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Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Latest on the Jena Six

VDARE.com ran an edited version of this article.

This morning I watched on C-SPAN a replay of the U. S. House Judiciary Committee's hearing regarding the Jena Six case. Chairman John Conyers (D-Detroit) introduced the ranking Republican, Steve King of Iowa, as "the gentleman from Utah." The usual suspects were present, and what I saw was very pro-thug. Rev. Al Sharpton (in all his glory) testified, and Rep. Maxine "Murky" Waters (D-Los Angeles) got in her licks too. (I recall a particular appearance by Murky on CNN. She was a little late getting the cigarette out of her mouth when it came her turn on camera.)

Certain of the committee members were pretty tough on Donald Washington, the black U. S. attorney whose district includes Jena (gee-nuh). They mainly wanted to know why he couldn't find some excuse for prosecuting the students who hung the two nooses from the tree at Jena High School. These committee members clearly consider that to be a more egregious "crime" than knocking someone unconscious, then five or six people kicking him as he lies defenseless on the ground.

Professor Charles Ogletree of Harvard opined that such a "hate crime" (hanging the nooses) should be considered a ten-year felony. (Gimme a break!) And Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Georgia), who last year disposed of Rep. "Jihad Cindy" McKinney, presented a thoroughly twisted version of the events in "Jenna." Washington, the federal prosecutor, pointed out that Johnson's "facts" were wrong. Conyers was lax in enforcing the time limits, and Johnson asked some seven questions after his time had expired.

Oh! I almost forgot the illustrious Sheila Jackson "Set 'em Free!" Lee (D-Texas), who was especially hard on U. S. attorney Washington. As I listened, I couldn't help remembering that Rep. Jackson Lee, a lawyer and former judge, once stated that several of the authors of the Federalist Papers were from Massachusetts. (Two of the authors, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, were from New York, while the third, James Madison, was from Virginia.)

Several of the members also expressed disappointment that Reed Walters, the LaSalle Parish district attorney, did not come before the committee and allow them to rake him over the coals.

Steve Sailer has another good piece, this one on the return of the Jena Six's ringleader to the hoosegow. Steve, who notes that one of Mychal Bell's previous convictions was for punching a 17 year old girl in the face, has included several excellent links.

My friend Kingfish-- who, like me, has Louisiana roots-- has several great posts on the Jena Six at Jackson Jambalaya. One of his newest links is to a description of two of the thugs' appearance as presenters at BET's Hip Hop Awards ceremony.

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