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The Controversy of Compassion

A very interesting and controversial thing happened in Scotland last week. Kenny MacAskill, Scotland’s Justice Minister, released, on grounds of compassion, the convicted bomber of the PanAm flight that blew up over Lockerbie in 1988, killing 270 people. The convicted bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, has prostrate cancer and, according to British doctors, has about three [...]

A Couple of Approaches

The death penalty, or the abolishing thereof, has once again (twice again?) been in the news this week. First, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, whose office is being investigated by the FBI to such a degree that he withdrew his nomination for commerce secretary, abolished the death penalty in his state. He called it the [...]

Origami. The Answer Is Always Origami.

Trolling other people’s messaging boards is not usually something I do or recommend, but this conversation offers valuable information for us all to live by. I’ve edited the material down and, of course, removed the names to protect those unaware I was looking in. (Based on their experience, which you will read below, it would [...]

Greed in Privatization? No Way!

I’ve been meaning to get to this little story since last week because it’s really grossly offensive. The short of it: A couple of judges pleaded guilty to taking millions of dollars in kickbacks from privately run juvenile detention centers in Pennsylvania. In other words, they threw kids in prison for cash. Well done, justices, [...]

I’m Looking Forward, Too, Buster

So there’s this debate going on about whether or not to prosecute the war crimes of the Bush Administration. Obviously, the danger politically for the Democratic Party is that if they go after the war crimes, they look like vindictive pricks (not that looking like vindictive pricks has ever stopped the Republican Party). Almost-President Obama, [...]

Go, Jim, Go!

Senator Jim Webb of Virginia was elected after the George Allen “macaca” moment. Without the macaca implosion, Webb wouldn’t have won. On the campaign trail, he’s not great at connecting with people. He’s a bit harsh and cold. He doesn’t want to kiss babies. When he was on the longer of the short lists for [...]

You Know What? Screw the Children, Too.

I know we’ve got a real “fuck ‘em” attitude toward the incarcerated in this country. And I’m not one to try to understand law, lawyers, judges, or sentencing. But this sentence of Nixzaliz Santiago, a.k.a. the mother of Nixzmary Brown, sounds downright counterproductive to me. What happened to that little girl was truly horrible, and [...]