Today is one of those days that I’m tired, cranky, and busy with such things as baking pies, boiling eggs, laundry, etc., but a few short snippets crossed my radar and I thought I would just do a few bit’s ‘n pieces for tomorrow’s morning post. I warn you … these people will have you shaking your heads and rolling your eyes!
Down in Provo, Utah, in the Fourth District Court, sits a judge, Judge Thomas Low. Last week, he issued sentencing on a case before him, the case of one Keith Vallejo, a former bishop to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Vallejo was convicted in February of one first-degree felony of object rape and 10 second-degree felonies of forcible sexual abuse. Nice guy, huh? Well, here is what Judge Low had to say about Vallejo:
“The court had no doubt that Mr. Vallejo is an extraordinarily good man. But great men, sometimes do bad things.”
The victims, two of whom were in the courtroom at the time, were understandably incensed by the judge’s praise of their abuser. “For him to say that in a court room in front the victim who was abused and raped by this man, that he is a great person, to me was unacceptable and unprofessional,” said victim Julia Kirby.
Vallejo was sentenced to five years to life, and his first chance for parole will come in about eight years. Civil rights group Restore Our Humanity is preparing to file a complaint against Judge Low.
In Butler County, Ohio, a northern suburb of Cincinnati, there is a sheriff, Sheriff Richard K. Jones. Jones has been a controversial figure in Butler County for years, mainly because of his immigration stance and racial profiling. But this week … this week he made the most idiotic tweet …
Some may have thought he was joking, but he was not. He truly wants Trump to order the same type of bomb that was dropped on Afghanistan last week be dropped on Mexico … our ally!!! You will not be surprised to know that Jones is a staunch Trump supporter.
Back to Texas, a state that seems to occupy a permanent slot on my radar. Texas Representative Ron Simmons is the author of a bill that will be heard next week that would rescind several local ordinances aimed at protecting LGBT people from discrimination. Sigh. Do these lawmakers never learn?
The bill, House Bill 2899, would prohibit cities and counties from passing non-discrimination ordinances and would not allow them to add or subtract to the classes of people already protected under state law. State law currently limits protections based on race, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin and age.
Remember when Trump, back during his less-than-illustrious campaign, told supporters to throw protestors out and in at least one case, said he would pay the supporters’ legal bills? Well, meet Alvin Bamberger, age 76, and a Korean War veteran from Ohio. Bamberger was accused of assaulting a woman, Kashiya Nwanguma, at a Trump campaign rally in Louisville, Kentucky last year. Bamberger initially denied that he shoved Nwanguma, but unfortunately for him, there is video that quite clearly shows him shoving her not once, but multiple times, as did other men.
Now Bamberger and his attorneys are expecting Trump to make good on his promise to pay legal fees, and have filed a lawsuit.
“To the extent that Bamberger acted, he did so in response to — and inspired by — Trump and/or the Trump campaign’s urging to remove the protesters. If Bamberger is adjudged liable to Nwanguma for his actions, Trump and/or the Trump campaign should be adjudged liable to Bamberger in an equal sum, because Trump and/or the Trump campaign urged and inspired Bamberger to act as he did.”
Trump, predictably, is not taking this lying down. With some 4,000 lawsuits under his belt, he is a pro at the finagling that ties things up in court until everyone who ever cared either dies or loses interest. Trump’s lawyers, in response to Bamberger’s suit, said “Mr. Trump is immune from suit because he is President of the United States.” Attorney Greg Belzley, however, reminds us of a 1997 Supreme Court ruling that held President Bill Clinton could be sued over events that occurred before he took office.
Earlier this month, Trump’s lawyers attempted to have the suit thrown out, but U.S. District Judge David Hale said it’s plausible the would-be President incited a riot. He denied motions to dismiss or strike portions of the complaint. This will be one to watch!
And thus concludes my bits ‘n pieces. These are all idiots in their own right, but I don’t have enough on them to award them the Idiot of the Week award. Have a Happy Easter, dear friends!