Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Simply Observations

Somewhere off in France, there's this village of Yvrac.  They had this fairly old property....with a 18th century chateau.  Recently, the property was bought by a Russian millionaire   It's safe to say....he knew what he was doing, or he thought he did.  There were a couple of buildings on the estate, and he wanted one of them torn down (bulldozed would be the right term to use).  The big fancy building....with a weeping stone staircase?  Oh no....that was supposed to be safe and just renovated.  Well....days passed and the bulldozer crew arrived, and then went by the instructions that they understood....tearing down a big fancy chateau.  Naturally, the mayor, and the folks in town are fairly upset by this.  The Russian guy? Well....he's upset, but not like these guys.  In fact, he said that he'd rebuild the chateau.  My impression is that it was lousy instructions, done on purpose, and he kinda wanted the old building gutted completely.  Maybe I'm wrong, but it just sounds like a scripted event.  

Folks got around to watching the new Lincoln movie, and were fairly shocked that Lincoln cussed so much.  A fair bit of profanity rolled right off his lips.  Well....days have passed and some historians now point out....Lincoln never cussed like that, and some folks were fairly loose with interpretation of jokes he told or were written later as quotes.  Again, you can never really trust a movie to tell the complete story.

Finally, I sat and watched a video-clip of a city council gal from Detroit talking about the necessity of getting Obama onboard to give funding to save Detroit.  In her words....they voted him in....so they he owes them something.  After you watch this clip twice....you get to the point of wondering how the nation survives.  Everyone wants to be saved.....they spent all their "loot" and they've got to rock-bottom.  Where else can you find more "loot"?  The federal government?  This is pretty screwed-up.  

The Law

It won't make the national news....but folks up in Huron, South Dakota got around to making a new law, which dictates that you can't eat.....while driving a car.  The fine....if caught.....$15 (called distracted driving).

I sat there for a while and pondering this new law.  Forty years ago, you generally stopped what you were doing and actually walked into a McDonalds and ate your burger right there.  Same way for Wendys....Burger King.....Pizza Hut.

I've come to realize that things have changed.  We now see nothing wrong in stopping and grabbing a couple of burgers and eating along the way to home.  Same way in the morning....stopping and picking up a coffee and a couple of donuts to eat while cruising into work.

Are we distracted?  Well....if all of a sudden you had a jelly donut to leak while in your hand.....you might miss that red light or fail to see that idiot turning out into the street.  It's true.

In a town of 12k residents, this might not matter too much.  I'm guessing that the donut shops are a bit worried over folks changing their habits.  McDonalds might be upset and have to entice you just little extra to get you to stop once or twice a week.  But I suspect for the most part.....folks will just sneak a bit here and there, and just keep going.  You figure even if the cops are out....it's just $15.  Maybe you get caught once a year, and it doesn't matter.

The sad part about this?  It's just another law on top of 50k other laws that you try to obey.  In the vastness of laws.....you know that they can only increase....never decrease.  Luckily, there's no law against applying lipstick, brushing your teeth, or scratching....while driving.  At least, not yet.

My Neighborhood

We had a murder here in DC just over a year ago.  Normally, it wouldn't have caught much attention.  Cops were lucky....an obvious killer, the husband of woman murdered.  But since this woman was a 92-year old noted German gal, and the husband was this suspected nutcase of a husband (and German as well), then this got tunred into a fairly interesting episode.

The judge decided that the guy.....Albrecht Muth....was a fairly big nutcase, and needed an evaluation.  He was fearful of the case in court.

So after months of examination....the mental health guy came back yesterday to report to the judge.

"Al".....by the opinion of the mental health guy.....is narcissistic.

"Al"....by the opinion of the mental health guy....is antisocial.

"Al"....by the opinion of the mental health guy.....is schizotypal.

But by his opinion, Albrecht Muth is perfectly ok to be in court and sane.

The judge is stuck with a case where there's going to be a circus almost daily.  There's not much of a way that he can convene a court, and hope that a jury can come to a clear decision on the nutcase.

By DC standards, this is a pretty simple case, and the prosecutor would normally beg for cases like this.....course, you never have a nutcase as the killer.

My humble bet is that two weeks into the court case, the judge stops everything and has a second judge render the guy insane and put away.  I just don't see the case coming to a simple conclusion.