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Saturday, February 14, 2004
Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river.
She should really start doing stump speeches for him and lots of meet and greets with the Vets.
The NY Post has reflections on the book "The New Soldier".
(Thanks to fellow 1st MI'er Paul)
Friday, February 13, 2004
On Wednesday, the White House released the record of a dental examination in January 1973 at an Alabama base.
But the dentist who treated Mr. Bush has no specific recollection of seeing the future president, saying that at that time he would have been "just another pilot."
How do you fight against this kind of reporting?
First lady Laura Bush went to Ford's Theatre on Abe Lincoln's birthday to see a one-man show based on the life of Alonzo Fields, a black man who was chief butler to four presidents, from Herbert Hoover to Harry Truman.
Also attending were scores of high-school students from around the country who excitedly lined up next to Bush's seat to talk with her during intermission.
"Mom, I'm looking at her right now!" said one teen with a cell phone, while another student reported that the first lady smiled and waved as her picture was taken by the youths. "Yay, Republicans," the student cheered.
"He's awful pretty." - Crusty former baseball great Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., on the boyishly handsome John Edwards, the Democratic presidential wannabe.
"It's acceptable practice to socialize with executive branch officials when there are not personal claims against them. That's all I'm going to say for now. Quack, quack." - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, on the propriety of sitting on the bench for a case involving Dick Cheney's energy task force after going duck hunting with the vice president recently.
The Justice System Fails Another Child
The brutal murder of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia is the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo.
Carlie is dead because the criminal justice system would not protect her.
Her alleged killer - who apparently told police where her body was - is 37-year-old Joseph Smith, a drug addict, who had been arrested at least 13 times in Florida since 1993.
In 1997, Smith was tried in Manatee County on kidnapping charges. 20-year-old Terry Stinson testified that Smith grabbed her on the street, knocked her down, and threatened to cut her with a knife.
Ms. Stinson escaped, and stopped a passing car for help. Smith ran and hid - finally, a police dog found him.
Despite Ms. Stinson's vivid testimony, a judge acquitted Smith after he told him he had grabbed the woman because he thought she was going to jump into traffic.
The death of Carlie Brucia is directly on the shoulders of the jurors who acquitted Joseph Smith - you people have much to answer for.
And so does Florida Judge Harry Rapkin.
Despite the fact that Smith had convictions for aggravted battery, and multiple conictions for drug crimes, Rapkin refused to imprison him last year after he violated his probation.
The judge issued a statement today blaming the probation department for not giving him more information, but that's bull. Rapkin had to know this guy was a serial offender.
Smith got out of prison on New Year's Day in 2003. Ten days later, he was re-arrested for possessing cocaine. Since that time, he has had two other probation violations - yet Judge Rapkin would not send him back to jail.
So I believe that Judge Harry Rapkin is, in part, responsible for the death on 11 year-old Carlie.
If you see Rapkin on the streets of Florida, you tell him from me, he should immediately resign his position.
On the radio today, I got callers asking if Carlie's parents bore any responsibility in this case.
I say no. An 11-year-old should be able to walk a public street in this country at 6 pm, without parental supervision. I did it, and so did millions of other Americans.
I believe this Smith thug did the same thing to Carlie that he did six years ago to Terry Stinson. He grabbed her and threatened to cut her.
America is now a much different place than it was 40 years ago, when I was walking around as a kid.
Now, judges give the benefit of the doubt to career criminals. Juries are too stupid to convict obvious predators. And drug addicts are seen as victims, rather than as people who are operating in a criminal world.
There is no way on this earth that Carlie Brucia should be dead. But a jury, a judge and a society would not protect her.
And that's the Memo.
Judge Harry Rapkin could have sent Carlie's alleged killer back to prison for violating probation - but did not, citing a lack of information.
So what kind of judge is this?
Well, in 1996, he let a convicted arsonist walk free on three years probation - instead of sentencing him to 17 months in prison. A few years later, on New Year's Eve, that arsonist, James Drayton, broke into his ex-girlfriend's apartment armed with a shotgun. He wounded a 19-year-old woman, and held his girlfriend hostage during a four-hour standoff with the SWAT team.
A year before that, Rapkin denied the state's request that convicted child sex offender Richard Lee Walker be sentenced to prison for violating parole. Rapkin gave him four weekends in a county jail. Walker is now a suspect in the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl.
Also, in the Tampa Tribune special report section on Carlie is the video of Rapkin calling O'Reilly scum.
Rapkin's other great calls
Rapkin to be investigated
Judge Rapkin on TV
Smith to appear before Rapkin
O'Reilly video on Rapkin
Witness to 2nd attack
No ZZZs for Rapkin
Judge Rapkin speaks
Smith's two prior attacks
Rapkin's decisions on the bench have previously brought criticism.
In 1995, Rapkin refused to sentence a convicted sex offender to the 15 years in prison prosecutors wanted for a probation violation. Instead, the judge ordered him to to four weekends in jail.
Within weeks, the sex offender became the prime suspect in the killing of a 14-year-old girl. The man was never charged with the crime.
And in 1996, a man faced 19 months in prison for setting his ex-girlfriend's car on fire. After the woman told Rapkin she didn't want the man to go to prison, Rapkin sentenced him to probation.
Rapkin's words to the defendant might be considered prophetic.
"You know what the judge's worst nightmare is?" Rapkin said in court, according to a 1996 story by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. "If I were to take a chance on you and put you on some type of control release, and I pick up the paper and I find that you've gone and done something stupid, you know who gets the hot seat? Not you, me."
The man was later accused of firing a shot at the ex-girlfriend with a shotgun.
According to reader Rabidfox, the murdered girl was the daughter of the sex-offender parolee's girlfriend.
send her flying monkeys swooping down to snatch up the nomination.
Thursday, February 12, 2004
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
But the president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, Bobby Muller, said Kerry has strong support among Vietnam vets.
"We have been contacted by veterans across the country [asking], 'How do I connect to the Kerry campaign?'" he said. "I have not seen in the 26 years that I've been in Washington, ever, the kind of dynamic and energizing of a Vietnam veteran community in this country as I am right now."
At first I thought this was the organization Vietnam Veterans of America, but it's not. The purpose of the VVA is what you'd expect:
The purpose of Vietnam Veterans of America's national organization, the state councils, and chapters is:
* To help foster, encourage, and promote the improvement of the condition of the Vietnam veteran.
* To promote physical and cultural improvement, growth and development, self-respect, self-confidence, and usefulness of Vietnam-era veterans and others.
* To eliminate discrimination suffered by Vietnam veterans and to develop channels of communications which will assist Vietnam veterans to maximize self-realization and enrichment of their lives and enhance life-fulfillment.
* To study, on a non-partisan basis, proposed legislation, rules, or regulations introduced in any federal, state, or local legislative or administrative body which may affect the social, economic, educational, or physical welfare of the Vietnam-era veteran or others; and to develop public-policy proposals designed to improve the quality of life of the Vietnam-era veteran and others especially in the areas of employment, education, training, and health.
* To conduct and publish research, on a non-partisan basis, pertaining to the relationship between Vietnam-era veterans and the American society, the Vietnam War experience, the role of the United States in securing peaceful co-existence for the world community, and other matters which affect the social, economic, educational, or physical welfare of the Vietnam-era veteran or others.
* To assist disabled and needy war veterans including, but not limited to, Vietnam veterans and their dependents, and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.
The organization mentioned in the article, however, is the Vietnam Veterans for America Foundation, who describe themselves thusly:
Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) is an international humanitarian organization that addresses the causes, conduct and consequences of war through programs of advocacy and service for victims of conflict around the world.
VVAF has been at the forefront of organizations committed to international peace and justice for more than two decades.
I can see why an organization such as the VVAF would support Kerry. What I don't understand is why this memberless, chapterless organization was contacted for comment as opposed to the large regular Vietnam Veterans group.
A gal in Alabama liked handsome too, and she's speaking up for Dubya.
General Turnipseed says he caused a lot of hullaballoo for nothing.
That's OK. What was good for the goose is good for the gander. Let's talk about what Kerry was up to during that same time.
Hanging out with Jane Fonda, testifying that our soldiers were baby killers and all manner of savage beasts even when he had zero proof, and all while we had troops fighting in the field and POWs locked up in the Hanoi Hilton.
Circuit Judge Harry Rapkin, who presided over Joseph P. Smith's probation case, said he is ready to defend his actions.
"If he wants to investigate me, go ahead. I did nothing wrong," Rapkin said.
Just forward the Smith file to the Florida Legislature with a little yellow sticky note on it that says "I did nothing wrong." That'll work.
Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Kerry Ignores Reports That He Is 'Aloof'
(2004-02-09) -- Democrat presidential frontrunner Sen. John F. Kerry today ignored reports that he is 'aloof' and dismissed charges that he is 'patrician' or 'aristocratic', calling the the latter "lies promulgated by provincial proletarians -- the ignorant hoi polloi."
As reporters pressed Mr. Kerry about his alleged aloofness, the junior senator from Massachusetts casually waved his hand, as if brushing off crumbs from his necktie. He then continued to talk about his service in Vietnam in contrast with President George Bush's "on again, off again stint in the National Guard."
During a campaign stop at a restaurant, Mr. Kerry carefully carved a pizza slice with a knife and nibbled small morsels of it from a fork as he told some local people about his service in Vietnam.
He used the occasion to again refute claims that his noble lineage sets him apart from most Americans.
"Just because I was born into wealth, attended an Ivy League school, married two wealthy women and live in a multimillion dollar home in Boston's finest neighborhood, doesn't mean that I can't identify with the common man," said Mr. Kerry. "I can relate to the average Joe Sixpack. He loves to hear about my service in Vietnam and I enjoy talking about it. So we have something in common."
His mail is blunt and stinging.
"Carlie's blood is on Judge Rapkin's hands," reads Judge Harry Rapkin. "I just don't understand that. Carlie's blood is on that killer's hands."
Judge Rapkin oversaw probation last year of the man now accused in the kidnapping and murder of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia.
"I know I didn't do anything wrong. I followed the law and it's ruined my life. I'm getting threats, hate mail," says Rapkin.
I don't know. Why are the villagers so angry with you, Judge? Perhaps because they were counting on you to stand between them and the likes of Joseph P. Smith?
I figured an opponent had said that, but it was Kerry.
Sounds like a nightmare to me.
Recuse yourself, fool. Better yet, just resign right now.
Monday, February 09, 2004
Bless those guys for fighting for 55 years to get their skipper's name cleared.
He's also very grateful to this nation.
Sunday, February 08, 2004
You're a TRUE FLORIDIAN IF . . .
* You won't pull off the road just to look at an alligator.
* You realize that the only reason for Georgia's existence is to provide extra billboard space for advertising Florida.
* You understand the utter futility of exterminating cockroaches.
* You understand the only escape from mosquitoes is death.
* You wear a sweater when it gets below 70 degrees.
* You don't even consider Miami a nice place to visit.
* You can remember when there was no good reason to go to Orlando.
* You don't yell "SHARK" when you see a group of porpoise playing in the surf.
* Your definition of "waterfront property" doesn't include condominium apartments on man-made canals 20 miles from the ocean.
* You laugh when Northerners say that Florida doesn't have a change of seasons, because you know the rates are much lower after Labor Day.
He has a second list that I'll find some day.
* Bear Left!: This is a Charity? - April 2001 report on the organization's finances. By Tim Francis-Wright.
* Boodle Boys - photographs, articles, links, and membership lists.
* Freedom Domain: Skull and Bones - examines selected members of the secret society, and the roles these people have played in history, economics, and politics. Also provides an article archive.
* George Bush, Skull & Bones and the New World Order - examines selected members of the secret society, as well as the question of whether or not the group has been involved in international conspiracies.
* George W., Knight of Eulogia - Atlantic Monthly article by Alexandra Robbins examining the secret society which meets regularly on the Yale University campus.
* Jeremiah Project: The Skull & Bones Society - brief background of the secretive organization.
* Journalist's Introduction to Skull and Bones, A - by Eric Samuelson, J.D.
* Salon Books: Skulls in the closet - January 2000 article by Stephen Prothero.
* Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, The Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power - by Alexandra Robbins. Exposes secrets of the seruptitious, elitist organization based at Yale University.
* Skull & Bones Society - brief discussion of the society reportedly known to its members as The Order.
* Skull & Bones Society: How the Order Controls Education - excerpt from Antony C. Sutton's book America's Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull and Bones.
* Skull and Bones: A Casule History and An Intimate Peak At the US Ruling Class - presents a brief history of the elite Yale society whose members reportedly include George Bush, George W. Bush, Averill Harriman, William F. Buckley, and John Kerry.
* Skull and Bones: The Racist Nightmare at Yale - excerpt from George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography by Webster G. Tarpley and Anton Chaitkin.
* Those Who Dismantled Our Constitution - by Brian Downing Quig. Examines the Yale secret society called Skull and Bones.
* Unmajestic: Bones of a Conspiracy - 1994 article by Claire Messud.
* Yale's Skull and Bones Society Members - offers a list of people who are purported to be or have been members of the secret elite group.
What are people going to say now that they know that John Kerry is also a member of this supposedly elitist, racist, conspiratorial, constitution-dismantling group?
people will be enjoying 50 years from now.
"Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant."
If you cry enough, maybe you can get away with punching a guy dead.
My granddad served 11 years for killing a guy in a fist-fight. Guess he didn't cry enough. Probably would have helped if he hadn't have been dirt-poor too. Good lawyers come in handy and they don't work cheap.
That was at the turn of the century, and with prison conditions the way they were, was basically a death sentence. His cellmate had TB and granddad would have him spit his bloody spit into granddad's cup so he could show it to the guard to get a lighter work detail. He had a long life though, and ended up surviving all his siblings, so let's hear it for having a robust immune system.