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So, whenever I get my ass handed to me in Court I take solace in Winston Churchill. http://www.nlu.edu/~blackburn/holocaust/beaches.mp3. I have this speech memorized. It is amazing how a man 60 years later is still so inspiring. They say that was one of the biggest differences between Hitler and Churchill: Hitler was inspiring only to Germans. Churchill inspires anyone who speaks English and gives a damn about freedom. Giving a damn about freedom is becoming even more rare. Sometimes I feel like the last sane person on Earth.

And now that Samuel Alito is a Supreme Court Justice it is going to get even worse. I am sure that America is about to change. Without going into detail most people would find boring, he believes in a "unitary executive". Basically that means the President can do whatever he wants. The checks and balances of the Constitution will give way to a President who may, or may not, respect the law and the Constitution. Here is food for thought: there is NO const…
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So, I hate my job. I really do. For the last 14 months I have been assigned to DUI court. Not very thrilling. It was fine until a local police officer was killed by an alleged drunk driver. This cop was very "aggressive" (as bullies tend to be) towards catching drunks. When he died, I asked the DA to dismiss cases because they now had no witnesses. They refused. Real smart to mess with me. So I brought suppression motions, alleging that the Government could not prove that the intital stop was lawful. After I had won a few of these, one particuar DA went to the press. I defended my position but the press made it look bad. For example,

http://www.thepresstribune.com/articles/2006/01/21/news/top_stories/03redding.txt or http://cbs13.com/topstories/local_story_020095349.html

This particular DA is married to a cop and thinks it is her lot in life to save the world. So the Courtroom has become very unpleasant because I will not be pushed around. They want a war over the rights of th…
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So, the pigs are gone. I go to butcher them tomorrow with our friend and butcher Dan. Jeremy gets half the meat and was supposed to help but he flaked out. So I have to do it. It's not like I have anything going on anyways. Between the war at work, studying for the bar, the baby coming and trying to manage five acres, animals and a budding brewery. So if you read this Jeremy you need to take me to Reno to play poker for taking a day to feed your family. It took half a day to kill and it will take half a day to butcher. But we are going to get about 450 pounds of the best pork money can't buy.



Studying for the Alaska bar exam sucks more than I can describe. I am sooo stressed out. Right now I am confident that I will fail. I don't know how they can expect me to learn all that Alaska law, as well as the law for the multistate exam. If I fail it, I won't rewrite it. I will take the Washington bar in July and waive in. One way or the other, we WILL get to Alaska but right n…
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So if you think that there is free speech in the US, please raise your hand. Now, everyone who put your hands up just put them back down. Have you heard of a "free speech zone"? This picture shows what is being created as "free speech zone". When Bush visits a place anyone who wants to carry a placard or protest, or even in support of him, is corralled far away from him. Before you say "security reasons" however, realize that only those who want to express a political viewpoint are moved. If you are walking by to get a sandwich you can stay. More importantly now is everyone who wants to voice an opinion a "terrorist"? I strongly oppose Mr. Bush but I am not a terrorist. I oppose him because I believe in the law and he doesn't. I am a Republican at heart who thinks that checks and balances are good things. But if I don't support torture, an Executive branch without limits and free speech I am a terrorist too now? How frightening. What par…
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So, after some struggle where I had to threaten to sue someone, I finally managed to sell the old girl. All in all, I lost about $700 for owning her. That makes me less than happy. But, there is a silver lining. The guy who bought her has a trucking company, as you can see from the picture. He said that he has always wanted to see Alaska and, since he owns his own business, he can leave whenever he wants. He said that if I pay for the fuel he will load up one of his rigs and move us for free! Sweet. So the $700 may turn out to be a good investment. Otherwise I would need to rent a truck for $10,000 or leave stuff behind or buy another one. All more expensive than diesel.

I continue to study but it never seems to be enough. The worst part of a bar exam is that it never allows you to be free. When I am not studying I feel guilty. I feel that if I don't step it up a lot I will fail. So, nothing gets done around the place because even if I am not studying I feel like I should be. The…
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So, I want you to compare these two pictures. They are both horrible scenes. I realize that 9/11 is a more recent event and one that we all saw with our eyes and so lives in our memories. But let me ask you, which picture presents the greater evil? It makes me cringe that I once dressed as Hitler for Halloween when I was young. To me, there is no comparison. The reason? Set aside the difference between 3,000 and 6,000,000. The reason for me is the fact that is is the government that created the first situation. A Government should consist of the People for the good of the People. That is all. That is why I am so opposed to the current "Republican" agenda. So called "good intentions" to "protect us" that require torture and detention sicken me. When I see that first picture I am proud to be a public defender. If I had had a chance to fight the Nazis I would have. Now all I can do is shout against the wind that this is supposed to be America damnit. I'l…
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So, I got the most amazing news. Hence the dancing Homer. My lawyer told me yesterday, after me writing her in a panic about the 13 year wait that it turns out that I am an EB-2, and not an EB-3, as I had been presuming for about 16 months. To see what that means see http://www.shusterman.com/vb.html. Basically, instead of a 10 or 12 year wait we could have our Green Cards by Spring 2007!!! It is not for certain of course, but the EB-2 category is "current" instead of having a decade long wait. Moreover, the backlog center where my case is has a mandate to make a decision by the end of the year. So, IF my labor certification is approved, a Green Card will be here for both us within (hopefully) 6 or 9 months.

We have decided to make Kadee a Canadian citizen by registering her birth abroad. She will, of course, be an American by being born here thanks to the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. But I want her to have options. If Julianne makes her an English…
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So I need to study right now. The Alaska bar exam is about 6 weeks away. I have sooooo much to learn and do. But it will have to wait a few minutes. I just have to write about how sickened and disgusted I am by that sick freak Quentin Tarantino. You may have seen the commercials, or worse yet the actual film, for his two new movies, Wolf Creek and the Hostel. I saw the commercial for the Hostel the other night and didn't want to eat my dinner. I am not some right wing Christian who thinks that Barney is a homosexual devil but let me be clear: if society ever gets it act together and decides to put a bullet in that piece of crap, I want to be captain of the firing squad. I certainly don't need to be told about the First Amendment. Hell, as a Public Defender I have dedicated my life to the war for liberty. As someone in the trenches, I don't need to be told that we are losing that war. Moreover, I am generally opposed to the Death Penalty. But once in a while, somebody so si…