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Posted on February 16 at 8:45 a.m.
Have to agree with those encouraging Morua to take responsibility, plead guilty etc., but I doubt that's going to happen. Indeed, it's a shame to drag the victim's family through a likely lengthy and contentious trial, but it's of course Morua's right to have one.
For those who inveigh against the (growing?) alcohol "culture," what solutions would you propose? Prohibition is not going to work. Increasing sentences, widening the legal culpability to include bars and bartenders who serve inebriated patrons may work, but surely would also add to the mess and morass that already make up a great part of the judicial system The defense lawyers would certainly get richer with an expanded client base.
On Judge to Examine Morua’s Past DUI Program Records
Posted on February 16 at 8:29 a.m.
"Limited city funds should be earmarked on youth programs to keep young people out of gangs, she argued, instead of hiring more officers."
I agree that adding more officers is unlikely to solve anything, but it is past time to enforce existing ordinances, and, yes, giving the injunction a try may be worthwhile at this point. There seem to be plenty of "youth programs" already for those who _choose_ to be involved in them.
Regarding the sidebar issue of using/not using Google Translate, I'd have to side with the deniers here. As unreliable as it is, I think it would have caught the more glaring errors and corrected, for example, to: * in einer Fremdsprache (feminine gender/dative case/compound noun etc.)While these sorts of systems (what Google calls "statistical machine translation") have improved and can be useful for converting basic text, getting a "sense" of meaning in most cases, I'm not sure they'll ever be 100% accurate especially for discerning any sort of linguistic nuance or grammatical complexity especially with highly inflected languages or when attempting translations from widely divergent language families. My apologies to those not interested in this secondary subject on the thread.
On Gang Injunction Trial Slated for Cinco de Mayo
Posted on February 13 at 9:39 a.m.
"more Sergio Castellanos's "(sic)
Come on, I already reviewed this with you once.
Regarding the actual topic, I have decidedly mixed feelings. I don't like the idea of kids being deported or denied opportunities, but how do we pay for all this? The scholarship fund may be a good idea.A larger issue, though, is the "overselling" of the idea that _everyone_ needs to go to college. It's simply not so and the ever-growing student loan debt is essentially a scam foisted on the poor and middle class by banks and lending institutions working in cahoots with the universities. There should be far more investment in trade and technical schools as one finds in much of Europe. Attaining a liberal arts degree and possibly a manager-trainee job in retail (if a graduate is lucky) will not really provide a long-term solution to unemployment and wider economic instability.
On DREAMers Strive for Higher Education
Posted on February 7 at 3:36 p.m.
I'm not _confusing_ anything and I've acknowledged that she's a good writer in my very first sentence.I believe I'm quite capable of detecting smugness of various types.You're, of course, entitled to disagree with my assessment, but not to assume that my observation here is due to my being "confused" in any way.Maybe it seems like a minor point, but I think nuances matter.
On When White Is 'Normal'
Posted on February 7 at 6:32 a.m.
I believe that the author is sincere in her intent, perspective etc. and she writes well. I have nothing against those in academia, people with advanced degrees etc. I have my own connections to those worlds. However, I think there's no getting around the fact that there's a certain "academic smugness" of tone in her original piece. (This is less evident in her follow-up responses.) I believe that it's this that billclausen and perhaps others may be trying to address here.I have no doubt that the author is an effective teacher (can't help but wonder if all this, including comments, will make it into one of her classes), but I don't think that _everything_ has to be a "teaching moment" and that she's overreaching, and generalizing, rather badly here.One example: "I gleaned that that is what she learned about race: Black is different, white is normal. This is the bottom line in the concept “white privilege,” a term that most white people, ironically, have never even heard of." If one looks to make _everything_ about race, then everything will be about, well, race.Finally, I see no "outrage" here in the comments, unless one were to apply that term to those who view anyone who disagrees with a position on certain issues as a right wing ideologue who takes his/her ideas from FOX News and despicable blowhards like Limbaugh.
Posted on February 5 at 8:26 a.m.
I get that this is (sort of) a "local interest" story, but the Indy appears far too obsessed with the case and its need for continued coverage of these thugs.Here, it seems they're exploiting a likely exploitative situation, including perhaps even the fangirls who often comment on such stories regrading their interest in the case and their "research" into it.
I'm assuming that "refreshingly transgressive" is meant to be in some way ironic? Pathetic and manipulative are the words that come more readily to my mind for both those featured in this story and those seemingly driven to foist it on the public.I'm guessing that it's ultimately all about the page-clicks though.
On Meet Mrs. Jesse James Hollywood
Posted on February 4 at 8:36 a.m.
I think there's another site in town for those too overwrought over this issue or who identify maybe just a bit too closely with their dogs.
On Dog Bite History Prompted Euthanasia
Posted on February 2 at 7:37 p.m.
I think it's good that you you took the time to respond to the comments here.With regard to the subject at hand, racism, like so many things, often goes in both directions. My own daughter went to a school where most of the students were Hispanic. She was regularly called a "Casper." You can look up the meaning/intent or likely figure it out. Neither she nor I feel, nor presumably many others, feel "privideged" in any way, "subtle" or not. Your implicit academic "authority" doesn't carry the weight you assume that it does. You are, of course, entitled to your opinions or personal feelings.
As for the "red herring" you see in the discussion of your academic creditionals, I can certainly believe that the Indy added these details to your letter, but when _you_ note that you have a doctorate in the "topic (sic) of prejudice," I think you (re)open the door, on several levels, to the very criticisms that "billclausen" et al. are adressing here.
Posted on January 26 at 5:40 p.m.
"...a whole lot more than salsipuedes (sic) correction.."
Understood. Not sensitive. My own self-correction was meant to be "in fun" and self-deprecating.
Keep working on that possessive case, though.(Hint: No plural involved here, just basic possession/use of genitive.)
On Racism and Islam
Posted on January 26 at 3:32 p.m.
Koran and Qur’an relate to issues of transcription from the Arabic and, to some extent, of historical time and context. Sort of like Gadaffi/Khaddaffi/Qadaffi and many others. Neither is more "correct" than the other.The Romans and other people in antiquity had slaves.The English Empire enslaved the Irish. Some would call (and be accurate in doing so) modern trafficking in women for prostitution a form of slavery. It's not always about "bad"white people/westerners.
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