Tag: Dan turner

TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS

It really says something about Republican voters, that Donald Trump is doing so well in the polls. As wonderful as it may sound to them to have someone who’s “not afraid to speak his mind,” I think that misses the point. When what comes out of your mouth […]

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ANOTHER BIRTHDAY IN PRISON

I turned 37 today, and first thing in the morning, I got a happy birthday from someone that I never expected would know or care about it. Normally, I don’t even mention my birthday in this place, because I don’t much like the drama and shit-talk from guys […]

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PRISON INJUSTICE

I have met some intelligent guys in here who become obsessed with the idea of the corruption of DOC, the problems in the justice system, and the supposed slavery of the modern prison industrial complex. Now, look, there are problems in the justice system; there are stiffer penalties […]

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ANTI-NATURAL LIVING

The romantic myth of how living “naturally” in the past was wonderful is so ubiquitous in America, and that’s not surprising, considering this fantasy is generally common only among rich white people. Try telling a sustinence farmer’s wife in Kenya that it’s better for her to stay in […]

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JUDGEMENT IN PRISON

The other day I was criticizing the bad behavior of someone, and a guy I know accused me of “judging,” as in, “who was I to judge anyone, considering that I’m in prison for committing murder?” I’ve thought a lot about this issue, and first, my criticism of […]

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WHITE HOUSE RAINBOW

Conservatives are so upset about the recent victory for gay marriage, and the way it was celebrated by the president with his colorful display on the White House. They see it as an insult to their belief. Well, check it out: Have you ever considered that maybe your […]

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CONFEDERATE FLAGS

Okay, so maybe the reaction over confederate flags has gotten a bit out of hand. Now politicians are lobbying to remove memorial statues of the Civil War and things like that. But … it’s so ridiculous for conservative Southerners to think that this is somehow “wiping out their […]

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GOD’S HAND AT WORK

So in watching this tragedy of the mass murder in Charleston, the woman who turned in the killer said something along the lines of: “It’s not about me, but God put me there, and had me watch the news, so I could be there to turn him in.” […]

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NEW YORK PRISON ESCAPE

It’s instructive to listen to my peers in here speak glowingly about the two men who escaped from a maximum security prison. I’ve said it before, prisoners needs better heroes. And another thing: I’m so tired of hearing how “love” is used a catch-all excuse for any sort […]

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2016 RACE

Is anyone else totally head-over-heels excited about the 16 months of American politics for the presidential race? It’s so awesome! Appeals to the “folks” and blidn patriotism! Personal attacks! Anti-science nonsense! Sickening jingoism! Yesterday I head Bobby Jindal knock the metric system because it would make America “more […]

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GOD’S PLAN FOR CAITLIN JENNER

It’s so amusingly tragic to me to hear conservative Christians talk about Caitlin Jenner and say that being transgender is “unnatural” and “against God’s plan” since she was born a man. Okay, do Christians really want to go with the idea that everyone is born exactly the way […]

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ATHEIST PREACHING

I look around in here and see these young, impressionable kids arrive in prison, and the only people stepping up to pull them in (besides the gangs and other groups) are the religious people. Preaching the word. And so the battle for the (metaphorical) souls of young criminals […]

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PROBLEMS WITH PRISON

Group punishment. It’s a given. If some guy takes advantage of an officer’s kindness, we all get punished with stricter rules. If someone skips off to gym early, we all have to wait to go to gym. I once almost went to the Hole (along with a dozen […]

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PROBLEMS WITH PRISON

I want to be careful not to make this “Whining about Prison.” It’s something I used to do a lot, when I was younger and still self-centered enough to think that my life was actually not my fault. And whenever I catch myself complaining about prison, or hear […]

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ATHEIST BEHAVIOR

I’ve talked about this before, how the data suggests that atheists act better than religious people. Here’s something else. Where are the atheist crazies? I can’t find them. Whereas religion has plenty. There are no atheists who deny their children modern medicine (like Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christian Scientists). […]

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RELIGION AND RATIONAL THOUGHT

Religion is usually the end of rational thought. Take, for example, how people choose their religion. A rational approach would be to examine the world’s many religions, look for evidence, and settle on the one that provided that evidence. But how many people do this? How many even […]

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EDUCATION IN PRISON

There’s a term in economics called opportunity cost. It’s what you miss out on when you choose to do one particular thing over another. E.g., if you pass on overtime at work to do something person, the opportunity cost would be the extra money you would have earned. […]

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FREE IN PRISON

Most of the guys who leave here and come back always talk about it’s often too hard out there for an ex-con to make it. Well, I’m going to put this to the test in less than 17 months. I’ll be an ex-con with nothing but a high-school […]

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LEGAL MARIJUANA

All of these opponents of drug legalization ask “penetrating” questions such as “Do you really think pot is harmless?” It’s ridiculous and beside the point. I don’t think any reasonable person thinks that pot is harmless. Obviously, if you inhale smoke into your lungs over and over, it’s […]

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PSEUDO-INTELLECTUALISM IN PRISON

It’s part and parcel. Yesterday I was sitting at a table where two guys were talking about ancient alien astronauts or whatever the latest show on the History channel is touting. I tried to bring in some actual history and anthropology, but it wasn’t wanted. The same day, […]

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RELIGION IN PRISON

There’s always the cliched expectation that religion can make a con’s life better. The first time I ever went to the Hole, shortly after I arrived in prison in 1997, it was exactly as I expected: a bare cell, metal toilet, mattress, and blanket, and you were there […]

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EDUCATION IN PRISON

It never fails in this place; there is always a chorus of anti-intellectual nonsense, people saying, “What’s the point of that, I’m never going to need it in my life.” Yes, because education is very underrated. All of those successful people in life got that way by spurning […]

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EASE WITH EVOLUTION

Many religious people have told me that they despise the theory of evolution because it tells us that we are mere animals. First, it is important to note that how much you despise evolution, or how much I love it, says absolutely nothing about whether it is true […]

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GAY MARRIAGE IN ALABAMA

So Alabama became the 37th state to allow gay marriage … but of course a lot of the districts defied the federal court mandate and weren’t allowing the couples to wed anyway. In the deep south, no way! 🙂 I just can’t understand why people CARE so much. […]

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PRIDE IN PRISON

The problem with pride in prison is that so many guys in here are proud for the wrong reasons. Racial pride is number one, or some other gang- or group-related pride. Or pride in their criminal life. Incessant bragging is always on display, despite that where you are […]

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SELF-RESPECT IN PRISON

A lot of times when I hear guys in here talk about their lot in prison, they proclaim some version of the following: “They took my pride, my dignity, my self-respect.” First of all, who is “they?” “They” are the people doing their jobs by locking up and […]

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NEGATIVITY AND REASON

In prison the negativity and is pretty much impossible to avoid. Whether it’s just a person being spiteful or ignorant or cruel, it’s a constant part of the landscape. And sometimes it’s difficult to avoid thinking that way yourself. At least it has been for me at times. […]

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