How does a simple phrase, "hands up don't shoot" generate so much defensiveness and rage? Why should the fact that people say "black lives matter" mean that white lives (or blue lives) don't? To think that way is absolutely absurd.
There is no rational explanation for the murders of Officer Wenjian Liu and Officer Rafael Ramos. It is just horrible. There is no other way to explain this tragedy. I have watched officers bleed out on the street. I have been to the funerals. As an officer I know the overwhelming feeling of helplessness that you feel.
I was glad to see a group of St Louis Rams players show solidarity with the peaceful protesters around the country who believe the grand jury's decision to not indict Darren a Wilson was a travesty. Now it looks like the St Louis Police Officers Association is acting more like "big government" thought police than a union. Why aren't the libertarians jumping up and down about this?
Once again under the guise of "the law", race has been the deciding factor in whether the person pulling the trigger will face the bar of justice or not. There are going to be people who claim that because Wilson was "in fear" and Brown was "aggressive" then he was justified in killing Michael Brown. They are wrong.
As the leaks out of the "secret" grand jury begin to intensify I find it interesting how the media is reporting it. I understand a lot of this reporting is to generate web traffic and TV ratings for these media outlets, so it doesn't surprise me. But my take on the case has not changed.
He may walk, but if you want to convince me that Darren Wilson shouldn't be indicted, you're gonna have to show me more than this.
I keep reading about this ground swell of support for Officer Wilson. Wilson's defenders are saying that he was "just doing his job" so leave him alone. Somehow they are conflating Wilson's being held accountable for his actions with showing support for law enforcement in general. For the record that is complete bullshit and I'm already sick of hearing it. If that is how you want to express your support for Cops, leave me out of it.
As I watch the events in Ferguson Missouri I can't help but think about my own time in law enforcement and just how much I've changed since I wore the badge.
Some of the Kossaks here will very likely have a problem with my opinion on this (it wont be the first time) and I will likely be accused of being insensitive or worse but the "new" revelations about Hillary Clinton have probably done more to improve my opinion of her than any political add maker could have ever done.
Here is a little suggestion to any other Democratic president that feels they have to put a republican in charge of defense or state to look credible:
I hope you have seen the error of your ways Mr President, seeing as how Bob Gates has just taken a giant crap on your administration in his new book.
I believe I give the president as much criticism as anybody on this site when it is appropriate. After watching the speech on Syria I came away impressed not only with his reasoning but the sheer political jujitsu that he showed, whether that was intentional or not.
The verdict was ridiculous but not surprising. The only way I would describe the way that I feel is nausea. I am just sick that this guy got off and his lawyers are going to shamelessly be doing victory laps on TV for the next several weeks. I also feel so terrible for Trayvon Martin's parents who had to live through that clown show just to see this punk Zimmerman walk. But right now my burning issue is with all of the police officers that defended this idiot from the beginning. Because as a cop of 11 years myself this burns me especially deeply.
When the healthcare fight was raging and the public option was negotiated away, I just emotionally unplugged and said President was to blame. Like a lot of people I couldn't just give him a pass for not fighting for it.
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