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  • alan1tx commented on the blog post Congress Must Vote on Military Action in Syria

    2014-08-28 12:26:18View | Delete

    Well,

    One thing the Constitution wisely did was give the war making power to Congress.

    Congress passed the AUMF.

    The AUMF granted the President the authority to use all “necessary and appropriate force” against those whom he determined “planned, authorized, committed or aided” the September 11th attacks, or who harbored said persons or groups.

    If Prez makes the determination…

  • The Amish seem to get by quite nicely. Maybe you just like your gasoline powered car and electric appliances more than you like the planet?

  • alan1tx commented on the blog post Congress Must Vote on Military Action in Syria

    2014-08-28 09:16:15View | Delete

    From Wiki:

    The AUMF has been cited by a wide variety of US officials as justification for continuing US military actions all over the world.

  • http://www.skepticalscience.com/print.php?r=101

    Everything changed in the 1850′s. Before that our primary energy source wasn’t fossil fuels? But some would have a hard time going back to those “good old days”.

  • It’s not production that’s the problem, it’s consumption.

    Everyone driving or using oil, coal, or gas generated electricity is equally part of the problem.

  • I don’t know, could be a grand jury. The point is

    justice

    is a fair trial with a verdict, no matter which way it goes. The protesters who are chanting for justice (and everyone else who is not impartial) should have been reminded by Holder that justice means you get a fair trial, it doesn’t mean the outcome will be the way you want it.

  • How do I know there’s a chance there will be justice, but it won’t be what the protesters are expecting?

    Justice: The maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments

    When the facts are presented, an impartial jury will decide if Officer Wilson is guilty of a crime or not guilty because of self-defense or whatever.

    I’d say there’s a 100% chance there will be justice, and only a 50% chance it will be what the protesters want.

  • Also externals. I drive on many toll roads during the day. I imagine I could be tracked to within a few miles at any given time.

  • Justice.

    I think Holder could have done a better job of explaining to the people of Ferguson what that might mean. There’s a chance there will be justice, but it won’t be what the protesters are expecting.

  • alan1tx commented on the blog post Republicans Think Immigration is More Important than Democrats

    2014-08-25 11:07:04View | Delete

    Heh. “Headline ambiguous.” Especially if you read it like this:
    Republicans Think ‘Immigration is More Important’ than ‘Democrats [are]’

  • alan1tx commented on the blog post Ferguson Organizer on Life Under Police Occupation (Video)

    2014-08-24 18:30:41View | Delete

    Why shouldn’t he be articulate?

  • very confusing.

    Maybe add a conclusion.

  • alan1tx commented on the diary post No incident report? NO INCIDENT REPORT!? by Elliott.

    2014-08-22 08:12:08View | Delete

    And just like your “fictitious” dark skinned man, he’s presumed innocent until the grand jury finds there’s a case and/or a jury finds him guilty, and if not proved guilty, we all will have to accept the verdict.

  • But as legal observer with the National Lawyers Guild, Max Suchan said:
    “It was my sense that they were “targeting” young black men from the neighborhood”, so I guess not white hired thugs – afterall, he was there.

  • He observed police “charging into the crowd.” It was his sense that they were “targeting” young black men from the neighborhood.

    Here’s a report from a different source that saw it a little more impartially.

    Some protesters grew agitated and began throwing plastic bottles full of water and urine at officers. When the officers began charging protesters, community leaders formed a chain to create a buffer between the two factions.

    Agitators in the amassed crowd then fled into a dedicated media area near a Public Storage facility to hide from officers.

    Eventually, amid growing chaos, officers began gang-rushing certain individuals.

    Although, I guess it’s possible they’re both right and the aggitators were young black men from the neighborhood.

  • The camera industry loves this idea. Cameras cost between $300 and $400, but the big expense is in the storage and management of the data they generate. Camera companies offer cloud-based storage systems for a monthly subscription fee. Requiring all police to have a body camera would make a select few very, very rich. This could be bigger than ObamaCare.

  • In Rialto, Calif., the entire police force is wearing body-mounted cameras that record everything that transpires between officers and citizens. In the first year after the cameras’ introduction, the use of force by officers declined 60%, and citizen complaints against police fell 88%.

    What happens when police wear cameras is a modification of the psychology of everyone involved, including a reduction in complaints because of citizens declining to contest video evidence of their behavior.

  • If you could put down your prejudice for a while and read a balanced view of what’s going on (not your normal anti-police propaganda) you may be surprised that the cops are doing just what you suggest.

    For much of the night, the protests were focused, something the past few nights distinctly lacked. Ministers and community leaders managed to keep the event substantially more organized than it has been in previous nights.

    One police officer was overheard saying there was “nothing wrong with this (protest).”

    For a long time, police made no advances towards the protesters.

    Some protesters grew agitated and eventually began throwing plastic bottles full of water and urine at officers. When the officers began charging protesters, community leaders formed a chain to create a buffer between the two factions.

    Agitators in the amassed crowd then fled into a dedicated media area near a Public Storage facility to hide from officers.

    Eventually, amid growing chaos, officers began gang-rushing certain individuals.

    “I believe there was a turning point made, and I think that turning point was made by the clergy, the activists, the volunteers and the men and women of law enforcement who partnered together to make a difference,” Johnson said. “Not allowing the criminals that mask themselves in a peaceful protest. They [peaceful protesters] protested early and they went home early and allowed us a better look at those criminals and agitators that are roaming the street of Florissant for their own agenda.”

  • #37, #41, and #42.

    I don’t want to over-post for fear of being called names.

    So last week I was in church with a few hundred other people. No cops even showed up. If a few of us had slinked to the QT and stole them blind and burned down the donut shop next door, I suspect there would be a large police precence next week. It’s the actions not the protest.

    A protest is like a parade. Cops don’t care one way or another as long as crime doesn’t break out. As far as police acting against aledged peaceful protesters who are mixing with rioters and reporters who may want to improve their story and vandals, if the police see a problem in a mixed group, they can try to stop it, or let it grow out of control. Whatever.

    There’s probably the same percent of bad cops as there are bad protesters. Protesters who want to be confrontational, or loot, or whatever, vs. cops who want to crack a head.

    I try to offer balanced reason with some links to prove it, if you like the echo chamber and you’re mind is unchangable, you are what you are.

    I do enjoy the discussion though, don’t ban me.

  • Without the looting and vandalism, there would be no reason for the police presence. People gather in large groups every day in every city in the US. No need for police or bullets or tear gas. My link at #36 shows that even in Ferguson the protesters are fine until under the cover of darkness the bad seeds take over.

    No dissent is repressed all day long, then: “It’s getting late, ya’ll head home and come back tomorrow”. “We’re being repressed by the pigs, burn the QT”!

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