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  • The school house in the photo is not a photo of Cabbage Neck (we don’t have a photo of that).Here is the description of the school house that is pictured:

    Randen Pederson

    Raspberry School House

    Old World Wisconsin

    Named for Raspberry Bay in Lake Superior, this one-room schoolhouse was built in 1896 by three Scandinavian families in Bayfield County’s remote northern tip. Determined to see local children educated, these immigrant families pooled their resources to build and manage the school. Now restored to its 1906 appearance, Raspberry School symbolizes the importance Norwegian immigrants typically placed on education.

    This photo also appears on a Wikipedia page.

  • It was the kitten story that tipped it for me. Who the hell does stuff like that?

    Anyway, thank you for sharing about your mother’s experience. It is hard to fathom such a large family, but my understanding is that in those days large families were common.

  • I know, right…Thank you for the read!

  • I agree with you, I think it would be a great topic!

  • We were looking forward to this very much. Thank you!

  • That is a lovely photo, thank you! I always loved school, and was anxious to start- I sort of resented that I skipped kindergarten because I felt a bit cheated. I did attend the first two grades in Missouri, and remember the teacher threatening the class with a paddling on occasion, but that was never carried out.

    As an aside, a bill has been introduced in Texas that says teachers can use deadly force on students. At first blush it appears that Texas teachers, like all Texas citizens, can use deadly force- in defense of self or others, if some sort of attack might result in great injury or death. But then, there is some disturbing language in the bill that says teachers can also use deadly force to protect school property:

    An educator is justified in using force or deadly force on school
    property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored event in defense
    of property of the school that employs the educator if, under the
    circumstances as the educator reasonably believes them to be, the
    educator would be justified under Section 9.43, Penal Code, in
    using force or deadly force, as applicable, in defense of property
    of the school that employs the educator.
    (b) It is a defense to prosecution for an offense committed
    by an educator only in the course of defending property of the
    school that employs the educator that the conduct is justified in
    the manner described by Subsection (a).

  • You are welcome, and thank you for reading, much appreciated. Our hope is that first hand accounts can help preserve a record of the past.

  • This reminds me of the Christopher Lopez case, only in this one- it looks like some sort of unspeakable sadistic sexual assault occurred along with the rest of the torture.

  • Unfortunately they always get away with torture murders in the jails. And in the case of Corizon, my understanding is, if any Corizon co-worker blows the whistle, they will be fired.

  • Corizon is in the business of torture and murder and ‘business is good.’ But it isn’t just them. County jails, which are serving as prisons are notorious for:

    -denying recreation and leaving inmates warehoused in overcrowded cells for days, weeks or months
    -falsifying paperwork to make it look like inmates did receive recreation
    -denying needed medications
    -denying medical care or having unlicensed staff oversee medical care, including mental health care
    -killing the occasional pregnant woman, or nearly killing pregnant women

  • Crane-Station commented on the blog post Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Developing Dilemma

    2015-01-21 18:09:19View | Delete

    Federal Death Penalty

    October 7, 2014

    Since 1988, the federal government has taken to trial a total of 200 federal death penalty cases involving 293 defendants in 229 trials. These 293 defendants were culled from a larger pool of 495 against whom the Attorney General had authorized the government to seek the death penalty. Excluding 12 defendants who are awaiting or currently on trial on capital charges, 231 of the remaining 483 defendants avoided trial by negotiated plea, when the government dropped its request for the death penalty without a plea agreement, dismissed charges entirely or the judge barred the death penalty. Fourteen were found not guilty of the capital charge. Two others were declared innocent by the government. Charges were dismissed against a third when grave questions were raised about his guilt. There have been three executions. One death row inmate was granted clemency. In cases where juries actually reached the point of choosing between life and death, they imposed 153 (66%) life sentences and 79 (34%) death sentences. Of these 79 sentences of death, 3 defendants received a death sentence twice. Three additional defendants received death verdicts, but new trials were granted and life sentences resulted – one by jury, another by plea, and third by judge.

  • Crane-Station commented on the blog post Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Developing Dilemma

    2015-01-21 17:58:01View | Delete

    Some of the thoughtful and interesting answers given summarized in this article:

    Here’s How Possible Boston Bombing Jurors Feel About The Death Penalty
    Juror 9:
    Asked twice if he could impose the death penalty, he said, “I’m committed against it.”

    Juror 10:
    “There is no way in modern America today that I’m going to vote for the death penalty. I will not.”

    Juror 19:
    “This whole process made me more religious. I just can’t agree with the death penalty.”
    “I just think killing another man is wrong. And I would be one of the members doing it. I just can’t kill another person.”

    Juror 23:
    “I would rather do the life imprisonment. I’m against the death penalty. It would have to be as personal as my child. I could not pass on the death penalty.”

    Juror 27:
    “I would leave myself open to persuasion, but I would be disinclined.”

    Juror 35:
    He said the death penalty is “cruel and unusual.”

    Juror 42:
    “Here’s the thing. This was a horrendous crime — hundreds, thousands affected. The magnitude was significant. At the same time, I do have reservations about the death penalty as a policy.”
    “The age of the defendant has some weight in my mind. The defendant was 19 when the crime was committed. I look at that as a mitigating circumstance.”
    “I would have a difficult time [voting for the death penalty]. Let’s put it this way: It would go against my judgment that the death penalty is a good idea for society. My personal belief is that the death penalty serves no constructive purpose.”
    On could he vote for the death penalty, “If there were societal risks, I would say…possibly? It would have to be pretty compelling.”

    Juror 43:
    “I think it’s something I would struggle with. I’m not sure I have the personal constitution to participate in someone’s death.”

    Juror 49:
    Asked if she could conceive a situation “so disturbing or morally repugnant” enough to impose the death penalty, she said, “Pretty sure. No.”

    Juror 51:
    “I don’t object to the death penalty itself. But I could never decide somebody’s fate like that.”
    “I don’t feel that it’s up to me to make that decision to take somebody’s life.”

    Juror 54:
    “It is not a logical punishment for any crime. It costs the state more. It carries the burden of being irreversible if the person is found not guilty afterwards. It’s proved not to be a deterrent.”
    When asked if he could conscientiously vote to impose death: “I think it would be difficult for me, but honestly I think I could.”

    Juror 57:
    “I’m completely opposed to it.”
    Asked if she could conceive of any case that would be so shocking that it would change your mind, she said, “No.”

    Juror 60:
    “Theoretically, I believe in the death penalty. It becomes very different when you’re looking at you making the decision.”

    Juror 65:
    “I think more often than not I am opposed to the death penalty … I’d have more difficulty voting for it, but I believe I could do it.”

    Juror 67:
    “I don’t believe in an eye for eye justice.”
    “Government shouldn’t impose the ultimate penalty.”
    “When someone does a heinous crime, you don’t do the same thing back.”

    Juror 84:
    “Upon reflection, I strongly oppose the death penalty. I think my answer would be he should not receive the death penalty.”

    Juror 102:
    “I have no view either way. I am really in the middle. I would have to hear everything and make an educated decision.”
    “I was surprised that the death penalty was on the table.”

  • Crane-Station commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Agrarian Myth

    2015-01-21 17:18:38View | Delete

    Happy Birthday msmolly!!

    Hello everyone, thank you so much for reading and commenting today. Just to summarize a bit, from the link above:

    The agrarian myth is the belief that the most desirable form of community is found in rural, specifically agrarian, village life. In the agrarian village, fundamental Western values such as a strong work ethic, independence, and integrity are supposedly fostered and passed from one generation to the next. Consequently, declines in the value of agrarian life and agrarian villages are seen as signals of an even larger decline of society itself. For those who believe in the agrarian myth, community type and morality become inseparably connected in the rural agricultural village. All other contemporary manifestations of community are incomplete or counterfeit.

    The agrarian myth is primarily a Western phenomenon. Historian Richard Hofstadter argues that the myth becomes prominent when it becomes less and less of a reality. Consequently the myth is most advanced in the more technologically developed and urbanized countries, and cases outside of the West are limited.

    I think that this myth has evolved and taken other forms as well, but I still see many signs of the agrarian myth in how food and goods are sold today.

  • Crane-Station commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: O’Toole: I’ll Make You A Believer by pbszebra.

    2015-01-20 18:34:18View | Delete

    The whole concept of death-qualifying anything, let alone a jury, is pretty sickening…and I mean, how is that exactly a jury of one’s peers? The whole death penalty is wrong on so many levels, as I see it. I guess I don’t have to worry about sitting on a jury like that.

  • Crane-Station commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: O’Toole: I’ll Make You A Believer by pbszebra.

    2015-01-20 04:12:28View | Delete

    Three more jurors “changed” their opinion about being able to impose the death penalty during their interview. They were possibly so undecided as to what they should do that they finally agreed, they could do it. Would the court really seat jurors that might vote for the death penalty, depending on which day it is? These [...]

  • Crane-Station commented on the blog post Over Easy: Monday Science

    2015-01-20 03:44:05View | Delete

    I had no idea eye drops were that expensive. Wow. Good luck on your surgery next week!

  • Crane-Station commented on the blog post Over Easy: Monday Science

    2015-01-20 03:38:14View | Delete

    Boxturtle, I am sorry to hear that. Want you to know, I am not able to be here in the day anymore (most days), but I always catch up on OEs, and continue to look forward to Monday Science! Thank you.

  • Crane-Station commented on the blog post Never. Give. Up.

    2015-01-20 02:56:17View | Delete

    I thought it was pretty notable how many of the prospective jurors revealed that they are either against the death penalty, or that they would be unable to sentence someone to death. When I was reading through the – I guess it was a transcript or else a twitter feed from one of the two reporters that were allowed it- those responses stood out. It’s unusual to see that many people taking that view.

  • Crane-Station commented on the blog post Never. Give. Up.

    2015-01-20 02:38:12View | Delete

    I am also conflicted. I am a bigger soccer fan, but have always loved to watch football. There are too many head injuries, and there’s a cumulative effect from the collisions. I think they are trying to reduce the helmet-to-helmet contacts by changing the way to tackle, but it is still a dangerous sport.

  • Crane-Station commented on the blog post Never. Give. Up.

    2015-01-19 17:07:35View | Delete

    Om Nom nom nom nom nom.

    We are big-time Seahawks fans. Yesterday I called my son, who was visiting my family in Seattle- it was his birthday- and they had had a storm, and the power was knocked out. They were listening on some kind of a radio, and I was calling to give them the blow-by-blow!

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