When I’m not analyzing the subtext of the latest pop culture offerings, on most days I get to interact with people from all walks of life, dealing with all sorts of situations. I meet people with children who in one way or another face a life of hardship, and I sometimes get lost in thought about the unfairness of it all. Seeing babies in a hospital nursery, some born into this world with serious medical adversities on day one, I start thinking about the things most people take for granted for which those children may never experience, and all because somehow someway they lost a random chance lottery game with nature. Things as simple as walking, living to be a teenager, having a first kiss, going to prom, or ultimately being able to live as a self-sufficient individual in control of their own destiny may be beyond their capabilities. It’s not fair, and the longer I think about it the angrier I get. Once in a late-night, drunken conversation I told a girlfriend about these feelings, and while she agreed the overall situations were tragic, she thought my perspective was flawed. For her, to view these lives as being “broken” in some way is to assign a value which considers them less than normal, when the love and relationships these individuals bring to the world is different but just as significant as any other. Getting angry over what has been possibly lost is to discount the flesh and blood reality of the present. I’m still not sure I totally agree with her, but the entire conversation made me realize how in any given situation, even the ones we think are cut and dry, our views are filtered through a lens of emotional baggage which can either angry at an imperfect world in which bad things can happen, or can find hope in the worst of circumstances. Sydney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men is considered by many to be one of the best films ever made, parodied endlessly as the definitive representation of pop culture depictions of the jury system, and used in many schools to teach principles as they relate to government, the application of law, and principles of American justice. The action of the 1957 film, adapted from a teleplay written by Reginald Rose, occurs in the tension-filled conversations which occur mostly in one room; a jury room where the life of a young boy accused of murdering his father hangs in the balance. Juror #8 (Henry Fonda) stands alone in questioning the boy’s guilt, and slowly, methodically begins swaying the jury with arguments which appeal to reason, compassion, and common sense. In the decades since the film was released, there have been arguments over whether the jury’s ultimate decision was the right one, and the true theme of the story. Is it a tale about how an individual can make a difference in the world? Is it a story about the flawed ways we try to achieve fairness? Both are legitimate ways to look at the movie, but watching it again this weekend what struck me about 12 Angry Men is how it’s really a story of perspectives, and the ways those perspectives color reason. But, most of all, I found the timeless quality of the movie funny in how the different perspectives in the film still describes the views of huge swaths of the electorate here in 2018.
As the title says, federal prosecutors think the president committed a felony in pursuit of his presidency. At what point does the legitimacy of his presidency get called into question? And even if it does, I’m not sure we have the mechanism to address that. x«For the first time you have Federal Prosecutors essentially saying that Donald Trump committed a felony» - fmr. U.S. Acting Solicitor General, @neal_katyal pic.twitter.com/WrJlWOOKedÃ¢ÂÂ TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) December 7, 2018 x7/ That statement by prosecutors indicates that they have some level of corroborating evidence that convinces them by «a preponderance of the evidence» that Trump directed Cohen to commit those crimes.Ã¢ÂÂ Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) December 7, 2018
The current presidential administration’s capacity for corruption seems limitless. The big-ticket items, like tax breaks for the wealthy and the epic destruction of environmental protections and public lands, are the most glaring and far-reaching. But everything that con men like Donald Trump and his cohorts do is a scam. They do not believe in spending their own money on anything that isn’t for them, and in many cases they prefer stealing other Americans’ money in order to do even that. Quartz is reporting that the Secret Service, now under the purview of the Trump administration, is trying to set some new records in government spending … on golf carts. According to federal spending data, the agency is set to pay a Delray Beach company as much as $92,740 between now and June for an unspecified number of “golf cars.” The firm supplying the carts, Maddox Joines Inc., does business as “Sunshine Golf Car” and is a straight 24-mile shot down the turnpike from Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. This should come as no surprise to anyone, considering that Trump has spent an estimated one-third of his time using taxpayer money to hang out on Trump-owned properties, and at least 25 percent of that time playing golf. Now, before you wonder out loud about how and why these golf carts are so expensive, Quartz did some reporting on the special qualifications these tiny vehicles must meet in order to follow our laziest president around 18 holes. Standard golf carts have a top speed of about 14 mph. All of the golf carts required by the Secret Service must be able to reach a “ground speed” of up to 19 mph. At Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, the Secret Service is asking for a total of 12 golf carts. Six four-passenger electric carts must have “hard canopies, chargers, headlights and the back seat flips over and creates a flat bed.” The other six will be two-passenger carts with the same features, minus the back seat. After spending a reported $300,000-plus on golf carts since the advent of this nightmare administration in 2017, $92,740 is just par for the corrupt course. By the end of 2018, the amount of money taxpayers will have given to Trump in order for him to wine and dine himself out on the links will reach well beyond $400,000.
Acero charter school teachers walked off the job in Chicago on Dec. 4, beginning the first charter teachers strike. By that Friday, Acero Schools officials were saying that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) was “violating” the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. The CTU for their part, tried not to laugh out loud at the clearly desperate attempt (by what amounts to “management” in a charter school scenario) to paint teachers’ actions as anything other than righteous. Here’s how CTU president Jesse Sharkey responded to Acero’s allegations in a statement to New York magazine: “Acero’s management is desperate, and our pressure is working. There is nothing illegal about our strike over wages, benefits, class size and other conditions that are mandatory subjects of bargaining under the federal labor law that governs this contract. Acero CEO Richard Rodriguez is a political hack trying to build his personal empire and the size of his wallet at the expense of our students. A growing groundswell of parents, neighborhood residents and elected officials are rejecting his spectacular greed, just as the courts will reject this desperate move to hoard power and public dollars at the expense the children in these schools and the educators upon whom they rely. This is a pathetic and predictable ploy. Our bargaining team is at the table now and intends to work through the weekend to win a fair agreement.” Damn. As LaborNotes.org points out, Acero charter schools CEO Richard Rodriguez is paid more for supervising roughly 8,000 students than than the Chicago Public Schools superintendent is for overseeing more than 350,000 students. The Chicago Tribune reports that Acero’s rhetoric was all bark and no bite. More than 500 teachers and support staff will return to 15 Acero campuses across the city Monday after walking off the job and missing four days of school last week. The workers will vote in the coming weeks to approve the contract, which promises better pay and hours for teachers as well as smaller class sizes and sanctuary school protections for the majority Latino student body.
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