28 November 2007

And speaking of more whores...

...it's time prosecutors got a grip (on something other than cops' willies, because let's face it, prosecution is nothing but mutual masturbation). I won't say anything about the Feds because they're hopeless; Congress has spinelessly given them a set of tools the Spanish Inquisition would drool over, including a whole pile of felonies that require no meaningful intent whatsoever, and now they're doing what comes naturally. No, I'm going to focus locally, and specifically on Lohra "Whora" Miller of Salt Lake County and Jeff "Spew" Buhman of Utah County. Somewhere along the line, these two worthies came to believe that being a good prosecutor means that the victims are your clients, and your bosses are the cops. They charge whatever the cops drag through the door, and they won't cut a deal unless the cops and the victims agree to it.

This is wrong. While victims make a sympathetic group, if they want represented, they can look up one of the full-page ads for plaintiffs' attorneys in the Yellow Pages and call the 800 number. Prosecutors represent the public as a whole, not select individuals. That's why criminal cases are headed "State vs. Doe," not "Victim vs. Doe," and charging and plea decisions should be based on the general welfare, not the victim's.

As for cops, there's a reason they don't have charging authority. They get excited. They throw the book at every jaywalker. They taser and shoot people who look cross-eyed at them. Their objectivity is, shall we say, suspect. So the prosecutor makes the charging decisions. If the prosecutor then turns around and charges everything the way the cops want it, what's the point?

So here's some advice to you, Whora and Spew and all the hundreds of other prosecutors who think like you. If you want to represent victims, get into private practice and stop sucking on tax dollar tit. And if your case decisions are dictated by the cops, you're not a prosecutor, you're a whore who has one of those "special arrangements" with law enforcement.

Speaking of whores...

...Paul Mero-vingian, president of that fascist Mormon crapfest the Sutherland Institute, opines that the voucher vote does not resolve who controls education. He has no idea how right he is. It ought to be parents and school boards. Our glorious legislature begs to differ.

Taking advantage of the dark places under the big rock that is the Rethuglican majority in the legislature, there is already a proposal to give tax credits for contributions to private school scholarships (mere tax deductions not being enough); Chris Bramble and Howard Stephenson are working to make the State School Board partisan and place it under the control of the Huns who run the state Rethuglican Party, a group that booed Orrin Hatch and Mike Leavitt as being too liberal; and Chris Butt-head wants the legislature to have oversight on the judiciary, largely as a reaction to the Supreme Court having the temerity to rule that the referendum laws mean what they say and that the people get a meaningful vote on the legislatures actions.

Why should anyone be surprised that a bunch of Mormon bishops and stake presidents, who believe they have a divine imprimatur to tell everyone how to run their lives, want to reverse a landslide vote. We were obviously misled, and the legislature is doing this for our own good.


Well, , the voters overwhelmingly shot down taking tax money from public schools and giving it to rich people who send their kids to private schools, and the Norsefire response has been predictable. People were duped by the teachers' union. The Cato Institute, proving once again that it isn't in favor of liberty and freedom of choice but rather is just a whore for rich fascists, says so. Robert Enlow of the Friedman Foundation, proving likewise, says so. And Fux Spews of course says so. Voters were misled by all that union money.

Let's ignore that rural Utah sensibly voted its pocketbook, seeing vouchers for what they were: taking money from their schools and giving it to rich city folk. Let's ignore the millions that rich Nazis spent supporting vouchers, including Patrick Byrne's $4+ million and Larry Miller's full-page bullshit fest in the Trib. Let's ignore the lies from the voucher side, such as the claim that Mormons would be disobeying scripture if they voted against vouchers, or that Bill Clinton is pro-voucher just because he once was interested in the Milwaukee plan (which BTW is needs-based, in contrast to the Utah plan, which would have paid regardless of the wealth of the recipient), or the lie by omission that Richard and Linda Eyre could stack Oreos all day, but what they were really doing was stealing our Oreos and putting them in their pockets. Yeah, let's ignore that. It must have been the union money.

Even Merrill "De Doop De Doop" Cook, who led the 1988 voucher campaign, saw that the voucher people had way overplayed their hand and were going down hard. But no, it's just that people can't make these decisions for themselves.

Speaking of Larry Miller and the 1988 voucher campaign, his parents were among the leaders of the opposition to that campaign. I wonder what they would think of their over-funded and under-souled son if they were around to see this.