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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Liz Cheney and the American Taliban

Liz Cheney and the group Keep America Safe is hellbent on keeping the conservative right's gunsights firmly fixed on the american system of jurisprudence. In a tactic reminiscent of the good old days of Joseph McCarthy and Alger Hiss, she now wants to root out terrorist sympathizers in the justice department. Because they may have had the audacity to defend alleged terrorists at Guantanamo. Read about the moslem baiting here.

This continues a long held republican tradition of attacking defense attorneys, or "hang them first and we will try them later." Not content to merely bash tort attorneys, we now must challenge the entire defense bar. I was taught in my law classes in college that in America, everyone has a right to mount a legal defense if they are charged with a crime. That is how the system worked, well, up to now. Because that is now un-American in the eyes of groups like Keep America Safe. Eric Holder, our Attorney General is suddenly in league with the enemy. 

I have met military JAG's who have recounted the enormous pressure they are under from their superiors for representing alleged terrorists. Now they are trying to put seven justice department lawyers under the same fire, for the affront of representing America's enemies.

Having a level playing field in regards to criminal justice has served us very well since our founding. I believe, for the most part, in the essential equity and fairness in our system of justice. It would be a shame to destroy that system on the pyre of false patriotism.


Most of us read about the girl in Pakistan who was raped and then charged with fornication while her attacker was set free. The american Taliban are evidently of like mind. In Bristol, VA, girls and women are being given pamphlets suggesting that their sinful dress is provoking men to rape, and suggesting that they will be at fault.

“You may have been given this leaflet because of the way you are dressed,” it begins. “Have you thought about standing before the true and living God to be judged?”
It continues with one essential theme: The sins of men are, in part, the fault of women, specifically women in tight-fitting clothing. “Scripture tells us that when a man looks on a woman to lust for her he has already committed adultery in his heart. If you are dressed in a way that tempts a men to do this secret (or not so secret) sin, you are a participant in the sin,” the leaflet states. “By the way, some rape victims would not have been raped if they had dressed properly. So can we really say they were innocent victims?
The hand-out is signed “anonymous.”

What do you want to bet the pamphlet was written by a man?

In another salvo aimed at criminalizing women's behavior, the state of Utah has a new bill seeking to indict women who have forced miscarriages,  or indulge in reckless behavior like "drinking alcohol", even in the first trimester.


They just found the body of the poor girl from Escondido who had gone missing at Lake Hodges. The sex offender who was charged with the crime, John Albert Gardner III, had a psychiatrist suggest that he needed to be incarcerated for a longer period of time and had shown absolutely no remorse, but was overruled by plea bargaining prosecutors who argued that he had a lack of a prior record.


Interesting how Bunning, the lame duck Senator not running for reelection, is taking all the heat for throwing a wrench in and not extending unemployment benefits. The last time the deficit hawks tried this it was a public relations disaster. With the exception of John Kyl, who thinks that the unemployed are shiftless gamers of the system, not one other member of the GOP will publicly endorse the screwball ex pitcher's position. I hope that he sticks to his guns and helps solidify the american perception that the GOP is a party without heart or sensitivity to the problems of the common man, content to be pawns of the corporate establishment. Nice to see them come out against a Consumer Protection Agency recently, we all know that companies will police themselves.


Many boomers, including moi, have been on record that we need to revisit the use of nuclear power, as a cheaper, cleaner alternative to other energy solutions. Unfortunately, some of our nuclear facilities are experiencing real problems and have been found to be less than truthful about their safety record. Where humans are involved, we tend to be assured of getting a certain amount of human error.

In Vernon, Vermont, the Entergy Co.'s nuclear power plant has been leaking the dangerous compound tritium very close to the Connecticut River. This after denying that their underground pipes at Vermont Yankee carry the dangerous radioactive substance. Bring on the Bloom Boxes! 


On one of my genomic websites, someone has made the statement that Albert Einstein and I share haplogroups, in this case E1b1b1c1- d1. Supposedly a cousin of the good doctor has been tested by one of the DNA services. And I must state that while I am not particularly envious of his high intelligence, yawn, I wish that I had his musical aptitude.


Anonymous said...

Where to start?

A. Need we be reminded we kicked major commie ass last millenium and they now reside on the infamous ash heap of histrionics? (BTB, Get your moslem/muslim act together. Moslems wear sheets on their heads, and muslin is for sheet) Shee-it!

B. Speaking of tight jeans, if women saw what they looked like in denim, they'd burn every pair they owned. Gabardine - now that's the ticket! Rape proof! (BTB, Don't you think the almighty could see right through our haute couture on Judgement Day?

C. Sex offenders suck!

D. Shiftless gamers of the system - I looked it up in Webster's - Art Dealers.

Ciao Babe,

Roy Cohn

Anonymous said...

Liz Cheney.
Why bother even reading that crap?
Time to turn off the news and stop reading the paper.
Stupid is as Stupid gets....didn't Forest Gump say that?
Truer than most of the stuff I have read in religious books, not that I would read many religious books and admit it.
Forest Gump has more wisdom than the Haggadah,
AND, Robin Wright is far sexier than a biblical era unbathed, scrawny yid, living on Matzohs. Can you imagine how dirty the wandering Jews must have been and how bad their breath was?
No thanks, gimme Robin and Forest's wisdom.
Aye Men

Anonymous said...

Great blog! Appreciated your article on the need to defend the terrorists instead of dropping them out of planes as I heard suggested at lunch today. It is startling at times, when you come to understand how completely you disagree with friends you have known for quite some time. Also, a little disappointing. What is the difficulty in understanding that if we don't see that they are given fair trials, they have won.

Emergefit said...

Nothing of substance to add, but good stuff on all points. Read Torture Team by Phillipe Sands last year -- nauseous by the end of it -- literally. Oh, and Bloom Boxes are really really cool.

WildBill said...

For more about the American Taliban from Amarillo, Texas, check out this news story...

and the group's christian, military style web site here

Anonymous said...

Leaving out the religious angle, I would say a degree of modesty is in order, for men as well as women, when it comes to how one presents oneself in public.

Anonymous said...

Roy: i don't find the word "muslin" in the original post; as for the profession of art dealer, i would say it's a perfectly respectable one; ciao, babe.


Blue Heron said...

You can walk around with or without your fig leaf for all I care. I am responsible for my own reprehensible impulses, not you.