Thursday Numbers

My wife made me coffee this morning & winked at me when she handed me the cup. I’ve never been more scared of a drink in all of my life. – @AndyAsAdjective

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include Rand Paul & rubbish, the 2020 Census, unemployment, Amanda Knox & Italy, Super Bowl tickets, Super Bowl dates, Super Bowl Monday, January is ending, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, John Elway & interceptions, and much more!

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Amanda Knox: There’s No Place Like Home…

BREAKING NEWS MARCH 27: Italy’s highest court overturns Amanda Knox/Raffaele Sollecito murder convictions, closing legal saga.  (SOURCE)

Several years ago I started reading and watching shows about the Amanda Knox case. Knox was the University of Washington student who was studying abroad in Italy. Her roommate, Meredith Kercher, was murdered in Italy on November 1, 2007. Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of the murder of Kercher. She was declared innocent after spending four years in an Italian prison. The story gets weirder from there.

Here’s a timeline of events from the pro-Knox website Injustice in Perugia:

  • On December 4, 2009, Knox and Sollecito were convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher. They were sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison.
  • On October 3, 2011, Knox and Sollecito were declared innocent on appeal and were released from prison.
  • On March 26, 2013, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the acquittals and ordered the case back to the appellate level.
  • On January 30, 2014, the appeals court in Florence reinstated the guilty verdicts for Knox and Sollecito. They were sentenced to 28 years plus and 25 years respectively.
  • Knox and Sollecito have now appealed the guilty verdicts to the Italian Supreme Court and that is what we are waiting to hear about today.
  • On March 27, 2015, Italy’s highest court overturns Amanda Knox/Raffaele Sollecito murder convictions.

One interesting fact is that a man named Rudy Guede was found guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher. In October 2008 Guede was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder. Later the sentence was reduced to 16 years on appeal and later confirmed by Italy’s Supreme Court. Judges believe Guede had help from Knox and Sollecito.

If you think the justice system in the United States is messed up, then one needs only to read the story about Knox and the Italian system to see how “wonderful” we have it in the good ol’ USA.

The Italian justice system is a freaking circus.

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Amanda Knox: Freedom

After seeing the airplane touch down at Seattle-Tacoma airport last night, I felt a sense of relief that Amanda Knox was safely home from her four-year ordeal in Italy.

OK, there were tears in my eyes, too.  I can be a softie.

Getting her life back on track may take a long time – but Amanda has the time now – she is free.  After four years in prison one does not just step back into life.  It will take lots of love from her family and friends to put her life back together. Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

Wow.  It is the end of September. Where did it go?  To celebrate another month under our belt, I have written a special “end of the month edition” of Caught My Eye!  It is guaranteed to make your Friday go by just a little more quickly and get you started on your weekend.

Before we get started, I do want to remind you that you should wait a few weeks before wearing your Halloween mask.

Today we take a look at important stuff that happened on this date, a third party, fingers, Amanda Knox, opposition research, pot and guns, United Nations, debit card fees, my political inbox and much more – so read on… Continue reading

Amanda Knox

I happened to catch CNN’s “Murder Abroad: The Amanda Knox Story” last night. Knox was the University of Washington student who studied abroad in Italy. She is now serving a 26 year sentence in Italy for the murder of her roommate. I had read a little about Knox off and on over the past few years, but the CNN story tied it altogether.

You can read the story from CNN HERE.

First of all, Amanda Knox is not a murderer. Continue reading