Monthly Archives: June 2009

GETTING WITH (OUT) THE SMOKING PROGRAM

This morning I heard something very interesting. I was sleeping and the television had been left on and through my sleepy fog I heard it said that someone had suggested a few years back that the federal government should have enacted a law that would have given the cigarette producers seven or eight years to prepare for a ban on tobacco products.

There was a time when I rebelled against the thought of stopping smoking. I wanted to smoke and thought it was no ones business if I smoked or not.

Actually for me it was a two way street. On one hand I wanted to stop and on the other I did not.  Then one night I suffered a heart attack and that was just enough reason for me to kick the habit.  That was in 2000 and I haven’t smoked since then.  As a matter of fact people that I knew before stopping would say how bad it made you smell but I did not worry about it because I could not smell it.

Now that I have been off them for nine years I can understand just how terrible it does smell.

Now that I have heard the suggestion about giving the cigarette companies seven or eight years to find some other method to make money, I think that it is a very good idea.  Of course the people that live in the tobacco producing states don’t like the idea because it is cutting off their source of income, so they say.  That is the same way the oil companies think.  They say that to make electric cars or cars that use anything except petroleum products is bad for their business.  Those are the big money cats that make millions on oil.  They don’t give a damn about anything.

The tobacco moguls are the same, they don’t care about the health of the rest of the nation.  Giving the seven or eight years to stop producing gives the general public enough time to cease smoking.  I can understand why people don’t want to stop smoking and I sort of sympathize with them, but I do think that there should be a ban on cigarettes.

I don’t want to get on my soapbox and criticize everyone that uses cigarettes, but I do see the benefits now of not smoking.  I don’t wake up in the morning with that nasty taste in my mouth and I don’t  cough all the time.

For all of you that are still smoking, take the time to give it some thought……..

ONCE AGAIN IT HAPPENED

We can now add C-Murder Miller to the long list of criminals that have gotten off, or that can say they are above the law.

Here we have someone that is awaiting trial on a second degree murder charge and some district attorney that assumes he or she does not have enough evidence to successfully prosecute, does a plea bargain.

If there is not enough evidence, what is going to happen to the video recording of the night of the attempt murder?   The video along with the  gun and misfired bullet seem to be a lot of evidence, showing Miller tried to shot someone. 

That is what is wrong with the legal system in New Orleans.  Nothing gets done with the evidence at hand.  Too many criminals get off with their crimes because the DA takes too much time in prosecuting.  Witnesses don’t have any protection so they get intimidated by friends, family and relatives of the accused and by the time  the trial comes up,  change their minds when it comes time to testifying. 

I started this posting because of  something I read about the up and come trial of C-Murder Miller, but it has taken me so long to finish it, that now I have a more important addition to put into it.

Fast forward to todays date, June 6, 2009.  News of a murder-rape of  an eight month old baby (Da-Von Lonzo) by a 17 year old pervert, sick individual that has been roaming the streets of the West Bank, Jefferson Parish and Metro New Orleans.  Yes we must include the whole metro area when speaking of a person like this.  This individual has been in custody as a juvenile and has been released to the streets to prey upon more citizens of the New Orleans area.

It makes no difference that this crime was committed in Terrytown, it is the New Orleans area.  There are no brick walls dividing the cities.  There are no chain link fences with razor wire on top around each individual city  to keep the criminals from roaming wherever they please.

Baby Da-Von was raped and beaten to death.  What sort of monster, rapes an eight month old baby boy and claims the child fell down some stairs.   Any idiot Medical Examiner would be able to distinguish beating injuries from injuries received in a fall. 

One other question is, where was the mother when this idiot was left with the baby?  Most mothers that I know would have taken their eight month old baby with them if they went somewhere.  And also if this was her boyfriend, with such an extensive criminal record, would not she have known about him and would she entrust this baby in his care?

We as concerned citizens “MUST” elect people that are responsible enough to foresee such problems as these.  This guy had a record that should have raised red flags in the Juvenile Court system, saying that this was a problem individual and something other than release to the streets should have taken place.  Ultra liberal judges don’t get things done in a timely manner. 

If a child shows tendencies to be leaning heavily toward a life of lawlessness, the judge should take it upon him or herself to protect the general public.  We don’t know what is going on in court and what the juveniles were arrested for, and how many times that person has been arrested.  The judge does have  this information though and should act upon his knowledge of that child’s background.