On December 7, 1941, 72 years ago it was a quiet Sunday morning in the lagoon harbor, Pearl Harbor, on the Island of Oahu west if Honolulu. A little before 8:00 a.m. the Japanese launched a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. According to Wikipedia, “Ninety minutes after it began, the attack was over, as 2,386 Americans died, . . . a further 1,139 wounded. Eighteen ships were sunk or run aground, including five battleships.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it “a day which will live in infamy.”
I’d also not that Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post agrees with me when it comes to Ukraine and China.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2013
There is loads of video evidence showing Berkut special forces sadistically beating and kicking apprehended protesters last Sunday as they lay on the floor.Some of these appalling incidents took place inside the grounds of the President’s Administration building on Bank Street where many of the protesters had been dragged their for ‘special treatment’.The link above shows dozens of Berkut and other police personnel, perhaps even staff from the PA itself, watching on indifferently, listening to the screams and watching the blood flow. Failure to intervene makes these onlookers just as culpable for the outrages as the perpetrators.
From the Miami Herald: “after a night of drinking at Potbelly’s [the victim] wound up in a taxi with three men, then on a bed where Winston held her down and forced himself upon her even though she told him to stop. She said when one of his friends entered the room and told Winston to stop, Winston picked her up and continued the assault on the bathroom floor. She said he then dressed her and drove her on his scooter to an intersection near her dorm. She called police, submitted to a rape exam and answered questions about the tall male with a “short Afro” whom she did not know. A month later, after learning his name, she called police. Winston, through his lawyer, declined to be interviewed.”
From ESPN: “After that, the accuser said she remembers the suspect dressing her, putting her on a scooter and dropping her off at an intersection, but she had no idea where the alleged rape occurred.”
I’ve suggested that the prosecution of John Connolly for the same crime in the federal government where he was acquitted and then again in the state of Florida where he was convicted was double jeopardy which is forbidden by our Constitution. There is an exception to the idea a person cannot be put in jeopardy twice for one act. It is when two sovereigns are involved, here we engage in the fiction that the United States and Florida are independent of each other.
It is argued although Connolly was acquitted in a U.S. court, he can still be tried in a Florida court. That may be so in some cases but in Connolly’s case the truth is that there was only one sovereign involved. The same group of prosecutors were involved in both cases; and, that Florida because of the enormous amounts of federal money received by that state for law enforcement is really too highly interconnected with the federal government so that under circumstances like this case it cannot be considered a separate sovereign.
No one, least of all me, really cares about the economics of what the EU was offering to Ukraine, beyond a vague uncertainty of how many Greeks rail against a two tiered Europe and want their drachma back, or the conviction that colonialism is never a particularly good deal for the colonized, and Ukraine has suffered brutal colonization by Russia.
But that’s ok because this really has nothing to do with money.
Poland was a sponsor of the EU Eastern Partnership and before her bad marriage to Russia Ukraine had a bad marriage to Poland. The other partner was Sweden, whose flag perhaps by no coincidence is the same rare colors as Ukraine’s. That is all about the Swedish invasion of Charles XII and Hetman Ivan Mazeppa, celebrated by Liszt, Rilke and Lord Byron, and vilified by Tchaikovsky.
The Florida’s prosecution system is totally suspect. It’s not just its prosecution of John Connolly, or its failure to investigate a killing because the killer was an FBI agent, it’s the ongoing matter involving the young Florida State University (FSU) co-ed who said she was raped.
This young woman has the daunting task of securing justice because the person she alleges raped her is FSU star quarterback Jamies Winston. Not only has the woman been allegedly raped, she has been driven from the university by the mob. She like all co-eds at Florida state should have listened to a cop.
The Miami Herald wrote that her attorney said: ”Tallahassee police detective Scott Angulo told her in January that “Tallahassee is a big football town” and her client’s life would be made “miserable” if she pursued an allegation against Winston, a two-sport athlete who was preparing then for baseball season.” He sure knew what he was talking about. Not only was it made miserable, nothing has been done about her allegations.
We’ve read that Whitey terrorized the City of Boston for decades but have difficulty finding anyone who was terrorized by him. Unlike during the time of the Boston Strangler when women thought twice about leaving their homes, you can’t find one person who had the same feeling because of the existence of Whitey Bulger. Whitey did murder some people, most of them criminals. His buddy Stevie Flemmi murdered at least 13 people before he met Whitey; his other buddy John Martorano murdered at least 8 people before meeting Whitey; and afterward each pumped their total murders to over double the amount the Whitey was found by a jury to have been involved in. Yet no one speaks of Martorano terrorizing the Hub nor of Flemmi doing it. It is only Whitey.
Victor Fedorovich was born in an ugly village in the “industrialized” Donetsk region of the country. Industrialized by Soviet standards. “My childhood was difficult and hungry,” he said. “I grew up without my mother, who died when I was two. I went around barefooted in the streets. I had to fight for myself every day.”
Fight he did. In 1967 he was 17 when he was first found guilty of robbery and assault and sentenced to 2 years in prison. Released after eighteen months, he remained a fighter and in 1970 was imprisoned again for assault, this time for the full two years. Now Victor Fedorovich Yanukovich is the president of Ukraine. He is still hungry, though what he is fighting for is not clear.
“Brandeis made his famous statement that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants” in a 1913 Harper’s Weekly article, entitled “What Publicity Can Do” according to an article I read.
Justice Brandeis was referring to the need that actions by government agencies be done in a transparent manner. He knew that the deals behind doors or the hiding of information which seems to be occurring by leaps and bounds as each new president comes along was destructive to democracy.
Justice Brandeis noted:” If the broad light of day could be let in upon men’s actions, it would purify them as the sun disinfects.”
Have you been following the position of the United States on Ukraine? Probably not since it has not been carried in most mainstream newspapers. Last Friday “US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has warned about serious consequences that the use of force against the participants in the rally in support for Ukraine’s European integration in Kyiv could have for Ukraine’s bilateral relations with the US.”
Shortly after receiving this warning from the U.S. the Ukraine government sent Swat-type police into Maidan Nezalezhnost (Independence Square) at 4:00 am to clear it of demonstrators (click on video) who were camped out in tents by beating many severely. The alleged reason given was they needed to put up a Christmas tree The sign shown in the picture above is a response to those in power. It says: “Choke on your Christmas Tree.”