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KING: Rapist Brock Turner and lenient judge embody the worst of American justice system
If we didn’t have a vulgarity policy here at the Daily News, this entire column would be 1,000 cuss words with the name Brock Turner in the middle.
If you haven’t heard, he’s the human piece of … swimmer from Stanford University who took an incapacitated, intoxicated, fully unconscious woman behind a dumpster and raped her after midnight on January 18, 2015. That’s not speculation. Two men caught him in the act, chased him down, called the police, and kept him there until the authorities showed up.
He should be in prison for the maximum possible time for such crimes — at least a decade, but a combination of wealth, position, and good old white skin privilege basically got this man off of serving genuine hard time.
Former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner guilty of rape
Brock Turner (l.), a former Stanford University swim team member, was charged with five different felonies.
Brock Turner (l.), a former Stanford University swim team member, was charged with five different felonies. (KNTV-TV)
Brock Turner was charged with five different felonies — one count of raping an unconscious person, one count of raping an intoxicated person, two counts of sexual penetration with a foreign object, and one count of assault while attempting to commit rape.
He was eventually convicted of three sexual assault charges.
Turner could’ve received a maximum sentence of fourteen years, but prosecutors recommended that he receive a six-year prison sentence, which is far too little for what he did, but Judge Aaron Persky, who stated, “A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him” and that “I think he will not be a danger to others” gave this man 6 months. He is only expected to serve three…
Brock Turner (r.) makes his way into the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse in Palo Alto, Calif. (Dan Honda/AP)
He will literally be home in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Do you know how many young black boys and girls, sometimes as young as 13 and 14 years old, are tried as adults in court rooms all across America and given mandatory minimums of 10 years and 20 years and even life in prison? Thousands. Tens of thousands.
When I was sophomore at Morehouse College in 1999, one of my friends from childhood from Kentucky sexually assaulted a woman much like this. It’s reprehensible. He deserved to have the book thrown at him. Being black and poor all but guaranteed such a thing would happen.
He was 19 at the time, addicted to drugs, and had become a violent, ugly mess of a man. His father was never around and his mother died of cancer when we were in second grade together.
My mother and I loved him dearly as a child. By the time I graduated high school, I hardly knew him, but was devastated by what he did, what it cost his victim, and what it would ultimately cost him.
He was just released this year, 17 years later. While he was in prison, his beloved grandmother passed away and his only brother died of a sudden illness. I would often look at his photos online to see if he looked the way I remembered him. Sometimes, in his photos, it was clear that he had been assaulted. An eye would be swollen shut, cuts would be on his face. He served hard time. You’ll never hear me say he didn’t deserve it.
Somehow, though, the judge looked at Brock Turner, knowing full well what he did to his victim, and determined that he was too young to serve hard time. He was too good of a kid to be thrown in to prison. He was too nice to have to truly pay the price for his crimes.
After all, he was white and likes to swim — so surely, in the words of Persky, “he will not be a danger to others.”
I just had to scream into a damn pillow. Of course the man is a danger to others — he took an unconscious woman behind a dumpster and brutally raped her. He is the exact type of man who is dangerous to others.
My good friend Brandon Garner was given 10 years in prison for selling marijuana. Ten years. He’s not scheduled to be released until 2023.
Brandon was a brilliant full-time barber, a father, and a beloved friend to hundreds. I’ve known him since I was 5 years old. He’s a good guy who got caught up doing the wrong thing to make money.
He’s black, though, so no judge in America was going to look at him and think sweet nothings like Judge Aaron Persky did to Brock Turner. Meanwhile, Brock’s father was found saying that his son shouldn’t have to serve hard time for “twenty minutes of action.”
I just screamed into a pillow again. Then I punched it.
I like to say it like this — our criminal justice system isn’t broken. Nah. It’s functioning just that way it was designed to work — on the backs of people of color and poor folk all over this country.
Brock Turner’s not even going to a real prison. He’s going to serve time in the local jail for a few months. Hell, it’ll still be summer when he gets out — he might be able start back at school somewhere in the fall.
This isn’t right — not even a little bit.
This judge, this so-called justice system, and this rapist Brock Turner embody the worst of America.
I’ve attached the statement from the victim of this case below and hope you’ll read it and understand the depth of injustice that has happened here. I won’t quote her. Her words are best read in their entirety. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-rapist-brock-turner-judge-embody-worst-america-article-1.2662841
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No Other Gospel
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:6-10NIV
Jesus and Beelzebul (Matthew 12:22-37NIV)
22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23 All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”
25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.
30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Top GOP Jews Want To Hear More From Trump
Support for presumptive nominee, though tentative, appears to be coalescing.
Some prominent Jewish Republicans have begun cautiously throwing their support — however tepid — to Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee after his two remaining competitors dropped out. But many want to hear from him more on several key issues.
“Our alternative to Donald Trump at this point is a Democrat in the White House, and I don’t think any of us are supportive of that,” said Fred Zeidman of Houston, a major Republican donor who had previously backed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
But he added that he still needed to have a “conversation with Mr. Trump to get a more definitive view of his position on issues important to us. And to me, the most important issue is the safety and security of Israel. His last statements have been very positive — I just need him to reinforce them and make sure he understands our issues and that he is as supportive as he needs to be.”
In an interview with the Daily Mail this week, Trump signaled that he would favor expanded Israeli settlement building in the West Bank.
“I think he will be fine, but we need to sit down and be comfortable with him,” Zeidman added, using the royal “we.” “Now that he is running against Hillary Clinton, we will get a better definition [of his stance on different issues]. … To me, sitting out this race will be supporting a Democratic candidate.”
Jay Lefkowitz, who served as President George W. Bush’s special envoy for human rights in North Korea, said he “would expect that unless Donald Trump says or does something that is seen as particularly egregious vis-a-vis Israeli interests, a solid group of Jewish Republicans will vote Republican — even if Donald Trump is at the head of ticket.
“I guess some people will sit on their hands [on Election Day], but my guess is that Trump will reach out and try to galvanize the party more broadly. But at the end of the day, sitting on one’s hands is a protest and not an affirmative activity in a democracy.”
The only two living former Republican presidents, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, have both said through a spokesman that they are taking no role in the election and are not endorsing any candidate. Jeb Bush has also not endorsed Trump.
But the only Jewish Republican in the House, Lee Zeldin, whose First Congressional District encompasses the most easterly portions of Long Island, said he is supporting Trump and would campaign with him.
“If he comes to the First for a campaign event to raise awareness for a positive message to move our country forward, I would want to be part of that,” he said.
“If the election was held today, he would blow out Hillary Clinton” in the First CD, Zeldin added.
The district has about 30,000 more registered Republicans and Conservatives combined than Democrats, Zeldin noted. In fact, in 1978 it elected to the House William Carney, a Conservative Party candidate who won the Republican primary and general election and then caucused with the Republicans. He was re-elected four times and decided not to run for re-election in 1986.
Asked if he was supporting Trump because he had promised to support the Republican nominee, Zeldin said: “He is by far a much better candidate for president than Hillary Clinton. I would have endorsed someone earlier if I did not believe there was a lot of talent all across the [Republican debate] stage.”
But Zeldin cautioned that Trump “can’t rest on the lead in the First alone if he is going to win the White House. There are 434 districts in the country.”
Regarding the Jewish vote, he said Jews traditionally vote for the Democratic candidate in presidential elections but that Republicans have been gathering increasing support in recent elections. Zeldin said he is looking to Trump to speak about “Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East.”
“President Obama is finishing a second term in which he has been treating Israel like Iran and Iran like Israel,” he said. “We have to get back to treating enemies as enemies — they only understand strength and a more consistent foreign policy. We have to tackle the growing BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions] movement [against Israel] on college campuses, in the workplace and in the world. He needs to talk about these issues and state a philosophy and offer solutions.”
Nick Muzin, an Orthodox Jew who served as Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign adviser and is also his deputy chief of staff, said he has not yet decided whether to support Trump.
“I am a Republican and want to vote for the Republican nominee, but Mr. Trump still has to prove himself,” he said. “Trump knows a lot of Jewish people, his daughter is Jewish, but he does not have a real depth of knowledge yet about the Middle East. Hopefully he would be good and will have good people around him. But I’m going to wait. … I would want to meet with him, if and when Sen. Cruz is ready to meet with him.”
The latest Siena Research Poll of Jewish voters in New York released Tuesday found that more than three-quarters — 77 percent — view Trump unfavorably. Only 19 percent have a favorable opinion of him. Clinton, on the other hand, has a favorability rating of 57 percent with Jewish voters (up from 37 percent in February) and an unfavorable rating of 42 percent, down from 53 percent in February.
In a head-to-head contest, Jews preferred Clinton over Trump by 62 percent to 23 percent. Among all voters in New York State, Clinton leads Trump 56 to 30 percent.
David Flaum, national chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition, issued a statement this week congratulating Trump “on being the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party.”
He made no further comment about Trump, but rather lashed into Clinton, saying: “Throughout the course of this long campaign among Republicans there has been unity in the belief that Hillary Clinton is the worst possible choice for a commander in chief. Secretary Clinton has proven time and again through her record and her policies that her candidacy will compromise our national security, weaken our economy and further strain our relationship with our greatest ally Israel.”
Kenneth Bialkin, a member of the RJC board, said he is taking a wait-and-see attitude before endorsing a presidential candidate.
“It’s very early in the political season to know what developments may occur that would have an important influence” on the election, he said. “There is no need to make a commitment at this time.”
The website Right Wing Watch posted a story Wednesday that said white nationalists were taking a “victory lap” following Trump’s Republican victory. It noted that the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer wrote: “White men in America and across the planet are partying like it’s 1999 following Trump’s decisive victory over the evil enemies of our race.” It noted also: “The Jews are in full-on freak-out mode.”
Right Wing Watch pointed out also that former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said on his radio show that Trump is taking on, in Duke’s words, “the Jewish supremacists who control our country.” He said also that he loved the parody of a movie being circulated by white nationalists that features Trump killing Jewish and Democratic figures.
Duke was quoted as saying it is high time “to start naming the enemy that’s orchestrating our destruction: If we don’t dispose the Jews, there is no hope for our people.” He added that Jews “control” the media, academia and the political world, “and I think that we’ve really go to start going full bore on that.”
During the campaign, Trump had inconsistent comments about Duke. He at first said he rejects him, then a few days later said he had never heard of him nor met him. The next day, he said he had trouble hearing the question.
On Thursday, the Anti-Defamation League called on Trump to “make unequivocally clear [that] anti-Semitism has no place in presidential politics or American society.”
“David Duke’s latest remarks — smearing Jews and Jewish Republicans specifically — are as unsurprising as they are hateful,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL’s CEO. “The onus is now on Donald Trump to make unequivocally clear he rejects those sentiments and that there is no room for Duke and anti-Semitism in his campaign and in society. Mr. Trump can and should speak up now. If not, his silence will speak volumes.”
Lefkowitz, the former aide to George W. Bush, said he too believes Trump must make it “very, very clear that he has no use for extreme right-wing nationalists of that ilk.” If he doesn’t, “it will cause him enormous problems not only with Jewish voters, but he would effectively be unelectable. … It is important when running for president to say not only who you are for but who you are against.”
But Trump refused to criticize people who hurled anti-Semitic epithets in phone calls and on-line to a Jewish reporter who wrote an article in GQ about Trump’s wife, Melania.
Asked by CNN Wednesday whether he had a message to “these fans” who sent such hate-filled messages, Trump replied: “I don’t have a message to the fans.”
05/06/2016 – 11:37
2016 Presidential Election, Donald Trump, GOP
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The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Drought, Famine, Sword
This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought:
her cities languish;
they wail for the land,
and a cry goes up from Jerusalem.
The nobles send their servants for water;
they go to the cisterns
but find no water.
They return with their jars unfilled;
dismayed and despairing,
they cover their heads.
The ground is cracked
because there is no rain in the land;
the farmers are dismayed
and cover their heads.
Even the doe in the field
deserts her newborn fawn
because there is no grass.
Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights
and pant like jackals;
their eyes fail
for lack of food.”
Although our sins testify against us,
do something, Lord, for the sake of your name.
For we have often rebelled;
we have sinned against you.
You who are the hope of Israel,
its Savior in times of distress,
why are you like a stranger in the land,
like a traveler who stays only a night?
Why are you like a man taken by surprise,
like a warrior powerless to save?
You are among us, Lord,
and we bear your name;
do not forsake us!
This is what the Lord says about this people:
“They greatly love to wander;
they do not restrain their feet.
So the Lord does not accept them;
he will now remember their wickedness
and punish them for their sins.”