Of Gunfights and Boiling Frogs
May20

Of Gunfights and Boiling Frogs

You can always leave it to the ideologues of the Right to view events through funhouse mirror lenses: Making the comparison with Baltimore, many on the left — Salon’s Jenny Kutner, to take an example — demanded to know why the media did not describe the events in Waco as a “riot.” The answer, obviously enough, is that the event in Waco was not a riot — it did not represent a general state of civil disorder, there were no mobs...

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Saudia Arabia is advertising for 8 executioners as beheading biz soars
May19

Saudia Arabia is advertising for 8 executioners as beheading biz soars

The government of Saudia Arabia’s headhunters are advertising to fill 8 job openings. I don’t know what the benefits are, but you get lots of cold cuts. Saudi Arabia is advertising for eight new executioners, recruiting extra staff to carry out an increasing number of death sentences, usually done by public beheading. No special qualifications are needed for the jobs whose main role is “executing a judgment of death” but...

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BREAKING: Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death in Boston Bombing Trial
May15

BREAKING: Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death in Boston Bombing Trial

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for his role in the April 15, 2013 bombing, in which twin blasts rocked the race’s crowded downtown finish line, killing three spectators, including an 8 year old boy who Tsarnaeve stood behind for more than a minute before taking off to avoid the blast. 260 others were injured — some horrifically — in the blasts. NBC NEWS: A jury in Boston voted to...

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George Zimmerman suffers “minor” gunshot wound in Florida road rage shooting
May11

George Zimmerman suffers “minor” gunshot wound in Florida road rage shooting

I’m not the only one who has predicted that we will hear and read a LOT about George Zimmerman and that his controversial acquittal in the shooting death of ice-tea-armed, hoodie-wearing Trayvon Martin was just the prelude to someone who’ll be in the news. And now another tidbit: police say he suffered a “minor” gunshot wound in a shooting in Florida. The initial details were murky, but a later report says it...

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Why David Duke Was Never Allowed To Speak
May06

Why David Duke Was Never Allowed To Speak

UPDATED BELOW I’m going to be talking about the worst kind of hate imaginable herein, so those with delicate sensibilities, please be warned: Caveat Lector. Got your attention? Good. Let me tell you a little story from college days, and then I’ll scare hell out of you. David Duke was on the TCU speakers’ list. The lily-white administration realized what it would like for a secesh school (TCU was founded by two...

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Surveillance from up there
May06

Surveillance from up there

Surveillance from up there And, it would seem, sponsored by all levels of government. You’ll remember the issue of media overflights during the Michael Brown protests in Ferguson. Overflights involving the FBI have been seen during the protests in Baltimore and are now the subject of inquiry… Discovery of the flights — which involved at least two airplanes and the assistance of the FBI — has prompted the American Civil...

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Pew Poll: The Public Sees Multiple Causes for Baltimore Unrest
May05

Pew Poll: The Public Sees Multiple Causes for Baltimore Unrest

Despite what you may hear on right or left talk shows and what you may read in right and left blogs, the public is taking a more (here comes that dirty word) nuanced view of the causes of Baltimore unrest. The findings come in a new poll from the highly respected Pew Research Center: The public sees a number of contributing factors for the outbreak of violence and unrest in Baltimore last week. About six-in-ten (61%) say that “some...

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A broken approach to young black men
May05

A broken approach to young black men

WASHINGTON — The first two steps toward uplifting young black men are simple: Stop killing them and stop locking them in prison for nonviolent offenses. Subsequent steps are harder, but no real progress can be made until the basics of life and liberty are dealt with. If anything positive is to come of Freddie Gray’s death and the Baltimore rioting that ensued, let it be a new and clear-eyed focus on these fundamental...

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Police Shoot, Kill 2 Gunmen Outside Controversial Dallas-Area Art Exhibit
May03

Police Shoot, Kill 2 Gunmen Outside Controversial Dallas-Area Art Exhibit

This story has been updated UPDATE 10:50 p.m. EDT: The injured security officer who was shot by the gunmen was identified as Bruce Joiner. He was released from the hospital Sunday night after his wounds were treated, the Dallas Morning News reported. The American Freedom Defense Initiative, the organization that hosted the Muhammad art exhibit,...

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Hillary Clinton’s Insufficient Repudiation Of Her Previous Right Wing Views On Crime And The Drug War
May03

Hillary Clinton’s Insufficient Repudiation Of Her Previous Right Wing Views On Crime And The Drug War

The recent events in Baltimore, leading to the indictment of six police officers, have demonstrated the failure of the war on drugs and overly-aggressive police action. Hillary Clinton gave one of her typical speeches based upon the direction the wind is blowing, lacking details or any real sense of conviction, and failing to go far enough. It is a good thing that to some degree she her repudiated previous views, but for most...

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Inside the Bridgegate plot: Lies, vengeance and an epic traffic jam
May02

Inside the Bridgegate plot: Lies, vengeance and an epic traffic jam

The plot, federal prosecutors said, took shape a month in advance. There would be no warning, no response to calls seeking explanation or help. “Radio silence,” they called it. Mark Sokolich was going to pay. And if thousands of people suffered along with him, so be it. If an ambulance ran late to an emergency...

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Baltimore: What Could Have Been
May02

Baltimore: What Could Have Been

At one time this morning there were more than 60 stories about Freddie Gray’s death and the aftermath listed at memeorandum.com. We have all seen the video of Gray’s arrest and the loading of this young man into a police van. We have all seen both the riots and the peaceful demonstrations in Baltimore following the news of Gray’s death. And we have all heard and read the “statement of probable cause” issued by Maryland State Attorney...

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Freddie Gray prosecutor comes from family steeped in policing
May02

Freddie Gray prosecutor comes from family steeped in policing

Freddie Gray prosecutor comes from family steeped in policing BALTIMORE — Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who on Friday announced charges in the prosecution of the Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, comes from a family steeped in law enforcement — a connection she pointedly mentioned in her news conference. But the 35-year-old prosecutor also pledged during her 2014 campaign...

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The 6 Officers Charged In Freddie Gray’s Death
May02

The 6 Officers Charged In Freddie Gray’s Death

The 6 Officers Charged In Freddie Gray’s Death The Baltimore Police Department released the mugshots of the six city police officers charged in connection with the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, several reports indicated Friday night. Just in: Mug shots of officers charged in #FreddieGray’s death pic.twitter.com/a8quCP8qgD — Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) May 1, 2015 Four of the officers, Ceasar Goodson, William Porter,...

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Cartoon: The Avengers
May02

Cartoon: The Avengers

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Baltimore ‘thugs’ or frustrated youth? Debate rages over a word
May01

Baltimore ‘thugs’ or frustrated youth? Debate rages over a word

Baltimore ‘thugs’ or frustrated youth? Debate rages over a word WASHINGTON — As Baltimore simmers, prominent public figures, from President Barack Obama to Donald Trump, have been roundly criticized this week for describing the rioters as “thugs.” It’s a word that’s taken an exotic odyssey, with roots during the time of the British raj, to film noir to a racial epithet. It’s a word that...

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Cartoon: Batman and Spiderman
Apr30

Cartoon: Batman and Spiderman

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Report: American Psychological Association Secretly Conspired With Bush Torture Regime
Apr30

Report: American Psychological Association Secretly Conspired With Bush Torture Regime

There has been ample evidence for years that the Bush administration sought the cover of health-care professionals to justify its use of Nazi-like torture techniques, but a new report that the American Psychological Association secretly collaborated with the administration still shocks. Indeed, the report by a group of so-called dissident health-care professionals, as well as human rights activists, is sodden with unstated comparisons...

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Obama calls Baltimore rioters thugs, says entire country has work to do
Apr29

Obama calls Baltimore rioters thugs, says entire country has work to do

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called on the nation Tuesday to engage in “soul searching” following riots in Baltimore sparked by what he said was the latest troubling encounter between police and African-American men. Obama decried as “criminals and thugs” those who looted stores and torched vehicles in the city after the funeral service for...

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Cartoon: Police
Apr28

Cartoon: Police

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