What The Video Shows Vs. What The Officer Claims About Sam Dubose's Killing (UPDATED): "In the police report describing the incident, University of Cincinnati officer Eric Weibel, who arrived to provide Tensing with backup, says Tensing told him he was dragged by Dubose's moving car once Dubose started the vehicle and attempted to drive away.
Tensing also reportedly told Weibel he thought he'd be run over by DuBose and fired his weapon to prevent that from happening.
It is true that in the body cam video, Tensing tells the other cops who arrive at the scene that his left arm got caught, possibly in the steering wheel of DuBose's car, as The New York Times notes. This backs up Weibel's account.
But Deters said Wednesday that the video doesn't support that telling of events.
Rather than being dragged by the moving car, Deters said, Tensing "fell backward after he shot [DuBose] in the head."
The video does appear to support Deters' account that Tensing fell backwards after firing the shot." 'via Blog this'
Earlier this week, police had announced that the pair of legs, which were found among shrubs near railroad tracks on July 15, matched the DNA of a 54-year-old homeless man named Ray Roberson. The arms, which were found in a plastic bag beneath a bridge later the same day, "are most likely those of Mr. Roberson"
“A lot of white people are truly shocked by what these videos depict; I know very few African-Americans who are surprised,” said Paul D. Butler, a law professor at Georgetown University and a former prosecutor. “The videos are smoking-gun evidence,” he added, “both literally because they are very graphic, which generates outrage, and figuratively, because people believe their own eyes.”
These videos include graphic scenes of violence. RELATED ARTICLE" 'via Blog this'
Authorities have said Tensing spotted a car driven by DuBose and missing the front license plate, which is required by Ohio law. They say Tensing stopped the car and a struggle ensued after DuBose refused to provide a driver's license and get out of the car.
Tensing, 25, has said he was dragged by the car and forced to shoot at DuBose, 43. He fired once, striking DuBose in the head.
But Deters dismissed Tensing's claim he was dragged and suggested he shouldn't have pulled DuBose over to begin with."
Columba Bush speaks at the Smithsonian Latino Center
Jeb Bush Endorses Unlimited Amnesty in Spanish Interview: "“For the 11 million people [who are here illegally], they must come out of the shadows, receive a work visa, start paying taxes and also pay a small fine, learn English, don’t receive government benefits, but they come out of the shadows and they receive legal status after some time,” Bush said on Monday, according to a translation provided by CNN.
Bush starts out on the wrong foot by claiming only 11 million illegal aliens are in the country. That number, repeated ad nauseam by the Washington establishment and mainstream media, assumes that illegal aliens responded to the Census at all, let alone admitted they were here illegally."
"I was hurt hearing somebody speaking in such a vulgar fashion. This makes solving this problem much more difficult," Bush said, according to a translator. "When we have politicians like that we cannot progress."" 'via Blog this'
Republican leaders, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), delivered what senators described as punishment for Cruz’s brazen floor tactics — the Texas senator first accused McConnell of lying and later sought to change Senate procedures in order to push for an Iran-related amendment.
So when Cruz came to the floor looking for 16 senators to agree to hold a roll-call vote, only three raised their hands. McConnell, sitting at his desk, turned around and peered at Cruz, who looked stunned at what had just happened. The Senate dispensed with his effort by a voice vote and quickly moved on, doing the same to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), a Cruz ally who sought to use arcane procedures to force a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood."
After former South Carolina Rep. Bakari Sellers (D) explained that as a black man, he was "the only person at this table whose next interaction [with law enforcement] may cause them to be a hashtag," Cuccinelli suggested that the "Black Lives Matter" slogan and hashtag should be amended, according to CNN footage shared by Raw Story.
"Adding t-o-o at the end puts it in a context that makes sense," he argued. Sellers answered that message is already implicit in the slogan." 'via Blog this'
The highly leveraged mortgage-bond fund said certain lenders may have liquidated as much as $5 billion of its assets and added it's still in negotiations with the remaining lenders, who hold around $16 billion in securities. If a deal can't be reached, some of these lenders may sell their securities as well, it warned."
2 things to know about America's mass shooting epidemic - Vox: "There's some debate about how to define mass shootings. But using the definition many people operate under — shootings at a public place in which the shooter murdered four or more people, excluding domestic, gang, and drug violence — they appear to be getting more common, as the chart above from Mother Jones, based on an analysis from Harvard School of Public Health, shows."
Sandra Bland: What we know about her mysterious death in a jail cell - Vox: "The mysterious death came after police pulled over Bland for failing to signal when changing lanes and arrested her, they claim, for allegedly assaulting a cop. Three days later she was found dead in her jail cell, in what officials have called a suicide. But family, friends, and social media activists do not believe the story. Some of the distrust is based on the circumstances of Bland's death — but, more broadly, the skepticism shows some of the wider distrust built up toward law enforcement over the past year of protests against police brutality." 'via Blog this'
“I have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure the safety of all patriots in my community, and so effective immediately, I’m declaring Florida Gun Supply as a Muslim-free zone,” Andy Hallinan said in a video posted to his Inverness, Fla., gun shop’s Facebook page Saturday. “I will not arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots.”" 'via Blog this'
America's Gun Problem Explained - Business Insider: "Over the past 2.5 years — since Obama first pushed new gun measures in the wake of the elementary-school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut — the gun debate has become perhaps more polarizing than ever before. But what is clear is that other countries don't have the problems that the US does. Other industrialized countries don't have tens of thousands of gun deaths per year, regular mass shootings, or a population as armed as it is violent.
Left behind were the deep roots and rich life her American-born grandfather had begun building in Cuba more than a half-century before, along with everything else of value that belonged to the family: a 14,000-acre farm, a shirt factory that made guayaberas, and a stately 17-room Spanish colonial home in a section of Havana then known as “Country Club,” which belonged to Ms. Rosoff’s grandmother."
The ceremony — led by Cuba’s foreign minister — took place at the country’s 98-year-old Washington mansion just hours after a worker at the State Department quietly added Cuba’s single-star flag to the line of U.S. diplomatic partners." 'via Blog this'
The new era began with little fanfare when an agreement between the two nations to resume normal ties on July 20 came into force just after midnight Sunday and the diplomatic missions of each country were upgraded from interests sections to embassies.
When clocks struck 12:00 in Washington and Havana"
“I was shocked and disappointed by those who showed up to wave Confederate flags soon after President Obama arrived in Oklahoma,” Rep. Tom Cole, a senior House Republican, said in a statement to The Hill. “Their actions were not only disappointing but incredibly disrespectful, insensitive and embarrassing to the entire state.
“The unacceptable behavior displayed by these individuals certainly does not reflect the values and views of the vast majority of Oklahomans,” Cole added. “No president should ever be confronted by such behavior, especially when the purpose of the visit was meant to celebrate and recognize some of our state’s greatest achievements.”" 'via Blog this'
The Duggars’ Road to Ruin: From Molestation to Cancellation - The Daily Beast: "The journey of the Duggar family, stars of the popular TLC series ’19 Kids and Counting,’ from the first signs of trouble to pedophile confessions to the show’s eventual cancellation. A few days before Oprah was scheduled to host the Duggar family on her show in December 2006, her production company, Harpo Studios, received a very strange, anonymous email.
At the time, the Arkansas family was best known for starring in the 2004 documentary 14 Kids and Pregnant Again! and for espousing ultra-conservative Christian values, particularly during patriarch Jim Bob’s run for U.S. Senate in 2002. And yet, despite the family’s super clean public image, the email accused the Duggar’s eldest son, Josh, of molesting girls, and his parents, Michelle and Jim Bob, of covering up his actions. "
Police say Sandra Bland killed herself in jail. Here's why that's hard to believe. - Vox: "Police say Sandra Bland was pulled over by a Texas officer Friday, July 10, for failing to signal before changing lanes. Three days later, she was found dead in her jail cell. Friends, family members, and activists have launched a campaign to challenge the sheriff's office's account that the 28-year-old black woman committed suicide, and to demand answers about how she died and who is responsible.
Details of Bland's life, and the insistence of people who knew her that she would not have killed herself — combined with a backdrop of well-documented police misconduct against African Americans — help fuel intense skepticism of the official version of events." 'via Blog this'
Mass Shooting In Tennessee Leaves 4 Marines Dead: "Four Marines were shot dead Thursday after a gunman brazenly opened fire on two military facilities in Chattanooga,Tennessee. The shooter was also killed and three people -- including a police officer -- were injured, city officials said. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who police have identified as the shooter, allegedly used "numerous guns" when he opened fire at a military recruitment center around 10:45 a.m., authorities said, before driving to a Naval and Marine reserve center about 7 miles away. "
And further, Paul said, “even our own intelligence community consensus opinion now is that they’re not a threat. My dad says, they don’t have an air force! They don’t have a navy! You know, it’s ridiculous to think that they’re a threat to our national security. It’s not even that viable to say they’re a threat to Israel. Most people say Israel has 100 nuclear weapons.”" 'via Blog this'
The beginning of the end came in May of this year, when In Touch released a report from the Springdale, Arkansas, police department that detailed then-14-year-old Josh Duggar’s sexual advances on his sisters. Stories in the weeks that followed filled in the gaps. Five underage girls were molested, four were his sisters. Josh was sent to counseling, though reports are conflicting on exactly what that counseling entailed. Locks were reportedly put on the girls’ doors to keep them safe."
The Christian Terrorist Who Vowed to Kill Muslims and May Go Free - The Daily Beast: "These are the facts of the case of Robert Doggart, a Christian minster I wrote about in May. Doggart, via an FBI wiretap and conversations with an FBI informant, had revealed his detailed plan to travel from his home in Tennessee to New York state to attack the people of Islamberg, a community of approximately 200 black Muslim Americans near the Pennsylvania border. He viewed this Muslim community, which right-wing media outlets have long demonized, as a threat to America.
As noted by the criminal complaint, Doggart spoke of his willingness to sacrifice his life to prove his “commitment to our God.” He also exalted his followers to be “cruel” to these Muslims, to burn down their mosque, kill them, and even cut them to shreds with a machete."
"Gorilla face Michelle, can't disagree with that," Patrick Rushing, mayor of Airway Heights, reportedly wrote in a Facebook post. "The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL." " 'via Blog this'
According to KVUE.com, Clinkscales stopped the woman on July 5 on suspicion of using her cellphone while driving. When the officer approached the car, however, he quickly realized that something was amiss: the woman was clutching at her throat." 'via Blog this'
The nuclear agreement, which would lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for restrictions designed to prevent it from developing a nuclear weapon, would ultimately provide a financial windfall to Israel’s sworn enemy in the region, and Mr. Obama said he was prepared to hold “intensive discussions” with Mr. Netanyahu on what more could be done to bolster Israel’s defenses, administration officials said."
Why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because our textbooks and monuments are wrong. - The Washington Post: "History is the polemics of the victor, William F. Buckley once said. Not so in the United States, at least not regarding the Civil War. As soon as the Confederates laid down their arms, some picked up their pens and began to distort what they had done and why. The resulting mythology took hold of the nation a generation later and persists — which is why a presidential candidate can suggest, as Michele Bachmann did in 2011, that slavery was somehow pro-family and why the public, per the Pew Research Center, believes that the war was fought mainly over states’ rights."
Obama Makes His Case on Iran Nuclear Deal - The New York Times: "Only hours after the conclusion of an agreement with Iran to lift oil and financial sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear capabilities, President Obama is a man who evinces no second thoughts whatsoever about the deal he struck. In a 45-minute interview in the Cabinet Room, the president kept stressing one argument: Don’t judge me on whether this deal transforms Iran, ends Iran’s aggressive behavior toward some of its Arab neighbors or leads to détente between Shiites and Sunnis. Judge me on one thing: Does this deal prevent Iran from breaking out with a nuclear weapon for the next 10 years and is that a better outcome for America, Israel and our Arab allies than any other alternative on the table?" 'via Blog this'
1. Gun Violence: Every day 30-plus Americans are murdered with guns. We are talking over 10,000 Americans killed each year by gun violence. And every single day, including today, five children or teens are murdered by someone using guns; that is 11 times more often than children are killed by gun violence in other “high income” nations. 'via Blog this'
"I am granting your application because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around," Obama said in a letter to each of the 46 men and women. "Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity. It will not be easy, and you will confront many who doubt people with criminal records can change. Perhaps even you are unsure of how you will adjust to your new circumstances."
The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan say they will continue to prepare for their rally at the South Carolina State House despite the removal of the Confederate flag from the Capitol’s grounds. Local klan leaders say the rally should be peaceful and is intended to send the message of "white pride," not hate.'via Blog this'
Blame Rises With Body Count in Baltimore - The Daily Beast: "It’s been two months since violent protests burned a path of destruction through some of Baltimore’s worst neighborhoods. While some sense of normalcy has returned to the streets, the legacy of Freddie Gray—whose death in police custody sparked the unrest—remains a defining feature of the landscape."
“Tsipras is the direct result of austerity; he is a creature of the creditors’ own making,” said Paul De Grauwe, a professor of political economy at the London School of Economics. “Creditors will have to accept him again because he will be backed by popular support.”"
Brian Nielsen drove a Hartland Fire Department truck in the Third of July Parade in the southern Minnesota city of Albert Lea. He flew both the Confederate and American flags from the back, a move that's drawn community and social media criticism." 'via Blog this'
White Supremacists Extend Their Reach Through Websites - The New York Times: "In late June, as much of the nation mourned the killing of nine parishioners in a Charleston, S.C., church, The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website, was busy posting articles on a different issue: black crime against white people. “Adolescent Ape Jailed for Murdering White Man Out of Boredom,” one headline blared."
Yes, There’s a July 4 Terror Threat From the Right - The Daily Beast: "Representative Peter King (R-NY) told us to on Wednesday that we need to be afraid, no, very afraid, of Muslims over the July 4th weekend. Why? Well, King, in his typical Muslim fear-mongering style, warned, “Because if there is a threat, if there is gonna be something happening, it’s gonna come from the Muslim community.”"
China and Wall Street Crash - Business Insider: "After exploding earlier in the year because of deregulation, China's benchmark Shanghai Composite has collapsed a crazy 29% since the highs of early June. China's other stock markets have had similarly steep falls.
Bloomberg notes that the crisis is closely mirroring the 1929 Wall Street crash, which led to the Great Depression in the US in the 1930s."
The US and Greece are different - Business Insider: "Aside from the spurious 30 year trend line, this appears like an alluring story. Greece is a country. The USA is a country. If Greece can default because of high debt then couldn’t the USA default because of high debt? Technically, yes, but the crisis would materialize in a very different way thanks to the institutional design of the US monetary system. Let me explain."
The unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, the lowest in seven years, but that was driven largely by an exodus of people from the work force, rather than more Americans finding work. Moreover, the strong job gains for April and May, which had led many analysts to predict that the economy was picking up steam, were revised downward by 60,000 jobs."