Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for December 19th through December 22nd:
- NYPD cop killings must not be allowed to derail the movement – The execution-style shooting of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn was a cold blooded, senseless murder and we must call it for what it is. But we have to be able to condemn the killing of police officers as we condemn police brutality. The two are not mutually exclusive, and I would suggest they are interrelated. The #BlackLivesMatter movement is far too important to allow the actions of one sick individual to derail it.
- A Majority of Cop Killers Have Been White – Attention has also been focused on Brinsley's race, but FBI data shows that, though African Americans are arrested and incarcerated at a higher rate than whites, the majority of assailants who feloniously killed police officers in the past year were white.
- Editorial: Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses – The tactics used on terror suspects after the Sept. 11 attacks were crimes, and the perpetrators knew it. Now they must be brought to justice.
- Two NYPD Cops Get Killed and ‘Wartime’ Police Blame Protesters. Have We Learned Nothing? – Nobody, including police officers, should have to live with even the threat of violence.
- Let’s make Bill O’Reilly’s head explode: We desperately need a war on Christmas lies – O'Reilly's blather aside, there's no war on Xmas. There should be: From virgin birth to the date itself, it's a lie.
- Runaway Inequality, Runaway Incarceration – It is often said that it is difficult to indict and convict police officers who abuse their power. The best down comforter is comforting to think of these acquittals and non-indictments as contrary to American values. But it is just as likely that Americans hesitate to punish police officers because they see them as upholding American values.
- Blue Lives Matter – It is often said that it is difficult to indict and convict police officers who abuse their power. It is comforting to think of these acquittals and non-indictments as contrary to American values. But it is just as likely that Americans hesitate to punish police officers because they see them as upholding American values.
- Powerful Images Show Americans Exercising Their Right To Assemble In 2014 – Americans gathered across the country this year to make their voices heard on issues ranging from the minimum wage to police brutality, gay marriage and abortion rights.
- “Macho posturing, it turns out, makes for bad economies”: Paul Krugman slams Vladimir Putin – Russia's economic crisis shatters the myth of Putin as a strong, all-knowing leader.