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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Is twenty 20 years in jail for pot possession justice

Hell, is it even civilized. Don't even care to argue about whether marijuana is bad for anyone, that's irrelevant. 20 years in jail for possessing even a large amount of pot is cruel and stupid as are the people that would impose that kind of sentence.
Schapelle Corby wasn't even found to be trying to sell marijuana, just possessing it and the crazed wombats that prosecuted her assumed that she was going to sell it. What a kangaroo justice system they have in Bali. As far as crimes go, how about crimes against humanity, how about people like Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who has stood by and allowed this circus to continue.
MARK COLVIN: And where will she be… when you say back to the prison, same prison cell?

PETER LLOYD: Indeed, that's right, back to the same prison near Denpasar where she has been for the best part of the last six or seven months. And this squalid place, which no one would willingly want to be in, she'll be sharing a cell with three or four other inmates.

They will cook their food right next to where they use the toilets – very cramped conditions, very unpleasant. That's where she will be whilst her side and the prosecution go at loggerheads in this duelling appeal process which has now begun, because both sides are unhappy with the verdict.

There is an official petition here. There is an online petition and a printable petition that you can pass around to friends and co-workers. At this point, its probably the most effective way to support M's Corby and her family.
here's a link for Indonesia business inquiries online. Use the at top as usual and in the nice big box instead of writing your business inquiry, write that they should release M's Corby immediately.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Yes, America judges impact your fishing trips and family picnics

Senate Deal on Judges May Help Environment
environmentalists appear to have cemented a landmark victory
in the so-called "Gang of 14" deal, reached by a bipartisan
coalition of Senators: namely,the defeat of William Myers, a
long-time grazing and mining lobbyist nominated for the Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals. If the Democratic filibuster on Myers
holds, as it should, this will mark the first time in history a
judicial nominee has been defeated primarily on environmental

Well, the deal is not sealed. The Fristmeister from the screw integrety branch of the Republican party is trying to ram him through anyway.
Senate Majority Leader Frist will file for cloture on President Bush’s nomination of William Myers to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals later this week, according to sources on and off Capitol Hill, wasting no time in testing the resolve of 14 Republican and Democratic senators who forced at least a temporary halt to the battle over Democratic filibusters of President Bush’s judicial picks.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Cry baby Repubs appoint criminal in black robes to federal courts

Priscilla Owen Confirmed As Federal Judge. Perhaps the reason Republicans think that a criminal like Owen will be able a good judge is her ability to reach out to America's criminal class, since she can relate to them from personal experience. Its not the rule of law that matters to the right-wing extremists, as usual its an odd mix of power, money, and a perverted Taliban scented kind of religion. Most of us relate to crime on an almost instinctual level. Crime is a grisly murder, crime is an armed robbery, crime is
violent and personal. All true to be sure, but its time to broaden that definition and the outrage that should go with another kind of crime. The kind of crime that is like a time bomb, its the kind of crime perpetrated on a mass level, the kind of crime that subverts our culture and economy, the effects of which are felt over generations. The kind of crime that our new federal judge not only condones and encourages, but facilitates. from at comment at David Sirota's site:
In the political arena, the criticism of Owen comes from liberal groups such as People for the American Way, the National Organization for Women, and the NAACP, and it involves her stands on hot-button issues like abortion and discrimination. "She reflexively favors manufacturers over consumers, employers over workers, and insurers over sick people," said the New York Times in an editorial opposing her appointment. In the oil-and-gas arena, the criticism of Owen comes from lawyers and law professors who have seen decades of precedents favoring landowners tossed aside to favor producers. Laura Burney, a professor at St. Mary's University law school, in San Antonio, says of HECI's pro-producer stance, "Apparently I have been teaching oil and gas law wrong for the past fifteen years. I still agree with the Court of Appeals opinion [favoring Neel] in HECI." The reason to look at these cases, then, is to view the work of Priscilla Owen apart from emotional issues, in a legal realm in which most of us do not start out with a predetermined bias and in which she is a recognized expert.

Owens ratings by Houston Bar Association
What are we going to tell the next generation, that fair and balanced judgements based on the rule of law are out of style, that wacko ideology comes before wisdom. We have another example of Orwell-speak, the "clean skies initative" that makes the air more polluted and a guardian of the law with no concept of justice.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Are there any real Christians left in America ?

White House Letter: President gets lecture from the Christian left
"The monologue of the religious right is over," Wallis said in an interview before Bush's appearance. "There is a progressive, moderate evangelical constituency that is huge."

Others see the group as a far less powerful force, but they acknowledge that the Christian left cannot be a cheery development for Rove. "Were this movement to continue to grow, it could create some problems, probably not for President Bush but for future Republican candidates," said John Green, the director of the Ray Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron in Ohio and an expert on the voting patterns of religious groups. In short, Green said, "Democrats have an opportunity to get some votes."

Its not that the Christians of social justice, women's rights, and the civil rights movement have been silent, its that the MSM finds it better for ratings to feature crazy wombats like James Dobson.

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