“No Indictment” – I Already Knew
It’s easy to say, after the fact, that I knew there would be no grand jury indictment against Darren Wilson, the white Missouri cop who killed New African/Black teenager Michael Brown in cold blood on August 9, 2014. But, truth be told, I did know it. And you’ll recognize how obvious the game was too, once I explain.
I recognized the game not just because the Amerikan criminal (in)justice and (selective) law enforcement systems work hand-in-hand against (not in favor of) people of color and the poor, but because of two major deviations from established grand jury procedure that were made by the St. Louis prosecuting attorney, Robert McCulloch, who was supposedly seeking the indictment against Wilson.
The red flags were the massive amount of “evidence” presented to the grand jury, but more specifically, that Wilson was allowed to testify before the grand jury…
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New video: Racism in America by the Numbers by FishingBoatProceeds
The playlist discussed at the end of the video. (If you have suggestions for others, share them!)
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© Josh Sager – December 2014
Over the last week, the NYPD has engaged in a “slowdown” in their enforcement of minor crimes—in effect, they are intentionally ignoring large numbers of minor and non-violent crimes. This slowdown is ostensibly a protest against Mayor De Blasio’s rhetoric in the aftermath of the murder of two NYPD officers but, given the NYPD’s history of conflict with all modern NYC majors, it is likely that this is just political posturing.
Since the slowdown began, total arrest numbers have decreased by 66% while non-violent drug arrests have decreased by 84% and minor misdemeanor citations/arrests have decreased by 94%. Additionally, according to anecdotal reports, incidences of stop and frisk searches have also decreased dramatically (exact numbers aren’t available because a lot of stops are not officially recorded).
The two ironies of this slowdown are obvious and amazing.
First, the NYPD has completely missed the…
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I’m reblogging to save this and widen the audience. This is brilliant stuff.
Ed Note: Today, The Beatles’ Abbey Road celebrates its 45th anniversary. In light of the occasion, we’re republishing this story, which was originally posted in September 2013.
A few years ago, we named The Beatles’Abbey Road as the greatest album of all time. Follow our breadcrumbs of reasoning and you’ll read about Paul McCartney’s final swan song: the medley. It’s a religious experience with an ensuing legacy that continues to influence musicians both new and old. Now, someone’s stripped away all the music and, instead, left its vocal tracks. What one should take away here is how synonymous the Fab Four really were, even amidst their forthcoming demise. “Match made in heaven” comes to mind, and really, aside from The Beach Boys, The Temptations, and The Bee Gees — it doesn’t get better than this. Stream below and lose yourself in the process.
The above headline banner seems to reinforce my thoughts after posting the article preceding this one…
In essence, unless the police are recorded…
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I’ve spoken here of the need for white folks to get on the front lines for a long time since the problem is of their doing. Since Mike Brown was murdered I was especially worried about the militias and other hate groups deciding it was time to exercise their “Constitutional raht and duty” to put blacks back in their place with extreme violence. I figure if enough whites stand between these “Waco’s” and our brothers and sisters they might hesitate…maybe. People all over need to wake up. Whatever the government is willing to do to the very least of our brethren they are willing to do to all of us.
The last time Frank Rich had a conversation with Chris Rock was in early 1996, when they and the 1950s teen heartthrob Pat Boone were thrown together in a New York television studio as panelists on Bill Maher’s old show Politically Incorrect. This time they had two conversations in a New York hotel lounge as Rock prepared for the release of Top Five, a bittersweet film comedy in which he does triple duty as director, screenwriter, and star.
We’ve just come through an election that was a triumph for Fox News and a fiasco for Obama. What do you make of it?
Jon Stewart has said the reason Fox News works better than CNN is because the people at Fox News figured out how to make themselves into victims.
So will it now be harder for Republicans to play victims?
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