"Ernie" has some thoughts on Ferguson.
"Ernie" has some thoughts on Ferguson.
"Rook" has some thoughts on Ferguson.
According to grand jury testimony:
Michael Brown was abnormally large and strong. He conducted himself in the mom and pop store like a bully who was used to people giving him whatever he wanted out of fear. He picked the store proprietor up off the floor like a rag doll. He took what he wanted and just shoved the proprietor aside as he left the store.
That same "I'm too big and bad to be messed with" attitude came out when he was stopped by Officer Darren Wilson for walking down the middle of the street. He punched the officer so hard it knocked him into the middle of his patrol car. Brown then jumped on top of him inside the patrol car and began punching the officer some more, trying to take away the officer's pistol. During the struggle inside the car the pistol discharged startling Brown, causing him to exit the car and start to run away. When the officer got out of the patrol car he shouted for Brown to stop. Brown turned around and faced the officer...appearing enraged that the officer was continuing to confront him.
Brown started toward the officer and was ordered to stop and surrender. Brown refused to stop. At 6'4" and 285 lbs, Brown is a deadly weapon all by himself. As he advanced on the officer he was shot. Instead of stopping and surrendering, Brown lowered his head and charged the officer like a bull. The officer, believing that Brown had the intent and the capacity to kill him, then shot Brown through the top of his skull, killing him. At no time did Brown raise his hands in surrender or give any other indication that he didn't intend to harm the officer.
* Michael Brown had committed a felony strong arm robbery shortly before being confronted by Officer Wilson.
* Brown was so big, so strong and so fast that he posed a deadly threat to anyone, including the officer, whether he was armed or not.
* Officer Wilson, at 6'1", could not possibly have shot Brown, at 6'4", through the top of his skull unless Brown's head was down, facing toward the officer, in a charging position.
* Officer Wilson was in fear for his life when he discharged his weapon.
Brown's friend, who was with him during the robbery and subsequent confrontation with Officer Wilson, told police investigators and reporters that Brown had his "hands up" and was surrendering when he was shot. That statement was self-serving and NOT corroborated by the facts. However, some reporters ran with it, without any attempt to seek or subsequently publish the truth. The false stories incited and enraged the people of the community and resulted in rioting, arson and murder. "Hands up" protests have been staged in multiple cities with millions in property damage and hundreds of arrests, all based on the original lie of Brown's friend being republished and repeated on TV screens all over the country.
The press have been reticent in publishing the facts as disclosed in the grand jury proceedings, undoubtedly embarrassed by their lack of ethics and professionalism in their role of instigating the protests, riots and other crimes based on their false assumptions.
The press should take up the cause of the injustice done to Officer Wilson, but of course they won't. It would be too embarrassing to admit how stupid, greedy, unethical and self-serving they have become in recent years.
But thay should at least secretly create a fund to help the family of the now unemployed Officer Wilson, who just did his job and did it right.
It wasn’t a good night for Democrats. I watched MSNBC a good portion of the evening, just to savor the gloom on Chris Matthews face. Disillusioned Independents and Democrats joined Republicans to send the Obama Administration and Obama Democrats a message: We’re sick and tired of your ineptness, your imperial attitude, and your general unresponsiveness to working Americans. After a short celebration, the Republicans are going to have to deliver to the American people—if they expect to remain in power and to regain the White House in 2016.
Amnesty: Obama will no doubt try to enfranchise millions of illegal aliens by some type of executive action before the new Senate take their seats. This will probably fail, but when the new Republican Senate is sworn they are going to have to deal with it. I would look for some kind of modified amnesty to be passed. If the Republicans fail to do this, they will risk forever losing the Hispanic vote.
ObamaCare: This is an unqualified disaster that Democrats don’t want to talk about, but again once the Republicans are going to have to either repeal ObamaCare or modify it. The Republicans will have to decide what to do with this monstrosity. I doubt they will abolish it. I would expect them to pass a modification that will water it down and make it less financially onerous.
ISIS: Obama campaigned on getting us out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and this is what polls showed the American people wanted; however, they wanted it with honor. In his zeal to be the President who got us out of foreign entanglements, Obama disregarded his military advisors who wanted to leave a residual force to keep order. The Republicans will have to decide whether we will once again have boots on the ground, and how many.
Economy: Despite all the Democratic cheerleading for a supposed rising economy, the American people know better. The average American still has friends who have lost their jobs, and their wages aren’t moving up. Obama keeps trumpeting the fact that we have a one or two percent inflation rate, but when Americans go to their grocery stores, they see higher and higher prices, smaller packages, and meat priced so high that many Americans are limiting it to once or twice a week. The Republicans are going to be expected to fix the economy. If they don’t, they will pay the price.
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"Peter" has some thoughts on police officers killed in the line of duty.
Does anyone remember Detective Melvin Santiago? He was a Jersey City police officer who was shot to death just a month ago, on July 13th. Santiago was white. His killer, Lawrence Campbell, was black. Does anyone recall Obama appearing before national television and calling for justice for OfficerSantiagos family? Does anyone recall Eric Holder rushing to Jersey City to see that justice was done?
How about Officer Jeffrey Westerfield. He was a Gary, Indiana police officer who was shot to death last month on July 6th. Westerfield was white. His killer, Carl LeEllis Blount, Jr. was black. Where was Obama? Where was Holder?
Or Officer Perry Renn? He was an Indianapolis, Indiana police officer who was shot to death just last month on July 5th, the day before Officer Westerfield was killed. Officer Renn was white. His killer, Major Davis, was black. I don't recall any mention by Obama about the untimely death of OfficerRenn. And, I doubt that Eric Holder rushed to Indianapolis to make sure justice was done. Or, maybe I just missed it.
Vermillion Parish Deputy Sheriff Allen Bares was gunned down by two men just last June 23rd in Louisiana. Deputy Bares was white. His two killers, Quintlan Richard and Baylon Taylor, were black. Was Obama outraged? Did Eric Holder rush to Louisiana to make sure that the family of Deputy Bares found justice?
Detective Charles Dinwiddie of the Killeen(Texas) Police Department was murdered by Marvin Lewis Guy, a black male. Officer Dinwiddie was white. This happened on May 11th, just over two months ago. I don't even recall seeing anything about that on the news. Certainly, the white citizens in Killeen didn't take to the streets to loot and burn businesses. Again, I don't recall any mention by Obama or Holder.
Then, there is Officer Kevin Jordan of the Griffin, Georgia Police Department. He was gunned down just two months ago on May 31st. Officer Jordan was black. His killer, Michael Bowman, was white. This was a white man murdering a black police officer. Where was Jesse Jackson? Where was "The Reverend" Al Sharpton? Was there looting and burning on the streets of Griffin, Georgia? No. In fact, I don't recall hearing about this one in the news, as well. Why? You can draw your own conclusions.
Over the past 60 days, there have been five reported deaths of police officers by gunshot in the US. Of those, four were white officers who were murdered by black men. Blacks complain that white officers threaten black men more aggressively on the street. You can draw your own conclusions on that one, as well.
"Ernie" has some thoughts on Hillary and the media.
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"Peter" has some thoughts on the riots in Ferguson, Missouri.
Michael Brown was a young black man, tall and big and strong, in Ferguson, MO. He thought he could shove around a small store owner and steal goods from the store with impunity. He thought he could walk down the middle of the street and block traffic with impunity. He thought he could assault a police officer and take away his gun because he was bigger and tougher than the officer and could cow him down, just like he had done to the store owner. He was wrong and he paid the price for his arrogance, stupidity and violent behavior with his life.
But other, similarly stupid people with a grudge against police started rumors based on lies that Brown had been shot in the back while he had his hands in the air in surrender. The rumors were gladly accepted as fact by those in the Ferguson looking for an excuse to protest against the police or just join the crowd to act out. The rumors were also gladly accepted as fact by certain unethical members of the media looking to hype up newspaper sales or TV ratings. The resulting protests and the media coverage attracted the criminal elements from far and wide for the opportunity to loot and pillage the community and attack police officers under the cover of being protesters.
The media loved it and provided 24-7 coverage, boosting TV ratings and newspaper sales nationwide. This attracted even more "protesters" who saw it as an opportunity to get seen on TV or get their picture in the newspaper. And so was born a vicious cycle of ever increasing violence, chaos, shooting victims, arson, teargas, fireworks and overwhelmed police. The governor sent in the National Guard to back up the police. The media were absolutely thrilled!
Some members of the media arrogantly thought they were protected by the First Amendment and, as free press, they could go wherever they pleased, whenever they pleased. They mixed in with the protesters and proudly spoke into their TV cameras that they were in the middle of the chaos and were reporting "live" from the scene. They refused orders from the police to "Get the f@#k out of there" and were promptly arrested. Apparently the media can be just as arrogant and stupid as the criminals and thugs.
So, what can we learn from all this?
1. If you jump on a police officer and try to take his gun, then when he tries to arrest you, you charge him like a bull in an arena, you can pretty much count on ending up in a hospital or morgue.
2. The media contribute greatly to making a bad situation worse and even actively participate in riling up a mob, because it's good for business and many reporters are apparently adrenalin junkies.
3. If you advertize opportunities for looting, pillaging and getting on TV, they will come in droves and raise the city to the ground.
4. Sending out one man patrol cars in a high crime area, or any area for that matter, is sheer stupidity and probably the result of a weak chief letting bean counters run his police department.
5. They're going to make a movie about Ron Johnson.
"Legion" has some thoughts on the Tea party.
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"Ernie" has some thoughts on Global Warming.
"Legion" has some thoughts on Obama.
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