Monday, February 17, 2014

President's Day

I wonder why there is only one day devoted to the "selected" Presidents.  Apparently we only respect and honor two, Lincoln and Washington for reasons I am not even fully clear as they did nothing remotely similar while in office.    So perhaps we should have another day where we dishonor those whom we recognize in the role they played in subjugating, imprisoning and in turn corrupting our Democracy?  Might be a bigger group.

I have many ideas on who the first two I would nominate and they would be Clinton and Reagan.  Funny, those are two that our current President channels as examples of leaders who were utterly bi-partisan and effective.   And that bridge I have is the Golden Gate. 

It may explains why he has prosecuted more Whistleblowers than any prior President, deported more immigrants and killed more with drones than any soldier has, and taped more conversations than Nixon could ever dream of.   History, repeat, etc., etc., etc.

But we love to lionize the dead, shame we don't do that to those who died at the hands of guns held by our Police. From children, to women, to dogs and to men there are many victims that have no advocates or activist groups in which to fund raise and in turn lobby Politicians to write laws and punishments that have long stopped fitting the crime.

The Smarter Sentencing Act has passed the Senate Judiciary committee and then promptly given our Congress leave committee to go die on the Senate or House floor.   If anything is ever done in Congress other than fund raising and speechifying then I am unsure. Which brings a question: If a speech is made in Congress and no one is there to hear is it important or even useful? 

I found this website Stop the Drug War and it lists daily the police corruption and malfeasance by those in the judicial arena.  Nothing shocks me there, really, nothing.

My personal favorite is the Cop stealing the Granny's drugs.  It is like Red Riding Hood only blue hood.

In Pahrump, Nevada, a Nye County sheriff's deputy was arrested last Saturday after he got caught stealing prescription drugs from an elderly woman's home. Sgt. Michael Horn aroused the suspicions of his colleagues when he insisted on logging a bottle of morphine pills into evidence, and when narcotics officers counted the pills after he logged them in, 60 were missing. He had taken the pills from the woman after going to her home for a report of a suspicious noise. He then told her he had to confiscate the pills because they were a Schedule II controlled substance. Fellow deputies searched Horn and found the missing pills, and a subsequent search of his official vehicle turned up liquid morphine, pain pills prescribed to a woman, and 15 different pill bottles. He also failed a drug test. He is charged with drug possession, DUI, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, coercion, burglary, unlawful use of a controlled substance, oppression under color of office, larceny, and possession of stolen property.

Of course in the era of the plea bargain I suspect not one Police officer or other related professional will ever see the interior side of a jail cell. We love putting EVERYONE in jail for a day or two as if shaming, blaming and imprisoning people for mistakes will solve all of life's ills.  

 Then after the Plea the record of course will be expunged in the requisite time frame, no problems no questions asked and then back to the job.  Does this happen in real life?  It can but it costs lots of monies and Attorney's and more Judges who will say "no you are a drunk, child molester or abuser so no... rapist/harasser/murder/assaulter/kidnapper/robber however the law allows me to do so, so yes!  Then later when you commit that crime again, the Prosecutor can't use that against you! It's a win-win to plea!   

I suggest we start doing so with members of Congress, Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Judges and Wall Street by putting them in jail for 2 days, the seeming standard minimum for almost all of today's gross misdemeanors... and they have participated in some pretty gross crimes.

Then after they have had a chance to experience first hand what it wrought, let's see how quickly we re-examine sentencing laws.  

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