Random thoughts from recent trip to India

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I recently returned from a 2 week trip to India. While I was very impressed with the cultural sites (temples, forts, mosques, etc.), there are several things which the Indian government needs to address immediately:

  1. The violence towards women. I had already left India when the infamous New Delhi gang rape occurred, so I did not find out about it until after I had returned to the U.S. This needs to take priority over anything else.
  2. It is so sad that among the many people hawking souvenirs everywhere tourists go, there are many young children, some as young as about 3, and young mothers carrying babies/toddlers in their arms. While some regions of India seem to have made education a priority, this needs to be a national priority.
  3. Before I came to India, I had thought that making the country more clean should be a top priority, but eliminating the litter and the general unsanitariness in some areas of the country should be a lower priority than the first two.

 

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Scumbag of the day

A Missouri man was arrested for attempting to hire a hitman to beat up his daughter because she would not let him see his granddaughter. And why did she not let him see the granddaughter? Because the scumbag had assaulted the woman years ago…

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Popcorn man

Sacramento police recently arrested a man for burglary after they found a trail of popcorn kernels leading from the store he burglarized to his apartment.

I wonder if this idiot is related to the moron in Fresno who was arrested after leaving a trail of teriyaki chicken from the car he burglarized to his apartment. If not, maybe he is related to the idiots in Illinois (none of whom are the soon to be ex-governor) who robbed a pizza delivery person but left snow tracks for the police to track.

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Idiotic newspaper writers and editors

Prosecutors recently blew an informant’s cover by having him testify in open court, where he was recognized by the defendant and some of the spectators.

The Sacramento Bee published an article today with the headline “Sacramento trial blows the cover of an informant” that gave all the details, but published his name! If you want to talk about blowing the informant’s cover, the Bee is the primary culprit. There were probably under a hundred people who knew his name before this article was published, but since it is now on the Internet, there could be tens of thousands of people who know his name (though 99% of those people are not likely to care.) The headline should be changed to “Sacramento Bee blows the cover of an informant.”

While the paper has the right to publish this information, they need to consider the effect that this will have on his life. It is likely that other gangs will try to have him eliminated (even though he is being relocated.) They should not be publishing information that can put someone’s life in jeopardy unless it is crucial for the public to know, which is certainly not the case here.  This newspaper ironically has the problem that they do not give vital information (the race of the suspect) in crime cases unless it is a Caucasian.

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Idiotic pizza thieves

Four teenagers in Illinois were arrested for robbing a pizza delivery person because the police followed their snow tracks nearby. Hello, McFly! Anybody home?  Well, at least they’re not as dumb as the soon-to-be-ex governor of Illinois, but I wonder if they are related to this idiot in Fresno who got arrested because he left a trail of rice right to his apartment.

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Looney Illinois governor

I didn’t think it was possible… we finally have a politician with more screws loose in his head than George W. Bush. Of course, I am talking about the (soon to be ex) governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich. How on earth could a man who knows that he is already under investigation for fraud be so careless to give investigators tons of ammunition to convict him. What a freakin’ nutcase.

I wonder what is in the Illinois governor’s house that causes governors to commit crime. There have already been three Illinois governors convicted in the last 35 years. My advice to the next governor is to not move into that house (and if you are going to get busted for something, do something fun like ex-New York governor Elliot Spitzer…)

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Yet another risk of using Facebook

A man who dined and dashed his way out of a bill of about $340 in a restaurant in Australia got busted when the restaurant’s owner found him on Facebook (thanks to the help of a former waitress who the man had asked about). To make things worse for him, the restaurant owner contacted his employer, who promptly fired (or as the Aussies say, sacked) him.

People who are looking for jobs are always advised not to have anything embarassing or criminal in their Facebook profiles. Maybe it should also go the other way – people who are going to commit crimes should not have a Facebook page…

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