Obama Lets Them Go
President Obama has commuted 590 prisoner sentences this year. In his whole term he has commuted 774, more than all other presidents combined. (“Commuted” means he just let them out of jail, but they keep their convictions.)
This is great for the prisoners. Obama is Santa Clause. But what happens to innocent citizens when they are let out? And who cares? Only black lives (killed by cops) matter.
The antithesis is that probably most of these prisoners were in jail for selling drugs and didn’t commit violent crimes. (Only the people who they sold drugs to, and got them addicted, committed violent crimes.) Also we can’t afford to jail people any more. The jails are bursting full and costing up to $30,000 a year per prisoner. If we put one in we have to let one go.
Check out Existential Eddie’s prison reform policy.
No more killing innocent women
USA Today 10/7/16
In Pakistan, until recently, any man who killed a woman to restore his honor was basically let off. The law was that if the woman’s relatives forgave the murderer, he would not be charged. The catch: often the person who killed the woman was a relative, like a father or brother.
Now there’s a law that if the murderer is forgiven, he still must serve 12 years if convicted of the killing.
Two high profile cases resulted in public pressure to write the new law:
Qandeel Balock was a beautiful and sexy singer. She was very popular in Pakistan. But her brother thought she disgraced the family, so he killed her. At his court hearing he confessed to the murder and said he was proud of what he did: “I’ve earned heaven and honor for providing relief to my family.”
So much for freedom of religion. Theology is important. Dysfunctional theology has dysfunctional effects.
The other high profile case Samia Shahid, 28, a British citizen. She was raped and murdered by her father and ex-husband, because she got the divorce.
Islam needs to be updated (“Reformed”) to incorporate the truths that are being revealed by God in modern history, truths like many of the truths found in the woman’s liberation movement. One of these truths is that women are equal to men.
Bragging About the Clinton Marriage
USA Today 10/7/16. Op ed by Alicia Shepard
Alicia Shepard wrote an op ed article criticizing Clinton supporters bragging about the Clinton marriage. Shepard discussed her ideas on what a farce their marriage was.
Actually we can brag about Clinton’s marriage. What happened to the vow “for better or worse” in modern society? People have different marriages than they did in years past. A marriage where there is an authentic unconditional commitment is different than a marriage where there is a commitment until one partner does something wrong, or someone better comes alone.
Critics on both sides of the aisle trash Hillary for not dumping Bill when he played around a little “but didn’t have sex with that woman.”
Is there any benefits from sticking with your man? Or woman? Did sticking with Bill help her political career? Will it be better for her grandchildren? Does it help her in her senior years? (Or should she go on match.com to find a more faithful man?)
Compare her sticking with her vows with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. How will their kids do?
About the senior years alone
Mother Theresa once said that “Loneliness is the worst form of poverty. And I have never seen a country as poor as the United States.”
These are just a few notes about what is going on.
RG signing off.