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Record-High Ratio of Americans in Prison

NEW YORK - For the first time in history, more than one in every 100
American adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report tracking
the surge in inmate population and urging states to rein in corrections
costs with alternative sentencing programs.

The report, released Thursday by the Pew Center on the States, said the
50 states spent more than $49 billion on corrections last year, up from
less than $11 billion 20 years earlier. The rate of increase for prison
costs was six times greater than for higher education spending, the
report said.

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I personally blame the "War on Drugs" for filling up jails with users as well as dealers -- treating drugs like a legal problem instead of a medical problem.
  • Current Mood

Coming up for air.

I don't know what causes it, but two or three times a year I go into hibernation. I don't read LJ, I don't answer emails, I don't answer the phone. (OK, I rarely answer the phone anyway, but during these hibernation periods, I don't return calls either.) I don't know what causes them, but I come out of them feeling rejuvenated somehow, so they must be healthy for me. Now if I could just figure out what brings them on.

Anyway, here are some random photos I've collected here in town over the last few weeks.

We've had 43" of snow so far this winter. Here, someone was driving around town with a tiny snowman on his trunk lid.

Here is a car I drove behind for about ten miles. I guess they're talking about blue jeans.

I worked the raffle table at a BBBS fundraiser last weekend, held at a local bar. The room was so smoky that I had to shower and wash all my clothes as soon as I got home. This picture is of a three-year-old kid whose parents brought him into this smoky environment. (I couldn't get a picture of the six-month-old baby someone else brought).

Finally, an extra perk of our beautiful new house is that we have a family of deer living in our backyard. We had four of them come up out of the woods tonight and eat bird seed from our neighbor's bird feeders. Here's a picture of two of them.

Hit Any Key

Oh Poo!

I have been so into this election -- following it for months (and the fact that I live five miles from Iowa means I've been getting election advertising since the very beginning). I have watched debates and followed news stories and I even made a contribution to a political candidate for the very first time in my life.

I was all set to go vote after work today. I had even arranged to pick up my mentee in Big Brothers Big Sisters and take him along to the polls with me.

But when we moved I never transfered my registration from my old town to the new one. And the fifty miles between here and there is suffering a massive ice storm. We're supposed to get 10" of snow tonight. So after all that build-up, I'm not going to be able to vote today.

Now all I can hope for is that my candidate wins Illinois without me. And I'll be quick to re-register in time for the general election.
  • Current Mood
    furious and depressed

Snow Day!

Today's Weather Forecast: "It's been a phenomenal weather change for the Quad Cities and surrounding midwest region as the passage of a strong Arctic front has produced huge temperature drops. Snow will fly into the evening hours and although snow amounts will not be heavy, gusty winds to more than 40 MPH will at times create white out conditions in open country areas. Strong winds will continue overnight and that, in combination with the cold air, will produce wind chill readings into the -20 to -30 range."

They closed the office four hours early today, and I've had a wonderful afternoon sitting on my butt watching old MYTHBUSTERS episodes with Wife.

Sometimes I love living in the northern third of the country.


Domino the Cat was making a jump today from my shoulder to the top of Wife's bureau. She slipped, landed on my head, and took part of my face on the way down:

The only question is: how do I explain my new wound to my coworkers. Some ideas:

1) I cut myself shaving.

2) Knife fight with Wife.

3) Lord Voldemort tried to kill me.

Other ideas are welcome.