America is the beau ideal of only those who have gone bat shit crazy. We are listing, soon to be at beam-ends, undoubtedly. And anyone who isn't sleepwalking must have the feeling that we are headed to some place exceedingly dark. Can't you feel it in the pit of your stomach, your marrow? You're either among those who know and lament the loss of the rule of law, your freedom, your privacy, or you're among those who have been infected by the mind virus that dwells in bat guano and are thus in favor of imprisoning children for flouting school dress codes. That is, utterly beyond reach.
It seems to be the nature of living things to separate off into groups, and it is this, perhaps as much as anything else, which, on the one hand creates diversity, and on the other, drives conflict. Within the animal kingdom, the distinctions that are made have a corollary in physical reality: birds of a feather flock together. A feather is a real thing and may vary according to size, shape, and color. Outside of the purely physical, on what other basis could an animal make a distinction between its kind and others?
In the wake of the Rob Killgore firing scandal, I couldn't help but wonder on what terms Colette Peters is with the Governor and his lover, Cylvia Hayes. I wonder if the three spend much time together? I wonder if Colette is friends with Ms Hayes. The two women are of similar age, and it would seem quite possible. I wonder how much influence Cylvia Hayes has over the Governor. I wonder if Ms Peters informed the governor of her decision before she made it? I wonder if the governor gave her assurances that he had her back.
Would Colette Peters have made such a bold move unilaterally without knowing how the Governor might respond? Given the ackward position that such a move might put the Governor, it seems unlikely. Is there anyone in Salem willing to clue me in? I just want to know whether the three hang out a lot together, or whether, at least Colette Peters and Cylvia Hayes hang out a lot with or without the Governor.
There are mentally ill, retarded people serving life sentences in America for the pettiest of offenses including stealing a slice of pizza. I'm sure you don't believe this, because even I have a hard time believing it. But it's quite true. Read this article in a recent edition of Rolling Stone magazine to learn more about what kind of country we live in right now.
The ugly face of prison and jail might look different from place to place, but it's most striking features are common in all of its expressions . Is it going too far to compare the Washington County Jail to a concentration camp? In some ways, sure, but in other ways not. I would argue that they are both served by the identical psychological underpinnings that create the general conditions necessary for cruelty. It turns out to be a simple, if unvarying formula: find a group of vulnerable people and begin stigmatizing and scapegoating them for various things. Hitler's main target were Jews, of course, but let's not forget that those who were also branded as criminals were also taken away in great numbers and murdered.
Even if they can’t find the words to express it, people are starting to get that there’s a connection between the quality of information that they have at their disposal and their quality of life. We might sense this on some level whenever we visit a website that compares the price of a plane ticket among dozens of airlines, or when we have an easy and efficient way of comparing the relative merits of other humans who we might seek as potential partners as when we do by visiting an online dating site. What is truth, after all, but a measure of the quality of information? And isn’t it by now axiomatic that evil rests upon a foundation of ignorance?
Readers might think that I think that I'm doing the world some good by spotlighting what I perceive to be corruption within the justice system. But the truth is, this goal is secondary to the more fundamental change I wish to see. There have been plenty of wicked wardens and abusive guards who have been exposed and even sent to prison. Evil is as commonplace outside razor wire as it is inside. The same could be said for goodness and virtue.
At the very end of the summary report drafted by lawyers working for Oregon's Department of Justice, words from one of Mitch Morrow's emails to his subaltern, Betty Bernt are as follows: "Any more crap about the money OCE spent on the funeral stuff? Maybe I don't want to know." Betty Bernt responded with the following: "No more crap on the money. I'm trying not to bring it up." The "money" in question unquestionably came from Oregon Corrections Enterprises, a state agency charged with employing inmates within Oregon's Department of Corrections, deriving revenues therefrom, and using those revenues to bolster and futher the legislatively mandated goals of the program. But instead of going to where it was supposed to go, it was used pay for the funeral expenses of a slain corrections officer. It's not clear from whom Mr.
After spending a couple of days in solitary in the Washington County Jail, I (DL) decided to ask Sheriff Pat Garrett a few questions. He deferred, but I did get a response from his commander, K. Marie Tyler (K.MT).