I can’t think of anything more hilarious than being sponsored by Vans as a comedian. And thus, I faxed them a packet, and I will continue to fax them this packet and tweet at them until they realize what a genius I am and what a genius idea this…
In 1971, President Richard Nixon signed into law the Non-Detention Act to make sure the U.S. government would never again subject any Americans to the unnecessary and unjustifiable imprisonment that so many Japanese-Americans, German-Americans, and Italian-Americans had to endure. It wasn’t until 1988, 46 years after the internment, when President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act, that the government formally acknowledged and apologized for the grave injustice that was done to citizens and permanent residents of Japanese ancestry.
These were dark, dark periods in American history. And it is easy today to think that is all behind us.
But I fear the detention provisions in the bill forget the lessons we learned from the mistakes we made when we interned thousands of innocent Japanese, Germans, and Italians.
With this defense authorization act, Congress will, for the first time in 60 years, authorize the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without charge or trial, according to its advocates. This would be the first time that Congress has deviated from President Nixon’s Non-Detention Act. And what we are talking about here is that Americans could be subjected to life imprisonment without ever being charged, tried, or convicted of a crime, without ever having an opportunity to prove their innocence to a judge or a jury of their peers. And without the government ever having to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
I think that denigrates the very foundations of this country. It denigrates the Bill of Rights. It denigrates what our Founders intended when they created a civilian, non-military justice system for trying and punishing people for crimes committed on U.S. soil. Our Founders were fearful of the military—and they purposely created a system of checks and balances to ensure we did not become a country under military rule. This bill undermines that core principle, which is why I could not support it.
Al Franken shouldn’t have voted for the earlier version of this bill. Then again, a majority of Congress shouldn’t have voted for the current version of this bill, and they did. And not one of them are talking openly about it. So, thanks Al. For at least being a real human being.
Well, he will eventually. Just not at the hands of the state of Pennsylvania.
This is such huge news for a man who has, for decades, claimed his innocence in the shooting death of a Philadelphia police officer. Mumia’s book Live From Death Row, changed my life as a kid and really helped to influence the way I treat others in my day to day life.
So the LA outpost of the popular Midtown Lunch blog wanted me to tell ‘em wassup about some spots I be lunchin’ at. So I was all like, HERE’s wazzerp:
Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch: I’m not afraid to take a lunchtime drive, which really opens up the possibilities. I’ll always love the gryos at Papa Cristo’s on Pico Blvd. or the simple deli sandwiches from Mike’s Deli on Slauson. I can count on Capitol Burger on Pico to deliver a great So Cal-style double cheeseburger and a mound of greasy, delicious fries; served out of a cut up beer box, of course.
The “goto” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often? If I’m not careful, I can find myself ordering from The Chicken Lady on La Cienega way too often. Her corn bread is buttery and delicious, and those Chicken Thai Sticks are sent from heaven. As she says, “the lady knows”. AND the lady delivers.