Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An Open Letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson

The following is a letter from Chief Ed Delmore:

August 18, 2014

Captain Johnson,

I have to call you out.

I don’t care what the media says. I expect them to get it wrong and they often do. But I expect you as a veteran law enforcement commander—talking about law enforcement—to get it right.

Unfortunately, you blew it. After days of rioting and looting, last Thursday you were given command of all law enforcement operations in Ferguson by Governor Jay Nixon. St. Louis County PD was out, you were in. You played to the cameras, walked with the protestors and promised a kinder, gentler response. You were a media darling. And Thursday night things were better, much better.

But Friday, under significant pressure to do so, the Ferguson Police released the name of the officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown. At the same time the Ferguson Police Chief released a video showing Brown committing a strong-arm robbery just 10 minutes before he was confronted by Officer Darren Wilson.
Many don’t like the timing of the release of the video. I don’t like that timing either. It should have been released sooner. It should have been released the moment FPD realized that Brown was the suspect.
Captain Johnson, your words during the day on Friday helped to fuel the anger that was still churning just below the surface. St. Louis County Police were told to remain uninvolved and that night the rioting and looting began again. For much too long it went on mostly unchecked. Retired St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch tweeted that your “hug-a-looter” policy had failed.
Boy did it.
And your words contributed to what happened Friday night and on into the wee hours of Saturday.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, you said the following regarding the release of the video: “There was no need to release it,” Johnson said calling the reported theft and the killing entirely different events.
Well Captain, this veteran police officer feels the need to respond. What you said is, in common police vernacular—bullshit. The fact that Brown knew he had just committed a robbery before he was stopped by Officer Wilson speaks to Brown’s mindset. And Captain, the mindset of a person being stopped by a police officer means everything, and you know it.
Let’s consider a few examples:

On February 15, 1978 Pensacola Police Officer David Lee conducted a vehicle check. He didn’t know what the sole occupant of the vehicle had recently done, but the occupant did. Who was he? Serial killer Ted Bundy. Bundy attempted to disarm Lee. Lee was able to retain his firearm and eventually took Bundy into custody.
On April 19, 1995 Oklahoma State Trooper Charlie Hangar stopped a vehicle for minor traffic violations. He didn’t know that 90 minutes earlier the traffic violator, Timothy McVeigh, killed 168 people with a truck bomb at the Murrah Federal Building. But McVeigh sure knew it, didn’t he? Fortunately, given his training and experience Hangar was able to take McVeigh into custody for carrying a concealed firearm. It was days later before it was determined that McVeigh was responsible for the bombing.
On May 31, 2003 then-rookie North Carolina police officer, Jeff Postell, arrested a man digging in a trash bin on a grocery store parking lot—an infraction that would rise to about the level of jaywalking. Postell didn’t know that he had just captured Eric Rudolph, the man whom years earlier had killed and injured numerous people with bombs and was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.
So now, let’s consider Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson’s stop of Michael Brown. Apparently Wilson didn’t know that Brown had just committed a strong-arm robbery. 

But Brown did! And that Captain, is huge.

Allegedly, Brown pushed Wilson and attempted to take Wilson’s gun. We’re also being told that Officer Wilson has facial injuries suffered during the attempt by Brown to disarm him. Let’s assume for a moment those alleged acts by Brown actually occurred. Would Brown have responded violently to an officer confronting him about jaywalking? Maybe, but probably not.
Is it more likely that he would attack an officer believing that he was about to be taken into custody for a felony strong-arm robbery? Absolutely.
Officer Wilson survived the encounter with Brown as did Lee, Hangar, and Postell. Michael Brown didn’t survive and it’s too soon to say if Officer Wilson’s use of deadly force was justified and legal. You and I both know that not all officers survive such confrontations. Officers die in incidents like this Captain Johnson, including a couple that I remember from your own organization:
On April 15, 1985 Missouri Trooper Jimmie Linegar was shot and killed by a white supremacist he and his partner stopped at a checkpoint; neither Trooper Linegar nor his partner were aware that the man they had stopped had just been indicted by a federal grand jury for involvement in a neo-Nazi group accused of murder. The suspect immediately exited the vehicle and opened fire on him with an automatic weapon.
Just a month before, Missouri Trooper James M. Froemsdorf was shot and killed—with his own gun—after making a traffic stop. When the Trooper made that stop he didn’t know that the driver was wanted on four warrants out of Texas—But again the suspect knew it.
So Captain Johnson, I guess the mindset and recently committed crimes of the suspects that murdered those Missouri Troopers didn’t mean anything. The stops by the Troopers, as you have said, are entirely different events right?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Intercept Reporters Dressed As Ninjas While Covering Ferguson Riots

File this under crazy shit. No doubt you've heard that some of the protesters arrested last night during the continued Ferguson riots have come from as far away as New York.

Well, that would be these two guys dressed like amateur ninjas wearing all black. Later indentified as Ryan Deveraux on the payroll of "The Intercept" and Lukas Hermeier reporter for the German newspaper De Bild, The-Intercept" is an on line publication launched in February 2014 by First Look Media, the news organization created and funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar

Hermeier (Left) and Deveraux (Right) Photo: David Carson/St Louis Post Dispatch/Polaris
Deveraux Explaining how to turn off his recorder Photo: David Carson/St Louis Post Dispatch/Polaris
They are I suppose, "journalists" (albeit fringe journalists aka hacktivists) but after being shot with bean bags and/or rubber bullets, hit with Mace and tear gas they got a nice 12 hour stay at the St Louis County Hilton, maybe they'll rethink their operational tactics.

I guess it's a living.

CP contacted both the Intercept and then Ryan Deveraux via Twitter asking about the All Black apparel, but received back only crickets. I'd guess the if they had t-shirts that said PRESS they might have spent the night at Motel 6 rather than jail. But that wouldn't be much of a story, now would it.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Michael "Big Mike" Brown Autospy The Truth Begins To Emerge

Mike Brown's momma wants you to believe her son was a good boy. The attorney Benjamin L. Crump who climbed on the Mike Brown glory wagon representing the family, wants you to think the 292 pound 6' 6" 18 year old was executed in broad daylight.

Witnesses want you to believe Mike Brown had his hands up and was shot in the back. Protesters have carried the slogan "Hands Up Don't Shoot" into the streets and facebook and twitter are littered with images of African Americans in T-shirts sporting the slogan and carrying signs with the same message.

But as a pattern of Mike Brown's behavior and life in Ferguson emerges it seems Big Mike was just a thug.

There are the facebook photos where Big Mike is flashing gang signs. There is the "strong arm" robbery of the Ferguson Market and Liquor store. The owner of the business so fearful of the local "thugs" that he wouldn't call the police.

There is also the long standing distrust of the Ferguson Police Department, and a culture of violence and "thug life" that the African American community of Ferguson has embraced. This is not all Big Mike's fault, it is hard to escape the culture of "kill the police" and "Fuck the Po Po" which is carried from generation to generation. But it is also this culture that finds young black men laid out on the pavement with most of the grey matter of their brains dislodged from their skull.

The Autopsy

The Brown family via attorney Crump asked Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, to conduct the separate autopsy. Dr. Baden provided a diagram of the entry wounds, and noted that the six shots produced numerous wounds. Some of the bullets entered and exited several times, including one that left at least five different wounds.
During a press conference Dr. Baden noted “This one here looks like his head was bent downward,” he said, indicating the wound at the very top of Mr. Brown’s head. “It can be because he’s giving up, or because he’s charging forward at the officer.”
One of the bullets shattered Mr. Brown’s right eye, traveled through his face, exited his jaw and re-entered his collarbone.
The last two shots in the head would have stopped him in his tracks and were likely the last fired.
Mr. Brown, he said, would not have survived the shooting even if he had been taken to a hospital right away. The autopsy indicated that he was otherwise healthy.

But attorney Crump at Dr. Baden's side quickly added: “The sheer number of bullets and the way they were scattered all over his body showed this police officer had a brazen disregard for the very people he was supposed to protect in that community,”

Then adding: “We want to make sure people understand what this case is about: This case is about a police officer executing a young unarmed man in broad daylight.”

Dr. Baden conducted the autopsy at no charge though Crump paid for his airfare and lodging.

Cedar Update 2:57 PM:

The St. Louis County ME released a preliminary report stating much the same facts, adding the Mike Brown had substantial amount of THC in his blood which would be indicative of recently smoking pot. It was also noted that Brown may or may not have had his hands raised.

Cedar Update 3:39 PM:

One of the first videos showing the lifeless Mike Brown seems to support the idea that Big Mike was gunned down in cold blood. But also on the video is an eyewitness account where a man says:

"Then the next thing I know he doubled back toward him cus - the police had his gun drawn already on him –

@6:28/6:29 of video

#1 How’d he get from there to there?

#2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck – cause he was like over the truck


#2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran – the police got out and ran after him


#2 Then the next thing I know he doubled back toward him cus - the police had his gun drawn already on him –

[there is dispute here whether he says "doubled back" or "coming back."]

#1. Oh, the police got his gun

#2 The police kept dumpin on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing – he like – be like – but he kept coming toward him


#2 Police fired shots – the next thing I know – the police was missing

#1 The Police?

#2 The Police shot him

#1 Police?

#2 The next thing I know … I’m thinking … the dude started running … (garbled something about “he took it from him”)

The link to the video with captions is here

Cedar Posts Take: Police are trained to "stop the threat" there is no training to "shoot him in the leg" and see if he'll surrender or shoot twice and see what happens.

Mike Brown at some point in his life learned that his size was his weapon. I doubt the strong arm robbery of Ferguson Market and Liquor was his "first time" as the casual nature of the robbery suggests that he'd gotten away with it in the past.

When Ferguson Police Officer Wallace encountered Brown he likely spoke to him in a fashion that "Big Mike" considered disrespectful. Then "Big Mike" assaulted the Officer in his patrol car and attempted to grab the officer's weapon causing the weapon to discharge at which point "Big Mike" made a run for it.

The Officer then exited the car and ordered "Big Mike" to stop, instead "Big Mike" turned and taunted the officer and then ran towards the Officer. The Officer again ordered "Big Mike" to stop, when he didn't the Officer chose to use deadly force stopping the threat.

The first shots striking "Big Mike" in the arm and chest, dropping him to his knees, and the last two shots striking him in the head, killing him instantly.

The position of the body in the street gives weight to the suggestion that there was significant forward body motion at the time he was shot and the autopsy supports this theory.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Case For Passing The Federal Remittance Tax

About 11.7 million immigrants are living in the United States illegally, a population that has not varied much over the last three years but may recently be increasing again, according to estimates published by the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project.

Among this segment of the US population the majority are Latinos. Most have entered the US by crossing the southern border on foot, then meeting at a rally point before taking varying forms of transportation away from the border area. 

Immigration, lately associated with the word reform has become the "3rd Rail" of politics with few viable mandates and even fewer answers. The recent increase in the number of unaccompanied juveniles has prompted wide ranging theories but again no solid answers.

Clearly the surge in illegal immigrants is a security concern, perhaps even an economic concern as well. Border states complain of being overburdened with the education and medical needs of illegals, liberals speak of humanitarian concerns, and conservatives of costs to taxpayers. 

The flood of immigrant children has prompted call for increased patrols, and fences. But, no
amount of fence, police or military will slow the flood until we remove the reason immigrants illegally cross the border risking their lives in the first place.
And Yes its all about the money - while some will say it is to escape the crime and violence in the Narco states of northern Mexico the real reason is money.
The average illegal immigrant family of four has a median income of $35,000 not bad when you consider that in central America that number is less than 3k.  
And the money that is sent home each week by these illegals is in the millions. Western Union the biggest pipeline of remittances to Mexico and Central America collected more than $4,168,000,000 in transfer fees in 2013. If only 1/3 of their transfers are to Mexico or Latin America that still equals nearly 10% of US GDP.
My former sister in law is a good example, in that she sends $200.00 a week home to her parents in Honduras. That's more than $10,000 per year that permanently leaves our economy. She like many of her friends are in "cash only" enterprises. They pay little or no income tax, contribute nothing to social security and use only pre-paid debit cards. Yet they rely heavily on Federal, State and Local social services and health care. 
Immigration is indeed the "new" 3rd rail of politics. Which is why the "Federal Remittance Tax" bill will never come to a vote. Yet it is the best option for a situation that has become desperate.
A 25% tax of all dollars leaving the US to Latin America may not stop the flood of illegal immigrants, but the nearly 1 billon dollars it would raise could be used to provide social services, health care and provide state and local governments with the funds to offset the expenses of dealing with the segment of the population that is more prone to crime.
But Congress is deft to the idea.
CP Notes: In fact there is no remittance tax bill. Just a catchy name made up by Cedar Posts. I'm not an economist, the amount of money leaving the country attributable to illegals is just a guess as is the revenue realized from such a tax.
So what are your thoughts?

McDonald's Quality Control Iced Tea or Mop Bucket

Ever wonder why McDonald's Iced Tea tastes like soapy water? Wonder no more!

Photo Credit: Senior Chief Photographer at Large
Yep right outside the men's restroom of course. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It Just Never Happened

Hide your eyes, look the other way, delete, or spend a week at Martha's Vineyard and pretend it just never happened.

But how long can the US look the other way as these Muslim savages, these Islamic barbarians continue their blood thirsty slaughter?

Seven Year Old Displays Severed Head But That Isn't As Shocking As The Back Story

You may have seen the gruesome and disturbing photo of young boy displaying the severed head of an Syrian soldier.

Photo Credit: Khaled Sharrouf via Twitter

The image showing the seven-year-old son of  Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf holding up the severed head of a Syrian soldier with the caption "That's my boy" has sparked outrage around the world.

Sharrouf, 33, is a convicted terrorist who left Australia using his brother’s passport last year with his Australian born wife and three children last year to wage jihad.

But the kid with the head isn't as shocking as the Australian court system. In 2007 Sharrouf was among nine Muslim men accused of stockpiling weapons of mass destruction and plotting terrorist attacks in Sydney and Melbourne.

He pleaded guilty to the charges is 2009 and (get this) was sentenced to four years in prison, as well as being banned from leaving the country. That's right kidos, just four years! Australia is less of an ally and more like an enabler when it comes to dealing with these barbarians.

Soon after being released from prison he used his brother’s passport to leave Australia with his wife and three sons to fight in Syria and Iraq.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Kevin Ward, Jr. Hit and Killed By NASCAR Star Tony Stewart

Kevin Ward signs a checkered flag for a very young fan. Photo: Kevin Ward Racing

It could haven't happened to a nicer guy and involved a more controversial guy, Kevin Ward, Jr. Killed was by NASCAR's Tony Stewart during a 25 lap race on the hard mud of upstate New York.

The fall out is a sponsor's and NASCAR's worst nightmare. Intentional or not Stewart's racing days may be over. Sadly for Stewart in a split second he added his name to a long list of those found guilty of murder even though not convicted. Names like George Zimmerman, Casey Anthony and O. J. Simpson. The Twittervese was quick to declare Stewart guilty and rightfully so, the video shows an agitated Ward standing in the groove and Stewart apparently sending his car's rear end towards Ward.

The aftermath has fans screaming in horror and the guy with the camera saying I can't believe (expletive) Tony Stewart just hit that guy. The video image of Kevin Ward laying motionless on the dirt track has been viewed by millions.
A witness to the crash, the sprint car driver Tyler Graves, told The Sporting News that Stewart’s action led to the fatality:

“I know Tony could see him,” Graves said. “I know how you can see out of these cars. When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle. When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways. It set sideways, the right rear tire hit Kevin, Kevin was sucked underneath and was stuck under it for a second or two, and then it threw him about 50 yards.”

The video shows Tony Stewart car's kicking to the right as he reaches Ward and you can hear an engine rev up at the same time. Which has created two camps, those who are certain that Stewart was only trying to avoid Ward and blaming Ward for getting out of his car and those who think Stewart was trying to "dust" the driver.

Many have noted Ward's black fire suit which could have played at part in the accident. But the track website claims that the track is fully lighted so that "none of the action is missed".

From the video and audio CP is going with the latter. It clearly looks like Tony "The Terminator" Stewart kicked his car to the right trying to toss a little dirt in the face of Kevin Ward.

Still many say they couldn't imagine Stewart intentionally hitting another driver outside of his car regardless of the confrontation. Again CP doesn't think it was intentional, in fact he was most likely having a good time, laughing at Ward. Just having a little fun.

But Stewart's words have come back to bite him in the ass:

Stewart was still angry after the famous helmet throwing incident two years ago at Bristol and is quoted as saying, "I checked up twice not to run over him. (Matt Kennseth) And I learned my lesson there, and I'm going to run over him every chance I got until the end of the year. Every chance I got."

Of course Stewart was taking about running over Kennseth while the driver was still in the car, not mowing him down on pit row.

Ward had been enduring a weeks long run of "bad luck" and near firsts but hadn't been able to close out a win. This frustration may had led Ward to exit his car and confront Stewart. But drivers, fans and officials say drivers going after other drivers on the track is not unusual.

Cedar's Take:

Tony Stewart's career as a NASCAR Star is over. There is no sponsor who can afford to be associated with a driver known as "Tony the Terminator".

Regardless of guilt or lack of intent, the fact is someone died and someone should go to jail. There is no free pass by saying "Well, that's racin".

Then there are those who will say it was an accident, but this was no accident it was the consequence of a pattern of behavior Tony Stewart is associated with.

Before I become a target for any more flaming arrows from friends like Charlotte's Logan Stewart who in many words told me I was wrong in tweeting that Tony had deliberately run Kevin Ward down.

(I like Logan and she's right and I was wrong. Minutes after the video was first posted I tweeted that Tony Stewart had "deliberately ran over Kevin Ward" Of course at that time I assumed that Kevin Ward was alive and would return to race another day. Now having watched the video a dozen times, and hearing eyewitness accounts its clear that Stewart's intent was not to run over Kevin Ward.)

Let me say I don't have a favorite driver, though Sterling Marlin, Dale Jr, Jimmy Johnson and Danica I tend to follow. I also owe a slight allegiance to the 24 car team thanks to a business relationship. And then there is the history with Morgan - McClure and Ernie Irvan and the No. 4 car but that's another story from way back.

I don't hate Tony Stewart, in fact I think he's a darn good driver. Or at least was.

At this point I would hope that Stewart comes forward to tell the truth and explain what he did, it won't save his career but it will save his soul.