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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Zimmerman Trial: Knock Knock, whos there?

To all my American friends please let me say, "Wow" That is the only  word I can use to describe the entire Zimmerman fiasco from the beginning to the end. Initially he wasn't charged but, after there was a political uproar from the black community, he was. That seemed wrong.

From the system I know in Canada charges are laid by the Crown Counsel after reviewing the file submitted by the police. But only after that review by the Crown Counsel. Only after the Crown Counsel determines there is a substantial likelihood of conviction are charges proceeded with. Not based on the newscasts or the police wants or the public perceptions or some uproar from a particular community.

To me in the Zimmerman case  from the news I saw charges were only laid to appease the public outcry from the black community. From the facts reported by the news I didn't think then that  there was a substantial likelihood of conviction from the get go based on the available defense of self defense. And that is from 4000 miles away which is not a distinct advantage. 

I'm not John Adams but I'm sure he'd agree with me. Your famous early President John Adams when he was a young lawyer defending some British solders accused of shooting Americans said "facts don't lie" And you can only convict based on the facts. He got those British solders off based on the facts. Anyway you don't need a Canadian telling you your history. As a friend, I'm suggesting to you guys you  need to reestablish  a faith  in your judicial system. That is important and key to your society, to its survival. You must trust your judicial system.

As it turns out the Zimmerman jury agreed with that conclusion based on the evidence, on the facts,  as well. Now the black community having bullied officials and got their way with the laying of charges now want to get the same results with the court system and bully them  into overruling the jury findings. That cant happen or you have even bigger problems. Politics and public wants have nothing to do with the judicial system. It must be neutral, judicial, impartial equal and fair. It must be devoid of politics when making decisions. It can  not be bullied.

Once your general public distrusts the fairness of your judicial system your whole political system is in deep trouble. If the public thinks it can bully the decisions into happening you have really big irreversible problems until trust returns to the judiical system.

Even the defense counsel made a joke in his opening remarks about that perception when he told the "knock knock" joke to the jury in his opening remarks to the jury no less.
"Knock knock"
"Who's there".
"George Zimmerman" 
When the response from a prospective juror was "Zimmerman who" he was accepted onto the jury. He made a joke about this fact.

Considering all the press about the uproar  from the black community and no charges being laid initially  and then the laying of charges against Zimmerman but only after the public uproar, I thought the defense lawyer won that case in his opening remarks with a knock knock joke. That was the "if the glove don't fit, you must acquit"  moment.

Now the black community seem to think they can bully a conviction into happening. And with all due respect to the black community that is wrong.. The laying of charges was wrong. The overreaction by the black community is wrong.Only the jury got it right in this whole fiasco.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Building in the Gulf Islands

It was the 90s but building a cabin on Galiano, one of the Gulf Islands, was an experience  very unlike on the mainland. The workers got to work and smoked the slow down drug. Nothing on this island was done quickly . It was done carefully and accurately with precision tools and a careful eye. But I got to say they knew how to use tools. This was the work of Artisans not carpenters
 The framing was awesome. The cabin was built by hippies.The lumber came from trees fell on the same acreage they grew on over 30 years. The finished product was a wooden masterpiece like nothing in Vancouver.
 The gulf islands off of Vancouver got a speedy boost in population during the Viet Nam war. Many draft dodgers settled here and made a life for themselves. In a beautiful part of the world where the sun was shining while it rained in Vancouver. Many bio diversities throughout the islands where special erotic plants grow but only in those few square yards of soil.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Allah just Met Caesar

Egypt has been historic today, monumentally. The most major difference between Christians and Muslims can be explained in those biblical words of Jesus Christ, when he answered a question about who rules by saying, "render onto Caesar the things that are Caesars" thereby leaving the issues of spiritual or souls and morality to be ruled by God. Islam doesn't have a similar direction from Mohamed. The directions and interpretations by Islam have been quite the opposite in that everything springs from Allah there is no civilian realm of authority so everything is religious. No room for compromise.

Afghanistan was given the opportunity to start that Islamic reformation but that Afghanistan green coat guy never took the opportunity being afforded him. He ducked to accommodate the extremist Taliban, being the politician he is. He kept Afghanistan in the dark ages.

Egyptians weren't going to let that happen to Egypt. Egypt after the fall of the dictator wanted to achieve that accommodation between the Religious and Civil realms with the two corners described by Christ but Islamic. The people didn't want to achieve a godless society. They gave the Muslim Brotherhood the opportunity to set it up. They trusted Morsi to do that but he was too Muslim, too firm in his Muslim belief to accommodate a civilian corner. He wanted everything to be ruled by Islam.There was no room to render anything unto Caesar. Like most Muslim countries. They can't accommodate others. Either you are Muslim or you are an infidel. Except in Egypt. The Egyptians weren't going to let that happen and the military has given them a second chance to get it right. It will be the first real democratic Muslim country that accommodates others even minorities.
The Muslim Brotherhood hopefully has learned. The people rule not Islam. Morsi must be feeling like the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The people rule not Islam. Islam can be a major guide to those doing the ruling not the sole guide.