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July 21, 2016 began as any other day
for Wayne Parish. The Crystal Springs resident woke up, bid his family farewell
and went to work at Performance Oil on McDowell Road in Jackson Mississippi.
But the transformative events of that fateful day changed Parish’s life
forever. On that day, the hard-working, law-abiding family man crossed paths
with a 17-year-old delinquent named Charles McDonald.
Despite his youth, McDonald was
already an aspiring criminal and a recidivist offender. On July 21, his mother,
Yvette Mason-Sherman, tried to take him to the Henley-Young Youth Detention
facility, which is located next to Performance Oil where Parish worked.
McDonald had already been to the youth detention facility eight times in the
past two years. During the ride, he jumped out of his mother’s car and ran off.
McDonald then entered the Performance
Oil parking lot where a Lexus ES-350 caught his eye. It should be noted that at
the time McDonald trespassed on to the lot, he had two outstanding warrants,
one of which involved a police chase. McDonald then picked up a large rock and
proceeded to smash the car’s driver’s side window in an effort to break in. His
actions that day constituted a felony under Mississippi’s penal code.
The police were called and dispatched
but Parish exited the store with a .38 Smith & Wesson and ordered McDonald,
who was still trying to break into the car, to leave the premises. Instead of
leaving, McDonald lunged at Parish in an effort to grab his gun. The two
struggled for control of the revolver for less than 30 seconds but it likely
seemed like an eternity for Parish. Toward the end of the life and death struggle,
which was captured on surveillance video,
McDonald, who is still seen grabbing at Parish, falls to the ground from
gunshot wounds to the upper torso. He was later pronounced dead at University
of Mississippi Medical Center.
Wayne Parish and Family
After reviewing the evidence and
speaking to witnesses, Jackson police determined that Parish was legally
justified in using deadly force under the circumstances. Under
Mississippi’s penal code, a person has the right to protect his or her home,
business, vehicle or other legally occupied space with reasonable force,
including deadly force. This legislation is commonly referred to as the Castle
All states have some variation of the
Castle Law. The concept is derived from the fact that a person’s home is their
castle. In the instant case, McDonald was committing felony burglary when
Parish confronted him, and then lunged for Parish’s gun when instructed to
leave the business premises. Given McDonald’s past, it is a virtual certainty
that he would have shot Parish had he succeeded in wresting control of the
revolver. If any case cries out for self-defense, it is this one and legal
experts who have reviewed the matter concur.
But the Hinds County District
Attorney’s office, led by its shady and mercurial DA, Robert Shuler Smith,
disagreed. On October 28, 2016 Smith’s DA’s office filed an indictment against
Parish for first degree murder (the shoddy indictment filed by Smith’s office erroneously
states that the incident occurred on June 21, 2016). He was arrested on
December 29, over five months after the police determined that Parish was
justified in the use of deadly force and committed no crime.
Parish was held without bond for at
least 12 days. On January 10, 2017 a judge set bond at $50,000, a rather low
amount for someone charged with first degree murder. That gives one some
insight as to what the judicial system thinks of this case. A trial date has
been set for May 30.
During the course of the bond hearing,
DA smith made an unexpected appearance and issued no objection to the bond
amount but made a startling admission. He told
the court that he learned of "the existence of a video of the incident
three days ago" and had not had time to review it.
That admission represents sheer
incompetence and legal malfeasance. The surveillance video clearly shows the
entire sequence of events which serve to exculpate Parish. How could Smith have
presented a first degree murder case before a grand jury without first watching
the video? Moreover, even if Smith is to be believed, why had he not taken the
time, during the three days in which he had possession of the tape, to view the
District Attorney Smith
Smith’s actions in this sordid legal
affair are beyond inexplicable. They border on the bizarre. Indeed, there is
something perversely amiss in Jackson Mississippi and it centers on the Hinds
County District Attorney’s office and its corrupt chief.
You see, Smith himself is under felony
indictment and his license to practice law is currently under review. You
read that correctly. The Hinds County’s chief law enforcement official has
himself come under a cloud of criminal suspicion and corruption.
In July 2016, The Mississippi Bar’s
general counsel asked the state Supreme Court to institute disciplinary
measures against Smith. The request came after two judges filed complaints
against Smith for behaving unethically and irrationally during the performance
of his official duties.
In his complaint to the Mississippi
Bar, Judge Melvin Priester described
Smith as “irrational, manic, and virtually out of control.” Judge Tomie Green
complained that Smith engaged in, among other things, “retaliatory and
improperly coercive” conduct.
But being disbarred is the least of
Smith’s problems. He is currently facing the prospect of a stiff jail sentence
for allegedly hindering
prosecution and obstruction of justice. His first criminal trial ended in a
mistrial because a juror knew Smith and failed to reveal this fact during jury
selection. A new trial date has been set for June 12, 2017. Smith’s criminal
prosecution is being handled by the state’s attorney general.
The very fact that Smith is still able
to retain office while under this cloud of criminal suspicion and maleficence
is disturbing to say the least. It nonetheless provides some explanation as to
why he would be prosecuting an innocent man who plainly acted in self-defense
and most certainly would have been shot had he not acted in the manner that he
did. Smith, by both word and deed has proven that at best, he lacks common
sense and judgement.
This case has not garnered much
national attention (my emphasis) but it makes the
injustice inflicted on Wayne Parish no less egregious. For the sake of justice,
let’s hope that when the legal dust settles, Parish gets to go home to his
family and Smith ends up wearing striped pajamas, courtesy of the state of
“This case has not
garnered much national attention.”OK. And how ‘bout if the punk kid had been white,
Parish black and sword of justice waving D.A. Smith, white? Wanna bet
national attention would have been all over that set of circumstances? Ed.
The following article appeared on infowars.com on May 23. The pics below help to support CNN terror analyst Paul Cruickshank's suggestion that the Manchester bombing "could have been part of a right wing extremist plot." A Coach's Team photographer has courageously revealed the identity of the true culprits. Ed.
analyst says people need to 'get used to' attacks
24 hours removed from the latest horrific ISIS inspired terrorist attack in the
UK, a talking head on CNN programming has suggested that the bombing could
actually be a ‘right wing false flag’ in order to ‘frame Islamists’.
Tea Party Members
CNN analyst said
Manchester was likely an Islamist attack, but floated the idea it could have
been “false flag” by “right wing extremists.”
While admitting that the attack was
most likely an Islamist plot, the analyst claimed that there have been multiple
instances in Europe of “right wing extremists” plotting to carry out attacks to
make it appear that Muslims were to blame.
The comments appear to have been made
on CNN in the first couple of hours of coverage of the attack.
Meanwhile, BBC anchor Katty Kay told
viewers that Europeans must “get used to terror attacks because we are never
going to be able to totally wipe this out.”
Kay made the comments on MSNBC’s
“As ISIS gets squeezed in Syria and
Iraq, we’re going to see more of these kinds of attacks taking place in Europe
and Europe is starting to get used to that.” Kay added, with the caveat that no
one is “used to having children targeted.”
Police have now arrested a suspect,
the suicide attacker as 23-year-old Salman Abedi, who was known to
British authorities prior to the attack.
Tea Party Member "Framing Islamists"
British Prime Minister Theresa May
said that there is an ongoing investigation to determine if the attacker “was
acting alone, or was part of a wider group.”
“This attack stands out for it’s
appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless
children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most
memorable nights of their lives.” May said.
“This was among the worst terrorist
incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom.” The Prime Minster
by Susan Frickey, Center
for Self-Governance Student
The Constitution was
written with the intent that it must endure for ages to come and be adaptable
to the various crises of human affairs. Edmund Randolph, one of the five men
charged with drafting the document, observed that it was necessary to stick to
principles only; lest the operations of government
be clogged by rendering those provisions permanent and unalterable.” The Framers knew that
principles of liberty remain constant throughout time, so they provided this
foundation for altering future law.
Article I, Sec 1 basically
set forth the working structure of the republic and established the “rules of
the game” so to speak.
Sections 2 through 6
describes legislative duties, powers, and sets up the rules of the Senate and
House of Representatives - how each are to be elected and the rules of doing
the People’s business. It also lays out the separation of powers and system of
“checks and balances”.
Section 7 established that
only the House may initiate bills for raising revenue (a huge shortcoming of
the Articles of Confederation). Prior to 1913, the States collected revenue and
supported the federal government by “apportionments”. The federal level never
taxed the people DIRECTLY before that time, but drew revenue largely from
tariffs. Before the 16th Amendment was ratified, it was possible
that an American could live their entire lives without any direct contact with
the federal government because of the built-in buffer of protection provided by
the State level of government. The States were considered the “creators” of the
federal level, therefore superior to it, and one of their primary purposes was
to protect their citizens from federal tyranny.
8, one of the most important parts of the Constitution, yet unknown to most
Americans, lists the few and defined powers that the States delegated to
Congress in 1787. The States or the People retain authority over all other
powers not on this list, as reinforced by the Xth
The States and the People have allowed Congress to violate the few and defined
powers for far too long! In doing this, we have actually changed our form of
government from a republic (nation of laws) to that of a democracy (mob rule)
and we daily reinforce it with our words and behavior. The riots and
demonstrations we see on the daily news are a by-product of this change in the
famous quote attributed to a Scotsman named
Tytler describes what happens to a people who want the government to provide
daily needs: “A democracy
cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the
people discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury.
From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the
most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always
collapses over a loose fiscal policy--to be followed by a dictatorship.”
Jefferson put it this way:"To take from one, because it is thought that his
own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare
to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill,
is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, — the guarantee
to every one of a free exercise of his industry, & the fruits acquired by
We have essentially
violated the basic principles of life, liberty, and
and are perilously close to Jefferson’s description, are we not? It was the role
of churches and individuals in early America to provide for the poor, orphan,
widow, take care of the sick, and educate children and youth - not on the list
of delegated powers in Article I, Sec 8. But churches have largely abdicated
that role, bringing the American Church dangerously close to irrelevance in
modern society – not to mention judgment by an Almighty God.
Article I, Sec 8 also sets
forth the parameters for a standing army. Just having endured the cruelties of
the Redcoats, the Framers needed to establish a system of protection to which
all of the States would contribute financially, yet avoid the tendencies of a
standing army. Interestingly, and because of their experience with the
tyrannical British army, Article I reads, “To
raise and support Armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be
for a longer term than TWO YEARS.”
Many of the Founding
Fathers, including George Washington and Alexander Hamilton recognized that
peace comes only through strength. Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist #11, “The rights of neutrality will only be
respected when they are defended by an adequate power. A nation, despicable by
its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral.” Does
this not describe our situation in the world today?
in Article 1 has become one of the greatest sources of federal control. The
Articles of Confederation granted no such power, so this was a huge change in
direction. It became necessary at the time of the Constitution’s drafting
to regulate commerce between the states. Each state had its own taxes, tariffs,
and regulations, which created chaos among the colonies. A shipment of the
same cargo would sometimes be charged taxes by multiple states. If the
taxes were unpaid, the state felt obliged to confiscate the cargo. So the
Commerce Clause began as a good and necessary thing. But misinterpreted, it
also became a source of usurpation of power for
anything the federal government wanted. Finally, the Supreme Court
began to see the light in the 1990s, despite their previous track record of
allowing practically any claim by misinterpreting the Commerce Clause.
This week’s assignment:
Read Article I and understand it. The Constitution was intentionally written so
the average American in 1787 could understand it, but language of the Framers
has been changed over time. If there are questions after reading Article I,
consult your modern English version of the Federalist Papers and Webster’s 1828
Dictionary. There are also many helpful tools online.
We all need to have a
thorough understanding of how our government is supposed to operate so we
can tell when Congress oversteps its bounds, a frequent occurrence these
days. If we don’t know when the boundaries of our system have been
violated we will not be able to keep our republic intact, as Ben Franklin
instructed when he said, “We have given you a republic, IF you can keep it”.
Part 3 will include the
study of Article II.
Constitution for Beginners by Steven Bachman, The Heritage Guide to
the US Constitution, The Words We Live By by Linda Monk, The Original
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