The Michael Brown Case, Update 3: First Theory

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Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson

Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson

Interested readers may find the complete Michael Brown case archive here. 

Many media talking heads and other pundits, including some that ought to know better, are demanding to know why the police investigating the shooting of Michael Brown haven’t released everything they know. That’s easily answered, but after we examine the newest available information. The New York Post has the story: 

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James Foley: The Lessons of 9-11 Ignored

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“Everything has changed after the execution of James Foley by ISIS.”

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So goes the title of an article by Noah Rothman at Hot Air.

The execution of the American journalist James Wright Foley by Islamic State militants and their threat to do the same to another U.S. citizen has changed the West’s approach to the threat posed by this fundamentalist group occupying portions of Iraq and Syria. The tempo of officials in the West has quickened as preparations to address this threat take on a new urgency.

President Barack Obama will return to Washington today to give a statement on the gruesome execution of an American at the hands of an Islamic militant who appears to have been British-born. Obama will be unable to satisfy the concerns of a nervous and wounded nation if he merely reprises his threadbare role as America’s ‘comforter-in-chief.’ The country demands a plan of action aimed at rolling back ISIS from Iraq and a longer-term strategy to suppress the Islamic State threat in Syria.

In the U.K., Prime Minister David Cameron, too, announced his intention to end his vacation early and return to London after pressure mounted on him to recall Parliament for an emergency session aimed at crafting a plan to confront the threat posed by ISIS.

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The Michael Brown Case, Update 2: Communication

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CNN reporter invites murder (background blurred because sanity)

CNN reporter invites murder (background blurred because sanity)

I have just a brief update on the case for today, following up on issues raised in the first article of this series: “The Michael Brown Case: Initial Observations.”  Enough new information has become available that I’ll likely post a new analysis of the shooting tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20, 2014. I hope to see you then.

The similarities between this case and the Trayvon Martin case are as numerous as they are striking, and I’ll deal with those in some detail in later articles. For the moment, some have been wondering why President Obama has not embraced Michael Brown as he did Martin, when he said:  Continue reading

Gunshot Wounds At The Concession Stand

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At the movies and on TV we constantly see good guys deftly shooting bad guys in the shoulder. The bad guys are immediately dropped and unable to continue their badness. Or a good guy is shot in the arm, and shakes it off as though it were a mosquito bite.

In the real world, any gunshot wound, particularly one to the region of a joint, is usually permanently debilitating and can be fatal.

Thus do we begin to understand the futility, idiocy, and lawsuit and prosecution attracting realities of shooting to wound. I take on that issue in my most recent article for the good folks at The Truth About Guns. It’s called “Shooting To Wound And Selling Popcorn.” 

If you have a few minutes, it may be worth your time.

Movie Review: The Expendables 3 (2014)

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ExpendablesThe Expendables 3 (2014)

Director: Patrick Hughes

Writers: Sylvester Stallone Creighton Rothenberger, and Katrin Benedikt

Starring:

Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross

Harrison Ford as Drummer

Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks

Kelsey Grammer as Boneparte

Robert Davi as Goran Vata

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Trench

Jet Li as Yin Yang

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Rick Perry: Politics Criminalized

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PerryThere is a venerable saying: “A prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.” Texas Governor Rick Perry is the ham sandwich of the week.

Whenever a political operative or politician trying to defend an obviously faulty criminal charge solemnly intones “oh yes, he was indicted by a grand jury,” that’s just another reason to check your pockets, because you’re being lied to, and it’s going to cost you in more ways than one.

There are two common ways to charge someone with a crime: a local prosecutor decides to file charges, or a local prosecutor presents evidence to a grand jury and lets them make the charging decision. For politically minded prosecutors, using a grand jury is a grand idea. They can say: “Hey, it wasn’t my choice; the grand jury did it! I just gave them the evidence.” It’s particularly good if a special prosecutor does the presentation. Then they can say: “Hey, it wasn’t even me that gave them the evidence! Don’t blame me! I’m all about justice!”

Why can a prosecutor get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich? Grand jurors are chosen from the local tax rolls. They’re Joe and Jane Average, not trained lawyers, and you can bet no prosecutor would want anyone that knows the law to be on a grand jury, and guess what? They get to choose the jurors.

Prosecutors choose every bit of evidence–or lack of evidence–grand juries see. No one appearing to testify before a grand jury is allowed counsel. There are no adversarial questions. The grand jury gets only one side of every situation: the side the prosecutors choose to give them. Their proceedings are secret. Continue reading

The Wages of Community Organizing

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On June 11, 2012, I first posted this article about our community organizer in chief. We’re seen the vital work of community organizers in Ferguson, Missouri this past week, so it seems a good time to revisit this exposition of their vital place in American society. And the grand poobah, the most communal of community organizers, is Barack Obama. The fruits of his “organization” are becoming more and more apparent, not only in America, but around the world.

So, once again, let’s go forward to the past:

Categories: Narcissism, socialism/Marxism, economic incompetence, racial strife.

In writing about Mr. Obama over the last three+ years, I’ve occasionally referred to Mr. Obama’s stint as a “community organizer” in Chicago.  But, what, exactly is a community organizer and what do they—you know—do?  Even Barack Obama hasn’t a clue.  In Dreams From My Father he wrote:  Continue reading