Walter Mencken 7 p.m., Dec. 10
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Roman Polanski...Be Grateful You Were Not Extradited To Poland!
"I say we take that sword and give him the Bob Barker treatment...spay and neuter him!!"
--Donkey (vox by Eddie Murphy) to Shrek (vox by Mike Myers), regarding Puss In Boots (vox by Antonio Banderas), from "Shrek II"
Before I begin the "meat" of this session's entry, a bit of housekeeping is in order:
The entry on Capital Punishment has garnered the most published comments of all entries in this weblog...so far. I do not break the entries into a pro-con tabulating format, but take each entry as it comes in.
In my upcoming book, the "Comments" will get a separate section. Not that I dislike any of what you folks have written, but a seperate section lets the comments shine on their own. Also, all those who contribute will get a nod on my "Acknowledgements" page. After all, your comments help keep these entries honest.
Now, on to the "Main Event":
I read about the arrest of Roman Polanski a couple of days ago. Though he's fighting extradition tooth-and-nail back to the United States, he should be grateful that he is not being extradited back to his native Poland!
Now, why is this?
Because of a new law passed by the Polish Government. It mandates that any man who molests a family member, or a child 15 or under, faces mandatory chemical castration upon release from prison. No plea deals, no nada--you get out of durance vile, you are going to get Depo Provera shots...like it or lump it!
Supposedly, a theraputic course of Depo Provera injections are supposed to render a man incapable of sexual desire...let alone be able to get his gear to function correctly! Many states here in America have the same laws, but Poland is the first industrialized nation to implement such legislation nationwide.
It used to be that if a stranger was caught doing the nasty to a young daughter, the method of castration was far more primitive...ususally involving a sharp knife to the privy parts, and all of the gear got chopped, not just the nuts.
There is quite a bit of debate about how effective Depo is in preventing the recurrance of molestative desires and behavior. Of course, in ancient history, it was said that enuchs were incapable of sexual desire and response after getting "snipped." However, that wasn't the case. Many times, enuchs could not only get their remaining gear to work, but also could, on the side, give a harem girl much needed--if illicit--relief.
If the US is successful in extraditing Polanski, he will be tried in Los Angeles County on charges of child molestation (from the early 1970's). Will this trial even happen...or will the case be dismissed, with Polanski walking away free to resume his career in the States?
It might be a possiblilty...if the defense attorney for Polanski can convince a judge that the "statute of limitations" had expired in the case. True, Polanski's life wouldn't be worth a plugged zloty if that happened...or if he ends up standing trial, gets convicted, and gets shipped off to prison. Prisoners tend to not ony detest convicted child molesters--they also tend to have long memories.
But, once Polanski's plane touches down at LAX, that will be for the court to decide. Mr. Polanski should, while on the flight back to the States, show some gratitude about not being flown to Warsaw International to face Polish justice...and the needle that comes after he does his time!