Bring 'Em On! (The September 11th Trials, That Is)
You have 88 more days, dear readers.
88 days to what, you ask? Why, you've 88 days to, at 3:00 PM, on WBAI 99.5 FM, to listen to Earl Caldwell's broadcast on the Caldwell Chronicle during the ninth "anniversary" of the events of September 11th, 2001. This is the impetus of this piece. The link is here; I will update the URL entry further: The Caldwell Chronicles - there are additional broadcasts for your listening pleasure.
I want to thank the Metro publication for restoring my faith in journalism. Thanks also to Brayden Simms, the author of the piece in question. Now let's help New York return to being the best that there's ever been.
I wanted to speak of this earlier...I do NOT like the new voting machines. It smells to me of VOTESCAM. I'll speak more of that in a future piece.
Okay...let me just tell you, as a self-taught scholar of the events of September 11th, 2001, I was absolutely against having the 9/11 trials being held in New york City. No way, I would exclaim, whenever the topic of conversation would turn to this train of thought - we've had enough crap happen here in New York. I thought of the restriction of free movement and the element of impending crisis that the exhorbitant, if not necessary, police presence that would permeate the city. I thought of the cost of the overtime that would be incurred; I thought of the additional bottlenecks of traffic patterns; in short, it was just too bloody much, when we could just move the trial out of downtown Manhattan.
Now, to be sure, I never intimated that the trial should not be made available to New Yorkers - my suggestion would be to hold the trial on Randall's Island. It's accessible from all of the boroughs; it's a centralized location, as far as New York City is concerned - that's a win/win, as far as I'm concerned.
Then i began to play Earl Caldwell's broadcast a couple of days ago. I had to stop it around the 40-minute mark, and attend to life...but that would be remedied today.
Earl began to speak of the need to hold the trails here in New York City, and at first, I wasn't sure about his reasoning for wanting the trails to take place here.
That doubt lasted maybe forty-two seconds, as Earl did what he does best - get at the NEWS behind a story. Anyone can tell a story; only a JOURNALIST can bring the NEWS.
Did he bring it, all right - Earl is the Big Daddy On The Scene; don't take my word for it - I'm attaching a link to the show in question below as a downloadable MP3. If you've an iPod, Zen or any other portable player, save this and listen as you go to work. Here it is - Download.
He says it so much better than I ever could, so I will say just this: the reason trials MUST be PUBLIC is so that JOURNALISTS could bring you the NEWS. you don't get to make up rules; the Court Code of Conduct is public record.
Earl Caldwell is no one's shoe shine boy. You'd do well to remember that.
Did you know that the original Tea Party revolt was over a 2% tax to be imposed upon our tea? To the morons whom have subverted the message of the nascent, but now stillborn, Tea Party Redux, should instead rechristen themselves the Crystal Light Party.
Do you expect that I'm going to seriously consider recent nominee Christine McDonnell a TRUE Tea Party campaigner? She is a stumbling, hyperventilating discredit to the Tea Party; I expect that during the Hallowe'en season, there will be reports of her flying around on a broom...but I digress.
You should make the Caldwell Chronicle must listening on your Friday afternoon.
I hope you all have a great Monday morning, fellow New Yorkers.
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