HT: Louisiana Mom
Said this was coming next. Doesn’t matter that the police officer was acquitted. Each incident is not the individual facts in the case, but about the DOJ inserting itself, and asserting control.
CLEVELAND — Cleveland has reached a settlement with the Justice Department over what federal authorities said was a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, people briefed on the case said Monday.
The settlement, which could be announced as early as Tuesday, comes days after a judge declared a Cleveland police officer not guilty of manslaughter for climbing onto the hood of a car and firing repeatedly at its unarmed occupants, both of them black. The verdict prompted a day and night of protests and reignited discussions about how police officers treat the city’s African-American residents.
The details of the settlement were not immediately clear, but in similar talks in recent years, the Justice Department has required cities to allow independent monitors to oversee changes in police departments. Settlements are typically backed by court orders and often call for improved training and revised policies for the use of force.
Welcome to the destruction zone.
Via Daily Caller
Baltimore has seen 27 shootings and eight deaths so far over Memorial Day weekend, as the month of May promises to be the most violent the city has seen this century.
“It is disheartening that we are seeing such an increase in violence, especially when we think about the progress that we’ve made,” Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told WJZ. “We’ve come too far to have this type of setback.”
The sharp uptick in violence coincided with the April 12 arrest of Freddie Gray. Gray, 25, died in police custody a week later. The case sparked rioting and looting in the city and nationwide protests over police brutality. Six officers involved in Gray’s arrest and transport were indicted last week by a grand jury. Charges include second-degree depraved-heart murder and manslaughter.
According to Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton, crime in the city has reached levels not seen since 1999.
The city did not reach the 100 murder threshold until July last year.
As the Obama regime continues its war on the military…
Via Fox News:
In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Gen. Mark Welsh, the head of the U.S. Air Force, warns that severe defense budget cuts will impact U.S. air superiority against enemies that the nation may not be thinking about right now.
“China and Russia are two good examples of countries who will be fielding capability in the next three to five years; if they stay on track, that is better than what we currently have in many areas,” Welsh said during a three-day visit to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.
“Fighter aircraft in the next three to five years that have more capability than what we currently have sitting on the ramp. The F-35 will stay a generation ahead of them. F-22 will, too. Everything else we have will not stay ahead. The gap has closed.”
If the roles were reversed, the counselor would have been fired.
Via Campus Reform
Months after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pledged to improve its treatment of veterans, disabled student veteran Jeremy Rawls is hoping his college might do the same.
Since February, the rising senior at Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss. has struggled to maintain good grades and reclaim his work-study position after MC administrators allegedly suspended him and labeled him a threat to himself and other students.
In an exclusive interview with Campus Reform, the former active-duty Marine who served two combat tours in Iraq said his suspension came after he requested to meet with a different counselor in the school’s Office of Counseling and Disability Services. Rawls, who is diagnosed with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), was originally paired with a female counselor who wore traditional Muslim dress during his initial visit to the office.
“It’s not that I didn’t want to participate… I didn’t want to traumatize her and it wasn’t a good environment to be talking about [my disabilities] with that specific person,” Rawls said.
Rawls’s original reason for visiting the school’s counseling office was to pick up paperwork intended for his professors, a task that had been delayed because of a lengthy recovery from knee surgery.
“Every semester I have to identify with the school as disabled and they give me letters to give to my professors,” Rawls explained. “This semester I had a surgery at the beginning which caused some issues in getting some letters.”
According to Rawls, his attempts to meet with staff members to discuss the school’s policy about changing counselors were repeatedly ignored and it wasn’t until a recent meeting with administrators that he was able to speak with staff.
“Their response was suspending me pending a mental evaluation which I provided and then they put me on further restriction and a reintegration program,” Rawls said.
In an email notifying Rawls of his suspension, Associate Dean of Students Jonathan Ambrose said administrators and the Student Intervention Team have a “due diligence in not only the protection of yourself, but also the campus community as a whole from potential harm or the threat there of.”
“You are not permitted to be on campus for any reason or attend class during the duration of the Interim Suspension unless you have written permission,” states an email sent to Rawls on Feb. 26 and later obtained by Campus Reform.
Please read the link Rowe cites in his Facebook post below, to his ‘relation’, Col. Nick Rowe.
This morning, I googled The Unknown Soldier. I was looking for an image of his grave to accompany something I had written to commemorate Memorial Day. I found the photo I was looking for at Arlington, but right next to it, I saw another headstone that caught my attention.
My first thought was “maybe we’re related?” My family tree, especially on my Dad’s side, is more like a wall of ivy, so I thought it might be possible. I clicked on the link below the image. The link took me to a webpage, and the page – a true memorial if there ever was one – told me the incredible story of Lt. Colonel James “Nick” Rowe.
As it turns out, Colonel Rowe is a legend among the Special Forces, and if he were in anyway related to my own family, I’d have certainly known it by now. His story would have been drilled into my head as a child. My father would have taken us to his grave. And the details of his heroism would have been memorized years ago. How strange, to learn of them this morning, in such a random way.
Ambushed in 1963, Rowe spent 5 years in a wooden box, courtesy of the Viet Cong. He was an intelligence officer, and possessed mountains of information the enemy desperately wanted. 1st Lt. Rowe on the other hand, was not inclined to cooperate.
To our friends in Texas and Oklahoma, stay safe. Update to this previous story.
The governor of Texas on Monday declared states of disaster in 24 counties, citing the severe weather and flash flooding that have killed at least two people.
The state has been pounded by tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding that forced evacuations and rooftop rescues and left thousands of residents without electrical power.
In declaring the states of disaster in 24 counties, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said: “The State of Texas has taken brisk action in dispatching all available resources to aid those affected by this severe weather system.
“My thoughts and prayers are with all the communities that are suffering as a result of this weather disaster, and I am grateful for the first responders who have worked tirelessly to provide shelter, care and resources to all impacted areas,” he said.
Widespread severe thunderstorms were forecast for Monday in north-central and northeast Texas and southern Oklahoma, likely bringing destructive winds, tornadoes and hail, the National Weather Service said.
The Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm and flash-flood warnings as well as tornado watches throughout the region.
The most intense storms threatening Texas and Oklahoma were likely to strike in the late afternoon and early evening, according to Accuweather.com meteorologist Brian Lada.
“Damaging wind gusts and frequent lightning strikes can occur,” he said.
Parts of the area have received more than a foot and a half of rain since May 1, which is six times more than the area typically receives in all of May, Accuweather said.
Who could think that a baseball team would disallow such a statement as controversial? But the Cardinals wimp out under pressure…
Sports website Deadspin took the St. Louis Cardinals mascot Fredbird to task this week for posing for a photo while holding a sign that said “police lives matter” in a story titled “Your Racist Uncle Will Love This Picture of The Cardinals’ Mascot.”
The article said Fredbird “would be the one sports mascot to attend an event hosted by the St. Louis Police department and hold up a ‘Police Lives Matter’ sign.”
Hinting that any defense of the Cardinals would be “crypto-racist,” Deadspin went on to say they emailed the Cardinals to ask what was required to get Fredbird to attend an event.
What they didn’t do, apparently, was email anyone to ask about the actual circumstances surrounding that specific photo.
Deadspin was not only too unconcerned with facts to get the actual situation right, they actually compared the sign to being pro-KKK or pro ISIS, and suggested they could hire Fredbird to say “Bush did 9/11″.
Law enforcement will go back to the two officer patrol car. Mugshot has been corrected. HT: ImaCowsill
Police in Melbourne said one of their officers was attacked by a crowd as he tried to make an arrest Saturday.
The officer approached Phoenix Low, 22, about an ordinance violation on New Haven Avenue, and Low became combative, police said.
The officer tried to arrest Low, at which point he resisted and attempted to run, according to police.
Police said as the officer tried to place Low in handcuffs, “a crowd surrounded the officer and began to interfere with attempts to arrest Low by yelling, striking and pulling at the officer and the prisoner.”
The officer use “less-lethal force” on the crowd.
Low was able to break free and run away before being captured again, police said.
HT: Breaking 911
She’s telling them to “wake up” to engage in ‘revolutions’. Maybe some are already are already awake and will fight against your ‘revolutions’…
Think about how, even with all the gridlock and polarization in Washington, we have made so much change these past six years. 12 million new jobs. Sixteen million people who finally have health insurance. Historic agreements to fight climate change. Epic increases in college financial aid. More progress on LGBT rights than any time in our history. And today, it is no longer remarkable to see two beautiful black girls walking their dogs on the South Lawn of the White House lawn. That’s just the way things are now.
Today, I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked places you can find. Because so often throughout our history, those have been the places where progress really happens, the places where minds are changed, lives transformed, where our great American story unfolds.
Graduates-climate change, economic inequality, human rights, criminal justice, these are the revolutions of your time. You have just as much responsibility-and just as much power-to wake up and play your part in our great American story. Because it is still possible to make a difference. 50 years ago, Dr. King urged the class of 1965 to “stand up” and be a “concerned generation”. Oberlin college graduates, rise above the noise and shape the revolutions of your time.
Via Raw Story
President Barack Obama on Monday honored soldiers who died in Afghanistan, during his annual speech at Arlington national cemetery on Memorial Day. Though troops remain stationed in Afghanistan , it was the first time in 14 years that the US had celebrated the holiday while not engaged in a major ground war.
After laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Obama praised American soldiers for their “honor, courage, selflessness” in every war, from the Revolutionary war against Britain to the recently ended conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ahead of the ceremony, the administration touted this as the first Memorial Day ceremony since the end of the ground war in Afghanistan, where more than 2,200 Americans died since 2001.
“This may be the first Memorial Day since the end of our war in Afghanistan, but we are acutely aware, as we speak, of our men and women in uniform, who still stand watch, still serve and still sacrifice, around the world,” Obama said.
Nearly 10,000 troops are set to remain in Afghanistan into 2016, fulfilling what the administration describes as “non-combat roles” – such as coordinating drone strikes and training Afghan security forces.
“We’ll continue to bring them home and reduce them to embassy presence by the end of next year, but Afghanistan remains a very dangerous place,” Obama said.
He honored the last two soldiers to die in the combat mission in Afghanistan, Wyatt Martin and Ramon Morris. They died when their military vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) near Kabul in December.
So if the Iraqis are the ones who are supposed to carry the fight in this Obama strategy, but are, in the Secretary’s own words, unable to do so, then what is this strategy worth?
Shootings didn’t involve police, no protests planned.
Via Washington Times
Six people were shot in Washington, D.C., over an 8-hour period stretching from Sunday night to early Monday, including one man killed in Northeast and three people injured in two separate robbery attempts in the Brightwood neighborhood in Northwest.
The fatal shooting occurred in the 500 block of 58th Street Northeast at 9 p.m. Sunday. Metropolitan Police Department officers responded for a report of a shooting and found two men suffering from gunshot wounds.
The man who died has not been identified by police. The other man was taken to a hospital and MPD spokesman Officer Paul Metcalf said Monday it appeared that man would face charges.
No further details were available.
The first of the Brightwood shootings occurred at 8 p.m. Sunday in the 5600 block of Georgia Avenue Northwest. A man was shot in the foot after he tried to fight off a robber, according to Capt. Brian Bray, who wrote an account of this incident and two others on MPD’s online Listserv.
The man told police he was walking through an alleyway when another man approached him and told him to give up his phone. The victim attempted to punch the robber, who pulled out a handgun and shot him.
The man was taken to a hospital for treatment, and the robber fled.
DEVELOPING: U.S. fighter jets were escorting Monday an Air France jet to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport after an anonymous threat, WABC reported.
Flight 22, which departed Charles de Gaulle in Paris, is expected to land at a secure location at the New York airport. Details of the reported threat were not immediately clear.
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say two planes have been searched at New York’s Kennedy Airport after threats were made against the flights.
The FBI says U.S. military jets scrambled Monday morning to escort an Air France flight into the city after an anonymous caller claimed a chemical weapon was aboard the aircraft.
Authorities say the airliner landed safely and a search found no weapons.
They say a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight also was being checked out because of a threat.
The FBI says it believes the same caller made the threats and the airliners were being screened as a precaution.
We’ve written extensively on the failings of Hillary Clinton as regards the attack in Benghazi.
But there’s another issue that people often forget or gloss over.
In my opinion, Hillary’s biggest problem isn’t Benghazi per se, it is the broader issue of Libya. Why were Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans murdered? Because by September 2012, Libya was a terrorist playground. Since then, things have only gotten worse. Libya has become a failed state, a 21st century source of boat people, as refugees from ubiquitous violence stream across the Mediterranean. Libya is now a haven for ISIS and other terrorist groups; it was on the Libyan coast that ISIS beheaded 30 Christians. Some of the “refugees” now making their way into Europe are, in fact, ISIS agents. In short, Libya is a disaster.
Whose disaster? Hillary Clinton’s. It was Hillary who, more than anyone else, pushed to overthrow Moammar Qaddafi. Why? No compelling reason. Qaddafi had been tame ever since the Iraq war, which he interpreted as a threat to his rule. Almost incredibly, Clinton and her cohorts in NATO overthrew Qaddafi (who was subsequently murdered by a mob) without having a plan for what would come next.
Who says Hillary Clinton is responsible for the Libya fiasco? She does. In fact, at one point she was poised to claim Libya as the notable accomplishment of her term as Secretary of State. In August 2011, Jake Sullivan, Hillary’s deputy chief of staff, wrote an email in which he summarized “Secretary Clinton’s leadership on Libya.” He sent to it henchwoman Cheryl Mills and State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, who passed it on to Hillary. Sullivan’s email begins:
this is basically off the top of my head, with a few consultations of my notes. but it shows S’ [Secretary Clinton’s] leadership/ownership/stewardship of this country’s libya policy from start to finish. let me know what you think.
Media seems to be targeting Republicans over decisions taken by George W. Bush on Iraq, even thought most had nothing to do with those decisions whether they agree with them or not.
But here, where the blame for Libya’s descent into chaos is squarely on Obama and Clinton, when it is part of their whole support for taking out the relative secularists compared to the Islamists, where is the media and Republican questioning over this?
Via The State
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is coming to Columbia on Wednesday for her first trip back to the Palmetto State since her 2008 presidential campaign.
The former secretary of state will give the keynote address at the third annual 2015 Day in Blue, the event’s co-hosts announced Sunday.
Clinton also will hold a roundtable discussion with minority small business owners and make brief remarks to the S.C. House and Senate Democratic caucuses.
Hosted by the S.C. Democratic Women’s Council and the S.C. House Democratic Women’s Caucus, the Day in Blue brings together S.C. Democratic women to the State House for a conference.
Clinton will give her keynote address at 1:45 p.m. at the Columbia Marriott.
Clinton’s visit comes more than a month after her April 12 entry into the race and after she has campaigned in early primary states Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.
Clinton’s stops so far have consisted of small, controlled events and roundtable discussions.
The campaign has announced a larger campaign kick-off event scheduled for June 13, but the location has not been announced.
An ongoing congressional inquiry into Clinton’s leadership of the U.S. Department of State during the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and revelations that she used a private email account and server to conduct state department business have followed her on the campaign trail.
Last Friday, on her second visit to New Hampshire, Clinton took questions from a gaggle of reporters, marking a shift from the distance she has kept from the media since entering the race.
CNN put paid agitator Deray McKesson on their show, claiming he was threatened by blogger Chuck Johnson. In introducing him, the interviewer calls him a “civil rights activist”. Is that what they are calling traveling professional agitators now?
CNN of course does not ask about who is paying McKesson or what is the objective behind his actions. They don’t even ask about his claim that they, CNN, are biased in their coverage of Baltimore as opposed to the Waco biker gang killings.
McKesson claims that if he had made threats, that it would have been treated as a crime. CNN apparently didn’t check up on the tweets of this ‘civil rights activist’, or they might have seen the following threatening tweets:
— Ego Altered (@EgoAltered02) May 25, 2015
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— ThugCat (@2016Frank) May 25, 2015
The same 27% waiting for the appearance of flying unicorns.
Twenty-seven percent (27%) of Likely U.S. Voters now think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the week ending May 21.
This finding is down two points from 29% the week before. In January and February, 30% or more of voters said the country was heading in the right direction after generally being in the mid- to high 20s since mid-June 2013.
Sixty-five percent (65%) now believe the nation is headed down the wrong track, up one point from last week.
A year ago at this time, 29% felt the country was heading in the right direction, while 62% thought it was on the wrong track.
The national telephone survey of 2,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from May 17-21, 2015. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Eighty-three percent (83%) of Republicans and 72% of voters not affiliated with either major political party say the country is on the wrong track. Democrats are evenly divided.
Most voters of all ages agree the country is headed in the wrong direction, but voters under 40 are less pessimistic than their elders.
Thirty-nine percent (39%) of blacks now think the country is heading in the right direction. Forty-seven percent (47%) think it is on the wrong track, a view shared by 70% of whites and 56% of other minority voters.
Politicians again playing with the lives of our military, putting them there, but not allowing them to fight.
TAMPA, Florida — Fighting simmering frustration in their ranks over ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria, top U.S. special operations commanders say they are building forces for a multi-generational fight—not a war that will be won in the next few years.
“We recognize this is a longterm prospect,” said Gen. Joseph Votel, the overall leader of U.S. Special Operations Command, in remarks to The Daily Beast during a special operations forum in Tampa. “We’re patient.”
“We talk about it being a 15-year struggle,” added Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, who heads the Air Force Special Operations Command, said describing the fight.
But many special operations officers and troops both in Tampa and Washington don’t want to wait that long to take the fight to ISIS. They were eager to talk about their aggravation over fighting by remote in Iraq and Syria: having to advise Iraqis, Kurdish Peshmerga, and rebel Syrian fighters from afar instead of joining them in battle.
“We are doing everything through cellphones… It’s hard to do much when you can’t go outside the wire,” said one special operator, using the military jargon for the perimeter of a base.
They blame the hands-off approach on an Obama administration unwilling to risk even small numbers of American lives in battle, burned by the fallout of the loss of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and intent on preserving the legacy of President Barack Obama’s troop drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dusting off the Libya kinetic action playbook.
Turkey and the United States have reached a “principle agreement” to provide air support for some Syrian rebel forces, in a move that could signal growing involvement from Washington in the conflict, a Turkish official said.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the Daily Sabah on Monday that up to 15,000 moderate Syrian opposition forces that are currently being equipped and trained in Turkey would be provided further support in Syria.
“They have to be supported via air. If you do not protect them or provide air support, what is the point?,” Cavusoglu told the newspaper. “There is a principle agreement on providing air support. How it is going to be provided is in the responsibility of the army.”
Washington could not be reached for comment, Reuters reported.