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September 9, 2013

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Our situation is desperate.


Religious leader in India charged with sexually assaulting 16-year-old girl.

September 5, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Good evening:

I like to read foreign newspapers to keep up on world events. I look for events in foreign countries that are similar to events in the United States. Yesterday, I discovered an unusual correspondence between two events, one in the U.S and one in India. We all know about Sybrina Fulton’s and Tracy Martin’s heroic refusal to accept the Sanford Police Department’s inaction and bogus excuses for failing to recommend that the prosecution charge George Zimmerman with murder or manslaughter. Their grace and persistence inspired millions of people around the world to support their cause. Even though the trial ended badly, they continue to seek justice for Trayvon setting an example for all of us to follow.

A similar story is underway in India.

On August 15th, a 16-year-old girl told her mother that a man named Asaram, who describes himself as a “godman,” sexually assaulted her for an hour and a half inside his ashram after locking all the doors and turning out the lights. The girl went to the ashram that day to undergo an exorcism conducted by Asaram. At his request, the girl’s mother spent the hour-and-a-half outside the ashram praying for a successful exorcism.

The girl’s mother immediately notified the police and they commenced an investigation. Two weeks later, Asaram’s influential and vocal supporters were controlling the message. The girl’s parents responded with a hunger strike declaring they would not eat until the police arrested and charged Asaram.

Police arrested Asaram on Sunday.

According to the Hindustan Times, the father said,

“We were not aware that he was a beast masquerading as a spiritual guru,” the girl’s father said in Lucknow on Sunday. “Not only did we donate 7 acres of land, we also contributed money for the ashram. There was immense pressure on us to withdraw the complaint. From threats to money, Asaram’s supporters tried every trick in the book.

One should not have blind faith on the self-styled godman, he added. “Asaram took my daughter to his private quarters to perform rituals to ward off evil spirits and then he assaulted her.”

On Monday police arrested one of Asaram’s aides and charged him with aiding abetting.

Asaram remains in jail without bail pending his next court hearing.

We now have two excellent examples of parents peacefully demanding thorough police investigations and formal charges.

Encouraging news.

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Ariel Castro commits suicide

September 4, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Good afternoon:

Crane and I just walked in. We’ve been busy working on her case this week. As most of you know, we are going to write a book on our experiences in Kentucky. Crane has already written Frog Gravy, a memoir about her experiences while serving her sentence. My contribution to our joint effort is a room full of cardboard boxes stuffed with papers that I produced over a six-year period. I documented everything relevant to her case, including my experiences at the law school that I believe will supply the motive for prosecuting her with false evidence. Today’s task was to go downtown to the Clerk’s Office at the courthouse and review the documents in her legal file. We should complete that task tomorrow, God willin’ and the creek don’t rise.

There are a lot of subjects available to write about todayI’m going to write about Ariel Castro’s suicide last night.

FYI: Alan Johnson and Jim Woods of the Columbus Dispatch are reporting:

Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell at 9:20 last night at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. The prison medical staff performed CPR before Castro was taken to the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University where was pronounced dead there at 10:52 p.m.

[Franklin County Coroner Jan] Gorniak said her autopsy found marks on the body “consistent with hanging” with a prison bed sheet. She said she was not aware of any suicide note being found. A final autopsy report will not be completed for six to eight weeks, she said.

I am not prepared to accept this theory, without additional investigation.

In other news, did y’all know that George Zimmerman has discovered a cure for cancer?

As if that were not enough, Sundance and his fellow denizens at the Treehouse are investigating Angela Corey.

Love and kisses,

Fred


SCOTUS issues a stay in the battle for custody of a Native American child

September 3, 2013

Wednesday, September 3, 2013

Good afternoon:

I have a short post today.

The New York Times is reporting today that the Oklahoma Supreme Court has issued an order stopping the proceedings in the case involving the little girl named Virginia. The stay was necessary because trial courts in two Oklahoma counties have issued conflicting orders regarding who should have custody of the girl.

The competing parties are the child’s adoptive parents, who are white, and her biological father, who is Native American. The child is Native American.


Today is Labor Day

September 2, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

Good afternoon:

Today is Labor Day in the United States. This day used to be celebrated with parades and speeches by public officials in cities large and small throughout the country. I doubt there will be many parades or speeches honoring the labor movement today because Republicans despise it and the Democratic Party, which was its stalwart defender for many years has ceased to support it.

Instead, the Democratic Party aggressively supports free market capitalism, an economic policy that has encouraged corporate America to relocate factories foreign countries and outsource millions of jobs. Job flight has resulted in an effective rate of unemployment around 15%.

Persistent unemployment and low demand for products and services is a major cause of our moribund economy because people do not have money to spend. So long as demand remains low, businesses have little incentive to increase their inventories and hire employees.

Labor created a prosperous middle class and no American should forget that. Today the middle class is disappearing and that is one of the greatest tragedies of these times.

In other news, Diana Nyad is close to completing her solitary open ocean swim from Cuba to Florida. She is the first human to have accomplished that task. Remarkable accomplishment.

Word from the capitol is that Congress is going to take approximately one week to decide whether to support or oppose President Obama’s idea to bomb Syria.


What should someone in an abusive relationship do to get out of it?

August 30, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

Good morning:

Great comments on the Shellie Zimmerman thread.

With a few exceptions, seems like a consensus has been reached that Shellie is an abused wife who has not been emotionally, and perhaps financially, supported by her husband and his family. Their absence at her plea and sentencing certainly indicates a lack of emotional support. That absence speaks volumes about who and what they are, particularly since she obviously committed the lie to benefit him.

Some believe she is every bit as much a grifter as he is and her apparent abandonment by him and his family is just another scam the two of them are running with a possible tell-all book/movie project in the works.

Some of you caught her in the lie about her nursing education. The lie would be apparent to anyone with a background in nursing. That is, her absence of clinical experience would negate her claim because one cannot get to where she claims to be with only on-line classes. She appears not to even realize that her lie would be instantly discovered.

That lack of awareness on her part indicates that she was never serious about becoming a nurse.

If she was never serious about becoming a nurse, what is she serious about?

If, as I suspect, the answer is George Zimmerman, she has a lot of growing to do before she breaks free from his grasp.

I noticed in the comments that several of you have been involved in abusive relationships and successfully disengaged from them.

Assuming Shellie is involved in an abusive relationship and is seeking to break free, what do you believe she should do?

I realize that this is a complicated subject that I know little about and I do not want to pry or open old wounds, so no one should feel like they have to participate.

Let’s simplify and take Shellie out of the discussion, since we do not know for certain what her situation is.

The question for discussion: What should someone in an abusive relationship do to get out of it?

I’m going to create an open thread for those who want to discuss or comment on other matters.

One possible subject was just raised by Secretary of State, John Kerry, who asked the American public to review newly unclassified documents about the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons to kill and subdue its own people. What should our government do about it, he asks.


I Have a Dream Speech

August 24, 2013


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