Let’s take a trip into the “spinal cord cut room”–it represents the situations that give the appearance of choice, but paralyze you regardless of what you choose. We find all sorts of ways to justify the punishments we see others receive, but especially the ones we dole out ourselves. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri discuss a variety of different punishments being administered across different cultures. The question we should ask ourselves is whether any of them are truly justifiable. And, if so, by whom or what?

Topics discussed include the new Axiom Amnesia Signature T-Shirts for fundraising, the father who beat his daughters for “twerking” was arrested, The Game lying about giving a waiter a $6,000 tip, a Saudi prisoner who must choose between surgical paralysis and paying his victim a “forgiveness fee” that he cannot afford, the concept of “an eye for an eye”, children made to throw away or were denied school lunch by a third-party corporate representative because they couldn’t pay, charter schools representing the outsourcing the entire school, updates in the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman case–Martin’s parents have reportedly accepted a $1 million settlement from the homeowner’s association where their son was murdered, Oakland Police shooting an innocent teenager in the face, Stop & Frisk, punishing people for things they do as a result of mental illness, and more!

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  • Discussion about yesterday’s show Episode 177: “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop…”, discussing MLK’s assassination and Heit & Cheri’s trip to the National Civil Rights Museum at The Lorraine Motel.
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  • Discussion about the father who was caught on video beating his teen daughters for “twerking” on Facebook. We discussed this in detail on Episode 176: Parents On The Beat. The father has been identified as Greg Horn. He was arrested and charged for the beatings:

    A Dayton man has been indicted on charges of child endangering, corporal punishment, after police said he beat his daughters.

    Police said Greg Horn, 35, is accused of whipping his daughters in the legs with a video cable that connected his TV to his DVD player.

    The alleged abuse happened at Horn’s home on Fotip Lane.

    According to the police report, one of the girls had visible welts on both legs in the thigh area with open wounds.

    The girls told police the beatings were their punishment for sneaking out of the house.

    The indictment comes this first week of Child Abuse Awareness Month.
    Source: ABC

  • Neither Heit nor Cheri feel that the father should have been arrested. They also don’t believe he should have beaten his daughters like that either. Turning him over into the hands of the criminal system
  • Speculation that the mother turned the father in to avoided prosecution in the event that she was implicated for having know about this discipline.
  • Discussion about the rapper The Game lying about giving a waiter a $6,000 tip. The waiter came forward and said that The Game gave him a wad of money to hold and asked if he could take a photo of him to post online. Of course, we told you that this was a publicity stunt earlier this week in Episode 176: Parents On The Beat.
  • Discussion about a Saudi prisoner given the choice between surgical paralysis and paying his victim a forgiveness fee of $250,000 U.S. equivalent. If he doesn’t pay up, they will sever his spinal cord–a court ruled this!

    A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to be medically paralyzed unless he can raise 1 million Saudi Riyal (almost $267,000) to pay a man he stabbed in the back.

    When he was 14, Ali al-Khawahir stabbed his friend in the back, paralyzing the victim. The assault earned al-Khawahir a spot in jail — a spot he’s occupied for the last 10 years, the Saudi Gazette reports. Now 24, al-Khawahir either has to pay the victim for forgiveness or have his spinal cord cut, as eye-for-an-eye justice.

    Al-Khawahir had originally been expected to pay 2 million Riyal (more than $500,000), but the victim halved the amount after it became clear the sum was too high.

    In a translation provided by Reuters, al-Khawahir’s mother told the Arabic language al-Hayat daily that she agreed the victim deserved compensation, “but we don’t have even a tenth of this sum.”

    The punishment follows the Islamic principle of “qisas.” In a statement issued Tuesday, Amnesty International likened al-Khawahir’s paralysis punishment to torture.
    Source: Huffington Post

  • The man has already served 10 years in prison since the age of 14, and now he faces a sentence of paralysis. Where can he possibly get this money? Could you come up with $250K?
  • Discussion about the international community getting involved, describing the sentence as “torture”.
  • Discussion about how people are quick to speak out against Islamic-related law, but will ignore Christian barbarism like beating children. They say things like “spare the rod, spoil the child.”
  • Discussion about how people call for killing and castration in response to crimes.
  • Discussion about a piece that Heit wrote about the commonly used concept of “an eye for an eye.”
  • Discussion about a school that allowed a third-party corporate representative to come into the school and deny children their lunches because they didn’t have money or they were behind on their lunch credit. Some students even were made to throw away lunches that they were already in possession of.

    As many as 25 students at Coelho Middle School were denied meals or told to throw their lunches away Tuesday because they could not pay or their pre-paid accounts did not contain enough money, school officials said today.

    Parents said some of the children cried after they were not allowed to eat or had to toss out their lunches.

    School officials said an on-site employee from Whitson’s, the school system’s school lunch provider, apparently gave the order not to extend meals to students who could not pay or whose credit was already overextended.
    A Whitson’s spokeswoman apologized today for the incident.

    Superintendent Pia Durkin said school officials were not informed of the policy and that the principal did not find out until late Tuesday afternoon.
    Source: The Sun Chronicle

  • Discussion about outsourcing of school lunches.
  • They would rather the lunches go in the garbage than to let kids eat. Of course, now that they were exposed, they apologized.
  • This is a lesson in Capitalism, the economy, and what happens when you cannot pay. This happens all the time–people not being able to eat. Yet, people are okay with places like fast food joints throwing away food by choice.
  • How did this third-party get to waltz up into the school and start calling shots in the first place? This person NEVER should have been in charge of whether children get to eat. The state and school gave them the authority, now they wanna plead ignorance.
  • Discussion about charter schools being outsourcing the entire school. nest thing you know they will eventually start throwing people out of class for nonpayment. In a couple of years we’ll be talking about what percentage of schools are paid charter schools.
  • Where are the advocates for these children when their lunches were being snatched.
  • Your advocate can never be the folks making money off of you…
  • Discussion about updates in the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman case–Martin’s parents have reportedly accepted a $1 million settlement from the homeowner’s association where their son was murdered.

    Trayvon Martin’s parents have settled a wrongful-death claim for an amount thought to be more than $1 million against the homeowners association of the Sanford subdivision where their teenage son was killed.

    Their attorney, Benjamin Crump, filed that paperwork at the Seminole County Courthouse, a portion of which was made public Friday.

    In the five pages of the settlement that were available for public review, the settlement amount had been marked out. Lower in the agreement, the parties specified that they would keep that amount confidential.
    Source: Orlando Sentinel

  • How do these companies even come up with a price for Trayvon’s death?
  • Discussion about how the HOA could be liable for the events that occurred there.
  • Discussion about Oakland Police shooting an innocent teenager in the face. Even the police admit that he had nothing to do with the robbery they were investigating at the time.

    Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan says his officers made a mistake in a shooting. It happened as they were trying to chase down three suspected robbers outside a restaurant on Clay Street.

    Police spotted three guys matching the description a block away on Jefferson Street and one officer opened fire, wounding someone who had nothing to do with the robbery.

    The incident started when a woman in her 40s, who is an employee at Le Cheval restaurant, located at 10th and Clay, was leaving work and headed to a nearby parking lot. She says she was approached by three black men in their late teens or early 20s, wearing dark clothing. One of the men pulled a knife on her, she was shoved to the ground and hit her head on a car in the lot. The suspects took her purse and she ran back into the restaurant and called 911.

    The events after that robbery are what led to the Oakland teen being shot.
    Jordan called the investigation fluid and stressed that there are several moving parts. Just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oakland police received a call from Le Cheval restaurant saying an employee had been robbed at knifepoint. Minutes later, the first police unit arrived. Less than two minutes after that, police received a second call stating that the restaurant had been robbed, but that call was disconnected.

    Jordan said shortly after his first officer arrived, additional units were on the scene and spotted three individuals fitting the description of their suspects.

    Jordan said the officer, “perceived a threat from one of the individuals and fired a single round.” He added, “The officers were directed there by a witness, someone that was involved or knew about the robbery, so based on that information, I believe the officers had a right to follow-up on that and take action.”
    Source: ABC

  • How can you police people whom you fear? It doesn’t work.
  • Many of these cops have no respect for human life. How do we let folks like this police us?
  • Discussion about how the police supposedly perceived a threat that wasn’t there and feel that this is a good enough excuse for shooting an innocent teen.
  • Discussion about how the police always claim they cannot release all of the details because of an ongoing investigation. They are full of it, and they’re probably just trying to buy time to get their lies together.
  • Discussion about the police always using the same excuses for killing Black and brown people in this country.
  • Discussion about a superior reportedly told a NYPD officer (caught on tape) to target Black males of a certain age group in their “stop & frisk’ campaign.
  • Discussion about the Colorado shooter not being killed by police despite killing all of those people in that theater. If he was Black or brown, he’d have been killed that night.
  • Discussion about punishing people because of the things they do as a result of their mental illnesses.
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