What’s in a word?

posted a little blurb about the ever-evolving english language. From what it says, the average vocabulary of an educated english speaker is about 24000-30000 words, but that you can get by on about 3000. Working with the folks that I do, I can probably cut that down to a couple hundred, most of which are listed here

What the hell is a Cleveland Steamer anyway?

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  • Richard, I understand completely what you are saying. This is why collective incapacitation doesn’t work; an “all or nothing” attitude is a pretty wide net to cast. A lot of “not-so-guilty” people get tagged in an effort to catch the “very guilty” people.
    BUT…here is the problem. If we don’t want “all or nothing,” but don’t trust others to make the right choice regarding being selective (officers, judges, etc.), then where does that leave us? I’m not saying I don’t agree with you—it’s the flip side of the coin. Once we give people power to be selective, an entire new set of issues pop up regarding control, abuse of power, politics, and so on.
    It’s a tough question to address…..and one of the reasons there are so many theories surrounding criminal justice policy and why research is constantly taking place to better evaluate efficacy of what we currently know. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a perfect solution. Seems like one of those “one half dozen to the other” situations.
    I don’t know enough about the reasons he was arrested in the first place, but ultimately, I guess the fact is that he IS an RSO and should know his limitations. If he shouldn’t have been at the school, then technically, he has no one to blame but himself. If he wasn’t aware of the specifics of being an RSO, I bet he knows them now. 😉

  • My first thought is that I don’t want him around my kids. But that has more to do with his other crimes.
    I agree that we do need more information about his statutory rape conviction in order to form a solid opinion. Now, I do agree that sex between a 14 year old and a possible 17, 18, 19 year old is inappropriate. Should it follow him for the rest of his life? I’m not so sure about that. It’s not as if he was a 40 year old man having sex with a 12 year old.
    But then I’m also a bit, concerned, to say the least, about his lying to his parole officer. He registered under a different address, one at which he was NOT living. He knows that a condition of release is that RSOs need to register every year with their current address and notify police if/when they move. Yet he chose to lie. What is he hiding?
    I am in NO way defending a RSO. Instead, I feel sorry for his daughter. She can’t have her father deliver lunch to her at school or take her to lunch. Her father can’t attend choral concerts or band concerts or school plays to see her. Her father can’t attend the class play or holiday parties. That’s painful for his daughter.

  • Overall I guess my opinion on judges along with others involved in politics is just a not entirely irrational fear of government that has nothing to do with this at all. I would have to say that a fair share of judges and those in elected positions that are involved in any type of law enforcement do a good job. It’s the few that don’t that scare me.
    I do think that as an RSO, particularly one that has been classified as one for ten years, he should have known better and most likely did but just didn’t care enough to follow the law.

  • That’s got to be the hardest part of it, how it effects his family. I do think that if he cared enough about his family that he would have followed the law in the first place. Judging from the fact that he’s been arrested several times since he was placed on the registry he doesn’t. His last conviction was in 2005 and if his daughter is in elementary school that means she was born prior to ’05.

  • Daniel Wax is a close friend of mine. We talk daily. He never rapped anyone from his past. It was all a lie. I can promise you this. He lives where he is registered at. He is not a bad person. He means well. My name is Wendy and we have been friends for over a year now. I can tell you that kids are in no danger when it comes to him.

  • Wendy, do you understand the term “statutory rape”? That means he had sex with someone legally too young to give consent. Even if this girl said yes, she was legally too young to GIVE consent. As Richard pointed out, this could be a girl that was 16 or 17, OR it could be a 12 or 14 year old. It all depends on the law of the state.
    And technically it doesn’t matter if you believe that kids are in no danger when it comes to this RSO. The fact remains that he IS a RSO and isn’t allowed near schools. He is aware of this and chose to ignore the law yet again. It seems he has a problem with adhering to the letter of the law.

  • I found some information regarding Wax’s crime. http://www.wreg.com/wreg-daniel-wax,0,5137613.story
    If this nanny is to be believed, when Wax was 19 he had sex with his 15 year old girlfriend. I don’t know too many 19 year old boys that date 15 year old girls.
    Also, I found another article that states Wax was not on an approved list of people able to visit his daughter at the school (a form that parents fill out every year). http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/oct/20/bartlett-man-arrested-violating-sex-offender-restr/ The girl’s mother called the school and gave a verbal approval for Wax to bring the girl lunch that day. That tells me that she felt the need to monitor his time with his daughter. Which then, of course, leads to many more questions as to why.

  • I am his Ex Relative. Yes, the girl was 15 and he was 19. I have heard different versions of the story over the years so i am not sure which one is absolutely true. When all said and done, she was bragging to her friends about something that didn’t happen, BUT her mom found out and informed officials. He was also in trouble on a different charge and to get a plea bargin, he had to plea guilty. He served a short stint in jail. He may of been wronged on this BUT he is still an asshole who is guilty of multiple other crimes. The bastard had many opprotunities to get a job, and do well for himself. He failed to show up for work, and decided that he could do better buglaizing people, seeling drugs, and simply being a criminal!

  • I appreciate you keeping us abreast of this. Pretty much everything you’ve said is the picture I have gotten. Even with this I don’t think he’s been completely wronged. His intentions may have been all fine and dandy but having been on the registry for several years now there’s no way he can’t know he’s not allowed to go into a school.

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