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Update on Scott Sister’s Release Post

I’ve been invited to participate in the BBC’s ‘World Have Your Say’ program this afternoon at 1 PM Eastern Time.

Join the discussion at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldhaveyoursay/

Steve

Scott Sisters to be Released, Shame on you Governor Barbour!

News of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour’s decision to release the Scott sisters flashed briefly on Google News this morning and while I applaud the release I won’t go as far as NAACP President Benjamin Jealous did in calling Mr. Barbour a “shining example” of a modern governor. No, afraid I’m going to have to call foul and say shame on you Governor Barbour!

I’m throwing the flag here because I am appalled by the governor’s statement, refusal to acknowledge the injustice surrounding this case, and the outrageous conditions of the release.

Shame on you governor for saying: “incarceration is no longer necessary for public safety or rehabilitation”. While this will surely provide you an easy out during your next campaign this isn’t about public safety or rehabilitation; this is about justice and doing the right thing.

Shame on you for saying: “medical condition creates a substantial cost to the State of Mississippi”. It’s obvious that you’d not have come to this decision if Jamie’s medical care wasn’t putting a dent in your already depleted state coffers.

Shame on you governor for doing the absolute minimum that you could possibly do to sweep this under the rug and out of the public spotlight while attempting to placate as many voters as possible.

And finally shame on you governor for having the audacity to make the donation of a kidney a condition of the release! You’ve stepped in to the middle of a moral arena that no one should enter.

At the very least you need to remove the condition of the kidney donation from the equation. But if you truly want to be a shining example then you’ll step up and do the right thing by pardoning the Scott sisters or commuting the sentences.

Cop shoots, kills family dog

This from an AJC (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) article posted online

“The officer ordered the dog to stop and when it didn’t, the officer shot and killed the animal in its yard, Daniel said.”

I honestly don’t know if I should comment on the reporter or the cop.

The Blurred Line Between the Personal and Professional Me

We’ve all read or heard the news stories this year about people losing their jobs due to postings, pictures, or comments on various Social Media sites. Agree with it or not, it’s become a fact of life here in America and to a lesser extent around the world; the fine line between personal and professional life has blurred and is fading away.

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Before DADT

Thirty years ago, long before “Don’t ask don’t tell” I learned a valuable lesson. As an 18 year old kid one year in to a six year hitch with the Navy I was learning quite a few things. I was stretching my legs so to speak and working out his whole adult thing like every other young adult around the world; struggling to find myself and my way.

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