Archive for November 16th, 2013

by lizard

What do Ken Starr, the man who crusaded against president Clinton, and Charlie Gibson, the former host of Good Morning America, have in common?

They are both advocating that a serial child rapist get NO jail time for his crimes. Seriously.

What’s Ken Starr up to these days? According to Virginia court documents, the famously pious former Clinton prosecutor recently pleaded with a Fairfax County judge to let a confessed child molester go free. Because he’s a family friend. Here’s the letter.

It was just one of dozens of letters sent by as many Washington, D.C., and New York City power players—including former ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson, a former aide to Laura Bush, a former GOP congressman, and a powerful partner at the insider law firm Akin Gump—who wrote in praise of Christopher Kloman, a 74-year-old retired Potomac School teacher who has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting several female students under the age of 14. Kloman received a 43-year prison sentence in October.

I really don’t know what to write about this. It was bad enough that Montana child rapist, Stacey Rambold, only got 30 days for his crime. Most everyone was rightfully horrified at the sentence and despicable comments from the judge.

Not DC elites, apparently. Instead these assholes want this particular child rapist to get community service because the guy hasn’t supposedly raped a child in decades.

Here’s an excerpt from Starr’s letter:

Since Mr. Kloman has apparently conducted himself in an acceptable manner for more than thirty years, with no other violations, and he has cooperated with the police and accepted responsibility for his actions, we hope the Court will provide leniency in his sentence.

Mr. Kloman is currently repenting for his past sins and will continue to do so if given a chance to serve his community and neighbors. Community service would be a far better punishment than having him languish in jail.

Here’s Charlie Gibson:

When I was hosting Good Morning America we frequently broadcast stories about forgiveness and I was amazed that some people who were victimized had reserves of forgiveness far greater than mine. Any punishment for Chris now, however, strikes me as retributive not rehabilitative, but at the same time I realize there is a need for accountability. I hope you can find a way for Chris to make amends, stay a part of his truly wonderful family, and contribute something productive and useful to society.

Un-fucking-believable.

While these scumbags are advocating for leniency for a child rapist, Gibson’s former network, ABC, reported on an ACLU report about over 3,000 people serving life sentences for non-violent crimes:

For more than 3,000 people, nonviolent crimes including siphoning gas from a truck and shoplifting three belts from a department store landed them in prison for life.

In a newly released study, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) found that more than 3,200 prisoners are serving life sentences without parole for nonviolent offenses.

“In their cruelty and harshness, these sentences defy common sense,” the ACLU wrote in its report. “They are grotesquely out of proportion to the conduct they seek to punish. They offend the principle that all people have the right to be treated with humanity and respect for their inherent dignity.”

The ACLU found that about 79 percent of these prisoners were sentenced for nonviolent drug crimes including possession of a crack pipe, possession of 32 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute and having a stash of over-the-counter decongestant pills that could be manufactured into methamphetamine.

Non-drug-related crimes included attempting to cash a stolen check, shoplifting two jerseys from a sports store and making a drunken threat to a police officer while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car, the ACLU said.

In about 84 percent of the cases documented by the ACLU, sentencing judges had no choice in the sentences because of laws requiring mandatory minimum periods of imprisonment, habitual offender laws and other rules. Prosecutors, in asking for certain charges, have much more control of these prisoners’ fates, the ACLU said.

Justice in America, folks.

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by lizard

Because there’s no shame in my poetry game, I’ve decided to self-publish at lulu.com. Now anyone can purchase a copy of Full Size Pattern by William Skink for the bargain price of $7.50.

It would be great to one day have a reputable publisher take interest in my work, but until that day happens, I can peddle my own vanity press editions for a cheap price that gives me the grand cut of $2 bucks per copy sold.

I haven’t received the copies I’ve already purchased yet, so I’m not totally sure how the formatting will look, but I did receive copies of another project I set up (not available) through Lulu, and it looks pretty nice, certainly much better than the little zines I’ve crudely cut and stapled for friends and family in the past.

Ok, enough self-promotion for now.




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