It can be said some people think too much. I have been told I do. My favorite philosophy professor told me not to worry about it. He said “those who say you think too much probably don’t think enough”. Those words resonate in my head on a regular basis and I thank God I was fortunate and honored enough to be one of his students.
I mention this in passing to emphasize how important it is to think for ourselves about virtually everything these days. We cannot allow the main stream media or talking heads to do our thinking for us and must trust our gut feelings. This brings me to the subject of this opinion article which is what is happening that we are missing in regards to recent events surrounding Ferguson, Mo. and Baltimore, Md.
Since the several months following Ferguson, our nation has been under scrutiny by other nations as well as the UN governing body as having “rogue” police in every city, town and village in America. Of all places, even Iran has weighed in on our Law Enforcement. Is there anyone out there who is feeling the least bit outraged by this?
After the fuse has been lit, enter Al Sharpton injecting his warped brand of “equality and justice” to further fuel the fire of unrest. Honorable and loving people of God such as the Reverend Alveda King should be the voice of reason, sanity and clarity in these times but sadly, nobody is listening.
Does it not seem strange that Al Sharpton pays regular visits to the White House and has gone on record to state he assists President Obama in decision making for our country? Mr. Sharpton visited the White House before the Ferguson riots, and again afterward. He then visited the White House before the indictments in Baltimore and made his appearance with the mayor just before said indictments were announced. He acted as bodyguard and spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who also happens to be the present secretary of the DNC. Being an elected public official, Ms. Rawlings-Blake should always speak for herself.
I am not saying the Baltimore officers are not responsible for what ensued and ultimately resulted in the death of Freddie Gray, they may well have been. The problem is those six officers have already been tried and convicted by the very people who have sworn to find the truth through our judicial system.
The point of all this comes down to public opinion and being manipulated to believe the worst with very little evidence. Has anyone else noticed a steady increase in the amount of “bad cop” videos that are springing up on social media sites? There are so many these days it is becoming the norm. There is never any explanation or follow up information for these videos and people, even conservatives who supported Law Enforcement Officers until recently, are now allowing these videos to change their attitudes. They are making comments about how “out of control” law enforcement is.
Putting all of this together takes some thinking and paying attention to subtleties which have slowly surfaced. There have also been comments made which tie all this together, if one is willing to go there. I am.
Al Sharpton’s latest outrageous call to action should have resonated as something to be very wary of. Instead, it has gone largely unnoticed. He is calling for a national police force to be overseen by the Department of Justice which is now headed by Loretta Lynch who has been described as Eric Holder on steroids. Is anybody connecting the dots with me?
We need the Justice Department to step in and take over policing in this country. In the 20th century, they had to fight states’ rights in — to get the right to vote. We’re going to have to fight states’ rights in terms of closing down police cases. – Al Sharpton
It might be better to stop falling for what one allows the MSM to tell them and start thinking for oneself. We are being herded into total anarchy because we are falling in line with the rest of the sheep. As with so many other Executive Orders, it will happen and nobody will know until it is too late.
Please stop being so quick to judge based on limited information and start asking more questions and looking beyond the obvious.
The New York Times recently published the home address of Police Officer Darren Wilson and his pregnant police officer wife. Once they were publicly ridiculed for this reckless action, the paper took down the story, but inexplicably left up the name of Darren Wilson’s street address.
Is the New York Times trying to incite murder? How could any respectable journalist publish the address of a police officer, knowing there are thousands of violent criminals who’d like to kill him? Why would a newspaper purposely make Officer Wilson a “marked man?” If someone kills Officer Wilson or his pregnant police officer wife…or mistakenly kills an entire family living in the home next door…isn’t the New York Times liable? Isn’t this a billion dollar lawsuit? Have liberals lost their minds (and their judgement)?
This time they’ve gone too far. And it’s time to teach our friends at the New York Times a lesson- because this type of reckless, dangerous behavior by the media cannot go unpunished. I think I have the answer. A three-pronged attack is necessary to insure this never happens again.
First, Officer Wilson and his new wife should announce a billion dollar lawsuit against the New York Times. That will send a strong message. Don’t wait for someone to get killed. That’s murder. But in this case, the New York Times is inciting attempted murder. They need to be punished now- before something very bad happens. Let all of the liberal media be put on notice. If you play with fire, you will get burned. Hit ‘em where it hurts- in the wallet. If all goes well in court, Police Officer Wilson could wind up owing the “old grey lady.”
Second, we need laws in the states of New York and Missouri to prevent this terrible situation from ever happening again. In California it is a crime for anyone (media or otherwise) to publicly print the home address of a police officer. But it’s not a crime in New York or Missouri- yet. This has to change, before someone gets killed. If this horrible breach of ethics occurred on California soil, the two New York Times reporters, their editor and publisher would be “perp walked” out of the newspaper building in handcuffs. That should be happening right now in New York.
Third, isn’t what’s good for the goose, good for the gander? Isn’t turnaround fair play? Suppose a team of angry police detectives decide to do a little research and they print the home address of the Times reporters and entire executive team of the New York Times. What would the New York Times think about that? Some would say it’s “fair play” for the hunters to become the hunted.
Maybe it would do the staff of the New York Times some good to feel the same pain and fear as Police Officer Darren Wilson and his pregnant wife. Remember a grand jury of his peers looked at all the evidence for many months and determined Officer Wilson was an innocent man, acting in self-defense. They were given four options (different levels of charges to contemplate).
The grand jury could have chosen any of them- including the lowest level of criminal charges. This jury of Ferguson citizens (three of them African American) knew if they chose no charges they could wind up starting a riot that would burn down their own town. They knew they themselves could become marked men and women. Yet they still chose no charges. It was that clear to them that Officer Wilson was an innocent man. 100% innocent. They couldn’t live with themselves if they charged an innocent man with murder, in order to satisfy the lynch mob waiting outside the courthouse.
Yet into this fray dropped the New York Times. Has the New York Times become judge, jury and executioner? Is it the media’s role to incite mob violence?
“The old grey lady” has stepped over a line. Either the people running the New York Times are reckless…mentally unstable…or liberals have decided it’s “fair” to incite lynch mobs to maim, murder or burn down the home of innocent police officers involved in race-based shootings.
Either way, the New York Times obviously needs a change of ownership. Officer Darren Wilson is now retired and looking for a new career. My hope is that we are still a nation of laws, not of mob violence. If so, I’m rooting for a court of law to make Darren Wilson the new owner/publisher of the New York Times.
Oh and Darren…if you’re looking for a Executive Editor…you know where to find me.
Horror struck St. Louis early Sunday morning when Zemir Begic and his wife were attacked in their vehicle by hammer-wielding thugs.
IJReview spoke to Zemir’s brother Rasim about what happened next:
The group of guys started jumping on the car. And as soon as it he got out, Zemir was hit with a hammer.
KMOV reported that Zemir sustained injuries to the head, abdomen, face, and mouth. Zemir’s body was found unresponsive in the street and pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Fortunately, two suspects (who happen to be teens) were apprehended. However, more individuals are thought to be involved.
After news of the murder, a small protest broke out.
Tonight responded to a peaceful demonstration in the Bosnian community at Gravois & Itaska. No arrests and everyone has now left.
— Chief Sam Dotson (@ChiefSLMPD) December 1, 2014
IJReview asked Rasim what his family wants after such a horrific tragedy. Rasim said:
We have been in the U.S. since 1996. The reason we moved from Bosnia was because of the war and the killing, and then it happened here. I just want justice for Zemir. That’s all I want. Our family will never be the same. It’s hard. Waking up this morning, I felt like it was a dream, it was so hard to believe.
If they don’t get death row, I hope they get life in prison. I don’t want anyone else’s family going through the same stuff. It’s just hard, I can’t even describe it.
If kids end up doing this kind of crime, they should get punished as an adult. People are telling me that because they’re younger, the judge might not press as hard of charges. I don’t think these kids should be out on the streets and they need to be held accountable to the fullest extent that justice can give.
In addition, a Go Fund Me campaign was set up to cover funeral arrangements for Zemir.
We can only hope that the wishes of Zemir’s family are granted and that full justice is served.
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ST. LOUIS • A 17-year-old St. Louis man has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the bludgeoning death of a Bosnian immigrant.
Police say Robert Mitchell along with two other teens, both juveniles, attacked the 32-year-old man with hammers early Sunday. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Mitchell and one of the juveniles are black and the other teen is Hispanic, according to police.
A police spokeswoman said investigators do not believe race played a role in the bludgeoning death of a Bosnian immigrant early Sunday, but declined to say what authorities believe is the motive in the killing.
Many at the scene of the murder near Gravois Avenue and Itaska Street speculated that the four men who beat Zemir Begic, 32, to death with hammers targeted him because of his Bosnian descent.
The Ferguson grand jury refused to indict police office Darren Wilson (white) in the death of Michael Brown (black). It was ruled that Wilson killed Brown in self-defense. The person responsible for Brown’s death was Brown himself.
President Obama, in a televised speech, called for calm.
The good news is, we know there are things we can do to help. And I’ve instructed Attorney General Holder to work with cities across the country to help build better relations between communities and law enforcement. That means working with law enforcement officials to make sure their ranks are representative of the communities they serve. We know that makes a difference. It means working to train officials so that law enforcement conducts itself in a way that is fair to everybody. It means enlisting the community actively on what should be everybody’s goal, and that is to prevent crime.
What? The line that really stuck out for me was, “That means working with law enforcement officials to make sure their ranks are representative of the communities they serve. We know that makes a difference”
I assume Obama is referring to the make up of the Ferguson police force which is 94 percent white. Ferguson population is 67 percent black.
Isn’t President Obama implying white police officers are racists? Isn’t he implying that white officers arrest blacks because of their skin color, not for violating the law? Is he insinuating that black police officers would not make similar arrests?
Since when does justice and the rule of law depend on one’s race? Is that how this race-baiting game is going to be played? According to the president’s rhetoric, 67 percent of Ferguson’s police force must be black to be fair and representative.
I find the president’s inflammatory accusations to be an insult and racist.
I’m a proud lifelong Kentuckian. I’m a big University of Kentucky basketball fan. I’d say most people would agree that Kentucky basketball fans are the most loyal and fanatical fans in the nation. They deeply love UK basketball.
According to Obama, UK’s team must be fundamentally changed “to make sure their ranks are representative of the communities they serve” to be fair and representative of the Kentucky community. Think about how bizarre that statement is.
You see, Kentucky’s top ten players are all black. Kentucky is 89 percent white and 8 percent black. Do you see the problem? If Kentucky lived in Obama’s world, Kentucky’s top 10 players must consist of 9 white players and 1 black player just to be fair and representative.
Is anyone in Kentucky’s white community screaming for such a representation? Nope! Does that mean Kentuckians are not racist and don’t racially profile their team? Yep! Doesn’t that make Kentucky a color-blind society in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s teachings? Yep! Doesn’t that make President Obama a profiling racist? Yep!
It’s scary to observe the world through the eyes of a race-baiting community organizer and professional agitater stuck in the 1960s. I’m thankful I live in Kentucky where people are judged on merit, not skin pigmentation.
I’m also glad Obama lives in Washington D.C. and considers Kentucky fly-over country. That’s right Mr. President, please keep flying over Kentucky, we don’t like racists in Kentucky. Did you see our basketball team is ranked #1 again? How are your numbers doing?
After an evening of chaos in Ferguson, Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon on Tuesday tripled the number of the National Guard forces patrolling the area. Tensions were high as darkness fell and troops and police were out in force. Four people including one woman was detained in front of the Police Department where most of the extreme protesting took place. In comparison to Monday’s riots, the area was calm.
Earlier Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon pledged to beef up law enforcement here to prevent a second night of violence over the non-indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. Brown’s family lawyers criticized the grand jury process as well as the handling of the case.
Governor Nixon’s announcement comes after Ferguson Mayor Knowles said that the National Guard wasn’t deployed quick enough calling the misstep “deeply concerning.” Wilson spoke for the first time Tuesday night since the non-indictment in an interview with ABC. The interview will air in three parts, beginning Tuesday on “World News with David Muir.” Wilson released a letter Monday evening thanking his supporters. According to the local Fire Chief reported that twelve commercial buildings in Ferguson were burned down during the protests and firefighters responded to fires at eight others.
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Protesters briefly shut down a section of I-75 in Cincinnati near the Ezzard Charles exit as they chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot” to protest the grand jury decision Monday not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
All lanes on the interstate were closed about 7 p.m.
The march began as protesters gathered on the steps of the Federal Courthouse where National Action Network leaders and Mayor John Cranley addressed the crowd. The group then marched north to Over-the-Rhine, some wearing white masks signifying anonymity.
“Like all of you, I am deeply concerned about the loss of life and the events that are unfolding in Ferguson, Mo.,” Cranley said. “I can sympathize with all aspects of what the community is experiencing because Cincinnati has had similar tensions in the past.”
Approximately 10 people were arrested. Cincinnati police said the protest was dangerous and that those arrested would at least be cited for pedestrian violations.
Hundreds of protesters marched from Cincinnati District 1 headquarters to the Ezzard Charles exit.
“Please, get off the expressway or you will be arrested,” police told protesters through bullhorns.
The highway was closed for about 20 minutes, but it remains unclear at this point where they were planning to go or why they sat on the highway. There were approximately 200 people marching.
Those arrested were charged with inducing panic and disorderly conduct, police said.
A police spokeswoman said everyone arrested was from Cincinnati.
Many other rallies were planned across the nation Tuesday in places like Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles.
** This story has been updated.
As we all know by now, late Monday evening the grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. This as expected and planned, sparked mass rioting and looting throughout the city of Ferguson deep into the night.
Many small business owners watched as their buildings and incomes went up in flames all at the hands of those who cannot comprehend nor want to accept the evidence presented. These race-baiting, tension escalating, and self-described law experts such as Al Sharpton and President Obama certainly do not help the situation with their recent remarks either.
What happened in Ferguson last night is appalling and unacceptable, but it’s because of the attitude and self-consciously absorbed victim card of those who are not after justice for anyone, but only to stir violence that is to blame.
Those “protesters” who were seeking justice in this case only wanted their justice. They were only after the answers they wanted, not necessarily the right ones. It certainly appears the facts do not matter in this case to them. Check out a map of a few businesses they decided to torch:
Here are a few messages from one resident who has been ready for war for months reported via St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Paul Hampel:
Canfield Dr resident D White said he, friends are ready for “war.” “We have 9mms, 40 cals, Ak-47s. If he’s … https://t.co/wnKUkACopC
— Paul Hampel (@phampel) November 24, 2014
— Paul Hampel (@phampel) November 24, 2014
Too much chaos occurred last night after a late announcement of this decision, but it seems that no amount of preparedness or lack thereof was enough to stop or help limit the amount of destruction that was done to a small town. Gov. Jay Nixon did not order the National Guard to Ferguson until Tuesday and the Ferguson Police Department was ordered to stand down for the most part. All of this while a small town went up in flames and people lost their livelihoods and watched their businesses burn to the ground.
Even Michael Brown’s step-father wanted people to burn buildings down. Watch the video here, with the “burn this b*tch down” chant coming at around the 3:00 mark:
CNN reports: Activists are set to rally Tuesday in more than 115 cities in the United States, speaking out in support of Brown’s family and accusations about police violence and racial injustice — rooted in the fact that Brown was black and Wilson is white. And their calls will likely be loudest in and around Ferguson, a city unknown to many worldwide more than three months ago, but which is now ground zero in this debate.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said he heard more than 100 gun shots fired by unknown people on Monday evening.
What we saw tonight was much worse than what we saw any night in August.
A very sad time in our nation. This is a time for prayers. Prayers for an entire community as they remain at ground zero for violence and ignorance.
Pray for Ferguson. Pray for America.
In lieu of last night’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson of Felony murder charges against Michael Brown, riots broke out in Ferguson, Mo. All across the city were signs being held up “From Palestine to Ferguson” waving in the air and stoking the flames of violence. Anti Israel protesters were bused in to create a disruption and goad the young adults into anger, violence, and property destruction. All this to destroy the minds of a generation who are now brainwashed that their hopes and dreams are stolen from under them. Blame Israel.
The anti Israel community consisting of human rights NGO’s, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions are determined to encourage people to act out in rage while they sit back and flame the hatred without getting their hands dirty.
Israel has spent an enormous amount of time having to deal with violent protesters whose specific target is to harass soldiers. In every case, arrests are made and deportations to their home countries ensue. It causes property damage, physical harm and the movement is only intended to use Arabs as a buffer to enact violence against Jews. Unfortunately, many in the Arab community still don’t know that they’re only being used for Europeans and American antisemites who take issue that Israel and Jews still exist in the world. This is the Left’s assault on civilized society. Their motives are to canvass any peaceful areas they deem are unjust and create chaos and destruction.
The anti Israel protesters know they will be put back on an airplane at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv since it’s against the law to enter Israel with the intent to do specific harm to Israel and the Israeli public. Their attention has turned to Ferguson, and it has nothing to do with Michael Brown. Their appearance is to garner more support against Israel since their movement is falling apart. Unions anyone?
The tragedy of Ferguson, Mo. paralleling Gaza is that these young black adults are being used the exact same way. Here in America, we are smarter than that, we have an opportunity to stop the indoctrination of these kids before it is too late. Businesses were looted and burned to the ground days before Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
In the same way Israel is suffering economic turbulence in Jerusalem, Ferguson residents are suffering. Schools are closed, businesses are either gone or boarded up, and the police who do everything to keep this country safe are exhausted. It’s time for Governor Nixon to reach out to Israel and get training from the IDF on how best to deal with this crisis.
Nothing was accomplished last night. The police and IDF are not perfect. However, both America and Israel have a rule of law that the majority of the population abides by. In Obama’s press conference he asked that the police show “restraint” to the protesters. Where have we heard that before? Should the police sit back while innocent people in the neighborhoods around Ferguson suffer? No. Is Obama asking the police to allow the criminals to burn buildings and cars to the ground before they take action? Tell that to the families that own small businesses that can’t pay their mortgages or put food on the table now.
The same goes for the Palestinian criminals causing violence against Jews in which innocent Arabs and Jews who work in Jerusalem businesses together are suffering now that tourism has dropped. The most important tactic for anti Israel protesters is to attack its economy first. In Ferguson, it seems they accomplished just that. The criminals in Ferguson and Palestinians have one thing in common. Both groups don’t aspire to have communication skills when things don’t go their way.
All that is needed is for Abu Mazen to make an appearance holding hands with Al Sharpton threatening to go to the UN and inflict sanctions against the Ferguson Police Department and Israel.
The Grand Jury responsible for deliberating whether or not Officer Darren Wilson will be indicted for the shooting that killed Michael Brown has reached a decision after 108 days. Robert McCulloch, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney, gave a press conference in Clayton, Mo. He says that some statements were completely refuted by the evidence. McCulloch said that all twelve jurors heard every word spoken in testimony, and they are the only people who have heard and examined every witness and every piece of physical evidence. He declared,
The jury deliberated over two days making their final decision. They determined that no probable cause exists to file any charge against officer Wilson. And returned a no true bill on each of the five indictments.
This has been one of the most anticipated legal decisions in recent years. The nation waits on edge for the fallout promised by the ‘peaceful’ protesters. What will the next few days look like for Ferguson, Mo? One thing is sure, the police officers of Ferguson and St. Louis County will be kept busy. Many schools have cancelled for the week, and businesses have closed early out of fear.
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