Thursday, May 11, 2006

Fascinating reads

I don't really have much to add to the 2 stories garnered from the L.A.Times, but wanted to pass them on anyway 'cause they're fascinating reads after all.

The first is about a murder case in Illinois that moved venue to Orange County because it involves the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremisist gang that clearly has mades a big name for themselves throughout the U.S. even though it only consists of approximately 100 members. They, apparently, are a no-holds-barred type of gang who will do anything to make sure blacks know not to mess with whites, including vicious murders while prison guards watch.

Wanna know why the Illinois jurorists found the Brotherhood not guilty? Because the government's witnesses who testified were scarier then the defendents themselves. Sure itimidation might have been a factor as not to many people are willing to sign their own death warrant, but when something as horrible as murder because the guy was black was committed, it's time to punish the offender regardless. Hell, it's not like the defendants were getting out again anytime soon.

The second piece is from the op-ed section of the L.A.Times. Jonah Goldberg says, "Of course guns get men riled up." There are so many places to go with this, I'm not even going to pin it down to one. I'll just let you all read and decide for yourselves.