Adam Johnson, writing at FAIR, catches the Washington Post featuring a video "experiment" where poor children, faced with the choice of a nice present for themselves or one for their parents, choose the one for their parents. Phrases like "cheap emotional pornography" and "shallow moralism" describe such "experiments" quite adequately, but we shouldn't forget that videos like these are usually the brainchild, as it were, of marketing corporations, and why do we tolerate the "liberal" media giving over news space to marketers again?
Debbie Nathan, writing in The Nation, explains "The Real Reason Sandra Bland Got Locked Up." Long story short: "Texas has no state income tax, and money for social services must come from somewhere. Gouging people with traffic tickets and criminal convictions is an easy way for the state, counties, and municipalities to collect lots of money." Defenders of the pay-as-you-fee state will tell you that the people who commit the crimes should be shouldering more of the burden, and I won't say I'm immune to that kind of moralizing, but I thought we asked criminals to pay for their crimes, not for politicians' lack of courage in explaining that taxes pay for things we all need, and forcing citizens to pay hundreds of dollars for an "improper lane change," while letting big corporations hold states hostage to bigger and bigger welfare handouts, is hardly just.
Why did the FBI hound Pete Seeger all those years, according to David Corn at Mother Jones? Because he wrote a letter, as an Army private in 1943, protesting a Californian American Legion proposal to deport all Japanese-Americans (even if they were citizens!) upon war's end -- and the Legion, of course, promptly passed that letter to the FBI. Later, the FBI learned that Mr. Seeger had joined the Communist Party (he didn't stay long) and that Woody Guthrie's guitar said "this machine kills Fascists," which the FBI seems to have taken personally for some reason. All this while Mr. Seeger was trying to get into the fight against Hitler! The FBI did seem to get the upper hand on him during the '50s, but more than seven decades after that first letter he died a beloved hero, with President Obama calling him "America's tuning fork."
At least one Washington Post fact-checker has given up the game, because there's too much anti-factual crap out there on the internet. You can insulate yourself from it fairly well if you avoid clickbait and avoid corporate-sounding domain names with that extra ".co" or ".net" or whatever at the end, but note well the NBC.com.co founder (who has nothing to do with NBC, see how that works?) who flat-out says he "specifically tries to invent stories that will provoke strong reactions in middle-aged conservatives." We're a truly sick, immoral, and decadent society if we cannot shame such a man into silence.
Finally, Ronald Reagan's daughter, Patti Davis, says her father would be "so appalled" by the current Republican candidates for President. I think she's right, and we liberals do find ourselves beginning a lot of sentences with "at least Reagan didn't" these days. Recall, however, that no less a personage than Ayn Rand called Ronald Reagan "the representative of the worst kind of conservatism."