How free-market capitalism and racism wrecked St. Louis
Feb20

How free-market capitalism and racism wrecked St. Louis

The Municipal League of Metro St. Louis isn’t necessarily racist. But they represent a lot of people who are. One person who’s part of the League told me “A lot of people here hate the City.” To be fair, not all of the County towns that make up the Muni League are full of white flight refugees. But many are. “Refugees” here is correct, since that’s how many white people in the County see their families. Tales are told over Budweisers...

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St. Louis Cop Culture and the Real National Emergency
Feb18

St. Louis Cop Culture and the Real National Emergency

The real national emergency is 1,038 miles northeast of the Mexican border, near the corner of Oriole and Thekla, where 22 shell casings glinted on the pavement and a nine-year old boy lay in the back seat of a black Dodge Charger, bleeding but still alive after a barrage of gunfire from a silver SUV. It’s at Hodiamont and Julian, where a Kenyan immigrant was shot in the head by a 14 and a 16-year old in an attempted carjacking. It’s...

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Trump’s Hallelujah Caucus Scam
Feb15

Trump’s Hallelujah Caucus Scam

When Karl Marx said “Religion is the opiate of the masses,” he had the right idea and the wrong drug. Opiates tend to make you nod off, quietly. Since religion tends to make you gallop around like your hair’s on fire, a more accurate quote would be “Religion is the meth of the masses.” Take, for example, a chain of suburban St. Louis mega-churches pastored by a man with a name straight out of Charles Dickens—David Crank. Crank posted...

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The Jaco Report: Mayor Lyda Krewson
Feb14

The Jaco Report: Mayor Lyda Krewson

Despite a series of indictments, lawsuits, arrests, and the mysterious killing of one city police officer by another in an alleged game of Russian Roulette, Mayor Lyda Krewson denies that the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department suffers from a culture of corruption. In an interview on The Jaco Report, Krewson said she thinks the department is suffering, instead, from the actions of individual police officers. “I think it’s very...

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When a racist symbol takes your paycheck
Feb13

When a racist symbol takes your paycheck

American conservatism since Reagan has been built on the Three R’s (well, four, if you count the Russians)—the rich, the religious, the racist. The rich are waiting for more money, the religious are waiting for Jesus to come again to they can finally kick those pesky Jews out of Jerusalem right before the Rapture, and the racists are waiting for the day they can line up the firing squad for Barack Obama, and all of them are waiting...

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