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John Cole: "Greetings From St. Louis"

NRA: "It's Her Right To Accidently Kill People"



NRA responds to 9-year-old’s fatal Uzi accident:
Kids should ‘have fun at the shooting range’


“If children continually shoot the same bull’s-eye target, they can become tired, exhausted or bored,” wrote Women’s Outdoor News’ Mia Anstine. “As the boredom sets in, the effort that goes into shooting can deteriorate.”




http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/28/nra-responds-to-9-year-olds-fatal-uzi-accident-kids-should-have-fun-at-the-shooting-range/http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/27/nra-children-gun-range_n_5725674.html

"DON'T SHOOT"


The "Mayberry Police"

Gov. Corbett: Reform Liquor Laws So It's Easier For Women To Make Dinner

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) thinks his state should reform its liquor laws. That way, he argued, women would have an easier job making dinner.

Corbett made the argument in July during an appearance on The Sam Lesante Show. The clip of him making those comments were reposted Tuesday by the Democratic political PAC Fresh Start PA, which supports Corbett's opponent Tom Wolf (D).

"I think a lot of people want to be able to walk into a grocery store," Corbett said. "Particularly, a lot of the women, want to be able to go in and buy a bottle of wine for dinner, go down buy a six pack or two six packs, buy dinner, and go home. Rather than what I just described, is at least three stops, in Pennsylvania."

Pennsylvania Republicans have recently been looking at ways to reform the state's liquor laws.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/tom-corbett-liquor-laws-women

Oops: Rick Perry Forgets Which Criminal Charges He's Facing

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) erred when trying to name the criminal charges he's facing during his recent visit to New Hampshire ahead of a potential 2016 presidential bid.

"I’ve been indicted by that same body now for I think two counts, one of bribery, which I’m not a lawyer, so I don’t really understand the details here," he said, as quoted by ABC News on Friday.

In actuality, Perry was indicted on one count of "abuse of official capacity" and one count of "coercion of a public servant." Not bribery.

The word bribery is not mentioned in the language of either of the two statutes.



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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/rick-perry-criminal-charges-oops



update to add toon:

A single death can be understood as a collective threat.

In the days after 9/11, it was common to hear people say that it was the first time Americans had really experienced terrorism on their own soil. Those sentiments were historically wrong, and willfully put aside acts that were organized on a large scale, had a political goal, and were committed with the specific intention of being nightmarishly memorable. The death cult that was lynching furnished this country with such spectacles for a half century. (The tallies vary, but, by some estimates, there were thirty-three hundred lynchings in the decades between the end of Reconstruction and the civil-rights era.) We know intuitively, not abstractly, about terrorism’s theatrical intent. The sight of Michael Brown, sprawled on Canfield Drive for four hours in the August sun, dead at the hands of an officer who was unnamed for a week, recalled that memory. It had the effect of reminding that crowd of spontaneous mourners of their own refuted humanity. A single death can be understood as a collective threat. The media didn’t whip up these concerns among the black population; history did that.
http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/world-ferguson?utm_source=tny&utm_campaign=generalsocial&utm_medium=twitter&mbid=social_twittermichael

Michael Brown's Funeral

"Unpopular Police Officer Thinking About Committing Racially Motivated Offense For A Little Support"


Unpopular Police Officer Thinking About Committing Racially Motivated Offense For A Little Support
NEWS IN BRIEF • Local • Police • ISSUE 50•34 • Aug 27, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS—Tired of being overlooked by everyone in his precinct, unpopular Indianapolis Police Department officer Kyle Norris told reporters Wednesday he was considering committing a racially motivated offense to generate a little support. “To be honest, I’m not the most well-known or looked-up-to guy around here, but I’m thinking that if I get caught up in a controversy after shooting a minority resident under questionable circumstances, things would really change for me,” said Norris, who added that having his coworkers immediately rally around him after the incident, watching consecutive nights of public demonstrations defending his actions, and finally receiving praise directly from the chief of police would be a nice change of pace from his day-to-day life as an ignored and unappreciated member of the force. “Obviously, I’d take some heat from some citizens, but I think it would be worth it when just as many people respond by openly speaking about my exemplary record as an officer and calling me a pillar of the community. No one’s ever said that about me before. If this thing gets big enough, I might even see some people on Twitter and TV calling me a hero—that would feel good.” Norris added that it would probably also be a nice little boost when the 12 members of his jury take less than an hour to declare him not guilty.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/unpopular-police-officer-thinking-about-committing,36790/

Michael Brown's Mom Laid Flowers Where He Was Shot---Police Crushed Them-Let Dog Urinate On Memorial

Michael Brown's Mom Laid Flowers Where He Was Shot—and Police Crushed Them
New details emerge about callous tactics that fueled anger in Ferguson.



As darkness fell on Canfield Drive on August 9, a makeshift memorial sprang up in the middle of the street where Michael Brown's body had been sprawled in plain view for more than four hours. Flowers and candles were scattered over the bloodstains on the pavement. Someone had affixed a stuffed animal to a streetlight pole a few yards away. Neighborhood residents and others were gathering, many of them upset and angry.

Soon, police vehicles reappeared, including from the St. Louis County Police Department, which had taken control of the investigation. Several officers emerged with dogs. What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, ever since the unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site.

The incident was related to me separately by three state and local officials who worked with the community in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. One confirmed that he interviewed an eyewitness, a young woman, and pressed her on what exactly she saw. "She said that the officer just let the dog pee on it," that official told me. "She was very distraught about it." The identity of the officer who handled the dog and the agency he was with remain unclear.

Candles and flowers marking the spot where Brown died were soon run over by police vehicles.

The day brought other indignities for Brown's family, and the community. Missouri state Rep. Sharon Pace, whose district includes the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, told me she went to the scene that afternoon to comfort the parents, who were blocked by police from approaching their son's body. Pace purchased some tea lights for the family, and around 7 p.m. she joined Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, and others as they placed the candles and sprinkled flowers on the ground where Brown had died. "They spelled out his initials with rose petals over the bloodstains," Pace recalled.


MORE:
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/ferguson-st-louis-police-tactics-dogs-michael-brown
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