If you saw a grown man abruptly snatch up a two-week-old kitten by the nape of his neck and start dunking him vigorously in a swimming pool, while his “still nursing” mother frantically cried and howled in protest, how quickly would you react and how angry would you be?
Two women screamed at the top of their lungs, and another hurled a plastic cup full of slushy drink, right past my head, from about 20 feet away. Judging by the speed of the cup, and the splash it made when it hit the water, had the thing hit me in the face it could have broken some teeth or, at the very least, my nose.
Yep, that was me. I admit it. I snatched an adorable, tiny, nursing kitten straight off his Mama’s teat and, by the nape of his neck, gave him about a half dozen thrusts underwater that left the little guy coughing and hacking up pool water for the next five minutes.
Some of you people have always suspected that I was a cruel, heartless bastard, just waiting for the right opportunity to torment children, deface public property and torture small animals.
Now you have proof. Or so you thought.
That sunny afternoon years ago while on vacation with my wife, I was swimming around in an amazing resort pool with its own tiny island. There was a small bridge to the island, and apparently one of the resort’s resident cats had recently picked a shady spot in the palms to download a half dozen kittens. Cats do that sort of thing and, most of the time, they pick safe and secure places. But this time, the enemies may have been too tiny to spot. Mama Cat got too close to a potentially deadly hazard.
I saw the nursing mom from a distance and had no idea what was going on until I was right up on her. A trail of red ants from a crack in the concrete surface of the pool had made their way to the last kitten nursing at the bottom of the line, and they had covered him, probably three dozen strong. Either they had not started seriously stinging him yet, or they were bypassing his fur to get to the soft tissue in his ears, eyes and nose. And they were closing in fast.
I did the only thing I knew to do without the benefit of a brush and a can of Raid in my hands and that was dunk the kitten in the pool water while knocking the ants off, as quickly as possible. I am very sensitive to ant stings, and as a result never waste time in getting as far away as I can from the pesky little devils with all alacrity.
I am sure I looked like a sadistic fiend from a distance, so I cannot blame the immediate rush to judgment that followed. Luckily within 30 seconds the mortified vacationers were close enough to hear my explanation and see the evidence of the narrowly averted cat-tas-trophy. (pun intended) I didn’t have to buy a drink for the rest of my vacation.
Fast forward to last week, where we find that fiend, that despicable, racist, misogynistic, GOP turd-in-the kiddie pool Donald Trump saying terrible things about the federal court judge presiding over his civil lawsuit where millions of dollars, and the success of his political campaign, could be at stake.
The judge in question is of Mexican heritage and, of course, Trump’s war against illegal immigration from Mexico is legendary.
In his comments, in typical Trump fashion, he buried a 16-ounce gold nugget of likely truth in five pounds of stinky horsecrap.
Here was what Trump said about the likelihood of federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a man whose parents were born Mexican citizens, being biased against him:
“Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences,” he said, for (judges) who are… non-white… their national origins may and will make a difference in their judging.”
Damn, that was harsh. Eloquent, but harsh. What a terribly bigoted (not racist) thing to say about a judge!
Only one problem with the above quote. Trump didn’t say it. The original quote comes from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, here it is reprinted in context, without adjustment to accommodate the misdirection above, from a May 2009 article in The New York Times:
“Judge Sotomayor has given several speeches about the importance of diversity. But her 2001 remarks at Berkeley, which were published by the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, went further, asserting that judges’ identities will affect legal outcomes.
“Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences,” she said, for jurists who are women and nonwhite, “our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.”
Her remarks came in the context of reflecting her own life experiences as a Hispanic female judge and on how the increasing diversity on the federal bench “will have an effect on the development of the law and on judging.”
That Justice Sotomayor better watch out, if she keeps rambling on like that she is bound to piss off Lindsey Graham!
So understand what we have here, a better articulated, but equally heavy indictment, arguing the judgment of minority judges being affected and changed based on personal perspective alone. From a Hispanic, female Supreme Court Justice, no less.
But hey, Trump is the devil.
Make a list of the minority defendants whose attorneys have argued racial bias against white judges, white prosecutors, white juries, white police, white customs and white laws over the last 50 years. You can’t do it, or at least you couldn’t print up the list once you did. It is too long. Not enough white paper in the world to accommodate the task.
Trump raised the concern going the other direction, and the mainstream press (Hell, even his own GOP cohorts) is ready to throw him under the bus 100 times over because he did.
Come to find out Judge Curiel does have some interesting political ties, including membership with the very LaRaz legal group that is working to legitimize the status of illegal aliens (criminals) already in America and loosen existing immigration regulations for others who want to come. From what I have seen and read there is no way a man with the same political and legal agenda shared by LaRaz should be presiding over a case involving Donald Trump. No way.
Was Trump clumsy when he said a “Mexican” couldn’t give him a fair trial? Yep.
Was Trump right to be concerned about this specific judge? You damn skippy.
A few weeks ago I gave you a primer in the duplicity of the media and their obsession with defeating conservatives in general and, for this election, Trump in particular. Here we have more evidence that the living history is part of a continuing education, with a final exam yet to come.