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Ash writes: "Attorney General Lynch is the best-positioned person in the nation to confront excessive police violence. As the head of the Department of Justice she has more powerful tools at her disposal than any other law enforcement officer in the nation. But she will not use the power that she has."

The scene in Dallas as police came under sniper fire. (photo: LM Otero/AP)
The scene in Dallas as police came under sniper fire. (photo: LM Otero/AP)

Americans Are Troubled, Mr. President, but Attorney General Lynch Still Does Nothing

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

08 July 16


ou said: “All of us as Americans should be troubled by the shootings.”

All of us are. To make matters worse, 12 police officers have apparently been shot in Dallas at a demonstration to protest the shootings. Reportedly five of them are dead.

Attorney General Lynch is the best-positioned person in the nation to confront excessive police violence. As the head of the Department of Justice she has more powerful tools at her disposal than any other law enforcement officer in the nation. But she will not use the power that she has.

Instead, she and Vanita Gupta, who heads the department’s Civil Rights Division, launch investigation after investigation for political cover, always deciding in the end not to proceed with charges.

Yes, for the record, Civil Rights charges in many of these cases can be brought. Most recently in the case of black Chicago police officer Aldo Brown. Brown was in fact charged and convicted on Civil Rights charges for beating a suspect armed with a gun, in violation of the constitution.

So it can be done. Neither of your Attorney General appointees however has ever chosen to do it. So here we are in the middle of a bloodbath that can only be mitigated by justice. Not justice for some, but justice for all.

You also said, “We have extraordinary appreciation and respect for the vast majority of police officers.” Would you like to have less respect for American police officers? Watch this video. I guarantee you will never respect a police officer again.

As of today, The Guardian’s count of people killed by police officers in the U.S. this year stands at 566. Last year it was over 1200. Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, the man killed by police as he sat in his car, said it plainly, “We’re being hunted, every day. It’s a silent war against African-American people as a whole.” To separate police officers shot from people shot by police officers expands the conflict. To end the conflict, there must be justice for all.

I’ve said it before, most recently in January of this year, you and Attorney General Lynch must act. Until you do that, the violence is going to continue to escalate. This is a problem that cannot be solved at a podium. It must be confronted with federal authority when local jurisdictions cannot or will not act. You must.

It will only get worse until you do.

Marc Ash is the founder and former Executive Director of Truthout, and is now founder and Editor of Reader Supported News.

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+43 # uscitizen 2016-07-08 11:22
Lynch is just as corrupt as the dnc, clinton, the rnc, republicans and corporate democrats. She is no different than holder.
obama calls it a sad day and goes about his business all the while working on passing TPP. The cops are judge jury and executor by driving a bomb into the bad guy and blowing him up. Drones at your front door are next. I am opposed to the nra but now I'm having second thoughts. Maybe I should have the right to an assault weapon and a grenade launcher. I may need to defend myself, family and community from the cops and corrupt politicians. The signs are everywhere form clinton to murdering cops that continuously walk. Make what you will of it but the evidence is there. Citizens must defend themselves. The ruling class is not going to do it. The cops brought this on themselves with their unions. They failed to police themselves so many are going to consider it a war just like these shooters did.
+6 # ladypyrates 2016-07-08 14:06
90% of the comments on this site ALWAYS clamor for taking away the people's right to have guns. With drone killings around the world, assassinations of democratically elected heads of state, the endless murders of black people by police, the assassination of President Kennedy by the CIA, the massive government spying-on-citiz ens programs etc.,etc., is it so hard to understand that the founders had experienced this kind of abuse by government and were attempting to give us some measure of protection against the same?? They were not worried about France or England invading...they were desperately afraid of our own benign government being turned into a despotic and brutal instrument of oppression as it has finally become. And people would want to surrender their gun rights to these murdering bastards why??
+11 # lorenbliss 2016-07-08 14:33
@ladypyrates: Hear, hear!
+33 # Anonymot 2016-07-08 16:30
You say "Obama goes on about his business..." You might add that he's in Warsaw and his business with people of the EU & NATO and neofascists like Gen Breedlove consists of killing people wholesale. So how can he pay real attention to little retail squirts of blood?

Leave him alone. He's smoothing the path for Hillary's war with Russia.
+1 # Patriot 2016-07-09 07:50
Pardon the digression: For any who are interested, the link to chelsea Manning's email seems to have been disabled.

there still is no word on Chelsea's condition.

Her attorney posted this address today:

Chelsea E. Manning 89289
1300 North Warehouse Road
Ft. Leavenworth, KS 6627-2304
+2 # Skyelav 2016-07-09 17:33
"I am opposed to the nra but now I'm having second thoughts. Maybe I should have the right to an assault weapon and a grenade launcher. I may need to defend myself, family and community from the cops and corrupt politicians."
There are some smart men and women out there who agree with this statement. Not only that but for a decade or even longer ago the cops have become the first step to the judiciary. SInce mass budget cuts there is no protect the citizen ethos at all.
+49 # tomtom 2016-07-08 12:09
For the nth time, I demand that you back this recommendation and all police departments begin using net guns to apprehend suspects reducing danger to the arresting officers and for preventing excuses for killing black Americans. YouTube and Google netguns. They can take down a deer, harmlessly.
+38 # Merlin 2016-07-08 15:02
tomtom 2016-07-08 12:09
“They can take down a deer, harmlessly.”

Well, obviously they know about this technology.

Where is the fun in that? How can you show your masculinity, assert your ego, vent your anger with justification, by throwing a net over someone? How can you show that you have the power of life and death over another person if all you are doing is subduing them essentially peacefully? What will happen to all that “respect” legitimate gun toting killers get if their guns are no longer needed? How will all those arms manufacturers make any money if guns are not needed? So many questions! This is all so complicated!

Heaven forbid, this net solution is ever implemented! It might just change everything!

A good bit of snark here :-)
+18 # uscitizen 2016-07-08 15:20
Good luck with your demands. Demand that face to face from a cop and you are likely to get a bullet in the head if you are black. Get real.
+51 # Radscal 2016-07-08 12:26
It's even worse than Obama's AGs doing nothing. Holder ordered investigations of the Cleveland OH and Fergusson MO police departments.

In both cases, they found widespread police brutality and racism, and in Fergusson, the PD were using the lowest income residents as cash cows.

In both cases, Holder's DoJ responded firmly. He asked the police departments to police themselves.

And just to rub it in a bit more, he released his findings on the OH police on the very day of 12-year old Tamir Rice's memorial service.
+22 # Merlin 2016-07-08 14:46
Radscal 2016-07-08 12:26

Yes, you are right! The arrogance is blatant, but let’s place the blame where it rightfully belongs.

The problem I have with Holder and Lynch is that they do as they are told. Their actions are terrible, and they may be terrible people, but they don’t run the show! No matter whether the action is good or bad! Everything they do is vetted before any action is taken. They serve “at the pleasure” of the President. They can do nothing without his approval. They accepted their position, fully understanding what was expected of them. ALL positions in an administration are subservient to the power of the President.

Complaining, as Marc does here, is blaming the puppet instead of the puppet master. The blame for all that is wrong with the government’s actions belongs to Obama! The people beneath him simply carry out his wishes…OR THEY ARE GONE! Yes, we can blame Holder and Lynch, but telling them, as Marc does to create policy is just ignorant of the political reality. It is Obama, and Obama alone, who makes the decisions and sets the policies that his appointees carry out!
+26 # uscitizen 2016-07-08 15:24
There is a lot of truth to that. I worked both elections for Obama and now he is somewhat of a spineless embarrassment. He has always cowed to the republicans. And in his last few years has bent over backwards to kiss the asses of the wallstreet rulers and the multinationl whores.
+25 # Anonymot 2016-07-08 16:39
That is because Obama, like Hillary, is a slave of the real government, Deep State. Like the dog in the old Victrola ads that listened to his master's voice, they repeat what they are told to say, sign the orders they are told to sign.
+24 # Merlin 2016-07-08 19:10
Anonymot 2016-07-08 16:39

Thanks for taking it to the next level! Yes, Obama listens to his masters voice! This is a very difficult truth for most people to accept. It is perfectly acceptable to say Obama is weak, spineless, naive, etc.… just don't say he is a puppet and controlled by the oligarchs who control the deep state.

When I do write about it, I get virtually no argument or disagreement. In fact virtually no "thumbs" either. (Even when other comments on the thread get 30 or more.) My guess is that people don't want to talk about it. It may be too emotionally threatening. (Accepting the idea is tantamount to nullifying our votes, threatening our belief in our Democracy plus any control we think we may have regarding our country.)

That is threatening indeed!
+14 # Radscal 2016-07-08 20:48
It could be that there are about an equal number of Obama supporters as those aware of the Deep State, and their votes equal out.

I wish RSN showed totals instead of net votes.
+5 # Merlin 2016-07-08 23:10
Radscal 2016-07-08 20:48
Good point! And I agree on the count!

On an aside, there is a comment section or two elsewhere, that will block offending commenters but allow a reader to click on it, and read it anyway, if they want to. I wish they did that here as well. I would recommend people like Robbee to be blocked in that fashion. They can still be read as opposed to the system here where the "guest" can not be accessed.
+3 # Radscal 2016-07-09 00:08
Yes. I've seen that somewhere. Disqus maybe? I thought it was only while the comment was awaiting review by moderators. But that could be a fair compromise.
-1 # Caliban 2016-07-09 12:28
You advocate selective censorship, #Merlin? Is this really the progressive way of dealing with disagreements?
+2 # Merlin 2016-07-10 04:38
Caliban 2016-07-09 12:28

the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and suppressing unacceptable parts

Several things to note.
1. Virtually all blogs censor their comment section. RSN does this already. Just read what they say at the end of every article. The person to complain about censoring the comment section here at RSN is Marc Ash. He has the right to censor his own blog. You don’t like that? Start your own blog without any censorship.

2. I don’t like the fact that I can not read the censored comments as they are censored now. All these “Guest” comments here on every thread are unavailable to all readers.

3. My suggestion was to still censor the comments but make the system one of “opting in.” In other words leave it up to the reader to decide whether to read the censored comment or not. This is making the comment section MORE LIBERAL.

4. So yes, I think this is a more Democratic way of censoring comments. Progressive? That has nothing to do with anything.

That said, your comment was made out of ignorance, an inability to understand what is plainly written, or a direct provocation to me. Now go bother someone else, I have no further words for you.
-1 # Caliban 2016-07-10 10:41
Merlin--you are correct that I overgeneralized from your remark about blocking Robbee. That said, I must add that I really don't care whether you have "further words" for me or not.
0 # PCPrincess 2016-07-11 11:17
Disagreements are one thing, but actively assaulting a comments section to ensure that no proper discussion can happen is another. By that, I mean constant posts which disrupt the natural flow of conversation.

It seems like there may be a natural tendency to believe in a version of free-speech that is more akin to freedom on steroids. There is not a right to freedom of speech on all levels and most certainly not in a website, which is not a publicly owned place.
+2 # economagic 2016-07-08 22:55
Thanks guys.
+12 # Radscal 2016-07-08 20:42
When I look for the puppet masters, I don't really see them taking up residence in the White House, either.
+9 # Merlin 2016-07-08 23:14
Radscal 2016-07-08 20:42
"When I look for the puppet masters, I don't really see them taking up residence in the White House, either."

Spot on!

Anonymity is essential to them. And besides, why should they stick their necks out, when there are lots of "W"s and others that can be bought one way or the other.
+44 # CL38 2016-07-08 12:46
Part I

Attorney General Lynch has spoken loudly and clearly. Her "Justice Department" decided NOT to indict Clinton for obvious violations of laws that Snowden, Assange, Manning & others were hounded over and declared criminals & traitors for letting us know what government 'officials' were not only up to, but keeping absolutely secret). WE have a RIGHT TO KNOW.

As SOS, Clinton had to know the risks she took in using a home computer for top secret classified emails. Seems her convenience was far more important than obeying the law. After all, why SHOULD she obey?? As an entitled, powerful 1%er in the public eye for decades, she's always 'gotten away', with enormous failures in judgement, as has BILL.

Not using a home computer for top secret and highly classified material is one of the first and most important things she SHOULD have known, as SOS. Refusing or neglecting (whichever) to obey the law would mean another Clinton 'mistake'--in anyone else, another clear sign of failure and incompetence.

Clinton's attitude during this 'election' seems to be she's 'owed' after the loss of '08. The only thing she's owed, IMO, is the right to resign before she does far more damage as "President" than she has as candidate.

Assuming the Clinton Foundation investigation goes the same, she's free to be 'nominated' & installed after a rigged election.

Yet, the same Justice Department refuses to take on police violence that has raged completely out of control for years!
+19 # grandlakeguy 2016-07-08 13:11
Thank you.
+16 # CL38 2016-07-08 13:19
Thank you grandlakeguy. I added a few more thoughts. Always appreciate your comments as well--always right on the mark!
+38 # Wally Jasper 2016-07-08 13:21
Her decision to use private email server was predicated on, I'm quite sure, far more than "convenience." It seems obvious she flouted the law and common sense because she was trying to avoid FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests, that is, transparency and scrutiny by the public.
+20 # CL38 2016-07-08 13:45
Good insight! Think you're right. That makes more sense.
+19 # Cassandra2012 2016-07-08 15:51
Predicated more likely on the same kind of use by Colin Powell, Condi Rice, & of course, Karl Rove before them!!!
Somehow Teathuglicans are always exempt from even harassment not to mention actual prosecution !!! & the presumably criminal profiteering of Cheney's Halliburton has escaped all punishment !...
+16 # Radscal 2016-07-08 21:20
NONE of those people had their own private servers.

Do you really not know the difference between an email account and a computer?

Here's a hint. A single computer can have MULTIPLE email accounts on it. If Hillary wanted her private emails separate from her government ones, then she could have had two separate email accounts.

Other SoS's sometimes used private email accounts for work... BUT they ALL used government computers.

It was unique for her to maintain government property (which the work emails and the documents attached to them are) on her private server where only she (and her lawyers) had access to them.
0 # Caliban 2016-07-09 12:33
If escaping FOIA was the point, why was this evasion so easily circumvented by the FBI?
+2 # Radscal 2016-07-10 11:54
It wasn't "easily circumvented."

First, she kept all the emails without turning them over to the State Department until two years after she was no longer SoS. They were all government property, should all have been accessible to appropriate government agencies from the moment they were created, and yet she did not provide them of her own volition until 6 years after she started sequestering them.

Even after the probe began, she refused to turn them over for some months.

Finally, she had her lawyers go through all of her emails and decide which ones to surrender. Then they deleted more than half of them, and apparently "scrubbed" the server to make retrieval of any she withheld nearly impossible (though FBI was able to uncover more than 2,000 work-related emails she had not turned over).

BTW: her lawyers did not have the proper security clearance to have access to the material in those emails. That was the crime General Petraeus got his wrists slapped over.
+28 # CL38 2016-07-08 13:37
Part II

These two acts speak volumes.

Despite the rampant corruption we see today in almost every area in our system, what HAS the Justice Department done to rein ANY of it in?

Exactly WHAT is it the 'Justice Department' does????
+10 # Merlin 2016-07-08 19:17
CL38 2016-07-08 13:37
"Exactly WHAT is it the 'Justice Department' does????"

It listens to Obama and does what he says. See my comment above in response to Radscal.

Merlin 2016-07-08 14:46
+4 # CL38 2016-07-08 20:26
agree with your comment.
+19 # MsAnnaNOLA 2016-07-08 14:38
Certain media and political figures even called for the execution of Snowden and Assange. This was totally inappropriate but it just underscores the double standard being used to absolve Clinton of obvious crimes.

Either she is incompetent or criminal, either way she is not fit to be our president.
+11 # Radscal 2016-07-08 21:16
Yes, CL, with one modification. [edit: I see others noted this already]

"Convenience" was an excuse she used (which was proven to be a lie immediately when we learned that, in a presentation to a group of techies as SoS, she bragged that she had 4 devices she traveled with).

She set up the private server to prevent both others in the government and citizen FOIA releases from uncovering what she was doing.

In one of the emails, her aide Huma Abedin expressed concern for the security of her system, and Hillary responded:

"... I don't want any risk of the personal being accessible."
+1 # Skyelav 2016-07-09 17:47
As she described the New York City subway system as "convenient." Perhaps that's her word of the day. Please all remember that it is not Obama per se who sets policy. Obama is probably terrified. As I have said before he has seen the Zapruder movie.
+4 # Radscal 2016-07-09 20:20
Or, as the late and very great comedian Bill Hicks suggested, all new presidents are shown a DIFFERENT film, taken from the grassy knoll.
+1 # librarian1984 2016-07-10 09:41
Love Bill Hicks. Would love to have his voice ringing out right now. I'm sure he'd have a great blog!
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+15 # Kootenay Coyote 2016-07-08 21:16
& of course there's the blatant refusal to lay War Crimes charges agains the Bush Gang.
-1 # bigkahuna671 2016-07-08 23:11
And what do these shootings have to do with Hillary Clinton? Why does everyone always politicize every event to press their points of view? We should be more concerned that our "good cops" don't bother to police the "bad cops" in their midst. That's what is creating all this hatred and divisiveness. Why don't you all address that problem 'cause that's what's going on. Next thing, you'll all blame Hillary for training and arming the sniper. God help us from fools!!!
+4 # uscitizen 2016-07-09 15:39
Rahm Emmanuel covered up a black murder in Chicago for two years to enable his Re-election. He is a surrogate of clinton. Blacks voted for clinton in the primary. It is ignorance all around, 360 degrees. What does clinton have to do with it? She is a supporter of emmanuel and he has his head up her ass. If you don't see the connection between that and the 'Super Predators' clinton wanted off the street you are an idiot. If you are a clintonista it is self explanatory why you think the way you do.
-1 # bigkahuna671 2016-07-09 19:37
So this is all about Rahm Emmanuel? You keep reaching for things that validate your point of view, even if they're not a part of what happened in Dallas. So, according to YOU, Hillary purchased the weapons the sniper used, set his hide up so he could settle in and stake out his victims, and is NOW going to help him get away with it. You guys are all a bunch of conspiracy nuts. Quit pretending to be intelligent and admit it, you're just full of shit!!!
+2 # Skyelav 2016-07-09 17:51
Bugkahuna671, If you can't see what these shootings have to do with Hillary, then you must be one of her loyal supporters. She is a part of an International group of men who control World Finance, one of their employees to be exact. That means they control the US government. It used to be called the Tri-lateral-com mission. It is now loosely referred to "the Globalists. If they need another war, they create a reason, if they need riots in the streets, the concoct another shooting, etc.
-1 # bigkahuna671 2016-07-09 19:39
Dipshit, I voted for Bernie, but I'm tired of everyone blaming HRC for everything that goes wrong. You sound more like some Tea Party fanatic than a level-headed liberal, eager to find conspiracies around every corner. Next, you're going to say that because Bill is a Freemason, that this is all a part of a "Dan Brown" conspiracy. God help us...
+1 # librarian1984 2016-07-10 09:46
Ignorance is bliss, the gift of an impoverished imagination perhaps?

It's undoubtedly much WORSE than any of us envision.

Sshhh. Did you hear that?
-50 # Roland 2016-07-08 12:47
The President needs to stand up and separate himself from the BLM group and explain to the public what is really happening. Of course there is the occasional horror story of an unjustified cop shooting, but racism is seldom involved. Obama is in a unique position to heal wounds, but that is not who he is. A good president would bring the statics in the below link to the American people. This would be healing. Of course the victimization crowd and the race hustlers would not appreciate this. It would affect their power.
+38 # DD1946 2016-07-08 13:09
When did daily get to be "occasional"???
+39 # wrknight 2016-07-08 13:46
Quoting DD1946:
When did daily get to be "occasional"???

Today being the 190th day of the year and 566 civilians killed by cops makes 3 per day. Slightly more than occasional I'd say.
-15 # Roland 2016-07-08 16:01
we are talking about unjustified shootings, aren't we?

And unarmed, doesn't always mean unjustified. In some cases people try to take guns away from cops and they fight over the gun. In my township a cop was killed by a person who wrestled away his gun and then shot him.
+12 # isafakir 2016-07-08 18:06
Quoting Roland:
we are talking about unjustified shootings, aren't we?

And unarmed, doesn't always mean unjustified. ... In my township a cop was killed by a person who wrestled away his gun and then shot him.

yes mostly unarmed does mean unjustified - a police officer is trained not to give anyone any opportunity to take their gun away from them. a professional officer does not get into that kind of situation.

but in most situations unarmed means unarmed. hence shooting an unarmed person in most cases does mean unjustified
-8 # Roland 2016-07-08 22:39
How many unarmed shooting occur per year?

"Blacks are more likely to kill cops than be killed by cops. This is according to FBI data, which also found that 40 percent of cop killers are black. According to MacDonald, the police officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black than a cop killing an unarmed black person."
+3 # Skyelav 2016-07-09 17:53
What are the other 60%???
+1 # Radscal 2016-07-09 20:24
Yeah, I've seen statistics that show that black cops are more likely to shoot black men than are white cops.

Some of that is due to where those cops are patrolling. Some is no doubt due to blacks (like many women) feeling they have to be "more" than the norm to be equal.

But either way, it's the reason I refer to cops killing blacks as "Blue on Black" violence.
+4 # librarian1984 2016-07-10 09:54
@ Roland

Apart from the lies, damn lies and statistics, what do you think about the videos you've seen?

If you saw your friend, father or son treated in exactly the same way would you be okay with it?

I am also really disturbed by recent videos showing school officers (not necessarily city police) abusing teens and younger kids in their own schools. It's not just police. The culture of policing seems to be more hostile and antagonistic. I don't understand why the good cops don't try to stop it. It can't be too fun dealing with them as colleagues either. And I love unions but I find the police unions .. counterproductive.

All this f^cks with people's heads. There's NOWHERE you actually feel safe -- with guns in bars, churches, schools (everywhere except government buildings .. hmm) -- and even the people who are supposed to protect you having been infiltrated by socio/psychopaths.

Black Americans have been telling us about these crimes for decades but most people needed video to believe them. What do you think about what you've actually seen with your own eyes?

Did those men deserve to die? Would you welcome this style of policing in your own neighborhood?
+14 # isafakir 2016-07-08 18:09
Quoting wrknight:
Quoting DD1946:
When did daily get to be "occasional"???

Today being the 190th day of the year and 566 civilians killed by cops makes 3 per day. Slightly more than occasional I'd say.


one month of usa police executions equal 115 years oF UK police shootings.

one week in the USA equals more executions by police than most civilized nations in a year
+55 # CL38 2016-07-08 13:11
How blind can you possibly be??? This has gone on for decades. With cell phones and cameras, it's now finally documented so people can see the depth of racism that exists in the police force and across the country. Blacks have tried to tell us this for decades! Few listened.

Racism also exists in a Justice Department headed by a black woman, in a country with a black President. WHY is that? How much pressure are they both under to ignore and 'stay out of it'??

Face it, THAT'S how deeply rooted racism is in our country.
+9 # MsAnnaNOLA 2016-07-08 14:40
Is it that now we have Cell phones, or now that the media is giving these matters wall to wall coverage in order to distract from Clinton's crimes.

Don't let them change the subject. She has no business being our democratic candidate for president.
+14 # CL38 2016-07-08 15:50
I honestly think cell phones and the online community make a huge difference. Also agree completely that the MSM distracts from Clinton corruption by all possible means. "She has no business being our democratic candidate for President". We clearly see this is what the 1% "Democratic" Party has become.
+8 # Radscal 2016-07-08 21:27
MsAnna has a point.

I've been following various websites that archive videos of police brutality for more than a decade, but the corporate media just started making these "news" a couple years ago.

Some say that the networks just figured out that there's all this free video out there and "if it bleeds, it leads," so just happened to start showing them.

But I generally don't buy the Grand Coincidence Theory of History. I don't know that it's about creating a diversion from Clinton, but I suspect there's more to it than cheap ratings boosting.
+4 # CL38 2016-07-10 01:00
Corporate News about the latest killing by police, serves another purpose--it sends a chilling message.
+2 # librarian1984 2016-07-10 10:09
Excellent point. I think when 'legitimate' newsertainment streams noticed the tabloids were scooping them at their own game they found new (deep dark) wells from which to source.

Ratings are the be all end all and the old schoolers were pushed out not for technology's sake but for their inconvenient ethics and expectations of rudimentary fairness.

But you're right -- the message that is replayed in continuous loops is: Be afraid. Always be afraid. Of Them. Of Us. Of US.

How very un-American we've become.

I love the smell of mixed metaphors in the morning!
+2 # Radscal 2016-07-10 12:07
Yep. Media corporations definitely are profit-motivate d entities. They also do compete with one another for ratings.

But I still contend that their main purpose is propaganda/PR. As I've mentioned before, when NBC was owned by General Electric, and CBS by Westinghouse, both corporations were amongst the largest military contractors in the world and both produced enormous amounts of consumer products.

The media arms of those corporations never provided even as much as 5% of their revenue.

It would be foolish of such corporations to NOT use their media arms to promote sales of their primary profit-generato rs. And they ain't foolish.
+2 # CL38 2016-07-11 15:48
they lack a conscience or any sense of responsibility for this country.
+7 # isafakir 2016-07-08 18:03
Quoting CL38:

THAT'S how deeply rooted racism is in our country.

racism in the USa is like water for fish
0 # trottydt 2016-07-09 17:34
Consider the recent trajectory of violence in the US and understand why there has to be meaningful change now despite how embedded the racism is. In the recent Orlando shooting we saw a new dimension in terms of the intersection of terrorism and hate. As frightening as that should be in Dallas what we have just witnessed is a real “game changer”—essent ially a suicide attack. Not even the most murderous and supressive regimes have come up with an answer to suicide attacks.

Quoting from the article:
“All of us as Americans should be troubled by the shootings.”

” To separate police officers shot, from people shot by police officers expands the conflict. To end the conflict, there must be justice for all.
The Justice Administration had better move fast!!
+46 # grandlakeguy 2016-07-08 13:13

"…occasional horror story of an unjustified cop shooting, but raciism is seldom involved."

+23 # Missrayraythegreat 2016-07-08 13:44
He lives in White America...
+17 # CL38 2016-07-08 14:10
yep, "the only lives that matter are white lives, that is, white MALE lives" America.
+12 # Missrayraythegreat 2016-07-08 14:35
Right on, right on. Say it loud for the ppl in the back!
-16 # Roland 2016-07-08 15:48
Spoken like people blinded by the race hustlers and media.

How do you explain the stats in the article I linked to? You can't, which is why you attack me.
+14 # CL38 2016-07-08 16:26
Stats can be skewed, depending on 'personal or political bias. It happens all the time.

This says it all about your link:

The Daily Wire is a politically conservative and socially conservative American news and opinion website founded in 2015 by conservative political commentator and columnist Ben Shapiro, who serves as Editor-in-chief . It also has daily online shows, The Ben Shapiro Show and The Andrew Klavan Show.
-4 # Roland 2016-07-08 22:41
What about the Washington Post figures they quote along with FBI and Justice Dept figures?
+11 # Missrayraythegreat 2016-07-08 17:26
I can guarantee you I'm not blinded by the absolute blatant racism in this backwards ass place. I face it every day. Miss me with that shit.
+13 # isafakir 2016-07-08 18:00
"race hustler" is such an ugly evil idea that only the most rabid racist would say it
+14 # DaveEwoldt 2016-07-08 18:54
As if you don't know the Daily Wire is right-wing spin machine. Try linking to statistics from credible, independent sites--if you can find any to support your views.
+1 # AshamedAmerican 2016-07-09 22:32
This is only partly true. I must assert that it has more to do with power and class than race. Is it easier to imagine a working class white male being brutalized by the police or someone with the skin color and attire of Colin Powell?

I think it would be fair to speak in terms of white male privilege. If a white male is willing to adopt the values, priorities, interests, willingness to do anything, the attire, hairstyle..., he has the best advantage to make it to the top. But most people are not that ambitious or willing to do whatever it takes, and at that point, white male privilege loses the vast majority of its value.

The elite is composed of mostly white males. But most white males are not among the elite. Most white males have approximately no more control over the government or police misconduct than do females or black folks or any other race/ethnicity.
+12 # Cassandra2012 2016-07-08 15:55
Quoting Missrayraythegreat:
He lives in White America...

&sexist male America....
The cops harass anyone they see they can get away with harassing ... women, minorities, et al
-8 # Roland 2016-07-08 16:11
How is the not stopping people thing working out in Chicago?
+1 # isafakir 2016-07-08 18:01
Quoting Missrayraythegreat:
He lives in White America...

what in god's name does that mean?
+14 # Missrayraythegreat 2016-07-08 18:50
Meaning the America that fails to collectively suffer the same injustices that people of color face on a daily basis. To paraphrase W.E.B Dubois, black people must deal with a sense of double consciousness every single day. One to help them survive their daily lives among their white White work, for example, which includes (but is far from limited to) regular (whether inadvertent or not) racism, negligence, derogatory slurs, and the like, and still having to maintain a wide smile because speaking out against similar injustices may cost them their jobs, livelihoods, etc. The other side is the side where they act as their mere selves, which is solely safe to do in the privacy of their own living quarters.
-24 # Roland 2016-07-08 13:44

Did any of you look at the provided link?

Cops are human. They make mistakes like everyone else. They don't want the liability and problems that come with shooting someone.

How do you address the link? Or would you rather not have any inconvenient information?
+9 # CL38 2016-07-08 14:07
Perhaps this will put your link in perspective:

2016 Republican National Convention Names PR Newswire Official Newswire Service
+11 # kundrol 2016-07-08 14:52
Roland your link is racist garbage commonly found on Repugnacrat sites.
-11 # Roland 2016-07-08 15:34
Why is it racist garbage? Is it because it doesn't agree with what the race hustlers and the media have told you?

Which stat is wrong?

And what stats do you have?
+11 # CL38 2016-07-08 15:59
go ahead, roland, keep it up--make yourself look like an even bigger racist....

you need to take courses that expose racism for what it is, talks about the costs and damage done, how that impacts black communities.... and everything related; how it promotes injustice, hate and fear...things the right has always promoted... now 1% democrats have joined the doing nothing!

no worries. it's clear you're completely uninterested in any of THAT 'nonsense'. You're far too devoted to blaming blacks only, while giving a free pass to-- and completely ignoring the racist country and policies we all live with--white or black..
-4 # Roland 2016-07-08 22:45
I am not saying there isn't racism. I am saying that these shootings are not occurring because white cops don't care about the lives of black people.
+2 # CL38 2016-07-09 17:56
and you know that how???
+4 # isafakir 2016-07-08 17:56
anyone who says "race hustler" is by definition a racist.
-4 # Roland 2016-07-08 22:46
So what do you call Al Sharpton?

Or politicians who benifit by promoting division between the races?
+4 # CL38 2016-07-09 15:12
What you're really saying, roland, is that anyone who speaks the truth about racism in the US is 'promoting division'.

Speaking out loud and ADMITTING we have huge problems about the way blacks are treated, never promotes division. IGNORING blatant discrimination and the consequences to real people's lives, families and communities IS THE ONLY WAY to begin to create change. That is the sane way to begin addressing the issues in an adult, responsible way. It has nothing to do with promoting division.
+2 # Missrayraythegreat 2016-07-09 15:46
Finally, someone gets it
+2 # CL38 2016-07-09 17:43
I don't know if you're black. If you are, I apologize for the racism that exists here in the US. I didn't create it, I sure don't support it. I speak out when I see it, but I'm also deeply ashamed that millions are subjected every day.

I realize this changes nothing but on behalf of myself and others who share a different view, if you are a person of color, I apologize for this kind of stupidity and hate.

Hope you'll keep posting.
+3 # Missrayraythegreat 2016-07-10 02:39
Thank you CL38...indeed I am black (contrary to popular belief). I don't necessarily "look" black, which doesn't mean sh*t because black people come in all different shades, which is one of the many the beauties of black people), but I am nonetheless. I am always delighted to encounter those who may not have experienced the struggle to at least acknowledge it for what it is. I thank you. I hope you continue to influence more individuals such as yourself to shed light on such an ugly subject nay,reality of this crumbling country's social structure
0 # CL38 2016-07-11 17:00
Happy to see your response.

This will date me, but my awareness of racism began in 1963 as a young girl, with the infamous Bull Conner in Birmingham as he turned high-pressure water hoses and police attack dogs on children and adult bystanders at the March led by Dr. King . It was a shocking sight.

How do you see the exchange below if you care to comment?

Many thanks for the finding the article on Obama I mentioned in another post. Very interesting.
+3 # librarian1984 2016-07-10 10:28
I agree wholeheartedly, CL38.

I've never understood why it's controversial to apologize to black Americans for our history of mistreatment. Maybe it would help ease the tensions we face today. And while we're at it we should apologize to our indigenous people and gays and many others. Is it because of potential lawsuits?

To admit the institutionaliz ed and cultural wrongs we've done (and that persist) might help us to change. People need to hear that you know you've done wrong, and perpetrators need to say it. It's cleansing, and we need some of that.

I also don't understand, given the shameful history of enslavement, segregation and violence against blacks, why some whites feel such hatred and contempt. Shouldn't we be sorry? Why, instead, do so many hate the victims?

Have you ever seen Undercover Boss, where the clueless CEO discovers his/her employees are fantastic people? There should be an Undercover Bigot program. I don't think people get to know their neighbors and find their bigotry growing. Understanding and authentic communication always seem to lead to better relations. Hmm.
0 # CL38 2016-07-11 17:44
Part i:

Hi librarian,

Glad we can talk about this. We have similar views about apologizing to those we've harmed & mistreated. Perhaps people become so angry about doing this because the list seems endless?? We've harmed many, one group after the next.

I'm sure lawsuits are part of it; capitalism values money at the expense of everything else; taking responsibility seems to offend many; admitting culpability and how wrong we've been ...and the extent of the damage done is hard to face on so many levels...sensit ivity and awareness is often disdained and lacking in many..
While in some areas, things are changing for the better, in many more ways, they've become much worse. Racism, misogyny, homophobia, as I'm sure you're well aware, is part of a patriarchal culture divide that uphold the facade of white male superiority (or that of a wealthy 1% white female politician) who's sworn to uphold the status quo. Patriarchy pushes rugged individualism for the 99%, while promoting socialism for the 1% who maintain a tight grip on power. They've learned how astoundingly easy it's become to manipulate and play groups against one another, perpetuate stereotypical misinformation and propaganda to perpetually promote discrimination and hate.
0 # CL38 2016-07-11 18:15
Part II:

The more we maim, the greater investment we seem to make in covering up what we've done and denying responsibility, pretending that those we mistreat actually DESERVE discrimination, our mistrust and hate. So we further victimize, as you mentioned, indigenous people -- the original settlers here who actually occupied this land before our ancestors stole it, we go on the attack toward women, blacks, gays, and all other races.. and BLAME THEM for what we (as a country) are doing. Same scenario we’ve seen acted out by today's politicians the gop/dems & our country overseas.... Pretty warped, some might even say it's actually insane.

I agree we need to express profound apologies for what goes on STILL today and for the past-- and further, work to make reparations to help victims heal and eventually be able to trust again-AS TRUST IS EARNED. We're a hell of a long way from this.

Of course, too many people’s first response to THAT is, “F*** that SH**-- if we admit we were wrong, next thing you know, these GD groups will try to get our money.

How do you see it?
+2 # librarian1984 2016-07-10 10:13
Quoting Roland:
So what do you call .... politicians who benifit by promoting division between the races?
0 # CL38 2016-07-12 00:44
good one!
-6 # Roland 2016-07-08 15:42
to CL38
Not sure what the dailywire has to do with the prnewsire.

Did your read the linked to article? What publication was mentioned in the article? Do you consider that publication conservative? I don't.
+5 # CL38 2016-07-08 16:27
ooops. you're right about that. I googled your link and that's what came up. I tried again and this is what I found:

The Daily Wire is a politically conservative and socially conservative American news and opinion website founded in 2015 by conservative political commentator and columnist Ben Shapiro, who serves as Editor-in-chief . It also has daily online shows, The Ben Shapiro Show and The Andrew Klavan Show.
+7 # CL38 2016-07-08 14:13
aw come on, roland, because you don't agree with more progressive (non-hate) views, always 'down votes'??
-13 # Roland 2016-07-08 15:37
I don't hate. I understand what the problem is. And I have empathy for both sides. I do not have empathy for the race hustlers who benefit from their actions.

I don't agree that progressive views are non hate views. I see it as exactly the opposite.
+6 # CL38 2016-07-08 16:01
progressives are the 'haters'???? you've got to be kidding!

proof of this please.

race hustlers?? Those who refuse to ignore the truth about the prevalence of racism we live with??
+5 # isafakir 2016-07-08 17:51
racists always say how much they don't hate.

hate is not necessary but they comit hateful acts in any case. you don't have to hate a cow or a pig in order to make hot dogs from them - but believe me the cows and chickens are not kumbaya with it.
+4 # isafakir 2016-07-08 17:54
i guess cow and chicken activists are hustlers too. after all standing up for rights is just a hustle. right? that is standing up for one's rights is all about gaining advantage. one big hustle whether Tupac or Joe Hill - it's all a hustle. right?
+3 # Radscal 2016-07-09 20:28
Presidents Bush II and Obama made "cow and chicken activists" into Terrorists.

Some people are in prison for the "terrorist act" of taking photos of factory farms.
+6 # isafakir 2016-07-08 17:48
Quoting Roland:
I don't hate. I understand what the problem is. And I have empathy for both sides. I do not have empathy for the race hustlers who benefit from their actions.

what in god's name a race hustlers.

that's something only racists say - the racists who believe white folk belong in charege
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0 # CL38 2016-07-12 00:42
'both sides?" why would you have 'empathy' for racists?
+4 # isafakir 2016-07-08 17:59
through a thousand odd years of common law, people who make mistakes are guilty of making mistakes and pay. tort law. breaking the law is a mistake. yes.

shielding police from the consequences of making mistakes is the very essence of injustice
-4 # Roland 2016-07-08 15:58
to grandlakeguy

We apparently live in an America where a part of the population finds it so important to maintain their unjustified hatreds that they won't read anything that doesn't support their hatred.
+5 # CL38 2016-07-08 16:19
roland, this is projection on YOUR part.
0 # Radscal 2016-07-10 16:32
It seems to be absolutely true that many people exist primarily in their own "bubbles."

Most people don't read or watch sources they have already determined they disagree with. Even when reading the same article, people tend to accept information that fits their views and disregard information that conflicts with their views.

Many social scientists find that these habits have been exaggerated by the "new media."
+5 # economagic 2016-07-08 22:57
Please don't feed the trolls, especially this one. He is insatiable, much like certain people vying for high office in this country.
+1 # Skyelav 2016-07-09 17:52
You make a good point.
+3 # Radscal 2016-07-09 21:02
OK Roland. I read your article. Ready?

“1. Cops killed nearly twice as many whites as blacks in 2015”

There are nearly FIVE TIMES as many whites as blacks. Hence, blacks are about 3 times more likely to be killed by cops than whites.

“2. More whites and Hispanics die from police homicides than blacks”

Again, there are MORE whites and Hispanics.

“3. The Post's data does show that unarmed black men are more likely to die by the gun of a cop than an unarmed white man...but this does not tell the whole story. “

No, it doesn’t. Records from NYC’s “Stop and Frisk” policy found whites who were frisked were more than twice as likely as blacks and Latinos to be carrying an illegal weapon (3.8% versus 1.6%).

And yet, armed whites are LESS likely to be shot by cops than armed blacks.

And of course, some cops have long carried “throw down” guns and other weapons as "evidence" that their victims were armed. Remember that Officer Slager, who murdered Walter Scott tossed his Taser down by the body of his victim and then filed a false report that Walter had taken it away from him. Only because a brave citizen videotaped it, was he caught and charged.

“5. Blacks are more likely to kill cops than be killed by cops.”

Boy, the author really had to twist to make that absurd claim. In 2015, cops killed 300 blacks. Yet the total number of cops killed by ALL people was 41.

And yes, I have citations:
+2 # Radscal 2016-07-09 21:03
+25 # danireland46 2016-07-08 13:13
I've wondered about this myself, two black attorney generals in a row. The first one didn't address the WS crimes and the second continues to ignore the militarized mind set and behavior of the nations police departments, which have fallen from their 'protect and serve' code to a new code - shoot first, ask questions later.
Dallas is just the first consequence of these failures of the "justice" system. Get busy Lynch, or there will be more blood on your hands.
+20 # wrknight 2016-07-08 13:48
"Serve and protect" is for the 1%. For the rest, it has morphed into "maim and kill".
+13 # Missrayraythegreat 2016-07-08 14:39
I actually am beginning to think it's just to kill. If you mess up, and you maim then we'll take it, but we'd MUCH prefer death because well....dead men don't testify
+3 # wrknight 2016-07-08 15:42
Quoting Missrayraythegreat:
I actually am beginning to think it's just to kill. If you mess up, and you maim then we'll take it, but we'd MUCH prefer death because well....dead men don't testify
Nah! They don't kill the rich guys.
+4 # Cassandra2012 2016-07-08 15:57
or dead women ...

Quoting Missrayraythegreat:
I actually am beginning to think it's just to kill. If you mess up, and you maim then we'll take it, but we'd MUCH prefer death because well....dead men don't testify
+11 # Radscal 2016-07-08 21:33
When I was a miscreant teen in Chicago, I carried a marking pen and at every opportunity modified the slogan painted on CPD squad cars.

To Serve... [the rich]
And Protect... [their interests]
+5 # economagic 2016-07-08 22:59
Oh, you bad boy!
+4 # economagic 2016-07-08 23:14
No mystery there. Any black AG who attempted to prosecute white police officers for blatant murder would likely find him or herself on the wrong end of a rope, figuratively or literally. It is the same principle that required Nixon, the vehement anti-communist, to reopen diplomatic relations with China, and that allowed the first black president to hand so many gifts to the One Percent and their often clueless lackeys in the Republican Party (drone warfare, expansion of the private health care financing industry, and worse than squat for Black America, including cuts to food stamps).

Never forget how he was chosen and his political career promoted and sponsored by Penny Pritzker, his current Commerce Secretary so his chief spokesperson for the tyrannic TPP, heiress to a portion of the Hyatt Hotels fortune and a mid-range member of a large family of 0.0001 percenters (300 and above in Forbes' 400), with Hyatt perhaps the worst of the big hotel chains in terms of labor rights.

It will likely take a white male AG, possibly a former outspoken member of the Klan and/or the NRA, to accomplish that task.

See the comment by jpmarat, below.
+5 # Radscal 2016-07-09 14:56
Speaking of being on "the wrong end of a rope," a young black man was found hanged to death in an Atlanta GA park on Thursday.

Of course, like a similar hanging a couple years ago, "officials" ruled it a suicide.
+2 # librarian1984 2016-07-10 10:32
Suicide by committee.
+19 # jimmyjames 2016-07-08 13:20
Just another reason to disrespect Loretta Lynch. She lost mine when she met with Bill Clinton a week before Hillary was exonerated from being indicted for obvious crimes.
+9 # wrknight 2016-07-08 13:49
Quoting jimmyjames:
Just another reason to disrespect Loretta Lynch...
and Obama.
+28 # lorenbliss 2016-07-08 13:40
All governments in the United States are wholly owned subsidiaries of the One Percent. It is the obvious intent of the One Percent to reduce every one of us in the USian 99 Percent to abject slavery. Therefore to imagine such governments will promulgate justice is like imagining Hitler's Nazism would have yielded humanitarian democracy.
+24 # CL38 2016-07-08 14:09
"It is the obvious intent of the One Percent to reduce every one of us in the USian 99 Percent to abject slavery"

or non-existence (hiding what's in our food, poisoning our water, poisoning the land through fracking, etc.)
+25 # lorenbliss 2016-07-08 14:29
@CL38: Indeed. Note too the obviously genocidal cuts in welfare, food stamps, Medicare and Medicaid, plus the equally genocidal de facto cuts in Social Security imposed by malignant manipulation of the formula for cost-of-living increases.
+14 # CL38 2016-07-08 16:06
absolutely! meanwhile the rich have what..? more than doubled their income in the last few decades?

That is conscious, INTENTIONAL violence. All the tactics you mentioned by the gop/dems are forms of violence against the 99%.
+7 # lorenbliss 2016-07-08 20:30
@CL38: "GOP/Dems" (or better yet DemGops, as in "Them GOPorkers") -- perfect label for The One Party of Two Names (different strategies, tactics and rhetoric, identical predatory capitalist ideology and tyrannical fascist intent). DemGops; the DemGops Party. I love it. Thank you!
+10 # CL38 2016-07-09 01:19
You bet. Either way, it's clear they're in cahoots to maintain the status quo and ignore the unparalleled inequality and poverty created through their mutual corruption.
+5 # Radscal 2016-07-09 14:58
Not to mention the identical foreign policy goals.
+13 # kundrol 2016-07-08 14:57
Right CL - The idiots don't get it that once they've killed us all off there won't be anybody left to support their splendid lifestyle.
+8 # CL38 2016-07-08 16:08
seems insane, doesn't it??

always wondered what they they think they could do with all that wealth once they succeed in destroying the planet and killing off most of the population.
+2 # AshamedAmerican 2016-07-10 00:06
Africa is a relatively unspoiled land. There is little power there with which to resist the US. Obama has been planting our military throughout. Is this just to capture their resources, and create markets and dependencies, as usual, or are there plans to colonize the continent? They can avoid most of the threats to human life here by drinking glacier water and protecting enough farmland to keep themselves in healthy sources of food. But when Fukushima, or any number of other nuclear reactors on fault lines, goes, is it not supposed to render the northern hemisphere uninhabitable? Whether this is planned or not, Africa could not resist an invasion.
+3 # librarian1984 2016-07-10 10:36
Oh geez, AA, I get little enough sleep as it is. This seems all too plausible.

And i'm sure the brilliant minds behind the plans for pillaging the southern hemisphere think they are being oh so clever and far thinking. Because who would EVER consider the long term ramifications of honesty, transparency, justice, reason or equality?

How gauche.
+1 # AshamedAmerican 2016-07-10 20:37
Sorry to reduce your sleep librarian. I need more too. Just wanted to suggest to to kundrol and Cl38 that those who are wrecking the planet may have plans to get by without most of the population, and I don't see why this might not work for them.
-2 # Caliban 2016-07-10 10:50
"Glacier water" in Africa? Where exactly?
+2 # Radscal 2016-07-10 16:39
There's this amazing thing called the internet, wherein one may find answers to many questions.

Glaciers of Africa:

Not that there's anywhere near enough glacial water to provide for the needs of the population, but seriously, was it really necessary for you to ask that?
+3 # AshamedAmerican 2016-07-10 20:47
Actually I was trying to get across that the 1% can remain "HERE" by drinking glacier water, or that from some aquifer that HRC's pals have not fracked, and by preserving enough farmland to keep their resources unpolluted. But if and when Fukushima or some other disaster threatens even their health, they can escape to Africa, which is relatively unspoiled, and some experts seem to think would be safe from the radiation. I also assume there would be plenty of clean water there without having to resort to exploiting whatever glaciers remain.
+9 # Radscal 2016-07-08 21:40
There's plenty more to be made in the Southern Hemisphere.

And those folks aren't "spoiled" like we in the "developed world."

For years now, they've been telling us there are too many people. Cheap Southern Hemisphere labor, anxious to buy for the first time all the material products we have is where the 21st century fortunes are to be made.
+11 # DaveEwoldt 2016-07-08 23:23
I sometimes wonder if they're owned, or if they're partners in a paradigm. The elites can't rule without the appearance of legitimacy, easiest when it can be sold as a democracy. Politicians, the money people, and the military have always managed to sell the myth that they know better than everyone else.
+33 # Charles3000 2016-07-08 14:06
The UN recently condemned extrajudicial killings in North Korea. As I understand it, the USA brought the charge against North Korea. It is time for the UN to condemn extrajudicial killings in the USA.
+7 # MsAnnaNOLA 2016-07-08 14:40
As if we would condemn ourselves. Ha.
+6 # Charles3000 2016-07-08 15:26
Yes, the US has veto power but they can be forced to use it.
+10 # CL38 2016-07-08 16:10
and the extrajudicial killings the US engages in, in other countries (drone strikes), regime changes, etc.)
+13 # jpmarat 2016-07-08 14:40
Among other things, it may be particularly difficult for a black Prez & black AGs to crack down on white cops. The next AG should be a white former cop? Female? Also, timing is everything, and Dallas cop massacre and Trump election bid must be taken into consideration. Emotions are, quite understandably, extremely intense right now. As we have seen, so painfully, in Ferguson, Baltimore, and elsewhere, white juries and grand juries will not even indict, let alone convict convict white cops, no matter what. Excusing white cops who shoot defenseless black people 6-17 times at close range shows you where the majority of whites stand. Very difficult problem for elected politicians. MANY "typical" Americans are SERIOUS assholes. DEMANDING that someone fix that is, well, NUTZ.
+9 # CL38 2016-07-08 16:13
and yet, there was a time when political 'leaders' fixed problems. no more. oops. forgot, politicians today actually do solve problems....for the 1%. The rest are on our own.

don't worry they still take our $, as much as they can possibly steal.
+6 # isafakir 2016-07-08 17:43
LBJ Carter Clinton Obama have all given Nixon RR bush I and II and their secretaries of State Justice and Defense and the intelligence establishment carte blanc for treason literally, and war crimes and crimes against humanity and Geneva Convention violations - so much so it is now part of our unwritten constitution. as Nixon says if the president does it it's not illegal. that's become our law so that now outright deliberate in your face perjury in court or before congress is now normal. perjury is now normal - treason by a presidential candidate normal

a black president a black AG took oaths of office but today since 2000 there is no law in the usa, just power.
+1 # economagic 2016-07-08 23:17
Oops, yes: I did not mean to steal your thunder in my reply to danireland46, above.
+12 # turtleislander 2016-07-08 14:49
Obama is beyond understandable. I've voted democratic or progressive my whole life, but Obama has been an enormous disappointment at many have said. His tone-deafness on this is staggering. He ordered flags flown at half staff FOR THE COPS.It's right there n his proclamation.
+13 # Charles3000 2016-07-08 15:25
Yes, Obama was a disappointment to many of us. He definitely got sucked into the neoliberal ideology and using US military power to defend the interests of oil companies and banks while making all of us less safe and losing our freedoms through surveillance and militarized police forces here in the USA.
+3 # isafakir 2016-07-08 17:34
obama uses the same thug word the same way the tea baggers do. that says it all
+4 # economagic 2016-07-08 23:21
During his first campaign you probably missed the reports that during his brief term in the Senate he had voted for immunity from prosecution for the telecom companies for abetting the installation of domestic spying equipment at telecom hubs by representatives of the deep state.
-3 # Caliban 2016-07-09 12:47
# turtleislander- -are you suggesting the President half-staff the flags for the killers? Very original.
-9 # Robbee 2016-07-08 15:20
rump bots are just as confused as rsn! says # uscitizen 2016-07-08 11:22
Lynch is just as corrupt as the dnc

- oh! what is rsn to do1
+8 # CL38 2016-07-08 16:16
RSN could prevent YOU from commenting, since you post the same drivel on every article published.

rump bots? MOST who post here want nothing to do with Trump the con.
+14 # Blackjack 2016-07-08 15:50
Obama has set a fine example for many of his appointees, especially the black ones. His life is not of the black persuasion and never has been, so he does not/cannot/will not identify himself with that part of our population. Unfortunately, that is too often the fate of those whose skin is black, but whose heart is white. I feel sure the white race has situations in which this is also the case. . .we don't identify with our white brothers and sisters whose backgrounds are so foreign to us. When this is the case, and we find ourselves in places of power and wealth, we conveniently forget those of our identified race who are still struggling in their quest for better lives. We don't acknowledge these things because we don't talk openly about them. Rarely do we even allow ourselves to think about them. If we have been able to launch ourselves out of bad situations not of our own making, we start to think "well, if I can do it, then anyone else can do it, too." With such thinking, we often lose our humanity in the process and the power that could be put to help change things for the better goes unused.
+9 # CL38 2016-07-08 16:31
great comments. read something about a year ago, don't remember where. wish I'd saved the information.

It was an article about Obama. Someone asked why he hadn't done something (so many things he should have done) in a critical way. Obama's answer was to give the questioner a sharp look and say something to the effect that he didn't want to end up like MLK.

That's got to be part of his 'motivation'.
+3 # Missrayraythegreat 2016-07-10 03:59

Perhaps? That had me curious, but not I did a quick Google search. The title reads, "Obama told friends he reneged on progressive promises out of fear of assassination"
0 # CL38 2016-07-11 16:16
hey, thanks misrayray. I saved and printed it so I'll have it when needed.

Explains a lot, no?
+3 # isafakir 2016-07-08 17:33
obama uses the thug word just like any teabagger does. unforgiveable.
+2 # economagic 2016-07-08 23:23
"If I can do it, then anyone else can do it" is ALWAYS a false claim, the logical fallacy of non-sequitur.
-11 # Robbee 2016-07-08 16:11
.says # Blackjack 2016-07-08 15:50
Obama has set a fine example

- jact, if you can't? neither than i? you can never get over for tpp! -

# Blackjack 2016-07-08 15:50
Obama has set a fine example

- sorry!
+6 # isafakir 2016-07-08 17:31
as a 100% disabled USA American veteran - my respect for USA police no longer exists at all. honorable police cannot possibly show the support they do for dishonorable police as for example the official 100% of new york city's police force's disrespect for the mayor of new york for saying the obvious. if i had a teenage son in new york, regardless of their color, i would be concerned. period. saying it's not so is just a god damned lie.

the police simply don't care who gets murdered no matter who gets murdered but just care about police privilege - not a damn thing else - what i think about usa police cannot be written
-5 # Robbee 2016-07-08 18:03
Americans Are Troubled, Mr. President, but Attorney General Lynch Still Does NothingBy Marc Ash, Reader Supported News08 July 16

- this is where you believe bernie! or you don't?
+1 # Dred Pierce 2016-07-08 23:16
When it comes to THUG LIFE, Obama makes Sug Knight look like a little bitty pooseey. A gangster with drones and armies at his beck and call. Lets call Obama what he is A BLACK TRAITOR. A world class liar and deceiver. His protégé will show us what Obama's master LUCIFER has in store for us. Nuclear war.
0 # Allanfearn 2016-07-09 08:31
Do you really need to go on calling policing "Law Enforcement"?
The second word itself is a loaded and cocked pistol.
0 # willsud23 2016-07-11 13:50
Here are some things that liberals and progressives need to realize, so we don't keep making the same mistakes when electing our leaders:

1. Electing the first black, woman or gay person is insignificant if they're operating within the same system and working for the establishment. A gay boss can fire you unjustly, just as quick as a straight one can. A black judge can be just as corrupt as a white judge and a Hispanic police officer can beat you just as bad as an Asian one can.

2. Stop focusing on identity politics and start focusing on justice. Chris Hedges gives brilliant speeches on this subject and how the left fails in this regard.

3. Look at the system and how it was designed to promote inequality, racism and violence. Address systemic change instead of focusing on electing or promoting the first black this, gay that, etc., etc. It's great to have diverse leadership, but not if they're as corrupt as the old boys club.

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