There was a point in my life when I thought, that I really wanted to have some kids. As my brother's boys have gotten older, I've really considered not even approaching the idea of adoption or foster care. The boys have no respesct. Even with a baby sleeping in the house, they were yelling, cussing, and fighting. One would think, they might behave a little bit better. Nope, they just insist on being brats. Don't know if anyone who reads my blog is racist, but any words that degrade someone, realy annony me. I don't tolerate it very well. Sometimes, the two youngest nephews sound very racist. I'm sure it will take someone hitting them a couple times for them to get the idea that, their mouthes are better off closed. Punishment doesn't work with them. It's funny to them. I know, I've posted about this topic before, so bear with me. I just needed to vent. Thanks for listening! Hope everyone is having a good day.
This week has been filled with a bunch of random high school memories. It's nice every once in while to run into someone from high school. On Wednesday, I ran into a guy that I graduated with back in 1990. He was an awesome musician back in high school, and from what I heard two years, he still is great. If I remember right, he played the saxaphone. If I remember right, he played the national anthem at the White Sox ball park. Any way, we talked for a few minutes outside of the school.
From him, I learned a few things on Wednesday. We are about to lose one of the teachers that taught at the school back when we were in school. She taught up through last year. She taught Biology, Biology II, and Chemistry. I never had her for Biology II or Chemistry. Sadly, her health is not doing well, and she is no longer teaching. I for one will miss her greatly.
We also talked about some of the people we graduated with. One person in particular has a child at the school that I attend. I asked the child to say hello for me. Today, she came up to me to tell me what her mom said. Apparently, I was nerd in school. I never really considered myself a nerd. Even with the knowledge, that I wasn't popular, it kind of stung. Oh well, that was a long time ago. To be honest, things haven't changed all that much.
I also got the numbers of a few of the guys that I graduated with, and this weekend I'm going to try getting back in touch. Don't believe these guys live locally, so it's a good thing, that I've got great long distance.
Any way, that is enough for this post. I'm going to bed.
Thank you for contacting me to express your support for an amendment regarding hate crimes offered by Rep. Conyers to H.R. 3132, the Children's Safety Act of 2005. I appreciate hearing from you.
Be assured that I share your concerns. That is why, on September 14, 2005, I supported and the House approved the Conyers hate crime amendment to H.R. 3132 by a vote of 223 to 199. The amendment would authorize the Department of Justice to provide grants or assistance to states or Indian tribes to investigate or prosecute crimes motivated by a prejudice against an individual's race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual identity, or disability. Further, the measure would authorize $5 million in each of the Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007 for grants to states to combat hate crimes. Finally, the amendment sets penalties of up to 10 years in prison for individuals convicted of using a firearm or explosive device to cause injury in a crime based on the race, color, religion, or national origin. On the same day, I supported and the House approved H.R. 3132, including the language of the Conyers amendment, by a vote of 371 to 52. Subsequently, H.R. 3132 was referred to the Senate, where it is currently pending consideration.
In a related matter, you may be interested to know that I am a supporter and a cosponsor of H.R. 2662, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2005. Introduced by Rep. Conyers, H.R. 2662 would provide federal assistance to states and local jurisdictions to prosecute hate crimes. The measure would authorize the Attorney General to provide technical, forensic, prosecutorial, or other assistance in the criminal investigation or prosecution of any federal crime or felony under state law that is motivated by prejudice based on the race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability of the victim or is a violation of the hate crime laws of the state or tribe. Further, H.R. 2262 would establish a grant program within the Department of Justice to combat hate crimes.
H.R. 2662 was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary, where it is currently pending consideration. The measure has 143 cosponsors and a companion measure has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Kennedy. The Senate measure, S. 1145, was referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and has 44 cosponsors.
Thank you again for contacting me. Be assured I will continue to monitor the progress of H.R. 3132 with your views in mind. Do not hesitate to let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.