Archive for July, 2021

Editing Editors (July 19, 2021)

Posted in Writing on July 19, 2021 by

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K          “I was astonished.  The results were astonishing.  I was astonished by the astonishing results.  Every word and phrase and syntactic experiment giving the piece verve and vigor and vivacity was stricken and scoured from the draft.  To me, however, the editor’s red pen confirmed the strength of the original unedited piece.  I retained everything that was eliminated and disregarded the additions and almost all of the suggestions.  The review was productive in its own way.”

J          “I do not run anything by anyone any more.  I write.  I edit.  I stop.  I done.”

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J          “That must have been an awkward situation.  Could you explain to the editor that the input is still insightful and helpful notwithstanding the final product?”

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K          “What if the editor is right?  What if I am wrong?”

J          “Could be.  But you must go with what you know.  And what you believe.  I do.”

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[See the e-commentary under the Category “Writing” and you decide where to put the quotations marks.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Give me coffee to change the things I can change and whiskey to accept the things I can’t.

Cosby And Equality (July 12, 2021)

Posted in Courts, Judges, Race on July 12, 2021 by

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K          “We are reaching a place of racial equality in America.  Rich Black criminals are now getting treated like rich White criminals.  And getting off.”

J          “And some folks say that society does not progress.”

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K          “Poor Black and Brown criminals are treated worse than poor White criminals, but all three cohorts are treated very poorly.”

J          “The poor are treated poorly.  The rich are treated richly.  By definition, the poor cannot be treated richly.”

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J          “Someone may have had something on one of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices and called in the favor or agreed to remain silent.  Cosby pays a million for the briefing and the gibberish and the song and the dance, the lawyer calls in the favor for the well–healed client.”

K          “Or one of the lawyers was on the same junior varsity lacrosse team at prep school with one of the Justices.  The favor is subtle and not actionable.  Few of you members of the public know that judges are not held to ethical standards unless they do something really, really stupid and embarrassing.  That is then called unethical.”

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K          “If the resources that went into putting a guilty man on the street had been spent examining the convictions of a dozen random cases of unconnected defendants, a few innocent men likely would have been released.”

J        “Is that why the words ‘perverse’ and ‘travesty’ and ‘injustice’ are in the dictionary?”

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[See the e-commentary at “Equality On The Bench Today (August 21, 2017)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Liberty and justice for some

The Civil Code exists to allow the rich to extract wealth from the poor; the Penal Code exists to prevent the poor from retaliating.

M. Gravel Versus D. Rumsfeld (July 5, 2021)

Posted in Courage, Politics, Pushitzer Prize In Commentary, Vietnam on July 5, 2021 by

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K          “Peace versus war.”

J          “Honesty versus dishonesty.”

K          “Vision versus venality.”

J          “Public purpose versus private profit.”

K          “Virtue versus vice.”

J          “Courage versus cowardice.”

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[See “The System Isn’t There To Protect Us From Criminals, It’s To Protect Criminals From Us” in “” dated July 1, 2021 by the award-winning investigative journalist and commentator Caitlin Johnstone.]

[See the e-commentary on M. Gravel at “Seeing 2020:  Profiles In Cowardice; Profiles In Courage.  Oh, And Happy Valentine’s Day! (February 10, 2020)” versus the e-commentary on D. Rumsfeld at “Iraq: AGFPT. Iran: AGFPT II? (January 2, 2012)”, “Iraq: Shock and Awe; Shocking and Awful (September 6, 2010)*”, “Balls and Strikes and Perjury: America’s Pastimes (August 23, 2010)”, “The Double Ought (00) “Decadent Decade” (January 4, 2010)”, “McNamara (July 13, 2009)”, “Invest or Invade? (December 15, 2008)” and “The Kennedy Court Reigns In the King (July 3, 2006)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Great versus not so good