Fish Or Man

Tuesday, January 25, 2005


Needing to drive to Spokane early in the mornings has it's benefits. We head north, so this view isn't too frequent.

We have heard a plea deal is on the table for the case, (don't know the details yet)... having a hard time thinking about it... standing on principle makes almost all deals out of the question... but knowing that all that will happen is you lose anyways, sigh...

If you know you are going to lose the battle, it doesn't matter if it's the right thing to do, it still isn't worth fighting.

I hope I never believe that statement. Sounds too much like another one I've been hearing, "Better red, then dead."

Forget it... focus on the picture.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Reporting

Anything to report? Well, we would like to say that all is going well... and being an optimist/idealist, Jason says everything is going great, (we pay someone else to assume the worst). Today Jason made a quick drive to Spokane for the pretrail on those charges, (reckless driving/loaded gun in a car).

The prosecutor was open for a plea deal, but hadn't looked into the case very much. He started reading the police report and found that Jason had the outstanding warrant, so he changed his mind on making any deals until looking into the case further. Lawyer filed and was granted a motion for continuous on grounds discovery and negotiation is not finished. Next Spokane court date set is Feb. 28th., 9 am.

After the hearing Jason drove out with the investigator to take pictures at the scene and tell him a play-by-play of the police stop.


As for the City of Ellensburg's attempt to be the first in Washington State to convict a citizen for peacefully open carrying a handgun, we are waiting until Feb. 3rd to see how that goes. Jason is suppose to call the city prosecutor on Jan. 24th and see what deal, if any, they would be willing to make.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Weighing In

Should you stand up for your rights during a police stop? Should you even question a police officer? Should you passively resist when you are at the mercy of government agents? Should you fight back with all you have when surrounded by petty tyrants?

Or should you say, “Yes sir” and “No sir” and simple plan on standing up for yourself at some later date? Should you wait for the courts to stand up for your rights, (courts that rarely acknowledge the existence of the Constitution)?

The question remains, how do we handle a situation in which your freedoms are being diminished? We are left with choices. For most people, the choice is an easy one. But ‘easy’ is not synonymous with “right.”

We are told that “officer friendly” has the power to destroy a law-abiding citizen’s life; therefore, any person that wants to remain free should never question authority. I find that sentence to have a contradiction. When faced with a contradiction, check your premises.

History shows us that any government will push just as far as society willingly accepts, (Constitution, laws, right and wrong be damned). What we accept is what we will get. I’ve been told that police in this state have an active program to “discourage” open carrying, even though it is a legal activity. I’ve also been told that “officer friendly” has the power to destroy my life without cause if I should so much as question his authority, (some now even defend this ability). I’ve even been told that a CPL/CCW is not an infringement upon my right to bear arms. These are premises, which you may accept, but I do not.

There was a time a black man walking down the sidewalk was enough reason for police to investigate. If the black man so much as questioned this investigation it was a decision he would be taught to regret. Did courts defend this man’s rights? Were police fired over the incidents? Not frequently. What changed? Societies acceptance towards this treatment.

There was also a time a gay couple holding hands would be beaten on sight, (either by police or ‘righteous’ citizens). What changed? Societies acceptance towards this treatment.

These policies have been changed through great risk and sacrifice. I am sorry to report that simply paying your dues will not insure your freedoms. Many have risked all and lost. You may be the type to blame their death on their own “unwise” decisions. But the choices those individuals made have changed our acceptance levels of these evils.

I will finish with the answer to the overall question: When is the right time to stand up for your freedoms? Whenever and wherever they are being assaulted.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Rubber Tube...

There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who shoves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromiser is the transmitting rubber tube.
Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged

Just a story...

Since we found it on the internet, we must immediately declare 50% of it false. Even still, read carefully:

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - On his first day on the job, the new sheriff called 27 employees into his office, stripped them of their badges, fired them, and had rooftop snipers stand guard as they were escorted out the door.

The move Monday by Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill provoked an angry reaction and prompted a judge to order him to rehire the employees.

"It appears ... that employees of the Sheriff were terminated without cause" and in violation of the county's civil service rules, Judge Stephen Boswell wrote in granting a 30-day restraining order.

Hill, 39, defended the firings and said the new sheriff has the right to shake up the department in whatever way he feels necessary. He told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he fired the employees to "maintain the integrity of the department."

"A lot of people are under the impression that the sheriff's office is under civil service laws," he said. "But my research shows the employees work at the pleasure of the sheriff."

The firings had a racial overtone. Hill was among a spate of black candidates elected last year in the county once dominated by rural whites. The county seat was the setting for the fictional plantation Tara in "Gone With The Wind."

The fired employees included four of the highest-ranking officers, all of them white. Hill told the newspaper their replacements would be black.

Another of the newly elected black officials, Eldrin Bell, called the move illegal and filed for the restraining order granted by the judge. Bell is the new county commission chairman and former Atlanta police chief.

Hill said the manner in which he fired the workers - including taking some deputies home in vans normally used to transport prisoners because the deputies were barred from using county cars - was necessary.

He cited the assassination of Sheriff Derwin Brown in neighboring DeKalb County in 2000. Brown was gunned down in the driveway of his home three days before he was to be sworn in. Former sheriff Sidney Dorsey was found guilty of plotting to kill him and sentenced to life in prison.

"Derwin Brown sent out letters to 25 to 30 people letting them know they would not be reappointed when he took office," Hill said.

The sheriff's department employs 345 workers.