In Which I Am the Last Person to Read Radley Balko’s Epic Report on St. Louis Co. Policing as Profiting from Poverty

and I'm posting it here just in case I'm actually second-to-last. ...The officer found that Bolden had four arrest warrants in three separate jurisdictions: the towns of Florissant and Hazelwood in St. Louis County and the town of Foristell in St. Charles County. All of the warrants were for failure to appear in court for traffic violations. Bolden hadn’t appeared in court because she didn’t have the money. A couple of those fines were for speeding, one was for failure to wear her seatbelt and m … [Read more...]

“Doctors Say Arizona Prisons Mocked Sick Inmates, Left Stroke Victims in Soiled Diapers for Weeks”

I post these now and then but keep in mind that this is like the fingernail polish on the tip of the iceberg: Arizona’s privatized prison healthcare system routinely abuses and ignores sick and mentally ill inmates, according to newly released confidential reports from doctors who visited prisons and reviewed inmates’ medical records. The experts are serving as witnesses in a class-action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and expected to go to trial this fall.The phy … [Read more...]

The Only Political Guide You Will Ever Need

MAD Magazine's "Guide to Political Types." From the '70s. Via Jesse Walker. … [Read more...]

“Mom Arrested for (Maybe) Hanging Up on Cop While Her Missing Daughter Plays at Church”: Reason

gives this story a much different headline from many mainstream media outlets. Let's find out why! Here is a story that combines some of our favorite Reason.com topics, including strip clubs, jerk cops, and America's growing willingness to make less-than-perfect parenting a crime. In this case, Florida resident Bobbey Jo Boucher went with her 10-year-old daughter to a neighbor's barbecue and left the girl there when she headed to work, instructing her to go back home when it was over. When the … [Read more...]

From Iris Murdoch, “The Book and the Brotherhood”

"I think we shouldn't wonder so much," said Jenkin, "sometimes we try to think in too much detail about other people's lives. Other people's consciousness can be so unlike our own. One learns that."Gerard sighed, recognising the truth of this, feeling the inaccessibility to him of Jenkin's consciousness. … [Read more...]

“United Sweets of America”: Slate

makes an important contribution to national comity:Alabama Lane cake Also known as Alabama Lane cake, Lane cake is one of those boozy, eggy, dried-fruit-filled confections we don’t eat enough of these days. Invented by Emma Rylander Lane in the 1890s, a Lane cake is a sponge cake layered with a raisin-bourbon filling and frosted with a marshmallow-y “boiled white frosting.” Lane cake is also to Harper Lee what the madeleine is to Marcel Proust: The baked good makes several appearances in th … [Read more...]

Here Is the Time! Now Is the Place! Book Me to Speak This Fall and Beat the Rush.

Hi all! I'm starting to put together my schedule for the fall, so now is the perfect time to book me at your local university, Catholic school, bookstore, soapbox in dog park, etc etc. Email me at eve_tushnet@yahoo.com and let's see what we can do. Reasonable rates, some mod cons.Here's what I said in Denver at Theology on Tap; here are some pieces giving you my basic approach to Gay Catholic Whatnot: one, two, three, four.My book drops Oct 20 so the best time to book me is after that … [Read more...]


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