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Group Calls For “All People of Good Will” to Not Vote for Steve Stenger

September 22nd, 2014 by Mark Truman ·

For reference. This is the same court jesters group who had the epic ‘shut down the highway’ fail a couple of weeks ago.

STL Today:

A coalition seeking change in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting on Monday formally called on St. Louis County voters to reject Democratic County Executive candidate Steve Stenger in the November general election. Zaki Baruti, head of the Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition, accused Stenger and his political ally – County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch – of orchestrating a “racist campaign” against incumbent County Executive Charlie Dooley in the August primary.

Dooley, the county’s first African American chief executive, was soundly defeated by Stenger, a county councilman, in a primary campaign that ended four days before Brown was shot to death by Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson. “They said Charlie Dooley is a corrupt person,” Baruti said. “We’re saying Bob McCulloch is corrupt.”

Between now and the Nov. 4 general election, the coalition intends to deliver the message that “A vote for Steve Stenger is a vote for Bob McCulloch.” “We are encouraging all people of good will to express their outrage at the ballot box,” Baruti said in a 10-minute press conference in front of the County Administration Building in downtown Clayton. Read more…

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Prisoner Advocacy Group to Hold Conference in KC

September 22nd, 2014 by Mark Truman ·

Missouri Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) will hold its 11th annual conference on September 27, 2014 at St. Mark’s Union Church, 1101 Euclid in Kansas City MO. Last year’s conference was held in Ferguson MO; this year’s event is “dedicated to the legacy of Michael Brown.”

“Just as the people in Ferguson stood up and said “No More” to police brutality and murder, prisoner families have seen their loved ones in prison subjected to intolerable degrees of inhumanity by the Missouri prison system. The 13th Amendment bans slavery in this country except for those convicted of a crime. This legal slavery is manifested by: Denial or unreasonable delay of medical treatment, resulting in death or worsening health conditions; physical abuse and outright brutality toward prisoners by correctional officers; racial harassment and discrimination toward African-American prisoners; inappropriate treatment and handling of prisoners with mental health issues; inappropriate long-term segregation confinement, in violation of State and Federal law; forced double-celling resulting in rapes, assaults and murders, especially in segregation; obstruction of outside communication; harassment and intimidation of visitors by correctional staff; no access to policies and procedures that govern prisoners’ lives; and wages too inadequate to provide for basic personal necessities.


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The Hill: Blunt Slams ATF for Racial Identification on Gun Sales

September 22nd, 2014 by Mark Truman ·

Very troubling…

“The right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms is an individual right guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” Blunt wrote in a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) over the weekend. “The constitutional right of a citizen to own a firearm has nothing to do with race or ethnicity. It is disconcerting that the U.S. government is gathering this type of data on citizens when there is no connection between purchasing a firearm and an individual’s race or ethnicity.” Blunt said. “Any measure that may interfere with a citizen’s ability to exercise his or her constitutional right to purchase a firearm needs to be questioned.” Read more…

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Obama Readies Climate Change Push At UN Summit

September 22nd, 2014 by Mark Truman ·

AFP reports today, “President Barack Obama will seek to galvanize international support in the fight against climate change on Tuesday when he addresses the United Nations, with time running out on his hopes of leaving a lasting environmental legacy. Obama has warned that failure to act on climate change would be a ‘betrayal’ of future generations, but faced with a Congress reluctant to even limit greenhouse gas emissions — let alone ratify an international agreement — his options appear limited. . . . In June, Obama unveiled new standards aimed at achieving a drastic reduction in carbon emissions from all existing power plants — a 30 percent reduction of 2005 levels by 2030.”

But those regulations are doing little to address climate concerns while they devastate the economies of places like Eastern Kentucky, as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell writes in the Washington Examiner today. “Not unlike its approach to Obamacare, the administration has used a regulatory sledgehammer when a mere scalpel would have done the job. Here’s why: For those in the Obama administration, it is less about balancing environmental concerns with economic growth than it is about crushing forms of energy they don’t like — like coal. Thanks in no small part to this administration’s endless regulations and threats, Eastern Kentucky is today suffering through an economic depression. Thousands of jobs have been lost, and thousands more are in jeopardy. . . . The great tragedy in all this is that the administration’s job-killing regulations won’t do much of anything to meaningfully improve the environment or to curb global carbon emissions, since our overseas competitors will inevitably provide whatever coal we can’t.”

And, as The Hill notes, “A number of world leaders will be absent from the event, however, notably Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.” Of course, China and India happen to be “the No. 1 and No. 3 emitters of greenhouse gases in the world,” according to The Hill.

AFP points out another problem with the president’s plans, writing, “[T]he White House has delayed addressing the difficult debate surrounding the legal nature of the agreement that 195 nations in the UN Convention on Climate Change will hope to reach in Paris at the end of next year. The US Constitution states that all legally binding treaties must be ratified by two thirds of the US Senate, an unthinkable prospect in the current political climate. Memories of the Kyoto Protocol, negotiated and signed in 1997 but never ratified by the United States, also loom large. . . . Obama’s climate team is reportedly working to put together a ‘politically binding’ deal which would combine voluntary pledges with legally binding conditions from already existing treaties. Any such pact would avoid the need to seek ratification from the US Senate. ‘Unfortunately, this would be just another of many examples of the Obama administration’s tendency to abide by laws that it likes and to disregard laws it doesn’t like — and to ignore the elected representatives of the people when they don’t agree,’ US Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in response to reports outlining the administration’s strategy.”

Once again, the president is proposing to circumvent the Constitution because it’s inconvenient for the achievement of his ideological goals.

Leader McConnell concludes his op-ed, “As usual, the Obama administration is presenting us with a false choice. The question isn’t whether we should protect the environment or help the economy. It’s whether we should continue to cling to an ideologically driven energy strategy or switch to a smarter, balanced approach that includes coal and nuclear, natural gas and biofuels, better technology and more home-grown North American energy. An all-of-the-above approach — rather than an all-but-coal approach — is the key to creating more jobs, keeping energy bills low, protecting our planet and promoting public health, all at once. It’s also the kind of strategy the American people expect. And it’s one we can get to work on in a bipartisan way once the Obama administration drops its my-way-or-the-highway mindset and its ineffective, politically driven regulatory agenda that threatens to do so much harm for so little environmental benefit.”

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Commentary: An Effective Remedy for the Ferguson Crisis

September 8th, 2014 by Mark Truman ·

By Percy Green II

Besides, killer cop Darren Wilson of Ferguson being charged for the murder of unarmed Michael Brown on Saturday, August 9, 2014, the following are community healing recommendations:

  1. that the City of Ferguson announce that it will immediately start to hire police officers from within its city boundaries.
  1. that all new and former police officers from other municipalities  must move into the City of Ferguson within six months.
  1. that all law enforcement officers including current police officers and police officials  take a human rights psychological mental test to determine judgment fitness prior to receiving police certification and that such test be mandatory and conducted annually while on active duty. (Police departments are the only state agencies that are granted the authority to take a life and protected by what is called Qualified Immunity. Therefore, this authority should be taken seriously and given only to people who can demonstrate consistent good judgments. )

Had the first remedy been in place and enforced when Ferguson was a predominantly white community (1980), then the existing problem of only 3 blacks on the police force with a population of 68% African Americans would not exist.

If remedy two was a current policy and enforced, then Darren Wilson, the killer cop now on Ferguson’s police force would not likely have been hired.

Additionally, if the third remedy were in place, Wilson and other officers who have a conscious or unconscious hate for African-American males, would be disqualified as police officers until they effectively resolve their racial hostility.

It has been a long standing practice that white male law enforcement officials have been killing Africa-American males during and after slavery without consequences. The practice still prevails. This is an outright abuse of authority to say the least. If by chance a white law enforcement officer is ever charged with murder for killing an unarmed black male, an all-white jury will set him free. But such a situation is unlikely to happen due to Missouri’s Qualified Immunity statute which gives police officers a license to kill anyway. It would certainly be interesting to see how a predominantly white community would respond if a black law enforcement officer would kill an unarmed young white male in the manner that Michael Brown was gunned down. Black police officers don’t seem to have an appetite or a history of killing young white males.

However, all law enforcement agencies kill black males without impunity and they use the following standard fabricated justifications: the subject reached in his pocket or belt area and the officer feared for his life and shot and killed the subject; the subject tried to take the officer’s gun and was shot and killed; the subject came after the officer with a knife and was shot and killed; the subject tried to ran the officer down with his auto and was shot and killed; the officer heard gun fire and returned fire and killed the subject; and, the subject was ordered to drop the shape object but instead he advanced and was shot and killed. As many trumped-up charges and killings that are done by white police officers, no wonder African-Americans do not trust and are afraid of them.

Moreover, it is common knowledge in black communities that white police officers will outright lie and make false charges on them. They are also known to carry a throw-away gun that is placed at the scene after a police shoot and kill an alleged black felon.

There needs to be a public verification system via an effective Civilian Review Board in place that can verify all police accusations and reports.  Police have too many avenues to lie and cover-up their misdeeds, which lead them to think they are above the law because of their license to kill. Law enforcement officers are service providers like other workers. They should identify with the working-class and be more supportive of organized labor and civil and human rights groups. Instead, police officers work against their own interest by being hired bullies in the community with guns to protect the interest of the white power structure.

Racism in the City of Ferguson is no different than that which exists in the City of St. Louis. There are glaring similarities especially among their decision makers and how decisions are made. 

Ferguson has a 67% majority African-American population in a smaller community, whereas the City of St. Louis has 49.2% majority African-American population, whites are at 43.9 % according to the 2010 U. S. Census Bureau. It’s a known fact that one racist institution will come to the rescue of another racist institution.  This is evident by an unfair employment white controlled St. Louis police department who perpetrates daily hostilities on black St. Louisans.  Now it is assisting a predominantly white Ferguson police department in its unfair treatment of black residence. Just as Ferguson’s mayor James W. Knowles III have been maintaining his racial discriminatory grip on Ferguson, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay have been doing the same. Although a hint of diversity, the St. Louis police department is not where it ought to be, like at least 49.2%, in all job categories.

In addition, not too long ago, Mayor Slay forced out the first black highly qualified fire chief in the City of St. Louis. (An overt racist act.) Former Fire Chief Sherman George, black, insisted on promoting from an updated list of qualified firefighters that included a fair number of African-Americans.  With the ouster of George, Slay then ordered a white stand-in fire-chief to promote forty (40) white fire fighters to captain from an old outdated list of 43 candidates. (An overt racist act.) Slay then by-passed another highly qualified black deputy fire chief to appoint a white battalion chief as Fire Chief.  (An overt racist act.) Deputy Fire Chief Charles Coyle, black, filed a racial discrimination charge against Mayor Slay and won, but he did not get the Fire Chief position. Like Mayor Knowles of the City of Ferguson, Mayor Slay clings to his racism by refusing to allow St. Louis black firefighters to reflect the population (49.2) in job promotions and new hires.


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Video: MSNBC’s Rachel ‘Madcow’ Urges McCaskill to Run for President

September 8th, 2014 by Mark Truman ·

Hat tip: Washington Free Beacon

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