Stupid, Stupid, Stupid Juror B29

B29 of the Zimmerman jury went to on TV and accused George Zimmerman of being guilty of murder, only they didn’t have any proof and so had to acquit him.  How stupid is that?  She knows he’s a murderer, just doesn’t have any proof.  So how does she know?  “Everybody knows” she went on to say.

No you moron – everybody doesn’t know.  Especially when we look at the evidence, as you apparently did when you helped reach a unanimous verdict.  But now out here with people criticizing your decision suddenly you “know” he was guilty.  Then contrary wise when she was asked if she thought the charges should have been brought she answered “no.”

As I write this I’m pounding my head on my desk.

 

 

Trey Gowdy For President

Once upon a time, the American people didn’t  expect to get stuck with Obamacare.  After all with more than fifty percent of us and more than fifty percent of our elected representatives (in the beginning) opposed – how could such a thing happen?  But there’s been a lot of water under the bridge since and our initial naiveté has evolved into a much more realistic view of politics.   We now know that if the Left-Wing Liberal power structure gets the chance to put another notch in their gun they’ll pull the trigger no matter how many innocent people wind up shot.  No matter how many of their own party they have to bribe or threaten, no matter how much they have to lie about what they’re doing or no matter how many stories they have to make up about other people’s motives. 

Sadly we also learned that the Republican party establishment only breaths the  air bubbles trapped under the Democrat party’s ice.   And so despite the election of 2010 the best we can get out of them are meaningless votes to repeal Obamacare when the one effective blow they could have struck in the House Of Representatives was to defund it and they wouldn’t.  Because they’re afraid.

Well except for the seventy or so TEA party congressmen and except for Trey Gowdy, 4th District, South Carolina.  This guy might just be the one guy to help the Republican find it soul, voice and courage.

Listen to this man speak and you’ll see why he’ll chop Hillary up for fish bait in the debates.

Coed Baby Showers

A further step in the emasculation of the American male is the introduction of Coed baby showers.  I urge all males to resist this not by side-stepping the issue but by demanding cigars, whiskey and strippers at the event.  And if you’re forced to send a gift in lieu of attendance send gift subscriptions to American Hunter or Guns & Ammo magazines. Maybe tools, replica tomahawks or work gloves.  At a minimum you should return the invitation with a little note:

Dear Marcy:  Thank you for your kind invitation but I’m afraid you’re under a misconception – I am not Gay.

White Savage

Book Review – White Savage

I recently had the chance to re-read White Savage by Fintan O’Toole.  It’s published by the State University of New York Press I suppose because it’s considered on local interest, local to New York that is.  But it’s the story of the life of William Johnson who while he lived most of his life in colonial New York had a vast impact on nationwide events prior to the Revolution.  Indeed the book’s subtitle is William Johnson And the Invention Of America.

Of course 99% of American who be hard put to place his name today.   In the pre-Revolutionary America however, he may have been the best known and most admired of men.  An Irishman who converted to the Church of England in order to obtain preferment under the British crown as a young man he settled west of Albany on the Mohawk River and set up as a fur trader and landlord farmer.  Understanding how key a relationship with the Indians was, in particular the fierce Iroquois Confederacy whose individual names still today are war cries – the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, Onandaga and Tuscarora – and who’s lands the fur trade had to transit, Johnson set out to become an Indian himself.  Immersing himself in the lore and code of the Iroquois.  Indeed he was so successful at this that eventually he became the most influential Iroquois of all.

At the same time he pursued a European career as a master trader and behind the scenes politician.  He also operated as a general commanding British forces and when in the French and Indian War Braddock was killed and defeated in the wilderness and Shirley never accomplished his mission of taking Niagara from the French  Johnson gave America and the British Empire it’s one victory at the battle of Lake George.  For which the king made him a baronet.  Later he took over command of British forces laying siege to Niagara and captured the post by leading the Iroquois in an ambush of the French relieving column.

In examining his life and times O’Toole offers a quite different view of the Indians, especially the eastern Indians.  Read the book yourself but here are a few of the lessons the book offers.

  •        By 1700 there were no Indian artifacts being made.  Everything they used was produced by Europeans and traded for.  The famous Iroquois long houses for example had doors fastened with metal hinges.  Iron pots had replaced pottery.  Stone knifes by iron and steel knives, stone tomahawks by iron hatchets.  Everybody had a musket or rifle and bows and arrows little used etc.
  •       Indians might be unbelievably cruel but would never betray a friend.
  •       The Indians were at least as good a shot as the white long riflemen.  And very discriminating buyers, an Indian would often fire a hundred shots from a rifle before he purchased it making certain that the musket ball went exactly where he wanted to send it.
  •       The famous Roger’s Rangers (which Johnson first organized) weren’t that good when compared to the Iroquois.
  •       Indian communities were so tight knit, that Johnson stated quite unequivocally that felt the loss of one of their own much more deeply than whites.  When his own father died in Ireland and the word spread, Iroquois traveled hundreds of miles through the worst weather to console him.
  •     The color and designs of body paint didn’t have all that much significance.  They had favorites but in general just liked dressing up.
  •     The role of rum was very important to the fur trade because the wants of Indians were otherwise very simple.  A not so subtle point which reminds one of the British cultivating opium addiction among the Chinese because otherwise the Brits had nothing Chinese wanted to buy.
  •    A lot of people, including Indians in the eighteenth century bought and sold other people.  Indians often bought captured Indians whom they called “Panis” and had no problem buying black slaves from whites while whites of course bought and sold both blacks or Panis.  White also bought and sold indentured white servants and to a considerable degree treated them like slaves.  Blacks could sometimes find refuge among Indians though and in one instance at least a successful black among the Indians bought a white girl for his own use from other Indians.
  •    Communication among Indians was incredibly well organized.  Word could spread from eastern New York to village on the far side of the Great Lakes fifteen hundred miles away  much faster than British or French military posts.  They were great gossipers, indeed raised it to an art form.

There’s a lot more in this book which will refine your understanding of early American development and Indians, so I hope you read it.  And that it leads you to other reading on this topic.

 

 

A Judge Pronounces Sentence

 

In these days when we’ve had to watch the authorities in Florida crawl over the dead bodies of American principles in order to persecute Zimmerman in a Soviet Show Trial, it’s wonderfully refreshing to read the words of a Federal Judge sentencing the “Shoe Bomber”:

Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court.

Prior to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had anything to say His response: After admitting his guilt to the court for the record, Reid also admitted his ‘allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah,’ defiantly stating, ‘I think I will not apologize for my actions,’ and told the court ‘I am at war with your country.’

Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below:

Judge Young: ‘Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.

On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the United States Attorney General. On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutively. (That’s 80 years.)

On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years again, to be served consecutively to the 80 years just imposed. The Court imposes upon you for each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 that’s an

aggregate fine of $2 million. The Court accepts the government’s recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines.

The Court imposes upon you an $800 special assessment. The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need go no further.

This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes. It is a fair and just sentence. It is a righteous sentence.

Now, let me explain this to you. We are not afraid of you or any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid. We are Americans. We have been through the fire before. There is too much war talk here and I say that to everyone with the utmost respect. Here in this court, we deal with individuals as individuals and care for individuals as individuals. As human beings, we reach out for justice.

You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too much stature. Whether the officers of government do it or your attorney does it, or if you think you are a soldier, you are not—–, you are a terrorist. And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not meet with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists. We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.

So war talk is way out of line in this court You are a big fellow. But you are not that big. You’re no warrior. I’ve known warriors. You are a terrorist. A species of criminal that is guilty of multiple attempted murders. In a very real sense, State Trooper Santiago had it right when you first were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and the TV crews were, and he said: You’re no big deal.

You are no big deal.

What your able counsel and what the equally able United States attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific. What was it that led you here to this courtroom today?

I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of doing? And, I have an answer for you. It may not satisfy you, but as I search this entire record, it comes as close to understanding as I know.

It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not as we individually choose. Here, in this society, the very wind carries freedom. It carries it everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom, so that everyone can see, truly see, that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely. It is for freedom’s sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf, have filed appeals, will go on in their representation of you before other judges.

We Americans are all about freedom. Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties. Make no mistake though. It is yet true that we will bear any burden; pay any

price, to preserve our freedoms. Look around this courtroom. Mark it well. The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here. The day after tomorrow, it will be forgotten, but this, however, will long endure.

Here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across America, the American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, justice, not war, individual justice is in fact being done. The very President of the

United States through his officers will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specific matters can be judged and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and shape and refine our sense of justice.

See that flag, Mr. Reid? That’s the flag of the United States of America. That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten. That flag stands for freedom. And it always will.

Mr. Custody Officer. Stand him down.

 

We’re Back

Lyme disease triggering a cardiac event, two rides in the ambulance in the wee hours, 3 hospital stays and now I’m up on all four legs again and resuming this blog.  Thank you for sticking with me.