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Friday, August 22, 2014

Want To Know What Causes Islamophobia? Islam Causes Islamophobia!

As a public service announcement, and because I haven't done it in a year, I'd just like to remind everyone that when you see this bumper sticker on an automobile,

Get your camera out and contemplate asking the vehicle's driver for an autograph. You're in the presence of museum grade stupidity.

Now, on to my point.

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While the Muslims who make up ISIS establish their Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq, further promising to fly their flag one day on the top of the White House Flag Pole, we have debates about whether or not we should be doing something as egregiously bigoted as linking Islam to the acts of terror performed by Muslims establishing an Islamic Caliphate. As Yazidi Christians are slaughtered whole sale, heads placed on pikes for that extra special home decor touch that no Islamic home is complete without, our national leaders promise to prosecute the guilty to the fullest extent of the same law that meant so much to them in the first place, that they felt emboldened to the point of openly placing heads on pikes. I do not think words can describe the depth of naivete it takes to treat our ongoing war with Islamic Supremacists as though it were an ongoing law enforcement effort. They are not impressed with the horde of prosecuting attorneys and FBI criminologists that have teemed their shores and taken up the task of gathering evidence for acts that they've openly bragged about on youtube videos.

As I've said repeatedly, six of the seven groups above are perfectly capable, and indeed compassionately willing to, "COEXIST," with one another. The first group on that iconic display of weapons grade idiocy however is not. In fact, they have a religious belief, practiced with a fevered pedantic bloodlust, that they are bound by a duty to their deity to convert, enslave, or kill the other 6 groups called out on that graphic. The logical gymnastics used to morally equate the picketers standing too close to Abortion Clinics with the savagery of those blowing up school buses filled with seven year old children would be worthy of song, were it not so infuriating. Clearly, we need another Obama speech delivered from Cairo or the Brandenburg Gate in order to combat this evil. Perhaps, if we're lucky, he'll be sure to tell us all how much angrier than we are he is, and how he'll get to the bottom of how such evil has been allowed to flourish, against his express edicts to the contrary, in those places where he's personally created a power vacuum.

Many of my fellow conservatives have been having a field day in calling out our President for being completely disengaged. I say, be careful what you wish for, it just may come true. Personally, I like my Obama disengaged. I want him playing golf, and personally hope he gets in at least 18 holes each and every one of his days left in office. He'll do less damage that way. I'd love for example, for the Pentagon to be allowed to establish rules of engagement for our military without the input from the Obama Administration, too busy partying it up like rock stars to get involved with such matters of limited import. I'd love to see an economy be given a chance to flex its own recuperative muscles, unfettered by a President too busy playing Basketball with NBA stars to put his pen and cell phone to work, creating more regulation via executive order.

When he's not vacationing, Barack Obama says things like this in his speeches.

The world must not belong to those who slander the Prophet Mohamed. The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet Mohamed.

Somehow, I haven't noticed any of the classic signs of that Muslim fist unclenching yet. I see no evidence that the Jihadis around the globe took those well spoken words proclaiming kumbayah my lord as their signal to lay down their well honed intention to kill the rest of us. In fact, things seem to have gotten worse. It's almost as if they saw how completely inept and weak our Chief Executive was, and decided to accelerate their holy war designed to drench the world in infidel blood. But that couldn't be, we're armed to the teeth with COEXIST bumper stickers and clever hash tag campaigns.

I learned two things yesterday that I never, in one Million years would have been able to guess. One, Barack Obama is angrier than I am at the brutal beheading of an American Journalist being posted to youtube by this latest group of misunderstood social workers practicing that variety of Jihad that isn't an inner struggle to conquer the evil that lives within all of us. Two, he's going to get to the bottom of it all. Hence the exhaustive investigation to confirm that which we've been told via endless youtube videos from those peace loving guys in no way connected to Islam, who do their brutal deeds while shouting Allahu Akhbar.

I saw a video the other day of Bernie Sanders holding a town hall meeting in his home state. A woman in the audience screamed out that Hamas was a social service organization. I'd be willing to bet One Million Dollars that she has a COEXIST bumper sticker on her car.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jason Riley's Speech to The Heritage Foundation: Please Stop Helping Us.

Hat tip to Guggi:

Straight from the youtube explanation of Jason Riley's speech to The Heritage Foundation:

In Please Stop Helping Us, Jason Riley examines how well-intentioned welfare programs are in fact holding black Americans back. Minimum-wage laws may lift earnings for people who are already employed, but they price a disproportionate number of blacks out of the labor force. Affirmative action in higher education is intended to address past discrimination, but the result is fewer black college graduates than would otherwise exist. And so it goes with everything from soft-on-crime laws, which make black neighborhoods more dangerous, to policies that limit school choice out of a mistaken belief that charter schools and voucher programs harm the traditional public schools that most low-income students attend.

Gary Becker won the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics in 1992 for putting much of what was said here into a quantifiable economic theory.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Real Question In Texas: Why Did It Take Rick Perry Fourteen Years To Shut This Down?

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

There exists in Texas, something of a bizarre situation in regards to the state politics. What happened, several decades ago, when the Democrats ran the place, was that the Austin County Prosecutor's Office became vested somehow with a state authority to prosecute politicians for various infractions. The Travis County District Attorney's Office is partially funded with revenues collected from the entire state, and they act as a, "watchdog," group for all of Texas. As far as I know, Texas and Wisconsin are the only states in our nation that use this set up.

The Travis County DA, a position dominated by Democrats since dinosaurs roamed the Lone Star State, has used this state mandated authority exclusively for the purpose of harassing GOP officials who've had the temerity to actually win elections. Since Texas has since flipped to the Red Column from the previous solidly Blue stalwart that it used to be, that activity has increased dramatically in recent years.

For as long as I can remember, ad hominem attack has been placed on steroids in the political arena, and capricious prosecutions have been used as a means to eliminate competition. Newt Gingrich, Jack Ryan, and even Sarah Palin have found themselves afoul of political activists armed with trumped up and completely debunked after the fact charges of wrong doing. And even though the charges of wrongdoing were eventually proven to be bogus, in each instance, the desired effect of ruining future political aspirations was achieved, which was undoubtedly the goal all along.

No other group however, has achieved the status of art form with respect to this particular political dirty trick, with quite the same panache as the Democrat Party machinery entrenched forever in Travis County Texas. Boss Tweed and Richard Daley would be blushing with jealousy at the goings on in that state.

So, in a political age where Ted Kennedy kills a girl then goes on to Chair the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barney Frank gets caught running a gay brothel out of his apartment in Washington D.C., then goes on to chair the House Judiciary Committee, Rick Perry gets indicted for using his Constitutionally mandated authority to veto the funding of the single most corrupt political expenditure anywhere in our fruited plains.

Conservatives finding themselves on the business end of politically motivated accusations is nothing new. There is a sameness to all of these incidents. When the rally cries of, "there's no actual evidence of wrong doing," get sounded, we'll be assured that it's, "the seriousness of the charge," which must be respected. The targeted politician will resign, and then it'll all go away when somebody in our Judiciary realizes that not a single accusation is rooted in actual truth. The charges will eventually be thrown out or the accused in question will be vindicated, none of which will happen until after their political career has been effectively ended. The vindication and or dropping of the charges will also be unreported, as if it never happened in the first place. Those who use this trick as a weapon are never held to account for their criminal behavior, and in fact will usually be able to repeat at will.

What's going on with Governor Perry however is slightly different. In his case, he stands accused of trying to take on the very heart of the Machine's apparatus. He threatened to take away the State's funding of the Travis County Machinery. My question is what took him so long? Why did he wait for the Travis County DA, Rosemary Lehmberg, to star in several police videos, threatening her arresting officers with the intimidation of her office, to put an end to the graft and corruption legislated into the Texas law enforcement apparatus?

Perry's political aspirations are done, his career ended, but that doesn't mean that he can't return the favor. It's about time that this sick joke perpetrated upon the tax payers in Texas find its end. Rick Perry at the moment is the one who's in the best position to see this happen. I only hope that he has it within himself to find that vindictive petty demon who lives within us all. Revenge is not always wrong, and in this case, it is most certainly a good thing. Go get them Rick!

If the good people in Texas truly want a, "political watch dog group," to prosecute political chicanery, might I suggest that they endeavor to set up a system that is representative of the entire state, unfettered by political ideology, and not tied to a party machine. That would at the very least stand some sort of chance of actually putting a dent into graft.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ferguson Proves One Thing, It's Not Open Season On Black Youths, No Matter How Hard That Narrative Is Pushed.

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

As Ferguson consumes the new normal in terms of news cycles, one crisis dominating a two week period of time, wiping the continuing crises from our collective consciousness, (remember, the border crisis, Gaza, Ukraine, and Isis are all still out there,) some things have struck me over the last few evenings of riotous stupidity. One, I'd like to formally welcome the strange and logic defying anarchist/communist alliance to the mix. You'll remember this group of fun loving trouble makers, they're the two groups that got together and fouled down town areas with their great demonstrations of personal hygiene in the Occupy movement that's been going on since 2011. They say that politics makes strange bedfellows, but commies and anarchists getting together? That takes some real imagination stretching. You lucky people in Ferguson, besides being the inhabitants of a place that used to be a town, now get to live side by side with these people and their antics. There are already several reports of these lunatics attempting to egg protesters into more violent acts, including increased looting, (they want their share of the treasure I guess.)

Occupy Wall Street Protester defecating on police car.

Not to belabor the point, but what ever Ferguson used to be, it will never be again. It may be rebuilt, it may heal, it may even be stronger some how, but it will always be different. Ferguson has been identified as a front in a battle much larger than Mike Brown, and the Police hired to protect the town's 21,000 inhabitants from the Mike Browns of the world. The rioters are not from Ferguson for the most part. They hail from just about everywhere else in America, and they're coming for the fun and sport of looting and pillaging, all while sticking it to the Man, who ever he is.

Not lost in the irony of Ferguson and the riots there is the sight of a Democrat Party initiative to register voters who have been outraged by the violence now destroying their community. Like a swiss watch, they have their tent out there on the edge of it all, telling everybody who passes by, "we're here to help you achieve hopety change." Lost in the irony of what is happening in Ferguson is the small fact that the Democrats run everything in that community from the Sheriff's office to dog catcher, and have for quite some time. The Mayor is a Democrat. The Police Chief is a Democrat. The Sheriff is a Democrat. The Governor is a Democrat. The City Council Members are all Democrats. At some point in time, somebody somewhere will be forced to ask, "how's that hopety change working out for you?"

In our post racial Presidency, that time when the rise of our oceans was supposed to have been reversed, our nation fundamentally transformed into Utopia, and our racial divisions healed, we find ourselves suspiciously embroiled in one racially motivated crisis after another. I don't know if any of you have noticed this or not, but we here in America aren't suddenly sitting around hugging each other, smoking peace pipes, and singing, "kumbayah my lord," in those wonderful drum circles. Harken back to the heady days of 2008, when 51% of a nation was convinced that electing Barack Obama was necessary to heal the racial divisions still being caused by the institution of Slavery, even though 150 years ago, our nation went through the bloodiest war in world history expressly to abolish that reprehensible institution. The term post racial was bandied about like candy being passed out by, "Palestinians," after the 9/11 attacks. And here we are today, not exactly reaping the benefits of a post racial period in our history, but instead suffering a period in time when our racial divisions have descended to the tumultuous level we survived in the 1960's. Coincidentally, our President's rhetoric and agenda also match exactly what was heard from the community organizing crowd largely existing on the fringes of society during that same era of American civil unrest.

One thing should be painfully obvious to everyone though. If one thing has been proven during the last 6 years, it is that this meme of police and white holders of political power running about viciously hunting down otherwise peaceful innocent Black Youth is patently false, fabricated, baloney, and just otherwise off of the reservation silly. For six years, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Malik Shabaaz, and in fact our Attorney General, Eric Holder, have been circling the nation like some species of perverted bizarre racist vulture just waiting for an innocent Black Child to be slain by the Great White Defendant. We've had some promising candidates in that time, some wonderful riots, civil unrest, but in the end, the facts have undercut the opportunity to hang a white racially motivated killer out to dry.

In fact, despite true effort to show how truly evil and racist Americans really are, in that six year time frame, not one single incidence of whitey killing a black child out of pure spite has been proven true, not one. It's not from a lack of effort or creativity either. We've invented a new demographic, "white hispanic," along the way. We've attempted to change facts, suppress evidence, and move the goal posts, but in each and every case, the original narrative has been shown to not only be wrong, but a fabricated lie as well. So this leaves two possibilities. Either we are not attempting to round up Black Children and kill them, or we really such at it.

So America, I guess, pat yourself on the back. You've remained largely post racial, despite the best efforts of our first Black President, who's worked tirelessly to drag you back into the civil unrest of the 60's.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Generation Narcissus: How The Left So Expertly Uses Emotional Blackmail

emotional blackmail cartoon humor: 'If you don't talk to me, Murdock, we'll turn you over to the social workers!'

Some things in life work like a swiss watch. At least twice per week, I'll read on my Facebook's bad news feed, a post which begins with something similar to the following, "we'll see who my real friends are by whoever reposts this desperate appeal for attention." The implication is clear. "Are you out there world, do you care about me?" Every time I read one of these posts, my original thought is, "where did we as a society go so horribly wrong, how did we create an entire generation of people so incapable of surviving without this constant need for artificial validation?"

As bizarre as the constant need for outside validation, something most of us used to leave behind with those awkward years associated with adolescence, is the incessant need by some, to assure everyone around that, that they care more than others, about anything which has been identified as worthy of care. In this pathetic world of holier than thou instant gratification, not only can can caring about the cause of the moment be quantified, but such dalliances in platitudinous bona fides for having a bleeding heart actually manage to become a contest of measurable tears produced. I once read that Facebook turned everyone I know into teen age girls, and I thought that extremely witty. I realize now that this was only half of the truth. I now realize that along with that awkward and constant need for self absorbed attention, many on Facebook exhibit the emotional stability that would have seen my children chastised at the age of 8, namely the need to show off how much larger their hearts are than all others who dare tread upon the hallowed ground of pollyannaville.

Don't blame Facebook, they didn't create this condition, they merely found a way to make a profit off of it. Facebook identified the need for speed validation in our constantly disconnected and wired in society, and invented the better mouse trap to provide the service which satisfies that need. This coin has two sides, one is the constant need for validation at hyperactive rates. The other side is the need to be the quickest and most passionate in providing that validation for others, even those you might not know all that well. It's narcissism with a twist. It promotes caring for others, but only in such a way that the real reward is being able to tell others how much more deserving of praise one is than others who pretend to care. Unfortunately, in this world of hyperconnected narcissistic caring, facts and objective thought are tossed out the window. What remains is not pretty, once examined in the slightest.

Many of us have been burned by the emotionally needy lover or friend dealing out conditional affection as if it were a natural healthy state of affairs. The phrase, "if you love me you'll......," has never, in the history of human existence on our planet, been followed by anything resembling a good idea. The political version of emotional blackmail is every bit as destructive as the original version, people with Borderline Personality Disorder taking to social media networking sites.

"If you really care about the poor, you'll support minimum wage, government mandated wealth redistribution schemes, support increased government regulation designed to prevent smaller businesses from gaining traction in the market place. Never mind the fact that Minimum Wage in this country got its auspicious start in the Jim Crow South, was a principle tenet of Apartheid, and is not only not a good idea economically speaking, but in fact one of the most cruel and evil things that can be inflicted upon the very group that those rushing to prove that they care more than others do for the poor. Narcissus points will be granted for those with the best protest signs and snarkiest Facebook posts claiming that they're on board. Never mind the fact that government mandated wealth redistribution schemes have proven themselves to be no where nearly as impactful as private charity in terms of helping the poor, nor that in most instances have been rife with graft, corruption, inefficient administrative problems, or that they create even larger economic problems and thus greater amounts of poor people in even greater poverty due to the destruction of private capital that would other wise be used to create those jobs which help people escape and avoid poverty in the first place. Narcissus point will be rewarded for any who can eloquently describe the evils perpetrated by any who manage to succeed in building a business which benefits their fellow citizens in any meaningful way. Never mind that increased government regulation not only stifle new entrants into the market place which would help to lower prices and increase quality for consumers, but would also increase competition for labor thus having a positive effect in terms of increasing opportunity and wages for the average worker. Narcissus points will be awarded for any who can outdo their fellow liberal in decrying the evils of the man, who run the world through some sort of kung fu like grip granted by the military industrial complex.

In all of these instances, right and wrong matter not, only how vociferously one's petty jealousy can be articulated. It's about attaining the self satisfying feeling of being able to claim the moral high ground, WWND, what would Narcissus Do. We're seeing it in Ferguson this week as well. Never mind that every aspect thus far of the original reporting has turned out to be untrue, you can show you care more than others by calling for the lynching of every cop in the nation even before any real investigation has been started. He was charging the officer at the time, not fleeing. He was shot in the front, not from behind. He was a thug who'd just committed an armed robbery and not a gentle giant. No worries, you can prove your bleeding heart bona fides by calling for the officer's execution despite any evidence which reverses the white man's guilt narrative.

Unfortunately as well, those who pimp out these ideas to the masses of lemmings getting in line to follow the leader off of the economic cliff are never held to account for their consequences. Rachel Carson led the movement of self righteous preening fools to ban DDT, all based on her dubious at best emotionally charged book sans actual evidence, and the result was the premature deaths of 50 Million so far in Africa due to Malaria. Somehow, the bleeding heart bona fides are still being granted to those who continue to scream for the DDT ban, even as real science has debunked the Carson book decades ago. The global warming zealots continue to use their faked, (my favorite to date, as the NOAA has admitted to falsifying half of their raw data to match backdated computer models in order to make temperatures appear higher than they actually were over the last 20 years,) science in order to deny Millions in the Third World the life saving gift of a stable electrical power grid. Those nations with reliable refrigeration after all have life expectancies which are double than those nations without it.

All of these forays into obvious evil have been committed entirely so that an unearned moral high ground could be claimed. "I am holier than thou, because my world is ruled by emotion and not reason." It's not that Conservatives or Tea Partiers don't care about the same things, want old people and puppy dogs to suffer, or wish to see hordes of unarmed poor children shot in the streets. It's just that we disagree with the implementation of policies that will make these abhorant situations worse, won't solve anything, fail to even mitigate the circumstances decried as worthy of indignation, and in most cases act as the exact opposite direction to something that actually would work.

Those teens working at McDonald's for minimum wage will in very short order be earning more, will have learned the skills necessary to take on more responsibility, become more productive, and find ways to be of greater import to our society. When we incentivize McDonald's to replace them with automated cashiers, we've risked losing an entire generation of future wealth creators, and quite possibly our next great mouse trap. The real stakes aren't just those minimum wage jobs, but what they would have led to. Reread Frederic Bastiat, it's the broken window fallacy rearing its evil ugly head, fat bloated, and beyond recognition.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday At The Movies: Peter Schiff's Lecture To The Ludwig Von Mises Institute March 13, 2009

Here's the only one in America who predicted the Financial Meltdown years before it happened. He spreads the blame evenly between the Republican Liberals and the Democrat Pols entirely. Rest assured however, he is spot on, not only with what caused the previous trouble, but how our, "solutions," to those problems will eventually cause even greater problems in our future.

Friday, August 15, 2014

You Knew This Would Happen Sooner Or Later. Jews Blamed For Rioting In Ferguson!

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

I've stayed away from the mess in Ferguson for several reasons, chief among them is the fact that the fuse on this powder keg remains an event about which no actual facts are yet known. That hasn't stopped the usual suspects from swooping down upon the town of twenty-one thousand and running amok. Ferguson, a city with a little more than 50 cops, has been forced to contend with more outside hooligans rampaging through their streets than the actual population that their tiny peace force is tasked with serving and protecting to begin with. So, is it true that American Police have become militarized and have shredded our Constitution with policing for profit schemes? The answer is absolutely yes. Is it also true that in this particular case, the police in Ferguson and St. Louis County have been taken to the edge of their capability and beyond by the usual race pimping buzzards, circling the nation each and every day just hoping that somebody Black happens to die in a violent way that can be exploited? That answer is also yes, powder keg lit.

I don't know anything at all about the circumstances of Michael Brown's death. I am only able to see the aftermath. Ferguson, Mo. is besieged, and the police are responding in kind. The First Amendment guarantees the right for peaceable assembly, but Ferguson is anything but peaceable. The town resembles the Gaza Strip, and the folks who live there, mostly minding their own private business until last week, are terrified by the whole spectacle. If I lived there, I'd want cops to disburse the riotous crowd threatening my home via rampage by any means necessary as well.

I know that I'm not the only one calling for calm, nor am I any where near the most eloquent, or even approaching important. It won't make a difference, but please leave Ferguson alone, and allow the people who should have jurisdiction to conduct their investigation in an unfettered manner, so that justice has a chance at being served. I don't know if the police are guilty of a cover up, nor if one officer is guilty of a crime, and I do believe that finding those answers are important. I also believe that rendering judgement prior to thorough investigation is every bit as dangerous as the original event itself. The mob mentality that has taken America over lately is not a healthy sign. The habit of our current elected leadership to use that mob mentality for their own political ends is most definitely a disturbing trend. We've all seen this movie before, and it never ends well.

Here's one of the better thoughts on the matter, brought to you by Mark Levin. Please click the link, it's 13 and 1/2 minutes well worth your time to hear what he says.

Now, as if all of this weren't enough, I saw something else last night that caught my attention.

As it turns out, and this is by no means a surprise, an old friend reared its ubiquitous head to tell us all who's really to blame for the trouble in Ferguson. Somehow, in a community completely devoid of Jews, besieged by rioters who've never associated with Jews, and further, have professed a deep seeded paranoid belief that the entire world is nefariously controlled by Jews, those rascally Jooooooooooos have still managed to cause trouble.

A brief discussion on how tenuous this connection to those trouble making Jews actually is may be helpful. You see, the former Ferguson Police Chief, a guy who retired over a year ago, was sent to Israel in order to study counter terrorism techniques as part of a Homeland Security program to enlist the help of local policing agencies in the never ending post 9/11 war on terror. After all, if there is one nation on the planet that has become expert at fighting and preventing terrorism, it's Israel. That's it, that's why the Jooooooooooooos are to blame for this whole mess.

When Mark Levin made his plea for sanity to regain control on his radio program yesterday, he may not have been aware of the true culprit behind all of this. Or maybe, since he himself is one of those nefarious types, he may simply have been trying to deflect attention away from the world dominators.

Special note to Glenn Greenwald, the guy who reported on this ground breaking information to begin with:

Go to the cabinet underneath, or next to your stove. Remove the microwave protective helmet, the one shaped like a stew pot. Begin wearing it on your head, most especially when out in public. This will protect you from the highly secretive mind control death ray meant to keep you sleeping while the Joooooooooos take over the planet. Yes, aluminum foil will help, but only as a supplement to the helmets, (a common mistake by many.) Your close friends and immediate family may attempt to talk you out of wearing this important protection in public, but clearly they are under the influence of the aforementioned ray. Be vigilant, be strong, and most importantly of all, be proud of your perseverance in hating all Jews.

Special note to my fellow Jews:

You've forgotten to invite me to the secret world domination meetings. I am one of you, but seem to have been left out of the loop. I'm not asking for much, just a nice ski resort in West Virginia, perhaps permission to build a casino to tide me over through the summer months when there isn't any snow. I might also have some ideas on how to stripmine mountains owned by Christians and such.

There is a reason why our current elected leadership seems intent upon creating mobs and doing what they can to egg them on once created. Mobs can be convinced to do just about anything. Mobs can be convinced to vote away their personal freedoms. Those terrorized by mobs will do the same, if only to make it stop. Mobs can be easily swayed that others are to blame for their unhappiness, namely that Jews run the world and are to blame for everyone's problems. Mobs will never stop to think things through. Mobs will act with blinding swiftness to destroy what ever is in their path. People as a general rule will make good decisions for themselves, unless frightened by a mob, or swept up in mob frenzy. Good decision making is the opposite of what the current group of leaders want for us.

My prediction for the very near future is that someone soon will utter this phrase, "we have to do something to insure that this never happens again." That's an evil statement folks, one specifically designed to convince a mob to shoot itself in the collectivist foot. Mark my words, we'll hear this statement from someone in the Obama Administration within the next week. I can't wait for these people to be gone.


Here's a picture of an armed Michael Brown holding a gun to the throat of a much smaller man as he fled an armed robbery scene moments prior to his being shot, lower left.



Watching the video of from which this still was taken, it does not appear to be a gun after all. More bizarre stuff about this case from the Chief's pressers today. Not an innocent kid, but may have reacted to a policeman stopping him in a way that got him killed. We need some calm probative investigation for sure.