Saturday, August 23, 2014







Dear Friend,
Agriculture is the number one industry in Missouri. Our Eighth Congressional District is home to a great variety of agricultural interests. Our district is one of the most diverse agriculture districts in the country growing everything except sugar and citrus fruits. In the fertile Missouri Bootheel we grow cotton, rice, corn, soybeans, wheat, peanuts and even raise catfish. In stark contrast to the Bootheel stand the Ozark Foothills where we have cattle, dairy and timber producers.
This week and next, I am traveling our district and listening to the challenges farm families are facing on my two week Farm Tour. Although each farm is unique and each crop or animal raised is different, the message from each visit is the same: Washington regulations are hurting Missouri farm families. I have always been a believer that the best ideas do not come from bureaucrats. The best ideas come from people who actually roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. The information I am learning on the Farm Tour will help me fight oppressive regulations in Washington and advocate for common sense farm policy.
At visits across our district this week I was able to hear directly from producers. In Gordonville, I visited a walnut tree farm that not only produces high quality walnuts, but also grows seeds for future tree plants. At a cotton gin in New Madrid, I heard about how federal policies are impacting our regions cotton farmers. In Oregon County I visited a family-run Berkshire pig farm that is dedicated to producing great pork products for chefs across the country. Benton is home to one of the largest dairy farms in Missouri that uses the latest technology to improve efficiency. In Bloomsdale I toured a goat farm that makes award winning cheeses that are sold nationally. At a corn farm in Dexter, I listened to the concerns and future prospects for Stoddard County farm families.
Agriculture is truly the lifeblood of our district. As your representative in the halls of Congress I have been an advocate for responsible farms policies to ensure Missouri farm families have the certainty and security they need to stay in business. While the Eighth District is home to some of the most diverse agricultural production in the world, every single producer's message to me has been the same: we need less Washington and more common sense. In the House of Representatives I will continue working to end the burdensome regulations that hurt farm families in Missouri and fight for common sense ideas as policy is being created.
Jason Smith
Member of Congress



Capital Kinetics with Greg Morse


Friday, August 22, 2014

Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel


Gunmen Execute 18 'collaborators' In Gaza; Israel Pursues Air Strikes

Gaza Gunmen Execute 18 'collaborators' In Gaza; Israel Pursues Air Strikes



FERGUSON MISSOURI PHOTO: Fwd: Child shot by police in cold blood


This photo was removed by Facebook today, it was Michael Brown’s Facebook page at the insistence of his family’s attorneys!

This is a photo of Michael Brown posted on his Facebook page. Michael Brown was the “child” that was shot and killed by a

police officer in Ferguson, MO.  last week after  Brown aggressively responding to that police officer just doing his job. Brown

had just robbed a convenience store, on camera!  

Please notice the Glock handgun pointed at the camera and a mouthful of cash! Other removed photos showed him in the colors

of the Bloods and giving the hand signs of the Bloods gang.  

CNN reported that he was an “Innocent unarmed child headed off to college”! Maybe they meant JAIL!

Democrats want to keep people poor and beholding to them, for the money they are given to stay home and procreate more voter.

Democrats buy VOTES with OUR taxes!!



AUGUST 21, 2014



FERGUSON MOB Chucks Bottles, Attacks Darren Wilson Supporters by Jim Hoft

Two supporters of Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson came out Wednesday to show their support for the officer.
They held up these two signs.
wilson supporters attacked
Their inflammatory signs: “Justice for Police Officer Wilson” and “Vigorous Prosecution Jay Nixon? Justice is for everybody even PO Wilson.” (Kenny Bahr photo)

This infuriated the Michael Brown protesters… The Ferguson mob chucked bottles and attacked the protesters.
Police were called in and whisked the pro-Wilson protesters away from the scene.
Via The Kelly File:

A Former Black Community Organizer’s View of Ferguson

by Y. Kerry Sara
For the past several days I have been watching news reports on the mayhem that is happening in Ferguson, Missouri.
Personally, I have tried to ignore the events going on there since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson.  Michael Brown was shot after he robbed a convenience store on August 9th 2014.  Officer Wilson shot Brown after Brown assaulted Wilson subsequent to the officer approaching the suspect while responding to the robbery call via emergency communication.
The reason I attempted to ignore the situation is that it reminds me of my days when I was working as a community organizer for the ACLU in Buffalo, New York.  It is a period in my life that I would rather forget.
I had the task of working on cases of police brutality.  When an incident would happen between the police and a suspect or group of suspects, protests would invariably begin.  The protesters would allege police brutality or misconduct.  The media would get involved and many “leaders” and “activists” would make wild and irresponsible charges against anyone who did not fall in line with the radical ideology of the organizers of the protests.
Does any of this sound familiar?
However, I did not expect the situation in Ferguson to spiral out of control like it has.
Why are black Americans reacting to this incident with so much anger and violence?  Michael Brown was obviously a dangerous young criminal who assaulted both a store clerk and a police officer.
The distress of so many black people goes beyond who Michael Brown was or what he was doing at the time of his death.
What everyone seems to be missing is that after 6 years of the historic election of the first African-American to the office of the President of the United States, many young black people still have a highly adversarial relationship with sources of civil authority and American society.
I vividly remember the emotional feeling that was present in the atmosphere right after President Obama won the election in November of 2008.  I was one of the few people in my community who did not support Barack Obama when he was running for President.  Furthermore, I was the only black person that I knew who favored Senator McCain over Senator Obama.
Nonetheless, when I stepped out of the door of my apartment building on the morning of November 5, 2008 I immediately sensed that the world was somehow different.  I could literally see the pride and happiness in the faces of other black people that I came across that day.
When I visited a coffee shop that morning for my daily caffeine fix, there was a white woman who was sitting at one of the café tables talking to another white woman about the historic significance of what happened the night before.  One of the women was crying tears of joy.
President-elect Barack Obama had so enthralled a segment of citizens with his message of hope and change that many people actually believed in the prospective future of our country and anticipated that many positive changes were soon to come.
I remember thinking to myself: “Maybe I am wrong about Barack Obama and what I think he represents.”
Fast forward 6 years to August 2014.
The almost universal African-American support for Senator Barack Obama in 2008 has dissipated to a degree. It is important to note this phenomenon because the black leadership class of the country from both sides of the political spectrum — not just the right wing — are questioning the impact and legacy of Barack Obama’s presidency.
Many black citizens think that the President is indifferent to the plight of poor people in the United States. President Obama is silent on the breakdown of family values and civil society in the black community until an incident like the shooting death of Michael Brown forces him to focus on the decline of community standards and moral behavior.
It is under the tenure of the first black President that poor black families are seeing their chances of moving up the income ladder into the middle class disappear before their eyes.  Black parents are observing that their children are being born into poverty and realizing that they are likely to die in poverty.  African-American families are not living the American Dream.  Generation after generation are stuck in a practical social nightmare.
This is the political and social environment that manifests itself in our country after six years of President Obama’s administration.  It is this environment that creates fertile ground for race-baiting organizations like the New Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam to plant seeds of hate among the other rabble rousers showing up in Ferguson, Missouri.
In light of what is happening on the ground in Missouri we have to wonder how many of the people who are causing the problems in the region bought into the President’s message of hope and change back in 2008.
Now some of those self-same individuals are fueling what investigative reporter Matthew Vadum called “a vicious war against civil society in Ferguson.”
It is without doubt that many of the troublemakers in Ferguson today supported Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and not only because he was black.  They also genuinely believed that he would develop legislative policies and social programs that would help African-American communities and the poor people of this nation.
Now, that hope and belief has transformed into racially motivated violence and anger.
The President has not only failed the black community.  He has unwittingly pitted black and Hispanic poor and disenfranchised communities against one another through his inaction on the illegal immigration issue.  He has attempted to out-flank congressional Republicans in the realm of public opinion by using the Hispanic community as a political wedge.
There is something about the philosophical makeup and social structure of American black communities that makes young black men like Michael Brown choose the route of criminal activity and social exclusion over integration into the mainstream of our society.
There is no one in the urban communities to warn young people like Mr. Brown of the consequences of behaving like a felon.  Someone should have told him that the gangster rap music that he loved so much is full of messages that either has no basis in objective reality or will bring direct problems to the individuals who choose to believe in those ideas.
If you choose to behave like a criminal you are subject to being detained, arrested, assailed or killed by members of the police department.
This is a most basic fact of living in a civil society that anyone with a head on his shoulders should be able to understand.  Yet many African-American men make the choice to believe that the rules of society do not apply to them.
If there is any group of people that the President should have been desperately trying to reach with his message of hope and change it is young men like Michael Brown.
Instead, many of them are currently in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri engaging in violence and causing mischief and mayhem.

Holder’s Lynch Mob in Ferguson By Matthew Vadum

by Matthew Vadum
The cop-hating radical lawyers of Eric Holder’s Justice Department are reportedly continuing to feed the passions of the lynch mob in Ferguson, Mo., that is screaming for the blood of the white cop who shot and killed a young black man earlier this month in what now almost certainly appears to be an act of self-defense.
A white police officer’s racism, an allegation for which there is no evidence whatsoever, supposedly caused the unfortunate incident. But the leftists who run the federal government need this. They want it badly. A police officer has to be sacrificed to appease Democrats’ political base and to help fend off an increasingly likely Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate in November.
Federal civil rights charges may be in the works against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot Michael Brown after an intense physical altercation that left Wilson with severe head injuries.
The feds may simply ignore local authorities and go forward with a case against Wilson, says Hans von Spakovsky, who worked in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush. He is currently a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation and is co-author of the recently published Obamas Enforcer: Eric Holders Justice Department.
“Eric Holder has completely politicized the Justice Department,” von Spakovsky told WND’s Greg Corombos. “As we can see, unfortunately, this is happening in other places like the Travis County (Texas) D.A.’s office” that charged Texas Gov. Rick Perry with a crime for threatening to veto legislation.
“That should concern every American,” he said. “I don’t care what their political background is because that is a threat to everyone’s liberty and everyone’s freedom when that kind of power is used for political purposes.”
Von Spakovsky said,
“I am fearful that they will try to pursue a federal case even if there’s no evidence to justify it, because of the fact that they really see everything, including Eric Holder, through the prism of race even when race is not a factor in a case or an incident.”
It is true that left-wing zealots who believe as an article of faith that America is racist insist, despite mounting exculpatory evidence, that Brown was murdered by a white policeman. They will not be dissuaded no matter how much proof accumulates that the officer fired on Brown because he believed his life was in danger.
Holder’s visit came as the Left’s narrative that the nearly 300-lbs. Brown, who had just robbed a convenience store minutes before encountering decorated policeman Darren Wilson, was an innocent gentle giant trying to surrender, continues to circle the drain. More witnesses are reportedly coming forward to identify Brown as the aggressor in a vicious attack on Wilson in which he tried to grab the gun of the six-year veteran of the Ferguson police force.
It is clear that the violent mob actions of the nearly two week-old freak show in Ferguson don’t actually bother Holder, who it seems safe to say is only feigning disapproval of the rampant criminality there. This shouldn’t surprise anyone who understands the Left. Mob rule, that is Marxist mobocracy, is the model of governance preferred by Marxist community organizers like Barack Obama. Civil unrest is an opportunity, not a tragedy. The more bodies, the better.
The Department of Justice has become a racial-grievance incubator since President Obama was sworn in.
Obama tried to install cop-killer advocate Debo Adegbile as the head of the DoJ’s Civil Rights Division whose ambulance-chasing radical attorneys are now looking for trouble on the ground in Ferguson. Adegbile is a race-obsessed lawyer who, when he was head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, tried to permanently free unrepentant cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, now a black leftist folk hero.
“Mumia,” as his fans call him, has parlayed his 1981 murder of white Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner into a career behind bars. Born Wesley Cook, the former Black Panther enjoys celebrity status on the Left and is a frequent guest speaker (via recorded audio) at college commencement ceremonies.
Adegbile’s nomination, which was rejected by the Senate earlier this year, was “an in-the-face appointment,” according to J. Christian Adams.
While at the NAACP’s legal arm, the organization became increasingly radical, opposing criminal-background checks by employers and pushing extreme racial-hiring quotas. “They took positions far outside of the mainstream of the law, far outside existing jurisprudence as it relates to race, and really advanced a fringe agenda,” Adams said previously. “If he attempts to do the same at the Justice Department, it will be a catastrophe.”
Adegbile appeared to be an adherent of Critical Race Theory, the multiculturalist Left’s race-obsessed spinoff of critical legal theory. Federal appeals judge Richard Posner has described critical race theorists as the “lunatic core” of “radical legal egalitarianism.” They believe that the white-dominated American system is hopelessly racist. To remedy this imbalance, non-whites should be given preferential treatment, they say.
Although they would never say it in public, Holder and his ilk believe that obviously guilty defendants like Abu-Jamal should go free if there is police abuse or racial discrimination in their communities. Holder is an ideologue who believes that the legal system should be used to dispense favors to non-whites. White Americans, he feels, should be treated as second-class citizens in order to make up for America’s past racial injustices, real or perceived.
Adegbile had been nominated to replace the notorious Thomas Perez, a radical who was barely confirmed by the Senate as labor secretary on a strict party line vote of 54 to 46. As the nation’s top civil rights enforcer at the Department of Justice, Perez refused to prosecute hate crimes committed against white Americans. He was reportedly instrumental in the Justice Department’s dismissal of a case involving two members of the New Black Panther Party who intimidated white voters in Philadelphia on Election Day 2008.
Perez helped to enact the Church Arson Prevention Act, which was based on the false premise that black churches were being targeted with disproportionate frequency by arsonists. He targeted Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, for legal harassment because he doesn’t like Arpaio’s tough-on-crime approach, especially with respect to illegal aliens.
Lawyers from the Criminal Section of the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) Civil Rights Division are working behind the scenes, fanning the flames, trying to figure out how to stick it to the accused policeman.
J. Christian Adams of PJ Media said his organization had to sue Holder to get the resumes of the attorneys who work for the Criminal Section.
It turned out that “all of Holder’s attorney hires were leftists, some even with a history of anti-police activities,” said Adams, a Justice Department whistle-blower who chronicled the vicious racial politics of the DoJ’s Civil Rights Division in his bestselling book, Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department.
“Why does it matter that the DOJ unit that will investigate the Ferguson police is stacked with leftists and ideologues?” Adams writes. “Because anti-police biases of lawyers in this unit have resulted in gross prosecutorial misconduct against police officers.”
Here is one example. Federal prosecutors desperate to nail New Orleans cops on flimsy civil rights charges have surreptitiously used social media “to circumvent ethical obligations, professional responsibilities, and even to commit violations of the Code of Federal Regulations,” a judge found.
A prosecutor in the case, identified as Karla Dobinski, egged on other anonymous bloggers who “repeatedly posted vigorous pro-prosecution statements strongly condemning the defendants, their witnesses, and their entire defense.”
Remember that the DoJ under Holder has also collaborated with the ACORN-affiliated Project Vote to weaken electoral integrity laws.
To the Left, the ends justify the means.
Meanwhile, the so-called protesters that the media say have been peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights, have been throwing bottles of urine, presumably from humans, at the police in Ferguson. It’s a biohazard, a biochemical weapons attack of sorts, given that cytomegalovirus (CMV, also known as herpes) can be transmitted through contact with urine, according to medical literature. At least they’re not hurling pathogen-rich fecal projectiles, as their Occupy Wall Street brethren did.
Eager to consult with his comrades, the attorney general borrowed Vice President Joe Biden’s jet and visited the St. Louis suburb Wednesday in what was billed as an attempt to restore calm to a community that has erupted in almost daily violence since Michael Brown, an 18-year old black man, was shot Aug. 9 by a white police officer. Brown has been beatified by the media. Canonization can’t be far off.
And what an extraordinarily unusual thing it is for a U.S. attorney general to personally visit the site of an alleged civil rights violation. It’s as if the investigation of the killing of a violent teenaged criminal were somehow equivalent to FBI’s “Mississippi Burning” probe of the 1964 “Freedom Summer” murder of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, three out-of-state voter registration canvassers whose bodies were found in Neshoba County, Miss.
But the hype –and the prospect of distracting from the Obama administration’s daily debacles, both domestic and abroad– makes Ferguson irresistible.
It’s as if there has been a coordinated public relations campaign conducted, perhaps stage-managed by someone like David Fenton, a progressive Joseph Goebbels for the modern age. He may very well be behind some or all of this. Fenton, after all, frequently represents dangerous subversives such as the ladies of Code Pink. His public relations firm also counts some in-your-face Alinskyite groups as clients, including Americans for Financial Reform (founded by the neo-communist community organizer trainer Heather Booth), Center for Community Change, Health Care for America Now (or HCAN, an ACORN-led coalition that helped force Obamacare on the nation), and the gangsterish Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Regardless of who helped invent and cultivate the image of Michael Brown as a martyr, Holder is hoping his efforts regarding the case in Ferguson will harness all the negative energy generated by the Brown saga and channel it into producing change that no sane American would ever want.
With 40 FBI agents reportedly on the ground doing Holder’s bidding, and who knows how many other DoJ employees lurking around and stirring the pot, the natural anti-police prejudices of left-wingers across the nation are quickly hardening into dogma. As each day passes, the white police officer, Darren Wilson, is increasingly vilified by howling demagogues. You’re a terrible person if you don’t believe Wilson is a murderer, the Left says. The unhinged left-wing governor of Missouri, Democrat Jay Nixon, has joined the mob, demanding charges be laid against the cop right now even in the absence of incriminating evidence.
Despite this mass hysteria, the streets of Ferguson have been relatively calm since Holder’s visit, reports say. This outbreak of serenity that caps nearly a fortnight of tumult is likely attributable to the fact that Holder was there promising goodies to the assembled neo-communists and racial grievance mongers, his longtime political allies. Something, anything, must be done.
Holder doesn’t care that white racism or police racism directed at blacks isn’t much of a problem in the United States today.
In fact Americans, including blacks, tend to believe that blacks are more racist than whites and Hispanics, according to polling. Blacks’ racial antagonism, which President Obama has deliberately exacerbated, is the elephant in the room.
This makes it easy for the Left to perpetuate the ugly urban myth that white cops routinely use blacks for target practice. This also shuts down discussion of the toxic racism and the inner-city pathologies that tragically infect the African-American community. The politically correct say we’re not allowed to talk about these things — unless we toe the PC line.
Blinded by his zeal, on Wednesday, Holder presided over an orgy of genteel, media-friendly cop-hating at meetings with Ferguson residents that were organized by the professional agitators of the DoJ’s Community Relations Service (CRS) office.
CRS has become the community organizing arm of the DoJ under Holder. Two years ago CRS staffers visited Sanford, Fla., in an effort to rub raw the sores of discontent after Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black youth, was killed during a physical confrontation with community crime watch volunteer George Zimmerman. For a month and a half after Martin’s death, local police declined to press charges against Zimmerman, who was ultimately acquitted of murder, because they believed quite correctly that the criminal case against him was weak. CRS used taxpayer resources to help organize marches in which participants heightened racial tensions and loudly demanded that Zimmerman be prosecuted.
Underneath Holder’s words during his Ferguson whistle stop was an ideology-driven presumption that the white cop is racist and guilty of murdering Michael Brown.
One can almost imagine Holder raising his fist in a black power salute the next day in the nation’s capital when he mawkishly announced that the DoJ would “continue to stand with Ferguson” and that “few things have affected me as greatly as my trip to Ferguson.” Why he would have to stand with the people of Ferguson when he is only supposed to be conducting an impartial investigation of a potential crime is unclear.
On Wednesday Holder told Ferguson residents that the “eyes of the nation and the world” are on the township and that the issues raised by Brown’s death have been simmering “beneath the surface in more communities than just Ferguson.”
Holder spoke to students at a community college and said it was an “opportunity to sit down with some wonderful young people and to hear them talk about the mistrust they have at a young age.” Holder said change would not take place overnight, the Huffington Post reported, paraphrasing a meeting attendee.
Holder said to the students that he understands “the mistrust” between some residents and law enforcement. “I am the attorney general of the United States, but I am also a black man,” he said.
Holder recalled how in the past police had pulled him over on the New Jersey Turnpike, accused him of speeding and searched his vehicle. “I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” he said.
“The same kid who got stopped on the New Jersey freeway is now the attorney general of the United States,” he said. “This country is capable of change. But change doesn’t happen by itself.”
After a meeting Angela Whitman told reporters that Holder told her “that he was here because he was concerned about everything that was going on and he wanted us to voice our opinions and what did we want to change, and that he was going back to the White House to report so we can get some funding, so we can get a game plan on how to help our community.”
Holder told students that together they were initiating “a good dialogue” but that it was “not enough.”
“We need concrete action to change things in this country,” he said.
“This dialogue is important. But it can’t simply be that we have a conversation that begins based on what happened on August 9 and ends sometime in December, and nothing happens. As I was just telling these young people, change is possible. The same kid who got stopped on the New Jersey freeway is now the attorney general of the United States. This country is capable of change. But change doesn’t happen by itself.”
Indeed it doesn’t. It needs people who hate America to grease the wheels.



Thursday, August 21, 2014


Ann Coulter Letter

No facts, no peace

No facts, no peace

APD Officer shoots Robert Garcia Sr.
Officer Peter Romero shot 64-year-old Robert Garcia Sr. once in the torso after Garcia pointed what police later learned was a pellet gun at Romero during an early-morning DUI stop, according to police. Robert...
 It’s important to remember that, in police shooting cases like the one in Ferguson, Missouri, the initial facts are often wrong. You don’t want to end up looking like Rich Lowry, National Review editor, whose March 23, 2012, column on the Trayvon Martin shooting was titled, “Al Sharpton Is Right.” 
Early accounts are especially unreliable when reporters think they have a white racism story. Stirring up racial hatred is how journalists make up for sending their own kids to lily-white private schools

As detailed in my book Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama, the old media’s standard for any police shooting of a black person is: “Racist until proved innocent.” We got three-alarm racism stories for the shootings of Jose (Kiko) Garcia, Eleanor Bumpurs, Michael Stewart and Edmund Perry.
And then it turned out Garcia was a drugged-up coke dealer who pulled a gun on the cop, Bumpurs was a psychotic who came at the cops with a machete, Stewart fought the cops so violently he gave himself a heart attack, and Perry mugged an undercover cop.
Witness statements aren’t always 100 percent accurate. In Garcia’s case, innumerable neighbors gave the media florid accounts of Officer Michael O’Keefe beating and kicking Garcia, before repeatedly shooting the unarmed man in the back as he lay facedown on the floor. The Garcia family lawyer assured The New York Times that “this kid never was arrested; he wasn’t a drug dealer.”
It later turned out that Garcia was a convicted felon.
He had a gun the night of the shooting.

The autopsy proved he was not shot in the back, nor was he beaten.
The only eyewitnesses against Officer O’Keefe were drug dealers — for whom Garcia worked — who could not possibly have seen anything from their vantage point, as confirmed with a laser pointer used by the Garcia family lawyer.
The first headlines in the Edmund Perry case were:
Two dozen witnesses — many of them black — established that Perry had mugged the cop and was stomping on him when the officer shot him. Those witnesses were the heroes, not elite news anchors, who leave their doorman buildings to rail against “racism” from well-guarded studios or brief reporting forays to black neighborhoods.
Follow-up stories admitting that some sensational racist crime turned out to be false are never a high priority with the press.
After all the media’s hysteria about the Kiko Garcia shooting (New York Newsday: “COP SHOOTING VICTIM: HE WAS SHOT IN THE BACK”) the story just faded away.
That incident provoked riots that resulted in one person dead, 90 injured, 53 policemen hospitalized, 121 vehicles torched, 11 police cars damaged, and dozens of businesses burned or looted. But when the early accounts turned out to be lies, the media whispered the ending and tiptoed out of the room, as if reading a bedtime story to a child.
The old media just love creating huge racist hoaxes — which has done so much to improve the lives of ordinary black people!
Luckily for America, especially African-Americans, the advent of alternative media has reduced the Non-Fox Media’s ability to stir up urban riots. Today, it’s possible to get information that never would have seen the light of day in the 1980s.
In less than two weeks, the original version of the racist police execution of Michael Brown — or “Big Mike” — has already undergone major revisions. We were told:
– Big Mike was the sweetest kid, he’d never hurt a flea.
Then we got the store surveillance video of him robbing a liquor store and manhandling the clerk. Perhaps Big Mike committed his first-ever crime 11 minutes before his encounter with Officer Darren Wilson, but it doesn’t look good.
– He was shot in the back.
At least two autopsies now establish Big Mike was not shot in the back.
– He didn’t touch the police officer.
This week, we saw the X-ray of Officer Wilson’s fractured eye socket.
– He was holding his arms up surrendering when Officer Wilson shot him.
That’s at least in doubt now that a video of a Big Mike supporter has emerged, capturing the private conversation of an eyewitness confirming the officer’s claim that Big Mike was running at him.
On the tape, one black man tells another:
“Him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran — the police got out and ran after him … Then the next thing I know he comes back toward the truck ’cause — the police had his gun drawn already on him. The police kept dumping on him, and I’m thinking that the police missing … but he kept coming toward him.”
Some would say a private conversation, unintentionally recorded immediately after an event, is more credible than alleged eyewitness accounts by people who know they’re talking to the press.
But if MSNBC can spend six months on a bridge closure in Fort Lee, New Jersey, they can probably do at least a year on a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.
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