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for Pecos Country
of West Texas
By Smokey Briggs
Dear Smokey: Helpful advice
from the common sense perspective
I'm troubled. I recently read
where Nelson Mandela, the first president of South Africa
after apartheid, said that the United States' actions
toward Saddam Hussein is another "holocaust" and that
the United States is ignoring the United Nations
because the current president of the United Nations, Kofi
Annan, is black. Mr. Mandela is a great man and what he says
is important to me. It also troubles me that much of
Europe is not backing America against Iraq. Maybe Mr.
Mandela and our European neighbors know something we do not.
TROUBLED in IDIOTVILLE, U.S.A.
Dear Troubled, you have obviously never bothered
to open a history book of any kind. And yet, you
probably have a voter's registration card.
Let me update you just a bit. Nelson Mandela is
a communist and was a terrorist. Yes, a terrorist, who
used the same tactics to gain his political ends in South
Africa as do the Islamic terrorists of today.
That is why the South African police locked him
up. You see, the internal conflict in South Africa
transcended the bounds of race and delved into the realm of
political belief - like almost all conflicts between human beings.
Given his communist beliefs and personal history,
it should be no surprise that he feels a brotherly
kinship with Saddam Hussein. Birds of a feather, you know.
As for our European neighbors why would any
sane person give a hoot about what anyone in Europe
thinks? Europe's only accomplishments in the past 100 years
have been the spread of the twin diseases of socialism
and communism combined with spasms of butchery unmatched by any other period in the history of man.
In my humble opinion, all of the sane people
emigrated long ago.
However, if you value the opinion of Nelson
Mandela, anyone associated with the United Nations, or
any European government, then you may be an
excellent candidate for moving to France.
If you decide to stay in the U.S.A. please take a
few moments and read a bit of history before you punch out
a chad in the next election.
Dear Smokey: One of my long-time friends and I
were watching the television news when a segment about
the Houston dentist who ran over her husband after
finding him at a hotel with his girl friend was aired. My friend
is divorced and she actually cheered for this horrible
woman. I was horrified. How can I tactfully point out that
this woman is a murderer and nothing can justify
killing another human being and not endanger our friendship?
- BRAINWASHED in Lalaland, U.S.A.
Dear Brainwashed: First, television news is not
news. Second, get real. The only thing wrong with what Dr.
Clara Harris did to her husband when she backed her
Mercedes over him is that she did it in public and got caught.
Our laws have been wrong for years. When two people
get married the vow says, "Until death do us part." If
one partner catches the other one cheating then the
parting has already taken place so she or he is simply
setting things right by helping out with the death clause
that should have already been fulfilled.
Our world would be a far better place if it were okay
for a spouse to show up at the courthouse with her
no-longer-breathing husband (or vice versa), with a note that
says "cheated on me" pinned to his shirt, and leave him on
the steps for the yard crew.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Smokey Briggs is the editor
and publisher of the Pecos Enterprise whose column appears on Tuesdays. He can be e-mailed
Real tort reform
It is a shame
It is a shame that so many good projects and good ideas go
undone these days because of the specter of a lawsuit.
Today, people are afraid to be involved in the simplest of
events because of the fear of being sued on the off-hand chance someone
is injured during or at the event.
People are afraid to let events happen on their land or at their
home. People are afraid to serve on boards of not-for-profit organizations
and clubs. People are afraid.
That is a real shame.
We pay a heck of a price for that fear.
President Bush is currently championing tort reform _ mostly
tort reform as it pertains to the medical profession, but tort reform all
Unfortunately, tort reform is a double-edged sword. It sounds like
a great idea but the devil is in details.
How do you reform personal injury law so that frivolous lawsuits
are sorted out from the righteous without dropping a few righteous
lawsuits through the cracks?
It is a tough, if not impossible, task.
A better approach would be reforming the jury system.
The saying is the law profession is that juries are comprised of
12 people too stupid to get out of jury duty.
It is no secret that personal injury attorneys (and many of
their brethren) prefer the ignorant and the gullible for jurors.
Because if you cannot make your case with good facts, then you
must appeal to emotion, and the ignorant and the gullible are your
It was not a jury of persons filled with a solid work ethic, common
sense and a knowledge of the world that awarded a sack full of greenbacks
to the person who spilled McDonalds' coffee in her lap and claimed not
to know the coffee might be hot.
It was a jury made up of morons. Maybe well-intentioned morons,
but morons non-the-less.
The same holds true for juries who find cigarette companies liable
for selling cigarettes, and plastic bag manufacturers liable for selling
These are the people who are responsible for a legal
atmosphere that prompts gun makers to print "read instructions before use" on
a firearm and for fuel companies to write "not for human consumption" on
the gas pump.
So, lets really have some tort reform.
Lets leaven the bread of the jury with a dash of common sense.
It would not be complicated.
First, raise the pay of jurors to a realistic sum so that the
self-employed do not pay an unfair penalty for serving.
Next, make it a felony to fail to appear for jury duty.
Then, severely restrict the ability of lawyers to manipulate
jury selection. Allow the judge to ask a few pertinent questions to weed
out the obviously prejudiced potential jurors and then take the first 12 -
no if's, and's, or but's.
Make a jury a true cross section of the citizenry - plumbers,
farmers, engineers, college kids, brick masons, nurses, teachers
That would be tort reform.
The evils of firearms, alcohol and tobacco
To the Editor:
Recent editorial about the GA store operator
gunning down two, would-be, armed robbers; despite their
obvious differences, they had one thing in common; they
both possessed firearms. I'm certain this brings a smile to
the faces of the gun-pushers.
Evil as armed-robbery is, the greater evil, by far, is
the plague of firearms (and FAT) that has bedeviled this
country for far too long; from hand-guns to the likes of the .223
used by the D.C. area snipers. Whoopee! Say the gun-pushers!
And firearms are but a third of the filthy plague
"FAT" that has helped bring down a hellish-type ruination
upon this nation. F.A. and T. are all three evil inventions, but
when mixed together as they are in this nation they add to
their evilness by leaps and bounds! They multiply one another!
As for F. (firearms) they know "if you've got a gun,
you'll use it." - Ever know of anyone who buys A. (alcohol) or
T. (tobacco) and doesn't consume them? - It's the very
same with firearms, if you've got one, you'll use it.
This FAT is pushed upon our children from birth;
these child molesters and the government have known this for
far too long.
And, oh, yes, some of the FAT-devils operate inside
the "law"; but the law is good only if it is used lawfully and
the FAT pushers wave the American flag with both hands,
but they're not Americans; they don't even speak
American! Try to talk to them and they say: "We don't
understand you! Here, speak through our bank accounts!"
FAT's deal in death for financial gain; if FAT's be
lawful then why not first degree murder? God willing, these
FAT's will soon go into the second-death where they belong.
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York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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