Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Daily Rant

This week’s issue of Newsweek magazine has an article on the six year investigation by the government into the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang. The article mentions that 40 alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood have been charged with murder, conspiracy, and racketeering and half have already pleased guilty. According to Newsweek, the Brotherhood has between 100 and 200 members, most of whom are already in prison, not on the streets, not endangering the lives of innocent citizens, but IN PRISON. The mission of the Aryan Brotherhood and its roughly 100 to 200 members is to protect white inmates and sell heroin and meth to prisoners. Well thank goodness the government has spent six years making sure that prisoners who are already serving life sentences serve additional life sentences.
At this point, please view the Tuesday, January 31, 2006 post on this website. The California government has spent six years trying to take down a gang of at most 200 members who are in prison, rather than taking down the 8,000 to 10,000 MS-13 gang members, most of whom are in California and not in jail. If your house is on fire and you have a leaky sink you don’t get out a wrench and go work on the drip first. I am not advocating the Aryan Brotherhood, I already think they have been backing the wrong horse since they originated in the mid-1960s, but to focus on the smaller and relatively contained problem rather than one that actually affects those not currently incarcerated illustrates the incompetence of our penal system and the California government as a whole. Are the government’s resources really being effectively utilized to stop a prison gang and to bring to trial 20 members of that gang to further clog up the incompetent California courts when those courts should be filled with convicting the largest and most violent gang this country has ever faced? The answer appears obvious unless of course you are a California prosecutor and they never make mistakes: OJ, Robert Blake, Michael Jackson…….
-Publius

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it IS much easier to shoot fish in a barrel. While I do appreciate their keeping the Arayan Brotherhood behind bars for a good long spell, they do seem to be doing a whole lot of nothing while trying to give the impression of being tough on gangs.

Thu Feb 09, 05:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps the drug problem is leaking out into the streets FROM the prison. More of a question than a statement, really, as I am not familiar with this storyline, but I find it hard to believe that drug activity behind prison walls doesn't have some spillover (or certainly some origination) outside them.

Thu Feb 09, 08:11:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Well yes, I doubt that prisoners are growing opium behind bars, but at the same time I think they are missing the bigger picture. I really don’t care if prisoners are taking drugs, in fact I think it is better if they are sitting around getting high all day than if they were sitting around and lifting weights all day. I can’t understand who had the “bright” idea to put weights in prison; it only leads to Superman-size criminals. The last thing we need is to let violent criminals out of prison who are still all just as violent but now with the added bonus of being able to pick-up cars with one hand.

Thu Feb 09, 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. In fact I am completely opposed to any recreational activity for criminals convicted of violent crimes. Let them sit in a cell and rot. I have mixed feelings about the death penalty, but one thing is for sure: a cell, by one's self, with no reading materials or interaction with anyone is great punishment. To me, death is an escape from that torture. If you've done something bad enough to be removed from society, you shouldnt get freedoms (like lifting weights and enjoying recreational drugs).

Thu Feb 09, 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Ah, but you can not let criminals sit and rot in a cell with no form or recreation, the Left and the ACLU would say that is cruel and unusual punishment. According to the Left and the ACLU, even criminals who commit violent crimes have rights even when they have taken away the most basic right to life of someone else. The ACLU and the Kool-Aid drinkers on the Left will even go so far as to say jail time at all is not the correct means to deal with violent offenders, and instead, rehabilitation is the only acceptable means to deal with criminals.
If you don’t believe me look up the case of the rapist in Vermont who raped a 6 year-old girl over the period of 4 years who only received 60 days in prison. The sentencing judge believed it was more important for the rapist to receive counseling and rehabilitation than to be punished for his crime. Now, there are two additions to this case that I will admit to before you rush to judgment. First, he was sentenced to a much longer period of incarceration with all but 60 days suspended. Second, he only received the 60 days because according to Vermont law, rehabilitation and counseling does not begin until after the criminal has completed their jail time. So, if he rapes another little girl, which he has shown a proclivity to do, he will face the rest of his incarceration, and he will receive some form of court-mandated counseling after 60 days. But, does this seem fair? Fair to the little girl, fair to the family, or fair to the rest of the citizens of Vermont where this monster will be released in 60 days?
Remember, Vermont is the state that brought us Howard Dean too.

Thu Feb 09, 01:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howard Dean is great. He's the crazy guy all lefties like to cheer for, kinda like Pat Robertson on the right. No one on the right wants to TRULY be associated with Robertson because it's kinda embarrassing because he's a joke, but secretly they wish he were president in 08. Same with Dean.

Thu Feb 09, 03:14:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Actually, I would say and I would hope that there are very very few conservatives who wish to see Pat Robertson as President in ’08, but that number would exponentially increase if their only other choice was Hillary. Instead look for Senators McCain or Allen to headline the ticket and don’t forget about Rudy in there as well as V.P. Dean is the answer to President Bush, it is almost a competition to see who can make the more ridiculous comments.

Thu Feb 09, 10:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Lord,
Pease do not take this blog to be a jinx. If you see fit to curse us with Pat and Hillary as a choice, I hope you find the mercy to eradicate the human race soon thereafter, because we obviously have displeased you.

Fri Feb 10, 09:21:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

I don’t foresee the extinction of the human race as there is no chance that Pat Robertson will get the Republican nod, but don’t be surprised to see a Hillary/Obama tickets in 2008. But, if Hillary does get the nod in ’08 do expect a return of the evil genius of Karl Rove to design the Republican strategy, not that he would be needed; 20 years of Bush/Clinton is enough, we don’t need more.

Fri Feb 10, 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I find interesting is how disliked Hillary is except among a small minority of huge supporters, and she is still being considered a frontrunner. To me, this is the ultimate opportunist politician. There is not a lot of hope for any Democratic candidate right now outside of a relative unknown like Mark Warner.

Fri Feb 10, 11:32:00 AM  
Blogger Oncorhynchus Mykiss said...

Mark Warner doesn't have enough name recognition yet.

Fri Feb 10, 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

I have met Mark Warner, I even got to interview him a few years ago when he was running for governor. I dont like Mark Warner. He is the smarmy type that gives people reason to not like politicians.

Fri Feb 10, 02:00:00 PM  
Blogger Oncorhynchus Mykiss said...

I have met him as well and agree that he is 100% politician, but I like him for reasons others do not.

Unfortunately, these are the entities who we have to choose from in political contests. Have you ever met a politician who seemed honest? Warner was fantastic as a Governor and frankly I dont care how "smarmy" he is. My suggestion to him, though, is study up on international affairs for the next 2 years or he will get massacared on the campaign trail and primaries...

Fri Feb 10, 02:17:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

I do find that McCain and Rudy both seem like honest and genuine people, although I have never met either or even been in the same room with either. I think there are more politicians likes these two than we think, but because they are good people they don’t make the headlines. I mean if you have a newspaper what is your top story: Politician accepts bribe money or Politician does a good job again today.

Fri Feb 10, 07:15:00 PM  

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