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The trials, tribulations and distortions of the Mainstream Media

“What was deadly at Fukushima?”

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It wasn’t the radiation. It was the over-the-top response. So says World Nuclear News.

What turned Fukushima from a medium-ranking industrial accident, of the kind that happens perhaps eight or ten times a year, into a disaster, with a reported death toll among the evacuees of over 1000? It wasn’t the radiation, writes Malcolm Grimston.

In common with Three Mile Island, Fukushima doesn’t seem to have caused any deaths from radiation; even at Chernobyl the demonstrable death toll which resulted from radiation exposure was small compared to events like Bhopal or the Banqiao dam failure.

What created the human misery at Fukushima was the response – not the immediate precautionary evacuation but what followed and ironically what preceded. The only other area currently excluded because of human activity is Chernobyl. It follows, to the rational non-expert, that the levels of radiation throughout these exclusion zones must represent a higher risk than any other man-made threat on the planet.”

So what was their mistake? They got crazy because of the levels of radiation in the area, which, as it turns out, are less than the naturally-occurring background radiation in much of the world.

First and foremost, around 100,000 people were evacuated from a 20 km radius zone around Fukushima Daiichi and have not (except for a few hundred very recently) been allowed back into their homes for over three years, causing untold misery. In much of the zone doses from radiation (from all sources) are below 5 mSv per year, with fallout dose below 1 mSv per year.

Secondly, there are areas like Ramsar in Iran (average 130 mSv per year) and Guarapari in Brazil (peak levels on the beach equivalent to 350 mSv per year) which are not evacuated. Indeed, there are almost certainly places in Japan (e.g. Kyushu island) where natural doses are above the total dose in some part of the exclusion zone.”

I know what you’re gonna say. “There you go again, getting facts involved with the panic.” Guilty as charged.

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Trick Question:

“If you’re travelling at 80 Miles an hour how long will it take you to go 80 miles?”

There is a bad word in this.

Their vote means as much as yours.

Found over at Moonbattery

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Erick Erickson Really Has Come Around

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Some time ago we noted in a post here that Erickson, head of the blog Red State, had turned right. For years he has been an apologist for Barack Obama. This summer he seems to have seen the reality of what Obama is doing to the United States and the world.

Today He has a very stong column that is titled ‘How Many Will Die?’. In it he predicts World War Three.

In six years in the White House, Barack Obama has fought more vigorously in rhetoric against Republicans than those who threaten the United States abroad. One could hardly be surprised if tomorrow he declared war on Ferguson, MO while sending John Kerry to negotiate a peace treaty with ISIS.

Our border is not secured, our allies no longer wish to bring us in to help in their plans, and our enemies are salivating at the thought of taking territory with no one to stop them.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama is peeing sitting down.

The death toll from a world at war and terrorists on the march over the next decade will be far higher than it would have been had Barack Obama never held the Presidency. It is not just that we now have citizens and companies fleeing the nation for greener pastures, more and more Americans see the nation in decline.”

Welcome to the Real Revo, Erick.

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Andrew Klavan And The History Of Democrats At War

He has his facts right and he presents them in an entertaining way.

Devastating, really.

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CBC Wants Federal Control Of Local Police

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The Congressional Black Caucus wants President Obama to appoint a ‘Police Czar’. They say they want to prevent ‘More Ferguson’s’. That could mean that they want looting stopped but I take that to mean they want a task force to prevent young black men from getting shot by white cops.

Speaking for the CBC, Rep. Elijah Cummings believes that this utopia can be attained if only the federal government is given just a little more control over Americans.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, along with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, sent a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, urging the administration to pursue changes to local law enforcement structure to “prevent more Fergusons,” including a federal czar to oversee local law enforcement.

“The administration must quickly establish a national commission to review existing police policies and practices,” the letter reads. “And identify the best policies and practices that can prevent more Fergusons and vastly improve policing in communities across the nation.”

In addition to the commission, the letter calls for the appointment of a federal czar within the Justice Department to monitor and oversee local police departments that receive federal funding.”

OK. Now I understand. They want this oversight under the control of the Department of Justice whose head is Eric Holder.

Bad idea… as a matter of fact it’s a terrible idea. Holder has shown himself to be uninterested in justice. He is a revolutionary whose focus is on control. That is not American.

Read more at Politico

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Bolton: “Destroy the ‘Islamic State’ “

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Former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, writing is National Review Online, outlines the proper response to ISIS. He says the west, especially the United States, should destroy them. As he notes, the Obama administration and most in the media say Americans are war-weary. That may be but he is questioning the truth of that statement:

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America’s basic objective is clear: We must seek to destroy the Islamic State. It is simply not enough to block the group’s threat to the Kurds or other vulnerable minorities in the region. The risks of even a relatively small “state” (or “caliphate,” as they proclaim it) are chilling. Leaving the Islamic State in place and in control only of its current turf in Iraq and Syria (including northern-Iraqi hydrocarbon deposits and associated infrastructure) would make it viable economically and a fearsome refuge for terrorists of all sorts. Just as Afghanistan’s Taliban gave al-Qaeda a base of operations to launch terrorist attacks culminating in 9/11, a similar result could follow if the Islamic State successfully erased and then redrew existing boundaries.

But, many ask, how can the Islamic State be removed from the territory it now holds without U.S. combat forces’ being centrally involved? Aren’t we too “war weary” to do much of anything? Perhaps, but this is surely a debate worth having. And that debate’s central “organizing principle,” as Hillary Clinton might say, is this: The United States must prevent a new terrorist state from emerging in the Middle East. Period.

If there are American political leaders who are truly content to have this embodiment of evil consolidate its current position, let them say so unambiguously. The vast majority of Americans, however, will be profoundly concerned at the likely consequences for America, Europe, Israel, and our Arab friends in the region if we do nothing. After the Holocaust, we said “Never again,” not “Well, maybe a little.”

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“A SUBTLE MESSAGE TO ISIS”

This is from the Warfighter blog. It has become very popular, having been shared at least 10,000 times on Facebook. I found it at GSL.

"You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass." - Attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

“You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” – Attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

As I sit here constantly hearing and watching you execute innocent men, women and children in the Middle East I chuckle. Why do I chuckle you may ask? Well let me explain something to you cowardice fools who think you are so tough behind all your propaganda videos. You are scaring a population that doesn’t know how to fight, you’re bullying the weak . . .

You say Islam is the religion of peace, but since when does terrorizing the innocent and beheading men, women and children constitute peace? WTF? But keep in mind, what did Saddam’s troops do when we came rolling into town? They surrendered, twice… So all your empty threats of coming to America and raising your flag over the White House amuse me more than any of you sick, sadistic bastards could ever imagine or comprehend.

In 2012 there was about 21.2 million veterans in the United States. Do you understand what that means? Let me break it down for you. That means there are literally millions of disgruntled, dysfunctional, pissed off veterans who have been dealing with years of abuse from their government stabbing them in the backs and having to watch their friends die because you Islamic extremist idiots can’t seem to act like normal human beings and stop terrorism and the violence.

It’s one thing to take over an Islamic state, but if my memory serves me correctly, I’m pretty sure we plowed through Fallujah in 4 days. Better yet, it took us about month to control your entire country. At this point, with 13+ years of war under our belts, how long do you think it would take us to do it all over again? I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on that one. Do you really think you stand a chance on US soil? Do you really think it would be smart to poke that bear? Remember, never bite the hand that feeds you.

Remember we are armed to the teeth in the US and I can promise you this… the Geneva Conventions will not apply to you. You attack us and there will be no mercy. We will bring the righteous hand of God down upon you and crush you. The ball is in your court now ISIS. We are more than ready to arrange your so called “meeting” with your 72 virgins and send you to your “prophet” Mohamed.”

– Nick Powers”

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“Robbery victim draws his own gun, attackers flee”

Good job. The laundry lady will get a bit more work.

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WILKES-BARRE, PA — A man walking down Hazle Street early this morning had need to draw on the firearm he carried when two men attempted to rob him at gunpoint.

It was about 1:20 a.m. when the man, whom police have identified only as a white male, was walking on Hazle Street toward Wilkes Barre Boulevard in the area Bank Street, police said.

Two black males confronted him, and one had a gun, he told police.

“What do you got for me?” one man said to the victim.

He told police he grabbed his attacker’s gun with one hand and drew his own firearm. The man does not have a concealed firearms permit, but carries his gun under Pennsylvania’s open carry laws, police said. The robbers fled.”

From the Times-Leader

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Maryland Colleges Also Get Military Gear

Yep. I’m sure they need it. And along with the gear they will institute a proper training plan, right?

I’ll bet.

Campus police need to look like this?

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Officials at the University of Maryland, College Park, Morgan State University and Coppin State University said the shotguns and rifles are or will be used for training purposes.

UM has a $65,000 armored truck, 16 “riot type” 12-gauge shotguns, 49 M16 rifles, and a handful of other items, according to Pentagon data. Coppin received five similar 12-gauge shotguns and 29 40-caliber Glock pistols. Morgan has six 12-gauge shotguns and 13 M16 or M14 rifles.”

“… said the shotguns and rifles are or will be used for training purposes.”

BS

Training? For what? Campus police are going to use select-fire rifles and riot shotguns to train for what? Disruptions at the student union? No, they have fallen victim to the ‘Militarization Craze’. Besides, it’s ‘Free’, right?

Oh, and what kind of training are they planning to do with a $65,000 armored truck?

Read more at the Baltimore Sun

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NYT: “The Problem With ‘Evil’”

The Times of New York has published an opinion piece by Michael J. Boyle.

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This is what ISIS has been doing

Michael J. Boyle, an associate professor of political science at La Salle University, is the author, most recently, of “Violence After War: Explaining Instability in Post-Conflict States.”

He thinks it is a mistake to call ISIS names. He specifically objects to the terms, “Evil” and “Cancer”. He calls it a ‘Moral Hazard’.

The Moral Hazard of Calling ISIS a ‘Cancer’”

Boyle seems to be afraid of ‘Hazards’. He must think being nice to ISIS will make us safer. If that is the case he is a fool.

Unlike Al Qaeda, whose dreams of forming a caliphate were little more than mysticism and hyperbole, ISIS now occupies large swaths of Syria and Iraq, administering social services and running rudimentary Shariah courts in its claimed Islamic State. In other words, it operates less like a revolutionary terrorist movement that wants to overturn the entire political order in the Middle East than a successful insurgent group that wants a seat at that table.

This fundamental difference, as well as disagreements over strategic priorities and tactics, explains why Al Qaeda’s leadership expelled ISIS in February. Depicting ISIS as another iteration of Al Qaeda-style “evil” ignores these distinctions and shifts attention away from ISIS’ strategy and sources of revenue and support.

Moralizing rhetoric also defines groups on the basis of their tactics rather than their goals. However appalled we might be by a group’s actions, our objective should always be to understand our enemies as they do themselves: in this case, a highly organized insurgency with specific strategic objectives.”

Academics are the dumbest people.

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CBS: “Chicago A Top Terror Target”

This is from CBSChicago:

CHICAGO (CBS) — Over the past six years, Chicago has become a top potential target for international terrorists, a top security expert said Friday, making the posting of a veiled threat by Islamic radicals on Twitter a higher cause for concern.

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“Many terror organizations refer to Chicago as Obama Town,” said CBS 2 security expert Ross Rice, a former FBI agent in Chicago. Under President Obama, the U.S. took out Osama bin Laden, and used repeated drone strikes to weaken terror networks.”

The two images in the tweet above are the Old Republic Building, 307 N. Michigan Ave., in Chicago and the White House.

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1979 – Ayn Rand Versus Arab Apologist Phil Donahue.

An audience member asks her about the middle east. Rand sides with Israel and explains why.

Donahue is downright rude to her but she makes her points boldly, forcefully, and logically. Donahue does not argue for the rightness of Islam. He tells her forcefully that her vocal support for Israel will make her a target of Muslims. Is that the reason for the American left siding with Islam against Israel? Are they afraid of what Islamists will do the them if they side with the Jews? Are they all cowards?

Hat tip to the Right Planet

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GoFundMe: “Support Officer Darren Wilson” Site Has Raised $234,910

The site is here.

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They have surpassed their goal of $234,900 so they have set up a second site to raise more for him called the Officer Wilson Fundraiser. So far the second site has raised an additional $63,805.

I note at least one person who donated did so in the name of Attorney General Eric Holder, making him look like a cheapskate.

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From NBC News via TTAG where they note:

…given the fact that Officer Wilson is facing the possibility of state and federal criminal charges as well as the virtual certainty of a civil suit, he’s going to need the best legal help money can buy.”

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California: “SWAT team responds to college staff member carrying umbrella”

Sounds like his girlfriend, or boyfriend, SWATTed him.

I really hate to see loaded guns pointed at people.

Yep.  Looks just like an AR15

Yep. Looks just like an AR15

A SWAT team on the campus of California State University San Marcos surrounded a staff member equipped with protective rain gear this week.

The incident, which occurred early Wednesday morning, was prompted by a call to the San Diego County Sheriff’s office of a bald white male, wearing a black shirt and jeans and walking across campus carrying a rifle. This resulted in a shelter-in place order for some 400 staff and students going through orientation before the start of the fall session. Rapidly, facility and classmates banded together to barricade doors with tables and chairs, expecting the worst.”

Can't take any chances.  I see at least nine cops.

Can’t take any chances. I see at least nine cops.

If umbrellas are so dangerous, why did this happen? It’s really something just how courageous our President is.

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Read more at Guns.com

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“Ex-CIA Officer: ‘There Are ISIS Sleeper Cells In This Country’”

This CNN video is a report on the possible sleepers. In it it is reported that a couple US officials ‘Refuted the claim’ but they were not named.

Does anyone believe that there are not sleeper cells here? The wide-open southern border, combined with the determination of the Islamic State (ISIS), combine to make it a near-certainty that they exist. We have already seen reports of middle eastern men getting American driver’s licenses using Hispanic names. It has also been reported that there are at least 22 terror training camps already in the United States.

I’d say it is a done deal. That doesn’t mean the cells won’t grow – both in size and number. At some point they will focus on terror acts rather than just training.

“The hero of a terror attack is the one who remains calm instead of panicking – and calms others.”

Read more at Newsmax

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Obama Appoints New ‘Negro Czar’

Obama ‘Trusts’ Sharpton. Why is he a ‘Negro Czar’ and not a ‘Minority Czar’? It’s simple. Sharpton claims to represent minorities but actually only notices things that happen to black people. Has anyone ever seen him support a Native American or an Asian American? How about Latinos? Nope. His focus is laser like on black issues.

‘Black Czar’ or ‘African American Czar’ are clumsy and can be misleading. ‘Negro Czar’ it is – like the United Negro College Fund.

This is from Politico Magazine:

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I’ve known Al since he was 12 years old, and he’s arrived at the level he always wanted to arrive at, which is gratifying,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a colleague and sometimes rival, told me. “He’s the man who’s the liaison to the White House, he’s the one who’s talking to the Justice Department.”

Sharpton has a history. Even the Politico writer relates it:

During the 1991 Crown Heights riots in Brooklyn, Sharpton stoked black rage after a Hasidic Jewish driver killed a young boy with his car. At the child’s funeral, Sharpton railed against Jewish “diamond merchants” who bought their wares from apartheid South Africa, then ran down black kids in Brooklyn. There was his much-mocked stint as an FBI informer in the 1980s.”

Sharpton does not have the best interests of the country nor the black community close to his heart. That must be why Barack Obama is so close with him.

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WaPo: “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.”

This cop has an attitude. I wonder just how common it is among today’s police.

This article in the Washington Post was written by “Sunil Dutta, a professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University, has been an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 17 years.”

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Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?”

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How Many Has It Incited To Violence?

And Roy Rogers would have to rename his dog… And his horse. And Willie Nelson will have to rename his guitar.

College Newspaper Can’t Be Called ‘The Bullet’ Anymore Because It’s Too Dangerous

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A Virginia university has decided to stop calling its newspaper “The Bullet” over concerns that the name was so insensitive and inappropriate that it could even make people violent.

The University of Mary Washington’s 96-year-old newspaper will now be called The Blue and Gray Press.”

From National Review

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Leftists Outraged Over ‘Racist’ Plasma TV Cartoon in Missouri Newspaper

I think this was taken from a photo.

The cry of ‘Racism’ is meant to shut people up, not to cure a problem.

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Liberals have their panties in a bunch over a Missouri Newspaper cartoon that depicts the protest and looters in #Ferguson.”

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More at Gateway Pundit

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14,646 duplicate voters flagged in Virginia, Maryland

ACORN may have been broken up but this is their legacy and it lives on. Remember when ACORN was paying people to register voters? Those people registered the same voter many times – as many as 72 times has been documented. Allk those registrations are still on the books. It’s no wonder the Obama administration is opposed to requiring photo ID to vote. That step could undo the fraud.

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An election-watch group says 14,646 people hold voter registrations in Maryland and in Fairfax County, Va.

An election-integrity group is challenging the status of nearly 15,000 voters reportedly registered in both Fairfax County and Maryland.

Virginia Voters Alliance on Wednesday urged Fairfax’s electoral board to do what state officials have so far not done across the commonwealth: Purge those duplicate voters.

VVA President Reagan George complained the state Department of Elections is classifying all duplicate registrations as “inactive voters.”

That means 43,896 voters alleged to be registered in both Virginia and Maryland would stay in Virginia’s statewide database — and remain eligible to vote — until 2019.”

Read more at Watchdog.org

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It’s Not ‘The Gulf War’. It’s ‘The Golf War’

Obama doesn’t care about the optics of his perpetual golfing but everyone else does. Even his supporters. Here is the cover of the New York Daily News:

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And here is a ‘killer’ cartoon suggestion. Will it work?

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The Tueller Drill And Proper Defense

Many of our readers are familiar with what is known as the Tueller Drill. The drill was, not surprisingly, invented by Dennis Tueller. If you have had some defensive training you have probably encountered it.

For those who are not familiar it shows students that a man armed with a knife, sword, or club is lethally dangerous to a man carrying a gun if he gets within seven yards. It takes a person who is aware about a second and a half to draw, point, and fire at an attacker.

Twenty-one feet is not very far but most of us believe we are safe to let a potential assailant get closer than that. If you do you should practice the drill.

Here is a training video that shows how important distance can be.

Why do I bring this up today? The day before yesterday, Tuesday, another young black man was shot by police. The entire incident was recorded by a bystander. These officers allowed him to get much closer than 21 feet before shooting. Of course they did have already drawn their pistols.

As soon as the officers arrive and step out of their vehicle, Powell steps forward, calling “Shoot me!” repeatedly. He produces a knife from somewhere on his body.

You then hear the officers telling Powell the drop the knife. Instead, Powell circles to his left up a small rise into a parking lot. Officers continue to tell Powell, “drop the knife.” The man filming the encounter drops an expletive, apparently understanding just how dangerous the situation has become for everyone involved.

Powell then begins closing down the distance on the officer standing outside the passenger side of the police SUV, walking directly toward the officer.

I’d estimate the distance at not more than 12 feet… almost half the distance of the Tueller Drill, which is what cops and civilians alike have come to understand is the “danger zone” of an attacker with a knife.”

This video is not pleasant to watch. Because of the violence and the language it is not a good one to watch at work. The man is shot multiple times.

But the point of all this is to make readers aware of how much danger they are in if they allow someone armed only with a knife to get too close.

Read more at Bearing Arms

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No Fair. Bill Whittle Uses Facts.

He says there is an epidemic of racism in America. He then, Spock-like, shows us the numbers.

And more.

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Ominous: “Holder: ‘Change is coming’ after Ferguson police shooting”

What does this lizard mean? “Change is coming”?

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Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown’s death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race.

Holder made the remarks during a visit to the St. Louis suburb that has endured more than a week of unrest fueled by the fatal shooting of the black 18-year-old by a white officer. The Obama administration intended the trip to underscore its commitment to civil rights in general and the Ferguson case in particular.

The attorney general described how he was stopped twice on the New Jersey Turnpike and accused of speeding. Police searched his car, going through the trunk and looking under the seats.

“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” Holder said during a meeting with about 50 community leaders at the Florissant campus of St. Louis Community College.”

From the Sun-Times

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More About The Beheading Of James Foley

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From the UK Daily Mail: The Obama administration knew ahead of time about the beheading. They got advance notice and let it happen.

And right after his remarks from his vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard he played another round of golf.

Cold and self-absorbed is all you can say about our President. No, I could say more.

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