“In 2002, Jeanna M. Graves, early in a three-year term on a drug conviction and pregnant with twins while in Bedford Hills, needed an emergency Caesarean section. Ms. Graves said that in the hospital, she was cuffed to the gurney by the corrections officers. The doctors gave her an epidural anesthetic, which blocks sensation in the abdomen and around the pelvis.
“I was cuffed through the entire C-section,” Ms. Graves said.”—
In general, we’re surprised that high unemployment can exist at the same time as a skilled labor shortage. We shouldn’t be. We’ve pretty much guaranteed it.
In high schools, the vocational arts have all but vanished. We’ve elevated the importance of “higher education” to such a lofty perch that all other forms of knowledge are now labeled “alternative.” Millions of parents and kids see apprenticeships and on-the-job-training opportunities as “vocational consolation prizes,” best suited for those not cut out for a four-year degree. And still, we talk about millions of “shovel ready” jobs for a society that doesn’t encourage people to pick up a shovel.
Osama bin Laden kept a personal journal in which he contemplated how to kill as many Americans as possible, including in terrorist attacks against Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, according to U.S. officials…
In one passage, Bin Laden wondered how many Americans would have to die in U.S. cities to force the U.S. government to withdraw from the Arab world. He concluded that it would require another mass murder on the scale of the Sept. 11 attacks to spur a reversal in U.S. policy, an official said.
So…it turns out bin Laden’s real, private motivation was exactly the same as his stated public motivation: to stop U.S. intervention in the mideast.
Yet this isn’t presented as being particularly important in this article. No politicians are asked whether this makes them consider whether it’s worth running the risk of massive terrorist attacks in order to continue intervening in the mideast. It’s just brought up, and…dropped.
We really have the greatest system ever invented. In a standard authoritarian country, that kind of straight-forward demolition of the most basic rationale for the government’s foreign policy wouldn’t be published. But here it can be, because it doesn’t matter at all.
Now I’m going to take a nap.
Silly Osama. Didn’t he know killing thousands more would only make us indiscriminately firebomb everything?
“What I like about this whole scare regime is the circular logic of why all the different groups should be more conservative. Hispanics should vote republican because they share the conservative values of hard work and family, unlike the lazy , uncommitted blacks, the Black Community should be more conservative because they share a religious objection to homosexuality, the homosexuals should be more conservative, because the Muslims are coming to get them, and the Muslim immigrants should be more conservative because they immigrated legally, unlike all those damn hispanics pouring over the border. Women, of course should vote conservative to keep themselves and their families safe from poor minorities moving into their communities and school districts, and minorities should vote conservative to protect themselves from the abortion advocates who are trying to euthanize little black babies.”—Commenter BrianSierk, over at Ta-Nehisi’s blog. Beautifully stated. I Feel Like A Black Republican - Ta-Nehisi Coates - National - The Atlantic (via colorlines)
“Scarecrow: I haven’t got a brain… only straw.
Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven’t got a brain?
Scarecrow: I don’t know… But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking… don’t they?
Dorothy: Yes, I guess you’re right.”—The Wizard Of Oz