Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday Dispatches: Pedophiles There and Here, Guilt in India, James Holmes on Ice, and New Years in Maryland

Jimmy Savile had a long career on both British television and radio. It now appears he had another career, one that has scandalized the BBC and all of the UK. British police are saying that in a little over fifty years Mr. Savile committed at least 214 sex crimes making him, "one of Britain's most prolific sexual offenders."

The police contend that, Savile, who was knighted by both Queen Elizabeth and the Papacy, used his celebrity status to gain access to vulnerable kids as young as eight years old. He abused them everywhere, according to the report. Everywhere includes hospitals, night clubs and even a hospice for the terminally ill. The attacks, which occurred in twenty eight different police districts, began in 1955 and didn't end until 2009.

Outrage is being expressed and accusations are flying. The main questions being how did this run amok loon get away with it for so long and why didn't all this come to light sooner? Those questions will probably get answered one of these days, one way or the other. However it won't matter to Sir Jimmy. He died in 2011 with out facing even one charge.

Over here our man, Jerry Sandusky must be in awe of such nimbleness. His attorney, Joe Amendola recently appealed the old coach's sex crimes conviction, saying the defense team didn't have the proper amount of time to prepare their case. Sandusky continues to maintain he is completely innocent of all the charges against him. I suppose you need to have something to do when you are scheduled to spend the rest of your life in the joint. Besides, what else are you going to say?

NBC is reporting that in India Mr. Manohar Lal Sharma, attorney at law, is defending three of the six men accused of the brutal gang rape and murder of a 23 year old woman. Knowing a good defense depends on an aggressive offense, Mr. Sharma claims that the victim and her male friend, who was also severely beaten, were, "totally responsible" for the attack because they were an unmarried couple on the streets at night. According to Sharma, "Until today I have not seen a single incident of rape with a respected lady. Even an underworld don would not touch a girl with respect.

Backing up this interesting theory is Indian spiritual leader Asrama Bapu, who was quoted as saying, "Guilt is not one sided." Mr. Bapu went on to say that if the woman had pleaded with her attackers in God's name, thrown herself at their feet and told them she was of "the weaker sex" they would have left her alone.

Conservative Indian politician, Mahan Bhagwat assured the press that rape only occurs in the cities because women there adopt western lifestyles. He went on to say that rapes don't happen in rural India. Reuters reports that the National Commission for Women has documented a wide spread pattern of gang rapes of lower caste women throughout the Indian countryside.

It is unclear as to whether Mr. Bhagwat will immigrate to the United States, join the tea party and run for the senate in Missouri. That is where former candidate, Todd Akin expressed his views on "legitimate rape" last fall.

Jyoti Singh Pandey, a physiotherapy student. died a couple of weeks after she and her friend were thrown naked from the moving bus where the attack took place. It is estimated that a woman is raped in India every 22 seconds.

Up in Colorado the judge delayed the arraignment of James Holmes until March 12, prompting one spectator to yell, "Rot in hell, Holmes!" The defense team is asking for more time to decide how to plead their client who faces 166 counts of murder and attempted murder. Admittedly I'm no expert, but it appears to me Mr. Holmes' legal team really doesn't have a lot of options available to them at this time. Perhaps they can get with with Mr. Manohar Lal Sharma and come up with something. After all, it was late at night and not everyone in the Aurora theater was married.

Finally, 10 year old Aaliyah Boyer died Thursday in a Pennsylvania hospital. She had gone to visit relatives in Maryland over the New Year's weekend. Right after midnight she and her family went outside to watch fireworks. She was hit in the head by a stray bullet that police believe was fired into the air by neighbors to celebrate the event. The Huffington Post is reporting that while her family was holding a vigil for her at the hospital their home was burglarized.

Aaliyah's heart and other vital organs were donated to children in need of transplants.

So much bullshit and so little hope. It almost makes you wish that the whole Mayan apocalypse thing had come true.

Onward to the weekend and a bottle of Bushmill's.

Mr. Sulu, you have the con.


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