Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for December 15th through December 16th:
Has the GOP Become the Pro-Torture Party? – While it's true that there are some conservatives offering a more nuanced view of this issue, what the average person is seeing right now is an entire party mobilizing to defend the use of torture, whether they will call it by that name or not. And that looks to be having an effect on public opinion.
Michael Brown’s Death Is Now Part of American History – The death of Michael Brown on August 9th has become part of American history. Not the history that includes the Mayflower, Plymouth Rock, and Johnny Appleseed, but a parallel history, an ugly one, one that is still being written.
“Witness 40”: Exposing A Fraud In Ferguson – “The grand jury witness who testified that she saw Michael Brown pummel a cop before charging at him ‘like a football player, head down,’ is a troubled, bipolar Missouri woman with a criminal past who has a history of making racist remarks and once insinuated herself into another high-profile St. Louis criminal case with claims that police eventually dismissed as a ‘complete fabrication.’”
Prejudice All Around – On Dec. 3, a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. Most Americans, in subsequent polls, have rejected this decision. Blacks are more unanimous than whites. But in each survey, nearly two-thirds of whites who express an opinion have agreed that the grand jury’s decision was disappointing or wrong.