While I'm all for 'the punishment should fit the crime', I agree with the 'pussification' of the country.
When my sissy and I would do something we knew we shouldn't, we got a spanking.
When we were too old for spankings, we got grounded and had our 'toys' (video games, computers, music, etc.) taken away from us.
I only got spanked a few times, but it was more than enough. It wasn't even the pain, but the humiliation of being put across my father's knee and getting whacked, in front of my mom and sister.
And being grounded was embarrassing as hell too, "No Melanie, I can't go to 'teen night' at the club with you.....I told mom to 'go **** herself' so I'm grounded for a week."
And while I get disappointed when my team loses, I don't get angry. I'm not a 'rabid fanatic', I'm just a 'fan'.
Besides; these past couple of years I'm getting used to the Giants losing, as I'm sure Eagles fans are used to the Eagles not winning any Superbowls.
As far as getting caught stealing; it's amazing. At Wal*Mart, and this is becoming common knowledge with 'boosters' these days; if you get caught stealing something worth less than $25.00, they simply take you into the AP (Asset Protection) office, take your picture and put it up in the break room (where almost no one will actually look at it anyway) to let the associates know you may be a shoplifter. No prosecution. They won't even ask you to leave the next time you're in the store. Management simply assumes the associates are keeping a close eye on you......like that's going to happen. They have too much to do besides watch all of the potential shoplifters. And most stores only have two or three AP associates. And I worked in a Super Center. Big store, little protection.
I think it's cheaper for them to simply let the shoplifting happen than it is to pay people to actually 'protect the assets'.
I'm a little off topic, I guess, but I think it's a good example of people being lax and allowing bad behavior, and in some ways, practically rewarding it.
I go to my Goddaughter's soccer games, she's 6, and they don't keep score. But I do. And so do many of the parents there. Everyone wins, but after the game we tell her, "Your team scored 4 goals, they scored three, you won!" and that makes her happy.
If her team loses, we still tell her. It makes her sad, but the next time you can see how much harder she tries. What's the point of the game if you don't keep score?
Just let them run back and forth kicking the ball around. No teams, no goals....same thing.