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  • Ferguson Protesters Want Grand Jury to Deliver "Justice." Two Reasons They Might Not Get It

    08/20/2014 9:30:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The New Republic ^ | August 20, 2014 | Jonathan Cohn
    The drama over the killing of Michael Brown is moving from the streets of Ferguson to a St. Louis County courtroom, where a grand jury is reportedly considering whether to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who shot Brown ten days ago. Brown’s family and their supporters have said they want “justice,” by which they generally mean they want to see Wilson face some kind of criminal charges. But whether that happens will depend on the enthusiasm of the prosecutor bringing the case and the quality of the evidence he can present. Right now, both are pretty big question marks....
  • White supremacy is the real culprit in Ferguson. The excuses just prove it

    08/20/2014 8:21:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 20, 2014 | Nyle Fort
    To be black is to be a victim – and then get blamed for it. To focus on the people’s resistance more than police repression devalues black life.We’ve had enough of the police brutality, of the colorblind mythologies and post-racial rhetoric, of the sweet-talk, of the calls for non-violence; of mass incarceration and systemic poverty, of trigger happy cops and crying black mothers, of the Eric Garners and Renisha McBrides, the Michael Browns and Tarika Wilsons; of black tears and white terror. Dr Martin Luther King Jr said in 1968: “A riot is the language of the unheard”. Today, nearly...
  • On day of national protest, evidence suggest Ferguson cop beaten badly before shooting

    08/20/2014 7:45:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    Michael Brown allegedly beat Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson so badly that the he suffered an orbital fracture and was nearly unconscious before firing his weapon, a source told Fox News Wednesday. The unarmed teenager was killed by gunfire Aug. 9. “The Assistant [Police] Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” the news outlet’s inside source said of Officer Wilson’s condition immediately following the altercation. “He was beaten very severely.” The source, which Fox said is “close to the department’s top brass,” said that when confronted by the police officer and told to...
  • Obama wants Ferguson to explode

    08/20/2014 7:31:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | Joseh Curl
    If you had predicted six years ago that America’s first half-black, half-white president would actually make race relations in the U.S. worse, they would have laughed you out of the room. If you had said that, in the face of a sudden racial crisis, the president — portrayed as black throughout the campaign — would be impotent, neutered, unable to speak powerfully about the situation, they would have scoffed incredulously. Who are “they”? Everyone. If you had expressed those fears out loud in the run-up to his historic 2008 election, everyone within earshot would have mocked you mercilessly. More, they...
  • Jesse Ventura On Sarah Palin’s Comments: “Coming From A Quitter, Do You Really Think I’m Concerned?”

    08/20/2014 7:17:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | August 20, 2014
    Tuesday on “The Alan Colmes Show,” former Gov. Jesse Ventura talked to Alan about a variety of topics including what he think about race relations in Ferguson, MO, the militarization of police forces, and some of the tactics used to deal with the protestors in Ferguson. He also spoke at length about the criticisms he received from former Gov. Sarah Palin after his defamation lawsuit involving the family of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, and how he felt he was perceived as a “villain” as a result: VENTURA: I see the bottom line of this is racism…We still have a racism...
  • Report: Two times as many British Muslims fighting for ISIS as with U.K. armed forces

    08/20/2014 7:07:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 20, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Americans were made acutely aware of the threat posed by Western jihadist fighters joining the ranks of ISIS in Syria and Iraq when a man with a London accent beheaded James Wright Foley as part of a taped ultimatum to President Barack Obama. Inexplicably, President Barack Obama chose not to even abstractly address the nature of that threat, even though he plans to personally chair a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on precisely this subject next month. A July intelligence estimate suggested that up to 3,000 ISIS militants were of European origin and 1,500 of those are young...
  • Protests in Ferguson, Mo., lure many from across the US

    08/20/2014 6:46:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Mankato Free Press / The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | Kurtis Lee and Tina Susman
    FERGUSON, Mo. — Illai Kenney, a telecommunications student in Washington, found herself mesmerized by the constant stream of images flooding into her Twitter feed of protests underway in the small town of Ferguson, half a continent away. Pictures of women whose eyes were swollen from tear gas. A mother’s anguished weeping. Hundreds of citizens marching through the streets, their hands held aloft in defiance of a police force that had killed an unarmed young black man. She knew one thing: She had to be there. Kenney quickly packed a bag, got in a car with friends and drove 1,300 miles...
  • Considering three factors at play in Ferguson

    08/20/2014 6:25:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | August 20, 2014 | Mary Ann McGivern
    I want to consider three things in this blog: first, the harm that has been done; second, our white gaze; and third, nonviolent direct action. The harm Michael Brown is dead at 18. He graduated from high school and was headed for college. The promise of his life is gone. He leaves behind parents and brothers and sisters, extended family, friends, neighbors, teachers. His body lay in the street for hours and the watchers, standing outside the yellow crime-scene tape, must have been harmed by that experience. For all of them, Michael's death leaves a lifelong void. What can be...
  • Michael Brown, Gaza, and Muslim Americans

    08/20/2014 5:58:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 20, 2014 | Dean Obeidallah, American/Italian/"Palestinian comic"
    It’s never been exactly cozy between American Muslims and African Americans. But with Ferguson—and Gaza—that’s changing.The Muslim-American community of which I’m part hasn’t been great in standing up with and for African Americans. A lack of empathy and racism are the main culprits. What makes this especially astonishing is that 30 percent of the Muslim-American population is African-American. You would think that there would be natural alliances, but that hasn’t been the case. At least not up until now. The shooting of Michael Brown and the heavy-handed response by the police that followed has struck a nerve among Muslims. It...
  • DOJ civil-rights probe in Zimmerman-Trayvon case continues (WHAT?!)

    08/20/2014 5:37:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 20, 2014 | Rene Stutzman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In Washington 21/2 years ago, the nation's top civil-rights enforcer, Thomas Perez at the U.S. Department of Justice, sat down with Sanford's mayor, city manager and U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and promised to investigate whether Trayvon Martin was the victim of something more heinous than a homicide. Was he also the victim of a killer intent on harming him because he was black? That was March 20, 2012. The Department of Justice still has no answer to that question. Civil-rights investigators are due back in Central Florida this week to continue their work on the case. The agency has repeatedly...
  • Fox News source: Wilson was “beaten very severely” before shooting Michael Brown

    08/20/2014 5:18:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 20, 2014 | Allahpundit
    The NYT reported this morning that law-enforcement sources say Wilson suffered an unspecified injury during his altercation with Brown. Fox News’s source is more specific: It was indeed an eye socket fracture, as Jim Hoft claimed yesterday. Why’d it take 11 days for this to leak? No idea, but the conspicuous delay won’t do the cops any favors in getting skeptics to believe it. Nor, of course, will that cellphone video showing Wilson at the scene right after the shooting, in no obvious distress from having reportedly been beaten “severely.” Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting...
  • Truth and Justice Needed in Ferguson, MO [Nightly LIVE RIOT thread]

    08/20/2014 5:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 127 replies
    The following statement was released by Keith Kelleher, president of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri & Kansas, in response to the shooting of Ferguson, MO, resident Michael Brown and the unrest that is occurring there:The aftermath of the tragic shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, reveals the urgent need for justice to prevail in order to bring a level of calm back to the community. The initial lack of information coming from the Ferguson Police Department and its militarized response to protesters has clearly erased any faith in local authorities to uncover the truth. To that end, the members...
  • AFSCME Stands in Solidarity with Ferguson Community

    08/20/2014 4:36:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement in regards to the situation in Ferguson, Missouri: “The thoughts and prayers of our union, AFSCME, are with the family of Michael Brown. As parents, as community members, and as members of a union that works each day for economic and social justice, our hearts go out to them. “Our union stands in solidarity with the entire Ferguson community. And we stand with our labor and faith allies to urge a peaceful resolution to this tragic situation.”
  • MSNBC Wouldn’t Be This Calm If Tea Party Protesters Threw Rocks at Their Hosts

    08/20/2014 3:32:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon's Editor's Blog ^ | August 20, 2014 | Larry O'Connor
    After witnessing the spectacle of MSNBC host Chris Hayes getting pelted with rocks by an angry mob in Ferguson, Mo., Monday night, I was struck by a feeling of anger and frustration. Not at the rioters. Rioters throw rocks. That’s what they do. My anger was at the despicable display of “tolerance” and “understanding” displayed by Hayes, as he lowered his expectations for civil behavior to accommodate his liberal need to be accepted by the mob. Chris Hayes and his MSNBC colleagues Rachel Maddow, Laurence O’Donnell, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, and Al Sharpton, have spent hundreds of hours of air...
  • Daily Beast Notes Asian-Owned Businesses Bearing Brunt of Looting in Ferguson

    08/20/2014 3:23:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 20, 2014 | Ken Shepherd
    Here's a somewhat racial angle to the Ferguson, Mo., saga that you probably won't see MSNBC pick up on. The Daily Beast's Tim Mak today reported on "Ferguson's Other Race Problem: Riots Damaged Asian-Owned Stores." "Asian-Americans own a number of the stores lining West Florissant Avenue, where more than 20 businesses have suffered damage in the wake of Michael Brown’s killing," Mak noted, adding that "At least five of these stores are Asian-American-owned, according to local sources and business records. Just 0.5 percent of Ferguson is of Asian descent, according to 2010 U.S. Census data." While he made clear that...
  • BREAKING: Mike Brown Autopsy “Expert” Is NOT A DOCTOR – Has Degree in NON-EXISTENT MEDICAL FIELD

    08/20/2014 3:06:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 20, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Oh, good grief! The self-proclaimed expert who held a national press conference on the Mike Brown shooting is NOT A DOCTOR. He holds a degree in a NON-EXISTENT MEDICAL FIELD. Shawn Parcells, a forensic pathologist who assisted in the autopsy of Michael Brown points at an autopsy diagram showing where the gun shots hit Michael Brown as he speaks about the findings during a press conference at the Greater St. Marks Family Church on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Zimbio) Dr. Parcells introduced the “magic bullet” theory at the press conference this week. Now we know Shawn Parcells is...
  • Column defending cops in Ferguson sparks online fury

    08/20/2014 2:35:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    WXMI-TV / CNN ^ | August 20, 2014
    In a single column, a veteran police officer has catapulted himself into the national debate over the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me,” the Washington Post headline blares. The piece was written by Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. “Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you,” he wrote. Dutta...
  • Ferguson 'day of rage' at White House (Tomorrow, Aug. 21st in D.C. and 40 other cities)

    08/20/2014 2:00:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | August 20, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Protesters are expected to gather Thursday evening at the White House as part of a national “Day of Rage” over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen earlier this month in Missouri. The planned rally is among dozens around the nation organized by the group Anonymous, which is demanding the “immediate arrest and prosecution” of officer Darren Wilson. Wilson has been identified as the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, touching off violent protests in the streets of Ferguson, Mo. “We call upon the citizens of the United States to collectively gather in support for...
  • ‘US doomed to relive Ferguson if government does not change tactics’ (Russian agitprop)

    08/20/2014 10:07:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    RT - TV-Novosti ^ | August 20, 2014
    We have seen incidents like Ferguson almost every summer in the past umpteen years, and more paramilitary teams and tanks just deepen the divide, author and media analyst Daniel Schechter told RT. RT: Another black man was killed a couple of kilometers away from Ferguson, what is this going to do to the situation? Daniel Schechter: Of course it is going to make things more tense. The government is doing its best trying to chill this out, the Attorney General is headed to Ferguson and the White House has said that President Obama has just gone back from vacation and...
  • In my day, looting actually meant something

    08/20/2014 10:01:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Dandy Goat ^ | August 19, 2014 | Raymond Hinton
    I look at the events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri, and I just shake my head. Youngsters have no respect for the art of forming a mob, breaking into a business, loading your arms with as many goods as you can carry, then fleeing — all in the name of political dissatisfaction. In my day, looting actually meant something. When I was a young man growing up disaffected and angry in Los Angeles in the 1960s, I realized systemic racism was to blame for many of my community’s ills, and my friends and I would spend hours each night engaged in...
  • Democrats try out a new/old bogeywoman: Sarah Palin

    08/20/2014 2:01:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | August 18, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is out with a new ad Monday tying Iowa GOP Senate hopeful Joni Ernst to Sarah Palin. The 30-second ad plays audio of Palin praising Ernst and Ernst praising Palin. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Given that Palin is broadly unpopular and highly polarizing, the ad might seem to be much ado about nothing. After all, Palin has been a Democratic foil for years. But national Democrats haven't actually used her much in their advertising campaigns. And, in fact, this is the first TV ad the DSCC has ever run featuring Palin. The committee did feature Palin in a 2009...
  • SARGE: Bloodbath And Beyond (Race War Coming?)

    08/20/2014 1:45:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | August 18, 2014 | Sarge
    The title actually applies to an individual “tweeting” concerning Jesse Jackson’ attempt to “plea bargain” for donations while addressing a church congregation in Ferguson Missouri. It seems his fully established irrelevance and impending senility have driven him to the point of outing himself as the opportunistic whore he really is. Whenever there’s racial strife, whenever there’s a divisive issue to be addressed concerning the coexistence of black and white people, whenever there’s the chance to prey on the chafed, raw emotions of a community when things of this nature occur; you can be assured Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton will...
  • Orange mom claims daughter was victim of 'knockout game' (Texas)

    08/20/2014 1:01:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Beaumont Enterprise ^ | August 19, 2014 | Michelle Heath
    Jackie Dueitt's daughter is afraid to brush her hair. The 10-year-old girl is scared she will accidentally hit the knot on the back of her head. The Orange youngster was hurt on Friday outside a Beaumont store when a teen on a bicycle allegedly rode by her, let out a string of profanities and struck her on the head. Dueitt believes her daughter is the victim of the "knockout game," a violent assault in which the objective is to knock someone out with a single punch. "I think they were trying to [knock her out]," Dueitt said. The "knockout game"...
  • Gov. Nixon Calls For 'Vigorous Prosecution' in Brown Shooting

    08/20/2014 12:49:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | August 19, 2014
    In a message this evening, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for a "vigorous prosecution" in the shooting death of Michael Brown. "Once we have achieved peace in Ferguson and justice for the family of Michael Brown, we must remain committed to rebuilding the trust that has been lost, mending what has been broken, and healing the wounds we have endured," he said. Watch the message:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Read the full transcript below: Ten days ago, a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, in broad daylight. Since then, the world has watched a community become engulfed in grief, anger, fear and at times...
  • Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum

    08/20/2014 12:35:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.”Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the National Museum of American History....
  • Do the Ferguson Protestors Really Want Justice?

    08/20/2014 12:22:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 20, 2014 | Robert Weissberg
    African-Americans in Ferguson, MO are demanding justice over the shooting of Michael Brown. But, a clear-eyed observer might conclude differently: what they really want is vengeance, a public lynching, hauling out Officer Darren Wilson in chains, watching as he pleads for mercy, then asking the crowd to shout out its judgment and guilty verdict announced, dispatching him as gruesomely as possible while the crowd roars its approval. This is hardly a new idea -- recall the festive public guillotining during the French Reign of Terror or mob chants of “to the Wall” in Castro’s Cuba. And, truth be told, I...
  • Atlanta Occupy Lawyers To Observe Protests in Ferguson

    08/19/2014 11:45:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Report ^ | August 19, 2014 | Kathleen Baydala Joyner
    Four Georgia lawyers who have represented protesters affiliated with Atlanta's Occupy movements were headed to Ferguson, Mo., Tuesday as volunteer legal observers. Mawuli Davis of the Davis Bozeman Law Firm, who describes himself as an activist attorney, organized the trip. He was joined by Jessica Robinson, Ecleynne Mercy and Shawn McCullers, as well as a legal assistant. Davis said the group was responding to a call from the National Conference of Black Lawyers and the National Lawyers Guild seeking attorneys from around the country to observe protests in Ferguson and report constitutional rights violations by law enforcement. "We will photograph,...
  • Spike Lee: ‘There Is a War on the Black Male’

    08/19/2014 10:39:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | August 19, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Filmmaker Spike Lee weighed in on the death of Michael Brown and said the “uprising” in Ferguson, Mo., is in response to years of racial tension and mistreatment towards the black community in the United States. “When people get to a point — to that tipping point — they can’t take it anymore,” Lee said on CNN on Tuesday, listing the tragedies involving Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Rodney King, and others. While he seemed to disapprove of looting and burning property, Lee also said that he “just hope[s] that things will really blow up if people aren’t happy with the...
  • In wake of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, black millenials should write their own story

    08/19/2014 9:42:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Huntsville Times ^ | August 19, 2014 | Afu Okosun
    Another black child is dead. And while the taste of the Trayvon Martin verdict still lingers in our mouths, injustices in the African American community have made headline news with an unexpected frequency in the last few weeks. Eric Garner. Renisha McBride. And now, Michael Brown. And while the community of Ferguson, Mo., deals with their grief and outrage, the best way they know how, I feel it most important to address this community, our community, and anyone with an open ear and open mind. Before there was a Michael Brown, there was a Trayvon Martin, before him an Oscar...
  • Ferguson leaders pledge to change police: Seek greater number of black applicants to police academy

    08/19/2014 9:07:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    Ferguson, Mo. • Ferguson city leaders urged people to stay home after dark Tuesday to "allow peace to settle in" and pledged to try to improve the police force in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police. In a public statement, the city said the mayor, the City Council and employees have been exploring ways to increase the number of African-American applicants to the law enforcement academy, develop incentive programs to encourage city residency for police officers and raise money for cameras that would be attached to...
  • Meet the Very White, Pro-Police Supporters of Darren Wilson, Online and in Ferguson

    08/19/2014 3:22:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | August 19, 2014 | Joe Coscarelli
    Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson has not yet been charged in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, and may never be. But just in case, there's already more than $30,800 raised in his name, "for any financial needs [Wilson and his family] may have including legal fees." In one day, the GoFundMe page "Support Officer Darren Wilson" has received more than 800 donations, well on its way to a fund-raising goal of $100,000. "He did his job correctly!" wrote Peter Ilica, who gave $100. "He needs the money now!" The page has become a virtual gathering space for those...
  • Islamic State Supporters Encourage Rioters In Ferguson

    08/19/2014 2:56:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    Islamic State supporters have taken to social media to encourage protesters in Ferguson to embrace radical Islam, the Daily Mail reports. “We have been fighting the oppressive, racist, US government FOR YOU for decades, yet you still call us terrorists! #Ferguson #ISISHERO,” tweeted @AmreekiWitness late Monday, whose account is “dedicated to raising awareness about the upcoming conquest of the Americas, and the benefits it has upon the American people.” Monday night’s riots were accompanied by a glut of pro-IS tweets decrying American injustice and calling on the black population to rise up and join them. “You were never free &...
  • Puff Daddy Tells Obama to Get on a Plane to Ferguson: ‘This [expletive] Ain’t Right’

    08/19/2014 2:43:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    radio.com ^ | August 19, 2014 | Marissa G. Muller
    A handful of artists have expressed their outrage over Michael Brown’s fatal shooting in song and on social media — G-Unit, J. Cole, and Jeezy, John Legend and Frank Ocean, to name a few — since the tragic news first broke. Now, Puff Daddy is joining them. Last night, while watching the rising tensions between Ferguson, Mo., police and protestors, the rapper voiced his anger over the situation on Instagram — and called the president to action. “This [expletive] ain’t right,” he said. “Obama, get on a plane — it’s serious. These are your people, baby. These are your people.”(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Ten...
  • WATCH: Washington Redskins take field with hands up in support of Michael Brown, Ferguson protesters

    08/19/2014 2:26:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | August 19, 2014 | Philip Caulfield
    The Redskins' defensive backs took the field against the Cleveland Browns with their hands raised — a nod to the 'Hands up, don't shoot' pose that has become a symbol of solidarity among protesters in Ferguson, Mo. Washington Redskins players showed support for slain Missouri teen Michael Brown on Monday night by running on to the field with their hands up during the team's introductions. Safety Brandon Meriweather led the team's defensive backs through a tunnel and onto FedEx Field with their hands raised, a nod to the "Hands up, don't shoot" pose that has become a rallying cry for...
  • Obama Doesn't Want to Tip Scales of Justice (Like He Did with Skip Gates, Trayvon & Lois Lerner?)

    08/19/2014 2:15:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | August 19, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I'll tell you what. Let's listen to some Obama sound bites here. Let's just see. Start here at number two. This is yesterday afternoon in Washington, at the White House. The president came back from vacation. Oh, try this. People have been asking, "Why did he come back? Why did he come back to Washington from the Vineyard just for three days? What's the point? Just to meet Biden? Why couldn't they have had Biden go to the Vineyard?" Nobody in the Vineyard wants Biden there. "Oh. Well, he's gotta meet with people in Iraq and so...
  • The real looting of Ferguson: its black citizens never had a chance to get by

    08/19/2014 4:38:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 19, 2014 | Steven W. Thrasher
    The National Guard rolled in to protect a status quo. But racism set a status quo of inequality long before Michael Brown died.The National Guard will essentially protect the legal looting of black people – much as it was protected when Missouri became the last slave state admitted to the union. The symptoms of structural racism stain America everywhere, but its execution is particularly perverse in places like Ferguson. It’s not just that black drivers are stopped more often for alleged crimes than white drivers, despite the Missouri attorney general’s report that white people break the law more often. It’s...
  • ‘No justice; No peace!’ chants in Ferguson are actually saying, ‘We want revenge!’

    08/19/2014 3:50:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 18, 2014 | Ernest Istook
    In Ferguson, Missouri, a desire for revenge has replaced a desire for justice. A police shooting was the first tragedy there, but more tragedies have piled on top of it. Those who complain that the officer rushed to judgment are doing their own rush to judgment themselves. They seek to dictate the consequences even without knowing. And unlike the officer, they have zero first-hand knowledge. Instead of waiting out the investigation, they’re chanting, “No justice; No peace!” as a politically correct slogan that actually means, “We want revenge!” That attitude makes bad things become worse. The police shooting of 18-year-old...
  • Putin Is Replaceable

    08/19/2014 3:35:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | August 18, 2014 | Maria Snegovaya
    Will Russia plunge into chaos and darkness after President Vladimir Putin leaves? While it's understandable that propaganda-brainwashed Russians might truly think so, it comes as a surprise when U.S. analysts repeat the same idea. "Knowing the weakness of the liberal opposition and the strength of Putin's security apparatus, it's hard not to fear that his replacement will make us long for the days of his thuggishly predictable unpredictability," warns Julia Ioffe on The New Republic. "If the U.S. gets rid of Putin they will have no ability to control what happens next," threatens Mark Adomanis on Forbes. Such pessimistic estimates,...
  • VDH: Living Out Critical Legal Theory (Ferguson, the border and beyond)

    08/19/2014 3:29:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | August 19, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>It may not have been the aim of Missouri Highway Patrol captain Ron Johnson to outsource security responsibilities to someone affiliated with the New Black Panthers and a legal activist group, but that is the impression that one receives from listening to his exchange with and praise of Malik Shabazz. If this is the same Malik Shabazz who has a long history of virulent racist and inflammatory anti-Semitic statements, then there has been at least a partial erosion of legal authority in Ferguson.</p>
  • 'How democracy treating you?'ISIS takes to social media to encourage Ferguson to embrace Islam

    08/19/2014 2:54:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 19, 2014 | John Hall
    ISIS militants and their supporters are using social media to encourage protesters in Ferguson to embrace radical Islam and fight against the U.S. government. Jihadists in Syria and Iraq and their sympathisers in the West have taken to Twitter to send messages of support to hundreds of demonstrators taking part in a ninth night of angry protests in the U.S. city following the shooting by police of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. The militants' tweets denounce local officers for the way they have attempted to quell the violence, make reference to historic acts of police brutality, and even use the...
  • Jesse Jackson, Liberal Activists Launch Voter Registration Drives In Ferguson

    08/19/2014 2:39:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2014 | Patrick Howley, political reporter
    Jesse Jackson and other liberal activists are rolling out voter registration efforts as part of a coordinated left-wing push to sign up voters during the wave of violent protests engulfing Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting. Racial activist and former Democratic presidential candidate Jesse Jackson met with St. Louis clergy Monday to plan a formal Ferguson voter registration drive. “Five thousand new voters will transform the city from top to bottom” Jackson explained during a stop at a Ferguson McDonald’s, where he discussed voter registration with local denizens. Liberal activists — including from the George Soros-funded...
  • Capt. Johnson Delivers a Stern Lecture to the Media in Ferguson

    08/19/2014 2:27:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | August 19, 2014 | Paula Bolyard
    In a tense, middle-of-the night press conference early Tuesday morning, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson lectured members of the media about safety and implored them to assist law enforcement in calming tensions in the city. After reporting that two individuals had been shot and several police officers injured during another night of protests in response to last week’s shooting of Michael Brown, Johnson showed members of the media items that law enforcement officials had confiscated during the previous night’s protests including a Molotov cocktail, fireworks that had been thrown into a crowd, and two guns. Johnson said the guns...
  • CNN: Revolutionary Communists and Anarchists Causing Unrest (Ferguson, Missouri)

    08/19/2014 12:51:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | August 18, 2014 | Staff
    CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill reported that an “anarchist” and someone from a “revolutionary communist” group started Monday night’s stand-off between the police and demonstrators in Ferguson, MO. Hill said that tensions rose when two water bottles were thrown at police, and that one of the individuals who threw the bottles was an “anarchist,” and he was told that the other was “from a revolutionary communist group in Illinois.” He added that the protesters were not happy with the outside agitators attempting to provoke the police, stating “both were in the crowd. both white. Two people said ‘go back to...
  • Ferguson is fighting back

    08/19/2014 12:40:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    ChicagoSocialists.org ^ | August 18, 2014 | Eric Ruder, Elizabeth Schulte, Trish Kahle and Donny Schraffenberger, Socialist Worker
    Angry protests and police violence have continued night after night in Ferguson, Mo., since the murder of an unarmed Black teenager, Mike Brown, on August 9. Despite claims by local and state authorities that they want to respect the rights of protesters, police provocations have grown more intense over the past two nights--with reports on Monday that the cops began their nightly barrage of tear gas hours before a midnight curfew. SocialistWorker.org writers Eric Ruder, Elizabeth Schulte, Trish Kahle and Donny Schraffenberger traveled to Ferguson to provide this account of a community rising up against police violence, despite a crackdown...
  • The Dirty Little Secret About The Difference Between White And Black Americans On Ferguson

    08/19/2014 12:07:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 19, 2014 | John Hawkins
    If you say that we should have an "honest" discussion about what's going on in Ferguson, it makes people think that hard truths are going to be spoken and we're all going to deeply disagree. But, what if the dirty little secret is that MOST people, black and white, liberal and conservative, are actually on pretty much the same page about the shooting of Mike Brown? If Mike Brown surrendered to that officer and the policeman shot him anyway, like every conservative I know, I want that cop to do hard time for it. However, I do think we should...
  • Iran may partially invade Iraq

    08/18/2014 11:37:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 18, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    As American forces continue to mount airstrikes on Islamic State positions around the key Mosul dam in support of Kurdish forces, it appears that Iran is prepared to increase its military support for Iraq’s Shia in the south and east. An unconfirmed report in Iraqi News indicates that Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces are preparing to insert heavy armor into Iraq. According to an informed source, tanks and armored vehicles belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are mobilizing to enter the Khanaqin district with the aim of the concentration in areas with Shiite majority north of the capital Baghdad and hit...
  • National Guard enters Ferguson streets as protests turn tense

    08/18/2014 10:54:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 18, 2014 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Tina Susman and Lauren Raab
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)National Guard troops entered the protest zone Monday night after a large crowd suddenly gathered at Ferguson and West Florissant avenues, ignoring police orders to disperse.. An hour later, the atmosphere remained tense in this St. Louis suburb, and tear gas and smoke wafted through the air. Several people were arrested. For much of the day, demonstrations over the Aug. 9 police killing of Michael Brown had been peaceful. But about 10:15 p.m. the tenor changed. About 100 people seemed to appear in the blocked-off street out of nowhere, and a few plastic water bottles flew through the air. "You...
  • Ferguson Is Taking Us Back To The Future

    08/18/2014 10:25:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | August 18, 2014 | Black Liberal Boomer
    Far too many of the images that we have all seen countless times by now of the atrocity that took place – and continues to take place – in Ferguson, Missouri, are images not at all unfamiliar to African American communities. Black mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and neighbors enraged and in mourning due to Senseless Killing of Black Man Number However-High-You-Can-Count. Bitter complaints of ongoing police brutality and indifference. The spontaneous combustion of riots as a misguided and self-destructive weapon used to strike out against anything and everything just to inflict the pain and rage of the afflicted on something...
  • Comic W. Kamau Bell ‘elected President Obama so that he would put his thumb on the scale’

    08/18/2014 10:18:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Twitchy ^ | August 18, 2014 | Staff
    W. Kamau Bell ✔ @wkamaubell Oops. I totally elected President Obama so that he would put his thumb on the scale. #MyBad #Ferguson Shaun Parker @partoftheproblm @wkamaubell I mean, it's not like the scale needs a little help re-balancing or anything... 3:52 PM - 18 Aug 2014 Asked at this afternoon’s press conference if he himself would travel to Ferguson, Mo., President Obama seemed to say “no” after a very lengthy answer to the question. Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Missouri on Wednesday, but Obama said he couldn’t appear to “put a thumb on the scales” one way...
  • Obama And The Dems Are Counting On Pat Buchanan To Be Wrong

    08/18/2014 9:41:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | August 18, 2014 | Scott "MacAoidh" McKay
    And if they’re right, they’ll keep the Senate this fall. Buchanan, in an interview with the Daily Caller today, predicted that the violence in Ferguson and the perceived enabling of race hustlers and leftist revolutionaries there will generate a massive negative reaction by America’s “silent majority” at the polls in November.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Buchanan might be right, but of course his perspective is that of a veteran of the Nixon administration. Richard Nixon was elected in a massive rout in 1968, following months of roiling civil unrest in America’s cities. Nixon spoke of that silent majority not taking to the streets thanks...