Friday, July 3, 2015

Arne Carlson: "You name me any person who's been successful and I'll name you a person who was the recipient of an invisible hand that came down and helped them. We're all blessed in a sense that we had help in getting where we are. We owe. We just owe. And we should pay it back."

"I think government has to realize it's in the business of humanity," he says. "I think it has a tremendous obligation to help people help themselves and help them succeed. That's why the stadium thing is offensive. It's not offensive because we built the stadium. It's offensive because through incompetence the wrong person became enriched and the wrong people are paying for it. You can't have money constantly override everything else and that's what's happening to us."

Check out this excellent profile of Arne Carlson in City Pages.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"Our U.S. Constitution does not allow us to lock up people, no matter what they did in the past, based on the speculation that they might do bad things in the future"

From Don Betzold, a civil commitment defense attorney and former member of the Minnesota Senate, writing on the Minnesota Sex Offender Program:

As Judge Frank observed, some sex offenders are very dangerous, and society should be protected from them. But a number of those committed as sex offenders are not now dangerous at all. Some of them are old men in wheelchairs or on walkers.

The state doesn’t know who is really dangerous and who isn’t. As a result, almost everyone remains locked up.

The rest is in The Star Tribune.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath

From the Rock Hill Herald, reporting on Bree Newsome's attempt to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds:

Previously, the most infamous assault on the flag came in 2002, when Emmett Eddy Jr., known as “the Rev. E. Slave,” set fire to it.

Eddy, wearing a black Santa Claus suit, climbed over the iron fence around the Confederate Soldier monument, set a ladder next to the flagpole and climbed up to ignite the banner before police surrounded him.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Anethesiologist to sedated patient: “Well, why are you looking then, retard?”

Ever wonder what doctors say about you in the operating room after you've been sedated?

You might want to hit "record" on your cellphone before you go under. Just saying.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Yet another jaw-dropping moment in South Carolina

South Carolina State Senator Paul Thurmond -- son of Dixiecrat race-baiter Strom Thurmond -- is calling for the Confederate flag to come down.

From The Post and Courier:

“For the life of me, I will never understand how anyone could fight a civil war based in part on the desire to continue the practice of slavery,” Thurmond said.

“Think about it for just a second. Our ancestors were literally fighting to continue to keep human beings as slaves, and continue the unimaginable acts that occur when someone is held against their will. I am not proud of that heritage.”

Read the story here.