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An Ailing Federal Prison System

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates illicit drug and alcohol use costs the American tax payer approximately $700 billion per year.

The Sentencing Project, utilizing published government data, issued a report that found between “1994 and 2002, the average time served by African Americans for a drug offense increased by 73%, compared to an increase of 28% for white drug offenders.”

The information presented in these reports provide opportunity to study cause and effect of the issue.  A 73% statistical increase in the number of African Americans in federal prisons within an eight-year period should compassionately warrant a clearer understanding of the data. What financial, legal or judicial standard changed during this period for the communities effected? 

As the Media Turns
Cover: Bloomberg Business Week, "Seriously?", May 2 - May 8, 2011.

Something is ailing Mr. Trump. Der Siegel believes it washnsinn or madness.

Anonymous medical experts have suggested a spectrum of disorders including borderline personality disorder, narcissism and histrionic personality. If so, it is likely that it is Mr. Trump’s ego which is overriding all sense of decency and discipline.

“Blame me not,” said the scorpion, in a supplicatory tone, “it is not my fault; it is that of my nature; it is a constitutional habit I have of stinging.”

The Second Court found the Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron had been “procured” through the “defendants’ bribery, coercion, and fraud”.

However, the court was careful to state its findings concerned the conduct of participants through the litigation process not the environmental and health issues which were raised in the original suit.

Archbishop Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran priest assassinated by men trained and armed by the United States to fight in the El Salvadoran government’s war once said, “Those who work on the side of the poor suffer the same fate as the poor.”

O’Reilly on Slavery

In response to Michelle Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech, Bill O’Reilly of Fox News stated that slaves who worked on the construction of the White House were “well-fed and had decent lodging.”

Mr. O’Reilly also stated that the government stopped hiring slave labor in 1802.

As to the latter point, Mr. O’Reilly is correct, the U.S. government did cease hiring slave labor in 1802.

As to Mr. O’Reilly’s former point: history is in the details – slavery was not abolished in the United States until 1865.

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