Close to the Weekend Motes

Whistle-blower deserves anonymity: Whatever happened to the right to confront your accuser? You know, that pesky old 6th Amendment. You know, where the person accused of a crime has the right to confront a witness against him or her in a criminal action. As well as the right to cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses.

Too stupid to be not guilty
; “Jailhouse calls could keep babysitter accused of killing infant behind bars”. You’re in jail, what makes you think they aren’t recording your calls? Your mother is a former police officer, she tells you to listen to what she’s not saying, she knows they record calls. The defendant tells the judge she can only afford $50, 000 for bail and that’s what she wants it to be. Since when does the accused get to set their own bail? Ah, the mysterious workings of the Hawaii Criminal “Justice” System.

Crazy ? : The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. Kind of like Hawaii politics where they elect the same names over and over and expect anything to change. I’ll give you a clue, vote the same as always, vote for the names you recognize, and NOTHING will change.

Just heard from my Son. He and his lady friend were in Japan this weekend during the storm and earthquake. All is well. Other than they spent a lot of money to spend their vacation in an off-brand hotel for the week. They did get out to see some sights, just probably not the ones they wanted. Me, I’m just glad they’re safe.

Some Things never change
: More “problems” in Haiti. Right now 60% of the population earns less than $2.00 (US) a day, most of us spend more that that on lunch, and 20% of the population controls 60% of wealth. This is in a country of 11 million people. The country has been racked with corruption, disease, and natural disasters for as long as I can remember. It will take a “strong-man” government, albeit one with the good of the people at heart, and many, many years to make Haiti what it always could have been.

There’s a trouble in the city: Another NYPD officer has committed suicide, the 10th this year. But this isn’t limited to NYC, according to Blue H.E.L.P. 169 officers have taken their own lives this year.

Hoisted on his own petard: In last nights “Debate”<strong> Beto O’Rourke stated “I think just as in any law that is not followed or flagrantly abused, there have to be consequences or else there is no respect for law.” Does this apply to only the laws he likes, or does it also apply to say…..I dunno…maybe, immigration? Since we (the United States) have laws against illegal immigration, does this mean Beto will enforce those laws and consequences? Seriously, didn’t this just make you nose your morning coffee?

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