Chicago, Chicago – That Murderin’ Town

As early as this morning, possibly by the late afternoon, but most certainly by tomorrow the Chicago PD will be forced to release a video that may well spark a citywide race riot.

The video is from a CPD dashboard cam and purports to show one Laquan McDonald, a 17-year old African American with a small knife in his hand. McDonald also reportedly had PCP in his system. McDonald was subsequently shot to death by a CPD officer, Jason Van Dyke, on the corner of 41st and Pulaski in Chicago’s Southwest side.

Van Dyke fired a total of 16 times, the last half dozen or so while McDonald lay face down on the concrete bleeding out. Only McDonald fired at McDonald, with the bullets striking him in the back, the legs, arms, neck and head, the bullets making his inert body jump repeatedly.

The video shows all this, just as it show Van Dyke firing from a distance of fifteen feet away.

Van Dyke has been charged with murder, the FBI is investigating and the city settled $5 million on McDonald’s family

But none of that may stave off a riot: the video is said to clearly depict a cold-blooded execution.

Add this murder to CPD’s rendition problem and the town may soon burst into flames.

And, quite probably, soon to come to a city near you.

Chicago, Chicago - That Murderin' Town

Au Courant

This week’s au courant links:

And finally, gamma ray bursts explained in 15 minutes:

Au Courant

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  1. Explains Trump; nothing can explain Carson.
  2. The poll’s subtitled “Please Bring Back the 50s.

David Bowers: Moron

The small, southwestern Virginia city of Roanoke should refuse to help settle Syrian refugees in the U.S. just as Franklin Delano Roosevelt interned Japanese Americans in America during World War II.

That’s the argument being made by Roanoke’s Democratic mayor, David Bowers. In a statement Wednesday, he said he was requesting that all government and non-government organizations in the city of 99,000 suspend any assistance to Syrian refugees “until these serious hostilities and atrocities end.”

As justification, he compared the situation to World War II.

“President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor,” he said, “and it appears that the threat of harm to America from ISIS now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies then.”

This should not be that hard; we’re just talking about profiling, right?

So…where did we intern all of the radical, white Christian terrorists after Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building? Let’s use those.

David Bowers: Moron

Lees and Orts

Remember The Worst Person in the World, Martin Shkreli?

Well all the publicity for his heinous act had a cost: a quarterly los of $14.6 million.

Couldn’t happen to a bigger prick.

Lees and Orts

Only for Star Wars nerds, but it is a must: the 5-day forecast for Alderaan.

Lees and Orts

We believe we’ve mentioned that we’ve taken a number of free, online encryption course from Stanford, via Coursera, n’est-ce pas? As fine an offering as Coursera is, we’ve been blown away by M.I.T.’s entry into his area, OpenCourseWare. The tech university has put all of their courses online, free. It’s pretty amazing stuff – we’re working our way through their course on quantum computation this fall (admittedly at a snail’s pace) and highly recommend it.

If hard sciences isn’t your thing, run over to The Open Education Consortium and cherry-pick a university. Or try the same at edX.

Lees and Orts

One of the nasty undercurrents in politics of late is the persistent whisper stream concerning gerrymandering and rigged elections. The Democrats are going to have to make sure all elections are cleanly run, even if that means independent monitors watching paper ballots hand counted right after the polls close.

We see, again, the nightmare scenario I’ve warned about for so many years: a U.S. election where all of the pre-election polls suggest Candidate X is set to win, but Candidate Y ends up winning by a huge margin instead and nobody even bothers to verify that the computer tabulated results accurately reflect the intent of the voters.

So far over 13,000 Kentuckians have signed a petition to force a public hand count of that election.

If all this sounds familiar it’s because Kansas appears to be pulling the same wool over its citizens’ eyes. Kansas Secretary of State Kobach is hard at work disenfranchising any person who might possibly vote a straight-line democratic ticket. All the while denying any wrongdoing, of course, and certifying individuals just a hair’s breath away from having to appear in court. Though to court it appears the lad will go.

All part and parcel of the systemic ReThug effort to impose their will on Americans, no matter the actual vote.

Lees and Orts

Jebus Fucking Ke-rist: it’s a tossup who’s more mental – Da Coif…:

By Thursday a religious test for refugees had become a religious test for all Americans for one Republican candidate, with Trump telling reporters he would “absolutely” implement a database of American Muslims and unspecified other measures.

“I would certainly implement that. Absolutely,” Trump told NBC between town hall appearances in Iowa. “There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases,” he added. “We should have a lot of systems. And today you can do it.”

Asked whether there would be a sign-up at mosques, Trump said: “Different places.”

“You sign them up at different places. It’s all about management.”

Asked how the practice of registering Muslims would be different from registering Jews in Nazi Germany, Trump said: “You tell me.”

…or Dr. StabsALot:

Ben Carson on Thursday compared safeguarding Americans from Islamic terrorists who may sneak into the country as refugees to parents protecting their children from rabid dogs.

“If there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog,” Carson said during a campaign stop in Alabama. “And you’re probably going to put your children out of the way. That doesn’t mean that you hate all dogs.”

He added, “But you’re going to put your intellect into motion and you’re thinking, ‘How do I protect my children at the same time? … I’m going to call the humane society and hopefully they can come and take this dog away and create a safe environment once again.’”

Lees and Orts

As usual Colbert nails the Rethugs dead to rights…

Tough Talk

Leave it to Pierce to speak the truth: it’s always been Saudi Arabia, going back to 9/11. And what’s more Hillary knows it. 1

The attacks were a brilliantly coordinated act of war. They were a brilliantly coordinated act of pure terrorism, beyond rhyme but not beyond reason. They struck at the most cosmopolitan parts of the most cosmopolitan city in the world. They struck out at assorted sectors of western popular culture. They struck out at sports, at pop music, and at simple casual dining. They struck out at an ordinary Friday night’s entertainment. The attacks were a brilliantly coordinated statement of political and social purpose, its intent clear and unmistakable. The attacks were a brilliantly coordinated act of fanatical ideological and theological Puritanism, brewed up in the dark precincts of another of mankind’s monotheisms. They were not the first of these. (The closest parallel to what happened in Paris is what happened in Mumbai in 2008. In fact, Mumbai went on alert almost immediately after the news broke.) They, alas, are likely not going to be the last…

Abandoning the Enlightenment values that produced democracy will not plumb the depths of the vestigial authoritarian impulse that resides in us all, the wish for kings, the desire for order, to be governed, and not to govern. Flexing and posturing and empty venting will not cure the deep sickness in the human spirit that leads people to slaughter the innocent in the middle of a weekend’s laughter. The expression of bigotry and hatred will not solve the deep desperation in the human heart that leads people to kill their fellow human beings and then blow themselves up as a final act of murderous vengeance against those they perceive to be their enemies, seen and unseen, real and imagined. Tough talk in the context of what happened in Paris is as empty as a bell rung at the bottom of a well.

The is a must read.

Tough Talk

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  1. As does Obama, and before him, both Bushes: Elder and Lessor. Despite receiving barrels of cash, there’s no telling what Clinton actually admitted to himself.

Five-Ring GOP Circus

For those of you not keeping track of the five-ring GOP circus this year, Bobby’s departure last night culls the 2016 Republican presidential primary field down to just 14 wannabes.

‘Just 14’; can’t believe I wrote that with a straight face.

FiveThirtyEight put together the below chart so you can track your pony candidate. But before you lay any money down, be sure to check out the odds

Five-Ring GOP Circus

Five-Ring GOP Circus

Vote Ben Carson

A friend recently pointed out a National Review piece entitled Why the Left Hates America. The article presented a basic contrast & comparison of how liberals and conservatives view our country.

As you might expect liberals did not fare well. Not that I personally fit into the liberal category. Or at least not all of me; some of my thinking could be listed under the libertarian heading, just as some of my beliefs could easily be classed within the narrow construct of conservatism. 1 And quite probably some of my thinking could be construed as fascism…but I wander digress.

The point being “liberals” hate America because we don’t grovel at the feet of slaver Thomas Jefferson (he of The Constitution fame); we want to destroy America because we do not, as Lincoln did, view America as the “Last Best Hope of Earth” (said title seems to befit Canada a little more each passing day); that we take exception to the a priori philosophy of American Exceptionalism. Liberal attitudes, the author states, “betrays a broken moral compass, historical ignorance, and worst of all, ingratitude.”

The National Review is not alone in this argument. Many other publications hold to the theory that progressives/liberals hate and want to destroy America.

So it must be true. Right? Surely that many publications can’t be in error. So I (at least that me that is “progressive/liberal”) am clearly failing in my efforts to destroy the country I “hate.” Time to step up my game.

To that end I have decided to support, in whatever fashion I can, a Carson presidency, since he would destroy America. How do I know this? Let me count the ways:

  • Carson is so deluded he believes (and has recounted over the years) that he was offered a “full scholarship” to West Point;
  • Carson believes the pyramids were built to hold grain…fucking ginormous amounts of grain;
  • Carson went after his moms with a hammer. Or…not. Maybe she came after him with the hammer;
  • Carson tried to stab a childhood friend and would have succeeded but for the Egyptian belt buckle –used to store grain– his friend wore;
  • Carson would refuse to raise the debt ceiling, instead relying on grain sales to steady the world’s economic model;
  • Carson  would order the military to “destroy” ISIS, “untying” the military’s hands…which would mean another 10-year war that would accomplish less than Shrub the Lessor’s Grand Military Adventure…though Carson promises we’ll take all their grain;
  • Carson not only gave Charlie Sheen AIDS, but promises to do the same for the American public by dosing the grain we will steal from ISIS and then putting it into America’s food supply.
  • Carson would not feed pregnant mother’s the AIDS-infected grain, though he would force all pregnant mothers to birth their children…especially in cases of rape and incest. ’cause…slavery!


Once this pathological liar is elected president it would be just a matter of time before his insane beliefs are encoded into our laws and culture, thereby destroying the Republic. The only way the country could circle down the drain quicker is if Carson names The Coif as his VP.

Need to thank me; just doing my part as a progressive/liberal America hater.

Vote Ben Carson

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  1. Then there’s those ideas Nora broadly, and loudly, classifies as “stupid.” But let’s not dwell on the outliers, shall we?