DOUGLAS OLSON — Freak show #2

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Freak show #2
We simply shake our heads in wonder

By DOUGLAS OLSON

 

The Ninth Circus [sic] Court of Appeals in California has thrown out the armed-robbery conviction of Deshon Rene Odom, who attempted to conceal the gun with which he robbed a San Francisco bank but "inadvertently" showed it to a teller. Although there is no question that Odom was carrying a loaded revolver during the robbery, the honorable court ruled that he could not be convicted of armed robbery because he "never intentionally displayed the gun."

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Two July mayoral forums, sponsored by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Baltimore and the city's Baptist Ministers' Conference, excluded all white candidates, including the incumbent mayor. The Baptist forum "was only for black candidates," confirmed the Rev. Russell Johnson, who declined to explain further or apologize at all for his racial discrimination.

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Robin Wilkinson, who spent 19 years as a prosecutor in Orlando, Fla., has resigned after being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. She said her defense would be that the arresting officer failed to advise her of her right to an attorney.

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Although its population is 93 percent white, some in Macomb County, Mich., feel terribly guilty because voters there have elected only one minority officeholder, current commissioner Bobby Hill. Many whites fled to Macomb from rapidly darkening Detroit in the 1960s, especially after the 1967 Negro riots in that city. Blacks make up 2.5 percent of Macomb's population, their numbers more than doubling from 10,400 to 21,326 between 1990 and 2000. The number of foreign-born inhabitants rose from 49,109 to 69,007 in the same period. At that rate, Macomb will soon have enough minorities to satisfy even the most hard-core self-hating white.

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Professional homosexuals have their panties in a twist over new rules requiring airport-security and law-enforcement officials to give closer scrutiny to "males dressed as females" — the feds think that more-clever approaches to disguise are the coming trend in terrorism. Many normal people, of course, have already been terrorized by these types for years.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, "two-thirds of African countries have either stagnated or shrunk in real per capita terms since the onset of independence in the early 1960s.... Most African nations today are poorer than they were in 1980 — sometimes by very wide margins." Since the era of self-rule began in 1960, "genocide, politicide [sic], and mass murder" have killed roughly 9 million black Africans, says Genocide Watch, a Dutch-based group. Economist Walter Williams sagely observes that "if an equivalent number of rhinos, giraffes, and lions had been similarly slaughtered, the world would be in an uproar." By contrast, during the "intolerable" days of apartheid in white-ruled South Africa, only about 5,000 blacks were killed, and many of those were butchered by their own kinsmen for being insufficiently rebellious against the government.

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Phyllis Chesler, a Jewish-American feminist whose first husband was an Afghan Muslim, calls the 9/11 attacks on the United States "a new kind of anti-Semitism" — the result of an alliance between "Islamic reactionaries and Western intellectuals and progressives" who agree on nothing except "that Israel and America are the cause of all evil." When the attacks occurred, Chesler says, she immediately went to her computer and typed: "Now, we are all Israelis."

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The Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board — which almost never rejects an asylum claim — denied the petition of a Venezuelan woman who wailed that she would be persecuted in her native country because she was too fat.

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Two Bexar County, Tex., sheriff's deputies have resigned after being accused of the heinous crime of forcing an inmate to bathe against his will.

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A federal judge has barred the Great Falls, South Carolina, Town Council from mentioning Jesus Christ at its meetings. The ruling was the result of a lawsuit filed by a self-styled witch (Wiccan) who claimed that uttering the dread name violated her First Amendment rights.

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The Catholic Church has reinstated the Rev. John Harris, who was removed from the ministry in 2000 after he was discovered running a pornographic Internet Website, called St. Sebastian's Angels, for homosexual priests. The reinstatement came after a "positive recommendation" from Fr. Harris's therapist.

October 9, 2003

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