Category Archives: National Defense

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 »

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 »

Patriotism at sunset…

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Let’s Fix a Justice System That Isn’t Working

An abuse of human rights here in the U.S. | The Press Democrat

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20131115/mct/131119771#page=1 Four out of five are black or Hispanic. Virtually all are poor. Many had dismal legal counsel. Some were convicted of crimes committed when they were juveniles or very young adults. These people are victims of the United States’ disastrous experiment in mass incarceration. From the 1930s through the early 1970s, we incarcerated people at a steady rate. Since… Read more »

Anyone who doubts…

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“anyone who doubts the existence of such wrongful convictions should remember what it took to save Earl Washington from such a fate.   He was freed not because of a system designed to excise error, but in spite of one committed to affirming its own judgments.” – Margaret Edds (editor of the Virginian Pilot) Earl Washington spent more than 15 years… Read more »

Happening far too often…

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My next non-fiction read

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One thing that has amazed me in the area of wrongful convictions is that just when I think I have read all the contemporary books on the topic I find another.   And that is encouraging.

Even if we find [he] is actually innocent?

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Even if we find Mr. Amrine is actually innocent,  he should be executed? … The attorney general responded, “that’s correct, your honor.” This is your legal system, America.