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#148521 - 05/01/10 03:47 PM Conjuring musings out of grief
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Conjuring musings out of grief
By Hal Brown

Regular readers know my wife of 40 years died in January and that I am struggling to write again. All I can come up with these days is some fragments of thoughts on the news, so here goes. First, watching Rachel Madow trying to pin down a supporter of the Arizona immigration law on the blatant racism of members of his organization it occurred to me she missed a logical, unassailable argument against the cherished bigot’s belief that Latinos are stupid and will dummy down the average IQ because they are prolific breeders.

If you haven’t heard there is a just below the surface movement to assure that the United States is always dominated by so-called European- Americans, i.e. those white people who have proved how smart they are by using contraception to keep their families small. There is also the belief that goes robe and hood with this that because Latinos, particularly those hailing from Mexico, are working class, they are also lacking in intelligence.

You don’t have to go far back in our history to look at many other immigrant groups who came from the working class, farmers, shop keepers, laborers, even prisoners, and who had large families, and welcomed by the promise of the Statue of Liberty they came in great waves and they made America great.

Now to oil spills. I just read that there’s breaking news of another offshore oil rig overturning in the Gulf of Mexico’s coast U.S. waters. While this one apparently isn’t leaking President Obama has temporarily suspected new offshore oil drilling projects.According to Sam Stein (Huffington Post) Senator Bill Nelson (D, FL) says any bill that includes offshore drilling is “dead on arrival” in the Senate.

So, Sarah Palin groupies, what ever happened to “drill baby drill”?  I’m not the first to suggest that a better saying would be “spill, baby, spill”, in fact it seems to be all over the media. So to stretch my rhyming ability I’d say to all those who propose simple solutions to complex problems like the energy crisis, I’d say swill, baby, swill.

In the “ain’t there no justice in the world” department, here’s a  New York Times story you may have missed. While there are rumblings that the Justice Department may actually bring criminal charges (you know, the kind that sent Bernie Madoff to prison) against corporate bigwigs in the financial industry, pity the former acting boss of the Luchese Mafia crime family.

Poor “Little Joe” DeFede did five years in prison and is now scraping by on an annual income for him and his wife of only $30,000 a year.

Does anyone believe any of this latest batch of financial criminals will suffer the fate of Madoff or Defede?


#148532 - 05/01/10 05:17 PM Re: Conjuring musings out of grief [Re: SkyHawk]
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The Chinese have an expression, "Kill a chicken to scare the monkeys."

Stalin had his Show Trials, and in the Thirties a few "Malefactors of Great Wealth" from Wall Street were tried and sent to prison in order to assuage popular anger.

I am sure, this time around, a few more Economic Criminals will go to jail. No big deal. Business as usual.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools -- Herbert Spencer

#148551 - 05/01/10 07:33 PM Re: Conjuring musings out of grief [Re: numan]
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Not that I disagree with the concept.... but I also think that we should be clear on why we intend to send people to jail.

Is it justice that we seek?
Is it a warning to prevent future similar actions?
Or we are really pixed off and someone has to pay in order to satisfy our need for retribution?
"It's not a lie if you believe it." -- George Costanza
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves. --Bertrand Russel

#148556 - 05/01/10 08:41 PM Re: Conjuring musings out of grief [Re: Ardy]
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Is it justice that we seek?
Is it a warning to prevent future similar actions?
Or we are really pixed off and someone has to pay in order to satisfy our need for retribution?

All three, I'd say, but emphasis on #2, especially when it involves a culture of greed, that now has grown with the movement of the young and newly graduated cream of the crop, going into the field of finance because it's the measure of success.


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