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  • ross1948 17:50 on August 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Becker, Chappaquiddick, , , , , sex-offenders list   

    In Sleazy Massachusetts, What Does One Expect? 


     The proband – is that the correct word?
    An 18-year-old accused of sexually assaulting two high school classmates is facing two years of probation despite the district attorney’s office’s recommendation of two years in jail….
    Scott Berkowitz, President of RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), was disappointed in the judge’s decision.
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    • “It’s really discouraging when everyone in the process does their job and … then you see a sentence like this,” Berkowitz told ABC News today.
    • He said the judge’s decision in this case is likely “discouraging for the victims” and also likely “deters other people from reporting their crimes” and “putting themselves through this entire criminal justice process,” because they will wonder, “is it worth it?….”


    “I don’t think it would ever occur to a judge or lawyer that after someone [was] convicted of a murder, that they [would] just get probation because they deserve a second chance,” Berkowitz said.

    “There would be a universal understanding that there are consequences for committing a crime that bad.”

    Oh Yeah?

    We should sympathise with Mr. Berkowitz’s indignation, but deplore his failure to recognise that, in Massachusetts, there’s a history of an absence of “consequences for committing a crime that bad.” 

  • ross1948 08:35 on July 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alexander Hamilton, American currency, Chappaquiddick, , ,   

    Mary Jo Kopechne for the Ten-Dollar-Bill? 

    Money-changers were chased out of the temple by an irate Jesus and He is generally admired for that exemplary use of corporal punishment.

    So I have been observing with interest reactions in the USA to the latest Obamanation idea, changing America’s money!


    • The U.S. Treasury plans to put a woman in place of Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill. Who would you like to see on the bill?

    Question of the Day

      Susan B. Anthony
      Nancy Reagan
      Hillary Clinton
      Sandra Day O’Connor
      Sally Ride
      Shirley Chisholm
      Jeannette Rankin
      Rosa Parks
      Amelia Earhart

    View results


    Exactly what did Mr. Hamilton do, to merit being cast into numismatic oblivion?

    I leave that to my readers in that country to tell me, for while I have read and enjoyed much American history, I’m no expert in that man’s role.

    I do find it odd that people not yet dead are being proposed as candidates in the poll above. Surely hubris, for their fans to promote them thus?

    So how about honouring a lady who died young, whose name is still recognised throughout the world as a victim of one of America’s most infamous men, for whom justice was never seriously sought?


    • Phil Walker 09:36 on July 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You will enrage the liberals with this one, Ross, but I have to agree with you that Kennedy’s crime deserves to be immortalised.
      He was a very bad man, and not just for the Chappaquiddick incident.
      I think there are times when the saying about ‘don’t speak ill of the dead’ must be ignored, people like Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and smaller American no-goods like Benedict Arnold and the Rosenbergs.
      Teddy Kennedy has been nearly beatified by the media and a little revisionism is way overdue.


    • Jeannie 13:22 on July 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I like this idea of yours.
      She does deserve to be on the bill, reminding us every time we go out what a sh-t Edward Kennedy was.


    • Lou Drapeau 16:15 on July 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I thought Obama might put Bradley ‘Chelsea’ Manning on the ten-spot. Just his traitor type!

      However, yours is a GREAT idea.
      Poor MaryJo was left to drown by that coward Kennedy. She was just a harmless girl.
      He was rotten to the core and everyone just swept his crimes under the carpet.


    • joey 16:22 on July 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, yes, that is a very good proposal.
      A good person on a currency note to make sure we will never forget the ‘man’ who killed her.
      Some of your stuff is righteous but monotonous, if I may say so, but congratulations on this one!


    • Barry Kane 04:42 on December 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This year is almost gone forever, just like poor Mary-Jo, and of all your many good ( and some not so good ) blog emissions in 2015, I think this was the best.


      • ross1948 12:57 on December 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Barry!
        I was inspired by your comment to revisit the Democrats and Girls issue.


  • ross1948 21:24 on March 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chappaquiddick, , , McCarthy, , Proclamation of Irish-American Heritage Month, , Scotch-Irish, , , , ,   

    Obama Snubs America's Finest – Ulster-Scots Heritage Un-Proclaimed? 

    The vibrant culture and rich heritage of the Irish people shaped many of the earliest chapters of America’s story.

    That comes from the latest Obama ‘Proclamation’ – Irish-American Heritage Month.

    ‘The Irish people?’

    So Spaniards and Portuguese will now be honoured as ‘The Iberian people?’ Danes, Norwegians and Swedes as ‘The Scandinavian people?’ Is this an intended affront to the Ulster-Scots, or ignorance  of the fact that TWO peoples live on the island of Ireland?

    How dare Obama obliterate by fiat the fact that it was the Ulster-Scots who largely made America, while the Gaelic-Irish did not arrive in significant numbers until long after that?


    obamalizard  Wrong, you charlatan!



     “If defeated elsewhere then I will make my final stand for liberty with the Scotch-Irish of my native Virginia” ~ George Washington


    It was the Ulster-Scots, also referred to in US history as Scotch-Irish, who played a key role in the War of Independence.

    They may have come from what Obama calls, in his special proclamation, the Emerald Isle, but they were quite explicit in declaring themselves a separate and very distinct people from the Gaelic-Irish.

    I quote one pioneer leader’s response to having his flock described as ‘a parcel of Irish’ by a local official on arrival in the New World.


    “We are surprised to hear ourselves termed Irish people, when we so frequently ventured our all for the British Crown and liberties, and are always ready to do the same when required.


    We are people of the Scottish race in Ulster who have given our strength and substance to uphold the British connection.there. It is hard in this new land to be identified with the very people to whom we have always been opposed.”


    Certainly there wasn’t then and isn’t now any shared vision between the two.

    The pioneers from Ulster and their heroic offspring, who included Robert E Lee and Ulysses S Grant did NOT consider themselves sons of Erin. another tendentious phrase calculated to confuse.



    The Manchurian’s reference to the courage and perseverance of the Irish-American community  was perhaps included as a tongue-in-cheek salute to the courage and perseverance of Edward ‘Girl-Drowner’ Kennedy at Chappaquiddick.

    Edward Kennedy Obituary

    Which one was saying ‘I’ve killed more women than you, buddy!’


    Kennedy, to be fair, was not exactly an archetype of his ethnic group; there have been many grand American patriots of Gaelic-Irish origin.

    Another US Senator comes to mind, a man whose REAL courage in the face of a vicious witch-hunt was in such marked contrast to the vile character of ‘Teddy Bare’ – I refer of course to Joe McCarthy, of Wisconsin.

    Another admirable member of that ethnic group was Senator Pat McCarran.


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    And let’s not forget the greatest President ever, Ronald Reagan.


    But there have also been many of that breed who have shamelessly applauded the Sinn Fein/IRA murder gang.

    Not so much Sons of Erin but Spawn of Eire…

    … the name plastered on the postage stamps of that country along with a map braying its imperialist aspirations to annex a smaller neighbour nation.

     Back to Obama’s tribute to these brave souls who put their faith in the ideas at the heart of our democracy…




    …except for those who aped Kennedy and passed round their leprechaun hats to raise funds in  Boston bars for ethnic cleansing by Sinn Fein’s murder-gangs, warring down the democratic principle of self-determination for their neighbours whilst demanding it for themselves.

    The klutz cannot possible be unaware, when he blathers about how early immigrants from Ireland shaped our founding documents…


     ‘Call it not an American Rebellion,it is nothing more or less than a Scotch-Irish Presbyterian Rebellion.’ Captain Johann Heinricks,German mercenary serving with the British c.1780

    …that the signatories of the Declaration of Independence included many Ulster-Scots – the Gaelic-Irish, Kennedy’s ethnic brethren, descended on America in numbers only after the 19th century famine.

    Nor should Texans forget where Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and the famous Houston hailed from!


    If Obama wanted to learn a little, he could study these two books, the first written by an honest Gaelic-Irish historian bearing witness to the achievements of a people other than his own… 

    • Billy King 13:24 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You did a fine job on this one, Ross.
      I read those books years ago, both of them still with me, for the kids to read too.


    • Wm Johnston 13:27 on March 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      A fine piece of writing, my friend.
      We appreciate you keeping faith with the old cause and the old country.


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