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In this country we have had a lock ’em up mentality for a long time. If someone crosses the line, then send them to the slammer. The South is really good at locking up its citizens. Locking up our citizens is big business.  Some folks are making tons of money locking up those Americans who have crossed some line or another. Rehabilitation is for wimps. Real men, if they go astray, should know how to get on the right path. Period. They don’t need any of that hand holding, group therapy garbage. The fact that we are spending less on education, which happens really to be the only way out of prison and poverty, is not really germane to this conversation.  Louisiana is really, really good at locking up its citizens. I really don’t understand how, in a nation of Christians, we don’t feel that it is morally wrong to have a for-profit prison system. I simply don’t understand it. Isn’t there just a little conflict of interest if you get paid by the prisoner? Then you place on top of this for-profit prison system the craziness that is our judicial system. Blacks and other minorities are more likely to get arrested and do time than anyone else in our society. Once you are in the system, there is nothing in prison that is designed to help you get on the right path, so you are more likely to get arrested and go back to jail once you get out. What’s the point?

 

By |2012-05-29T02:42:12-04:00May 28th, 2012|Domestic Issues, Legal|Comments Off on Lock ’em up

Thursday Morning News Roundup

Sarah Palin

I know that everybody was waiting on the edge of their seats to see if Sarah Palin was going to run for president. Right now, the rumors are she’s not going to run. This should be no surprise to anyone who follows politics. As remember, Sarah Palin started her bus tour several months ago. No matter what she and her handlers said about the bus tour, the purpose of the bus tour was clear – to generate a buzz. Unfortunately for Sarah Palin, her bus tour of New Hampshire, Vermont and New England was a flop. So, she fell back to her alternative plan, to let the presidential race start and then let a groundswell of people who did not want Mitt Romney or Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann to run to ask her, to demand that she get in the race. That didn’t happen either. So, I think she has no alternative but to announce that she is not running for president.

A new immigration law is causing many Alabama workers to flee the state.

The mainstream media has completely missed the whole point of Occupy Wall Street. The mainstream media continues to point out there’s not a coherent message. I find this somewhat amusing. The Tea Party for months never expressed a coherent message, yet the mainstream media covered the Tea Party’s every sneeze, hiccup and rally, even if there were only three people there. Jon Stewart has a nice segment on this.

Liberals and progressives need to take notice of Occupy Wall Street. This is people power. Occupy Wall Street has grown out of the overwhelming show of solidarity that we saw in Wisconsin.

I know that the word “maverick” has been thrown around a lot in the last 24 months. The word had been hijacked by Sarah Palin, when in fact the word “opportunist” would probably fit her better. On the other hand, Derrick Bell was truly a maverick. Consider his work in the Justice Department when superiors told him that his membership in the NAACP was a conflict of interest. He quit his job in the Justice Department. When he was a tenured professor at Harvard Law School, he stepped down because of Harvard’s minority hiring practices (or lack thereof). Derrick Bell has died at the age of 80. He was a true maverick. He fought for social justice. He was a true warrior.

By |2011-10-06T11:09:49-04:00October 6th, 2011|Economy, Party Politics|Comments Off on Thursday Morning News Roundup

Tuesday News Roundup

  • I was surprised at how nice it was to see Keith Olbermann back on TV.
  • It is time that we honestly assess our obsession with pro sports. With state, local and federal agencies trying to cut back because Americans simply don’t want to pay more, why is Los Angeles looking for pro football team? Pro football even in the largest markets requires subsidies, huge subsidies, from the taxpayer. Their single largest expense is not their egotistical quarterback or their prized wide receiver. It’s their stadium. If we, the taxpayers, have to pay for the stadium then why don’t we get an opportunity to make some decisions on personnel and coaches and the direction of the team? Don’t get me wrong, I love football and basketball and tennis and golf, but if you’re going to aske me to shell out money for a stadium, then I should have a say in the team.

  • Rory McElroy put the pedal to the metal and got an early lead at the U.S. Open. By Saturday, it was clear that he was going to win if he did not have another Masters-like meltdown. He did not. He rose to the occasion and cruised to victory. His meltdown at the Masters was really hard to watch. I am happy that he was able to get his mental game together. If he can avoid injuries, if he can keep his mind right, this young man has an opportunity to dominate golf for years to come.
  • Finally, continuing on the topic of sports, Serena Williams has made a comeback at Wimbledon. She hasn’t played competitive tennis for almost a year. She won her first match, but it wasn’t easy. It is probably time to say that Serena is the best female tennis player of all time.
  • A little bit more on Clarence Thomas. Justice Thomas seems to have some ethical problems. I have a problem with his wife involved with a Tea Party organization and a lobbying firm. Unless somehow she can prove that money given to her lobbying firm does not flow to her husband, this seems to be a conflict of interest. This whole thing just seems to smell funny.
  • The fact that 93% of all top congressional staffers are white males is not really news. It proves that the more things change…
  • In Libya, NATO bombs have gone astray, again. What is our goal here? To save innocent civilians?

  • 18 months ago, I was standing in Athens with my wife. It was an incredibly peaceful, warm and inviting place. Now there are huge demonstrations as Greece is being asked by the European Union to tighten their belt.
  • Suicide bomber kills 27 in southern Iraq. Six soldiers were killed two weeks ago in a rocket attack.
  • In an announcement later on today, it is expected that President Barack Obama will announce that we’re pulling out of Afghanistan. I just wonder if this is going to be one of those symbolic pullouts or we really going to get all the troops out.
  • We don’t need any new warnings on cigarette labels. This isn’t 1975. We all know the problems with smoking. Having pictures of some guy struggling to breathe in a facemask is not gonna stop people who smoke from smoking. Instead, we need for people who smoke to pay higher premiums because of their higher incidence of heart disease and pulmonary insufficiency. If cigarettes are going to be legal in this country, we’ve done all we need to do to inform the public of the dangers of smoking.
  • Senator John McCain blames the huge Arizona fires on illegal immigrants. Now, it is true that we need to control our border. We need to know who’s coming and going in order for all of us to be safe. It is also true that there’s absolutely no evidence that illegal immigrants had anything to do with this huge, devastating fire. All I can do is shake my head. The senator knows better.
  • Jon Huntsman has announced that he is running for president. In my opinion, several of these people, GOP candidates for president, are running now to set up a “real run” in 2016.
By |2011-06-21T13:14:45-04:00June 21st, 2011|Afghanistan, Foreign Affairs, Healthcare, Military, Sports, Supreme court|Comments Off on Tuesday News Roundup
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