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

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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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Cartoon: Cat up a tree
Aug18

Cartoon: Cat up a tree

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Our Selective Outrage
Aug18

Our Selective Outrage

WASHINGTON — The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has rightly provoked widespread outrage, drawing international media attention and prompting a comment from President Obama. The same should be true — but tragically is not — of the killing of 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb. Brown was killed Saturday in Ferguson, Mo.; Knijah died the following day in Landover, Md. Both victims were African-American. Both had their...

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Nixon Criticizes Release Of Brown Security Video
Aug17

Nixon Criticizes Release Of Brown Security Video

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon criticized the dissemination of a security video showing police-shooting victim Michael Brown in an unflattering light, saying Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson was wrong to release it. Nixon made the criticism while addressing the Brown shooting, the current situation in Ferguson and the police response there during the past week in...

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Police shootings: What black parents tell their sons (Guest Voice)
Aug15

Police shootings: What black parents tell their sons (Guest Voice)

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Ferguson crisis: Missouri governor pledges ‘different tone’ for authorities as highway patrol takes over
Aug15

Ferguson crisis: Missouri governor pledges ‘different tone’ for authorities as highway patrol takes over

Missouri governor pledges ‘different tone’ for authorities as highway patrol takes...

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From the start, the police were behaving like they might be nuts. Then they went nuts.
Aug14

From the start, the police were behaving like they might be nuts. Then they went nuts.

There appears to be no justification for the police behaviors in Ferguson last night. First it was bad; then it got worse. Then it got positively insane, thanks to police behaviors. There something nutty about the police when, “at 8:22 P.M. the police began demanding that the crowd stay twenty-five feet away from them and their vehicles,” as Jelani Cobb reports in the New Yorker. A voice in the crowd shouted, “Michael...

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Cartoon: Warrior Cops
Aug14

Cartoon: Warrior Cops

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