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Ferguson and #BlackPanic

Two hours from now the grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown will be announced.  That said, I was just alerted to the Twitter hashtag #BlackPanic.  As usual, there are some really looney tweets there and some that are way off-topic but this caught my eye as it pretty much sums up what has been happening since Day One:

#BlackPanic

 

 

 

November 24, 2014 at 7:03 PM Leave a comment

Great Public Relations Going on Down in St. Louis County (Not)

 

Geezus, I wonder how much time, effort and money the St. Louis PD has put into actually meeting with and talking to the people of Ferguson; they look to be all set in the us-versus-them department:

St. Louis PD Military via ABC World News Tonight

(Via ABC World News Tonight)

 

 

November 22, 2014 at 4:43 PM 1 comment

Obama Caves, Appoints an “Ebola Czar,” and Hours Later…

Czar via Wikipedia

Remember when Republicans were screaming about all the “czars” President Obama appointed?  No?  Good.  That’s what they’re counting on (and don’t expect the “liberal media” to remind you of it).

Fast forward to the last few days during which Republicans have been beating the drum for Obama to do just that again…appoint another “czar:”

GOP senators who opposed Obama ‘czars’ now want one for Ebola

Obama caved today — still hoping for bipartisan reconciliation or what; I don’t know — and he appointed an Ebola “czar.”

Three hours later, this is where we are:

Obama appoints Ebola czar… and we are so screwed

Obama Bows to Pressure, Appoints Ebola Czar

GOP blasts Ebola czar pick

Google “Obama appoints Ebola czar” and you’ll see links to hundreds of critical articles.

Nothing like Mr.-Cave-to-Republicans-Since-Day-One to go into the November election caving again.  Way to rally the base, huh?

As Jeff Sacks wrote today:

There is no case for an American Ebola czar, least of all another political “fixer” who has no expertise in public health. This is just another case of the Obama administration putting politics before substance, and cowering at the idiocy and vileness of the Republicans in Congress.

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The CDC is the world’s pre-eminent public health institution, and Tom Frieden is a consummate professional. And yes, the CDC is overstretched in this epidemic and under-funded, given the relentless attacks on “government” by the Republicans in Congress. And yes, a hospital in Texas performed poorly. These are not signs of disaster; they are signs of the suddenness and unusual circumstances of the Ebola epidemic.

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The sad reality, however, is that during his administration, Obama has been so insecure, so incapable of bold leadership, that he has, in the end, sided with the Republicans on the budget cuts that have put the CDC, USAID, and even the World Health Organization (WHO) in danger —the latter because of the U.S. unwillingness to fund the UN properly. Therefore, when the crisis hit, the U.S. and the world were not ready for it.

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This is just downright painful to watch.

Oh, and P.S.  – I heard on CNN about an hour ago that banning flights is now “on the table” in the White House, something Obama was adamantly against:  Ebola: Obama will increase airport screenings, won’t ban West Africa flights.

Expect another cave even though no public health expert says a flight ban would be a good idea.  Why? Because Obama = ring in nose led by Republicans.

 

 

October 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM Leave a comment

Statement from the American Society of News Editors Regarding the Detention and Harassment of Journalists in Ferguson, MO

ASNE Logo

        (Image via ASNE.org)


As an organization whose core mission includes protecting freedom of the press, the American Society of News Editors is especially disturbed by the events taking place this week in Ferguson, Missouri. From police physically assaulting citizens engaged in peaceful protest to arresting without cause reporters from The Washington Post and The Huffington Post, it is clear that there is a concerted, top-down effort to restrict the fundamental First Amendment rights of the public and the press.

 

As an organization whose core mission includes protecting freedom of the press, the American Society of News Editors is especially disturbed by the events taking place this week in Ferguson, Missouri. From police physically assaulting citizens engaged in peaceful protest to arresting without cause reporters from The Washington Post and The Huffington Post, it is clear that there is a concerted, top-down effort to restrict the fundamental First Amendment rights of the public and the press.

 

“From the beginning of this situation, the police have made conscious decisions to restrict information and images coming from Ferguson,” said ASNE President David Boardman. “Of course, these efforts largely have been unsuccessful, as the nation and the world are still seeing for themselves the heinous actions of the police. For every reporter they arrest, every image they block, every citizen they censor, another will still write, photograph and speak.”

 

ASNE acknowledges that there has been illegal violence and looting by some members of the public and that law enforcement must respond appropriately. But we remind the police and the nation that speaking out in protest is not a crime, reporting on that protest is not a crime and taking photographs of it is not a crime. Violating the civil rights of citizens by restricting these activities is a crime. We further call on the U.S. Department of Justice to take any and all appropriate action to protect the First Amendment rights of everyone involved.

 

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August 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM Leave a comment

Equipment Meant for War Going to Local Police Departments

When you’re a hammer, everything’s a nail.  When you’re a tank, everyone’s a terrorist:

During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.

The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units. Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclub in 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of “barbering without a license.”

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Military Weapons to Cops via nyt.com

(Image via NYTimes.com)

August 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM Leave a comment

Cops in Ferguson, MO Literally Dismantling the First Amendment

My Tweet of the Day:

Tweet of the Day 8-14-13

August 14, 2014 at 11:12 AM 2 comments

Ferguson, Missouri Is On Lockdown

Check out this tweet from Radley Balko, a reporter for the Washington Post.  Scary is right:

Tweet of the Day 8-12-14

What is this, Cairo?  Tiananmen Square?

August 12, 2014 at 3:08 PM Leave a comment

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