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A Southern woman on the 'Net.
Saturday, February 07, 2004
Sarasota Circuit Judge Harry Rapkin, who has been handling Smith's recent probation case, said he's getting hate calls.
"People want to shoot me. Kill me," said Rapkin, who maintained he did nothing wrong. "I haven't slept all night."
Friday, February 06, 2004
Judge in case of suspected child killer defends himself
(Sarasota, Florida-AP) -- A judge says he did nothing wrong in handling the case of the man suspected of killing eleven-year-old Carlie Brucia.
Many people, including the victim's father, are asking why Joseph P. Smith, who has a lengthy criminal past, was allowed to walk the streets.
Smith was being supervised by a probation officer, who since August had sent Judge Harry Rapkin two notices of probation violations by Smith. One was for a failed drug test, the other for failure to make court payments on time.
Rapkin says he couldn't jail Smith for falling behind in payments. And Rapkin says a probation officer didn't provide information to show it was willful.
But Florida Department of Corrections Secretary James Crosby Junior says the judge never even called for a hearing in which the officer would have presented evidence against Smith.
Rapkin insists he did his job and says he'd quit if he thought not signing a warrant caused the girl's death. He says he couldn't live with himself.
Judge Rapkin is an elected official of Manatee County. He isn't going to have to quit, he's going to be voted out.
Acknowledging that his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination is "a longer shot than it was," Howard Dean suggested today that he would accept the No. 2 spot on a national ticket if it were offered.
"I would, to the extent, do anything I could to get rid of President Bush," Dr. Dean said on a morning radio program in Milwaukee. `I'll do whatever is best for the party. Obviously, I'm running for president, but whatever's best is what I'll do. Anything. We've just got to change presidents. We're really hurting right now.`
He mentioned states he would be campaigning in and said he'd sure like to spend a day out in Hawaii, but he didn't mention (points at the monitor) MICHIGAN.
Too bad he doesn't have the talent to combine all that doubletalk into a speech like Mississippi Rep. N.S. "Soggy" Sweat did back in 1952 on the topic of whiskey:
"I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey.
"If when you say whiskey you mean the devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.
"If when you say whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman's step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life's great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm; to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it.
"This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise."
That December 30th second chance is the worst of the lot. Thanks a bunch, Judge Rapkin.
11 and 12-year olds in 4th grade. What geniuses.
An old man is at the box office buying movie tickets. He gets the math wrong, and is taking too long. An old lady behind him opens up her yap and gives him a math tip. He tells her to shut up. The old lady's husband punches the guy in the mouth. The guy falls, hits his head, goes into a coma, and dies.
What a nasty bunch, all of them: the woman for getting smart with a stranger, the man for telling a woman to shut up, and the woman's husband for landing a sucker punch instead of giving a warning. This is the God's Waiting Room crowd. Thankfully we're losing our appeal for retiring ill-bred Yankees and their law of the jungle.
I'd like to hear from the judge who last month refused the parole officer's request to send this guy back to prison for violating the terms of his parole.
Wednesday, February 04, 2004
KERRY GONE WILD!
Not too many 60-year-olds are courageous enough to take on the activities that John Kerry enjoys! In fact, he shows more athleticism than men much younger!
Alpha male. X-treme Kerry. Whatever you choose to call it, we just call it Kerry Gone Wild!
Our future President is an avid hunter who also has a passion for water sports, plays ice hockey for charity, and loves his Harley. No doubt about it, Senator Kerry rocks!
The Miami Herald reports on the Scouts' choice for a fundraising speaker: Former Scout Oliver North. There's plenty of weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth from the Left.
Tuesday, February 03, 2004
Update: Looks like Clark took it by a handful of votes. Recount!
Aw, Garryowen, General, Garryowen.
WEWS-TV in Cleveland said a corrections department spokeswoman reported the Barnesville, W.Va., native, was cranky after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider his appeal Monday, but appeared to accept his fate.
What about the last meal, you ask?
For his final meal, Roe selected a T-bone steak, onion rings, macaroni and cheese, butter-pecan ice cream, and root beer.
But there's more!
He refused breakfast Tuesday morning.
He was, however, served a refreshing collation of poison later in the day.
AZ Kerry 46, Clark 24, Dean 13.
MO Kerry 52, Edwards 23, Dean 10
SC Edwards 44, Kerry 30, Sharpton 10
OK Edwards 31, Kerry 29, Clark 28
DE Kerry 47, Dean 14, Lieberman 11, Edwards 11
Monday, February 02, 2004
The innuendo has grown to a police inquiry but disabled physicist Stephen Hawking denies his injuries are from abuse.
There's no fool like an old fool.
I read how when he told his wife of 26 years that he was dumping her for the nurse, the wife wheeled him out into a flower bed and walked off and left him there.
That'd be interesting. McCain's well-respected and has foreign policy experience.
Sunday, February 01, 2004
Who'll get the Mannix endorsement?
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., center, addresses a crowd at the Bethel AME Church during a campaign stop in Georgetown, S.C., Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004
Too bad you're hemorrhaging money, you lovable oaf.
A cute article on Clark and Edwards. Edwards comes off looking way better of the two. Clark just looks nuttified.
The French had better start practicing their kowtowing. This is their future and their new masters sure aren't going to put up with any of the famous French haughtiness.
Calling America "the greatest Satan," Egyptian pilgrim Youssef Omar threw pebbles at one pillar on which someone had scrawled "USA."
Maybe another one of those pillars said "Jew".
``Oh God, give victory to the mujahedeen (holy warriors) everywhere,'' al-Taleb said Friday as 500,000 people filled the mosque and nearby streets. ``Give them victory in Palestine. Oh God, make the Muslims triumphant and destroy their enemies, and make this country and other Muslim countries safe. Oh God, inflict your wrath on the criminal Zionists.''
According to a St. Petersburg Times columnist:
But the South's tendency toward overt religiosity handicaps Democrats. The Democratic Party's tolerance for individual choices will probably never be attractive to the South. The region is obsessed with (outward) moral conformity. But maybe there's a chance at getting through by going beyond abortion and gays. Sen. John Edwards, to his credit, has been taking a shot at speaking in moral terms of the common values Democrats hold.
Edwards waxes over the virtue in honest labor and contrasts that with the craven actions of CEOs "who give themselves massive raises while cutting jobs." He reminds voters of how this president benefits the wealthy to the detriment of workers: "President Bush has a war on work. You see it in everything he does. He wants to eliminate every penny of tax on wealth, and shift the whole burden to people who work for a living. . . . It's wrong to tax millionaires less for playing the market than we tax soldiers for keeping America safe."
How can this not resonate with middle- and working-class Southern white voters? How can they continue to throw their support behind a party that represents their peripheral issues - as Dean says, "race, guns, God and gays" - but allows the undermining of our national tax system? This is the demographic group that has slipped furthest behind economically over the last 25 years. These are the people most likely to depend upon Social Security and Medicare - the very programs that will need strong federal revenues in the future to survive.
If Southern white voters don't see through the Southern Strategy scam, wealthy Republicans who are indifferent to the plight of daily-grind wage earners, will once again successfully use appeals to racial fears and religiously grounded intolerance to pit people with common economic interests against one another. And they will be laughing all the way to the bank.
Yeah, they're poor old Hosea, saddled by God with the faithless wife who sells herself into slavery.
I wonder, though, what's the reason so many of the rest of the country's middle class has left the Democratic party?
"Among middle-class voters, the Democratic Party is a shadow of its former self. Half a century ago, a near majority of voters identified themselves as part of the Democratic Party. Today, that number has declined to roughly one-third of all voters."
Looks like they've aggravated a whole lot of folks.