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Justice Served   Leave a comment

I am a part-American Indian, but I identify as … well, human. I thank my parents for giving me that. I know that my part-American Indian mother was not without prejudices, but she only aired those if she had too much beer and I learned early on that when people drink, they’re idiots, so just ignore them.

So, I’m looking at this whole Zimmerman-Martin thing. I’ve held my opinion because I’m as far away from Florida as an American can get and still live in the United States.

A Hispanic man killed a black young man and a all-female jury of five whites and one biracial heard the evidence and acquitted on all charges. I’m a big believer in juries, so usually I’d say “Enough. Let’s move on.”

But, I think it’s important that we look at it. Some are going to claim that it was a racist panel, but it only takes one vote to hang a jury. If the evidence had been for a guilty verdict, even if all five of the whites had voted as racists, the Hispanic-black woman could have hung the jury. She didn’t. Why not? We’ll probably never know.

I’m going to put myself in her shoes. I’m proud of my Indian heritage, but I’m also proud of my Swedish and Irish heritage. If a white man had shot an Indian teen (let’s say from my mother’s tribe) would I automatically be required to convict him of murder. Of course not. That would be a racist stance if I said otherwise.

If my blood cries out, it has to cry out as much for my Swedish and Irish DNA as for my Indian DNA. My loyalties are not divided. They simply are not motivated by race. The more people who are like me, the closer we come to a country that is post-racial.

I’m not perfect. My immediate reaction might have been quite different from what I am writing how. If we would all just stop and take a deep breath before we react, our world might be a better place. So says Jesus in my heart.

Posted July 14, 2013 by aurorawatcherak in Common sense

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Viewers wonder: Why is Florida state attorney Angela Corey smiling so big?   Leave a comment

Two ways to look at this —

I’m an outsider, so this is speculation. Maybe she secretly agrees with the stand your ground law, but her bosses still made her prosecute it. So, she is glad she failed, may even have conducted a shoddy case for that reason. I know a defense attorney locally who claims to have done something similar when he was a prosecutor.

She’s a former ballerina who always smiles in the face of adversity. My daughter would understand.

She really believes in the jury system and doesn’t think she did a bad job, just that the jury believed the defense and that’s fine with her.

The fourth choice is the nefarious one — she knows what’s coming and she welcomes the riots, etc., because it will give her government employer authority to impose martial law and she likes that idea.

Just spit balling. Who really knows the answer — at least until she retires from the prosecutor’s office to write a tell-all.

Posted July 14, 2013 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Verdict reached   Leave a comment

Good verdict!

I have not commented on the Zimmerman case. Politically, I believe we all have a right to defend ourselves against aggressors wherever they meet us. But ….

I don’t know George Zimmerman. I live about as far from Florida as you can get, so I didn’t attend the trial. I can’t say whether George Zimmerman killed Travvon Martin wrongly or not. Ultimately, only George Zimmerman knows that for sure.

A jury heard the evidence and ruled. Did they decide to stand with natural rights and the Florida statute that agrees that we have a natural right to protect ourselves? Maybe. Did they think to themselves “I’m sick and tired of having young thugs wander through my neighborhood and force me to lock my doors and put bars in my windows — or live in some stifling gated community — just so I can be safe.”? That could be. That certainly seems to be the message that is being sent.

I hope the Florida authorities are ready for the storm that’s coming their way. And I hope George Zimmerman has some place safe to go to.

Remember, folks, this is a not-guilty verdict and maybe win for the idea that humans have a right to protect themselves and their communities even from 17 year old black men. But, the Zimmerman family is likely deeply, deeply in debt and for the rest of his life, he’s not going to be safe in his own country. That is grossly unfair.

Taking Back America

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Posted July 14, 2013 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

How Do You Kill 11 Million People?   Leave a comment

Powerful!

Flyover-Press.com

Evil people do not do evil things. It is the good people who do the evil things. Neither Adolph Hitler nor Joseph Stalin, as individuals, posed any sort of significant threat to humanity. But they both possessed the ability to convince the good people to do their crimes for them.

This explains how that happens and how it is happening right now here in the uSSA. — jtl, 419

This whiteboard animation shows what happened when Hitler lied to get elected and people don’t care or pay attention to the lies of their leaders, until they do care…and at that point, it is too late. Parts of this video are narrated by a man who served as a German soldier and a German woman who lived right by the railroad tracks the cattle trains ran on that carried the Jews to their deaths.

Based on Andy Andrews’ book, How Do You…

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Posted July 14, 2013 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Canadian Wolf Chases Bicylist   Leave a comment

I believe this story because I know people who have been stalked by wolves. This story is extreme and I sort of wonder if this wolf wasn’t a wolf-dog hybrid, but I wasn’t there, so ….

I would suggest you follow the link and read the comments in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. It’s a good sociology research project … get to know the mind of Alaskans. It’s also really funny.

FAIRBANKS DAILY NEWS-MINER

http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/wolf-chases-cyclist-in-yukon-rips-up-tent-bag/article_15ab6e94-ea5e-11e2-9c49-001a4bcf6878.html

SPOKANE, Wash. – Growing up in the Yukon, Melanie Klassen had seen numerous bicycle tourists pedaling the Alaska Highway, but never one with a canine companion running behind him.

“I thought it was odd until I saw the panicked look on the biker’s face – as though he was about to be eaten,” she said in a telephone interview.

“That wasn’t a dog; it was a wolf.”

The cyclist, William “Mac” Hollan, 35, of Sandpoint, Idaho, verified Klassen’s observation of Saturday’s incident: “At this point I realized I might not be going home, and I began to panic at the thought of how much it was going to hurt.”

The Grand Prairie, Alberta, woman was among the heroes who rescued the North Idaho elementary school student-teacher halfway through his 2,750-mile pedal to Prudhoe Bay as a fundraiser for a Sandpoint school lunch program.

Hollan’s account was posted Monday on his Point to Ba Facebook page from Whitehorse. He departed Sandpoint on June 17 fo r the six-week tour, loaded with bike camping gear and accompanied by Gabe Dawson, of Ashland, Ore., and Jordan Achilli, of New York.

As Hollan rode a half-mile ahead of his buddies, his nightmare began with a gray wolf sprinting out of the woods 60 miles west of Watson Lake and surprising the passing cyclist with an initial chomp that just missed his pedal.

At first, Hollan tried to out-race the wolf, but the predator reeled him in with the ease of a peloton erasing the lead of a dope-free breakaway rider.

The wolf nipped at the bike’s rear packs the way it would bite the hamstrings of a fleeing moose in the drawn-out ordeal of subduing large prey.

Hollan, who was prepared for grizzly encounters, blasted the wolf with bursts of bear spray on several occasions. He said the wolf would fade back 20 feet or so and then move up again.

He heard his tent poles clank to the pavement as the chase continued.

“I saw an 18 wheeler round the corner and began to wave, shout, and point to the wolf frantically,” Hollan wrote. “After taking a good look at the scene the driver resumed his speed and drove on.”

The panicked cyclist had his hopes dashed four separate times as vehicles passed. The wolf would back off and close in again between each rig.

“As I came around the corner, to my horror, I saw a quick incline, and knew that I would not be able to stay in front of this wolf for much longer. . It was a surreal moment to realize that I was (the) prey, and this hill was (the) moment.”

Klassen came onto the scene as Hollan was preparing to stop, use his bike as a shield and try to deter the wolf’s advances with the last of his bear spray.

“We were towing a trailer behind my orange Hummer, and we couldn’t stop fast enough,” Klassen said.

“We made a U-turn and zipped back around the bend. A motor home had stopped in the road, and I could see the wolf lunging in behind it.”

Hollan describes the moment:

“An RV came around the corner, and I knew this was it. I placed myself squarely in the center of the road and began screaming at the top of my lungs while waving frantically.

“The driver quickly passed me and stopped on a dime right in front of my bike. I don’t know how I got unclipped or off my bike, but I swear I hurdled the handlebars without missing a beat or letting go of my can of bear spray.

“When I got to the backdoor of the RV still screaming, the door was locked. In an absolute panic I began to climb in the passenger window, but the driver reached across and threw the door open.

“By the time I shut the door the wolf was already on my bike pulling at the shredded remains of my tent bag.”

Hollan said he began to shake – and cuss – uncontrollably.

Klassen was relieved Hollan was safe, but the wolf continued to attack the bike “as though it were prey.”

“I said somebody has to do something, and my boyfriend was yelling, ‘No! No!’ as I jumpe d out the passenger door,” she said. “My dad was a Yukon conservation officer and I remember him telling us to stand tall if confronted by a wolf and make it think you’re bigger and tougher, or the wolf will take over.”

But even with her standing in the doorway of a Hummer and yelling tough words at a distance of about 8 feet while other vehicles honked, the wolf wouldn’t back off.

“The only weapon I had was a water bottle,” she said. “I winged it and beaned him right in the head. That got him to retreat to the ditch. But he didn’t go away until other cars stopped and people started throwing rocks.

“The biker in the RV was really rattled.”

Nancy Campbell, Environment Yukon spokeswoman in Whitehorse, called the incident “a new one for us.”

“We don’t want people to think there’s a row of wolves licking their chops waiting for people to come into the Yukon. We don’t know if it was a young, desperate wolf or an old, sick wolf, one that had come to associate people as a source of food or what.”

A similar incident occurred June 8 in British Columbia as a wolf gave chase to a motorcyclist who photographed the incident on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park. Officials said that was unheard of, too.

Hollan’s continuing his tour, noting that “I do look over my shoulder more, and I’m a bit jumpy. While other things have happened since the last update, this is all I can really remember.”

Posted July 14, 2013 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

“That is not the rule of law. It is how a dictatorship works.” — Andrew McCarthy   Leave a comment

The article speaks for itself.

Posted July 14, 2013 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Protecting Our Soldiers from Us   Leave a comment

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

In 1768, a dispute occurred between some soldiers and citizens of Annapolis, in Maryland, and two of the Litter were killed by the former. As they were marines, belonging to an armed vessel lying near, they were arraigned before the court of admiralty for murder, on the complaint of some of the citizens. The whole affair assumed the character of a solemn farce, so far as justice was concerned; and, as might have been expected, the miscreants were acquitted.

In 1771, a band of patriots, called the “Regulators,” in North Carolina, became so formidable, and were so efficacious in stirring the people to rebellion, that Governor Tryon of that colony determined to destroy or disperse them. Having learned that they had gathered in considerable force upon the Alamance River, he proceeded thither with quite a large body of regulars and militia. They met near the banks of that stream, and a parley ensued. The “Regulators,” asking only for redress of grievances, sought to negotiate, but Tryon peremptorily ordered them to disperse. This they refused to do, and some of his men, thirsting for blood, fired upon them and killed several. These soldiers were afterward arraigned for murder, through the clamorous demands of the people ; but, after a mock trial had been acted, they were acquitted, and thus they were “protected from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states.”

Here in Alaska, it is rare for a soldier who commits a crime off base to be tried in a civilian court. Our local police almost always hand them over to the base commander. They are court-martialed and may spend time in a military stockade, but civilian justice is not served.

Similarly, have you ever noticed that your local police can quite literally get away with murder and not even lose their jobs. Anchorage City Police have killed five (5) people in 2013 and four, so far, have been ruled justifiable. Some of the assailants were unarmed, but you know — they looked angrily at the police officer, so ….

Have you recognized tyranny yet?

Posted July 14, 2013 by aurorawatcherak in History

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Yet another Example of how “the Law” has been Turned on its Head   Leave a comment

I have a different view of this. I think our system of justice REQUIRES a defense attorney to give as robust a defense as is legally available, regardless of who the client is or what the client may have done. I don’t know the South Carolina law, so I can’t say if this is even a legitimate argument. I guess the SC Supreme Court will let us know. But if it turns out that the legislators and governor missed this major hole in an important piece of legislation, I would suggest that the people of SC demand those who voted for it and sign it be impeached and/or recalled because they’re clearly incompetant.

And, yes, Alaska has a stand your ground law … it was written specifically to exclude people in the commission of a crime.

The Rio Norte Line

Have you seen this story yet?

S.C. Supreme Court Abruptly Halts Murder Trial to Hear Arguments on ‘Stand Your Ground’ — After an Armed Intruder Uses It to Justify Killing a Homeowner

The South Carolina Supreme Court had made the unusual move of halting a murder trial to hold a hearing on the state’s so-called “stand your ground” law — but it’s who’s claiming the defense that’s likely to turn heads: an armed intruder who shot and killed the man whose home he broke into.

Gregg Isaac testified in court this week that he entered the apartment of Antonio Corbitt in 2005 with another man, Tavares World, after World kicked in the door, The State newspaper reported. Isaac testified that as World and Corbitt fought, it looked like Corbitt was going to pull a gun and shoot Isaac, so instead, Isaac shot Corbitt twice. Corbitt stumbled outside and died.

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Posted July 14, 2013 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Pretend Legislation   Leave a comment

We’re still looking at the Declaration of Independence. Looking back 240 years, a lot of us really don’t know what Thomas Jefferson and his editors (John Adams and Benjamin Franklin) were talking about. so I am attempting to put it into historical context, but also looking at if there are any similarities today.

We’ve seen that there are:

  • King George locked up large swaths of land and even declared that property owned by citizens was really just on loan from him.King DC says the same thing (and we’re going to get into the land grab in the near future).
  • King George dissolved colonial legislatures and refused them the power to enact laws unique to their circumstances. King DC does the same thing (think Arizona’s reasonable attempts to control illegal immigration when ICE refuses to do so). King Obama has overridden Congress with hundreds of executive orders, essentially rendering Congress irrelevant in governance. King Obama resoundingly lost both elections for President in the State of Alaska, but we duly elected our Congressional delegation. Do I feel like I’m being ruled without representation. Oh, yeah!
  • King George kept standing armies in the colonies (while in England they were not kept in communities) and enacted taxes to pay for them. We have lots of military bases everywhere and let’s face it, the United States military is second only to entitlements in spending and the largest military in the world.
  • King George enacted a plethora of new agencies to harass American colonists and, man, do we ever have agencies whose official duties can be boiled down to harassing American citizens.

Up to this point, Thomas Jefferson was speaking in generalities, but with this line he gets specific. We might not know what he was writing about, but Parliament did.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

This line introduces a recitation of certain acts of Parliament regarded as unconstitutional exercises of authority by the Americans. King George had given his assent to these acts of “pretended Legislation,” when he refused to exercise his veto on them. The “others” referred to here are the members of Parliament. This entire section rests upon a principal issue for the colonists: To what extent did the British Parliament have the authority to legislate for the American colonists? Keep in mind the principle stated at the beginning of the Declaration: all legitimate political power derives from the consent of the governed. This principle is implicit in the phrase “foreign to our Constitution.” Jefferson refers to the American understanding of the British constitution (see his Summary View), which rests upon the principle of consent. “Our constitution,” in this view, rightfully grants authority to the colonial legislatures to make laws for their respective colonies. The Founders believed that the colonists in each of the colonies had voluntarily consented to be governed by their own elected representatives. The colonies acknowledged King George as their “chief executive,” and were in this sense British citizens, but the colonists had not consented to be governed by the British Parliament; it therefore had no authority over them. Thus, when King George gave his consent to the acts of “pretended Legislation” of Parliament, he had given the colonists the justification for dissolving their allegiance to him, and thus for declaring their independence.

So it’s 2013 and our president ignores Congress to unconstitutionally create law by executive order, but Congress also passed massive spending bills that polled as majorly (as in majority) opposed by the American people, culminating in forcing through the laughably named Affordable Care Act on a partisan vote through only the Senate, which is constitutionally not allowed to initiate spending bills — of which anyone with half a brain can see the ACA is. All laws were meant to have to pass through BOTH houses of Congress and then to the president. In this case, “pretend” legislation made it to the President’s desk and he gave his consent, thereby giving us justification for at least nullification of the law, if not secession from the union.

Did we consent to be ruled without representation? NO! Did we consent to ruled by “pretend” legislation?

ONLY IF WE ALLOW IT TO STAND!

Standing Armies   Leave a comment

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

Standing armies had long been regarded, in both England and America, as a danger that required the closest supervision of the people. England did not keep standing armies on her own soil, but found nothing wrong with it in the Americas. At the end of the Seven Years’ War with France (the American portion was called the French & Indian War), English troops were not withdrawn from the colonies. The Quartering Act, passed by the British government in 1765, made the colonies liable for supporting the troops.

This practice was a violation of the principle that government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. In A Summary View of the Rights of British America, Jefferson wrote that if the King did indeed have the right to keep standing armies in the colonies during times of peace without America’s consent, such a right “might swallow up all our other rights whenever he should think proper.”

Of course, the United States of America has standing armies in American communities. It used to be that young men joined the military during a war and were discharged back into society at the end of the conflict. There were some who served as a career, but most of the fighting force was a citizen’s army. Nowadays … well, you tell me. Here in Fairbanks, Alaska, I can drive to four military bases within two hours of my home. Military personnel and their families are a part of our community. Many military members return  here upon retirement. However, I would not say that the military is always a positive influence on our community. With the return of troops from Iraq/Afghanistan, we saw bar fights, shootings and stabbings, women being beaten. Increasingly, we told that the military member was remanded to base personnel to be adjudicated there.

How is it in your community?

Posted July 13, 2013 by aurorawatcherak in History, Liberty

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