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Faryn Balyncd

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Seven Reasons Police Brutality Is Systemic, Not Anecdotal

Seven Reasons Police Brutality Is Systemic, Not Anecdotal

...the plural of anecdote is not data, and the media is inevitably drawn toward tales of conflict. Despite the increasing frequency with which we hear of misbehaving cops, many Americans maintain a default respect for the man in uniform. As an NYPD assistant chief put it, “We don’t want a few bad apples or a few rogue cops damaging” the police’s good name.

This is an attractive proposal, certainly, but unfortunately it doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.

Here are seven reasons why police misconduct is a systemic problem, not “a few bad apples”:

1. Many departments don’t provide adequate training in nonviolent solutions.

This is particularly obvious when it comes to dealing with family pets. “Police kill family dog” is practically its own subgenre of police brutality reports, and most of these cases—like the story of the Minnesota children who were made to sit, handcuffed, next to their dead and bleeding pet—are all too preventable. Some police departments have begun to train their officers to deal more appropriately with pets, but Thomas Aveni of the Police Policy Studies Council, a police consulting firm, says it’s still extremely rare. In the absence of this training, police are less likely to view violence as a last resort.

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Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Thu Nov 27, 2014, 10:14 AM (14 replies)

American Conservative: "Two Seconds. How long it took to kill Tamir Rice." (VIDEO)

Two Seconds

"....Watch the video. Again, there is no audio, but how on earth can anybody order someone to raise his hands three times in two seconds? That’s how long it took from the time the police car stopped until Rice was lying on the ground, mortally wounded.

What you see is not always what you get, so we need to wait for the investigation. But this looks very, very bad for the Cleveland police. From the look of things on this video, that kid barely had time to react to the sudden appearance of a police car before he was on the ground with one or more bullets inside of him....

....there is virtually no time at all between the police car stopping and the officer shooting Tamir Rice. It’s hard to see what Rice was doing with his hands when the car stopped; maybe the police feared that he was about to shoot them. Still … two seconds? Really? This looks very, very wrong to me. In fact, this looks outrageous. I don’t blame people one bit for protesting this.

The cop’s last name is Loehmann. A pretty safe bet he’s white."


Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Thu Nov 27, 2014, 05:27 AM (8 replies)

23 Reasons Why Jeb Bush Should Think Twice About Running for President

23 Reasons Why Jeb Bush Should Think Twice About Running for President

From questionable business dealings to allegations of philandering, the former Florida governor's past is an opposition researcher's dream.

—By Stephanie Mencimer

For months, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been mentioned as a possible 2016 candidate, with the conventional wisdom holding that he was the one GOP contender the party's donor class could unite behind. "Jeb has the capacity to bring the party together," Fred Malek, a top Republican operative, told the Washington Post in March. Bush has yet to signal whether he'll seek to follow in the footsteps of his older brother and their father by launching a bid for the White House, but the Wall Street Journal reported last week that his advisers have reached out to key fundraisers and consultants to ask them to hold off on throwing in with a presidential candidate until Bush makes up his mind sometime after the November election. One Bush family confidant told the Journal that there was a better than 50-50 chance that Bush would run.

But there are plenty of reasons why Bush should think long and hard before subjecting himself (and his family) to the ruthless scrutiny of a presidential campaign. His history is an opposition researcher's dream—clouded by embarrassing family episodes, allegations of philandering, offensive comments to black voters, and dubious business dealings.

Many of these past deeds and misdeeds will no doubt be put under the microscope should Bush run in 2016. Here are 23 reasons why he might want to take a pass—and it's only a partial list :

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Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Sat Sep 27, 2014, 06:31 PM (19 replies)

Houston Chronicle: "Tomlinson Hill: 2 Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name - 1 White, 1 Black"

Excerpt from Chris Tomlinson's book, "Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name - One White, One Black"

Old scrapbooks in his father's boyhood room open a world of family lore to a Texan seeking his roots

By Chris Tomlinson

...Before he died, on New Year's Eve in 1973, my grandfather tried to make me proud of being a Texan. My father tried to keep me from becoming a racist. And bringing both points home in my young imagination was the knowledge that somewhere in rural Texas there were black Tomlinsons who shared our heritage....My ancestors had owned their ancestors....I tried to imagine the black Tomlinsons. Could their family have moved to Dallas, too? Were they still in the country? What an irony that would be. I had always imagined blacks to be urban and the countryside to be white. To me, rural Texas was the backwoods, a place where the sun didn't reach the forest floor, where rednecks still grew cotton, hunted deer, gigged frogs, and fried catfish. It was the place where the Ku Klux Klan roamed the red clay roads and burned crosses at night. The country was where the bogeyman lived. . .

Two Tomlinsons

Thirty years later, I was standing on a mountain ridge near Tora Bora, covering Osama bin Laden's last stand in Afghanistan. Fighter jets screamed through the bitterly cold winter sky, dropping laser-guided bombs on the caves where al-Qaeda had fled following the September 11 terrorist attacks. At night, I slept in a mud hut a farmer had been using to dry peanuts. His compound was the closest shelter to the front line. The Associated Press team and a handful of other writers and photographers huddled around propane heaters to escape the mountain cold. We could hear the relentless explosions of 2,000-pound bombs in the next valley over, but occasionally one would go astray and fall close enough to shake the walls of our shack....We spent our days with the mujahideen at the front lines as they fought their way to reach Osama's redoubt. At night, we sipped tea with Pashtu warlords, transmitted our stories and photographs by satellite phone, and planned for the next day. . . .

At the same time, on the other side of the planet, a young African-American athlete worked hard to prove himself in his rookie year in the National Football League. LaDainian Tomlinson had led the NCAA in rushing his senior year at Texas Christian University, carrying the ball for 2,158 yards and scoring 22 touchdowns. The San Diego Chargers recognized his talent and picked him in the first round of the 2001 draft. LaDainian was one of the best running backs in the NFL, but the Chargers were one of the worst teams. He planned to change that.....On Dec. 15, 2001, I was sitting in the sun with Afghan warlords while they used a walkie-talkie to negotiate the surrender of al-Qaeda fighters, who were decimated and demoralized by American air power. LaDainian was in Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, being pummeled by the Oakland Raiders in a game that would end with a 6-13 loss for the Chargers........We had never met, but we shared a common legacy. We both traced our heritage to Tomlinson Hill. And we both had traveled far from Texas to create better lives for ourselves. I was the city boy who became a foreign correspondent; he was the country boy who became a millionaire football player. . . .

When Tomlinson was in elementary school, his grandfather bragged about their ancestors owning slaves on a Falls County cotton plantation along the Brazos River. When the slaves became free, his grandfather said they loved their slaveholders so much they took Tomlinson as their last name....Nearly 40 years later, Tomlinson returned to Texas after spending 14 years as a war correspondent for the Associated Press in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Informed by covering dozens of ethnically influenced conflicts, Tomlinson decided to take a look at his own family history of owning slaves and employing sharecroppers in Central Texas...Tomlinson dug deep into historical records and letters, conducted hundreds of oral histories and closely researched the legacy of Tomlinson Hill's founding family and the men and women held in bondage there. He also closely examined his own education about race and how the past influences the present. . . . . . . .


Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Fri Aug 29, 2014, 02:10 PM (2 replies)

Post-Dispatch: "McCulloch's public statements were untrue."

McCulloch has a history.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's description of McCulloch's public assertions regarding the 2001 secret grand jury proceeding in which the officers who shot unarmed suspects Earl Murray and Ronald Beasley 21 times in the parking lot of a Jack in the Box, and were no-billed after claiming the suspects tried to run over them:

Grand jury proceedings are secret. McCulloch, in telling the public what the grand jury had found, repeatedly insisted that “every witness” had testified that the two detectives fired to defend themselves after the suspect tried to run them over with his car.

The Post-Dispatch reviewed the previously secret grand jury tapes and found that McCulloch’s public statements were untrue. Only three of the 13 detectives who testified said the suspect’s car had moved forward, in the direction of the two officers who shot him and his passenger. Two of those were the shooters themselves. The third was a detective who McCulloch later said he considered charging with perjury because his account was so at odds with the facts.

Contrary to McCulloch’s public statements, the grand jury tapes showed that four other detectives testified that they never saw the suspect’s car travel toward the officers....McCulloch never brought independent evidence before the grand jury to sort out who was right....Nor did he request the testimony of a nationally noted collision expert who investigated the case for the Justice Department. He determined that the suspect’s car had always been in reverse — added proof that it did not move toward the detectives....

more at: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/sign-petitions-seeking-special-prosecutor-in-michael-brown-shooting/article_d0cc6e7f-8b32-5153-8ab4-86ebdc4659ca.html

Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Thu Aug 21, 2014, 10:02 AM (30 replies)

MoveOn Petition: Appoint a Special Prosecutor to Investigate the Murder of Michael Brown

Today's email brings the following from MoveOn member and Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed:

"Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed, a MoveOn member in Saint Louis, Missouri, and I started a petition to Robert P. McCulloch, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney, which says:

. . . . "

Appoint a Special Prosecutor to Investigate the Murder of Michael Brown

Petition by Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed

To be delivered to Robert P. McCulloch, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney

The death of Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson, MO police has stoked tensions and caused unrest across our community, state, and nation. This racially charged climate demands an independent, impartial investigation that the St. Louis County Prosecutor's office simply cannot provide.
There are currently 69,237 signatures. NEW goal - We need 75,000 signatures!
Petition Background
Bob McCulloch must fully recuse himself and his office from the investigation related to the murder of Michael Brown. 

McCulloch's decision not to charge officers who murdered two unarmed African-American men in 2000 by shooting into their car 20 times, especially in the face of the U.S. Attorney's independent investigation finding that those officers lied about their actions, gives us no confidence that his office can provide a fair and impartial investigation into this current matter. 

That failure, coupled with McCulloch's recent participation in one of the most racially polarizing elections in the history of St. Louis County, means that his office's continued oversight of this tragedy will only sow further distrust and discord in our community. 

For the good of the entire St. Louis region and the nation as a whole, we call on Robert P. McCulloch to recuse himself and his office from this matter and to appoint a special prosector to investigate the murder of Michael Brown.


Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 03:10 PM (15 replies)

Ferguson Grand Jury and D.A. Should NOT Be Local (Papantonio)

Mike Papantonio appearing on The Ed Show explains why St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch is absolutely the WRONG prosecutor to present this case to the grand jury.

If McCulloch is to be prevented from whitewashing this murder, it is imperative that the governor IMMEDIATELY assign this case to an impartial jurisdiction with a prosecutor has the capacity to be impartial.

Not only does McCullough have multiple family members in the police department, a father who was killed in the line of duty by a black, but McCullough has already gone public with his pre-formed bias, blasting (in the words of the St. Louis Post Dispatch) the governor for "denigrating" the County Police by bringing in the Highway Patrol:

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch Thursday night blasted the decision by Gov. Jay Nixon to replace St. Louis County Police control of the Ferguson situation with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

“It's shameful what he did today, he had no legal authority to do that," McCulloch said. "To denigrate the men and women of the county police department is shameful."


Such biased public pronouncements, totally outside the domain of his area of responsibility, should totally disqualify McCulloch from any role in this case.

If the governor does not exercise his duties and assure an impartial prosecutor and grand jury, the only possible outcome is a whitewash.

Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Tue Aug 19, 2014, 08:46 PM (8 replies)

Captain Ron Johnson is an American hero.


Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Fri Aug 15, 2014, 01:36 AM (4 replies)

“I don’t have a well-crafted response on that one.” - D. Brat



(at 0:45, after a few "...uh...uh..." s)


Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Wed Jun 11, 2014, 12:27 PM (17 replies)

“This is an extremely serious spill,” Capt. Brian Penoyer, US Coast Guard

TEXAS CITY — A collision between a barge and a ship Saturday near the Texas City Dike spilled 160,000 gallons of heavy oil into Galveston Bay.The accident forced authorities to evacuate the dike and surrounding areas — and to close the Houston Ship Channel.Authorities also suspended operations of the ferry between Galveston and Port Bolivar. Traffic in and out of the ports of Texas City and Galveston was also suspended. . . . The barge was carrying about 924,000 gallons of bunker oil, according to a report from the U.S. Coast Guard. Coast Guard Capt. Brian Penoyer said late Saturday that 160,000 gallons, or 3,800 barrels, of the oil leaked from the barge into the bay.

“This is an extremely serious spill,” he said. “This is a persistent oil. It’s a large quantity. It will spread. People should be aware of that.”

Bunker oil or bunker fuel is a heavy crude and highly polluting oil that also is referred to bottom of the barrel oil...


Texas City dike closed after barge and ship collide
By Anita Hassan, Jayme Fraser, Harvey Rice, Ingrid Lobet | March 22, 2014 | Updated: March 23, 2014 7:23pm


"Vessels work with skimmers and oil containment booms in Galveston Harbor on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Galveston. Dozens of ships are in evolved in clean-up efforts to remove up to 168,000 gallons of oil that make have spilled into Galveston Bay after a ship and barge collided near the Texas City dike on Saturday afternoon."

"A dead oil covered bird is shown washed ashore on the beach area along Boddeker Rd. on the east end of Galveston near the ship channel Sunday, March 23, 2014 in Galveston."

"Oil containment booms cuts across a sand bar covered with birds on Pelican Island on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Galveston, Texas. Dozens of ships are in evolved in clean-up efforts to remove up to 168,000 gallons of oil that make have spilled into Galveston Bay after a ship and barge collided near the Texas City dike on Saturday afternoon."

article, and more photos at:


Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Sun Mar 23, 2014, 09:19 PM (8 replies)
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