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Digest for December 16th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for December 16th from 16:18 to 16:36:

  • A new perspective on the “affluenza” case: Sergio Molina’s story – A judge in Texas sentenced 16-year-old Ethan Couch to ten years of probation for the crash that killed four people. His lawyers argued he is a victim of a so-called condition called 'affluenza,' a theory that Couch isn't really to blame for his actions because his rich parents never set limits for him and he never learned about consequences. Sergio Molina was riding in the back of Couch's truck that night. He survived the accident, but he is suffering unimaginable consequences and his life will never be the same. Gary Tuchman has his story.
  • Cooper rips into ‘affluenza’ defender – CNN's Anderson Cooper has a spirited exchange with Dick Miller, the psychologist at the center of the "affluenza" case.
  • Affluenza: The Latest Excuse for the Wealthy to Do Whatever They Want – Ethan Couch, a teenager in Texas, killed four people but got off because he comes from a rich family and 'didn't know better.'
  • Why Megyn Kelly Was So Enraged at the Concept of a Black Santa (and Jesus) – And why she was so, so wrong.
  • Op-Ed Columnist: Why Inequality Matters – The economic populists have it right.
  • ‘Affluenza’ kills: White teen’s light sentence exposes dark side of criminal justice system – In January 1997, a 13-year-old black boy allegedly walked up to a man and shot him with rifle. Labeled a cold-blooded thug, Michael Lewis stood less than 5 feet tall when a judge handed down a life sentence in a Georgia courtroom.

    Last week, convicted on multiple counts of manslaughter and assault, 16-year-old Ethan Couch walked out of a Texas courtroom and into the public spotlight. Unlike Michael, Ethan will not spend a day behind bars. Despite killing four innocent people and shattering the lives of countless others, he was given ten years probation and ordered into a private rehabilitation center at his parents’ expense.

  • The one thing the federal government did on gun control since Newtown – More than a year after the most significant mass shooting this century, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Congress has failed to curtail the availability of guns in America. But one thing has happened on the federal level — or rather, not happened — that has at least delayed the spread of U.S.-made sporting firearms around the world.
  • Problems With Obamacare Don’t Prove Private Sector Superiority – The mainstream media has been very focused recently on every problem with the Affordable Care Act. There are plenty of things not to like about the ACA but many in the media have taken this as an opportunity to push as common conservative platitude — anything the public sector can do, the private sector can do better. There is example after example after example where this meme has been proven wrong.
  • Pa. pastor suspended for officiating same-sex marriage refuses to step down – A Pennsylvania pastor who was suspended for performing the same-sex marriage of his son refused to give up his credentials Monday and vowed to try to remain in the Methodist Church as an advocate for gay equality.
  • Our basic human rights are being violated… – Sixty-five years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed. The Declaration was drafted by the United Nations, and chaired by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The goal of the Declaration was to strive for “inherent dignity” and “equal and inalienable rights [for] all members of the human family.” But, many people in our nation are being denied these basic human rights.

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