Just a few things I've been thinking about. . .

It didn't take long for the conspiracy theorists to start doing their work on the death of Michael Jackson! Why is it that we have such a hard time accepting the fact that even icons die and that sometimes, their deaths are the result of decisions they made or actions they took?

Bernie Madoff's sentencing hearing is today. I'm still wondering why his ill-gotten assets haven't been taken and sold to repay at least a small portion of the money that he stole? If the man has been convicted of fraud and evidence shows that these assets were purchased after he began the Ponzi scheme, why would his wife or children be allowed to keep anything that was bought with stolen money?

Later today, Lieutenant Dan Choi, a West Point grad who was recently discharged from the New York National Guard for being openly gay, will have the opportunity to argue his case before a special board. Lt. Choi, a specialist in Arabic and a combat vet, stands to lose all of the veteran's benefits that he earned during his time in service. Where is the justice in that? And what happened to repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?

In two days, the State of California will be bankrupt. Our state's credit rating has dropped so low that the possibility of getting loans to keep us afloat is out of the question. Even though I am now retired, the state still owes me two months salary from my last contract. Will I become a victim to the mismanagement of state funds come Wednesday, when my paycheck should be deposited into my bank account?

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  1. Anonymous Says:

    Old Bernie got 150. Now go sell all is assets. Please oh why can't they just let MJ rest in peace. Yeah it's okay to send our men and women into harms way but let them be themselves and you get it right up the butt without any lube...disgusts me. Good luck Mr. Choi I'm rootn' for ya Zip I do hope you get your money...what awful money management that is :)

  2. Carleen Says:

    Thom, the whole thing with Lt. Choi has my knickers in a real twist. On the one hand, we're constantly barraged with exhortations to support our troops, to respect the men in uniform, blah, blah, blah. But when one of those men, one who has served in combat even, decides that he values the honor, integrity, and honesty that is part of the military code and comes out, suddenly the very institution that wants us to respect it and its members want nothing more than to kick him to the curb, going so far as to deny him the benefits he put his life on the line for. Why didn't it matter that he was gay when his ass was the one in the sling in combat? The whole thing disgusts me.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Agree with you on all counts! I hope the paychecks come through on time! Hubby worked for Worldcom a decade ago and when it went bankrupt, he lost out on several months worth of pay. Not to mention was out of a job of a job for months! The economy is a mess and we all have to just muddle through as best we can. Good luck!

  4. Carleen Says:

    Sherlock, there was a time a few years ago when the state assembly couldn't get a budget passed by the deadline mandated by law. When that happened, state employees were given an IOU for one month's pay. Most major banks honored them, but some of the smaller ones refused to as is their right. Thankfully, my pay is deposited directly into our Wells Fargo account, and they honored the IOU; however, nobody knows if any bank will honor them if the same thing happens this time. I'll keep you posted.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    It does me too and I just will never get it. You said it perfectly. do know I left something for you on my blog today. You made a comment but not about what I thought you would :)

  6. Nessa Says:

    There is so much injustice in the world.

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