Quotes of the day

posted at 8:41 pm on August 15, 2014 by Allahpundit

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, once charged a man with destruction of property for bleeding on their uniforms while four of them allegedly beat him.

“On and/or about the 20th day of Sept. 20, 2009 at or near 222 S. Florissant within the corporate limits of Ferguson, Missouri, the above named defendant did then and there unlawfully commit the offense of ‘property damage’ to wit did transfer blood to the uniform,” reads the charge sheet.

The address is the headquarters of the Ferguson Police Department, where a 52-year-old welder named Henry Davis was taken in the predawn hours on that date. He had been arrested for an outstanding warrant that proved to actually be for another man of the same surname, but a different middle name and Social Security number.

“I said, ‘I told you guys it wasn’t me,’” Davis later testified.

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St. Louis, like nearly everywhere else in the United States, has grown more multicultural (though less quickly than many other places). Immigrants to the area have lately come from Bosnia, India and China. But events in Ferguson demonstrate the paradox of American diversity: An increasingly multicultural nation remains deeply divided by race and class. There are many more friendships and marriages between white and minority Americans (about one in 12 marriages are interracial ) — but at the same time racially charged suspicion and anger persists among millions. And a broad perception of our own racial enlightenment and acceptance has created a different form of isolation — a self-satisfaction that obscures or masks deep social divisions…

In a sense, it is a different country. As the United States has grown more diverse and prosperous over the past several decades, the economic and social isolation of some communities has only increased. This is not entirely a function of race. Many in the white working class have also felt segregated from the promise of America. But problems are concentrated among African American males, who have disproportionately low levels of workforce participation, disproportionately high levels of incarceration and little sympathetic attention from the broader society.

This is not an excuse or even an explanation for any specific incident. It is just a context. African American males are in a long-term, economic and social crisis for which there are many economic and social explanations. But their most likely interactions with public authority are a squad car or a demand for child support.

These actions can’t be the only outreach, the main interaction, our society has with young black men.

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About a 15-minute drive from the Ferguson protest that, by now, feels more like a block party, in the more upscale St. Louis suburb of Olivette, there’s a new strip mall with a barbecue joint and a Starbucks and an e-cigarette store. On a mild Thursday evening in August, people sat around tables, sipping coffee, sipping beer, dabbing barbecue sauce off their fingers…

Here in Olivette, the people I spoke to showed little sympathy for Michael Brown, or the protesters

“When they kill each other, we never hear about it,” one of the Starbucks women said. This, she meant, was a good thing. “When it’s black-on-black violence, we never hear about it.”

I asked why she thought that was.

“Because, basically, they hate whites!” her friend chimed in. “Prejudice, reverse prejudice. Prejudice goes both ways.”

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Via YouGov.

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For many conservatives, especially those of us living in nice, comfy suburbs, it’s hard to apply the “power corrupts” doctrine to law enforcement because we’ve never seen corrupted enforcers of the law. We’ve never been wrongly arrested. We’ve never witnessed our children put in jail based on the false reports of police officers. We’ve never seen our neighbors beaten or tazed without cause. And in the extremely unlikely scenario that a police officer drove into our neighborhood and murdered our unarmed friend in cold blood, we cannot possibly fathom a scenario where the justice system wouldn’t be on our side and where that police officer wouldn’t spend the rest of his life in jail. Therefore Brown must have been a violent, gang-sign flashing thug, foolish enough to think he could swipe a cop’s weapon because, in our minds, there’s no conceivable way that a police officer would gun down an innocent man.

But just because we don’t see the corruption of law enforcement in our own lives doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. Police brutality is not the Bogeyman. It’s not an urban legend witnessed by none but told by many. It’s not a myth created by a primitive tribe that is too simple to understand the true source of the brokenness in its communities. Black people believe in police brutality for the same reason they believe in rain—because they’ve felt it…

Conservatives are frequently, and unfairly, labeled as racists. Does it make you a racist to believe that a young black man named Michael Brown assaulted a police officer, tried to steal his weapon and then again displayed violent intent when that police officer was pointing the same gun at him? Not if you draw that conclusion based on the facts. But until enough evidence is available to reveal which implausible explanation for the events of August 9 is true, perhaps that label might fit those who insist on making judgments against Brown simply because they refuse to walk a mile in the shoes of those who have had drastically different experiences with the police. For those of us who have never experienced law enforcement corrupted by power, basic human decency should require that we try to understand and consider the perspective of those who have before we insist that their account of Brown’s death is somehow less believable than ours.

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Conservatives have long lamented the buildup of armaments and stockpiling of bullets by the Department of Homeland Security. The media has mostly treated these conservative concerns with derision. Suddenly, last week, when reporters were detained by the police in Ferguson, MO, the media had to pay attention to the militarization of the police and overkill by local police forces.

Given what happened in Ferguson, the community had every right to be angry. The police bungled their handling of the matter, became very defensive, and behaved more like a paramilitary unit than a police force. Property damage and violence by the citizenry cannot be excused, but is also the result of a community seeing those who are to protect and serve instead suiting up and playing soldier…

The odds of a young white man being shot by the police in similar circumstances to Michael Brown are not as high as those of a young black man. But we should not need to have a young white man shot and killed for the rest of the nation to pay attention to the issue.

Just because Michael Brown may not look like you should not immediately serve as an excuse to ignore the issues involved. Likewise, a media suddenly invested in stories of government overreach should not be dismissive of stories of bureaucrats, not just police, abusing the public trust.

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Daryl Parks, an attorney for the family, acknowledged at a news conference at Ferguson police headquarters that “it appears to be him” after Police Chief Thomas Jackson released the security video showing a young man they claimed to be Brown grabbing a clerk in the convenience store. He said the family believed that release of the video was a “strategic” move “aimed at denigrating their son.”

“That was character assassination,” he said.

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Via the Dana Show.

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Via the Blaze.

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Watch the looting happening right now.

http://new.livestream.com/timcast/events/3295551

sentinelrules on August 16, 2014 at 2:17 AM

“Ukraine says it destroyed much of Russian military convoy”

http://edition.*nn.com/2014/08/15/world/europe/ukraine-crisis/index.html?hpt=wo_c1

change *nn to cnn

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 2:18 AM

“Report: U.S. airstrikes carried out as part of Iraqi effort to retake Mosul Dam”

http://edition.*nn.com/2014/08/15/world/meast/iraq-crisis/index.html

again please replace the *nn with cnn..

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 2:20 AM

They’re looting the store where Michael Brown committed the robbery & assault.

sentinelrules on August 16, 2014 at 2:24 AM

https://twitter.com/ByronTau/with_replies

Massive looting at the store where Michael Brown was accused of stealing. Media have been repeatedly threatened while recording.

Riot police are allowing it to proceed.

Protestors now looting the Family Dollar.

Protestor holding a Molotov cocktail now threatening the media.

Masked protester holding a Molotov cocktail approached and threatened at least two female reporters.

Mark1971 on August 16, 2014 at 2:26 AM

sentinelrules on August 16, 2014 at 2:17 AM

wow..
first too much cops…
and now 3 more stores looted with no cops…

this could get interesting…

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 2:26 AM

CNN crew attacked trying to film the looting.

They will blame Israel.

sentinelrules on August 16, 2014 at 2:31 AM

A few good protestors are trying to discourage the looters. The police are standing by rather than getting involved. Probably a smart move at the moment.

It will be interesting to see how the media responds to being attacked tonight. They (rightfully) were critical of the way they were treated by the cops the other day. Will they focus on the looters this time?

DisneyFan on August 16, 2014 at 2:37 AM

Dire Straits was here..Late..But here..:)

Dire Straits on August 16, 2014 at 2:43 AM

sheesh.. I just got hammered offline..
had to reboot the server…
anybody else??

ps evening DS..!!

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 3:06 AM

Dire Straits on August 16, 2014 at 2:43 AM

Uncommon sense was here… late, bbut here :)

uncommon sense on August 16, 2014 at 3:07 AM

I have no idea who this kid is liveblogging this riot (tim pool)
but he almost just got knocked out..
that last BIG guy was serious..

who live video-blogs a riot ??

http://new.livestream.com/timcast/events/3295551

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 3:43 AM

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 3:06 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on August 16, 2014 at 4:05 AM

uncommon sense on August 16, 2014 at 3:07 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on August 16, 2014 at 4:06 AM

Dire Straits on August 16, 2014 at 4:05 AM

did you fall asleep in the chair my good man?

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 4:10 AM

So the thugs are at it again in Missouri. Sad but not surprising.

How many millions of times will the MSM show that video? It’s been on over, and over and over and ovrer again…. and I haven’t even been watching the “news” networks all evening.

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:16 AM

who live video-blogs a riot ??

http://new.livestream.com/timcast/events/3295551

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 3:43 AM

Not me.

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:18 AM

that one kid was live blogging till 20 minutes ago..

this is the cnn video (replace the *nn with cnn)

http://edition.*nn.com/2014/08/16/us/missouri-teen-shooting/index.html

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 4:19 AM

evening cat_o

that guy was in the parking lot at the liquor store while it was being looted.. live
and
the cops did nothing…
just let the fools empty the store.. Zero arrests that I saw..

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 4:21 AM

Those people are out of their minds. Just saw the protesters on Fox, at least a couple of them looked like kids no older than 10.

The MSM is fanning the flames. The thugs are responsible for their own actions. However, this wall to wall media coverage, combined with all the interviews allowing people to say the most outrageous things for their 15 minutes of fame, is not helping anything.

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:22 AM

Dire Straits on August 16, 2014 at 4:05 AM

ps…the 24 car.. on pole at 206 mph +

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 4:23 AM

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 4:21 AM

Hi G2M. Yes, the police seem to have gone from one extreme to the other.

I heard the store that was robbed by Brown was one of the places looted tonight.

What a bunch of hoodlums.

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:24 AM

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 4:23 AM

Awesome..:):)

Dire Straits on August 16, 2014 at 4:24 AM

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:22 AM

agreed..
that Pool kid that was live blogging .. nuts.. fool.. loon??
I kept waiting for him to get knocked out..
it was like a live riot train wreck… ya had to watch..

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 4:26 AM

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:24 AM

the front of that store already had plywood boards up..
the thugs ripped that off… and looted the place
you can see it in the cnn video..

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 4:28 AM

Dire Straits on August 16, 2014 at 4:24 AM

last week at WG and this week at MIS..
both poles…. the 24 team is in fighting shape I’d say..

the 22 car qualified 2nd… still over 206.

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 4:29 AM

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 4:26 AM

Well it’s very foolish to say the least. I wouldn’t be anywhere near there myself.

I do feel very sorry for the innocent people who live in the area and are undoubtedly scared.

It’s absolute lunacy what is going on there. Then CNN is out with their cameras allowing idiots to say the video was “photoshopped” without challenging them!

Meanwhile…. who cares about the border crisis now or anything else going on????

The entire world stops for Ferguson now.

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:29 AM

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 4:28 AM

Totally disgusting. I feel very sorry for the store owners. When I saw the video yesterday I wondered if the store was going to be targeted now.

The poor store owners life has been turned upside down. It’s outrageous.

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:31 AM

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:31 AM

when RKing deal went down in LA
I had a apartment in Gardena ..
they looted and burnt the Korean Liquor
store on the corner there also..
I never understood that…
the liquor store brings the neighborhood booze..
that is a good thing..
ok I get the looting part (not really).. but..
pick something else to burn… dolts..

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 4:38 AM

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 4:38 AM

Yeah, I know what you mean, although in this case I’m sure the store was targeted because that’s where Brown committed the robbery.

When the video and story broke yesterday I wondered if this would be the outcome. Can’t say I’m surprised.

There are a lot of morons out there.

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:43 AM

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:31 AM

how much sleep does the guy get
that lives on the block behind that liquor store…
poor SOB hasn’t slept in a week..
he can ship the family out.. to relatives in the burbs maybe
but he wont leave cuz he doesn’t want his home looted..
coffee 24/7… and boxes of shells..

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 4:43 AM

Hey Gang,

Somebody needs the Banhammer thrown on the Western Jihadi Interview thread.

Doyle Hargrave with 3 comments, 11:42, 11:50, and 11:52 is way out of line.

Jimmy Doolittle on August 16, 2014 at 4:44 AM

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:43 AM

that wasn’t the only place tonight to get it..
3 I think.. maybe 4 other places..

after posting that video shouldn’t the cops have offered
that shop owner a little protection…

were about to paint a target on you..
and we wont be there to support you should sh*t hit the fan…
thank you very much PD..

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 4:46 AM

Jimmy Doolittle on August 16, 2014 at 4:44 AM

I’m not sure how you can report posts here? Maybe someone else knows.

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:48 AM

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 4:46 AM

Yes, he definitely should have been offered more protection. It should have been obvious his business would be targeted.

Yes I know other businesses were hit tonight too. When I hear of riots I always think of the innocent people caught up in it…. the store owners and nearby residents. Must be awful for them.

I am beyond disgusted at the thugs.

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:50 AM

And Rick Perry has been indited by a grand jury. Unreal.

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:54 AM

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:50 AM

these neighborhoods never come back either..
I was born in Detroit.. south of 5 mile road..
we left after the late 60′s riots… 40 some years ago,
that place has never gotten back to anything worth living in..

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 5:06 AM

I’ve had enough fun for a Friday night..
take care cat_o…
and morning COL… cheers.

going2mars on August 16, 2014 at 5:19 AM

Morning. Doesn’t sound like a good one for some people.

crankyoldlady on August 16, 2014 at 5:20 AM

Cat_owner,

You used to be able to email Ed or AP or Michelle before Salem took over. Couldn’t find anything on the site or their terms of use.

They need something, to protect their integrity. And Honor.

Jimmy Doolittle on August 16, 2014 at 5:38 AM

If you click on Green Room there’s a tab that says contact Hot Air. It doesn’t go anywhere, though.

crankyoldlady on August 16, 2014 at 5:59 AM

You used to be able to email Ed or AP or Michelle before Salem took over. Couldn’t find anything on the site or their terms of use.

They need something, to protect their integrity. And Honor.

Jimmy Doolittle on August 16, 2014 at 5:38 AM

Go down to the very bottom and click on “about”. It has biographies and a link that I think says tips@hotair.com. You might want to try that. There’s another tab that has terms of use.

crankyoldlady on August 16, 2014 at 6:14 AM

I think Ed’s email is ed@hotair.com .

CW on August 16, 2014 at 7:45 AM

The poor store owners life has been turned upside down. It’s outrageous.

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:31 AM

Brown assaulted him, intimidated him, and stole from him.

The Ferguson population came back to finish the job.

CW on August 16, 2014 at 7:54 AM

IF all this is accurate, would not the new smart guy in charge, you know the one from the State Highway Patrol, had known to protect that store further?

CW on August 16, 2014 at 7:56 AM

The poor store owners life has been turned upside down. It’s outrageous.

cat_owner on August 16, 2014 at 4:31 AM

Brown assaulted him, intimidated him, and stole from him.

The Ferguson population came back to finish the job.

CW on August 16, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Where is the outrage for the poor immigrant store owners civil rights?

hawkdriver on August 16, 2014 at 7:57 AM

If you click on Green Room there’s a tab that says contact Hot Air. It doesn’t go anywhere, though.

crankyoldlady on August 16, 2014 at 5:59 AM

Kinda like me luv life!

Morning COL and weather is back to normal for a week. High in the low 90sF and humidity in the 70s. Just me again this morning and the house is quite. Guess I am a loner who likes folks around? Things will be back to normal Sunday night. By then I will be passed out.

Got two cars that have not been tagged since 2009 and will try to get them to pass emission tests this morning. I am sure they will fail the readiness test, but I want the failed report first before driving them around for 80 miles each. Nice day to take the tops off.

Have a good day and see you soon. Me best to the rest.

HonestLib on August 16, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Where is the outrage for the poor immigrant store owners civil rights?

hawkdriver on August 16, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Morning Hawkster and hope this note finds you and your family well.

HonestLib on August 16, 2014 at 8:13 AM

The strength and vitality of America does not come from the benevolence of a Nanny-state Federal Government. – KJ

My take: The Ferguson Riots: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weeps

kingsjester on August 16, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Is that true that certain groups can never be held responsible for doing anything wrong regardless of what they did, as long as playing the race card?

sohumm on August 16, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Friend Of Officer Darren Wilson Offers His Side
http://www.theconservativevoices.com/media/cat/political/alleged-friend-of-officer-darren-wilson-offers-his-side-r806

thanks to Dana L show and gatewaypundit for getting the info out. both items from them linked there.

dmacleo on August 16, 2014 at 9:10 AM

CNN blames law enforcement for overkill and too strong a show of force in their response to protect businesses and law-abiding citizens yesterday.

CNN today blames law enforcement for not protecting businesses and law-abiding citizens as they backed off letting the savages resume their looting and mayhem last night.

Not really much blame for the savages looting from CNN, but condemnation for law enforcement all around. They know their audience.

otlset on August 16, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Is that true that certain groups can never be held responsible for doing anything wrong regardless of what they did, as long as playing the race card?

sohumm on August 16, 2014 at 8:58 AM

In genera—–No. In specific cases within very narrow specific groups that have a loud microphone and national bully pulpit—–Yes.

HonestLib on August 16, 2014 at 9:23 AM

but I thought mass shootings only occurred in gun-free zones?!
nonpartisan on April 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Schadenfreude on August 16, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Big Mike got his justice!

He fought for it and got it

He robbed for it and got it

He manhandled for it and got it!

Learning can be rough at times.

Obamatrix on August 16, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Obamatrix on August 16, 2014 at 5:08 PM

The School of Hard Knocks is a hard teacher and often the lessons learned are after some amount permanent damage is done. But fools will learn in no other.

LawfulGood on August 17, 2014 at 2:36 AM

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