Watching Bambi While You Rot in the Clink
Welcome back everyone to our USA Really daily podcast, with today’s edition for December 19. I told you about this yesterday, but today is the feast of the great and holy hierarch St. Nicholas the Wonderworker on the Orthodox old calendar, who is perhaps the most beloved saint in the world, other than the Mother of God! So с праздником and joyous feast to all you who are celebrating!
And let’s get things started with our announcements: Don’t forget to check out our Global Democracy Award contest, on the theme of the US government’s interference in other states, and our Zuckerberg Wanted action where we’re looking for you to hook us up with some sweet evidence of the government being a pain in the butt and enforcing illegal censorship online, especially on social networks. Both of these items could you bring you several thousand dollars, so check them both out today!
Then let’s dive into the articles with a look at today’s opinion piece, entitled “Media heads continue to misinterpret President Trump” by Seraphim Hanisch. He writes: “Friday morning's Drudge Report featured two opinion pieces about President Trump, one which slammed his "suffocating presence," and the other, which regarded his presidency as supported by emotion in the same way that President Obama's support was. The mainstream media continue to miss the point, though there is indeed an element of reality that both pieces did touch upon.” Hanisch takes you through both of these pieces and analyzes the arguments in them. If Trump support is supposedly based entirely on emotion, are the arguments against him any better? Is not the media the main purveyor of emotionalism, since that’s what sells? Do we really think the media is giving us calm, unbiased facts on Trump? Riiiiiiight. Anyways, check out this piece today to get the full scoop!
Then we’ve got our good ol’ reliable “This Day in History” piece. On this day in 1776, the first article in the “American Crisis” series was published. This was a series of pamphlets put out by the famous Thomas Paine aimed at inspiring the colonists in the time of the Revolution. The pamphlets were written in everyday language, to hook the common man. On this day in 1907, the Darr Mine disaster in Van Meter, PA killed 239 men and boys—this was still in the days of child labor. And on this day in 1972, we saw the end of the final mission of the Apollo program, that had seen a man step on the moon. This last launch was Apollo 17 and it was the first night launch for a manned space flight in the US.
Our next piece is a very interesting article sent to us from one of our readers—a former US Army soldier who encountered hostile violence in the Army. He is a Russian national, naturalized as a US citizen, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but without access to medical care. He tells several sad stories of what are at best just hazing, and at worst acts of real, legitimate hatred. They would call him a chekist, and other things, and he was intentionally given food poisoning several times. He also had paycheck and medical problems and all kinds of stuff. The knocks just keep on coming for this guy. And he’s now living in Asia, which certainly doesn’t help him to get VA help. Check it all out in our article, “Army Rough: DINFOS Frat Hazing Gone Awry.”
Our next piece gives me a lil’ chuckle: “Poacher Forced to Watch Bambi on Repeat as Part of His Prison Sentence.” A Missouri man caught up in one of the largest deer poaching cases in the state’s history has been ordered to repeatedly watch the classic Disney movie Bambi as part of his punishment. Some Twitter users have advised him to stock up on tissues as he will have to rewatch the scene of Bambi’s mother’s killing at least 12 times. While poaching isn’t necessarily an uncommon practice unfortunately, this specific case was significant because the illegal activity took place over the course of many years, resulting in hundreds of deer being killed as trophies. David Berry Jr. pleaded guilty on October 11 and received a one-year jail sentence on December 6, along with an extra 120 days in a neighboring county for a felony firearms probation violation. Berry’s case is considered one of Missouri’s largest poaching cases, resulting in a years-long investigation into the crimes. Lawrence County Judge Robert George levied an extra punishment against Berry Jr. for illegally taking wildlife, saying he must “view the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first viewing being on or before Dec. 23, and at least one such viewing thereafter” in the county jail, according to court records.
And from something a little more light-hearted, we move into something sick and depressing: “Of Child Brides and Broken Dreams.” An astounding 248,000 child marriages were performed between 2000 and 2010. And 77 percent of them were minor girls, married off to adult men. If you think this is happening in some third world nation, think again. These numbers are from the US. Though Delaware and New Jersey have banned marriages for anyone under 18 without exceptions in 2018, the rest of the 50 States in the Union continue the practice. And Missouri is turning out to be a “destination wedding spot” for child brides, due to its lax laws. In Missouri, kids as young as 15 can marry with just a signature from one parent. But, of course, a big problem here is that such marriages are often forced. But the problem is that we have lax laws on the books that allow it to sneak by.
And apparently UBER and Lyft drivers are getting shafted—at least in Connecticut. Uber, for example, was paying its drivers 85 cents per mile until recently. Now it’s 65 cents per mile. That’s a huge difference! Obviously the drivers are pissed, so they’re planning to not work on Friday as a sign of protest. There’re other issues too, like not getting fully reimbursed when they have to clean food spills and puke in their cars, and so on. Hopefully their protest will bring them some help!
Our last news piece for the night is actually very sad: “Florida Father Had to Shoot One Son Dead to Save Other Son.” What a terrible thing to even think about. So the older brother was about to go on trial soon for vehicular manslaughter, and that could have been what set him off. He was drinking with his younger brother and playing pool and somehow a violent fight broke out. He started choking his brother with one arm around his neck and holding a machete to him with the other hand. Apparently at some point the parents had to hide in their room too—cops found machete marks on their door and other signs of terrible struggle. In the end, the father felt that to save their younger son, he had to shoot the older son. And, unfortunately, he died. Cops say the father was just devastated, understandably.
So let’s wrap things up with a look at tomorrow’s opinion piece: “Slavery in the South” by Walt Garlington. He starts off with a bold assertion: “What was the institution of slavery in the South that is so quickly condemned by the self-proclaimed defenders of the Rights of Man? It is a complex thing, brought together from the inweaving of a series of events and circumstances particular to Dixie, and by no means the morally simplistic outrage normally presented to the inquirer.” Thus, he says, “Let us start at the beginning, with the settling of the Southern colonies, when a superabundance of land presented unique challenges to the colonists.” He takes a look at a number of historical sources—what the southerners were saying about slavery at the time, and so on. Then he also brings in some references from some of the greatest saints, like St. Augustine and St. John Chrysostom. It’s definitely an interesting piece, and I’m thinking it will definitely cause some serious reactions!
Alright, ladies and gentlemen, that’ll about do it for the night for us. Thanks for tuning it. We hope you have a great night and we hope to see you on our pages again tomorrow!