RSSCategory: law and order

The Kirkwood shooter and a challenge to investigative journalists

February 9, 2008 | By | 5 Replies More
The Kirkwood shooter and a challenge to investigative journalists

It’s easy to call Cookie Thorton a madman. No one in his or her right mind would walk into a civilized city council meeting and open fire – we can all agree on that. But by writing this week’s shooting in Kirkwood off as the aberrant act of a crazed mind, we are left coming […]

Share

Read More

What country leads the pack in locking up prisoners?

January 1, 2008 | By | 5 Replies More
What country leads the pack in locking up prisoners?

The United States. Here are some shocking details from Nomi Prins of Alternet: The United States has more inmates and a higher incarceration rate than any other nation: more than Russia, South Africa, Mexico, Iran, India, Australia, Brazil and Canada combined. Nearly 1 in every 136 US residents is in jail or prison. That’s 2.2 […]

Share

Read More

Hope’s Glimmer Dies Again

December 27, 2007 | By | 44 Replies More
Hope’s Glimmer Dies Again

Bhutto is dead. One tries to be understanding, patient, tries to embrace the tolerance so thoroughly rejected by those who condemn out of hand, with no chance for counterargument, the possibility of dialogue.  Comes a point where one has to simply acknowledge that some people, in some places, just don’t share anything in common with […]

Share

Read More

The futility of the “war on drugs”

December 13, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
The futility of the “war on drugs”

If you would like to review the sad details of this lost “war,” visit Rolling Stone’s recent article, “How America Lost the War on Drugs.” Thanks to new research, U.S. policy-makers knew with increasing certainty what would work and what wouldn’t. The tragedy of the War on Drugs is that this knowledge hasn’t been heeded. […]

Share

Read More

The Devil In Memphis

November 28, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
The Devil In Memphis

I received the following from a friend of mine, who sent it to his local paper as well. I’ve asked his permission to post it here, in its entirety. It concerns an issue which, while we may hope represents an unfortunate part of our history long outgrown, still rears its viperous and virulent heads in […]

Share

Read More

Why don’t conservative Christians protest the use of legal mind-altering drugs?

November 3, 2007 | By | 6 Replies More
Why don’t conservative Christians protest the use of legal mind-altering drugs?

I spent some time over at Focus on the Family, a site that teaches God’s own version of morality, to see what they had to say about drug use.  As it turned out, the advice depended on whether the drug was illegal, as though God defers to the U.S. Congress to figure out what drugs […]

Share

Read More