Saturday, August 29, 2015

Published Again

In the eyes of the law, Bullock got a fair trial

By Express-Times Letters to the Editor
on August 28, 2015 at 1:08 PM, updated August 28, 2015 at 1:09 PM

In response to Steve Wilson's letter ("Bullock trial should have been handled on state or federal level," Aug. 10), the trial was held in state Superior Court. Sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault are not federal crimes.

So much moral indignation about this case. It is not at all surprising that there are conspiracy theories about "collusion" and "corruption" on the county level because the judge in the case once worked as a prosecutor where the defendant also served as sheriff. The crime, as described, occurred within the jurisdiction of Warren County. Vicinage 13 is very small. Why not call everyone who ever received a favorable verdict in northwest New Jersey a kiddy rapist? Mass hysteria and jumping to conclusions feels good but it hurts victims.    

The jury was tasked with putting an 86-year-old man who requires a wheelchair and breathing tube in jail for 90 years. The accuser had a criminal record, including time in prison in Wisconsin. This case was lost for one reason: First Assistant Prosecutor Michael McDonald put forward not one unimpeachable shred of evidence to support the accuser's case.

In the eyes of the public, Edward Bullock is guilty as sin. Under the law, he got a fair trial. Not guilty does not mean innocent. Please educate yourself about the law before tarring and feathering an actually innocent man next time.

Erik B. Anderson
San Diego, Calif.
Formerly of Independence Township

Friday, January 23, 2015

They Make Good Films These Days (Just Not in Hollywood ) - #25

This film makes me very excited to be moving to San Diego. I really hope I get the chance to perform a meaningful song and get no applause at all, like what the lead character is looking for. Just to be allowed to finish something in public would be such a blessing.

Friday, December 12, 2014

They Make Good Films These Days (Just Not In Hollywood) - #24

24 is my favorite number.

The Island (2006) - Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.

Thank you and God Bless you, Pinar Ă‡oral, for the recommendation. I love you.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

I Thought the New Star Wars Trailer Was a Parody for a Second

The fist official image anyone will ever see of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is of John Boyega, a dark skinned black man,  in a Stormtrooper Uniform.

It hasn't even been out a full day yet, and #BlackStormtrooper is generating a lot of discussion.

Mostly everybody who wants to have a shred of credibility in their public commentating career is quick to condemn anyone who acknowledges that - just for a second - it looks like we're about to see something like Spaceballs crossed with Blazing Saddles.

But I believe JJ's using an old Jedi mind trick on us weak-minded fools.

I need to be honest with myself and the rest of you. My very first impression when I saw the trailer was that I was watching a Mel Brooks-style parody. It was a split-second, instinctual gut feeling, but I completely expected Mr. Boyega to do an act reminiscent of Stepin Fetchit.

Does that make me personally responsible for my instinctual thoughts? Am I as evil as the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan? Should I flog myself? I could but it would be a waste of time.

I think it's great that JJ's doing this Jedi mind trick. Millions of kids' first impression will not be like mine because they will not have had the years of cultural conditioning that would lead them to have the reaction that I did.

If this film is anything like Star Wars was to me when I was a kid, it will bury deep into their psyches and condition them to think the image of a black man sweating and gasping for breath, looking scared and lost on a desert planet is not the precursor to a shuck and jive. It will teach them this before all the institutionally racist images that have gone before can condition them toward the...ahem, dark side. Pun intended. Reference to color not intended.

Well, I don't know if I believe all this will solve racism, but since Obi-Wan's death, there must be come other hope out there. Right?

Thus Sayeth the King of Funny Faces!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Great John L

My maternal grandfather died on November 18, 1964 - 50 years ago today.

I wanted to go and leave a golf ball at his grave today, preferably one that somebody had chipped into Palmer Park, where my dad's flag is; but, it's freezing cold, I have no car and I also have a doctor's appointment today. I feel bad that I only ever saw his grave for the first time last month.

I'll get there again eventually, then go have some greasy food at Rutt's Hutt. In the meantime, even though I never met you, you are not forgotten.

So Sayeth the King of Funny Faces!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence = Freedom

“Decide yourself who was right: you or the one who questioned you then? Recall the first question; its meaning, though not literally, was this: ‘You want to go into the world, and you are going empty-handed, with some promise of freedom, which they in their simplicity and innate lawlessness cannot even comprehend, which they dread and fear—for nothing has ever been more insufferable for man and for human society than freedom! But do you see these stones in this bare, scorching desert? Turn them into bread and mankind will run after you like sheep, grateful and obedient, though eternally trembling lest you withdraw your hand and your loaves cease for them.’”
--from The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky