Freak show #21
By DOUGLAS OLSON
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Stalin innocent; Hitler still guilty
After years of research, the Russian Military Prosecutor General has declared that Josef Stalin was not responsible for the notorious massacre of more than 20,000 Polish military officers at Katyn in 1940. Because USSR archives contain no documents on the "legal basis" for the massacre, explain the Russians, it cannot be blamed on Uncle Joe.
By contrast, historian David Irving now jailed in Austria for speech crimes offered a £1,000 reward in 1979 for evidence that Adolf Hitler personally ordered the murder of any Jews. No such document has ever been found, but the Führer remains condemned by the world as the perpetrator of the alleged "central event of human history."
And Irving sits in jail today for questioning that equally unproven
Land of the Free, Home of the Knave
New Jersey State Assemblyman Peter Biondi (R-Somerset County) has
introduced legislation to outlaw anonymous speech on the Internet. His
bill would require the legal name and address of the author to accompany
any posting on any "public forum Web site." This First Amendment
emasculation was prompted by an online discussion on the New Jersey
Star-Ledger's Website of Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano, who
used more than $5,000 in public funds to pay for his dry-cleaning
expenses. Biondi was outraged that no one could be persecuted for
pseudonymous comments that Provenzano is a "thief, plain and simple,"
and "this is what we get for voting Republican." Biondi's legislation would bar
"false" posts and allow anyone upset by the comments to recover punitive
damages and (of course) attorney's fees. (Oh, how upset I would be about
everything if this idiot bill ever became law!)
Let the punishment fit the crime
A Sudanese village "council of elders" has ordered a man caught
flagrante delicto with a goat to pay a "dowry" of 15,000 dinars ($50)
to the animal's owner. "They said I should not take him to the police," the
owner told BBC News, "but rather let him pay a dowry for my goat because
he used it as his wife."
The National Organization for Women recently awakened from the coma
that it entered on January 20, 1993, and called for the
resignation of Penn State coach Joe Paterno when he cast doubt on a
woman's claim that she was raped by a college football player. "When
someone of his stature makes light of sexual assault, we have a serious
problem," declared NOW president Joanne Tosti-Vasey. But it wasn't a
problem at all for NOW when the President of the United States refused
even to deny a credible accusation of rape brought by Juanita
Doing what comes naturally
Former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, 63, called the
"spiritual heir" of Saint Nelson Mandela, is on trial for raping a 31-year-old, HIV-positive woman who regarded him as a longtime family friend.
And she says he didn't use a condom. While Zuma admits having sex with
her, he claims it was consensual. Three judges recused themselves, citing
conflicts of interest including one who admits that his sister had
a child by Zuma decades ago. Zuma's supporters call the case a "political
assassination" to derail his quest for the presidency, and shouted "burn
the bitch" outside the courtroom. An estimated 450,000 rapes took place
last year in that miserable nation of 45,000,000.
The blessings of freedom African style
A recent AP report admitted that the number of South African households
living in tin-and-cardboard shacks has increased from 1.45 million
to 1.84 million a 26 percent rise since the evil
and uncaring whites lost control of the government in 1994. This despite a
state expenditure of $4.5 billion to build new homes. "We are sick
and tired," wailed Beauty Nazo, a onetime African National Congress
supporter, who says she was too disillusioned to vote this year. "They
keep on promising heaven and earth during elections and disappear
The root of all evil
One of two men robbing a woman at gunpoint in Ohio exclaimed, "This is
all George W. Bush's fault. He screwed up the economy" and said they were
doing it for "gas money for the car." A 29-year-old man who went over the
White House fence in February told the officer who apprehended him:
"George Bush told me to jump the fence, and I jumped the
Some sanity left in U.K.
After an official investigation, a Liverpool soccer player will not be
prosecuted on charges that he "racially abused" another player
charges brought not by the alleged "victim," but by two deaf busybodies
who claim to have read racial epithets on the man's lips while they
watched the match on television.
A poor bluffer
When the church's secretary was arrested last January, Prophet Ron
Williams of the Miracle of Prayer Church in Grove Hill, Alabama, called
upon congregation members to protest at the jail. He vowed that he was
not going "no damn where" until the woman was released. When warned
about the possibility of being arrested for inciting a riot, he pointed to his
cell phone and screamed, "I got Johnnie Cochran on the phone right now!"
At that time, Cochran had been dead for nearly a year.
I fooled the law
Christopher Flauding was 17 in 1979, when he invaded the home of an
Indiana woman, robbed her, stabbed her as many as 30 times with a
butcher knife, and stole her car. Because his attorneys convinced the court
that he was "borderline mentally retarded" and had a "limited mind," he
was spared the death penalty and given a 60-year sentence. But after only
27 years behind bars during which this supposed "retard" earned a
bachelor's degree in anthropology, with a 3.39 grade point average
Flauding will go free on July 30. "All of a sudden, he's a doggone
brilliant person," commented a son of the victim. "It just doesn't make
What about her "choice"?
According to local police, Negress Tammy Skinner of Suffolk, Virginia,
shot herself in the stomach last month, on the day she was due to deliver
her baby. She survived, but she has been charged with illegally inducing an
abortion, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, and filing a false
police report. This is outrageous! What happened to this woman's sacred
"right to choose" death for her unborn child? If she had walked into a
clinic and paid for a "partial birth abortion" of her 9-month-old fetus,
everyone would have been happy; Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the
Democratic party would have stood up and cheered. Is the Commonwealth
of Virginia so firmly in the pocket of the American Medical Association
that it will prosecute someone for just trying to save a buck on
A new book for children, The Forbidden Schoolhouse by Suzanne Jurmain (Houghton Mifflin, 2005), recounts the tale of Prudence Crandall, a white woman who opened an "academy" for young Negro women in 1833. She didn't just face social ostracism; local elected officials tried to shut her down through political and legal means, while town residents pelted her windows with eggs and boycotted her enterprise, refusing to sell her food and other items. Eventually, a mob invasion resulted in closure of the school within a year of its inception. Fifty years after the fact, Crandall did get an "apology" from some of the town's citizens and compensation for a portion of her losses.
In what part of the evil, hateful South did this horror story take place? South Carolina? Mississippi? Try Canterbury, Connecticut, which a generation later must certainly have generated its share of arrogant abolitionists and rabid anti-Confederate warmongers.
March 28, 2006
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