"Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out." Anton Chekhov
Lots of random thoughts flapping in the wind today, another muggy one out here on the edge of the prairie.
For starters, who'd a thunk it'd be Condi who's holding the line on bombing Iran's nuke facilities? She's hanging in with the Europeans and taking the diplomatic route, staving off Darth Cheney, at least for now. Perhaps, unlike the rest of BushCo, she's seen how effective the militarly route has been in Iraq. If insanity is doing the same thing over and over and getting the same bad result every time, then Condi has made the leap to sanity. More, you betcha.
Then there's Hamas v. Fatah, and to tell you the truth, I don't know who we're rooting for there. Can someone help me out? But when you have dejected Palestinians saying, "These are the darkest days of my life", given the lives they've already endured, it can't be good. And somehow, my finger waggle points again to BushCo, which pretty much left the whole Israel/Palestine boil to fester on its own, cause, you know, we gotta defeat the terrists. In Iraq. Not at home.
In a total news leap, I've been thinking about the Duke lacrosse rape/non-rape case and discredited prosecutor, Michael Nifong. The jump of the NYTimes article about his resignation nestles neatly into an article about two black couples lynched in Georgia in 1946, one of the four a sharecropper accused of killing his white boss. Both cases feature race and political motivation and injustice, but the outcomes are as different as night and day, make that black and white.
I wonder how many prosecutors in the past, or even as I write, have been sloppy or politically motivated or denied evidence in cases involving a black male charged with raping a white woman. Hmmm, based on the number of black men being freed by DNA evidence after years in prison on murder and rape charges, I'm inclined to think there's more than a handful. And I'm inclined to think there are still plenty of prosecutors -- and judges and public defenders and cops -- practicing a shoddy and racist form of justice.
Anecdotal evidence of racism in the justice system: WATCH, the court monitoring program I'm involved in, sends volunteers into the courtroom to observe various hearings having to do with sexual assault and domestic violence cases. The volunteers carry red clipboards as a sign that they are part of WATCH. Last year we hired a young black male college graduate as an intern. When he went to court, nicely dressed and holding the big red clipboard, he was often asked his name, and what time his hearing was to be held, the assumption being that he was a defendant. (All's well that ends well. The intern has been hired as a probation officer.)
No doubt the young Duke men suffered a terrible ordeal, but they will get on with their lives, and, due to their education, economic advantages and white skin, most likely live happily ever after, a second chance not often granted to those on the wrong side of America's two-tiered justice system. Or those left hanging in Georgia.
Well, this day-to-day living is getting me down all right. And we got a heckuva crisis to match. I know that shopping is the government- approved cure for the blues, but I've never been much of a shopper. I take that back. I'm going to go buy a new squirrel-proof bird feeder. How's that for tackling the big issues head on?