Category Archives: President Obama

I’m Voting YES to End the Death Penalty in California (After Years of Supporting It)

“As of October 2015, we have executed over 1,414 individuals in this country since 1976. 156 individuals have been exonerated from death row – that is, found to be innocent and released – since 1973.  In other words, for every 10 people who have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in the U.S., one person has been set… Read more »

Wrongful Convictions on Instagram

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We’ve started a new Instagram profile that focuses on raising awareness on the issue of wrongful convictions.  You can find and follow here: Wrongful Convictions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/wrongful_convictions/ In addition to this new Instagram page, we wanted to share with you some of the podcasts we’ve been listening to lately.  These are truly excellent podcasts and have provided hours of… Read more »

Thoughts Near the Donald Trump OC Rally – 4/28/16

So, Tezi and I just made it back to her place after being stuck in the snail’s-pace traffic surrounding the Donald Trump rally which took place within walking distance from Tezi’s home. Even as I type this, we can still hear the helicopters in the air, and what sounds like dozens of more police cars heading to the rally vicinity where… Read more »

The Big Short (The Book The Movie is Based On) by Michael Lewis (Reviewed)

After seeing the theatrical version twice I decided to read Michael Lewis’ superb non-fiction account of governmental/and/corporate greed run-amok that just nearly devastated our national economy back in 2007/2008.  After reading the book, I saw the movie another two times- hey, it’s been playing at the $3 theater for a couple weeks, so it’s been easy! Having read The Big… Read more »

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice (Reviewed)

Another important read in the all-too-real world of wrongful conviction. Benforado takes an approach that I haven’t come across yet. He spends a lot of time bringing forward psychological studies and applies them to our criminal justice system. The science behind why our system fails us so often is very closely tied to our human tendency to believe with full… Read more »

Too Big To Fail – Or: Our Government Failed Us Big

An excellent read. I’m curious now to somehow watch the HBO documentary that was made (with the same author?). I felt that the author of this book, though comprehensive in his detail, too often gave an apologetic and even rationalizing explanation as to the motives and intentions of the primary actors in the catastrophic events and decisions that took place…. 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 »

To this world, I refuse…

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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 »

Response of first resort…

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Imprisonment has become the response of first resort to far too many of the social problems that burden people who are ensconced in poverty. These problems often are veiled by being conveniently grouped together under the category “crime” and by the automatic attribution of criminal behavior to people of color. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only… Read more »