Obama Sends Holder To MO, Opposes ‘Militarized’ Police

From Yahoo News:

Obama will send Holder to Ferguson, says police should not be militarized

By Olivier Knox | August 18, 2014

President Obama announced Monday that he will send Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri, to take stock of the tense situation there and predicted that Congress will re-evaluate the merits of federal programs that arm local police with military gear.

What a relief it is to hear that Holder is going to Ferguson! We haven’t felt this reassured since Ike announced: ‘I will go to Korea.’

Still, the question arises: when Mr. Holder gets to Ferguson, which side of the barricades will he be on? We’re kidding, of course. If you know anything about Holder’s history, you already know which side he is on in his heart of hearts.

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Obama Blames Slavery For The Looting In Ferguson, MO

From Mediaite:

Obama on Ferguson: ‘I Have to Be Careful About Not Pre-Judging Events’

By Tina Nguyen | August 18, 2014

While Barack Obama may have his own personal feelings towards the death of Michael Brown and the deterioration of order in Ferguson, Mo., he took pains during his press conference today to stress that he is, first and foremost, the President of the United States, and that the investigation in Brown’s death is still in progress.

In other words, Obama refused to condemn the rioting and the looting because he is the President of all of us. Including rioters and looters. And since he must love all of his children equally, he cannot condemn their behavior.

Besides, they all have good excuses. They are disadvantaged.

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Purported Witness Backs Pro-Brown Version Of Shooting

From the Hollywood entertainment website, The Wrap:

Michael Brown Shooting Witness Releases Video: ‘I Knew This Was Not Right’

By Tim Molloy | August 18, 2014

A woman who says she witnessed the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has released video to CNN that shows Brown lying in the street as officers stand by…

Piaget Crenshaw said she has waited until now to release the video because she feared for her safety and was waiting for police to release Wilson’s name, which they did Friday.

Ms. Crenshaw feared for her safety because she thought the police would go after her if she came forward? It’s more likely she would have been cheered.

She also said police could have released her video Friday — when they also released surveillance footage that they said showed Brown stealing cigarillos from a convenience store before the shooting.

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Did ‘Josie’ Repeat Account From ‘Bogus’ Facebook Post?

From Breitbart:

Hoax? Facebook Posting from ‘Darren Wilson’ Details Shooting

By Warner Todd Huston | August 17, 2014

There are still a lot of stories swirling around the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last week, and to add to the din is a Facebook posting purportedly by officer "Darren Wilson" that seems to corroborate some previously reported information. However, others claim the posting is a hoax…

[On] Sunday afternoon a Facebook post claiming to be from the officer who shot Brown, officer Darren Wilson, reported a similar story as the bystanders in the video:

my friends and family have been afraid to put out what really happened due to the severe threats.but here is the truth of what happened. as much as i can tell you at this point.

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Local Reporter: Dozen Witnesses Back Up Officer Wilson

From Alabama’s Huntsville Times:

Reporter says more than a dozen witnesses to Brown shooting back up police officer’s version of events

By Debbie M. Lord | August 18, 2014

A St. Louis Post Dispatch reporter says that Ferguson, Missouri, police confirm that more than a dozen witnesses to the shooting of teenager Michael Brown have backed up the account of the incident offered by the officer who killed the teenager.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers tweeted Monday that  police told her that an account of the shooting by a woman named "Josie" who called into a syndicated radio program last Friday matches the account given by Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown.

Christine Byers [tweeted: "Police sources tell me more than a dozen witnesses have corroborated cop’s version of events in shooting"

"Josie" claimed to be a friend of Wilson’s and said that Wilson was protecting himself as Brown "bum-rushed" him, punching him and trying to get his weapon.

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Armed Men Attack Ebola Clinic, Loot, And Free Patients

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Report: Armed men attack Liberia Ebola clinic, freeing patients

August 17, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia – Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital’s largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses.

The violence in the West Point slum occurred late Saturday and was led by residents angry that patients were brought to the holding center from other parts of Monrovia, Tolbert Nyenswah, assistant health minister, said Sunday.

Local witnesses told Agence France Presse that there were armed men among the group that attacked the clinic. "They broke down the doors and looted the place." …

Gee, it’s just like in our country.

Up to 30 patients were staying at the center and many of them fled at the time of the raid, said Nyenswah.

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AP: Credibility Concerns In Michael Brown Investigation

From a doing the best they can to sew doubt Associated Press:

Credibility concerns in Missouri shooting probe

By DAVID A. LIEB | August 18, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — After a week of violent clashes between police and protesters, Missouri authorities leading the investigation into the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager are increasingly facing questions about whether their eventual findings can be seen as credible among residents who are highly distrustful of those in charge.

Here we go. It’s going to be the OJ trial, all over again. Or worse.

The coming days and weeks will be crucial as grand jurors begin hearing evidence that will help determine whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is charged with a state crime for the Aug.

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Baden Autopsy Shows Brown Was Not Shot From Behind

From a tap-dancing New York Times:

Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times

By FRANCES ROBLES and JULIE BOSMAN | AUG. 17, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a [WHITE!] police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found.

One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy.

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Holder (Obama) Orders 3rd Autopsy Of Michael Brown

From an approving New York Times:

Obama Administration Plans Autopsy of Michael Brown in Effort to Keep Peace

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MATT APUZZOAUG. 17, 2014

EDGARTOWN, Mass. — … Mr. Holder announced Sunday that a federal medical examiner would conduct an independent autopsy of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot Aug. 9 in Ferguson by Officer Darren Wilson.

The Times doesn’t think it’s worth noting until the very bottom of their long piece, but this will be the third autopsy of Mr. Brown. The first was done by the Missouri state authorities. The second was carried out by a very highly regarded coroner hired by the Brown family. But none of those found any gun shots from behind. So family will keep trying until they get the results they want.

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Holder Re-Thinks Giving Military Equipment To Police

From the Associated Press:

US rethinks giving excess military gear to police

August 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

We can’t let this manufactured crisis go to waste. It must be used to press some part of the left’s agenda. (In this case, the ACLU’s longtime effort to limit the police from defending themselves.)

The public has absorbed images of heavily armed police, snipers trained on protesters and tear gas plumes.

And the public was glad to see these dangerous thugs held at bay.

Against that backdrop, Attorney General Eric Holder said that when police and citizens need to restore calm, "I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message."

Would Mr.

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Nixon Decries ‘Militarization,’ Sends In National Guard

From the Washington Examiner:

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon calls up National Guard to help in Ferguson

By Susan Crabtree | August 18, 2014

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is deploying the state National Guard to Ferguson to try to reestablish order in the streets as violent attacks intensified Sunday a week after the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Sunday morning Nixon said the violent clashes were dissipating after he imposed a curfew in the St. Louis suburb Friday. But they flared again Sunday night with reports of protesters firing on police, throwing Molotov cocktails, looting and attempts to block roads and overrun the police command center. Police reportedly used tear gas on protesters in return.

Nixon called the attacks “deliberate, coordinated and intensifying,” and announced that he had called up the Missouri National Guard to help restore “peace and order.” …

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Holder (Obama) Insisted Brown Video Be Suppressed

From CBS News:

Feds opposed releasing Ferguson robbery video

August 16, 2014

Federal authorities opposed Friday’s release of a surveillance video showing a man resembling Michael Brown committing a robbery at a convenience store in Ferguson, Mo., CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports…

Notice the vague headline and lead. In fact, Mr. Holder’s name never appears once in the article. You see? It was just anonymous federal authorities who wanted this video suppressed.

This is exactly as we suspected. After all, there was no other earthly reason for the police to have held the video back. But Messrs. Holder and Obama didn’t want the policeman’s side of the story to get out. They wanted to foment as much outrage as possible.

In a just world, Messrs.

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The Weekly S&L ‘Hive’ – Please Talk Among Yourselves

Here is our weekly discussion thread, where comments on the general topics of the day are very welcome.

But please remember to post and comment on specific news items in the ‘Reader Selected News’ thread below or via the ‘News Selected By Our Readers’ link found in the sidebar.

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Reader Selected News For The Week Of Aug 16 To Aug 22

This thread is for the busy bees of S&L to post news articles that might not warrant their own thread.

Posting Guidelines

To make the articles as readable as possible, please:

Only post news from established news media outlets.
Avoid editorials or opinion pieces unless they are truly newsworthy.
Avoid items that most people most likely have seen elsewhere.
Post articles that fit under the topic of a recent thread as a comment there. Always spell out the name of the source and post a link to it.
And always post less than one quarter of the original article.

Posts of articles that do not follow these guidelines may be edited or deleted.

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UAC To Be Classed As ‘Homeless’ To Avoid Requirements

From Breitbart:

Immigrant Children to Be Classified as ‘Homeless’ to Avoid School Enrollment Documentation Requirements

By Caroline May | August 14, 2014

In response to an inquiry about unaccompanied minors from one of its school divisions, Virginia’s Department of Education issued a memo this month reminding its 132 divisions about their obligation to educate all children…

More than 2,850 unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have been placed with sponsors in Virginia.

According to the memo, under federal and Virginia law, the state expects that many of the unaccompanied minors who enroll in public school will be considered “homeless.”

“While a case-by-case review of each child’s circumstances upon enrolling in a Virginia public school is necessary, many of these unaccompanied children will be deemed homeless under applicable state and federal law,” the memo reads.

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