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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Private Prisons Threaten Us All


We have written here before about the dangers of private prisons. Two years ago, Pennsylvania juvenile judges were caught taking bribes to fill up private prisons in that state (See Raygun Style Free Market Justice). In that case, hundreds of innocent kids got the maximum sentence as the prison system paid out millions to the […]

Can’t Say They Never Warned Us


Phelps II: Freedom From Religion?


I suspect that the Christofascists who have been telling us about how we enjoy a right to “freedom of religion, not freedom from religion” must be watching Snyder v. Phelps very closely. If there is an absolute right to the expression of “rhetorical hyperbole” is anyone safe from religious fanatics attending your funerals, weddings… camping […]

The Phelps Gang and the First Amendment


I don’t believe the First Amendment forgives intentional tort against private citizens, and I think the Supremes are going to come to that very conclusion in the case of Snyder v. Phelps. Good on em I say. Here are the facts of this case. Matthew Snyder, a U.S. Marine, was killed in action in Iraq. […]

The Assassination of Dr. Tiller


If you haven’t seen it, you’ve got to see Rachel Maddow’s hour-long look at the murder of Dr. George Tiller in May 2009. There are several aspects to this special that makes it especially worth viewing. The first part of “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller” that makes it such important viewing is the snippets of […]

It Is Despicable. It Is Despicable.


High five to this reasonably pissed-off guy, confronting abortion protestors.

Student Lones


By the way, the Washington Post article I linked to in the last post contains a incredibly good point made by the former President, an accomplishment of these Democrats that they should by shouting from the rooftops, but that they just aren’t talking about one bit: They reformed student loans. Clinton reserves time near the […]

George W. Bush and I Are Very Different People


Former President George W. Bush signaled on Thursday that he sees not reforming Social Security as his greatest failure from the eight years he served in the White House, the Chicago Tribune reports. In 2005, the president unsuccessfully tried to partially privatize Social Security. So in 2008, having our Social Security money in the stock […]

Who Has Put This Pubic Hair On My Blog?


Here’s one thing that’s got to be noted, I think, regarding the recent dust-up between Gin Thomas and Anita Hill. As you will recall, the wife of U.S. Justice and Alleged Porn Freak Clarence Thomas called Anita Hill and asked her this, as quoted in a previous post here at KIAV: Good morning, Anita Hill, […]

Public Broad Casting


Public broadcasting. This is one of those issues on which mine very own Papa Bonk used to opine and I’d sort of squint at him and go “HUH?” Because PB has argued for years that federal support for public broadcasting should be yanked. And, as of recently—even though that is the entity that taught me […]