Jamaican PROVERB of the Week
'CHICKEN MERRY, HAWK DEH NEAR'
Usually used by parents or adults when children are romping to warn them that if they continue to play rough, someone would get hurt.
Quote of the week
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning." ~Albert Einstein.
Joke of the week
Big shot or not?
This is the true story of George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi, who was going to bed when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the shed. George opened the door to go turn off the light but saw there were people in the shed in the process of stealing things.
He immediately phoned the police.
"Is someone in your house?" the police asked.
George said no and explained the situation. Then they explained that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be there when available.
George said, "Okay," hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again.
"Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I've just shot them all."
Then he hung up. Within five minutes three squad cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up. Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed.
One of the policemen said to George: "I thought you said that you'd shot them!"
George said, "I thought you said there was nobody available!"
Discussion topic of the week
Let's address the topic of pleading insanity for a murder case, for example, the current case involving a young man in Colorado in the United States who walked into a movie theatre and released rounds killing over 10 innocent citizens. Do you think a criminal like that should be entitled to plead insanity?
Sharelle Reid: Thinking about it, which sane human being would just get up and shoot people in a movie theatre with children. Obviously, something triggered him to do that, but at the same time, from what I have seen and heard, this case involves a young man using his intelligence for the wrong reasons. Sane or insane, murder is a horrendous act and someone should be charged and given the highest sentence there is available.
Zachary Johnson: I don't think persons should be entitled to plead insanity when they commit a crime such as murder because there is always motive. However, it is also unfair to the citizens of any country to lock up individuals, especially in reference to that recent shooting in Colorado because he would only be in lock-up benefitting from taxpayers' money; being safe or in a somewhat protected environment and being fed daily.
Hope Beecher: Yes, persons should be entitled to pleading insanity -however, with much psychological evaluation, because it wouldn't be fair if everyone who committed a crime was allowed to do so to escape the charges and sentencing. As for the Colorado incident, I don't know much about it but it seems like the murderer was not mentally stable from information provided in the news, but it would be sad if he got away using that excuse.
Picture of the week
Just a day of the life in paradise, shared by one of our readers in Alligator Pond.