Petri dish art by Klari Reis [Some are subtle, some are bold. Every single one I’ve seen is absolutely beautiful. See her site.]
1. Federal Judge rules all men are foreseeable pedophiles
In a court opinion that could not have been written by a female judge without an outcry of gender discrimination, a male judge has gone absolutely bonkers. CourthouseNews useful summary
In a complex analysis of the legal definition of “negligence” Xavier Rodriquez, judge for the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Texas has ruled that it is foreseeable when hiring males as summer camp counselors that they will sexually abuse children. Rodriquez’s logic is absolutely appalling. He starts with a Texas case in which the Boy Scouts hired a male they knew to be a pedophile and they got sued because a) they knew he was a pedophile and b) the child abuse was foreseeable. From that case Rodriquez generalizes to his conclusion that pedophilia is “certainly” foreseeable in hiring all males.
“Sexual assault on a child is certainly a foreseeable consequence of employing adult males as camp counselors” — Judge Xavier Rodriquez’s Order .
You are asking yourself what I am asking myself: where do these wacko federal judges come from? Rodriquez was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by — you guessed it — Rick Perry. But he had to face an election in 2002 to get a second term. He was such a disaster on the bench that in spite of having the advantage of being an incumbent (which, I guess, like president, is a disadvantage if you are a screw-up), and in spite of out-spending his opponent $558,000 to $9,500, he lost.
That was probably the best day of his life b/c that loss meant that his other buddy — you guessed it — Geo. W. Bush would appoint him to the federal bench, from which there is virtually no way one can be removed no matter how much of a screw-up one is.
2. Gutter Grunt’s Iran war predictions: conspicuously poor, getting worse
OK, OK, I admit my success rate at predicting when Israel will throw a punch at Iran has been abysmal. In January I guessed an attack was imminent. Obama had just parked 3 aircraft carriers within striking distance of Tehran, ordered 15,000 troops to Kuwait, and had cancelled a training mission, Austere Challenge, with Israel in which thousands of US troops would have been stationed in Israel indefinitely. But things cooled down. Two carriers left the area and Austere Challenge was re-scheduled to October.
Now Time tells us that Obama and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey have re-thought Austere Challenge yet again. They have reduced the number of American boots and belly-buttons going to Israel by 2/3 and has seriously cut back on the numbers of missiles involved. Sometimes I’m not so sure about Obama, but Dempsey is one smart dude. No way he is going to let Netanyahu drag the US into another war that is not in the US’s best interests. The Israelis, who see the writing on the wall, are livid. They say the modification of Austere Challenge is a signal that the US doesn’t trust Israel. And so I ask you to think about his for a moment: Why on earth would any country not trust Israel?
As far as my predictions go, here’s my latest: I don’t have a clue. Austere Challenge has been trimmed but Obama has two carriers [Lincoln and Enterprise] in the Persian Gulf within striking distance of Tehran, a third [Stennis] on the way, and a fourth [Eisenhower] in the Med, off of Syria’s shore. Four carrier groups in the area is highly suggestive of problems looming. The Stennis was not supposed to be back at sea for 3-5 years as it was in its home port for re-fitting. It is now somewhere in the Pacific headed to the Persian Gulf. The Middle East is definitely warming up.
Here’s the weirdest prediction you will ever hear. There will be no Israeli attack because with all that firepower in the ME, Obama is actually protecting Iran from an Israeli sucker-punch. Putin and Obama have agreed that Putin will withdraw support of Iran and Syria, and Obama will put the brakes on Israel. Just guessin’.
3. Look out bus, here comes Israel
As a follow up to Item #2, I direct your attention to this article in today’s [Sep02.12] Foreign Policy Journal by Franklin Lamb. Lamb says the governmental consortium of 16 intelligence agencies called the Intelligence Community is about to release an 82-page analysis/report recommending that the US cut Israel loose. This is more than a “game-changer.” This is absolute dynamite. And about 40 years over due.
The signals to Israel are increasing in frequency and severity: the game is over. You can no longer get away with anything you want, and quit whining like a little girl.
4. South Africa wins the world’s disgust again, this time it’s the ANC
I have not seen any US headlines on this, but I did hear a CBC interview of a SA journalist on the topic last night and the European press is covering it. If you have any sense of justice, you won’t believe this but after the police gunned down 34 striking miners, Nigel Carpenter, the state prosecutor in Ga-Rankuaw ( 25°35′24.38″ S 28°00′22.67″ E) has charged 270 of the striking miners with murder in the deaths. They have been arrested, denied bail, and will not appear in court until October.
The judges of SA have decreed — aka “common law” — that anyone connected to a crime can be charged with that crime. So if you are at one end of a mile long political parade and some violent cop at the other end kills one or more of the protesters, you can be charged with murder. If you are a part of a labor strike and the police open fire on you and kill your fellow strikers, you can be charged with murder, even, as in this case, most of the miners were shot in the back and no police have been charged.
This massive, mass murder charge is surely a tactic to extort the remaining strikers to go back to work to avoid being charged with the murders, too. At the bail hearing the magistrate would not allow all 270 to appear, much less each man to appear individually to argue his own individual case for bail. The magistrate only allowed 25 defendants in the courtroom to “represent” all 270 men seeking bail. The mind boggles. Never mind the judges, it boggles most of all at a prosecutor, Nigel Carpenter, who could be so corrupt or so ignorant of the concept of due process. Boggles.
Update. Today’s headlines [Sep02.12], even in the US, are all over this now that the federal prosecutor in SA has withdrawn the charges, at least until they can be fully investigated. Funny, I cannot find a single word about Nigel Carpenter in any of these late reports — not even with the help of Google. If SA was serious about doing justice in this case, they would stake that ANC clown down on a termite’s nest in the hot sun and pour honey on his crotch. Here’s a relevant quote from the Guardian:
The ANC, whose members were gunned down by police at protest rallies and targeted with draconian laws before Nelson Mandela’s election as the country’s first black president, has been criticised for using similar tactics now that it is in power.