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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-06-20 04:20
Subject: [links] Link salad is working for the weekend
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Tags:books, china, green, language, links, personal, politics, reviews
A pair of readers with small love for Green Powell's | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders  ]: here and here — In the second case, at length. I firmly believe the story belongs to the reader, but I do sometimes wonder if readers have the story I wrote in their hands.

A reader objects to one of my blurbs — Heh.

Perso-Arabic and Sinitic Literacy — Some cool stuff on Islam in China and writing systems, including this gem: This information is all the more stunning in light of the fact that Muslims in China developed a system of writing Sinitic languages [...] in Perso-Arabic script.

Conservative Justices Strange Enthusiasm for the Punishment of the Innocent — A blog post about a recent Supreme Court decision forbidding a convicted felon from paying for his own DNA test to exonerate himself. The Roberts court found that alowing Osburne to prove his potential innocence risks "unnecessarily overthrowing the established system of criminal justice." Compassionate conservativism my ass. Can someone explain to me why this isn't pure batshit?

One of the Daily Kos diarists on Coburn and Ensign — This guys puts it in a nutshell: If Ensign and Coburn weren't such outspoken crusaders for moral rectitude none of this would be anybody's business except insofar as Ensign's actions constituted sexual harassment or involved public resources. But both Ensign and Coburn have built a political career on passing moral judgment on others. There's an expression about stones and glass houses that they might have considered before trying to foist their own hypocritical moral code on the rest of the country. One could ask the same question of the entire conservative movement, of course.

?otD: How easy it is being Green?



6/20/2009
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, 10 minutes of stretching and meditation
This morning's weigh-in: 220.2
Currently reading: n/a (Finished The Human Disguise by James O'Neil yesterday)


Originally published at jlake.com.

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paulcarp: pic#67230600
User: paulcarp
Date: 2009-06-20 13:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:pic#67230600
It's difficult maintaining veridity.

Somewhere (perhaps Slacktivist's blog) I read, and agree, that to refuse DNA testing of the innocent is to aid and abet after the fact, which is a felony. I'd love to see Roberts convicted.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2009-06-20 13:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good Lord, if that second reviewer didn't like the sexuality of Green, what would it have done with Trial of Flowers? Honestly, (not having read Green yet, except in sections) my sense is that the person really didn't like the sexuality in the story.

OTOH, if someone can't get their apostrophes correct (Lakes for Lake's on a consistent basis), and other errors of that ilk, it doesn't bode well for valuing such a review.

(Yes, I am a Grammar Nazi. If someone is going to do a review, especially one complaining about aspects of writing style, 'tis best to ensure their own writing is without fault.)
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Kelly Green
User: saycestsay
Date: 2009-06-20 14:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I find it deliciously easy being Green.

It's being Kelly that is occasionally a bitch.
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biomekanic
User: biomekanic
Date: 2009-06-20 14:53 (UTC)
Subject: Speaking as...
a well known prude among my friends, I didn't find the "mature" content in Green purient.

The "it's 12 to 15 year olds having teh sex! oh 911!!!" reaction I'm seeing makes me wonder if these people have any recolletion of being around that age, or have met any 12 to 15 year olds.

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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2009-06-20 15:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay, consider, how easy was it to have been this fellow?

Edited at 2009-06-20 03:53 pm (UTC)
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mordicai caeli
User: mordicai
Date: 2009-06-20 19:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was going to say that allowing "how much money you have" aka "can you pay for a DNA test?" to become a rubric for Justice is a bad precedent to set...then I realized that the modern American justice system (see that slide from big J to little?) is all about how much money you can throw at a lawyer. Plutocracy for the lose.
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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2009-06-21 01:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
> The Roberts court found that alowing Osburne to prove his
> potential innocence risks "unnecessarily overthrowing the
> established system of criminal justice."

Umm, no.

The Roberts court held that "The task of establishing rules to harness DNA’s power to prove innocence without unnecessarily overthrowing the established criminal justice system belongs primarily to the legislature."

The court also found that Alaska had created a procedure for convicts to try to use new evidence to prove their actual innocence, and that Osbourne had not yet tried to use that procedure. Since that procedure might well grant him what he wants, there is no evidence he is being denied the right to due process.

So your characterization of the case -- "...a recent Supreme Court decision forbidding a convicted felon from paying for his own DNA test to exonerate himself. ..." -- is incorrect. The Supreme Court did not forbid the felon from paying for his own DNA test to exonerate himself. It is quite possible that under state law he will be allowed to do so.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-06-21 05:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you. I will link to your comment tomorrow. I appreciate it.
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