Now THIS is a hydro bill for ya–Hong Kong at night
I guess the following falls under the ‘crazy’ but true category or perhaps it’s just me but you be the judge here and then let me know.
Richmond, California has adopted a program that actually pays kids not to be violent–to kill anyone basically. Yes they will pay the would be criminals or those who are apprenticing to be full fledged violent criminals not to be violent. After 6 months participants can ‘make’ up to $1000.00 per month as a reward for not being involved in any felonious activities, have been in daily contact with the program and can show that they have been working toward some stipulated life goals. In return they can return to school (why couldn’t they return to school on their own if that was really important to them), receive social services, counseling and oh yeh, pick up their money for being ‘good’ citizens for the month. Who says crime doesn’t pay.
Now I can get with the counseling opportunities, getting back to school, receiving social services of some kind and getting their drivers licence but it seems to me that if they can refrain from shooting or maiming or beating or robbing someone they should be expected to do the same for ‘nothing’. Again money speaks more loudly than the expectation of socially appropriate behaviour, something that needs to be instilled long before they become criminals. I’m thinking perhaps the parents and school systems may not be doing their job here. If gang members can be influenced by the financial rewards at least it shows that they are capable of being law abiding people instead of consciously deciding to be perpetrators of violence as a vocation. The donors and the citizens of Richmond are being held hostage by a group of people who have learned a very valuable lesson–threats of violence can be a powerful inducement for the public to pay up, put up and right now they have settled for ‘shut up’. How sad. The program is scheduled to go for 9-18 months so it will be quite interesting to see if the violent crime and murder rates return to pre-program levels when the money runs out.
I have been chatting with a good friend about doing a once per week blog radio show that would cover a wide range of topics. The purpose would be to shed light on good news/success stories and to discuss positive solutions to issues that we haven’t as yet managed to, successfully, deal with. We agreed to not turn it into a rant and rave session. We had tossed around some ideas for a name for the show–we thought about–“You don’t say with Jane and Jim”. More to come–am excited about this opportunity.
Some Humor For The Week:
I was never good at telling jokes but I found this one funny some how. See if you can visualize this scenario 🙂 (Remember it isn’t mine.)
A man walks into a bar, notices a very large jar on the counter, and sees that it’s filled to the brim with $10 notes.
He guesses there must be at least ten thousand dollars in it. He approaches the bartender and asks, “What’s with the money in the jar?”
“Well you pay $10 and if you pass three tests you get all the money in the jar along with the keys to a brand new Lexus.” The man certainly isn’t going to pass this up, so he asks, “What are the three tests?”
“You gotta pay first,” says the bartender, “those are the rules.”
So, after thinking it over a while, the man gives the bartender $10 which he stuffs into the jar.
“Okay,” says the bartender, “here’s what you need to do: First – You have to drink a whole quart of tequila, in 60 seconds or less, and you can’t make a face while doing it. Second-There’s a pit bull chained in the back with a bad tooth. You have to remove that tooth with your bare hands. Third-There’s a 90-year old lady upstairs who’s never had sex. You have to take care of that problem.”
The man is stunned! “I know I paid my $10 but I’m not an idiot! I won’t do it! You’d have to be nuts to drink a quart of tequila and then do all those other things!”
“Your call,” says the bartender, “but your money stays where it is.”
As time goes on, the man has a few more drinks and finally says, “Where’s the damn tequila?”
He grabs the bottle with both hands and drinks it as fast as he can. Tears stream down both cheeks but he doesn’t make a face. He drinks it in 58 seconds. Next, he staggers out the back door where he sees the pit bull chained to a pole. Soon, the people inside the bar hear loud growling, screaming, and sounds of a terrible fight. Then nothing but silence. Just when they think that the man surely must be dead, he staggers back into the bar. His clothes are ripped to shreds and he’s bleeding from bites and gashes all over his body. He drunkenly says, “Now, where’s that old woman with the bad tooth?”
Music Video Of The Week:
This is the best cover of ‘Sounds of Silence’ I’ve heard. It has had over 16Million views on u-tube. The band is called “Disturbed”. David Draiman’s voice is just incredible–so powerful and so rich. Listening stood the hair up on both arms. I played it again with the same result–hope you enjoy.
Anyways, that’s how I see it–all the best, Jim
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