Lillie Langtry and American Judges

I haven’t said anything much about Judge Roy Moore, or in fact, most of the others, who it seems are being hounded out of public life, both here and in the United Kingdom. Nor do I intend to. Jay D. Homnick writing in The Spectator tells you why.

Judge Roy Moore has always come across as an anachronism, a frontier character letting chips fall as they may and consequences be damned. It is hard to think of him without harking back to Judge Roy Bean, the quirky Justice of the Peace who ruled with an iron and ironic hand, dispensing a brand of justice from his saloon in Southwest Texas during the waning days of the 19th century. Unlike other jurisdictions which sentenced horse thieves to death, Bean would impose the commonsense sanction of making the man return the horse.

Bean was the father of four children, but he was so infatuated with the image of English actress Lilly Langtry that he left her a lasting monument in naming the town of Langtry, Texas. Eventually Miss Langtry paid a visit to her namesake municipality, ten months after old Roy had passed on to his reward.

Our Roy has appeared to be cut from the same cloth, at least in his ability to stand up to the critics and the naysayers. He has stood up for what is right countless times, often paying high prices. […]

So now we are confronted by accusers who ascribe to him inexcusable sexual behavior from four decades ago, before his marriage. And suddenly everyone is angrily encamping on opposing battle lines to believe the victims or discredit their accounts.

My answer is simple: none of the above. I refuse to include this into the duties of the voter. With thirty days to go before an election, we must suddenly invest our attention in an extra-judicial process to listen carefully to a prosecution and a defense delivered in press conferences, then take on the role of judge and jury.

I refuse to play. I enjoy the Eyes for Lies blog as much as the next guy, but trying to be a human lie detector is not a job for the masses, and certainly not one to be assigned to the voting public. No one has the right to demand that I sit and listen to the audio of a he-said-she-said dispute and to vote on the basis of whose voice had a more genuine quaver.

Precisely, as a Christian, I prescribe to the same code, learned at my parent’s knee long ago, our countries will be fine if run on the basis of the ten commandments.

The behavior which many of the men are accused is morally, ethically, and legally wrong. The place for this is the Grand Jury room, in these cases almost uniformly a score of years ago. If you didn’t report it then, you’re after something other than justice now, and that makes your complaint irrelevant. If they actually acted this way, and you had done the right thing and reported it, even signed a police complaint, maybe just maybe you could have saved some other woman the same distress, humiliation, even victimhood. But you didn’t care about anybody but yourself then, especially not another woman, and so you put yourself outside of my circle of responsibility. You made this mess, you can clean it up, or you can live in it. Not my problem. Yep, I’d vote for Judge Roy Moore, not only because I agree with a fair amount of what he says, but because the cretins in (and leading) Congress don’t. Time to put a spoke in their wheel.

Now, about Lilly Langtry, Old Judge Roy Bean may or may not have been the best justice of the peace in Texas, but he was certainly a competent judge of the physical beauty of women, even those he had not met. 🙂

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13 Responses to Lillie Langtry and American Judges

  1. Reblogged this on danmillerinpanama and commented:

    Thanks, NEO.

    Gloria Allred, who went after Herman Cain in 2012, is now hot on the trail of Judge Moore, whose attorney has raised substantial indications that Ms. Allred’s client’s “proof” may have been forged in significant ways. Here’s a video of his press conference:

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  2. the unit says:

    I don’t know. Lilly in the picture looks like Ted Cruz with lots of hair. 🙂
    Homnick pretty much covers my thoughts on the matter. I don’t know if it’s so, but someone said Alabama has no statute of limitation on transgressions against minors. Maybe for rape and not for harassment only?.
    As thewayonline pointed out some time ago, some of the men in the Bible were at one time pretty bad fellows but straighten up and flew right.
    Don’t know that it makes much difference, but I wouldn’t want my vote to be the one to put the dems back in charge of the Senate, or anywhere..

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    • NEO says:

      Pretty much my thoughts as well. Not to mention that I’m quite tired of the GOPe at this point. Keep it up and they could just well join the jackass party.

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      • the unit says:

        And when I was a much younger fellow I could be pretty insistant at the Moonlite Drive-In picher show. But then I understood what “NO” meant.
        At 32 through? Well I was divorced in the Sexual Revolution and hard to tell who was the insistent one. 🙂

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  3. Indeed the grave hypocrisy of today’s PC strikes again! If we are gonna go here, then we must judge JFK and his brother Bobby too, as also Martin Luther King! I wonder how many takers we would get on the latter today? Indeed they were just men, and sinful men at that. And I wonder how many of us would want our sexual minds and lives exposed to the world? But only God In Christ gets that! Yes, expose outright sexual sin and licentiousness, but when it happens, and NOT when it suits our timing and personal judgement. Btw, lets start with Romans 1: 18 thru 32, it seems we have forgotten that!

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    • NEO says:

      Well said, Fr Robert.

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  4. the unit says:

    I rarely click on the Google Doodle, but today I said who is this guy? I still don’t know and not going to research for more.
    Only one quote from him in the doodle. Interesting in these times though. 🙂
    “In the end, I began to understand,” Achebe once wrote. “There is such a thing as absolute power over narrative. Those who secure this privilege for themselves can arrange stories about others pretty much where, and as, they like.”

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    • NEO says:

      Heh, Nigerian author, supposed to be good one, won one of the big British prizes for fiction. IDK, never heard of him, don’t think I’ll go looking. He also said that Conrad was a racist, which tells me, he is. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Oops, I took it out of context. Naive me. Took it in general. Didn’t know he was pointing to anyone, or group, in particular, but read just a little more about him to see the light. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yeah, well, no surprise, really! 🙂

        • the unit says:

          He got “en vogue” early on. Noticed he didn’t pass on in his homeland. Probably fit in well in Boston though. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Indeed! and London. 🙂

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        • Sadly, London has become a city of “the world”, crazy place. Note, I have a home too in greater London, my oldest son (27) lives there.

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