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calendar   Tuesday - November 16, 2004

Damn The ACLU!

.... and damn the Pentagon for caving in. The US military has agreed to stop sponsoring Boy Scout troops, according to the Washington Post.

Military Bases Are Told Not To Sponsor Boy Scout Troops

Associated Press
Tuesday, November 16, 2004

CHICAGO, Nov. 15—The Pentagon has agreed to warn military bases worldwide that they should not directly sponsor Boy Scout troops, partially resolving claims that the government has improperly supported a group that requires members to believe in God.

The settlement, announced Monday, came in a 1999 lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, which says American military units have sponsored hundreds of Boy Scout troops.

“If our Constitution’s promise of religious liberty is to be a reality, the government should not be administering religious oaths or discriminating based on religious beliefs,” said ACLU lawyer Adam Schwartz.

The Pentagon said it has long had a rule against sponsorship of non-federal organizations and denied that the rule had been violated. But it agreed to send a message to posts worldwide warning them not to sponsor Boy Scout troops or other such groups.

The rule does not prevent service members from leading Scout troops unofficially on their own time, and Scouts will still be able to hold meetings on areas of military bases where civilian organizations are allowed to hold events.

The settlement does not resolve other ACLU claims involving government spending that benefits the Boy Scouts, such as money used to prepare a Virginia military base for the Boy Scout Jamboree and grants used by state and local governments to benefit the Scouts, Schwartz said.

The original ACLU lawsuit named as defendants the Department of Defense, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Chicago Board of Education. The schools settled, agreeing not to engage in official sponsorship of scouting activities.

This is utter bullshit. The ACLU is bent on destroying any and all kind of moral value in America. They haved been hounding the Boy Scouts for years over the BSA’s refusal to allow homosexual members or scoutmasters and now they’re hounding them over God. How much longer are we going to sit back and take this crap from these Leftist weasels?


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/16/2004 at 06:18 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - November 14, 2004

Scott Peterson Redux

Damn! I just finished reading all the comments about the Scott Peterson trial from our “Sound Off Saturday” feature. You folks are really a thinking group of people and even with varied opinions managed to have quite an informed and informative set of opinions. By God, that’s America! Not some lock-step, go-with-the-flow, politically-correct, conspiracy-theory-expounding maggots like I have read at Leftist blog sites. I’ve picked out my three favorite comments from the discussion. Well done, people!

With all due deference to BobF, that is not a valid argument.  Before I get to my main point, let’s dispense with this whole “circumstantial evidence” baloney.  By definition, any evidence which is not eyewitness testimony is circumstantial evidence.  For some reason, the term “circumstantial evidence” has taken on a completely different meaning in the general public from what it actually is.  “Circumstantial evidence” does not mean, “not as good evidence.” Anybody with any law enforcement experience knows that eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable.  He had blue eyes, he had brown eyes, he was six-two, he was five-nine, it was a Ford, it was a Chevy.  99 percent of convictions are obtained with circumstantial evidence. 

Granted, some evidence is better than others, i.e. fingerprints, DNA, etc., but one of the things that separates us from lower animals is that we can reason.  We can take a series of discrete facts and put them together to come up with a reasonable interpretation of what happened.  To use a totally exaggerated example, if you’re standing on a street corner, and you hear a gunshot, and you turn around to see a man with a gun standing over the body of another man, is there much doubt in your mind what happened?  Guess what, that’s circumstantial evidence.  You didn’t actually see what happened.  Anyone who has followed the Peterson trial at all knows from the evidence that he’s guilty as sin. 

Which brings me to my actual point.  How can one argue that because he was convicted based on circumstantial evidence, the jury can’t give him the death penalty?  The jury doesn’t get to say, “Well, we think he’s guilty, but we’re a little unsure, because, you know, it was just circumstantial evidence.  They vote guilty or not guilty, and if they’re unsure enough that they have misgivings about giving him the death penalty, then they should have voted to acquit.  It’s that simple.

-- Craig

This subject fascinates me, and I’m impressed with the courtesy & respect shown for others’ views.

The legal rules of evidence have developed over centuries and deserve respect. Like the infield fly rule in baseball, (or the ‘balk’ which mystified me for years) some sound bizarre, but usually have a good reason for being. This is not the treatment they’ve received by liberals since the 60’s—discovering new & exciting interpretations based on what they read last month in THE NATION.

My favorite circumstantial evidence story, and why lawyers need to learn to shut up.

SHORT VERSION: the defense lawyer keeps hammering at the witness, “Did you actually SEE my client bite off the man’s ear?” “well, no...” “SO you did NOT actually SEE my client bite off the man’s ear, did you?” “No, but...” “SO, what makes you so sure he did the act?” “Well, I saw him spit it out.”

-- Guy

Unlike the Westerfield trial here in San Diego a few years back, which I followed very closely, this trial I only payed mild attention.  Seems to me from what I heard and read, all evidence points to this Scott Peterson; no devil-cult boogeyman nonsense.  I think he should get the death penalty.

Guy, I respect your opinion, but I have one dispute in your logic.  You stated:  “I do not like killing people who are not able to fight back.” To which I say, Amen.  However, apply that standard to Lacey and their unborn child.  Were they able to fight back?  Connor certainly was not.  My question to you is, then, why give Scott Peterson the consideration he did not give his victims, his wife and unborn son?

As far as concern over those who carry out the task of “flipping the switch” or whatever other methods are used, I wouldn’t lose any sleep over their mental health.  I am quite certain they are of a proper mindset for carrying out such tasks to begin with, and the after-effects are probably minimal.  In either case, they make choices, just like Scott Peterson made choices...and isn’t that what life, and, sadly, sometimes, death are all about?

-- Illegitimi Non Carborundum

DAMN GOOD THOUGHTS, PEOPLE! We’ll have to do this more often!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/14/2004 at 03:02 PM   
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