My 5¢ – 05/28/2013

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Capital Punishment

My only real knowledge of the Jodi Arias saga comes filtered through my Facebook news feed.  I know there are a lot of people who are all caught up in the trial…some even to a disturbing level.  Reading what people post or comment about the trial has given me a look at what people think about the death penalty in the United States.

Personally, I am against capital punishment.  My opinion here comes tainted with that.

What I have been amazed with are the number of people who want to see Jodi Arias die.  She has been found guilty of murder and should be punished.  But what does it say about our culture when we want people to die?  What does it also say about us that we want vengeance through killing another human? And what does it say about us when we are cheering to bring death to someone?

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This is the cover photo from a Facebook page called Jodi Arias better get the Death Penalty.  There are others out there too.

What it tells me is that there are still a lot of people out there who have no problem with  the death penalty at all.  I found it surprising, but Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised at all.  This graphic is from a Pew research study from 2011.

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While the graph shows a steady decline of support for the death penalty over the last 20 years, 62% of Americans are still for it. It backs up what I was seeing on Facebook. I also find interesting the ups and downs of support over the years.  It makes me wonder if the current downward trend has been spurred on by the rise of the number of people being cleared of crimes they were sentenced to death for by technological advances in the way evidence is processed.  I was also really surprised to see the height of support was in the 80s and 90s.

Get me a Ghetto Blaster

I had a ghetto blaster in the 80s and the 90s.  Now, I want one again.

The latest versions of the blasters come equipped to handle modern devices.  I can’t believe I didn’t explore this as an option already, but I will.

I love the idea of bridging a part of past with today.  Nothing was cooler than bringing quality sound to impromptu parties back in the day with my friends.

Party First, Future of Buffalo Somewhere Down the List

When I saw that the Erie County Democratic Committee endorsed Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s bid for re-election, a few thoughts came to mind.

  1. Trying to create party unity for the local Dems trumps any idea of coming up with a candidate who could truly lead and push Buffalo into a new direction.
  2. If Byron Brown wins, Buffalo will have had only three different mayors in  40 years…something about that just says FAIL.
  3. The last time Buffalo had a large number of candidates for a mayoral election was 2005.  If memory serves me right, there were at least 7 candidates before the primaries.  In 2009, there we only 2.  This year, there will be only 3.
  4. I can understand the need for local party unity.  But that need shouldn’t mean less choices for voters in the primaries in a city screaming for new leadership.
  5. In the end, I don’t see how Brown can lose in the primary or general election.  He has the money.  He has the weight of the party Dems and all that brings behind him.  Unless Republican Sergio Rodriguez can gain serious traction with city voters and gain some serious cash to in the lead up to November, the race will not even be close.

This all makes me wonder if Buffalo and WNY can escape the political leadership vacuum.

Da Bills

With all the admin and coaching changes down at Uno Bills Drive, count me as excited.  The Bills clearly want to go in a new direction and I applaud them for that.  Will that translate to wins on the field?  Only time will tell.

Buffalo

If you have never read Kelly Sedinger’s local blog Byzantium Shores, put it on your reading list.

He posted a piece on Buffalo here—>

From the post:

There are a lot of cities in America. Quite a few of them are doing very well, and some, like Buffalo, are not. If all the things we always cite as reasons we should be doing better aren’t getting it done, what does that tell us?

In Buffalo, I think we look at our potential through rose colored glasses.  We take our negatives and try to position them as positives and take our positives and make them out to be better than they really are.  A lot of people spend a lot of time (me included) trying to show that this crazy town of ours matters to the rest of the world.  I wonder who we are trying to convince more…the world or ourselves.

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