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Darren Wilson will not face federal charges in Michael Brown shooting

Source: The Guardian

Darren Wilson, the white police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, led to months of unrest and revived a debate on race and law enforcement in the US, will not face federal criminal charges.

The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that after a six-month inquiry it has concluded no civil rights charges should be brought against Wilson for killing Michael Brown. A grand jury in St Louis decided last November not to indict Wilson on state charges.

The decision concludes the second half of a politically-charged investigation into Wilson’s shooting of Brown on 9 August following an altercation in a residential side-street.

It was widely expected by protesters who allege that Brown’s killing was a criminal act.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/04/darren-wilson-federal-criminal-charges-michael-brown-shooting

A GIF Is worth a 1000 words: WaPo Columnist: Rand Paul Wasn't Clapping For Bibi Nearly Enough

A GIF is worth a thousand words, at least according to Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin.

A shot of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) clapping on Tuesday during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress made the rounds among conservatives almost immediately after the moment aired.

Standing among his colleagues, all of whom were vigorously applauding the speech, Paul could be seen delivering a slow clap while looking relatively detached amid the cheers.



RedState.com writer Dan McLaughlin, alias Baseball Crank, compared it to the popular GIF of Orson Welles clapping in "Citizen Kane." National Review rounded up reactions from various Twitter users.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/414746/unenthused-rand-paul-lifelessly-applauds-netanyahu-speech-brendan-bordelon … pic.twitter.com/4yPBcga7NI

War & More War, Yeah!

Conservatives react to the NetanyahuSpeech:

"I Know. So. Highly. Illogical."


The Full Body Project by Leonard Nimoy – in pictures

The Full Body Project by Leonard Nimoy – in pictures

These photos of full-figured women were taken by the late Leonard Nimoy in 2007 to challenge entrenched concepts of beauty. They echo the work of artists from Botticelli to Matisse and Helmut Newton. The models are from a burlesque group in San Francisco, the Fat Bottom Revue. All photographs by Leonard Nimoy/courtesy of R Michelson Galleries

• Lindy West: Leonard Nimoy’s photos made me comfortable with my own body image

more pics, quite wonderful:

here too:

Democrats on Netanyahu’s Speech: Bibi’s Never Seen a War He Doesn’t Want the U.S. to Fight

Rep. Jared Huffman of California, who attended the speech, accused the prime minister of trying to push the United States into war.

“This is a prime minister who’s never seen a war he didn’t want our country to fight,”
Huffman said, adding that diplomats negotiating with Iran shouldn’t be distracted by Netanyahu’s address.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a liberal Illinois Democrat, suggested Netanyahu’s credibility is suspect because he also backed the 2003 war in Iraq.

“What I heard today felt to me like an effort to stampede the United States into war once again,” she said.

Another Democrat compared Netanyahu to George W. Bush’s former vice president. “This speech was straight out of the Dick Cheney playbook,” said Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth. “It was fear-mongering at its ultimate.”



"To everyone who criticized Ferguson protesters: they were right, you were wrong"

It seems the investigation also uncovered additional disturbing material that suggests a culture of racial bias among those who hold power in the city: according to the Associated Press, the report includes a 2008 message — which appears to be an attempt at humor — from a municipal email account that says President Obama wouldn't be in office long, because "what black man holds a steady job for four years."

An unnamed source told NPR that the report contains at least one more racist quip found in an email between city officials. This joke concerned a black woman who received a check from "Crime Stoppers" two weeks after her abortion.

When it comes to these remarks, and the report's findings as a whole, it's safe to say "racially tinged" is probably an understatement.


Man Standing Outside Congress Speaks For Millions Of Americans Today


I don't know if you looked close enough at that woodpecker/weasel photo today...



Steve Bell -on Binyamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress

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