Monday, June 27, 2011

From Mark Shea
  • A tale of two crimes in America. “Paul Allen, 55, a former mortgage CEO who defrauded lenders of over $3 billion... got... a 40-month prison sentence,” reports Abby Zimet, while “Roy Brown, 54, a hungry homeless man who robbed a Louisiana bank of $100 – the teller gave him more but he handed the rest back [– and who] felt bad the next day and surrendered to police... got 15 years.” From Joshua. Mark in Spokane: A more telling example of the corruption of our government in regard to big-business crime is difficult to imagine. The lack of proportionality between punishment and crime is hard to fathom except as a product of the ultimate decay of the sense of justice in our criminal-justice system.
  • Another reason the ’40s were better. Can you imagine if Battle of Britain RAF pilots, as depicted in movies (not so bad as far as national myths go), talked like today’s trash? Granted there were lowlifes then as in any era but I think this funnily shows the point (grown men, certainly of a certain station, didn’t look and act like little boys). The answer in schools is somewhere between ‘self-esteem’ rubbish and bringing back the cane (neither the sin of pride nor violating one’s person).

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