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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

IMAGINE




John Lennon was assassinated 29 years ago today.

Imagine if we didn't live in a society where handgun violence was so accepted and where even mentally ill people have no trouble getting guns.

The (CDC) estimated 52,447 deliberate and 23,237 accidental non-fatal gunshot injuries in the United States during 2000. Compare that with a total of just over 58,000 casualties for the entire Vietnam war. It's a war every year on US streets.

It's nice to imagine. Nothing happens, nothing ever gets achieved or created until one person says "hey...Imagine if we could...."






9 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Correction. There were 58,000 deaths in Viet Nam, but many, many more casualties besides the deaths.

Anonymous said...

"Imagine the're no countries;
It isn't hard to do.
Nothing to live or die for;
And no religion too."

Anonymous said...

Rumpole,

I am disappointed. A post about Judge Butchko, but nothing about Pearl Harbor. I say we take a belated moment of silence to always remember the sacrifices of those before us and those still with us, particularly on such a day as December 7.

Anonymous said...

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

-John Lennon, from his 1980's song Beautiful Boy {Darling Boy}

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

News & Notes ......

Some of your more seasoned readers may remember Paula Hawkins, former United States Senator from our great State of Florida.

In 1980, she became the first woman elected to a full Senate term without a family political connection. She died last Friday at the age of 82.

During her single six-year term in the U.S. Senate, the Republican positioned herself as a media-savvy champion of children and working mothers and an enemy of drug dealers. She lost her bid for a second term in 1986 to then-Gov. Bob Graham.

She was the first woman senator elected from the South and the first woman from any state elected to a full Senate term who was not the wife or daughter of a politician. Nebraska businesswoman Hazel Abel, who also had no political family ties, was elected from that state in 1954 to serve the final two months in the term of a senator who had died in office.

And in News "North of The Border", our own Mark Panunzio .....

Suspended Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion is scheduled to plead guilty Thursday to a federal corruption charge.

Eggelletion, who pleaded not guilty to a money laundering charge late last month, has a change of plea hearing in West Palm Beach 10 a.m. Thursday. He faces a maximum of five years in prison.

Prosecutors say Eggelletion tried to enrich himself by laundering money through bank accounts and by evading federal taxes on about $18,200 in cash payments. He is accused of conspiring with two Broward businessmen, Ron Owens and Joel Williams, and Bahamian attorney Sidney Cambridge.

Owens' attorney Mark Panunzio said Monday that he expects that his client will ultimately plead guilty. Federal authorities ``have tons of tapes. They were on a wiretap for months,'' he said. ``They have videotape, they have wire tape. They have done their homework on this.''

Nice quotes Mark - and they spelled your name right too.

And closer to home, at the GJB, why not drop by Judge BB's courtroom and see the Opening Statements in what should prove to be a very exciting trial between the State (Richard Scruggs) and the Defense (Michael Tein) as they "slug" it out over the guilt or innocence of the Reverend Gaston Smith on his Grand Theft charge.

Cap Out .....

Anonymous said...

I wonder if John Lennon was an ARA (Ayn Rand asshole--borrowed from the GQ article about AR). Somehow I doubt it, although Yoko probabaly is one.

Anonymous said...

Agree with 9:47 AM Rump: You are not one of these people who wants to forget about Americans being attacked on American soil, let alone anywhere else, are you?

Roosevelt didn't announce he would pull the plug in 18 months if we did not get Hirohito?

I didn't see how our current President observed Pearl Harbor Day yesterday. There was too much news about Tiger.

Joseph Sguigna said...

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Thank you,
Joseph