Archive for the 'Justice' Category

TAMIR GRAND JURY RULING HARD TO SWALLOW

December 29th, 2015

It’s difficult to determine if County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s handling of the Tamir Rice grand jury was a fix, or just badly botched. But the smell isn’t pleasant in this holiday-conveniently released decision. The prosecution was marked by paid but seemingly biased “reports” to McGinty’s unprecedented allowance of the police officers to read statements to […]

1,052 MASS SHOOTINGS IN 1,066 DAYS;
THIS IS WHAT OUR GUN CRISIS LOOKS LIKE…

December 4th, 2015

Then there are the 1,046 (and counting) dead at the hands of our police so far in 2015 (especially in Kern County, California)… Meanwhile, Republicans lines up to crush gun control efforts…

WHAT TO BELIEVE—YOUR EYES OR POLICE WORDS?

December 2nd, 2015

Are we expected to believe that the Cleveland police—responding to the call that someone with a gun was near the children’s swings—were looking for a gunman to still be there when they arrived? Responding to the call and driving to the site, Officer Frank Garmback, in a letter (first public statement) says the call said […]

1,000 DEAD AT POLICE HANDS IN 2015…

November 16th, 2015

I’ve been watching the counter roll closer and closer to 1,000 over the past few days. Yes, I realize that numbers 999 and 1001 are no less important, but we have a fascination for round numbers and artificial milestones. Today, The Guardian added the 1,000th death at the hands of police in the United States. […]

BERNIE ON GUNS, VIOLENCE AND POLICE…

October 3rd, 2015

Alan Yuhas, writing in Bernie Sanders thrills Boston with call to fight racism and reform gun law for The Guardian, reports: Bernie Sanders decried “an institutional racism that allows and continues to allow unarmed African Americans to be killed by police” on Saturday night, as he preached to a huge crowd in Boston that welcomed […]

PROFIT FROM SLAVERY IS ILL-GOTTEN GAIN…

September 29th, 2015

MacArthur fellow genius Ta-Nehisi Coates set the bar for the discussion of reparations in 2014 when The Atlantic published his cover story: The Case for Reparations. On the eve of his first official visit to former British colony Jamaica, British Prime Minister David Cameron faces calls for his government to pay billion in reparations to […]

WHEN THE FIRE CHIEF IS A PYROMANIAC…

September 21st, 2015

The continuing story of Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 10 years and 1,000 lashes for the crime of speaking his mind has taken a bizarre turn as the United Nations has appointed Faisal bin Hassan Trad as head of a key human rights panel that is tasked with naming experts that determine […]

JUST ONE OF PRESIDENT REAGAN’S LEGACIES…

July 31st, 2015

BOY SCOUTS COVERS BUTT, CHANGES NOTHING…

July 28th, 2015

Three years ago I returned my Eagle Medal to the Boy Scouts of America in protest over the organizations dishonorable stance against gay scouts and scout leaders. Two years ago the ban on gay scouts was lifted and yesterday, the national organization announced that the Boys Scouts of America would no longer ban gay leaders. […]

TIME FOR MOTHERS AGAINST POLICE MURDER

June 12th, 2015

There was an amazing power in the images of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. In the United States, there is no official accounting of the people killed by police. To address that void in information, non-governmental and news organizations have been collecting data on such incidents. Intercept data artist Josh Begley’s new project, […]

CLEVELAND JUST WANTS TO FEEL GOOD…?

June 12th, 2015

I know the sentiment of Jim Chase is just the expressions of one person’s emotions at one moment, but Jesus wept, I really wish I hadn’t read the news this morning. Outside the basketball arena Jim Chase, a marketing executive, said he was pleased with the ruling but added: “I don’t think people in Cleveland […]

HOLDING HANDS WITH BARBARIANS…

June 11th, 2015

We are guilty by association of imprisoning blogger Raif Badawi. We bear responsibility for each of the 50 lashes he received on 9 January of this year. We will take on further shame if Badawi’s beatings continue tomorrow. To do nothing is to agree to the barbarism of the House of Saud. A Saudi Arabian […]

WE ARE NOT LIVING IN A WAR ZONE…

June 10th, 2015

Yes, I know that most of these shootings were justified, but what happened to the days when police officers could go their entire lives without pulling their weapon? The number of people killed by police in the United States during 2015 reached 500 on Wednesday, according to a Guardian investigation, after two young black men […]

BUT, BUT THEY’RE WHITE…! OH, NEVER MIND…

June 8th, 2015

[Update on 9 June from The Guardian: “Unlike Ferguson, North Charleston or Baltimore, no one was killed or injured here. This is an affluent, mostly white area without a history of serious racial tension. But the expressions of anger and the demands for change on Monday night in McKinney, Texas, recalled scenes from elsewhere in […]

FLEEING POLICE IS NOT A CAPITAL CRIME, DAMN IT…

June 3rd, 2015

I left the following comment on the story in reply to Rhodan 1970 who made the repugnant You run from the law, you end up with a good chance of having an entry wound on the back side lame excuse: We do not allow summary executions here and fleeing from the police is not a […]

POLICE HAVE KILLED 464*; THAT WE KNOW OF…

June 1st, 2015

*That is 464 killed so far this year, most recently Richard Davis, 50, killed by Taser on Sunday, 31 May and reaching back to New Years day when police ran over Garrett Gagne, 22. We all know about Michael Brown and Tamir Rice and Eric Garner and Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell and…, but what […]

STRAP ON, PARDNERS, LET THE SHOOTOUTS BEGIN…

May 31st, 2015

Whoo wee! There’s goin’ to be some fun in Texas now! Texas lawmakers approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation’s second most populous state on Friday, sending the bill to the Republican governor, Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-civil war era. Seriously […]

GOOD ON TEXAS…!

May 30th, 2015

I have long advocated for the rigorous display of handguns on citizens because such display, especially by people of color, will bring demands to amend our constitution and bring some sanity to the issue of gun ownership in this country. Blessed Texas has opened the door. Texas lawmakers approved carrying handguns openly on the streets […]

THEY ARE CALLED SMART PHONES OFFICER…

May 1st, 2015

#SHUTDOWNTHEFUCKBARREL…

March 29th, 2015

How could John Oliver have possibly missed Linndale…?

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