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Judge Hatchett: dumb justice for a dumb generation
by Mark on 5/4/2004 (12)

Hatchett: The disease and cure, -all in one.
At first glance, "Hatchett" is a great name for a judge...

I'm sure it helped get her elected in the first place. If you break the law, she'll take a hatchet to ya', right?!

We have a judge Bossin in Ohio, another great name, and a county regulator named again.

But something's rotten in Cleveland, and it's not the Drew Carey show, at least not this time.

Have you seen that show? Judge Hatchett? The show's creators bill it as "new justice for a new generation?"

And just who's generation is it?

Not mine, thank God.

The extent of my criminal activity as a teen was driving my brothers car to the corner when I was 15, getting stopped, and getting cited for driving without a license. I went to Juvenile court, got fined 100 dollars and had my license elegibility delayed until I was 17.

The Judge really let me have it. He told me to cut my long hair so I'd have more room for brains. I couldn't handle it. I left there in tears. I never broke the law again in my life.

That's the way it's supposed to be. You shake up a kid, he/she breaks down and cries, sees the error of his/her ways, and they quit. They go on to lead a basically normal, productive life.

So what's with the "new justice" stuff?

Have you seen that show?

There's 15 year old kids up for drug trafficking, assault, robbery, you name it. Crimes that were formally a condition of the impoverished have hit the suburbs. How? Why?

Well, I think it's because of art. Not Van Gogh or DaVinci, but the entire "hip-hop" culture propagated by all four corners of the media. The nation's youth has bought into, blindly and unknowingly, an "I'm-a-dumb-ass-criminal-proud-to-have-been-in-prison" culture that only existed among hardened cons 25 years ago.

What happened? What's with the dopey "gangsta" crap?

Hard to say. The deterioration of the English language? New and deadly drugs? The Internet? Gray-scale, special interest group "equal weight" history curriculum in schools?

Somehow, a loss of identity has ocurred, and with loss of identity comes loss of pride, and with loss of pride comes crime.

Someone is making lots of money over the demise of America's youth. Music producers, TV and radio syndicates. Since media content is largely protected by the 1st Amendment, they have free reign.

With our youth's pockets, and, perhaps cynically, their lives as their target.

So what can we do to stop it?

I think the key lies in history. It lies in America's past, not in America's future. Teach the kids about the great expansion West. When I went to school, we called it "Manifest Destiny". It was a glorious accomplishment. Teach them about the bravery of Travis and Bowie at the Alamo, the great victories over Fascism in WWII, the economic and social success of Japan and Korea after our costly, determined involvement over there. Teach them that the reason the world is a thriving, technologically advanced place today is because of the sacrifice and achievment of their forefathers, from all nationalities and races.

Absolute, undeniable, beyond argument fact.

If kids know where they came from, and who they are, they will have a better sense of where to go, and do it as productive members of a society that their ancestors built in sweat and blood.

As far as the new justice for a new generation goes, let judge Hatchett have it.
We don't need it, and we don't<

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1. by DonO on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
I fucking HATE that show. Thanks for having the balls for telling it like it is. Rock on!tp </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
2. by Jerl_b on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
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3. by Pete Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Rather profound, but you just might force her "OFF THE BENCH" so she can start "Testifying" God help us, well, I'm off to Spinger, now that's entertainment...?sid=1" </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
4. by Mark Motts on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
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5. by Kris on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
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6. by Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
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7. by Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
This story climbed as high as #8 on Google search for "Judge Hatchett" for about 2 days, now it's about 70...So it HAS been seen...woot!"0"< </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
8. by Me again on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
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9. by Alicia on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Despite what you may think about today's youth and the hip-hop music industry, it is the parents fault. "Train up a child in the way he/she should go and he/she will not depart. You can not just blame music for the corruption of our youth. Also, Judge Hatchett is trying to help our youth realize what they are doing wrong and the consequences of their actions and how dare you call it "dumb justice for a dumb generation." Nevertheless, it is your generation who raised our generation so who is really dumb??? You need not speak harshly of Judge Hatchett because unlike you, she cares about the well being of our youth despite their upbringing </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
10. by Kouros on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
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11. by Richard M. on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
“Teach them that the reason the world is a thriving, technologically advanced place today is because of the sacrifice and achievment of their forefathers, from all nationalities and races. Absolute, undeniable, beyond argument fact.” Two things. I guess it is hard to see clearly with your head so far up your butt and, I guess rectally inserting your cranium is easy when you have a pencil head (and the in this case, the “#2” isn’t graphite). Now, let us examine that “manifest destiny” fecal material. Being that my children are American Indian, their history is one of invasion and repression by a people who used bacteriological warfare, destruction of the indigent food supply, lying, cheating, bargaining in bad faith, and low-down, no-good, yellow-bellied, back-shooting murder. So now you wonder, “What happened?” What happened, foo, is karma. The head of the snake has come full circle and is now biting itself in the rosy red rectum. And I, for one, am glad that I am here to see it. So daz wazup. By the way, achievement has an “e” in it. Boo-yaa, ya boo-foo aardvark’s nose. </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
12. by Motz, author on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
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