I hate to add to the tsunami of ink about the Judged Mark Ciavarella. Other, better scribes than myself have done it more justice. But I do have a few things that I think need to be underlined. Forgive me if I seem a little angry here.

“I hate to gloat about the sentence..,” my brother in-law said to me the day the sentence was passed.

“It’s not nice to gloat,” he added.

I don’t think that this frothy, effervescent, delicious feeling can really be called gloating. Christian courtesy tells us not to be happy about another’s misfortune. I guess once and for all I cannot be called as a Christian if I am not allowed to feel good about “scooch” (rhymes with pooch) spending whatever portion of his 28 year sentence he actually serves in discomfort.

The main reason for my hopes for an unpleasant jail term for Judged Mark? Other than the fact that he caused so many others suffering in order to line his pockets? His unbelievable arrogance on the stand in reading the 2702 word statement prior to his sentencing Thursday.

I won’t dignify the Judged’s words by reprinting them in any significant portion here. You can find the entire nauseating text easily enough. I do suggest reading them on an empty stomach, because you will not find them pleasant. They are like the squeals of a little boy, caught, but too childish to own up to his crimes.

Early on in his repugnant denial, that he uttered on the stand in a court of law, the same type of court he made a mockery of, Judged Mark Ciavarella said:
“Please do not accept what I am about to say as being ignorant, cocky, arrogant, or unrealistic.”

The quotation “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” comes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act III, scene II. The phrase has come to mean that one can “insist so passionately about something not being true that people suspect the opposite of what one is saying.”

Judged Mark Ciavaella will have a long time, hopefully, to think about the true meanings of the words, ignorant, cocky and arrogant.

As for unrealistic, I think there will be quite a lot of realism in the grey bar hotel that he will find himself in. I hope so.


Rant D’Jour Is about swearing on Radio and TV.

Here’s something you can do in your spare time. Get your local TV or radio station in trouble and possibly cost it $325,000 or more.


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A recovering radio addict wrestles with the written word.
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