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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

ROUND UP THE USUAL SUSPECTS

With the 25th anniversary of the Tinanmen Square uprising less than a month away (June 3-4 1989) the Chinese authorities are rounding up activists, human rights lawyers, agitators, bloggers, and detaining them,  either with house arrest or in jail with no charges pending and no right to redress their custodial status.   The NY Times article on the round-up is here.

How great is it to live in a country where personal freedom is cherished and people are not held indefinitely on secret charges based on their political views? Isn't it (Guantanamo Bay) a wonderful thing (Martin Luther King 's Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963) not to have indefinite detentions (Jimmy Ryce Act) in this country where people aren't crushed by the government for their personal views?

Just to refresh your knowledge of history, Dr. King was arrested after he defied the order of Circuit Court Judge W. A. Jenkins, that prohibited people from "parading, demonstrating, boycotting, trespassing and picketing."  Of course, we're different from China. Right?

From the Letter from Birmingham Jail:

Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds. ...

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed...

But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she can't go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five-year-old son who is asking: "Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?"; when you take a cross-country drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading "white" and "colored"; when your first name becomes "nigger," your middle name becomes "boy" (however old you are) and your last name becomes "John," and your wife and mother are never given the respected title "Mrs."; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you go forever fighting a degenerating sense of "nobodiness" then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience.

Yes dear readers, we have a lot to be proud of in this country.

See You In Court.

36 comments:

Anonymous said...


Good morning Horace.

Still think the NETS will win four of the next five games against the HEAT?

Did you put your money where your mouth is? ("Take it to the bank")

Anonymous said...

nets is wha???GO HEAT...
reading ebony and Ivy about how the leading ivy league institutions, HARVARD YALE COLUMBIA PRINCETON UPA.. benefited from slave trade investors in northeast..circa 1700's...Dr King was truly leading the spiritual fight for the soul of our country....it aint over yet...but economic justice must come..free judge Rodney Smith..donate today...

Rumpole said...

(yawn) such predictable comments from front running fans. Wait and see how empty the arena is when the Heat lose.
Predictable comments get a predictable response:

"The series isn't over until the fat lady sings."

Anonymous said...

blowhard.... in so many different ways

Anonymous said...

Further reading on the subject of this post:

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/05/john-w-whitehead/is-america-becoming-the-new-third-reich/

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...



Executive Business Meeting
Full Committee
Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014 Add to my Calendar
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Dirksen 226
Agenda
I. Nominations

Carlos Eduardo Mendoza, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida

Darrin P. Gayles, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida

Paul G. Byron, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida

Beth Bloom, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida

Cap Out .....
Captain4Justice@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Shum dog for circuit court.

Anonymous said...

Scams? Insults? Outrages? How about one hour martinizing? Biggest freaking scam ever. Have you ever had anything "martinized" ? Me neither. Rumpole, you need an expose on this.

REAL FORMER JUDGE said...

wow, i have never read more powerful words than those that you reprinted of MARTIN LUTHER KING.

he was obviously not only a great communicator, but also a brilliant thinker.

words of a hero …

Rumpole, how would this world be DIFFERENT TODAY had MLK lived?

How would society look today if there was no assassination? Please tell me Rumpole?

Anonymous said...

Saw the Q strutting today fresh off his double DUI win in Daytona beach. In case 1 client blew a .24. In second case same client was arrested a week later and blew a .19. The Q consolidated the cases for one trial Client waved the conflict. Q walked the lady in 91 minutes on both cases.

Anonymous said...

Rundle wont touch the martinizing scandal. Too much political pull by the dry cleaner oligarchs.

1988 said...

Can someone cover me in front of Mrphonious tomorrow? I fricking finished a jury trial in front of Carney yesterday and now pain in the ass Snyder is making me pick six tomorrow and I have a motion before Morphonious and you know how she is if you're a minute late.
Any help?

Rumpole said...

Hey real former judge (if you are) did you know MLK wrote that letter in the margins of a newspaper that was smuggled into him, as he had no other paper to write on, and he had to tear it into pieces to have visitors smuggle it out and then his people had to reassemble it much like a jigsaw puzzle.

Now knowing that, how much more powerful are the words?

DS said...

Why no mention this week of Kent State.
May 4, 1970

Rumpole said...

I think we would be in the same troubles today. Economic disparity would still be our biggest problem. MLK's genius is that he saw the economic issues 50 years before the chickens came home to roost. He was planning a second- economic - march on Washington in the months ahead, but of course he couldn't organize it because he was murdered.

Anonymous said...

Remember when the SAO and Pds drafted lawyers out of law school and there were scouting reports on the newbie lawyers:

"Slow in voire dire, weak opening but powerful cross. Good dresser. Has some style. Good value in mid round. Won a dis con case on innovative first amendment issue in law school clinic. Good on 4th amendment issues, weak on 5th. Solid potential."

and...

" Clearly prosecutor material. Aggressive. Moralizes in class. Good pedigree- parents are lawyers. Solid motions, needs work at the lectern."

Anonymous said...

I never read that letter from MLK before- he was even more amazing than I thought.

Anonymous said...

four best prospects I saw coming out of law school were, leading up to best -
4- 007DUI
3- Pat Nally
2- Bobby Reiff
1- Q

the draft worked right up to the time Essen and Essen went free agency and blew everything up.

RIP Mike Ruffino. The best of the best at Essen.

REAL FORMER JUDGE said...

Rumpole … thank you for your comments and your opinion on the world without MLK today.

MLK died in 1968. Why has no leader appeared to lead and come close to his intellect and ability to communicate in the past almost 50 years?

Surely Rev. Al Sharpton and others have their own agenda albeit they have helped bring awareness to racial inequality.

Does an MLK leader only come once in a lifetime? Where are the other future leaders to ARTICULATE in a clear and persuasive manner to awaken the APATHY of the less fortunate in light of this economic disparity -- the greatest that has ever existed on this earth.

If there is not some type of change -- and a new middle class is formulated -- there will be unrest = civil war between the MAJORITY of the poor vs. the multimillion dollar CEO players of this country.

If unrest and a society of unemployed youth (some with hundreds of thousands of dollars in college debt - with no job), it will lead to a society that exists in the same manner as what happened in Venezuela, Egypt, Tunisia, etc. Mark my word, the Koch brothers money will not be able to have enough high priced tv commercials to keep the poor contained and quiet.

Anonymous said...

843
Put the pipe down. Civil war? We already had a civil war to free black people. Now blacks have opportunity and we give them a well deserved push with affirmative action. The problem is mostly about dad's who leave their sons and daughters to raise themselves. The result is terrifying. What would MLK think about all those missing dads?

MC Waste Services, Inc said...

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/wilton-manors/fl-broward-prosecutor-drug-arrest-20140507,0,2758014.story what's going on in broward lately?

Anonymous said...

getting shaken down by bondsmen more and more these days. when will the sao get off their ass and investigate?

Anonymous said...

9:16pm is Donald Sterling or a frustrated ASA in juvenile division?

Fake Judge Snyder Circa 1989? said...

Hey Phil R. :

Where is Alec Berg? A-L-E-C B-E-R-G

"In the box"

MC Waste Services, Inc said...

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/deadline-miami/2014/05/broward-prosectutor-charged-with-possession-of-meth.html

MC Waste Services, Inc said...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1473828842849743&set=a.1421118248120803.1073741828.1420502274849067&type=1&theater


bernie sanders is the only american pol worth a shit

Anonymous said...

8:43 " we give them a well deserved push with affirmative action." Paternalize much?

Anonymous said...

Another Broward ASA busted and this time for meth. Now she will feel how mean her office is.... oppppssss.... another kinder and more gentle SAO will handle it.

I hope Dade gets the case and treats her with respect.

Anonymous said...

I had a case with that Broward prosecutor - she was as decent as any prosecutor I have ever dealt with.

Responsive to calls, fair and honest. This is truly unfortunate and I wish her the best. If she needs a job, she can come work with me tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

843 here. Maybe you forgot about slavery and jim crow laws. Affirmative actions is a good thing here. Sounds like you need to man up also.

Tonight at The REN said...

Draft party at The REN! Free chicken wings and drafts when the Fins are on the clock!!!

Anonymous said...

FYI the Ren serves those ginormous chicken wings.

Anonymous said...

I love the SW egg rolls at the REN and the porcini stuffed ravioli in port wine sauce is tops.

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:

And your new Federal Judges are one step closer to earning their new gavel:

Results of Executive Business Meeting - May 8, 2014
The Senate Judiciary Committee held an executive business meeting to consider pending nominations and legislation on May 8, 2014.

Agenda

I. Nominations

Carlos Eduardo Mendoza, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida
Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

Darrin P. Gayles, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida
Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

Paul G. Byron, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida
Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

Beth Bloom, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida
Ordered Reported By Voice Vote

Congrats to Judge Bloom and Judge Gayle.

Cap Out ....

Anonymous said...

Rock roll and remember and draft your favorite Latina draft party at you know where.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Carrazana would appear to be a shmoe