When Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson said in an early Tuesday morning press conference that 31 more people had been arrested overnight in Ferguson, he noted that not everyone arrested was from Ferguson. Some were from California and New York, and they were there deliberately to make trouble. Said Johnson: “Our officers came under heavy gunfire. This was not an act of protesters. This was an act of violent criminals.”
Johnson asserted that the arrests underscore that outsiders are the ones making trouble during the protests that ensued after the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by a Ferguson police officer.
It happened at about 9:40 p.m. last night “when bottles were thrown from the middle and the edge of the crowd. These criminal acts came from a tiny minority of troublemakers,” explained Johnson. These acts were committed by those determined to extend and expand the riots and not by those peaceably protesting: “Protesters are peaceful and respectful. They don’t clash with police. They don’t throw Molotov cocktails.” He displayed two guns and a Molotov cocktail officers had seized from some of those arrested.
The decision by Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo., to deploy the National Guard to the troubled community of Ferguson has raised a lot of questions about these citizen soldier units. After serving with distinction numerous times in both Iraq and Afghanistan, units of the National Guard are well thought of as military fighting men. Can they also be helpful in situations like Ferguson? Here is some information to help increase understanding of these direct lineal descendants of the Minute Men.
A suburban St. Louis, Missouri city is still smoldering in hot ashes from riots this week, as charges of racism and white police brutality are hurled into eagerly awaiting mainstream media cameras covering this lawlessness. The tragic death of Michael Brown. an unarmed teenager who was shot by a white police officer has been raised by Ferguson city protesters as the match that lit the fuse for the this summer’s riotous rampage.
Rage, fear and paralyzing hopelessness are truly the root emotions that seek and find refuge in the plantation of welfare entitlement thinking that President Obama has provided poor, black and minority citizens in America. Every action and every single syllable that has been uttered to cause a curtain of race baiting demagoguery to be embraced in urban America can be traced back to Obama’s pursuit of Democratic black victimization electioneering.
It would be very easy for Americans to dismiss what is happening in burnt out areas of Ferguson as the actions of raging monsters of the night or of poor hapless victims of GOP or Bush abandonment. Not so fast, President Bush has been gone for five years and the GOP does not hold the governor’s office.
Let’s get real. People with hate that has been fed by a political system that liberals use to promote hopelessness and permanent government entitlem
The first wave of National Guard troops has taken up observation posts along the Texas-Mexico border.
Several dozen soldiers deployed in the Rio Grande Valley are part of the up to 1,000 troops called up by Gov. Rick Perry last month, Texas National Guard Master Sgt. Ken Walker of the Joint Counterdrug Task Force said Thursday.
Several guardsmen were seen Thursday afternoon manning an observation tower along the busy road leading to the Hidalgo International Bridge.
In an interview with Time, Holder, who previously could not explain whether the Constitution enabled some of Obama’s bolder executive actions, claimed Obama has “appropriately used executive authority as other presidents have.”
“He’s used executive action around 180 times, something like that. I was looking the other day just at a list of presidents, and Teddy Roosevelt issued about 1,000 executive orders,” he said. “So in terms of magnitude this president has not used this authority nearly as much as his critics would say.”
He said Obama has asked him and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to “look into a wide range of things” before noting that “we are more broadly looking at the whole immigration portfolio.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has set up a procedural vote for September on a constitutional amendment to limit money in politics.
Before adjourning for a five-week recess on Friday, Reid filed cloture on the motion to proceed to S.J. Res. 19, which is designed to overturn two recent Supreme Court decisions that allowed corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals to spend more money on federal elections.
According to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll, voters now want to see a Republican majority in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Respondents said they believed Congress to be unproductive overall, but that they do not wish the majority to change in the House.
The poll asked registered voters if they thought Congress was very productive, somewhat productive, somewhat unproductive, or very unproductive. Fifty percent answered that they believed Congress to be very unproductive, with a mere three percent responding that Congress had been very productive.
When asked if they wish to see the majority in the House remain Republican or change to Democrat, 43 percent answered that they wanted Republicans to stay in the majority, while 41 percent responded that they wish the House to have a Democratic majority. Sixteen percent were unsure.
Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration proposes to re-impose and broaden work-related requirements on low-income New Mexicans to qualify for food stamps.
Starting in October, the state plans to restore a 20-hour-a-week work requirement for an estimated 26,600 childless adults to get food stamps. The mandate was suspended in 2009 because of the national recession. On-the-job training and community service also can help meet the work mandate.
CBS’s Gayle King: Unless Illegal Immigrants Are Doing Something ‘Illegal,’ Leave Them Alone | Media Research Center
According to CBS This Morning host Gayle King on Monday, unless an illegal alien is doing something “illegal,” Americans should leave him or her alone. Mike Hogan from Vanity Fair appeared on the program to discuss a new poll about ethical dilemmas and how people respond. Guest host Vinita Nair wondered, “Who’s more likely to report an illegal immigrant living next door?” Hogan discussed the responses of Republicans, Democrats and independents. He then quoted an off-air discussion: “I think Gayle [King] in the green room said, ‘As long as they’re not doing anything illegal, you know, let them live.’” Standing by her comments, King reiterated, “That’s right. That’s right.” Hogan added, “Leave them alone.” [MP3 audio here.]
A man in an Afghan Army uniform opened fire Tuesday at a military base, killing a U.S. general and wounding 15 people, among them a German brigadier general and a number of Americans troops.
U.S. officials identified the murdered American late Tuesday as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene. Greene was the highest-ranked American officer killed in combat since 1970 in the Vietnam War.