How Ferguson Highlights the Dangers of For-Profit Policing -
Slate highlights the financial dynamics that led to the insane police situation in Ferguson:
When you split a metro area into dozens of tiny local governments (St. Louis County, to be clear, doesn’t include the actual city of St. Louis, which spun off from it in the 19th century), they tend to duplicate each others’ services, which is of course extremely expensive. But raising taxes so that each tiny borough can afford its own police and fire department is a nonstarter, since wealthy residents can always just move one town over. End result: You have police departments that self-fund by handing out tickets. And thanks to the delightful racial dynamics of U.S. law enforcement, black residents are disproportionately stopped and accosted, even though police in Ferguson are less likely to find contraband when they search black drivers than when they search whites.
In other words, Ferguson’s police department financially buoys itself by treating its residents like crap.
Nearly four-dozen arrested in Ferguson on eve of attorney general’s visit
A relatively calm evening gave way to the arrest of 47 protesters early Wednesday morning in Ferguson, Missouri, marking the eleventh night of demonstrations touched off by the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a local police officer.
Attorney General Eric Holder is due to visit the majority-black St. Louis suburb at 11 a.m. local time for an update on the federal civil rights investigation concerning the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, on August 9 by Darren Wilson, one of 50 white Ferguson police officers on a 53-member force. Wilson has been kept in seclusion since it was revealed he was the shooter, while Brown’s family and supporters have pressed for his arrest in the slaying.
Telling the people of Ferguson to take this anger and “channel” it to the polls, i.e elect officials that reflect them, is so fucking beside the point and victim blaming. This is ignoring disenfranchisement of the black voter (racism) and the poor voter (can’t take time…
#MemeGOP #UniteBlue #VoteBlue
BREAKING: Michael Brown's Grandfather Asks to Meet With Obama - NBC News -
Michael Brown’s grandfather asked for a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday, saying it was time for “my president to step forward” and ta…
Michael Brown’s grandfather asked for a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday, saying it was time for “my president to step forward” and take concrete action after the Missouri teenager was shot to death by police in Ferguson, Missouri.
In an interview on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation,” Les McSpadden said “it’s a thousand percent wrong” that the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9 wasn’t in custody. Alluding to a private autopsy that reportedly found that Brown was shot six times, his grandfather said: “If I was to go out there and brutally murder someone and shoot them six times, ask yourself, would I be incarcerated? The answer is yes.”
"America is built on people coming together at times like this, and now is the time for my president to step forward," he said. "I want to say this to my president: I voted for you, so you ought to able to meet with me."
Republicans Are Making Fake News Sites To Fool Voters Because Fox News isn't Enough -
We’ve caught onto FAUX news, so now it is more broad.
(Source: zenman1550, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)
DNC Chairwoman Calls IA GOP Senate Candidate An 'Onion Of Crazy' -
This is how you go after an extremist candidate:
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) called Republican Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst an “onion of crazy” as the race there tightens.
Speaking at the Iowa state fair on Saturday, Wasserman-Schultz sought to tout Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), who has been dropping in the polls, and portray Ernst as extreme.
“I know that this state is know for its wind energy, for corn, for soybeans, but that woman is an onion of crazy,” she said. “Every time you peel back a layer, you find something more disturbing about her views.”
She pointed to Ernst’s suggestion in January that President Obama should face “removal from office or impeachment,” a comment that Ernst has sought to walk back.
Wasserman-Schultz then called out Ernst’s May comment that “I do have reason to believe there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq,” which Ernst has also walked back.