Monday, December 16, 2013

Affluenza Deffence

Classic. A Texas judge gave a young teen 10 years probation instead of jail time because his defence lawyers were able to effectively argue the brand new 'sickness' called 'affluenza'. The idea goes like this, if a kid has too much money (or rather his parents) then he can't know right from wrong, or it's really hard to learn because everything is handed to you from day one. I do'nt get it either. But in Texas stupid things happen all the time. Such as teens killing whole families while drunk driving and not getting jail time. What's even more perculiar from a legal stand point is how a psychological disorder that's never been tested and has no empirical evidence to even exist, held up in court. As for the teen boy who got away free, he gets to spend his probation in a resort facility because his wealthy parents can afford it. Luckily there will be a civil suit. Funny how affluenza doesn't affect black people in Texas.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Loose or restrict?

Take a deep breathe and let's have a suitable and rational discussion on gun control. If the Governor says he'll do what the Feds say, and the local lawmakers are in fact looking at relaxing carrying laws, well, we still aren't seeing eye to eye. What makes this country great is our ability to dialogue and have opposing views. This is a divisive one, but let's not let an ahistorical reading of ancient historical texts pave the way. Take Canada as an example. Many provinces have more guns per capita than Utah. Yet, their murder rate is a tiny fraction. Why? Culture I would say.