I haven't been up for more than half an hour now, but already the news is irritating me. It seems that Paris and Harry have had their sentences "altered." Now I'm all for Paris' recent bout of "good" behavior, she hasn't smashed her Bently in about a month, and for Harry's status as third in line to the throne, but c'mon, this special treatment is really hit an all time "wow!"
Paris had her sentence reduced by 23 days because of her "good" behavior in showing up for Court. Wow! I never knew that appearing for a Court date was an option! I was still sleepy enough that I didn't understand the rest of the story, something about her serving her sentence somewhere other than jail; a halfway house or community house or something of that nature. What? All the hoopla about Paris not receiving special treatment and the wise choice by Arnold not to pardon her has dissapeared and Paris pretty much gets her way. I think that the next time anyone I now has a legal issue I'll simply tell them to request that the Judge shave their sentence each time they just show up for their hearing! Somehow, I don't think this cunning legal strategy will do the average joe much good, however, and may end up adding time to their sentence.
Harry has been "deployed" to Iraq for quite some time now, and was due to ship off soon. Unfortunately, much to his dissappointment, this has been thwarted. No reason has been given, but I'm sure that much thought was given to placing a royal in the line of fire. The British public is not wearing the same rose colored glasses that Bush is wearing, and they realize that anyone shipped over to Iraq is in extreme danger of NOT returning. Since Harry is third in line for the throne, I'm sure that those in power don't want to be the ones sending Harry to his possible death. End of story.
I don't think that anyone living in America truly believes in the line, "...and Justice for all," and most of us realize that money may not buy you happiness, but it sure does keep you out of jail. And in Britain it keeps you off the front lines. Oh well, I guess the rest of us will carry on, and dream of such a civilization where every citizen has the equality envisioned by our founding fathers...