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Yes, Minister

Jamal Khashoggi makes me think of the Yes Minister clip especially with the issues of arm sales.

"Our Friends"


Sherrod Brown's new ad

Every Sperm is Sacred - Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

On dark days like today sometimes a little humor is needed to lighten mood.


Jury convicts Chicago police officer of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager

Source: Washington Post

CHICAGO -- Jason Van Dyke, a white Chicago police officer, was found guilty of second-degree murder on Friday, nearly four years after he shot and killed Laquan McDonald, a black 17-year-old holding a knife.

The violent encounter sparked intense demonstrations across the city after a video recording of it was released showing Van Dyke firing 16 shots at McDonald. The closely-watched trial here again highlighted the fraught relationship between this city's police force and its residents, particularly people of color, as well as questions here and nationwide surrounding how officers use deadly force.

Van Dyke -- who was also found guilty on 16 charges of aggravated battery, one for each shot fired at McDonald -- has said he feared for his life. His attorneys said that McDonald, 17, would be alive if he had dropped the weapon. Prosecutors argued that McDonald's death was not justified and accused Van Dyke of "exaggerating the threat." Jurors found Van Dyke not guilty of official misconduct.

This verdict marks the latest in the seemingly endless string of shockwaves stemming from McDonald's death and the subsequent release of the video, which continues to reverberate across the the city and dominated the second term of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D).

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2018/10/05/jury-convicts-chicago-police-officer-of-second-degree-murder-in-the-2014-shooting-of-black-teenager-laquan-mcdonald/?utm_term=.4fb917c23d61

I am from New York but I live in Chicago now. I was worried about this case.

History of the World - Senate is in Session

A little humor to brighten our day.

Former Supreme Court Justice Souter on The Danger of America's 'Pervasive Civic Ignorance'

Thought this was relevant again.

George Carlin: Pro Life, Abortion, And The Sanctity Of Life

Thought this was relevant again given the news.

Letitia James Wins Attorney General Race, Defeating 3 Rivals

Source: NY TIMES

Letitia James became the first black woman to win a major party statewide nomination on Thursday, defeating three rivals in New York’s Democratic primary for attorney general.

With her win, Ms. James, 59, the New York City public advocate, has positioned herself as a prominent face of resistance to the policies of President Trump, a role that the New York attorney general’s office has embraced since Mr. Trump took office.

With Democrats outnumbering Republicans in New York State by a margin of more than two to one, Ms. James will be heavily favored in November against the Republican candidate, Keith Wofford, who ran unopposed. If Ms. James wins, she would be the first black woman to assume statewide office, just five years after becoming the first black woman elected to citywide office in New York.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/nyregion/letitia-james-attorney-general.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fnyregion&action=click&contentCollection=nyregion®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront


Lisa Simpson - Union Strike Song

Happy Labor Day.

Eternal Father, Strong to Save (The Navy Hymn)

Thought this was appropriate given McCain's passing.
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