Fast forward to 1:18
Harry Alford, gave Senator Barbara Boxer an earful when she tried to pull a the race card using the NAACP and another black business man's organization as an example of organizations that agree with her. They're black and they agree with me, so why don't you?
And, if you've forgotten:
Drudge linked to this story:
He won't be crucified alive, but his beheaded body will be.
Details provided in the article:
22-year-old man convicted of raping five children and leaving one of them to die in the desert...The child left in the desert after the rape was three years old.
No word if the abandoned child survived.
Beheading and crucifixion are cruel and unusual punishments without any equivocation. But, I have a terrible time feeling empathy for any person that would commit this crime once, much less five times.
But for people who "suffer" from this "sickness" would a rotting corpse of a child rapist serve as a deterrent in the least? I doubt it.
There are monsters out there. Case in point: Josef Fritzl of the Amstetten House of Horror.
Had Fritzl been in America, our Supreme Court in 2008 held that the death penalty was to be used only when a life had been taken. The number of victims, the horrific nature of the of the crime, the duration of abuse, no matter how monstrous - would not be cause for the death penalty in the United States.
From the opinion:
The Court also has found the death penalty disproportionate
to the crime itself where the crime did not result, or was not intended to result, in the victim’s death.
Fritzl never killed his daughter/victim but kept her prisoner for 24 years in his basement with the seven children that he sired and raped her in front of them. Before they were freed, those children born in that basement had never even seen the moon.
He said: "It was the first time they had been out in the real world in their lives. Everything was new and they were amazed. The only idea they had of the real world was from the television. But we were very surprised at how well-mannered and educated they were.
"It was their first car ride ever, and they were amazed at the speed and really excited. They had never known anything like it. They had only ever seen cars from the TV.
"Travelling in one was a totally different experience, especially for little Felix who was beside himself with excitement.
"He was shrieking with pleasure when he saw cars coming the other way, and he and his brother braced themselves whenever a car went past. they kept thinking there was going to be a head on crash.
"When we left the hospital with the boys it was dark, and they were fascinated by the headlights. They were shouting and hiding behind the seats.
"The best bit though was when they saw the moon. They were just open mouthed with awe, and were nudging each other and pointing. They had never even seen the moon.
"In all my years as a policeman I have seen a lot, but I have never seen anything that comes even close to this - the way this family have suffered.
Perhaps it is uncharitable and unChristian of me to believe that in order for a state to be just, it needs a death penalty and the freedom to exercise it for the most heinous of crimes, for murder and in this instance, child sexual abuse. A victim may find the strength from God to forgive their attacker. The state as an entity is not an individual with this capacity, but the representation of the people charged with protecting and valuing it's citizens, keeping them from harm, and administering justice.
That's what I said, FOR, not AGAINST.
I don't care how long ago it was. I don't care if the perpetrator is an Oscar Winner, a Nobel Prize Winner, a Medal of Honor recipient, a Medal of Freedom recipient, a Supreme Court Justice, a Senator, a Congressman, a CEO, a janitor.
You rape a 13-year-old-child, you go to jail.
Wait, I'm not being technically correct here - unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor - per the Guardian's technical footnote.
What did Roman Polanski do?
He has admitted he had sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977 after plying her with champagne and Quaaludes at the home of actor Jack Nicholson.
Graphic detail from the transcripts:
A. Then he lifted up my legs and went in through my anus.
Q. What do you mean by that?
A. He put his penis in my butt.
. . . .
Q. Do you know whether he had a climax?
Q. And how do you know that?
A. Because I could kind of feel it and it was in my underwear. It was in my underwear. It was on my butt and stuff.
Q. When you say that, you believe that he climaxed in your anus?
Q. What does climax mean?
A. That his semen came out.
Q. Do you know what semen is?
Q. Did you see some semen or feel some semen?
A. I felt it.
Q. Where did you feel it?
A. I felt it on the back of my behind and in my underwear when I put them on.
Where was this guy arrested?
Mr. Polanski was taken into custody Saturday evening upon his arrival in Zurich for a film festival, where he was to have received a lifetime-achievement award. Swiss police arrested him at the request of U.S. authorities on a 1978 warrant issued after he became a fugitive.
And a French Foreign minister has the gall to say in USA Today:
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner called the apprehension a "bit sinister. A man of such talent, recognized in the entire world … all this just isn't nice."
French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand told French news media, "In the same way that there is a generous America that we like, there is also a scary America that has just shown its face."
Actors have weighed in:
The festival has been “unfairly exploited” to secure Polanski’s arrest over a case that is “all but dead,” said U.S. actress Debra Winger, president of the film event’s jury.
“Despite the philistine nature of the collusion that has now occurred, we came to honor Roman Polanski as a great artist,” Winger said in a statement read to reporters.
“We hope today this latest order will be dropped,” Winger said. “It is based on a three-decade-old case that is all but dead except for a minor technicality.”
And important people have weighed in on it:
philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, who suggested that perhaps the Swiss had more serious criminal matters to attend to than Mr. Polanski, who, he said, “perhaps had committed a youthful error.”
The bureaucrats are hustling on his behalf:
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and his French counterpart, Bernard Kouchner, sent a joint letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging U.S. authorities to allow Polanski’s release, she said.
Oh and Harvey Weinstein is all indignant and stuff:
“Film mogul Harvey Weinstein has got behind a campaign by French film-makers calling on US authorities not to extradite the Oscar-winning Polish director in connection with a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor dating back more than three decades.
“Weinstein entered the fray at the personal behest of Cannes film festival director Thierry Fremaux and will now use his considerable influence and campaigning heft to enlist the support of Hollywood.
“”We’re calling on every film-maker we can to help fix this terrible situation,” Weinstein said, reviving a theme he adopted earlier in the year after he bought international distribution rights at Sundance to the HBO documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.
“The film uncovered flaws in the legal case against the director, prompting Weinstein to allude to a possible campaign to get the charges against Polanski dropped. At a hearing this year a Los Angeles superior court judge agreed there was “substantial misconduct” in the original hearing.
Yes, the now-adult victim wants to drop the charges. It's not her choice, the crime against her was one that the state brought against him.
Dang, I guess 42 days in jail is enough for the drugging, sodomy and rape of a minor - if you're an Oscar winning Director.
What parent in any country would find 42 days an acceptable punishment for the rape of their daughter? What fair and honorable justice system would find this excusable?
Or, are there just two sets of laws, one for those of means, those that are famous, and another for the rest of us?
I guess social justice is only a cause worth fighting for when you're payrolling films like Michael Moore's "Capitalism, a love story."
Bloomberg Link that my php software hates: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aH0td1Cl2qgw
Oh, and feel free to pay attention to this while the story about ACORN workers telling a pair posing as a pimp and whore how they can buy a house, report her occupation as performance art, and list the purported imported child prostitutes as dependants gets shoved under a rock.
So, who's up for making sure that the AP gets no business ever again?
To the family of Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard, they AP owes you, and every member of the armed service an apology.
He served honorably and gave his life for his country, and that is how he should be remembered, rather than as a photo op to sell papers.
And all those outlets that had the nerve to reprint including Huffpo - should be ashamed, too.
“Opinions should be formed with great caution – and changed with greater” – Josh Billings