Only in Texas. A detective with the Austin, Texas Police Department and his family were our guests at Jeny’s beach cottage last week. Many of you remember Ron and Dina Devries. The detective is their second son. He had many interesting stories about the depravity he sees on a daily basis. He works in a world most of us do not like to believe exists. But a world he and other first responders are working hard to control under very difficult circumstances.
He told me one story that I struggled to wrap my head around. A person committed a crime against another person. That night the victim found the perpetrator and took revenge. There were no charges filed against the person who took revenge.
According to Texas law, a victim can take revenge, after dark the day of the offense. The law has been on the books for many years.
He cited the law: “Under Tex. Pen. Code § 9.42, the use of deadly force may be justified to prevent imminent arson, burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, theft during the nighttime, or criminal mischief during the nighttime, where the land or property cannot otherwise be protected or recovered.
So, you could legally use deadly force against the suspect committing a crime, as long as you can reasonably and convincingly say that it is unlikely you would be able to recover your property. (That’s pretty easy).”
The example involves prostitution and is found in the following link:
OOPS. My saga began with a simple twist of the wrist. Because of our drought, I turned the hose on to raise the water level in the Koi Pond. I have done it several times this year because we are having less rain than we have had in our 43 years in Mobile.
Then I got involved in packing for a weekend in Gulf Shores to see granddaughters. I forgot to turn the water off. It ran for two days before our pond man came to service the pond and found the problem.
We lost one fish because of the increased chlorine but no further damage –except for the damage to our bank account when I have to pay the water bill.
After it happened, I felt great guilt. Only one person is to blame. I know I am forgiven for mistakes, but my mind raced to many other instances where I made mistakes.
Upon reflection, I do not think a person should be consumed by guilt, but I am glad I feel guilt for my mistakes. My parents and others taught me right from wrong. I am even happier my parents taught me to accept responsibility for my mistakes. I believe the inability for a person to understand right from wrong, to feel guilt for mistakes and to accept responsibility for mistakes are good traits. I believe we need more people to have those traits.
Violence. I have growing concern for public officials and members of the media such as Greg Gutfeld even pastors, such as Mark Buck, making positive comments about violence. Those comments often fall on fertile ears as is shown in the following situation.
The Charlottesville, Virginia City Council has had to limit public comments during meetings. The decision is a result of an Oct. 2 council meeting during which White supremacists hijacked public comment, turning their cameras off and using fake names to Zoom in and celebrate Adolf Hitler, use racist slurs and call for outright genocide.
Previously, Charlottesville was the site of a White Supremacist protest. The Unite the Right Rally took place from August 11 to 12 in 2017. Marchers included members of the alt-right, neo-Confederates, neo-fascists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and far-right militias. A car driven by a protestor into a crowd of people who were against the protest resulted in deaths.
Such people need to be denounced — not given hints, innuendos or suggestions for violence.
Medical advancement. (I have a friend with this problem. I hope there are further advancements.)