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I am quoting a recent news where the life of a minor has been taken for granted by all  those who are appointed to protect and keep law and order.
What is the purpose of law? Law is our only gift as a nation or family so every person may celebrate life, cherish each other and let it pass on coming generations as well. Each of us has pledged to keep it for the common good. If we break the golden rule we are letting in chaos and lawlessness. What evil we have let by our silence may sooner or later visit us. So law we uphold for ourselves and for all. Law is not in itself anything but given its sacredness in the hearts and minds of those who exercise it. If one can escape from one’s obligations by some loopholes cited by one’s attorney law has become a parody of itself. Law is not soiled by single instance but is dragged through mud  day in day out. Look at the gun culture in the US. The citizen have the right to bear arms that may have had some relevance at the time of founding of a new nation. In course of time Indians have been blasted away along with bison , their livelihood. Those who are ever vigilant of protecting their right have now let children take fire arms to school. We see so young as five committing sins for their fathers. They merely exercised the right of their fathers. Such a disaster is not visited upon the innocents over night but on account of  law gone off the rails long before. Sacredness of law is no longer in our hearts and is invested instead with a battery of legal luminaries whose fees are as inscrutable as their interpretation of the articles of law.
A child molester is allowed to live in the hot spots near schools and play  areas  and those who see him think the law knows best and keeps tabs on him as in the case of the abductor of Jaycee.
This is the same law that looks at one who ‘is suspicious looking’ (in all probability his color is wrong and poor) and draws his gun to send him to kingdom come. Remember the hapless Brazilean electrician who, in London two years ago, was shot many times over in the head after being trussed up like turkey because he was suspected to be a terrorist. Law has been debased all around we see only its horrid exercise deprived of all sense, and as an example I look at those death row inmates whom  if the law could, fry sooner than determine if they are guilty or not.
The following reports by AP writers makes a sad reading.
By LISA LEFF and TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press Writers Lisa Leff And Terry Collins, Associated Press Writers 28 mins ago

ANTIOCH, Calif. – Jaycee Lee Dugard has been subjected to what police say was nearly a lifetime of torment in a backyard compound set up by a religious zealot with a rap sheet dating to the 1970s. Prosecutors say she was raped and had two children by her captor, who hid her from the outside world.

But it became increasingly clear Friday that this 18-year nightmare did not have to be for Dugard, with new details surfacing that authorities blew numerous chances to catch her alleged captor.

Neighbors complained to law enforcement that a psychotic sex addict was in their midst, alarmed that Phillip Garrido was housing young girls in backyard tents. A deputy showed up to investigate, but never went beyond the front porch.

Probation officers showed up at the home, too, but had no inkling that his back yard was actually a labyrinth of tents, sheds and buildings that were Dugard’s prison. They did not even know he had children on the premises.

Garrido also wore a GPS-linked ankle bracelet that tracked his every movement, the result of his sex-crime convictions that sent him away to Leavenworth for a 50-year stint, only to get paroled after 10 years.

benny

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On Love ©
Eye has not seen beauty
As my inner eye;
Ear has not heard yet,-
Nor lips have sated
When love kissed me
Full, and again unask’d.

benny

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Patient: “Doctor, Mornings I’m too peckish for my liking and by noon I can eat like a pig. Is anything wrong with me?”

Doctor who has so often heard her complain,” Nothing to be worried about, Mrs. Feingold. You are to watch out for bird flue in the morning and for swine flu night time.

benny

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“Hopelessness of a situation in life is not decided by what we must do without; but what we may learn to draw strength from hope an unknown quantity. This hope is all we can tease out of ourselves– religion, morality and social identity are all mercurial colors that we flash in translating it. Our hope must stand the wave of helplessness that is from without. Those who have survived shall know when the storm is past they found strength because it was a genuine article, their character”.

benny

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The Way Things Are in America

Barbara, 46, and Kevin Lowe, 52, Grand Rapids, Mich.

The cell phones were canceled; so were all subscriptions and outside entertainment. We didn’t go skiing this winter, and we won’t be golfing over the summer. No more wine. We used our severance and some savings to pay off Kevin’s 2008 Saturn and pay down the house. We debated whether to cancel the local newspaper, but in the end kept it for the Sunday coupons. We now eat every single item in the house until it’s gone. If that means we have curly pasta and penne and spaghetti all mixed up, so be it. I have 101 ways to use half-eaten boxes of pasta. We’re much more careful shopping — no more running in to get one or two things. We wait until we have a big list, and then buy only what’s on that list — and at the local grocery warehouse, not the food boutique.

You’d be amazed at how you don’t even know where your money goes. It took us a couple of months to get a firm handle on our expenses. There are some things you only pay a few times a year and you forget them, and then they crop up and you don’t have $40 for the water bill or veterinarian. I distributed flyers around the neighborhood offering babysitting and elder-care services. I can take care of an infant for a few hours as well as any high school girl. I’m tired of waiting for someone else to offer me a job.

It’s hard to invite people for dinner, so we don’t accept many invitations. We went to the art show on the day tickets were discounted, and told friends we’d brown-bag our lunches. One of them said we could go to a cheap restaurant, but I can’t. I’m not sure they really understand how it is. I know I didn’t until it happened to me”.

Another news item that I came across and it is also disturbing.

“People were picking the bodies up last year,” says Albert Samuels, chief investigator at the medical examiner’s office in Wayne County, Mich., which includes Detroit. “Across the board, I’m finding the numbers are on the rise of either families who are not coming forward to claim bodies or they’re signing releases saying they can’t afford to bury someone, which taxes the county resources because then the county is responsible for burying these people.”

How come manifest destiny of a nation fails both living and the dead?It seems to me someone or groups of people in their positions of trust have been waving the flag and beating the drum too often to think of the nation’s most precious commodity-people.

benny

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Old age hangs easy, said the man.

He was in the trenches gassed; and harried

by good souls who knew a good story;

They cheered him for his valor.

‘My valor? I lived through your war

And live as living dead for all you care.

Time just ticked on. The rest was easy,’

said he with a smile.

refrain:

Time rings a bell but not the hell

Of living thus in your midst.

Next time you make a bloody war,

Let time ring for another.

benny

Background info: Henry John “HarryPatch (17 June 1898 – 25 July 2009)—known as “the Last Tommy”

—was a British supercentenarian, briefly the oldest man in Europe.wikipedia

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“Why must you wring your hands to ask for credit? Be bold to ask and it is your right. See how bold I am to give you the money you ask for. I don’t wring my hands to charge you 35 %. Why am I bold? I ask what I am sure to get. It is my right.” Shylock of the Wall Street

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