Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Anyone Else Read This, and Start Humming the Musical Score for 'Hair'

So much for the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

The musical reference seemed apropos the Occupy movement resurgence, as it reflects larger contemporaneous issues.

The topic seemed apropos Greg's comment about relying on police and military being 'outsourcing' one's personal violence. Thank goodness the Amish in this case DID resort to outside help.

From the AP and

AP Photo/Amy Sancetta
Sam Mullet, father of two of the three men arrested for allegedly going into the home of another Amish man and cutting his hair and beard, talks outside his home in Bergholz, Ohio on October.
By The Associated Press
BERGHOLZ, Ohio - Authorities raided the compound of a breakaway Amish group in eastern Ohio on Wednesday morning and arrested seven men on federal hate crime charges in hair-cutting attacks against Amish men and women.
Among those arrested were the group's leader, Sam Mullet, and three of his sons, said Mike Tobin, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Cleveland.
Authorities have said several members of the group carried out the attacks in September and October by forcefully cutting the beards and hair of Amish men and women. Cutting the hair is a highly offensive act to the Amish, who believe the Bible instructs women to let their hair grow long and men to grow beards and stop shaving once they marry.
The attacks struck at the core of the Amish identity and tested their principles. They strongly believe that they must be forgiving in order for God to forgive them, which often means handing out their own punishment and not reporting crimes to law enforcement.
Mullet told The Associated Press in October that he didn't order the hair-cutting but didn't stop his sons and others from carrying it out. He said the goal of the hair-cutting was to send a message to Amish in Holmes County that they should be ashamed of themselves for the way they were treating Mullet and his community.
"They changed the rulings of our church here, and they're trying to force their way down our throat, make us do like they want us to do, and we're not going to do that," Mullet said.
Those arrested were in custody and expected to be arraigned Wednesday. They include Mullet and sons Johnny, Lester and Daniel, Tobin said.
Authorities also were planning to hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon to explain why they charged the men with hate crimes, Tobin said.
Earlier stories on this subject:


  1. Call me snarky, but a guy named Mullet is talking about hair cuts?

    Rimshot, bass, and splash.

  2. Didn't you cover this before? I seem to recall making the same "mullet" joke as Greg.

  3. This was an update to the earlier story.

  4. All joking aside, I do have great respect for the Amish. It's not the life that I want to live, but it's good to know that some people still practice it.

  5. I don't know, Greg. Aren't they big misogynists and child abusers. Aren't all those closed patriarchial societies like that?