Category Archives: Government Apologies

When jackbooted thugs come for your lemonade

On the streets of Tower Hamlets, a London borough, a five-year-old set up a lemonade stand. She charged 50 pence for a small glass, and a pound for a large one. That’s about 65 cents or a dollar-thirty. Her father, … Continue reading

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On hugs and regret

I was going to post about this image and text. I really wanted to.

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Thirteen ways of looking at a cynical apology

With apologies to Wallace Stevens. I Note that Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson is wearing a red polo shirt instead of the uniform of his office. He’s not apologizing as the representative of the police force; he’s just a guy. In a polo … Continue reading

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All right, already

In Washington state, ferry boats are vital transportation for a serious number of people. It’s the biggest ferry operation in the US, third biggest in the world. Washington State Ferries (WSF) is run by the state Department of Transportation and … Continue reading

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Australia…backsliding

One of our first posts was about Australia’s National Day of Healing (aka Sorry Day). It happens every February 13, the anniversary of the Australian Parliament’s decision to apologize to the indigenous peoples they’d had screwed over and abused for so long. That apology, delivered by … Continue reading

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Apologies and non-apologies to comfort women

Last week, Japan’s former prime minister Tomiichi Murayama visited South Korea and met with three former comfort women. Comfort women, of course, were those 200,000 women (some of them very young teenagers) forced into prostitution for the Japanese military during World … Continue reading

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The Navy regrets

NBC News 4 reporter Scott MacFarlane, researching a story about the Washington Navy Yard shootings of September 2013, sent some FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests to the Navy. He asked for memos sent by some officials, and for any … Continue reading

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Apologies in action and inaction

Everybody’s apologizing for the debacle that is the new healthcare.gov site! (Don’t click on that, you’ll get stuck for a week.) Health and Human Services honcho Kathleen Sebelius! (“You deserve better. I apologize. I’m accountable to you for fixing these problems. And … Continue reading

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Dude! Who said you could hang out in our cell, wearing our handcuffs?

Last year the DEA busted a 4/20 party near San Diego, confiscated 18,000 hits of MDMA, and questioned 9 people. They arrested 7, and let one go. They told the last person, Daniel Chong, that they would release him too, … Continue reading

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I have become somewhat aware of the Freedom of Speech

Mike Pence, governor of Indiana, is a Republican who has made opposition to same-sex marriage an important part of his platform. On June 26th he posted a statement on his gubernatorial Facebook page expressing disappointment in the Supreme Court’s overturning … Continue reading

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