Friday, April 25, 2008

This 'N That...

So the food shortages turn out to be more of a media tempest in a tea pot as far as Stateside is concerned, while the rest of the world would love a ration of 4 50 pound bags of rice. Figures. Still, it would make sense that food shortage would be the next big panic attack. It's getting warm in this hand basket...

Speaking of food, I lost the link to it, but apparently Arbys in buying the Wendy's fast food chain and Dave Thomas' kids aren't happy about it. They didn't want that takeover, but guess it's going ahead anyway. Something about a stock only deal that I don't understand, but I just hope the Wendy's menu doesn't change to shaved beef only options.

And elsewhere, Wesley Snipes has been sentence to 3 years in prison for...wait for evasion. Yep, that's right, 3 years of hard time for not paying taxes. People (read celebs) get far less - like 80 minutes - for a DUI conviction, and he gets 3 years for tax evasion. What the?! This is messed up. The prosecutor made it a point to say they were trying to make an example out of him, so that's why they went after the hard time, but this isn't right. The message this sends is that DUI's and assaults risking people's lives aren't nearly as bad as the government not getting their cut of your money. This stinks. Yes, he should have been convicted and handed some kind of serious fine on top of the money he owed, but that should have been it. Pay what you owe, and a penalty, and carry on. What's with the jail time? I long ago lost any faith in the "justice" system of the courts as I'd read one messed up lack of justice story after the other, but this takes the cake. I bet Snipes wishes he had just stayed abroad and out of the States and continued a good life making straight to DVD movies...

Comments on "This 'N That..."


Blogger The Texican said ... (April 25, 2008 9:57 PM) : 

Right you are Eagle, When you consider what he spent for a defense, what it cost to prosecute him and what it will take to keep him in prison for three years, you wonder what they are trying to prove. The prison costs alone for three years will be well over $100,000.00 add to that the other costs involved and it would have made a nice addition to the National Treasury. It makes no sense. It's not like he doesn't have the money to pay. Common sense is a rare commodity indeed.


Blogger KEANAN BRAND said ... (April 26, 2008 4:29 PM) : 

Yeah. Why not just take the money they need and send him on his way?

I'm reminded of the debtor's prison, the system where the families or friends had to scrape together the money to free the debtor--the person who should be earning/paying the money.

Like Tex said, maybe common sense and justice should have a talk, come up with a better way to do some things.


Blogger Eaglewing said ... (April 27, 2008 2:40 AM) : 

@Texican: Too true. Where did all the common sense go?

@Keanan: That Debtor's prison sounds like a bit of an odd thing. Guess the higher ups don't mess around when it comes to money.


Blogger Blog Princess G said ... (May 04, 2008 10:40 AM) : 

Just make him pay and get on with it. He's not endangering people like a DUI situation.

Maybe he's not blonde or media-worthy enough to get off lightly.


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