Morning Reads — Thursday, August 14, 2014

August 14, 2014 7:00 am

by Jessica S. · 13 comments

On this day in 1987, Mark McGwire set the record for major league home runs by a rookie when he connected for his 49th home run of the season. Also on this day, in 1995, Shannon Faulkner became the first female cadet in the history of The Citadel, South Carolina‘s state military college. She quit the school less than a week later.
Peaches

Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

Liberty Drum

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John Konop August 14, 2014 at 9:39 am

Does this make any sense?

……..Dicky Joe Jackson decided to transport meth in order to pay for his son’s lifesaving medical treatment. White became a badass billionaire and indirect serial killer; Jackson became a “lifer,” sentenced to take his last breath behind bars so that his son could live.

Sadly, Jackson, who is 55 and has been in jail for 18 years, is only one of the 3,278 men and women serving a sentence of life in prison without parole, for nonviolent offenses. The fact that convicted murderers and rapists go free after serving only years or months in jail makes the cruel and draconian punishment for nonviolent crimes all the more absurd and perverse…….

http://www.salon.com/2013/12/16/meet_the_real_walter_white_this_man_sold_meth_to_save_his_sons_life/

TheEiger August 14, 2014 at 10:16 am

Cooking meth isn’t the same as the guy that has a pot plant in his basement and gets caught giving an ounces to his friends. This guy should be in jail right along with the rapist and murders.

Ed August 14, 2014 at 10:31 am

I dunno. Cooking meth seems like a good way to pay for cancer treatments.

TheEiger August 14, 2014 at 10:38 am
John Konop August 14, 2014 at 11:14 am

What he did was wrong….the guy transported meth….but life in prison is way to harsh…especially the circumstances…..

TheEiger August 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

He should be in prison for life and on a chain gain in the South Georgia heat. Do you know how bad meth is? I’ve seen a high school friend of mine who was an all star soccer player and straight A student die because of meth. His dealer just happened to be out of pot one day and he gave him meth to try. 8 months later Jase had been to jail three times and his parents were burying him because of an overdose. So again, I don’t care that this guy is in prison for the rest of his life. He knew what he was doing and is now paying the consequences. I’m perfectly fine with my tax dollars going to keep him locked up. And for all of the other wannabe Walter Whites out there, I hope you get a life sentence too.

http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/meths-devastating-effects-before-and-after/31/

John Konop August 14, 2014 at 11:47 am

I get how bad meth is…..but killing someone in cold blood over a person making a choice to buy a drug is not the same.

TheEiger August 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

So shooting someone is different than giving them a chemical that will eventually kill them? Do explain.

John Konop August 15, 2014 at 5:13 am

Yes very different…..in one case a person made a choice to buy the drugs….a bad life choice but it was thier choice…..the same if someone drinks to much, eats to much, smokes to much, sniffs glue…..all bad life choices….All have different degree of damage depending on many variables….but all bad choices could end in death…

A person killing someone the other person did not have a choice. Do you get it?

The difference between us I am big on personal responsibility…..you seem to want to play big brother. While your heart may be on the right place….I find the more the government plays big brother the more it creates further problems than it solves. I am fairly consistent on this from policemen of the world foriegn policy to war on drugs….. The result usually ends up creating a bigger mess…..

TheEiger August 15, 2014 at 8:08 am

Me wanting the government to play big brother? Ha that’s funny. The guy broke the law. He should be in prison. Plain and simple.

I’ll ask you a question John. You are all for personal responsibility right? What’s the easiest way to make sure you don’t go to prison for life? Don’t break the damn law. You know know like transporting a couple of hundred pounds of meth. I’m not for big brother. You seem to be for the nanny state. “Don’t worry if you break the law. John Konop and the big government will swoop in to forgive you for you know, breaking the damn law.” Let’s talk personal responsibility John. Don’t make, sell, transport or buy meth (or any illegal drug) and you won’t go to jail. Do you get it John? That’s called personal responsibility. You can’t have it both ways.

saltycracker August 14, 2014 at 10:07 am

Jessica S posted a lot of things that make no sense. This guy seemed to be transporting nearly 200lbs of meth and was arrested selling a half pound, refused to cooperate, was a 3 time looser and took a big chance a judge wouldn’t nail him. Screw the kid over or rat out drug dealers, he made another bad choice.

John Vestal August 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

Today’s installment from the Office of You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, Bitter Ex Division. Drip.Drip.Drip.

saltycracker August 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Drip, drip, drip, the sound of coffee off my smart phone…. :)