The pretense of legality founded on secrecy – where we accept secrecy as a condition of security, then illogically liken security with rule of law – can’t continue. We already have no respect for institutions that claim to protect us.
You might think government efforts to regulate gambling are about as hypocritical as government gets, until you realize the state has its hand in almost every racket identified as dangerous – or beneficial – to one group or another.
Congress plays, “Which one is a Weinstein?” After it identifies those guys, it asks, “Are you a major, totally worthless, disreputable Weinstein? Or are you minor, possibly worthless Weinstein, perhaps likable enough to keep around?”
Trooper man shot into the car several times.
Don’t look at a policeman the wrong way,
Don’t say the wrong thing, because
He’ll put bullets through the driver’s side door.
Do not let restrictions on speech take hold. It is the most insidious form of control, as it requires no laws, no punishments, no formal court proceedings.
To use a popular oceanic metaphor, removal of the individual mandate would not cause a tsunami of bad consequences that would overwhelm us. Defenders of established institutions too commonly use fear of the unknown to warn people about change.
The part of Trump’s presidency I like the best is his feud with the intelligence community. It’s fun to see …
In this respect, police officers are like priests who rape children. The church protected its own. Bishops made sure priests who preyed on children were transferred away from parishes where they committed their crimes, so rapists could prey on unknowing victims somewhere else. Similarly, police officers who rape women in their custody find a way to continue their so-called police work, where they can find other victims of their coercion.
We have seen a loss of integrity in educational leadership. Leaders and administrators appear to lack energy, vision, commitment, or even the moral wherewithal to stop the bad things we have seen happen on college campuses. A sort of sickness in college culture has taken hold.
For someone who grew up in North Dakota and Iowa before the Des Moines kidnappings, current laws and practices are nuts. I don’t see how children can grow up, never out of site of a grown-up.
Let everyone in the stands show kneeling players a sign of support during the national anthem. Salute them. It takes courage. You won’t be a son of a bitch.
The Kennedy School knew its decision to recognize Chelsea Manning as a visiting fellow would be controversial. When objections came, straight from the CIA no less, the Kennedy School embarrassingly chose to align itself with the agency that mistreated prisoners as a matter of policy.