The secret of liberty

Children are safeguarding my ability to write this.  They went to jail for me, for you, for Blacks in particular but for all Americans generally.  “Black Lives Matter” was what they conveyed. It wasn’t just a slogan.  It was an action.  Their presence in the street, disrupting business as usual and changing the conversation, spoke … Continue reading The secret of liberty

Scalia is not [not a racist D-Bag] The null hypothesis investigation of the transcript of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

The media and the politicians are calling out Justice Scalia on his racism.  See, for example, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/top-democrats-bash-scalias-affirmative-action-comments-as-racist/ or http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-na-black-ut-students-20151213-story.html. I tried the null hypothesis on this one.  My hypothethical was:  “Justice Scalia is NOT a racist d-bag” and read the transcript of the oral arguments of Fisher v University of Texas at Austin, a case about affirmative … Continue reading Scalia is not [not a racist D-Bag] The null hypothesis investigation of the transcript of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

The Rosebud Diner

The Rosebud Diner, circa 1994 Jessie was a waitress who would flirt with your ugly grandpa and make you refill the coffees. She’d say, “You know where it is!”in a dolly-with-cancer teeny voice. She caught the flat top of Lucky Sevens with a quarter during the lull between lunch and dinner, racking up just enough … Continue reading The Rosebud Diner

Silence as symbolic violence

…it is easier to picture the fine, the lock, the cold house, and the eviction for each and every one [than believe a collective solution results in a fair justice system, reasonable energy prices,housing that is not rooted in metaphoric lies and the betrayal of Native Americans], and easier to accept contractual, criminal justice, and property law is made of stone instead of paper. I wonder, though, where good people turn their energy, to try and work change. Continue reading Silence as symbolic violence