Say you're 82 years old. Say that you see two people a third of your age with criminal records stealing your trailer. Say that you run out to stop them and they almost run you over. You fire two shots. The thieves are let go, and you find yourself facing life in prison.
It's not a hypothetical scenario.
Admitted thieves are going free, while an elderly Wheat Ridge man is facing the possibility of spending the rest of his life behind bars, all, he says, for trying to defend his property and his life.
82-year-old Robert Wallace said in February that he looked out his window and saw two men hooking his flatbed trailer up to their pickup. He yelled at them to stop, but they sped away, stealing his trailer. He told police he fired two shots at the pickup.
Minutes later, police say 32-year-old Damacio Torres dropped 28-year-old Alvaro Cardona off at a hospital emergency room with a gunshot wound to the face.
Torres did not stay to talk with police, but they caught up with him later. According to court documents, he admitted he and Cardona stole the trailer.
Wallace did not want to talk on camera, but when we asked him if the two men threatened him he said, “They almost ran me over.”
The Jefferson County DA’s office said that neither Torres nor Cardona have been charged with anything at this point, even though Torres confessed to the crime. However, the homeowner, Wallace is facing twelve felony counts, including four counts of attempted first degree murder. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Sources say Torres and Cardona are believed to be in the country illegally and both have an arrest record. Cardona's record includes public fighting and numerous traffic offenses like driving without a license or insurance. Torres's record includes agricultural trespassing as well as a 2005 arrest for aggravated motor vehicle theft for which he was given a plea bargain to a lesser crime. Sources say Torres is also under investigation for being part of a major auto theft ring.
Wallace now faces twelve felony counts, including four counts of attempted first degree murder, for what he described as an act of defending his property and his life. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.
But then why prosecute car thieves and criminals... when you can prosecute a senior citizen for defending himself against two potential Obama voters... once "Immigration Reform" passes.
Mind you this is not exactly the first time Jefferson County DA Scott Storey has been caught wrongfully imprisoning the elderly. According to Storey's site though he listens to the community and fights against crimes committed against the elderly
Community involvement is a priority of Scott's administration. He knows that a good district attorney must listen to the community in order to best represent its citizens. He has developed crime prevention and intervention initiatives using community partnerships focusing on crimes against the elderly
A final coda
Torres's record includes agricultural trespassing...
Besides the fundamental injustice to Mr. Wallace, the passage I quoted is interesting in a disturbing way.
In the Denver area it is a common practice to allow legal and illegal aliens to plead to the lesser charge of 'agricultural trespassing' to avoid being deported. Gov. Ritter, while Denver district attorney, allowed 152 cases to be plead in this manner.
What is this all leading up to? The old idea that a man's home is his castle has to be disposed of to make way for unlimited state power. If a crime is being committed against you, defending yourself makes you a worse criminal than the actual criminals. That's because the state fears its citizens, more than it fears "agricultural trespassers". A illegal crime wave from Mexico is the problem of the citizens. Citizens standing up to them however is a threat to the authority of the political leadership. And must be crushed.
The new paradigm is that a man's home is his prison. A tightly regulated prison, covering everything from how he can construct and repair the house, to what he can have in his refrigerator and how he can educate his children.
In a free society prisons are for criminals, because the ultimate punishment for abusing freedom is to be deprived of it. In a totalitarian state everyone is already in prison by virtue of being under state authority. Jail is a means of maintaining stability, by moving people from a prison with less supervision, to a prison with more supervision.
The freedom to defend yourself is one of the basic rights of a free man or woman. It means recognizing that they have the right to their property and person. A system that denies the right to self-defense is implicitly stating that they have the right to neither.
The bitter irony is that we're talking about this on the same week as 234th anniversary of independence.
Over in Georgia, there is bitter disappointment because a mosque was torched in Georgia, and http://holgerawakens.blogspot.com/2010/07/cair-demands-fbi-probe-mosque-arsonone.html was not only an illegal alien, but a Muslim. illegal alien
The Atlanta Journal Constitution had already begun running CAIR heavy stories about the plague of Islamophobia, burying the lead that there was actually extensive congregational infighting
A land disagreement almost three years ago divided members into two factions in two facilities: one at 968 Powder Springs St. —the site of Monday’s fire — and the other down a hill at 1018. The two groups use the same name and some members still pray together, said Sequin Diaware, president of the group that meets at 1018 Powder Springs St.
The mosque was illegally in use
Two years ago, city planning and zoning officials cited the mosque for constructing additions to the building without city approval. The mosque operates in a residential area. In the long-running dispute, a judge ordered that the two brick columns flanking the driveway, a porch addition and a rear addition be removed in three stages.
Also members of the mosque had committed arson before... against their neighbors.
Three years ago, Tucker said, an arsonist targeted an adjacent building belonging to the mosque. In that case, a student at the mosque was found to have started that fire.
So to sum up. Semi-illegal mosque whose members can't get along. Also a mosque member had already committed arson. But forget all that because... HATE CRIME!
None of this prevented Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin from going to the site and issuing a preventative condemnation.
City officials and about 30 members of the Islamic Center of Marietta, Masjid Al-Hedaya gathered Wednesday afternoon at the mosque on Powder Springs Street to condemn whoever is responsible for starting a fire inside the house of worship Monday night. The Marietta Fire Dept. confirmed Tuesday that the blaze was a result of arson.
“We see this both as a tragedy and an outrage,” Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin said. “Marietta will not tolerate this, we will investigate it.”
He said officials will do all they can to “solve this tragedy” and “help the resurgence” of the mosque.
I sure hope Mayor Steve offered that same support to the owner of the property torched by that mosque member as well. But what am I talking, I'm sure he did. Isn't that how it works?
In other good news, the ICNA discovered that the real perpetrator is the Fourth of July.
"Islamic Circle of North America feels very strongly that these incidents of Islamophobia are on the rise in our country," Baig said. "It is very sad to see that just a day after we celebrated Independence Day on the Fourth of July, the very next day, on the fifth of July, somebody came and decided to destroy this property, a house of worship. This is not what America is."
No, as well all know America is Muslims murdering 3000 Americans and building a mosque next door. That is what America is.
The Masjid Al-Hedaya which was torched by a fellow Muslim was an ICNA mosque. The ICNA purchased the property. Who is the ICNA? Discover for yourself.
ICNA has established a reputation for bringing anti-American radicals to speak at its annual conferences. Moreover, experts have long documented the organization's ties to Islamic terrorist groups. Yehudit Barsky, a terrorism expert at the American Jewish Committee, has said that ICNA "is composed of members of Jamaat e-Islami, a Pakistani Islamic radical organization similar to the Muslim Brotherhood that helped to establish the Taliban." (Pakistani newspapers have reported that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a leading architect of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was offered refuge in the home of Jamaat e-Islami's leader, Ahmed Quddoos.
In 2000, CNSNews.com made public a press release, originally posted on a Middle Eastern website, from a July 2000 ICNA meeting, which read: "Jamaat e-Islami's supporters have an organization in America known as ICNA …" The press release also recounted some of the views expressed at the aforementioned ICNA meeting. These included an exhortation that "Islam must be translated into political dominance"; pleas for support for "jihad" in "Chechnya, Kashmir, Palestine, Iraq [against U.S. forces], southern Sudan, and … in Bosnia/Kosova [sic]"; an appeal for unity among Pakistani Muslims against "Hindu Brahmins and Zionist Jews"; and an endorsement of Muslim women's inclusion in carrying out jihad. One Islamic leader present at the ICNA event complained about “human rights violations” being carried out by the U.S. government against the terrorist mastermind Omar Abdel Rahman, spiritual leader of Egypt's Islamic Group.
Rahman was the "spiritual leader" behind the original attack on the World Trade Center. This is what Mayor Steve showed up for. To show support for a mosque associated with a group that appears to have ties to terrorists who have murdered Americans. That is not what America is.
By all means, let's put a mosque at Ground Zero. The day we can put a McDonalds serving Big n Tasty bacon sandwiches in Mecca.
Further on the Religion of Peace front, former Dhimmi Congressman Mark Siljander was allowed to plead guilty to lesser charges of obstructing justice and serving as an unregistered foreign agent.
Mark Siljander, a former congressman from Southwest Michigan, faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to two charges in connection with his ties to an Islamic charity alleged to have funded terrorist organizations.
Siljander, 59, who served in Congress from 1981 to 1987 and also served one year as a United Nations delegate, pleaded guilty in federal court in Kansas City to obstruction of justice and acting as an unregistered foreign agent.
The original three charges against Siljander for money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice were part of a 42-count indictment against the IARA and its officers.
The indictment alleged that the IARA stole money from the U.S. Agency for International Development. The IARA had been a federal contractor doing aid work in Africa. The government dropped IARA from its roster of contractors after suspicions arose that it was supporting the Afghan Taliban and funding international terrorists.
IARA, which served as the U.S. office of an international organization headquartered in Khartoum, Sudan, was closed in October 2004 after being identified by the U.S. Treasury Department as a specially designated global terrorist organization that provided support to Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida and the Taliban.
The executive director and other IARA staff members have also pleaded guilty in the case.
I've written about Siljander extensively in the past, particularly in Congressman Mark Siljander From Believer to Traitor: A Congresman's Crooked Journey. It's possible to debate whether Siljander was corrupted by money in promoting a business that would have provided tempting levels of access to terrorists, or whether he genuinely accepted the Islamic propaganda that he parroted.
As Debbie Schlussel points out, Siljander's defenders included James Baker, a notorious Saudi pawn. Baker along with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon endorsed Siljander's book. Along with Ed Meese, who chaired a reception for Siljander's legal defense fund. Also former Congressman Bob McEwen, who also served as the Director of Government Relations in Siljander's company, and Lt. General Teddy Allen, who runs another "international consulting firm" whose stated "reach" includes much of the Muslim world, including of course Saudi Arabia.
If you want to understand why the War on Terror is being lost, this is a capsule reminder.
And just to bring it full circle, Siljander attended an ICNA panel just last year.
What did that convention look like? The entire thing is worth reading at Creeping Sharia, but here are some of other attendees.
Jamal Badawi: Badawi played a part in a November 2004 fatwa by the International Union of Muslim Scholars decreeing that it was a religious “duty” for all able-bodied Muslims inside and outside Iraq to wage jihad against the American military.
Hatem Bazian: …called for “an intifada in this country” (i.e., the U.S.) and asserted that the sacred texts of Islam require its adherents to “fight the Jews.”
Nihad Awad: CAIR exec and founder. Identified participating at a 1993 Hamas meeting in the United States. “I am in support of the Hamas movement.”
When they say peace and love, this is how it's really spelled. Never forget that.
Siljander represents a new frontier for Islam, targeting conservative Christians and teaching them that Islam is really great. It sounds absurd, but the list of his endorsements show how much headway he's made.
Finally on to Russell Simmons's fun little essay. Simmons often gets trotted out in bridge building exercises, particularly by liberal Jews. What's the title of Russell Simmons' essay?
Minister Louis Farrakhan: My Second Father
Here's a few choice quotes.
Our parents would tell us that when we grow up we should make a choice to either join the army or "be a Muslim or something.
The Nation of Islam has never been associated with any form of violence
Certainly some of their preachers were fiery, especially in their pointing out the evils of white supremacy. They said some things in a way that was hard for most whites and some blacks to digest. For example, “THE WHITE MAN IS THE DEVIL.” We have to remember the climate of the country during this time. It was an all out war and the Nation was not about to back-down.
This was a week where I didn't miss my 6am prayer because I could hear them already awake and ready to start the day off right. This was a week where the word "Allah" was on the tip of everyone's tongue.
I just bet it was. Read more about the non-violent Nation of Islam in this week's article Why Do Muslims Murder Americans, which Right Side News honored with its Right On Award of Excellence
Then let's go back to 1930, before there even was an Israel. Before US forces were carrying out peacekeeping operations in the Middle East. When the Nation of Islam was founded by W. F. Muhammad. That friendly religious order which claims that white people are subhuman and that America is the devil. The Nation of Islam is however more than just a letter on a baseball cap or a crazy leader occasionally appearing on talk shows to explain why he hates the very people who are giving him a platform. Like just about everything with Islam in its Islam, it has had a long and bloody history from the very beginning.
In 1932 Robert Karriem, one of Muhammad's followers, gathered 12 other followers together, along with his wife and children, as he tied down a tenant of his, James J. Smith, and stabbed him in the chest and then smashed in his skull. Karriem proclaimed "The unbeliever must be stabbed through the heart" and "every son of Islam must gain a victory from the devil. Four victories and the son will attain his reward". All quotes from Muhammad's teachings about Islam. Kerriem was caught and put away, but the violence only grew.
The Nation of Islam murdered "infidels" who left the movement or criticized Elijah Muhammad. Some were stunningly brutal, the murder of an entire family in Philadelphia, including drowning two infants<. But the worst was yet to come. Unlike the Son of Sam or the Zodiac killer, the Zebra Murders , which took place in San Francisco in 1973 have been generally forgotten... because they are politically incorrect. The full number of those murdered by the "Death Angels" of the Nation of Islam may never be known. Estimates range anywhere from 71 to over 200. Those targeted were children as young as 11 year old Michele Denise Carrasco and as old as 81-year-old janitor Ilario Bertuccio. Salvation Army cadets, college students, a retired coast guardsman. The victims were shot, mutilated, raped or decapitated. Some were so badly mutilated that their identities have never been learned.The killers were Nation of Islam members and in some cases used NOI businesses to carry out their atrocities. Their defense was paid for by the Nation of Islam. The horrifying crimes had been committed because the Black Muslim perpetrators believed that murder was their "ticket to heaven".
Moving on with the roundup, Scott at the Power Line Blog looks at the media blackout on the NASA Muslim story
You know the story. The guy whom President Obama has put in charge of NASA reports that he has been tasked by President Obama with missions having nothing to do with space exploration. Perhaps the foremost of these missions is to make the Muslim world feel good about itself.
York originally reported the comments made by NASA administrator Charles Bolden to Al Jazeera several days ago. Yesterday York ran a Nexis search to see whether the news had made it into the mainstream media. York's search produced this (utterly predictable) result:
Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the New York Times: 0.
Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the Washington Post: 0.
Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on NBC Nightly News: 0.
Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on ABC World News: 0.
Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on CBS Evening News: 0.
Of course all the media is really doing here is destroying itself further as a source of news. Because Drudge Report will continue getting more readers, FOX News more viewers, and ever so on and so forth, while ABC News has the latest breaking story on what Michelle Obama wore to the prom.
Boker Tov Boulder has the polling trends in West Virginia
JoshuaPundit has the latest Latma video
Elder of Ziyon has the child abuse rates in Saudi Arabia. Religion of Peace? More like Religion of Child Abuse.
Finally good news. For anyone who really wanted to hear the two men with the prissiest voices and most terrorist friendly attitudes unite in a common cause... your wish has been granted.
Ron Paul and Barney Frank unite in a Huffington Post article to call for the disarmament of the United States.
In order to create a systematic approach to reducing military spending, we have convened a Sustainable Defense Task Force consisting of experts on military expenditures that span the ideological spectrum. The task force has produced a detailed report with specific recommendations for cutting Pentagon spending by approximately $1 trillion over a ten year period. It calls for eliminating certain Cold War weapons and scaling back our commitments overseas.
Sustainable Defense Task Force. My that sounds very serious. Except Frank and Paul's task force includes such "experts" as William D Hartung of Soros' New America Foundation. Hartung's main expertise seems to be appearing in "Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire".
But don't worry, there's also Lawrence J. Kolb of the Soros funded, Center for American Progress. And Miriam Pemberton of the Institute for Policy Studies.
And there's also the appropriately named Christopher Hellman of the also Soros funded, National Priorities Project.
It's hilarious how Ron Paul supporters can rattle off conspiracy theories at the drop of a hat, yet ignore when their man tries to put Soros' people in charge of destroying America's ability to defend itself. Way to go guys. Way to go.
Nope, no conspiracy, nothing to worry about. Because it's not like Soros helped fund, promote and staff Ron Paul's "Grass Roots Campaign".
Now why would he do something like that. It's not like Soros wants to destroy America's ability to defend itself and the Republican party? Oh wait... It's not like Ron Paul wants to... And there we go. Enjoy the weekend.