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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Dr Strange Ben

Republican presidential primary candidate Dr. Ben Carson is a fine man, a brilliant physician and pediatric neurosurgeon. He’s the kind of man you would probably like to have as your next door neighbor. He’s humble, quiet and unassuming. I like him.

Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, is also a man of God, a fervent believer in Christianity and the Holy Bible. Of course there is nothing wrong with that. It's his fundamental constitutional First Amendment right. As long as he and other religionist believers rely upon their faith to direct and control their own lives for the benefit of their personal goals, e.g., salvation, while refraining from imposing it upon others, I have no problems with it.

But when this nice, likable, quiet, humble and unassuming Dr. seeks the Presidency of the United States of America, as he now does, I have a big problem with it, and so should my fellow Americans. Carson’s convictions are incompatible with that office because he admittedly does not rely primarily upon reason. He would make decisions affecting all Americans strictly upon faith.

I find that fact particularly strange in an otherwise obviously brilliant individual, especially a scientist, physician and brain surgeon. In my mind he becomes Dr. Strange Ben.

Dr. Strange Ben is a religious creationist; he rejects out-of-hand the scientific reality of biological evolution. He actually believes that Charles Darwin, the father of modern day biology, was encouraged by Satan, the Devil, when he published his discovery on evolution of the species by natural selection. Evolution and creationism both require faith. It's just a matter of where you choose to place that faith,” explains Dr. Strange Ben.

Dr. Strange Ben, who wants to be President and swear to uphold the United States Constitution, in fact, wishes that all Americans would recognize God as our leader: “My birthday wish is that our nation would once again recognize God as our leader.” I serve God, and my purpose is to please Him, and if God be for you, who can be against you?If God thinks proportionality is fair who are we to say that it is unfair?  

“I have no problem whatsoever with allowing gay people to live as they please, as long as they don't try to impose their lifestyle on everyone else,”  It’s perfectly fine to try to impose his religion and lifestyle on everyone else, but gay people want to marry, he has a problem with it.

This is what we have to look forward to if this nice, humble, quiet and unassuming man is elected president: Dr. Strange Ben. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Pope & Kim Davis: Another Religious Fiction

Kim Davis, the religious extremist Kentucky County clerk who tried to martyr herself by going to jail for five days after contemptuously refusing to obey a federal judge who had ordered her office to issue marriage licenses to gays, now claims that she had a private audience with Pope Frances at his request while he was visiting the U.S. last week.

She and her lawyer, Mat Staver, insist that she and her husband were invited by, and met with the Holy Father at the Vatican embassy in Washington whereupon he urged her in regard to the ordeal between her conscience and the law to “stay strong.”

“I’m just a nobodyIt was really humbling to think he would want to meet or know me… Just knowing that the pope is on track with what we're doing and agreeing, you know, it kind of validates everything," Davis gushed. Attorney Staver claims that the Vatican initiated the meeting as an affirmation of her right to be a conscientious objector.

Sounds pretty impressive right? The Pontiff is interested in poor little nobody, Kim Davis, and her religious liberty cause against homosexuals. That’s why he invited her to Washington for a private audience so that he could encourage her not to give up; to stay strong as it were.

There’s one big problem though:  It didn’t happen. It’s a fraud; just another religious fiction in the mind of Kim Davis and her attorney. By his own admission, Staver was not even present at the encounter. This is the same attorney who was forced to admit last week that a photo he presented at the Values Voters Summit, which he claimed showed a 100,000-person prayer rally to support Davis in Peru, was taken in 2014 and did not, in fact, have anything to do with Davis.

After Vatican officials and Pope Frances learned of Davis and her attorney’s bogus claims, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi released an extraordinary statement, personally approved by Pope Francis himself, debunking nearly everything she said.
The Pope isn’t interested in her case; he didn’t invite her to Washington; there was no private audience with him; and he expressed no encouragement to her whatever. As it turns out, Davis was merely one of “several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet [Pope Francis] as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City,” said Lombardi. In short, Davis was allowed to greet and shake the Pope’s hand; no more. 
Lombardi adds that, on that occasion“the only real audience” — private meeting— “granted by the Pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.” That student, Yayo Grassi just happens to be an openly gay man who brought along his partner of 19 years. “Three weeks before the trip, [Pope Francis] called me on the phone and said he would love to give me a hug,” says Grassi.
“The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects… Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic kindness.”

So much for Kim Davis & the Pope: Another religious fiction. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Carly, if President, would snoop, torture and otherwise aggress

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina wants to portray herself as the most aggressively militant war-monger hawk among the fifteen remaining GOP candidates for president; and the United States Constitution may be dammed in the process. Surely, if she moved just one more inch to the right she’d fall off the debate stage.

Fiorina is a stern advocate, not only of viciously aggressive counterterrorism programs, but intensive government spying activities on all Americans, together with an antagonistic attitude toward diplomacy in relations with other nations.
She vigorously defends the George W. Bush era CIA torture tactics, which she insists were good and proper government measures that “keep our nation safe” in the aftermath of 9/11. “I believe that all of the evidence is very clear — that water boarding was used in a very small handful of cases [and] was supervised by medical personnel in every one of those cases,” she claims. “And I also believe that water boarding was used when there was no other way to get information that was necessary.”
The lady disagrees with the Senate report last year that portrayed water boarding as “near drowning” tantamount to torture, and concluded that the agency’s often brutal interrogations produced little actionable intelligence. She calls that report “disingenuous” and “a shame” that “undermined the morale of a whole lot of people who dedicated their lives to keeping the country safe.”
The fact that CIA water boarding, as bad and unconstitutional as it is, was only the tip of the government torture tactic operation is completely ignored by Fiorina. All the top interrogation experts say that torture doesn’t produce actionable intelligence. Torture doesn’t reduce terrorism. On the contrary, it just creates new terrorists, including ISIS. CIA goons tortured completely innocent people. The Nazis used the same “enhanced interrogation” techniques as the CIA, and even called it the same thing. CIA goons tortured Filipinos and Vietnamese prisoners to death and have taught the leaders of other countries how to torture.  
Carly has maintained a close cooperative relationship with the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies ever since her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. She supplied HP servers to the CIA for use in warrantless spying on her fellow Americans.
During last month’s CNN debate, Fiorina scoffed at Donald Trump after he said he would meet and talk with Russian president Vladimir Putin, i.e., exercise diplomacy, to resolve the Syria crisis. “Having met Vladimir Putin, I wouldn’t talk to him at all,” she huffed. Instead, she would “begin rebuilding the Sixth Fleet” and “conduct regular, aggressive military exercises in the Baltic states,” among other steps, so he would “get the message.”

Apparently, this woman longs for the good old days of the cold war with the Soviet Union when the whole world was just a heartbeat away from total nuclear annihilation. And today she unabashedly admits that if elected president, she would, like a dedicated politically paranoid war-monger, not hesitate to snoop, torture and otherwise aggress against the whole world, including her fellow Americans. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Where was God?

 Saudi authorities are being blamed for the horrific human stampede last week during the Muslim hajj that killed 769 people and injured several hundred others. It’s the worst of several similar tragedies to occur with that annual religious pilgrimage in the last 25 years. Only days before, a construction crane collapsed at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Islam's holiest site, killing 109 people including many foreigners.

It happened as the world's 1.5 billion Muslims marked Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, the most important holiday of the Islamic calendar. Officials say that 1,952,817 pilgrims, most of them from abroad, were there.

Iranian authorities, who said that 131 of its nationals were among the victims, are especially upset with the Saudi’s claiming that they are responsible for the disaster despite the fact that Saudi Arabia has spent billions of dollars on hajj safety measures. They’re demanding that affected countries have a role in the investigation into the cause.

The stampede broke out in Mina, about three miles from Mecca, during the symbolic "stoning of the devil" ritual. Two massive moving crowds of worshipers were converging on Mina's Jamarat Bridge to throw pebbles at the holy shrine. The stoning bridge was erected in the past decade at a cost of more than $1billion and was intended to improve safety after several similar past disasters.

The two crowd’s collided violently leaving the hapless victims with nowhere to escape being trampled in the melee. Witnesses said pilgrims died with arms draped around each other. "There was no room to maneuver," said one eye witness.

"I can blame the Saudi government because they did not control (the situation). I was there. I survived," said a Kenyan survivor who was part of a group which lost three people. But Saudi Health Minister Khaled al-Falih faulted worshippers themselves,  saying that if "the pilgrims had followed instructions, this type of accident could have been avoided".

Other pilgrims blamed road closures and poor management of the flow of hundreds of thousands of worshipers running together en mass in the hot temperatures. "People were stumbling, falling, trying to get up. They were dehydrated, getting disorientated; they were dying in front of our eyes," observed a South African businessman. "The great heat and fatigue of the pilgrims contributed to the large number of victims," said a Saudi Interior ministry spokesman

"There's no crowd control," declared a spokesman for the Mecca-based Islamic Heritage Research Foundation. The police were not properly trained and lacked the language skills for communicating with foreigners.

Of course, there is no doubt what-so-ever that this terrible disaster was caused by human fallibility and systemic incompetence. Yet, even so; here there were almost 2 million people converging upon the holiest of Muslim places to worship their all powerful God. Surely if that God exists as an entity within the cognitive contextual reality of existence, instead of merely as a consciously created conceptual abstraction in the minds of the worshipers, He might have interceded in some fashion to avert the horrible tragedy.

But amidst all the blaming and finger pointing, no one apparently bothers to ask the obvious compelling question:

Where was God?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Profanity is protected speech

“Fuck your shitty town bitches,” wrote Willian Barboza, a 22-year-old Connecticut man, on the payment section of his $175 speeding ticket which he then mailed back to the Liberty NY town clerk’s office after crossing out the town’s name “Liberty” and substituting the word “Tyranny.”

This didn’t sit well with the ladies working in the clerk’s office. So they forwarded the document to a local judge complaining that the profanity upset and alarmed their delicate sensibilities. The judge in turn referred the matter to a prosecutor and ordered Barboza to appear in his court where was reprimanded and arrested for the “crime” of aggravated harassment. The accused criminal was handcuffed and taken away before his eventual release on $200 bail. 

The charges were later dismissed.

Barboza sued the town and the prosecutor for damages claiming that he was treated as a criminal for a "few harmless words." "Instead of protecting freedom of speech, government officers in Liberty handcuffed me, arrested me for a crime and almost sent me to jail because I harmlessly expressed my frustration with a speeding ticket,"

U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel agreed. She recently ruled that his First Amendment rights were violated and allowed the civil lawsuit to proceed on claims that the defendants failed to properly train police officers about free speech. She also ruled that the prosecutor is not protected by governmental immunity because his actions were unreasonable.

Barboza's phrase was crude and offensive to some, observed the court, but "did not convey an imminent threat and was made in the context of complaining about government activity." "That the court clerks who received plaintiff's message were apparently alarmed by it does not alter the analysis," she concluded.

Judge Seibel also noted that that between 2003 and 2012 as many as 63 arrests by police officers in the village had occurred "because of the use of vulgar words in what may be perceived as a threatening context." She said one arrest occurred when a defendant called someone a slut, another resulted from someone talking about sexual acts on a police department phone line and another came after a defendant threatened to kill someone's dog.

It’s about time that cops in the United States of America – the land of the free and home of the brave -- learn once and for all that it’s legal to complain about government activity and that profanity is protected speech. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Kangaroo Court in Phoenix

“We got him! Great work by Arizona DPS investigators and SWAT team," proclaimed Arizona Governor Doug Ducey after police swooped into a local Wal-Mart store and arrested 21-year-old Leslie Allen Merritt for the recent string of freeway shootings in Phoenix.

Authorities say they have “forensically linked” the defendant’s gun to four of the 11 cars hit. That’s quite enough evidence for Governor Ducey, who already has his mind made up about Mr. Merritt’s guilt, and isn’t shy about saying so publicly. 

The same can be said for the police, the prosecutor and the judge who presided over Merritt’s bail hearing the day after his arrest. They’ve all decided that they got their man and that man is guilty; so much so that they don’t even believe it’s necessary to afford him fundamental due process of law.

It was a kangaroo court at the Phoenix jailhouse yesterday. And the judge allowed the proceedings to be televised to the whole world.

Authorities didn’t even bother to bring the defendant to a court of law. Instead they conducted a legal farce via closed circuit TV from the jailhouse. Merritt was brought out of his cell totally disheveled in appearance, shackled in handcuffs and chains, wearing a black and white striped prison jumpsuit, to stand alone in front of a counter before the closed circuit camera.

His hair was a mess and it looked like he hadn’t bathed in days. In short, he looked like a despicable convict, guilty from the get go, and, of course, that is precisely the indelible impression about Mr. Merritt the authorities have intentionally left with the public, including jurors who might be called later to sit in judgment at his trial, as well as the whole world.  

He was alone. There was no defense attorney representing him as the judge read off a lengthy laundry list of serious felony charges against him, including four counts each of drive-by shooting, intentional acts of terrorism, discharging a firearm within city limits, criminal damage, endangerment and disorderly conduct involving a weapon.

“I have appointed an attorney to represent you,” said the judge. But that attorney will only start representing him at future hearings in the case. So this defendant was denied his Sixth Amendment right to counsel at a crucial stage of the proceedings against him.

She then allowed the prosecutor to make a lengthy statement concerning why in his opinion Merritt’s bail should be set at $1million cash bond. That’s a cash bond, mind you – not the normal 10% that the defendant or a bondsman would have to put up to make bail – he has to come up with $1million in cash or languish in jail before his trial. The purpose of bail is to insure the appearance of the defendant at future proceedings – not to punish him before his trial.

“The state’s position is that the suspect presents a dramatic and profound threat to the community,” said the prosecutor. There are four separate victims who were instilled with fear, he argued. Everyone on the freeway was instilled with fear of an intense nature for several weeks. The fear he instilled in the community justifies a $1million cash bond.

Of course this statement went entirely un-rebutted because the defendant wasn’t represented by an attorney at this crucial stage of the proceedings. He was denied his Fifth Amendment right to due process of law.

The court simply rubber stamped the prosecutor’s bail request, saying that she finds very sufficient probable cause to set an amount of bail which is clearly excessive in violation of the Eighth Amendment. This was not a capital case; not a murder; not even any serious injuries alleged; and there was no flight risk presented.

Merritt timidly asked the judge: “May I speak?”  Remember, he should have at an attorney present to speak for him. Instead of providing that attorney, the judge warned that anything he said could be used against him in court, and took it upon herself to give him her own unsolicited legal advice about people often thinking that they can help themselves about making statements about what did or did not happen and that he really should reserve any such statements with his attorney.

What attorney? He was up against the powers of the State of Arizona alone. The court had obviously already made up her mind about his bail and clearly wasn’t interested in what he had to say.

“All I have to say is that I’m the wrong guy…” Merritt meekly declared. “I could never afford that bond. “I got two kids.”  With that, the accused was led shackled and handcuffed back to his cell to be punished there probably for months and months before his trial – before he is found to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt – simply because he had allegedly in the past “caused fear in the community.”

This guy was railroaded. This was kangaroo justice in a kangaroo court in Phoenix. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Juvenile Sexual Assault & Battery

Picture this: A 13-year-old juvenile delinquent predator, on a dare from his eighth grade juvenile delinquent cretin classmates last week, decided that he enjoyed license to stalk, confront and forcefully grab an unwilling female classmate by her blouse, yank her body toward his, plant his filthy wet slobbering open mouth over hers, and thrust his tongue inside.
Baltimore Maryland police have charged him in juvenile court with second-degree assault. But some people think that all he did was innocently steal a little kiss. They don’t even think that his act rose to the level of an assault.
"I don't know if an unwanted kiss is a second-degree assault of a person," said one woman. Another man said that the school should handle the situation first without getting police involved. "And then, if the parents want to press charges then there's nothing else that can be done."
Here’s my take: If that girl were my daughter I’d want that little bastard taken out and shot. We’re not talking about a little peck on the cheek here. This wasn’t just an innocent school house prank. This was a sexual assault and battery. Where did he get the idea that he has the right to lay his hands upon an unsuspecting and unwilling female, much less force himself upon her in that fashion?
He committed a crime. The girl is a victim. A sexual assault includes unwanted grabbing, touching, and kissing. Rape is not necessary to make a case for sexual assault. Think about how this happening to her made her feel. This was not about puppy love; it was about violence, physical and emotional abuse.
A charge of second-degree assault doesn’t begin to right this wrong. That little criminal should be punished severely before he gets the bright idea that he can go out and rape his next victim. The cretin companions who dared him to do what he did should likewise be punished.
No 13-year-old boy in America should believe for a moment that he has a right to commit juvenile sexual assault and battery.