Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on August 24, 2014 by Allahpundit

The fear among some local residents and officials trying to maintain peace in Ferguson is that failure to charge the officer could stoke new anger among a community profoundly mistrustful of the legal system. Many say they just hope the grand jury’s decision, whatever it is, has irrefutable facts to back it up…

This officer has to be indicted. I’d hate to see what happens if he isn’t. The rioting, the looting, man …,” said resident Larry Loveless, 29, as he stopped at the memorial for Brown where he was killed…

Considering the racial tensions of the case, even the makeup of the grand jury was being closely scrutinized. Two black women and one black man are on the 12-member panel, along with six white men and three white women, said Paul Fox, director of judicial administration for St. Louis County Circuit Court.

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An online fund-raising drive for the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot an unarmed African-American teenager to death on Aug. 9 surpassed $300,000 by Saturday afternoon, as dozens of people gathered at a St. Louis pub to rally on the lawman’s behalf…

Participants in the rally wore T-shirts with a logo in the form of a police shield that said, “Officer Darren Wilson I Stand With You.” They were marked “8.9.14” for the date of the shooting. One attendee paid $200 for the shirt, the organizer said.

Organizers of the rally said the proceeds would help relocate Officer Wilson’s family and support him because he was unlikely to be able to work on the streets of Ferguson again. It would also help him if he were to be indicted or sued, she said.

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Williams doesn’t have much confidence.

“Look at the make-up of the grand jury – nine whites and three blacks,” he said. “They don’t intend to do anything about Michael Brown’s death. That’s what’s so poor. That cop, he’ll be back on the streets as a cop again in 60 to 90 days.”…

There’s particular disillusionment over the manner in which a part of St Louis’s white population has rallied to support Wilson, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the police officer.

“It’s like hitting the lottery,” said a man who gave his name as Walter G. “You kill a black and make $200,000. If he had gone to Montana and shot an elk he would have had to pay for it. Here he can [get] paid to shoot a black.”

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The police, the courts and experts say some leeway is necessary in situations where officers under crushing stress must make split-second decisions with life-or-death consequences. A large majority of officers never use their weapons. A handful of officers may be rogue killers, researchers say, but laboratory simulations of armed confrontations show that many more officers — much like ordinary civilians — can make honest mistakes in the pressure cooker of an armed encounter…

“It’s a very simple analysis, a threat analysis,” said Geoffrey P. Alpert, a University of South Carolina professor and expert on high-risk police activities. “If a police officer has an objectively reasonable fear of an imminent threat to his life or serious bodily harm, he or she is justified in using deadly force. And not just his life, but any life.”…

“People have to make a decision before there’s enough time to study everything about the situation and what all the possible consequences could be,” he said. “Even if a cop does everything right in a very fast-paced, low-information situation where the risks are very high, the potential consequences of a mistake are very high.”

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In a cosmic sense, the facts of the matter are rather unfair. Having been shot dead, Michael Brown will never be able to tell his side of the story; Officer Wilson, by contrast, will be treated to all of the perks of civilization — among them deference to the right of self-defense, due process, presumption of innocence, the right to be tried by one’s peers, and the blessings of reasonable doubt. Through a certain lens, this imbalance looks a little like a recipe for killing with impunity. Because the dead can never speak — and because the system compels our authorities to demonstrate to a high standard that those that they have accused are guilty — it is tempting to wonder whether our institutions favor the aggressors.

And yet, realistically speaking, we really have no choice but to do so. I understand well just how frustrating and unsatisfying it can be to hear people suggest that they believe that George Zimmerman acted stupidly and that they do not know whether his account was true, but that he nonetheless had to walk free. But I cannot see any tolerable alternative. Unless we wish to abolish all that we hold dear — for everyone, remember, not just white cops from Missouri — we cannot summarily convict suspects because the world seems unfair, nor can we somehow exempt the difficult cases. The sad truth is that if you have a system in which innocence is presumed and the state’s burden of proof is high, you are always going to get anomalies. That is the nature of negative rights. Do privacy protections sometimes help criminals? Of course. Have double-jeopardy prohibitions allowed the guilty to walk? Naturally. Does a preference for human liberty in an imperfect world yield unfortunate, even tragic outcomes from time to time? Indeed so. Should we give that preference up in consequence? Absolutely not.

Which is to say that when grieving and angry protesters complain that Officer Wilson will now be treated to all of the benefits of the doubt that he did not give Michael Brown, they are, in a sense, correct.

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The Washington Post has convicted Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown, of guilt by association with a former troubled police force in a different town in a prior job than the one he held in Ferguson, MO, and of having parents who were in trouble with the law…

There is nothing, zero, nada, in the WaPo story linked below that shows Darren Wilson ever did anything wrong himself. In fact, to the extent his own conduct is even mentioned, it’s in the context of staying out of trouble…

Why would WaPo focus its story on racial problems with the police department in a different town in a prior job when Wilson himself is not accused by WaPo of participating or doing anything wrong?

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“The delay [in removing Michael Brown's body from the crime scene] helped fuel the outrage,” said Patricia Bynes, a committeewoman in Ferguson. “It was very disrespectful to the community and the people who live there. It also sent the message from law enforcement that ‘we can do this to you any day, any time, in broad daylight, and there’s nothing you can do about it.’ ”

Two weeks after Mr. Brown’s death, interviews with law enforcement officials and a review of police logs make clear that a combination of factors, some under police control and some not, contributed to the time lapse in removing his body…

And officials were contending with what they described as “sheer chaos” on Canfield Drive, where bystanders, including at least one of Mr. Brown’s relatives, frequently stepped inside the yellow tape, hindering investigators. Gunshots were heard at the scene, further disrupting the officers’ work…

Experts in policing said there was no standard for how long a body should remain at a scene, but they expressed surprise at how Mr. Brown’s body had been allowed to remain in public view.

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[W]hen there’s a black victim involved, the information takes a different and predictable turn: The victim becomes thuggified. This is an easy leap for many minds, given the widespread expectation of black criminality. If you become nervous when you see a young black male approaching on the street, it is not hard to convince you that a kid who was shot was not one of the “good ones,” that he was scary and maybe did something to deserve it. Information wars thrive on America’s empathy gap — the way some people struggle to see any kinship or shared humanity with strangers who don’t look like them…

Most of us have something in our pasts we would not want revealed. And for black Americans, those facts too often are used to suggest that victims of injustice don’t deserve justice, because they weren’t some sort of credit to their race. In a nation where police often approach black communities with a dragnet, stopping and frisking everyone, marking as many black men as possible with a record, it would be hard to find a black male who looks like an angel.

But it doesn’t matter whether Brown was an angel. He was young and growing and human, and he made mistakes. That’s okay. The real question is not: Was Brown a good kid? The real question is: How are police officers supposed to treat citizens? California Attorney General Kamala Harris, a former prosecutor, has put it well: “Our penal code was not created just to protect Snow White.”

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Simply stated, it is impermissible for federal investigations to be commenced in the absence of colorable suspicion based on solid evidence. Yet, despite the absence of any suggestion that Darren Wilson is a racist, we know he has been made the subject of a civil-rights investigation. Obama-administration officials may not yet suspect that Nidal Hasan’s 2009 jihadist mass murder of 13 American soldiers was a terrorist attack, or that the Muslim Brotherhood is anything but a “largely secular” organization. They may have given the benefit of the doubt to Assad (the “reformer”), Iran (our good faith negotiating partner), Al Sharpton (Holder’s civil-rights adviser), and the IRS (not a “smidgeon” of corruption). But not to Darren Wilson. No sooner had the looting followed the shooting than Holder ceremoniously announced a Justice Department civil-rights murder probe.

Based solely on Wilson’s race.

It is ironic at first blush. Holder, after all, is the self-proclaimed scourge of racial profiling. Over the years, he has been a prominent Lawyer Left voice for the idea that institutional racism explains the lopsided representation of black men in the population of American convicts (with strangely less concern for the lopsided representation of black communities among crime victims). The CAIR-driven Muslim grievance sector also has the attorney general’s ear: It has become verboten to make the commonsense observation that Islamic doctrine just might have something to do with terrorism plotted against the United States throughout the past quarter-century by Muslims — that all those “smite their necks” verses just might shed some light on the decapitation of American journalists.

So how could Holder be what he purports to abhor, a racial profiler? It is because his selectively zealous anti-racism is the necessary flipside of his race obsession.

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For very good reasons, a conviction is unlikely either in state or federal criminal court. As any television viewer knows, American justice requires that all elements of charges be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict a person of a crime. Suppose Missouri prosecutors charge Wilson with the crime of reckless manslaughter. Given the facts as we know them at this moment, would you be willing to say beyond a reasonable doubt that they add up to the conclusion that Wilson drew his gun with reckless disregard for consequences, and not because he had a justifiable reason to do so? Perhaps, but actually it is not for you to say—unless you are on the jury. In the past, juries in such cases usually have been unable to decide unanimously, beyond a reasonable doubt, whether an officer reasonably believed his or her life to be in danger and thus was shooting in self-defense. So they rarely convict…

Nevertheless, the federal court that sits in St. Louis will surely be the forum for a civil lawsuit, as opposed to a criminal prosecution. The Brown family will sue for monetary compensation as hundreds do every year in federal courthouses across the nation. The Browns will claim that their son’s death was the result of unconstitutional “custom, policy, or practice” by the Ferguson Police Department in permitting racial discrimination to flourish in its official activity. This lawsuit will be decided under a lower and more easily met standard of proof: “preponderance of the evidence.”

Such a lawsuit will point the finger where it belongs—not at an individual officer, but at the department that employed him and the city government that staffs that department. Even more broadly and appropriately, it would shine a spotlight on a political system that creates neighborhoods like those of Ferguson where black residents lack any meaningful political participation locally, creating animosity between whites and blacks. There is a chance that deep soul-searching among these different populations after the civil disturbances of the past week will prompt them to search for common ground in reforming their police department and government.

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It is difficult not to see a political strategy in the combination of Holder’s activism and, until recently, President Obama’s distance. A tricky electoral landscape awaits the Democratic party this fall. Avoiding losses will require a black vote running at maximum level, as it seldom does in midterm elections. The evenings of unrest are not riots, even if they have violent elements in them. They are protests. The protesters have a number of highly specific demands—and those who back them will be watching carefully to see if the administration helps the protesters realize them. First, they want Darren Wilson arrested. “Arrest Wilson and we can all go home!” people yell after night falls. Whatever the facts of the case—facts no one can yet make any pretense to know—this is a demand for “mob justice,” to use the mildest applicable expression…

[Gov. Jay] Nixon’s trepidation is striking. It is a sign that Missourians are looking at this episode differently than they have other racial explosions over the years. They are right to. Although there have been protests, riots, demonstrations, and uprisings throughout the half-century since Civil Rights legislation was passed, there has been one constant. The government has always been at the side of those seeking to restore public order. Now Obama and Holder have placed the government on the side of the uprising—or, to put it more neutrally, on the side of those who would restore order on the terms demanded by the uprising.

That changes the calculation of moderate and conservative voters. When people are assured the authorities will act to protect them from unrest, they can be extraordinarily generous. If they lose that assurance, they may respond differently. A recent Pew poll asks simply whether the unrest in Ferguson “raises important issues about race.” Eighty percent of blacks say it does, but only 37 percent of whites. That is extraordinary. To say something “raises important issues” is mush. Almost anything involving race “raises important issues.” To deny, as 63 percent of whites did, that a slaying that causes weeks of demonstrations tells us anything is evidence of truculence. The administration is pursuing a reckless strategy, hoping that it can present the barn-burning Holder as its face to the black community and the conciliatory Obama as its face to the white community, exploiting the very divisions it promises to heal.

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The mathematics of civil disobedience has always been pretty straightforward: As Mohandas Gandhi pointed out to the raj, 100,000 government officials cannot control 350 million citizens if the citizens do not cooperate. There are not enough police in St. Louis County to control the people who do not wish to be controlled by the police in St. Louis County, as least as currently constituted. There are two ways to govern: By consent or by terror. In the United States, we govern by consent…

From the practice of slavery to the ideology of black nationalism, there always has been a strong current in black–white relations that is fundamentally adversarial, and the two races interact in some ways as though each were foreign to the other. To some extent, each defines itself in opposition to the other. Maybe there is no real reason why a black man in Ferguson should feel alienated by having a white mayor, any more than white Americans should feel alienated by having a black president. But the fact is that people do often feel that way, and that it is not limited to malignant racists. Even among people of good will, race often is an extra wrinkle that complicates relationships. And when one party in the relationship has guns, badges, and a monopoly on the legitimate use of force, that tension is intensified.

To consider Gandhi’s thinking again, he argued that any people would be more contented under a bad government of its own than under the good government of an alien people. (I have heard older Indians, in despair at their government, contest that sentiment.) One cannot help but detect a trace of that thinking in, for instance, the black-power politics of Detroit: The city’s government may be feckless and corrupt, but it is black, and that matters. (Though Detroit currently has a white mayor.) Ferguson’s government and police are overwhelmingly white in a town that isn’t. Maybe that should not matter, but it does. Though I should emphasize here that even if Gandhi’s notion applies and that the blacks and whites of Ferguson think of themselves as essentially alien peoples, the comparison fails in an important way: The black residents of Ferguson are not wondering what to do about a good white-dominated government, but what to do about a bad one…

If a town of 21,000 cannot be governed without consent, what of a country of 300 million?

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Dire Straits on August 25, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Good evening, Dire. :) It’s a pleasure to see you. :)

thatsafactjack on August 25, 2014 at 1:56 AM

That’s exactly what Dave would say.

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 1:59 AM

I know, back to soon…threw my hip out.

Hi Miss Jackie. I’ve missed you.
Thank you for all the posts.
I was trying to bring some lightness to the night.
So much darkness everywhere.
The reality of it all…reeks.
Sorry it was work that kept you away.
Hoped you were taking some well deserved time off.

31giddyup on August 25, 2014 at 2:01 AM

Dave who?

SpongePuppy on August 25, 2014 at 2:08 AM

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 1:59 AM

*tip fedora*..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on August 25, 2014 at 2:10 AM

Ok, giving up looking for a gimmick.
Going to look for gadgets. Where’s Parms when I need him.
Probably puggy back riding on the pug.
Nite HA!

Blessings to all.

31giddyup on August 25, 2014 at 2:10 AM

I need a hobby.
I know!, I can uh and uh and uh uh uh…

BBL, gonna practice.

31giddyup on August 25, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Wood shop. Its a blast. I was cutting groves with a dado stack of blades. Scary stuff but the groves were beautiful.

Come on over giddyup. I’ll show you how to drill holes. Way fun.

SpongePuppy on August 25, 2014 at 2:11 AM

31giddyup on August 25, 2014 at 2:10 AM

Don’t go yet. Gadgets are fun too.

SpongePuppy on August 25, 2014 at 2:11 AM

SpongePuppy on August 25, 2014 at 2:08 AM

This Dave:..I was born in the wagon of a traveling show..
My Mama used to dance for the money they’d throw..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on August 25, 2014 at 2:12 AM

31giddyup on August 25, 2014 at 2:01 AM

Good evening, Rhonda.:) I’ve missed you, too.

Don’t worry about me. I’m fine. I’ve just been rearranging things so that I can focus on the novels.

I hope you’re well and that you’ll get some cooler weather soon.:)

thatsafactjack on August 25, 2014 at 2:13 AM

Dire Straits on August 25, 2014 at 2:12 AM

Papa would do whatever he could
Preach a little Gospel, sell a couple bottles of Dr. Good
(:

hehe.

SpongePuppy on August 25, 2014 at 2:14 AM

I need a hobby.
I know!, I can uh and uh and uh uh uh…

BBL, gonna practice.

31giddyup on August 25, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Discipline whoever wrote this:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/bb174461%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

Don’t even explain it. They already know why.

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 2:15 AM

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 2:15 AM

Don’t forget to CreateAdditionalSwapChain

dont {

Forget to CreateAdditionalSwapChain

} (while Running)

SpongePuppy on August 25, 2014 at 2:17 AM

I hope I make it into MG Novel.

I could be the marsupial hunter or sumpin.

SpongePuppy on August 25, 2014 at 2:18 AM

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on August 25, 2014 at 2:10 AM

Evening, Mister “Good Evening.”

Little Miss Jackie Pants is all lurkipoo. And I’m now using the suffix “poo,” and some other things. Like “Miss,” “Mister,” and “pants.”

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 2:19 AM

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 2:19 AM

hahaha.

Cott is your most famous suffix. But poo is good too.

SpongePuppy on August 25, 2014 at 2:20 AM

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 2:19 AM

Yeah… about that new jargon…

thatsafactjack on August 25, 2014 at 2:21 AM

Going to look for gadgets. Where’s Parms when I need him.

Sponge Puppy + Axe = no question mark
(I learned good.)

Sponge Puppy I’d like to see the groves, but I’d really like to see you shaving wood, especially if you use after shavings to make it smell like before shaving.

Good thing I saw your post before turning out the lights. Now I can dream of drills, whirligigs, and Eurovacs.
Keep Snoopy bandaids while around blades. No Smurf ones.

31giddyup on August 25, 2014 at 2:23 AM

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 2:19 AM

Good deal..Hang in there friend..:):)

Dire Straits on August 25, 2014 at 2:31 AM

Yeah… about that new jargon…

thatsafactjack on August 25, 2014 at 2:21 AM

I wish I was using “looky.”

I could say, “Looky here, Sir Annoyedalot . . . ”

*sip*

But I’m not, so I can’t. :)

. . . something to look forward to, though.

. . . Microsoft . . . does this crap on purpose . . . I know they do. I just don’t know why . . .

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 2:31 AM

SpongePuppy on August 25, 2014 at 2:18 AM

Actually, you’d be surprised. :) Axefellow knows about a project I’d begun… and he convinced me not to make you king of a Glade-like world but to keep you aboard the ship, plying the inter-dimensional trade routes… but I’ve had so little time lately I haven’t been able to finish it.

thatsafactjack on August 25, 2014 at 2:33 AM

i dun want another swap chain. i dun even like the one i have.

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 2:33 AM

. . . Microsoft . . . does this crap on purpose . . . I know they do. I just don’t know why . . .

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 2:31 AM

I do. They’re twisted.

thatsafactjack on August 25, 2014 at 2:34 AM

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 2:31 AM

There’s always ‘lookit’. :)

“Lookit here, Sir Annoyedalot. Just you lookit here. “

thatsafactjack on August 25, 2014 at 2:37 AM

There’s always ‘lookit’. :)

thatsafactjack on August 25, 2014 at 2:37 AM

lol :)

I’m there. Just as soon as I’m through with poo.

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Actually, now that I think of it… probably more like …

“Lookit ‘ere.”

“Lookit ‘ere, Sir Annoyedalot. Jus’ lookit ‘ere.”

Yeah, the rhythm is better.

thatsafactjack on August 25, 2014 at 2:43 AM

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 2:42 AM

lol!:)

thatsafactjack on August 25, 2014 at 2:43 AM

SpongePuppy on August 25, 2014 at 2:18 AM

Actually, you’d be surprised. :) Axefellow knows about a project I’d begun… and he convinced me not to make you king of a Glade-like world but to keep you aboard the ship, plying the inter-dimensional trade routes… but I’ve had so little time lately I haven’t been able to finish it.

thatsafactjack on August 25, 2014 at 2:33 AM

It’s true.

The miscreant has inspired much more than his fair share of art. He’s been cast into song; he’s been fictionalized into literature. God must love him because I can’t come up with a better explanation.

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 2:44 AM

wtf “groves”

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 2:45 AM

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 2:44 AM

He inspires his friends. :)

thatsafactjack on August 25, 2014 at 2:46 AM

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 2:45 AM

lol!:)

“Lookit! I cut some groves. “

thatsafactjack on August 25, 2014 at 2:48 AM

4Dire

Blood Sweat & Tears – Spinning wheel

I take issue with the premise, but — a classic’s a classic.

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Wilde’s also all lurkipoo. Don’t think no one knows, mister.

Axe on August 25, 2014 at 3:02 AM

How the west was lost

Crux Australis on August 25, 2014 at 3:48 AM

Good morning. Still hot and humid. Better than cold.

crankyoldlady on August 25, 2014 at 4:41 AM

Good morning

Col…ill take cold today

Boy is it going to be wall to wall coverage of this funeral

cmsinaz on August 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM

There is a police culture problem….these are scared kids expressing their first amendment rights
-joe on a rampage

cmsinaz on August 25, 2014 at 6:05 AM

cmsinaz on August 25, 2014 at 6:05 AM

no respect for the dead boy lying dead in the streets for hours.

Could have thrown a sheet over him at least.

no mention of the cops eye socket or his strong arm robbery

renalin on August 25, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Crickets renalin…..talk about bias…..

They truly have convicted Wilson already

cmsinaz on August 25, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Dowdy trashes obama on golfing….obama doesn’t care what others think and we don’t either…let’s talk about something else
-mj panel

cmsinaz on August 25, 2014 at 6:46 AM

It’s Monday, y’all!

In an organizational hierarchy, every employee will rise or get promoted to his or her level of incompetence – “The Peter Principle”

My take: Former Community Organizer Sends White House Aides to Strong Arm Robbery Suspect’s Funeral

kingsjester on August 25, 2014 at 7:16 AM

Boy is it going to be wall to wall coverage of this funeral

cmsinaz on August 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM

And, like Trayvon Martin, the coverage will all be about what a wonderful human being “big Mike” was without any acknowledgement that the “gentle giant” was a hulking thug who had just robbed from the local convenience store, confronted and assaulted a cop.

Happy Nomad on August 25, 2014 at 7:24 AM

kingsjester on August 25, 2014 at 7:16 AM

great take KJ

read it folks…

cmsinaz on August 25, 2014 at 7:24 AM

Happy Nomad on August 25, 2014 at 7:24 AM

guaranteed HN….

cmsinaz on August 25, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Good morning. Still hot and humid. Better than cold.

crankyoldlady on August 25, 2014 at 4:41 AM

Morning COL and 88F and low humidity. College starts back for two or our kids. Summer is officially over for our family. This will be a different week as our family is not going to The US Open and we will not be spending Labour Day at the lake. Kids have busy schedules and they dictate our travel plans. Since the family is healthy and in good spirits, that is what is important.

Have a good day and grins to all the rest.

Kiss and make up Day
Be kind to Humankind Week
Founders Day
National Whiskey Sour Day

HonestLib on August 25, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Since the family is healthy and in good spirits, that is what is important.

amen HL

cmsinaz on August 25, 2014 at 7:39 AM

kingsjester on August 25, 2014 at 7:16 AM

Jesus was a community organizer too

-religion hating obamabot

renalin on August 25, 2014 at 7:50 AM

My take on this whole thing is that Holder is there to offer up Federal charges in case the local Grand Jury declines to indict the Cop. He is the backup to prevent even larger rioting. Once those charges are filed, a comfortable amount of time will pass and they will be dropped with no trial.

All in all, this should become one tremendous unmitigated disaster with the State and Feds jumping in.

Johnnyreb on August 25, 2014 at 8:03 AM

All in all, this should become one tremendous unmitigated disaster with the State and Feds jumping in.

Johnnyreb on August 25, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Hey! Al Sharpton’s officiating at the funeral of “big Mike” today. That ought to calm everything down. /

Happy Nomad on August 25, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Wonderful HN
/

cmsinaz on August 25, 2014 at 8:16 AM

“This officer has to be indicted. I’d hate to see what happens if he isn’t

By all means. The mob must be satiated at all costs–even at the cost of integrity, fairness and justice. It used to be called a “lynching” but now it’s called “political correctness”.

Of course all of this is based on the total charade that there are no societal differences. But here’s a headline from today’s ‘NY Daily News’ that proves otherwise. “TOTAL FAILURE AT 75 SCHOOLS”. the paper quotes “at 75 (NY) city schools , ALL the students in at least one class failed the state math or reading tests…..”. That’s 100% failure folks and need I say that no school was in any Swedish neighborhood. And New York City is NOT the worse school system in the country!!!! The point I’m making here is 1 The police are not the black’s worse enemy–in fact, since black on black crime is by far the most prevalent scenario, the POLICE ACTUALLY PROTECT MOST BLACKS from other blacks. 2 If blacks want to riot, they should string up liberal (mostly white) teachers who don’t teach them to be literate. A black president and black attorney general are illusions of progress. Thanks to our “progressive” teachers, the situation grows worse.

MaiDee on August 25, 2014 at 8:25 AM

So many articles, so much misinformation:

“This officer has to be indicted. I’d hate to see what happens if he isn’t. ”

The Florida community said the same thing about Zimmerman. “We just want an arrest.” When he was released on bail, then it become “we want a trial”. When the trial happened then it became “we want a conviction”. When that didn’t come, there were complaints. It was never good enough, and it won’t be in this situation. Nothing short of Officer Wilson’s execution will satisfy the community. Nothing short of blood for blood.

“[W]hen there’s a black victim involved, the information takes a different and predictable turn: The victim becomes thuggified.”

Mike Brown didn’t “become” thuggified. In fact, the opposite was true. He “became” an angel who was walking down the street, dreaming of going to college having never done a single wrong. Right now, there is alleged evidence he was actually guilty of felony assault, and may have attempted to seize a police officer’s weapon prior to being shot.

One was a fantasy created by the media and community, the other is based on early evidence.

“This is an easy leap for many minds, given the widespread expectation of black criminality.”

And why is this a widespread expectation? When America sees footage of the looting, the rioting, the calls for violence, and the evidence brough fourth in this case, none of it helps break that stereotype.

“Which is to say that when grieving and angry protesters complain that Officer Wilson will now be treated to all of the benefits of the doubt that he did not give Michael Brown, they are, in a sense, correct.”

Typical mantra of liberals when it comes to gun violence. The dead are afforded greater rights than the living. Those killed are more important than those who are still alive.
“It also sent the message from law enforcement that ‘we can do this to you any day, any time, in broad daylight, and there’s nothing you can do about it.’ ”

Like our empty suit President, people are free to put words into the actions of law enforcement without knowing any circumstances behind what happened. It’s time minority communities start accepting that maybe, just maybe, reasons other than racism turn the world. Does the guy who slowly bag your groceries send you a message saying “See, I can bag as slow as I want” when you shop? Give me a break.

I should stop before my head explodes.

Flashwing on August 25, 2014 at 8:29 AM

I should stop before my head explodes.

Flashwing on August 25, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Just curious. Are part of your comment from news sources and other writers? It is customary to give links or full attribution to material that you post that is not totally of your own creation.

Just a thought.

Walter L. Newton on August 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM

A black president and black attorney general are illusions of progress.

MaiDee on August 25, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Thought provoking statement.

HonestLib on August 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

cmsinaz on August 25, 2014 at 7:24 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on August 25, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Walter L. Newton on August 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM

The person is commenting on the information provided in Allahpundit’s post. Attribution to sources is provided there.

Not unusual for commenters to do it this way.

lineholder on August 25, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Three Branches of Government interactive study unit

This is designed for grades 5-8. It’s a pretty simple course and provides insight in what students are being taught now. Teacher guide and answer sheets are included to see how the course is graded.

lineholder on August 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Which is to say that when grieving and angry protesters complain that Officer Wilson will now be treated to all of the benefits of the doubt that he did not give Michael Brown, they are, in a sense, correct.

I have usually appreciated Cooke’s work but this was dripping so heavily with moral relativism I couldn’t get through it. When people do bad things, pay the consequences for it, that is not an indictment of our society, or any society for that matter. It is not only a human universal truth,but a truth of nature. A baby zebra strays too far from the herd it gets eaten. Dog picks a fight with the wrong dog, bad things result. Bad or stupid actions in the most oppressive, horrible societies are still bad or stupid actions. Trayvon Martin was the aggressor in Florida and as a result of his actions he is dead. The guy in New York who was selling cigarettes and resisted arrest is dead because he was breaking the law and then resisted arrest and had health problems that could not handle the exitement. Rodney King was involved in a high speed chase, broke the jaw of a female cop and then got his butt beat because his actions created an inflammatory situation where stuff like that can easily happen. A cop, with an unblemished record, told a couple of guys, one with an outstanding warrant and one who had just committed a strongarm robbery, to get out of the middle of the street and walk on the sidewalk. The ball was in their court. Do the right thing, keep your mouth shut and get out of the street, and Michael Brown is alive today and his buddy is still running the streets. Libertarians, please keep it to yourself, I really don’t want to hear any stupidity about people should have the right to walk down the middle of the street and get hit by a car if they want.

peacenprosperity on August 25, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Is Karl Rove attending Brown’s funeral as Holder’s representative. Karl Rove is a socialist pig. and anyone he supports should be avoided like a Al Sharpton rally on looting and anarchy.

they lie on August 25, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Gulfstream? Docs get paid too much : )

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2014 at 12:46 AM

“You are so JUDGED … for your “envy””. — l2g

That was just a friendly ribbing. Never envy anyone…don’t have to. Plus, that w/b wasted energy.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2014 at 12:16 PM

peacenprosperity on August 25, 2014 at 10:41 AM
That was very well said! This is the the reality of life no matter who, or what your race is, whether rich or poor.
We are a nation of laws, despite how the Democrats,and leftist are trying to change it. Our laws, constitution,and our Judeo-Christian heritage have made this the greatest nation on earth. This us why really, people still want to immigrate to live here.
The black community needs to be honest with themselves and own up to the fact they have failed their own children by not teaching them to be law abiding, productive, peaceful citizens.

Bakokitty on August 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM

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