Open Thread

Sound Bites

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Jeff Darcy)

In other news, House Republicans want the EPA to keep science out of their science, because no one knows science like Lamar Smith.

Meanwhile, Justice Antonin Scalia is either a liar or delusional. Take your pick.

And finally, the Department of Justice has released the full report on the Ferguson Police Department and it paints a picture of virulent discrimination and vicious misconduct, to say the least. You can read the department's press release here and the full report here.

There are far too many examples to cite them all, but here's one (pg 77) that stuck out to me for character reasons.

Even as Ferguson City officials maintain the harmful stereotype that black individuals lack personal responsibility — and continue to cite this lack of personal responsibility as the cause of the disparate impact of Ferguson’s practices -- white City officials condone a striking lack of personal responsibility among themselves and their friends. Court records and emails show City officials, including the Municipal Judge, the Court Clerk, and FPD supervisors assisting friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and themselves in eliminating citations, fines, and fees.