August 19, 2014

Officer Wilson Suffered Eye Trauma During Incident Leading to Mike Brown Shooting


Timothy Birdnow

It was reported that Officer Darren Wilson suffered some trauma as a result of a physical altercation prior to his shooting Mike Brown but details were sketchy. It is now being reported that he suffered a trauma to his eye bone, an orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket.

According to Jim Hoft at The Gateway Pundit:

"Local St. Louis sources said Wilson suffered an "orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket.” This comes from a source within the Prosecuting Attorney’s office and confirmed by the St. Louis County Police.

A blowout fracture is a fracture of one or more of the bones surrounding the eye and is commonly referred to as an orbital floor fracture. (AAPOS)"

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How did the officer get this fracture? 

The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus has this to say:

What causes a blowout fracture?

Blowout fractures result from trauma to the orbital bones. When an object hits the orbital bones (usually the eye brow and upper cheek bone) the force is transmitted to the bones. If the force is great enough, the bones buckle and break.

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It sure sounds like somebody assaulted Officer Wilson,.

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ISIS in Ferguson

Timothy Birdnow

ISIS has come to Ferguson Mo.

According to Jim Hoft:

:ISIS is all over the Ferguson protests on Twitter, encouraging jihadists to head on over and do some recruiting. And it seems like the message has gotten through, as a t-shirt spray painted with "ISIS Here” was flashed on CNN Monday."

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It's a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood in Ferguson

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Timothy Birdnow

Ferguson is becoming a broken record; more looting, more shooting, more jackbooting. Ending the curfew was supposed to solve everything, but last night was more of the same with guns blazing, firebombs, smoke, tear gas.

What is the purose in bringing in the National Guard if they aren't going to restrain rioters? The authorities are doing just enough to encourage the criminal element.

I predicted this thing would burn until November. Everything the authorities have done is proving my prediction correct.

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Hatin' Perry; an Abuse of Prosecutorial Power

... Attorney that Rick Perry got INDICTED over » The Right Scoop
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Timothy Birdnow

John Fund looks at the political indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and compares it to the indictment (by the same office in Austin) of formerSen Kay Bailey Hutchinson in a terrific article at National Review.

From the piece:

"The Republican Hutchison was indicted only four months after her landslide win in a special election in 1993. Travis County district attorney Ronnie Earle — whose successor, Rosemary Lehmberg, is at the center of the Perry indictment — persuaded a grand jury made up of residents of the liberal Austin area to indict Hutchison on charges of misusing her prior office of state treasurer. (The Travis County district attorney’s office runs the Public Integrity Unit, which enforces ethics laws for all state officials, and Austin is the county seat.) Hutchison was accused of using state employees and her state offices to conduct personal and political business and then ordering records of her activities to be destroyed. Among the specific accusations was that she used state employees to plan her Christmas vacation in Colorado and write thank-you notes.

Hutchison pressed for a quick resolution of the case because she was running for reelection in 1994, much as Governor Perry has to worry that his indictment will hang over any 2016 presidential race he might run. The case against Hutchison slowly began to fall apart. The first indictment had to be thrown out because one of the grand-jury members who heard the case was ineligible to serve. A defense motion to move the trial from the politically charged climate of liberal Austin to Fort Worth was granted. Then, when the trial began in February of 1994, it ended after only 30 minutes, when Hutchison was found not guilty on all charges.

The breathtaking denouement began as soon as District Attorney Earle was forced to present his case. He began by telling the court he couldn’t go forward without knowing for certain whether records seized from Hutchison’s office without a search warrant only five days after her Senate victory would be allowed into evidence. Judge John F. Onion Jr. declined to make such an early decision — and ordered the jury, which had been seated only minutes before, to return a verdict of not guilty.

After her acquittal, Hutchison requested that all records seized during the raid be publicly released. "The case was not there,” she said at a press conference. "They turned around and ran because they knew the longer they went, the more embarrassing it was going to be. . . . They thought the lady would crack. Well, the lady wouldn’t crack.”

End excerpt.

This politicizing of the mechanisms of justice must end. Investigations need to be done into the District Attorney's office in Austin.

For those who don't know, Gov. Perry (a potential candidate for President on the Republican ticket) was indicted for vetoing funds to someone arrested for drunk driving, after the Democrat refused to resign from office.

Fund gives a good overview:

"The Public Integrity Unit has continued to be a source of controversy. A decade after the Hutchison case, Earle indicted then–House majority leader Tom DeLay. Earle won a jury conviction, but in 2013 a Texas appeals court overturned it. The court ruled that the state’s evidence was "legally insufficient” and rendered judgments of acquittal. Lehmberg, who took over the case from Earle, has insisted with Inspector Javert–like intensity that she will appeal that decision — but lately she has been preoccupied with her own legal issues, which brings us to the Rick Perry indictment.

I covered the Hutchison case from Texas, and what strikes me is just how much it has in common with Perry’s current trouble. Politics in Texas is a contact sport in which every weapon — both electoral and legal — is employed and ethical boundaries are easily crossed.

Boiled down, the indictment contends that Perry tried to coerce Lehmberg into resigning after her conviction on drunken-driving charges. Even liberal partisans are divided over whether it crosses the line into criminalizing political behavior. Former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina couldn’t contain his glee: "Here’s to suddenly loving the Texas legal process: Rick Perry indicted.” But David Axelrod, President Obama’s former top strategist, had a different take: "Perry indictment seems pretty sketchy.” Several noted liberal legal scholars, ranging from Alan Dershowitz to Jonathan Turley, are also troubled by the vague and mushy charges.

The story behind the indictment begins in April of 2013, when Lehmberg was arrested on DWI charges, resisted arrest, and tried to pull rank by telling officers to "call Greg” — meaning her friend the local sheriff, Greg Hamilton. She even told officers, "Y’all are gonna be in jail, not me.” She was fined and sentenced to 45 days in jail after she was shown to have a blood-alcohol content of three times the legal limit."

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So now acting in the interest of public ethics is a violation of public ethics! Many Democrats - including David Axelrod - have condemned the indictment.

But this is not intended to be won in court, merely to defame Gov. Perry and thwart his ambitions to run for President. Every news story will call him the indicted candidate, and too many low information types will, well, maybe not believe he's guilty but be uncomfortable with a man under indictment.

This is the kind of vicious politics being indulged by Democrats these days. The GOP, ever clueless, still thinks this is a gentleman's disagreement and that gentle pursuasion is the order of the day.

Barack Obama said it best "if they bring a knife to a fight we'll bring a gun!"

It's time the GOP start packin'!

I must ask a question; if cutting off funding is indictable, why wasn't Barack Obama indicted when he closed the government? Mr. Obama shut the whole thing down despite having more than adequate funds provided by the House of Representatives, because he would not allow them to cut funding for Obamacare. Wasn't this a political assault on his critics? It was intended to hurt the GOP, which was exercising their Constitutional duty as holders of the purse. Yet Obama received accolades from the media and from the Democrats. Why is Gov. Perry different?

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Trampling on Coal Country families

Paul Driessen

As President Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency continue waging war on coal, oil and gas – it is families in Coal Country, USA that are being hammered hardest. States that mine coal or use it to generate affordable electricity for homes, hospitals and factories are losing jobs, facing widespread power plant closures, and seeing their electricity prices climb higher and higher. The effects on people’s health and welfare grow steadily worse, but are ignored by EPA, which is fixated on "preventing dangerous manmade climate change,” at any cost. In an added insult, EPA gladly holds "public listening sessions” in big cities that have large numbers of eco activists. But it refuses to hold similar events in communities that its regulations are clobbering.

Obama and EPA are determined to destroy US coal, people’s lives and welfare be damned

Paul Driessen

Between 1989 and 2010, Congress  HYPERLINK "" rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and ’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and "fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system.

Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that US oil production has climbed 58% and natural gas output has risen 21% since 2008. But he doesn’t mention that this is due to hydraulic fracturing on state and private lands; production has actually fallen in areas controlled by the federal government, and radical environmentalists oppose fracking all over the USA.
Above all, the President’s war on hydrocarbons is a war on Coal Country families. For 21 states that still rely on coal to produce 40-96% of their electricity, it is a war on people’s livelihoods and living standards – on the very survival of small businesses and entire communities. The price of electricity has already risen 1-2 cents per kilowatt-hour in those states, from as little as 5.6 cents/kWh in 2009. If it soars to the 14.6 to 15.7 cents/kWh paid in "job-mecca states”  HYPERLINK "" like California and New York – which rely on coal for less than 3% of their electricity – the impacts will churn through coal-dependant states like a tsunami.

Yet that is where rates are headed, as the Obama EPA’s carbon dioxide and other restrictions kick in. Hundreds of baseload coal-fired power plants (some 180 gigawatts of electric generation capacity) will be forced into premature retirement between 2010 and 2020. That’s more than 15% of the United States’ total installed capacity – enough electricity to power nearly 90 million average homes or small businesses. EPA assumes it can be replaced by expensive, unreliable, habitat-gobbling wind and solar power. It can’t.
EPA rules mean the price of everything people do will skyrocket: heating and air conditioning, lights and refrigeration, televisions, computers, medical equipment, machinery and every other gizmo that runs on electricity. Poor, minority and blue-collar families will have to find hundreds of dollars a year somewhere in their already stretched budgets. Shops and other small businesses will have to discover thousands of dollars, by delaying other purchases or laying people off. Factories, malls, school districts, hospitals and cities will have to send out search parties to locate millions a year at the end of rainbows.

Millions will get laid off – in coal mines, power plants, factories, shops and other businesses. Entire families and communities will be pounded and impoverished. Real people’s hopes, dreams, pride and work ethic will be replaced by despair and dependency. Bread winners will be forced to work multiple jobs, commute longer distances, and suffer severe sleep deprivation, if they can find work.

Families will have to cope with more stress, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, spousal and child abuse. Nutrition and medical care will suffer. More people will turn to crime. More will have strokes and heart attacks. More will die prematurely or commit suicide. For no measurable benefits.

EPA cites  HYPERLINK "" mercury,  HYPERLINK "" soot,  HYPERLINK "" asthma, climate change,  HYPERLINK "" hurricanes, seas rising seven inches a century, and even  HYPERLINK "" ocean acidification to justify the draconian rules. But the scientific basis is bogus. The agency cherry-picks data and studies that support its agenda, ignores libraries of contradictory research, rejects experts whose analyses question EPA conclusions, pays advisors and activists millions of dollars annually to rubberstamp and promote its regulations, and hides its work from those it decrees "are not qualified to analyze it.” The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change operates in much the same fashion.

Moreover, unhealthy US emissions plunged nearly 90% since 1970, even as coal use for electricity generation increased 170% – and the newest coal-fired power plants reduce pollution by almost this amount, using "supercritical” technologies, while also reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 20% or more, according the EPA and US Energy Information Administration reports.
Meanwhile, China, India, Germany, Poland and other countries are building some 1,200 new coal-fired power plants, and numerous gas plants, to spur economic growth, preserve jobs and lift people out of poverty. So the sacrifices Mr. Obama is imposing will do nothing to reduce global CO2 levels, which the evidence increasingly shows plays only a minor to trivial role in climate and weather fluctuations.

It’s true that Detroit temperatures didn’t dip below freezing in January and February in’79 – followed by a  HYPERLINK "" frost in June. But that was 1879! When he was a boy, "snows were frequent and deep in every winter,” Thomas Jefferson recalled in December 1809. "The Greenland seas, hitherto covered [in ice], have in the last two years entirely disappeared,” Britain’s Royal Society reported … in 1817. "We were astonished by the total absence of ice in Barrow Strait. [Six years ago the area was] still frozen up, and doubts were entertained as to the possibility of escape,” Captain Francis McClintock wrote in his ship’s log – in 1860.

And don’t forget the Medieval Warm Period, Little Ice Age, and the five frigid epochs that buried North America, Europe and Asia under glaciers a mile thick. Or the  HYPERLINK "" 4,000-year-old trees that recently emerged as modern glaciers melted back – proving that a forest grew in the now icy Alps just four millennia ago.

On and on it has gone, throughout Earth and human history: wild weather and climate swings on a recurring basis. But now, climate chaos cultists want us to believe such events began only recently, and we could stop today’s climate and weather aberrations – if we would just eliminate fossil fuels, destroy our economies, and condemn Third World families to permanent poverty and disease.
The truth is, only once in all of human history was a government able to control Earth’s climate, to make it "perfect all year,” and it is highly unlikely that we will ever return to  HYPERLINK "" those wondrous days.

So how do the EPA, IPCC, Michael Mann, Al Gore and other Climate Armageddonites deal with all these inconvenient truths, questions and skeptical researchers?

They hide their data and computer codes. Complain that they are being picked on. Refuse to debate "dangerous manmade global warming” skeptics. Harass and vilify contrarian experts, and boot them off university committees. Refuse to attend conferences where they might have to defend their manipulated data, junk science and absurd assertions. Al Gore won’t even take questions that he has not preapproved.
They have no cojones. They hide behind their sinecures the way Hamas terrorists hide behind children.
EPA won’t even hold hearings in Coal Country or states that will be hardest hit by soaring electricity costs. It hosts dog-and-pony shows and "listening sessions” in big cities like Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, DC and Pittsburgh – where it knows passionate lefty students and eco-activists will dominate. People who will be grievously impacted by the draconian job-killing regulations must travel long distances and pay for expensive hotels and meals … or remain silent and ignored.
That stacks the deck – the same way the "public comment” process is tilted in favor of ultra-rich Big Green agitators who have the funding and organization to generate thousands or millions of comments.
We taxpayers pay for these studies, payoffs and propaganda. And we will get stuck with the regulations, soaring prices and lost jobs that result. We have a right to review and analyze the data and claims. We have a right to be heard, in a fair and honest process that truly takes our concerns into account.
The House of Representatives should hold hearings, forcing callous bureaucrats, slick scientists and computer modeling charlatans to present their data, codes and findings under oath. States should sue EPA for violating the  HYPERLINK "" Information Quality Act. And voters must vote Republican in November – to change the Senate majority, and restore at least a modicum of constitutional checks and balances to a system which has vested far too much power in an unaccountable Executive Branch that shows total disdain for honesty, transparency and working

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (HYPERLINK "" and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power - Black death

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40 Witnesses Corroborate Police Account of Shooting

Mike Brown's parents ask for justice in fatal shooting

Timothy Birdnow

A reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has let slip that the police say 40 eye witnesses have corroborated police accounts of the Mike Brown shooting.

From Gateway Pundit:

"A tweet by St. Louis Post-Dispatch crime reporter Christine Byers dropped a bombshell in the ongoing reporting on the shooting of unarmed 18 year old Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

"Police sources tell me more than a dozen witnesses have corroborated cop’s version of events in shooting Ferguson.”

Police sources tell me more than a dozen witnesses have corroborated cop’s version of events in shooting #Ferguson

— Christine Byers (@ChristineDByers) August 19, 2014

As of this writing Byers has added nothing to that stunning revelation since tweeting her report at 9:30 p.m. CDT on Monday."

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But this information does not fit iento the template, the narrative followed by journalists. In their fairy-tale world black people are the eternal victims, ever oppressed by evil Jim Crowe type whites. Every time something like this happens the victim is portrayed as an angelic young person, having just come from his grandmother's sick bed while on his way to church, and the cops are painted as fat ignorant racist louts who demean them with terms like "Boy" and shoot them at the least provocation. The narrative has been established in this incident and the media will simply ignore anything that upsets it.

Journalism is not about facts these days, and the truth has no place. It is about social justice, about empowerment, about changing the world. Actually reporting is lost.

Think about the flap over the arrest of the two journalists in McDonalds. They boasted of being on the ground in Ferguson but were they really? Real journalists would go door to door in the apartment complex where Michael Brown was shot and interview people themselves. They would try to reconstruct what happened on the ground, perhaps using a dummy they could reposition to determine the course of events. They would interview firearms experts, forensic experts, friends and acquaintences of both the victim and Officer Darren Wilson. They wouldn't sit around swilling coffee at McDonalds and congratulate themselves on being top journalists.

But they don't do that because the grievances of the mob are more in line with the template they have established. They are there to find human interest stories that advance their calls for social justice.

And given that several media outlets have given the address and even drawn a map to the home of Officer Wilson, it can be said it is not pure laziness; the media has chosen sides in this, and did so long before the facts were in.

So why doesn't Christine Byers interview people herself? Is that too much to ask of a journalist?

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August 18, 2014

Keep it Moving! Ferguson Protesters not Allowed to Congregate

Timothy Birdnow

"Nobody has a static protest or gathering. Keep it moving."

That is what police are now telling protesters in Ferguson, according to KMOX radio. People are free to protest in motion, but not to gather and plot.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has finally called out the National Guard, who will provide security tonight (although the curfew has been lifted; not a good idea.)

Last night rioters threw rocks and molotov cocktails at police, and 7 people were arrested in the continuing violence. One protester was shot by rioters and is in critical condition.

An autopsy performed at the request of the Brown family showed that Brown was shot six times, several shots striking his arm and one lethal shot on the top of his head. This is interesting because it is inconsistent with the statements of witness Dorian Johnson, who claimed Brown was shot in the back. It also is consistent with claims that Brown was rushing Officer Darren Wilson and not surrendering; he would not have suffered gun wounds to the arms if they were raised, and all the shots were to the front of the body.

Jesse Jackson called it a "provocative report".

No toxicology was available because that can only be done at the first autopsy. The remains are embalmed by the second. Eric Holder has ordered an extremely rare third examination.

FBI steps into probe of unarmed Mo. teen's shooting | Dallas ...

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Media Outs Home of Ferguson Shooter

Image source: Facebook

Image source: Facebook

Timothy Birdnow

The St. Louis NBC affiliate, KSDK, has outed the residence of Officer Darren Wilson.

KSDK broadcast photos of the home of the officer who shot Michael Brown, triggering a week of rioting. They have since apologized, calling it a mistake.

What KSDK has done is provide information to the villains who would like to find Officer Wilson and his family. They have imperiled Wilson, his family, and anyone unlucky to be associated with him (neighbors, friends, etc.) There is a boycott KSDK movement that is gaining momentum.

Here is the apology from KSDK:

KSDK NewsChannel 5
August 16 at 1:31pm ·

Yesterday KSDK showed the video of the Ferguson Police Officer’s home in our 5pm news but did not mention the address of the home. KSDK immediately felt using that video was a mistake and pulled the video of the home from future newscasts and from our web site. We have not used the video since then and do not intend to do so. We apologize to our audience, to the surrounding neighborhoods, to the greater St.Louis community and to the officer for our mistake.


Some things cannot be taken back, and this is such an incident. Perhaps the news editor of KSDK should post pictures of his own house.

This puts a whole new spin on the term "driveby media".

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August 17, 2014

Tim Heading to the Aviary Command Post

Timothy Birdnow

Off to the Aviary command post deep in the Ozarks. Hopefully I'll not have any major breaking stories while I'm away. See you all tomorrow afternoon!

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Store Owners Defending their Property in Ferguson; Why the State Fails to Protect

Ferguson store owners rely on their guns to fend off second looting ...
Timothy Birdnow

Store owners are starting to take matters into their own hands in Ferguson.

This bespeaks a larger philosophical issue. These riots have illustrated the impotence of government when push comes to shove; governments fail when real trouble breaks out because they are moribund by politics, restrained by the vanities and demands of disparate voting blocks, of political will. In fact, the Ferguson riots illustrate that governments cannot ultimately maintain control of the social order when lawlessness prevails. Our friends on the Democratic side of the aisle are forever promoting more of it; this is what you get.

The Founding Fathers wanted the public do take an active part in the maintenance of order in America. Government was simply a way to facilitate private action. We have come to rely so much on government as the Progessives have swept aside individual responsibility that order is now breaking down under a provocation.

This, too, was exactly why the Founding Fathers rejected Democracy in favor of a Constitutional Republic. Democracy degenerates into a tyranny of special interest, said Aristotle, and history backs that assertion up. What we are seeing in Ferguson is clearly a tyranny of special interest, with a revolutionary mob laying waste to a community. Government is powerless to stop them.

Plato warned that Democracy invariably degenerates into tyranny.

America has become increasingly egalitarian and democratic in the last century, the fruits of long efforts by Progressives to remake America. Is it any wonder that we are now seeing special interests tyrannizing a community? For decades we have told people that they may do whatever they wish, that they have a right to money from the public treasury, have a right to free food, subsidized housing, low cost transportation, free education. We have made it easier and easier to vote, thus empowering those who have no stake in society and who do not hold the greater public interest at heart. America has become a land where whole groups of people are coddled for the power they can give to politicians, public officials eager to feed at the trough themselves.

Is it any wonder that riots erupt over any and every provocation? The masses have learned that this gives them power to get what they want. We are living in the worst of democratic systems.

One of the tools that social engineers have employed to create this tyranny of special interest is the coercion of individuals to surrender responsibility for their personal safety and the safety of their property to government. Gun control, the militarization of police, swift and aggressive prosecution of individuals who injure or kill criminals (George Zimmerman, anyone?), etc. have worked to empower the State over the individual, and the result is a society where authorities cannot stop rioters from rioting night after night.

Finally local shopkeepers have figured out they have to take responsibility themselves.

The growth of government has atrophied America. The result is a lawless, violent environment.

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Jews Caused the Ferguson Riots!

... profound internal crisis a jew on jew confrontation which has major

Timothy Birdnow

Those darned Jews! As if world domination were not enough for them, they are now stirring up rioting in Ferguson Mo.

According to Yid with Lid:

"Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who gave us Edward Snowden, has long expressed an opinion about the Middle East that is both anti-Israel and anti-Semitic, but a tweet he sent on Thursday implying that the racial unrest in Ferguson Mo. was Israel's fault was even more egregiously false.

The tweet suggested that when St. Louis County Police Chief Timothy Finch attended a counter-terrorism class in Israel, he learned police brutality, and thus he practiced the brutality during the present unrest in Ferguson. Greenwald ignored the fact that Timothy Finch is no longer the police chief. He resigned in 2013 and has been out of office since this past February.

St. Louis County Police Chief, in 2011, on visiting Israel to learn about police tactics from the Israelis
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) August 14, 2014

Greenwald's link connects to a document posted by Trita Parsi, the founder and current president of the National Iranian American Council, an organization which has worked with the anti-Israel group J Street to oppose any sanctions on Iran. A member of the National Iranian American Council sits on the board of J Street.

Wondering why the excessive police violence? Here's a guess: #Ferguson police chief got training in Israel... #Gaza
— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) August 14, 2014"

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Not to offend my Jewish friends but if I may interject with Oy ve!

For people who run the entire world the Jews sure seem to have an awful problem of it. How is it that they can't even control the borders of one country the size of a Texas county and yet exercise such power on the global stage?

Maybe we should demand that Jews stop running things and put someone else in charge. Maybe the Haitians, or the Serbs, or perhaps the Tutsi of Rwanda? Heck, let's put Barack Obama's Chicago people in; they've done such a good job in the Windy City!

It really is outrageous that the Jews keep assaulting people's fists with their faces.

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Ferguson Riots and Black Culture

Timothy Birdnow

Yesterday I went through Ferguson again, this time in mid afternoon. Before even getting there I ran into a choke point, a traffic jam on westbound I70 at the Lucas and Hunt overpass. A fire truck was visible as well as numerous cop cars, and there were people on the overpass. Lucas and Hunt was jammed with slow moving vehicles bound largely for Ferguson.

Where Friday's protesters had a more festive demeanor the larger Saturday crowds seemed in an ugly mood. They were swarming all along West Florissant and the tents and barbeques were gone. The police presence was, of course, heavy, and frequent cop cars zoomed past traffic, lights flashing. It looked like it was going to be a long, long evening.

And indeed it was. There were a couple of people shot by protesters, and the crowd refused to obey the midnight curfew, chanting:

"No Justice! No Curfew!… We grown!”

Well, if they are grown they would use better English; it's WE ARE or if you want to be informal We're, not WE grown. And grown people don't throw temper tantrums. The reality is many of the more violent protesters may be grown physically but they are acting like children, and no doubt think like spoiled brats. Brats demand what they want exactly when they want it; the measure of maturity is to wait in patience. DDelayed gratification is the hallmark of adulthood. Sadly, too many in the ghetto see this as an alien concept. Sexual activity begins early and generally leads to out of wedlock children, often many of them. This is because the beliefs in the Black community (I'm discussing them but it is true among whites and latinos as well these days) are bound up with the moment. Few give thought to next year, or the next ten, or their eternal destination. Too many live in the here and now, enjoying the pleasures of life as the present themselves and ignoring consequences. It is why there are so few strong black families these days (again, it is equally true of whites and latinos but this discussion is about the black rioters in Ferguson). Too many black people - particularly the young, who are always prone to living in the moment - simply do not want to look to the future.

Drugs are a huge problem in black neighborhoods, too, and that too represents ephemeral thinking. Drugs and alcohol are terribly destructive and yet so many of the black community indulges them because they offer pleasure here and now. Crime and violence is just another facet of this; it is fun to take what you want, or to raise hell and bother people.

I know from which I speak; I have worked with the poor, especially poor blacks, for over 16 years in my job in real estate. See here.

Bear in mind, I am analyzing the problems in the black community here because of the riots. Whites certainly have their own sins and I am in no way picking on black people. But they are the ones rioting here, and I am trying to make some hard observations.

Another huge problem in the black community is that they suffer from an external locus of blame - and of identity in general. This is quite evident in this instance where people immediately took to the streets when a young man was killed, regardless of the facts of the case. See, the police, the WHITE police are always at fault in this particular worldview and there can be no fault in any way of the victim. I suspect if you could speak very candidly to individuals who are attending the rallies you would learn that they have their doubts, but they cannot, will not, break with the group. Progressives have strongly encouraged this group identity, and the black community has certainly bought into this notion, adopting their black fellows as a substitute for the broken families that have served them poorly. Again, it is an other-centeredness, a desire to please the larger group rather than to chart one's own course. The result is that there is never a self examination when events like this occur; it is always someone else's fault.

Remember the O.J. Simpson trial? Many black people insisted Simpson was innocent against all evidence and reason. Later many privately admitted that, yes, he was guilty but they were not going to let "the Man" get him. This refusal to allow any of their own to pay the price for bad, even criminal, behavior suggests again an unwillingness to face the Truth, because the Truth necessarily forces self-examination and introspection, and then some things will have to change - inside the black community. It is better to pretend to be the victim all of the time and blame the majority culture for keeping you down. The sad fact is the prison that holds African-Americans is first and foremost one of their own making.

I am not saying that black folks are different from whites or latinos or asians, but that they have a unique history that has driven the direction of their culture. Their culture - that alone speaks volumes. They should see themselves as Americans first and foremost, and their culture should be our culture. But too many in the African American community want to separate themselves, to devise a culture divorced from the mainstream. Mainstream America is forever adopting black culture, too, and the black folks keep changing their own, creating new secret words and styles in an effort to create a gulf between themselves and the rest of us. They have marked themselves off as different, and refuse to follow the advice of Dr. Martin Luther King, who advocated enculturation, brotherhood between the races, and zeal in one's work ethic and one's life.

Dr. King would be horrified by what is happening in Ferguson.

America has spent billions of dollars to help African Americans rise from poverty, and yet poverty remains as rampant as before. America has embraced black culture, with hip hop being a hugely popular musical genre, with kids wearing the ghetto style clothing, and adopting the slang of "the hood". Americans twice elected a black man as president. None of this suggests the Jim Crowe style racism alleged by the militant Black Supremacists we see operating in Ferguson. Yet despite all of this we are told the problem is institutional racism, that black folks can't get a break, that the law hates and mistreats them. That their lives are hard.

Well, I have a newsflash for all of you; it's hard for white people to get a break too, if one is not rich or politically connected, and the law - and the police - often mistreat white kids as well as blacks. Life, my friends, is hard for EVERYBODY. It is the punishment Man must endure for Sin. It must be borne and endured. In case you missed it, God Himself came here and suffered exactly what you and I are suffering, only worse. If you think the police mistreat you, I can confidently suggest that they never nailed you to a tree and mocked you as you slowly died.

And if you don't like the disparity in arrests and sentencing between whites and blacks, may I suggest you look first at your own community and work to eliminate crime there? The disparity is based on a disparity of action, not some overarching racism. Blacks committ more crimes, and often more heinous ones. Again, this is looking for an external locus for problems of ones own making.

You think this unfair? How about the heinour case of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsome, a young white couple kidnapped, tortured, gang raped, and eventually murdered by black thugs? The media was largely silent on this incident, as they so often are on many other white-on-black crimes. Did the white community riot? Was there a demand for justice with threats of murder and mayhem? This is one incident among many.

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Justice demands a thoughtful, systematic investigation then appropriate punishment after a fair trial. The protesters do not want justice but rather mob vengence. They are a lynch mob and would happily tear Officer Wilson apart if he should somehow come into their hands. This we are told is a demand for justice. Well, did any of you demand justice for Channon Christian? You were strangely silent when that particular horror occurred.

The African American community will remain unhappy as long as it is unwilling to confront it's own demons. Many of those demons are marching along West Florissant avenue, chanting "No Justice, No Peace" or "Shoot the Cops" or "hands up! Don't Shoot!" And too many in the black community listen to the voices of those demons, because it is easier to hate and covet than to reflect.

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Greens are the Enemies of Energy

By Alan Caruba

Here in America and elsewhere around the world, Greens continue to war against any energy other than the "renewable” kind, wind and solar, that is more costly and next to useless. Only coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear keeps the modern and developing world functioning and growing.

The most publicized aspect is Obama’s "War on Coal” and, thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency, it has been successful; responsible for shutting down several hundred coal-fired plants by issuing costly regulations based on the utterly false claim that carbon dioxide emissions must be reduced to save the Earth from "global warming.”

The EPA is the government’s ultimate enemy of energy, though the Department of the Interior and other elements of the government participate in limiting access to our vast energy reserves and energy use nationwide. By government edict, the incandescent light bulb has been banned. How insane is that?

The Earth has beencooling for seventeen years at this point, but the Greens call this a "pause.” That pause is going to last for many more years and could even become a new ice age.

A study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) on the impact of the proposed new EPA regulation of emissions found that, as CNSNews] reported, it "could be the costliest federal rule by reducing the Gross National Product by $270 billion a per year and $3.4 trillion from 2017 to 2040” adding $2.2 trillion in compliance costs for the same period. Jay Timmons, CEO and president of NAM, said, "This regulation has the capacity to stop the manufacturing comeback in its tracks.”

As Thomas Pyle, the president of the Institute for Energy Research (IER), said in June, "President Obama is delivering on his promise to send electricity prices skyrocketing.” Noting a proposed EPA regulation that would shut more plants, he said "With this new rule, Americans can expect to pay $200 more each year for their electricity.” Having failed to turn around the nation’s economy halfway into his second term, Obama is adding to the economic burdens of all Americans.

America could literally become energy independent given its vast reserves of energy sources. In the case of coal, the federal government owns 957 billion short tons of coal in the lower 48 States, of which about 550 billion short tons—about 57 percent—are available in the Powder River Basin. It is estimated to be worth $22.5 trillion to the U.S. economy, but as the IER notes, it "remains unrealized due to government barriers on coal production.” It would last 250 years, greater than Russia and China. When you add in Alaska, the U.S. has enough coal to last 9,000 years at today’s consumption rates!

In 2013 the IER estimated the worth of the government’s oil and coal technically recoverable resources to the economy to be $128 trillion, about eight times our national debt at the time.

There isn’t a day that goes by that environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth and the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, the National Resources Defense Council, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, along with dozens of others, do not speak out against the extracting and use of all forms of energy, calling coal "dirty” and claiming Big Oil is the enemy.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Greens held off attacking the nuclear industry because it does not produce "greenhouse gas” emissions. Mind you, these gases, primarily carbon dioxide, represent no threat of warming and, indeed, as the main "food” of all vegetation on Earth, more carbon dioxide would be a good thing, increasing crop yields and healthy forests.

Events such as the 1979 partial meltdown at Three Mile Island and the 1986 Chernobyl disaster raised understandable fears. The Greens began opposing nuclear energy claiming that radiation would kill millions in the event of a meltdown. This simply is not true. Unlike France that reprocesses spent nuclear fuel, President Carter’s decision to not allow reprocessing proved to be very detrimental, requiring repositories for large quantities.

To this day, one of the largest, Yucca Mountain Repository, authorized in 1987, is opposed by Greens. Even so, it was approved in 2002 by Congress, but the funding for its development was terminated by the Obama administration in 2011. Today there are only four new nuclear power plants under construction and, in time, all one hundred existing plants will likely be retired starting in the mid-2030s.

The Greens’ attack on coal is based on claims that air quality must be protected, but today’s air quality has been steadily improving for years and new technologies have reduced emissions without the need to impose impossible regulatory standards. As the American Petroleum Institute recently noted, "These standards are not justified from a health perspective because the science is simply not showing a need to reduce ozone levels.”

The new EPA standards are expected to be announced in December. We better hope that the November midterm elections put enough new candidates into Congress to reject those standards or the cost of living in America, the capacity to produce electricity, the construction and expansion of our manufacturing sector will all worsen, putting America on a path to decline.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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August 16, 2014

Media Hypocrisy in the Ferguson Riots

Timothy Birdnow

One of the things I find so offensive about this Michael Brown story is the rank hypocrisy among so many who are covering this. Take the two journalists who were arrested the other day; they were furious over being arrested after the officer asked them to leave the McDonalds they were camping out in repeatedly. Strange; Washington Post journalist Wesley Lowery sung a different tune about police powers not long ago.

When Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy had Bureau of Land Management goons storm his property in full military gear the good Lowery sneared. For example, he mocked Sean Hannity of Fox News:

"Fox News host Sean Hannity — who had been one of Bundy’s leading champions — said the comments were "beyond repugnant.” But Hannity also lamented that outrage over the remarks would overshadow the "legitimate issue” of government overreach"

End quote.

Note the quotation marks around legitimate issue, as if it is nothing but a farce, paranoid concservatives who were making a mountain out of a molehill.

He took it much further than that. According to Newsbusters:

"In an online piece in The Washington Post’s "Politics” section written on April 29, reporter Wesley Lowery ponders "Does small-government conservative ideology have racist roots? Academics offer a history lesson."

Lowery then goes in to promote the following idea:

Even as Republicans scrambled to get away from Bundy's now-toxic views, several liberal academics suggested that Bundy's comments should come as no surprise. They argued that the anti-government rhetoric espoused by the likes of Bundy go hand-in-hand with the GOP's views of minorities.

The article then includes lengthy responses from three academics who have "written on Republican ideology and race" including Haney Lopez, Timothy Thurber of Virginia Commonwealth University, and Donald Critchlow of Arizona State University."

End excerpt.

"The standoff prompted vocal support from some Republicans -- who quickly backtracked after the New York Times published Bundy's comments on race. Even as Republicans scrambled to get away from Bundy's now-toxic views, several liberal academics suggested that Bundy's comments should come as no surprise. They argued that the anti-government rhetoric espoused by the likes of Bundy go hand-in-hand with the GOP's views of minorities. (This wasn't the first time that there had been a robust discussion about whether conservative rhetoric about small government, government social programs, and minorities stem from racist roots. A similar conversation emerged after former GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan made comments about inner city poverty that some interpreted as a coded racial attack. For more on that, check out this Paul Ryan profile by Buzzfeed's McKay Coppins, published yesterday, in which Ryan discusses the controversy.)

"[Bundy] is a window into the soul of modern conservatism,” said Ian Haney López, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley, who wrote a book called "Dog Whistle Politics, told us last week. "A demonization of minorities and a demonization of the government in modern conservatism — those are inextricably linked.”

End quote.

So it was the conservative demand for small government that caused all the problems. How does Mr. Lowery square limited government views with the riots in Ferguson? It's not too little government that Lowery and others are complaining about, but rather an intrusive, abuse, militarized police, one that emanates from too much government.

Strange; Lowery is now sounding like a Tea Party militia type.

Some titles:

After Bundy, Ranchers Continue to Bully Federal Government Without Consequence
by travis bruner

"The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky joins MSNBC to discuss how the Republican party is responsible for the controversial Nevada rancher whose racist remarks have inflamed the country."


Here's a list of comments from media types on bundy and Ferguson

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Frederick Clarkson @FredClarkson
Jul 22, 2014

RT @Salon: Cliven Bundy has ushered in a dangerous new era of right-wing militias

And here CNN rips the militarization of police:

"CNN) -- To people on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and many around the world who watched it unfold, it seemed like a scene out of another country.

"They are now firing into the crowd," a reporter says Wednesday night as loud blasts and fiery sparks show tear gas canisters apparently being shot by police. Screams follow.

"They're firing rubber bullets," a reporter with KARG Argus Radio is heard saying on video. "They're attacking reporters; they are attacking civilians. They are firing up on the media."

End excerpt..

So the militarization of police and bureacrats is just fine when those militants are going after the Tea Party, but they are evil incarnate when coming after a liberal sacred cow.

What do these journalists think will happen when you empower government? That is their one, indeed their only, program. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

I find it highly instructive that the mainstream media is ignoring on journalists covering the riots - by rioters.

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Protests in New York City Over Mike Brown Shooting

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Jack Kemp

Times Square SHUT DOWN: More than one thousand march in New York as Ferguson protests spin-off across the country over police shooting of Michael Brown

  • The New York rally in support of Michael Brown began Thursday evening in a march up Broadway before culminated in Times Square
  • Head of highway patrol, put in charge of Ferguson security by Governor Jay Nixon on Thursday, the St Louis suburb resembled a 'war zone'
  • In addition to vigils in Ferguson and New York, there have been protests planned across the country via Twitter
  • Ferguson police have said that on Friday they will name the police officer who shot Brown
Published:21:16 EST, 14 August 2014|Updated:08:23 EST, 15 August 2014
The fifth night of demonstrations in support of gunned down Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown saw scores of protesters marchingthrough the streets of New York in a vigil that culminatedin Times Square Thursday night.
Tensions flared as some protestors attempted to shove their way through a police barricade set up in their path toward the beating heart of the city.
Police held their own and tempers soon calmed, but as night gripped New York, the already congested Times Square ground to a halt as over 1000 marchers flowed into the streets to demand an end to police brutality and militarization and justice for 18-year-old Brown.

New Yorkers stage demonstrations over Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., march on Times Square

Crowds gathered at locations across the city — Union Square, Times Square, Harlem, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and Jamaica, Queens — for a National Moment of Silence in support of demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis.

Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 7:57 PM
Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014, 6:39 AM

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A Witness to the Brown Killing?

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Someone calling himself or herself Three Pharoah may have live tweeted the death of Michael Brown.

Here is the twitter feed.

If true, it appears to bear out the testimony of Michael Brown's friend Dorian Johnson. This is worth keeping an eye on.

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Exculpatory Audio in Brown/Wilson Case?

Timothy Birdnow

Here is an interesting bit of news; an eyewitness to the Michael Brown shooting corroborates the officer's version of events, heard as a background conversation.

From The Last Refuge:

"#1 How’d he get from there to there?

#2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck – cause he was like over the truck


#2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran – the police got out and ran after him


#2 Then the next thing I know he doubled back toward him cus - the police had his gun drawn already on him –

#1. Oh, the police got his gun

#2 The police kept dumpin on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing – he like – be like – but he kept coming toward him


#2 Police fired shots – the next thing I know – the police was missing

#1 The Police?

#2 The Police shot him

#1 Police?

#2 The next thing I know … I’m thinking … the dude started running … (garbled something about "he took it from him”)

End transcript.

This matches the caller to the Dana Loesche show yesterday, who gave this version of events as told to her by Officer Wilson and his wife, who was friends with the caller:

"He pulled up ahead of them. And then he got a call-in that there was a strong-arm robbery. And, they gave a description. And, he’s looking at them and they got something in their hands and it looks like it could be what, you know those cigars or whatever. So he goes in reverse back to them. Tries to get out of his car. They slam his door shut violently. I think he said Michael did. And, then he opened the car again. He tried to get out. He stands up.

And then Michael just bum-rushes him and shoves him back into his car. Punches him in the face and them Darren grabs for his gun. Michael grabbed for the gun. At one point he got the gun entirely turned against his hip. And he shoves it away. And the gun goes off.

Well, then Michael takes off and gets to be about 35 feet away. And, Darren’s first protocol is to pursue. So, he stands up and yells, "Freeze!” Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him… And then all the sudden he just started bumrushing him. He just started coming at him full speed. And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something."

End transcript.

Bear in mind that Officer Darren Wilson had never been in trouble for any sort of brutality or abuse of power before. He appeared to be a model cop.

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"Reverend" Jackson Says Ferguson Police are the Real Looters

Timothy Birdnow

Jackson told Andrea Tantaros:

""We’ve been giving clarity and instruction. We know that you can reshape the iron when its hot but you shouldn’t turn the iron over on yourself. We discourage that kind of violence by police or people.The real rioting has been the police rioting."

Interesting; I suppose the cops did all this last night:

Liquor Store Looted
Beauty Supply Store Looted
Electronics Store Looted
Domino’s Pizza fire – May have been inside the business
Bus Stop Vandalized
At least one person shot
Bottles Thrown at police!

Hands Up! Don't Shoot! We're not finished looting yet!

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Timeline of a Killing

Jack Kemp forwards this from Glenn Beck. It gives a timeline of the events leading up to the shooting of Michael Brown:

Photos shown at the link above.

UPDATED: New details emerge in Ferguson shooting that paint a very different picture of what transpired
Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 1:28 PM EST

UPDATE 3:30pm: Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson is now telling reporters the police officer who fatally shot Brown did not know that he was a suspect in a convenience store robbery. Jackson said the officer stopped Brown because he was walking down the street and blocking traffic.
This is a developing story. TheBlaze will have further updates as they become available HERE.
Below is the original story:
Nearly a week after the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, authorities released the name of the police officer that shot and killed Brown Friday morning. But that wasn’t the only information divulged. As it turns out, Brown not only fit the description of the individual suspected of robbing a convenience store moments before the shooting, surveillance video seems to prove Brown was, in fact, the suspect.
Editor’s Note: Glenn has chosen not to disclose the name of the officer that shot Brown on this website
TheBlaze reports:
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said [the officer] was dispatched to investigate a "strong-arm” robbery at a convenience store shortly before his encounter with Brown, 18, on Saturday.
An incident report said Brown and another man, Dorian Johnson, were suspected of taking a box of cigars from the store. Police say surveillance camera footage shows Brown towering over the clerk in a confrontation.
Police said [the officer] encountered Brown minutes after the 911 call reporting the robbery. Police had previously said Brown was shot multiple times after an officer encountered him and another man.
Huffington Post reporter Ryan J. Reilly tweeted a photo of still shots taken from the convenience store security camera that appear to show Brown assaulting the clerk:
According to TheBlaze, conflicting stories have emerged about whether Brown and the other man physically assaulted the officer before he was shot and killed, or if Brown was on the run when he was shot.
Needless to say, this new information changes the narrative of the conversation surrounding Brown’s death. While Brown should not have lost is life, the evidence now seems to suggest the 18-year-old did commit a crime.

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Peace at any Price

Timothy Birdnow

Now that we have a kinder, gentler police action in Ferguson with a new #1 marching with protesters and carnival tents and johnny-on-the-spot portable toilets set up to turn the riots into revelries, peace and harmony reign, ccording to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, anyway.

From the liberal toilet rag of record in The Lou:

"For much of night, Ferguson was home to the biggest party in the city as thousands come out to celebrate their unity and rally for Michael Brown"

End excerprt.

This is typical reporting from the Post-Dispatch; the violence that has rocked the North County area was not an example of bad behavior but merely a reaction to strongarm tactics by police, and a demand for justice. That the police were using strongarm tactics because rioters were firebombing buildings and tossing molotov cocktails at them, and because looters were pillaging businesses that are not connected in the least to the incident of Michael Brown seems immaterial. What is justice? Apparently justice is any sort of retributory acts by someone who perceives himself aggrieved, even when that person had no connection to the event. Or at least that is how the Post sees it.

And the Post was too quick to proclaim peace in our time. See Politico.

As the above picture shows, Jesse Jackpot, er Jackson has horned in on the act as well. Poor old Jesse just can't move as quickly as he used to, being roundly beaten in the race for race hustle by "Freddie's Fashion Mart Al" Sharpton, who never lets a good crisis go to waste.

According to this AP story looters broke into the store that Michael Brown allegedly robbed and had to be hit with tear gas to evict them. Apparently some people don't want the truth.

Again, what is justice? If the rioters really want justice they will allow the process to run it's course, and will accept all evidence before jumping to conclusions. It is not justice these people seek, but rather are enjoying the joys of rage. They can justify victimizing the stores owner a second time (Michael Brown possibly victimized him, and now the looters) because it is fun to destroy, vandalize, and terrorize. In short, these are terrorists, and should be dealt with as such.

It is interesting to note that the AP story says he stole cigars. He did more than that, beating and manhandling a store clerk to forcibly take them. The AP tries to make this sound like shoplifting, which it was not. But that is par for the course with the media, who have a narrative that they want to convey and the facts be damned.

I want justice, and will follow the evidence where it leads. If Officer Darren Wilson is guilty I want him punished appropriately. If he is innocent I want him exonerated and restored to his proper office. Anyone who has already made up his or her mind does not want justice.

And it may be a gray area, too; we may learn that Wilson's actions were justifiable up to a point, but that they were not in other ways. The punishment will have to be mitigated in that instance. That's not going to sit very well with the mob.

As things now stand Officer Wilson has lost everything here, no matter the outcome. He would be reinstated if he is exonerated, but Ferguson will find a way to quietly get him off the force as he will be a liability. No one else will hire him, and in the end he'll wind up a private security guard unless he quits the profession entirely. His family will likely have to move. And this is if he is exonerated...

All because too many want to enjoy the pleasures of rage and do not seek justice.

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