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Women Bloggers: A Peace Offering to Patricia

Posted by Mark on June 13, 2005

Great article, a must read for all bloggers, but especially women bloggers. This has been out for awhile, and has recieved alot of play. Worth posting though.

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Proof – Apparently Not Enough

Posted by zaphriel on June 13, 2005

The jury’s findings on the 10-count indictment against Michael Jackson:

_Count one: Conspiracy involving child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion, including 28 specific acts between Feb. 1 and March 31, 2003. Verdict: Not guilty.

_Counts two through five: Lewd act upon a child under the age of 14, between Feb. 20 and March 12, 2003. Verdicts: Not guilty.

_Count six: Attempt to get a child under age 14 to commit a lewd act upon Jackson between Feb. 20 and March 12, 2003. Verdict: Not guilty.

_Counts seven through 10: Administering an intoxicating agent – alcohol – to assist in the commission of child molestation. Verdicts: Not guilty.

Proof, that there are two legal systems in California…One for celebrities, and one for everyone else.

A jury acquitted Michael Jackson on Monday of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch, vindicating the pop star who insisted he was the victim of mother-and-son con artists and a prosecutor with a vendetta.

I don’t know about vindication, I don’t know anyone who really believes he did not at any time molest someone.

Jurors also acquitted Jackson of getting the boy drunk and of conspiring to imprison his accuser and the boy’s family at the storybook estate – a total legal victory but one that may do little to improve his bizarre image.

Yeah, Bizarre, that’s the word I would use, also creepy, and mentally ill, to use some nicer words, but maybe that’s just me.

Jackson looked straight ahead as the verdicts were read and showed no visible reaction as he was found not guilty of all counts.

The verdict – reached after about 30 hours of deliberations over seven days – ended a star-studded, four-month trial that offered a global audience a lurid look into the weird world of Michael Jackson and presented jurors with vastly different portraits of him: a creepy pervert who preyed on little boys, or the victim of a frame-up by mother-and-son shakedown artists.

Screams of joy rang out among a throng of fans outside the courthouse. Fans jumped up and down, hugged each other and threw confetti in celebration of the news. A woman in the throng released one white dove each time an acquittal was read.

Oh yeah and these wack jobs, when I was in San Diego a few weeks back, I actually saw on the news Jackson being called “The next coming of Christ” and the trial was akin to “Christ’s trials”, well on that account I could only have wished that he was crucified, but alas he was found not guilty. Will we ever learn? But then yet this is California we are talking about, the place that starts riots over any excuse. Should we really expect more out of them? Yes we should, but I for one will always be prepared to be disappointed.

Let’s hope Mississippi does better, even if they are over 40 years late.

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The Balance of Power – Tackling the Issues

Posted by zaphriel on June 13, 2005

Hey a new and controversial post is up at the Balance of Power, I encourage everybody to go and put in their two cents worth.

This is the first post for one of our newest members, Mark from Liberty Just In Case, and man did he pick a big one right out the gate, Abortion. It is amazing to me how a balanced crew (2 liberals, 2 conservatives and a libertarian and guests) can talk an issue like this while still maintaining respect for one another. There are some surprises, on both sides. You really should check it out.

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Israel’s Coming Civil War: A Frightening Development

Posted by Mark on June 13, 2005

The Sharon Government’s decision to remove settlers from the West Bank is coming apart at the seams, and threatens to ignite a violent confrontation between Israelis. This new development is especially scary:

This week, Israel’s state prosecutor’s office announced that it is considering a plan that would declare “negligent” parents of minor children who are repeatedly arrested for taking part in protests against the government’s withdrawal and expulsion plan from Gaza and northern Samaria.

In so declaring the parents, the state would pave the way for the forcible removal of these children from their homes and their transfer to state custody. That is, the Israeli government’s newest way to fight opposition protests against its plan to forcibly remove 10,000 law-abiding Israeli citizens from their homes, farms and communities this summer is to threaten parents with the forcible removal of their children from their custody if their children don’t agree to stop protesting against the forcible removal plan.

This child confiscation proposal, which was defended on Wednesday by Deputy Attorney-General Shai Nitzan, is more than simply controversial. It is totalitarian. It is not simply hard-hearted. It is inhuman. And in announcing it, the government showed that in light of the precipitous drop in public support for its plan, it has lost its connection to the principles of democracy, morality and simple human decency which are the outstanding characteristics of the Israeli public.

As a therapist, I’ve often worked with traumatized children caught in the Child Welfare system. Sometimes these kids were taken away for justifiable reasons, sometimes not. Regardless of the reason, the trauma to these children is quite real, and does not go away quickly, if ever. What is being suggested by the current Israeli administration is indeed totalitarian, and deeply disturbing. It’s clear the Sharon government will not survive long. With the above suggestion, it can’t end too soon.

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The Reparations Shakedown

Posted by Mark on June 13, 2005

Ah, Chicago, that toddlin’ town. Talk about absolute power (to use a current Democrat talking point) the Democrats do have it in the Windy City. Here’s a great example of the logical extremes of political correctness:

As soon as he learned the ugly truth, the chairman of financial-services giant Wachovia Corp. issued a remorseful nostra culpa.
“We are deeply saddened by these findings,” Ken Thompson said last week. “I apologize to all Americans, and especially to African-Americans.” Wachovia acknowledged that it “cannot change the past or atone for the harm that was done.” But it promised to make amends by subsidizing the work of organizations involved in “furthering awareness and education of African-American history.”

Clearly Wachovia committed some shameful racial crime. What could it have been? Did the nation’s fourth-largest bank holding company rob its black depositors of their savings? Charge exorbitant interest rates on loans to black customers? Segregate its branches?

Worse: It owned slaves.

Well, not exactly. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery in 1865, and Wachovia wasn’t founded until 1879. The slaves for which Thompson was so apologetic were owned decades before the Civil War, when slavery was still lawful throughout the South. They were owned not by Wachovia but by the Bank of Charleston and the Georgia Railroad and Banking Co. — two of the approximately 400 financial institutions dating back to 1781 that over the centuries merged with or were acquired by other institutions that eventually became part of the conglomerate known today as Wachovia.

And how did this somewhat abstracted evil come to light?

Underlying Wachovia’s conduct is a Chicago ordinance passed in 2002, which requires every company doing business with the city to investigate and disclose any historical ties it may have had to slavery. (Detroit, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia have enacted similar ordinances.) Wachovia was obliged to compile such a report because it is involved in a project with Chicago’s Housing Authority.

Ordinances like Chicago’s are the cutting edge of the slavery-reparations movement, which insists that black Americans today are owed billions of dollars in compensation for the slavery of centuries past.
“It will help demonstrate how much of the nation’s wealth was created by the sweat and blood of slavery,” Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley said when the ordinance was adopted. “We’re paying everybody around the world. Why can’t we pay our own citizens?”

Here’s the answer to Mayor Daley’s cynical question:

For a host of reasons, reparations are a terrible idea — unjust, illogical, and dangerous. Living white Americans bear no culpability for slavery, and living black Americans never suffered from it. It would be unthinkable to make individuals responsible for the wrongdoing of their distant ancestors, or to require them to enrich the great-great-great grandchildren of the victims. The overwhelming majority of nonblack Americans have no family connection to slavery in any case — most of us are descended from the millions of immigrants who came to this country after the Civil War.

And here’s the answer to the money hungry creeps posing as activists:

America long ago paid the price for slavery: a horrific Civil War that killed 620,000 soldiers, more than half of them from the North. It is as vile to insist that white Americans today owe a debt for slavery as it would be to insist that black Americans owe a debt for freedom. What the reparations extremists are demanding would make a mockery of historical truth and inflame racial strife. Their cynicism is toxic, and corporate America had better find the courage to say so.

When do we find the courage to stand up to these extremists, and stop cowering, fearful of being tagged racist as they and their ilk tear this nation apart with their greed?

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Israel’s Coming Civil War: A Frightening Development

Posted by Mark on June 13, 2005

The Sharon Government’s decision to remove settlers from the West Bank is coming apart at the seams, and threatens to ignite a violent confrontation between Israelis. This new development is especially scary:

This week, Israel’s state prosecutor’s office announced that it is considering a plan that would declare “negligent” parents of minor children who are repeatedly arrested for taking part in protests against the government’s withdrawal and expulsion plan from Gaza and northern Samaria.

In so declaring the parents, the state would pave the way for the forcible removal of these children from their homes and their transfer to state custody. That is, the Israeli government’s newest way to fight opposition protests against its plan to forcibly remove 10,000 law-abiding Israeli citizens from their homes, farms and communities this summer is to threaten parents with the forcible removal of their children from their custody if their children don’t agree to stop protesting against the forcible removal plan.

This child confiscation proposal, which was defended on Wednesday by Deputy Attorney-General Shai Nitzan, is more than simply controversial. It is totalitarian. It is not simply hard-hearted. It is inhuman. And in announcing it, the government showed that in light of the precipitous drop in public support for its plan, it has lost its connection to the principles of democracy, morality and simple human decency which are the outstanding characteristics of the Israeli public.

As a therapist, I’ve often worked with traumatized children caught in the Child Welfare system. Sometimes these kids were taken away for justifiable reasons, sometimes not. Regardless of the reason, the trauma to these children is quite real, and does not go away quickly, if ever. What is being suggested by the current Israeli administration is indeed totalitarian, and deeply disturbing. It’s clear the Sharon government will not survive long. With the above suggestion, it can’t end too soon.

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