Everyday Erinyes #83

 Posted by at 8:55 am  Politics
Jul 152017

Experts in autocracies have pointed out that it is, unfortunately, easy to slip into normalizing the tyrant, hence it is important to hang on to outrage.  These incidents which seem to call for the efforts of the Greek Furies (Erinyes) to come and deal with them will, I hope, help with that.  Even though there are many more which I can’t include.  As a reminder, though no one really knows how many there were supposed to be, the three names we have are Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone. These roughly translate as “unceasing,” “grudging,” and “vengeful destruction.”

I had better start with this story and get it off my chest.  The title is ‘I come from a rich and white family’: White dad denies responsibility for abused 5-year-old black stepson, and there is not too much more about it you need to know.  I am not a big fan of lookism, particularly turned onto people under 50 (Coco Chanel: “Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve.”)  But this guy is almost 30, and it appears to me that “life” has given him some pretty dead eyes in that face.

The child, a little boy, whose name is (wisely, IMO) not provided, is five years old.  He cannot speak or walk.  He weighed, when taken into the hospital, 24.9 pounds – so low the weight did not register on the growth charts for a five year old.  When found, he was reaching into the carpet for cereal to eat.

His hands and feet were orange and blistered, apparently from chewing at them — an action his mother said let him know he was hungry because he is nonverbal. She also told police she often would not feed the boy for days at a time, and that he was not on his required medication for some developmental issues he has.

There are two other children in the home which the – father? stepfather? what do I call this PoS? – claims are his.  A different source said the other two children are younger, so infidelity doesn’t appear to be a factor.  Not wanting to support “some other guy’s kid,” however, apparently looms large.

Tisiphone, revenge here is definitely appropriate.  But my heart wants you to put on your Eumenides hat and find this child a home where he can receive care and love.  Good luck.  You’ll need it.

Back on the third of April, a group of 31 county sheriffs, representing every county across the border between the US and Mexico, took a meeting and unanimously voted to adopt face (specifically eye) recognition hardware and software as a new enforcement tool.  You see, it can happen that unauthorized immigrants’ “fingerprints can be disfigured through manual labor or self-inflicted wounds.”

Well, we can’t have that, can we.  If an immigrant has worked at manual labor so long and hard that his (or her) fingerprints have become disfigured, or has become so desperae as to attempt to disfigure his or her fingerprints through self-inflicted wounds (not as easy as it sounds, BTW), well, we just have to find another way to kick him or her out.

Didn’t that use to be called “kicking a man when he’s down”?  Oh, wait – law enforcement now does that literally and routinely.

Well, I’m sure that is not the point for the company, Biometric Imformation and Identification Technologies, affectionally nicknamed BI2, which is giving the sheriffs a FREE three-year trial of their stuff.  No, I’m betting it’s much more important that the company will add – “a huge influx” – of biometric information to its existing national iris database.

From the company’s senior vice president (John Leonard, pictured):

The frustration law enforcement has is this: ‘Alright, I got this criminal, the guy raped three kids. He’s back in my community again. I don’t even know who he is, and the federal government has never given me what I need….’

You get all these people that say, ‘Well Trump is going after all these illegals, these immigrants, who have made America great.’ Well there’s a lot of immigrants that have made it great, but there’s a lot of assholes, too.  So BI2 is stepping up to the plate and donating this.

Personally, I think that anyone who believes this will have any impact on immigration, legal or not, might be interested in a bridge that TomCat has for sale.  Alecto, can you – I know it’s a long border – but kind of watch out for the innocents and give them some protection from the abuses this will lead to?

For the third story here (out of SIX I bookmarked on Monday alone), I want to issue some warnings about a group known as the ACRU.  We all know about the ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union.  Well, the ACRU is the American Civil Rights Union, designed essentially to oppose everything the ACLU dies or wants to do.  R for Right, L for Left, I suppose.

In June 2014, the five Election Commissioners of Noxubee County, Mississippi, received a letter threatening legal action if they did not purge their election rolls, legal action would be taken.  Because, the ACRU claimed, “there were more people registered than there were voting age citizens on the county.”

Noxubee County could not afford to lawyer up; however, the Board pushed back as best they could.  They ignored the letter.  In November 2015, the threatened lawsuit was filed.  The ACRU was pushing for a consent decree which would agree to remove voters.  After some time, the commissioners were being leaned on to sign that consent decree.  Three caved.  Two didn’t.  As one commissioner said, “We are not gonna get those [voter] cards back.  I promised my voters I would look out for them, and to me, that’s not looking out for them.”

Now the ACRU is pushing the court for a default judgement.

Mother Jones mentions three lawyers who are purging voter rolls.  The first is J. Christian Adams.

[Adams is] a former staff attorney in the Voting Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Adams joined the department in 2005, when high-ranking official Bradley Schlozman was found by the department’s inspector general to be illegally using political ideology to fill the Civil Rights Division with conservative lawyers. Adams, a conservative attorney from South Carolina, was “exhibit A” of Schlozman’s hiring practices.

The other two are Chris Coates and Robert Popper.  Both are bio’ed on the site – the backgrounds are similar.

Much attention has been paid to voter ID laws, which heaven knows are bad enough.  this goes deeper, and is intended simply to prevent anyone not a Republican from voting.  These attorneys speak about “election integrity.”  But in reality, integrity has nothing to do with it.  The battle is just moving from ID card to voter rolls.

Megaera, if this is not grudging, I don’t know what is.  Have at it!

The Furies and I will be back.

Cross posted to Care2 at http://www.care2.com/news/member/101612212/4061508


  9 Responses to “Everyday Erinyes #83”

  1. Tisiphone: As a parent, one should step aside of their personal needs, and love, cherish, and embrace their children forevermore. I believe those who don’t nurture children, abuse children/animals, there is a special place in Hell reserved just for them. IMHO, bail & visitation privileges should have been denied to these abusers!

    Alecto: Lordy, what have we become??

    Magaera: Mr. Colom’s help is certainly appreciated! Stay Strong, Dems!!

    Furies: Lead the way, you’ve all got a lot on your plates these days……
    Thank you, Joanne for post.

  2. I can’t help but wonder what happened to make that father the way he was, and while I also react wanting vengeance, I know that it is not the solution.  It is my hope that he could somehow habilitated and restored, but for the years it takes to accomplish that restoration, if ever, he needs to be locked away.

    I’d love it, if BI2 identified and exported Trump!

    Of all the people you have discussed, the ACRU are most heinous.

    Great job, JD! 35

    • Your thought is for the protection of society as a whole, my thought went to the protection of that little boy, but both our thoughts are protective.  If, however, this dude could somehow be turned into a human being, you and I would both be happy about that, and as long as the process worked, I doubt if either of us would object to it hurting a little.

      • Maybe a little, but humane treatment of prisoners is an issue very close to my heart, because of my guys.  Were it not for respecting their privacy, I could tell you stories equally bad, where it has worked, and prisoners, who will never breathe free air have dedicated their lives to helping others.  On the other hand, for those who choose not to change, I oppose release.  I don’t consider the humane treatment of prisoners as dependent on what they have done.  It is dependent on who we are. 35

        • Certainly no one in corrections has the slightest right to impose pain on an inmate.  On the other hand, correction is painful by nature.  To be told and shown that an action one thought was right and just was the act of a monster is painful, even while one is still in denial.  To come to the point of accepting that truth requires one to go through quite a lot of pain.  I’ll bet your transformed prisoners would confirm that.  But to add inhumane treatment to that, over and above that necessary pain, no, that’s unconscionable.

  3. Tisiphone, it seems that the both mother and stepdad of a kind that would have killed the little black boy if they had the courage, but lacking even that they just neglected him in the hope “the problem” would solve itself. Given the circumstances as described here, it looks like the father didn’t want another man’s kid on his hands and certainly not a black kid, so he not only not report this terrible abuse, but may have been instrumental in the mother’s neglect. Make sure that this specimen of a rich white family gets all that is due to him for his “exemplary” behavior, and that is very likely to be more that just failing to report it, Tisiphone. The give this damaged child the loving home he so desperately needs.

    Alecto, BI2’s John Leonard is apparently a great fan of Drumpf, so much so that he’s willing to “donate” his equipment to get those dastardly rapists, which are all illegal immigrants of course. And of course his equipment will not be under any legislation to protect people against abuse of the data it collects or against its use on anyone those sheriffs earmark as (criminal) (illegal) (immigrant). Go and protect the human rights of all people living in those 31 counties, Alecto and whip up some resistance while you’re out there.

    Megaera needs to start with forcing the American Civil Rights Union to change its name. How dare they abuse the term American Civil Rights in such a depraved way. This group is utterly disgusting, just a bunch of the GOP’s fascist henchmen!

    It’s really getting bad out there. While Drumpf is sucking up all attention and energy, bumpkin fascists are slowly but steadily taking over America’s democracy. Thank you for putting a spotlight on it, Joanne, and for being so persistent.

  4. Major “Tip-of-the-hat” …

    I just don’t think there’s enough Prozac around that I’d even TRY to do what you do!

    • Which is why the world needs us both, as does the resistance and the party.  I couldn’t do your posts either, and you do them so excellently.

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