I was reading Viktor Frankl today and serendipitously came across this dramatic and searing image by Journey Photographic, (one of my favorite photo blogs). I am pleased to have permission to share this image with you.
We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. –Viktor Frankl, author, neurologist and psychiatrist, Holocaust Survivor (1905-1997)
Appreciation to Journey Photographic
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)
Geraldo has a thing or two to say about the Casey Anthony case.
Yes “the” Geraldo.
Back when he covered the O.J. Simpson trial, I was kind of fond of Geraldo Rivera.
But the Geraldo of today is not the Geraldo of yesterday.
Perhaps his rude behavior and ultra contrite manner are an act – an effort to please the “mainstream” news viewer? I don’t know. And, it really doesn’t matter, because his recent comments about Casey Anthony are asinine.
I am referring to the piece by Hal Boedeker, published in the Orlando Sentinel very recently.
Perhaps you should read the short interview with Geraldo (if you haven’t done already) before reading further, so you’ll know from where I rant.
To read the piece, click here for the link.
I need to rant
Okay, now that you have read the story, can you understand why I may need to rant a little bit here?
Forgive my need to curse, but what the hell is Geraldo talking about???
Any prosecutor who attempts to impose the ultimate penalty on Casey Anthony is more concerned with scoring cheap political points than attempting justice. It’s an absurd over-prosecution….Casey is a selfish, self-involved dimwit. But to seek to kill her, because she killed that sweet baby is an absurd over-prosecution and will color the whole prosecution.
I just cannot fathom why this man would say Casey Anthony is a dim-wit when in reality she is a calculated murderess.
I mean, nice people can be dim-wits. I can be dim-witted when I’m tired and forgetful and it’s a Friday evening after a grueling week of work. But I would never characterize a murderer as merely a dim-wit. To me, it is as if he’s empathizing with Casey Anthony. Is he saying if she were any smarter she would have eaten the crumbs leading directly down the path of her total guilt? Is he saying, if she were not a dim-wit, she could still be dancing at Fusion????
Geraldo discusses over-prosecution as non nonchalantly as I’d discuss over eating.
How do you over-prosecute in a court of law? You either prosecute a crime or you don’t.
It’s not like cooking! I’m a dim-wit in the kitchen and I overcook the hell out of everything from eggs to casseroles. Yes, you can overcook, overstate, overcome, and overeat….but over-prosecute a cold-bloodied murder? Over prosecute the murder of a child? No!
And you certainly don’t suggest that a sentence of 15 to 20 years being “the best way out for everybody involved, including the prosecution.”
I am surely not a proponent of the death penalty, and I agree with Geraldo that we should not put people to death “in an enlightened society.” However, Casey Anthony’s punishment must rise to the level of the crime – whatever that level is, I certainly don’t know. But this I do believe: The State of Florida is following the law.
…someone who is clearly guilty, nobody has many doubts about that. To put her on the same plane with a mass killer has no kind of possible justification. I believe she did it. She’s responsible. The defense would never concede that and is going for actual innocence. They have a case, long shot it may be…..
The defense has a case???? Oh really. That is about as absurd a statement as I have heard. It ranks up there in the order of Chicken Little who said, “the sky is falling, the sky is falling!”
Oh boy… someone better duck!
Casey Anthony is No Andrea Yates
Geraldo cited the case of Andrea Yates, who drowned her five children. There is no argument from anyone that Yates’ actions were beyond heinous, despicable and unthinkable.
But, Yates was mentally unstable, not criminally motivated. Furthermore, she told the truth – she confessed. And, when Yates was given treatment and medication for her mental illness, she suffered the ultimate pain: the realization of what she had done hit her between the eyes.
Okay. Let’s take up this argument. What if Casey Anthony had come forward and admitted her guilt? What if she begged for mercy and acted contrite or sorry, maybe even saying it was an accident?
Let’s pretend that Casey Anthony said that she is so sorry and she loves her daughter more than life itself. Let’s say she begged for mercy but the State of Florida still sought to impose the death penalty. If that highly unlikely scenario were to have occurred, then pursing the death penalty would be, in my opinion, equal to over-prosecution.
Casey Anthony, on the contrary, has lied and deceived everyone in her path. She danced on the grave of her daughter when she smeared that hideous tattoo, “the good life” on her pimpled skin.
She spits in the face of her parents, brother, grandparents and Geraldo calls her a “dim wit?”
What do you call her?
So, Roy Kronk and Zanny the Nanny are absent from the defense witness list.
There was a time that Roy Kronk loomed large in the Casey Anthony saga. And of course, Zanny the Nanny was Public Enemy Numero Uno.
Heck, at one time we may have thought that Kronk would be burnt toast should Baez get his hands on him at trial, or in deposition. But, lo and behold, Kronk, the angel, and Zanny, the ghostly kidnapper, are conspicuously absent from the defense witness list. Now isn’t that interesting!!!
Was this omission an error? Nah! The defense was always just blowing smoke about Kronk!
Any one with any kind of “reason” who listened to the police interviewing Kronk, or read the interviews could easily conclude that he was just a good ole guy trying to do a good deed for little Caylee Anthony.
I always said that if Angels exist, Kronk was Caylee’s angel.
Now, the defense will try to make mince meat of Kronk during their cross examination, or attempt to bring his “supposed” prior bad acts, his troubles with his ex wives, and so on, into focus at trial. But, it won’t work; Kronk is not the one on trial, Casey is.
I truly think the defense realizes it is completely futile to try to tie Kronk to some kind of nefarious scheme at this point. That is why they truly want those Texas EquuSearch records…. there’s reasonable doubt somewhere in those records, by George!
And, the ghost Zanny the Nanny? Didn’t she escape from the Sawgrass Apartments with Caylee? Oh, no… Zanny knocked Casey out cold at Blanchard Park and stole Caylee. That’s the story, right? No?
Well if not Zanny…. who then? Well, it wasn’t Casey Anthony who killed her own precious child? Surely not her own mother? Who will be thrust in the spotlight next?
Some poor soul could very well be plucked from those records and be thrust center stage as the murderer in this debacle.
Heaven help them.