Friends of Webster

Raised in the house, but field certified.

An Answer to Anon’s Question

Anon [June 11, 2009 10:48 PM EST]: Why do you even continue this site?  

I just wanted to take a moment to thank any and everyone who takes the time to stop by this site.  I wish that I could write more substantive postings ALL of the time but I have quite the full plate.  A month ago, I considered terminating this website.  I questioned its purpose in my life and in the lives of my friends.  The trend seems to be that I express myself for a period and then I tone it down a bit, posting songs, videos and comments on issues that are near and dear to me.  Never am I vindictive or contentious to any one person or organization.  Through these posts, I provide a glimpse into where I was, where I am, what I love and where I want to be. The U.S. Coast Guard has had an enormous impact on each of those categories. 

My belief, as you probably know, is that I compromised [ignored may be more accurate] my Christian upbringing at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  Further, that compromise led to social and political vulnerability that opened the door for that court-martial.  I am not blameless but my part in the actions was not criminal.  I stand by that but only time will tell whether or not that belief will be vindicated.  That is my guiding light, my belief that my life will change for the better when that case meets objectivity and impartiality.  When impartial minds look at this case, I know that they’ll see this for what it was. And then I hope that I can move on. Maybe then, I can close Friends of Webster. 

My 25th year on earth was spent immersed in law.  Everything that I have learned, I learned from one of the best men that I know. He is arguably the best civil trial attorney in America.  What I have learned is that legal battles that are fought anywhere beyond the court room’s doors are seldom impartial.  Fighting beyond those doors may help you win the case but it will weaken the integrity of that win.  I’ve always felt that axiom to be ironic, considering my circumstances.  This website is alive because I await resolution to my case. Through all of the fighting done outside of that court-martial and in the press, on blogs, through public addresses and through policy initiatives, it is easy to lose sight of the reason that my friends, family fight on with me…  

Americans have the God given right to defend themselves when they are challenged by any medium of mass communication, whether by blog, press or by public statement.  But what happens when you don’t have the right to defend yourself? 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009  

ORDERS GRANTING PETITION FOR REVIEW   

No. 08-0719/CG.  U.S. v. Webster M. SMITH.  CCA 1275.  Review granted on the following issue:  

WHETHER THE MILITARY JUDGE VIOLATED APPELLANT’S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO CONFRONT HIS ACCUSERS BY LIMITING HIS CROSS-EXAMINATION OF [SR], THE GOVERNMENT’S ONLY WITNESS, ON THREE OF THE FIVE CHARGES.   

Why is the sixth amendment important?   Try interviewing for a job with your credentialed, qualified, well written resume in hand. The employer says, “I have read enough of the candidates’ resumes today. Tell me why you’re best for the job without mentioning where you went to college, your prior work experience or any other credentials on your resume. Tell me why I should hire you over everyone else.”   

The job is important but not as important as adhering to the employer’s parameters. If any mention of those experiences and credentials were spoken, you would most certainly fail to get the job. You can’t even say any words associated with your experience and credentials. How much differently would your interview carry out? Maybe, just maybe, if you tried to explain without touching on those topics or words, you would have shot. But don’t count on it.  

Thank you for reading here at Friends of Webster.   

June 12th, 2009 Posted by | From My Desk, Justice is Contagious | no comments

CrossFit Regional Qualifying Games on May 1-3….it is going to hurt.

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Lindsey pointing to who will do better at the “Hell’s Half Acre” Regional Qualifying Event

March 11th, 2009 Posted by | From My Desk | one comment

LSAT on Saturday.

There is a lot of uncertainty but I have faith that whatever God’s will is, Saturday will follow accordingly.  I am terribly anxious but confident at the same time. Every step of the way, I have done all I could and then threw the football to let God run with it. As my family’s future compounds upon the preceeding steps, it gets tougher and tougher. But faith has delivered us many times before. I am determined to do well and as the excerpt on Phillip Abram’s theory shows, below, my mind must remain clear and conscious of the task at hand. I will surely face an uphill challenge to neglect analyzing the past and pondering the future, but everything will dissipate and reveal a clear path. This is what I pray.

 

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Excerpt from the Princeton Review’s Advanced Skills Text Book, Pg 48.

       In explaining the foundations of the discipline known as historical sociology–the examination of history using the methods of sociology–historical sociologist Philip Abrams argues that, while people are made by society as much as society is made by people, sociologists’ approach to the subject is usually to focus on only one of these forms of influence to the exclusion of the other. Abrams insists on the necessity for sociologists to move beyond those one-sided approaches to understand society as an entity constructed by individuals who are at the same time constructed by their society. Abrams refers to this continuous process as “structuring.”

      Abrams also sees history as the result of structuring. People, both individually and as members of collectives, make history. But our making of history is itself formed and informed not only by the historical conditions we inherit from the past, but also by the prior formation of our own indentities and capacities, which are shaped by what Abrams calls “contingencies”–social phenomena over which we have varying degrees of control. Contingencies include such things as the social conditions under which we come of age, the condition of our household’s economy, the idealogies available to help us make sense of our situation, and accidental circumstances. The ways in which contingencies affect our individual or group identities create a structure of forces within which we are able to act, and that partially determines the sorts of actions we are able to perform.

       In Abram’s analysis, historical structuring, like social structuring, is manifold and unremitting. To understand it, historical sociologists must extract from it certain significant episodes, or events, that their methodology can then analyze and interpret. According to Abrams, these events are points at at which action and contingency meet, points that represent a cross section of the specific social and individual forces in play at a given time. At such moments, individuals stand forth as agents of history not simply because they possess a unique ability to act, but also because in them we see the force of the specific social conditions that allowed their actions to come forth. Individuals can “make thier mark” on history, yet in individuals one also finds the convergence of wider social forces. In order to capture the various facets of this mutual interaction, Abrams recommends a four-fold structure to which he believes the investigations of the historical sociologists should conform: first, description of the event itself; second, discussion of the social context that helped bring the event about and gave it significance; third, sumarry of the life history of the individual agent in the event; and fourth, analysis of the consequences of the event both for history and for the individual.

December 1st, 2008 Posted by | From My Desk | no comments

CAAF:30% Chance of having a chance.

 

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Boy, if statistics like those doesn’t make someone lean on Jesus Christ…

I am very blessed to have good legal counsel but if the appelate process has taught me anything it is that God wants you to depend on Him and not man. 

In December 2005, God showed me what He could do when he dissolved my world over night.

In June 2006, God showed me what He could do when He gave me wisdom, grace and courage on the stand.

In August 2006, God showed me that others had a concern for my life and that there was nobility in a widely depraved profession.

In November 2006, God began to show me the power He has to restore a dissolved world.

In August of 2007, God showed me that I would have at least one person who supported me forever.

In December of 2007, He added a daughter. A lot of responsibility and another reason to keep on.

In May of 2008, He showed me that my faith was in Man and not in Him, I lost my appeal. Then He gave me more wisdom and grace to graduate from College amidst the other life-changing lessons He was teaching me.

July 2008, My faith is in God and not in exceptional men.  He has stripped me of everything that was important to me and given me everything that should have been all along. The odds are stacked so high that if I win, it will be clear who made it so.  If I lose, my actions on the next day will make it clear that I believe in a ‘Perfect Plan’ and I will keep on.

 

 

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Back to work,  

Webster

 

NEXT UP: Is Barack Obama black enough to be the first black president? If you are half black, look black, feel black, and are treated like you are black…are you in fact, black? Other black conservatives believe that the answer to both questions is “No.” 

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I say, “Erroneous. On both counts.” Funny picture, but is this what it takes?

 

July 20th, 2008 Posted by | From My Desk | 4 comments

Pennsylvania Ave?