Matt Taibbi writes another article that documents how the criminal justice system is tilted against the less fortunate. I will continue to recommend his book The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap.
The above link is a Rolling Stone article about former NYT reporter Judith Miller, who played a role in making the country think that Iraq was a war of necessity. She has just released a book and is trying to redeem her reputation. But there is nothing she can do to redeem herself at this point, especially when she still seems not to understand the full ramifications of her actions. She helped lead this country into a war that has caused untold pain and suffering, with thousands of dead soldiers and even more innocent Iraqis killed, along with untold numbers that were either maimed or now face psychological trauma. She betrayed the public trust in a way that I don’t think can ever be fully forgiven.
Give ‘Em Hell, Bernie Sanders
The above article about Bernie Sanders is by Matt Taibbi. I think there are some great questions posed in it about the state of our democracy.
A couple days ago I posted Matt Taibbi teeing off on David Brooks. Now Jeffrey Taylor is doing the same. This time it is over his lazy criticisms of secularism. Fore!
I know I have been posting a lot of links to Taibbi lately. What can I say, he makes me laugh. Here he writes about David Brooks, who I can’t stand. Whenever I see Brooks on TV he seems like someone that is deeply insecure and afraid beneath the surface.
The details emerging from the Justice Department’s investigation into Ferguson are pretty ugly. There is definitely racism is our criminal justice system and this is just the latest example. If you don’t think there is, you are probably white, and you probably haven’t read enough. Again, I think one of the best one stop shop reads you can have on this subject for modern times is Matt Taibbi’s The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap. But if you are somehow new to all of this just read the details in the above article, it won’t take very long. A few samples:
- Ferguson’s black drivers were more than twice as likely as their white counterparts to be stopped and searched, according to records over two years. Black drivers were also 26 percent less likely to be found in possession of contraband.
- According to the police department’s internal records concerning force, 88 percent of those cases involved force against blacks. All 14 canine bite incidents involved blacks.
- Blacks were 68 percent less likely than others to have their cases dismissed in municipal court. An arrest warrant was more likely to be issued for blacks.
Matt Taibbi has been slam dunking it lately. Here he takes on Scott Walker, which those of you that have been reading along know I can’t stand. A sample:
Beltway Democrats may not deserve good luck, but it looks like they could have plenty in the next presidential race. Heading into the weekend, Scott Walker, a man born to be slaughtered in a general election, is suddenly leading the pack in the Iowa polls.
Walker is surging thanks to his performance at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, where the union-busting governor inspired raucous applause with his “I was a dick in Wisconsin, and I can be one in Washington, too!” stump speech.
Walker’s address was a broadside against a litany of conservative bugbears, from Planned Parenthood to the media to tax day to the subversive act of voting without a photo ID, etc.
But the money line came during a Q&A session. Asked how he would take on radical Islamist terrorists, Walker referred to his experience taking on pro-union protesters in his home state:
“If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”
Walker’s seeming comparison of peaceful union activists to head-chopping Islamic terrorists drew a predictable response, with progressive groups like American Bridge sending out alerts denouncing his comments, along with outrage from the Democratic National Committee.
But the National Review also called it an “unforced error,” with writer Jim Geraghty taking special offense at the fact that Walker had forced him into a place where he had to defend, of all people, union activists. Even Rick Perry, not exactly a kumbaya-chanting paragon of tolerance, chided Walker for crossing a line:
“These are Americans… You are talking about, in the case of ISIS, people who are beheading individuals and committing heinous crimes, who are the face of evil. To try to make the relationship between them and the unions is inappropriate.”