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He Who Lives in a Glass House Shouldn’t Throw Stones at Others
Egyptian proverb
Explanation:
Though origins of the proverb may be English, the proverb is now widely used in Egypt.
It advises people not to attack others for their mistakes when they have the same mistakes.The proverb is an equivalent to the bible’s verse “Why do you see the speck of chaff that is in your brother’s eye, but don’t consider the beam that is in your own eye.”

   

    It saddens me when I see another case where someone has made a grave mistake in judgement that results in public condemnation and humiliation.  People love to judge and point fingers at someone elses expense.  However, when one of the very ones who relished in pointing those fingers is brought down in their own shame, then I must believe they are experiencing the fruits of Karma in their life.   One reaps what one sows. 

  Rep. Anthony Weiner had the audacity to mock the humiliation that Larry Craig experienced in his sex-scandal two short weeks before he found his own sext-scandal the newest headlines.  Glass houses come tumbling down.

   What I find most appalling in this case is Anthony Wiener in all his self-righteousness co-sponsored a bill to Keep the Internet Devoid of Sex Predators.  He stood and smiled for the voters in all the photo-ops and accepted all the accolades and kudos’ for being tough on anyone charged with a sex offense.  All the while, he had his own dirty deeds going on behind that blue screen.  Hypocrisy at its worst. 

http://mikeyounglaw.com/internet-lawyer/anthony-weiner-keeping-internet-devoid-sexual-predators-act/

 

Lessons From The Anthony Weiner Cybersex Escapades

Here’s a few lessons to learn from the Anthony Weiner fiasco.

  • Not all creepy married guys trolling for sex online are registered sex offenders. There’s even congressmen like Anthony Weiner.
  • Legislation like the KIDS Act of 2007 won’t do much to protect anyone from registered sex offenders or guys like Anthony Weiner.
  • Protect yourself when dealing with strangers online and don’t rely upon leglislation to protect your kids in cyberspace either. Parental supervision is key. 

  So-called “Polite Society” loves to throw around the term “Sex Predator” and Sex Offender” while they draw their curtains tight and keep offenders out of their neighborhoods.  I dare say Mr. Weiner would have been and has been welcomed at many a dinner table in “Polite Society”  and yet, so many sitting in prison right this very moment did no more than Rep. Weiner did to get themselves put there.  They, too, talked online or sent graphic images to someone they “assumed” was an adult which is exactly what Rep. Weiner has admitted to doing.  If it proves to be that just one of those pictures ended up in the hands of a minor then Heaven help Anthony Weiner because you are about to experience the Hell of being labeled a Sex Offender.  I do not wish that on anyone no matter how much bad karma you might have coming your way.

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Schadenfreude

  Schadenfreude (Listeni /ˈʃɑːdənfrɔɪdə/; German pronunciation: [ˈʃaːdənˌfʁɔʏdə]) is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.[

   I am truly not one to ever relish in someone else’s misfortune.  I do not take delight when someone’s world comes crashing down, no matter what I think of them personally.  I have had my life destroyed by outside forces so I have plenty of compassion when I see it happen to others.  Even when it is of their own making, I still sympathize, because  none of us are perfect.  I am extremely forgiving of anyone’s mistakes and believe strongly in second chances. 

  PHOTO: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mildred Baena

http://abcnews.go.com/US/mother-arnold-schwarzeneggers-love-child-revealed/story?id=13626896

  All of that being said, when I see a politician, that has spent so much of their time condemning, accusing and lobbying for harsher punishment and zero tolerance get caught with their own pants down, I can not help feeling a little Schadenfreude. 

  What I have zero tolerance for is hypocrisy.  When one spends their life standing in judgement and are so quick to point out the mistakes and failings of everyone around them while in their own closets they have many secrets and behind closed doors their own  dirty dealings. 

hy·poc·ri·sy/hiˈpäkrisē/

Noun: The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.  

  Sadly, our society loves to judge.  From our high and mighty elected officials to our pulpits and right down to our small town gossips.  We love to point the finger and spread blame and shame.  We, in all our self righteousness, believe it could never happen to us or our family.  We seldom take a moment to look at the reflections of our own actions because we are just too busy watching our neighbors. 

  Today, I will allow myself one moment of Schadenfreude at Arnold’s expense.  I also feel ashamed of myself for that feeling because now he is just one of the rest of us.  Oh how the mighty have fallen.  I wish you peace, Mr. Schwarzenegger, and I also hope this experience gives you more compassion and understanding of what public judgement and condemnation feels like.  Most of all, I hope it makes you a better person.

 “Beware all those in whom the urge to punish is very strong    – Friedrich Nietzsche

 

 

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States seek criminal registries for murder, arson and more

http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/nyt/20110521_States_seek_criminal_registries_for_murder_arson_and_more.html

        “Lawmakers around the country are pushing for online registries, like those used for sex offenders, to track the whereabouts of people convicted of a wide variety of crimes, from arson and drunken driving to methamphetamine manufacturing and animal abuse.”

    I woke up today and remembered that the doomsday speakers have been warning for years now that TODAY, May 21, 2011, is the day the world was suppose to come to an end.  I hurried and made me a cup of coffee just in case it was the last one I would ever get to enjoy and then walked to the window and looked out.   Everything looked the same.  The sun was shining, birds were chirping and people were headed out to face the day.   I sat down and turned on the computer to read the headlines.  The New York Times was reporting that States are now seeking to implement a registry for those convicted of murder.  Upon further research, I found stories of registries being considered for convictions of arson, DUI and animal cruelty.  That is when I realized that our world really is coming to an end.  I have to ask, what next?  I am an habitual offender of returning my library books late.  I have quite possibly paid more money in late fees to outright purchase the majority of the books I have checked out.  Should there be a registry somewhere to track my whereabouts?  Forbid me from going within 25 ft of any public library and hire some “Library Police” to monitor me to make sure I adhere to the guidelines, at taxpayer expense, of course.  Oh, and make sure you publicize the list of offenders so that vigilante Friends of the Library can post my photo all over town as an abuser of library privileges and I am to be shot on sight.

Sounds insane, doesn’t it?  Still, you gotta ask, what next?

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Kudos to writers who are willing to step out and post the truth and the injustice of the legal system and the lives it ruins. When did unethical become illegal? If it was, most of our judges, prosecuters and attorneys would be behind bars.

Outrageous Prosecution: The Eric Rinehart Story

http://ethicsalarms.com/2011/03/01/outrageous-prosecution-the-eric-rinehart-story/

 “This is the criminal prosecution equivalent of the idiotic no-tolerance decisions in public schools, except that the consequences of this abandonment of compassion, fairness, and common sense is far, far worse. This isn’t justice; it is abuse of power, it is an inhumane travesty of law enforcement.

The misapplication of the vast power of a federal prosecutor can do more harm  than ten crooked lawyers at their slimy, greedy worst. The unethical conduct of Steven DeBrota is far worse than anything his victim, Eric Rinehart, did or was accused of doing.”

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  When did we give the powers-that-be so much power?  How is it even plausible that we have come to a place in our country where a judge can remove a womans children from the home, take away her custody because she has breast cancer?  It makes me cringe inside to know our world has gotten this insane. Where is it gonna stop?   Isn’t anyone watching?  Have we all gotten so complacent and accepting that we just allow these things to happen without uttering a peep or getting involved?  As long as it doesn’t affect ME it isn’t really happening?  

  This woman is fighting cancer and now she is fighting to save her children.  She is not unfit or abusive.  She is sick. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1385143/Alaina-Giordano-loses-custody-children-breast-cancer.html

  She only has two weeks to appeal this decision or else lose her children. 

Change.org posted the following:

   Thankfully, that outcry is growing quickly. A petition started by Alaina’s sister Lauren has more than 7,000 signatures, Alaina was interviewed on Good Morning America and the Today Show, and media throughout North Carolina and the U.S. are now covering the injustice. 

But time is short, and the wrong outcome here sets a dangerous precedent for mothers and fathers with cancer or other serious diseases. Please sign Lauren’s petition asking that Alaina Giordano’s breast cancer not be used as a reason to take away her kids.

http://www.change.org/petitions/do-not-allow-nc-judge-to-take-alaina-giordanos-children-just-because-she-has-cancer

  This is a mom just like the rest of us and if this judge is allowed to take away these children then it scares me to think what or who will be next.  Maybe you are someone who never likes to get involved.  Maybe this one time on this day you could change that and give 5 minutes to sign a petition that might change the life of this mom and these children. 

 

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  Our world is not what it used to be.  Gone are the days of innocence.  Simple days and simple times before the world became full of monsters around every corner.  Now we have become the monsters.  Yes, us.  For example, did you know that in the State of Maine, if you stare too long at a child, you can be conficted of a Felony?   It is called Visual Sexual Aggression.
http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/…

  In the State of New Jersey, they are actually considering passing a law that would make it a third degree crime to take a photograph in a public place that has a random unknown child in the background.  A crime!  Could you imagine trying to photogragh your own family at an amusement park without accidently including an unknown underage person in the background?  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat…

  The most unreal story of the day is a 6 year old being charged with sexual assault for playing “doctor” with a 5 year old little girl!  Seriously!  In that case, I guess I need to be on the registry myself because I was a curious child! 
http://host.madison.com/news/local/crime_and_courts/article_c13c6a62-72b8-11e0-8659-001cc4c03286.html

  Folks, the world is going crazy and pretty soon we will all be wearing orange jumpsuits if we don’t stop the madness!

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