Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Well, as Steanso writes this blog, he is on the phone, on hold with The Man- none other than the IRS! Apparently there were a few little glitches in Steanso's 2003 tax return due to some... ahem.... uh... oversights which have come to the attention of the good men and women at the Internal Revenue Service (damn computers...). I don't mind paying the taxes (after all, they're buying me one hell of a war and possibly a new vacation destination over there in Iraq), but being put on hold by people who want to roll you for your fat cash is for the birds.

Talked to my baby brother on the phone last night, and apparently he and the missus are becoming quite the Phoenix Suns fans. Also, their new puppy, Lucy, has a tapeworm. Ryan sounded a little disappointed by that, but I pointed out to him that he actually got two pets for the price of one, so now I'm sure he'll be keeping a stiff upper lip. Anyway, a few pills (albeit very expensive pills) and Lucy'll be good as new. Maybe if I could get a tapeworm I could lose some weight. And make a new friend. Named Tapey.

One more day of work until Jazzfest. Of course, tomorrow looks like it's going to be completely crazy-busy, but I would expect no less. I'll be clawing and scratching in court on Wednesday morning, and hopefully by Thursday afternoon I'll be in New Orleans with a daquiri in my hand.

And if you readers are getting bored with The Adventures because Steanso's blogging has, perhaps, not been up to snuff, I suggest this article from the NY Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/26/nyregion/26courts.html?hp&ex=1114574400&en=39493ff43dd189ec&ei=5094&partner=homepage
It discusses interventionist courts, and programs like Austin's own drug court, which takes clients out of the mainstream criminal justice program and places them in a setting which is meant to address addiction rather than simply penalize. I have mixed feelings about these kinds of programs, which typically do a great deal to help your client, but require him to admit guilt on his case in order to get that help. (which can be troublesome if, say, your client really does have a drug problem, but in this particular case, the drugs that they found really weren't his) Anyway, it's an interesting article and an interesting development in the justice system. I'm curious to hear what anyone thinks about this stuff, if you want to post comments.
My personal feeling is that all drug addiction should be treated less like a crime and more like a disease, but the country seems greatly divided in how it wants to treat this issue.

Well, dat's it for now. Hope all's well out there.

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