Reader Selected News For The Week May 1 To May 7

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Racism Causes Chronic Disease, Death In Black People

There is only one flaw. Black people use the ‘N Word’ in all of its permutations a hellavu lot more than white people. Or is Google able to tell the skin color of the person typing on their keyboard?

From Truth Revolt:

Study: Racism Causes Chronic Diseases And Death In Black People

Based on Google searches for the N-word

By Trey Sanchez | April 29, 2015

A study conducted by PLOS ONE attempts to make a correlation between racist Google searches and how that negatively affects the health of the surrounding black community.

That’s what passes for ‘science’ today. (Cf. global warming.) For the record, PLOS ONE is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science (PLOS).

The study explains its methods: PLOS ONE used Google data from between 2004-2007 of searches for "nigger" and "niggers," but excluded searches for "nigga" and "niggas."

Clearly some ‘N Words’ are more racist than others.

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Michael Moore Wants Cops Disarmed, Prisoners Freed

First there is this via Breitbart:

Baltimore Mayor Makes Statement In Front of ‘No Justice, No Peace’ Sign

By John Nolte | April 30, 2015

Just days after riots, arson, and looting roiled the city of Baltimore, while standing in front of a sign that read, “No Justice, No Peace,” Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake made a statement covered live on cable news. The sign is for Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. Sharpton was present during the speech and has himself been connected to numerous incidents of racial mob violence. He also owes upwards of $4 million in back taxes…

Sharpton, who moonlights as a MSNBC primetime anchor, shielded the mayor from questions from the press.

That’s what Sharpton does for Obama, too. At least in a figurative way.

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100 BPD Cops Injured, Second Prisoner: No Rough Ride

So why is this statement from the ‘second prisoner’ only coming out now? And why is it being buried in a local news report? (These are rhetorical questions.)

From the NBC DC affiliate, WRC:

Nearly 100 Officers Injured Since Monday: Baltimore Police

April 30, 2015

Nearly 100 officers have been hurt since violence broke out in the city on Monday, Baltimore Police said. Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said Thursday afternoon that more than 40 officers required some sort of treatment at the hospital.

Protesters have been throwing bricks, bottles and other items at officers trying to contain demonstrations after the death of Freddie Gray…

The police were just trying to "contain demonstrations"? Not stop looting an arson? No wonder the peaceful protesters were forced to throw bricks and bottles.

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Philly Cops ‘Clash’ With Supporters Of Gray Protests

From a beaming with pride CNN:

In Philadelphia, police clash with supporters of Baltimore protests

By Ralph Ellis, Ed Payne and Pat St.Claire | May 1, 2015

(CNN) Across the world, demonstrators are taking to the streets to support Baltimore protesters and to complain about police brutality in their own towns. In the United States, the protests took place Thursday in Philadelphia and Cincinnati.

The protests will probably continue, at least into the weekend.

At least that’s what CNN hopes. They can’t count on another airliner disappearing. But notice the headline. It’s the police who are causing the trouble. The police are doing the clashing against protesters!

Demonstrations in Seattle; Portland, Oregon; and Oakland, California, are scheduled for Friday, which is also May Day, or International Workers Day — often used to call attention to issues affecting the working class and minorities.

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NYT Perpetuates The Narrative Of Gray’s ‘Rough Ride’

To try to perpetuate this lie in the face of the latest evidence is media malpractice on a near criminal level.

From where else but the New York Times:

Freddie Gray’s Injury and the Police ‘Rough Ride’

By MANNY FERNANDEZ | April 30, 2015

In Baltimore, they call it a “rough ride.” In Philadelphia, they had another name for it that hints at the age of the practice — a “nickel ride,” a reference to old-time amusement park rides that cost five cents. Other cities called them joy rides.

The slang terms mask a dark tradition of police misconduct in which suspects, seated or lying face down and in handcuffs in the back of a police wagon, are jolted and battered by an intentionally rough and bumpy ride that can do as much damage as a police baton without an officer having to administer a blow.

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2nd Prisoner Tweaks Comment To Avoid Being Killed

What a pathetic situation. Mr. Allen would rather risk going to jail for lying to the police under oath than risk being killed by thugs for being a ‘snitch.’

From the CBS Baltimore affiliate, WJZ:

The Other Man In The Van With Freddie Gray Breaks His Silence

April 30, 2015

BALTIMORE (WJZ ) — From the beginning, the investigation into what killed Freddie Gray has centered on what happened inside the police transport van… WJZ‘s Mike Schuh [was] the first to speak with Donta Allen about what he heard.

And yet nowhere in this interview does the reporter ask Mr. Allen if he also experienced a rough ride? Why is that?

“I am Donta Allen. I am the one who was in the van with Freddie Gray,” Allen said.

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Freddie Gray Hit His Head On A Bolt In Prisoner Van

The Sun does its level best to preserve the ‘rough ride’ narrative and to downplay the ‘he was trying to harm himself’ report.

From an ever hopeful Baltimore Sun:

Gray suffered head injury in prisoner van, sources familiar with investigation say

By Justin Fenton | April 30, 2015

Baltimore police have found that Freddie Gray suffered a serious head injury inside a prisoner transport wagon, with one wound indicating that he struck a protruding bolt in the back of the vehicle, according to sources familiar with the probe.

So much for all the claims that Mr. Gray sustained his injury during his arrest. (Which flew in the face of the two videos of his arrest, anyway.)

But why not tell us about the position of the bolt is in the van?

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Gallup: Only 0.8% Of Adults Part Of Same-Sex Couples

So what. We still have to turn our culture and thousands of years of history and custom upside down to accommodate them. That is social justice!

Via CNS News:

Gallup: Less Than 1% of Adult Population Part of a Same-Sex Couple

By Michael Morris | April 28, 2015

According to a recent Gallup survey, of the total U.S. adult population (approximately 243 million U.S. adults), less than 1 percent, only .8 percent (approximately 2 million U.S. adults), are part of a same-sex couple.

Is Gallup hoping to influence the Supreme Court with these numbers? Or are they looking to get sued by Obama’s DOJ again?

The same survey finds that approximately .3 percent of U.S. adults are married to a same-sex spouse, a mere .5 percent identify as being in a same-sex domestic partnership and, of the estimated .8 percent of the total U.S.

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No, Jon Stewart, Baltimore Wasn’t Stinted For Afghans

In fact, Baltimore is second only to NYC on spending per pupil. And yet only 16% of Baltimore eight graders are proficient in reading. Where did their billion and a half dollar school budget go?

From the Washington Post, of all places:

Nope, Jon Stewart, $1 trillion wasn’t spent on Afghanistan schools at the expense of Baltimore.

By Glenn Kessler | April 30, 2015

“If we are spending $1 trillion to rebuild Afghanistan’s schools, we can’t, you know, put a little taste Baltimore’s way. It’s crazy.” – Jon Stewart, “The Daily Show,” April 28, 2015.

The Fact Checker is a huge fan of The Daily Show, as Jon Stewart is frequently an excellent fact checker of media and politician misdeeds and inconsistencies…

Which should tell you all you need to know about this usually laughably biased ‘fact-checker.’

He’s also a comedian and, to some extent, a pundit.

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Law School Lets Students Skip Exam To Help Protesters

No wonder the David A. Clarke School of Law enjoys such a sterling reputation — among matchbook cover collectors, anyway.

From an approving Washington Post:

Law school dean: If you help Freddie Gray protesters in Baltimore, you can defer an exam

By Susan Svrluga [sic] | April 29, 2015

The dean of the law school at the University of the District of Columbia urged students to take part in protests in Baltimore, even offering to defer an exam for those who help people on the street with legal advice.

Dean Shelley Broderick of the David A. Clarke School of Law told students that community and police relations “is the civil rights issue of our time,” and that law school leaders want students to be part of the “energy and commitment” of the protests…

Besides, there’s some good sh*t to loot.

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(Uninformed) Marchers Protest The Police In Six Cities

These people are protesting violence by being violent. They are protesting being viewed as dangerous by acting dangerous. They are protesting not being ‘understood’ by keeping people from being able to drive home from work.

From a cheering Reuters:

Marchers protest police violence in Baltimore, New York

By Scott Malone, Ian Simpson and Warren Strobel | April 29, 2015

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Protesters marched against police violence in cities from New York to Denver on Wednesday, and a large demonstration in Baltimore ended peacefully two days after rioting over the death of a black man injured in police custody…

New York City police arrested more than 60 people as protesters roved in separate groups through Manhattan, blocking traffic in a few areas.

According to the CBS New York affiliate, WCBS, these ‘few areas’ include shutting down "Union Square… the outbound Holland Tunnel, the West Side Highway and several other city streets." That’s all.

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101 Rioters Freed Because Courts Closed Due To Riots

The WP fails to mention that these rioters were freed because the people needed to process them were told to stay home because of the riots. — What a great system, huh?

From a cheering Washington Post:

About 80 people arrested in Baltimore turmoil freed after time runs out

By Mary Pat Flaherty, Lynh Bui and Dan Morse | April 29 2015

About 80 people who were arrested during protests and rioting that have roiled the city of Baltimore were released late Wednesday after spending two days in jail without ever being formally charged, and in many cases without ever being told why they had been taken into custody…

Actually the number was at least 101 and it will probably end up being even more.

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Fox Source Says Mayor Ordered Police To Stand Down

Whom to believe? The mayor or our lying eyes? (And never mind that she practically admitted doing this earlier with her inadvertent give them space to destroy remark.)

From Fox News:

Source: Baltimore mayor ordered police to stand down

April 29, 2015

… Despite a firm denial by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a senior law enforcement source charges that she gave an order for police to stand down as riots broke out Monday night, raising more questions about whether some of the violence and looting could have been prevented.

The source, who is involved in the enforcement efforts, confirmed to Fox News there was a direct order from the mayor to her police chief Monday night, effectively tying the hands of officers as they were pelted with rocks and bottles.

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Results Of Gray Investigation Will Not Be Made Public

Would it be too cynical to suggest that the investigation results will undercut the myth that Mr. Gray was murdered by the police? Could the authorities want to string out this crisis long enough for the myth to be as firmly established in the minds of the low information crowd as ‘hands up, don’t shoot’?

From CBS News:

Results of Freddie Gray investigation won’t be made public

By Jeff Pegues April 29, 2015

BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Police Department said Wednesday the results of its investigation into the Freddie Gray’s death will go directly to the State’s Attorney’s Office, not to the public.

"We cannot release all of this information to the public because if there is a decision to charge in any event by the State’s Attorney’s Office, the integrity of that investigation has to be protected," said Police Captain Eric Kowalczyk.

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