It is time to stop bouncing people who are mentally ill and genuinely sick between the streets and our jails. This is an unconscionable waste of human life and money.
L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, on a new alternative sentencing program
aimed at diverting mentally ill, low-level offenders from jail into treatment. The program will offer transitional housing, medical treatment and job-hunting help. (via latimes
Any way in which baseball resembles Big Ten football is bad for the game, and in this way most of all.
I would prefer more educated voters than a greater increase in the number of voters.
Georgia state Sen. Fran Millar
complaining about DeKalb County’s decision to open early voting on a Sunday in an area “dominated by African American shoppers.” via Think Progress
Moskowitz and Families for Excellent Schools went instantly into overdrive. The advocacy group produced a television and newspaper ad blitz that appealed to the heart, not the head, telling of kids robbed of their “dreams and their hopes.” While the ads saturated the city, Moskowitz again shut her academies, this time for an entire day in early March. In a bombardment of emails, she instructed parents that they and their children should board buses, rented by Families for Excellent Schools, that would take them to Albany to rescue the network and defend educational excellence. If the parents couldn’t or didn’t want to take part, the emails stated, no alternate arrangements would be made for their kids; the parents would have to find child care. The advocacy group mobilized families from various charter networks, its organizers calling and calling their contacts to make sure that the buses would be filled despite frigid temperatures and high snowbanks from a recent storm.
Forget about the whole nickname debate. Dan Snyder is never going to change the nickname, because fighting against the dirty liberal media is the only way that sad, lonely man will ever be able to make friends. The only way he renames the team is if he gets a new stadium in exchange, because it’s just like Dan Snyder to defend his integrity and then offer it as a bargaining chip. The thing is that it’s not just the name Redskins that is offensive—it is the REDSKINS who are offensive. They are a venal, nauseating organization. Trotting out senile code-talkers and fake chiefs, forcing announcers to pimp Redskins Facts during game broadcasts, suing season ticket holders, suing newspapers, booting up the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation—which serves as its own form of satire—these are all symptoms of a company that is offensive on some level deeper than that of a stupid fucking nickname. They are the scum of the fucking Earth.