  Nope.  It was malpractice.

Okay, that’s peachy, but malpractice is serious and it involves doctors, not boyfriends.

If the death was a result of a doctor’s malpractice, then it’s malpractice, not murder, right?  So, why would a charge of murder be on the table, too?  Does this defense strategy make sense to you?

Will this defense attorney ask a jury to believe that an unknown and unnamed doctor was at fault, not the defendant?  But, who would be responsible for the malpractice?  Can a defense attorney just claim malpractice without providing any proof of it?

It doesn’t make sense because it’s a bogus defense, made bogus-er if Dr. Spatzzzzzz testifies.

The Court in Dayton has not yet agreed if it will allow Dr. Fatzzzzzzzz to testify.  The county prosecutor is arguing that the fee is too high, and where is the evidence of malpractice?

Okay.  So, there is an indigent client who, in 1997, beat his crack-head girlfriend until she nearly dead. He beat her and when she was down, he stomped and stomped and stomped on her head like he was putting out fire.  Now, when she dies as a result of being in a near vegetative state, malpractice is the culprit.

I think some defense attorney’s watch too many cartoons.

This defense attorney said, about cause of death:

….cause of death is such a controlling issue in this case. It’s Mr. Donaldson’s position he didn’t inflict a fatal injury….We think likely medical malpractice was the cause of her death.

The attorney prosecuting this case said the discovery released in this case does not point to malpractice, and no evidence exists to make such a claim.

Well, there was no evidence that George Anthony abused his daughter, Casey.  There was no evidence that Caylee Anthony drowned in the pool or that George had a hand in it.  There were a lot of allegations thrown against the wall in the Casey Anthony case which ended up playing a huge part in her not guilty verdict.

Something tells me this defense attorney wants to take a page out of the Jose Baez playbook.  No doubt he thinks Dr. Ditzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz will save the day for his client.

Now, everyone deserves a passionate and vigilant defense attorney who will hold the government to task.  I’d want my defense attorney to demand that the government proves their case against me beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt.  And, I would fight like hell, too. (Well, I’d probably mostly cry.)

I believe in our system of justice – there is none better.   But, c’mon!  Defense attorneys can’t make things up!

There is truth and there is….

BULL-Shatzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

6
Sep

try casey anthony in federal court???

Every day spam is scooped up by the excellent WordPress spam-blocker and deleted.  Sometimes I have to manually delete the spam because occasionally legitimate comments are mistakenly caught.

I found one of those “legit” comments tonight.  Although, it wasn’t exactly a comment, it was a link to a petition about the Casey Anthony trial.  It’s a legitimate link and an actual petition that already has 48,000 signatures.

48,000 people agree with this petition.

The petition, on change.org,  is intended to convince the legal and political community in this country to consider trying Casey Anthony in Federal Court,  with a federal crime!  What federal crime they believe Casey Anthony committed, I cannot tell you, but the petition refers repeatedly to the murder of Caylee Marie Anthony.

The petition will be sent to:

  • Office of Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll (Jennifer Carroll)
  • United States Attorney’s Office Middle District of Florida (ROBERT E. ONEIL)
  • State of Florida Attorney General (Pam Bondi)
  • Governor of Florida (Florida Governor Rick Scott)
  • United States Attorney General (The U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder)
  • Director in Charge FBI Headquarters Washington DC (Robert Mueller)
  • Assistant Director in charge FBI Headquarters Washinton D.C. (James W. McJunkin)
  • ORANGE COUNTY STATE ATTORNEY (LAWSON LAMAR)
  • FBI Orlando Headquarters (Special agent in charge Steven E. Ibison)
  • President of the United States (President Barack Obama)

Though I am loath to publicize this petition, if you would like to review what is written, here is the link:  http://www.change.org/petitions/united-states-attorney-general-try-casey-anthony-in-federal-court

Apparently, there are 48,000 people who don’t know the reason for the double jeopardy rule of law.

The concept of double jeopardy is based on the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. “Nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.”

The reason for this protection?  To make sure that We the People are not abused by the government via repeated prosecution, or other abuses.

If repeated prosecutions were legal,  it would amount to a form of  oppression that denies human rights.

In Communist countries the government has total control over such things, and will convict because they can.  Communist countries also control religious beliefs, political parties, and the distribution of wealth.

As we know from WW2, Hitler’s goal was to design a type of German individual that fit his liking.  Under Hitler it was a crime to be Jewish.  13 million people were given the Death Penalty because of their religion.  Catholics, and homosexuals were singled out, too.

Communist countries don’t have trials.  They have convictions.

Casey Anthony was already tried for the crime of murder.  She was found Not Guilty.  Yes, the verdict is difficult to swallow.  Yes, it seems like a travesty of justice, and yes, most of the country believed she was guilty.   But, to even consider trying her again is chilling.  Think about what it would mean if citizens could be tried twice for the same crime!

Casey Anthony is not guilty; that does not mean she is innocent.  Though, she was innocent until proven guilty.  She was proven not guilty and now, she can sing from the rooftops that she committed the crime, and not a single thing can happen to her.

People say, our system of justice didn’t work in this case.  I do not agree.  The system of justice worked.  Just because we didn’t like the outcome of the trial does not mean the system didn’t work.

Casey Anthony now deserves all the freedoms that you and I enjoy.

She had a fair trial – she was given protections and special treatment that most defendants don’t enjoy.   Unfortunately, 12 jurors did not believe the evidence presented – that’s the bottom line.

Reforms are needed to improve the jury system in long, media-laden trials.  But no one could say that Casey Anthony did not have a fair trial or a fair jury.

Judge Belvin Perry is a Jurist of the highest caliber, as was Judge Stan Strickland.  The Prosecution won most of their motions leading up to the trial.  No one can say the prosecution got a bad wrap.

The defense, we said, was  incompetent, unethical, and morally challenged.

But they did what they had to do and won the case.

They won.  In life there are bitter pills to swallow.

5
Sep

gadget geek

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  I certainly did, but it went by much tooooo fast!

My weekend was all about family, reading, and playing with gadgets!

I’m kind of a geek when it comes to electronic gadgets.  I recently got a new Dell desk top that’s super fast and super nice to use.   I have a Dell laptop that’s only 3 years old, but it’s already very out of date.  To replace it, I’m thinking of getting a mini laptop.

The mini laptops are reasonably priced, starting at about $300.00.  Of course, if you fill it with a larger hard-drive and more RAM, it’s going to be around $660.00 to $800.00. approximately.  I priced them today.  I configured a Dell model with the most RAM and with the most powerful hard-drive I could find, and it turned out to be almost $800.00.  That’s a bit much to spend just to be able to sit on the couch and work!  I have decided to wait a bit.  If I do decide to go back to school, I’ll definitely purchase it.

I have a Motorola XOOM tablet that I love.  I chose the XOOM over the iPad2 because I have an iPhone and it’s the exact same thing, only larger.  The XOOM is an Android, which I had never used before.  It looks just like the iPad2, and is quite easy to use to surf the web, send emails, and update the blog.  It’s not much of a word processor – though it could be, I find it awkward to use in that regard. But, could use it in a pinch.

I also have a Nook Color that I wish I didn’t purchase because now the tablets – either Android or iPads – allow you to download the Nook, or the Kindle free of charge.  The best thing, I suppose, is when my battery dies on the XOOM, I can switch to the Nook, and vice versa.  And, the great thing is, they sync automatically, meaning they remember what page you were just reading on another device.

I purchased some new web/eLearning publishing software, too.  Because I work for a university I am able to use the educational discount, and its sometimes as much as 75 percent off the retail price.  I just got a new software called “Snap” by Lectora.  It allows you to turn PowerPoint presentations into a web-based tutorial with Flash animation, voice and video.  It’s really easy, too!

The Adobe Acrobat X Pro software just came in the mail Friday.  Adobe Pro is a great tool to create, edit, and transform a PDF document into an interactive form – you can also embed media into it.  I will have to learn how to take full advantage of all it can do – I am a novice with this one.   I also ordered a software bundle that hasn’t arrived yet.  It’s a software that is terrific to demonstrate how to navigate through a computer application, i.e. a specific series of steps that a user must do to accomplish a task.  It’s called Camtasia, and it’s bundled with Snag-It.  Camtasia uses a video program to record what is happening as a user types and navigates on the computer.  The Snag-It software is really cool, too.  It  allows you to capture pictures of your computer graphics to replicate – turns them into JPGs or PNGs, or whatever form of graphic you like to work with.

And then, yesterday, I finally got a GPS for my car! (It was an early birthday present!)   I absolutely love it!  It’s a Garmin Nuvi 1450LMT, and has real-time traffic reports, and maps of North America and Canada, too.

I can’t wait to use this tomorrow morning to get to work.  It will be nice to know where the traffic backups are beforehand.   I travel all highways to get to work, and now that the kids are all back in school, it’s murder to get to work.

According to the GPS, it should take me 14 minutes to get to work.  Hah!  It’s actually, on a good day, 40 minutes.

Speaking of work, tomorrow is almost here, so I’m heading for never-never land.

Before I go, I want to share with you my favorite quote that reminds me of Labor Day:

Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.  (Douglas Pagels)

I try to do that everyday, in some small way.

4
Sep

Sour grapes, huh?

After the recent hearing to decide the amount of money Casey Anthony will have to pay back to the State of Florida for the pointless search for her “missing”  daughter Caylee Anthony, attorney Cheney Mason claimed it was sour grapes resulting from the State losing the case.

Sour grapes, huh?

Casey Anthony, just like any other citizen, will have to pay the State of Florida back its investigative costs. (Note:  The costs are not related to the trial/prosecution of Casey Anthony.)

Sure, the State of Florida wants to recoup the nearly $517,000 they spent to investigate a “missing” child they later learned had “drowned”.

Yes, these are absolute costs that Casey Anthony rightfully owes for the hours and hours and weeks and weeks of law enforcement investigation that, of course, was all a ruse.  The costs cover the dates of the deception, which were July 15, 2008 until December 11, 2008, when Caylee Marie Anthony’s remains were found.

Lady Justice: Don't fool with me!

You defraud the public, you pay the public back.

Period.

End of story.

We will find out the amount that Casey Anthony will have to pay in about three weeks when Judge Perry submits an order with the amount due.

Now, about that sour taste in your mouth, Mr. Mason?   Just go ahead and gargle with strong mouthwash because I do believe your client may have to put up and shut up.  Only my opinion, of course.

Perhaps Mr. Jose  Baez neglected to consider the impacts his bold opening statement during the trial would have in the long run?

When Baez said, “Caylee was never missing, but drowned” and when his client was found  guilty of lying, cha-chings started adding up.  And well they should have.

Despite the jury finding Casey Anthony not guilty, she was found guilty of lying to law enforcement and will have to pay a hefty sum for those lies.

That will satisfy Lady Justice just fine.

To Mr. Cheney Mason

So your client was found not-guilty of Murder.  It is  no matter here.  Of significance now?  Her lying bilked thousands of dollars out of the Florida coffers.  Had she told investigators that Caylee “drowned” at the outset, the investigation costs would have totaled about six hours, according to witness Lt. Paul Zamboris.

Mr. Mason, as you well know, when people defraud the public and get caught, pay-back is a bitch.  Well, this is nothing new.  And, no one is singling our your “indigent” client! 

Are you living in the past?   You must still believe that your Southern Gentleman-like charm, and that  Old-Florida drawl you put on as thick as Aunt Jemima syrup on hot pancakes, will work in this case.   Ain’t gonna work.   But, heck, you can resort to name-calling and obscene hand gestures all you want, it ain’t gonna amount to a hill of full of beans.  Throwing sophomoric hissy-fits will not persuade the Honorable Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., either.

But, I do have advice, Mr. Mason.  Don’t continue with that mean and cantankerous Ole Florida Coot act.   It only makes you look like you’re eating the sour grapes.  And it’s unbecoming.   You won the war, and jolly good for you.   You may not win the battle, so prepare yourself.

Remember the Runaway Bride story and how that ended?

The Runaway Bride, Jennifer Wilbanks, was running away from her fiancée, John Mason, (whose name, coincidentally is Mason, though I know of no connection), and also had to pay a sum of money as restitution.

Runaway Bride, Jennifer Wilbanks / BBC photo

As a result of her fraud, the Runaway Bride plead guilty to, a felony.  She got two years of probation, and a bill for nearly $43,000.

That story was a media circus, too.  Jennifer Wilbanks, like Casey Anthony, defrauded the public and had to pay.

According to the BBC, Jennifer Wilbanks sold the media rights to her story to a New York City company for $500,000.  Wilbanks did not offer to repay the whole cost of the search for her, which totaled almost $43,000.  BBC, June 5, 200

I think the penniless Casey Anthony should start counting those pennies.

I don’t believe a plea of “sour grapes” will convince the court to let Casey Anthony off scot-free.

Um, I’m sure you know that, Mr. Mason.

 

References:

Read Hal Boedeker story here.

BBC article:  Read here.

3
Sep

wendy and the lost boys

I want to share information about this wonderful book I am reading about the Playwright Wendy Wasserstein.

I can’t write about the book just yet – I’m not nearly finished with it.  But, it’s the kind of book that refuses to let you go.

Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein is the title of the book; written by the remarkable Julie Salamon.

Wendy passed away from cancer at age 55.   She is the author of the Heidi Chronicles, The Sisters Rosensweig, Isn’t it Romantic, Uncommon Women and Others, and more.

For the Heidi Chronicles, she won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award.   You don’t have to be a lover of the theatre to love this book.

I’ve never really been able to accept that she’s gone.  She would have had more Pulitzer Prizes’ and Tony’s if her light still burned.

Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. ~ Shakespeare

2
Sep

cute X two

This video of twin babies talking and laughing with each other is wonderful!   Ellen DeGeneres added cute dialog to the second video.  I watched this first one over and over tonight – can’t get enough of how adorable these babies are – how cute they are as they communicate and laugh together.

Here’s The Ellen Show Translation (cute!)

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