Weiner’s Weiner


 
Written by Gary McCoy
Writer for The Global Exclaimer
 
 

With Weinergate in full view, I found myself pondering an interesting thought. In this day and age of technology and the virtual world more prevalent than ever, do the same socialistic stigmas of  who is and is not promiscuous still apply?

What made me question this is the young lady that Anthony Weiner was “sexting”. She said in an interview that she had several different virtual lovers out there. She had never met any of them personally and had never actually had the act of sex with any of them. I heard one commentator call her a “lady of the evening” (the other bad word) and thought to myself, “SELF, is she really a S***? After all, the traditional view of the town whore is not new and usually reserved for someone who sleeps with others in lust rather than be in a committed relationship. Say a Hester Prynne.

Can you even have a relationship with someone in the virtual world rather than the physical world? We hear of people who have never met other than online and fall in love. So by that same string of theory, someone who has multiple “partners” online could be considered promiscuous.

Then I started thinking about all the people I know on different forums and blogs and how I would regard them as friends and I really don’t know anything about them other than a screen name. It is very strange that in many aspects we do not have to actually physically know a person to feel a bond to them. So if we can have relationships with others with no physical contact or visual point of reference would 2 consensual adults “sexting” be considered another form of a literal sex act?

As we progress with technology I think we are going to have to define what is and is not considered a relationship, cheating, love, lust, and a gambit of other feelings that we have in the physical world.

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Yes Sir may I have another?!?


Constitution for Idiots #9

By Gary McCoy
Writer The Global Exclaimer

I want to apologize in advance for the shortness of this post on my analysis of the amendments but:

“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

UM DUH… Well I don’t want to be too short so let’s discuss this some more. *In all fairness I have done a little bit of why the framers would have wanted this in our Constitution*.  It seems that previous kings in England had a nasty reputation of taking people arrested and convicted, forcing them to pay incredibly inappropriate sums of money or land, and also subjecting them to humiliating and often horrible torture. I guess that too would make me think twice about rights I would have should I be imprisoned.

“Uh oh, 15 minutes till Judge Wapner “


Constitution for Idiots # 8

 
By Gary McCoy
Writer for The Global Exclaimer
 

Up until this point we have been talking about the really bad people and their rights in court. Now it is time to discuss the civil or not so civil courts. Ratified in 1791 the 7thAmendment reads:

“In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of common law.”

“In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved…” I know you have all seen an episode of Judge Judy, or the Peoples Court, or even JUDGE JOE BROWN (yes I know I am yelling but JUDGE JOE BROWN is just that awesome). Now of course during these shows there is no jury but clearly these fine citizens have waived their right to have a trial by jury. I imagine that during the time the framers were discussing this amendment, twenty dollars was a good sum of money and may have been considered claims on land or livestock. Today of course this would apply to just about anything and anyone.  Currently it seems that most courts consider Small Claims anything under $7,500 and would be for people with no need of an attorney. HOWEVER, if you do have a claim against another that does not involve a criminal act for say a car that was borrowed and wrecked, or back rents if you are landlord, or even a tree that fell on your car from your neighbor’s house, you would be allowed to have a jury hear the case and decide monitory rewards.

“…and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of common law.” So let’s say that you were watching a friends dog. And the dog ate the trash and had to go to the emergency room. you were being a good friend and paid for the surgery but your friend decided not to pay you back. You go to court, have your trial by jury, the jury says that you deserve the money back and awards you the funds. If your friend was able to take you back continually to other courts in the hopes that they find some sympathetic jury that will not make them pay; that would be BAD! So I say to the Framers, good job… GOOD JOB.

P.S. if you do watch any of those court shows, Shame on you and get back to work!

Albemarle Road church fined $100 per branch for excessive tree pruning | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

Albemarle Road church fined $100 per branch for excessive tree pruning | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

(NORTH CAROLINA) – This is what happens when you don’t think it matters whether or not you vote or are politically active.

Since our system of government is designed as “by the people” it really is the government “by the people who seek power”. The balance to that lust for power is the voter that does not want to govern, but has chosen to be governed. We put these people in power – as public servants. As a motivated voter, you can fire your public servant if they forget whom they serve. But, you have to actually be politically active and actually vote.

If you don’t bother, this kind of nonsense happens. (tip of the hat to Frater Cowculus for alerting The Glob to this atrocity) Ψ

Jeff Jacoby: A ban on circumcision?


On the ballot in San Francisco this fall will be a proposal making it a crime to circumcise male children. If the measure passes, anyone convicted of circumcising a baby boy could be fined up to $1,000 and sentenced to a year in prison.

via Jeff Jacoby: A ban on circumcision?.
(SAN FRANCISCO) – I’m really curious as to the motive behind this intrusion into private lives. The article discusses both the fact that circumcision is an essentially benign practice with documented and accepted health benefits and the fact circumcision is deeply ingrained in the Jewish religion. The sophistry in use as evidenced by the term Male Genital Mutilation (MGM) is insulting – this practice has nothing in common with the act of violence involved in so-called female circumcision.

Again, I’m curious as to the motivation.Ψ

New Redevelopment Project Underway at SE Corner of Belt Line and Josey

Public Service Announcement for Denizens of Carrollton, TX

Carrollton, Texas – The City of Carrollton is excited to announce that a major redevelopment project has broken ground on the southeast corner of Belt Line Road and Josey Lane. The owner of this 53-year old shopping center, Sheritru Partners, , has received a grant from the City of Carrollton to incentivize the renovation of the 110,338 square foot shopping center.

Carrollton Mayor Matthew Marchant, chair of the City Council Redevelopment Sub-Committee said, “This project represents a significant investment in our community. These efforts will help beautify and improve a key intersection in the southern part of Carrollton and enhance the economic vitality along the main thoroughfares of Josey Lane and Belt Line Road.”

In June of 2007, the Carrollton City Council adopted the Retail Redevelopment and Rehabilitation Grant Program to provide financial incentives to existing retail shopping centers and other retail facilities for enhancements and/or redevelopment. The program is retention based, with the goal of rehabilitating older retail facilities to improve their aesthetic and architectural appeal, shopping center occupancies, offer greater shopping choices for the citizens of Carrollton, and increase sales tax revenues. To date three grants, totaling about $900,000 resulting in private investments of about $6 million. Each project has been completed.

The total cost for the renovation of this shopping center redevelopment is $1.5 million. Under the Incentive Policy of the City, Sheritru Partners, LTD is eligible for a grant not to exceed $168,000. This is a redevelopment project and no existing tax revenue will be lost due to this grant.

Enhancements will include a new exterior façade, additional architectural towers as well as improved lighting and signage.

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Kelli Lewis

Marketing Specialist

The City of Carrollton, TX

972.466.4816

kelli.lewis@cityofcarrollton.com

“¡Andale! ¡Andale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Yii-hah!”


 
By Gary McCoy
Writer for The Global Exclaimer

Constitution for Idiots 7

So let’s say you have been arrested for pulling a Bernie Madoff and you are sitting there in the Pokey. If you are not a fan of being locked up indefinitely without a trial Amendment 6 is the amendment for you!

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”

A speedy trial is very important for many reasons but let’s talk about the first section. “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation…” This speedy trial allows every citizen of the United States of America to NOT be held indefinitely while allowing the accuser to have unlimited time to be able to build (read manufacture) a case. With the presumption of innocence our legal system is founded around allowing each accused to be quickly tried should not be taken for granted. Let’s say your home was being broken into and you shot and killed the intruder. Let’s also say that everything you did was correct and legal and you were defending your property or person. The police will most likely handcuff you and take you to the local station. Now put in place a District Attorney that had a problem with gun ownership. Without a speedy trial you could be held indefinitely while the DA “built the case”. This would have the effect of incarcerating you without due process of law.

It is likewise important to make sure you are tried in the location that you are accused to ensure you have the most sympathetic jury. Using the same scenario if you were accused in Texas where there is a safe castle law (a law allowing you to defend your property) and you were tried in a state that had a mandatory flee clause, meaning you must flee if you can, then the jury would be constrained by the laws of that state. This also would mean that every state eventually would have to have the exact same laws in order to be fair thus destroying the sovereignty of the states.

“…to be confronted with the witnesses against him…” How fair would it be to be accused of a crime only to find out that you cannot find out who the accuser is? If you have ever been accused of something and the authority discussing the infraction would not tell you who the accuser was, you would understand why this is so important. By preventing your access to knowledge of who the accuser is, the prosecuting authority has an advantage. It could be, for example, that you could easily discredit the witness

“…to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor…” The key word in this section is COMPULSORY. Let’s change up the story a bit. That same person that broke into your house told his brother he was going to commit the crime. If you were unable to force that brother, by law, to testify do you think that they would? Making sure you are able to help your case with testimonies of individuals that would not willingly help your case, seems prudent to me.

“…and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.” Abraham Lincoln said it best, “A man who represents himself truly has a fool for a client”. That being said if you did not have the right to an attorney to help in your defense, you would be a fool by default. In all seriousness, the law is complicated and the right to an attorney to help you through the pitfalls is a necessity. If you needed surgery you wouldn’t do the surgery yourself or hire a non-surgeon to do the work would you? You do notice that this amendment does not say that you are required to have an attorney but that you have the right to the assistance of one. Again the right to choose your course seems to be the underlying reason for the amendment.

Many of the amendments in the Bill of Rights deal with the individual having the right to govern themselves and to choose a path that fits them. Likewise they also allow a free person liberty from false accusations and incarceration. Be glad that the framers really thought this through. This country would be a totally different place without this amendment.

Blogathon Fail

Blogger Fails in Bid to write a blog a day in the month of May

“I’m Shocked” – anonymous blogger

Yes, I have failed. I let work and life interfere with Blogging Glory.

But, I’m here today with the Blogathon Day 10 Haiku Challenge! Yay! Sometimes called a 5 7 5 – a haiku is fun because the restriction can stimulate creativity. 5 syllables, not words mind you, syllables, then seven, then five. Here are five haikus typed almost as quickly as I typed them… er – well, anyway –

“Haiku!” “Gesundheit!”
Does it not sound like a sneeze?
Bless you, and bless me.
 
rain painting tree bark
dusty old trees standing tall
drink, roots, while you can
 
a haiku poem
needn’t rhyme they say and yet
there is a rhythm
 
walking in silence
no words necessary now
they know night cometh
 
windows spill yellow
summer night consolation
playing in the dark
 
 
 

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A Mother’s Day Poll


Happy Mother’s Day!

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Reports of the Arrest of Ahmadinejad’s ‘Exorcist’ Fuel Concerns About Iran’s Leadership – FoxNews.com


Ahmadindejad’s Genie Catcher Arrested.

Exorcism ain't what it used to be

If you don't pay your Exorcist, you will be repossessed.

By Amy Kellogg
Published May 06, 2011| FoxNews.com
Reuters –
Iranian President Mamoud Ahmadinejad, … reportedly has been butting heads with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei … A mysterious man known by some as the Iranian president’s “exorcist” has been arrested, in the latest sign that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s involvement with purveyors of the so-called “dark arts” is raising concerns among Iran’s leadership.

via Reports of the Arrest of Ahmadinejad’s ‘Exorcist’ Fuel Concerns About Iran’s Leadership – FoxNews.com.