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Crimes & Punishments


Crimes & Punishments

Christopher Brauchli

Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor.
— Theodore Roosevelt, Third Annual Message (1903)


Those whose job it is to enforce the law often feel no need to obey it - Wereflea


Very little these days comports with fairness, justice, principle, or integrity.

From the brute force unleashed that has armies invading nations on the basis of fraudulent "causes" (and equally fraudulent triggers), to the lock-downs on truth and purposeful clouding of the public's understanding of matters that profoundly concern them, to the screwed up election rules... the national mood has largely become "Might makes right."

A corollary to "Might Makes Right" is that one can continue to profit from harmful practices until they are caught or PROVEN guilty.

There are so many companies these days that pollute the air, water, and earth; and so many other corporations that do enormous harm. These entities typically have rosters of lawyers on call and know that it takes time, great costs to those seeking legal redress, and often the luck of the draw (or a helpful campaign contribution) when it comes to the assignment of particular judges. And all of these handicaps to genuine justice favor those who DO harm while relying upon the Presumption of Innocence.

The mood in Texas is "What are you gonna do about it?"

I find it interesting that so much flooding is going on in the state that probably is more polluted by oil and fracking detritus than any other in the nation. It's as if Earth Mother keeps sending the flood waters to wash it clean. What is harder to wash clean are the corrupt politicians who rely upon the Presumption of Innocence to maintain their Ethos of profiting through harms done unto land, specific persons, and the Spirit of the Law.

The 21st century--thus far--is a banquet to predators of all types and stripes.


Good gawd, I wasn't expecting that. Thanks for the belly laugh!

Honesty may be the best policy, but it’s important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy. --George Carlin

I'm surprised more of them aren't compromised. First they are state-wide elected officials, which takes some real maneuvering to accomplish and usually possession of certain unpleasant character traits, including a thirst for power. Next, they are lawyers, schooled in the legal and the illegal, and with aforementioned character traits, some are bound to be bad, very bad. Just like Congress.