I began my well-compensated and respected career as associate(1) Huffington Post blogger with two articles on Alonza Rydell Thomas, a fifteen year old first time offender sentenced to thirteen years in adult prison for robbing a convenience store. My initial blog posts led to more interest and two months of research into Alonza's case culminating in this week's front-page article in the Los Angeles Weekly. I don't actually thank the Huffington Post for the space to flesh out my original ideas on this topic because according to the contract I negotiated with Arianna, which includes weekend use of the Huffington Jet, I don't have to.
Here's the original post on Alonza. Here's the follow-up. I started out writing about Alonza thinking that Proposition 21 was a really evil and stupid law. After months of research I now know it's much worse than that.
1. My actual title is Senior Vice President In Charge Of Blogging For Northern California And Samoa but we all refer to each other as associates around here. It keeps the morale up in these difficult times.