You’ve heard me say many times in the past that from time to time it seems something gets dropped into the water supply in an American state and the hoi polloi just seem to lose their shit. This week the capital of crazy is Ohio with three stories that were they not true they might not be believed.
Here’s one we missed nearly two years ago. Charles Debose, 55 of Cleveland, Ohio shot and wounded an 11 year old girl playing near his car back in June of 2011 and was sentenced to eight years in prison. The man stated at the time of his arrest that he had warned the children about playing near the car and as a part of his guilty plea he stated he fired at the ground and the bullet ricocheted and hit the girl. It appears once again a gun was an easier solution than a phone call to parents.
The Catholic Diocese of Columbus has fired a physical education teacher, Carla Hale, with 19 years in service at Bishop Watterson High School because she published the name of her spouse who happens to also be female. A letter was sent to the diocese anonymously stating that the author was a “concerned parent.” It read, “I was shocked by what I saw. It had her teacher’s name and that of her ‘spouse’ listed. It was two females!” The Catholic school’s principal explained that Hale was being fired for being in a gay relationship not for being gay. I find this curious. While this is an odius crime against Hale’s civil rights, had the Catholic Church taken this sort of position on pedophile priests, starting 80 years ago, there would have never been a scandal. [An aside: The mailing address of the Diocese of Columbus is 197 E. Gay Street, Columbus, OH and I shit you not.--F.S.]
And the biggest news story of the last few hours, which also comes from Cleveland, Ohio, is the rescue of Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus from their captors Ariel Castro, 52, Pedro Castro, 54, and Onil Castro, 50. The three men had kidnapped the three girls over a period of 18 months. Berry had been missing since 2003 gave birth to a child that is now six years old in 2006. Knight who was 20 when she was abducted eleven years ago and DeJesus who was 14 when she was taken in 2003 have along with Berry been medically cleared and released from a Cleveland area hospital.
The Buford Rogers arrest in Montevideo, Minnesota points out that in a nation of 320 million Souls there are bound to be some that just will not play well with others. No matter what the race or religion a person might be if they build bombs and stockpile weapons they meet my personal criteria for a terrorist. Equally, those who open fire at law enforcement with the intent on committing suicide which was the motivation of 42 year old James Gilkerson in Middlefield, Ohio when he opened fire at the cops with an AK-47 rifle firing 37 rounds and wounding both officers. Bomb making pamplets and videos along with nearly 400 rounds of ammunition were found by police in Gilkerson’s car. James Gilkerson was sentenced to the Suicide Gardens by Magis Ruffin G Pleasant on 12 March 2013.
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