May 07, 2007
Paris Hilton Going to Jail is a Great First Step to Rebuilding my Faith in Fairness
I had an intriguing conversation with a co-worker of mine last Friday. Now understand that he and I do not oft see eye to eye, but that is not to say that we are not willing to listen to the ideas the other has on specific issues.
Our conversation that day ranged on a number of politically and sociologically charged topics (Guns, Crime, Drug Legalization, Race Relations, Government Suppression of Freedoms, Death Penalty...etc) yep pretty much every "third rail" you are always warned to avoid discussing in "social" situations. Of course it has not been my nature to shy away from controversial subjects. What I do not suffer is purposeless bickering between ideologues with no hope of learning or educating.
I learned something this Friday. After ranging on our subjects, I posed a question to him looking specifically for his perspective, as my coworker is of a different race than I and I am curious to learn of why the races unfortunately still have a lack of trust of each other. Granted he does not (nor does he proclaim to) represent his race in his philosophic position -- no do I mine for that matter. But I must recognize that he is probably more in tune to the focus of his race, in that I am sure he has heard more than I ever will about the root nature of the apparent distrust, of those who share his same skin color (once again, as I have mine).
Please know that at no point was this conversation uncomfortable for either of us as far as I could tell. We were both properly discussing challenging points of our society, and certainly not blaming each other for our society's ills. Again this approach was very much appreciated.
So the bottom line here... and relating back to the title of this post... I asked him what has to change in our society to affect real positive change for our respective races to continue our paths to better understanding each other, and putting aside our differences.
His reply... "A sense of FAIRNESS and RESPONSIBILITY!"
Fairness: Our government and our corporations have to really learn to be impartial, truly blind to race, creed, age, sex etc... This applies to equal pay and opportunity for equally skilled individuals but more importantly in our government's (Local, City, State, Federal) enforcement of our country's laws! We are a nation of LAWs not privilege.
Responsibility: People have to stop being "Victims" or "Entitled" we need to be responsible for our actions no matter who we are, where we live, what color we are, what education we have, and how much money we make. And understand that we are of our own making, we can make our lives better, we do not have to depend on others to hand it to us, nor do we deserve anything... we have to earn it, always!
I thought this perspective intriguing... I could see it... hell I've bitched about it too! I think most of us have. Every time we see a politician (regardless of party) not held accountable for the same laws they write. Every time we watch a Charlatan, Hypocrite, Media Narcissist the likes of Jessy and Al claim a cause that is truly not the case simply to intimidate and line their pockets... we all lose faith. Every time those entrusted in our protection abuse that power and intimidate those in lesser social circles... we lose our faith.
And finally every time we watch a Professional Athlete, a Rock Star, Rap Star, or Movie Star get let off of a crime committed simply because of "Who They Are"... we lose faith... in the system we've collectively agreed to be governed by. Fairness is paramount! That is why JUSTICE is to be BLIND, it is to make no prejudice outside of the acute facts.
So when I see a judge make a ruling that Paris Hilton is not "Entitled" to softer treatment than that of a "Regular Joe - or Joanne" and she will serve time for her blatant disregard to following the laws of this land because she feels entitled, and above her responsibility... well... it just does my heart good! (although I would have liked to see her have to go immediately.)
It is events like these that cause me to look back on my challenging conversation that Friday, and recognize that yeah, it's minor in the grand scheme of things, but hell, its a start and if we continue down this path, we might stand a chance.
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This whole Hilton affair points a a big problem in America. That her going to jail is a news story, many news programs it was one of the top three stories, and other more important issues never get any mention. The cable news programs had Paris for hours. In LA they even pointed out the walking footballs in following this story. There was endless chatter about how this was effecting and affectin our culture. Big deal. A person who is richer than god because grandpa made some money. She is not worth the attention, or conversation. Where are the endless hours of coverage on our dependence on oil,which in turn funds terrorists. Or any number of issues that have a potential to bring us down. Where is the chatter about that on FOX, CNN, et al. It is a sad statement that this was such a big story, how much energy was wasted on a girl that finally had to answer ( after the second time) she was caught ignoring her probation. They should put her in Super Max. And we should demand our time back from the media.
Posted by: MOTORHEAD | Jun 12, 2007 2:44:53 PM
The tramp is out after 3-5 days because her skanky pie-hole refused to eat the culinary treats of the LA County Jail. Lets just hope for justice.
Paris, drunk and speeding and hits a wall. Burns herself to death. No one else. S'mores anyone?
P.S. FREE Scooter Libby!!!!
Posted by: ken | Jun 7, 2007 9:57:06 AM
Responsibility & Fairness Update
St.Louis Cardinal pitcher Josh Hancock died April 29th in a traffic accident.
His father is now suing the tow truck company who owned the tow truck his son hit,
The owner of the vehicle, that was disabled and being assisted by the tow truck. He is also
Suing the owners of the restaurant his son had been drinking at (and allegedly, his son refused the offer of getting a cab for him). THIS IS A TOTALLY B.S. LAWSUIT.
The local authorities have noted that Josh Hancock had (allegedly):
1. Refused a cab
2. Was on his cell phone
3. Had marijuana in his vehicle
5. Not wearing his seatbelt
6. Almost twice the legal limit for drinking
Before he hit the tow truck.
Six strikes-your son is out twice according to Darwin.
Posted by: Ken | May 26, 2007 2:18:29 PM
The best comments on the non-talent, never done anything worthy Miss Hilton are offered by the Philosophers Stone & Parker in "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset"(eps.#123/prod#812)
It was bad enough for her Mom to laugh, speak out and bitch in the court room in front of the Judge!-Thanks Mom! BUT she was late to court also.
Great book from the mid-1990's The Death of Common Sense
Posted by: Ken | May 8, 2007 3:27:28 PM