Posts tagged: death

Memorial for a friend

I haven’t been to a funeral in years. I guess I’m lucky. Well, at least in that it’s been a while. I’ve been to quite a few funerals in my life with most of them being before the end of my high school days. People that I now barely remember in blurry memories, forgotten pictures and a whiff of smell now and then. People that I wish I could talk to once more. Learn from them. Share with them. Tell them how much they meant to me. But that is the nature of loss, remorse and regret. And the forgetting? That is the nature of humans.

Tonight I attended the funeral of one of my father-in-laws. Well not necessarily a funeral. More of a memorial. There was no service planned. He had been cremated so the only reminder of him was the hundreds of pictures throughout the room and the innocuous green marble container with his name written on it. I know people were planning on getting up and telling stories or just telling others how they felt. My wife among them. I didn’t get to stay to hear those speeches because I had to take Kira back home. It was getting close to bed time and she was starting to fade into crabby-land. It was expected – no regrets.
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2010 in the end

This is not the way to start a new year – or the way for the previous one to end.  2010 was a horrible year and we were only too happy to see its end on the horizon.  Unfortunately it went clawing tooth and nail like a wildcat slipping into a well and made certain one remaining casualty would haunt the first day of what should have been a happy new year.

There was no countdown, no champagne, no celebration.  Only the sadness of family so emotionally and physically exhausted too confused by the state of family stricken down in an instant.  There were no party hats, no music, no resolutions.  Only anger at the injustice of it all and the unfairness of losing someone who deserved to live more than just 46 years.

But to the year of 2010 I say piss off – you will never be missed.  Yes, you spoiled these first days/weeks/months of our new beginning in 2011 but no matter how hard things are now we will carry on.  Prayers fail, begging fails, pleading fails and we know that life is just life and that we are on our own.  How we handle things now, then and forever are ours to own and no one else’s to lay blame.

Life is short. Be good to one another and to yourself.  And hope that those around you do the same.  We’re all each other have.

Michael Crichton

Doctor and author Michael Crichton died of cancer at age 66 on Tuesday.  Yet another of my generations icons gone.  I didn’t know much about him other than he was responsible for some very cool stories such as Jurrasic Park, The Andromeda Strain, and the TV show E.R. but I know that his passing will be quite a loss to the science fiction field.

He will be missed.

The death penalty

The U.S. Supreme Court this week hears arguments about whether the death penalty can be imposed for child rape.
OK, honestly… who has a problem with this type of sentence?  Who thinks that a person who rapes a child deserves anything less than the most brutal and painful torment and death that can be conceived by the most depraved minds in the world?  I, for one, would be happy to give them suggestions on how to torture child molesters and would be happy to be their executioner.

So I guess you can tell where I stand on Capital Punishment.  I am all for it and I believe it should be a simple cut and dry process.  No languishing in prisons once the sentence is passed down.  Just do it right there on the spot and viewable on national TV.

  • Rape a child (and probably kill the child): then we execute you.
  • Commit cold-blooded murder: then we execute you.
  • Torture animals: then we execute you.
  • Cancel another TV show as good as Firefly: then we execute you.

But no, there always has to be some tree-hugging pacifist who thinks that we should spend millions of dollars every year keeping these bastards alive.  Feeding them three meals a day, providing them with workout equipment, basketball courts, satellite television, etc.  The best punishment we can hope for for their time in prison is perhaps the occasional beating  and/or ass-raping for the convict.

Why do we have so much crime?  That’s an easy one to answer.  Our legal system is broke or at least severely fractured.  Sure justice is served from time to time, but people are willing to take the risks that they do in committing crimes because they know all they have to do is pay for a good lawyer and if necessary go whining to the various ‘humanitarian’ groups.  People who are inclined to commit crimes are not afraid of the system and that’s where the downfall is these days.  And if you are a celebrity you already know that the laws don’t apply to you in the same way.

What happened to the public execution?  Entire cities used to turn out to watch the beheading of criminals.  When people were strung up to hang from their necks in the middle of a town square, everyone was reminded of the consequences of bad deeds.  When was the last time you saw a person die by execution?  Probably never in real life.  People are no longer faced with the very real consequences of evil deeds.

So my answer to crime in general is more executions IF they are publicly viewable on television, YouTube, HD satellite broadcast.  Start with those that have been rotting in our prisons for decades like Charles Manson.  Use the money that would have been spent to guard, feed, entertain, administer and heal him and others like him and use that money to setup an execution with advertising on the SuperBowl.  Why not?  It’s not like we are EVER going to let people like him out and yet we just can’t bring ourselves to kill the poor wretch.  It’s not his fault, it was his mother/his father/society/rock & roll/drugs/insanity/war/whatever.  Kill him.  Plain and simple.

But it will never happen.  And that’s why we will continue to see gangs on the streets because they know if they kill a baby in a drive by shooting they only have to go away for ten years and hang out with others from their gang and make more contacts for when they get out.  That’s why we will see random killings and hate crimes because there is no fear.  The system is a joke people and the more easily offended our society gets and the more politically correct everyone is forced to be because someone can’t handle reality the worse it’s going to get.

Food for thought: Every time I fly to Malaysia, the announcement before landing reminds everyone that anyone caught smuggling any illegal drugs into the country is subject to capital punishment.  I bet Malaysia doesn’t have the same drug problems that the United States does.  I wonder why?

Reading between the lines

Have you heard about the 6 year old girl who died from complications to surgery after a swimming pool accident? I can’t imagine how horrible that must be for her family but how about what happened to her? The article says the injuries were caused by “intestines were partially sucked out by a swimming pool drain” after “she sat on a wading pool drain.” THAT is disturbing.

It doesn’t say much more but I can read between the lines. She sat on a drain and part of her intestines were sucked out. Intestines are inside the body… therefore that means that this drain was so powerful that it turned this poor 6 year old’s ass inside-out and then kept on pulling. That doesn’t even register on the scale of things that I would ever have thought possible to happen to a human body.

This was in a wading pool… how powerful of a suction do you need for a wading pool? And if this is the case for a wading pool, what is the suction on the drains of a normal pool? I’ve dove down to the bottom of the deep end of big pools and touched the drain at the bottom before coming back up. Does that mean that I could have potentially been stuck there and drowned? Or worse still had my arm sucked through the grate like a bunch of hamburger?

Obviously it’s a good thing that new legislation is being passed on drain safety but it could be a long time before all the offending pools are found and fixed. I think from now on I’ll just stay away from the drains in pools from now on. Just in case.

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