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Faces Without Joy: The Fate of Children — Darien Gap, the March to America

Darien Gap, Panama I write these words beside the Pan Am highway. The highway system stretches from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska. In other words, with my American passport, I can walk to this highway, take a right, to Alaska. But if I take a left, I will quickly reach the end of the road. The end of the road starts the Darien Gap. 60 miles of wild jungle. Mountains. Floods. Mud like peanut butter. Only the best boots can get you through that without sucking right off your feet. Easier is to...
Tags: Florida, Featured, Mexico, America, Colombia, Military, Alaska, Bangladesh, Google Earth, Red Cross, Panama, Haiti, Ghana, Himalaya, Port Au Prince, Tierra del Fuego

SIG Sauer CEO Discusses US Army NGSW Program

Much digital ink has been spilled over the last several years regarding the US Army’s NGSW (Next Generation Squad Weapons) Program. Most of the rifles/carbines and machine guns currently employed by America’s soldiers are not particularly modern, by any stretch. Today’s M4A1 has seen some notable updates and improvements, to be sure, but at its […] Read More … The post SIG Sauer CEO Discusses US Army NGSW Program appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: News, Guns, Defense, America, Companies, Military, Army, US Army, M4, Daily News, Sig Sauer, Rifles, M249 SAW, NGSW, MIL/LE, Next Generation Squad Weapons

Does President Biden have the political juice to make paid family and medical leave a reality?

For the past couple of administrations, it's a presidential rite of passage—unveiling a plan to provide paid family and medical leave to American workers. Last Wednesday night, President Biden released his proposal as part of his $1.8 trillion American Families Plan. What is President Biden proposing? Partial wage replacement for time off to bond with a new child, care for a seriously ill loved one, deal with a loved one’s military deployment, find safety from sexual assault, stalking, or do...
Tags: Law, America, Biden, Jon Hyman

Interesting and critical accounting of Biden Administration's criminal justice work over first 100 days

This new lengthy Law360 piece, headlined "Biden Falls Short On Criminal Justice Reform In First 100 Days," provides a fittingly critical review of the Biden Administration's criminal justice work over its first 100 days in office.  I recommend the piece in full, and here are some highlights (along with an interesting graphic): President Joe Biden made a slew of campaign promises on the criminal justice reform front that he has made little progress on in his first 100 days in office, disappointi...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, America, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Rahman, Jacobs, U S Department of Health and Human Services, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Vera Institute of Justice, Jen Psaki, Psaki

The QAnon insurrectionist who filmed himself begging to be shot and inciting rioters to storm the Capitol told the FBI he was only there as a 'journalist'

Andrew Jackson Morgan Jr. records himself during the insurrection on January 6, 2021. Political Trance Tribune Andrew Jackson Morgan Jr. claimed to be at the insurrection as a civil rights auditor and journalist. Several now-deleted recordings show him encouraging the pro-Trump mob to storm the Capitol. An Insider investigation reveals that he was motivated by far-right, conspiratorial beliefs. See more stories on Insider's business page. Wearing his trademark Harley Davidson beanie an...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Texas, Media, Law, Youtube, Washington, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Fbi, Austin, Washington Dc, News UK, Michigan

America’s prison catastrophe: Can we undo it?

The United States is the world's largest prison warden. As of June 2020, America had the highest prisoner rate, with 655 prisoners per 100,000 of the national population. But according to experts, doing something the most doesn't mean doing it the best.The system is a failure both economically and in terms of the way inmates are treated, with many equating it to legal slavery. American prisons en masse are expensive, brutal, and ineffective, so why aren't we trying better alternatives? And what ...
Tags: Politics, Crime, Prison, Law, America, Policy, United States, Innovation, Inequality, Criminal Justice, Justice System, Social Change, Peterson, Echols, Marie Gottschalk, Shaka Senghor

Panama: Jaguar Hunting — while others Hunt Migrants— literally

Darien Jungle, Panama Unedited Mind-dump This morning, after Embera Indian with Quapi Baby, and logging truck accident, we came across a peccary baby in the jungle road. Peccary baby ran off into jungle. I asked if peccary are dangerous here. Embera guide told me that in some places, like South America, peccary eat people and people eat peccary, but here it’s mostly people eat peccary. About 10 days ago, in another Embera village, I saw a man with a baby peccary following him around...
Tags: Florida, Featured, Mexico, US, America, Colombia, Military, Jaguar, South America, Laos, Panama, Darien, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Darien Gap, Baby Quapi

Prez Biden gets timely reminder that criminal justice reform presents unique bipartisan opportunity

I complained in this post that Prez Biden did not have all that much to say about criminal justice issues in his lengthy speech to Congress this week. But I now see from a number of news reports that criminal justice reform got some brief, but especially notable, bipartisan attention after the speech.  This Washington Post piece, headlined "GOP lawmaker who voted to overturn Biden’s election win wants to help him on criminal justice reform," provides these details: Moments after President Biden...
Tags: Texas, Law, Congress, White House, China, America, Joe Biden, Gop, House, Houston, Biden, The Washington Post, Trump, Texas Tribune, Texas Monthly, Gribble

Cornered by a direct question, Kamala Harris says "I don’t think America is a racist country."

But you have to hear her say it, so click through to "Kamala Harris: ‘I Don’t Think America is a Racist Country’ BUT…" (Mediaite).As the "BUT" in the headline indicates, she moves on as quickly as possible to what amounts to an assertion that America is a racist country: "But we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country, and its existence today." I'm sure there's a way to make a distinction to save her from the charge of incoherence. The term "racist country" can be ...
Tags: Law, America, Kamala Harris, Scott, HARRIS, Tim Scott, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Think America

I didn't watch Biden's speech last night.

I see — — that he made "costly proposals" that "amount to a risky gamble that a country polarized along ideological and cultural lines is ready for a more activist government." Was that something America voted for last autumn? Obviously, not. It doesn't seem fair to spring this on us now. Invoking the legacy of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mr. Biden unveiled a $1.8 trillion social spending plan to accompany previous proposals to build roads and bridges, expand other social programs and combat cli...
Tags: Utah, Law, Democracy, Elizabeth Warren, America, Mitt Romney, Biden, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Democratic Party, Bernie, Roosevelt, Franklin D Roosevelt, Romney, Lyndon B Johnson, Ann Althouse

What's the "boyfriend loophole"?

In his big last night, Biden proposed legislation to "close the boyfriend loophole to keep guns out of the hands of abusers." I'd never noticed the phrase before, and I can't understand it from the context. He was talking about amending the Violence Against Women Act, and he added: The court order said this is an abuser, you can’t own a gun. It’s to close that loophole that exists. You know it is estimated that 50 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner every month in America, 50 a m...
Tags: Murder, Guns, Law, Wikipedia, America, Biden, Ann Althouse, Biden rhetoric

Video shows NRA's Wayne LaPierre shooting but failing to kill an elephant for NRA-sponsored TV show that never aired

In this April 26, 2019, file photo, Nation Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre speaks at the association's Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File A newly released video shows NRA head LaPierre shooting an endangered elephant on a 2013 hunting trip. LaPierre repeatedly fails to kill the animal from close range; his guide eventually makes the kill. LaPierre's wife, Susan, kills anothe...
Tags: Politics, Science, US, America, Trends, Indianapolis, Elephants, Earth, Hunting, Botswana, Trace, Nra, Okavango Delta, Susan, National Rifle Association, Wayne Lapierre

"Have you read a less sincere 'apology' than that uttered by Madison WI public schools for its Whites Only and Blacks Only policy?"

Asks David Blaska. “This message did not convey our intention in a manner that supports our core values. Our wording in the communication we sent lacked clarity,” said Madison West high school principal Karen Boran. (More here.) No, your wording was very clear, madame principal. What’s more, it perfectly conveyed your core values — troubling though they be. You segregated by race school-sponsored discussions of “all the police brutality and violence that is going on in our country and or [sic] ...
Tags: Law, Police, America, Madison, Columbus OH, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Madison WI, David Blaska, Derek Chauvin, Madison West, WI Institute for Law Liberty

Why would a company wait a year to implement an anti-harassment program?

McDonald's has lots of secrets. What's in its sauce? What part of the chicken do the McNuggets come from? How come every time I crave a cone the soft-serve machine is out of order? Why do their soft drinks taste better than anyone else's?Something that's not a secret, however, is that McDonald's has a serious sexual harassment problem. From CBS News:Young women from across the country with remarkably similar accounts of workplace abuse and harassment at one of America's largest, most iconic fa...
Tags: Law, Cbs News, America, Abc News, McDonald, McDonald 's, Jon Hyman, Kempczinski, Chris Kempczinski, Anibal, Erik Mclean, Kat Barber, Jamelia Fairley, Emily Anibal First, Kimberly Lawson, Lawson Fairley Barber

Roddy Sanchez: Coolest “Migrant” I’ve met, but he’s just doing a Walk-about

Panama Quick mind-dump, sans edit I mentioned Roddy a several days ago after finding in a tiny village that you will have difficulty finding on Google Earth. The village is Bajo Chiquito, in Darien Province, Panama. I am still with Embera Indians even in Panama City and we are about to meet in Starbucks. Cannot make up this stuff. We were just together in remote Darien Province in the Darien Gap — a very dangerous place, getting trucks stuck in mud, deep in jungle, going up stream in dug...
Tags: Google, Featured, Mexico, America, Military, Starbucks, Francisco, Panama, Panama City, Roddy, Darien, Said, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Darien Gap, Darien Province Panama

Six people were killed by police in the 24 hours after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder

Police officers on October 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder on Tuesday. In the 24 hours afterward, police across America fatally shot six people. Chauvin was convicted over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man. See more stories on Insider's business page. In the 24 hours after a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murder, at least six people died a...
Tags: Law, Minneapolis, Washington, Boston, America, Trends, Ap, Associated Press, San Antonio, Police abuse, Floyd, Andrew Brown, KTLA, Worcester Massachusetts, Escondido California, ELIZABETH CITY NORTH CAROLINA

"This is a surreal depiction in which racism is concentrated everywhere. Everyone manifests racism, but then also a vulnerable human side."

"The characters' stories were nicely, complexly interwoven. I liked it — even when it skewed melodramatic. I liked that you were kept on your toes about which characters to love or hate, to respect or revile."That's something I blogged in February 2006, after watching the movie "Crash," which had just been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. The movie went on to win that Oscar, a fact I'm contemplating this morning because I'm reading "The Oscars always get it wrong. Here are the real best pic...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Law, La, US, America, Oscar, Oscars, Homophobia, Brokeback Mountain, Racists, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Race And Pop Culture, Washington Post Here, Temüjin

Crypto Hypocrisy

We should not expect corporate America, even those with a 'green' ethos, to manage their addiction to speculative finance.
Tags: Law, Finance, America, Bitcoin, Biglaw, Cryptocurrency, Mandeep S. Minhas

Important Frag report from Panama

Darien Province, Panama THIS IS NOT EDITED — and been a long four days, so please excuse any wordiness or errors. (I don’t like wordy writing, or errors...but it’s either edit or sleep and we going to another migrant camp tomorrow early.) Been a very long four days and just got back to “civilization.” Covered in mud and no river around here to jump in. Embera Indians jump in the rivers several times per day and stay clean. Water clear. I just spent four days with Embera Indians. Am very ...
Tags: Featured, Youtube, Mexico, France, Oregon, India, America, Colombia, Military, Un, Cbs, Red Cross, John, Ecuador, Francisco, Panama


Fifty-some years ago, as young boy in the 1960’s, I thought real change was taking place in our country. That the discrimination and hate versus black people was coming to an end with the protests across this country – protests taking place at or near the same time as protests against the Viet Nam war. Watching Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy getting killed in the fight for change – to bring an end to racism, I could not have imagined that in 2021 (akin to 1910 if I was looking back...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, America, Biden, Martin Luther King, Joe, Bobby Kennedy, George Floyd

Parsons on the Instrumental and the Expressive

If we are right in thinking that special pressures operate on the younger generation relative to the general pressures generated by social change, on the other side of the relationship there are factors which make for special sensitivities on their part. The residua of early dependency, as pointed out above, constitute one such factor. In addition, the impact on youth of the general process of social differentiation makes for greater differences between their position and that of children, on th...
Tags: Youth, America, Society, Jazz, Academia, Expression, Parsons, Stefan Kac, Elitism, Riesman, Parsons (Talcott, Talcott Parsons Youth, Kluckhohn, Winston White

New report highlights need for improved criminal justice data and means thereto

I was very pleased to see that Arnold Ventures has produced focused on the need for, and means to, better criminal justice data infrastructure. At this webpage, Stuart Buck describes the effort this way: One of the most notorious process problems with America’s criminal justice system is the lack of data. For an institution charged with administering justice and responsible for decisions that profoundly impact people’s lives, it is frighteningly antiquated when it comes to collecting and anal...
Tags: Law, America, Biden, Harvard Kennedy School, Douglas A Berman, Arnold Ventures, Jane Wiseman

Mike Lindell's company, MyPillow, is suing Dominion for $1.6 billion

Mike Lindell with then-President Donald Trump at the White House in March 2020. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Mike Lindell's company, MyPillow, is suing Dominion for $1.6 billion. Dominion had filed a $1.3 billion lawsuit against Lindell over his voter-fraud conspiracy theories. See more stories on Insider's business page. MyPillow is suing Dominion Voting Systems for $1.6 billion, the pillow company's CEO Mike Lindell announced Monday.The suit appears to be a counterattack ...
Tags: Politics, Minnesota, Law, Washington Post, White House, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, Retail, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Sam, Costco, Wall Street Journal, Rudy Giuliani

Mike Lindell says his company MyPillow is suing Dominion for $1.6 billion

Mike Lindell with then-President Donald Trump at the White House in March 2020. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Mike Lindell said his company MyPillow is suing Dominion for $1.6 billion. Dominion had filed an earlier $1.3 billion lawsuit against Lindell over his voter-fraud conspiracy theories. See more stories on Insider's business page. MyPillow is suing Dominion Voting Systems for $1.6 billion, its CEO Mike Lindell said Monday.The suit appears to be a counterattack after Dominion f...
Tags: Politics, Minnesota, Law, White House, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, Gop, Retail, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Sam, Costco, Wall Street Journal, Rudy Giuliani

April 2021: As I predicted in writing many times

Unedited mind dump It’s mid-April and violence is picking up in United States. As I predicted many times long back. Often I wrote these things right here on Patreon, or said during interviews. Of course I cannot tell the future, but I have spent enough time in and studying wars that my estimations are far more likely to become true than not. Who else, anywhere, predicted far in advance that April 2021 would likely see significant change in the character of unrest? I don’t know of anyone. ...
Tags: Japan, Featured, Iraq, America, Afghanistan, Military, United States, Francisco, Diane, Sambu, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Iraq Afghanistan Thailand Hong Kong

"I cannot tolerate a school that not only judges my daughter by the color of her skin, but encourages and instructs her to prejudge others by theirs."

"By viewing every element of education, every aspect of history, and every facet of society through the lens of skin color and race, we are desecrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and utterly violating the movement for which such civil rights leaders believed, fought, and died. I object to the charge of systemic racism in this country, and at our school.... Furthermore, I call bullshit on Brearley's oft-stated assertion that the school welcomes and encourages the truly difficult ...
Tags: New York, Law, America, Christianity, Sydney, Manhattan, Naacp, Martin Luther King Jr, Chris, JAMA, Presbyterian Church USA, Brearley, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Gutmann, Bari Weiss

"Azaria, who is White..."

Is he?I'm trying to read the WaPo article, "Hank Azaria apologizes for playing Apu on ‘The Simpsons’ for three decades." I've already blogged about this apology, so I'm not rehashing that. I just want to focus on the unsupported assertion that Azaria "is White." If Azaria is White, maybe Apu is also White. The question whether people from India are white has been litigated in the United States. From Wikipedia's article "Racial classification of Indian Americans":  Throughout much of the early 2...
Tags: Supreme Court, Greece, Law, Wikipedia, India, New York City, Immigration, US, America, Spain, United States, Aclu, Queens, Jack, The Simpsons, White

"Mr. Jacobs’s parody of the Great American Songbook prompted Irving Berlin and a group of song publishers representing the work of Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein and others to sue..."

"... Mad’s parent company, E.C. Publications, for copyright infringement. At issue was 'Sing Along With Mad,' a pullout section published in 1961 that consisted entirely of song parodies by Mr. Jacobs and Larry Siegel. Among them were 'Louella Schwartz Describes Her Malady' (a lampoon of Berlin’s 'A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody') and 'The First Time I Saw Maris' (a spoof of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s 'The Last Time I Saw Paris'), about the commercialization of the Yankee slugger Ro...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Berlin, Poetry, America, Copyright, Paris, Jfk, Mad magazine, Craig, Gavin Newsom, Kay, Jacobs, Hammerstein, Ethel Rosenberg, Yankee

"Long Road to Nowhere: How Southern States Struggle with Long-Term Incarceration"

The title of this post is the title of this recent report from Southern Poverty Law Center.  I just noticed the report because it was recently made available here via SSRN, where one finds this abstract: The Deep South is the epicenter of mass incarceration.  The United States incarcerates more people per capita than any other country, with prison populations growing by 86% between 1990 and 2019.  For Southern states, prison populations exploded by 127% during that same period.  During this tim...
Tags: Florida, Law, Alabama, America, United States, Louisiana, South, Southern Poverty Law Center, Long Road, Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, Alabama Florida, Douglas A Berman, SSRN

The Geek in Review Ep 113 – Bob Taylor, Valerie Dickerson, and Mark Ross on Deloitte Legal Business Services

After 25 years at Liberty Mutual, Bob Taylor began his new adventure in legal services when he joined Deloitte’s Legal Business Services (LBS) as the Managing Director a few weeks ago. His in-house experience and desire to help create innovative and creative ways of providing legal business services make him a perfect fit to join his new colleagues, Valerie Dickerson , Legal Business Services Partner at Deloitte Tax LLP in Washington, DC, and Mark Ross , Principal at Deloitte Legal...
Tags: Apple, Podcast, Law, Washington, La, Uncategorized, US, America, Los Angeles, Karen, United States, Tottenham Hotspur, Washington Dc, House, Spurs, Newcastle

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