Friday, December 13, 2013

Liberty And Justice For All


From CNN:
To the families of the victims, Ethan Couch was a killer on the road, a drunken teenage driver who caused a crash that left four people dead.

To the defense, the youth is himself a victim -- of "affluenza," according to one psychologist -- the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy.

To a judge, who sentenced Couch to 10 years' probation but no jail time, he's a defendant in need of treatment.

Complete Story From CNN


There is no good reason why I took a series of pictures as the sun rose up over the Rincon Mountains, especially since I knew the sun was way too bright for my camera to capture it.

I took several shots but only one of them was recorded in the camera's memory.

Bright Morning Sun As Seen From Front Porch
Tucson Sunrise Over The Rincons

All the reds and oranges and deep blues my eyes saw were somehow missing in the photo.

I am so disappointed.

OH well . . .  that's life, I suppose.

Did You Know . . .?

The longest recorded flight of a chicken was 13 seconds.



On this day in 2003 after spending nine months on the run, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was captured. Saddam's downfall began on March 20, 2003, when the United States led an invasion force into Iraq to topple his government, which was reported to be hiding weapons of mass destruction, and which had controlled the country for more than 20 years.

At trial in November 5 2006, he was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging. After an unsuccessful appeal, he was executed on December 30, 2006. Despite a prolonged search, weapons of mass destruction were never found in Iraq.



1. The quality of being just; fairness.
 a. The principle of moral rightness; equity.
 b. Conformity to moral rightness in action or attitude; righteousness.
 a. The upholding of what is just, especially fair treatment and due reward in accordance with honor, standards, or law.
 b. Law The administration and procedure of law.
4. Conformity to truth, fact, or sound reason: The overcharged customer was angry, and with justice.



Richard Wayne "Dick" Van Dyke
(born December 13, 1925)
Dick Van Dyke is an American actor, comedian, writer, singer, dancer, and producer with a career spanning seven decades. He is the older brother of Jerry Van Dyke and father of Barry Van Dyke. Van Dyke starred in the films Bye Bye Birdie, Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and in the TV series The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis: Murder. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard. Van Dyke received The Life Achievement Award at the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony on January 27, 2013.

Wendie Malick
(born December 13, 1950)
Wendie Malick is an American actress and former fashion model, known for her roles as Judith Tupper Stone on the HBO series Dream On (1990–1996), Nina Van Horn on the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me! (1997–2003) and Ronee Lawrence on the NBC sitcom Frasier (2003–2004). Malick plays Victoria Chase on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland.

Herman Cain
(born December 13, 1945)
Herman Cain is an American author, business executive, radio host, syndicated columnist, and Tea Party activist from Georgia. He was a candidate for the 2012 U.S. Republican Party presidential nomination.

Taylor Alison Swift
(born December 13, 1989)
 Taylor Swift is an American singer-songwriter. The release of Swift's eponymous debut album in 2006 established her as a country music star. "Our Song", her third single, made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number one song on the country chart. She received a Best New Artist nomination at the 2008 Grammy Awards.


It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
--James A. Baldwin

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