Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Alcatraz vs Death Penalty

Can you forgive a killer ? a rapist ?

"Give another chance", "Forgive them", "Don't snatch the gift of life from someone". These were my beliefs for a very long time and still is, to a major extent.

I always believe in forgiving human, no matter how big a sin they had committed and let them live a forgiven life and not electrocute or put them in death row. But, lately I have changed my thought process and almost that belief was abated.

I was reading the headlines couple of days ago about the home invasion in Cheshire, CT. Two guys who were released on parole invaded a house in the middle of the night, waited till morning, took the woman as hostage to a bank, robbed the money and set the house in fire which killed the wife and 2 kids who were 17 and 11. The father who is a endocrinologist survived the attack by dragging himself out of the burning house from basement. When I read this news as a regular headline, I would like to skip to the next news, but when I think of that Doctor, who lost his house, wife and kids and his life, my heart goes out to him and at the same time makes me think why the Omniscient gave so much power to mortals to play with other people's lives and didn't use His Omnipotence and intervene. One of the suspect is 26 years old and he committed his first crime when he was 14. Judge called him a cold, calculated predator and put him in jail for 9 yrs in 2003 and its not even 4 years he is already out and committed this deviltry. Second suspect, who is 44 has worse history than his accomplice, being a criminal was his career. Both the girls were tied to the bed, raped and killed(not sure by fire or they were killed before the fire).

Jackson County, Florida Sheriff's wife was shot and killed by a man the Sheriff was investigating for another murder. Sheriff who was saving the whole town couldn't save his own home. Inmates who has a disturbing past often go back to the smut and do sordid stuff.

Now, why should these two thugs be spared? They can't be sent back to prison to let them sodomize among themselves and deal with it. No, they will be back again to destroy some other family. I am convinced that human who don't live humane doesn't deserve mercy. The victim can find the heart to forgive these hoodlum, but they gotta pay the price for whatever they did. The price can be none other than their own life.

Were they born killers or they were made like that? That is something too hard to comprehend !

Thursday, July 19, 2007


Up until a year ago, whenever my land line gets interrupted, I wouldn't notice a thing. Past Saturday I was getting lot of dropped calls. The phone will ring, I pick up and no response. Same thing continued Sunday also. So, I went online to get the customer support number of my voip provider and called that number. It was 12:01AM and supposedly they closed their customer service responses by 12. Alright, thats cool. I tried all I could. Unplugged my Cable modem, wireless router and phone gizmo. I connected everything, still blinking red light. Long story short, yesterday I came to work and remembered to call the customer support and the response was ' We are no longer taking customer service or sales calls. Goodbye' *slam* Ouch. That was painful. I went online and searched the latest news about sunrocket and that explained. They went out of business leaving 200,000 customers in lurch. Sweet ! Since I moved to sunrocket from vonage, I went to vonage to check out and to my demise, they are being sued by verizon, sprint nextel and almost near bankruptcy.

Unlike the other providers, sunrocket was charging yearly fee upfront. So, I paid for the whole year in April and now out of service in July. What upsets me the most is, why couldn't they send out an email a week in advance or a day in advance that this is what is happening, we will try to sell you to some other provider or worse, we are gonna abandon you. Just say it ! Most of their employees lost their job on Friday and the remaining people were laid off past monday. They had to pack their bags real quick and leave the building, so no one could take the site down. Amusingly, they are still open for business, according to their website. This reminded me the time I lost my job several years ago, the guy from management told the 800 of us that whoever is in this big room no longer has their job and shed 2 tears and left. :-) I gotta tell you that happened on a Monday and not Friday, but whatever day it is .... don't make a huge difference. Again, what upsets me, why can't the management... when they foresee that they have to cut down their cost tell their employees in a month advance to look for other jobs. Many of my ex co-workers had to sell their high mortgage houses because they couldn't afford it with their unemployment paycheck. An advance note would let the employees find new job without losing job and confidence and all the emotional pain n hurt. Management who strive to stress the meaning and importance of communication to their own employees fail miserably.

Alright, now I am gonna look out for a voip provider who is not gonna close their doors soon.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Hello World

That was the first thing I typed when I learned to type, GWBASIC, PASCAL, C, C++, java, SQL, PL/SQL and other computer languages.

So, as I start blogging, I would like to say 'Hello World'. Ideally, I would like to write about the food I cook and try, the restaurants I enjoyed, the cheese, dessert and wine I adored, uplifting positive thoughts I read about and finally my thoughts, more or less my opinion on something-something. :-)