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Andrew C (✔)
The Parable of the Unjust Judge or: Fear of a N*gger Nation -
"If we fail to name the battleground being fought upon, this fight over what narrative to impose on the details of Brown’s life might seem oddly tangential to the argument over the circumstances of his death. So let’s be clear about the stakes of this conflict: we are trying to decide whether or not Michael Brown was a nigger. A dead human being is a tragedy that needs to be investigated and accounted for. A dead nigger doesn’t even need to be mourned, much less its death justified." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"And this, ultimately, is the logic of respectability politics. That respectability politics is the narrative of the oppressor digested and regurgitated by the oppressed is obvious. But we shouldn’t dismiss it without understanding its allure and durability: it reframes the terms of power, restoring agency into black hands. [...] Respectability politics is a false narrative, but it... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"When you recognize this essential truth, it becomes uncomfortably clear that an alliance with whites newly uncomfortable with police militarization and misconduct is not an answer. I agree that we should take steps to demilitarize the police, and I agree that that we should require police officers to wear cameras and install them on their dashboards. But let’s not pretend that these measures would constitute a solution to the problem of state violence done to blacks. " - Andrew C (✔)
"Jesus told the Parable of the Unjust Judge, the writer of Luke tells us, to teach us about prayer, but I think it can tell us something about justice as well. [...] the judge does not repent or reform. He does not become a righteous man. He renders justice to the widow out of pure self-interest, but this does not make him anymore inclined to be just in the next case the widow might... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Eric Logan
The Myth of Republican Racism
The Myth of Republican Racism
I responded emotionally to the title of this post, in a negative way, but when I read the article I found that I couldn't rebut the facts Charen presents. Perhaps other people can. - Sean McBride
One could, of course, compile a collection of racist remarks made by Republicans during the last few decades. Perhaps someone has. - Sean McBride
I live in Georgia. I talk to racists everyday, but they are not smart and articulate people and they are doing themselves a disservice more than they are oppressing anyone from my vantage point. We are NEVER going to eliminate racism we can minimize people who feel victimized by empowering them with rich habits and the welfare state is not empowering to anyone. It's a trap in my... more... - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Sean McBride
Two competing narratives on the Michael Brown shooting
1. Michael Brown, a gentle giant, was gunned down in cold blood by a white racist cop, Darren Wilson, for jaywalking and because he was black. - Sean McBride
2. Darren Wilson, an honorable cop, shot Michael Brown, a strong-arm robber and thug, in justifiable self-defense after Brown assaulted him and tried to grab his gun. - Sean McBride
Some people, with political agendas, believed that one or the other narrative was true without waiting for all the facts and evidence to come together. Most of us are still waiting for that to happen, regardless of our political agendas. - Sean McBride
The star witness for the first narrative is Dorian Johnson: His claim that Wilson shot Brown in the back has already been proven false by the autopsy report. - Sean McBride
Might the first narrative be the true story? -- of course. But not necessarily at this point. That is why a grand jury investigation is underway -- to look at all the evidence. - Sean McBride
If this is the wrong way to frame this controversy, what is the right way? I am frankly curious. Should we skip the grand jury proceedings and immediately arrest Wilson? - Sean McBride
Regarding the relative importance of news stories: should this story be receiving more attention than the James Foley execution by ISIS -- an incident that could trigger another major American war in the Mideast? - Sean McBride
A current summary of the contrasting narratives: [What happened when Michael Brown met Officer Darren Wilson] - Sean McBride
Eric Logan
Who’s going to be sacked for making-up global warming at Rutherglen? - Jennifer Marohasy -
Who’s going to be sacked for making-up global warming at Rutherglen? - Jennifer Marohasy
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HEADS need to start rolling at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The senior management have tried to cover-up serious tampering that has occurred with the temperatures at an experimental farm near Rutherglen in Victoria. Retired scientist Dr Bill Johnston used to run experiments there. He, and many others, can vouch for the fact that the weather station at Rutherglen, providing data to the Bureau of Meteorology since November 1912, has never been moved. Senior management at the Bureau are claiming the weather station could have been moved in 1966 and/or 1974 and that this could be a justification for artificially dropping the temperatures by 1.8 degree Celsius back in 1913. Surely its time for heads to roll! - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
The Fire This Time: America's Withdrawal From the Fight Against Racism Guarantees More Fergusons -
The Fire This Time: America's Withdrawal From the Fight Against Racism Guarantees More Fergusons
The precipitating events that cause these periodic national spasms can vary widely—the flooding of New Orleans, the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the beating of Rodney King. But these tragedies all emerge from the same fetid source—the racism embedded in the very foundation of America. - Halil from Bookmarklet
What is needed right now is a national gathering of some of the brightest and most committed African-American men and women to begin devising strategies to fight back in a coherent and sustained way against the racial injustice that still permeates this society. Let that be the first step toward the development of a new cadre of black leadership to carry this fight forward. - Halil
It's BS to put the onus on black people to end racism in this country. That's all white supremacy's doing. It would be easier if those people would stop being dicks. - Anika
I was going to say that if more white people dealt seriously with racism, or were even willing to admit that it's still extant, we could make better progress. But yeah, "stop being dicks" works too. #LordILoveAnika - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Well, it's basically saying that victims of any injustice need to end the injustice leaving the perpetrators, in this case racist people, to wash their hands free of any responsibility. - Halil
White supremacy is so deeply entrenched here that it's hard to see it getting dislodged without substantial commitment from white people to end it. It's not for lack of trying by African-Americans. - John (bird whisperer)
And the biggest hurdle to that is getting white people to even understand racism and white supremacy in the first place. There are too many who don't realize that it's not just one guy hating another, but truly systemic and can't be fixed by merely asking people to play nice. The system is designed to keep whites elevated and everyone else down, and the only ones who have the power to fix that system are the ones who built it in the first place. - Hookuh Tinypants
Steven Perez
"I keep coming back to what seems to me to be the most inhumane thing of all, the inhumane thing that happened before the rage began to rise, and before the backlash began to build, and before the cameras and television lights, and before the tear gas and the stun grenades and the chants and the prayers. I keep coming back to the one image that was there before the international event began, before it became a television show and a symbol in flames and something beyond what it was in the first place. I keep coming back to one simple moment, one ghastly fact. One image, from which all the other images have flowed. They left the body in the street." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"Dictators leave bodies in the street. Petty local satraps leave bodies in the street. Warlords leave bodies in the street." - Steven Perez
"A police officer shot Michael Brown to death. And they left his body in the street. For four hours. Bodies do not lie in the street for four hours. Not in an advanced society. Bodies lie in the street for four hours in small countries where they have perpetual civil war. Bodies lie in the street for four hours on back roads where people fight over the bare necessities of simple living,... more... - Steven Perez
"Bodies are not left in the streets of the leafy suburbs. The bodies of dogs and cats, or squirrels and raccoons, let alone the bodies of children, are not left in the streets of the leafy suburbs. No bodies are left in the streets of the financial districts. Freeze to death on a bench in the financial districts and you are whisked away before your inconvenient body can disturb the... more... - Steven Perez
Eric Logan
Photographer Captures Scientists' Frightened Responses To Climate Change Discussions -
Photographer Captures Scientists' Frightened Responses To Climate Change Discussions
Lower the lights, turn your head bit to the right. Don’t blink! Be more tense…imagine your funding is about to be eliminated – yes, perfect! Exactly the photo we want! - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
"It looks as fake as it is, and it also comes across as emotional manipulation. Probably we should be emotional about climate change, but come on, no one sits around all day looking worried, as if their checking account is low and the rent’s past due.” - David Appel - Eric Logan
"Look for this to be widely mocked. I can’t honestly blame anyone if they do.” - David Appel - Eric Logan
Look at that fear, I say! I can almost envision sweat dripping down their foreheads thinking about the melting iceberg somewhere afar! - They should have gave them a duck to hold, even a panda. The photographer should realize a stunt like this can undermine any cause. - Chu_
Eric Logan
BBC News - Glacier-like hazards found on Ben Nevis -
BBC News - Glacier-like hazards found on Ben Nevis
Hazards common in arctic and alpine areas but described as "extremely unusual" in the UK during the summer have been found on Ben Nevis. A team of climbers and scientists investigating the mountain's North Face said snowfields remained in many gullies and upper scree slopes. On these fields, they have come across compacted, dense, ice hard snow call neve. Neve is the first stage in the formation of glaciers, the team said. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
"Not only have we gathered potentially ground-breaking geological data and significantly added to the known populations of arctic-alpine species, the team have also discovered alpine saxifrage, which has never been found on the mountain before." - Eric Logan
Keeping an eye on this story as well. Not quite the canary in the coal mine that was forecast and may also validate this earlier finding. ===> The last glacier in Scotland may have melted within the last 400 years, not 11,500 years ago as previously believed, new research finds. - Eric Logan
Eric Logan
Every news source has its biases. However, many news sources are not in the business of presenting news. They are in the business of feeding your confirmation bias. Most people should know this by now. Constantly pointing out the source does nothing to those who don't already know this except further entrench the bias.
there's too much punditry this last decade and not enough facts presented. It making an ignoramus culture, for those that dont read print or internet articles. - Chu_
Amen. - Eric Logan
Eric Logan
Cold summer: US daily record minimums outnumbering record maximums 3 to 1 in the last 30 days. -
Cold summer: US daily record minimums outnumbering record maximums 3 to 1 in the last 30 days.
Cold summer: US daily record minimums outnumbering record maximums 3 to 1 in the last 30 days.
"Plus, there have been new snowfall records, almost unheard of in summer." - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Yet, mysteriously, since February NCDC appear to have yanked the data feed, as they been showing no new records for several months. - Eric Logan
Paul Homewood points out that even PBS is affected by this outage: It was not long ago that we were bombarded with claims of record high temperatures in the US. For instance, PBS introduced their new widget in 2011, shown above, to track daily records. As they pointed out: We’ve built this widget so our viewers can understand the significance of the heat, not only in terms of raw... more... - Eric Logan
Sean McBride
Dorian Johnson's history of lying to police | The Black Sphere | (Kevin Jackson) -
Dorian Johnson's history of lying to police | The Black Sphere | (Kevin Jackson)
"When you are trying to establish a narrative, it’s important that some information on the people involved not leak out. Like the fact that Michael Brown was not the solid citizen that the media portrayed. But another slight “oversight” is with Michael Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Again: this is a useful feed to follow: - Sean McBride
Opinion against Dorian Johnson on Twitter is running at least 100 to 1 -- but the grand jury will look at *all* the relevant information in the case, not just Johnson's shaky credibility. - Sean McBride
Kevin Jackson apparently is an independent thinker who is not pushed around by mob passions. - Sean McBride
Democratic leaders have probably figured out that "establishing a narrative" with regard to Brown and Johnson is a dicey proposition. They didn't follow Al Sharpton into the breach. They may remember Sharpton's involvement with Tawana Brawley: - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Reactions to the Shooting in Ferguson, Mo., Have Sharp Racial Divides - -
Fascinating stats. - Sean McBride
64% of Americans don't know enough to say whether the shooting of Michael Brown by the police in Ferguson was justified. - Sean McBride
59% of Americans think that the protesters' actions have mostly gone too far. - Sean McBride
On Twitter, the number of hostile tweets about Dorian Johnson greatly exceeds the number of hostile tweets about Darren Wilson. - Sean McBride
You may be outraged by the numbers, but those are the numbers. - Sean McBride
This is why the Democratic leadership didn't rush into the breach after Al Sharpton. - Sean McBride
Most Americans do not organize their politics around ethnic and racial conflict -- they have more pressing concerns -- like trying to survive during an era in which we are witnessing the collapse of the traditional middle class. - Sean McBride
The 2010s are not the 1960s -- that era is long gone. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Police officer who shot Michael Brown suffered fractured eye socket, friend says - The Washington Post -
"The police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown suffered a fracture to his eye socket in a scuffle with the unarmed teenager before opening fire, a family friend said Thursday. Hospital x-rays of the injury have been submitted to the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney and will be shared with a grand jury now weighing evidence to determine whether Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the shooting. The friend, who has been in contact with family members, asked not to be named because of fear of threats." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
This story has now made the Washington Post. Hospital x-rays constitute strong forensic evidence. - Sean McBride
Ignore the evidence Sean. It doesn't matter if he was involved in a strong armed robbery it's actually just shoplifting. The police dept. is inherently racist they assaulted a man in 2009 before this officer actually worked here. Broken eye socket he murdered an unarmed kid. Hands up for stupidity. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Steven Perez
Why the People of Ferguson Can't Trust the Cops -
Why the People of Ferguson Can't Trust the Cops
"A young man named Christopher Lane told me police had beaten him up three times since he moved to Ferguson in 2007. The beatings happened well before a local officer fatally shot an unarmed teenager on August 9 and sparked the protests that now occur daily in Ferguson. "These cops are real prejudiced," Lane said, later adding, "Ferguson is an old slave town, if you know your history." Lane asked if I had noticed that many of the side streets in Ferguson do not have sidewalks. I had. He told me that police regularly harass and even cite young black folks for failing to walk on the sidewalk, even when there is none to be found. Lane's friends said they once became burglary suspects for simply visiting a friend's house. One young man said the Ferguson police regularly stop and harass him about crimes he doesn't know anything about, hoping that he might "snitch." "It's like, I don’t know who's stealing cars, man," he said." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
The 10 Kinds of Trolls You Will Encounter When Talking About Mike Brown | Olivia A. Cole -
The 10 Kinds of Trolls You Will Encounter When Talking About Mike Brown | Olivia A. Cole
"If 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." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven -- this is one of the weakest articles published on the Ferguson situation I've seen to date. - Sean McBride
Check this out: "The “Wait for Evidence” Troll: This troll may or may not be anonymous and pretends to be focused on respecting and upholding the law. “We don’t know what happened yet,” they say, “wait for evidence before you lambast an officer of the law.”" So Olivia Cole is arguing, *don't* wait for the evidence -- she already knows for a certainty what happened in the violent confrontation between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson. - Sean McBride
Have you noticed how many American political and opinion leaders haven't expressed opinions about the Michael Brown shooting yet? -- they are waiting for all the facts to be collected and presented. That's the smart thing to do and the right thing to do -- that's how our legal and justice system works. - Sean McBride
Barack Obama earned a degree from Harvard Law School -- he understands the legal system. Most of us respect Barack Obama. Dorian Johnson -- maybe not so much. I want to see how *all* the eyewitness testimonies line up, in combination with the forensic evidence, once the investigation is completed -- then I will have a basis on which to form a strong opinion. It may well turn out that... more... - Sean McBride
Which leading Democrats have spoken out or expressed strong opinions about current events in Ferguson? Hillary Clinton? Joe Biden? Nancy Pelosi? Elizabeth Warren? - Sean McBride
I'll be honest, Sean. I posted this for two reasons: 1) I've noticed these patterns in online behavior every time one of these types of cases crops up, so, no, this article is all too accurate, and 2) I had a feeling you would not be able to resist responding to it; in fact, the only question was how long you would continue doing so if I gave no response at all (and given that I've been busy at work all day, that part was easy). - Steven Perez
"They pretend that things like racism, police brutality, police corruption, etc. don’t exist and insist that if concrete evidence is released, they will be swayed to feel “sympathy” for Mike Brown. But they won’t. When evidence arises, they find objection to its relevance or veracity. They then transform into The “Mike Brown Shouldn’t Have [insert human action here]” Troll, to follow." -- yuuuuuuuuuuup. - Andrew C (✔)
"The “Violence Just Begets More Violence” Troll - These people are the riot-shamers. They roll out the word “looters!” at every chance and are not interested in the fact that only a small number of people at the protests have actively looted, or that Ferguson protestors actually locked arms to prevent said looting. " - Andrew C (✔)
Steven -- why do you think that the Democratic leadership has remained silent about Michael Brown, Dorian Johnson and Darren Wilson? My best guess: they are waiting for the investigation to be completed -- which Olivia Cole would interpret as "trolling" -- because apparently she doesn't understand how the American justice system works. Once they know the truth of what happened, they will no doubt strongly express their opinions -- as will I. - Sean McBride
"only a small number of people at the protests have actively looted" -- then you should take up your complaints with the mainstream media regarding the prominent coverage given to the role of looting, vandalism and violence in Ferguson: 1. [Google; ferguson looting] 2. [Google; ferguson vandalism] 3. [Google; ferguson violence] - Sean McBride
More honesty, Sean: I. DON'T. CARE. The one question which has never occurred to me in almost two weeks is "I wonder what [random Democratic politician] think about this situation." - Steven Perez
Steven -- if you care about practical politics, and achieving political objectives, you really do need to take account of how elite and mass opinion are trending on issues like Ferguson. Quite a few political leaders on the left are wondering if Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson might be a weak reed on which to build momentum for the important issues which have arisen in the Ferguson situation. They don't want to get burned -- they are being cautious in waiting for all the facts to come out. - Sean McBride
That train is never late. - Victor Ganata
We gonna get a BINGO soon? - Andrew C (✔)
The grand jury will decide that (BINGO): to prosecute or not to prosecute. We are all waiting for the completion of that process with intense curiosity. - Sean McBride
Victor -- I recall the discussion we had here about the Henry Louis Gates/James Crowley story. Back then, I took the position I am taking now: wait until all the facts emerge before rushing to judgment. The climax of that last situation? -- Barack Obama invited Crowley to share a beer with him and Gates at the White House. - Sean McBride
This situation is much more serious: that is why we need to be especially careful in figuring out who has been lying and who has been telling the truth about that violent confrontation at the cop car. - Sean McBride
I've had several BINGOS in the last week, Andrew. - Steven Perez
I remember when many Americans had many BINGOS regarding their decision to support the American war against Iraq on the basis of incomplete and misleading information. That turned out well. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Hillary Clinton Urged to Stay Mum on Ferguson Shooting -
Hillary Clinton Urged to Stay Mum on Ferguson Shooting
"Potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is being pressured by Rev. Al Sharpton to step up and comment on the Ferguson shooting controversy — but Democratic strategists are urging her to stay quiet, Politico reported. Sharpton called on the former secretary of state as well as possible Republican contender Jeb Bush, and other White House hopeful, to make their feelings known about the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
""Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, don't get laryngitis on this issue," Sharpton said sardonically during a rally over the weekend in Ferguson, Missouri. "Nobody can go to the White House unless they stop by our house and talk about policing." The preacher has continued to press for Clinton and other Democratic candidates in 2016 to speak up during his MSNBC show, but his requests appear to have fallen on deaf ears, Politico said." - Sean McBride
"Donna Brazile, former Vice President Al Gore's campaign manager, urged Clinton to wait until a full investigation is carried out into the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson before she addresses the crisis. "There's two tragedies unfolding in American politics," Brazile told Politico. "The murder of a young unarmed man by a policeman and the mishandling of... more... - Sean McBride
[Wikipedia; Donna Brazile] - Sean McBride
Poor HRC polling her responses to every damn thing . #tonedeaf - WarLord
But it's not just Hillary -- it's the entire Democratic leadership. They may be privy to information about the case that is not available to the public. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Michael Brown Shooting: Witness Accounts Tell Conflicting Stories
"This is the part where the various witness accounts diverge and the most significant differences creep in. Some witnesses claim that Brown had his hands up and was gunned down. Wilson, and reportedly some witnesses, claim that Brown charged him, forcing him to fire." - Sean McBride
"It is worth noting that not all witness accounts have been made public at this time, so further testimony about the incident may emerge. A grand jury hearing into the shooting was opened Wednesday by the St. Louis County prosecutor." - Sean McBride
So far Dorian Johnson is the key eyewitness in this shooting -- and this is how public opinion is trending on Johnson: - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Josh Marshall: Is he nuts? Gov Nixon shldn't be saying there must be a prosecution in the Michael Brown killing.
"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." - Sean McBride
"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." - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown, says source | Fox News -
"Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department's top brass told “The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Paul Ryan's American Idea is Mad Libs with a thesaurus full of conservative lies | Jeb Lund | Comment is free | -
"Ryan’s book celebrates the American Idea (it differs from the American Dream, the American Experiment and American Exceptionalism only in terms of nouns), which, he tells us, “is our nation’s most unique and powerful contribution to the world”. Ryan then goes on to enumerate a series of concepts of political and economic philosophy actually created by European thinkers. That is how powerful America is: it not only doesn’t need canon law, Ockham, Locke or Hobbes, it may actually have invented them." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
" For a supposed economics wonk, he must have had to try to never address cartel behavior, irrational economic decisions made under threat of illness or a distorted market where people’s future health is held in jeopardy to extract extortionate payments." - Andrew C (✔)
"He repeatedly condemns “state bureaucrats” for coming between you and healthcare, holding up market alternatives in a fantasia where there are no insurance flunkies who do the same. He proudly recounts an anecdote where he repudiates health – an integral part of the life part of our unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – as a right: “To say it’s a... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Sean McBride
Key witness in Ferguson wanted in Jefferson City | Local News - Home -
Key witness in Ferguson wanted in Jefferson City | Local News - Home
"22 year-old Dorian Johnson, the man who was walking with Michael Brown when he was shot, has a warrant out for his arrest in Jefferson City. The warrant is for stealing and dates back to June 2011. ABC 17 News looked into Johnson's past and found out he has also been charged with filing a false police report in the same year." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"false police report" - Sean McBride
Eric Logan
One of the Grand Jurors who indicted Rick Perry was, at the same time, a delegate to the Texas Democratic Convention
One of the Grand Jurors who indicted Rick Perry was, at the same time, a delegate to the Texas Democratic Convention
Sean McBride
COLLAPSE? Radio Station Claims Primary Witness Will Admit Michael Brown Charged Officer Darren Wilson - Bearing Arms -
"***BREAKING NEWS*** Remember, you saw it and heard it here first. We have heard (from a VERY connected national media source) that Ferguson officer Darren Wilson will be cleared in the shooting of Michael Brown. The key: Dorian Johnson has now admitted that Michael Brown attacked Officer Wilson and attempted to take his gun. OFFICER WILSON WILL NOT BE CHARGED!" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
True or false? I haven't the slightest idea. But the source was first to break the news about the actual content of the autopsy report. - Sean McBride
Google News surfaced this story: [Google News; dorian johnson] - Sean McBride
Ok: this story is trending big on Twitter right at this moment: - Sean McBride
If Dorian Johnson does in fact recant his story, many people are going to have a lot of explaining to do. - Sean McBride
Make that trending HUGE -- I just refreshed the Twitter search. - Sean McBride
BUT -- I'm not ruling out yet that it could be a false rumor. - Sean McBride
The real-time view of the breaking Dorian Johnson story: - Sean McBride
This story may be false, but it gained massive traction fast. BAM. The source appears to be somewhat credible. - Sean McBride
Tweet: "if true..Dorian Johnson should be charged w/ false official statements & held accountable for riots" - Sean McBride
True that. - Sean McBride
A few tweets are now claiming that Johnson's lawyer has denied this new story -- but they provide no sources. We will probably know the truth by this evening. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
The Michael Brown case hinges on this one detail - -
The Michael Brown case hinges on this one detail -
"Some eyewitnesses report having seen Brown approach Officer Darren Wilson, making him fear for his life" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"As a grand jury is set to convene today to hear evidence related to teenager Michael Brown’s death, conflicting eyewitness accounts of the shooting are gaining traction." - Sean McBride is beginning to hedge its bets. Meanwhile there is this: - Sean McBride
Many people in the discussions about Ferguson and other political controversies don't seem to know how to use Google, Twitter and many other valuable tools -- they are always behind the curve, unaware of how facts are being uncovered and coming together in real time regarding issues on which they hold strong emotional opinions. - Sean McBride
Tip: Twitter is much more powerful than Google News for tracking fast-breaking news stories. Google can't begin to keep up. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
'SNL' Political Secrets Revealed: Hillary's "Entitlement," the Sketch Obama Killed and the Show's "Karl Rove" -
'SNL' Political Secrets Revealed: Hillary's "Entitlement," the Sketch Obama Killed and the Show's "Karl Rove"
Andrew C (✔)
@ShaunKing: Eyewitness Accounts of Michael Brown Shooting -
"4 different eyewitness accounts from 4 different angles (left, right, above, ground level) all tell the EXACT SAME STORY. Period. What is also SO KEY is that all 4 of these eyewitnesses, including Dorian Johnson who was right there, had the same story from THAT DAY on. [...] For anybody to hear the three videos I just shared and still choose to think they are, in essence lying or colluding together is racist." - Andrew C (✔)
"In essence, to think that Crenshaw, Mitchell, and Johnson colluded, concocted a story, then risked it all to share it, is insane. For reference, please read "Psychopathic Racial Personality" by Dr. Bobby Wright. In it, he explains that racism is a form of psychopathy. The idea, the gall, to think that 3 strangers, in essence just because they are black, immediately colluded & made up... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"I would not say ANY OF THIS if the accounts of Crenshaw, Mitchell, and Johnson, were very similar to what we hear from Darren Wilson. But the accounts are WILDLY different from the very start to the very, very, very UGLY end with Wilson unloading on Mike Brown's face/body. It was treated as a red-herring of sorts when Mike Brown did not come back with back full of bullet holes. This is... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"Crenshaw, Mitchell, and Johnson all say that Mike was hit FROM BEHIND, not in his back, and autopsy confirms a graze wound in his arm. Crenshaw, Mitchell, and Johnson ALL confirm that Mike Brown's body twitched when grazed, turned around, then surrendered to Wilson. Mitchell, an incredibly composed unbiased eyewitness not even from there said Brown not only didn't "bumrush" Wilson, but... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Police cameras are important, but they’re useless without policies to ensure they’re used properly - The Washington Post -
"So in addition to making these videos public record, accessible through public records requests, we also need to ensure that police agencies implement rules requiring officers to actually use the cameras, enforce those rules by disciplining officers when they don’t and ensure that the officers, the agencies that employ them, and prosecutors all take care to preserve footage, even if the footage reflects poorly on officers." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"One policy that would go a long way toward achieving those three objectives is what defense attorney Scott Greenfield calls the missing video presumption. Currently, the courts generally treat important video that goes missing as a harmless mistake. They assume no ill will on the part of police. If you discover that the police were or should have been recording an encounter that would... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"Under the missing video presumption, if under the policy agency’s police there should have been video and there isn’t, then the courts will assume that the video corroborates the party opposing the police, be it a criminal defendant or the plaintiff in a civil rights lawsuit. The state could still get over the presumption by presenting other evidence, such as witnesses, medical... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Eric Logan
The Economics of Police Militarism
The Economics of Police Militarism
Missouri was one of the first states to allow private probation companies, in the late nineteen-eighties, and it has since followed the national trend of allowing court fees and fines to mount rapidly. Now, across much of America, what starts as a simple speeding ticket can, if you’re too poor to pay, mushroom into an insurmountable debt, padded by probation fees and, if you don’t appear in court, by warrant fees. (Often, poverty means transience—not everyone who is sent a court summons receives it.) “Across the country, impoverished people are routinely jailed for court costs they’re unable to pay,” Alec Karakatsanis, a cofounder of Equal Justice Under Law, a nonprofit civil-rights organization that has begun challenging this practice in municipal courts, said. These kinds of fines snowball when defendants’ cases are turned over to for-profit probation companies for collection, since the companies charge their own “supervision” fees. What happens when people fall behind on their... more... - Eric Logan
I tried to explain this a few days ago, but failed glad to see some else picked up the baton. - Eric Logan
Sean McBride
Steven -- the NPR link that you requested: [An Account Of The Ferguson Shooting, From The Man Standing Beside Brown]
Robert Siegel's questions to Freeman Bosley, Dorian Johnson's attorney: - Sean McBride
"SIEGEL: Now, Dorian Johnson has been quoted as saying that officer Wilson shot, as you say Big Mike, Michael Brown, in the back. The autopsy that was performed at the Brown family's request by Michael Baden found no such wound. There's nothing consistent with that. Could Dorian Johnson be mistaken as eye witnesses sometimes are mistaken?" - Sean McBride
"SIEGEL: A self-described friend of Officer Darren Wilson went on a St. Louis talk radio show and related what she says was Wilson's account of the shooting. And by that account, Michael Brown punched him, wrestled for control of his gun and ultimately, after walking away, turned back and charged at the police officer. Does Dorian Johnson say that any of those things happened?" - Sean McBride
"SIEGEL: To what extent should we question his [Dorian Johnson's] account of events, knowing that he had just been, if not a participant, an immediate witness to a - you know, a kind of a pretty thuggish moment there in that store when Michael Brown stole those cigars, and more to the point sort of shoved the sales clerk away in a rather aggressive way. Is Dorian Johnson - does he have a stake in his version of events?" - Sean McBride
Now that I read the transcript of the remarks I heard while driving yesterday, I would say that to describe them as not friendly or warm towards Brown and Johnson would be an understatement. Skeptical and distanced, certainly. Almost a hostile line of questioning. - Sean McBride
If this goes to trial, lawyers for the defense will go after Johnson with much greater force and skill than Siegel displayed here -- of course, Siegel was being civil and polite -- but he made his points succinctly and with clarity. - Sean McBride
Siegel really knows how to slide the knife in cleanly when he wants to -- just a few brief polished questions, hitting the most sensitive nerves, delivered in a cheery and avuncular tone. He would make a great lawyer -- the man has skills. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Police Allege More Than A Dozen Witnesses Confirm Michael Brown Charged Injured Police Officer - Bearing Arms -
"Christine Byers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has been acknowledged as being one of the more competent and even-keeled mainstream media reporters covering events in Ferguson, Missouri. She has a certain “home field advantage” being a local reporter, but that hometown connection means that she also has the added stress of needing to make sure that what she reports is as accurate as possible… unlike some others. After all the out-of-town journalists leave, Byers’s reputation, credibility, and future access to parties on all sides of this crisis will hinge on whether or not she did her utmost best to be as accurate as balanced as the dynamic situation allows. It is because of this that her statement that officers have “more than a dozen witnesses” corroborating the claim that a fleeing Michael Brown stopped, turned, and then charged at Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson has so much impact." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Wilson was reportedly attacked by Brown inside his vehicle. Wilson—who we now know suffered a fractured eye socket as the result of Brown’s preliminary attack—fired multiple shots at Brown as the 6’4″, nearly 300-pound man thundered down upon him for a second time." - Sean McBride
"I suspect that there aren’t many witnesses to the beginning of the confrontation that resulted in shots being fired inside Wilson’s police vehicle, but it seems clear that the shot captured the attention of residents in the area, more than a dozen of whom apparently told police that they witnessed Michael Brown attempt to charge Wilson once both men had moved away from the vehicle a number of yards down the street." - Sean McBride
Andrew: regarding the 35 feet: "both men had moved away from the vehicle." - Sean McBride
If Christine Byers is saying this, one at least has to pay attention -- she is a credible journalist. - Sean McBride
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