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Frontiersman, December 2015
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Lunacy
Sticky, of San Diego, California
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAs of late, I find myself writing about this subject more and more often.  A pattern, maybe?  Not too long ago, I got a new cell mate.  Before he came, I prayed for a roomie with Christian values, which is exactly what I got.  Over the course of the first week, I learned he has been doing time since 1984.  I was still in high school then.  We are both from south Cali and have lots to talk about.  The part that infuriates a piece of me is the raw deal the citizens of this state passed upon him, changing the course of his life.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageSure, the man killed a couple of drug dealers, in self-defense, but there were many extenuating circumstances with his case.  For one, the two of them were shooting at him.  It sounds to me as though he was punished for being a better shot.  At the end of his trial, the jury found him guilty, "beyond a shadow of a doubt," naturally ignoring all the shadows.  Their recommendation was (1) 25 to life sentence.  But, the judge concluded this to not be enough, adding an additional 25 to life, making them consecutive, thus:  50 to life.  The judge wanted to break him off with life without the possibility of parole but, because he was under the influence of narcotics, the death penalty and life without were illegal and off the table.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIn 1987, my cellie appealed the sentence, and won ... sort of.  At least, they like to have you think he won.  The sentence was changed to 25 to life + 25.  The only change was the elimination of one "L".  Well, slap me twice and call me a dumbass.  I guess I'll be dipped in shit as soon as it's explained to me how this was a win.  Still, he's happy and convinced he will receive a parole date when he goes to his first board hearing, in 2020.  I hope he is right.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI believe prison sentences should be on a sliding scale, for everyone.  Those who continue to wallow in their old ways should remain in these places.  But those who, like my cellie, are no longer the person they once were should be granted freedom.  Or, perhaps half-way house freedom.  It is understandable to sentence a 20-year-old murderer to life, but how do you look the same man in the eyes, 30 years later, knowing he is no longer that punk kid, and keep him locked away?  As human beings, we all learn from our mistakes.  Some learn faster than others, but we still learn.  I live with a man who has done just that.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAs I wrote this, my new cellie was outside trying to catch a view of the "Super Moon".  It was special, not because the planet seemed closer, but because he felt closer to it.  That night was the first time in 31 years, having been to eight different prisons, that he was allowed to go to night yard.  Therefore, it was the first time in as many years he had been able to stand on the dirt and have an unobstructed view of any nighttime celestial entity.  I hope he can one day share the same vision with his dad.  Years ago, he made a promise to the man he'd do everything necessary to get out, before his father passes.  I think he has and will continue to do so.
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Justice
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI'm no longer convinced that disputants are more likely to obtain justice from lawyers during a trial in court than they are to obtain it from Champions in a trial by combat.  Who knows?  Maybe God really would intervene and strengthen the arm of a Champion in a righteous cause.
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Stray Thoughts
Sam Aurelius Milam III
•15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe truth isn't a bulletproof vest.  Actually, the truth is more like a target on your back.
•15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe judges are afraid of a man who can defend himself.  He might defend himself against the judges.  That's why men who successfully defend themselves are sent to prison.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun


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Letters to the Editor
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWow, the "War on Evil" was the best writing from Frontiersman [Auto-Da-Fé, November, page 1].  I expected to end comparing it with the "War on Terror" and Gitmo which is a helluva lot worse than US prison system.  Gitmo you are not charged, no hearing, etc.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImagePortugal has now legalized all drugs.  http://mic.com/articles/110344/14-years-after-portugal-decriminalized-all-drugs-here-s-what-s-happening
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageHere is a video you may find enjoyable:  https://youtu.be/sHzdsFiBbFc
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageNewly released inmates should have knowledge of programs BEFORE being released.  Sad that there is no info for inmates while inside.  Heard the hardest part is after release.  I find that hard to believe but I was never a felon.
15x5 Page Background GIF Imagehttp://www.helpforfelons.org/reentry-programs-ex-offenders-state/
15x5 Page Background GIF Imagehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/static.nicic.gov/Library/014779.pdf
15x5 Page Background GIF Imagehttp://insidebooksproject.org/resource-guide/#parole-and-pre-release
15x5 Page Background GIF Imagehttp://www.prisontalk.com/
15x5 Page Background GIF Image911 was not only bulldozed but the heap was shipped to China.  [Second Editorial Reply, November, page 2]
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"It was either watch the documentary or show up early for supper and risk having to help."  [Fish Story, November, page 3]
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWow, do you know who you sound like in that sentence?  You sound like Ignatius Jacques Reilly.  In fact your entire paragraph was VERY ENTERTAINING!  I am forwarding that part to my friend who told me about the book A Confederacy of Dunces.  :):):):):):):):)
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15x5 Page Background GIF Image"Over the years I have become very good at getting out of things I don't want to do."
—John Kennedy Toole
A Confederacy of Dunces
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15x5 Page Background GIF Imagehttps://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3049.John_Kennedy_Toole?page=4
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageA Confederacy of Dunces is a very good book.
—Ptosis
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Dear Comrade Sam,
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageGreetings to you in solidarity.  Thank you for Oct issue of your newsletter.  And thanks once again for printing my letter [Letters to the Editor, October, pages 2 — 3].  I'm more upset about them killing [name withheld] than any thing, the beating I took wasn't shit next to beatings I've taken in the past.  The pigs at Chino kicked my teeth out in 2011, for trying to get a pig in Lancaster to face murder charges....
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageNow I wish to speak/write on Sticky's "Rehabilitation Failure" [October, page 1].  First, CDCr is an industry.  It could not be profitable if there was not a high return rate.  My social worker here just told me that a parolee can't get food stamps, can't have a business license, and out of the $200 gate money the prison industrial complex gives a parolee, one has to buy his/her own bus/train ticket back to whichever California city in which you were arrested.  I ask, in this day and age, how long can a person live/survive/eat/house one's self on $200 minus the cost of a bus or train ticket?  The answer is not even 24 hours.  I have solutions in my mind that may work to stop the revolving door of incarceration.  But the truth is this is by design.  The word rehabilitation means to reform to an earlier state, to make one how one was at a former time in one's life.  But the way I see it they can never rehabilitate most prisoners, because the areas we come from never allowed us to be habilitated....  We are square pegs in a round hole world.  Without a family support system, or close supportive friends or mate, we are doomed to return.  You can be violated and sent back to prison without even being charged of a crime.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageRe your article "On Hope and Futility" [October, page 3], Orwell's 1984 is one of my favorite books.  It's so relevant in these days and times.  I personally have seen change in the way people think in my 20 years since I was free....  
—Ramon D. Hontiveros P-34034
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P.O. Box 2000
Vacaville, California  95696
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Hi Sam,
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI really enjoyed the article by Robert Outman [Auto-Da-Fé, November, page 1], and your response to it [Editorial Comments, November, page 1] in the November issue of "Frontiersman".  Just yesterday, I attended a function of the Libertarian Party of Hawaii and picked up a pamphlet titled "A New Vision for America" which made some points similar to yours and many others that made sense to me.  Anybody interested could probably get a version of the pamphlet by googling the Libertarian Party....
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—Steve, Wahiawa, Hawaii

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To Spite the Censors
Sam Aurelius Milam III
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Harriet:Mommy!  Mommy!  Did you see that?
Mommy:See what, Harriet?
Harriet:Lisa just showed her panties!
Mommy:What!?!  Shut up, you little witch!  Turn off that television!
Harriet:But Mommy....
Mommy:Honey, call the shrink!  Harriet just had a sexually traumatic experience!
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageSome time ago, while I was sorting through several boxes of old videos that I'd bought at a yard sale, deciding what to keep, I encountered something unexpected.  I was watching an old G-rated "made for kids" movie called Babes in Toyland.  To my surprise, as Lisa (the character played by Drew Barrymore) was scooting forward on the Toymaster's sleigh, there was a brief glimpse (possibly a pun there) under her skirt.  My immediate reactions were surprise that the censors would miss something so obvious and delight at their failure.  I don't like the censors.  I'm always happy to see them fail.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI have a long history, in this newsletter and in some of my essays, of criticizing the censors.  Some of their antics are more silly than others.  For example, they make America's Funniest Home Videos hide the views of babies' bottoms.  I've even seen them hide the views of genitals on animals.  How silly can it get?  Such censorship is so common that most people take it for granted, if they notice it at all.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageActually, such censorship isn't just silly.  I believe that it's worse than that.  I believe that it sends a subtle (or not so subtle) message to our young people.  By repetition, it conditions them with the notion that human sexuality is somehow indecent.  I believe that such conditioning eventually creates a Pavlovian reflex, evoking a negative reaction to sexual images, without the need for any intervening thought process — from Pavlov directly to Orwell.  Such conditioning helps each brainwashed generation pass its sick notions of obscenity on to the next generation.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIt doesn't matter if the movie showed a view under a little girl's skirt.  It wasn't "kiddie porn".  It wasn't indecent.  It doesn't matter what position a little girl is in or how she's dressed.  Little girls are NOT indecent.  People who believe otherwise have sick minds.  They see what they think and that's where the indecency is — in their minds.  Furthermore, the view of Lisa's panties isn't any more revealing or suggestive than some of the other things that are routinely shown on the TV.  The skimpy costumes of cheer leaders, ballerinas, gymnasts, and figure skaters come to mind.  Then there are the TV commercials that show women in their underwear without any skirts at all.  As I noted in my article Say It Again, Sam (April 2015, page 3), it's ironic that TV commercials might be more conducive to enlightenment than Playboy magazine.  Maybe the profit motive trumps religious dogma.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAnyway, the sick minded censors will condemn pictures of the sort that I've shown with this article.  They'll try to punish anybody who refuses to submit to their will, and who lacks the funds to defend himself.  Indeed, I might "catch hell" for showing the picture.  If I'm hounded by the censors, then maybe the publicity will be beneficial.  Some people claim that there isn't any such thing as bad publicity.  I don't know.  Whatever the case, there's one thing that the censors can't change.  That is, this issue of the Frontiersman marks the completion of 22 years of continuous publication of this newsletter.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI've kept a few "kids" movies over the years because, in one way or another, they were fun to watch.  I probably won't watch this one again because it wasn't very entertaining.  Nevertheless, I'll keep it anyway.  If for no other reason, I'll keep Babes in Toyland just to spite the censors, which is why I wrote this article and also why I included the picture.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageEmoticon

A White Man's Notes
Sam Aurelius Milam III
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