Pope Francis To Visit The US?

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I’m busy, but I thought this was funny.

Mayor de Blasio’s prayers have been answered — Pope Francis is considering including New York on his itinerary if he travels to the United States next year.

The pope confirmed Monday that he’s looking into visiting three American cities in September 2015: Philadelphia for a family rally, Washington to address Congress and New York to speak at the United Nations.

I’m betting those Christian Right Wing Nut Jobs, aka the GOP and the Tea Party in Congress, will not be happy with this.

It is ok to pretend you are a Christian. But when push comes to shove…feck that. I’m taking my shit, and the rest of you can fuck off.

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A Little Bit Of Levity

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Will There Be Justice For Michael Brown

It broke my heart to hear Michael’s mother cry out…”Do you know how hard it was for me to get him to stay in school and graduate? Do you know how hard it is for a black man to graduate? Know what I mean. Because you bring them down to this type of level where I feel like I have got nothing to live for anyway, if they’re going to take me out anyway.”

The story seems to be simple enough. The boys were told to get onto the “fucking” sidewalk. When they didn’t comply, Wilson reversed suddenly and tried to open the door It bounced off the boys and Wilson tried to grab Michael Brown by the neck and drag him in through the window. Michael tried to resist.

We have three people telling the same story.

Courtesy of The Last Word:

In an interview with msnbc’s Lawrence O’Donnell, Tiffany Mitchell described hearing tires squeak and seeing “Michael and the officer wrestling through the [car] window.” Brown, she said, was struggling to get away while the officer continued to try to pull him closer. Concerned, Mitchell pulled out her phone, at which point she said the first shot was fired “through the window.” Mitchell then saw Brown break away from the officer’s grip and run down the street from the police vehicle.

“The officer gets out of his vehicle,” Mitchell said, “and he pursues him,” continuing to shoot at Brown. “Michael’s body jerks as if he was hit,” Mitchell explained, “and then he put his hands up,” and the officer continued to shoot at Brown until the teenager collapsed “all the way down to the ground.”

Courtesy of Mashable.com:

Just after 12 p.m. local time in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, a Twitter user and St. Louis-area rapper named Thee Pharoah tweeted that he saw someone die.

When asked why be another user on Twitter, Thee Pharoah said there was no reason.

The Twitter user said he saw Brown, who looked to be 18 or 19, get hit with at least seven shots.

Two of those shots, the Twitter witness says, were from behind. The other five came it a “barrage” after Brown turned around.

Four witnesses now. Some of the details may vary slightly. It appears that he wasn’t hit from behind according to the autopsy report. That doesn’t mean that Wilson wasn’t shooting and Michael may have been trying to avoid the bullets.

The bullets were fired from a distance, and so far, there is no evidence of gun powder on Michael’s body or evidence of a scuffle. All in keeping with the witness reports.

MSNBC asked five questions about Darren Wilson and the shooting:

Where is he? 

Has he been questioned?

Why did he shoot?

How many times?

Will he be charged? 

The Ferguson PD hasn’t answered any of those questions.

The RWNJs have taken a position and they are defending it. He was a thug and had just committed strong-arm robbery. Oh how happy they were to see that video. It justified everything for them, and the Ferguson PD knew what they were doing. The nuts aren’t capable of critical thinking. Nor do they want to.

I’m going with Occam’s Razor – “when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better.”

There is no way that Michael Brown wrestled a cop over a gun, and then turned in mid-flight with bullets whizzing past him, and charged forward into a hail of bullets.

 

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Sarah Palin Goes Full…

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I came across an item about Sarah Palin this morning in The Irish Times and thought I would share it with you. You have all seen the crazy clip with Palin attempting to mock Elizabeth Warren and fast food workers where she falls spectacularly flat on her face. Well here is an Irishman’s take on it…

Governor Palin is in the news again. Has she solved the few remaining problems existing in String Theory? Has she found errors in the proof to Fermat’s Last Theorem? No. That was just some classic liberal sarcasm from me there. Actually, it’s not entirely clear what she has done. A much circulated clip from her website — for which you have to actually pay money — finds her commenting on a speech by the articulate, liberal (by US standards) Democrat Elizabeth Warren. That Senator has something to say about the low wages currently being paid to fast-food workers and Ms Palin just doesn’t like it.

What is she even trying to say here?

…Her point seems to be that liberals have some sort of inherent hatred of fast food. This imagined allergy may, for all we know, involve objections to the corporate nature of such enterprises. She does manage to sneak in a quip about “veganism”. But this can’t be all about meat, can it? Maybe, it’s the sheer Americanism of fast food that appalls all these dangerous lefties.

What really mystifies is that Ms Palin felt this rant lucid enough to post on her website. It’s as if she speaks in some sort of pitch that only her followers can hear and appreciate. Everybody else finds this a huge embarrassment. She has gone beyond folksy and hockey-mom waffle to full… Well, I won’t say it. But there’s a phrase in Tropic Thunder that suits quite nicely. The folk from Veep wouldn’t have dared write this. Would they?

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Michael Brown Autopsy Report

autCourtesy of The New York Times:

FERGUSON, Mo. — Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found.

One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said.

The bullets did not appear to have been shot from very close range because no gunpowder was present on his body. However, that determination could change if it turns out that there is gunshot residue on Mr. Brown’s clothing, to which Dr. Baden did not have access.

I have been reading a few sites today and many people are saying that Michael was not shot in the back, so Dorian Johnson must have been telling lies. I don’t see how anyone can draw that conclusion. A number of witnesses stated that the police officer was shooting at Michael as he was running away. Wilson was shooting from the inside of his car. It is quite likely that Michael flinched as a bullet whizzed past him and Dorian thought that he had been shot.

Witnesses also stated that Michael got to his knees and put his hands up. The shots in Michael’s hand and inside arm would seem to me anyway to verify this. If he was charging he would not be running forward with his hand in that position?

Witnesses stated that Michael fell and Wilson walked up to him and shot him again a number of times.

One of the bullets shattered Mr. Brown’s right eye, traveled through his face, exited his jaw and re-entered his collarbone. The last two shots in the head would have stopped him in his tracks and were likely the last fired.

That would be consistent with a man standing over him. I can’t see how people are making out that Brown was charging at a police officer with a gun when all the witnesses have stated that he was running away!

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Asshole Deux

sequinsThis woman is a legend in her own mind.

I watched the video so that you don’t have to.  There is really nothing to report. That woman is so damn boring.

2Get a load of the shiny, sparkly stuff and the strap-ons. Who dresses this woman?

Apparently she is reviewing a movie called The Giver. The Washington Post has a quiz about it. I got 9 out of 10!

Also and too, she has taken on Mark Begich. Gryphen at The Immoral Minority has the details. This should ensure a Democratic victory! Yay. Happy Sunday. :)

Regina sent me this.

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The Disgraceful Behaviour Of The Ferguson Police Department

When Cliven Bundy and his merry gang of white thugs confronted Federal agents with weapons a few months ago, Bundy got his cattle back.

cliven bundyAt no stage did the protesters raise their hands to show that were demonstrating peacefully.

An armed man stands watch as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management's base camp near Bunkerville, NevadaThey were actually pointing their guns (big ones) at Federal agents and behaving in a very threatening manner.

A protester carries a rifle on a bridge next to the Bureau of Land Management's base camp where seized cattle, that belonged to rancher Cliven Bundy, are being held at near BunkervilleWhat happened to these protesters? Nothing. And that old racist, Cliven Bundy got his cattle back.

Protesters gather at the Bureau of Land Management's base camp near Bunkerville, NevadaMichael Brown, a black teenager from Ferguson, Mo was walking down the street with a friend last Saturday. He was unarmed. His crime – walking down a street in the middle of the day whilst being black.

michael_brown_family_scene600He was shot numerous times in the head and chest as he faced an as yet unnamed police officer. Michael had his hands in the air. He was murdered.

The reaction of the police force to the protests over his death has been stunning.

Cops v. The PeopleRiot police clear a street with smoke bombs while clashing with demonstrators in Ferguson, MissouriTear gas and rubber bullets were fired into the crowd. Journalists have  been arrested for trespassing in McDonalds and an Al Jazeera camera crew had to flee as rubber bullets were fired at them. What in the name of god has happened to freedom of the press over there?

Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post was one of two journalists arrested in McDonalds. This is what  happened to him last night…

For the past week in Ferguson, reporters have been using the McDonald’s a few blocks from the scene of Michael Brown’s shooting as a staging area. Demonstrations have blown up each night nearby. But inside there’s WiFi and outlets, so it’s common for reporters to gather there.

That was the case Wednesday. My phone was just about to die, so as I charged it, I used the time to respond to people on Twitter and do a little bit of a Q&A since I wasn’t out there covering the protests.

As I sat there, many armed officers came in — some who were dressed as normal officers, others who were dressed with more gear.

Initially, both Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post and I were asked for

identification. I was wearing my lanyard, but Ryan asked why he had to show his ID. They didn’t press the point, but one added that if we called 911, no one would answer.

Then they walked away. Moments later, the police reemerged, telling us that we had to leave. I pulled my phone out and began recording video.

They were arrested and taken to the police station. The following exchange occurred on the way…

During this time, we asked the officers for badge numbers. We asked to speak to a supervising officer. We asked why we were being detained. We were told: trespassing in a McDonald’s.

“I hope you’re happy with yourself,” one officer told me. And I responded: “This story’s going to get out there. It’s going to be on the front page of The Washington Post tomorrow.”

And he said, “Yeah, well, you’re going to be in my jail cell tonight.”

And yes, the story is on the front page of the Washington Post today. Right here.

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