Monday, April 25, 2005

A Daily Dose of Yahoolishness Remixed

Yahoo! News
Sun, Apr 24, 2005

U.S. Prison Population Soars in 2003, '04

2 hours, 53 minutes ago U.S. National - AP

By SIOBHAN McDONOUGH, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Growing at a rate of about 900 inmates each week between mid-2003 and mid-2004, the nation's prisons and jails held 2.1 million people, or one in every 138 U.S. residents, the government reported Sunday.

2 million people...

i guess that's about right...

By last June 30, there were 48,000 more inmates, or 2.3 percent, more than the year before, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

48,000 people...

sure...

The total inmate population has hovered around 2 million for the past few years, reaching 2.1 million on June 30, 2002, and just below that mark a year later.

While the crime rate has fallen over the past decade, the number of people in prison and jail is outpacing the number of inmates released, said the report's co-author, Paige Harrison. For example, the number of admissions to federal prisons in 2004 exceeded releases by more than 8,000, the study found.

so... we're getting worse at this?

Harrison said the increase can be attributed largely to get-tough policies enacted in the 1980s and 1990s. Among them are mandatory drug sentences, "three-strikes-and-you're-out" laws for repeat offenders, and "truth-in-sentencing" laws that restrict early releases.

1980s?

1990s?

ahh... so we ARE getting worse at this...

"As a whole most of these policies remain in place," she said. "These policies were a reaction to the rise in crime in the '80s and early 90s."

rise in crime?

Added Malcolm Young, executive director of the Sentencing Project, which promotes alternatives to prison: "We're working under the burden of laws and practices that have developed over 30 years that have focused on punishment and prison as our primary response to crime."

ahh... 30 years of evolution... brilliant...

He said many of those incarcerated are not serious or violent offenders, but are low-level drug offenders. Young said one way to help lower the number is to introduce drug treatment programs that offer effective ways of changing behavior and to provide appropriate assistance for the mentally ill.

oh sure, they're not serious or violent...

yeah, right...

let's just see what prison does to 'em...

i've seen OZ...

According to the Justice Policy Institute, which advocates a more lenient system of punishment, the United States has a higher rate of incarceration than any other country, followed by Britain, China, France, Japan and Nigeria.

"we're number one! we're number one!"

There were 726 inmates for every 100,000 U.S. residents by June 30, 2004, compared with 716 a year earlier, according to the report by the Justice Department agency. In 2004, one in every 138 U.S. residents was in prison or jail; the previous year it was one in every 140.

how many residents does it take to fit into a gated community?

In 2004, 61 percent of prison and jail inmates were of racial or ethnic minorities, the government said. An estimated 12.6 percent of all black men in their late 20s were in jails or prisons, as were 3.6 percent of Hispanic men and 1.7 percent of white men in that age group, the report said.

wha--???

oh c'mon, i mean there's hardly any racism anymore!!!

look at Jamie Foxx!!!

look at BET!!!

look at all the Bling!!!

On the Net:

Bureau of Justice Statistics: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs

SOURCE - http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050425/ap_on_re_us/prison_population

(...)

"And how'd we get money,
To build, bigger bombs?
And yet, we're too broke,
To feed, single moms?

Got, a generation of kids,
Under, no supervision,
At 18, their pissed,
So, we build bigger prisons,

Then hide in the 'burbs,
Behind, our own bars,
Keep a gun under pillow,
Keep a gun in your car,
Keep a gun in your waist,
To stop, violent crime,
But 10 times out of 9,
Can't stop, Columbine...

- Black Krishna, Song/Poem: "How Do We Stop The Next Columbine?"

(...)

Insurgent Bombings Leave 21 Dead in Iraq

46 minutes ago Middle East - AP

By THOMAS WAGNER, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq - An emboldened Iraqi insurgency staged carefully coordinated dual bombings in Saddam Hussein's hometown and a Shiite neighborhood of the capital Sunday, killing at least 21 people. Lawmakers loyal to the new prime minister said he was ready to announce a Cabinet that would exclude his interim predecessor, Ayad Allawi.

An American soldier was killed in a separate attack.

SOURCE - http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050425/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

(...)

"You say, Fallujah,
I say, Zarqawi,
You say, Fallujah,
I say, Zarqawi,
You say, Fallujah,
I say, Zarqawi,

Let's call,
The whole,
Thing off..."

- Black Krishna, Song: "Bomb Dropping Shenanigans"

(...)

New Pope Stresses Bonds at Installation

uhh... he's being "installed"?

Sun Apr 24, 9:09 PM ET Europe - AP

By BRIAN MURPHY, AP Religion Writer

VATICAN CITY - In a broad message of outreach to formally begin his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI stressed his church's shared bonds with Jews and other Christians and promised followers Sunday he would not ignore their voices in leading the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics.

um, Your Popejesty, i think the Muslims could really use a shoutout too...

(and frankly, the rest of us wouldn't mind a friendly "what's up"...)

The pope's first major homily in St. Peter's Square also was noteworthy for what it left out: no mention of any current political issues or direct overtures toward Muslims although he paid respects "to believers and non-believers alike."

aw c'mon, see even the AP-dude is like "aw c'mon!"...

SOURCE - http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050425/ap_on_re_eu/pope

(...)

"Jesus Christ!
These Muslims--
Are fucking like rabbits!
Let's give'em smokes, and drinks,
And teach'em, other bad habits!
Chill 'em out, a bit,
Soon, they'll see it our way,
Try the new McDonald's,
"You deserve a break today!"
All that jihad, and bombing,
Now what, was that for?
So what, if half your people--
Are stuck, dirt poor!
Learn to be like us,
And you won't, even care,
We just stick 'em in ghettos,
Wanna see?
You don't dare!

- Black Krishna, Song: "What Really Happened Today?"

(...)

"Brown is the new Red."
- Black Krishna

(...)

Bush Seeks Relief From Record Oil Prices

2 minutes ago White House - AP

By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer

CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush is seeking relief from record-high gas prices and support for Middle East peace as he opens his Texas ranch to Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil producer.

of course he is...

Bush said he'll make clear Monday that it's not in Saudi Arabia's interests to keep oil prices high. "If they pinch the world economy too much, it'll affect their ability to sell crude oil in the long run," he said in a television interview last week.

of course, and if "the rapture" wasn't coming that may have been an issue...

The president also said he's looking for "a straight answer" on how close the Saudis are to reaching production capacity. "I don't think they're pumping flat out," Bush said.

of course, with "the rapture" coming they damn well better be...

Bush's goal of spreading democracy across the Arab world also faces a difficult test with Saudi Arabia, a longtime ally ruled by absolute monarchy. Traditionally Bush holds news conferences with visiting foreign leaders, but there will be none during this visit because Abdullah rarely talks with reporters.

of course, with "the rapture" coming it's really just random ass-kicking...

SOURCE - http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&e=4&u=/ap/20050425/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_saudi_arabia&sid=84439559

(...)

"Halliburton’s been paid-off,
Let’s get’em all, laid-off!
‘Cause now they breakin’ records,
At makin’ such a waste,
Drivin’ round in circles,
And leaving trucks in haste,
Takin’, all-the papes,
Cheney’s got the loot,
Soldier-suckers, on-the run,
Pullin’-guns, so they-can shoot..."

- Black Krishna, Song: "Bomb Dropping Shenanigans"

(...)

GOP Stressing Constitution in Judge Battle

uh-oh, that wacky old "separation of church and state" idea is rearing it's ugly head...

crap...

it's time to pull a Will Smith and "Switch!"

19 minutes ago Politics - U. S. Congress

By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent

WASHINGTON - Buffeted by poor poll numbers, Senate Republicans are stressing the Constitution rather than religion or retribution against activist judges as the reason to deny Democrats the right to block votes on President Bush's court nominees.

"Switch!"

"What I do not want to do is cross the line and say those who oppose these nominees are people who lack faith," Sen. Lindsey Graham (news, bio, voting record), R-S.C., told "Fox News Sunday." "I don't believe that. I don't think that's appropriate."

not appropriate indeed... in public!

HA!

Graham spoke several hours before Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist told a group of social conservatives he wants no part of retaliation against sitting judges.

ah, the old "good cop/bad cop" routine, eh?

"When we think judicial decisions are outside mainstream American values, we will say so," he told a rally dubbed "Justice Sunday — Stopping The Filibuster Against People of Faith." "But we must also be clear that the balance of power among all three branches requires respect — not retaliation."

yeah... we demand respect for the system we redefine!

"I won't go along with that," he added in implicit rejection of recent comments by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Frist made no mention of religion in his four-minute taped appearance.

good distance... good accuracy... curved left a bit... a solid drive...

Instead, the Tennessee Republican, Graham and other GOP senators said repeatedly Sunday that their goal was to assure fairness for Bush's controversial nominees — a yes or no vote in the Senate.

hmph, fair... oh, you mean like "Fair and Balanced" Fox News?

"If these senators are not prepared to fulfill their constitutional responsibilities, then why are they here in the first place?" said Frist.

dammit, don't you know it's your JOB as a Senator to represent the Will of the President!

The Republicans framed their rhetoric several days after receiving the results of a private poll that showed only 37 percent support for their plan to strip Democrats of the ability to filibuster judicial appointees. Opposed were 51 percent.

GOP damn son!

this was a PRIVATE poll???

what the hell does the country really think?

The same survey indicated only about 20 percent believe the GOP claim that Bush is the first president in history whose court appointees have been subjected to filibusters, a tactic in which opponents can prevent a vote unless supporters gain 60 votes.

only 20% believe the GOP???

GOP DAMN!!!

SOURCE - http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&e=5&u=/ap/20050425/ap_on_go_co/senate_judges&sid=84439559

(...)

"You, don't, get God,
You, don't, get God,
You, don't, get God,
You, don't, get God,

Who would Jesus bomb?
Who would Jesus hate?
Who would Jesus rape?
Answer me, red-state?

You, don't, get God,
You, don't, get God,
You, don't, get God,
You, don't, get God..."

- Black Krishna, Song: "You Don't Get God"