Archive for September, 2010
From the AP
“Police said a 40-year-old man faces drunk driving charges after he drove an intoxicated
woman to the police station. Police said Donald Chamberlain, from Clawson, drove his 35-
year-old neighbor to the station Monday to answer questions about an assault involving her husband the previous day.
The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens reported the woman left the station with Chamberlain after telling officers she was too drunk to answer questions.
Police said a patrol officer stopped the vehicle for having a cracked windshield. Police said
Chamberlain’s blood-alcohol level was 0.13 percent. Michigan’s legal limit is 0.08.
Chamberlain pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was released on personal bond following his arraignment in Troy district court. Authorities did not know if he had a lawyer. The woman was treated at a hospital for alcohol detoxification. Chamberlain faces a Nov. 3 pretrial”
My question: Why you let a drunk person drive yourself home? If you are drunk, you want somebody is sober to do that. Of course, the drinking impaired her thinking and therefore, do stuff like this.
Perez Hilton writes
She’s just trying to save face!!
What is this, like her 4th….5th….97th attempt at rehab???
The source says, “She will step up her treatment and do more than what she was previously ordered to do,” adding that she plans to voluntarily check herself in soon.
Isn’t time that we get over this by now as a country? And the latest scoop is that she did heroin.
Here is the great dilemma. People like me read about Lindsay Lohan but people like me are very well informed. I listen to KPFK and I take time to make my self informed so I vote correctly at the ballot box.
But the rest of the population has very little political litearcy. They could you tell about Lohan’s problem, but do not know the name of the House Majority leader or let’s say the Secretary of Defense (Robert Gates).
Now, I consider myself guilty of being caught up in the Lindsay Lohan’s stuff, but I also ensure that I have proper political literacy at a state and national level. The reality is that the American public’s political litearcy needs to be at the same level as our knowledge of celebrity gossip, arcane sports statistics, or obscure bands. A functioning democracy requires informed electorate and that requires political literacy in order for that functioning democracy to work.
Unfortunely, I believe one of the major factors towards the decline of the Republic because we know too much about Lindsay Lohan’s or Kim Kardashian lives instead of knowing how government properly works.
I am working on this spreadsheet right now and when I try to format the spreadsheet, it messes up the spreadsheet. It is such an hassle because it takes a long time to start over again, even if you write an macro. I guess that I surrender to the fact that I am never going to win with this spreadsheet.
This is what happens to you when you get two DUIS as reported by the OC Weekly
"We told you last week about Angel Herrera Leal facing a murder charge in Fullerton’s North Justice Center a December 2008 crash on the 5 freeway near Disney Way in Anaheim that occurred after the Los Angeles 30-year-old drove several miles the wrong way.
Leal was found guilty by a jury today of one felony count of murder. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison at his Nov. 5 sentencing in the same courtroom.
Several drivers on the 5 had to avoid Leal’s pick-up as he was driving northbound in the southband lanes, with some having called 9-1-1 to report the wrong-way driver. He eventually crashed head-on into an oncoming Toyota Corolla driven by 29-year-old Jisun Park.
Both vehicles spun and came to a stop on the freeway. Park suffered abdominal injuries and had to be rushed to UCI Medical Center for treatment, but her passenger Rebecca Moon, 29, died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Leal had two prior convictions for driving under the influence in 2005 and 2007 and was driving on a suspended license at the time of the crash. He had completed alcohol education courses in Los Angeles County, was informed of the danger of driving under the influence of alcohol and was advised that he could be charged with murder if he killed someone while driving under the influence.
He blew .29 percent after the 4:45 a.m. wreck that killed Moon."
This shows that drinking and driving has serious consequences. If your are an alcoholic and have one prior DUI, I suggest that you seriously work a program of recovery and ensure that you get many, many years of soberity because this law can result in you spending the rest of life in jail.
The state constitution requires the governor to approve inmate’s application of parole when the prisoner accused of murder. Based on my personal observations of new stories, the governor has approved parole for only handful of times.
Therefore, the life sentence should really mean life with the possibility of parole in exceptional circumstances. And most prisoners will spend the rest of their lives in jail includes these DUI offense unless they have extraordinary circumstances that warranted their release.
So if you get one DUI, you might want to determine if your are an alcoholic and refrain from drinking again. It is not worth the risk of serving a 15 to life sentence.
This post from the blogs Obsidan Wings perfectly states why I like go to Burning Man
“My idea of a restful, refreshing vacation is to drive hundreds of miles to the middle of a high-altitude desert to a spot where there is nothing but dead salt pan for miles in every direction, no water, no flora or fauna, spend several days working like a dog in the hot sun to build a little camp, spend a couple more days hanging out in it with my friends and whatever lunatics wander in off the street while enjoying day-and-night pounding techno music and explosions, with only the primitive comforts we build for ourselves in a little kitchen and a sun shower, then tear the whole thing down and pack it all away again for next year.
This isn’t a post about What Burning Man Means. I have no idea what it means to most people. For me it’s a chance to spend some intensive time with some good friends, experience some really weird stuff, watch some big fires and explosions, and enjoy a pretty solid attempt at a total rejection of mainstream culture“
That is exactly on the mark. Burning Man is precisely that experience. I do not go to event for hedonistic experience, but rather being in the company of great artists and makers of electronic music. I did not need to smoke a toke, drink a pint of whisky, or take a tab of E at the man. I experienced the man without the aid of any substance and I have found it to be very stimulating.
If I did not tired so early, I could have sit out in front of Opluent Temple until 3:00 AM in the morning. There was so much to do there that I never got bored. Sometimes, I longed for emotional connection with the community but the type of connection occurs at So-Cal Decom and at smaller gatherings like the Goat Hill.
For me, Burning Man is a mainstream culture and important part of my life. If it was not for Burning Man, my chance of relapse could have significantly increased due to social isolation.
Being out of the desert heat is normal for me and it is something that I like to take part of each year. Today, most of my friends are Burners and are very accepting of my autism and my recovery from alcoholism that happened two years ago.
They are just lovely! A lovely way to start out my work week!
I can tell you this woman was a dumbass. As reported by the AP
“CINCINNATI — A grand jury has indicted an Ohio woman accused of providing marijuana to her 2-year-old daughter and using her cell phone to record the child smoking the drug.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said Wednesday that 21-year-old Jessica Gamble of Springfield Township in suburban Cincinnati was indicted on child endangering and other charges.
The video shows the child handling and puffing on a marijuana cigarette.
Investigators say Gamble gave the girl the marijuana at their home sometime in August and that a person they haven’t identified gave a copy of the video to the state family services agency.
Gamble remains in jail. She could be sentenced to up to 11 1/2 years in prison if convicted of all charges.
A message was left at her lawyer’s office”.
I think she is irresponsible mother, but my bigger question is whether the person has untreated drug addiction and the untreated drug addiction has not gone treatment. The primary driver of the sentencing should be based on (i) whether she is an addict and (ii) has undergone any treatment for the addiction. If the person is found to be addict and has not gone to treatment, than the best sentence would be 180 days in jail and 3 years of probation. The 180 days in jail needs to be served for neglect of the child. Sending her to state prison is merely stuffing the state prison for somebody who does not belong there. I believe that she needs help and granting probation is the best option
If the defendant is found not to be drug addict, than she would be sentenced to 30 months in prison. I just have no sympathy for somebody who is not addict and does this to their kids.
The Wall Street Journal is one of most respected news outlet in the world and yet, you have to encounter a pay-wall to get access to their stories. In reality, you do not have to use the pay-wall to get access to the story.. The best method is to use Google News (news.google.com) and than take the headline from the site and the type the following
The title of the headline or topic AND site:wsj.com
If you want to perform a site search for Wall Street Journal which sorted by date, than use this (http://news.google.com/news?q=site:online.wsj.com&scoring=n&num=100) and that it will give all of the stories that are published in the newspaper. If you want to look at the blogs which is sorted by date, than use this (http://news.google.com/news?q=site:wsj.com&cf=b&num=100&scoring=n)
I can write custon Google News scripts for any publication or topic that you want to track, but you have to be my Facebook friend and you have to e-mail me the criteria that you want for the customized search,
me before I will write the search query for you.
“SANTA ANA – Two Huntington Beach teenagers were sentenced to 65 years to life in prison Friday for their roles in the retaliation shooting death of a gang rival in January 2008.
Joseph Lugo and Hector Genaro Pacheco, who were both 15 when the shooting took place, were convicted last month of chasing Abraham Sanchez, 20, from a bicycle and shooting him once in the chest to retaliate after someone in Sanchez’s gang threw out beer bottles in a drive-by of their neighborhood.
They were also convicted of attempted murder for punching, kicking and stabbing Cruz Aguirre, 19, in the same incident at Ellis Avenue and Delaware Street, and of felony street terrorism.
Co-defendant Ignacio Ruiz, who was 16 when the crime took place, was sentenced to life without parole at his sentencing by Superior Court Judge William R. Froeberg last month.
During their trial, Deputy District Attorney Jim Mendelson called the attack a “truly senseless killing” to retaliate after rival gang members threw out beer bottles and crossed out graffiti in their gang territory.
There was no evidence that Sanchez and Aguirre, who were affiliated with the rival gang, had been involved in the earlier throwing of the bottles, Mendelson said.Four other reputed gang members pleaded guilty before trial to voluntary manslaughter for their roles in the attack and were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to 16 years”
The reality is that the crime is considered a presumptive murder with no aggravating and one migitating circumstance. The one migitating circumstance is the age of the offenders. In my opinion, the age of the offender can be used a migitating factor if the age of the offender is under 17. The age of the offender was 15 at the crime and therefore, I consider the age to be significant migitating factor.
65 to life for an offender is significant migitating circumstance is considered to be unreasonable sentence by my standards. Review of similar sentences in the United Kingdom have youthful offender sentenced from around 12 to 17 to life in prison. Since it is fashionable in the United States to have harsher sentencing requirements than the United Kingdom or Canada, my recommend sentence is stricter than the sentence would be from the United Kingdom. The sentence should be 25 to life without no enhancements with mandatory release clause that states the offender are to be mandatory released after serving 35 years on the sentence.
However, we have no legal requirements that place a ceiling on the minimum term on first-degree murders if the offender is under the age of 17. The state legistature needs to adopt a sentencing mechanism that places a ceiling on the maximum term of the offender if the offender is under the age of 17. As the age of the offender gets younger, the ceiling amount for the maximum term will decrease.
Therefore, this will prevent young offenders who are 14, 15, and 16 from receiving harsh and brutal sentences that dispensed by California’s justice system.
Personally, I believe that the sentencing structure in this state requires massive reform, but if the state cannot pass the budget on time than it how can it make any effective changes to arcane sentencing structure. However, incremental reforms such as the one that described can go long way to make the current system that is in place more fairer.
I cannot believe it took me a one hour to just to clean-out my e-mail and it is going to take me another just to read all of it.