Archive for March, 2010

Results Of A Dating Quiz

I learned that I need to work quite a bit on my dating skills based on a newspaper quiz that I took in the Boston Globe. I am definitely not the prime catch especially with my issues but not considered to be reprehensible. My advice to myself is that I have to do lots and lots of practice dates and have a high frustration tolerance with the hearing “no” when I ask the girl for the second date.

March 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

Quote of the Day

“Older generations are living proof that younger generations can survive their lunacy.”
-Cullen Hightower

March 28, 2010 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

The Facts About Iraq

The facts about Iraq read out by Mike Malloy.   They do have somewhat of functional democracy over there and country is somewhat stable now. But at what cost? Was the war a waste? Will the country fall apart when we leave and all our hard work done by our troops will disappear?

The reality about the Iraq War was that it was an illegal war but our troops have a done well given mission parameters.   Therefore, it is possible to say that war was based on false premises but also to state that troops have worked hard to ensure that the mission was a success.  However, it came at a great price from the national treasury and the cost of human suffering for a war based on false premises.  Such will be always been the great paradox of the Iraq war.

March 27, 2010 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

Special Comment: Republicans Are In Danger Of Losing 2010 Midterms


I advise the Republicans to start toning down the language of racial resentments and redbaiting.  Seriously, this language fractures this languge when we need cooperation and tolerance to deal with the massive problems that our nation faces.

March 25, 2010 at 4:27 am 2 comments

Chargers And Raiders Rivarily Should Not End

Contrary to this man’s opinion, the Raiders Vs Chargers rivarly should continue on ad infinitum.  And the Raiders will be the eternal whipping boys of the Chargers.

March 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

Database Files

Next time, I get large file that one that I today at work, it would be a good idea to ask the guy to put the file in a Access Database if the file contains over 65000 records in it.

March 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm Leave a comment

A Gift From the Parole Board

From My Fox LA

Los Angeles – A Los Angeles woman who spent 23 years in prison after being convicted of setting a fatal 1985 fire in the Garment District was expected to be released from prison in the next few days, with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger deciding not to review a parole board decision that she be set free.

Rosa Maria Sanchez, a mother of four children who ran a clothing business in the Garment District, was convicted of setting the blaze, purportedly to eliminate a competitor.

But second-year USC law student Jennifer Farrell, who has been working to secure Sanchez’s release, insisted Sanchez was innocent. She said Sanchez’s defense attorney inexplicably failed during her trial to call five witnesses who could have testified that Sanchez was at home when the fire was set.

She also contended that Sanchez was running a successful business, contradicting the prosecution’s claim that the fire was set for financial reasons.

In October, the state Parole Board recommended that Sanchez be released. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had until Thursday to act on the board’s recommendation, but he took no action, clearing the way for Sanchez to leave prison.

I am glad that she had a chance to live a new life. My analysis is that the parole board grants parole in exceptional circumstances for lifers. And this case met the criteria for exceptional circumstances.

It is my opinion that the current system in the state does not adequately prepare regular lifers to have the coping skills to live on the outside and therefore, they never get released on the outside. In addition, a lot of the prisoners lack the ability to observe deep in thought at their crime, the character defects that caused the crime, and the ability to develop alternative coping skills to prevent violent behavior. A lot of the prisoners also lack the ability to handle difficult or very difficult life circumstances without resort to drug abuse or out of desperation, committing a crime of violence.

Therefore, they are never released. For these individuals, a penpal who has experience in the AA or SMART Recovery programs, who has a high level of spiritual wisdom, and who has the deep serenity that results in patience and the ability to listen is the person that can give these people the ability to gain the coping skills to make it on the outside and get parole.

However, I do not know whether those individuals actually exist. And that is a shame.

March 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

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