A Short Crime Story – the download

In 2001 computer/cyber crime was in its infancy.

Winston Reilly had an opportunity to make millions in an apparently risk-free operation.

All he had to do was simply steal the next generation security software, Security Achievement System (SASy for short), created by small-player TeleComm, at the company’s office.

Sometimes things are not quite so easy.

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Over For Now.

Main Street One

Illiteracy and Crime

Austin, Texas, Police Chief, Art Acevedo, discusses the link he sees between illiteracy and crime in this short video clip.

What he states in the video is very true.

There have been an ample number of studies over the past couple of decades supporting what he has observed first-hand in his 24 years of law enforcement.

However, students in Main Street USA schools continue to struggle with not only reading but also basic math.

What is missing in education today is an emphasis on the basics — reading, writing and arithmetic — and ensuring that students have mastered these skills.

A review of reports generated by the National Center for Education Statistics reveals that this issue remains a problem needing to be properly addressed.

Some have proposed longer school days, or shortening summer vacation, however these do not address the real crisis being faced. Learning to read. Learning to perform basic math functions.

Until those in charge are able to wrap their wits around the most fundamental steps involved in educating youth, America will continue to spend untold billions of dollars in both public (i.e., taxpayer) and private funds in remediation activities and the outcome of an illiterate society (i.e., crime, violence, lost job production, etc., etc.).

Wake Up America!

Over For Now.

Main Street One

Fumo: Only Fifty-Five Months ? ? ?

Former Pennsylvania Democrat State Senator Vincent Fumo, who was found guilty of 137 counts of fraud, obstructing justice and tax violations, received only a fraction of the prison time that was anticipated.

And many people are not happy about it.

Pat Meehan, former U.S. Attorney, was quoted on nbcphiladelphia.com as saying, “The original [sentencing] guidelines were calculated at 22-26 years and a four and a half year sentence just seems remarkably out of kilter with all of it.”

Out of kilter? Understatement.

It seems that Fumo’s medical problems may have helped rescue him from a lengthy sentence, as he takes several medications. (See my earlier post about what can happen when a person has to take several meds.)

It also has been mentioned that his years of public service entered into the lighter jail-time.

Regardless, Fumo was guilt of 137 COUNTS and I do not believe that any Main Streeter who was found guilty of that kind of criminality, even if they had medical issues similar to Fumo, and even if they had a sterling reputation otherwise in the private sector, could have gotten off this lightly.

Another note. Fumo’s attorneys had argued that if their 65 year-old client were to receive a sentence of over 20 years that it would essentially be life imprisonment. (So?)

That didn’t seem to matter much with Bernard Madoff who received a 150-year sentence, which is a more-than-life sentence but not a death sentence. (His attorney argued that no more than 20 years would be sufficient punishment, due to his age, 71.)

Realistically, there is not much comparison between the crimes Madoff committed and those of Fumo. But the point is for Madoff, age had absolutely no bearing. For Fumo it did (coupled with his sterling public service, before he went corrupt, I suppose.)

Interesting note: Fumo succeeded Democrat Buddy Cianfrani in 1978 when Cianfrani was convicted of racketeering, bribery and obstruction of justice.

While Fumo may have received some time, it was not enough to fit the crime.

Over For Now,

Main Street One