Wednesday Reads: You like chicken. Order that.

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Today’s post will focus on discrimination, hate and hate crimes. Whether it is outright racism… unquestionable prejudice…probable intolerance or a hint of bigotry with a touch of “that just ain’t right” sexism.

First up however, a quick look at what is going on in Ferguson:

Another Night Of Unrest During Tenth Night Of Protests In Ferguson

After nine nights of unrest met with tear gas, riot gear and a National Guard presence, Tuesday night in Ferguson, Missouri began peacefully. But by midnight central time, tensions began to rise.

Many protesters marched along West Florissant Avenue, chanting “no justice no peace,” and “hands up, don’t shoot,” while others loitered looking on. Police were not enforcing Capt. Ron Johnson’s rule forcing protesters to keep moving or risk removal.

While people were relieved at the initial lack of confrontation Tuesday night, everyone recognized how fragile the situation was and that it could turn instantly.

I really don’t know what happened overnight, but Holder did make a statement about the situation.

Eric Holder Pens Message to Ferguson Ahead of Wednesday’s Visit

Attorney General Eric Holder will visit Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday to get briefed by local authorities on the situation there following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. But before he arrives, Holder has written a message to the people of Ferguson for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“At a time when so much may seem uncertain, the people of Ferguson can have confidence that the Justice Department intends to learn — in a fair and thorough manner — exactly what happened,” Holder writes.

He says he plans to “meet personally with community leaders, FBI investigators and federal prosecutors from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to receive detailed briefings on the status of this case” while in Ferguson tomorrow.

Holder urges an “end to the acts of violence in the streets of Ferguson,” saying that “they seriously undermine, rather than advance, the cause of justice.” He also vows that the Justice Department will “defend the right of protesters to peacefully demonstrate and for the media to cover a story that must be told.”

Here’s some thoughts regarding Holder’s statement and his plans to go to Ferguson:

Wall Street Journal editor: Eric Holder should tell Ferguson protesters to ‘pull up their pants’

Yeah, go and read what Wall Street Journal editorial board member Jason Riley had to say…

…Holder was there as part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to play “race-healer-in-chief.”

“These looters and rioters do not need to hear from the attorney general that criticism of Obama is race-based,” Riley told host Bret Bauer. “What they need to hear from this Black man in this position — the nation’s leading law enforcement official — is that they need to stay out of trouble with the law. They need to pull up their pants and finish school and take care of their kids. That is the message they need to hear.”

Riley is African-American, and he is not the only black man who is making outrageous statements like this. Check this out, – Tea Party Leader: Black ‘Thugs’ Do Not Deserve Due Process (VIDEO)

Then you have reaction to the statement made by Missouri Gov. Nixon, from John Marshall at TPM: Is That an Editing Error?

I want to be very clear on the point I’m about to make so that I’m not misunderstood. Gov. Nixon of Missouri put out a statement this evening on the situation in Ferguson. Much of it is boilerplate that wouldn’t surprise or inspire you. (I’m reprinting it in its entirety at the end of this post.) The gist is that to move forward peace needs to be restored in Ferguson and there needs to be justice in the case of the precipitating event – the death of Michael Brown. (There is a separate controversy over Nixon’s decision not to appoint a special prosecutor – which I think is a mistake.) But in the key line – the part two of his statement he says that “a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued.”

Now, let me be clear. This is not remotely to suggest that the facts will not show that a prosecution is in order. Based on what we know publicly, it seems very likely that there should be. But let’s not let the justified outrage at what’s transpired obscure a simple fact. There’s a great deal we in the public do not know about what happened. This goes without saying. There will be sworn witness statements, forensic evidence about Brown and Wilson and a lot else. Indeed, it’s one of the significant problems in this saga that so little information has been released. But there’s a process: a full investigation and then a decision by a prosecutor. That hasn’t happened yet.

It’s an entirely different matter for members of the public to demand a prosecution. But this is the Governor of the state, the elected official who has ultimate responsibility for carrying out the laws of the state. It’s simply crazy for him to be saying there has to be a prosecution. It’s so inappropriate that I think it’s highly likely that this is actually an editing error – or someone doing the writing who just didn’t grasp the significance of the word choice.

But even if that’s the case, the principle is so basic and important that it’s important to note: the Governor shouldn’t be publicly assuming that Wilson must be prosecuted or that a prosecution must happen for justice to be served.

BTW, Getty released a statement as well…regarding their photojournalist who was arrested Monday night. Statement from Pancho Bernasconi, VP, News, on the arrest of Getty Images staff photographer Scott Olson in Ferguson | Getty Images Press Room | Latest company news, media announcements and information

We at Getty Images stand firmly behind our colleague Scott Olson and the right to report from Ferguson. Getty Images is working to secure his release as soon as possible.  

We strongly object to his arrest and are committed to ensuring he is able to resume his important work of capturing some of the most iconic images of this news story.

Now we get to the other stories making news that touch on the subject of this post. Hate.

The Horrific Risk Of Gun Violence For Black Kids In America, In 4 Charts

In a moving letter to the family of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, mourned the American epidemic of gun violence against children:

I will support you and your efforts to seek justice for your Michael and the countless other Michaels & Trayvons of our country. The 20 Sandy Hook children. Jordan Davis. Oscar Grant. Kendrick Johnson. Sean Bell. Hadya Pendleton. The Aurora shooting victims. The list is too numerous to adequately mention them all. According to The Children’s Defense Fund, gun violence is the second leading cause of death for children ages 1-19. That is a horrible fact.

Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month, and Martin, who was slain in Florida by a former neighborhood watch captain in 2012, were both unarmed black teenagers who lost their lives to gun violence.

Fulton’s letter lamented all child gun deaths — and the numbers in the U.S. dwarf those in other wealthy nations, without separating the victims by race or age. The 2013 report she mentioned notes that gun violence is not only the second leading cause of death for American children, behind car accidents, but the leading cause of death for black American children.

Guns kill more black children in America than car accidents….Take a look at that link for a series of graphs and statistical charts that show in shocking clarity how truly dangerous it is to be a young black male in the US.

Then of course you have those children who are being sent back to Central America, according to We Do Love Children , in one word…

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I know that I posted this next link in the comments a few days ago, but it connects with the theme of this thread so here it is again: When The Media Treats White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victims

Alright, up next…a hate crime can not be a hate crime if it is white on white violence? Huh?  Mississippi Man Shot After Reporting Cross Burning In Yard

A Mississippi sheriff says a man was beaten and shot two weeks after calling authorities to report a cross burning in his yard, and investigators are trying to determine whether the attack was prompted by people being upset that the man was visited by his mixed-race grandchildren.

I won’t quote anymore from the article because it is a very convoluted situation. Best for you to go and read it all yourself…ugh, that is all I can say about that.

Here is an update on that shooting near Banjoville, in the tourist town of Helen GA (I wouldn’t say the phrase “something’s not kosher” about this story applies, but there is something fishy here.): Stray bullet wounds 1, kills another on other side of Ga. street | www.ajc.com

Newly naturalized as a U.S. citizen, May Araim looked forward to traveling freely as an American to her native Iraq. First, though, she needed to see a cousin from Atlanta whose cancer might prove fatal before Araim returned.

Araim, 68, of Houston was walking with her cousin, two other women and two male relatives late Saturday in the northeast Georgia resort town of Helen. Across North Main Street in the faux-Alpine village, a gunshot cracked. Araim fell to the ground, wounded in the side, and rapidly bled to death.

[…]

Araim, who was Muslim, and her three female companions were wearing hijab, the traditional Islamic head covering that symbolizes modesty for women in public, her nephew, Omar Araim, said Monday.

Whether Lampien saw Araim and the other women before the shooting was not clear. Neither the Helen police nor the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which took over the case Sunday, responded to requests for information Monday. The Helen police deleted information about the shooting posted Sunday on the department’s Facebook page.

The case fueled online debate about a new Georgia law that greatly expanded the rights of gun owners to carry weapons in public places, such as bars. The new statute, which took effect last month, has been labeled the “Guns Everywhere” law.

It was not known whether Lampien, the owner of a commercial and industrial air conditioning company, had a concealed-carry permit for his handgun. Nor was it known whether he had removed the weapon from a holster before the shot fired. Lampien received a minor hand injury and was treated at a Gainesville hospital.

“Maybe the shooting was accidental,” Omar Araim said by telephone from his home in California. “But what was the guy doing drawing a gun in the middle of a crowd?”

Good thing GBI took over the investigation. May I remind you that the police office told/ordered the wait staff at the restaurant not to speak to the press or to talk to anyone. It makes me think that perhaps there is more here than just an asshole with a “concealed carry” gun. Mugshot of Lampien at that link too.

Macy’s is in the news: Macy’s to Pay $650,000 to Resolve Bias Inquiry – NYTimes.com

After an 18-month investigation, Macy’s has agreed to pay a $650,000 fine and hire an independent monitor to address complaints that minority shoppers faced heightened surveillance and, in some cases, wrongful detention at its flagship store in Midtown Manhattan.

The investigation, conducted by the state attorney general’s office, reviewed the internal “loss prevention” procedures employed by Macy’s at its Herald Square store as well as allegations that black and Hispanic shoppers were unfairly targeted by security officials. The inquiry found that Macy’s “detained African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities for allegedly shoplifting at significantly higher rates relative to whites,” a settlement agreement to be released on Wednesday said.

Moving on with another racial profiling link: N.C. Sheriff Terry Johnson On Trial For Racial Profiling : NPR

Justice Department officials say Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson illegally targeted Latino drivers and detained people without probable cause. Johnson’s attorneys say the charges are baseless.

That shit happens here in Banjoville…the cops wait for the Mexicans as they leave the Catholic Church after Spanish Mass. You can read the results on the arrest report in the local newspaper, these people are always arrested for a series of charges with broken tail light, or failure to use turning signal being the lowest level charge on the list.

More on those gun nuts “protecting” our Southern border. Police: Militias complicate situation on Texas border | AccessNorthGa

And if it is not the militia with AR-15, what about high school resource officers? Compton School Board Approves AR-15 Rifles for Campus Police – The Atlantic

The school board in Compton, California, has voted to arm campus police officers with AR-15 rifles, according to the Los Angeles public radio station KPCC. Some parents and students are expressing discomfort, citing the same sorts of concerns sparked by the militarized police force of Ferguson, Missouri. In Compton, the local police union says its officers are hardly alone in seeking such weapons:

Currently, the following School Districts authorize their Police Officers to deploy these weapons; Los Angeles School PD, Baldwin Park School PD, Santa Ana School PD, Fontana School PD, San Bernandino School PD.

 

Here is the latest shit out of the religious right: Some evangelicals in Republican Party are feeling left out, see no standard-bearer – The Washington Post

“Values voters have been treated as the stepchildren of the family, while the party has wanted to get on with so-called more electorally popular ideas,” Bauer said. “The Republican base will not tolerate another candidate foisted upon us as a guy who can win.”

Discontent among evangelicals could have implications for the GOP next year as campaigning for the presidential nomination escalates in early-voting states such as Iowa, where social conservatives are a major bloc. Their presence could complicate matters for top-tier candidates such as Christie and Paul who want to remain viable in a general election but will feel pressure to appeal to religious voters. A surge of support for more fiery contenders such as Carson or former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) could turn candidate debates into a spectacle while pulling everyone to the right, affecting the party’s image more broadly.

Assholes.

And another article to make you ill:

Byron York | The Reformers Trying to Remake the Republican Party | Foreign Affairs

Are they blind or deaf to the things that are happening in various states’ legislatures? And what? Not a word from the Jesus Freaks about the tear gas being used in Ferguson:

Tear Gas Is an Abortifacient. Why Won’t the Anti-Abortion Movement Oppose It? | The Nation

…though rigorous studies are few, there is evidence that tear gas is an abortifacient. In 2011, Chile temporarily suspended its use after a University of Chile study linked it to miscarriage and fetal harm. Investigating the use of tear gas in Bahrain in 2012, Physicians for Human Rights found that local doctors were reporting increased numbers of miscarriages in exposed areas. And UN officials have connected tear gas to miscarriages in the Palestinian territories.

This means it’s likely that police in Ferguson, Missouri, have been spraying abortion-causing chemicals on crowds of civilians. Recently at TheNation.com, Dani McClain wrote about the killing of black youth as a reproductive justice issue, one that goes to the heart of the rights of parents to raise their children in peace, safety and dignity. She’s correct, of course, but if the anti-abortion movement were actually concerned about the well-being of the unborn, then the violence in Ferguson would be a pro-life issue as well.

There is also this: Tear gas is banned in international warfare — and in use in Ferguson, MO – Yahoo News

Tear gas is a chemical weapon that the Geneva Convention bans from use in international warfare. In the Ferguson, Missouri, protests, police have used it repeatedly to disperse crowds.

“I’m very concerned about the increased use, and the much laxer attitude we’ve developed towards the potential health effects,” says Sven-Eric Jordt, a scientist at Duke University who researches tear gas.

Jordt says we know a decent amount about how tear gas effects the body in the short-term: it activates pain receptors, especially in the eyes, forcing the eyelids to squeeze shut and tear uncontrollably. Jordt, who himself was tear-gassed during a protest in Germany in the 1980s, describes the sensation as “like cutting an onion but about 100 times more severe.”

Lots more info at that link.

On to discrimination….Work-Life Balance Flexible Schedules Easier for Men | New Republic

One unfortunate real-world application of that persistent double standard, according to a new study, may be that people are more supportive when fathers ask for flexible work arrangements to accommodate childcare than when mothers make the same requests. These men are also more likely to be perceived as admirable and less likely to be seen as uncommitted to their careers. Christin Munsch, associate professor of sociology at Furman University in South Carolina, presented her research Monday at the annual convention of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco.

Read the rest at link.

But wait there’s more: Have insurers found new ways to avoid the sick? | AccessNorthGa

Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation’s health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

The insurance industry responds that critics are confusing legitimate cost-control with bias. Some state regulators, however, say there’s reason to be concerned about policies that shift costs to patients and narrow their choices of hospitals and doctors.

Now a quick link dump:

Here’s What $100 Is Worth In Each State

Heads up for Boston Boomer, Pat and X and anyone else up in the Boston area: Highly Contagious Parvovirus Kills 15 Dogs In Lowell « CBS Boston

Hot damn!   Mo’ne Davis becomes first Little Leaguer to make the cover of Sports Illustrated | Big League Stew – Yahoo Sports

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Next, it is Laura Ingalls Wilder, for idiots: X-rated Little House On The Prairie memoirs to be released this fall | Mail Online

Just for me: Pygmy’s Short Stature is Genetic | Reasons for Height Differences | Tall & Short Populations

Nice tribute to Robin Williams:

 

RIP…Longtime SNL announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

And lastly some Onion articles that will make you laugh your ass off.

The Pros And Cons Of Waiting To Have Children | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

PROS

  • Obligation to one day care for elderly mother psychologically reinforced in child from infancy
  • Peace of mind from knowing you gave hopes and dreams a fair shot
  • Have already collected decades of unsubstantiated and dangerous theories on child-rearing
  • Problems in marriage have had more time to mature

 

  • CONS
  • No daycare facility in your retirement community

 

More pros and cons at link.

Report: More Americans Relying On Grandparents To Help Fuck Up Their Kids | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

According to a study released Wednesday by sociologists at Johns Hopkins University, an increasing number of parents across the country are relying on their own mothers and fathers to help them fuck up their children. “As economic concerns prompt more parents to work longer hours, many are turning to grandparents to assist them in crushing their children’s self-esteem and shaping them into confused, maladjusted adults,” said lead author Dr. Janine Thompkins, who noted that four in 10 grandparents are currently the family’s primary insult-givers to children. “Parents like knowing that while they’re at work, a trusted family member is satisfactorily filling in for them by shouting at their kids in line at the pharmacy or criticizing their weight in front of their friends. And we found that, in most cases, children emerge just as fucked up and traumatized from a grandparent’s constant belittlement as compared to that from their own mother or father.”

Ha, ain’t that the truth!

And this last story, it is as if the author was a fly on the wall at my house, even down to the father being nice and pleading with the son…and mean and yelling at the daughter.  Only instead of family of four, with us, it is family of seven. Family’s Horrific 45-Minute Screaming Match Ends In Consensus To Go To Macaroni Grill | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

Following 45 minutes of intense arguing and bitter protests, a heated screaming match between members of the Carroll family came to an end Thursday evening with a consensus to eat dinner at Macaroni Grill, household sources reported.

The emotionally charged dispute among the family of four, in which parents and children alike alternately shouted insults across the kitchen and sharply criticized each other’s character and food preferences, reportedly concluded when all parties eventually agreed that Macaroni Grill, an Italian-inspired chain eatery, was an acceptable choice for their weekly family restaurant night.

“We always go where you want!” Kristin Carroll, 14, reportedly screamed at her father, John Carroll, touching off the intense, nearly hour-long clash over which mid-priced casual dining establishment the family should patronize.

I swear, we had this same discussion when we took our vacation to Washington DC couple of years ago, and we ended up at Macaroni Grill too!

The quarrel is said to have escalated within minutes, as family members could be heard yelling the phrases “I’m fucking sick of this,” “Cheesecake Factory is off the table,” “I hate pasta,” and “Don’t put words in my mouth” throughout the suburban residence. According to accounts, the protracted period of fierce squabbling included numerous threats to leave the house, repeated usages of the word “unfair,” several personal accusations entirely unrelated to the argument at hand, and suggestions for alternate dinner plans—including Chili’s and California Pizza Kitchen—that were swiftly and angrily rejected.

Approximately 20 minutes into the shouting match, sources reported that a visibly irritated John Carroll brought his 16-year-old son Aiden out of the kitchen and into the downstairs hallway in an effort to reason with him and request that he “act like an adult.”

“What’s the problem here? You like Macaroni Grill,” John Carroll reportedly said, attempting to suppress the anger in his voice and speak in a measured tone. “We’ve been there dozens of times and now you don’t want to go? Come on. It’s good food—everybody likes it there.”

“They have chicken parmesan,” he continued sternly. “You like chicken. Order that.”

Sources confirmed that the family argument intensified when the adolescent returned to the kitchen and asserted that his mother had chosen the restaurant the last three times they dined out, prompting his sister to issue the harsh reprimand “Shut up, you’re making things worse” under her breath.

When daughter Kristin Carroll reportedly complained several minutes later that “Mom can just make spaghetti at home” and that the family “should go to a good restaurant for a change,” her father is said to have cut short her outburst by warning her to “cool it with the attitude” and informing her that “[she] can pick Outback goddamn Steakhouse next time, all right?”

Read the rest of the tale at the link. Just two weeks ago we had another outburst similar to this, only it was over what pizza place to order take out from. But that argument also included three of Jake’s friends and Bebe’s boyfriend in the menagerie. Safe to say, I started a little happy pill cocktail with the addition of Wellbutrin to my Zoloft. Yes, over the edge is where it is at!

So that is one hell of a long ass post. Too damn long! What is up with you today?


48 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: You like chicken. Order that.”

  1. Help me BB, the grammar in my post is like…bad. I mean, it is more than bad, it is super bad. Can I blame it on the meds? or that I was writing it so late last night? Or can I blame Florida’s school system? Shit. lol

    • And some of the bullshit headlines at Drudge:

      Race-based hate crimes spike in DC — most victims white…

      HOLDER SENDS MESSAGE TO FERGUSON…

      LOOTER: ‘WE DESERVE THIS’…

      CHANT: ‘Time To Kill A Cop’…

      Bottles of urine thrown at police…

      REPORT: Officer Suffered ‘Orbital Blowout Fracture to Eye Socket’…

      Cops cleared more than 400 times each year for justified homicides…

      MYSTERY: Obama heads back to vacation after unexplained DC trip…

      Wait, where have I heard that shit about bottles of urine before?

    • There is just so much stuff:

      Affluenza Dad Fred Couch Arrested | Mediaite

      Ethan Couch, who was famously let off from murder charges with a light sentence after pleading “affluenza,” may have gotten more than a debilitating case of privilege from his family: he may have gotten the criminality from them, too.

      Couch’s father Fred was arrested in Fort Worth, TX Tuesday for impersonating a police officer. Couch was found at the scene of a disturbance call last month, and told responding officers that he was a reserve officer with the Lakeside Police Department, even showing them his “police stuff,” an ID and badge.

      Detectives followed up on Couch’s claim and determined he was not and had never been an officer. He was booked and released on $2500 bail.

      Couch’s son received ten years’ probation for a drunk driving accident that left four dead. His affluenza defense, in which his attorneys claimed that his privileged upbringing had inured him from the consequences of his actions, led to widespread outrage and even legislation.

  2. Here is a better description of that discriminatory practice by insurance companies: How health insurance companies still cheat customers under Obamacare This is what is happening to us with Jake and his Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis.

    • NW Luna says:

      Oh yeah, too many loopholes. And the formulary coverage differs from company to company. It’s rarely based on anything rational. The in or out of network is especially insidious. In my state several ins co’s excluded the only children’s hospital in the county, which is also the only one in the entire state with highlevel expertise in children’s medicine. Finally the state Ins Commissioner got involved and beginning next year that hospital is included.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Amazing article!

    Different Rules Apply, by Matt Zoller Zeitz

    I want to tell you a story about the difference between knowing and understanding.
    Over the weekend, my ten-year-old son and I had just finished eating supper at a diner near our house. The multiple TVs in the diner were all showing cable news coverage of the Ferguson situation. On the way out, we passed an African American mother talking to her son, a child around my boy’s age, seated in a booth near the front door.

    The boy asked his mother, “So I should just put my hands in the air?”

    “Yes,” his mother said. “Just put your hands in the air.”

    “If I put my hands in the air, will the police not shoot?” he asked.

    “Probably not, but you can’t be sure. Some people say you should just kneel or lie down, don’t ask questions, just get down on the ground.”

    “If I lie down on the ground, they won’t shoot?”

    “Probably,” she said.

    • NW Luna says:

      Heart-rending. I don’t know how much more of this I can read. And of course simply reading about it is nothing like having to live with it.

  4. Boo Radly says:

    It did not take long for Sen. Claire McCaskill to show her true colors. We have heard statements from a Governor, DA, Mayor, Pres. of Fraternal Order of Police – long list – all stating that this is just how these incidents are handled – nothing to see here. Nothing could be further from the truth. McCaskill is now stating she believes all those above will be impartial – even after their true history has been given. What we have seen is a clear act of consciousness of guilt and, people so used to lying, covering up – they have lost sight of how bizarre, heavy handed, insensitive and avoidance of rules of law – they are. This is a case of racism – clearly. I have to watch the media to get any sense of realism. The local government officials sound like ’60’s racists – the way this has been handled is appalling. The burden of showing humanitarianism has been placed on the victims and law officials seem to do everything they can to make things worse. These victims have behaved in a stellar manner on the whole. I will go out on a limb and say I would not put it past law enforcement to want to cause violent acts by them. Can you imagine if no one had videoed the crime scene. I made a statement earlier that we live in a police state now and have for a long while. It is not just racism – it is by class as well. I don’t mean just homelessness. Police act on automatic – they are like a tribe. Please do not stop posting on Ferguson. There are so many horrific events happening all over the world but this is happening everyday in our country with little or no media coverage. If this is not resolved in prosecution with transparency – we will all suffer greatly. JMO and thanks for what you all do everyday!

    • bostonboomer says:

      I didn’ t hear McCaskill say she thinks the mayor, FOP, etc. will be fair. I heard her interview on MSNBC last night, and she said she doesn’t think McCulloch should be forced to step down. She also said he won’t be the one presenting the evidence to the grand jury. McCulloch could have just made the decision without the grand jury, so at least he was forced by the publicity to arrange for one.

      I’m not defending McCaskill. I think her support of McCulloch is all about politics, but she did speak out about the police overreaction. I also think Holder will be keeping a close eye on McCulloch and will make every effort to prosecute on civil rights violations.

      • Boo Radly says:

        You are correct BB – forgive my blanket statement but, experience with McCaskill shaded my feelings. McCulloch has many many family members in Missouri law enforcement. Gov. Nixon seems to be sleep walking – not aware of the few pertinent facts we do know. That’s his failure for not informing himself – either personally or by his staff. It all smacks of disrespect, disinterest, auto pilot behavior.

  5. Fannie says:

    Things are fucked up, and people just seem to take it again and again. An example, Duke Energy in Ohio has just had another oil spill, they say about 8,000 gallons, who really knows?
    And you folks in Ohio are free to drink all the water you want, it’s safe says Duke Energy as they pay their fine of 399.99.

    http://thinkprogess.org/climate/2014/08/20/duke-energy-ohio-diesel-spill/

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Those articles about Ferguson/St. Louis from Al Jazeera are both fascinating and troubling, and there is lots more info if you follow links in the stories.

    This one is especially well-done and helpful for understanding the history of racism and segregation in St. Louis/Ferguson.

    St. Louis: A City Divided

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/8/18/st-louis-segregation.html

  7. Fannie says:

    About the tear gas link and abortion That Ohio dirty oil water causes many young women to abort, and here’s another link worth the read: The abortion movement wants to make it taboo to talk about in schools.

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/08/20/3473440/americans-abortion-science/

    • bostonboomer says:

      That’s just sick. So it’s OK if women abort because of corporate malfeasance?

    • NW Luna says:

      Pro-life until birth — unless corporate welfare’s at risk. The fact that childbirth is far riskier than a medical abortion has always been telling.

  8. bostonboomer says:

    Ferguson police reportedly entered a church that protesters were using as a place to keep supplies and a refuge from tear gas, etc. Police removed gas masks and other supplies. They claimed that people where sleeping in the church which isn’t true. St. Mark’s Church. I don’t know if this has been reported by media people.

    • bostonboomer says:
    • RalphB says:

      Damn! People are finally beginning to see this country as it really is and it’s fucking rotten. Holy shit this is just a horrible situation that might be happening just about anywhere.

  9. RalphB says:

    Ferguson cop interaction.

    “I will fucking kill you.” “What’s your name?” “Go fuck yourself.”

    • gregoryp says:

      Can somebody please just relieve those idiots of duty and put their asses on the unemployment line like they should be? That nutjob is walking around with an automatic rifle pointed at people. How much more evidence do they need that that is one of the most if not the most corrupt police force in America? Fire every stinking one of them and start over. Until they do this may just get worse and worse and worse.

      • bostonboomer says:

        He was pointing at press people too.

      • RalphB says:

        The ACLU is after him now. I hope they find his ass. Really though, large numbers of the people on police forces all across the country are like these people, just better hidden. It’s going to bite us all in the butt if we don’t fix it.

  10. bostonboomer says:
  11. bostonboomer says:

    Hey Ralph,

    There’s a report on Twitter that the “go fuck yourself” cop has been relieved of duty. Found a link:

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/meet-the-cop-now-known-as-officer-go-fck-yourself/

    • NW Luna says:

      That’s a start. He should be relieved of his job.

      • RalphB says:

        Permanently! No way that guy has the mentality to be carrying a weapon in public.

        • bostonboomer says:

          It seems as if many of the Ferguson officers have had so much power over the locals that they did just about anything they wanted. Now they are being watched by people all over the world and they’re going to have to learn about the Constitution.

  12. bostonboomer says:
  13. bostonboomer says:

    Police to Al Jazeera journalist near Ferguson: ‘I’ll bust your head’

    Younger people are learning what it was like at peace demonstrations during Vietnam.

    • RalphB says:

      This story hits the nail directly on the head. Those lousy cops are probably disproportionately assigned to poor and/or minority neighborhoods because the well off people would complain and have power to maybe get something done.

      My cousin was a policeman for over 20 years and he trained a lot of young officers. He told me half those he trained in his last 5 years were worse than most crooks and should never have been hired. That may be what we are seeing now.

  14. RalphB says:

    tpm: Missouri Councilman Explains Racist Facebook Posts: ‘I Was A Very Active Republican’

    A Republican city councilman in Missouri apologized this week for posting racist messages about President Obama on Facebook, citing his own strong engagement with the Republican Party as the reason behind his actions. …

    Do you think he really knows what this says about him and his party?

  15. Fannie says:

    Mo’ne is up against some good hitters………she’s worried about the game.