Out of Kilter

Friday, September 16, 2005


Governments that have a separation of powers like the United States and Aruba attempt to protect the judiciary from the force of public opinion or other influences. When the results are abhorrent to the public, changes usually come from a change in leadership, legislation or a process of judicial review.

When OJ Simpson was tried for murder, prosecutors had the bodies, blood, DNA evidence, a prime suspect and the American media behind them. Still, they could not carry the case. No amount of public pressure could alter the result. In the end, it was the quality of the evidence, its presentation and a jury who had the final word.

No one asked for the mayor’s ouster. There were no boycotts of Los Angeles. And the Goldman family found justice in a civil case.

In our system the Kalpoes and Joran would have been charged and tried. But the result would have been very uncertain.

Public pressure rarely changes the course of the judiciary in an open system. The Dutch system is opaque. No jury and the judge must weigh all evidence BEFORE a trial rather than during a trial. It is an exacting and, for Americans, exasperating system.

Still the economic burden of a boycott will only serve to hurt thousands of Arubans who have done nothing wrong. And will have no influence on the courts. Most of these people supported Beth and the family and still do. They want the same result - justice for the family.


The case was flawed. It was difficult to make after what appears to be errors in pursuing evidence quickly. But, with varying stories, and no confession or body, they were stymied.

You can blame the system. You can blame the prosecutor and the judge. But you cannot claim that there was corruption or collusion. And you cannot ask for the “government” to intervene, anymore than President Bush would tell a federal judge to get a conviction on a case “or else.”

There is an injustice here that hopefully will be righted over time. But asking for a boycott will solve nothing, only evidence will.

from arubatruth.com

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Evangelical Scientists Refute Gravity

KANSAS CITY, KS—As the debate over the teaching of evolution in public schools continues, a new controversy over the science curriculum arose Monday in this embattled Midwestern state. Scientists from the Evangelical Center For Faith-Based Reasoning are now asserting that the long-held "theory of gravity" is flawed, and they have responded to it with a new theory of Intelligent Falling.

The full article

Monday, September 05, 2005

World's dumbest post:

From the NH forum - the subject was the dif between Holland and the Netherlands. The post from the dumb American:

holland, dutch, netherlands... well why is it called dutch law? and you speak dutch? why not just say you speak netherlandeese or something? all of this confuses my brain.... it's like how when you're in spain, it's espania, but when you're in the us, it's called spain... or how in spain, it's los estados unidos, but when you're here, it's the united states.... i dont understand why it's not universal!!!!

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Geezy Peezy

Why the hell were there so many people in the path of Katrina when they WERE TOLD TO LEAVE ????

I really don't understand.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Common sense

As far as I'm concerned if you build your house on coastal land which is six feet below sea level you do so at your own peril.

Will I be sending money for disaster relief to New Orleans? Already have - they call it taxes. They also call it insurance premiums, which are sky high due to the probability of claims by people with NO common sense.