Thursday, December 18, 2014

Faux News Distorting What You Decide Redux #FergusonGrandJury #SandyMcElroy

Before I type another word, let me express my gratitude to the Smoking Gun for being the media I wish we had instead of the media we have.  Thanks to them we know the #FergusonGrandJury was a farce and a fraud.  Thanks to them we know there were two witnesses who said didn't have hands up surrendering. One was not actually there. The other was

 Read all about How Fox News Ran with Bogus Testimony Given to the Grand Jury
On December 8, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch released additional details about the grand jury documents his office made public last month after no charges were brought against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. As a result, more details have come to light showing that the testimony of one particular grand jury witness was a sham—testimony that was repeatedly touted by Fox News' Sean Hannity and other pundits who defended Wilson and the grand jury's decision.
It ought to be against the law to give bogus testimony to the Grand Jury.

Oh wait.....
Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, was impeached by the House of Representatives on two charges, one of perjury and one of obstruction of justice, on December 19, 1998. Two other impeachment articles, a second perjury charge and a charge of abuse of power, failed in the House. He was acquitted of both charges by the Senate on February 12, 1999.[1]

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

#BillCosby is a media enabled Weapon of Mass Distraction from #SandyMcElroy

About that #FergusonGrandJury that refused to indict #DarrenWilson in the shooting death of #MikeBrown...

You won't see this on TeeVee, or read about it in the mainstream media because they are too busy talking about ‪#‎BillCosby,‬ but The Smoking Gun exposed  ‪#‎Ferguson‬ "lying" witness number 40 Sandy McElroy as a racist lying liar.
 DECEMBER 15--The grand jury witness who testified that she saw Michael Brown pummel a cop before charging at him “like a football player, head down,” is a troubled, bipolar Missouri woman with a criminal past who has a history of making racist remarks and once insinuated herself into another high-profile St. Louis criminal case with claims that police eventually dismissed as a “complete fabrication,” The Smoking Gun has learned.
There's more:
 You must understand, then, that Sandy McElroy, whose testimony matches that of Darren Wilson's better than any witness who testified, was only called to the grand jury, not once, but twice, and allowed to present concocted physical evidence at that, because she was a neutron bomb for this case. Not ONE PIECE OF EVIDENCE proving that she was there could be found and scores of evidence that she made the entire thing up was presented weeks before she was ever allowed to testify before the grand jury, but it was all deliberately ignored

Oops, more lying liars and the lying liars who tell them
But Maddow wasn’t the last MSNBC host to poke holes in the grand jury’s work that day. Lawrence O’Donnell followed up by poking holes in the testimony of the only witness McCulloch specifically quoted in his press conference, imbued with all the trust he scornfully denied to everyone else.
“There is no real reason to believe officer wilson’s story that Michael Brown was charging at him, but even if you do believe it, there is certainly no reason to believe that Officer Wilson could not have easily avoided being tackled by someone who’s been hit by four of his bullets,” O’Donnell pointed out—which, again, is precisely the sort of thing that a prosecutor’s cross-examination should have made obvious. “You don’t have to be an NFL running back to avoid that tackle.” But then O’Donnell moved on to his main point—was there any credible evidence supporting Wilson’s claim of this most improbable, suicidal charge? “That is one of the most important questions in this case,” he said, and then played a clip from McCulloch’s press conference, “One described his movement toward Officer Wilson as ‘a full charge.’”
The Truth Matters

It ought to be against the law to use the public airways to lie to the public.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fox News Caught on Tape Distorting What You Decide with all Spin all the Time, UNfair & Unbalanced. Lovely.


In an attempt to discredit Rev. Al Sharpton and the massive #JusticeForAll marches held all over the country last weekend, Fox News proved once and for all they hate us for our freedom.  That's the only conclusion I can draw from their attempt spin #BlackLivesMatter  into an anti cop crusade by editing a piece of video tape to make it seem demonstrators  had chanted calls to kill police during his speech,  making the divide between the police and protesters even worse.  For some reason the site of large groups of black people marching for truth, justice, and the American way, just doesn't sit well with some people.

Let's recap
During the broadcast, they showed a clip from a protest last night in Manhattan where some people were reportedly heard chanting “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” The video then flipped to Sharpton leading a peaceful rally where he says,  “We’re not saying all police are bad. We’re not even saying most are bad. We’re not anti-police, but we’re anti-brutality. And the federal government must have a threshold to protect that.”
The intention of the shoddy editing was to make Sharpton look like a hyprocite, although anyone paying attention could see the clips were from drastically different times of day. That didn’t stop the hosts from using this footage as evidence that the protestors had ill intentions.
About that "What do we want? Dead cops!' video,..notice how far the camera shot is from the crowd, but how clear their words are? We can't see the faces of the people but we can hear their words?  And how come Fox News is the only network that reported these chantsMakes you go Hmmmm doesn't it?

For the record, no one, I repeat no one, wants cops or anyone else dead. Nor are the protest an indictment of all cops.  To say that all cops kill unarmed black men, women, and children without impunity is like saying all black people are thugs, and we know that's not true.  To say #BlackLivesMatter does not mean that white lives, and police lives don't matter.
To : yes, cops kill white people, but young Black men are 21 TIMES MORE LIKELY to be killed by cops than young white men
This movement is about equality not vengeance. We are not a divided country. It's ONE Nation, with Liberty and Justice for all. The sooner Fox News realizes this the better off we all will be.

Friday, December 12, 2014

This is what #WhitePrivilege looks like in one picture

Dale Jackson 
Mad because Oakwood University students organized a peaceful demonstration because they want to be treated like human beings, local radio host Dale Jackson (pictured above taking a selfie), decided to mock the absurdity of die- protest orchestrated by America’s grievance industry, with a one man protest, enabled by the City of Huntsville, the Huntsville Police Department, the media, and indirectly, Huntsville/Madison County taxpayers.

“There is a right way to protest and a wrong way to protest. Laying down in the middle of the road is the wrong way and shame on the politicians who are afraid to stand up and tell them ‘no.'”
That is the point Huntsville conservative talk radio personality Dale Jackson says he wanted to get across on Monday when he staged a one-man protest, lying down in the middle of the street blocking traffic on one of Huntsville’s busiest thoroughfares as local residents tried to make their way home from work.
The genesis of Jackson’s idea came when word started to spread on social media that several Huntsville residents were planning a demonstration they had dubbed “Shut it Down Huntsville.” Their plan to was to start in the parking lot of the Oakwood University Church and march up University Drive, “blocking all traffic in protest.”
The protest mirrored many others taking place around the country in the wake of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner deaths and subsequent grand jury decisions.
Let's backup. Their plan was to start in the parking lot of the Oakwood University Church and march up University Drive, “blocking all traffic in protest.” When Dale Jackson got wind of this, he and his posse cranked up a  they don't have a permit whine on social media.

The social media whine was picked up by the mainstream media, which resulted in Oakwood students being urged to not break traffic laws by the University President, and the city councilman who represents the district.
Huntsville City Councilman Will Culver said Huntsville police hope to prevent a planned Friday afternoon protest march from spilling into busy University Drive.
Culver, whose council district includes University Drive as well as Oakwood University where the 4:30 p.m. march is starting, said Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris has identified "a few areas where people can stand alongside University Drive and peacefully protest."
Did you get that last sentence?  An area was identified where people can stand alongside (not to be confused with in the middle of) University Drive.
 The police had hoped the protestors would be satisfied staging their "die in" - four and a half minutes laying in the road to simulate the four and a half hours Michael Brown's body lay in the street in Ferguson, Mo. - on less busy Wynn Drive.
There's just one hitch, no one could see the die-in  on "less busy Wynn Drive" which kind of defeats the purpose of the protest.
But when protestors asked if they could have four and a half minutes to lie down on University, Police Chief Lewis Morris said yes. Police had the people and equipment in place to stop traffic, it would only take a few minutes, and it would avoid unnecessary confrontation.
Some have made an issue of the protestors not having a permit to do what they did. Morris pointed out that he signs the permits, he was on the scene, and he decided to grant the protestors' request. It wasn't on paper, but it was within his authority to make a spot decision.
Morris could have refused. He could have been indignant and stuck to the letter of the law.
Instead, he was smart, thoughtful and tolerant.
Which goes to show no good deed goes unpunished.  Under the guise of concern for law enforcement,  Dale Jackson forced HPD to provide him with a seven police car escort and block off busy streets during rush hour for a tax payer funded PR stunt.

Oh well, at least he didn't use the official Alabama State Seal on a memo telling democrats to vote the day after the election again.

Note to future protestors, the next time you want to protest, go to city hall and request a permit. They will be more than happy to oblige you.  If not, remind them of the Dale Jackson precedent pictured above.

Snertly sums it up:
While #ShutItDownHSV was performed to draw attention to Ferguson and similar issues, Dale Jackson's stunt is just to draw attention to Dale Jackson.
I'm glad Mr Jackson got his 120 seconds in the lime light, but it's absurd for him to equate laying alone on a public road stroking his ego with a social protest and demonstration involving over a hundred people..

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

#TamirRice and #JohnCrawford are dead because they were "scaring the s#*t out of everybody", including the police

Listen to the 911 caller report the #TamirRice incident, then watch Tamir Rice being shot seconds after he is confronted by the police.

Read about the 911 call that lead to police shooting #JohnCrawford to death.

It's not the so called black on black crime, it's the easy access to guns people.

Police assume everyone is exercising their second amendment right to be locked and loaded, so they shoot first and ask questions later, out of fear they won't return home to their family at the end of their shift.  Not only do they have to contend with real guns, they have to worry about toy guns that look like real guns and vice verse. It would make the job of the police much easier if they didn't have to figure out the difference between the law abiding citizens and the criminals.  It might save some lives too..

I'm just saying.....

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What NOT to do if you're black and stopped by the police

Left in Alabama co-blogger in chief countrycat says " surprisingly people don't know their rights when it comes to interaction with the police", and proceeds to advise white people what their rights are when they are stopped by the police.  Yes, I said advise white people, because black people don't have the same rights.  They just don't, but this is what happens when there is a lack of diversity (for lack of a better word) at Alabama's Informed. Involved.  Progressive. blog of record.

More per countrycat:
This simple sentence: "I do not consent to this search," is one of the most important tools you have to protect your constitutional rights during a police stop. 

Now I'm not calling countrycat naive, but the only rights black folks have when it comes interacting with the Po Po is to stay black, and try and live through the interaction.  Politely telling the Po-Po you do not consent to this search is asking to be arrested (if you're lucky),  a mega beat down, or worse.  And the last thing you want to do is reach for your handy know your rights card because police might think you are reaching for a gun.

This really funny video by comedian Chris Rock tells black folks what to do when stopped by the policeIf you follow these easy tips you'll be fine.  Warning video contains raw but real language.