Category Archives: law

Making A Murderer: Books On Wrongful Convictions!

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If you haven’t yet seen the documentary MAKING A MURDERER, you’ve probably at least heard about it, or heard other people talking about it. The Netflix ten-part documentary about Steven Avery & Brendan Dassey has a lot of people talking… and talking means thinking! Dive deeper into the story here, you’ll find that the world of wrongful convictions is much… Read more »

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi Summary & Review

Paolo Bacigalupi. Bacigalupi. He’s Portuguese, and I have a lot of fun saying his name. Bacigalupi! 🙂 Also, he wrote a book called The Water Knife, which I recently read and very much enjoyed. I had previously read a great book by Bacigalupi called The Windup Girl, and his writing has only gotten better in this most recent publication. I expected The Water… Read more »

I am half agony, half hope… Terrorism & Suffering

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Unfortunately, we don’t need a reminder that there is much suffering in this world. Any brief glance at the daily news is enough to confirm your worst fears. Somebody’s nightmare is being lived out somewhere, at nearly any time of day. Last night, Nov. 18, during a Bible study that Tezi and I attend, a woman was expressing with much… Read more »

How Americans remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of the date the United States government/military dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese towns of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  More than one hundred thousand people were killed in these bombings.  The vast majority of those killed in the bombings were civilians, including women and children.  Read that again: we dropped nuclear bombs on targets that… Read more »

Seeing Categories Instead of Individuals…

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The problem with labels is that they avoid complexity and ignore reality. As Christians, we’re guilty of labeling others too often, and we even do it when we read the Bible. For example, we think of Bible characters as either good or bad. King David, Moses, and the disciples were good, while the Pharisees, Judas, and others were bad. In… Read more »

To this world, I refuse…

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We have only one story…

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“We have only one story.  All novels, all poetry, are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil.  And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal.  Vice has always a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is.” – John Steinbeck

Most important read for Americans this year…

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Friends, one of the most important books I’ve read in years: The Divide by Matt Taibbi.  I highly recommend it.  If you read nothing else, the introduction to the book alone is worth the price of the book. This ambitious book documents America’s unequal administration of justice to rich and poor. Some quotes from the book: “Obsessed with success and… Read more »

Inmates aren’t humans, they’re criminals…

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http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2014/5/27/whistleblower-arizonainmatesaredyingfrominadequatehealthcare.html The article exposes examples of neglect and abuse that have taken place in Arizona’s prison system. Please read the article. What follows are my thoughts, written just after reading it myself. Absolutely disgusting… makes me sick. That’s how easy it is to neglect prisoners. Society really doesn’t care that much… and those that run the prison system know it…. Read more »

Buying testimony to win cases…

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http://m.ocregister.com/articles/cuevas-643108-paredes-informants.html This article details how Police and Prosecutors paid over $70,000 each to two men inside jail in order for them to “snitch” (give information against other prisoners) so that the prosecutors could have enough evidence to get convictions. Does this seem right to you?  “Here, we’ll pay you and give you all this special treatment if you get certain… Read more »