It now appears that Oscar Pistorious will spend time in jail for “negligent and unreasonable” behavior. According to Judge Mesipe “I am not persuaded that as reasonable person would have fired four shots into a toilet cubicle. I am of the view that the accused acted hastily.” A fair point. If a person who kills another person without premeditation does that mean this individual is not guilty of murder? This concept raises many questions concerning the act of murder. Can one argue that most murders are examples of “unreasonable behavior?. For example, could one argue that being raised in poverty produces people who behave unreasonably when confronted with potential violence to them?
Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri was raised in a culture that believed black skinned teenagers were potential threats, and thus his behavior in shooting was an example of “unreasonable behavior?” Frankly, the vast majority of murders could fit into her definition of murder. What then?
After months of deliberation and conflict a decision has finally been rendered in a court in Africa. Oscar Pistorious is cleared of the charge of premeditated murder, and might come off with being convicted of killing his girl friend by mistake. Reality: Oscar is too famous to be sent to prison. Oscar is a white man who killed a white woman because he thought that a black man was out to kill the white woman, and what else could he do but kill the girl so that she would not be raped or ravaged by the black man? There is not a jury in murder cases in South Africa so the decision was in the hands of a nice elderly black skinned woman.
I have previously reviewed this case. It makes no sense for a man to blast away into a bathroom because he heard “noises.” At no point did he check to see if Reeva was OK back in the bedroom. He just shot into a door. OK, he is now a free man. This case proves if you are famous, have money, regardless of skin color in South Africa, you will go free!
It is not very often that I pick up my newspaper and discover that some minister of God explains God in ways that I never considered. Martin Driscoll is a minister of God, and decided to use the social media in order to make clear to we men how and why we should make use of the penis. You know, that piece of your body that hangs down in front. For some reason, Martin thought it necessary to employ the name of William Wallace in order to explain why God created the penis for men. In all honesty, I DO know that I possess a penis, I do know that this piece of my body exudes water throughout the day. I always thought the water was there to assist me in putting out fires. But, listen to the pastor explain this piece of my anatomy:
“The first thing about your penis is, despite the way it might seem, it is not your penis ultimately. God created you and it is his penis.” This penis needs a home, and Pastor Driscoll made me understand something that I never knew. Believe it or not, a woman’s body does NOT have a penis, but it has a place which would enable my penis to find a home. Gee, after all these years, I finally understand. Get the penis home!
Pastor Driscoll’s advice did not register with his congregation and dozens are leaving. I am shocked. How many pastors in American churches take the time to explain the penis?
It was about a month ago when attorneys in South Africa were arguing the case of Oscar Pistorious. As you most probably recall, he was charged with murdering his girl friend. Oscar claims that he heard a noise in the bathroom, took out his guns, and blasted away. He is sorry, shook, and mortified that his shots killed the girl. But, he is a man born without legs and thus prone to feeling helpless so what else could he do, but fire away? His defense is a wonderful defense. I am born without legs so it is normal for me to fear that any noise in the house can be a sign of danger.
Anyway, a month has gone by and no news from South Africa. Just checking. I wonder what are the odds on Oscar winding up in prison? I wonder what are the odds that Oscar winds up in a psychiatric institution for people born without legs who are prone to shoot when encountering noises??
Every so often I encounter the same story only it comes from a different location in the world. Invariably, the story describes how some teen age girl was murdered by relatives, and her parents most likely joined in the violence. There was a 15 year old girl living in a small village in Turkey, and one day her cousins got drunk, and having nothing better to do that day, raped her. Naturally, and I do mean, naturally, relatives were upset. OH, they were not upset at the rape, after all, boys must be boys. The grandmother, the grandfather, three aunts, four cousins, and dear old mom and dad, decided this girl lacked moral values. After all, she allowed herself to be brutalized by her male cousins. So, one of the boys got drunk, and then proceeded to strangle his female cousin.
After a few years, the story emerged and a Turkish court now is trying the case against the entire family structure. For some strange reason, the government does not agree that murdering a young girl is OK. There is no doubt in my mind, this same story will reappear, not in Turkey? Then in some other rural area in the Middle East, Africa or Asia.
I just do not understand these people. Does anyone?