Saturday, June 14, 2008

R. Kelly gets away with raping underage girl.

Rapper R. Kelly was found not gulity of raping a thirteen year old child even though the incident was posted online. R. Kelly used the it wasn't me defense brillantly and the jury believed him. The defense claimed that it was R. Kelly's head super-imposed on another man's body. This despite the fact that several witnesses including one of the women on the tape testified it was infact R. Kelly. The thirteen year old girl in question refused to testify. Many people believe she, and her family were paid off by Kelly. Even so what does it take to convict a celebrity in this country.

Prosecutors called 22 witnesses that said it was the girl on the tape. The Defense called the girl in question and three family members of the girl would said it wasn't her. What did the case come down to, "The issue of whether there was or wasn't a fingernail-sized mole on the man's lower back was a subject of hours of testimony. A defense witness told jurors there was no mole on his back, proving it's not Kelly, who has such a mole. But a prosecution witness displayed freeze frames of the video where a dark spot seemed to appear as the man turns to take off his pants."

That's what the jurors were debating and why they found him not guilty. What about the fact he's on tape having sex with an underage girl. I can't believe the jurors bought that his head was superimposed. If the tape was the only evidence the prosecution had of the crime, maybe you believe that, but when 22 witnesses identify the girl on the tape has being underage, and 11 idenify R. Kelly has the man on the tape I think it's obvious what happened. Furthermore, the star prosecution witness told the jury, she engaged in several three-way sexual encounters with Kelly and the alleged victim, including once on a basketball court. Kelly videotaped the trysts, she said.

I think the jurors just wanted to go home instead of delibating according to an article on a juror broke a bottle of beer on the table while having dinner with his fellow jurors because the waiter took to long to bring him his beer. “I’ve been waiting for fucking half an hour — how long do I have to wait? All I want is a couple of beers and a hamburger," said the juror. Things got so out of hand the juror had to be given his own room last night and prosecutors wanted him kicked off the jury, the juror told the judge he was claustrophobic, after the judge ask if he had mental problems. Then the next morning another juror wrote the judge a note asking to be let off the juror, "“How can I be removed and go home? I really need to.” Before the judge could even decide if the juror could be removed their was a verdict. The jury took less tan a day to delibrate on this case which took a month to prosecute. I'm thinking maybe they didn't delibrate as well as they might have.

I guess you have to give the defense credit, if that's what you want to call it, for confusing the jury and underminding the Prosecution's star witness by getting her to admit from stealing for Kelly on the stand, but still it's on tape! It's times like this I'm glad I believe in Heaven and Hell because even though he might not get held accountable during his lifetime I have no doubt he will be held accountable for his actions in the afterlife.

Friday, June 13, 2008

How could you Kennedy!?

In a five-four decision the U.S. supreme court has granted the prisoners at Guantamno Bay to petiton for access to U.S. courts. While this does not mean that they will have access to U.S. courts it leaves the decision up to a judge. Thereby taking it away from our President and our elected officals which both agreed on how the tribuals should preceed. This is the first time in history a court has overruled both the President and the Congress on the conduct of the war during the war. The court had disagreed with one or the other, but never when both agreed.

I knew this decision would be five-four but I thought Justice Kennedy would come down on the side of protecting the U.S. and plain common sense. However this is just the latest in a series of rulings that have outraged conservatives.

Anthony Kennedy was appointed by President Reagan in 1988. Since then he has baffled conservatives with his opinions in support of the Kelo decision, which extended the defination of public use to include knocking down a house to build a hotel to increase tax revenues for the government. Public use before that meant roads, hospitals, dams, police stations, etc. He also ruled on the side on the majority in Ashcroft Vs. Free Speech Coalition. The court in this case ruled that simulated virtual child pornography was protected under the first amendment. Kennedy wrote for the majority. Here is part of his opinion: "Child pornography is not necessarily without value, but it is illegal because of the harm that making and distributing it necessarily inflicts upon children. Ferber expressly allowed virtual child pornography as an alternative that could preserve whatever literary value child pornography might arguably have while at the same time mitigating the harm caused by making it. The CPPA would eliminate this distinction and punish people for engaging in what had heretofore been a legal alternative." The final thing I will mention is Kennedy citing International Law in his opinion Roper Vs. Simmons which held that excutions of minors and the mentality ill were illegal. No matter if you agree with his decision or not a U.S. Justice should not be turning to international laws to draft his opinion in a U.S. court. I'm sure France doesn't check our laws before making a decision about a case in their country.

The decision of the Supreme Court on June 12, 2008 may turn into America's greatest defeat in the War on Terror. We know that these terrorist cannot defeat us on the battlefield. We've seen this time and time again, and are now begining to see it in Iraq. However give them high-priced ACLU lawyers and access to American courts, where they will without a doubt spend most of their time railing against America, and who know what will happen. There's a chance they will be released and sent back out where they will kill more Americans. What if these people are released by American courts then come back to conduct an major terrorist attack on our own soil. The Justices who are the majority of this decision will one day regret the chaos they have unleashed upon the country. I agree with Justice Scalia whose dissent, here it is.

From the Dissent of Scalia:
Today the Court warps our Constitution in a way that goes beyond the narrow issue of the reach of the Suspension Clause, invoking judicially brainstormed separation of-powers principles to establish a manipulable "functional" test for the extraterritorial reach of habeas corpus (and, no doubt, for the extraterritorial reach of other constitutional protections as well). It blatantly misdescribes important precedents, most conspicuously Justice Jackson's opinion for the Court in Johnson v. Eisentrager. It breaks a chain of precedent as old as the common law that prohibits judicial inquiry into detentions of aliens abroad absent statutory authorization. And, most tragically, it sets our military commanders the impossible task of proving to a civilian court, under whatever standards this Court devises in the future, that evidence supports the confinement of each and every enemy prisoner.

Tim Russert dies at 58

Tim Russert died today while at NBC studios. Tim Russert was the host of Meet The Press for eight years. He had moderated debates and was a vital part to news and politics in the United States. Thanks for everything Tim.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Seven arrested for cheering at Graduation.

Yes you read the headline right. Seven people were arrested after during a high school graduation cermony after cheering for a graduate. Fort Mill High School had sent letters home with students that said they could be prosecuted for "bad behavior." "I just thought they were going to escort me out," Jonathan Orr told The Herald of Rock Hill. "I had no idea they were going to put handcuffs on me and take me to jail." Orr spent two hours in jail for his crime of screaming when his cousin's name was called. Orr was not the only person to be unaware that cheering would be treated has a criminal offense. William Massey, 19, was also arrested he plans to fight the charge. He said he simply "clapped and gave a little whoop" when his fiancee's name was called. The principle of Fort Mill said the reason for the rule was so that all the names called could be heard.

Here's an idea, why not just slow down the cermony a little bit and wait for the cheering to stop before annoucing the next name? If the cermony last twenty minutes longer is anyone really going to care? It's a once in a lifetime event. Call the name, wait for the applause to stop, and call the next name. My sister just graduated high school on June 6th and people were screaming including my mom, and no one cared. Everyone was excited to see their son, daughter, sister, brother, or cousin graduate. I just hope the police aren't looking for me or my mom.

This event is on top of last year's debacle where five students were denied diplomas in Galesburg, Illinois. This was in response to people from the crowd cheering for them. It could have been someone doing it out of spite. However they withheld the diplomas until the students finished eight hours of community service.

It appears this nightmare policy will continue at the Fort Mill High School graduation. Fort Mill Principle Dee Christopher said, "We think it's important for every graduate's name to be heard and for every person in the arena to be able to see that student cross the stage. ... That's why we have disruptive guests removed," Maybe we should just have the graduation cermonies in abandoned warehoures with no audience. According to Orr it would be just has exciting, "For some people, it might be the only member of their family to graduate high school, and it was like a funeral in there."

Sixth Marine vindicated on charges related to Hadith.

So far six of the eight marines that have had charges against them involving the Hadith incident have been vindicated. Five of the marines had charges dropped due to lack of evidence. The sixth Lt. Andrew Grayson was acquitted June 5th. Grayson was not charged with the murders. He was instead charged with being part of a cover-up.
Grayson refused to accept a plea deal that would have reduced charges and kept him out of prison, “I was the one that had to look at myself in the mirror. To take the easy way out, you are the one that has to live with that,” he said.
Representive Jack Murtha said shortly after the story came out said that, "Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood.” I wonder if Representive Murtha will issue a apology on the House floor? Probably not, it wouldn't be politically expedient.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

How Republicans can retake control of the country.

I've been thinking alot about how Republicans can retake control of congress. The first thing they could do is act like Republicans. Allowing spending to get out of control, apparently President Bush misplaced his veto pen after the 04 elections, was a major reason we lost control of congress. However, it was not the only reason. Republicans also have a bad record on the environment, energy, and education. I know that we've tried to drill for more oil and were blocked by the Dems, but were not doing a good job of telling the public that we do support alternative energy. We have to tell people that we want to drill now and switch to alternative energy when everyone can afford to do so. If we go to alternative energy before it's affordable people will be in worse shape than they are now, Ethanol isn't cheap. We also have to remind people that the Republican controled congress raised CAFE standards. I personally don't think that we should have cars that go less than 25 miles a gallon. I would put a 100% tax on automobiles that did not meet that standard. I know I said we should have a tax not all taxes are bad. For the most part the fewer taxes the better, but a tax to discourage someone from buying a Hummer that gets ten miles a gallon I'm all for. This tax should help us use less gas and therefore loosen the grip of countries like Saudi Arabia on our foreign policy. We would also stop funding terrorism through our purchases of gasoline. Some comerical automobiles like 16 wheelers, and other vechicals driven by truckers would be excluded from the tax. I don't want to put anyone out of business.

Now onto something we can all agree on keeping taxes low. I believe that low taxes encourages investment in the ecomony. It doesn't matter if it's someone deciding to start a small business or investing in the stock market low taxes are key to getting that capital in the economy. Obama has said he wants to raise the capital gains rate and raise taxes on people making more than $250,000 dollars a year. What Democrats seem to always forget is that most small business make more than $250,000 a year. However they put much of that money back into their businesses to keep it running. If you raise taxes at that level you will put a strain on these small businesses. Then they won't be able to hire new employees and the unemployment rate will rise. Then those people that can't find work will need government services to keep food on the table. So they'll go down to the welfare office, because they won't be able to find work, and apply for welfare. Then the Democrats will raise taxes again to pay for all the new people collecting welfare.

Of course the biggest issue Americans are facing is national security. Our country is facing threats from Islamic radicals who have already proven they will hit us at home if they can. Iraq is actually begining to turn around. Iraqi troops are leading and winning battles against extremist inside Iraq. The battle in Basra is the best example of this. Iraqi troops went into Barsa and cleared out the extremist and have been able to hold the city with a minimum of American help. Iraqi troops are now the ones taking most of the casualites. They are now leading operations throughout the country. One party wants to fight terrorism wherever it finds it, and that includes Iraq. The other party wants to talk to terrorists wherever they find them. I can't wait to take this debate to the people.

For some reasons Republicans have done a terrible job getting their message to the American people. I believe our message is the right one for the country, but we're not communicating it effectively. You could blame the media, you could blame the democrats, but I blame the Republicans. They did spent 6 years acting like Democrats while in control of Congress. Hopefully that beating in 06 thought them a lesson. They got what they deserved.

However the country does not deserve to be run into the ground by liberals. We need to speak with one voice when talking about policy. Newt Gingrinch did an unbelievable job being our voice in the 90's. Now we need a new voice to speak for the Republican Party. Someone the people trust and that hasn't been stained by the spending spree the Republican congress went on recently. Anyone have any ideas?

Maybe this is why McCain wants Obama in those town hall debates

Here's what Obama sounds like when there's not a script placed in front of him. He makes President Bush look like the world's greatest public speaker. These are Hillarious.

Monday, June 9, 2008

McCain: Obama = Carter

When Senator McCain asked about Obama saying he represents a Bush third term he responsed by saying, "Well I think maybe his proposals could be a Carter second term,” Of course I was barely born during the last years of the Carter Presidency, but being a student of History I can say that I don't want to live through them. Stagflation, inflation with a staggent economy, and unemployment rates near 10%. Not to mention the Iranian Hostage Crisis where Iran held American hostages for 444 days. The Crisis ended the day Reagan took office. There were also gas lines, and restrictions on when you could by gas. Today we have the high gas prices, but none of the other problems that the Carter Adminstration bought on the country. As long as this later Carter wanabe stays out of the Oval Office I don't think we will.