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After Putin’s Black Sea Attack

"Abraham Brinkman" (2019-10-14)

THIS SHOULD END IT: Politico Oped by Sen. On April 4, 2019 Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) wrote an op-ed in the Politico which effectively ends the current witch hunt against President Trump by the power-crazed Democrats. This excerpt clearly proves that President Trump delayed aid to Ukraine for the Trump-signature reason: to demand other affected countries contribute their share to the military aid needed to help Ukraine resist Putin’s aggression—just as Trump said recently. President Trump took the same stance he has always taken: to make decisions that benefit the United States. Clearly, President Trump was considering withholding aid to Ukraine long before his phone call with the president of Ukraine. "Last year, Ukraine received its first lethal aid from the United States thanks to the Trump administration’s approval of a sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles — a critical step the Obama administration refused to take despite bipartisan support in congress -,. Now it’s time to increase funding for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, as well as the State Department’s security assistance programs. And a larger share of this funding should go to support defensive lethal aid that will make Ukraine a more difficult target for Putin’s aggression. After Putin’s Black Sea attack, Ukraine’s maritime capabilities must be enhanced by accelerating acquisition of coastal defense radars, patrol boats, coastal defense and anti-ship missiles and other systems. On the ground, Ukraine needs more Javelins, other anti-tank weapons, electronic warfare systems and advanced counter artillery radars. And in the air, we should examine how to assist Ukraine in improving its air defenses. Of course, the response of the free world to Putin’s aggression is not the responsibility of the United States alone. Canada, Lithuania, Poland and the United Kingdom have been providing security resources to Ukraine. We need more allies and partners to step up with action rather than talk".

The original structure was put together in 1854 without nails, using an interlocking mortise and tenon construction system. The large upstairs room is as simple and straightforward as the ideal of absolute justice. Early morning sun glows through multi-paned windows and produces an aura reflected from polished wood surfaces, almost suggesting that former contesting spirits still linger here. Hand planed boards, marked by the tools of the original builders, overlay all of the walls and ceilings. In the cloakroom behind the main room there is a ladder to the clocktower so someone can reset the weights every three days to keep the tower clock running. In the courtroom, the walls impassively witness gruesome evidence, emotional testimony, and the fervent contentions of lawyers, as the clock chimes each hour. These walls have heard such things for many years. For over a century and a half, the Mariposa courtroom here in gold country, has been filled with testimony relating to mining disputes, property rights, fraud, divorce, robbery, abuse, murder and every possible form of mortal strife.

Yet, despite the distressing human dramas argued there, it retains its simple, almost severe, dignity. In California's earliest days of statehood, decisions made here on mining controversies set precedent for much federal mining law. Successive generations of jurors sitting in the sturdy armchairs, have deliberated concerns of property, and human rights as well as life and death matters. Several rounds of litigation regarding the property and mineral rights of John C. Fremont, involved a back and forth battle which eventually landed in the United States Supreme Court. Fremont, who had bought his grant under Mexican law, found that his ownership and rights were in dispute. He won his case. Millionaire John Hite, whose Native American wife, Lucy, sued for divorce, found he was not above the law and was ordered to pay alimony though he tried to argue that they were not legally wed. They had been married in accordance with tribal custom, which the court found to be valid.

Willie Ross, accused of murder in 1878 was tried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison, from this room. In his furious relocation to a larger jail in neighboring county, he and his escorting deputy barely escaped an armed mob of "rangers" who wanted nothing less than blood to avenge the crime. Many others who dared to disregard the law learned their fate here. The judge's bench became a sounding board that sought to bring legal harmony out of discord. The courthouse building virtually takes on the persona of a wise and elderly jurist who has seen much, yet patiently waits for the scales of justice to balance. The judge's bench is wide, because in earlier days three judges sat behind it. Minor changes have been made to accommodate modern technology including computers, electric lights and updated climate control systems, but these things are mostly hidden from view. When the more convienient indoor restrooms were added early in the 20th century, they were still in keeping with the overall style of the building. There has been a consious effort to make sure the original historic look of the building-- inside and out-- remains the same.

The courtroom's only adornments are understated and symbolic. Portraits of Jefferson and Lincoln gaze intently from the wall behind the judges chair, between the flags of the country and the state. Here in the early morning hours, is the quiet before the next legal storm. Many thanks to photographer Linda Gast, who took all of these photos and granted permission for use in this article. CaliforniaSequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Contain Largest Living Things on Earth! Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. 0 of 8192 characters usedPost CommentNo HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. It does tend to exert a peaceful feeling on people. Something about it says, "everything is going to be alright". There has been talk about building a new courthouse-- but this building will surely be preserved. This courthouse is one of the most beautiful and representative buildings in the Mother Lode. The image of the courthouse is on the county seal, and it is also a registered historical monument, so I'm pretty sure it's preservation is not a problem.