Monday, November 30, 2009

a case of the mondays 
i may be slightly back to human, finally. only time will tell. i have spent the morning catching up on things i have missed in the last week. hopefully, the rest of the day will bring motivation to catch up on important things (read: work, dissertation).

in other, unrelated news, i have watched the 'taking of pelham 123' twice in the past few weeks and it rocks socks (hence, watching it twice). i also watched 'orphan.' disturbing. it's like that old movie, 'the good son,' on crack.

Monday, November 23, 2009

oh, the pains 
i have been ill and out of commission for a couple of days now. it is the same old "pains" that i get and nothing new or dangerous, but this is a serious bout. each time i have gotten the pains in the last few years, it has not been this severe or lasted this long. i don't know why i am being plagued now, but i'm miserable.

in other news, i am excited to be with my family soon, in more ways than one.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

adorable photo of the day #32 


Thursday, November 12, 2009

november nor'easter 
there's a big storm 'round these parts. stuck in the house due to coastal flooding.

from the pilot, this is at olney and boush

tax cuts 

for those making over $200,000 a year, your tax burden will increase in the coming years. but look at the cuts you have enjoyed in recent years. according to the chart, those making more than $545,845 a year benefited above and beyond the rest, getting a quarter of the tax cuts themselves. the chart also points out that it has cost the government $2.34 trillion.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

it's execution day 
here in VA. one of the beltway snipers is scheduled to die, unless a pardon from the governor comes in at the last minute.

this is VA (second to TX in executions). no pardons will come.


Sunday, November 08, 2009

ASC adventures 
back from philly and the crim meetings. we had a great time, both at conference presentations and visiting the city.

one highlight included touring Eastern State Penitentiary. beautiful and historical site.

this guy, Roger Matthews, had the best presentation, revisiting the 'myth of punitiveness.' he called out 'everyone in the building' as wrong. very intriguing.

Monday, November 02, 2009

recidivism under scrutiny 
news from cleveland: anthony sowell was convicted in 1989 and served 15 years in prison for rape. he was released in 2005. police have now discovered six badly decomposed bodies in his home, presumably raped and strangled to death. there is also some talk of a predatory myspace site that he used to lure women to his house.

i know there will be some sort of media frenzy following this story [very timely considering my dissertation topic researching sex offenders and recidivism]. people will call for reform to parole and/or sex offender registration, as sowell was registered and monitored [though obviously not closely enough; neighbors said the house smelled quite foul]. people are always more outraged by crimes committed by those who have previously served time in prison. popular opinion says that a crime committed by someone who was once incarcerated is then due to a failure on part of the system to protect the public. it will be said that these murders could have been prevented if he was never released from prison. of course, the question is how different he is from all the others who serve time and are then released.

i'm off to ASC in philadelphia so there will be no more posts from me this week.


Sunday, November 01, 2009

go green bay 
folks in green bay changed minnesota avenue to aaron rogers drive. that is great!

also, "The mayor says the city is marking Brett Favre's return to Lambeau Field with the rival team by wearing flip-flops to work Friday in honor of the gunslinger's on-again/off-again retirements."

it almost makes me wish i lived in green bay.

post #1751 
on this day in 1751: a letter was sent to Robert Charles, working in London, from Isaac Norris in Pennsylvania, asking for the purchase of a "good Bell of about two thousand pounds weight." the Liberty Bell arrived in America in 1752, nearly one year later.

also, today in 79: Pompei was buried by Mt Vesuvius.

i've been awake for about an hour already. i really want to officially start my day- shower, make breakfast, etc. -but it's still too early!

you made it down here?

what? you want a reward?