April 6th, 2007


Florida housing sex offenders under bridge

From an article on CNN:

MIAMI, Florida
(CNN) -- The sparkling blue waters off Miami's Julia Tuttle Causeway look as if they were taken from a postcard. But the causeway's only inhabitants see little paradise in their surroundings.

Five men -- all registered sex offenders convicted of abusing children -- live along the causeway because there is a housing shortage for Miami's least welcome residents.

"I got nowhere I can go!" says sex offender Rene Matamoros, who lives with his dog on the shore where Biscayne Bay meets the causeway.

The Florida Department of Corrections says there are fewer and fewer places in Miami-Dade County where sex offenders can live because the county has some of the strongest restrictions against this kind of criminal in the country.

Florida's solution: house the convicted felons under a bridge that forms one part of the causeway.

The Julia Tuttle Causeway, which links Miami to Miami Beach, offers no running water, no electricity and little protection from nasty weather. It's not an ideal solution, Department of Corrections Officials told CNN, but at least the state knows where the sex offenders are.

Nearly every day a state probation officer makes a predawn visit to the causeway. Those visits are part of the terms of the offenders' probation which mandates that they occupy a residence from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

But what if a sex offender can't find a place to live?

See the full article here

A TexasT's Editiorial:

Yeah well, fuck 'em. Fuck around with kids, you are lucky to be alive. These predators should have thought of the consequences of their actions before they did whatever it was they were convicted of. 

Did you think of anyone except yourself when you attacked the children that you did? How badly have you screwed them up? Likely they will be warped - FOREVER! And you want me to worry that you have no place to live? Fuck OFF!

I have no compassion at all, for these misfits. Did you really expect to be able to live a normal life after what you've done? I don't give a rat's ass that you've done your time...Whatever time you've served, I guarantee you, IT WASN"T ENOUGH!

I consider myself to be a compassionate man. I can forgive a lot of things, but preying on the helpless is one of the things I simply cannot or will not forgive. 


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Make Mine a Heineken, Alstublieft!

Had my first Dutch lesson this week. It was two hours over lunch, with about twelve co-workers, including the manager I work for.

This will not be an easy class...Dutch is a hard language to learn.

But I knew that already, having spent countless hours with dutch folk, including a three and a half week tour a few years ago in Rotterdam for a system "Go Live". Listening to folks speak dutch has given me a headache more than once.

Best moment in class? The instructor, a little dutch lady named Sandra (phonetically Saundrrra in dutch) was saying that this was a sentence you could try in a restaurant, if you wanted to impress. Sorry but I cannot remember what it was and I left my notes at work.

Anyway, this dutch tongue trwister came out of her mouth and we were all supposed to try to say it without murdering the pronunciation. Before anyone could though, I piped up with, "Oh no you don't. If you say that in a restaurant, they will start speaking dutch so fast at you, you won't be able to ever leave because your head will spin off trying to translate what was said!"

I've never seen my manager (or any) spew Coke out of her nose before...She did then, though. She laughed so hard she made me go sit on the other side of the room. Didn't help though. Every time she looked in my direction, she burst out laughing...

We all still murdered the pronunciation of the sentence, too...

It was a good meeting...

A good time was had by all...And we all learned something. And my Manager was still chuckling later when she saw me in the hall later that day.

I just hope they let me back in the class next Thursday!

Dank je wel!

Wish I had brought those notes home though. I wanted to study!

BTW Alstublieft is actually three dutch words strung together. Which I understand is done alot in the Netherlands.

Literally translated it is, "If you please!"