Category Archives: 6th Amendment
SEGMENT – BUT… BUT… RUSSIA!!!!!! (00:00)
For pretty much most of my life, certainly the first thirty years of it, the Soviets, er, Russians, were the Evil Empire. In Kindergarten I did Duck and Cover drills at Ashley Elementary School in Denver. As a boy I listened to my Dad explain to me that Barry Goldwater would have defeated the Russians. As a teenager I watched the Soviets invade Afghanistan. In Junior High I was appalled when Ford announced that the Poles did not consider themselves dominated by the Soviets. In High School I listened as Reagan declared the Soviets “The Evil Empire.” And then I went to sea, putting my own right index finger on “the button” of nuclear deterrence.
Get what I’m saying? I’m the hawk here. I hated the Soviets from the day was was born. I’m the guy who would – all over again – go back to sea to wait for the law to be signed outlawing Russia, followed by the command to bomb them back to the Stone Age in five minutes.
I don’t trust Putin or the neo-Stalinists. I don’t believe them when they say they want peace and prosperity. I’ve never trusted them. And I never will.
And for all of that, I still cannot believe the way this country is going into full 400Hz flop and twitch over $150,000 worth of idiotic Facebook ads.
Facebook ads people… Quick – don’t think about it… name five people you personally know who actually click on Facebook ads…
EEEEEERRRRNNNNTTTT. Times up!
SEGMENT – BOWE GOES FREE? (28:28)
The news that ex-Sgt Bowe Bergdahl will serve no prison time for his desertion has the nation and social media abuzz. I’m not in any way, shape or form surprised that he got no prison time. Why? Because the 6th Amendment still applies to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. And the Commander in Chief still doesn’t understand that.
Now matter how many people scream and yell that “Since when does deserting your post in war time not require the firing squad?” it doesn’t change the facts. First, we don’t shoot – or at least very rarely – shoot people for desertion in the face of the enemy. Second, you can’t have the Commander in Chief out screeching about how justice for an accused but not convicted (or at that point even charged) soldier should be treated. It taints the presumption of innocence, and it makes it impossible to get a fair trial or sentence.
So you can be mad if you want. But be mad at those who ignore the Constitution, which still applies to a deserter.
SEGMENT – WHY I AM NOT A LIBERTARIAN (49:18)
For years I’ve been asked over and again why I am not a member of the Libertarian Party. For most of those years, my answer was milquetoast, mainly dealing with the LP’s position on drugs and in the Ron Paul era it’s position on isolationism. But in truth, I am not a hard-line anti-marijuana guy, although I would never use it myself. And while I am not an isolationist, I think that there is need for a national discussion and much more congressional debate about our military involvement overseas.
So imagine my surprise when I was doing my Torah Study this week, and I found the answer as to why I am not a Libertarian. Mostly, it’s because the Libertarians themselves are not able to truly define what it is that they believe, and when they do, it is not compatible with my faith…
SEGMENT – 9/11
My son, for the first time, this year, asked me about the Towers.
In many ways, 9/11 for him, is much like Pearl Harbor for me. That is to say that it is an event with which he will have to live with the consequences, without having lived through the actual event. The war(s) resulting from 9/11 have now been declared “the longest” in our history. But for fourty-six years we lived with the consequences and fallout from World War II…
Segment – The Elimination of Privacy In America
You’ve heard the stories about Google and Facebook and probably even JC Penny’s monitoring your online use and “targeting” ads for you to see every day. For me, it’s rather humorous. Because of the nature of my work, I spend a good deal of time researching things that I would otherwise have no interest in. Then I get ads related to those things, which I ignore and click on “Not relevant to me.”
Then, like most of you, I go out and buy a living room table on my credit card.
And in some room full of computers somewhere, somebody takes notice of that.
What does it mean that Dave just bought a dining room set at a furniture store in Bremerton, Washington? What information can we glean from this purchase? what might it predict that Dave will do next?
Don’t think that’s happening?
You might think that Equifax is *just* a credit reporting company.
But it’s not *just* that. And while you might think that 143 Million Americans getting their data breached because of Equifax carelessness, it’s what they may have been doing with that data in the first place that should really make you mad.
SEGMENT – Traffic Court
I have to go to Traffic Court today. I guess that’s not 100% accurate, I chose to go to Traffic Court today because I received a Red Light Camera ticket via mail. Oddly enough, the pictures that came with a sworn statement, signed by a local LEO, are clearly my truck. Stopped at a red light. Brakes on and not moving. So my wife said, and I quote, “You’re fighting this one…”
Many years ago, back in the 1970’s, you could, on rare occasions, actually learn something watching a TV crime drama. And so it was that way back when, Dave watched an episode of Quincy, M.E., during which he learned a fact about how Jury trials can work that he retains even today. That single fact is helpful when we recall the purpose of the Jury is to serve as a mighty bulwark against government. To make certain that government isn’t allowed to just run roughshod over accused citizens.
At the same time, that simple fact also makes certain that a person who is guilty can’t hide behind confusion and misdirection.
Back in 2012, a man stood accused of hacking into PriceWaterhouse and stealing the Romney’s tax returns, which he threatened to release to the highest bidder if he didn’t get paid $1Million in digital currency. The self-named “Dr. Evil,” was about as competent as his nom de guerre, and ended up in the custody of the US Secret Service, who take a dim view of people threatening potential Presidents with blackmail. He denied being involved, of course, and eventually found himself sitting in front of a Jury as the Secret Service laid out their digital case against him.
It was extremely complicated, and for people who aren’t computer experts, somewhat confusing. To make sure that the Jury understood the case, the Judge allowed the same thing that Dave learned watching Quincy, M.E., all those years ago to happen…