On the Confederate Flag

In the wake of the absolutely horrific shooting in South Carolina that left nine people dead, attention has swiftly turned to the display of the Confederate flag in the state, given that the murderer, Dylann Roof, was pictured wrapped in the flag, and given the (to put matters mildly) problematic history behind the flag. As …

The Murder of Eric Garner and the Failure of Justice

As others have noted, while there may have been some reason not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to have refrained from indicting Daniel Pantaleo for the murder--yes, the murder--of Eric Garner. And why was Garner murdered? For selling "loose" or untaxed cigarettes. "Appalling" does …

The Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

For those trying to understand why the grand jury in the Michael Brown case came to the decision not to indict Darren Wilson, this appears to be a very good accounting: The most credible eyewitnesses to the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., said he had charged toward Police Officer Darren Wilson just before …

Hillary Clinton Continues to Live Down to Expectations

The riots in Ferguson have brought to the forefront issues concerning race relations in the United States, police brutality, the possible over-militarization of police, crime, violence and the fragility of First Amendment rights of free expression. And naturally, Hillary Clinton has absolutely nothing whatsoever to say about the entire matter. Not that anyone should really …

Paul Krugman and the Truth Just Don’t Seem to Get Along

I won't hold my breath waiting for the New York Times to correct Paul Krugman's latest op-ed piece. But the New York Times really ought to correct Paul Krugman's latest op-ed piece. And perhaps it ought to discipline Krugman for being so cavalier with the facts, which in his op-ed, he pretends are "awkward" for the …

Matt Welch on MSNBC

Exactly right: MSNBC, on whose shows I have happily participated* (see update below), engages daily in the othering business, of making conservatism itself (and sometimes libertarianism, and other non-Progressive ideological strains) a disreputable condition, explicable in terms of pathology. That this is done in the name of tolerance and sensitivity to punitive stereotypes is one of the ironies …

MSNBC: The Shock-Jock Network

MSNBC sees it as its mission in life to rile conservatives and outrage people. We have seen this tendency play itself out in Martin Bashir's comments about Sarah Palin, in Melissa Harris-Perry's--and friends'--comments about one of Mitt Romney's grandchildren, and now we see it anew in a tweet that all but outright states that all …

From the Department of Simple Solutions to Problems that Never Should Have Existed in the First Place

I see that there are complaints in various and sundry places regarding the dearth of Republicans at the 50th anniversary commeration of the March on Washington. May I suggest that in the future, if one wishes to get certain elected officials to a particular gathering, one ought to give them plenty of advance notice by …