We’ll be covering crime and punishment in several podcasts, future ones with guests. Today, we started with our views on how to deal with convicted criminals, on why America has such a huge proportion of its populace in jails, and what the alternatives are. Then we jumped to the casino debate again, this time with some added context – such as the fact that when there’s a casino within 50 miles of a home, addiction to gambling literally doubles, according to a report commissioned by the US Congress. Also, all three hosts were annoyed that Speaker DiMasi hasn’t offered any enticing alternatives to casino revenue to help diffuse whatever arguments pro-casino people have at their disposal. Finally, we touched on the United Auto Worker’s strike at GM autoplants and what it all means for the grand scheme of things.
Posts of the Week
Mike thought he was through with Larry Craig, before stumbling on a great analytical series. Over at Ridenbaugh Press, Randy Stapilus is running a four part series — one here, two here, three here and four in the works. He details the implications for Craig and other politicians of situations where they have misdemeanor convictions. He also explains how the ACLU blew its amicus brief. This series is solid journalism.
Lynne’s Blog of the Week is on a new favorite kid on the block she found, Feministe. It focuses on all sorts of women’s issues and features top-notch writing and analysis. There are all sorts of great articles on Feministe, ranging from racial issues to media critiques. Give it a whirl.
Ryan’s Blog of the Week can be found at FireDogLake. It focuses on Dan Rather’s lawsuit against CBS and how, contrary to popular conception, not all of Rather’s points regarding Bush’s service regard during Vietnam were ever answered. The questions are still relevant, not because Bush may or may not have abused the system in the 1970s, but because he’s still lying about them today.