Archive for July 2011

Let them eat bus transfers

Jul 25th, 2011 11:53 am | By

Punishing people for not having a car. Prosecuting people for not driving. Teaching a lesson to pedestrians and bus-takers.

Nelson, 30 and African-American, was convicted on the charge this week by six jurors who were not her peers: All were middle-class whites, and none had ever taken a bus in metro Atlanta. In other words, none had ever been in Nelson’s shoes:

They had never taken two buses to go grocery shopping at Wal-Mart with three kids in tow. They had never missed a transfer on the way home that caused them to wait a full hour-and-a-half with tired and hungry kids for the next bus. They had never been let off at a bus stop on a five-lane

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Prosecuting the victim, absolving the perps *

Jul 25th, 2011 | Filed by

Nelson was convicted by six jurors who were not her peers: all were middle-class whites, and none had ever taken a bus in metro Atlanta.… Read the rest

Vatican is “disappointed” at “excessive reactions” *

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Recalls nuncio to have a chat about its wounded feelings.… Read the rest

FaceGlat segregates women from men *

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A new social networking site for ultra-Orthodox Jews takes customary segregation of the sexes online.… Read the rest

Breivik claims to be part of an organisation *

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He said the attacks were “necessary” in light of the “treason” of the victims in promoting multiculturalism.… Read the rest

Jonathan Danilowitz on Israel’s enemy within *

Jul 24th, 2011 | Filed by

“Today’s Judaism as dictated by rabbis of various religious streams is vicious, divisive, discriminatory, cruel, oppressive, sexist, and anti-democratic.”


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Let’s send all the victims to jail! That’ll teach them

Jul 24th, 2011 2:50 pm | By


On April 10, 2010, Raquel Nelson lost her 4-year-old son. Nelson was crossing a busy Marietta, Georgia, street with her son and his two siblings when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver. Police were able to track down the driver, Jerry Guy, who later admitted he had been drinking and had taken painkillers the night of the accident. He was also mostly blind in one eye.  Guy had already been convicted of two prior hit-and-runs. He pleaded guilty, served six months of his five-year sentence, and was released last October.

…Last week Nelson herself was convicted on three charges related to her son’s death: reckless conduct, improperly crossing a roadway and second-degree homicide by vehicle. Each is a

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Do prosecutors hate women? *

Jul 24th, 2011 | Filed by

A Georgia woman whose child darted into the street was convicted of vehicular homicide.… Read the rest

The logistics of Noah’s ark *

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We need a larf.… Read the rest

Attack aimed at values Norwegians treasure most *

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Their openness, freedom of expression and feeling of safety have all been shaken to the core. … Read the rest

Breivik says he acted alone *

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At least 93 people were killed in Friday’s attacks – 96 have been injured and some are still missing.… Read the rest

Nick Cohen on the meanness of British culture *

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The News of the World succeeded by using the techniques of the Peeping Tom and blackmailer to present a theatre of cruelty to 7 million readers.… Read the rest

Ani Sharmin on segregated prayers in public schools *

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If the religion is wrong for having different rules for boys and girls, the remedy is not to bring the religion and its segregation into the school.… Read the rest

Garry Wills on religion and money *

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He notes the corruption, but calls it a matter of “the sin of taking God’s name in vain.”… Read the rest

Rebecca gives some helpful advice

Jul 23rd, 2011 3:35 pm | By

Seen Rebecca’s dating advice? I think it’s pretty damn funny, and apposite. More apposite than I’d like it to be.

I don’t exactly see myself on either “team,” to the extent that there are two “teams.” I don’t think absolutely every single thing said and done on either side is 100% correct and perfect and right, so I’m not really on either “team” if that’s what it takes. But I don’t suppose anybody on either “team” really thinks either “team” is 100% correct and perfect and right any more than I do, so maybe that’s not what it takes.

At any rate I’m not on any team that calls Rebecca “Twatson” or thinks that her dating advice is a … Read the rest

Ben Goldacre on the problem with badger culls *

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The right thing to do next is a new trial, this time in the real world, with no magic.… Read the rest

“Hip” church not so hip about homosexuality *

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It wants to fix it.… Read the rest

US: Catholic official meddles in politics *

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“Every Catholic and every Catholic institution concerned about marriage and the family will need to be able to advocate for the Defense of Marriage Act.” … Read the rest

Internet gives atheists access to young minds *

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Used to was, only clerics had that, but now their monopoly is gone. Curse you, Internet!… Read the rest

Starve the beast

Jul 22nd, 2011 4:41 pm | By

How to do gummint.

In the world according to ALEC, competing firms in free markets are the only real source of social efficiency and wealth. Government contributes nothing but security. Outside of this function, it should be demonized, starved or privatized. Any force in civil society, especially labor, that contests the right of business to grab all social surplus for itself, and to treat people like roadkill and the earth like a sewer, should be crushed.

Because, the national chairman of ALEC explained on Fresh Air yesterday, creating jobs isn’t the job of government; corporations are the ones that create jobs.

O rilly? I thought what corporations did was cut jobs as much as they possibly could without … Read the rest