Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Decade of 2000 - 2009 - Was It THAT Bad?

And so, another year, and another decade comes to an end. It seems just like yesterday that we were worried about the Y2K bug bringing the computer world to its knees.

Was it such a bad decade?

Like all decades, the answer is yes and no. The 60s were turbulent and hectic - President Kennedy was assassinated, as were his brother, Bobby, and Martin Luther King. But twelve American astronauts walked on the moon. There were protesters against the war in Viet Nam, but there were great strides in civil rights and women's rights. Drugs seemed to take over the youth of America, but some great music was created.

So, what about 2000 - 2009? Most people consider the events of 9/11 as the worst tragedy of the decade. But we went to war, twice, and we are still embroiled in a Viet Nam-like scenario -- we got in it but now can't seem to get out of it!

And there were other not-such-good things as well -- Hurricane Katrina, four dollars a gallon gasoline, the space shuttle Columbia disaster, Islamic extremists who don't mind killing innocent women and children, and the worldwide recession we're in right now.

But there were some good things (and this is open to interpretation) -- MP3 players, high definition and flat screen televisions, digital cameras, Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, MySpace, FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, GPS, online shopping, and fuel efficient hybrid cars.

And those things that may, or may not, be good or bad -- President Obama, global warming, MP3 players, MySpace, FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, and online shopping.

Let's just hope that 2010 is a better year than 2009.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

If there was EVER a need for the Death Penalty!

I read in the newspaper a few days ago about a man who had been raping his seven-year-old stepdaughter for the past four years. Which meant he started when she was three!

I am a stong believer in the death penalty. And if ANYONE should be put to death, this sickening pervert should.

And I don't mean strapping him down and injecting him with chemicals until he falls asleep and then his heart stops. He needs to be strapped into an electric chair and the voltage should be applied in stronger and stronger amounts, insuring that he suffers as much as possible before dying.

But since there are those of you think this is too much suffering for the pervert, then I present an alternative: Give him the option of death, or have his penis amputated and have his testicles removed and then serve the rest of his life in prison with no (and I repeat NO) chance of parole, EVER.

And for those of you who don't believe in the death penalty because it smacks of revenge, well -- SO WHAT?

The reason we put criminals in prison is because we believe they need to be punished for their crimes. If that isn't revenge, then what is it?