Civil Asset Forfeiture System Leads to Abuse
Sep15

Civil Asset Forfeiture System Leads to Abuse

Civil Asset Forfeiture System Leads to Abuse By Nadin Abbott SAN DIEGO, Calif.–East County Magazine was informed by a reader in Santa Ysabel about seizure of $4,500 during a Sheriff’s raid locally. A member of the household was arrested on drug charges, Sheriff’s records indicate. But a relative claims the money belonged to the suspect’s father–savings that the older man intended to use to purchase a car. This highlights a...

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9-11 Elegy
Sep11

9-11 Elegy

Just this: may all souls be comforted in ways that matter to each soul. May the days be eased by beauty and remembering better times. May the Autumn light be beautiful to look at. May we be sad with those who are sad. May we be glad with those who find a bit of gladness. May we not relive, but remember the goodness of the good souls. And especially may we be healed by invisible hands and by visible hearts more and more as time goes...

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Some Wisconsin Skullduggery You Might Have Missed
Sep10

Some Wisconsin Skullduggery You Might Have Missed

I hope I don’t scare Mr. Eric O’Keefe with this, as well, but a very interesting trial is taking place in a Federal Courthouse in Wisconsin. Listen to audio of today’s arguments: Eric O’Keefe v. John Chisholm #JohnDoe #ScottWalker by blue cheddar • September 9, 2014 I do not expect to be writing anything on this tonight (the brain is too fried) but I will be adding links to stories penned by others as they come out....

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Ravens terminate Ray Rice after video surfaces of him knocking out then-fiancee (With TMZ Video)
Sep09

Ravens terminate Ray Rice after video surfaces of him knocking out then-fiancee (With TMZ Video)

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens are standing by Ray Rice no longer. The team announced Monday afternoon that it has terminated the contract of the 27-year-old running back on the same day a new video surfaced showing him striking his then-fiancee. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that Rice has now been suspended indefinitely. Those decisions...

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Islamic State Barbarism Ignites Long-Absent Muslim Soul Searching (Die Zeit, Germany)
Sep08

Islamic State Barbarism Ignites Long-Absent Muslim Soul Searching (Die Zeit, Germany)

Since September 11, a continuing concern in the West has been the perception of a lack of Muslim introspection over the use of Islam as a fulcrum for terrorism. Now, with the emergence of the Islamic State, the most bestial, immoral and nihilistic band of terrorists the modern world has ever known, such a dialogue among the Muslim intelligentsia and average people alike appears to have begun. For Germany’s Die Zeit, columnist...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: McDonnell’s Conviction
Sep06

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: McDonnell’s Conviction

OF RELATED INTEREST: –The Religious Right’s ‘Nice Guy’ Who Threw His Wife Under the Bus –Why John Edwards won and Bob McDonnell lost –A Shameful Defense Fails –McDonnell verdict jolts Virginia politicians, historians and ordinary Richmond residents Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip...

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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell & Wife Found Guilty of Public Corruption
Sep04

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell & Wife Found Guilty of Public Corruption

Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were found guilty of public corruption. They face decades in prison. The McDonnells will be sentenced on January 6, the Washington Post reports. A federal jury found Bob McDonnell, a one-time rising star in the Republican Party, guilty on 11 counts, and his wife guilty on nine counts. The couple was accused of taking lavish vacations, gifts, golf outings and $120,000 in sweetheart...

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What Makes One a Warmonger and a ‘Fear Monger’?
Sep01

What Makes One a Warmonger and a ‘Fear Monger’?

After our disastrous invasion and occupation of a sovereign nation, Iraq, and after the now-longest war in American history — the Afghanistan War — there is naturally a great reluctance on the part of Americans to get involved in any more military entanglements, especially in the Middle East. Then along comes a band of thugs — very well trained, organized, capable, motivated and supported thugs, many say — who,...

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When mistakes become deadly
Aug27

When mistakes become deadly

WASHINGTON — To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we’ve seen so many times, can be fatal. The case of Michael Brown, who was laid to rest Monday, is anomalous only in that it is so extreme: an unarmed black teenager riddled with bullets by a white police officer in a community plagued by racial tension. African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population of...

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Unverified Audio Clip Provides Clues To Mike Brown Shooting
Aug27

Unverified Audio Clip Provides Clues To Mike Brown Shooting

A new audio clip, which allegedly recorded a series of shots fired at Michael Brown, was released Tuesday and reportedly indicates two separate sets of shots with a pause between them. The recording could further muddle the controversy surrounding the death of the 18-year-old black teen who was shot and killed on Aug. 9 in...

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Close, But No Cigars
Aug26

Close, But No Cigars

or, If There Are ‘New Clues’ Why Isn’t This Getting Any Attention? Brown paying for cigars at counter (see video) CNN brays that there are “new clues”: Holly Yan / CNN New clues in Michael Brown shooting?  —  (CNN) — Could a newly released audio provide more clues on what led up to Michael Brown’s shooting death?  —  The FBI has questioned a man who says he recorded audio of gunfire at the time Brown was shot by...

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Ferguson divides us less than we imagine
Aug22

Ferguson divides us less than we imagine

WASHINGTON — African-Americans are not alone in being horrified by the killing of Michael Brown. They are not alone in their concern over the police’s behavior. And there’s evidence that a large number of white Americans have still not fully formed their views on this tragedy. This means that how we discuss and debate the events in Ferguson, Mo., in the coming weeks really matters. What you have probably heard up to...

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Over-Covering Ferguson (Guest Voice)
Aug22

Over-Covering Ferguson (Guest Voice)

Over-Covering Ferguson by Michael Reagan Why have the protests and riots lasted so long in Ferguson? Why have out-of-town agitators and opportunists like the Communist Revolutionary Party and the New Black Panthers flocked to a St. Louis suburb? Why, 12 days after Michael Brown was shot to death by a policeman, do the good people of Ferguson who want to see a fair and just investigation into the facts surrounding Brown’s death...

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Michael Brown Had Pot in His Blood!
Aug22

Michael Brown Had Pot in His Blood!

Michael Brown Had Pot in His Blood! By Dick Polman So it turns out, thanks to a leak from the St. Louis County medical examiner’s office, that the unarmed teen who was shot by a cop six times in Ferguson, Mo., including twice in the head, had marijuana in his bloodstream. And, naturally, the character assassins are essentially saying, “Ya see? He was a druggie, a violent thug.” Yes, folks, it’s time for another...

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The ones left behind
Aug20

The ones left behind

WASHINGTON — The fire this time is about invisibility. Our society expects the police to keep unemployed, poorly educated African-American men out of sight and out of mind. When they suddenly take center stage, illuminated by the flash and flicker of Molotov cocktails, we feign surprise. The proximate cause of the rioting in Ferguson, Mo., is the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was stopped, a witness has said, by a...

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Cartoon: Hands up in Ferguson
Aug20

Cartoon: Hands up in Ferguson

This copyrighted cartoon is licensed to run on TMV by Cagle Cartoons. Unauthorized reproduction is strictly...

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(Updates) Another ‘Oops’ for Perry
Aug19

(Updates) Another ‘Oops’ for Perry

Gov. Rick Perry’s booking photo, Aug. 19, 2014. Courtesy Travis County Sheriff’s Office Update II: Under a celebratory, almost victorious atmosphere, a defiant Texas governor Rick Perry arrived at the Travis County justice complex in Austin, Texas, this afternoon and spoke to a cheering crowd before entering the courthouse to be booked, fingerprinted and having his mug shot taken. Perry exited the booking room about 20...

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What to Look For In Dueling Autopsies of Michael Brown
Aug19

What to Look For In Dueling Autopsies of Michael Brown

In the next few weeks, separate teams of doctors will issue autopsy reports about Michael Brown, the unarmed African American shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. If history is any guide, they will differ, perhaps significantly, on how to interpret the gunshot wounds on his body. Michael Baden, the veteran medical examiner… What to Look For In Dueling Autopsies of Michael...

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Ferguson: Everyone already knows what happened…
Aug18

Ferguson: Everyone already knows what happened…

My care meter on the Ferguson, MO shooting involving an unarmed young black man named Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson is low. Initially I was shocked that my care meter started high and dropped so low so fast. But now, after a bit of reflection, I know why: Everyone already knows what happened… It’s very cut and dry. Michael Brown was unarmed and surrendering when racist cop Darren Wilson shot him in cold blood AND...

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Suspect Steals San Diego Police car and is (surprise!) nabbed
Aug18

Suspect Steals San Diego Police car and is (surprise!) nabbed

There aren’t a lot of rocket scientists in the world. And then there are those who seemingly don’t even seem to fill the ranks of those who don’t qualify to be rocket scientists. Yes, it actually did happen: someone did finally steal a police car and lead police on a chase…after their police car. And yes, police did catch the police car. The Los Angeles Times’ Tony Perry offers us the story (no, this not...

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