December 24, 2011

The State's License To Kill: Court Sanction Unnecessary

When the President Can Kill Who He Wants He is A KING Not a President

It's been coming for some time - but now, early in the second decade of this century, it is finally here. In the land of the formerly free it is now perfectly okay for the State to terminate anyone they please, while the formerly brave accept it with a smile. No need for the hassle of a court ruling - after all, we can save ourselves all that wasted time and expense since we know that those in charge always make the correct decisions and in any case they know what's best for us, right? Yup, no question about that!

And so they kept repeating the mantra until it was their turn to be on the wrong end of the gunsights. In disbelief to the very end, they kept reassuring themselves that it'll all be okay: I did nothing wrong, so they won't harm me - right up to the very moment before the bullet ripped through a vital organ...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Their Right to Kill, Our Duty To Die: The Murder of Otto Zehm

Otto Zehm, a mentally handicapped, 36-year-old unemployed janitor, was beaten to death in a Spokane convenience store in March 2006.

"All I wanted was a Snickers bar," pleaded the battered and bloody man before he was gagged by his assailant.

On November 4, Karl Thompson, the man convicted of killing Zehm, was taken to jail.  Several dozen members of Thompson’s gang were gathered outside the courtroom – most of them proudly wearing the colors – to “show their honor” by offering the murderer a public salute. Thompson – whose hands weren’t cuffed, in violation of long-established rules – smiled and returned the gesture.  Zehm’s still-grieving mother and several other relatives stood just a few feet away. 
The gang in question is the Spokane Police Department, which even now refuses to acknowledge that Thompson – who was a nominee to become Chief at the time he murdered Zehm – ever did anything wrong when he clubbed, tased, and suffocated a terrified, innocent man who did nothing to provoke the attack, and who put up no violent resistance to the assault. 
 Zehm had done custodial work at Fairchild Air Force Base and was well-known, and equally well-liked, by many people in his neighborhood, some of whom were aware that he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was in the daily habit of visiting a convenience store called Zip Trip to purchase junk food – usually Pepsi and a candy bar. 

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