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  • African Americans are very concerned about what’s happening in Ferguson. Whites are not.

    08/20/2014 11:39:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | August 18, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    The situation in Ferguson, Mo., has led to vastly different reactions between black and white Americans. A new Pew Research Center poll shows many more African Americans than whites say: 1.The shooting of an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer "raises important issues about race" (80 percent of blacks and 37 percent of whites) 2.The police response to the shooting has gone too far (65 percent black, 33 percent white) 3.They have no or not much confidence in the investigation into the shooting (76 percent black, 33 percent white) As we wrote last week, these kinds...
  • A Pound of White Flesh

    08/20/2014 10:29:33 PM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | 8/21/2014 | David Horowitz
    Why isn’t anyone speaking the most obvious and most disturbing truth about what has been taking place in Ferguson? This is a lynch mob. It is unconcerned with the facts, impatient with due process, and it wants a severely injured officer who is probably the victim of a vicious criminal thug, indicted, tried and convicted or else. And the reason it wants him convicted is that he is white. This lynch mob even wants the prosecutor removed because his father was the victim of a black criminal 50 years ago.
  • THE 10 KINDS OF TROLLS YOU WILL ENCOUNTER WHEN TALKING ABOUT MIKE BROWN (Barf!)

    08/20/2014 10:23:54 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 8 replies
    f you’re paying attention to the events unfolding in Ferguson—and by God, you better be—then you probably already know there is a group of people in this country of ours who are determined to change the focus of the conversation about the murder of Mike Brown and the subsequent protests, attempting to shift the lens away from the Constitutional rights of US citizens and the murder of a black teenager. If you’re reading this, you probably already know the folks I’m talking about. But here they are. #Staywoke.
  • Convicting Darren Wilson Will Be Basically Impossible: You can thank Missouri law for that

    08/20/2014 10:18:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New Republic ^ | August 20, 2014 | Yishai Schwartz
    On Wednesday, amid continued protests demanding “Justice for Michael Brown” prosecutors will bring evidence before a grand jury as they determine whether to indict Brown’s killer, Officer Darren Wilson. The power to indict rests with local prosecutors and pliant grand juries, and as Jonathan Cohn has pointed out, a prosecutor will usually refrain from indicting altogether if the accused faces a low likelihood of conviction. In this case, a combination of entrenched racial and occupational biases, and most importantly the oddities of Missouri law, all but ensures that a conviction is off the table. We may never know what actually...
  • Holder says he understands mistrust of police

    08/20/2014 9:55:09 PM PDT · by detective · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 08/21/2014 | ALAN SCHER ZAGIER
    Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race. Holder made the remarks during a visit to the St. Louis suburb that has endured more than a week of unrest fueled by the fatal shooting of the black 18-year-old by a white officer. The Obama administration intended the trip to underscore its commitment to civil rights in general and the Ferguson...
  • 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 · 33 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....
  • NATIONWIDE DAY OF RAGE (AUG 21) SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS

    08/20/2014 9:29:42 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 45 replies
    Pastebin ^ | 19 August 2014 | Unknown
    EMERGENCY PR: NATIONAL DAY OF RAGE DATE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 21 2014 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT, 4PM PT IF YOUR CITY IS NOT LISTED, MAKE A FACEBOOK EVENT FOR IT NOW. WE ARE ANONYMOUS. JUSTICE AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY.
  • White supremacy is the real culprit in Ferguson. The excuses just prove it

    08/20/2014 8:21:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 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...
  • Report: EPA Exceeds Its Authority With Proposed Rules

    08/20/2014 8:15:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2014 | Peter Fricke
    Congress should use the appropriations process to reassert its authority over the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a Heritage Foundation issue brief released Tuesday.The report, written by scholar Daren Bakst, identifies three issues on which the EPA has proposed rules and regulations that exceed its authority. In all three cases, Bakst recommends that Congress prohibit the agency from using its funding to implement the proposals. (RELATED: EPA Overrides Congress, Hands Over Town to Indian Tribes)According to the report, “the EPA is using the regulatory process to require greenhouse gas emission reductions even as Congress has been unwilling to take such...
  • On day of national protest, evidence suggest Ferguson cop beaten badly before shooting

    08/20/2014 7:45:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 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 · 46 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...
  • UPDATE: Jurors in Williams Case Begin Deliberations

    08/20/2014 7:30:51 PM PDT · by sarasmom · 8 replies
    www.theledger.com ^ | 8/19/2014 | Cody Dulaney
    Closing arguments have ended in the Lakeland man's trial of killing a Lakeland police officer in December 2011, and jurors will begin deliberations shortly. Kyle Williams, 21, is accused in the shooting death of Arnulfo Crispin in a park on Crystal Grove Lane. If convicted of first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, he faces the death penalty.
  • Surprise! Perry Grand Juror Is Also a Partisan Democrat Activist

    08/20/2014 7:10:45 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8/20/2012 | Bryan Preston (The PJ Tatler).
    Tuesday night the Houston Chronicle published a story about the grand jury that indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Those grand jurors who spoke with the Chronicle broke the law to do so, and they knew that they were breaking the law. They claimed that they were speaking to the newspaper to counter Gov. Perry’s “spin” on the case. That’s not the job of a grand jury, by the way. One of them is a woman named Rho Chalmers. Chalmers tried to get around her lawbreaking by attempting to build this wall of implausible deniability. Rho Chalmers, who name matches that...
  • Homeland Security Warns Ahead Of ‘National Day Of Rage’

    08/20/2014 7:10:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/20/2014 | Chuck Ross
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a bulletin drawing attention to the hactivist group Anonymous’ plans for nationwide protests against the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.The group has called for a “National Day of Rage” on Thursday to span 38 major U.S. cities.The Threat Management Division of the Federal Protective Service issued the bulletin.“Currently there is no indication that protests are expected to become violent. However, recent protests in Ferguson have resulted in violence, property damage and subsequent arrests,” the bulletin reads.Brown was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Wilson...
  • Police officer suspended for pointing rifle at protesters, threatening them (Ferguson)

    08/20/2014 7:06:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 40 replies
    WashPost ^ | 8-20-2014 | Mark Berman
    A police officer who pointed an assault rifle at people in Ferguson on Tuesday night and threatened to kill them has been relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely, authorities said. A video documenting the encounter (warning: graphic language) that made the rounds Wednesday showed the officer — who was pointing his rifle in the direction of the camera — telling protesters, “I will [expletive] kill you.” When asked for his name, the officer responded with, “Go [expletive] yourself.”
  • 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...
  • Caught On Tape: Violent, Unprovoked Attack Inside Frankford Business (Philly)

    08/20/2014 5:59:31 PM PDT · by Ken H · 14 replies
    CBS Local Philadelphia ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | n/a
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After being refused a light for his cigarette, a suspect snapped and attacked the man who refused him and the entire incident was caught on tape. The frightening incident happened at about 11:30 p.m. on August 12th inside the Lucky Garden Chinese restaurant in the 4600 block of Frankford Avenue.
  • 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...
  • Ex-Marine Gunner: Ferguson Shot Pattern Vindicates Officer Wilson

    08/20/2014 5:28:26 PM PDT · by detective · 33 replies
    The New American ^ | August 20, 2014 | Selwyn Duke
    Does the unusual shot pattern in the Michael Brown shooting incident tell the tale of whether or not Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson fired in self-defense? Ex-marine and video blogger Michael Wilson (no relation) certainly thinks so. And he has created a presentation explaining the significance of the pattern and why he thinks the Brown family autopsy ultimately will vindicate Officer Wilson. Relating his background in marksmanship, Michael Wilson says, “In the Marines I was a corporal; I was a squad leader and the gunner on a 60-millimeter mortar. And in that position I had to qualify with a pistol.”...
  • Truth and Justice Needed in Ferguson, MO [Nightly LIVE RIOT thread]

    08/20/2014 5:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 138 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...
  • Saying Saying Ferguson 'could happen' in Holyoke, Spfld., Talbert Swan calls for special commissions

    08/20/2014 5:21:22 PM PDT · by matt04 · 22 replies
    Saying that the civil unrest that has followed the recent fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., "could happen" in Springfield as well as Holyoke, the Rev. Talbert W. Swan II, president of the Greater Springfield NAACP, has requested that the mayors of these two cities establish a commission in each city to address issues that could prove "a powder keg." "Holyoke and Springfield are two urban centers that have a large population of persons of color," Swan said. "They are also two cities with a sordid...
  • 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...
  • Surveys: Americans, Teachers Souring on Common Core

    08/20/2014 5:01:23 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 3 replies
    The New American ^ | 20 August 2014 | Thomas R. Eddlem
    Surveys: Americans, Teachers Souring on Common Core The New American 20 August 2014 Support for the Common Core national educational standards has plummeted in the past year among Americans who are familiar with the standards, according to two polls released this week.Among the general public, 53 percent of Americans support Common Core, according to an EducationNext poll, compared with 65 percent in 2013. The drop was even more precipitous among teachers. In just that one year, support for Common Core among teachers has sunk from 76 percent to 46 percent.A Phi Delta Kappa International poll, conducted by Gallup, noted that...
  • The Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial, Anti-Riot Act

    08/20/2014 4:53:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Chicago conspiracy trial defendants were the first individuals prosecuted under the anti-riot provisions that Congress incorporated in the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The U.S. House of Representatives in 1967 overwhelmingly passed a version of the anti-riot provision in response to the urban riots of that summer and assertions from some members of Congress that African-American political activists had instigated the violence. The Senate included the provision in an open housing bill, and although President Johnson and Attorney General Ramsey Clark did not support the anti-riot provision, the administration accepted it to secure passage of the civil rights measure....
  • Obama's Ferguson Remarks Ignore Bloody Chicago Weekend

    08/20/2014 4:46:46 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 20, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Malignant Neglect: The president talks about Ferguson, Mo., but not about a Chicago weekend where three dozen people were shot, seven of them killed, including a 16-year-old black girl who wanted to be a doctor. To his credit, President Obama was more judicious than usual talking about the shooting of Michael Brown outside St. Louis. He did not say the police acted stupidly. He actually made a rare attempt at acknowledging individual responsibility when he said that when young black men "commit a crime, they need to be prosecuted, because every community has an interest in public safety." One of...
  • Checking and Balancing the Public Integrity Unit

    08/20/2014 4:45:43 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 1 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 08/20/2014 | Jordan Long
    With the news of Governor Perry’s indictment going viral, the Public Integrity Unit (PIU) of the Travis County District Attorney’s office is once again shaking up Texas politics, though more indirectly than it has in the past. The agency has been the bane of politicians for 30 years, and routinely comes under fire from Republicans for its supposed partisanship. How did this branch of municipal law enforcement in a deep sea-blue Democratic county come to carry such influence in a ruby-red state? Is it time, as many conservative say, to rein in the rogue outfit and place its duties somewhere...
  • Dallas County (Alabama) elementary school teacher accused of having students reenact Ferguson, Mo...

    08/20/2014 4:40:08 PM PDT · by SonnyBubba · 34 replies
    AL.COM ^ | August 20, 2014 | Erin Edgemon
    SELMA, Alabama -- A sixth grade teacher at a Selma elementary was placed on administrative leave after having students reenact the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown that took place Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. WSFA reported the school system is conducting an investigation into the alleged incident that took place Tuesday at Brantley Elementary School. The unrest in Ferguson is ongoing with people continuing to protest the death of the black teenager shot by a white police officer. Dallas County Schools Interim Superintendent Don Willingham didn't immediately return a message left by AL.com today. Jessica Baughn, the parent who reported...
  • 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.”
  • Statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on Ferguson, Missouri Shooting

    08/20/2014 4:32:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    SEIU.org ^ | August 14, 2014 | By Mary Kay Henry
    "Justice is too often elusive in a society that remains segregated and divided by race and class. These divisions are coming to the surface in Ferguson, Mo., and we are encouraged that the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI are intervening with an eye toward easing tensions, guaranteeing civil rights and protecting and serving that community and its residents. "On behalf of the 2 million members of the Service Employees International Union, I extend thoughts and prayers to the family of Michael Brown. May all parties involved in this tragedy find justice and peace."
  • Let us turn grief and anger into action and change

    08/20/2014 4:27:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Communist Party USA ^ | August 15, 2014 | by: JOHN BACHTELL
    The following statement was released by John Bachtell, chair of the Communist Party USA in the wake of the police shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Michael Brown and the subsequent police attacks on peaceful protesters and journalists. The grief and heartbreak of Michael Brown’s parents and Ferguson’s largely African American community is unimaginable. We share that sorrow and grief. We also join the universal demands to prosecute the officer who committed this horrendous killing. Our nation should be deeply disturbed by this murder. Michael Brown’s story and those of Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Stephon Watts, John Crawford, Ezell Ford and countless...
  • Missouri Governor Irresponsibly Demands 'Vigorous Prosecution' Of Cop

    08/20/2014 4:14:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Racial Politics: Under the Constitution, police have the same rights to due process as citizens. Yet Democratic politicians pandering for urban votes seek to deny Darren Wilson his. On Tuesday night, on the eve of a grand jury hearing over the Wilson-Michael Brown shooting case, Missouri's Democratic governor, who reportedly has 2016 White House aspirations, delivered a grossly irresponsible address calling for a "vigorous prosecution" of the Ferguson cop, whom he gratuitously noted shot Brown "in broad daylight." Gov. Jay Nixon also demanded "justice for Michael Brown" and his family, echoing the calls of the looters, protesters and race merchants....
  • Daily Beast Notes Asian-Owned Businesses Bearing Brunt of Looting in Ferguson

    08/20/2014 3:23:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 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...
  • ISIS, James Foley and the President’s Tepid Response to the “Religion of Peace”

    08/20/2014 3:01:40 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    http://us2.campaign-archive2.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Thomas More Law Center
    As ISIS videotaped the brutal beheading of an American journalist, its spokesman, in perfect English, warned President Obama and the American people that more deaths are coming if the US does not submit to their demands. The President’s tepid response this afternoon was disappointing. Even at this time of sorrow for the barbaric murder of Jim Foley, President Obama could not help but to give credence to the “good cop/bad cop” routine which Muslims have consistently used to blunt our ability to effectively deal with the true threat posed by radical Islam itself. But Obama’s approach is not new. For...
  • The case for impeaching Lois Lerner and other lawbreakers at the IRS

    08/20/2014 2:58:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 20, 2014 | BY KEN CUCCINELLI AND MARK FITZGIBBONS
    In April, the House Ways and Means Committee referred Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. Nothing has come of it. Given the politicization and lawlessness of the DOJ under Attorney General Eric Holder, nothing likely will. The House should move to impeach Lerner instead, and other IRS officials who have broken the law. Federal bureaucrats need to be sent a message that lawbreaking is not part of their job descriptions, and that notwithstanding our recalcitrant Justice Department, our constitutional system provides this remedy against executive branch officials gone rogue under the law. More importantly, Americans deserve...
  • How Ferguson Highlights the Dangers of For-Profit Policing

    08/20/2014 2:48:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Slate ^ | 8/18 | Jordan Weissmann
    Jeff Smith, a New School professor and former Missouri state senator, had a sensational op-ed in this weekend’s New York Times that dived into the economic forces that have helped shape the strife in Ferguson. His big point is that the local police have a strong financial incentive to arrest, ticket, and otherwise harass the city’s black residents for minor offenses, because that’s how the department funds its budget. How so? From Smith: St. Louis County contains 90 municipalities, most with their own city hall and police force. Many rely on revenue generated from traffic tickets and related fines. According...
  • 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...
  • Sowell: The Media and the Mob

    08/20/2014 2:30:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 20, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in the minority. We all know what has happened since then — and it has been a complete disgrace by politicians, the media and mobs of rioters and looters. Despite all the people who act as if they know exactly what happened, nevertheless when the full facts come out, that can change everything. This is why we have courts of law, instead of relying on the media or mobs. But...
  • "No One Treats African-Americans Worse Than We Treat Each Other"

    08/20/2014 2:11:27 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 42 replies
    New Republic ^ | August 20, 2014 | Julia Ioffe
    <p>Last Thursday, the rapper Nelly went on the air of his hometown hip-hop radio station, St. Louis's Hot 104.1, to announce a college scholarship fund for local teens in honor of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old killed by a policeman earlier this month. Nelly also took the opportunity to mock the looters who have flourished since Brown's death, saying, "We don’t even know how to loot. We get out of the car without a mask, look at the camera, and then put the mask on.” Then he set his sights on black people more broadly. “Every other race I know play chess," he said. "Black people play checkers.”</p>
  • Father of 'affluenza' teen arrested in North Texas

    08/20/2014 2:07:54 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 11 replies
    AJC.com ^ | Aug. 20, 2014 | AP
    NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — The father of a North Texas teenager who killed four people in a drunken-driving wreck has been arrested for impersonating an officer.
  • 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...
  • Holder tells Ferguson students he was a victim of racial profiling

    08/20/2014 1:49:46 PM PDT · by maggief · 94 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    FERUGUSON, Mo. — Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday told a group of black college students here that he had been a victim of racial profiling. Holder, who is in Ferguson as part of the Justice Department’s investigation of the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, relayed a story about being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike despite not breaking any laws. “He told the story about how he was humiliated. They got him out of his car and searched his car,” said Bradley J. Reyford, a 22-year-old student who met with Holder. Holder told the story to a...
  • Foreign Spy Hoodoo Aims to Chill Internet Discussion in China

    08/20/2014 1:41:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-08-20
    A number of "espionage" activities have been reported in China recently, including a Canadian missionary couple who were investigated by the bureau of state security in Dandong in Liaoning province on the border with North Korea; a college graduate in Harbin in Heilongjiang province investigated for collecting confidential information for "offshore intelligence operatives," and a Guangdong citizen surnamed Li who was given 10 years in prison for having college students collect confidential military information in return for rewards ranging from several hundred to thousands of yuan per item, before passing the information to foreign intelligence units. The high-profile publicity these...
  • Meet the Radical DOJ Unit Investigating Ferguson Shooting

    08/20/2014 1:37:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 20, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    PJ Media has been covering the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division for years. This is the unit that will be investigating the shooting in Ferguson and deciding whether to charge the police officer with civil rights crimes. PJ Media had to sue Eric Holder to obtain the resumes of the lawyers he hired to populate this unit. No wonder. The “Every Single One”series at PJ Media revealed that all of Holder’s attorney hires were leftists, some even with a history of anti-police activities. Read the detailed biographies of the lawyers here. Why does it matter that the DOJ...
  • The Truth About Libertarians, Police and Ferguson's Fury

    08/20/2014 1:24:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2014 | John Stossel
    Libertarians warned for years that government is force, that government always grows and that America’s police have become too much like an occupying army. We get accused of being paranoid, but we look less paranoid after heavily armed police in Ferguson, Missouri, tear gassed peaceful protesters, arrested journalists and stopped some journalists from entering the town.
  • Bill Whittle: Ferguson and the Real Race War

    08/20/2014 1:08:04 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 8-20-2014 | Bill Whittle
    Video Link Before we get into the bigger picture – of which the ongoing rioting in Furguson, Missouri is merely a symptom – let’s just be crystal clear about something. IF it turns out that a police officer shot Michael Brown as he was standing still, his hands in the air, as his defenders claim, then that police officer needs to be charged with murder, and he needs to go to jail for the rest of his life. But that doesn’t seem like what happened at all. This story is still unfolding and new details are being revealed every day....
  • THE MIRIAM CAREY MYSTERY Slain mom's family: Where's Holder's outrage for us?

    08/20/2014 12:43:44 PM PDT · by GilGil · 18 replies
    WND ^ | 8/20/2014 | Garth Kant
    Attorney General Eric Holder is in Ferguson, Mo., ostensibly to investigate the shooting of an unarmed African-American by a white police officer. What he is not investigating is the shooting of an unarmed African-American woman by his own federal officers, in his own jurisdiction, the District of Columbia. And that has the family of the late Miriam Carey so outraged, they announced Wednesday they plan to double the amount of money in their lawsuit against the federal government to $150 million. While the attorney general looks for the possibility of bad intentions and a wrongful death by an officer in...
  • Obama vows to punish ISIS for beheading of American journalist James Foley

    08/20/2014 12:36:31 PM PDT · by upchuck · 87 replies
    dailymail ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | David Martosko
    President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the U.S. won't back down from ISIS, the militant terror group that released a video Tuesday showing one of its militants beheading and American photojournalist. 'Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL,' said Obama, calling the group by the White House's preferred name. 'No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day,' he said. 'ISIL speaks for no religion,' he said, aiming his words at the Islamist faction that claims to have established a...
  • Why Don't Police Shoot to Wound?

    08/20/2014 12:21:07 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 122 replies
    FindLaw Blotter ^ | August 19, 2014 8:06 AM | Brett Snider, Esq.
    Police are often harshly criticized for their lethal use of firearms, giving many reason to wonder: Why don't police shoot to wound? That was CNN's Wolf Blitzer's question to legal scholar Jeffrey Toobin when discussing the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown. "Why can't they shoot a warning shot?... Why can't they shoot to injure?" Blitzer queried. To answer Blitzer's (and your) questions, here's a general overview of why police don't shoot to wound:
  • Holder: ‘Change is coming’ after police shooting

    08/20/2014 11:52:02 AM PDT · by maggief · 48 replies
    AP ^ | August 20, 2014 | Nigel Duara, Associated Press
    CLAYTON, Mo. — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is meeting with college students as part of his trip to Missouri stemming from a white police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old.