November 18, 2011

The Weeklies #194

The Weekly Affliction. Traffic. It's awful around here. Worse than ever. Yesterday alone I had a day long meeting at a client's place. It was 30 miles from my house. I spent four hours in my car getting there and back. Seriously. I could have been at the beach in less than that time. Which would be appealing if it wasn't so damn cold.

The Weekly Read. I've been busy this week and incredibly bibliographically negligent.

The Weekly Music. My friend Scott and I revisited a Robert Plant performance captured on NPR. It is a fantastic testament to the maturation of a rock and roller. You should really give it a listen.

The Weekly Special Day. Beth's birthday was on Monday. That's an incredibly special day if you ask me.

The Weekly Dead Movement. Occupy Wall Street. Okay, it might not be officially dead. There are some die-hards hanging on to the movement for dear life and I admire them. But we're clearly on a downward slope here, right?

The Weekly Schadenfreude. Conrad Murray - Michael Jackson's medical bitch - was convicted of manslaughter. The guy fucked up in a major way - I don't dispute that - but we all know Jackson was pretty hell-bent on his own destruction and probably would have succeeded without Murray's help. That's no excuse. What he did was wrong. But he wasn't in on it alone.

The Weekly Question. Conrad Murray was immediately handcuffed and hauled off to jail. Frankly I don't think he's a threat to others. Nor do I think Lindsay Lohan deserved jail time. Sure, she's an idiot and will never win Woman Of The Year but lockup seems a little unnecessary. Should non-violent offenders really serve jail time?

Posted by Chris at November 18, 2011 7:17 AM


Well, we know Lindsay didn't serve any jail time nor did she do anything that she was supposed to that was part of her "sentence". So on one hand I want to say "no - violent offenders probably shouldn't serve jail time".

On the other hand, if given a "punishment" and they're not going to complete that, and we already know (and if we don't actually know, we are told), there aren't enough disciplinary people to supervise the actions of people on parole what are our other options?

Personally I think anyone in county or local jails need to be used to clean the highways, sidewalks, parks, trails - whatever. I know in California they do it and we laughed our asses off at the "prisoner" in the black and white striped pants (just like in the movies!) mowing the lawn outside the Pensicola Beach police station next to the public beach. Of course we had to take pictures of him!

Posted by: NancyB at November 18, 2011 8:41 AM

Depends. Is it less costly to have them in jail or to have them organized to do service work? If the totals were the same, I'd rather them do service work to give back to society.

Posted by: Brad at November 18, 2011 9:15 AM

Didn't Lindsay Lohan drive drunk/under the influence? What's more violent than hurtling a 2,000 pound vehicle in someone's general direction?

Posted by: Becky at November 18, 2011 10:35 AM

I think a cold day at the beach beats any day at the office.

Posted by: punkinnoodle at November 18, 2011 11:18 AM

Your work is 30 miles away? One word for you: bike. Even if you're granny slow, you'll still halve your 2-hour trip, and it's good exercise. Ride faster, and you won't even be cold.

Posted by: Mommy's Minions (@MommysMinions) at November 19, 2011 2:40 AM

This is by far, one of the best questions you've ever asked. Here's what I think-we're way overcrowded in jails. And worse - the more we pack non-violent offenders with violent offenders, the worse they become. How do you get better when you're in that situation? You don't.

What's the solution? We have that technology. I think it'd be cheaper to have more parole officers and social workers than house criminals 24-7. It's stupid. Also, productive members of society working, in some capability, would be better.

Yes, there might be some problems. But I think it'd be a better solution.

Posted by: alektra at November 19, 2011 9:56 AM