Just a short update on a few items this noontime.
Criminal Government – Congress in action
Illinois: Ex-Rep Jackson and Wife Sentenced
(Chicago Tribune) Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced today to 30 months behind bars and his wife, Sandi, got a year in prison for separate felonies involving the misspending of about $750,000 in campaign funds. The Jacksons will be allowed to serve their sentences one at a time, with Jackson Jr. going first, based on the wishes of the family as expressed by Dan Webb, an attorney for Sandi Jackson. Jackson Jr. will report to prison on or after Nov. 1, the judge said.
Nathan: Well, a few months in a country club for a man who only stole a few thousand bucks from his own political supporters and betrayed his constituents… unlike someone who did really nasty and sold coke or swiped an auto. And custom scheduling, to boot. He must not have screwed all his constituents enough or he wouldn’t have had to resign from Congress: his daddy’s influence and that of the Chicago Machine would have kept him shielded from this.
Islamic wars: Arab street front – Aggression
Islamists Turn on Egypt’s Churches Amid Violent Crackdown in Cairo
Nathan: Why is this NOT unexpected? Egyptians have been killing and abusing christians and burning their meetinghouses since the first Arab Muslims rode out of the desert and destroyed the East Roman empire. It is going to get worse: it always does. The Crusades, for example, were NOT the naked aggression that people want to make them out to be. They were a response to the Muslim armies and people beating up, robbing, and enslaving peaceful pilgrims going to the Holy Land – when it was under Egyptian control. With virtually no more Jews left in Egypt (at one time there were more Jews in Egypt than in “Palestine”), the christians are the favorite prey of the mobs. Especially since they are disarmed by the Egyptian government.
Home front – Politics 2013 – War on some religions
Catholic Bishop Leaves Democratic Party for GOP; 2012 DNC Was Last Straw
Nathan: Are there any RC Bishops who are libertarians? Going from the DNC to the GOP sounds like just jumping from one boiling pot to another one. But knowing the hierarchy and how the priests are educated and experienced before getting their miter, I suspect that any radicals that might be even minarchists are flushed out, the way Dernyi were found out in Gwynned (the Camber series). There is no question that the GOP is marginally better in SOME things (at least on the surface), but not much better.
War of some drugs – Local cops
Seattle Cops Plan to Hand Out Munchies at Dope-Smokers’ Hempfest
Nathan: With the surveillance cameras running constantly, for the time when they can again round them up and bust them all, after the courts declare that Washington and Colorado can’t neutralize or nullify the federal law. And of course, letting them gather intelligence about anyone who might be using something still illegal in Olympia’s eyes. Sorry, I just don’t believe that the leopard can change its spots. Individual cops (Tony Ryan comes to mind), yes, but not big inner city departments.