Would Marijuana in Michael Brown’s System Make Him Act “Crazy”?

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 8:49 am

The toxicology report hasn’t been released yet, and Baden says he got his information on marijuana in Brown’s system from the Washington Post. In the absence of a lot more evidence it’s pretty pie-in-the-sky to speculate on how anything in Brown’s system might have influenced his behavior. But as long as we’re going there, here is what former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper wrote about dealing with people who had smoked marijuana

Robin Williams is Gone, but Millions Will Still Suffer Until Things Change

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 8:32 am

The way that homeless person looks on the outside is no doubt very different from how Robin Williams looked on the outside, but on the inside anyone struggling with mental illness and addiction usually feels the same way no matter their station in life.

DREAMer Erika Andiola Offers to Let Steve King Tear Up Her DACA Card

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 8:26 am

DREAM activists Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas confronted Rep. Steve King (R-IA)  in a restaurant about his opposition to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) memo,  which defers deportation of some immigrants who migrated to the United States as children. In the video, Andiola offers King the opportunity to tear up her DACA card. [...]

Demagoguing Feminism for Fun and Profit

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 7:48 am

Genuinely curious to see if left ideological solidarity protects @DianeRavitch from backlash for this blatant sexism http://t.co/xvzYcZN8rS — Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) July 15, 2014 @janehamsher @jaketapper @DianeRavitch Got it. I'll put you down for "yes." — Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) July 15, 2014 This morning we’re all treated to a feminist screed by John Chait about [...]

Detroit’s “Shock Doctrine” Water Shut-Off Tactics

By: Monday July 7, 2014 8:10 am

The Detroit Water and Sewage Department is going door to door in Detroit, cutting off approximately 3000 customers per week who are delinquent on their water bills.

Explain to Me Again Why Thurgood Marshall Jr Is on the CCA Board?

By: Wednesday June 25, 2014 12:26 pm

Thurgood Marshall Jr., son of the late Supreme Court Justice famous for Brown v Board of Education, joined the board of CCA in 2003. Not only is he on the Board, he’s an enthusiastic PAC contributor.

NYT on Sentencing Reform and the Ghost of Willie Horton

By: Monday June 23, 2014 9:01 am

Yesterday the New York Times ran a lengthy (and welcome) editorial urging Congress to act on sentencing reform, and lamentedg that they probably aren’t going to pass either the Smarter Sentencing Act or the Recidivisim Reduction and Public Safety Act this summer.

Vanity Fair Applauds Kevin Gosztola’s Coverage of the Manning Trial

By: Friday June 13, 2014 7:40 am

Molly Crabapple has an excellent article in Vanity Fair on how journalists love to love dissidents in other countries (Pussy Riot) but ignore those in their own country (Barrett Brown, Cecily McMillan, Bradley Manning) who make them uncomfortable. In other words, all the people we cover here at FDL. So I was really happy to see her call out Kevin Gosztola for his work on the Manning trial.

5000 Tent City “Copa do Povo” Springs Up on Doorstep of Sao Paulo World Cup Stadium

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 8:35 am

A 5000 tent city has been built near the Arena de Sao Paulo, where Brazil will play its opening match against Croatia for the World Cup.

The tent city has been dubbed “Copa do Povo” (“The People’s Cup”) by organizers of the Homeless Worker’s Movement to protest poverty in the country:

The New Republic Publishes Hit Piece on Chris Hedges After the American Prospect and Salon Pass

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 7:55 am

The New Republic has published a hit piece on Chris Hedges that accuses him of plagiarism — without ever really documenting any direct plagiarism as far as I can tell. I’ll admit that my eyes started to glaze over as I read the 5700 word piece, so it may have crept in there and I had simply gone catatonic.