Skattershooting again by popular
Barry Green is the District Attorney
for the 271st Judicial District.
The gun debate has now turned very
entertaining. First, we have Charlton Heston holding a rifle above his
head at the annual NRA convention and yelling "From my cold dead hands".
If that wasn't good enough, we have the always irritating Rosie O'Donnell
form the Million Mom March against firearms only to have it discovered
two weeks later that her private body guard had applied
for a concealed weapon permit from the state of Connecticut.
Speaking of the Million Mom March,
it is my understanding that the organization has a tax exempt status as
a charitable organization under section 501 of the tax code. It seems like
there is a problem since a charitable organization may be tax exempt only
if they do not engage in political activity. See IRS Code § 501(c)(3).
Sure sounded political to me.
Newsweek reports that support
for the death penalty has dropped from 82% to 66% over the last 15 years.
During the Timothy Richardson Highland
Park murder trial a couple of weeks ago, a couple of victim's advocate
representatives were reportedly "working the phones" in the hallway with
their state representatives in order to repeal the law that allows the
"sudden passion" defense. That defense, if accepted by a jury, reduces
the range of punishment in a murder case to two to twenty years. Leave
the law alone. The sudden passion defense is appropriate in some cases
and, besides, the Richardson jury rejected it.
One way to guarantee a front page
headline is to have a news story involve hypocrisy: A child molesting priest,
a bribe taking public official, a murder in a rich neighborhood, and the
list goes on . . .
I hate the NHL and the NBA.
Did you see that DPS, after thirty
years, has discontinued its practice of predicting the number of traffic
deaths that will occur over a holiday weekend? In a morbid sort of way,
I think I'll miss it.
There is not a funnier man alive
than Sport Radio 1310's Gordon Keith ("The Ticket" - KTCK).
As Memorial Day approaches, consider
the fact that every man in America under 45 years of age has never owned
a draft card.
Best crime over the last 10 years:
A man, apparently suffering from family problems, robbed the passengers
on a Philippine Airlines flight to Manila. He then ordered the plane depressurized
and jumped out with a parachute
at 6,000 feet. All the passengers survived.
After seeing interview with Diane
Sawyer on 20/20, Michael J. Fox's condition because of Parkinson's Disease
is simply frightening.
Yesterday Congress passed a $15.3
billion package of financial assistance for farmers. Get this: Even though
the government has sued the tobacco industry left and right, the package
included $340 million in direct relief to tobacco farmers. Anyone want
to explain that one to me?
For those that care: Lake Bridgeport
will be in sad(der) shape this summer. Over the last eight years, I have
never seen the lake as low as it is right now (down about 16 feet). What's
troubling is that the long, hot, and dry summer is only beginning.
I'm not sure about the father, but
the mother of JonBenet Ramsey gives me the creeps. Every time she says
"there's a killer out there and we will find you", the memories of O.J.
Simpson uttering the same words come rushing back.
A year ago I predicted, boldy, that
George Bush would not be the next president of the United States. Call
me crazy, but I'll let that bet ride.
ABC's Nightline always plays
the most recent round of released audio tapes of Lyndon Johnson's secretly
taped telephone calls. It may very well be the most fascinating piece of
history ever documented. For example, in a conversation with Martin Luther
King, Johnson requested King to find a simple example of discrimination
(i.e. where a black prospective employee is required to recite the Bill
of Rights) and "repeat it, repeat it, repeat it". It was a successful tactic
of Hitler, LBJ said, repeat your position as often as you can and the people
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