Thursday, June 23, 2016

AU writer at thinks legal system should punish Cam and Hootie

Imagine that—A dyed in the wool Auburn fan thinks that the pair of Alabama football players should suffer some kind of punishment for their arrest on stolen firearm and controlled substance possession.

Knowing the Aubarn Fambly as well as I do, I’m not the least bit surprised. Jody Fuller, an Opelika based writer and comic, penned the piece wherein he fails to acknowledge that anyone accused of a crime in the United States is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Auburn fans might not like that reality, but it is reality nonetheless.

So it is when rival fans hear news that a Bama player has been accused of a crime: Players arrested = players should suffer appropriate consequences via the legal system. End of discussion. Oh, and the rival fans get to determine what’s appropriate and what’s not—see his reference to Brock Turner, the guy out west who got six months for a rape conviction.

Mr. Fuller also doesn’t seem to grasp that the District Attorney in the case, Ouachita Parish District Attorney Jerry Jones is an integral part of the legal system that he thinks should have administered the sentence. If the DA decides not to prosecute—regardless of his reasoning for choosing that option—then in our system of justice the legal system has spoken.

Mr. Fuller makes no mention of any mitigating circumstances at work in this case. That’s because neither Mr. Fuller, nor me, nor anyone reading this have any clue as to what mitigating circumstances came into play or how they factored into Jones’ decision not to prosecute.

Mr. Fuller does note that there will likely be consequences imposed by Coach Nick Saban, but dismissively suggests that those consequences will also fail to rise to a boog’s standard for justice.

I suggested that Cam and Hootie should indeed be punished by the program. The difference between myself and Mr. Fuller is that I’m not only able to accept that the legal system has spoken clearly and with final authority, but that I also trust my team’s coach to administer the proper measure of discipline.

Make an example of them? Yes. Judge the appropriateness of the punishment—well, that’s not inside of my hula hoop. That ain’t on my side of the street.

That ain’t my cross to bear.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Cam and Hootie will not be prosecuted. But should they be punished

Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones will not face prosecution after being arrested in possession of a controlled substance and a stolen firearm. The Monroe County District Attorney made the decision and released it to the media today, June 20, 2016.

DA Jerry Jones explained his reasoning:

"I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I'm doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning,"

Well, that’s magnanimous of him but the absolute truth is that it was Robinson and Johnson who stood to ruined their own lives. They are the ones responsible for being in the position they were in—facing at least one felony count and the high likelihood of time in the joint.

So that raises the question of whether there should be extra-judicial consequences for what can only be described as a very, very bad transgression against “team rules.” Those so-called “team rules” are used as a catch-all set of guidelines for how student athletes representing the university are supposed to conduct themselves, both on and off campus. The coach gets to decide whether those rules were broken and if so, what punishment should fit.

I’m all for leaving that decision up to Coach Saban but if these two young men were a part of a team I was responsible for leading, some kind of something ought to be imposed.

I don’t care if it’s running until they puke, cleaning the locker rooms after fall camp workouts or wearing a sign on the Quad saying “I’m a knucklehead.” Maybe sitting for the season opener (or better yet, sitting home in Tuscaloosa reading Moby Dick), I’d do something to make it hurt and make an example.

Breaking rules is not to be tolerated, whether the DA decides to prosecute a felony case or not.

This Bama fan thinks something fitting should come down. What say ye?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Liberal activists vs liberal activists, reloaded

MizzouThe other day, we touched on the subject of how a liberal is supposed to act when one of the left’s favored classes (LGBT community is attacked by another favored class (Muslims).

Today we have the answer: Double Down.

Via’s Jazz Shaw:

A vigil Monday planned by several University of Missouri student organizations was supposed to honor victims of Sunday morning’s deadly shooting rampage in a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

It turned into a blame session against Mizzou’s LGBTQ community for not being intersectional enough.

At the University of Missouri, a group of students staged a vigil in memory of the victims, standing in solidarity with the gay and lesbian civilians who were murdered by the now infamous ISIS supporter. Their planned memorial hit a sour note, however, when another student showed up to decry the service because it wasn’t focused on the correct demographic group. (The College Fix)

Jazz posed the same question that entered my mind: “Do you suppose that there’s any room left in our collective consciousness to realize that we are at war and facing an enemy whose brutality and utter lack of any semblance of humanity knows no bounds? We’re turning the worst radical Islamist terror attack on our home soil since 9-11 into a social justice debate. This is a 21st century version of Nero fiddling while Rome goes up in flames.”

My answer is “no.” Not if you’re a progressive special snowflake with a purpose. The leader of the disruptive petulance doesn’t care that most of the victims of the Orlando slaughter were Latinos like herself. All she cares about is why all of these white, gay vigil-goers weren’t out marching the streets, smashing storefronts and shutting down events for Ol’ Teddy Bear, Michael Brown.

In fact, the entire left side of the political spectrum is trying to turn an apolitical, ideological rampage into a ppolitical impetus to pass restrictive new gun laws. None of that would have done nothing to stop any mass murdering whacko from murdering en masse, but they don’t care. All of their proposals would necessarily infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens without due process.

First they deprive you of the right to arm yourself, then they deprive you of the right to speak out, and then they start depriving you of mobility.

Fortunately however, this little bruhaha at Mizzou shows that they don’t yet have their shit together. Can we pray that they never do, while we also laugh at the little snowflakes going at each others’ throats? In the wake of that tragedy; with the current administration showing no signs of addressing the real problem of growing radical islam violence, laughter may be all we have left until the real shooting war starts.


Monday, June 13, 2016

What’s a liberal to do after Orlando massacre?

Serious question: What’s a liberal to do when a member of a protected group attacks and kills scores of members of another protected, persecuted and much maligned group?

On Saturday, the radical islamic jihadi Omar Mateen pledged his allegiance to ISIS. He then took his brand new arsenal of high powered weapons into a crowded LGBT bar and shot the place up. In his wake were 50 dead—including himself.

In liberals’ warped idea of the utopian universe, this wasn’t supposed to happen.

There are two immutable truths at work here, neither of which a liberal can or even wants to comprehend: First, radical islam hates homosexuality and second, the LGBT movement loves celebrating and showing off their homosexuality.

It doesn’t take a Nobel peace prize winner to figure out what’s gonna happen sooner or later. But God love’em, the left never saw Orlando coming.

The whole progressive culture machine is at a loss. They can’t admit that an allegedly persecuted group hates another allegedly persecuted group so much that Group A will faithfully murder Group B. Doing so would be admitting that they were wrong, and liberals never admit they were wrong.

So what’s the progressive culture machine left to do?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

At LEAST Fifty dead, dozens more wounded in Orlando terrorist attack; Muslim leader blames ‘mass shootings.’

There are at least fifty people dead as a result of a radicalized Muslim who, according to authorities, carefully planned and came prepared to kill in the name of his God.

At about 2:00 am local time, Omar Mateen, 29, walked into the Pulse club in Orlando, opened fire and killed at least fifty innocent Americans. He left dozens others wounded, many in critical condition.

Fox News has the story:

The gunman was identified as Omar Mateen, Rep. Alan Grayson said during a Sunday morning press conference. Mateen was a U.S. citizen, Grayson said, though that was "not true of other family members of his." Mateen, 29, lived in Fort Pierce, Fla. He was born in the U.S. to parents of Afghan origin and was a Muslim, Fox News confirmed.

Authorities were going through Mateen's belongings on Sunday morning trying to identify a motive for the attack, Grayson said.

"More likely than not that it was an ideologically motivated attack," Grayson said, though he said it was unclear if Mateen was linked to any terror groups.

The mainstream media won’t go there, but I damned sure will: as the Fort Hood and San Bernardino massacres showed us, a whacked out jihadi like Omar doesn’t need funding or direction from ISIS or Al Qaeda to wreak havoc on innocent American citizens. All he needs is the insanity of radical Islam and an Imam willing to brush off the mayhem by shifting blame:

Imam Muhammad Musri said police have determined there has been no connection to anyone else. No, police have not said that, they said they are still investigating. Now he’s saying we have to look to issue of mass shootings, ‘we must do something to stop the mass shootings that are happening all the time’. On the other hand, he said people should not ‘jump to conclusions’ as to blame, that we must ‘come together.’

No sir, Imam. What we need to stop are people teaching radical interpretations of the Quran while shifting blame to a non-existent trend in mass shootings.

The current administration wants to import thousands of undocumented refugees from radicalized Muslim countries into the U.S. GOP nominee Donald Trump was widely criticized for calling for a halt in resettlement of these refugees until we can better determine where they’re from and what they’re up to. Given that (1), the likelihood of our government developing a vetting system that works is negligible and (2), we have San Bernardino, Fort Hood and now Orlando as evidence of what they’re gonna be up to if they’ve found ‘religion’, it sounds like Mr. Trump has the right plan and Democrats have the wrong one. (but I repeat myself there, don’t I?)

Exit question: If you were a betting man or woman, what odds would you lay that the club attacked last night was a supposed ‘Gun Free Zone?’ Or, phrased another way, if you were a radical jihadi bent on killing dozens of infidels, where would you choose to open fire? A place where you know people can’t shoot back.