The question we can’t answer
Dec02

The question we can’t answer

WASHINGTON — Michael Brown’s death was part of a tragic and unacceptable pattern: Police officers in the United States shoot and kill civilians in shockingly high numbers. How many killings are there each year? No one can say for sure, because police departments don’t want us to know. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, in 2013 there were 461 “justifiable homicides” by police —...

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Police group wants Rams players disciplined for “hands-up” gesture; NFL says they won’t be punished
Dec02

Police group wants Rams players disciplined for “hands-up” gesture; NFL says they won’t be punished

Five St. Louis Rams players took the field for Sunday’s game against the Raiders in St. Louis with their hands raised. It was to show their support for protesters in Ferguson, Mo., and around the country who are angered that former police officer Darren Wilson was not indicted by a grand jury for the killing...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Black Friday in Ferguson
Dec02

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Black Friday in Ferguson

Black Friday in Ferguson by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –Ferguson won’t heal –Obama resists demands to curtail police militarisation calling instead for improved officer training –Ferguson, Racism and Higher Education –Ferguson Decision Shows the Brutality of Racism Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic...

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Wisconsin Man Files Suit After Police Arrest Him For Calling Them Racists On Facebook
Nov28

Wisconsin Man Files Suit After Police Arrest Him For Calling Them Racists On Facebook

This case is something completely different yet fits in with the recent posts (here,  here, and here) which deal with abuse of police powers. A man from Wisconsin is filing suit alleging that he was arrested for comments posted on Facebook accusing policemen of racism. The StarTribune reports: A man who got arrested after he posted Facebook comments calling a southwestern Wisconsin police department racist has filed a federal lawsuit...

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Cosby and Ghomeshi scandals open floodgates
Nov28

Cosby and Ghomeshi scandals open floodgates

The “clinking” of Bill Cosby’s belt buckle as he allegedly attempted a rape, the sound of a slap across a woman’s face after Jian Ghomeshi turned his stuffed toy “Big Ears Teddy” around. It’s the details that linger and horrify. In the headline-grabbing cases of famed American comic Bill Cosby and former CBC radio host Jian… graphic via...

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Contempt for a community
Nov28

Contempt for a community

Joep Bertrams, The Netherlands[/caption WASHINGTON -- The name Ferguson should become shorthand for dehumanization. No one should have been surprised that police officer Darren Wilson was not charged in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. I've written before, and likely will have to write again, about the tragically low value our society places on the lives of young black men. Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch led the grand...

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Priorities and realities
Nov25

Priorities and realities

Hate that the White House wants to urge the protesters in #Ferguson to act peacefully but doesn’t urge the same of the police. …Corrente ___ Researchers — psychologists and social scientists, mostly — in the U.S. and United Kingdom say data indicate that, contrary to those mainstream media stereotypes, “conspiracy theorists” appear to be more sane than people who accept official versions of controversial and contested...

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Ferguson Riots: Photos Capture The Chaos
Nov25

Ferguson Riots: Photos Capture The Chaos

Ferguson is exploding. Over three months after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed, the city is experiencing one of its most violent nights of demonstrations. Hundreds of protesters took to Ferguson’s already fragile streets late Monday, following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. A car burns on the street after a… Ferguson Riots: Photos Capture The...

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Cartoons: World Cartoonists look at Ferguson
Nov25

Cartoons: World Cartoonists look at Ferguson

Cartoonists are now doing their takes on the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson. The events in Ferguson and the ever-growing number of policy shoots of African-Americans has kept cartoonists busy over the past year. Here’s a cross section with the publication dates: See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license these and other cartoons for your own site, visit...

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No Indictment In Furguson
Nov24

No Indictment In Furguson

Just breaking that the grand jury has voted not to indict I would hope we could all wait for the evidence to be released before reacting knee jerk but then I hope for a lot of things. Discuss...

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On the Ready in Ferguson: Police, Protesters – And Lawyers
Nov21

On the Ready in Ferguson: Police, Protesters – And Lawyers

Hundreds of civil rights lawyers from across America are descending on Ferguson, Missouri as police and protesters prepare for a grand jury decision on whether to charge the officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in August. The attorneys are arriving in Ferguson as talks between protest groups and police have stalled over a refusal...

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With Ferguson decision looming, Holder issues new police guidance
Nov21

With Ferguson decision looming, Holder issues new police guidance

WASHINGTON — With a grand jury decision on the Ferguson shooting death of Michael Brown expected soon, the Justice Department today has released new guidelines to help “maintain public safety while safeguarding constitutional rights” of demonstrators who are preparing to gather in cities around the country after the decision is announced. Attorney General Eric Holder...

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World reacts to terrorist synagogue slayings in Israel
Nov19

World reacts to terrorist synagogue slayings in Israel

NEW YORK (Press Release) –The American Jewish Committee praised world leaders who have spoken out against Tuesday’s deadly Palestinian terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers. Four worshipers were killed and at least six others wounded by the two terrorists who struck with guns, axes and knives. “Jerusalem is on edge, thanks to Palestinian incitement from the top of the Palestinian Authority, as well as its unity...

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Breaking: Texas Judge Refuses to  Throw Out  Criminal Charges Against Perry
Nov18

Breaking: Texas Judge Refuses to Throw Out Criminal Charges Against Perry

The Austin American-Statesman, Governor Perry’s hometown newspaper, has just reported that Senior Texas State District Judge Bert Richardson has refused to throw out the criminal charges against Perry brought by a Travis County grand jury when it indicted Perry on felony charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. “The indictment resulted from his threat last year to Travis County District Attorney Rosemary...

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Cartoon: School shootings
Nov18

Cartoon: School shootings

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Tel Aviv Diary: Barbaric Attack in Jerusalem (Guest Voice)
Nov18

Tel Aviv Diary: Barbaric Attack in Jerusalem (Guest Voice)

It seems it has finally happened. The thing we all feared. We appear to have entered into a religious war; a religious war that looks like it was inspired by the brutality of ISIS. This morning, a little before 7:00 AM, two terrorists entered the Kehillat B’nei Torah Synagogue in the religious neighborhood of Har...

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Gruesome Details Revealed In Suspected Massacre Of Mexico Students
Nov08

Gruesome Details Revealed In Suspected Massacre Of Mexico Students

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s government said on Friday evidence suggests that 43 missing trainee teachers were murdered and their charred remains tipped in a rubbish dump and a river in southwest Mexico, based on the confessions of three detained gang members. Attorney General Jesus Murillo said the detainees, caught a week ago, admitted setting...

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Despite Pennsylvania Cop Killer’s Capture, A Very Big Question Remains
Nov03

Despite Pennsylvania Cop Killer’s Capture, A Very Big Question Remains

The surrender of cop killer Eric Frein on Thursday after an excruciating 48-day manhunt in the dense woodlands of the Pennsylvania Poconos is not the end of the story. It is the end of the prologue to a very big question that demands to be asked — and answered: What prompted this wily survivalist to shoot dead a particular state trooper and critically wound another? To suggest that the shootings were random begs credulity,...

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O’Keefe Hoist by his own Petard?
Oct30

O’Keefe Hoist by his own Petard?

Remember Eric O’Keefe?  You know, from my Wisconsin series*? And my Howie Rich series*? And from the Sam Adams Alliance’s role in the genesis of the Tea Party*, and, finally in possible collusion with Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker, something called the The John Doe Investigation*; thence the high-powered Washington D.C. law firm, the countersuit in Federal court that stopped the investigation and left the prosecutors PERSONALLY...

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Canada’s Terrorism Turning Point
Oct30

Canada’s Terrorism Turning Point

TORONTO, Canada — The live TV coverage on CBCNN brought back memories of another assassination — the assassination of JFK. A funeral procession punctuated by drumbeats and bagpipes. Only this time, a country’s grief focused on Corporal Nathan Cirillo. Only this time, the haunting image of a child that’ll be reproduced forever was Carrillo’s 5-year-old son Marcus, bravely walking in the parade, his life...

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