Monday, March 23, 2015

History: The Year is 1541

I've uploaded year 1541 to the TSP Wiki...

Here are some one liners...

The Insanity Defense: Denied... Mostly -- It is declared illegal to claim insanity to protect you from prosecution if you were sane at the time of the crime. I also talk about rules of evidence and jury nullification.

My Name is Diego Almagro. You Killed My Father. Prepare to Die -- Revenge is a dish best served cold so at dinner, Fernando Pizarro is attacked and killed by Diego, the son of the man Pizarro had executed. I also talk about promises made and not kept and how the sons come back to haunt us.

I Did Not Have Sex With That Woman! -- It becomes illegal to have sex with the Queen of England and not report it. (Apparently the King is an exception.) I also talk about Bill Clinton and the famous "I did not have sexual relations..." lie.

The Insanity Defense: Denied... Mostly

Yet another Treason Act is passed by the English Parliament. It carefully defines when one can plead insanity as a defense. Thus even though you may be insane now, that is not a defense if you were perfectly sane at the time of the crime. And unlike modern times, if you are found guilty of treason in 1541, you can lose your head even if you happen to be insane at the time the axe is about to fall. This Act allows King Henry the 8th to visit justice on suspected enemies without endless insanity pleas... not that he needs any excuses. This year he puts Countess Margaret Pole to death without a trial. Aside from being innocent, the Countess has the bad luck to be put to death while the primary executioner is on vacation. His apprentice is less than skilful with the axe so it takes ten whacks (the first right through her shoulder) before she finally succumbs. King Henry also has his wife's two lovers beheaded this year. What a guy. [1] [2] [3]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
It's difficult to sit still while a man hacks you to death with an axe yet many of the aristocrats managed it. As peasants take on leadership roles, they will become subject to the headman's axe. Peasants generally don't go quietly into that good night. With all the screaming, and crying, a nice beheading just won't be the same. But that is for the future. Regarding the harsh penalties of the law, you can soften its impact by changing the rules of evidence... or using jury nullification. Thus you read in the Bible that a child is put to death for disrespecting his parents yet there is no example of this ever happening. I've seen the rules of evidence and they are strict. I judge that you'd have to be suicidal and your parents would have to want to murder you in order to get a conviction like that. It never happened. [4]

My Name is Diego Almagro. You Killed My Father. Prepare to Die

A few years ago the Pizarro Brothers had Diego Almagro's father executed and left the family penniless. Diego wants revenge and he will have it. Fernando Pizarro has heard that Diego is coming so he holes up in his palace in Lima. Diego goes in after him. Apparently Fernando never thought that Diego would try something so brazen. As Fernando struggles to put on his fighting gear, several of his friends are killed. Fernando manages to kill three of his attackers before he dies with a sword through the throat. Diego, the son of a Spaniard and an Indian woman, declares himself the governor of Peru. [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
In 1977 archeologists found Pizarro's head in a box. The body itself suffered from multiple stab wounds. Regarding revenge, it's an old story. Children grow up, feel the injustice of their father's death and come back to bite you. That is how the King of Denmark lost Sweden. This is why the Middle East has remained unstable all these years. In the early 1900s the British made promises of autonomy to the Arabs who helped them fight the Ottoman Empire. This was when Lawrence of Arabia made his reputation. But Britain and France made a secret side agreement with an OK from Russia to split up the Middle East amongst themselves. The secret got out and now the children of those Arabs no longer trust the word of the West. Because our fathers lied to their fathers, the children will not longer listen to the promises of the West. Given how the USA has kept its promises so far, it is easy to doubt us. [13]

I Did Not Have Sex With That Woman!

It is now high treason to have sex with the Queen of England without reporting it to the King. (Apparently the King is self-reporting.) You have 20 days to report it, so that means a 20 day freebie... and 20 days to live. The latest Queen (check your score card) Catherine Howard will be removed of her crown this year. By early next year she will lose her head. Next in the batter's box is Catherine Parr. She will be his 6th wife and the 3rd one named Catherine. Catherine Parr will be a tough one. The King of England will be her 3rd husband. She will outlive him and marry yet again. [14] [15] [16]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
President Clinton was at a press conference when he was asked about a possible sexual encounter with a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky. He stared into the eyes of the press, pointed a finger and said, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman..." I imagined the press corp looking in the direction where he was pointing to see which woman in the room he had NOT had sex with. The President then completed the sentence, "...Monica Lewinsky." He lied. He also lied to a judge under oath when asked about his sexual assault of a woman in Arkansas (Paula Jones). There was another alleged sexual assault of the wife of a campaign contributor (Kathleen Willey) and the alleged rape of Juanita Broaddrick. It was that last one that probably got him the impeachment. [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] FYI, Alex Shrugged has never met Monica Lewinsky, but he knows the friends of her parents. It is a tenuous connection but it exists.

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1541, Wikipedia.

No comments:

Post a Comment