Bush's Religious Language.
Pastor and theologian Juan Stam wrote an insightful article,"Bush's Religious Language" that has appeared in The Nation magazine. To read the article it is adapted from in the original Spanish go to Signos de Vida
It is remarkable how closely Bush's discourse coincides with that of the false prophets of the Old Testament. While the true prophets proclaimed the sovereignty of Yahweh, the God of justice and love who judges nations and persons, the false prophets served Baal, who could be manipulated by the powerful.
Bill Janklow, as you probably have heard, has been convicted of felony second-degree manslaughter for the vehicular homicide death of volunteer fireman/rancher Randy Scott; even with much evidence withheld that would shed light on the level of responsibility he has demonstrated in the last 10 or 15 years on the roads of South Dakota. Instances such as Janklow's going through on off-ramp stop sign at 100 miles-per-hour.
Will he, like anyone of us with a like record, actually serve time? He is looking at 10 years behind bars as well as a 10,000 dollar fine for the felony crime in itself. Mr Janklow will lose his right to own a firearm for 15 years as well as his ability to practice law under South Dakota laws.
The judge's discretion on the four convictions ranges from no time behind bars and no fines up to a total of 10 years in prison, 14 months in jail and $11,400 in fines. The judge also could require restitution, community service, or set other special conditions.
Judge Rodney Steele is not moving the cases sentencing date up from January 20, 2004 so as to get a full presentencing background on Janklow, if the Judge is not under political pressure, in all decency and fairness the convicted man should do time, seeing how shameful the Congressman's past is.
You can write to Judge Rodney Steele here if you'd like to weigh in, share some facts with the man:
Judge Rodney Steele
Moody County Courthouse
P.O. Box 247
Flandreau, SD 57028-0247
Judge Steele has discretion in sentencing this case. Janklow, a man who has advocated "boot camps" for youngsters cites how the Marine Corps supposedly "turned him around" after his first conviction for sexual assault at age 16 seems all gung ho about punishing crime other than his own. In South Dakota a juvenile truant or runaway can become incarcerated.
confirmed by children, staff, and videotapes, is that kids in the boot camps who were considered discipline problems were shackled by their wrists and ankles to beds or concrete floors -- a restraint called "four-pointing" -- sometimes for 24 hours a day. Male guards often took part in cutting off the clothes of girls who were four-pointed, ostensibly to prevent suicide. Male guards also patrolled the showers, a particularly traumatizing practice for the 75 percent of Plankinton girls who reported to counselors that they had been sexually abused as children. Some kids were pepper-sprayed naked in their cells and denied medication. Children considered violent were kept in total isolation, more than 23 hours a day in small cells, for as long as two weeks.
Please read the above link and see another facet of Bill Janklow's character.
Human Rights Watch discusses Janklow's Juvenile Boot Camps.
If prison camps are good enough for children a State Prison should suit Mr Janklow. And appeal to his sense of retributive justice. 10 years is not long enough for punishment advocate Bill Janklow. A fine and community service are not justice, ask yourself if an "Joe Average" would tend to be treated the same with such a long history behind him.