Tag Archives: Crime

In Soviet Russia, Weapons Sell You

7 Apr

Russian Viktor Bout, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison yesterday for illegal arms sales.

From the Detroit News Russians to urge U.S. to send home the Merchant of Death

Bout claims he is innocent and Russia wants him repatriated claiming the charges are “baseless and biased”.

I don’t doubt that the United States would bend the law in order to catch and try a suspect. Though I remember hearing the news that Bout had been arrested in Thailand in 2008, I didn’t follow this trial, but I would be interested to see what exactly the United States evidence consisted of.

Apparently Bout, agreed to sell weapons to supposed Colombian rebels. If the man is long suspected of being an arms-dealer and you can get him to fall into a trap like that, you might be on to something but I wouldn’t exactly call that evidence.

Compare that to this trial you can find on thisainthell.us, also from yesterday. The young man attempted to blowup a military recruiting center near Baltimore and apparently was with an undercover agent who supplied the “fake” bomb and witnessed the suspect attempt to use detonator. That’s pretty damning evidence.

When it comes to Bout’s case I don’t know that a verbal agreement is hard evidence. Like I said I haven’t followed the case, but I hope the feds have more on Bout.

I’m not necessarily doubting whether or not Bout is an arms dealer, cause if I had to bet on it, I’d say he likely is. The problem is he that the profession he chose, put him directly in competition with the United States government and boy do they hate competition.


What We’ve Got Here Is Failure To Communicate

29 Mar

I saw this segment on Bill O’Reilly last night. While the crux of the story centers around Trayvon Martin, I’m not talking about that, but rather the big picture that’s being discussed in this video.

At :55 seconds in, the first guest, Faith Jenkins, makes the point that too many people are trying to get something out of this case and that’s just wrong. Agreed.

However when O’Reilly talks to the other guest, Jasmyne Cannick, she says that this is the culmination of years of frustration of being racially profiled. Agreed.

Back to Jenkins who acknowledged the point of profiling to best identify crime when the statistics point to most crimes being committed to young, black males. Jenkins states that profiling sometimes crosses the line (around the 4:20-4:30 mark).

That was the big point. Of course profiling crosses the line, you’re picking on someone for an external factor simply because the greater probability that other people who also possess that factor happen to criminally inclined, I.E., skin color.

Profiling crosses the line because race is that “line”. It may not be fair, but that’s reality.

Life is tough for black people in America, many people write you off right from the start, being black in America comes with it’s own struggles. This is not a secret, we all know these problems exist.

But, is the police department to blame for profiling all young black males, because too large a percentage of them have criminal records, or should more (though certainly not all) of the blame fall onto a black culture in America that hasn’t done enough to prevent these young-males from going astray?

Surely many people in Black America do try their best to keep these problems from growing. However it’s clear that despite their noble intentions and best efforts they are too few in numbers to be able to keep pace with the downward trajectory of their own race.

The essential question is “Who should be most responsible for the general perception of black people in America?”

Should white America be more accepting of all aspects of black culture regardless  or should black America be more accepting of white culture? This question is the core of the chasm that divides America on race. This is not a perceived chasm existing only in space, it is real and exists in every city in the country.

Additionally, with the attention given to “hoodies” now as the rallying point in the Martin case, is the answer really more people wearing an article of clothing that already got a kid profiled and killed or is time to reverse course and shun the attitudes and ideas that have gotten us to this point?

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