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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A judge worthy of the name

I am a harsh critic of the American judiciary. I think it is, structurally speaking, probably the biggest single problem in the USA today besides the immigrant invasion. But even in the morass of political corruption that is the judiciary, there are a few good men worthy of the title they bear:
Sgt. Joseph Serna of the US Army Special Forces was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He got probation and entered a treatment program. He had to regularly report to the court on his treatment. During one of those court appearances, he confessed to Judge Lou Olivera that he had lied about a recent urine test.

Judge Olivera was himself a veteran, having served during the Gulf War. He understood that though Serna had broken the law, he was not a criminal by nature.

But he had to do his duty, so Judge Olivera sentenced Serna to spent 24 hours in jail. Then he took off his robe and joined Serna in his cell for the full 24 hours. The Fayetteville Observer reports:

    "Where are we going, judge?" Serna asked.

    "We're going to turn ourselves in," Olivera said.

    "He said he was going to stay with me," Serna said. "I couldn't process a judge being my cellmate.

    "They take me to the cell, and I'm sitting on my bunk. And, then, in walks the judge.


And then the two veterans talked:

    Mostly, from five in the afternoon on April 13 until 6:30 a.m. the next day, the judge and the veteran talked about their respective military service, Serna's post-traumatic stress disorder from three tours of duty in Afghanistan and how the inmate could turn around his downward spiral that had resulted in a driving-while-impaired charge and other serious traffic offenses. […]

    "We talked for hours about our families and our military service," Olivera says. "Our dreams for us and our families, and the road to take us there."

The judge wanted to help Serna climb out of the hole:

    "I thought about a story that I once read," Olivera says. "It talked about a soldier with PTSD in a hole," he says. "A family member, a therapist and a friend all throw down a rope to help the veteran suffering. Finally, a fellow veteran climbs into the hole with him.

    "The soldier suffering with PTSD asks, 'Why are you down here?' The fellow veteran replied, 'I am here to climb out with you.'
 One has the responsibility to do one's duty. That is one measure of a man. But how one does one's duty is arguably a more significant measure.

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63 Comments:

Blogger Subversive Saint April 26, 2016 8:10 AM  

True manliness.

Blogger Laramie Hirsch April 26, 2016 8:22 AM  

Damn, that's beautiful.

A colleague and I were just asking each other the other day what could be done for returned soldiers in this state of mind.

God bless that judge.

Blogger Saber McScarthrust April 26, 2016 8:39 AM  

Today's feel good story. At there's one.

Blogger Nate April 26, 2016 8:46 AM  

helluva find Vox.

Blogger Nate April 26, 2016 8:50 AM  

There is a local judge here that setup a Drug Court... a system he devised to break up this cycle of repeat incarceration of minor drug offenders. its a hard system that requires discipline... but if a user works the system... stays clean and is where is suppose to be when he's supposed to be there... he will never be in jail and they'll have him clean and with a clean record.

All of this created a huge workload for the judge. but it keeps a huge amount of people out of jail and keeps a lot of lives from being wrecked.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian April 26, 2016 8:57 AM  

That is excellent.

Blogger Josh April 26, 2016 8:58 AM  

There's some good in this world, Mr Frodo, and it's worth fighting for.

Blogger CarpeOro April 26, 2016 9:15 AM  

Kudos to the judge.

Anonymous Someone April 26, 2016 9:20 AM  

Don't know if this will make it thru. I never post on blogs like this because they are monitored by the NSA and especially if the commenting system requires a login. Google works for the NSA. FB works for the NSA. Twitter works for the NSA. You get the idea, force someone to expose their info to the NSA BEFORE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO COMMENT and they won't comment. Such is life.

So here's my comment. NATE is a liar. Or a judge/lawyer member of the Judicial Mafia. VOX is correct. All judges are scum. Worst, most corrupt cowards on the planet. Judges DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO"S LIVES THEY RUIN. Nate, a repeat cycle of incarceration is what keeps the Judicial Mafia in business. Judges love it. Especially the kickbacks they get from lawyers representing people arrested on drug charges and kickbacks they get from keeping jails/prisons full. Repeat: JUDGES DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE LAW; THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO;S LIVES THEY RUIN. THEY ARE EVIL. THEY ARE CORRUPT. ALL JUDGES ARE. THERE ARE NO GOOD JUDGES, IN ORDER TO BE ACCEPTED INTO THE JUDICIAL MAFIA ... THEY HAVE TO BE EVIL ... THEY ARE TAUGHT TO BE EVEN BY THE SYSTEM ... LAW SCHOOLS, BEING A LAWYER, THE BAR ASSOCIATION. MOST JUDGES HAVE BEEN PART OF THE JUDICIAL MAFIA FOR YEARS ... PARTICIPATING FROM THE OUTSIDE ... AS LAWYERS. THEY KNOW THE REAL POWER IS AT THE TOP. JUDGES HAVE ABSOLUTE POWER. THEY LAW DOES NOT APPLY TO THEM. THEY CAN DO ANYTHING THEY WANT AND ARE NOT ACCOUNTABLE TO ANYONE. ANYONE WHO OPPOSES A JUDGE QUICKLY FINDS THEIR LIFE DESTROYED. DEAD OR IN PRISON. SUCH IS AMERICA.

My last comment is something I heard years ago: Scum rises to the top. Judges are worse of the worst scumbag assholes lawyers you can think of. The quickest way to return this country to sanity is to set up a Guillotine outside every courthouse the US and drag these evil lying motherfuckers outside their houses of hell and kill them. ALL OF THEM. In a sense Shakespeare was right ... but killing all the Judges just might do it. Next set up Guillotines outside every Police Station, City Hall, every house of Legislature, Wall Street, etc. I think the other corrupt bastards would get the hint. But without taking out the Judges and the evil system they have in place, it will mean naught.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 26, 2016 9:20 AM  

Outstanding.

Blogger FALPhil April 26, 2016 9:20 AM  

@3
Today's feel good story. At there's one.

Offset by the sad fact that the USA spends its blood and treasure to enrich the management and shareholders of Northrup-Grumman, Lockheed, SAIC, KBR, and other beltway bandits.

The USA fights wars it doesn't need to, and loses most of them. The soldier in the story is truly a victim, as are most of the people that read the story, and all the other soldiers who were sent to those wars.

This is an example of excrement that doesn't need to happen.

Blogger JaimeInTexas April 26, 2016 9:21 AM  

Worthy of of a tear of joy, that there are men like the judge still around. Worthy of sadness and anger of what the government does to human beings.

A friend that stick closer than a brother. A Sam to Frodo.

Blogger Log April 26, 2016 9:22 AM  

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Anonymous Rolf April 26, 2016 9:32 AM  

A guy who has earned the title "Your Honor." Cheers.

I wish more would.

Blogger Student in Blue April 26, 2016 9:40 AM  

@9. Someone

You're a special snowflake, aren't you.

Anonymous coyote April 26, 2016 9:55 AM  

@15. "someone" does not appear to be any special snowflake to me, he appears to be someone whose life, or that of someone dear to his life, was ruined by the judicial system and/or a particularly corrupt/evil judge. And it appears that you are denying the thrust of this post (nearly all of the judiciary system is in line with number nines post) by using an ad hom which clearly does fit the blogger's post- a lie, in other words. Number nine does seem to have some real issues due to his trauma; the all caps scream out his need for help.

Anonymous coyote April 26, 2016 9:57 AM  

edit: "does not fit"- oops.

Anonymous BGKB April 26, 2016 10:00 AM  

Judges have become priest kings, If I jewish defendant is caught lying in court a jewish judge will not let him lose.

Blogger Rabbi B April 26, 2016 10:04 AM  

@9 Someone

Could've done without the "Nate is a liar" bit.

Blogger Student in Blue April 26, 2016 10:05 AM  

@16. coyote

I thank you heartily for the correction, completely-different-person-from-Someone. You certainly know my intentions and viewpoints better than I or anyone else who's been on this blog longer than a month.

Please teach me your ways, you are obviously far wiser than I.

Blogger Ron April 26, 2016 10:06 AM  

That is a beautiful story. Thank you so much Mr. Beale for sharing it.

Anonymous Susan April 26, 2016 10:24 AM  

Most judges have indeed become above responsibility for their bench behavior. But this judge, and the one that Nate mentioned, reminds us that there are indeed a few good people still in their chosen profession and they need our support when we find them.

Blogger Rusty Fife April 26, 2016 10:31 AM  

The judge did well.

The root of the problem is denial of the true essence of men. Men fight and kill; we aren't traumatised by it.

There is a stop built into our psychology that prevents us from killing each other when we are young. This makes it so enough of us can grow up. Once that stop is removed, you are forever a killer. Deal with it.

Dueling was one way to manage this truth. It is why the VFW was put together by returning WWII vets. They needed a place to drink and blow off steam where you didn't start an argument lightly.

Now, the non-combatants have taken over society and claim a combatant is broken and in need of fixing. Nope, they are just adults now.

Blogger Nate April 26, 2016 10:34 AM  

"Please teach me your ways, you are obviously far wiser than I."

waste of breath mate. Just like its a waste of breath to respond to the retard up in comment 9.

Blogger Automatthew and the Bosoms of Liberty April 26, 2016 10:38 AM  

If we're going to have bad commenters, "someone" is the kind I want to have.

Blogger Ingot9455 April 26, 2016 10:51 AM  

On the topic of jewish judges not letting jews lose in court I have one word to say:

"Tubalcaine."

Blogger bob k. mando April 26, 2016 11:06 AM  

while i approve of the judge's actions, this is also an example of in group preferencing.

would the judge have done likewise for an MS-13 / Crips / Aryan nation gang banger?



25. Automatthew and the Bosoms of Liberty April 26, 2016 10:38 AM



do you think the bosoms of Liberty should be ... unbound?

Blogger RC April 26, 2016 11:07 AM  

I have been on the receiving end of unaccountable judges to the tune of 8 figures but that does not mean that there are not special snowflakes. And I'm glad they're there as even one righteous in a thousand is infinitely preferable to zero.

Blogger RC April 26, 2016 11:11 AM  

I am working with a former SF vet right now who is being harassed right by a punk game warden. The man can't sleep at night so goes out and sets up on the land, looking for poachers and clearing his mind. Some fool keeps calling in his truck and this officer keeps responding and simply harassing a man who's just trying to cope with the living nightmares. This man's actions have stolen what little peace this man can find even being in the woods. I've taken this situation to the colonel of the department to no avail. "He needs professional help" was his response. "He's getting professional help you moron! Tell your man to leave him alone!"

Anonymous BGKB April 26, 2016 11:23 AM  

here is a ((((judge))) that will not allow a Judicial Watch lawyer to represent.

http://m.reviewjournal.com/crime/judge-again-refuses-let-nationally-known-lawyer-defend-cliven-bundy

On the topic of jewish judges not letting jews lose in court I have one word to say:

Jews suing a jewish controlled school board when taxpayers will have to pay like Pine Hurst, the jewish defendant will always lose.

http://www.unz.com/isteve/the-hunger-for-hate/
* $0.6 million for 19 firefighters burned to death, versus $4.48 million for five people with hurt feelings."

Blogger Tom Kratman April 26, 2016 11:47 AM  

"would the judge have done likewise for an MS-13 / Crips / Aryan nation gang banger?"

[Sh]ould the judge have done likewise for an MS-13 / Crips / Aryan nation gang banger? Is there no moral difference between those and Sergeant Serna?

Blogger Student in Blue April 26, 2016 12:07 PM  

@Nate
waste of breath mate. Just like its a waste of breath to respond to the retard up in comment 9.

It's only a waste of breath if my intention was to dialectically correct, because the person being addressed is a rhetorical thinker.

Blogger Student in Blue April 26, 2016 12:09 PM  

@Tom Kratman
[Sh]ould the judge have done likewise for an MS-13 / Crips / Aryan nation gang banger? Is there no moral difference between those and Sergeant Serna?

I can't help but believe that bob is being tongue-in-cheek, but Poe's Law rears its ugly head.

Blogger Lovekraft April 26, 2016 1:10 PM  

If one considers the traction Trump's "Build the wall" and screen out muslims has had, as well as the tizzy it have put the marxists into, this could be related on some level to this story.

The veteran appreciated this sincere gesture by the judge because, instead of taking the vet's much-needed wall away (forces that have damaged and continue to damage him), the judge's gesture was a wall of sorts; a defence in order to help the vet begin the process of healing and rebuilding.

So to sum up, Trump's wall represents the separation for white anglo-saxons from the brownhorde.

Blogger Doom April 26, 2016 1:59 PM  

I'm a doubter. I'm calling slacker. However, I do agree with your general point. Angel, man, other, the right thing isn't in a book, or book of laws, not even THE book, if the skeleton or shadow of it might reside in some such. Just not necessarily, in this case, do I see the bones fleshed out. I don't even see this as anything but unscheduled downtime. If the courts can afford it, whatever. If they can't than it's shirking. I just don't see your call on it. And, lied about a ui? No, that isn't cool at all. Though most parole/probation officers really don't give two *hits about that from what I have seen, nor the courts. No need to support the misbehavior either. Maybe they were both looking to duck work? Sometimes the law is just the law. Let him go, I guess, or have him do the time. I won't guess about race... minorities? Bleh.

Blogger Lovekraft April 26, 2016 2:24 PM  

@ 15: You're a special snowflake, aren't you.

You have the reading comprehension of a typical sjw. I fully agree with 'someone' and comments like yours keeps the populace distracted and in line. Go back to watching Miley shake her cooch, f'wad.

Blogger Thordaddy April 26, 2016 2:40 PM  

The default assumption towards all "feel-good" stories is false flag. That a former soldier turned judge decided to spend twenty hours "in the hole" in his effort to bring another soldier out of said hole DOES NOT THEN equate to the latter being a "victim." And because these "soldier-victims" are more often than not low to average IQ "white" males THEN this is a "feel-good" story meant to ultimately infantilize the low to average IQ "white" male wannabe soldier.

"We" need to know what was actually said to get this soldier out of a hole to determine whether this was a sound judge or whether this is just another media-manufactured false flag intended to psychologically bewilder the mass of "white" males?

Blogger Student in Blue April 26, 2016 3:11 PM  

@Lovekraft
You have the reading comprehension of a typical sjw. I fully agree with 'someone' and comments like yours keeps the populace distracted and in line. Go back to watching Miley shake her cooch, f'wad.

If I have the reading comprehension of an SJW, what does it say about your reading comprehension if you couldn't even grasp what I was objecting to?

Since apparently I have to point out things in painful detail to people, here's why I called him a special snowflake:

Don't know if this will make it thru. I never post on blogs like this because they are monitored by the NSA and especially if the commenting system requires a login.

1) Then use a proxy
2) or spoof your tracking information

It's unlikely this guy is so valuable monetary wise that alphabet soup *wants* to save his information anyway.

So here's my comment. NATE is a liar. Or a judge/lawyer member of the Judicial Mafia.

So after a paragraph splurge of why he just oh-so-shouldn't-but-will, he opines ignorantly about how Nate is a liar... when Nate didn't do anything except share a story in the same vein as Vox, and even commented to the effect of 'that's pretty rare when that happens' in response to Vox's story.

This guy's demonstrably a moron. Not because of the CIA/NSA spying which is real, but because he can't help but get his emotional diarrhea everywhere after completely failing at reading.

THERE ARE NO GOOD JUDGES, IN ORDER TO BE ACCEPTED INTO THE JUDICIAL MAFIA

At this point, this is just emotional knee-jerk absolutism with all-caps antics. So I guess the judge in Vox's story is also evil since ALL JUDGES ARE, instead of being astonishingly, exceedingly, and sadly rare.

He's a special snowflake because of his long emotional diatribe and absolute statements prompted by nothing whatsoever, coupled together with poor reading skill, you dumbass.

Blogger Tom K. April 26, 2016 3:22 PM  

So you never post on blogs like this?

Please continue that policy!

You have already exposed yourself to the NSA and are at risk! I disk as a former employee of the NSA, back before anyone knew we existed!

Blogger Tom K. April 26, 2016 3:24 PM  

You can always count on the aspies to come shit on even the best story!

The train is fine! A man was helped by a good judge, but what's important is the train is fine!

Blogger Tom K. April 26, 2016 3:31 PM  

And what's wrong with group oreferencing when you don't compromise justice for it? Which this judge specifically did NOT show favoritism to this man.

He would not do the same thing for an M-13 member because HE has never been a gang member. He WAS a veteran. And I have heard of former gang members who became members of LE working with gang members.

There's nothing wrong with helping your own kind as long as you're not abusing your position or authority. White people should learn how that works!

Blogger Tom K. April 26, 2016 3:38 PM  

And what's wrong with group oreferencing when you don't compromise justice for it? Which this judge specifically did NOT show favoritism to this man.

He would not do the same thing for an M-13 member because HE has never been a gang member. He WAS a veteran. And I have heard of former gang members who became members of LE working with gang members.

There's nothing wrong with helping your own kind as long as you're not abusing your position or authority. White people should learn how that works!

Blogger Tom K. April 26, 2016 3:38 PM  

You can always count on the aspies to come shit on even the best story!

The train is fine! A man was helped by a good judge, but what's important is the train is fine!

Blogger Elder Son April 26, 2016 4:51 PM  

Hi! Today I am going to walk an old lady across the street. Tomorrow, I am going to mug an old lady for her purse. How many old lady good deeds do I have to do to negate my bad old lady mugging tendencies?

Meh.

It's the veteran to veteran part that captured you. Of course, I am not saying that THIS is not a good deed. It is. But one good deed does not negate the lopsided injustice scale of what is called justice in America.

Huh? Oops! Aspy!

Blogger ray April 26, 2016 5:32 PM  

"I am a harsh critic of the American judiciary. I think it is, structurally speaking, probably the biggest single problem in the USA today besides the immigrant invasion."


America's biggest problem is mass fatherlessness in a totalitarian soft-matriarchy. All one problem, really.

I spent most of a decade working at high levels of the American judiciary, not living in France. And I can guarantee it is corrupt beyond reformation, at least under anything resembling current culture.

Historically, the judiciary's problems have been corruption via money and nepotism, typically political nepotism, which tends to be more personalistic than party-oriented. Up til the mid-Eighties or so, these perennial corruption problems, though widespread, were reasonably under control.

Since then the judiciary at all levels (fed/state/local) has deteriorated tremendously, largely due to the cultural takeover of feminism, via many avenues including law school, judicial appointments, government fiat, and placements in the ancillary administrative orgs that structure policy in the courts (AOCs). In addition, there are vast family-law collusions, and, really, on and on. If I took you people through just ONE family-law firm in a U.S. big city, and showed you who works there, how much they make, and the damage they do, you'd know the courts are hopeless, and often criminal themselves.

Most of the corruption taking place now in America's courtrooms is Identity/Feminist in nature. So it's 'good corruption' in the sense that institutional America funds, empowers, and enforces it. If you're male and have enough money, you can lawyer your way out of almost anything, unless the media get wind. If you're male and don't have much money, you are going to jail, and the fem-judge and her lackeys will laugh while you go. If you're female, not only does the 'law' not apply to you, it exists as a weapon for your enrichment and enjoyment.

Think I'm over-stating? Then your turns will come, and they will come one-by-one, because that's how cowards and punks and thieves do it.

Blogger Akulkis April 26, 2016 5:58 PM  

@18 BGKB


"Judges have become priest kings, If I jewish defendant is caught lying in court a jewish judge will not let him lose."

I think you misspelled rabbi-kings.

Anonymous BigGayKoranBurner April 26, 2016 6:04 PM  

He would not do the same thing for an M-13 member because HE has never been a gang member

All MS-13 members have to commit a crime in order to join.

When I went to see the ""documentary"" Shenandoah about an illegal alien killed, the filmmaker had a Q&A section afterwards. I asked her why see seemed to be blaming football for it when Lou Dobbs reported that an illegal alien had raped a 13 yo white girl right before that you didn't mention. I know NFL players commit felonies every week but the illegal alien raping a 13yo white girl seems more relevant. When she couldn't see the connection I asked "if I had facial tattoos that said MS-13 gangbangers and the only people you had seen with the tattoos before gang banged you would it prejudice you against me" She had a cognitive dissonance shutdown.

Blogger Akulkis April 26, 2016 6:13 PM  

@37

"And because these "soldier-victims" are more often than not low to average IQ "white" males"


If you can find an SF-tabbed soldier with an IQ below 130, you come tell us. SF school is not an "endure hardship" course... SF school is about individual men being trained to do exceptional things, to the point of raising a handful of men recruiting, training, and leading an entire battalion or more of foreign-language-speaking foreign nationals with nothing more from the army than supply and administrative support.

Anonymous Click ON Name TO See Source April 26, 2016 6:18 PM  

About that man in jail....

I know Joe. We both went to Afghanistan in 2006 and we saw a lot of ugly things.

In one action, Joe was thrown off the GMV he was riding on by the same IED that killed MSG Emigdio "EZ" Elizarraras. Still concussed by the blast, Joe had the presence of mind to scan around the vehicle, and he saw the insurgent who detonated the IED standing upright some distance away, somewhat entranced by the carnage he just brought to bear by simply rubbing two wires together.

Joe shook-off the effects of the blast and gave chase. The insurgent ran as fast as he could, along with two others who joined him, and tried to hide in a small unfinished structure with a single entrance and few windows. Joe - still in full kit yet minus his M-4, which was destroyed by the blast - ran inside the small structure alone and confronted all three of them and a fight ensued.

By then the team's warrant officer had realized what happened and gave chase after Joe, terrified by the idea of his lone teammate locked in battle against three insurgents, one of whom had just killed "EZ". By the time the warrant officer charges into the small one-story building, Joe is standing there, holding the insurgent at bay with his pistol, while the other two are laying unconscious on the floor. Joe had knocked them both out with his non-dominant left-hand, while he tried to control the insurgent with his right hand. I need to add here that at the time, Joe bench pressed over 350 lb... easily.

"Don't do it!" was all the warrant officer could say to keep Joe from killing the insurgent who just killed - as far as Joe knew at the time, both "EZ" and the team sergeant. Joe lowered his weapon slowly and properly detained the insurgent. The insurgent was later tried for his crime in the Afghan legal system. We never knew the outcome. But shortly after we redeployed, a few of us received a phone call from the CID investigator trying to bring together what evidence and testimony he could to hand over to the Afghan authorities for the insurgent's prosecution.

Joe could have easily asked to return home after the incident, and it would have been granted. He was one of three people in that vehicle who did not get killed. Having seen the vehicle after the blast, it is a miracle that anyone survived. The team sergeant, who was sitting to the right of "EZ", was thrown out of the vehicle by the blast and suffered some fractures. The team sergeant refused to re-deploy and stayed behind to continue to fight for the remaining months. The turret gunner lost a part of his foot, was medically retired, and went on to create the "Green Beret Foundation" - an organization that serves us to this day.

But, Serna, the team sergeant, and the turret gunner must have certainly suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) during the blast. Back then, however, TBI was not as emphasized and considered as it was a couple of years later.

The deployment in 2006 resulted in much operational success. But, it also yielded 8 KIA and a couple dozen Purple Heart awards for our 68-man SF company. It was an unforgiving operational environment, and one into which Joe Serna would volunteer to operate in again and again.

If anyone has contact with Joe today, let me know via PM. I'd like to talk to him and I'll gladly pass my contact information to him.

Blogger The CronoLink April 26, 2016 6:26 PM  

A great example to all of us.

Anonymous Takin' a Look April 26, 2016 7:38 PM  

Much props

You can't really say much, just recognize and respect. It's not about this World, it is about that fellow's World and the Judge decided to enter it and see if he could offer another path. Again, much props.

Blogger Lovekraft April 26, 2016 8:23 PM  

@ Student in Blue.

How long have you been around here? Haven't seen your handle before. If you're new and you are looking to earn some cred by taking me on, I hope you are in for a long fight because I am in it for the long haul.

My years of commenting on this blog attests to that.

My beef with you if you calling someone a 'special snowflake'. If you are looking to pick fights then this site has lots of men like me who don't like upstarts coming in flexing their muscle. So I will observe your comments from here out. If it turns out you have depth of character and wisdom, then we'll treat each other amicably. If not, well ...

Blogger Student in Blue April 26, 2016 10:16 PM  

@Lovekraft
How long have you been around here? Haven't seen your handle before. If you're new and you are looking to earn some cred by taking me on, I hope you are in for a long fight because I am in it for the long haul.

My years of commenting on this blog attests to that.

My beef with you if you calling someone a 'special snowflake'. If you are looking to pick fights then this site has lots of men like me who don't like upstarts coming in flexing their muscle. So I will observe your comments from here out. If it turns out you have depth of character and wisdom, then we'll treat each other amicably. If not, well ...


Seriously, this is your only response? I point out in excruciating detail why, and you bypass all of them to just strike a pose of 'I've been here a long time and I'm keeping an eye on you'?

And tut-tutting on calling someone a special snowflake, seriously?

You have to be yanking my chain. If you're not, just what in the world have you been reading since November 2013, since it obviously wasn't this blog?

Blogger Were-Puppy April 27, 2016 12:26 AM  

@40 Tom K.
The train is fine! A man was helped by a good judge, but what's important is the train is fine!
---

IIRC, the Spergotastic would love to go to prison next!

Blogger Were-Puppy April 27, 2016 12:29 AM  

@45 ray

Think I'm over-stating? Then your turns will come, and they will come one-by-one, because that's how cowards and punks and thieves do it.
---

Are you saying don't let them take us alive?

Anonymous Philipp April 27, 2016 7:08 AM  

Good man, this judge!

Blogger Akulkis April 27, 2016 8:47 AM  

From the story:

"We're going to turn ourselves in," Olivera said.



If this quote is accurate [you never know, reporters, despite modern recording devices, still seem to invent and/or modify what story subjects actually say], then
something tells me that the judge has a bit of a drinking problem, too, but has never been charged or otherwise punished in a court of law, and most likely due to being a judge.... AND that the reporter was either too much of a dimwit to understand what the judge's reference to "WE" turning "OURSELVES" in actually implies, or was just not interested in the implications of this otherwise counterfactual phrasing.

Blogger bob k. mando April 27, 2016 1:28 PM  

31. Tom Kratman April 26, 2016 11:47 AM
[Sh]ould the judge have done likewise for an MS-13 / Crips / Aryan nation gang banger? Is there no moral difference between those and Sergeant Serna?



doesn't really matter, Tom. i don't think the judge much more likely to spend the night in a cell with me or Vox or Job in the depths of his despair.

as to the specific extreme of the gang banger ... if i were to further postulate that he was a 16yo who had been getting good grades in school, who's father is absent but has a supportive mother but who is still sliding towards the easy money of drugs?

wouldn't that boy ALSO be deserving of an extreme measure?

i already said that i approve of the judge's action.

the problem is that this is ( almost certainly ) preferential treatment by the judge. which demonstrates bias. which is grounds for recusal. hunh, did he recuse himself?

if you can show that this judge makes these extreme efforts for non-veterans, i will happily withdraw my complaint.

otherwise, it's no more principled than one Notre Dame alumni cutting a sweetheart deal for another.




33. Student in Blue April 26, 2016 12:09 PM
I can't help but believe that bob is being tongue-in-cheek, but Poe's Law rears its ugly head.


perhaps you'd like to number the times you've seen me troll?

i joke, and joke regularly. but even when i'm deadpanning i don't try to mislead people about my real opinion.

what disturbs people about me is not that i make "outrageous" statements. it's that they can't refute them and they can't intimidate me into disavowing them via Social Dominance.

Blogger Student in Blue April 27, 2016 5:07 PM  

@bob k. mando
perhaps you'd like to number the times you've seen me troll?

i joke, and joke regularly. but even when i'm deadpanning i don't try to mislead people about my real opinion.


Apparently I mislead myself. Trying to connect the dots behind what I believed your argument was didn't make sense to me, so I chalked it up to joking around because as unlikely as it was, it was more likely than you just being blatantly illogical.

the problem is that this is ( almost certainly ) preferential treatment by the judge. which demonstrates bias. which is grounds for recusal. hunh, did he recuse himself?

That depends on what qualifies as preferential treatment. Either way, I'm not nearly invested enough to dig in to the judge's past exploits to see if he went the extra mile for nonvets, so I'm just going to drop it right there.

Blogger Roger Hill April 27, 2016 6:54 PM  

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Blogger Roger Hill April 27, 2016 7:51 PM  

This is a story about a judge. It’s a bit long, but all true.
About 25 years ago I was married to a terrible woman. She wanted me out of the house, the house that was in my name and was mine before her arrival. She physically attacked me one day, tearing my shirt and scratching my neck and face. Then she left and went right to the police station to report that I assaulted her. The bruise on her arm (likely from me trying to block a blow) was enough to be charged with domestic violence. When confronted by the cops, I was still wearing my torn shirt and her scratch marks had drawn blood. I explained what actually took place. I was assured by the police that she would also be charged.
She continued to live there... and she waited. She waited for her victory in court. The trophy? My house, my child and my financial slavery. Of course she played as though she would call the prosecutor or confess in court (if it came to it) that she did the physical part, while I was merely defended myself. As it turned out, this was all a ploy.
As court approached she became more coy. By the night of court I knew I was in trouble. It became clear that she was not charged with anything. The police had lied to me and ignored the evidence against her. Sadly, I was too stupid to even document anything. I wised up real quick after all this.
The night of court I went in and there she was, my wife talking with the prosecuting attorney. When my case was called, I approached the bench and requested a continuance so that I could secure legal counsel.
The judge granted my request, and after asking if we still resided in the same home, he said the following... "Okay, be prepared in 30 days. But if I find out that you have struck your wife again, I will make sure you remain in jail until your court date."
Walking back into the gallery, my eyes met my wife's smiling face. The judge, without hearing a single bit of evidence, had already decided I was guilty... AND, more importantly, he handed my wife the keys to everything that was mine, including my liberty.

Blogger Roger Hill April 27, 2016 7:54 PM  

I decided I had to do something. I waited while all the other cases played out. When the last case was done and the judge sat at his throne blabbing with the bailiff and prosecutor, I approached the bench and asked to be heard. Once I told him my name and he looked at my file again, he warned me about something else... "Okay, I will hear you... but I must tell you that if you seek to influence me in regard to your case prior to trial, this could bring serious criminal charges."
I had nothing to lose, so I spoke.
"I want to ask you for one thing your honor."
Judge: "Okay, and what is that?"
"A fair trial."
The Judge, with a bewildered look upon his face: "I can assure you that all defendants are treated fairly in my court room."
"Oh really? Did you not say, and I quote, 'If I find out that you have struck your wife again, you will go to jail'? Did you not say that? Because this shows me you have already determined I am guilt. And now you have handed a lying woman all the power she needs to either drive me from my home this very evening, or send me to jail for at least the next 30 days."
The look that fell upon his 'honors' face told me he got the point. I realized that with this brief exchange I had done more good than anything else could have. I credit the Judge at this point with regaining his honor, at least as it relates to me.
Judge: "Mr. Hill, I will promise you a fair trial. You have my word."
One month later I ended up destroying my wife on the stand. She couldn't remember a single significant detail that was right in the police report, a public record that the prosecutor failed to even bring to her attention. She couldn't recall so much as the time of day, which arm I supposedly struck, what room she told police it happened in the house, etc! Thank heaven for pot and her love of it.
I was found not guilty.

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