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We support, endorse and work to amplify all actions that role-model and empower the sustainable, happy and prosperous well-being of life among the people of all nations.

The 4th...

ACT 1190 of 2013
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

REMEMBER OUR MILITARY

The Declaration of Independence as codified for enactment by our 'we the people' government in the Constitution of the U.S.A. created a geographic bastion of sanity exempt from the obtuse regulation of 'peaceful assembly' or 'pursuit of happiness'...

In accordance with the covenants, liberties and duties vested in 'we the people' by the founders of our nation in their signing of these great documents:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident," that we are each "endowed with certain  unalienable Rights" which no man, agency, legislated policy or judicial due process has the authority to interdict or revoke and which, in fact, it is the 'duty' of the 'majority' to safeguard, preserve, secure and defend on behalf of ALL the PEOPLE...

Aka: NOT just the ones we 'like'...

Being a 'true American...'  Taking a stand for Liberty & Justice... Fighting the good fight... Rising to the cause...

All of it, in terms of the standards that 'we the people' are to hold ourselves accountable to, boils down to this one point:

As the standard-bearers of  the 'justice for all' banner, it is our duty to 'defend' the rights of each individual to be whoever they choose to be, so long as their conduct is peaceful and does no harm.

And we have s profound duty to discriminate between what constitutes legitimate harm -and- and what we (personally) may find morally abhorrent because to secure the blessing of liberty for all, Lady Justice *must* be 'blind' to all such prejudicial belief, respectful of those 'imbued rights' of each individual to peacefully assemble with whosoever they wish and pursue any sort of conduct that leaves others free from harm and makes them happy.

 

The eyes of The 4th are upon us... May we prove ourselves worthy of our declarative heritage by living up to it.

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RE-THINKING REALITY... from the inside >>> out.

No matter what else life is or isn't about, the single connecting thread of all experience and action is 'thinking'.

Like the elephant in the middle of the room that nobody ever talks about, what we think (and what we think about what we think) is our point of power in guiding the ongoing dynamics of our own unique and individually independent experience of life.

This great gozarkian guide to 'how thinking works' gives you techniques and approaches to exponentialize your thinking with simple cognitive tools to optimize your own where-with-all.

Discover this innovative 'thinking technology'. Get more of the results you want and need, utilize resources most efficiently, compound beneficial outcomes, enhance OTJ performance and enjoy more quality time for leisure.

No gimmicks... no fees <smile>... just straight-forward scientific info, widely known and understood throughout the  behavior-sciences, lovingly shared (in plain language sans psycho-babble) to empower your clarity and amplify your happiness with your own quality of life.

Peace abounds when fighting ends...

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~Buckminster Fuller

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. ~George Bernard Shaw

If you want more of what you've already got, do more of what you're already doing... ~anonymous

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Looking for a special gift for that 'impossible to please' someone? Consider my book <smile>,  MEET THE PRESS: Essentials of Effective Communication with Media.

MEET THE PRESS: Essentials of Effective Communication with Media

The goals of Arkansas Act 1190 of 2013 are clear: To "create a holistic and seamless approach for reentry into society for persons in the custody of the Department of Correction."

The 2013 Arkansas General Assembly has further mandated that this collaborative creation of a "Restorative Justice Reentry System" for the State of Arkansas" spring from open discussions about the goals of a restorative justice system and the means of implementing programs to accomplish same via a series of 'joint sessions' to be convened by the Arkansas Department of Community Correction with others at the table including the Arkansas Departments of Correction, Economic Development, Education, Higher Education, Career Education, Workforce Services, Human Services, Finance and Administration, and the Arkansas Parole Board, the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the Arkansas Public Defender Commission, as well as criminal defense attorneys and "any other state, county, or local agency as appropriate to discuss the goals of this act."

And the 'goals of this act', taken literally in context of the policies and practices of 'restorative justice' -- which are dramatically different from the ways and means of the 'adversarial' system we engage today -- could (many would say hopefully) turn our interdicting standards upside-down and inside-out.

By its very definition, restorative justice is an approach to community safety (ie: law & order) that brings the victims, offenders their respective families and community representatives (lawyers, judges, public health, employment, finance and education professionals) together in a type of mediation process  which looks -- case by case -- at the events which transpired and result in tangible resolutions for reparations that are fair, appropriate and equitable to all.

This is a far cry from doling out 'tough on crime'  punishments.

With restorative justice, laws are re-written to mandate the cooperation of all various agencies of government in the collaborative rehabilitation of both the victim and the offender by, as much as possible, restoring each to where they were the 'moment before' the crime took place and by assisting them with rehabilitative programs to preclude a repeat of the bad outcome.

Essentially, restorative justice 'sees' all crime as a deviation from healthy conduct and symptomatic of an individual's psychological and/or physiological dysfunction. Thus while it may be critical in context of public safety to isolate the convicted person, the objective of any confinement must be recovery-driven and grounded in respect.

In addition to mandating the participation of the agencies itemized above, Act 1190 additionally instructs that these joint sessions "shall involve the private sector by engaging groups such as chambers of commerce, labor unions, faith-based organizations, foundations with an interest in a reentry system, literacy groups, advocates for systemic reentry, and any other private sector groups as appropriate to discuss the goals of this act."

As a friend recently affirmed, we have, as a self-governing democracy, abysmally failed to accomplish the community safety objectives we have set for ourselves. However, as caring, compassionate and safety-loving human beings who are willing to learn from our own mistakes and build anew, we have the knowledge and the power to make things better, and Act 1190 gives us the mandate to do just that.

For an in-depth look at what is working in reentry policy and practice, see the "National Institute of Corrections: Cuff Key to Door Key" presentation by Dr. Ed Latessa, an internationally renowned criminal justice researcher and author. See also:

National Reentry Resource Center

Google Search Results for 'restorative justice process'.

Google Search Results for 'reentry programs'.

Google Search Results for 'the Good Lives' model for offender rehabilitation.

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In other 'news' <smile>...

Back in April I submitted an essay to The Oxford American in response to a question the magazine posed, re: 'What drives life in The South?"

About the (elusive) nature of Southern Culture, I responded:

Woven like streamers of grosgrain ribbon through mud-flats, climbing craggy peaks like shrewd goats and dancing to the sway of windswept stands of pine, the resonant essence of The South floats across cypress-lined rivers and glides along Interstate byways, carrying the pulse of the Southern heartbeat from the historic traditions of lifetimes past to the annuls of destiny yet to come.

A PDF of my complete essay is here: THE SOUTH:
Plain as white on rice.

Think on these things always: that it is our duty as thinking beings with the ever-present capacity to choose to abide the 'highest law of reality' -- doing unto others as we would have them do unto us -- with the unified purpose of making things good for everyone, everywhere, all of the time.

(((hugs))) ~Christine

Your USO at Work

SUPPORT THE USO!!!!

Mom's Day 2013: What a joy to hear his voice. Things have been busy, schedules intense, duties demanding... and he is doing just fine, on his way to the beach with buddies... "Will you go swimming?" I ask. "M0OOOM..." he wails in disbelief of my ignorance... "The water is only 50 degrees... it's waaaaay too cold for swimming....!!!"

March 2013: Another sweet-surprise visit from my sailor-son. Yummy... and bitter-sweet. Makes me miss him all the more.

January 2013: Yes, my sailor-man made it home to celebrate the New Year... and his visit (though common knowledge amongst his siblings) was a total surprise to me... Wow, did we have a good time. And now that he has returned to base, well... I started missing him before we left the airport.

December 2012: Long days and way too much to do, says my Navy son. Eat, sleep and work is the total routine. What keeps you so busy, I ask. Everything electrical, he says...

August 2012: Phone chats reveal that all is well with my Navy son, though the days are long, often exhausting, and life is sometimes 'boring'. In the main, he is enjoying what he is doing, actually now getting a sense of 'doing' moreso than 'learning how to do'...

He spoke with excitement and dignity about having resolved an issue with some type of amplified shipboard broadcast device. I could tell that he was proud of this accomplishment, which made me even more proud of him.

May 2012: A marksmanship test score of 228 to 240 = "Expert" status in the Navy.  My IC3 writes:

"I got a 231 with the 9mm."

January 2012: "I have an update for you, I was frocked today. The Commanding Officer and Command Master Chief of my ship pinned on my E-4 insignia so I am officially a 3rd class petty officer instead of ICFN. I am addressed as IC3 which is a lot easier to say every time I have to answer the phone (lol). I will send you a pic of what the insignia looks like. It is will be displayed on all of my uniforms after I have them all updated when we get back to land. Any way it's hard to believe how long Iíve been in, the time has really flown by."

He enlisted nearly three years ago on the delayed entry program, spent months in training to prepare for bootcamp from which he graduated late in October 2010 and is now stationed aboard the USS Chancellorsville with the homeport of San Diego, California.

Official Navy USSCV Website
USS Chancellorsville (CG 62)
Deployment Log
Cruiser Photo Archive

My son is one heck of a great kid and I love him with all of my heart, just like I love all my children, be they near or be they far...


The Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62)
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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off your bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore, Dream, Discover.
~Mark Twain~


~ celebrating professionalism in service ~


 

 

That you may be filled with strength and power, rooted and grounded in love that surpasses all knowledge: Be kind to one another; live with compassion, producing every kind of goodness; stand firm and hold your ground in truth, righteousness and peace; be courageous; embrace faith which is perfect trust in justice. ~Ephesians 3-6 (condensed)