Friday Open Thread

More court today (and now Monday and Tuesday as well) and jail visits. I wish I could recoup the hours I spent after court this week at the Apple store (that "new" phone they gave me 3 months ago stopped working. I'm now on my third iPhone 5s) and on the phone with Comcast (the "hunt" feature and caller ID on my phone lines stopped working, and my cable bill jumped $50). All fixed now though.

Here's an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Obscene, (1.50 / 2) (#3)
    by whitecap333 on Fri Nov 21, 2014 at 10:03:49 AM EST
    that the very people who have outdone themselves in poisoning the mind of the public against officer Darren Wilson should now strike poses as advocates of peace and calm.  They know that only violence will attract the media attention they crave, but contrive to maintain the appearance of not being responsible for it.  The media has come very close to inciting to riot here.  There can now be little reasonable doubt about who initiated hostilities at Wilson's squad car.  The newly released radio dispatches prove that an alert on the Ferguson Market theft had gone out (with the 911 caller heard in the background), followed by an accurate description of Brown, and that Wilson was "on the lookout" for him.  When he radioed "Put me on Canfield with two, and send me a car," moments after admonishing Brown and Johnson to clear the road, he obviously intended to question Brown (still clutching cigars.)  Still, the media just can't bring itself to relinquish the delectable fiction that Wilson was officiously "hassling" Brown, for the offense of "walking while Black."  The soul of the typical media scribe resonates so deeply to this meme that it can't be given up.  And how often have we heard a journalist, or "media personality," acknowledge that Brown was in possession of the material needed to make "blunts" of stolen "cigarillos"?  (Source: Darren Wilson says Michael Brown kept charging, SLPD, 10-22-14.)  Never, that's when.  Some facts, to the liberal mind, are simply too "prejudicial" to acknowledge.  When Brown saw Wilson backing up to him, he could hardly have failed to appreciate that he was faced with the prospect of being "frisked," with disastrous consequence.  Can anyone name a single media source that has communicated these considerations to the public?  I thought not.  

    The prolonged silence of the grand jury leads to one of two conclusions:  The most credible evidence exonerates Wilson, or some sort of massive "cover up," involving not only Ferguson but St. Louis County, is in progress.  If the latter, one would think Holder would say something.  

    Seek some help for your obsession. (none / 0) (#4)
    by Angel on Fri Nov 21, 2014 at 10:05:41 AM EST
    Even I'm not that obsessed... (none / 0) (#8)
    by kdog on Fri Nov 21, 2014 at 10:28:53 AM EST
    with reefer, and it's my daily lamb's bread! ;)

    Unless whitey is saying the war on drugs should be charged as an accessory to manslaughter...that sounds about right to me actually.  Accessory to thousands upon thousands of manslaughters.


    Ira Hansen (none / 0) (#7)
    by MO Blue on Fri Nov 21, 2014 at 10:24:08 AM EST
    Is that you?

    There seems (none / 0) (#1)
    by lentinel on Fri Nov 21, 2014 at 09:30:00 AM EST
    to be, imo, much more feverish debate about the immigration bill than there was or has been about our being committed to war in Iraq and Syria.

    Serial podcast - anyone else hooked? (none / 0) (#2)
    by ruffian on Fri Nov 21, 2014 at 09:31:09 AM EST
    Not sure there will ever be any clear resolution to 'whodunit', but it is an interesting story about criminal justice, and how the police can collect and shape the evidence to support the story they want to tell. It is pretty clear that they worked with their informant to do that, and that his story as told in court does not really hold up. Seems to me to be plenty of reasonable doubt. I don't think the conviction was justified, but did Saed actually do it? That does not seem likely to me either.

    Yes, I am obsessing...on reddit and slate too.

    Joshua and the nerd herd tell (none / 0) (#5)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Nov 21, 2014 at 10:07:08 AM EST
    Me I am behind the times and concepts, just behind in everything because I don't reddit.  Now you reddit too?

    Only for this one thing! (none / 0) (#6)
    by ruffian on Fri Nov 21, 2014 at 10:14:21 AM EST