Sunday, June 23, 2013

Crime . . . And Punishment?

Tucson Weather Today


While out for my daily walk, I espied a bird coming in for a landing on one of the buds of a tall Saguaro Cactus, so I pulled my little Canon camera out of my pocket and snapped a few shots. The first captured the bird, but it was too far away. So I dialed up the telephoto lens and took another one. But the bird had flown by then.

Bird On Cactus Flower

Cropped From Above Photo

Flowers Atop A Saguaro


Either the crime rate in both Tucson and in the U.S. is getting higher, or the TV news shows are concentrating more heavily lately on crooks and criminality. Every day, it seems, reports of a murder or theft or the police apprehension of drugs and drug smugglers abound on the television screen.

Evidently, crime in all its varied nuances does pay; it pays the Media; it is supremely entertaining, you see.



A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.



On this day, June 23 in 1992 Mafia boss John Gotti, who was nicknamed the "Teflon Don" after escaping unscathed from several trials during the 1980s, was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty on 14 accounts of conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering. Moments after his sentence was read in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, hundreds of Gotti's supporters stormed the building and overturned and smashed cars before being forced back by police reinforcements.

Gotti was sentenced to multiple life terms without the possibility of parole.

While still imprisoned, Gotti died of throat cancer on June 10, 2002.



A secret criminal organization operating mainly in the United States and Italy and engaged in illegal activities such as gambling, drug-dealing, protection, and prostitution.
Any of various similar criminal organizations, especially when dominated by members of the same nationality.

According to the classic definition, the Mafia is a criminal organization originating in Sicily. However, the term "mafia" has become a generic term for any organized criminal network with similar structure, methods, and interests.



Melissa Ivy Rauch
(born June 23, 1980)
Melissa Rauch is an American actress and comedienne. She is best known for her role as Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Clarence Thomas
(born June 23, 1948)
Clarence Thomas is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Succeeding Thurgood Marshall, Thomas is the second African American to serve on the Court. Since joining the Court, Thomas has taken a textualist approach, seeking to uphold what he sees as the original meaning of the United States Constitution and statutes. He is generally viewed as the most conservative member of the Court.

Valerie June Carter Cash
(June 23, 1929 - May 15, 2003)
June Carter Cash was an American singer, dancer, songwriter, actress, comedian and author who was a member of the Carter Family and the second wife of singer Johnny Cash.

She played the guitar, banjo, harmonica and auto harp, and acted in several films and television shows. Carter Cash was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2009. She was ranked No. 31 in CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Music in 2002.

Randall Darius "Randy" Jackson
(born June 23, 1956)
Randy Jackson is an American bassist, singer, record producer, entrepreneur and television personality. He is best known as a judge on American Idol and executive producer for MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. Jackson has won a Grammy Award as a producer.


The cure for crime is not the electric chair, but the high chair.
--J. Edgar Hoover


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