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    Amnesty International Delegation Report (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by MO Blue on Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 07:24:20 AM EST
    Amnesty International Delegation Releases Report on Human Rights Abuses in Ferguson, Missouri

    On August 18, around 10 pm, Amnesty International's report states [PDF] police "activated a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) that was mounted about 8-10 feet off the ground on top of an armored truck at the intersection of W. Florissant and Ferguson avenues." This was apparently a response to the throwing of a few bottles and a group of protesters that decided to stop moving and stand in front of a line of police.

    "The LRAD was pointed at a group of stationary protestors on the street approximately 15 feet away. Members of the media and observers were about the same distance from the device. Law enforcement gave no warning to protesters that an LRAD would be used."

    After providing earplugs to a member of Amnesty International, a St. Louis County police officer said, `This noise will make you sick.' Several members of the delegation reported feeling nauseous from the noise of the LRAD until it link

    Huh?? (none / 0) (#14)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 10:13:44 AM EST
    This was apparently a response to the throwing of a few bottles

    Haven't been hit by a thrown bottle but somehow I think the thrower's act fails this test:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petitition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Everyone likes wedding pictures right? (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 08:32:25 AM EST
    this one is sort of special

    I would ask that you not share it further.  The last thing I would want would be to invade their privacy and it was sent to me as a friend.  But it's just so great I wanted to share it and I'm sure no one here will know this family.
    A bit of background the guy is a friend I made through work.  Brilliant at what he does which is what I used to do.  The kids are his from a previous marriage.  His first wife passed a few years ago and although I never asked I'm pretty sure it was as a result of complications arising from the birth of their second, the boy in the picture.  
    After that and raising the kids by himself no one deserves a happy ending more than this guy   And boy did he get one,  look at her!  See is gorgeous.  And I'm told she is just beautiful on the inside.

    One more (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 08:37:13 AM EST
    Lovely. And the children look adorable. (none / 0) (#7)
    by Angel on Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 09:36:55 AM EST
    I love the matching hat (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 09:41:16 AM EST
    on the little boy.  Adam is famous for that hat.

    I thought the matching hats (none / 0) (#13)
    by MO Blue on Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 09:53:10 AM EST
    was a great touch as well. Good looking family. Sending wishes for a happy life together.  

    They all found each other (none / 0) (#8)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 09:37:49 AM EST
    How sweet

    The Donkey in the room that (none / 0) (#4)
    by Uncle Chip on Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 08:49:38 AM EST
    no one wants to talk about:

    Jeff Roorda -- Democrat Representative and Democrat Candidate for Missouri Senate and Democrat Police Union Boss and Democrat Fundraiser for Darren Wilson

    The irony in this whole thing is that both sides that face off in the streets of Ferguson -- the public union police and the black community protesters -- are both strong Missouri Democrat Party constituencies.

    It helps to explain why the Democrat Governor of Missouri Jay Nixon and nearly every other Democrat  is trying to distance themselves from the shooting of Mike Brown and the November 4 election results may very well determine the direction of the case.

    IMO the only impact the November (none / 0) (#6)
    by MO Blue on Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 09:36:29 AM EST
    election will have on the case is that the GJ's verdict will be announced.

    McCulloch is running unopposed so there will be no impact on his political career.

    Somewhat less certain is how this case will effect Steve Stenger's election for County Executive. The current wisdom is that he will win regardless of any action or increased apathy on the part of the AA community. This is based on the overwhelming number of votes he received in the primary election. I am slightly less certain that the  primary numbers are an accurate indicator for what will occur in the general. Every Republican I know, voted for Stenger (D) in the primary. They referenced the fact that in the last election the Republican was winning the race until they counted the votes in the minority districts. As far as they were concerned, if Dooley won the primary, the minority votes would once again win him the election. Questions to be determined are IMO are the Republicans going to vote for Stenger in the General and how will this case effect the turnout and voting patterns of AA voters.

    What is also uncertain is what impact will this case have on the future of the Democratic Party in MO. The party needs to increase voting in the minority communities. Increasing voter apathy or changing the voting patterns of their demographic groups could definitely hurt the party.


    More on cross over vote (none / 0) (#12)
    by MO Blue on Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 09:51:09 AM EST
    Stream said his campaign poll workers on Tuesday encountered countless Republicans who indicated they would ask election workers for a Democratic ballot.

    "I was afraid they were leaving me, I was trying to head it off," Stream recalled.

    He was heartened, Stream added, to learn that the majority of the crossover voters later reassured his poll workers that Stream "has my vote in November, but we have to get rid of Charlie now."
    It's difficult to tell how many county voters might have crossed over in Tuesday's primary. But four years ago the county primary also featured contested races in both parties for county executive nominee. That year saw much heavier voting in the Republican primary, where lawyer Bill Corrigan faced retiree Nick Ferace. Fifty-three percent of county voters cast Republican ballots in August 2010, compared with 28 percent this week. link

    Wow (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 09:02:20 AM EST
    Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor argued that the federal government's desegregation of Arkansas's largest public school in 1957 was an "unwilling invasion" that took "a local problem out of the local authorities' hands" and led to deep suspicions of democracy in the state, according to a copy of his college thesis obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

    Written in 1985, the 30-page paper--which also suggested that the state's Democratic Party was hindering economic progress, and attributed policies such as welfare and the Equal Rights Amendment to "wild-eyed liberals"--could add to Pryor's difficulties as he fights to protect his seat from Republican challenger Rep. Tom Cotton.

    College writings have become a campaign issue in the Arkansas Senate race, with the Pryor campaign and national Democrats attacking Cotton for his student newspaper columns and senior thesis.

    In the essay, Pryor argued that the Democratic Party's dominance in the state stemmed from public's need for protection against external threats, comparing this to the Russian people backing Tsarist and Communist governments.

    "Arkansas has been invaded unwillingly twice. Once in reality and once figuratively," wrote Pryor.

    "The Civil War provided the real invasion. The figurative invasion took place in 1957 at Little Rock Central High School. That event took a local problem out of the local authorities' hands. The federal government had again forced its will on the people of Arkansas."

    The cynical side of me wonders if the Pryor campaign might not be responsible for this story.   Sadly I can see it helping him with some Dixiecrats.  Yes, we still have those.

    Here's a link to your (none / 0) (#9)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 09:37:57 AM EST

    On Fox, no less.  Man, they must be seriously conflicted.  Attacking Pryor for peddling Republican values.

    There were other links but Fox has the highest cognitive dissonance quotient.


    I'm tellin ya (none / 0) (#11)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Oct 25, 2014 at 09:46:29 AM EST
    Pryor is a very shrewd pol.  You don't survive "blue" in a state as red as this without that.
    Fox is exactly the place he would want this.  These are the people who may very well see this and think "Hmmmm"

    Bottom line.  IMO no democrat is going to see this and say wow, I voting for Tom Cotton.  OTOH I can see people doing the reverse.

    The invasion and humiliation of Little Rock are very much a part of living memory here for some.