Empathizing with Rapists Instead of Victims

10 Jun


Brock TurnerBrock Turner

Why do we so often empathize with the privileged even when they commit brutal crimes?

Rape is just “20 minutes of action.” And it’s non-violent.

That’s how the father of convicted rapist, Brock Turner, saw it.

Judge Persky was also blinded to the victim’s pain by the predator’s distress. 

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I’m Raising a Kid With Microcephaly. Here’s What the Media Gets Wrong. – The Daily Beast

26 May


In the panic over Zika virus, major media outlets are calling kids with microcephaly ‘misshapen,’ ‘heartbreaking,’ and ‘dystopian.’ The exact opposite of my joyful, funny, vivacious son.

Source: I’m Raising a Kid With Microcephaly. Here’s What the Media Gets Wrong. – The Daily Beast

Quote of the Day: There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear

16 May

The Secular Jurist

“I don’t know what the answer is, but holy cow, do we have a problem.”

– FBI Director James Comey on the statistically reported rise of homicides across the U.S. over the last two years.

From:  ‘We have a problem.’ Homicides are up again this year in more than two dozen major U.S. cities.

Commentary by The Secular Jurist:  Let’s start with what we do know, Mr. Comey.

From Business Insider via MSNThe middle class is vanishing in America’s cities:

Pew’s research shone light on the issue that has contributed to the rise of anxiety throughout the American public…


Pew observed that the decline in the middle class is associated with an overall increase in inequality in the United States, which could lead to somewhat dire consequences for American society.

From The New York Times via MSNIn Empty Homes of Las Vegas, Squatters…

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As Yogi Berra Would Say: “It’s Deja Vu All Over Again”

13 Mar

Will this get worse before it gets better?

Lean Left

Donald Trump decided to hold a rally last night in Chicago.  The venue for his rally was the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Pavilion.  The event was free, but you had to register online before the event to get tickets.

Thousands of people in groups opposed to Trump, mostly students registered and got tickets to the event.  It was estimated that at least 8500 people crammed into the Pavilion for the event.  One reporter said it seemed to her that probably 60% were there to “protest” Trump.

Tensions were running high in the Pavilion.  Finally, about a half-hour after the event was supposed to start, it was cancelled.  A representative of the Trump campaign went to the microphone and announced:

Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in…

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Smash Clintonism: Why Democrats, Not Republicans, are the Problem

7 Feb

Nine times out of ten, or ninety-nine times out of a hundred, electoral politics at the national level these days does more to disable democracy than to enhance it. Sometimes, though, elections can…

Source: Smash Clintonism: Why Democrats, Not Republicans, are the Problem

Centrism, Political Reality, and the Clinton/Sanders feud for the Heart of the Democratic Party

5 Feb

I guess it all depends on what the definition of the word “Progressive” is.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

In yesterday’s editorial on Spain’s inability to form a new government, I wrote the following observation of centrism:

And while the world’s political leaders are acutely aware of the inherent dangers posed by this growing inability to govern, they are dumbfounded on how to correct it.  Part of their difficulty, perhaps a large part, is due to the nature of centrism which is constrained by a narrow set of parameters consistent with maintaining the status quo.  Centrists, in other words, do not think outside-the-box.

Now that populist support for progressive/democratic socialist candidate Bernie Sanders has become evident after the Iowa caucuses and going into the New Hampshire primary, this aspect of centrism is manifesting itself in the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.  She is obviously dismayed that Sanders is seen as a progressive while she is not, even though she apparently seems confused about what a…

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What Will Happen If Republicans Gain Control Of The Government?

31 Dec

We need to make sure it doesn’t happen.

Lean Left

We have spoken a lot about the Republican’s lack of policy in the upcoming elections.  We have talked about their fight against the Voting Rights Bill, their battle to turn women back into second-class citizens, their utter loathing of gays, and their total hate towards all minorities.

But, if you really want to know what America will be like if they gain control of both houses and the White House, you only need look to Flint, MI.

The Republican State Legislature there passed a bill that takes control away from cities, towns, etc., if they are facing budget crises.  They took control away from Detroit, which made several headlines.  Of course, in order to close the crisis in that city, they cut pensions of city government employees.

Apparently, Flint was also in a budget crisis.  As a result, the Governor, Rick Snyder, appointed a “Manager” to run the city.  Remember, these “Managers”…

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