Oh how I love Jon Stewart and the Daily Show exposing the double-standard that is the Republican punditry.
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This article sums up a lot of what I think rather nicely. He’s more harsh that I would be, but I do have a lot of the same feelings.
I’ll definitely be discussing more about my thoughts on this political race as we near Election Day. In the meantime, here are some stretching of the truth in the speeches last night to tide you over.
To me, there’s nothing more despicable than violence against a child. People that sexually violate a child are the worst scum of the Earth. In fact, I’ve often thought that the death penalty should be applied in these cases. Child Rapists (as well as molesters who were entrusted with a child’s care) should just be put down in my opinion. End of story. Unfortunately it looks like the Supreme Court disagrees with me (by a 5-4 margin.)
From the majority decision:
Based both on consensus and our own independent judgment, our holding is that a death sentence for one who raped but did not kill a child, and who did not intend to assist another in killing the child, is unconstitutional under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.
I don’t like the decision at all, but it looks likes its based on constitutionality. [sigh] My only hope is that these bastards repeatedly get some karmic payback in prison, if you know what I mean.
I actually cannot believe what I am reading right now. For those of you who don’t know, radio personality Don Imus called the Rutger’s women’s basketball team a bunch of “nappy headed ho’s.” awhile back. Anyway, this of course turned into a huge racial thing where people called for his dismissal. What happened afterwards was this:
- He apologized
- The women’s team accepted his apology
- He was fired anyway
- Now he’s being sued for libel, slander and defamation
Yes, the center for the basketball team is suing him for “monetary damages of an unspecified amount.” Well no shit. She’s cashing in. Being called a “nappy headed ho” might just make her rich. How absolutely, ridiculously fucked-up is that? I mean really?
Here’s the thing. No one knew who this chick was before his comments. Afterwards she’s in press-conferences and on talk shows. His off-handed racist and deplorable remark made her famous, if only for her 15 minutes. His remarks cost him his JOB already. Is it supposed to cost him some money to make the poor girl with the hurt feelings feel better?
This is a lawsuit in order to restore the good name and reputation of my client, Kia Vaughn,” said her attorney, Richard Ancowitz, in an exclusive interview with the ABC News Law & Justice Unit.
Don Imus referred to my client as an unchaste woman. That was and is a lie.
OH.MY.GOD. He’s actually basing this lawsuit on that. IMUS DIDN’T REFER TO HIS CLIENT BY NAME, he called the team that. AND, DOES ANYONE IN THE WORLD ACTUALLY ALL OF SUDDEN THINK “Ooh, those girls are ho’s, I bet they will fuck me” now??? Are people REALLY that stupid? REALLY? Did this really irreparably harm these girls? Or did it make people say that these were the women who stood up for themselves?
Now that they are going after the money, every single shred of credibility they had with me is gone. Completely wasted. It’s all about the cash. That’s it. If they get money out of this our system of justice is even more fucked up than I originally thought… GAH!
Oh and for the record, Kia Vaughn, it is my opinion that you are a greedy bitch that is cashing in instead of truly accepting the apology of Don Imus. How about suing me next? Oh that’s right, I’m not a millionaire…
Okay, it’s election day in our country, a big day to see who keeps control of congress, and what do I see when I go to CNN? BREAKING NEWS that Britney Spears has filed for divorce from KFed. WHY IN THE HELL IS THIS CONSIDERED NEWS!!!!!!!! ON FUCKING CNN OF ALL PLACES TOO!!!!
I hate, hate, hate the media. And I hate the sheep that lap this entertainment news crap up. Damnit I need a drink….
**THIS POST IS PRETTY GRAPHIC IN ALL RESPECTS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED**
Last year, I wrote a pretty vitriolic piece attacking Kevin Fox. To refresh your memory, Kevin was accused of, and confessed on video to, accidentally killing his three year old daughter Riley and then sexually assaulting her to cover it up. I said he deserved the death penalty and I would be happy pulling the switch.
So obviously, the district attorney released Kevin Fox from jail (over Father’s Day weekend nonetheless) and he’s now a free man.
Ever since I heard the news, I’ve felt uneasy. On one hand, I called for the death of this man. For that, I was wrong, and I’m sorry. Don’t be confused however, I still feel that the killer should die. It’s just that Kevin isn’t the killer. Obviously, it’s not good for the karma to be wishing death upon anyone, much less an innocent man. And there is one thing I totally agree with the family on. It shouldn’t take nearly a year for DNA evidence to be returned. That is unacceptable. I did feel bad for the family on that one.
But, the more I thought about things, the more angry I’ve become. Everybody in the media is fawning over him because he was falsely imprisoned, I don’t think he deserves such a free ride.
You see Kevin confessed to the crime. He said, on video, that he accidentally killed his child and in a panic, sexually assaulted her and dumped her in a river to cover his tracks and make it look like someone else had done it.
Think about that for a second. Every one of you that’s a parent, think about that statement.
He confessed, on video, to killing his daughter and then sexually assaulting her (which we could only assume was post-mortem if he had accidentally killed her) and then dumping her in a river. Semen was found in the body, so if you believed the confession, after killing his child, we can only assume he was able to get an erection, defile the corpse, and leave his semen.
Now his lawyers and his family say this was all coerced and coached out of him. Now go back and read that last graphic paragraph, let the weight of it sink in. Would you, or could you as a parent, EVER fathom making that statement? Could you ever agree to that?
I don’t care how long you ask me questions, how long you berate me, how much you threaten me with prison rape or how much I am grieving. I would NEVER admit to something so heinous, and so disgusting.
Next, during his 14 hour “ordeal” at the police station, authorities have said that he never asked for a lawyer.
Think about that.
How many of you have seen some sort of cop or law show? NYPD Blue? Any one of the 53 variations of Law & Order? How about the CSI’s? Jag? I think everyone knows that you don’t talk to the police without your lawyer present.
If they called me in for questioning I would simply say “not without my lawyer present.” If they told me the lawyer wasn’t necessary, I would basically tell them to go fuck themselves, and unless they were putting me under arrest, I would leave. I simply wouldn’t go through 14 hours of questioning without calling for a lawyer.
So, for one, he was too much of an idiot for not asking for a lawyer. Even if he DID ask for a lawyer (the family has claimed that he repeatedly asked for his Dad for the purpose of getting him a lawyer), and they wouldn’t let him get one, he’s an idiot for answering ANY of their questions without a lawyer present.
Next, he was weak. Weak enough to admit to killing his child, having the ability to get an erection and ejaculate inside her corpse, and dumping her in the river. All because some mean men bullied him for 14 hours, when he was without his lawyer. Because once again, he didn’t ask for one. And even if he did, he answered questions anyway without one present.
So now, Kevin has spent the better part of this last year behind bars, himself and his family proclaiming his innocence. There’s been no more investigation. Until now.
So not only did Kevin get himself incarcerated for nearly a year, he also let the trail of his daughter’s killer get cold for a year. His idiocy and weakness may have caused the real killer to get away, while putting himself behind bars.
Since we are in sue-happy America, the civil lawsuit is pending. They are going to be asking for a LOT of money. But can you really blame the people that put him behind bars? He confessed, to something that no parent would ever confess to. With a videotaped confession, the judge had no choice but to put him behind bars. The police had no choice but to stop the investigation. They got their man.
But no. Kevin was too stupid to get his lawyer, and too weak not to be coerced into confessing something that no parent would ever confess. Now it cost him nearly a year behind bars, and may have cost him ever finding out who the real killer was. And he’ll get money for it. A lot of money.
Kevin Fox didn’t kill his daughter, but in this whole thing, he’s not exactly innocent.
Well yesterday a federal judge overturned the FDA’s ban on ephedra. I’m actually kinda glad, because if you recall I wasn’t fond of the ban in the first place. Basically I believe that if you use the product like you are supposed to, it can have a lot of benefits. Especially for someone with asthma like myself. I used ephedrine through college quite a bit to help with breathing difficulties, but I also admit that I used it to stay up studying as well. But through it all, I never took four times the recommended dosage like some of the folks who died.
If you take anything that is supposed to speed you up and you take 2, 3, or 4 times as much as you’re supposed to, you are going to have adverse effects. And out of the people that died, MANY had abused the drug. Unfortunately, the drug abused them back.
It’s the whole personal responsibility thing for me. I believe that an adult should be able to do whatever they want to their own bodies, but they then have to deal with the consequences. I think the government is too concerned with protecting us from ourselves, and freedom just goes out the window at that point.
As we’ve all seen on TV, the abuse of Iraqi prisoners is pretty deplorable. I have a slight problem however. My problem is, WHY is it okay to show these images on TV? I have not seen a newscast in days that didn’t show one of these photos. I’m talking early morning, noon and 5 o’clock news as well.
As you may have seen, I’m not real fond of everyone freaking out over the Janet Jackson incident. Basically to me, it was nothing more than a breast. No big deal. The thing is, every media outlet and pundit in the U.S. condemned Nipplegate as this horrible thing that children should never have seen. Well what about these photos?
Is it okay for my two and a half year old to see the naked prisoner pyramid? It’s been on EVERY, and I do mean EVERY newscast for days. So this morning while the wife and I are enjoying our coffee with the news on, the pictures come on again.
I just don’t get how no one is up in arms about this. This country has a huge fundamental problem with the way it perceives violence and sex. This pictures are fine to show over and over again during times children are awake and around, but the human body is evil. I just don’t get it.