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Our Bizarre Handling of "Debts to Society"

Fair warning: Madison Opera has asked me to come write about one of their new shows again, so that experience will be informing the next couple of posts here on MA101. 1,162 more words

Thoughts & Musings

"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage." - Albert Camus

“I shouldn’t have to feel like an immigrant in my own country.”

I said that during a dinner with some friends a few weeks ago. Shortly after that I became the target of a hate crime. 1,413 more words


Low-Level Drug Convicts Get New Route to Ask Obama For Clemency

Non-violent federal inmates who have served at least 10 years of their prison term are eligible to participate in a new initiative to send more clemency requests to President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice… 349 more words

U.S. weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars to apply for clemency, officials announced Wednesday. 488 more words


Bob Dylan - Hurricane

American middleweight boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter was wrongly convicted of murder in the 1960s, but spent two decades in jail. He died this past week. 101 more words



An old silent pond.
Into the pond a frog jumps.
Splash!  Silence again.

“It is perhaps the best known of all Japanese haiku.  No subject could be more humdrum.   300 more words

God, justice, and a traffic court judge

There’s no joy greater than getting a ticket. In my case, the ticket was for an expired state inspection. I’ll withhold my opinions on state inspections for now, because that’s not what provoked this writing. 460 more words