Last week, the Department of Justice released its report detailing the depravity and enormity of Ferguson, MO's police and courts. Relatively far down the list of abuses was the revelation that many flatly, profoundly racist emails were shared among Ferguson's "law enforcement," with no repercussions at all.
A summary of these emails can be found here.
Referring to the emails, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote in "The Gangsters of Ferguson" that "Bigoted jokes are never really jokes at all, so much as a tool by which one sanctifies plunder... [t]he "joke" is in fact an entire worldview that reveals that the agents of plunder, the police, are in fact not plundering anyone at all. They are just making sure the reprobates pay their fair share."
No wonder Scott Walker's staffers were laughing at the same email as Ferguson's police... a full year before it slithered its way to Ferguson.
Better late than never? If tonight's report from the New York Times is true, we can anticipate indictments and/or guilty pleas on criminal charges for Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas in the near future.
The criminal charges against France's BNP Paribas are expected to be related to illegal banking for Sudanese actors, in violation of prohibitions responding to human rights abuses.
The charges against Credit Suisse (of Switzerland) will be related to providing tax shelters for Americans; basically, for aiding and abetting tax evasion en masse.
This is obviously good news. Although we've yet to see the charges brought, and yet to see charges brought for the myriad crimes other banks have committed in the past few years, the precedent is important. Moral hazard is a weapon banks love to deploy against ordinary people, but now the shoe may be moving to the other foot.
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In 1980, David Koch ran for Vice President on the Libertarian Party ticket. Courtesy of Senator Bernie Sanders's press office, the 1980 Libertarian Party platform consists of literally dozens of odious positions, which Republicans today should be called upon to repudiate. Republican candidates and elected officials are having powwows with the Kochs, and why think that the Kochs have grown more moderate in their dotage?
This is a critical document that enables Democrats to tie Republicans to their genuine policy preferences, not the milquetoast lies and half-measures they claim to believe in.
Republicans' main ally and benefactor had the following platform, in part:
Today the LA Times reports that at least 9.5 million people who were previously uninsured have gained coverage because of the Affordable Care Act.
In the course of interviewing pollsters who track the uninsured, the LA Times quotes Gallup promising a further drop in self-reported uninsured Americans in its forthcoming March data. Another key report is that several insurers who avoided offering plans on the exchanges this year are indicating they want to offer plans in the next enrollment period.
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So I'm going through the Scott Walker documents and come across this:
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"This morning I went to sign my Dogs up for welfare. At first the lady said, "Dogs are not eligible to draw welfare". So I explained to her that my Dogs are mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can't speak English and have no frigging clue who their Daddys are. They expect me to feed them, provide them with housing and medical care, and feel guilty because they are dogs. So she looked in her policy book to see what it takes to qualify. My Dogs get their first checks Friday."
Wow, this is low. Even for them.
Rep. Randy Weber, R-TX 14th District, decided to tweet as he waited for the State of the Union address. That was a mistake.
Thanks and acknowledgment to Media Matters for spotting this doozy.
Aisha Harris's piece published Tuesday in Slate sent Megyn Kelly completely off the deep end.
Entitled "Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore", Ms. Harris's piece describes the author's feelings of exclusion when, as a young girl, her family's darker-skinned Santa decorations didn't match the ubiquitous lighter-skinned Santa portrayed in the dominant culture. Harris's proposal for a "Penguin Santa" to replace the predominant Santa is largely an illustration of her central argument that "of course, since we created Santa, we can certainly change him however we’d like—and we have, many times over."
With this, Megyn Kelly went right to battle stations. The clip of her show, from Media Matters:
Megyn Kelly and Panel Discuss Santa's and Jesus's Whiteness
(Reported by The Hill) As Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) spoke on the floor of the House about the "need to repeal Obamacare," Rep. Holding decided it would be a perfect time to stop working or even pretending to work.
This man will keep his paycheck during the shutdown.
In the bowels of a Washington Post shutdown story by Dana Milbank is an interesting exchange from the House Rules Committee between Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY).
Today the Huffington Post ran a piece on the House Republicans and their newest phony, grasped-straw knock against immigration reform: Obama can't be trusted to faithfully execute the border security parts of the legislation. The weakness, cynicism, and hypocrisy of this argument are apparent enough.
But I'd like to highlight a quote in the piece from one of the most thoroughly loathsome Republicans in Congress: Steve King.
This is a really cursory overview of the arguments & key points in the brief, just FYI until a full article comes out somewhere.
Link to Brief:
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