THE LAST DITCH -- Douglas Olson — FREAK SHOW #30

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Freak show #30
 
State rape: the horrors of government
 
By DOUGLAS OLSON

 

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Truly, some of the dumbest, most incompetent and uncaring, most venal people in the world work for government, penetrating every level and infesting every nook and cranny. Once in, it is almost impossible to get them out, no matter how ludicrous or damaging to others their official decisions and proclamations may be — as the following sad and outrageous examples illustrate.
 

To protect and serve

Earlier this year, after convicting a man of working while also collecting welfare, a German court sentenced him to 720 hours of community service and put him to work as a janitor at the Evangelical Kindergarten St. Petri, near Osnabrück. It wasn't until months later — after he was arrested for fondling himself in front of two children — that authorities discovered that he had three convictions for sexual child abuse on his record.

The person handling the case "didn't pay attention and didn't see he had a sexual conviction, so she allowed him to serve in a kindergarten," admitted a spokesman for the prosecutor's office. "She didn't read the file."
 

Law of the jungle

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently threw out a lawsuit against the city by the family of a man shot and killed in 2001 during a robbery attempt by an escaped convict.

According to the decision by Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer, juvenile offenders in D.C. escaped 782 times during a ten-month period in 2001 from "group homes" to which they were sentenced — "one-third of the time without ever returning." The killer in this case had run away and voluntarily returned on two occasions before the third escape, which led to the murder. Even today, the judge noted, "the District has assigned only two police officers on a part-time basis to locate approximately 600 [incarcerated] runaways a year."

Nevertheless, the judge found no liability for the city, the Youth Services administrator, or the operators of the group home. The plaintiffs did not suffer a deprivation of a constitutionally protected property or liberty interest in the killing of their husband and father, Oberdorfer declared; moreover, he ruled, the "public-duty doctrine" bars such negligence claims against the city, and the operators of the home had no "legal duty to the plaintiffs."

And the District, of course, does not allow law-abiding citizens to carry guns for their own protection. The Supreme Court has recently agreed to review a landmark appeals-court decision recognizing that basic right.
 

Public jobs, political purposes

Three years ago, the city of Chicago hired Jerome Felske as a truck driver, even though he admitted to six criminal convictions — five for theft and one for burglary. He was able to circumvent the rule against hiring ex-cons because he helped register voters for the Hispanic Democratic Organization, part of Mayor Richard Daley's political machine.

In January 2007, Felske was fired for "fraud," after it was discovered that he actually had 22 criminal convictions.

In September, he got his job back when the Human Resources Board declared the city could not prove he "intentionally" omitted the other 16 crimes. Felske didn't lie, claimed his lawyer; he just didn't remember all his convictions. Now there's talk of a lawsuit to get back pay for the time since he was discharged.

In 2006, Mayor Daley eliminated the rule against hiring criminals — perhaps because it was causing problems for too many of his political cronies?
 

Judge not

A Tennessee judge awarded custody of a divorced couple's children to the father — after allowing the man's attorney to spend 41 of 65 transcript pages questioning the mother about her religious beliefs. "My attorney kept protesting, but the judge kept it going for almost an hour," said Seventh Day Adventist Jo Anne White. In particular she said she was grilled about her church's position on its "end-times" prophecy.

Neither the transcript nor the judge's order specifies a reason for his custodial choice.

Why would anyone spend so much time on a single issue if it were not seen as important? "My purpose was to show her fanatical characteristics, but the judge's decision about custody was not based on religion," asserted inquisitor Craig Garrett, who represented the father — and apparently is now claiming the ability to read minds.
 

Multiracial paradise is hell

"Poverty has increased both in absolute numbers and proportionally" in South Africa since Negroes took control there, the South African Institute of Race Relations admits.

After the hated white man was deposed in 1994, the new black government vowed to cut poverty and unemployment in half by 2014. Instead, unemployment has remained around 26 percent despite what the media call "good economic growth," and the number of people who live on incomes of less than a dollar a day has more than doubled — from 1.9 million to 4.2 million.

As Miriam Altman, author of the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative, declares optimistically: "Poverty is something that we are likely to see in South Africa for many generations."

The truth is that it's only going to get worse, that South Africa is sliding straight into a Zimbabwean hell. Some of us predicted that in 1994, but who listens to "haters" — especially when they know we're so inconveniently right?
 

Property rights — what property rights?

A Colorado judge has ordered a Boulder couple to deed over more than a third of their property to neighbors as a reward for the neighbors' successfully squatting on it for more than two decades.

Don and Susie Kirlin bought some undeveloped land 23 years ago, planning to eventually build a house on it. "I have the title. I paid for the property. I pay the taxes," Don Kirlin pointed out.

But neighbors Richard McClean (a former judge) and Edith Stevens (his lawyer wife) argued the legal doctrine of "adverse possession" — that because they used a portion of the Kirlins' property "openly, continuously, and notoriously for 25 years" without permission, they are entitled to ownership — and Judge James Klein (wink! wink!) agreed.
 

Medical roulette

The health departments of New York State and Nassau County spent three years investigating a physician accused of re-using needles and syringes without proper sterilization over four previous years. Finally, in November, those offices sent letters to more than 600 of the doctor's patients, advising them that they are at risk for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C.

It was known for at least a year and a half that two of his patients had "likely" contracted hepatitis from his uncleanliness, but officials declined to warn any others until their interminable investigation was completed. They are still keeping his identity secret because the state Office of Professional Medical Conduct found no violation of ethics in his behavior.

"After being instructed on proper procedures," the dirty doc continues to practice on existing and new patients ignorant of his history, says a state health department spokesman. He will be "monitored" for the next three years by these same lightning-fast and super-responsible guardians of our public health.
 

Twice victimized

Sanjeev Bhanot of London was shot in the stomach and nearly killed last year. Fearing retribution against both himself and his family, he refused to cooperate with British authorities in identifying the assailant. He told two different stories about the incident, both of which turned out to be lies.

Now, still recovering, Bhanot has been sentenced to three months in prison for "deliberately setting out to frustrate the investigation into a serious firearm incident." Judge Christopher Elwen insisted the prison time was vital "in the current circumstance of gun crime in London."

The "current circumstance of gun crime in London" is that authorities have gathered up firearms belonging to law-abiding citizens, proving anew the axiom, "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." A responsible government (if such a concept is tenable) would allow private gun ownership and self-defense; the Crown chooses instead to jail the terrorized victims.
 

State rape

Officials of the Para state in Brazil locked a 15-year-old girl in a prison cell with more than 20 men for a month, where she was raped relentlessly "from day one" and forced to trade sex for food, says a child welfare agency spokesman.

The ordeal ended only when an anonymous caller leaked the story to local news media. Otherwise, she might have stayed in the prison indefinitely. "Nobody really knows what she was charged with," reported Miere Cohen of the Order of Brazilian Lawyers Human Rights Commission. "She was a suspect in a robbery, but police were unable to tell us which robbery. There was no formal charge."

This, on the heels of a precisely similar scandal earlier this year, where a 23-year-old woman was jailed with 70 men for a month in the same state of Para.

December 14, 2007

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