A monoglot Irish speaker, Myles Joyce, who had no English, was defended in court in Dublin by a solicitor and barristers who spoke no Irish. The evidence he gave as Gaeilge was ignored in court. Evidence which might have helped his defence was withheld and the trial also heard from informers gave false evidence against him.
The judge and jury who convicted him had no Irish and the jury deliberated for less than six minutes to decide on his guilt before sentence of death was passed.
An Coimisinéir Teanga, Seán Ó Cuirreáin, said Mr Joyce’s case was one of most significant and distressing cases ever concerning the denial of language rights.
Republicans love to complain about some liberal “nanny state” idea and then they turn around and write laws about what poor people can’t do with their money and what women can’t do with their bodies and other things that are “for your own good”. What the fuck is up with that? Eminnith
weird, seething resentment of the poor that twists so much of American policy — reshaping it around the driving principle that we must, at all costs, make sure no tax dollars are ever spent in a way that would give any poor person, anywhere, even a single moment’s pleasure.
Politics is strange, and sometimes scary. I have actually seen a suggestion that welfare food stamps should permit only the purchase of gruel. Because apparently poor people aren’t allowed to enjoy things (or to have a varied and healthful diet).
I’d not heard of the American chef Mario Batali before I came across this video on Former Conservative’s blog. He’s a celebrity chef who has done a lot of work to help poor people. And for that he has been mocked on Fox News. Watch:
Is the thuggery in the Middle East so very different to that in the USA? Time magazine’s person of the year is “The Protester”. Protests have been a defining aspect of 2011, as has been the authorities’ reaction to protest. And so often, almost uniformly, that reaction has been thuggery. Uniformed thuggery. This is possibly one of the most important articles Fred Clark (slacktivist) has ever written.
Do we really have to go out of our way to make homeless people less comfortable? Observe two benches, one in China, one in the USA, specifically designed to be uncomfortable to lie on. This overengineering almost certainly made the benches more expensive and, in the Chinese case, less comfortable for sitting on too.