“Land of the Free” my ass.

I’m just a font of good news today. According to this happy news article the United States has the highest prison population in the world with a record setting total of 2 million people behind bars! That comes out to a whopping 702 prisoners per 100,000 population where as Russia now has 665 prisoners per 100,000.

More than Russia? Former totalitarian country? Home of the KGB and the iron fist? Ain’t that a kick in the pants?

Wait, it gets better:

Bruce Western, a sociologist at Princeton University, says sentencing policies have had a glaringly disproportionate impact on black men. The Justice Department reports that one in eight black men in their 20s and early 30s were behind bars last year, compared with 1 in 63 white men. The chance of a black man going to prison in his lifetime is one in three, the department says.

For black male high school dropouts, Western says, the numbers are still worse: 41 percent of black dropouts between 22 and 30 were locked up in 1999. “I think this is one of the most important developments in race relations in the last 30 years,” he says.

Anyone who tries to tell you racism is near-extinct in this country obviously doesn’t pay much attention to the courts it would seem.

A major cause is the war on drugs. In 1980, says Marc Mauer, assistant director of the Sentencing Project in Washington, about 40,000 Americans were locked up for drugs-only offenses. Now the number is 450,000, three-fourths of them black or Latino, though drug use is no higher in those groups than among whites.

Ah yes! The wisdom of “do a drug, go to jail” is coming back to bite us in the ass. Though it appears it’s biting whites at a significantly reduced rate compared to blacks and latinos. Welcome to the land of equal opportunity just so long as you’re white! Or at the very least, rich! Being white and rich pretty much gives you free reign as long as you don’t piss off too many other white, rich guys.

Once again found via Atrios who found it via the Agonist.

16 thoughts on ““Land of the Free” my ass.

  1. And if you’re a rich, black athlete, we’ll all wait for you to commit some crime so the news can start calling it sexual assault of some sort.

  2. So, Mr Atheist? where’d you get the word hell from?  Did you just come up with that word, or was there a source. 

            I’ll tell you the source it came from: a Holy King James Version Bible.  The place called Hell is a place that was created for the devil and his angels.  Yes, there are intelligent folks who believe this.  Problem is this: you have proof for your belief.  In fact, Mr Atheist,
    if you were to take a lie detector test, and it asked you,
              “Do you believe that there is a God?  and you answered No.  The lie detector test would show you were Lying,fool! It would prove anytime, anywhere that you were telling a lie. You know why?  Because deep down in your subconscious YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS GOD AND YOUR GOING TO FACE HIM ONE DAY.  DON’T BE LOST WITHOUT HIM.. OR ? YOU WILL END UP IN LAKE OF FIRE.
    GOD LOVED YOU ENOUGH TO SEND HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST TO DIE FOR YOUR SINS, WAS BURIED AND ROSE THE THIRD DAY BY HIS SHED BLOOD. IF YOU WANT YOUR SOUL TO GO TO HEAVEN AND NOT HELL YOU NEED TO BELIEVE THIS GOOD NEWS.

      IN FACT, IF I WERE A BETTING MAN(AND I’M NOT) I WOULD GUARANTEE YOU THAT WHAT I JUST TOLD YOU IS NOT ONLY TRUE~~~ BUT IF I WERE TO WAGER 1 MILLION DOLLARS THAT IT WAS: SORRY, YOU WOULD LOSE.  SO DON’T BE A LOSER, BE A WINNER AND CHOOSE THE SAVIOUR WHO COULD GIVE YOU ETERNAL LIFE.
      GRANTED, THE BAD NEWS: IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO BELIEVE WHAT I STATED ABOVE= YOU’RE ON YOUR WAY TO A LAKE THAT BURNS WITH FIRE WHERE YOU’LL FEEL TORMENT AND PAIN, AND MISERY LIKE YOU’VE NEVER FELT BEFORE IN YOUR LIFE!
        FRANKLY, THE HOLY KING JAMES BIBLE HAS BEEN PROVEN TO AUTHENTIC AND TRUE: IT WAS PROVEN YEARS AGO…. AND IT CONTINUES TO SHOW THE FOOLISHNESS OF MAN…..MAN COULDN’T HELP HIMSELF IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN, AND HE CAN’T TODAY? WHAT MAKES YOU MORE INTELLIGENT THAN KING SOLOMON? HE HAD MORE WISDOM , WEALTH AND WOMEN THAN YOU WILL EVER HAVE OR ANYONE ELSE… HE WAS PROVEN OF HIS OWN WISDOM WHICH HE GOT FROM THE LORD GOD THAT GOD WAS RIGHT!  BESIDES, YOU COULDN’T ARGUE WITH THAT?  MAN HAS NEVER PROVEN EVOLUTION BY SCIENCE OR ANY OTHER WAY… CREATION IS PROVEN EASILY. GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH AS WELL AS MAN. IT HAS BEEN PROVEN MORE THAN YOU COULD SAY, sEE , I TOLD YOU SO!  HA HA.
      DON’T THINK YOU’LL GET THE LAST WORD IN : ONE DAY YOU WILL FACE THE CREATOR YOU DON’T BELIEVE EXISTS: AND BY THE WAY, HELL AIN’T A PARTY: IT’S TORMENT,MISERY, WHITE HOT HEAT THAT YOU WILL FEEL. IN FACT, IF YOU CHOOSE TO SAY ALL THAT I JUST SAID IS HOGWASH, AND GO ON YOUR MERRY WAY,OR SHOULD I SAY, UGLY WAY: MARK THESE WORDS: YOU WILL REMEMBER ME WRITING THIS TO YOU WHILE YOUR SOUL FRIES IN A LAKE OF FIRE! DON’T BE A FOOL,MAN.

  3. Look! It’s a Red Breasted Raving Loony! Those are very rare.

    While I don’t normally agree with Nunya’s insistence that religious folks are all suffering from a mental disorder I think I’ll make an exception in Michael’s case. Still, it makes for an amusing read.

  4. “Soul fries in a lake of fire …”  Sounds like a really cool side order you could get in a faux-revival retro diner.  Maybe blackened Cajun French fries in a special kind of chili sauce?  Mmmmmmm.

    Remember, Les, just because “religious ≠ “mentally ill” doesn’t mean that someone can’t be both.  Where’s that free car that God promised me?

  5. Michael’s right…we’re all going to end up in a lake of fire…and every Sunday Satan goes water-skiing!
    Repent now, ye fools :devil:

  6. Hell is in a lot of places it seems. It’s located right here in my home State of Michigan as well. Yep, there’s a Hell, Michigan. And before you ask: Yes, it does freeze over every winter.

    They even have their own Damnation University. Motto: If you got your diploma anywhere else then it’s not worth a damn!

    I’ve been to Hell and back a couple of times now. Got a T-shirt and everything. Come to think of it, I’ve not been to Hell in awhile. I should plan a trip soon.

  7. Well, Hell does get hot.  But then, so does Heaven.  After all they’re both in Texas. wink

  8. I’ll tell you the source it came from: a Holy King James Version Bible. The place called Hell is a place that was created for the devil and his angels.

    Sure… if you ignore all mythology other than that of the Bible…

    Norse: Gods and Goddesses: Hel

    Hel was known as the queen goddess of the underworld. She was originally raised in Asgard with her father, but was later given the underworld of Nifelheim/Helheim as her domain. She presided over all of the dead but those who were killed in battle. Those who died heroically in battle ended up in Valhalla, the Hall of the Heroes. She was the sole goddess to decide the fate of those souls who entered her domain.

    THAT is where the word “hell” comes from, O ignorant one.

  9. I think it’s interesting someone would bring up a lie detector test…the assumption being that atheists (or in my case, non-traditional-theists) are LYING about what they believe. How fucking insulting.

    Hook me up, dickhead.

  10. It figures that Michael wouldn’t leave his email address!!! Not only do these guys like to shout at you, but they do it behind a barricade.

    Seems like if they weren’t chicken-shit cowards they wouldn’t believe in hell anyway. What do you want to bet Micheal lives in a half-way house somewhere? With internet privileges he can vent his anger at being socially irresponsible and clueless. He can share his fear of being worthless. He can hope to make others feel worthless, too. And what an ego he has, to believe that Les will be thinking of him as Les burns in a lake of fire!

    Such an angry disposition! Such a self centered individual.

    I’m pretty sure if there was a god, he would hate this guy.

  11. And not to forget that the so-called “lie detector” is no such thing, as opposed to a sneaky, underhanded, and subjective interrogation tool that is allegedly easy to beat if you are smart enough to figure out which questions are irrelevant, controls, or the real beef.

  12. I’ll take that bet anytime.

    So Michael get all your little Christian brothers and sisters to send as much money as you can gather, I can go up to $100,000.

    I just love how the “true Christians” the good lil evangelist comes out even in type on a post you can see the veins popping out of his forehead
    as he is all red faced SHOUTING the true word of God.
    I just make a few million more “Exceptions” than you Les.
    I see this exact same ranting & raving by others like Michael everywhere I turn.
    Walk into any church in the south and can hear this very same craziness Live in Concert.

    Here a good one for you that this nutcase reminded me of.
    http://www.weirdcrap.com/tilton/tilton_2.gif

    http://www.weirdcrap.com/tilton/foul_rotten_stinkin_devil.wav

    http://www.weirdcrap.com/tilton/toh-oh-tee.wav

    The Red Breasted raving loony is not nearly as rare as you think.

    Being Rich and ANY color gives you free reign.

    He isn’t far off the mark on the drug war causation either BTW.
    The vast majority of Blacks in jail are because of drug related offenses.
    Now if your Black and faced with a choice of making $10,000++ a month selling drugs that the ignorance of the Gov. has kept both a large & steady high price market for, Or flip a burger for $400 a month what would you choose?

    Now if the Gov. could just do for regular American business what they have for the drug trade the national debt would shrink to nothing in a couple years.

  13. Actually, I’m wondering why you’re all so insulted.  He’s making such an ass of himself, I’m surprised ANYONE could take him remotely seriously.  Especially since it seems he thinks that the Caps Lock button will make his arguement more persuasive.

    People like that make me giggle.  I watch ‘em on television all the time.  TBN’s a great comedy central substitute if you have the patience for it.

    By the way Les:  does this signify spring has FINALLY sprung?  Because oddly enough, we’re getting SNOW this Sunday.  I HATE NEW ENGLAND WEATHER.

  14. You know, when I was living in Chicago, EVERY YEAR we’d have at least one snow shower in April, and EVERY YEAR people would claim to be surprised at it.

  15. The word HELL is a plant in the NT as well as the Tanakh made by Roman Catholic transcritionists in the middle ages. Just like the word “Homosexual” and “gay” are not in the original text.

    “How the hell do I know?”

    My second masters and my phd are in mediviel church literature. I read Koine Greek (original NT language) Latin (405 ADS and on) and enough Hebrew to get me buy.

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