Jumble Spoiler – 06/04/11

Barbed tape at a prison

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Visual Description:  An Aron wannabe, in the state pen, listening to a radio contest.

ZRAYC  =  CRAZY,  UOTCN  =  COUNT,  DLHEPE  =  HELPED,  ERHLBA  =  HERBAL   —   Giving us:  CONLPEHEL

Clue/Question:  Having one would have given the inmate a chance to win the contest.

Answer:  A CELL PHONE

(Classic.  EVERYTHING was well-scrambled, today!  It doesn’t even matter that the answer was pretty darn obvious.  The whole thing worked.  There is a major problem in this country, with the legal/prison system, that many are not aware of.  Time was that all the prisons were run either by the federal government, by the individual states, or by counties and cities.  But there was a big build up of private prisons, and also the privatization of existing prisons, that took off in the 1980s, and today has become a VERY big business.  The original idea was that by contracting out, to these private entities, the government could save a lot of money.  But, the result has been that since the 1980s the incarceration rate in the United States has TRIPLED.  And, the so-called savings have never materialized.   Some studies show that the private (for profit) prisons cost MORE than the ones still run by the government.  And, of course, these for-profit prisons are being paid for with OUR tax dollar$.  Plus, with the private prisons the prison staffs are less well trained, which has resulted in increased prison violence and escapes.  And, there is the direct correlation between the growth of these FOR-PROFIT prisons and the incarceration rate.  There are A LOT of non-violent “criminals” in these places, and we’re all paying A LOT of  $$.$$ to keep them there.  It’s not JUST for them, and this kind of INJUSTICE is not good for our society as a whole.  It’s yet another example of the dangers of unfettered capitalism.  It is a mess, my friends.  We can do better.)   —   YUR

4 Responses to “Jumble Spoiler – 06/04/11”


  1. 1 Lesley June 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I’m shocked that I got HERBAL pretty quickly! I did work backwards, I have to admit, though, to get it! As for prisons, it’s the same as schools. If we let the big corporate people take over, they make a mess of it! Schools and prisons and law enforcement and firefighting should NOT be run by BIG business. The process of helping children and adults should never be run like a “business.” It will only lead to failure! I have seen this first hand!

  2. 2 unclerave June 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Deregulation and privatization are what have gotten our great country in such a pickle! Vouchers for schools – like vouchers for health insurance – will only INCREASE the ranks of the Have-Nots! Why don’t the rank and file Republicans (have-nots, like the rest of us) see this??? Our country always did best under a hybrid of capitalism AND socialism. The push to pure capitalism, which has been growing steadily since the 1980s, is like Darwinism . . . on steroids!

    — YUR

  3. 3 Lesley June 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Well said, YUR!

  4. 4 unclerave June 6, 2011 at 9:43 am

    If you get the chance, watch “Capitalism: A Love Story” It is a pretty good documentary. It covers a lot of the last 30 or so years, to show how we’ve gotten to this point. I just watched it, for the first time, last night. The corporations really have the market cornered on propaganda.

    — YUR


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