The Main Muslim Holiday

My friends who are steadfast, mainstream libertarians have not had anything to say about someone or other shooting a fourteen-year old schoolgirl in the head. A group called “Taliban” claimed responsibility for this act of courage. “Taliban” means “student” (of Islam). A coincidence no doubt. Some of my mainstream libertarian friends will tell you with a straight face that a Lutheran could just have easily committed this atrocity.

Today, the main feast in the Muslim calendar, someone killed the faithful at the mosque during prayer in northern Afghanistan. The murderers must have been drawn from the 1/10 of 1% Christian minority in Afghanistan. Or, perhaps, they were another set of Lutheran assassin, foreigners. Damn Finns!

The producer of the infamous video insulting the prophet Mohammed is still in jail, as I write. He was put there for a federal judge for some sort of economic crime. I don’t know exactly what he did. I don’t doubt that he is a crook. Correct me if I am wrong but it seems to me we don’t ordinarily keep crooks in jail for weeks before trial. Am I missing something or are my suspicions well-founded. Do we now have political prisoners in this country?

About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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5 Responses to The Main Muslim Holiday

  1. Terry Amburgey says:

    “Correct me if I am wrong but it seems to me we don’t ordinarily keep crooks in jail for weeks before trial.”

    Consider yourself corrected. The last 2 times my late brother was arrested [DUI without a drivers license] he spent roughly a month in jail before trial. It depends on how clogged the courts are and whether defense attorneys ask for extra time to prepare.

    Yes you are missing something. Many things. I spend an inordinate amount of time here pointing out things you have overlooked or are just clueless about. I don’t begrudge you the time though, you helped educate me when you were younger it’s only fair that I return the favor now that you’re in your dotage.

    Yes we have political prisoners. Every time you see a protester being hauled off by the police you see one. I’m not overly sympathetic, it’s quite easy to protest without trespassing or disorderly conduct but many people feel it’s necessary for making their point. I suspect they’re out quickly…unless the courts are clogged with drunken drivers.

  2. Terry:
    Believe me, I appreciate the late education you provide but you won’t begrudge me normal skepticism toward the teaching., I am sure.

    Yes, thousands of people get arrested during demonstrations. (I was arrested myself in the seventies..) Those who don’t throw rocks at cops, and many who do, are arrested on technicalities (technicalities, I deplore by the way), such as blocking traffic. Those are not political arrests. In every case I know, the arrests are also treated as technicalities. The arrestees are freed just as soon as the booking process is completed, almost always less than a day. Being in county jail for a day for a technicality, risking little more than a fine (and this, rarely) does not qualify anyone as a political prisoner, in my book. If it does, in your book, please, say this loud and clear. (I know, we have different books. In my book, for example, an 18-year and three months old boy, doing it with his very amorous 17 and ten months girlfriend is not “rape.”)

    I am double-sorry about your brother but I believe you are not giving us the whole story. I doubt there is any state in the union where a simple DUI without a license makes you ineligible for release on own recognizance or on the posting of a very small bail. Again we are missing a part of the story. Or else, the regrettable event happened in Albania, or in Kazakstan.

    At any rate, you are changing the subject again. My statement was: “We don’t ordinarily keep crooks (CROOKS) in jail. From your own description, your brother did not qualify as a crook but perhaps as a public danger to life and limb. Whatever, he was probably not a “political prisoner.”

    To go back to the essence of my original comment: Is it your belief that the arrest of the producer (or whatever) of the scurrilous anti-Mohammed video was unrelated to the turmoil that administration alleged was created by the video? One more time, it seems to me this is a “yes” or “no” question. (Which may be followed by whatever poetic statement you wish to make, of course.)

    Incidentally, I suspect that our discussions are probably useful to other, younger people. You illustrate very well a certain way of thinking, a way that resulted in the election of Mr Obama to the presidency and that is still flourishing during the current campaign.

  3. Bruce says:

    Islam is the religion of peace. DUI’s are a bummer. I have been very fortunate to have dodged that bullet. I know the penalties increase greatly with each occurance. As for political prisoners in America it’s hard to say. I guess it comes down to how you define the term. My first stab would be that a political prisoner is arrested and imprisoned simply for having views contrary to the powers that be. Our Constitution does not allow for this, at least until Obama declares martial law to get a handle on all this Benghazi
    business.
    Seriously, the events surrounding what happened at our Libyan consulate has made me physically ill. It is the best example yet of what happens when a president is chosen by the left wing media mob. I don’t know where to begin expressing my disgust with this shameful behavior. It makes me so angry I don’t know what to say. It’s America at her worst!

    • Bruce: May I suggest “where to begin” ? Find a young person who is no an hereditary Democrat and persuade him/her to act according to reason and according to sound evidence. That’s not a giant endeavor and it would make a difference because most elections are won by a small margin.

      • Bruce says:

        Great suggestion. I have been trying to do just that with the First Coast Tea Party. I have also been working on my fellow employees. I have to tone it down with many of them and avoid preaching. I find it most effective to ask them questions instead of telling them things. I also have asked them to show me their “I Voted” sticker when they come back in the office. A couple of them did not vote last time and have voted early like me. Our company is being negatively impacted by the administration’s attack on domestic coal. We may not be paying a bonus this year. All I have to do is ask which candidate would be better for the bonus next year. Things are looking pretty good here in Florida!

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