#ncpol: Using an RPG to swat a fly

Our capital city is all abuzz about the recent expose by McClatchy on our governor, his deep-pocketed buddy, and said buddy’s contract with the state prison system. Granted, it was a partisan rag that put the piece together.  They seem to step up the whole scrutiny of state government thing when Republicans are in charge.  Over here, we are bi-partisan in our suspicion and disdain of the ruling class.   The story was pretty inside-baseball, very long, and very technical.  It was likely WAY over the head of the average low-information voter.  The story could have been responded to with…

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End solitary confinement in state prisons? (Um, NO.)

Blinkin’ Chris and Angry Rob and their comedy web site are calling for the end of solitary confinement in North Carolina prisons:  Last year, North Carolinians were stunned and horrified by the death of Michael Anthony Kerr, who was found unresponsive in a van after being transferred between prisons following 35 days in solitary confinement. Kerr suffered from schizophrenia, and his cause of death was determined to be dehydration. Many questions remain about why he did not receive proper treatment. Sadly, cases like Kerr’s are not isolated. An ever-growing body of research has confirmed that the use of solitary confinement…

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