I have ambiguous feelings about prisons in general, but I think everyone needs to read this NY Times article about the ADX, the highest security prison in the U.S. The prison relies on solitary confinement as a punishment, and prisoners are alone for 23 hours a day. As one former warden described it, the goal isn’t rehabilitation.
Check out the video above and read the story here. A 43-year-old white man was accosted by a young black man in his twenties. The young man asked to use the older man’s cell phone, and when he refused, the young man asked him his opinion on Michael Brown. The older man said he was too tired to think about it, after which the young man punched the older man at least a dozen times. See above for the footage. Thank goodness this young liberal extremist didn’t ask me for my opinion. I would’ve said that Michael Brown was a violent criminal who was shot for trying to grab a cop’s gun. I’m sure my punishment for thinking differently would’ve been a lot worse than an ass-kicking by this young man and his two friends.
Photo credit: Michael Stroud/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Lee Kuan Yew died yesterday at the age of 91. He was authoritarian ruler, and he achieved wealth and prosperity for Singapore. Mr. Lee understood how cultures work, knowledge which he used to create a thriving country with a mind-blowing diversity of cultures, races, and religions. His work has enlightened many on the subject of Asian people and culture.
Mr. Lee was a master of “Asian values,” a concept in which the good of society took precedence over the rights of the individual and citizens ceded some autonomy in return for paternalistic rule.
Illustration credit: Eleanor Taylor from the NY Times
There’s a FANTASTIC article in the NY Times today about the notion of safe spaces: In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas. “Safe spaces” are places where people decide not to offend one another. They are conceived with the idea that dangerous ideas can be not only offensive but harmful. We’ve seen this concept on the internet where people issue “trigger warnings” before talking about ideas that supposedly could cause trauma to the reader.
She’s only 11, and she’s a master. Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe what she can do on the chess board. She’s got a great attacking style. I’m looking forward to seeing her competing in the big tournaments.
Wesley So and mother, pic from susanpolgar.blogspot.com
Apparently this is old news: Wesley So, the eighth strongest chess player on Planet Earth, abandoned his scholarship at Webster University to become a full-time professional chess player. He switched to the U.S. Chess Federation and dropped out in December; I just heard about it last week when I read the latest issue of Chess Life. Interview with his old coach Susan Polgar here. Interview with his mom over here. His Asian mom is not happy about his decision:
Q: So did you talk to Wesley about becoming a full time professional chess player?
I just finished The Ghost Bride by Yangze Choo. It’s a historical novel that becomes a supernatural mystery. The story takes place in late nineteenth century Malaysia, and it blends the history of colonial Malaysia (“Malaya”) with traditional Chinese ideas of the afterlife. The story is about a young woman whose father offers to marry her off as a “ghost bride.” In her arrangement, she would marry the deceased son of a rich family who died prematurely, and she and her family would become wealthy from the marriage. There are many unexpected turns in this novel.
The basic story is that the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon got videotaped singing a song: “There will never be N** at SAE. There will never be a N*** at SAE. You can hang them from a tree, but they’ll never sign with me, there will never be a N** at SAE.” University President David Boren has come out full force in condemning this racist chant. He’s severed ties with the frat, and he’s ordered them to clear out all their stuff from the frat house. The national fraternity SAE has cut ties with the Oklahoma chapter. The football team protested yesterday by marching instead of practicing. There could also be some fallout from future recruits:
We’ve had our share of liberal Kool-Aid commenters on this blog, people who are so liberal that their philosophy can be reduced into four words: “Blame Whitey and Chang.” So if a violent criminal who happens to be Black hassles an Asian shopkeeper and steals from him, you blame Chang. If the same violent criminal tries to go for a cop’s gun and ends up getting shot, you blame Whitey.
But what happens when there’s a conflict between Whitey and Chang? What do the White Liberals do then?
I first heard about Nan-Hui Jo at Reappropriate, followed by the announcement of Jo’s guilty verdict. Certain facts are clear: Nan-Hui Jo came to the U.S. from Korea, where she married an American dude who she says abused her. She left the first American dude and got involved with another American dude, with whom she had a daughter. She then fled back to South Korea with her child while the father of the child unsuccessfully fought to see his child. When she returned to look for educational opportunities for her child, she was arrested for kidnapping.