Online readers comment on "American Grocers," by Paul Knight, December 15:
Unjust: Still blows my mind that this man stole soooooo much money and potentially harms our soldiers, and he only gets two years in prison and continues to live the good life with his family. People who steal 400 bucks during a robbery get more time than that, and he stole millions. Justice is sooooo unequal in America.
The bright side: We are fortunate that the only manner in which Itani tainted the food was by changing the expiration date. This case should trail the manufacturer.
Despicable and deplorable! It makes me sick to think about how many similar things go on without ever coming to light. Whenever there's big contracts like this with a customer that does not have to worry about profit margins, and deep pockets, such acts are inevitable. If the government was serious about going after these kinds of cases, they'd have a very time-consuming task on their hands...on par with the wars, the banking crisis, etc.
Evil: This is an important story for any of us who appreciate and respect private enterprise. Essentially our system of laws prohibits us from charging this dirt-bag with treason because our soldiers — many were combat soldiers — ate the evidence. And there is no way of knowing how many soldiers experienced illnesses because of all this worthless food that cannot be traced.
If our government becomes "bloated" with thousands of new hires to process shipments of food for our military, I will not be the least bit shocked or forgiving if private enterprise screams to the high heavens because our government is adding more people to protect our military personnel. Business people knew — many people knew — what was going on and they should have said something. Truly evil.
Online readers comment on "Aaron Scheerhoorn, 28, Bayou Body Count No. 285," by Richard Connelly, December 13:
RIP brother: You are loved.
Justice wanted: Aaron was a wonderful friend to many in the community. He will surely be missed. Debra, thank you to you and your cousin for performing CPR on Aaron. For those of us who feared he was alone when he passed — there is comfort in knowing people were there to try and help him. Justice will be served. This will not be forgotten.
On the scene: My cousin and I performed CPR on Aaron at the club. I wish peace and justice for Aaron and his family.
Thanks to Aaron's friends: I'm Aaron's sister and the information we've been getting from the police hasn't painted the full picture about what happened. I can't express how much it means to me and my family to know that there were people trying to save him and that he wasn't alone during his final hours. Thank you so much. I don't know much about his life in Texas, though I hope to learn more. Knowing he had friends eases the burden a bit.
Rest in peace: I do not know Aaron, but just moved two blocks away from where this happened. I walk my dog past the scene almost every day and have to stop and say a prayer for him. This is truly a sad story. Blur's security needs to be questioned. The person who did this senseless act, you will get justice, either in this world or the next. May Aaron rest in peace. I believe he is in a better place watching above his friends and family. You will be missed, by people who didn't even know you.
Insult to Injury
Online readers comment on "Yao Ming — God Dammit," Hair Balls blog, by Sean Pendergast, December 16:
Marketing Yao: As long as Leslie Alexander sees China as a viable market, Yao Ming will remain a marketing tool masquerading as a basketball player; it makes good business sense.
Not so much: Truth is, the Rockets don't make that much off of China. In fact, they have made far less than they thought they would when they drafted Yao. As Jerome Solomon pointed out in his column today, the Rockets probably only bring in $4 million per year from the Yao-China connection, and that's pretty paltry considering they are worth more than 100 times that much as a franchise.
A few ideas: It makes good business sense to win as well. You can't do that when you constantly have your max money guys on the shelf. Alexander will obviously want to keep Yao around. I propose he come back as
A) A coach or personal service contract.
B) A team mascot. Rename the mascot Crutch from Clutch. We could have had inflatable Yaos and T-Macs roaming around the stadium for three years now!
C) A full-time free throw shooter. At the end of games, every time one of our guys gets fouled, they should fake an injury. Wheel Yao in, he makes two shots and wheel him back off the court.
An Officer and a Juggalo
Online readers comment on "Jason Merksamer: Houston Juggalo and Accused Robber Is Facebook Moron of the Week," Hair Balls blog, by John Nova Lomax, December 13:
Just say no: Take it from a real outcast who grew up entrenched in the death metal scene — painting your face, talking like a fool, abusing drugs, violating your probation and worshipping clowns will not make you important and will not make you a strong individual.
Idiot: Only someone really, really just out and out stupid is advertising felonies on Facebook. Do you call the police when you have mushrooms or weed on you? Do you wave the police down and tell them you have coke on you? Posting that sort of thing on Facebook is pretty much the same thing. Sadly, being a fan of ICP doesn't excuse being an idiot to the police (or anyone else, for that matter).