Saturday, March 31, 2012

What do you think he almost said?

Regardless of whether or not he said it, you know what he was thinking.  And this is who every parish in Louisiana voted for, except Orleans, in the recent GOP primary elections.

Courtesy of Crook & Liars (posted on March 30, 2012)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Panel Discussion on Juvenile Justice in New Orleans

Here's the video from the Salon that The Lens hosted on juvenile justice in New Orleans on March 22, 2012.  I really wish I was able to attend.  Its a great group of speakers and it addresses an incredibly important topic.  It runs for about 1:17:00.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Trayvon Martin: Audio from 102 JAMZ in Orlando

Here's some of the audio of the Trayvon Martin rally in Sanford, Florida taken from 102 JAMZ radio station in Orlando.  Included in this audio sample are clips from the rally, activists and people calling into the show.  One note is that Melony Torres calls for a Sanford boycott.  Don't purchase anything or spend any money in Sanford, Florida.

I'd like to write more about this and have a lot to say.  I haven't been able to mainly because of how much emotional energy and strength it takes to talk about this.  I'm a bit ashamed of myself for not just digging in and writing a long, thoughtful post, but I just can't find it in me right now.  Even thinking about it is difficult.  I will say one thing, the white, conservative response to this is classic character assassination and it's despicable.  To blame Trayvon for anything having to do with his killing is cowardly, pitiful and heartless.  Further, where's the investigation of Zimmerman and how is he still free?  This is disgusting.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Darwin and Justin Halpern

So people talk about Darwin's theory of evolution as the survival of the fittest, but from what I 've heard his theory is really about death of the slowest/oldest.  Someone else (I think Herbert Spencer, a Darwin contemporary) is the one who came up with the survival of the fittest phrase.  Anyway, to make a weird connection, I was on Justin Halpern's "Shit my Dad Says" website and I liked this shit that his dad said:

"You don't have to be good to succeed. You just gotta be the least shitty option. Example: We're eating at The Olive Garden."

Incarceration Map and Chart

These are originally from a Pew report on incarceration that was published in 2008 called 1 in 100 Behind Bars.  I actually found these on someone's blog when I was searching comparisons in state spending for education and prison.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tom Tomorrow

This guy does some great work.
Taken from crooks & liars.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Friday, March 2, 2012

Screening of the Film "Backlash: Race and the American Dream" at the Louisiana Humanities Center

This looks like an interesting film.  March 13th at 6pm.  I pasted the announcement below.

For Immediate Release                                            
LHC Director Brian Boyles at 504.620.2632 or

Political enthusiasts, film buffs, historians this is an event just for you.
Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities on March 13th at 6 pm Turners' Hall • 938 Lafayette St. will screen Backlash: Race and the American Dream, a film about the controversial candidacy of David Duke's race for the United States Senate.