Oregon Shooting Investigator is a Sandy Hook Truther


Seriously, I'm beginning to wonder if the ranks of America's county sheriffs aren't jam packed with wingnuts completely out of touch with reality. More than a few of them seem to be Alex Jones-level conspiracy mongers, including the one who is now investigating the mass shooting at a community college in Oregon. Sheriff John Hanlin of Douglas County, Oregon is a Sandy Hook truther. From his Facebook page: … [Read more...]

Criminal Justice Reform Package Finally Unveiled in Senate


For several months, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators have been working on a package of reforms to our criminal justice system and the bill, called the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, has finally been submitted. As one would expect, it doesn't go nearly far enough but it at least a strong step in the right direction. And after declaring such reform hopeless for years, I'll take it. … [Read more...]

Time to Clean House at the Secret Service


There have been many highly embarrassing incidents and scandals involving the Secret Service over the last few years, but a new report from the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security may be the worst yet. The assistant director of the Secret Service, Edward Lowery, was so upset by an inquiry into that string of scandals that he released confidential information about the congressman asking uncomfortable questions. … [Read more...]

Proselytizing Principal in Texas Faces More Trouble

The principal of a Texas high school who is the target of action by the Freedom From Religion Foundation for using his position to proselytize his students for Christianity may face much more trouble than that. A lawsuit has been filed against him for retaliating against a teacher who went to the police about another teacher sexually molesting a student. And she has him on a recording chastising her for going outside the school about the incident. … [Read more...]

Pedophile Rapist Doctor Gets House Arrest

Here's a perfect example of the massive inequities in our criminal "justice" system. Our prisons are full of young black and Latino men charged with nothing more than possession of drugs, but a doctor who admits to having raped multiple women while under anesthesia and possessing child pornography involving an 8 year old girl gets a suspended sentence and a year under house arrest. … [Read more...]

Michigan Jail Lets Man Die for 17 Days for Not Paying Ticket


This is an absolutely horrifying story, though not at all surprising for those of us who have covered Michigan news regarding the Macomb County Jail. Officers in that facility watched a man die a slow, painful death for 17 days while refusing to get him medical treatment or even provide him with prescribed medication for drug addiction treatment. And it was all caught on video from his cell. … [Read more...]

Arizona Wingnut Wants to Arrest Stabenow for Iran Deal Vote


Remember Jon Ritzheimer, the world class dumbass from Arizona who tried to organize that big anti-Muslim rally and then started a GoFundMe page trying to raise $10 million to "“protect his family or run against” John McCain? Well he's back and now he's planning to come here to Michigan and arrest Sen. Debbie Stabenow for treason for her vote in favor of the Iran nuclear deal. Seriously. … [Read more...]

Walker: We Should Support All Cops Unconditionally


Scott Walker, whose campaign appears to be dying a lingering death before our very eyes, took part in a Republican presidential candidates' forum on Friday at the Heritage Foundation and refused to acknowledge that the police ever did anything wrong. Everyone should praise and honor them as though they are angels sent to earth to protect us, he said, and we need to "have their back." … [Read more...]

Gaffney Defends Police in Stupid Clock Arrest

Deranged anti-Muslim bigot Frank Gaffney, who sees a terrorist in every Arab or Muslim face he encounters, is defending the school and the police in Irving, Texas who arrested a 14-year old student who made a clock and brought it to school to show his engineering teacher on the grounds that it looked like a bomb. And he's saying some seriously stupid shit in the process. … [Read more...]

Christie’s Doubletalk on Marijuana


One of the few interesting and substantive exchanges during the second Republican presidential debate was over the subject of marijuana and whether federal anti-drug laws should be enforced in those states that have legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use. Rand Paul's position was completely coherent -- leave the states alone, end the drug war and treat it as a health problem, not a criminal one. Chris Christie came nowhere close to a coherent position. … [Read more...]

The Not-So-Thin, Often Violent Blue Line


A police officer in Clatskanie, Oregon somehow got up the courage to turn in his boss, the chief of police, for being a racist (along with another officer), and now he's being threatened and harassed by local residents. That it comes from the public rather than his fellow officers is the only surprising thing about this story, though it's such a small town that the two officers that came forward may be the only ones in town other than the chief. … [Read more...]

DOJ to Spend $80 Million to Test Rape Kits


This is amazing news. The Obama administration has announced that the Department of Justice will be spending about $80 million to help local police departments get through the backlog of tens of thousands of untested rape kits. The funds are going to come from fines that were imposed on banks that violated the law by getting around sanctions against various countries for human rights abuses. … [Read more...]