Day: May 4, 2006

Is the Supermax Prison Facility in Florence, Colorado Cruel and Inhumane? Is it Torture?

First, let it be noted, that I have had three friends murdered in three incidents: one on Pam Am Flight 103, one in the World Trade Center, and one in an armed robbery and triple murder at the restaurant where he worked in Washington, DC. Also let it be noted that I believe in fair trials and fair punishments that comply with sustainable moral values and do not perpetuate the world’s current cycle of violence. With that in mind, and with the idea that cruel and inhumane punishment probably hurts the punishers and the punishers’ societies as much or more than it hurts the prisoners, I wonder out loud about the Supermax prison facility in Florence, Colorado. I had never heard of the place before today, when I skimmed the an article about Zacarias Moussaoui’s life sentence for terrorism. In that article, it noted that the facility was known as the Alcatraz in the Rockies and that prisoners where held in solitary confinement for their entire lives. I did a little research on the facility and found the following perspective interesting and thought provoking. What do you think?

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Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX): Just a quick update on Wednesday’s chart, which shows a $1.77 (6%) gain on double average volume. This appears to qualify as a breakout of the 3-4 day consolidation period. That being said, this breakout will confirm or fail based on the earnings news and conference call that comes out after today’s close. You can see some…

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Article: After Press Dinner, the Blogosphere Is Alive With the Sound of Colbert Chatter

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From the May 3rd NYT. Bush gets roasted at Press Corps dinner and it gets completely filtered out by the mainstream media… is this because they are scared of getting their access to the administration cut off, something they need for their careers and their publications advertising revenue?

From the May 2nd WPO: “The traditional media’s first reaction to satirist Stephen Colbert’s uncomfortably harsh mockery of President Bush and the press corps at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Association dinner was largely to ignore it.”

Bush’s supporters try to prevent you from watching the video… yup, censorship. Read this:

From news.com: “On YouTube.com, the leading upload site that lets users showcase homemade videos, at least a half dozen clips of Colbert’s performance were posted following the dinner. The video, first broadcast by C-SPAN, quickly generated enough traffic and comments to take up a position on both the Web site’s most-viewed and most-discussed videos sections. Combined, the various clips generated more than a half million viewings before YouTube removed them Wednesday at the request of C-SPAN, which said the airing of the video violated its copyright, according to Julie Supan, YouTube spokeswoman. Plenty of other sites still carried the video on Wednesday night, including iFilm.”

I couldn’t get that iFilm site to work, but I did find the video on Salon.com’s Video Dog web page. Here’s the direct link that worked for me.

From salon.com: “The real sign of Stephen Colbert’s success at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner wasn’t his jokes — which, from beginning to end, were spot-on, from Bush’s handling of the war (“I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. And by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq”) and his low-30s approval rating (“I ask you this, does that not also logically mean that 68 percent approve of the job he’s not doing?”) to sidelong whacks at John McCain, Fox News and Donald Rumsfeld, among others. And no, it wasn’t the grim-looking handshake he received from the president or the icy glare he received from Laura Bush that let us know that Colbert hit his targets. The proof of his accuracy lies in how badly the Tracy Flicks of the Washington press corps reacted. After all, this wasn’t the baby-soft slapstick they usually get at the correspondents’ dinner. (Anyone else remember when Darrell Hammond got all gushy from meeting Bush in person in 2001? Yeesh.) Sure, C-SPAN’s cameras captured a few journalists tittering at each other like naughty schoolgirls, but for the most part journalists sat on their hands –- while just moments before, they were laughing uproariously at President Bush’s incredibly lame skit with a Bush impressionist. That was Colbert’s real feat: Showing us the real Washington media world, where everyone worries so much about offending someone, anyone, that the least bit of frank talk turns them into obedient little church mice. (Below is his opening monologue. To see his skit — and icy exchange with the Bushes — see here.)”

Click through to read the NYT article:

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