Showing posts with label End The Criminal Enterprise System. Show all posts
Showing posts with label End The Criminal Enterprise System. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

This History Repeated Is Unpaid Attention To News

October 2, 2012 - Prison Reform - 

Letters written by New York State prisoners sent to New York Civil Liberties Union over several months vividly detail the psychological effects of long-term solitary confinement.
As free people the worst punishment imaginable is the loss of the freedom to decide where to go. I’ve spent two separate nights in jail and know you become complacent accepting your waiting in the cell. But when you know you’re out soon, the level of hope has to be much greater than for those rotting in prison. A world away from cooling your heels for a night.
I just feel having your liberty taken away is punishment enough. How is our anger mollified if their entire lifestyle reflects our anger with them on a continuous basis? Sure bunks in a cell is efficient, but we’ve found so many ways to make that experience expensive, what’s the difference giving them a little space? I remember a European documentary describing a prison operated like a dormitory with rooms and the basic conveniences of modern life that didn’t seem so much like punishment. The person could go to work, but not where they wanted.
The New York Times reports on an aspect of how much punishment is enough, under the title Prisoners’ Letters Offer a Window Into Lives Spent Alone in Tiny Cells By MOSI SECRET. The Times describes how – The handwritten letters arrived by the dozens, from men who described in flawed but poignant language what it was like to lose their minds.
One man wrote, “I feel like I am developing some kind of skitsophrinia behaviors. I hear voices echoing as I try to fall asleep.” Another said his mind “rots” with “thoughts that are uncommon or unnatural and you wonder where the hell did that come from?”
Continuing The Times states – They are prisoners in New York’s state prison system and were convicted of a range of crimes, including selling drugs and murder. The men were ordered out of the general prison population and into solitary confinement— or, in their parlance, “the box”, where they lived in tiny, elevator-size cells cut off from almost all human contact. The reasons varied: fighting, smoking, testing positive for drugs. But often for more serious crimes, like stabbing other inmates, trying to escape or attacking guards.
The Times draws a vivid picture. – Having been held captive to their imaginations for weeks, months or, occasionally, years on end, the men, many already struggling with mental illness, brought their paranoia, rage, anxiety and hope to life on the page, with descriptions that were sometimes literary and other times nearly impossible to decipher. More than anything, they conveyed a grisly awareness that their identities were unraveling, a feeling so disconcerting for some that they tried to take their own lives.
The Times prints – The trove of letters from more than 100 inmates to the New York Civil Liberties Union, which corresponded with the men to bolster its attempts to curtail the practice of solitary confinement, gives new insight into a closed-off world usually viewed only one person at a time. The letters may add fuel to the national debate over whether holding prisoners in extreme isolation amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Many states have recently shifted away from the practice, which was the subject of federal hearings this summer, but it remains widespread in New York.
I’d imagine anywhere two politicians could rubbed together is sufficient to go through the farce of portraying the defense of law and order, no matter how vindictive the punishment actually appears. Apparently when authority withholds wielding extreme amounts of power it can’t feel the heft of its own weight. So like corporations the Supreme Court grants individual rights, so too must we respect the right to punish to the full extent of the law whether it’s just for punishment’s sake or not. So I can assume their individual prison cells don’t lock? We control prisoners to a degree like children their supervisors are responsible for. So why not just make them stay in their rooms/cells? Miss that hour a day walk that, too a degree, is cruel and inhuman punishment too.
The Times calculates – Nearly 4,500 prisoners in the state are held in segregated housing on any given day, about half in solitary confinement and half in cells with another inmate, according to the N.Y.C.L.U., which planned to publish a 72-page report on its findings on Tuesday, a copy of which was provided in advance to The New York Times.
Sounds daunting to even crack the seam, but one can wonder how many in the prison system should have it assigned to them as required reading before they complain we don’t understand how much retribution the victims of the criminals deserve and how unworthy of our care criminals are.
Quoting – The civil liberties group – The Times – called both types of segregation “arbitrary, inhumane and unsafe,” arguing that corrections officials have too much discretion to send inmates to segregated housing for long periods, even for minor infractions.
Is it a wonder convicts, and inevitable convicts, see punishment in civilian life a reward in itself for themselves, after being molded into degenerates living out society’s extremes.
The Times says – The report does not call for abolishing solitary confinement but recommends that the state corrections department enact more restrictive regulations that reserve isolation as a punishment for the most violent offenders and that the state take a census of its cells to find out which inmates deserve to be there.
See, there goes politics. Chipping away at the status quo, prolonging just plain turning everything around.
The Times cites – A spokesman for the corrections department, Peter K. Cutler, who limited his comments in an interview on Monday because the report had not been released. Mr. Cutler said, “Disciplinary segregation is something that we take very seriously in our system.” Then The Times paraphrases, printing, – He said the factors guiding the department were inmate behavior and the safety and security of the prisons. “There is a process. It is not something that is done unilaterally.”
Sanitariums used to pick out the worst and give them lobotomies too. So?
Donn Rowe, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, said, “Inmates are absolutely entitled to rights, and should never be subjected to violence. But their anonymous complaints should also be met with an appropriate amount of skepticism, and the public must be reminded that New York’s prison system houses some of the most violent and troubled individuals in this country.”
So why try to teach them compassion? They’ll never learn so why be compassionate toward the worst of us? Our only option is tearing their ill will apart when that’s what made them who they are?
Maybe The Times erred in not giving authority the last word? But prints nonetheless – In the letters, the inmates, whose real names were not released by the N.Y.C.L.U. because the organization said they might suffer retribution from corrections officials, accepted responsibility for the crimes that they had committed on the outside but questioned whether their behavior on the inside deserved such treatment. They pointed fingers at the mental health officials, nurses and guards who they said brushed off complaints.
The efficacy of being damned to mortal punishment is all that can be seen from the inside of a prison?
Wrote a man who would try to commit suicide months later, “Please, somebody help. I need HELP!!!”
But the inmates are transferred to segregated housing after breaking the rules. One said he was cited for “wreckless eyeballing and stalking” after he looked at a female prison guard’s backside as she bent over to pick up her keys.
God forbid prison be at all similar to the real world outside, huh?
Most of the men ended up at one of the two state prisons dedicated entirely to isolation cells, Upstate Correctional Facility, in the town of Malone near the Canadian border, or Southport Correctional Facility, in Pine City. Monotony was the rule for 23 hours a day. They received their food through slots in the doors. For one hour each day, they exercised in a small metal cage called the “kennel.”
Shouldn’t there be a law protecting dogs’ rights not to have words associated with them demeaned?
Yes I would expect prison officials to know anyway but The Times, as usual to look informed, tattles on the prisoners printing – The men “fished,” or passed notes, books and magazines to each other using ripped sheets weighted by toothpaste tubes. But mostly they watched the walls.
One inmate wrote, quotes The Times, “The water from the sink is a milky color. It’s not white but its definitely not clear. Our shower is extremely hot and drips even after we cut it off — nonstop. Due to the moisture from the shower and the sink, we now are beginning to notice knats, also known as ‘fruit flies.’ The walls are marked with gang signs, demonic drawings, mucus, feces and rust. We are not allowed to disinfect our cells. There is toothpaste hard and flaky on my lights, walls, bed, ceiling, doors and vents. On my shower there is numerous stickers, mildoo, soap residoo, and what appears to be little spots of dried blood.”
Really? Are our paid employees being lazy about prisoner hygiene punishment enough? Or is it true we’ve figured out how to put all our slobs away for life?
Month Day - ..., 2017

_/__/2012 concluded: ending


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hurtling Toward World-Wide-War On Drugs Destruction

  Illegal narcotics are undoubtedly as debilitatingly destructive as the extreme ruthlessness that industry’s big money has wrought. In Sunday’s New York Timesinvestigation, U.S. Drug War Expands to Africa, a Newer Hub for Cartels By CHARLIE SAVAGE and THOM SHANKER, a significant expansion of the war on drugs is cited because the United States has begun training an elite unit of counternarcotics police in Ghana while planning similar units in Nigeria and Kenya as part of an effort to combat the Latin American cartels increasing use of Africa to smuggle cocaine to Europe.
  As nobly minded as William R. Brownfield of the State Department, pictured above, is as a leading architect of new antidrug strategies, the self-righteous exploitation of the chemically dependent is just a byproduct of increasing the capacity for ruthlessness by both criminals and our policing enforcement agencies. As The Times points out, the growing American involvement in Africa follows an earlier escalation of antidrug efforts in Central America, according to documents, Congressional testimony and interviews with a range of officials at theState Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and The Pentagon.
  American officials are responding to fears that crackdowns in more direct staging points for smuggling, like Mexico and Spain, have prompted traffickers to move into smaller and weakly governed states, further corrupting and destabilizing them. Countries that are otherwise without the sufficient means to curb the narco-dollars that have and will corrupt participating cultures. Something that happened throughout the United States itself when, in the 1930s, after the end of liquor prohibition, Harry J. Anslinger stepped up the restriction of drug use by minorities as was pointed out by the authorsAllen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs who sagely advised against the continued escalation of the evolution of the United States into a country of finks on behalf of a warlord state.
  The Times even prints the aggressive response by the United States is also a sign of how greater attention and resources have turned to efforts to fight drugs as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have wound down. Jeffrey P. Breeden, the chief of the D.E.A.’s Europe, Asia and Africa section, said, “We see Africa as the new frontier in terms of counterterrorism and counternarcotics issues. It’s a place that we need to get ahead of” as “we’re already behind the curve in some ways, and we need to catch up.”
  These initiatives come amid a surge in successful interdictions in Honduras since May, but American officials have also been forced to defend their new tactics after a commando-style team of D.E.A. agents participated in at least three lethal interdiction operations alongside Honduran police officers. In one operation in May, the Honduran police killed four people near the village of Ahuas, and in two others in the past month American agents shot and killed smuggling suspects, who no doubt shot back but were legally due the protection of a justice system despite their inevitable ruthlessness.
  To date, officials say, the D.E.A. commando team has not been deployed to work with the newly created elite police squads in Africa, where the effort to counter the drug traffickers is said to be about three years behind the one in Central America. The officials said if Western security forces did come to play a more direct operational role in Africa, for historical reasons they might be European and not American. Spreading the Criminal Enterprise System’s wealth as, after all, these are harmful drugs destined for Europe anyway. Sad, just sad, that it’s so important to destroy peace and tranquility in the name of defending and enforcing peace and tranquility.
  In May as assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law enforcement, Mr. William R. Brownfield, a leading architect of the strategy now on display in Honduras, traveled to Ghana and Liberia to put the finishing touches on a West Africa Cooperative Security Initiative, which will try to replicate across 15 nations the steps taken in battling trafficking groups operating in Central America and Mexico where the desperate nonsense has escalated along with the governments’ insistence on sharing in the profit scheme.
  Mr. Brownfield said the vision for both regions was to improve the ability of nations to deal with drug trafficking, by building up their own institutions and getting them to cooperate with one another, sharing intelligence and running regional law enforcement training centers. And so goes the friendly neighborhood addict unfortunately caught up in the mess as only the most desperate and ruthless have much to gain competing on this military level that had no doubt began with President Ronald Reagan’s insistence on self-righteousness being best for all of us. In the meantime the government has never taken a direct responsibility for the escalation of the drug war as not worth gauging in human terms when power can insist on its’ own way despite whatever result could be rationalized from any point of view.
  But because drug traffickers have already moved into Africa, Mr. Brownfield said, there is also a need for the immediate elite police units that have been trained and vetted. “We have to be doing operational stuff right now because things are actually happening right now,” Mr. Brownfield said.
  But some specialists have expressed skepticism. Bruce Bagley, a professor at the University of Miami who focuses on Latin America and counternarcotics, said that what had happened in West Africa over the past few years was the latest example of the “Whac-A-Mole” problem, in which making trafficking more difficult in one place simply shifts it to another. Hello. “As they put on the pressure, they are going to detour routes, but they are not going to stop the flow, because the institutions are incredibly weak” and “I don’t care how much vetting they do,” Professor Bagley said. “There is always blowback to this. You start killing people in foreign countries, whether criminals or not, and there is going to be fallout.”
  American government officials acknowledge the challenges, but they are not as pessimistic about the chances of at least pushing the trafficking organizations out of particular countries. And even if the intervention leads to an increase in violence as organizations that had operated with impunity are challenged, the alternative, they said, is worse. What? Without a realistic consideration of getting it through people’s thick skulls there could be safer drug dependencies and even safer use of non-narcotics?
  But Mr. Brownfield, with a status innocently above the tragedy, states, “There is no such thing as a country that is simply a transit country, for the very simple reason that the drug trafficking organization first pays its network in product, not in cash, and is constantly looking to build a greater market.” Which is how Mexican cartels were recruited to ambitiously destroy each other pursuing wealth at all costs. As Mr. Brownfield says, “Regardless of the name of the country, eventually the transit country becomes a major consumer nation, and at that point they have a more serious problem.” Yep. But replacing the tragic consequences with better fought wars can, and has, only produced more ruthless participants. Period.
  The United Nations says cocaine smuggling and consumption in West Africa have soared in recent years, contributing to instability in places like Guinea-Bissau. As an example The Times notes, several years ago, a South American drug gang tried to bribe the son of the Liberian president to allow it to use the country for smuggling. Instead, he cooperated with the D.E.A., and the case resulted in convictions in the United States. Even more ominous, according to American officials, was a case in which a militant group called Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb offered three of its operatives to help ship tons of cocaine through North Africa into Europe to raise money to finance terrorist attacks. The case ended this past March with conviction and sentencing in federal court in New York. Point being Governments continued participation in the Criminal Enterprise System is quite possibly a main source of finance for movements among the most resentful people on earth who despite government resolve still have to have a way out of the resentful mess they’ve inherited from a backward past that’s still present today because governments can’t be bothered to care about the basis for their resentment.
  American counternarcotics assistance for West Africa has totaled about $50 million for each of the past two years, and up from just $7.5 million in 2009, according to the State Department. The D.E.A. also is opening its first country office in Senegal, officials said, while the Pentagon has worked with Cape Verde to establish a regional center to detect drug-smuggling ships.
  Though agency units have not been sponsored in West Africa before, there have been operations with similar teams, given training, equipment and pay while subjected to rigorous drug and polygraph testing in countries around the world whose security forces are plagued by corruption, including the Dominican RepublicEl SalvadorGuatemala and Panama. All of which had been experienced on a large-scale in the United States before the system yielded and increased law enforcement’s cut/share. Same old story, same old song and dance, my friend. Here might be a good place to substitute Al Pacino’s accent, as Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface when he’d look at his gun he called “my little friend.”
  It is routine for D.E.A. agents who are assigned to mentor the specially trained and screened units to accompany them on raids, but it had been unusual for Americans to kill suspects. Several former agents said the recent cases in Honduras suggested the D.E.A. was at the vanguard of the operations rather than merely serving as advisers in the background.
  By contrast, officials say, the effort in West Africa is still at the beginning stages. Oh boy. But the problems there are the same and growing. Officials described one instance in which a methamphetamine lab was discovered in Africa, with documents suggesting it had been set up by a Mexican trafficking organization. William F. Wechsler, the Pentagon’s top counternarcotics officer, said that observing drug traffickers’ advances into West Africa, and the response from American and local authorities, was like watching a rerun of the drug war in this hemisphere in years past. Uh huh. Forgive the pun Sir, but that’s straight from the horse’s mouth. 
  Mr. Wechsler also said, “West Africa is now facing a situation analogous to the Caribbean in the 1980s, where small, developing, vulnerable countries along major drug-trafficking routes toward rich consumers are vastly under-resourced to deal with the wave of dirty money coming their way.” Don’t worry. Those countries will also increase pay to those assigned enforcement and, as has gripped America’s increase in bureaucratic pay to stem corruption, the value of money will deflate crippling and debilitating the world-wide economic system further where no one was ever really able to afford their own home when you consider the fact mortgages were planned on forty-year payment plans. Right. We can afford to fight the drug war forever. But stopping it is a complete other issue. So in prayerful hope may Allah/God bless us for we know not what we do.
April 20 - May 8, 2018
Hurtling Toward World-Wide-War On Drugs Destruction
7/24/2012 concluded: Mr. Wechsler also said, “West Africa is now facing a situation analogous to the Caribbean in the 1980s, where small, developing, vulnerable countries along major drug-trafficking routes toward rich consumers are vastly under-resourced to deal with the wave of dirty money coming their way.” Don’t worry. Those countries will also increase pay to those assigned enforcement and, as has gripped America’s increase in bureaucratic pay to stem corruption, the value of money will deflate crippling and debilitating the world-wide economic system further where no one was ever really able to afford their own home when you consider the fact mortgages were planned on forty-year payment plans. Right. We can afford to fight the drug war forever. But stopping it is a complete other issue. So in prayerful hope may Allah/God bless us for we know not what we do.
  Tuesday May 8, 2018 Everyone knows six is a landmark age.
  Monday May 7, 2018 
  A P. T. Barnum with a negligible conscience is a nasty thought.

I feel so damned bad I can't take back a word I've said.
Pep Rally America?
  Has all the rationality gone? Hyped up, up, and away? 
  When we admit it, we reject blowhards casting bandwagon spells. When there's enough history to dichotomously balance the illustrious imagery shrouding power's nuance-less strides over imagined inconveniences. Where ethics took a backseat to process. For verification, ask the Shrugger-in-Chief when he's back from River City
  According to a BBC reporter, Kim Jong-un arrived in Panmunjom by motorcade to meet President Moon Jae-in. It's probably assumable then, that, likewise, the socialist aspects of South Korea didn't provide an adequate train connection to the site for either president either? 
  The rest of the story:
Huh? Well what do you know? 
Both Moon Jae-in and Kim Jung-un are traveling by mobile throne motorcade, despite railroad access? Elitism rules. 
  So I asked the South Korean government (that didn't respond). 
  No doubt the BBC didn't bother to ask - 
  Having learned of Kim Jung-un's imminent travel by motorcade, before walking into Panmunjom, I'm inquiring whether the South Korean president has a statement regarding his own traveling method when trains, to the site, exist for both leaders? 
  A response would appear in a Soapbox View. 
  Yes, no response. Nothing gets through the waving hands and adulation except the most powerful agendas. Well-rounded economic vision just has to wait out the rites of power's enjoying their toys? Just kidding? Unfortunately not. 
  The Soapbox View's Previous Korean Hopes
World-Wide-War's Unnecessary Roughness, 
What's the Penalty?
  So yeah. We've carved this dilemma for ourselves, where the visualization of the moral life doesn't include variations in behavior, condemned by the superior point of view. This concept of people riding bad drugs to the gutter, while authentic in various respects, is shortsighted about what civilized behavior means because monotonous frames of reference brought about society's stilted condemnation resulting in a criminal enterprise system. 
  Face without facing. When the solution's ruthlessness, that's the result. End The Criminal Enterprise System
  The (in progress) short story -  

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Fine Society’s Debtors Prison

  Covering the class action lawsuit of lead plaintiff Richard Earl Garrett against the town of Harpersville, Ala, New York Times reporter, ETHAN BRONNER, essentially described how today debtors prisons evolved from our communities’ dependence on revenue. Titled Probation Fees Rise, Firms Profit and the Poor Go to Jail, besides Mr. Garrett’s decade of public debt turmoil, a woman is told about who was fined $179 for speeding and then failed to show up in court because the ticket bore the wrong date so her license was revoked. When pulled over the next time, of course, driving without a license, her fees had added up to more than $1,500. Unable to pay, she was handed over to a private probation company and jailed and charged an additional fee for each day behind bars.
  Lisa W. Borden, a partner in Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Camp; Berkowitz, a large law firm in Birmingham, Ala., has spent a great deal of time on the issue. Her assessment is, “With so many towns economically strapped, there is growing pressure on the courts to bring in money rather than mete out justice. Companies they hire are aggressive. Those arrested are not told about the right to counsel or asked whether they are indigent or offered an alternative to fines and jail. There are real constitutional issues at stake.”
  The Times reporter notes half a century ago in a landmark case, the Supreme Court ruled the accused had to be provided a lawyer if they could not afford one. But in misdemeanors, the right to counsel is rarely brought up, even though defendants run the risk of jail. While probation companies promise revenue to the towns, saying they also help offenders, defendants still often end up lost in a legal Twilight Zone.
  William M. Dawson, a Birmingham lawyer and Democratic Party activist, filed the lawsuit for Mr. Garrett and others against the local authorities and the probation company, Judicial Correction Services that’s based in Georgia. Interviewed, Mr. Dawson said, “The Supreme Court has made clear that it is unconstitutional to jail people just because they can’t pay a fine.” Something most all of us had seemed to already accept as part of a civilized society.
  In Georgia three dozen for-profit probation companies operate in hundreds of courts where there have been similar lawsuits. In one suit an Iraq war veteran, who lost his job, was jailed for failing to make $860 a month child support payments. Another victim of circumstances, with a monthly income of $243 in veterans’ benefits, was charged with public drunkenness, assessed $270 by a court and put on probation through a private company. The company added a $15 enrollment fee and $39 in monthly fees. That put his total for a year above $700, which the person struggled to meet before being jailed for failing to pay all his debt.
  John B. Long, a lawyer in Augusta, Georgia, who is taking the issue to a federal appeals court this fall said, “These companies are bill collectors, but they are given the authority to say to someone that if he doesn’t pay he is going to jail. There are things like garbage collection where private companies are O.K. No one’s liberty is affected. The closer you get to locking someone up, the closer you get to a constitutional issue.”
  The issue of using courts to produce income was investigated in a recent study by the nonpartisan Conference of State Court Administrators, “Courts Are Not Revenue Centers.” The report said in traffic violations, “court leaders face the greatest challenge in ensuring that fines, fees and surcharges are not simply an alternate form of taxation.”
  Plus Scott Vowell, the presiding judge of Alabama’s 10th Judicial Circuit, said his state’s legislature, like many, was pressuring courts to produce revenue, and that some legislators even believed courts should be financially self-sufficient.
  A Fine Society.
  The Times article also noted a 2010 study, by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, that examined the fee structures in 15 states, including California, Texas and Florida, with the largest prison populations. The sudy found, “Many states are imposing new and often onerous ‘user fees’ on individuals with criminal convictions. Yet far from easy money, the fees impose severe and often hidden costs on taxpayers and indigent people convicted of crimes. Creating new paths to prison for those unable to pay their debts by making it harder to find employment and housing as well as meeting child support obligations.”
  Over a decade ago many states abandoned pursuing misdemeanor fees because it was time-consuming and costly. Companies such as Judicial Correction Services saw an opportunity by charging public authorities nothing and making their money adding fees onto the defendants bills. 
  Yale Law School’s Stephen B. Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, said courts were increasingly using fees “for such things as retirement funds for various court officials, law enforcement functions such as police training and crime laboratories, victim assistance programs and even courts’ computer systems. In one county in Pennsylvania, 26 different fees totaling $2,500 are assessed in addition to the fine.”
  Mr. Dawson’s Alabama lawsuit also alleges that Judicial Correction Services does not discuss alternatives to fines or jail and that its training manual “is devoid of any discussion of indigency or waiver of fees.”
  In a joint telephone interview, two senior officials of Judicial Correction Services, Robert H. McMichael, its chief executive officer, and Kevin Egan, its chief marketing officer, rejected the allegations. 
  They said the company does try helping those in need, but that the authority to determine who is indigent is the court’s and not the company’s. “We hear a lot of ‘I can’t pay the fee,” Mr. Egan said adding, “It is not our job to figure that out. Only the judge can make that determination.” Mr. Egan said, “Our job is to keep people out of jail. We have a financial interest in getting them to comply. If they don’t pay, we don’t get paid.” Mr. Bright, of the Southern Center for Human Rights, complained that with the private companies seeking a profit, courts in need of income and the most vulnerable caught up in the system, “we end up balancing the budget on the backs of the poorest people in society.”
March 14 - 29, 2016
The Fine Society's Debtors Prison
7/13/2012 concluded: Mr. Bright, of the Southern Center for Human Rights, complained that with the private companies seeking a profit, courts in need of income and the most vulnerable caught up in the system, “we end up balancing the budget on the backs of the poorest people in society.”
Bob Herbert's excellent documentary.
Genius @ financing crime, not solutions.
  The Fine Society's not as fine as it should be. Though as polished as only success can be. The problem's not that we can't dig deeper for a handle on the bottom line. The divvy up's just stuck in divvy up.
  Sigh. We all like waking to feeling bad things aren't happening in our directions. In our way. But that it happens at all is a neglect that's gone unfazed because immorality's to blame. What a dodge. Another one Allah/God probably didn't think up for us. Another juicy conundrum thought up all on our own. Dismissing Matthew 7:1, judge not, that ye be not judged. 
  Enforcing crime's a protection from having not solved the dilemma's roots. But don't scapegoat cops, or anyone. No one particularly designed our cultural flaws that everyone needs benevolently gotten innocently through to an end to the dehumanized Criminal Enterprise System. Let's Get Civilized

Sold Judge Gorsuch and
What Eating Your Leveraged Sandwich Means

  Fed digestible sound bytes. Dialogue's become extremely crafted presentation. Response, an edged approach. Agitation a format. ...
  Straight-laced's a plus. But, to start, the candidate for the Supreme Court, Judge Gorsuch, does seem to restore the patriarchy with a subtle grace behooving such a powerful blow. Technically: Ethical, but another endorser of the Criminal Enterprise System. Except that the court's responsibility is to face the truth. Not stretch principle to endorse mere veneers of respectability and practicality that choke life of all its' beneficial diversity. Liberal and responsible and not just contrarian ruthless harda__.  
  And that's how it goes with this issue considered bigger than all of us. The methodology behind criminalizing behavior to enforce an ideal of moral rectitude, that's not only indifferently judgmental, but self-flagellating all across the board populated by finks and desperate, even conspiring legal, characters. 

some brooks babble more than others
Politics and Sports!
Poll Says 70% of Country Approves of our 
President's State of the Union Address 

  Tuesday, February 28, 2017, President Trump presented a more polished list of promises, that's said to have been worked over by his daughter Ivanka. Morning News Radio, I heard, suggested issues were talked about when what each point had in common was their just being mentioned, as usual. Aren't we redundant? Such as suggesting "clean water" when business before ecology interests are already shown to be of paramount concern to the administration. An antagonistic essayist might suggest the president is mocking ecological interests. As if swiping the nuisance off with the back of an empirical hand. 
  Not that business interests aren't important. It's just, as in the case of West Virginia, where enough profit wasn't reinvested to distance that state from dependence upon coal jobs when cleaner methods of fuel usage have been developed for a few decades at least. West Virginia University makes runs at national collegiate sports championships, (Final 16, 2017). But the state's lack of economic diversity, and grassroots strength, is the sore spot everywhere else as well. 
  But I digressed. The speech's only declaration that received full bipartisan applause, lauded a fallen soldier whose sacrifice will be honored "for eternity." Directly ignoring the basis behind which the jargon entrenched religious war festers. That people need brought out of the fog from. "Love thine enemies" disregarded, and chest beating religious war, the cause behind all our becoming kindling for the causes. End the Cycle of Revenge.
  Of course the big issue, as huge financial nut, is Health Care. Insurance technically succeeded as socialism for the rich without the bottom line drain caused by the poor. But over the decades insurance was the excuse for charging more, such that cost had no real relation to affordability, for anyone, at all. Leaving us with a system whereby doctors as an individual entity have no real power. A labyrinth of bureaucracy that's not faced as government's the convenient scapegoat for bureaucratic failure. Obamacare's compromise with an industrial skim is, most probably, being replaced by yet another skim.
  So just as bankers bail out businesses when too big to fail, the American public has to bail out the promises. While where credit's taken, is what the people get.

My Satisfaction With Tim Raines' Induction Into The Baseball Players Hall of Fame 

  Late September 1976, the season's first Sanford Seminole High School Seminoles football game, versus Oviedo, was my first and, possibly, last sidebar interview as a sportswriter. The Sanford Herald's Head Sportswriter complimented me for getting an interview with Tim Raines, who'd been reluctant to give interviews since, as Tim told me, no one ever quoted him accurately. Though still just a senior in high school. The plight of the local sports hero. Right. You can hear everyone not crying in unison over that one. But something he genuinely felt.
  Anyway. Since my high school swim coach, Coach Terwilliger, told Tim, the year before, that I'd concerned myself with our dual meet schedule so Tim would have at least one school team winning season to appreciate team success, Tim stunned me by preparing a place in front of his locker for, me to sit and, us to talk all alone after the locker room cleared. Fond memory of how neighbor, Kenny Lee, was go between, because I was too shy to ask or politically shrewd because everyone liked Kenny. While protocol tends toward song and dance.
  But what happened was, during the game, someone told me that, as a sportswriter, I had access to behind the end zone, when no one else did, and what I saw literally amazed me. Tim running very fast around right end, at mid-field, evaded a reach by instantly accelerating to extremely fast and that touchdown blew me away. But I went into a funk for weeks, knowing Tim had a bright future. The idea of his success ground down my pursuit of outside endeavors, understanding my allegiance was to studying history. 
  So as Tim's career was misshapenly portrayed as having fallen short of the hall, I bothered to know better. Owners scapegoating players for rising consumer prices is when Tim sacrificed his prime-of-life numbers to stand firm for the rights of players who'd invested their lives in the game. So when it's said Tim finally made the hall, my belief is he was always there. It's just the real numbers, recognizing that fact, finally grew up. Huh, sportswriters?