Wednesday December 11, 2013
Archive - 2013
If you want to understand all that is wrong with America's criminal justice system, take a look at the nightmare experienced by Edward Young.
Young, now 43, was convicted of several burglaries as a young man but then resolved that he would turn his life around. Released from prison in 1996, he married, worked six days a week and raised four children in Hixson, Tenn.
President Barack Obama proved himself a great segue artist Friday, as he smoothly glided from his previously unassailable position on the matter of surveillance to his new unassailable position on the matter of surveillance.
There is no moral high ground that he does not seek to occupy. As with drones and gay marriage, he seems peeved that we were insufficiently patient with his own private study of the matter. Why won't the country agree to entrust itself to his fine mind?
Nonwhite Americans are much more likely than white Americans to have a friend of a different race, a new poll finds. As a black American, I find that to be sad but understandable. After all, when you are in the minority, you are easier to avoid, whether people want to avoid you or not.
The poll released by Reuters/Ipsos on Thursday found that about 40 percent of white Americans say they only have white friends. Only 25 percent of nonwhite Americans said they only have friends of their own race.
"Be careful what you wish for," goes the proverb. "You just might get it."
For much of his public life, Barack Obama has been navigating between people who think he is too black and people who think he is not black enough.
Detroit is a symbol of the old economy's decline. It's not just the derelict center; the metropolitan area as a whole lost population between 2000 and 2010, the worst performance among major cities. Atlanta, by contrast, epitomizes the rise of the Sun Belt; it gained more than 1 million people over the same period, roughly matching the performance of Dallas and Houston without the extra boost from oil.
Tell people you live in New York City, and they ask which neighborhood. Tell them you lived in Rome, and they ask how you could ever leave.
Tell them that you lived in Detroit, and they ask, "Why?"
Attorney General Eric Holder has opened what will be an epic battle over whether our country will remain committed to equal rights at the ballot box. In a display of egregious judicial activism in late June, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. Holder made clear last week he intends to fight back.
There's a picture of painted toenails against the background of a cool, blue pool.
A proud dad with a newborn son.
A garage project.
A thick, smoked brisket.
These are all responses by federal workers explaining how they spent their furlough day.