Friday, December 18, 2009

35 Years Behind Bars For Having Bushy Sideburns

Please read this article:

Fla. man exonerated after 35 years behind bars

I have retitled this News Item as: 35 Years Behind Bars For Having Bushy Sideburns

These are the kind of stories that demonstration how broken and totally unfair our justice system is. Anyone with a couple of "thinking" brain cells would realize that when it comes to human existence, right vs. wrong is not an exact science. Human emotion always trumps common sense if laws aren't there to intervene. This is a good reason why the DEATH PENALTY should be abolished. Many western societies who have advanced so beyond the mentality of the USA in sophistication have long understood this. I love my country but too many Americans who also profess love for this country will at the drop of a hat bark, HANG EM or OFF WITH HIS HEAD, and follow through if they could because of an naive notion that ONE SIZE FITS ALL. In other words, if you don't look like them, act like them,"think" (I use that term loosely) like them, they will refer to your ubiquity as alien and not deserving the rights they enjoy. Ignorance is not bliss!

Fla. man exonerated after 35 years behind bars BARTOW, Fla. – James Bain used a cell phone for the first time Thursday, calling his elderly mother to tell her he had been freed after 35 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.

Mobile devices didn't exist in 1974, the year he was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping a 9-year-old boy and raping him in a nearby field.

Neither did the sophisticated DNA testing that officials more recently used to determine he could not have been the rapist.

"Nothing can replace the years Jamie has lost," said Seth Miller, a lawyer for the Florida Innocence Project, which helped Bain win freedom. "Today is a day of renewal."

Bain spent more time in prison than any of the 246 inmates previously exonerated by DNA evidence nationwide, according to the project. The longest-serving before him was James Lee Woodard of Dallas, who was released last year after spending more than 27 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

As Bain walked out of the Polk County courthouse Thursday, wearing a black T-shirt that said "not guilty," he spoke of his deep faith and said he does not harbor any anger.

"No, I'm not angry," he said. "Because I've got God."

The 54-year-old said he looks forward to eating fried turkey and drinking Dr Pepper. He said he also hopes to go back to school.

Friends and family surrounded him as he left the courthouse after Judge James Yancey ordered him freed. His 77-year-old mother, who is in poor health, preferred to wait for him at home.
With a broad smile, he said he looks forward to spending time with her and the rest of his family.

"That's the most important thing in my life right now, besides God," he said.

Earlier, the courtroom erupted in applause after Yancey ruled.

"Mr. Bain, I'm now signing the order," Yancey said. "You're a free man. Congratulations."

Thursday's hearing was delayed 40 minutes because prosecutors were on the phone with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. DNA tests were expedited at the department's lab and ultimately proved Bain innocent. Prosecutors filed a motion to vacate the conviction and the sentence.

"He's just not connected to this particular incident," State Attorney Jerry Hill told the judge.

Attorneys from the Innocence Project of Florida got involved in Bain's case earlier this year after he had filed several previous petitions asking for DNA testing, all of which were thrown out.

A judge finally ordered the tests and the results from a respected private lab in Cincinnati came in last week, setting the wheels in motion for Thursday's hearing. The Innocence Project had called for Bain's release by Christmas.

He was convicted largely on the strength of the victim's eyewitness identification, though testing available at the time did not definitively link him to the crime. The boy said his attacker had bushy sideburns and a mustache. The boy's uncle, a former assistant principal at a high school, said it sounded like Bain, a former student.

The boy picked Bain out of a photo lineup, although there are lingering questions about whether detectives steered him.

The jury rejected Bain's story that he was home watching TV with his twin sister when the crime was committed, an alibi she repeated at a news conference last week. He was 19 when he was sentenced.

Ed Threadgill, who prosecuted the case originally, said he didn't recall all the specifics, but the conviction seemed right at the time.

"I wish we had had that evidence back when we were prosecuting cases. I'm ecstatic the man has been released," said Threadgill, now a 77-year-old retired appeals court judge. "The whole system is set up to keep that from happening. It failed."

Eric Ferrero, spokesman for the Innocence Project, said a DNA profile can be extracted from decades-old evidence if it has been preserved properly. That means sealed in a bag and stored in a climate-controlled place, which is how most evidence is handled as a matter of routine.

The project has a bigger problem with lost or destroyed evidence than getting usable DNA profiles from existing evidence, he said.

Florida last year passed a law that automatically grants former inmates found innocent $50,000 for each year they spent in prison. No legislative approval is needed. That means Bain is
entitled to $1.75 million.

35 Years Behind Bars For Having Bushy Sideburns

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Monday, December 07, 2009

The Pearl Harbor Attack and Other Fifth-Column Theories

Pearl Harbor Attack

Today is the 68th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack on America by the Japanese. (December 7, 1941)... On anniversaries, such as Pearl Harbor and 9/11, I can't help think words like…"Conspiracy Theory". These man-made disasters always leave one believing the horror that results from a planned catastrophic event could not possibly be coincidental or a complete surprised happening, someone within our government HAD TO KNOW. It’s very difficult to understand that these infamous occurrences were not the results of a Fifth-Column within our government, giving the perpetrators a “Wink and A Nod” to achieve a pipedream objective of Absolute Power, that the "THEY" hold dear.

Case in point: Pearl Harbor and 911.

Below I have included two videos questioning this Fifth-Column Conspiracy Theory of these two events that have changed what America was suppose to be all about… PEACE. (At least that is what I use to believe.)thinkingblue

PS: But first...

This video caught my attention
that is why I am also including it.

The Great Conspiracy

FDR Pearl Harbor Conspiracy

In Plane Sight - Sept 11 - 911 Conspiracy 1 of 6

Always remember that, Cultivating an open mind is another valuable outcome of critical thinking and reasoning. CLICK HERE

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The Obama Escalation, Too Sad To Watch.

Please read: Rhetoric and Reality: Masking War Escalation as a Withdrawal Plan

Email from ANSWER | Dec 2, 2009 |

When I saw President Obama give his speech
last night on why he is sending more to die in this Godforsaken
Bush/Cheney war in Afghanistan. I felt like I was Yogi Berrer
uttering, "This is like deja vu all over again."... But
this time is wasn’t War Monger Dubya speaking, it was the
"Change You Can Believe In” and the, “Every time I
speak about my hope for America, the cynics in Washington roll
their eyes.”, Barack Obama. The man who once asked before
his election, “I ask you to believe-not just in my ability
to bring about real change in Washington. I'm asking you to
believe in yours.”

YEAH RIGHT Mr. President, and may I ask…
that was never really in the cards was it?” I believe,
Our President wants us to brace ourselves for this war in
Afghanistan becoming another Vietnam! thinkingblue

"You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.” - Jeannette Rankin first woman Member of Congress

More Reading on the subject:

Obama Never Considered Diplomacy in Afghanistan

Analysis: Obama Taking Big Risk with Afghanistan Decision

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