A little of this and that:
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart took a whack at Fox “news” for the double standard when it comes to their screaming for accountability on Ferguson while refusing to hold themselves accountable for their Benghazi witch hunt.
Yeah, because Benghazi and Ferguson were sooooooo much alike. Except that Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty were not thugs who were killed by the Benghazi cops in a case of justifiable homicides. And Fox News did not falsely blame a YouTube video for the riot in Benghazi and put the man who made the video in prison. Nor did the Ferguson cops withhold evidence and lie. Last but not least, Fox News reporting did not cause any rioting or looting.
But other than that the similarities are eerie.
The Justice Department says police and courts in Ferguson, Mo., violated black residents’ civil rights because officials saw them as a source of revenue. They were given excessive fines and fees.
This is a couple weeks old but I never got around to talking about it. What was going on in the Ferguson criminal justice system wasn’t racism, it was all about the Benjamins. This is a problem in big cities and small towns across the nation.
Government is expensive, especially when it starts growing like Topsy. But local governments are handcuffed by limited tax revenues and balanced budget laws. Unlike the federal government they aren’t allowed to spend more than they collect.
Parking and traffic enforcement are big money-makers for many local governments. How bad is it? In some places if you fight a ticket the case will get dismissed because the city/county prefers to have their officers writing tickets rather than sitting in court. If the cop writes five tickets an hour and sending them to court takes an average of two hours of their time, the city/county makes more revenue by keeping them on the street.
But their favorite targets aren’t poor people who have no money or rich people who have political influence. The ideal target for generating revenue are working stiffs who can’t afford to miss work or lose their licenses so they pay the fines without fighting.
That’s why local governments love red-light cameras. They don’t even have to put a cop out there to write the tickets, they just send them out in the mail. Just ask Rahm Emanuel.
Tyler McNally is shocked and offended by Chris Sabo:
The three most overused and misused words in the English language the past 7 years are racism, sexism, and homophobia. Chris Sabo is an artist who is deliberately rude, offensive and inappropriate. But rude, offensive and inappropriate is not ipso facto racism.
As Helen likes to say, “my give-a-damn is busted.”