Category Archives: Court System

Unexceptionalism – A Primer

h/t Atrios – E. L. Doctorow provides the Primer. Read it. Grieve. Work, in small ways and big and in whatever way you can, for something much, much better. We all deserve something much, much better – recognizing that democratic ideal was in part what made us exceptional.

Not Much to Lose and Still Got No Gain

Since Obama took office, how many times have you read something like this by moderate or liberal commentators: “It’s not as if the conservatives aren’t already peddling rhetoric about [negative positioning on issue that faults Obama], anyway. There’s not much to lose.” You read it with the understanding that Obama “doing the right thing” won’t […]

Misunderstanding and Misjudging

People thought that the Supreme Court majority in Bush v. Gore, which handed the 2004 election to George W. Bush against democratic norms, said that the case didn’t establish a precedent.  It was a misunderstanding.  What the Supreme Court majority actually said was that the case did establish their prescience.

Right On The Money

(h/t Atrios) Barry Ritholtz right on the money.  “Works for pot, crack, robo-signing, and segregated account theft….”

Misappropriate – Mortgage Settlement Money Going to WI Gen Budget

Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen aren’t the first public officials to take money intended for one purpose and use it for another.  In the case of the national mortgage fraud settlement money funding for Wisconsin, part of a settlement already grossly inadequate for helping provide restitution to victims, it will be […]

Price Of Justice

I’m against piling on court fees and charges for people convicted of crimes when those costs aren’t directly part of the sentencing fine for the crime. It can further criminalize lower income people, who can’t pay the fines and end up in more trouble, and it makes it tougher for those on the margins to […]

One Of The More Powerful Critical Pieces On America I’ve Read In A Long Time

Charlie Pierce has written an extremely powerful piece, “The Cynic and Senator Obama,” in this month’s Esquire. Whatever you may think of it – it’s an important criticism, made more moving by Pierce’s love for an America lost (and feared forever lost). I got there via Ezra Klein’s post, which is also well worth a […]

Fish Sticks Vs. Fish Patties – Maybe The DuPage County Board Should Stop “Screwing Around” With Meals At Jail

This Naperville Sun article is an interesting story about how the all-Republican DuPage County Board works – or doesn’t. In a nutshell, there’s a roughly $800,000 to $950,000 contract for providing meals to the DuPage County Jail. Aramark, a national company that has provided food to the jail for 21 years, recently submitted a “deficient” […]

Dick Durbin Letter Seeking Criminal Waterboarding Investigation Gets Answer – Attorney General Says “No”

When he went through confirmation hearings, Attorney General Michael Mukasey said about waterboarding, ‘if it’s torture, then it’s torture’ – which was both meaningless and obscene. After Michael Mukasey was shamefully confirmed as Attorney General, he said in U.S. Senate hearings that he “would feel” that waterboarding was torture if it were done to him. […]

House Mortgages Lack Bankruptcy Protections Given To Other Loans (Including Real Estate)

You can read a summary (and then the original Op Ed) regarding how home foreclosures lack comparable protection here. While what Jack Kemp is advocating sounds like good policy, I’m also interested in how this situation came to be – how is it that home loans (secured by homes) are treated differently than other secured […]