Lees and Orts

Before we wind down for the rest of the week 1 we offer up the following lees and orts:

  • We were in Ferguson Monday evening for the GJ decision. Wish we could tell you the resulting mess in the streets had solved anything, or was even marginally different from the past street protests/riots sprung fully formed from America’s racist forehead, or that we had received a blinding epiphany while dodging tear gas with an Amnesty International representative 2, but such is not the case; what’s going on in Ferguson now has gone on in America almost from the instant LBJ signed the Voting Rights Act in ’65.
  • There was rapid gun-fire, the semi-automatic kind, on the streets Monday night in Ferguson; the word in the crowd was that someone had “liberated” an AR-15 from a patrol unit. This actually turned out to be the case . Our first thought on hearing the news was to note the protesters had effectively appropriated the resupply tactics of “freedom fighters” the world over. Our second thought was to spend more time shielded by non-burning cars.
  • A friend asked why we planned on just ‘blurbing’ Ferguson; shouldn’t we have thousands of words to relate? The answer is a flat “nope, don’t have but a thing or two to say.” International protest coverage since the ’60s is exhaustive: from the Prague Spring, from Kent State, from all the Vietnam protests, from the ’68 race riots in this country…to just this past second, any time protesters have challenged their governments (and are met with often brutal resistance) someone brilliant is there to capture the event on film/digital media or to write down their thoughts and impressions to share with the larger population. And it always comes down to the same thing: change is needed; change is (perhaps) inevitable; no change. No change. 3 We wonder when the next step happens, when will the crowd decide to move beyond protests; that, we expect, everyone will write about.
  • Meanwhile, in Denver…
  • Of interest is the following Iraqi news item claiming the US is arming ISIS. Well, that’s just horse shit, you mutter. Probably, but we remember Ollie North all too well, not to mention our personal conversations with Liddy and Haldeman – there are people in our government quite capable of literally anything. If, for example, it was deemed necessary to arm a (putative) opponent in order to continue an unpopular war (to further a larger, private agenda) against said opponent, certain individuals within the government would think nothing of selling their soul to the Koch brothers to advance such a cause.
  • Data gathering is always going to be a problem, but there will always be counter-steps you can take; better to start now.
  • Our latest Twitter find.

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Lees and Orts

Show 3 footnotes

  1. What could possibly be of such note as to rouse us from our predictable food coma: the Republican’s putative explosion over Obama’s abuse of executive powers in pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey? We think not…
  2. Though said AI rep was flabbergasted the police would aim CS gas her way – didn’t they see her bright yellow t-shirt?
  3. And this is true regardless of the situation; from pouring over the released GJ documents in the Michael Brown case it is easy to see why the jury returned no true bills (which is not to say officer Wilson should not have faced some charges; I won’t make the case here – read the docs for yourself.) However, what the docs don’t take into consideration is the context of being black in America: change is needed; change is (perhaps) inevitable; no change. No change. No change.

White Police Officers

“But the fact is, I find it very disappointing that you’re not discussing the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We’re talking about the exception here,” Giuliani said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” while discussing whether police forces reflect the demographics of the communities they serve…

“It is the reason for the heavy police presence in the black community,” he said. “White police officers won’t be there if you weren’t killing each other 70 percent 1 of the time.”

This was yesterday on Meet The Press. The context – Ferguson, Missouri.

It’s not that it’s unusual to hear the sentiment; indeed, on KC’s Most Sued Blog it is the de rigueur stance toward any post regarding Kansas City’s eastside crime statistics. And the prevalence of black-on-black crime has long been a conservative talking point. But it is disconcerting to hear a nationally renowned 2 Republican imply Ferguson would not have happened but for incessant black-on-black crime.

Patriarch much?

White Police Officers

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  1. We’re curious: how do blacks spend that other 30% of their time? You know, when they’re NOT killing each other…
  2. If only for his penchant for cross-dressing.

Benghazi! Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi!!!!!!

So yesterday there was this:

A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.

In the immediate aftermath of the attack, intelligence about who carried it out and why was contradictory, the report found. That led Susan Rice, then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to inaccurately assert that the attack had evolved from a protest, when in fact there had been no protest. But it was intelligence analysts, not political appointees, who made the wrong call, the committee found. The report did not conclude that Rice or any other government official acted in bad faith or intentionally misled the American people.

The House Intelligence Committee report was released with little fanfare on the Friday before Thanksgiving week. Many of its findings echo those of six previous investigations by various congressional committees and a State Department panel. The eighth Benghazi investigation is being carried out by a House Select Committee appointed in May…

Of course this will not be the end of it: for some reason yet an 8th investigation is still under way.

Despite yet another damning report the conservatives are not embarrassed that their lies have been thoroughly documented and then trashed. They don’t care that you know they lied; you’re not the target audience. Those people are the idiots who came out for the just past midterms sure that whatever president Obama did next would be illegal, and doubly so if it had anything to do with immigration.

In fact what the conservatives’ plan is to lie some more.

This is exactly why many of us were happy that Obama went ahead with his Executive Authority plans for immigration reform: the conservatives, no matter what lies they spout to the contrary, never had any plans to put the bipartisan Senate bill on the House floor for a vote. Why? Because they knew it would easily pass.

Which makes the calls for president Obama to “work” or “reason” with the GOP laughable; the gentleman has tried on numerable occasions, only to be rudely rebuffed at every turn. You can’t work with people who refuse to work with you. 1

Benghazi!

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  1. I expect the talking heads early tomorrow morning to excuse this arrant nonsense with the now standard both sides do it bullshit. The fact of the matter is both sides don’t do it – in the last six years lies of this caliber have been the exclusive domain of the Rethugs.