“Many of Jena’s Black residents say that the town’s white power structure - including the DA, Sheriff, and the editor of the local paper - wants revenge against Black people in town who stood up and fought against unjust charges. They complain that in a town that is mostly white, all but two of the people arrested were Black, and the only arrestees pictured in the town’s paper were Black. The sheriff “Just wants to humiliate people,” says Caseptla Bailey, Wallace’s mother, “Especially the African Americans.” The editor and publisher of the Jena Times, the town’s only paper, is Sammy Franklin, who has owned the paper since 1968. His son is Sheriff Scott Franklin. A white-owned store around the corner from the courthouse in downtown Jena sells t-shirts commemorating Operation Third Option, with a design of a person behind bars. Black residents of Jena say that an earlier version of the shirt featured a monkey behind bars. They say that white residents of Jena have gloated about the arrests.”—Jordan Flaherty: Jena Sheriff Seeks Revenge for Civil Rights Protests (via bigbadcolored)
“The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a wrongly convicted Louisiana man—who at one point was just weeks away from execution—isn’t permitted to sue the DA’s office that for 14 years sat on the evidence proving his innocence.”—
Radley Balko. Aren’t you GLAD the Conservatives on the court are protecting you from Big Government?
I’d give some legal commentary regarding why the Conservatives on the Court royally misconstrued the Brady Rule, but I haven’t read the whole decision yet, so I will limit myself to two remarks: 1) This is precisely the type of problem that the Federal Tort Claims Act and State analogs are supposed to help solve. 2) The Conservatives on the Court have effectively given public sector lawyers a license to malpractice. As a future lawyer, I can’t tell you how furious this makes me. Avoidance of legal malpractice is a very high priority in our nation’s law schools. Lawyers, just like doctors, have an ethical duty to not suck at their job. When Doctors make mistakes, people might die. When lawyers make mistakes, people like the Lousiana man from the above case get sentenced to death by mistake. In other words, the stakes are just as high. And the Supreme Court has essentially ruled that there is no civil recourse against public sector lawyers for malpractice. As a man who intends to work in the public sector and takes pride in many of our civic institutions, I can’t tell you how frustrated I am by what the Conservatives on the Supreme Court did today. Decisions like this undermine respect for our civic institutions, and do great harm to society by reinforcing the old adage, “The King Can Do No Wrong.”
I love that a boss can ‘presume’ his employees know how to do their, job. Never have to check up on them. Find out they’ve booted their task and say, “Oh well, not my problem. So sorry (NOT), so sad (NOT).” Oh, wait, that’s only true if YOU ARE A FRIPPING PROSECUTING ATTORNEY IN A MAJOR METROPOLITAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE!!!
I now understand how citizens felt in the 1830-50’s when the Dred Scott rulings, etc were being handed down…Disgusted, Dispirited, Embarassed to be an American…
“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours”—Happy Cesar Chavez Day! (via sojourner4life)
“There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living!”—via Deanna Richardson-Mingo
At this phase in life, I’m pretty content. College degree, nice job, somewhat stable……. BUT I’m in graduate school full-time and applying to medical school soon. Needless to say, the last thing I would WANT to happen is to get pregnant. However, at my age, is less of a mistake and more of a choice. I have no desire to be someone’s “baby-mama”, and since I’m not doing what it takes to get one…. I actually want the fairytale, where love and marriage comes before baby….
But it asks what I would do. So if I did CHOOSE to have sex and a pregnancy happened, I’m confident that I’d be able to adjust to being Chassidy plus 1, and at this point in life, my family would be happy, embrace the baby, blah blah blah. But since I want the total package, I’m just going to keep waiting for the whole love and marriage thing first!
But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. Luke 5:15-16
Our society wants us to spend every waking second of our lives doing something. As a result, the pace of life can become quite daunting. There are clients to meet, deadlines to make, calls to return. We run at 10,000 RPM for the entire day, then make our way home and have to deal with cooking dinner, washing laundry, and getting the kids to bed.
We must learn to slow down in life. Racecars cannot be repaired while on the track, so why do we think we can “be still, and know” God (Psa. 46:10) when we cannot find the time to take a lunch break?
But there is a way to slow down when we’re running full throttle all day and night. It’s called margin. Put another way, it could be considered a reserve or simply breathing room. Jesus thought it was important enough that he made it a routine part of his life on earth—he recognized his earthly limits and took time to get recharged.
Consider this: When you don’t have any margin in your life, you cannot fully accomplish the things God reveals for you to do.
There are numerous ways we can introduce breathing room into our lives. We can learn to say no when we’re already overloaded with tasks. We can anticipate the unexpected and add some time to the front end of meetings. We can take opportunities to laugh, cry, and rest. We can also take time to help others in ways that allow them to experience breathing room in their lives.
Don’t move so fast that God’s voice is lost in the everyday. Take time to slow down and breathe so you can grow and get to know the Savior as a friend.
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.
I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say, It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. They try so much But they can’t touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them, They say they still can’t see. I say, It’s in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.
Now you understand Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing, It ought to make you proud. I say, It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, The palm of my hand, The need for my care. ‘Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. —Maya Angelou
“Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward”—Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Co.