Thursday, April 1

Springfield Historical Society Where The Dead Come Alive! (Metaphorically)

The photo at the time of this article is priceless. The article itself isn't of much use, but the fact that someone would go through all the time/energy/money to create a sign like that is emblematic of what is wrong with society. No need for personal responsibility for your own well being, everyone else is responsible for it. Be it the government with their various programs, are big corporations that have to warn you that your coffee is too hot.


Blogger Aras said...

Who say's "Happy Christmas"?! It's Merry Christmas, hello?

I'm more for more of a Stranger in a Strange Land style judicial system: death to all actually evil guys, freedom for all others. If you want to throw in some manditory program, like the speed awareness course mentioned, that's probably a good idea--at the culprit's own expense.

7:30 AM  
Blogger Trashcan said...

The problem is you have to have a deterence of some sort to prevent crimes. So unless you want to have executions for basically anything worse than a speeding ticket, you need to set up penalties. They could be financial, but if someone has no money, then a financial penalty won't keep them from stealing someones wallet. So you really only left with prison/corporal punishment. Maybe corporal punishment is the way to go. Or something like the stocks from olden days. Although i do agree with you that long prison terms are pointless. If someone needs to be in prison for 25 years, then they don't need to be alive any more. Either let them out sooner, or just kill them. I think 5 years would probably be a good maximum if 5 years in prison isn't enough to keep you on the straight and narrow, then we might as well be done with you. The only problem is that it will virtually impossible to make plea deals, which would grind the current justice system to a halt. Now if you've got a murderer, you get him to plead guilty, maybe uncover the bodies he buried or something in exchange for life in prison. Maybe not ideal, at least we don't have to worry about him ever again. You take away life in prison as an option, and it's death or 5 years, you can't have a plea deal.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Aras said...

I don't see the problem with corporal punishment. Barbaric? Nonsense. Prison is much more barbaric. Especially here and in Russia, and probably throughout Eastern Europe and Asia, maximum security prison = maximum gang rape = spend one day in prison and the rest of your life in a psych ward.

2:23 AM  
Blogger Trashcan said...

I can't disagree. People in western europe watch in horror when people in islamic nations are sentenced to be caned for petty crimes (or things that shouldn't be crimes like a woman having a cellphone.) But the horror is that it is a crime, not the punishment. Incarcerating said people is just as bad. The only problem with corporal punishment is how to decide enough is enough, how not to go overboard, that's essentially why it was made illegal in the US because in britain they had gone overboard with the use of things like thumb screws (i think.) But the same problem exist with any punishment including prison. Concern over the idea of going too far shouldn't mean you can't do anything.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Aras said...

Yeah, and thumb screws aren't nearly as bad as testicle screws.

3:50 AM  

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