Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-29-2014

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A Tale Of Two Leaders: ‘Don’t Have A Strategy’ And ‘Poisonous Ideology Of Islamist Extremism’ Threatens All… Guess Which One Isn’t An Obama Quote

Following President Barack Obama’s brazen announcement that his administration has yet to come up with a strategy to respond to the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists gaining ground in the Middle East, British Prime Minister David Cameron called the ISIS gains a “greater and deeper threat to security than we have known” in an address to his countrymen. More… 

Reports: Terror Attack From Southern Border ‘Imminent’

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch issued a statement Friday, claiming that government sources have confirmed that Islamic State terrorists are operating in Mexico and planning terror attacks on the U.S. More… 

No MSM Coverage For Tea Party ‘Buycott’ To Help Looted Ferguson Businesses

The St. Louis Tea Party has organized a series of shopping sprees at businesses in Ferguson, Missouri ravaged by more than a week of looting and rioting. Unless you live in the St. Louis TV market, it’s a human-interest story likely to be left out of mainstream media reports from Ferguson. More… 

After Uzi Death, Gun Ranges Debate Safest Way To Teach Kids To Shoot

The accidental death of an instructor at an Arizona shooting range, killed while teaching a 9-year-old girl to fire a fully automatic Uzi, has touched off a national debate on whether children should be given access to such weapons. More… 

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Typically during this time of the year, Americans are focused on other things besides world events. Yet it’s impossible to ignore the goings-on across the globe right now. ISIS beheaded one of our own last week. Israel and Hamas agreed this week to stop attacking one another — at least for the moment. And Russia invaded Ukraine just yesterday. Maybe President Obama wore that tan suit to send the world a message: Couldn’t all this wait until after Labor Day? Friday Funnies… 

No P.M. Edition For Labor Day: Monday, September 1

The offices of Personal Liberty will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1 (Labor Day). That means we won’t be publishing our P.M. Edition on Monday. Those of you who are off work on Monday, enjoy your day off! We’ll be back with our regular P.M. Edition on Tuesday, Sept. 2. More… 

No P.M. Edition For Labor Day: Monday, September 1

The offices of Personal Liberty will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1 (Labor Day). That means we won’t be publishing our P.M. Edition on Monday. Those of you who are off work on Monday, enjoy your day off! We’ll be back with our regular P.M. Edition on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

If you plan to take a road trip, be on the lookout for speed traps, full-stop checkpoints, and even the prospect of no-refusal, mandatory blood draws if the police so much as suspect you of drunken driving. Texas and states in the Southeastern U.S. seem particularly jazzed about pushing the limits of the Fourth Amendment over the long weekend.

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Summer’s winding down. Pretty soon, it’ll be too cold to do the ice bucket challenge. In many communities, school has begun. College football kicked off this week. And it’s the Friday before Labor Day, the three-day weekend that Americans tend to equate with the end of summer. Typically during this time of the year, Americans are focused on other things besides world events. Yet it’s impossible to ignore the goings-on across the globe right now. ISIS beheaded one of our own last week. Israel and Hamas agreed this week to stop attacking one another — at least for the moment. And Russia invaded Ukraine just yesterday. Maybe President Obama wore that tan suit to send the world a message: Couldn’t all this wait until after Labor Day?

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John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune
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Olle Johansson, Sweden
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Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE
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Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany
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Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Marian Kemensky, Slovakia
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Have You Heard About The Pentagon’s ‘Everything Must Go’ Sale?

Reason’s Will Neff and Paul Detrick have teamed up to produce a satirical television commercial that reveals the absurdity of the military-to-police equipment pipeline created by the Defense Department’s 1033 program.

Among members of the liberty movement, the militarization of local police forces has been a subject of concern for years. With the police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, the matter is receiving some long overdue mainstream attention.

For more information on the 1033 program visit the links below.

News and Analysis:

Free Military Gear To Cops Has Resulted In 184 Local Police Departments ‘Losing’ Guns, Humvees

The Best Reporting On Federal Push To Militarize Local Police

USA Today, WSJ Realize What We’ve Been Saying For Years: America’s Cops Are Out Of Control

Local Law Enforcement More Dangerous, Thanks To Trickle Down Of Military Equipment, Militarized Mindset

Why Do Police In New Mexico Need 42 MRAPs?

DHS Says Law Enforcement Should Prepare For More Citizen Enemies

Analysis: With Ferguson Essay, Rand Paul Proves A Very Different Republican

Orange County, Florida Sheriff Blithely Proclaims: ‘We Are A Paramilitary Organization’

DHS Grants Not Making Anyone Safer

Commentary:

Ferguson: The War Comes Home

Stop The Militarization Of Our Police

America Is Under Military Occupation, But Americans Are Pushing Back

Police Shoot First And Cover Up The Questions Later

The Vigilante’s View On Ferguson And The U.S. Police State

The Violent Militarization Of Local Police

Political Satirist On Ferguson: Take The ‘F*cking Toys’ From Police

Mises President: Whatever Happened To Peace Officers?

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-27-2014

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Officials Say Hundreds Of Americans Have Joined Islamic State Terror Group As It Gains A Disturbing Amount Of Western Support

After confirmation that an American man was killed Tuesday fighting alongside Islamic State fighters in Syria, there is widespread speculation among law enforcement and intelligence officials that the terror group has radicalized at least hundreds of other Americans. Read More…

Texas School District: Our Teachers Are Armed And Prepared To Protect Students

Signs announcing that a particular property is considered a “gun-free zone” frequently plastered outside schools, government buildings and some private businesses are, quite unsurprisingly, ineffective at keeping firearm brandishing psychopaths at bay. That’s why one Texas school district is taking a different approach. Read More…

Vice President Biden Won’t Rest Until His Granddaughters Have Equal Rights

On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden took a stand on Twitter, where the Obama administration goes any time it really needs to take a stand. On this outing, which coincided with Women’s Equality Day, Biden’s thoughts were heavy. Take A Nap…

Billionaire’s Political Ads Criticized By Fact-Checking Groups

Bay Area billionaire Tom Steyer’s blitz against candidates who are soft on climate change is underway in seven states, but some prominent fact-checking groups say he’s emitting enough hot air to melt a few glaciers. Read More…

Supreme Court Tackles Online Threats

The unique nature of the Internet, as a platform for the exercise of Americans’ First Amendment freedoms, requires the government prove a person actually meant to make a threat before he can be prosecuted. Just such a case is before the Supreme Court now. Electronic Frontier Foundation…

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-26-2014

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IRS Admits It Destroyed Lois Lerner’s Blackberry After Congress Began Investigating Scandal

When the IRS met Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s deadline last Friday to produce sworn documents explaining a variety of things about how and why Lois Lerner’s emails went missing, it dropped a couple of bombs for anyone who’s been following the ever-simmering IRS scandal. Read More…

Free Military Gear To Cops Has Resulted In 184 Local Police Departments ‘Losing’ Guns, Humvees

When the federal government places leftover military weapons, MRAPs, Humvees, fire trucks and even ready-to-eat meals and sleeping bags in the hands of local fire and police forces, it’s at least trusting that those agencies will hang onto them – even if they’re used to restrain and repress civilians. But even that is too much to ask for dozens upon dozens of local departments. Missing…

California Law Mandates That Students Be Taught ‘Significance’ Of Obama Presidency

A new California law signed this week by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown will require schoolchildren to be taught that President Barack Obama’s election was “a historic step in the effort towards equality in the United States.” Read More…

Could A Wording ‘Glitch’ Doom Obamacare?

When a federal appeals court ruled last month that a seemingly arcane wording flaw in the Affordable Care Act should invalidate a central part of the law, many of those who drafted the statute five years ago reacted with shock and anger. The ruling seems likely to propel Obamacare once more before the Supreme Court, where opponents came within a single vote of overturning the law in 2012. Read More…

Alliance Defending Freedom: ‘Controversial Speech’ Restricted At University Of South Alabama

Alliance Defending Freedom filed an amended complaint Friday in a pro-life student organization’s lawsuit against the University of South Alabama. The university relegated the group’s pro-life display to a small speech zone on campus because it deemed the nature of the event “controversial.” Under the university’s policies, students must also obtain a permit 72 hours in advance in order to use the speech zone. Read More…

California Law Mandates That Students Be Taught ‘Significance’ Of Obama Presidency

A new California law signed this week by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown will require schoolchildren to be taught that President Barack Obama’s election was “a historic step in the effort towards equality in the United States.”

The bill, AB 1912, will require the state’s Instructional Quality Commission to update history and social science materials to acknowledge Obama’s legacy as the nation’s first black president.

Via the bill:

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

 

SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares all of the

following:

 

(a) The election of Barack Hussein Obama to the office of

President of the United States was a historic step in the effort

towards equality in the United States.

 

(b) Before the Civil Rights Movement, intimidation and physical

violence prevented millions of African Americans from voting and

alienated them from the electoral process.

 

(c) The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a civil rights victory that

inspired more ethnic minorities to register to vote and pursue

elected office.

 

(d) Barack Obama attended Harvard Law School where he became the

first African American president of the Harvard Law Review.

 

(e) After law school, Barack Obama worked to fulfill the spirit of

the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by encouraging people to register to

 

(f) Barack Obama was first elected to the Illinois State Senate in

1996 and to the United States Senate in 2004.

 

(g) Senator Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the

United States and first African American President on November 4,

2008, and was sworn in on January 20, 2009.

 

(h) In honor of his extraordinary efforts to strengthen

international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples, President

Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

(i) President Obama was reelected on November 6, 2012, and was

sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.

 

While the election of the nation’s first black president was undoubtedly a landmark moment in American history, CBS Los Angeles reports that political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson questioned why California lawmakers would take the unusual step of mandating that Obama be mentioned in classrooms.

“There really shouldn’t be a need for this, a special bill,” said Hutchinson. “Obviously, President Obama did make history, becoming the first African-American [President], but on the other hand, he is the President of the United States. It is a signature accomplishment in the sense that, as other presidents, they’re routinely taught.”

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-25-2014

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Lt. General Warns That Something Big Will Happen On 9-11-2014

Ret. Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, a military analyst for Fox, suggested on Saturday that the U.S. is in danger of suffering a devastating terror attack and should “go to DEFCON 1, our highest state of readiness and be prepared as we lead up to 9/11.” More… 

White House Sets U.S. Up For Another Foreign Policy Nightmare

An influential Senate Democrat called Monday for President Barack Obama to seek congressional approval before launching airstrikes against Islamic State militants in the Middle East. The call came after the White House refused to say whether it would await a congressional greenlight for further military action. More… 

Cornel West: Obama A ‘Counterfeit’ And A ‘Brown-Faced Clinton’

Union Theological Seminary professor and noted liberal public intellectual Cornel West had some harsh words for President Barack Obama in an interview with the left-leaning Salon. More… 

The Lower Congress Sinks, The Higher Voter Turnout Might Be

A new Gallup study suggests that in recent elections, disapproval of Congress’ job performance meant higher turnout. Currently, Gallup’s congressional job approval is 13 percent, with 19 percent of registered voters saying members of Congress deserve re-election. More… 

Ferguson: The War Comes Home

The increasing use of military equipment by local police is a symptom of growing authoritarianism, not the cause. The cause is policies that encourage police to see Americans as enemies to subjugate, rather than as citizens to “protect and serve.” Ron Paul’s Straight Talk… 

Cornel West: Obama A ‘Counterfeit’ And A ‘Brown-Faced Clinton’

Union Theological Seminary professor and noted liberal public intellectual Cornel West had some harsh words for President Barack Obama in an interview with the left-leaning Salon.

The conversation started out on a sour note when Salon’s Thomas Frank asked West, “how do you feel things have worked out since then [2008], both with the economy and with this president?”

West’s reply:

[T]he thing is he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair. And that’s a very sad moment in the history of the nation because we are—we’re an empire in decline. Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life. You would think that we needed somebody—a Lincoln-like figure who could revive some democratic spirit and democratic possibility.

[W]e ended up with a brown-faced Clinton. Another opportunist. Another neoliberal opportunist. It’s like, “Oh, no, don’t tell me that!” I tell you this, because I got hit hard years ago, but everywhere I go now, it’s “Brother West, I see what you were saying. Brother West, you were right. Your language was harsh and it was difficult to take, but you turned out to be absolutely right.” And, of course with Ferguson, you get it reconfirmed even among the people within his own circle now, you see. It’s a sad thing. It’s like you’re looking for John Coltrane and you get Kenny G in brown skin.

Aside from criticisms for what he views as Obama’s overall failures, he criticized the President’s response to the police militarization on display in Ferguson, Missouri, and throughout the nation.

The Obama administration has been silent. Completely silent. All of a sudden now, you get this uprising and what is the response? Well, as we know, you send out a statement on the death of brother Robin Williams before you sent out a statement on brother Michael Brown. The family asked for an autopsy at the Federal level, they hold back, so they [the family] have to go and get their own autopsy, and then the federal government finally responds. [Obama] sends Eric, Eric’s on the way out. Eric Holder’s going to be gone by December.

Obama wasn’t the only person on the left West ripped.

He also took Al Sharpton to task:

[W]hen you say the name Al Sharpton, the word integrity does not come to mind. So you got low-quality black leadership. Al Sharpton is who? He’s a cheerleader for Obama…

MSNBC, state press, it’s all Obama propaganda, and Sharpton is the worst. Sharpton said explicitly, I will never say a critical word about the president under any condition. That’s why he can’t stand what I’m saying. He can’t stand what I do because, for him, it’s an act of racial traitorship to be critical of the president. There’s no prophetic integrity in his leadership…

And as for the possibility of a Hillary Clinton Presidency in 2016 that has liberals so giddy (or jiddy), West offers this:

Hillary Clinton is an extension of Obama’s Wall Street presidency, drone presidency, national surveillance, national security presidency. She’d be more hawkish than he is, and yet she’s got that strange smile that somehow titillates liberals and neo-liberals and scares Republicans. But at that point it’s even too hard to contemplate.

Read the full interview at Salon.com.

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-22-2014: Fed Up With MSM In Ferguson; Harry Reid Steps In It Yet Again; Trey Gowdy All Business As Benghazi Panel Nears; Cops And Cameras In Vice City; Friday Funnies

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Fed Up With Media Circus, One Reporter Explains Why He Walked Away From Ferguson

Freelance journalist Ryan L. Schlosser went to Ferguson, Missouri to report on the rioting that followed the controversial police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, on August 9. He came away disgusted with the way the story was being reported, and the callous, self-serving manner in which national and international news outlets insinuated themselves, and their apparent agendas, into the much smaller local narrative – all while demonstrating a fundamental disregard for Ferguson residents while they were guests in their city. Read More…

Harry Reid Apologizes For Jokes At Asian-American Function

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has a history of insensitive and off-color remarks, apologized Friday for a pair of jokes he made before the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are,” the Nevada Democrat said to laughter from the audience. Later in the program, milling onstage as he was introduced to participants, Reid leaned into the microphone and quipped, “One problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight.” Read More…

Gowdy Says He’ll Bring Prosecutor’s Focus, Fairness To Benghazi Probe

South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy’s new select panel, created by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), will begin more public hearings on Benghazi next month when Congress returns from its lengthy summer recess. Asked to talk about the committee, though, Gowdy declined. “I didn’t talk about my investigations when I was a DA,” he said curtly. “There’ll be a time and a place.” Read More…

In Wake Of Ferguson, Miami-Dade Mayor Wants ‘A Camera On Every Police Officer’

In the wake of national outrage over alleged police misconduct in Ferguson, Mo., Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Thursday vowed to make “body cameras” mandatory for all county patrol officers. Novel Idea…

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Many people looked at the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, and saw it as solely a racial issue. But it’s so much more than that. Want to focus on race? Fine – take the easy way out. Be distracted. Look at the shiny ball instead of the ugliness that is plain to see. Believing that Ferguson is about race is easier to handle, less scary than the truth: that our government intends to control us all — regardless of the color of our skin. But if you ignore the truth, you do so at your own risk. Friday ‘Funnies’…

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Many people looked at the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, and saw it as solely a racial issue. But it’s so much more than that. What happened in Ferguson should frighten every single citizen of this nation. This is America. The U.S. Constitution guarantees Americans certain rights, including “life” and “liberty.” Yet it is not uncommon for police officers to kill Americans of any race whenever they choose. What’s more, it is not uncommon for even local law enforcement agencies to possess military-grade equipment, which they are eager to use. Our lives and our liberty are threatened by the very people who claim they want to “protect and serve” us. Meanwhile, a concerted effort to limit Americans’ ability to protect themselves is underway. Want to focus on race? Fine! Take the easy way out. Be distracted. Look at the shiny ball instead of the ugliness that is plain to see. Believing that Ferguson is about race is easier to handle, less scary than the truth: that our government intends to control us all — regardless of the color of our skin. But if you ignore the truth, you do so at your own risk.

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Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News
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Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons
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Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant
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Eric Allie, Caglecartoons.com
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Mike Keefe, Cagle Cartoons
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Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com
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Taylor Jones, El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico
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Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons
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Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Marian Kemensky, Slovakia
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Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
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John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-21-2014: DoD Broke Law In Bergdahl Swap; Judge Orders Holder To Name Fast & Furious Papers; Police Shooting On A Sunny St. Louis Day; Calling B.S. On NSA’s Flimsy Spy Claim; LAPD Shells Out $5 Million For Gunning Down Suspect; Dems Foment Hobby Lobby Boycott – At Hobby Lobby

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GAO Report: Department Of Defense Violated The Law In Bergdahl-Guantanamo Prisoner Swap

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has found that the Department of Defense violated the law when it carried out the Obama Administration’s arranged swap of five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay for the freedom of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Read More…

Not So Fast And Furious: Judge Orders DOJ To Hand Over List Of Withheld Gunrunning Documents

Attorney General Eric Holder may have gone about his business with a Congressional contempt charge hanging over his head for the past two years, but the gunrunning scandal that got him that way hasn’t disappeared. A federal judge made that abundantly clear on Wednesday.  Read More…

This Happened On August 19 In St. Louis. Does It Look Like Murder To You?

St. Louis police shot and killed 25 year-old Kajieme Powell around 1 p.m. on August 19, about 3.5 miles from the location of the now-infamous Michael Brown shooting. And if people need a clear case of police brutality to riot over, the knee-jerk evidence to support their outrage is much more accessible to an angry public in this case than in Brown’s. For starters, there’s this video. Watch…

EFF, ACLU Demolish ‘It’s Just Metadata’ Claim In NSA Spying Appeal

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday filed an amicus brief in Klayman v. Obama, a high-profile lawsuit that challenges mass surveillance, arguing that Americans’ telephone metadata deserves the highest protection of the 4th Amendment. Right now, the 4th Amendment needs all the help it can get. Read More…

LA Settles Police Shooting Case For $5 Million

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a $5 million settlement with the family of an unarmed National Guard veteran killed on live television in a barrage of gunfire at the end of a wild pursuit last year in downtown L.A. The proposed payout is the largest settlement the city has made in a fatal police shooting case in at least a decade and comes after Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck raised concerns about the officers’ tactics. Read More…

Wasserman Schultz Visits Hobby Lobby Store — To Urge A Boycott

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, stopped at a Hobby Lobby store in her district on Wednesday — not to pick up some craft supplies for one of her kids’ school projects, but to alert people to the store’s existence and urge people not to shop there. Really…

This Happened On August 19 In St. Louis. Does It Look Like Murder To You?

St. Louis police shot and killed 25 year-old Kajieme Powell around 1 p.m. on August 19, about 3.5 miles from the location of the now-infamous Michael Brown shooting.

This shooting isn’t that shooting, though: there’s video of this encounter, whereas evidence in the Brown case is early in the discovery phase. The court of public opinion has run amok on both sides of the Brown case; evidence seems almost an afterthought.

One thing seems obvious, though: if people need a clear case of police brutality to riot over, the knee-jerk evidence to support their outrage is much more accessible to an angry public in this case than in Brown’s.

You can dicker over Powell’s behavior before the police filled him with bullets, or his evident thuggish demeanor, or the overall thuggish demeanor of the guy doing the filming. If Powell were still alive, perhaps he could dicker over those things, too, when he faced his accuser.

Thuggish demeanor, petty theft and alleged slow-motion threats to police don’t permit the wholesale abrogation of due process in favor of on-the-spot extreme justice – courtesy of the state.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson went on to tell the media Powell had a knife and was approaching the officers with it. Here’s his account, followed by a replay of the moment of the shooting:

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-20-2014: The Islamic State’s Appeal To Western Jihadists; The NYPD’s Chronic Camera Problem; Connecting The Dots Between The Police State And The Slum Economy; Perry Gets Mileage From Mugshot Moment; Chicago Doesn’t Swoon For Proposed Obama Library

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Islamic State Has More British Muslim Fighters Than Britain Does; U.S. Claims Only A ‘Handful’ Of Americans Have Joined

Whether true or not, U.S. intelligence officials will only divulge to media that they believe a “small handful” of Americans are currently fighting as soldiers within the Islamic State. But one British parliamentarian believes that the terrorist “caliphate” now boasts more British Muslim recruits than are currently enlisted to fight in Britain’s own armed forces. Read More…

NYPD Settles With Man Arrested For Photographing Police; Reminds Officers They Cannot Object To Being Filmed

The New York Police Department has awarded a $125,000 settlement to a man who filed a civil rights lawsuit against the department, following a 2012 incident in which he was allegedly arrested and strip searched for filming police officers on duty. Read More…

Police States And Inner-City Economics

The recent civil disobedience, rioting and police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri, reminds us of what happens when police states and bad economics are mixed together. Devastated by decades of ruinous economic policies, the economies of many inner cities continue to languish as the self-ownership of local residents is treated with contempt by the police and any attempt at building a small-business-based or wage-based economy is hobbled by government regulation. Mises…

Rick Perry Defiant As He’s Booked, Has Mug Shot Taken At Courthouse

Texas Gov. Rick Perry struck a tight smile for his mug shot Tuesday and issued a spirited defense against charges of abusing his power, vowing “to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being.” Perry said he faces the charges with his “head held high” and vowed, “We will prevail.” Supporters and members of his staff chanted, “Perry! Perry! Perry!” Detractors in the crowd waved placards, one of which said, “Nice mug shot, criminal.” Lawfare…

Chicago Voters Split On Luring Obama Presidential Library

Voters in the city that launched President Barack Obama’s political career are split over whether to put tax dollars into luring his presidential library to Chicago. Less than half of those surveyed in a Chicago Tribune poll — 47 percent — said they favored the idea of using tax money to attract or build the library, while 45 percent said they opposed it and 8 percent were undecided. Read More…

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-19-2014: Liberals Lose Their Gun Virginity; The Islamic State’s Ferguson PR Outreach; A Texas-Style Protest To Rick Perry’s Indictment; Mainstream Media Wakes Up To The Problem Of Militarized Police; Consumer Spending Is Up…If You Survived The Recession

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Watch Liberal Gun Control Advocates Shoot Guns For The First Time In Their Lives

This is pretty cool: self-confessed anti-gun liberals, who agreed to at least see what it’s like to fire a gun, go to the L.A. Gun Club and get beginners’ training. All of them confess it’s the first time they’ve ever fired a gun in their lives.  And some of them walk away from the experience with their ideology in direct conflict with their emotions. Video…

Islamic Terror Sympathizers Reach Out To Ferguson Protestors

According to reports, factions of the Islamic State terror group which is brutalizing parts of the Middle East have turned their attention to civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Photos and tweets seem to corroborate that. Read More…

Perry Indictment Is BS, Says Texas Gun Store

The Katy, Texas-based Tactical Firearms has again used the business’s marquee sign to call out President Barack Obama with a message defending Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Perry’s indictment is BS, according to the company. Zing…

The Best Reporting On Federal Push To Militarize Local Police

The militarization of St. Louis and other local police departments can be traced to two major sources – the federal 1033 Program, a section of the National Defense Authorization Act passed in the 1990s, as well as federal homeland security grants to states. Here are a few facts that you might have missed about the Pentagon pipeline and the rise of military equipment and tactics in local police departments. Read More…

Consumer Spending Gets Back On Track — For Those Who Still Have Any Money

Written off in the aftermath of the Great Recession, the U.S. consumer is back. Not quite with a vengeance, but definitely back. Spending by the rich never tailed off, and it accelerated alongside the soaring stock market gains of recent years. On the bottom economic rungs, the poor still struggle. Read More…

Watch Liberal Gun Control Advocates Shoot Guns For The First Time In Their Lives

This is pretty cool: self-confessed anti-gun liberals, who agreed to at least see what it’s like to fire a gun, go to the L.A. Gun Club and get beginners’ training. All of them confess it’s the first time they’ve ever fired a gun in their lives.  And some of them walk away from the experience with their ideology in direct conflict with their emotions.

“It’s a rush – it’s an adrenaline rush, and even though it’s f*cked up and I feel confused and conflicted about it all…I would probably come back and do it again,” said one smiling woman after her day at the range.

A few more sessions with a strong emphasis on gun safety would definitely do her good. Check out the fright that happens at 2:16.

“Oh, sorry.”

H/T: BuzzFeed Yellow

Perry Indictment Is BS, Says Texas Gun Store

The Katy, Texas-based Tactical Firearms has again used the business’s marquee sign to call out President Barack Obama with a message defending Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Perry’s indictment is BS, according to the company.

This isn’t the first time Tactical Firearms has gotten national attention for signs responding to the Obama Administration’s policies.

Check Out This Awesome Sign A Gun Store Made In Response To Obama’s Prisoner Swap

Islamic Terror Sympathizers Reach Out To Ferguson Protestors

According to reports, factions of the Islamic State terror group which is brutalizing parts of the Middle East have turned their attention to civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

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The Islamic State was mentioned on a protest sign that appeared in a live CNN broadcast of the events in Ferguson. 

Twitter messages from Islamic jihadists in Syria and Iraq and their western supporters have expressed solidarity with protestors in Ferguson, encouraging people in the area to declare allegiance to the terror group.

Here’s a selection of some of the tweets appearing under the hashtag #FergusonUnderIS:

And under #JihadinFerguson:

In a video posted online Monday, Islamic State terrorists vowed to strike the U.S. in any way they can in response to U.S. attacks on IS militants.

“We will drown all of you in blood,” the group said.

Personal Liberty Digest ™ P.M. Edition 8-18-2014: Throw The Bums Out; Take The ‘F*cking Toys’ From Police; Immigration Crisis Afflicts Heartland Harvest; Three Decades Of Failed U.S. Policy In Iraq; Obama Out To Destroy The Press

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America: Throw The Bums Out

Americans are fed up with elected officials, according to recent polling data which finds that just 19 percent of likely voters believe that most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected. Read More… 

Political Satirist On Ferguson: Take The ‘F*cking Toys’ From Police

On the Sunday edition of his HBO show “Last Week Tonight”, comedian John Oliver issued a scathing rebuke of the police response to recent civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, suggesting that law enforcement agencies throughout the country are increasingly equipped with weapons and vehicles that they don’t need. Watch… 

Immigration Crisis At Border Afflicts Heartland Harvest

The heated tempers of the nation’s border states are driving the debate over immigration policy. States farther away from the U.S.-Mexico border, though, are reckoning with a different set of challenges: a skimpy agriculture labor market and cumbersome immigrant-worker programs that go unfixed amid partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill. Read More… 

Ron Paul Explains Three Decades Of Failed U.S. Policy In Iraq

This month, yet another U.S. president – the fifth in a row – began bombing Iraq. He is also placing in U.S. troops on the ground despite promising not to do so. Straight Talk…

NY Times Reporter Says Obama Is Out To Kill Press Freedom

A New York Times reporter facing jail time for refusing to out a source pulled no punches in a column published over the weekend, calling President Barack Obama the greatest threat to press freedom in a generation. Read More… 

NY Times Reporter Says Obama Is Out To Kill Press Freedom

A New York Times reporter facing jail time for refusing to out a source pulled no punches in a column published over the weekend, calling President Barack Obama the greatest threat to press freedom in a generation.

“It’s hypocritical,” reporter James Risen told the Time’s Maureen Dowd. “A lot of people still think this is some kind of game or signal or spin. They don’t want to believe that Obama wants to crack down on the press and whistle-blowers. But he does. He’s the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.”

The Obama Administration in 2010 renewed an expired Bush-era subpoena aimed at forcing Risen to reveal a source who provided him classified information about a failed CIA plot against Iran for his 2006 book “State of War.” In June, the Supreme Court refused to hear Risen’s appeal of the renewed subpoena, meaning that failure to comply with the Obama Justice Department’s demands could mean jail time for the journalist.

“It’s hard to fathom how the president who started with the press fluffing his pillows has ended up trying to suffocate the press with those pillows,” writes Dowd in her column.

Read the full piece at The New York Times.

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-15-2014: Citizens In The Crosshairs; More IRS Bumbling In Lerner Lawsuit; Too Much Government; Change In Iraq; Al Gore Comes Back For His Money; Remembering Robin Williams; Friday Funnies

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DHS Says Law Enforcement Should Prepare For More Citizen Enemies

Leaked documents from the Department of Homeland Security suggest that police militarization is only likely to increase as officials claim that they are planning for increased “anti-government violence over the next year.” Read More…

IRS Contradicts Itself On Lerner Hard Drive Testimony; Judge Sets Another Deadline For Agency To Get Its Story Straight

The IRS will have until August 22 to explain to a Federal judge how it is attempting to recover Lois Lerner’s missing emails, as well as its policy relating to destroying computer equipment. The judge set the deadline after documents obtained via a FOIA request revealed agency officials had presented conflicting testimony, under oath, about the extent to which Lerner’s hard drive had been damaged before it was allegedly destroyed. Read More…

Americans Are Definitely Fed Up With Government

Separate polls out this week find that majority of Americans believe government is broken and overly involved in citizens’ lives. Surprise…

Al-Maliki’s Resignation As Prime Minister Prompts Relief In Iraq

Iraq swung Friday between conflicting emotions: relief that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s resignation had averted a destabilizing power struggle and a cold reckoning of the challenges facing the country’s new leader. Read More…

Al Gore Sues Al-Jazeera America For Allegedly Withholding $65 Million

Former Vice President Al Gore has sued Al-Jazeera America, claiming the satellite TV service owned by the Qatari royal family has withheld $65 million of the proceeds from the sale of cable channel Current TV. Read More…

Cartoonists From Around The World Say ‘Nanu Nanu’ To Robin Williams

This week, the world became less funny. Robin Williams succumbed to the mental illness that had lurked in the shadows of his entire adult life. He took a pocketknife and a belt, and he stopped the pain he had tried so hard to hide. Like so many tortured creative geniuses before him, Williams left this life too soon.Goodbye…

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Talk about déjà vu! The volatile situation in Ferguson, Missouri, is frighteningly reminiscent of the days of Bull Connor and his attack dogs in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1960s. How did we get here so many years later? Well, you can thank Barack Obama for that. Unfortunately, Obama is on vacation and he does not want to be disturbed. To quote Kimberly “Sweet Brown” Wilkins: “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Friday Funnies…

Americans Are Definitely Fed Up With Government

Separate polls out this week find that majority of Americans believe government is broken and overly involved in citizens’ lives.

According to Rasmussen, 60 percent of American adults said that the government is too involved in trying to influence their lives. Fewer than 10 percent said that they wanted the government more involved in their lives and about one fifth of respondents said that the government’s current level of involvement is about right. The Rasmussen poll focused primarily on the Federal government’s use of taxes on things like unhealthy foods, alcohol and tobacco to influence personal behavior.

It’s no surprise that Americans aren’t thrilled about government efforts to force responsible decisions, as separate poling data show that a majority of the population believe the Nation’s leaders to be corrupt and largely inept.

In an August poll out from Gallup, more Americans (18 percent) cited “dissatisfaction with government/Congress/politicians; poor leadership/corruption/abuse of power” as their top concerns than any other issue facing the nation.

Another poll conducted by Fox News, recorded similar frustration:

The poll asks voters which message they would like to send to the federal government. Nearly six in 10 would say “leave me alone.” About a third would ask Uncle Sam to “lend me a hand.”

The 59 percent saying “leave me alone” is up from 53 percent in 2012 and 50 percent in 2011. Likewise, the 32 percent saying “lend me a hand” is down from a high of 44 percent three years ago (October 2011).

On Thursday, Rasmussen reported that Americans are divided on whether they think the President works very hard at his job. Meanwhile, 76 percent of respondents to a recent poll said that they are certain they work harder at their jobs than members of Congress.

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Talk about déjà vu! The volatile situation in Ferguson, Missouri, is frighteningly reminiscent of the days of Bull Connor and his attack dogs in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1960s. How did we get here so many years later? Well, you can thank Barack Obama for that. Our imperial president blatantly traipses all over our constitutionally guaranteed rights. That attitude trickles down all the way to our local communities. It was only a matter of time before Ferguson happened. To be fair, though, Americans aren’t the only ones who are the objects of Obama’s insatiable desire for control. He has his fingers in so many Middle Eastern pies it isn’t funny. Most recently, he decided it was up to him to do something about ISIS. Unfortunately, Obama is on vacation and he does not want to be disturbed. To quote Kimberly “Sweet Brown” Wilkins: “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” So Obama bombed Iraq. Hmmm… Haven’t we been here before, too?

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Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
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John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri
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Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons
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Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune
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Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News
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Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch
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Gary McCoy, Cagle Cartoons
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Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
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Taylor Jones, El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico
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Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE
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John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri
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