Posts filed under ‘philadelphia’

planning

how much do you plan?

personally, i hate planning. attempting to anticipate the events of the future seems a bit futile to me, even bordering on hubris, and we all know what happened to icarus. ive heard it said that there’s no use in building the biggest boat when you can’t raise the tide, and that’s so true, it hurts.

but how about my decision making? don’t all my decisions point in a certain direction that i want to take my life in? for example, the choices i make at work affect my positive or negative standing at work, which determine which city i live in. and if i continue to live in philadelphia, there’s a very good chance that i’m committing to a grisly death by stray bullet fire or stab wounds. wait, now i’m confused about the chain of events that has led to me being killed to death.

no matter, because what i’ve learned remains the same. the harder you try to grip the control joystick of life, the more you realize that nearly everything is out of your control. when you, my faithful readers, learn this, you will look down and realize that what you thought was the control joystick of life is actually a slimy, wet, trout. and the harder you grip it, the more it will squirm out of your hands.

so man the rudders, but have faith in the current.

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November 19, 2007 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

a city of brotherly shove

i haven’t ranted about philadephia’s crime in a while, but it is hard to avoid all the headlines our beloved city is making today.

in the past four days, three police officers have been shot. officer charles cassidy was shot in the head last night during an attempted robbery of a dunkin donuts in north philadelphia. the article made it to the front page of cnn. officer cassidy passed away a few hours ago at albert einstein medical center.

despite the occasional quips i make about police officers (9 parts hypocrite, 1 part bully), i actually deeply respect (non traffic enforcement) police officers. my worst day equates to their every day. the places in the city that i avoid are the places that they are assigned to patrol. they run into burning buildings and collapsed tunnels to save complete strangers. never in my wildest dreams would i ever oppose a police officer, let alone confront one head-on and shoot at one.

what sort of lawlessness has fallen over the city, that criminals have a mindset that killing cops is something they can do?

how can so much money be spent on fighting “terrorism” in iraq when there is still so much wrong with our own backyards?

as a result of all these shootings, capital punishment in pennslyvania is being re-examined, and i think that’s a jolly good idea.

1) prison doesn’t work to correcting criminals. if anything, criminals emerge hardened and with more connections to other murderers and pedophiles
2) punishments must fit crimes. if the crimes are getting worse, so should the punishments.
3) lets face it, lethal injections, electric chairs, and hangings are a much greater deterrent than spending a few months in prison. a few months in prison means free food and a chance to kick it back with your best mates. electrocution means that they’ll need a spatula to scrape your remains from the chair. the choice is easy, even for a thug with a 2nd grade level education.

the real solution to fix philadephia’s crime problem? better parents, a better school system, and God.

November 1, 2007 at 5:40 pm 1 comment

u g l y…you ain’t got no alibi

as if all the homicides were not enough to make philadelphia a highly unpleasant place to be, it turns out that this city is also home to the ugliest people in the nation.

in addition, we are also morbidly obese. the american obesity association ranked the city in the top 10 for overweight people every year between 2000 and 2005.

amy farley, senior editor of travel & leisure magazine, says that “The relative attractiveness of its residents is only a minuscule factor in evaluating a city’s merit.”

oh rubbish – that is ugly people talk.

October 23, 2007 at 8:40 pm Leave a comment

259.

And the streets of Philadelphia continue to run red with blood. Homicides 257, 258, and 259 were tacked onto this grisly year’s infamous statistic.

Last night, nearly a dozen people were shot and three were killed to death. Two women were killed in their homes and a teen was shot dead in a recreation center. In addition to these shooting, there were probably a few rapes, burglaries, and muggings.

Good news though! In a bid to increase school funding (and possibly keep our city’s murderers and rapists in classrooms instead of on the streets), parking rates are going up. So the city of Philadelphia is going to be saved from this endless violence by meter maids and parking tickets.

But wait, there’s more! If the School Reform Commission has its way, the Philadelphia School District will only have a deficit of $55.9 million.

Sorry, I’m at a lost for words…I seem to be choking on my government cheese.

August 16, 2007 at 4:16 pm 1 comment

233

233.

That’s the number of homicides that have occurred in Philadelphia in 2007, which averages out to more than 1 a day.

Every day in this city, one person is shot and killed. This doesn’t count the people who get shot and don’t die. It also doesn’t count the people who are stabbed and maimed with a less than lethal weapon.

Fingers are pointing everywhere – gun laws, not enough policing, uncooperative witnesses, broken crime cameras, too much trans fat.

Two suspects not mentioned enough are school and proper parenting. I don’t have officials statistics on this matter, but I would be willing to bet on an inverse correlation between a person’s time spent in school and number of people murdered. The Philadelphia school system has long been plagued by low attendance, poor college enrollment for those who graduate, violence, and sub-par reading and math skills. I read once that West Philadelphia High Schools have only about 10% of their students being proficient in reading and 3% in math. I took my maths in high school. 3 and 10 are low numbers in a 1-100 percentile way of looking at things.

I don’t know much about parenting so that might be a topic of discussion for another day (or year…) but I hope to see schooling being brought up more in the news.

July 24, 2007 at 8:22 pm 2 comments


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