|Chino & Handy 2003|
The disarray economically and politically is creating malaise and increasing anger in our public spheres. Diversity is tearing this country apart. For a nation to be strong, a homogenous population sharing a common language, values and religion - as in Judeo-Christian - is a prerequisite for stability. We now are a massive welfare state where 47% do not pay any income tax and the rest of us support them.
Managed to get in several good rides during the late summer and autumn. Postings will be forthcoming.
Several very difficult forensic cases consumed my time throughout the year. The broken system becomes ever more evident. The maliciousness of prosecutors and the lack of separation between the investigative police units and prosecutors insures that unbiased and fair investigative techniques are a thing of the past. I did participate in one "win" in federal court on a homicide up on the Hopi Reservation. The investigative process of the FBI was substandard and cursory to say the least. I did the shooting reconstruction and my belief was that the defendant should have walked away with time served. But, the system demands its blood debt regardless of the circumstances. The law has become so hyper-rationalized as Max Weber pointed out that the realities of human interaction and response are virtually ignored - unless one is a celebrity or a politician. I worked with great attorneys this year and their efforts on behalf of the defendants have been remarkable.
|Stormy & Handy 2007|
I lost two wonderful horses this year. First was Stormy, http://farriderjournal.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html, in February and then in June, his longtime rangemate Handy had to be put down.
STAND TO THE LINE
In a time when honor holds no sway
There yet remains the code of yesterday
Courage, honor, duty and loyalty
The warriors code from antiquity
For those whose comfort is their only goal
They know not they sacrifice their soul
Who blithely trade their children’s liberty
For the false illusion of security
Chains of slavery shall be their lot
By only sacrifice and blood is freedom bought
When blood and fire consume the land
Hope’s only course is sword in hand
Men of steel that will not bend
Whose love of liberty is their end
When darkness threatens free mankind
Whom but these will stand to the line?