January 4, 1942. A significant day for the U.S. in World War II. The Battle of Midway. After a four day engagement, U.S. forces defeated Japan. Decisively.
Japan did a number on the U.S. when it bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Roosevelt was correct when he described it as “a day that will live in infamy.”
Following December 7, the U.S. was engaged in a war they were not immediately ready to fight. The U.S. was undermanned, did not have sufficient pilots and planes, its Navy was inadequate.
Yet just six months later, the U.S. overcame and defeated the naval forces of “mighty” Japan. A true David and Goliath engagement.
The battle lasted 4 days. The numbers clearly evidence the U.S. win. Japan lost 4 carriers, a cruiser, 292 aircraft, and suffered 2,500 casualties. The U.S. on the other hand lost 1 carrier, 1 destroyer, 149 aircraft and sustained 300 casualties.
Judges are fortunate to sit many years. Those who are elected generally get reelected forever. Federal judges are appointed for life.
Some judges get cantankerous the longer they sit. They think themselves omnipotent. Become accustomed to pushing lawyers around. Their minds become decrepit.
The mind an important factor. A judge 30 years on the bench thinks he can decide as he wishes. He is not bound by previous decisions. Which means he comes down with some wacky decisions. Totally out of hand.
In happened friday in California. A federal judge. Roger Benitez. He presently sits as a Senior Judge in the Southern District of California.
He has been a federal judge for 30 years.
Three decades ago, California adopted the Old Assault Weapons Bill. For many years the AR-15 has been considered an assault weapon and banned in California.
Now comes Judge Benitez. A mere 70 years old. His faculties appear to be slipping however.
He ruled the banning of the AR-15 violated the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
He compared the AR-15 to a Swiss Army Knife: “Like the Swiss Army Knife, the AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of a home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment.” He further wrote: “Firearms deemed as assault weapons are fairly ordinary, popular rifles.”
The Judge criticized the news media, writing, “One is to be forgiven if one is persuaded by the news media and and others that the nation is awash with murderous AR-15 assault rifles. The facts however, do not support this hyperbole, and facts matter.”
Nothing is farther from the truth.
CNN had previously reported prior to the decision that the AR-15 had been the “weapon of choice for numerous mass shooters.” CNN went on to list several AR-15 shootings, advising that there were even more.
CNN listed: “The movie theater in Orlando, Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, the Route 91 Harvest Musical Festival in Las Vegas, a massacre at a church in Texas, the Nightclub in Orlando, the high school in Parkland, Florida, and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.”
Keith Olbermann has written a piece for the New York Times. He described the decision as “a direct threat to public safety.” He further described the Judge as “a death worshiping fascist.”
I would not go so far as describing the Judge as a “fascist.” I view him a man too old to be a judge who failed to follow stare decisis at the same time he also failed to recall the facts of AR-15 shootings across the U.S. in past years.
The Judge also released his decision on Gun Awareness Day. Intentional?
He should retire.
California’s Governor and Attorney General say they will appeal.
Since Biden took office, unemployment claims are down 50 percent and 64 percent of adults have been vaccinated.
You can’t argue with success.
Trump is throwing comments out there in an attempt to get some publicity. Besides claiming he will be reinstated as President, he has also recently said he might run for the Senate or Congress.
Congress is his most recent comment. He would like to become Speaker and launch an impeachment inquiry against Biden.
“Fauci lied, people died.”
Dr. Fauci under attack. Howie Carr goes after him in an article written June 3 in the Boston Herald. The opening line of this topic from Carr’s article.
The main thrust is the claim Fauci lied about where he thought the virus originated. Trumped wanted the Chinese lab. Fauci says he thinks from an animal.
Carr is a writer who is known to favor far right causes.
I smiled when I read the piece.
What is worse? Fauci’s misjudgment because that is what it is, if anything. The man’s reputation is spectacular, honest and straight forward. Speaking of lies, how about Trump’s claim at one point that ingestion or inoculation of a disinfectant like Clorox into the body would kill the virus in 5 minutes.
Who would you rather believe?
Pride Weekend. The Key West Pride Street Fair today from 10 am to 7 pm on Duval. Take a walk down Duval and enjoy.
Tomorrow the Parade. The huge flag will be part of the Parade.
The big item on my plate yesterday was a chest cat scan. My heart doctor ordered it. Wednesday, I have an endoscopy because of my swallowing problem. Friday an ultrasound of my kidney.
All 3 tests really part of my annual check up.
Doctoring past 80 worthy of a book. Something like Doctoring the Life of 80 Year Olds.
Enjoy your day!