Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hillary can be convicted and still run!

Requirements for President of the United States 
Library of Congress ^ | Aug 2015 

Qualifications for presidential candidates have remained the same since the year Washington accepted the presidency. As directed by the Constitution, a presidential candidate must be a natural born citizen of the United States, a resident for 14 years, and 35 years of age or older.

In a Mirror, Darkly: Caricature and Condescension

Flopping Aces ^ | 08-12-15 | Wordsmith 

When commenting at HuffPo, NYTimes, Daily Kos, and any number of other liberal sites where I can leave behind my droppings, I often encounter low information voters from the liberal spectrum and rabid partisans who conveniently offer such predictable tropes as: "That's what happens when you get your information from Faux. Try reading a real news source" (forget the fact that I am on a liberal newsrag commenting on a liberal article I just read; or that I just provided a link to my source of information that is anything but Fox). "Try reading a book". "Read history!" "Quit listening to Rush!" (My total amount of listening to Rush might amount to 2 minutes worth of soundclips). I'm automatically labeled a teabagger even though I've never identified as a member of any Tea Party movement (a number of organizations have cropped up incorporating the name, with varying agendas). Caricaturized with so many predictable talking points and anti-conservative memes applied. I have no doubt FA's liberal visitors have received their fair share of derision and dismissive mockery to their positions by those on my side of the political aisle. I bear witness to it. I see elsewhere when my allies can be just as nasty and vitriolic; just as condescending as those on the left who lack the self-awareness to see that they are the very thing that they accuse those on the right of being.
The night of the 1st Republican debate for 2016, I came home and clicked onto FB. I saw a friend who had posted to his wall a thread mocking the debate, comparing it to an SNL skit. Friends of his (some mutual) chimed in their amen chorus approval. An echo chamber of liberal smugness, oversaturated with an affliction of superiority complex.
Yes, conservatives must be women-hating, bible-thumping, gun-toting, narrow-minded, anti-science, anti-gay, racist, rich, war-mongering, xenophobic, family-values hypocrites. I apparently was an anomaly to my liberal friends and not your typical, stereotypical conservative they only know in caricature.
Because conservatives are generally opposed to abortion, they must hate women.
Because they perceive that our cultural history and identity is rooted in 90% Christian tradition and lament its eradication and intolerance for public expression for the last few decades, they must not believe in having a secular government but advocate for a theocracy.
Because they are skeptical of global warming alarmism, they are anti-science.
Because they believe in exercising a muscular foreign policy influence, they are war-mongering interventionists. (Forget for a moment the Ron Paul-wing of the libertarian-side of the Party).
Because they don't believe in redefining the institution of marriage, they are hateful homophobes.
Because they think the government is doing too much, they are anti-government.
Because they are opposed to a number of welfare legislation, they must be against the poor and non-charitable.
Because they don't rail against income inequality, conservatives only shill for rich corporations.
Because they want to get illegal immigration under control, they are anti-immigrant and racist.
Because they perceive the dangers and threat of radical Islam, they are Islamophobic and scaremongering.
And it goes on and on. So much time is wasted demonizing and dismissing the other side without bothering to listen to each individual on the merits of his own arguments. We end up setting up and shooting down strawmen, ascribing positions that the person we're arguing with never stated; we attack the messenger/news source rather than addressing the actual contents. It's a form of intellectual laziness and incuriosity; a smug belief that we already know what the other side thinks and will say.
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Strongest El Niño since 1997 may trigger soaking winter storms!

Ice Age Now ^ | 12AUG2015 | Robert Felix 

The trend is significantly increasing the chances that storms will drench California this winter, according to a new report released by federal scientists.
They say conditions are lining up in ways not seen since the winter of 1997-98, when downpours filled reservoirs and sent rivers raging during the last major El Niño.The chances are now “greater than 90 percent” that El Niño conditions that began in March will remain through this winter, according to the monthly El Niño report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Thanks to Marcus Muraca for this link.
“It is interesting to note the warm spots along the west coasts of Canadian and Northern USA, and even a line near Alaska,” says Marcus. “I wonder how much of the ocean warming is from the volcano off the US west coast. It is very possible that the circular line near Alaska could be from a volcano since it seems to start from the volcanic Aleutian island chain.”
“Of course, they make claims of ‘could be one of the strongest on record’, but like always, the “Keyword” is ‘Could’.”

How Is ‘Stealing’ Baby Body Parts ‘Women’s Healthcare?’

breitbart ^ | 12 Aug 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry 

Planned Parenthood and its supporters have insisted that it engages in “women’s healthcare.” But in the latest undercover investigative video exposing the taxpayer-funded organization’s practice of harvesting aborted baby parts for potential sale to biomedical companies, a former StemExpress procurement technician reveals that when she needed certain body parts, Planned Parenthood staff would sometimes “just take what they wanted…and these mothers don’t know.”
In the second episode of “Human Capital,” produced by the Center for Medical Progress, whistleblower Holly O’Donnell alleges that Planned Parenthood often harvests the tissue and organs of aborted babies without the knowledge or consent of likely distressed pregnant women.
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization, says Planned Parenthood has “betrayed” women, rather than provided them with “healthcare,” as the organization’s president, Cecile Richards, insists.
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How Long Will Trump’s Cathartic Candidacy for Fed-Up Conservatives Last?

National Review ^ | August 13, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson Read more at: 

The coarser and cruder Donald Trump becomes, and the more ill-informed on the issues he sounds, the more he coasts in the polls. Apparently, a few of his targets must be regarded as unsympathetically as their defamer.
Trump is rightly mocked for cynically spreading quid pro quo money around. But he quickly counters that his critics — from Hillary Clinton to his Republican rivals — have all asked him for such cash or for favors.
Trump preps little. He has no real agenda. And he makes stuff up as he goes along. For such a New York brawler, he has thin skin, smearing his critics, often in creepy fashion. How can a former Democrat, once a pro-choice, pro-amnesty liberal and a supporter of single-payer health care, remain the godhead of the conservative base for weeks on end?
The answer is that Trump is a catharsis for 15 percent to 20 percent of the Republican electorate. They apparently like the broken china shop and appreciate the raging bull who runs amok in it. Politicians and the media are seen as corrupt and hypocritical, and the nihilistic Trump is a surrogate way of letting them take some heat for a change.
Some of Trump’s companies may have declared bankruptcy. But if that is so bad, why is the U.S. government running up $18 trillion in national debt? If Trump ran his businesses the way government manages the Social Security Trust Fund, would we criticize him for running a Ponzi scheme?
We have learned that the supposedly sacrosanct IRS is as conniving as any Third World junta. Is the coarse Donald Trump any more dishonest than the smooth former IRS official Lois Lerner?
Trump is uncouth and reckless in his language. But former attorney general Eric Holder disparaged Americans as “cowards.” Barack Obama all but called his Republican critics kindred souls to Iranian hardliners. Did Trump make fun of the Special Olympics the way the president once did when referring to his own poor bowling form?
Vice President Joe Biden once used racist language to characterize then-candidate Obama. “You got the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said. Trump is crass and in your face, but his supporters see his venom as no worse than that of foul-mouthed senator Harry Reid, who gets a pass from the media.
The grandees of Planned Parenthood talk of their abstract compassion. But in secret videos, they boast of trafficking in human body parts, which is as macabre as anything out of Dickensian London. Do Trump’s wheeler-dealer businesses peddle fetal arms and legs on the side?
Trump’s jujitsu style begs the question of whether many of the objects of his ire are any less reckless than he.
The government and media talk compassionately of amnesty and sanctuary cities. But the repugnant Trump reflects the anger of millions who are tired of hearing only of dreamers, with rare mention that undocumented immigrants commit murder at a rate much higher than the national average, or that more than a quarter of all federal inmates are non-citizens, most of them here illegally.
Did the tragic fate of Kate Steinle — murdered in San Francisco by a frequently deported, frequently paroled undocumented immigrant — prove Trump crazy? Was it an aberration or the logical wage of sanctuary cities?
Mexico published a didactic comic book to advise its own citizens how to illegally cross the border. It rakes in more than $20 billion in annual remittances, saves money on social spending, and uses America as a safety valve for its own failures. It is certainly crude of Trump to stereotype Mexico as an enemy of the U.S. But does Mexico not sometimes connive against its northern neighbor?
Without detail, Trump derides President Obama’s Iran pact in buffoonish terms, as if Trump is judging a bad deal on his reality TV show The Apprentice.
But is he wrong? If the Iranian theocracy sincerely plans to stop uranium enrichment, dismantle centrifuges, ensure anytime/anywhere inspections, and stop exporting terrorism, why, then, are Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and most moderate Middle Eastern nations against the deal, and China and Russia for it?
Trump is a nasty catharsis through which some fed-up conservatives are venting their furor over the plight of the country and politically correct hypocrisy. The mystery among the political and media class is how quickly these disgruntled conservatives will be cleansed and get Trump out of their systems, and whether it will happen before he does other Republican candidates real damage.
For now, it will take a bit more of the unfiltered Trump’s preposterousness and anti-PC bluster before his teed-off fans are finally pacified.
Scorning or ridiculing Trump’s hypocrisies, narcissism, or outlandishness won’t silence him, much less win over his supporters. That will happen only when voters find a more savvy, more informed, more polite — but equally blunt and unafraid — version of Trump, perhaps a candidate like either Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, or Scott Walker, all of whom are more likely to channel unapologetic conservative anger rather than crudely amplify it.
Trump will fade when his brand of medicine becomes even worse than the disease. Apparently we are not quite there yet.

New Poll: Boehner Under Water With GOP Voters! ^ | 8/12/15 | Daniel Horowitz 

Rank-and-file GOP House members are now confronted with an important question: do they want to head into a presidential election with a leader who is unpopular with their own voters and hated by Independents?
Gallup released a poll today showing that just 23% of Americans view Speaker John Boehner favorably. A clear majority have an unfavorable view of him.
What is more revealing is that Boehner is under water in terms of approval with his own party.
Just 37% of Republicans have a favorable view of the Speaker, while 42% view him unfavorably. His numbers are atrocious among Independents – 17%-57%. Gallup notes that McConnell is also unusually unpopular with his own party. His only saving grace is that so many people have never heard of him. However, as witnessed by the spontaneous applause at the GOP debate when Sen. Ted Cruz called him a liar, the more Republicans know about him the more they dislike him.
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Black Lives Matter Activists Vow to Take Up Trump Mic Challenge!

News Max ^ | 8/12/2015 | Cathy Burke 

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump said it was "disgusting" how Sen. Bernie Sanders let a protester take over the Democratic presidential candidate's rally in Seattle – and vowed "that will never happen to me."
"I don't know if I'll do the fighting myself or other people will," he said at a campaign event in Michigan.
(Watch video at link)
"I would never give up my microphone," Trump declared when asked about the incident.
"I thought that was disgusting. That showed such weakness, the way he was taken away by two young women."
#BlackLivesMatter tweeters immediately jumped on Trump's challenge, with one poster writing:
"Trump just called us out let's make sure we take his [expletive] mic!!! Republicans are the real enemies."
Another Black Lives Matter supporter upped Trump's ante:
@realDonaldTrump NEVER say NEVER THEY WON'T JUST TAKE THE MIC. THEY WILL TAKE THE STAGE.. #BlackLivesMatter — Nanaloveforever (@nolaborne) August 11, 2015
And another vowed to "show him what time it is":
Ekemini Uwan ‎@sista_theology
#Trump wants to put the #BlackLivesMatter protestors to the test. They will show him what time it is. Believe that.
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Obama’s “Community Schools” Aim to Replace Parents!

The New American ^ | 8/12/2015 | Alex Newman 

Lawmakers and the Obama administration are plotting to unconstitutionally commandeer local schools and turn them into “full-service community schools” — government centers that will usurp vast new responsibilities over children that have traditionally been handled by parents and families. Under the plan, adopted in the Senate last month as part of a massive “education bill” solidifying federal control over children and schools, federally funded so-called community schools will “target” families and children for “services” covering their “academic, physical, social, emotional, health, mental health, and other needs.”
If Congress and the Obama administration get their way, these full-service parent-replacement centers will soon be coming to a community near you, along with the swarms of government workers in charge of “home visitation” and “parenting education” under the program. In fact, even without legislation to authorize it, Obama’s education bureaucracy has already started using tax funds to create the “community schools” nationwide.
So what, exactly, is a community school? According to the legislation, it is a government-run elementary or secondary school that “participates in a community-based effort to coordinate and integrate educational, developmental, family, health, and other comprehensive services through community-based organizations and public and private partnerships.” These Orwellian schools will also provide “services” to students, families, and the community, including before and after school, during weekends, and even during the summer. A 2014 Federal Register “notice” by the federal Department of Education announcing lawless grants for community schools defines them in a similar way. In other words, children ensnared by “community” schools can spend virtually all of their time there and receive all of their “services” there — one step short of Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s recent pitch for government boarding schools that he said should have children 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
A broad array of government “services” should be provided by the “community” schools. The list of those, outlined in the Democrat-sponsored legislation, is bewildering. Among them: home visitation services by teachers and nurses; early childhood education; primary health and dental care; “mental health counseling services”; “nutrition services”; remedial education activities and enrichment activities, including expanded learning time; summer or after-school enrichment and learning experiences; programs that promote “family literacy”; programs under Head Start and Early Head Start; mentoring and other youth development programs, including peer mentoring and conflict mediation; parent leadership development activities; parenting education activities; child care services; community service and service-learning opportunities; developmentally appropriate physical education; job training, internship opportunities, and career counseling services; adult education, including instruction in English as a second language; juvenile crime prevention and rehabilitation programs; homeless prevention services; and undefined “other services.”
Essentially, these Obama-backed “community” schools will become your child’s parents, nanny, educator, doctor, dentist, food source, psychiatrist, and more. It was not immediately clear whether hugs would be included, but practically everything else is. In other words, these “schools” will expand and accelerate the ongoing usurpation of the role of families and parents in raising the next generation of Americans. And just in case, parents can receive home visits from the swarms of federally funded school bureaucrats — in addition to parenting lessons from Big Brother on how to care for Big Brother’s children. The federally funded “full-service community schools” will also be keeping watch for Big Brother, with tax funding allocated to help the parental-replacement centers create data-collection systems aimed at knowing everything about everyone.
The radical legislation to turn federally controlled schools into federally controlled overseers of all aspects of a child’s life, though sponsored by Democrats, was able to pass thanks to Republicans. While introduced as a stand-alone bill, it was attached as an amendment to the equally radical “Every Student Achieves Act” that was passed by the GOP-controlled Senate on July 16. The similar “Student Success Act” was passed by the Republican-dominated House of Representatives on July 9. Now, the two versions of the legislation, which purport to re-authorize a dizzying array of unconstitutional federal “education” schemes, must be put together in conference. Obama already supports the “bipartisan” legislation and plans to sign it, the White House indicated in a statement.
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), the chief sponsor of the “community schools” measure in the Senate, celebrated his success. “Challenges at home can undermine classroom performance and leave students struggling to keep up,” Brown said. “Community schools have a proven track record of connecting students and their families to critical services. This amendment will help expand this model so more students can access essential resources like medical care and after-school care. This will ensure that students can focus their attention on succeeding in school.” House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who has been pushing the same legislation in the House, praised the Senate for taking a “major step forward to promote the full-service community schools model across the country.” “I hope the House and Senate will go to conference soon and produce a final version that includes support for full-service community schools,” Hoyer added in a statement.
Under the legislation, the Education Secretary would be empowered to unconstitutionally hand out taxpayer funds to “entities,” schools, and state governments that help “integrate multiple services into a comprehensive, coordinated continuum supported by research-based activities that achieve the performance goals … to meet the holistic needs of children.” Secretary Duncan, who openly boasts of turning your children into “green” and “global” citizens with his “global partner” UNESCO via the “weapon” of education, will also receive some high-level assistance in the effort. The bill establishes a “Full-Service Community Schools Advisory Committee” consisting of the Secretary of Education, the U.S. Attorney General, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Secretary of Labor. Parents, of course, will not be invited to sit on the board.
To obtain a “grant,” the entities applying need to submit a “comprehensive plan” that includes a “needs assessment that identifies the academic, physical, social, emotional, health, mental health, and other needs of students, families, and community residents.” The plan also needs to show “an increase in the percentage of families and students targeted for services each year of the program.” And those “services” need to be geared toward making sure children “are ready for school,” are “physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally healthy,” and are “contributing to their communities.” Of course, that government-funded “plan” for children sounds a lot like the traditional role of parents. The “services” should also aim to create “neighborhoods” that are “safe and provide a positive climate for learning that is free from bullying or harassment.” In essence, then, the sky is the limit.
The legislation also aims to “provide support for the planning, implementation, and operation of full-service community schools”; “improve the coordination and integration, accessibility, and effectiveness of services for children and families”; “ensure that children have the physical, social, and emotional well-being to come to school ready to engage in the learning process every day”; “facilitate the coordination and integration of programs and services operated by community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and State, local, and tribal governments”; and “engage students as resources to their communities.”
Despite the lack of any statutory or constitutional authority to do so, Obama’s Department of Education has been busy pushing and funding “community schools” since at least last year. “The awards will help encourage a coordinated and integrated set of comprehensive academic, social, and health services that respond to the needs of its students, their families, and community members,” the bureaucracy boasts online about a grant program it developed to finance the machinations in states and cities across America. There are already an estimated 5,000 “community schools” in operation nationwide, according to news reports. If the measure gets signed into law, Americans can expect thousands more.
Secretary Duncan, in a statement congratulating his department for spending millions of tax dollars promoting the scheme, also celebrated the Brave New Schools he is helping to unleash on America. “Across the nation, we've seen schools come together to partner with key organizations to support comprehensive services for students and their families in some of our toughest communities,” he said last year while lawlessly handing out $5 million of your money to create the parental-replacement centers. “Great schools require the entire community to work together, and these grants will help leverage our resources to create a range of wraparound services that help all students grow in the classroom, and graduate ready for college and their careers.” Duncan's "cradle-to-career" education-reform agenda, as he calls it, is essentially a blueprint for total indocrination and ultimately, tyranny.
Critics, though, are speaking out forcefully about the agenda. “This is modeled after the Soviet system,” said Charlotte Iserbyt, author of the book Deliberate Dumbing Down of America and a former senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. “It is part of a long-range plan outlined by the Carnegie Corporation to abolish local elected boards and use education to transform America from a capitalist system to a planned economy. The charter schools are a huge part of this agenda too because they already do not have elected boards, and the plan is to have unelected commissions and boards, at the same time as we move away from local tax funding of schools. We are watching it all happen right now. The simplest solution is to cut the international/federal/state umbilical cord!” Iserbyt also linked the scheme to a 2013 policy paper by Marc Tucker, written for the ultra-left, Obama-aligned Center for American Progress, calling for a total end of local control over schooling.
The “full-service community schools” component of the “education” bills passed by Congress is a relatively tiny part of the overall legislation. As reported by The New American last month, the broader bills are packed with attacks on real education, local control of schools, student and family privacy, and the rights of parents. Despite false campaign promises by Republicans to rein in the Obama administration, the legislation also purports to reauthorize a plethora of unconstitutional federal “education” schemes — including the same draconian tools Obama has lawlessly used to nationalize and dumb down education through the hugely unpopular Common Core standards.
If the American people hope to remain free, real education and strong families are key. Obama and his allies in Congress know that, hence the full-fledged assault on real education, families, local control of schools, and parental rights. American parents, teachers, and taxpayers must understand all of that, too — and demand that their elected officials act accordingly. ^ | August 13, 2015 | Derek Hunter 

Whatever side of the Trump Show you’re on, it’s a good time to be a Republican. Of course, with the first primary/caucus votes months away, that may not seem like much. But elections are, with rare exception, long slogs, not a flash mob. The fight for votes takes time, as does the fight to interest voters. On that front, the GOP is light years ahead of the Democrats.
If the GOP has shown anything it’s an uncanny ability to duff a tap-in putt, so nothing is close to certain.
But when you look across the aisle it becomes clear, at least for now, that the GOP field is firmly in the driver’s seat.
Democrats have suffered from complacency. Their primary was supposed to be a Rambo movie with Hillary Clinton easily swatting away everything that came her way. But, as a candidate, Hillary Clinton is not so much Rambo as Steven Wright on Valium.
The lack of an inspirational message or personality is coupled in Clinton with the sincerity of a used car salesman and an alcoholic family member swearing “this year will be different” if you’d just invite them over for Thanksgiving. In other words, the Democrats have a problem.
new poll in New Hampshire has the Democrats’ chosen nominee seven points behind socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Sanders was supposed to be this cycle’s Dennis Kucinich – the fringe candidate the party plays nice with in public to placate the radicals and pretend the nomination isn’t rigged.
But the fringe candidate is pulling in larger crowds than the average attendance of an NBA game, and the anointed one is staging filtered photo-ops with prescreened robots programmed to ask their assigned questions while smiling and nodding at her answers. To say Hillary Clinton suffers from an enthusiasm gap is to call the Grand Canyon a pothole.
Hillary’s lack of interest as a candidate is more than made up for by the interest the FBI has in her handling of classified material on her secret private email server while she was secretary of state.
Unqualified for the job, she was offered it as a hedge against a 2012 primary challenge and accepted it as resume steroids. Both plans worked on the surface, but Barack Obama proved so inept as president that running his foreign policy is a liability.
On Clinton’s end, she can now properly pronounce the names of world leaders, but she’s still the same horrible public speaker and campaigner who got humiliated by an unknown freshman senator last time around.
Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, barely an afterthought to primary voters so far, easily could destroy Clinton on her record and corruption allegations, but they helped create the PC beast that would be unleashed on them for doing so. Now, they have filled their own parachutes with bricks and are going down with the plane … left only to complain about a lack of debates.
Sanders is actually a threat to Clinton – he voices her inner monologue. But the fact he can be silenced by a couple of screaming brats shows he can be easily disposed of if he’s anything more than a novelty when it comes time to cast votes. The FBI, on the other hand, is unburdened by such trivialities.
The Clintons are used to getting away with it, no matter what “it” is. Bill and Hillary’s skirting of laws is legendary, so there’s no need to recount them. But they were always done with the protection afforded those with access to the levers of power. The Clintons are out of power, and although President Obama has a minor legacy interest in protecting them, he’s never really been a fan.
The only thing saving the Clintons from a date with justice could end up being the current occupant of the White House wanting the next one to “look to the future” and not backwards into such incidents as IRS targeting, Fast and Furious, etc. But even the president can’t fully protect her, even if he were so inclined, the way the Clintons are used to protecting themselves.
The last time they faced serious corruption charges the Internet was new and new media was a few teenagers blogging about their weekend drinking binges. The media landscape has changed, and they haven’t.
They’re still good, perhaps the best there has even been, so there’s no guarantee they won’t be able to slip through again. But for now, for right now, it’s much better to be a Republican than a Democrat. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Unarmed White Teen Killed by Cop; Two White Cops Killed by Blacks! ^ | August 13, 2015 | Larry Elder 

The media enthusiastically remind us that it's the first anniversary of the death of Ferguson's Michael Brown, a death that spawned the so-called Black Lives Matter movement.
In a September speech at the United Nations, President Barack Obama said, "The world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri -- where a young man was killed, and a community was divided."
Never mind that both a grand jury and the federal Department of Justice exonerated the officer who shot and killed Brown. Never mind that neither the physical evidence nor eyewitness testimony corroborated the assertions that Brown had his hands up or that he said, "Don't shoot."
Never mind that cops, fearing false accusation of racial profiling and police brutality, are increasingly reluctant to engage in proactive policing -- to look for suspicious activity in an effort to prevent crime. As a result crime has gone up, particularly in cities with high-profile cases of alleged racial profiling.
Call it the "Ferguson effect."
In New York City a black man, Eric Garner, was killed by police in 2014 as he resisted arrest. A grand jury found insufficient grounds to indict any of the officers involved. Still it became a cause celebre. In New York City, shootings rose 20 percent during the first half of 2015, compared to the previous year.
In Baltimore, Freddie Gray, a black man who resisted arrest, was placed in a police van, slipped into a coma shortly after arriving at the station and died a week later. Days of riots followed and six officers were indicted in connection with Gray's death. During the riots, Baltimore's mayor told the police, as she put it, to give "those who wished to destroy space to do that." Cops got the message. As in New York, they backed off, doing little more than responding to radio calls -- no more proactive policing. As a result, Baltimore is experiencing crime levels unseen in decades. Murders have increased 48 percent in the first six months of 2015 -- with most of the homicides occurring after Freddie Gray's April 19 death.
Never mind, according to the Centers for Disease Control, police shootings of blacks are down almost 75 percent over the last 45 years, while police shooting of whites remained level. And never mind that the media engages in selective concern.
Selective concern?
In just the last two weeks, two cops, who happened to be white, were killed by two suspects, who happened to be black. And an unarmed white teen was killed by a cop.
In Tennessee, Memphis police Officer Sean Bolton approached an illegally parked car, apparently interrupting a drug deal that was taking place inside. The car's passenger got out, engaged Bolton in a physical struggle and shot the officer multiple times. Bolton, a 33-year-old Marine vet who served in Iraq, died at the hospital. After a two-day manhunt, the murder suspect, on a supervised release following a bank robbery conviction, turned himself in.
In Louisiana, Shreveport Officer Thomas LaValley was dispatched to investigate a potential prowler, an armed man reportedly threatening a family member inside a house. When LaValley arrived, he was shot multiple times, and pronounced dead at the hospital. The alleged shooter, wanted on an attempted second-degree murder charge for a shooting three weeks earlier, was captured the next day.
In South Carolina, an unarmed teenager was shot and killed by a cop. Zachary Hammond, 19, was out on a first date when he was fatally shot by a Seneca police officer during a drug bust. His date, who was eating an ice cream cone at the time of the shooting, was later arrested and charged with possession of 10 grams of marijuana. The shooting is under investigation. But the police claim Hammond was driving his car toward the police officer who was attempting to make the stop, an act that resulted in the officer firing two shots, striking Hammond in the shoulder and torso.
The Hammond family wonders why so little national attention has been focused on their son's death. "It's sad, but I think the reason is, unfortunately, the media and our government officials have treated the death of an unarmed white teenager differently than they would have if this were a death of an unarmed black teen," said Eric Bland, the family's attorney. "The hypocrisy that has been shown toward this is really disconcerting. The issue should never be what is the color of the victim. The issue should be: Why was an unarmed teen gunned down in a situation where deadly force was not even justified?"
Why no national outcry? Simple. To the media only the lives of black suspects matter.

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Burt down the town!


Not soon enough!






The final debate!


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A bunch of crap!




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