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"This Fourth of July holiday is one of the most humbling in our history."

"Even at the height of world wars or the Great Depression, America inspired. But, today, the United States is destroying the moral authority it once had. There will still be fireworks. And the Statue of Liberty still towers over New York Harbor. But it is harder today to convince others that Americans embrace—or practice—the ideals that Lady Liberty represents."Says Robin Wright in "To the World, We’re Now America the Racist and Pitiful" (The New Yorker).I'm surprised to encounter reverence for ...
Tags: Law, America, History, United States, Slavery, Robin Wright, Wright, WaPo, New York Harbor, Frederick Douglass, Douglass, Festivities, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Jonathan Lande

When Biden introduced a bill to make it a crime to burn the American flag.

It was back in 1989, right after the Supreme Court had held that it violated the First Amendment to make it a crime to burn the flag to express a political opinion. Look at the gravity and sincerity (or did I see a smirk?). [WaPo's code to embed the clip did not work, and I haven't found a substitute.]"Symbols are important... We have a symbol, unlike the court’s inability to recognize it, a symbol that is needed to unite this nation, this diverse nation, a symbol is the flag."And if that statut...
Tags: Protest, Supreme Court, Law, Republicans, Congress, Washington, Senate, America, Joe Biden, United States, Biden, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Flags, Trump, Patriotism

As July starts, "Total Federal Inmates" as reported by BOP, down to 160,690

On the cusp of a (long) weekend when we celebrate American freedom, it seems fitting that America's federal government is still experiencing a declining population of persons being deprived of freedom through its prison system.  Specifically, today's check on the federal Bureau of Prisons' updated "Total Federal Inmates" shows a continuation of historic declines: in a prior post here, I detailed that, according to BOP's reporting, most weeks through April the federal prison population shrunk aro...
Tags: Law, America, Bop, Douglas A Berman, COVID, Total Federal Inmates, Bureau of Prisons updated Total Federal Inmates, BOP accounting of Total Federal Inmates

A primer for new, local police-reform advocates in Texas

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,  committed, citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  - Margaret Mead On the Reasonably Suspicious podcast this week, the Austin Justice Coalition's Chas Moore and I talked about the recent wave of Black Lives Matter protests across Texas, including in small towns and parts of the state without a significant history of civil-rights activism. In particular, we discussed how local reformers in smaller jurisd...
Tags: Texas, Minnesota, Supreme Court, Law, America, United States, San Antonio, Don, Marshall Project, Texas Legislature, Margaret Mead, Rushin, Gritsforbreakfast, Stephen Rushin, Public Information Office, Susan Chira

Was Prez Trump's real political mistake not going bigger on criminal justice reform?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by this Axios piece headlined "Scoop: Trump regrets Kushner advice."  Here are some excerpts: President Trump has told people in recent days that he regrets following some of son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner's political advice — including supporting criminal justice reform — and will stick closer to his own instincts, three people with direct knowledge of the president's thinking tell Axios. Behind the scenes: One person who spoke wi...
Tags: Law, Minneapolis, White House, America, Joe Biden, Jared, Trump, Kushner, Douglas A Berman, Kayleigh McEnany, Prez Trump, Jared Kushner, George Floyd

We Don’t Need Old Monuments To Great Killers, Would Be Better Off With Statues Of Great Visionaries

What makes America unique is its ideals.
Tags: Law, America, Racism, Statues, Jonathan Wolf

"Sen. Rand Paul doesn’t much care what Anthony Fauci has to say. The Kentucky Republican gets his public health advice from Friedrich Hayek."

"Hayek, the Austrian-born economist and libertarian hero, died in 1992. But Paul, an ophthalmologist before he took up politics, still takes medical guidance from the 20th-century philosopher. 'Hayek had it right!' Paul proclaimed at Tuesday’s Senate health committee hearing on the coronavirus pandemic. 'Only decentralized power and decision-making based on millions of individualized situations can arrive at what risks and behaviors each individual should choose.' Paul focused his wrath on Fauci...
Tags: Psychology, Europe, Law, Kentucky, Senate, America, Optimism, Rand Paul, Anthony Fauci, Politics And Science, PAUL, Hayek, Fauci, Milbank, Dana Milbank, Friedrich Hayek

"This is the moment for a Rooseveltian approach to the U.K. The country has gone through a profound shock. But in those moments, you have the opportunity to change, and to do things better."

Said Boris Johnson, quoted in "A Surprising Role Model Emerges for Boris Johnson: F.D.R./The British prime minister, trying to regroup in the coronavirus pandemic, wants to bury Thatcherism and embark on a program of ambitious public works" (NYT).Mr. Johnson is a Conservative populist who ran on a platform of pulling Britain out of the European Union and had, until now, modeled himself on Roosevelt’s wartime ally, Winston Churchill....One of [Johnson's] closest advisers, Michael Gove, recently [...
Tags: Europe, UK, Law, America, European Union, Metaphor, Britain, Sculpture, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Fdr, Brexit, Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Franklin D Roosevelt

"I would love to know how to be more American, but I can't find any books or courses on the subject."

A question for the WaPo advice columnist:My family and I came to America from the Soviet Union when I was a teenager. We became citizens. I got educated here and own a successful business. I write well and speak correctly, with almost no accent. I feel like I am an American.I love America and try to learn new things every day, but I feel like something is missing in me.Since I was born and spent my formative years in a communist country (truly like another planet, compared to the USA), my "autop...
Tags: Usa, Law, Russia, Immigration, America, United States, Dolly Parton, St Petersburg, Vladimir Lenin, Accents, Amy, Soviet Union, Leningrad, Queens New York, Amy Dickinson, Gary Shteyngart

The Big Lawbowski — See Also

Let's make all of these quotes, shall we? Yeah, Waving The F**king Gun Around?: St. Louis attorneys break out heavy artillery to chat with protesters. She Thought She Was Getting Million Dollars!: Biglaw partners want people to remember to bill more. Um, Listen Maude... I Got To, Uh, Tender My Resignation Or Whatever: Chief of Central District of California steps back after insensitive remarks. So, Racially He's Pretty Cool: ASSLaw's white conservatives are quite offended that law students t...
Tags: Law, America, St Louis, Central District of California, See Also

"Have the people hyping this impressively crazy book [White Fragility] actually read it?"

"[Robin] DiAngelo isn’t the first person to make a buck pushing tricked-up pseudo-intellectual horseshit as corporate wisdom, but she might be the first to do it selling Hitlerian race theory. White Fragility has a simple message: there is no such thing as a universal human experience, and we are defined not by our individual personalities or moral choices, but only by our racial category. If your category is 'white,' bad news: you have no identity apart from your participation in white supremac...
Tags: Law, America, Matt Taibbi, Racists, DiAngelo, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility, Robin -RSB- DiAngelo

America Loves Ruth Bader Ginsburg, But Isn’t Too Fond Of Brett Kavanaugh Or Neil Gorsuch

People either don't like them very much or don't even know who they are.
Tags: Law, America, Courts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch

"Revolutionary moments also require public confessions of iniquity by those complicit in oppression. These now seem to come almost daily."

"I’m still marveling this week at the apology the actress Jenny Slate gave for voicing a biracial cartoon character. It’s a classic confession of counterrevolutionary error: 'I acknowledge how my original reasoning was flawed and that it existed as an example of white privilege and unjust allowances made within a system of societal white supremacy … Ending my portrayal of "Missy" is one step in a life-long process of uncovering the racism in my actions.'... If you find this creepy, but don’t wan...
Tags: Law, America, New York Times, Mlk, Kkk, Actress, Orwell, Jenny Slate, South, 1960s, Racists, Sullivan, Madison Wisconsin, Missy, Andrew Sullivan, Race Consciousness

"How to have less crime with less punishment"

The title of this post is the headline of this new Hill commentary authored by Benjamin van Rooij and Adam Fine.  Here are excerpts: For too long, America has been under the illusion that punishment is an effective medicine against crime.  This has led to the largest prison population in the world, a system of mass incarceration that has destroyed families and neighborhoods caught in circles of arrests, imprisonment, probation, and legal discrimination.  And with very little to show for it. It ...
Tags: New York, Law, America, Douglas A Berman, Benjamin van Rooij, Adam Fine

"If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it. All right?"

"And I could be speaking figuratively. I could be speaking literally. It’s a matter of interpretation... Let’s be very real.... What is this country rewarding? What behavior is it listening to? Obviously not marching. But when people get aggressive and they escalate their protests, cops get fired, Republican politicians talking about police reform... Wow, it’s interesting that you would [ask what Black Lives Matter hoped to achieve through violence] because this country is built upon violence. W...
Tags: Crime, Law, America, Military, Protests, Republican, Ny Post, Martha MacCallum, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Said Hawk Newsome, Greater New York Black Lives Matter

"Now, in America, there's quite, I'll say, narrow-minded thinking. Black people, white people — we are same... human, brother, sisters..."

"We should emphasize oneness — sameness — emphasize that. All these strong feelings of differences, that's shortsighted — narrow-minded."Said the Dalai Lama, rejecting what he called "old thinking," quoted at "The Dalai Lama on the coronavirus, Donald Trump, and 'old thinking' in America" (NBC). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Psychology, Law, America, Dalai Lama, Donald Trump, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Diversity Politics, Said the Dalai Lama

Latest (and free) Federal Sentencing Reporter issue on "Creating a Crisis: Growing Old in Prison"

As mentioned in this prior post, the academic publisher of the Federal Sentencing Reporter, University of California Press, has responded to the impact of the coronavirus crisis by making all UC Press online journal content free to everyone through June 2020.  I continue to be grateful to UC Press for this move, especially now that it allows me to flag this latest and timely FSR issue and some of the articles therein.  This new issue was put together by guest editor Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, and...
Tags: Law, America, David, Douglas A Berman, Jalila Jefferson Bullock, UC Press, House of Life Initiative, Elsinore Bennu Think Tank for Restorative Justice, Rachel E López, Thomas J Farrell, William J Jefferson

"Silence Is Made In America" (a found slogan).

You may have to click twice to enlarge and see the plywood stamp "Made in America." Oh, let me help: Here's the full image, with the intended slogan ("Silence Is Violence"): Here's the Wikipedia article "Found Poetry" (which I'm choosing over "Found object" because we're talking about words): Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them (a literary equivalent of a collage) by making changes in spacing an...
Tags: Photography, Protest, Law, Wikipedia, Poetry, America, Dylan, Skull, Murals, Unsaid Things, Ann Althouse, Misreadings, Aphorism, Tahar Djaout

"Social analytics firm Talkwalker has just released its list of the world’s most loved brands. At the top of the roster: Lego..."

AdWeek reports. Also in the top 10: The Container Store, Four Seasons Hotels, and Tiger Beer.[Talkwalker] "measured instances of phrases like ‘I love it when’ or ‘I would love if’ near mentions of the brands, giving different weights to those mentions if they occurred on social media or in the press.... This gave us a unique list of companies that have cultivated passionate fans, if not perhaps the largest number of mentions.”“Lego placed tops because out of the 11 brand-love traits we measured,...
Tags: Toys, Children, Law, Love, America, Lego, Adweek, Ann Althouse, Analogies, TalkWalker, Order And Chaos, Todd -RSB- Grossman

“You… Are Your Brothers’ and Sisters’ Keepers”: Now Is the Time to Move From Words to Deeds

Reflections on the 19 June 2020 UN Human Rights Council resolution on systemic racism, police brutality, and unlawful suppression of peaceful protest. “Black Lives Matter. Indigenous Lives Matter. The lives of people of colour matter.” – Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 17 June 2020 The brutal torture and murder of an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, in the United States (US) on 25 May 2020 has sparked global outrage about systemic racism and impunity for police violence...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Time, US, Toronto, America, First Nations, Canada, New Brunswick, Aclu, United Nations, Un, Indigenous Peoples, Council, British Columbia, Alberta

Black lives matter in prisons too

Recent events have spotlighted the pervasive and historic problem of racial disparities in criminal justice treatment in the United States. Videos of people seeking to use the police for racial control as well as videos of black people being killed by police have sparked outrage across the nation, and the world. Much of the attention, understandably, has been on police reform. However, if America’s knee, literally and figuratively, is on the neck of black people, its prisons and jails have playe...
Tags: Books, Featured, Law, America, Blog, United States, Black Lives Matter, Sentencing Project, Black Lives Matter In Prisons Too, Criminology And Criminal Justice, PixabayThe post Black

Clean water is a human right. In America it’s more a profit machine | Bernie Sanders and Brenda Lawrence

When it comes to water infrastructure, America’s challenges resemble those of a developing country. It’s time for that to changeHow can it be that in the midst of a pandemic, children living in the richest country in world history are being poisoned by tap water? For decades, our government has put corporate profits ahead of guaranteeing its people the right to clean water. We have neglected the most basic public investments to keep Americans healthy and safe. Now, as America battles an unpreced...
Tags: Congress, Environment, America, Water, Society, Poverty, US politics, Social exclusion, Bernie Sanders, Brenda Lawrence

Now, more than ever, America must make water a human right | Bernie Sanders and Brenda Lawrence

When it comes to water infrastructure, America’s challenges resemble those of a developing country. It’s time for that to changeHow can it be that in the midst of a pandemic, children living in the richest country in world history are being poisoned by tap water? For decades, our government has put corporate profits ahead of guaranteeing its people the right to clean water. We have neglected the most basic public investments to keep Americans healthy and safe. Now, as America battles an unpreced...
Tags: Congress, Environment, America, Water, Society, Poverty, US politics, Social exclusion, Bernie Sanders, Brenda Lawrence, Ro Khanna

"If Trump owned a media company, which advisors say he discussed when he believed he would lose the 2016 election, it might look something like 'Team Trump Online'..."

"... the current production. And if he or his family start one after he leaves the White House, this could be the pilot. 'This is the warm-up act,' said Frank Sesno, a former CNN anchor and the director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. 'There's nothing he would like more than to throw his name on a channel, a digital brand'.... Biden, also hoping to reach supporters during the coronavirus shutdown, has a podcast called 'Here's the Deal' and appears at ti...
Tags: Law, Youtube, White House, America, Journalism, Cnn, Fox, Biden, Msn, Trump, KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, Guilfoyle, Donald J Trump, Pierson, Donald Trump Jr, Trump TV

Policing budgets and outcomes: A Catch 22

Viewed broadly, America finds itself essentially at the bottom of a thirty-year crime decline. But as police have had less crime to respond to, their budgets and staffing have ballooned, reported Politico this week. Police officials routinely tell the public that cutting their budgets would make us less safe. This is true even at agencies that had their budgets increase and saw crime rise. Indeed, have you ever noticed that, when it comes to police budgets, there's no version of reality tha...
Tags: Law, Politico, America, Gritsforbreakfast

Symposium: Potential hardships to DREAMers can no longer be ignored

Craig Newby and Jeffrey Conner are deputy solicitors general for the State of Nevada, which filed an amicus brief on behalf of five states in support of the respondents in University of Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, Trump v. NAACP and Wolf v. Vidal. Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really! — President Donald Trump, September 14, 2017 In Department of Homela...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, America, Dhs, United States, Nevada, Naacp, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Trump, Wolf, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA, Rio Grande, Silva

Symposium: SCOTUS 2020 and the DACA decision: just another reason to wish it were still 2019

Kimberly Hermann is General Counsel at Southeastern Legal Foundation, which filed an amicus brief in support of the petitioner in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. The date is June 19, 2020. The America we live in today is drastically different from the America we lived in when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. In the past six months, our country has endured a pandemic, economic instability, tragedy, hard yet overdue conversations and riots. I...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Congress, America, Barack Obama, Dhs, Pandora, United States, Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, University Of California, Duke

Symposium: As administration weighs next steps, it must consider that millions of American patients rely on DACA health care workers

Heather Alarcon is Senior Director of Legal Services at the Association of American Medical Colleges, which joined an amicus brief in support of the respondents in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision vacating the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is a victory for health care workers and their patients across the country. Every day that DACA recipients are here is to our mutual benefit. The ent...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Boston, America, San Francisco, Chicago, Arkansas, New Jersey, Houston, St Louis, Donald Trump, Berkeley, Department Of Homeland Security

Black Biglaw Partner Writes Touching Letter To His Son Amid Racial Injustice In America

The killing of yet another black person has put this father in an unenviable position. Here are the words of wisdom he has for his son.
Tags: Law, America, Black Lives Matter, Biglaw, Quote Of The Day, Minority Issues, A. Michael Pratt

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