Thursday, April 29, 2010

The gesture


Justice is a tough master. Or mistress. Or wherever you make your bed, that’s where justice lies. Toughly. Sweating, with a blindfold, cuffs perhaps, and those cute silk scarves, and … where was I? Oh yes, lying with justice.

But you know, justice is kind of choosy about the company it keeps. Surely the whole world waited as justice concluded a 10-year investigation of an Olympic athlete and finally stripped her of the Bronze medal for, well, something or other that happened in something or other. Then there was the exhaustive study, all the way to the Supreme Court, as to whether two pieces of wood nailed perpendicular to each other 75years ago could continue to exist in that configuration, in their original location.

But isn’t that just like justice? It will chase you to the ends of the earth for an old library fine, but when it comes to the forces that busted up the entire United States economy, well, you can find justice over there by the speeding tickets. Justice hasn't much taste for the big score, it prefers the neat and dainty gesture.

It’s easy to forget that justice is an invention and not a discovery. Justice may prevail from time to time, but it's no fire, water, or wind. Still, invention allows for reinvention, so I've got a suggestion for Arizona. While rounding up all the dangerous characters, beware the guys in three-piece suits who greet each other with a cocked thumb over an extended forefinger. It's a Goldman Sachs gang sign and means Gotcha.

29 comments:

  1. Actually, I think Arizona's long term goal is to make itself even more into the place where all the Goldman Sachs gang members retire and bring their ill-gotten gain. The joke will be on them, though, when they can't find anyone to work in their homes and gardens and restaurants. Or to manicure their golf courses.

    Another smart, to-the-point, to-the-bone post, Karin.

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  2. Oh excellent, Karin! As an Arizona resident... all I can say is this isn't the Arizona I love! It re-invented itself into 'stupid'.

    Your gang sign reference is perfect. It goes with gold dollar sign ($) money clips, dark suits in summer, and sprinklers spewing all day long.

    Welcome to Arizona. Now show us your document papers, whatever they may be (we haven't yet decided what to accept as documentation). Arapio (er, Governor Jan) hasn't decided if a birth certificate works or not.

    Keep writing!

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  3. Justice & law enforcement seem to be often money and/or popularity dependent. Justice peaking around the blindfold?

    I like your pic, kb: You're beginning to look like E of WLA

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  4. Yeah justice is hard to find and recognize. Right now I'm fuming here on the beautiful Gulf coast of Florida, ready to take on all those "drill, baby, drillers. Can they say, SPILL, BABY, SPILL! ERGGGGG

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  5. Great comment, Karin. All kinds of justice. I'm just glad I can get some sleep now after having a decade of having "We shoulda got the bronze!" bouncing around in my brain.

    Speaking of justice, does California have an amnesty program from Alabamian refugees?

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  6. Well, the best justice goes to those who can afford it.

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  7. Since I'm on of Justice's easy targets, must admit the photo is not mine. Found it on the internet. Actually I was trolling for a picture of Lady Justice with her hand out and I couldn't find one.

    Brenda -- aehhh, that's funny. Earl, yes, but see Brenda's comment. I think she needs a birth certificate.

    Bayside, they say this might be the worst spill in history. I can't comprehend ... keep us updated.

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  9. "an invention, not a discovery" - great observation and food for thought.

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  10. These just keep getting better and better.

    And the last line is the most bestest of all.

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  11. K, you know I had to keep going back to the Strunk and White to make sure I got the lay vs lie right, otherwise you'd bring out the red pen.

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  12. hadn't heard the news about the official stripping. a friend was bumped out of the running for the olympics b/c a certain woman cheated to get there...to this day, I am still pissed--my friend didn't cheat, she worked hard and was STILL in the running. grrrr.

    have another friend who just bought a house in AZ to be closer to family. she is horrified at the actions of the governor who seems to think G-d told her to do things like this proof requirement. being very white, european looking, I suspect I would't be stopped, yet some would say I am suspect! ;-) certainly I wouldn't be willing to work in fields with my white skin and melanoma.

    and not to be outdone, I have another friend who consulted with G/S, who is quite certain this whole rigamarole is a showcase to get the financial reforms we need and make an example of G/S. Pretty much, things are going according to "the plan" my friend suggested would happen. Pretty much the people suggesting the law in AZ is good, are the same people who bet you mortgage would fail. No huge surprise.

    finally, forgive my lack of capitalization, punctuation and S&W style---just had hand surgery and between pain meds, the internet and oh yeah, pretty much lack of use of one hand---I am somewhat out of sorts. I'll atone when I have use of both hands

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  13. Things went south, but not because of the south. Take a listen:

    http://www.thisamericanlife.org/sites/all/play_music/play_full.php?play=390

    GG

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  14. Yes, I can think of a gesture or two when it comes to oil spills. None of them ladylike.

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  15. To quote Cafe Pasadena "I 2nd, ie, ditto, the above commentators" ....

    ok, I have no idea about the Arizona thing. My TV remote control fell into the bed side trash can and was tossed. Over a month ago. The car radio gave out a day after I bought the truck back in 04 so you could say I'm off the grid. Sort of like being an uninformed citizen (at least for now).

    As for the hand pictured, I can hazard a guess that that isn't the hand of a banker unaccustomed to physical labor.

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  17. Isn't it interesting how many former Goldman -Sachs execs have been appointed to Obama administration posts?

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  18. Here's an interesting article saying that the real purpose behind the Arizona law is not to curb illegal immigration, but a tactic by Republicans to keep Hispanics from voting:

    http://www.truthout.org/behind-the-arizona-immigration-law-gop-game-to-swipe-the-november-election58877

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  19. Well, if Republicans owned the House, it'd be a different tune, dontcha think?

    So why don't they enforce immigration laws, anyway? Any thoughts?

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  20. Hey watch it Earl. Ya'll are going to be talking like me in no time!

    Another bullsye KB!

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  21. The first newspaper I worked for employed a sweet but terribly timid copy editor. One day she was in a minor car accident during lunch break.

    The cop at the scene asked if she needed to "lay down on the curb." She looked up at him and managed to croak out one line before she fainted: "Hens lay, people lie." ;-)

    Don't count out justice in the economic fiasco. Having covered federal courts for some years, I learned that prosecution in these complex financial matter is slow, but nearly always inevitable.

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  22. To use the verb "to lay" you have to lay someTHING. If you're not laying someTHING, the verb is "to lie" (no direct object). That used to work for students, after all the snickering. Worked for a good 30-40 seconds, if it wasn't Monday or Friday.

    We did get ol' Bernie Made-Off-With, so maybe there's hope. Are any of the Enron sociopaths in jail? One's in Tahiti, isn't he?

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  23. Apparently A. Pope and Carly Simon have never been wakened by a mockingbird.

    What bird is that with the bug on the cactus? Maybe it's a HUMBUG . . .

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  24. Yes I am and proud of it.

    I only recently found out Dixie Carter died. She looks like my dad

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  25. Maybe, Banjo & Karen. But don't tell PA; her dad looks like Blankfein.

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  26. I just know what would happen if I had to carry my papers on me - I'd forget they were in my pocket and put them in the wash. I did this with my husband's passport and all his visas washed out just before a trip to the US. So I will avoid Arizona!
    The image of Justice with those cute silky scarves around her wrists won't leave my mind.

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  27. Justice? I'll tell you what justice means to me when this oil spill has finished unraveling and I know why and how badly my world has been turned upside down.

    wv ungsti
    That just how I feel, ungsti.

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