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They've raised $30 mil more than last year in only three weeks.
I'm sure it will peter out but it's still seems to going strong. My daughter went to a special local event last night with a change of clothes to do it. It seems to still be growing.
Very, very sad about Cory. But when folks find out, that may give it a big boost. When Terry Fox had to stop his run for cancer because he'd developed lung cancer, it triggered more publicity and an enormous boost to his cause.
It wouldn't shock me if they hit $60-$100 mil with this amazing effort.
It is a horrific disease. Hopefully, this money will deliver some meaningful treatment.
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 10:22 PM (0 replies)
I never said a bunch of what you allege nor do I believe the things you allege.
Since you've misunderstood, then maybe I didn't make myself clear so I'll try to clarify.
Wilson shot an unarmed man. He has a big problem. He has to justify his actions or he's going to jail. It's pretty hard to justify shooting an unarmed man.
To justify his actions, Wilson is alleged to take the position that Mike bum rushed him and when Mike allegedly did, according to Wilson, Wilson felt threatened that Wilson's life or well being was in danger. It's about the only thing I can imagine Wilson can say to try to save his butt. But to be clear: I'm not saying that. I'm just repeating roughly what has been alleged as Wilson's position.
I'm saying in my prior post that even if one believed Wilson (again, I'm not saying I believe Wilson), Wilson's still not out of the woods because following Wilson's alleged story and the ballistics/autopsy, Wilson's actions very arguably could be construed as he provoked Mike to act desperately. So Wilson's still not off the hook.
Wilson isn't saying "Yeah, I chased the unarmed the black SOB down and exterminated him - throw away the keys". He's going to fight it. In response, I'm kicking around the expected debate to counter with "here's one way to fight back".
No race has a monopoly on stupidity or brilliance.
Although the autopsy report is formally "inconclusive", so far, I have real trouble reconciling Wilson's account with the autopsy. I fully appreciate what the witnesses who have come forward and said in front of a camera that refute Wilson's account. Although I reserved final judgement until I've head all the evidence, I find those witnesses more credible.
Ferguson is a another disgraceful example in a string of way too many unacceptable examples of over-the-top outrageous and heinous white privilege.
Hopefully, that clears up your misunderstanding of what I was trying to say in my prior post.
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 10:03 PM (1 replies)
Washington, D.C. (August 20, 2014) — As of Wednesday, August 20, The ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 20). These donations have come from existing donors and 637,527 new donors to The Association.
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 08:08 PM (1 replies)
that I suspected the lower forearm wound was quite possibly obtained when Mike was running away and that's what caused him to stop.
In other words, not only did Wilson shoot while Mike ran away ... it's quite plausible he hit him. He just didn't hit him where Dorian Johnson thought he'd been hit - in the back.
Again, that's somewhat speculative on my part but I don't think it's unreasonable to point out it is quite possible Mike got hit by a bullet while he was running away.
On the subject of conjecture, I'll do a Star Trek and go "where no man's gone before":
Cop backs his cruiser up, jumps you and you're shot in the cruiser.
You try to run and get shot
You stop but the cop keeps coming at you still popping
Are you going to stand there and let him finish you off?
Maybe you'll take a crazy run at that cop to try to save your life.
In other words, even if the cops supposed claim that Mike ran at him were to be believed, he may well have arguably provoked it and left Mike, an unarmed man with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, little choice.
Food for thought
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 08:03 PM (2 replies)
A few selections from the link above:
Obama has been the biggest spending President in history! FALSE. Year to year spending increases have been less than 1%. They’ve also been at their lowest rate of year to year increases since Eisenhower.
On and on they go ..
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 07:41 PM (1 replies)
I've been trying for a couple of days to get a copy of the code of ethics for Ferguson or St Louis county. Website links won't respond. Maybe under the circumstances, that's symbolic.
Here's one for Concoria, Missouri
As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality and justice.
In light of Mike Brown, Henry Davis, the massive number of warrants issued against blacks in Ferguson, media arrests and even this guy pointing his gun "I will f'in kill you", I thought reviewing the standards of behavior these officers are sworn to deliver and bolding a few phrases for emphasis might be of interest.
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 07:13 PM (1 replies)
They wouldn't be dishing out 3 warrants per household every year or whatever that crazy stat was - fewer cops required.
That might be offset by fewer fines but it has contributed to doubling poverty there so a bunch of those fines weren't ever getting paid anyway.
I hope Obama gives serious consideration to trying to help these folks with some pardons. It would be a wonderful gesture to these oppressed people that their president reached out directly to demonstrate to the country that they matter.
A bunch of these warrants stink and would be suffocating a bunch of innocent folks.
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 06:30 PM (0 replies)
The quickest shooting death I saw was 2 hrs 45 mins from the time they found the body to removal
Whitney Houston (not a shooting) at 9 hrs was the longest I saw
I saw a number at 3-4 hours.
Two significant things would slow down the processing of this crime scene over some that I saw:
1. They called in the St Louis County police to process a Ferguson police crime scene
(ie lots of chatter between the two, additional time to respond, etc)
2. There were a lot of shots fired and most were outside of the vehicle - bullets not easily found stuck in a 2x4 in someone's basement.
So I'm not buying the 5 hours taken to process this crime scene as automatically sinister because they took a while.
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 06:25 PM (1 replies)
Apparently Holder is looking at the Henry Davis case (the guy wrongfully arrested and charged with getting his blood on officers uniforms). A key perpetrator of that is now on the city council.
One Ferguson cop who has proved worth a good look is Eddie Boyd, who was previously with the St. Louis Police Department. He left there after twice being accused of striking youngsters with his service weapon, one a 16-year-old boy, the other a girl of just 12.
Typically 20% of something causes 80% of the problem. start by replacing 10 of the worst offenders along with the police chief and his top minions (20-25% of the force), with all black personnel, and I bet things would get substantially better. If there's still trouble, get rid of another 10 or whatever. They only have 3 black cops and should have 35 to match the mix of races in that city. With their behavior to date, a bunch of heads could roll.
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 05:48 PM (1 replies)
Here's some of Holder's words:
At the same time, good law enforcement requires forging bonds of trust between the police and the public. This trust is all-important, but it is also fragile. It requires that force be used in appropriate ways. Enforcement priorities and arrest patterns must not lead to disparate treatment under the law, even if such treatment is unintended. And police forces should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 04:54 PM (0 replies)