|Neutrals Collage, January 2015|
Also recently, while we're talking about weird stuff, Proposition 47 passed in California, reducing penalties for some crimes. I think the intent of the proposition was to get non-violent, supposed non-serious felony crimes lowered to misdemeanors, and basically rely on neighborhood watch groups to do their own policing. Although a reading of the measure says nothing about non-violent marijuana offenders, my understanding early on was that a law of this type would get those folks out of prison, which is as it should be. In effect, what's happened with the passing of this measure is that crimes such as shoplifting, grand theft (under $950), forgery, fraud, and personal use of most illegal drugs are now misdemeanors. The reality is that the cops won't even pursue such criminals at all. Meaning individuals and small business owners have NO recourse if they are the victims of such crimes.
The reason I'm even mentioning this is that Miranda's Rescue, which I'm a big supporter of, has been broken into four times in the last couple months. In late November, their Fortuna, Eureka and McKinleyville stores were broken into. And even after more and better security measures were taken in the wake of the break-ins, the McKinleyville store was hit again this month. And local law enforcement is nowhere to be found; they can't do anything so they won't do anything.
I am appalled at what's become of our justice system in this country. Basically, there is no justice system anymore. Offenders can pretty much do what they want, short of murder and rape, and get away with it. And for more serious offenses, how often, now, are the rights of offenders taken into consideration more strenuously than the rights of the victims of crime?
I don't know...I sit here just shaking my head, watching the foundations of our so-called civilized society crumble before my eyes.