Holder Visits Ferguson Just As Grand Jury Hears Evidence

From USA Today:

Holder’s stop in Ferguson is deeply personal

Kevin Johnson | August 20, 2014

FERGUSON, MO. — Attorney General Eric Holder flew to Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer leading an investigation into a police shooting.

He also arrived as an African-American who said he understands the racial tensions that have fueled days of protests that have been marred by violence and mass arrests since the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

"I am the Attorney General of the United States, but I am also a black man," Holder told Ferguson residents at a community meeting. "I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding.

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Cpt. Johnson Credits Holder For Calmer Night In Ferguson

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Six arrests made as protests in Ferguson stay small, peaceful

August 21, 2014

Six arrests were made by officers patrolling the streets of Ferguson late Wednesday and early today, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson said.

Speaking at a brief press conference at 1:30 a.m., he said the protests now in their 11 night were fairly calm although an officer was hit by a bottle at one point. He said the officer was uninjured.

Probably because he was wearing riot gear. Which is part of that terrible militarization of the police that everyone bemoans.

Johnson… said the protesters were a quieter group. "We didn’t have as many of the agitators…"

Unless you count Mr. Holder. Speaking of whom…

Johnson, who is leading the security contingent, also credited the visit on Wednesday by Attorney General Eric Holder for helping lessen the tension on the streets.

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New York Times Buried News of Officer Wilson’s Injuries

Via Breitbart:

New York Times Buries News of Officer Wilson’s Injury

By John Nolte | 20 Aug 2014

The New York Times has big news on the biggest story in the country today, but … the Times buried that news 26 paragraphs deep.

According to the Times’ own police sources:

"[L]aw enforcement officials say witnesses and forensic analysis have shown that Officer Wilson did sustain an injury during the struggle in the car."

Obviously, the news that Wilson was injured during his struggle with 18-year-old Michael Brown is highly relevant to the ongoing investigation…

If Wilson was indeed injured, it doesn’t automatically make the fatal shooting of Brown appropriate, but it does help to fill a yawning fact-vacuum with a piece of relevant information.

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Officer Wilson Was Badly Beaten Before Shooting Brown

From Fox News:

Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown, says source

By Hollie McKay | August 20, 2014

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department’s top brass told FoxNews.com.

“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”

So how come this information withheld?

According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown and his friend Dorain [sic] Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the road because they were obstructing traffic.

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Terrorist Who Beheaded Foley Is Well-Educated, ‘British’

From the UK’s Telegraph:

‘British’ jihadist who beheaded journalist is Londoner called John

By Gordon Rayner, and Martin Evans | 20 Aug 2014

The jihadist who beheaded the American journalist James Foley is believed to be British born militant from London who calls himself John, it can be revealed.

We suspect that while ‘John’ maybe be ‘British born,’ he is of Middle Eastern ancestry. In fact, why pretend that these terrorists are Britons? Even if they happen to be born in the UK, they are almost all ‘first generation’ immigrants of Middle Eastern ancestry who never assimilated. And it’s clear where their allegiances still lie.

Intelligence agents in the UK and United States are urgently looking into reports that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighter, whose brutal actions shocked the world, is the ringleader of group of British jihadists who have specialised in hostage taking.

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ISIS Wanted $100M And Prisoner Swap For James Foley

From a memory deficient New York Times:

ISIS Pressed for Ransom Before Killing Journalist

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI [sic] | August 20, 2014

Kneeling in the dirt in a desert somewhere in the Middle East, James Foley lost his life this week at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Before pulling out the knife used to decapitate him, his masked executioner explained that he was killing the 40-year-old American journalist in retaliation for the recent United States’ airstrikes against the terror group in Iraq.

In fact, until recently, ISIS had a very different list of demands for Mr. Foley: The group pressed the United States to provide a multimillion-dollar ransom for his release, according to a representative of his family and a former hostage held alongside him.

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US Botched Attempt To Rescue James Foley This Summer

From the Washington Post:

U.S. staged secret operation into Syria in failed bid to rescue Americans

By Adam Goldman and Karen DeYoung | August 20, 2014

U.S. Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants, according to senior Obama administration officials.

Obama really is Jimmy Carter, II. It’s downright eerie. Still, notice how artfully the headline and lead underplay that this was a botched rescue attempt. Carter didn’t get this kid glove treatment from the press for his failed hostage rescue attempt.

The attempt, involving several dozen U.S. commandos, one of whom was injured in a fierce firefight with the militants, was the first known U.S. ground operation in Syria since the country’s descent into civil war.

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Mike Ditka: Redskins Opponents ‘Politically Correct Idiots’

From Breitbart:

Mike Ditka Calls Opponents of Redskins Name ‘Politically Correct Idiots’

By Daniel J. Flynn | August 20, 2014

The Hall of Famer had some strong words…  “There’s so much horse$#!+,” the Super Bowl-winning coach and player [sic] of the nickname controversy, “it’s incredible” … in an edited audio interview with Redskins author and superfan Mike Richman…

“This is so stupid it’s appalling,” the Hall of Famer opines. “And I hope that the owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it. Because the Redskins are a part of American football history. It should never be anything but the ‘Washington Redskins.’ That’s the way it is.”

The player, coach, and broadcaster making his living from the NFL for more than a half century cites the “history” and “tradition” of the league, which he knows well, and the “reverence” the name shows Native Americans, as reasons to keep it.

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US Has More People On Welfare Than Russia Has People

From CNS News:

The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 20, 2014

109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded "means-tested programs" — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau…

But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.

When those receiving benefits from non-means-tested federal programs — such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and veterans benefits — were added to those taking welfare benefits, it turned out that 153,323,000 people were getting federal benefits of some type at the end of 2012.

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LA Considers Paying People To Vote To Increase Turnout

From an unfazed Washington Post:

Can paying people to vote increase voter turnout? L.A.’s looking into it and the answer is yes.

By Hunter Schwarz | August 19, 2014

… The Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday for Wesson to look into various ways to increase turnout, including cash incentives like a lottery.

The idea is just in the “incubation process,” Wesson said, with nothing approaching even an actual proposal, but there’s data to suggest paying people to vote increases turnout.

A study conducted in 2010 in Lancaster, Calif., in northern Los Angeles County, by Fordham University professor Costas Panagopoulos found nominal incentives like a few bucks don’t do much to increase turnout, but a few more dollars is enough of an incentive to convince a larger percentage of people to vote.

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White House Not Ruling Out Sending Obama To Ferguson

From an irony proof reporter at The Hill:

White House hasn’t ruled out sending Obama to Ferguson

By Amie Parnes | August 19, 2014

The White House has weighed sending President Obama to Ferguson, Mo., and has not ruled out a visit in upcoming weeks, according to sources familiar with the internal decisionmaking.

For now, the White House believes a trip by Obama to Ferguson would do more harm than good, by diverting resources on the ground at a pivotal time for law enforcement…

Wait just a cotton picking minute. (If that isn’t too racist.) That excuse wasn’t allowed to fly when President Bush didn’t break off his vacation to visiting New Orleans soon enough after Katrina.

A presidential trip would require heavy security at a time when state and local authorities, along with the Missouri National Guard, are dealing with demonstrations, protests and looting…

Just like during Katrina.

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Nixon Demands ‘Vigorous Prosecution’ (Of Darren Wilson)

From the Daily Caller:

Gov. Nixon Calls For ‘Vigorous Prosecution’ Of Darren Wilson

By Chuck Ross | August 20, 2014

Not content with a regular prosecution or a vigorous investigation, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said he hopes that Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson will receive a “vigorous prosecution” in the shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

“A vigorous prosecution must now be pursued,” Nixon said in a five minute video address posted to his website Tuesday… “Their obligation to achieve justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown must be carried out thoroughly, promptly, and correctly,” said Nixon of investigators…

And never mind that justice in this case might not involve any prosecution at all, if Officer Wilson did not commit a crime.

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Darren Wilson Texts To Friend He Is Afraid To Go Outside

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

‘I can’t go out… the support is really keeping me going during this stressful time. Just stay safe’

Under 24-hour guard in fear for his life, Darren Wilson breaks his silence in texts to friend

By Daniel Bates and Neil Blincow | 19 August 2014

The policeman who shot dead a black teenager in St Louis has revealed he is under 24-hour guard and ‘can’t go out’ at this ‘stressful time’ in his first comments since the killing. Darren Wilson text messaged a close friend to say that he can’t leave protective custody because he would be immediately recognized – making him and his young child a target.

In his messages Wilson, 28, also thanked for the support of his friends which he said was ‘really keeping me going’.

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Only 3 Of 78 Arrested Protesters Are Ferguson Residents

From Breitbart:

Report: Only 3 of 78 Arrested Protesters Were Ferguson Residents

August 19, 2014

Fox News correspondent Steve Harrigan reported that only three of the 78 protesters arrested last night during last night’s clash between the police and protesters in Ferguson were actually from the city on Tuesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”

He stated that there were, “78 arrests, just three of them here from the town of Ferguson.” Harrigan added that there were “a lot from Missouri, but some came from as far away as California and New York.”  And that there are “some concerns from police that rioters are using the demonstrations as a cover, a cover to launch some attacks against police."

Everyone wants to get in on the glorious new ‘Civil Rights Movement.’

Also, from Breitbart:

Capt Johnson: Police Receiving Calls About Shooters on Rooftops

August 19, 2014

Missouri Highway Patrol Cpt.

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Ferguson Looter: ‘I’m Proud Of Us, We Deserve This’

From an approving Washington Post:

Ferguson protesters: The peaceful, the elders, the looters, and the ‘militants’

By Emily Wax-Thibodeaux [sic] and DeNeen L. Brown | August 18, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — … [T]he demonstrators are as diverse as their grievances — and in their methods of addressing them. Some of the men are from the area — Ferguson or surrounding towns also defined in part by the gulf separating the mostly white law enforcement agencies from a mistrusting African American public. Many others — it is hard to quantify the percentage — have arrived by bus and by car from Chicago, Detroit, Brooklyn and elsewhere.

It’s probably only ‘hard to quantify the percentage’ because the Post doesn’t want us to know that the vast majority are from out of town.

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