30 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-9-16

  1. Add Missouri, Georgia and Tenn. to the list of places where law enforcement has been targeted.

    http://fox2now.com/2016/07/08/police-say-officers-have-been-targeted-in-missouri-georgia-and-tennessee/

    “Police say officers have been targeted in Tennessee, Georgia and Missouri in the aftermath of two high-profile killings of black men by law enforcement.

    The attack in Tennessee occurred hours before the killing of five police officers in Dallas on Thursday night during a protest. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the attacker told authorities that he was frustrated by the recent killings by police of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

    Police have not disclosed a motive in Friday’s attacks in Georgia and Missouri, which have been described as ambushes.

    In a fourth attack early Friday, a motorist fired at a police car as the officer drove by. In all, four officers were wounded. The officer wounded outside St. Louis is in critical but stable condition. The wounded officers are expected to survive.”
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    And another possibly in SC.

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  2. FBI has issued an alert for Louisiana.

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2016/07/fbi-issues-alert-louisiana-violence-law-enforcement-officers-riots/

    “The FBI issued an alert to Louisiana law enforcement agencies warning of violence against officers and planned riots in the aftermath of this week’s high-profile fatal shooting of a black man by Baton Rouge Police. Judicial Watch obtained a copy of the situational information report, which was distributed to police and sheriff departments in Bossier, Caddo Parish and east Baton Rouge as well as Louisiana State Police.

    Titled “Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Riots Planned for 8-10 July 2016,” the alert warns that “multiple groups are calling for or planning riots and/or violence against law enforcement in Baton Rouge and Shreveport, Louisiana beginning Friday July 8 2016 and continuing through at least July 10, 2016. The document is labeled “FOUO” (For Official Use Only), a term the government uses to mark sensitive information that’s not classified. It was issued by the New Orleans division of the FBI. The agency did not respond to multiple calls from Judicial Watch for comment.”

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  3. Interesting questions on the method used to dispatch the shooter. I can’t blame them for not wanting to put further officers in jeopardy, but do we really want to allow this? Once this tactic is used more, who’s to say it doesn’t get abused?

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/breakingnews/%E2%80%98bomb-robot%E2%80%99-takes-down-dallas-gunman-but-raises-enforcement-questions/ar-BBu71cH?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=U142DHP

    “The Dallas police ended a standoff with the gunman suspected of killing five officers with a tactic that by all accounts appears to be unprecedented: It blew him up using a robot.

    In doing so, it sought to protect police officers who had negotiated with the man for several hours and had exchanged gunfire with him. But the decision also ignited a debate about the increasing militarization of the police and the remote-controlled use of force, and raised the specter of a new era of policing.

    The Dallas police chief, David O. Brown, said officers had used one of the department’s “bomb robots,” attaching an explosive device to its arm that was detonated early Friday when the robot was near the gunman. “Other options would have exposed the officers to grave danger,” he said.

    But the decision to deliver a bomb by robot stunned some current and former law enforcement officials, who said they believed the new tactic blurred the line between policing and warfare.

    They said that it might have been an excessive use of force and that it set a precedent, adding that they were concerned that other departments across the country could begin using the same tactic.

    “The further we remove the officer from the use of force and the consequences that come with it, the easier it becomes to use that tactic,” said Rick Nelson, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former counterterrorism official on the National Security Council. “It’s what we have done with drones in warfare.””
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    I’m thinking this is a bad idea.

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  4. It seems that Philando Castile’s girlfriend actually lied about what happened with her boyfriend. Eventually some news sources will provide us with all the facts in the case.

    Apparently, Castile was not pulled over for a broken tail light – both of them were working (see picture). The police had cause to check him out since he matched the description of a burglary suspect.

    There is no evidence that he was licensed to carry.

    The police officers didn’t just wait for him to die. They called for medics, and administered CPR before they arrived. Listen to the audio…

    Check out this report on what probably happened…
    http://bearingarms.com/jenn-j/2016/07/09/mn-officer-involved-shooting-investigation-uncovers-explosive-evidence/?utm_content=bufferb5e99&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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  5. Here is an eyewitness whose story conflicts with the girlfriend’s claim that nothing was done to try to save Castile.

    “Nearby resident Katherine Bleth said she was driving home when she saw the crime scene “right in front of me.”

    “Cop cars were rushing past us; we knew something was wrong,” she said.

    She videotaped a cop performing CPR on a man lying outside a car, then saw paramedics put him on a stretcher and load him into an ambulance.”

    http://nypost.com/2016/07/07/woman-live-streams-bloody-aftermath-of-police-involved-shooting/

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  6. Here in Texas we like the idea of blowing up the murderer using a robot and a bomb. He killed no one else, and we saved the price of a trial and endless appeals.

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  7. Great post, Tychicus! At Mother’s birthday party yesterday, I listened to a couple of my relatives who have a very liberal record on race issues. Even though they didn’t vote for Obama, they were very hopeful that his election would help the cause of racial healing. They are now fed up with Obama, with BLM and with anyone who will not consider the facts raised by Shapiro in the video. They are also fed up with conservative white religious leaders who keep telling their people to repent of “racism” when no one wants to mention the issue of rampant black criminality.

    I really feel sorry for the millions of honest black, Hispanic and white poor people who must live near the feral underclass that exists in most American cities. Most of us just move further out and send our kids to suburban or private schools. Some can’t afford to do that.

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  8. The allegations made in Tychicus’ Bearing Arms link may turn out to be true, but I am skeptical of that article itself. The photo showing the car without a broken taillight is at night, but the video Castile’s girlfriend made was in the daytime. As for the still shot from the video, supposedly showing he had taken his gun out, I can’t tell if that is really a gun. That also raises the question, to me, of why would the girlfriend let that be seen on the video if she is trying to prove he was peacefully cooperating?

    Again, the allegations may turn out to be true, but that article doesn’t convince me.

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  9. I hope the blog doesn’t explode from me sharing this article from Mother Jones, but it makes a very good point about what has been going on. (Before I got around to reading it, this was shared by two conservative friends (one on here, the other being former regular Tammy), & a conservative-leaning libertarian friend. . .

    “In 2014, Ferguson’s bottom-line-driven police force issued 16,000 arrest warrants to three-fourths of the town’s total population of 21,000. Stop and think about that for a moment: In Ferguson, 75 percent of all residents had active outstanding arrest warrants. Most of the entire city was a virtual plantation of indentured revenue producers.

    “Back in Pagedale, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jennifer Mann recently calculated a 500 percent increase in petty fines over the last five years. ‘Pagedale handed out 2,255 citations for these types of offenses last year,” Mann wrote, ‘or nearly two per household.’

    ” ‘Once the system is primed for maximizing revenue—starting with fines and fine enforcement,’ Holder said apropos Ferguson, ‘the city relies on the police force to serve, essentially, as a collection agency for the municipal court rather than a law enforcement entity.’ “

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/police-shootings-traffic-stops-excessive-fines

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  10. My only thought on the Mother Jone’s piece is I’d like to hear some counter balance arguments. Otherwise, I have no idea what to make of that (or not).

    That’s always the problem with sources that are so overly partisan (on either side), you get one interpretation of something (based on what may be the facts, or maybe not). So I really wind up with no opinion I suppose. ????

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  11. Tychicus, It was great. We got a private room upstairs at Casa Rio and the whole family enjoyed the best Mexican food in Texas (that means the best Mexican food in the world). My job was to get Mother and my aunt (who has two new knees and a recently broken back) in with a minimum of walking or climbing. I saw a kid wearing a Westbrook jersey walking right across the street from the Alamo. Who knows? Next year, maybe Russell will become a Spur?

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  12. Karen, I have one question for Mother Jones, Obama, BLM, etc: How do municipal fines in certain towns cause the 13% of our population who are black to commit approximately 50% of the murders, rapes, and robberies? That rampant criminality is by far the biggest cause of tensions between police and the black “community”.

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  13. Ricky – The article isn’t about those kinds of crimes. I do think the article stretches the point a bit too far to say that those regulations & laws & such are “the” reason for police shooting of blacks. But many of the high-profile cases we’ve heard about in the past couple years have involved people being stopped for what some would consider picayune laws.

    This article also mentions the poor in general, not only minorities, being affected by those laws. Tammy mentioned that it is “known” in her city that police have a quota of tickets to write, & recounts being followed by a cop, seeming to be looking for something to pull her over for, until she reached her destination.

    I shared the article because it shines a light on a growing problem. Another article I saw that mentioned the same thing blames the politicians who put the police in the position of having to “raise revenue”.

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  14. Karen, The guy in Ferguson had just robbed a convenience store and assaulted the clerk. The guy in Baton Rouge had just threatened another person with a gun.

    If Mother Jones is saying that the police in black areas should just let the people do as they choose in a sort of Wild West atmosphere, that is an interesting idea. The problem is not the police being forced to raise revenue. The problem is that police in all cities with a large black population have to deal with a large group of young black men who rob, rape and murder.

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  15. Donna – Good point about partisan sites.

    My own observations: Sometimes a site that is usually highly partisan can post an article that is truthful, or at least worth considering, & just happens to fit into their partisan views, but will be rejected by those on the “other side”.

    Many liberals will uncritically share an article from a liberal site, because it feeds their viewpoint. But many conservatives do the same with articles from conservative sites. And many from each side often reject any article that comes from a site with the opposing political stance. No wonder communication has broken down.

    Quite frankly, I do think that liberals tend to be more close-minded on certain issues than conservatives, rejecting anything the least bit conservative & embracing anything (no matter how false) on the liberal side. So it disappoints me when I see some conservative friends doing the same kind of thing (especially when they have “called out” liberals for doing that). (A very conservative Christian friend on Facebook is especially guilty of this, & I often cringe at the things he posts or comments.)

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  16. Because 16,000 citations were issued in a town of 21,000 doesn’t mean that 3/4 of the population got tickets. Someone may have gotten two tickets.
    I suspect there were lots of repeat offenders there.

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  17. BTW, I should have been more clear in my preface to the Mother Jones article. I did not mean to imply that what the article lays out is the main reason for the current tensions, but I do think those kinds of things (as mentioned in the article) certainly must have some effect on how people see the police. And whether or not they have anything to do with police shootings (I forgot about the exaggeration of the article’s title), they are something to be concerned about.

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  18. Karen, I am glad you posted the Mother Jones article. It was a good example of articles that are deliberate distractions. They are distractions designed to hide a very unpleasant fact that the media, preachers, politicians and other leaders do not want to confront or discuss: The black underclass has made large parts of unban America extremely dangerous and turned most urban public schools into war zones.

    The police who are charged with protecting innocent citizens from criminals are certain to come into frequent violent confrontations with that underclass. The alternative is to surrender cities to the criminals. That happened in Detroit. That happened in East St. Louis. That largely happened in St. Louis and the battle then moved to inner suburbs like Ferguson.

    Just as it will take a spiritual revival to turn Americans away from perversion and sloth, it will take a spiritual revival to turn the black underclass from crime. Until then, we will all keep moving further out, and building private schools and gated communities. However, those won’t protect us from the poverty brought about by socialism and tree huggers or the propaganda of the perverts being fed to our kids. Hence, we consider Chile, Singapore, Mauritius and The Cook Islands.

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  19. On a lighter note, I have to close with this from Sweet Meteor O’Death:

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