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Reading through the recently-released Department of Justice report on its 14-month investigation into the practices of the Baltimore City Police Department produces many different reactions. For some, total denial of any ...
Failing Ourselves and Our Communities One Injustice At a Time

We Want The Police To Fail

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Reading through the recently-released Department of Justice report on its 14-month investigation into the practices of the Baltimore City Police Department produces many different reactions. For some, total denial of any wrongdoing on the part of the police. For others, the response is more of a shrug, sort of “what did you expect? Of c
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There is no question that the police are out of control. The killing of unarmed, mostly African American, citizens has been gaining increasing publicity. Dashboard and body camera video has captured deplorable police ...
Not surprising

This Is What Happens When You Lose Public Trust

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There is no question that the police are out of control. The killing of unarmed, mostly African American, citizens has been gaining increasing publicity. Dashboard and body camera video has captured deplorable police behavior. In many cases the official police report is directly contradicted by the video evidence. Further, if not for the
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It’s been somewhat hypnotic to watch the city I was born in tear itself apart. I can’t look away. And I want to take the people getting the story wrong and slap them upside their fat heads. The real destruction of ...
With Enough Blame For Everyone, What Do We Do Next?

The Real Destruction of Baltimore

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It’s been somewhat hypnotic to watch the city I was born in tear itself apart. I can’t look away. And I want to take the people getting the story wrong and slap them upside their fat heads. The real destruction of Baltimore isn’t the 15 structural fires from Monday’s riots. It’s not the cop cars with their [&hellip
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Have you seen the footage of the arrest of Freddie Gray? My advice would be to sit down before you watch it. Seeing a person sworn to uphold the law kneeling on Gray’s neck while others contort his legs into what the ...
Baltimore: The City That Bleeds

I Would Run Too

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Have you seen the footage of the arrest of Freddie Gray? My advice would be to sit down before you watch it. Seeing a person sworn to uphold the law kneeling on Gray’s neck while others contort his legs into what the witness who shot the cellphone video said resembled ‘origami’ — all while Gray [&hellip
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In the sixth episode of This Week In Jackassery, Adrienne Boettinger and I discuss America's eroding trust in law enforcement, Intuit's lobbying to keep tax filing as difficult as possible, California's drought, presidential ...
Jackassery, Presidential Politics, Tax Hell, Rad or Bad, and the Things That are Driving Us To Drink This Week

This Week In Jackassery, Ep. 6

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In the sixth episode of This Week In Jackassery, Adrienne Boettinger and I discuss America’s eroding trust in law enforcement, Intuit’s lobbying to keep tax filing as difficult as possible, California’s drought, presidential declarations, and proof that everything in the world doesn’t suck. We also play a brand new gam
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There are the cases that we all hear about: Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice. They grab headlines and cause protests. The problem is that for every incident that gets headlines, there are many others that ...
At least the criminals can be convicted for breaking the law

Who Is More Frightening, The Criminals Or The Police?

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There are the cases that we all hear about: Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice. They grab headlines and cause protests. The problem is that for every incident that gets headlines, there are many others that simply do not get reported. The difference is that these attacks are caught on video and the [&hellip
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Once upon a time, when I was but knee high to a moose, I was playing with dry-erase markers in my parents’ basement. At that time, our house was painted all white, so to my fine eye it seemed as if the house was asking for ...
IT'S A PRIVILEGE NOT A RIGHT

Fuck Your Breath

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Once upon a time, when I was but knee high to a moose, I was playing with dry-erase markers in my parents’ basement. At that time, our house was painted all white, so to my fine eye it seemed as if the house was asking for it. I told myself that it was okay to [&hellip
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We originally wanted to recap what happened in Congress in 2014 but since single-celled amoeba are more productive than American politicians we figured the juice wasn’t worth the squeeze. When we really thought about it ...
This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

This Year in Media Jackassery: ‘Murica

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We originally wanted to recap what happened in Congress in 2014 but since single-celled amoeba are more productive than American politicians we figured the juice wasn’t worth the squeeze. When we really thought about it though, there was something that irritated us even more than Congress (or at least as much): the 24-hour noose cycle.
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The Snap: In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, The Onion featured a story on Wayne LaPierre saying it would take 1,000 dead kids for the NRA to reconsider its opposition to gun control. The piece was jarring in ...
Let's Replace All Cops and Prosecutors with the cast of Law and Order

Have People Lost Their Damn Minds?

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The Snap: In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, The Onion featured a story on Wayne LaPierre saying it would take 1,000 dead kids for the NRA to reconsider its opposition to gun control. The piece was jarring in its hyperbole; it felt like an accurate description because no amount of school children [&hellip

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