Deandre Joshua Identified As Man Fatally Shot During Ferguson Protests – HuffPost

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The Political Agitator response: So sad!

The man found shot to death in a parked car in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday morning has been identified.

The body of Deandre Joshua, 20, was found at around 9 a.m. inside a white Pontiac with the driver’s side window shot out near the Canfield Green Apartments, USA Today reports. The apartment complex is near the site where Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.

Joshua’s family members said they believed his death was related to the massive protests incited by a grand jury’s announcement on Monday night that they would not bring charges against Wilson for shooting Brown.

Police are investigating Joshua’s death as a homicide, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Even so, his grandmother, Renita Towns, has doubts about the amount of effort they’re going to put in.

“Police don’t care — he’s black,” she told USA Today. (Source: Read more)

Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown resigns – Yahoo News

The Political Agitator response: Okay right now I ain’t talking about the murder and the Grand Jury decision, so what is his reason for resigning? Was he forced to or is he afraid now even more as he stated he was afraid of Brown?

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The white police officer who killed Michael Brown has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, his attorney said Saturday, nearly four months after the fatal confrontation with the black 18-year-old that fueled protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation.

Darren Wilson, 28, has been on administrative leave since the shooting on Aug. 9. His resignation was announced Saturday by one of his attorneys, Neil Bruntrager. The resignation is effective immediately, Bruntrager said. He declined further immediate comment but said he would release more details Saturday night. (Source: Read more)

Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless React to Mark Cuban’s Comments On Bigotry And Prejudice

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First Take’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless react to Mark Cuban’s comments on bigotry and prejudice. Part 1 of 2.

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Mark Levin interviews Stephen A. Smith for his perspective on Mark Cuban’s race-related comments. Full interview. Original Air Date: May 23, 2014

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Exclusive: U.S. CEOs threaten to pull tacit Obamacare support over ‘wellness’ spat – Yahoo News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Leading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration’s challenge to certain “workplace wellness” programs, are threatening to side with anti-Obamacare forces unless the government backs off, according to people familiar with the matter.

Major U.S. corporations have broadly supported President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform despite concerns over several of its elements, largely because it included provisions encouraging the wellness programs.

The programs aim to control healthcare costs by reducing smoking, obesity, hypertension and other risk factors that can lead to expensive illnesses. A bipartisan provision in the 2010 healthcare reform law allows employers to reward workers who participate and penalize those who don’t. (Source: Read more)

The Brown family’s pastor tries to make sense of the fire that gutted his church – The Washington Post

FLORISSANT, Mo. — Clutching hands, about 30 members of the Lee family stood over the Thanksgiving spread. Before they could eat, family tradition dictates, they had to go around the room saying what they were thankful for.

First went the grandchildren and young cousins, who quickly declared that they were thankful for the food and for family, before passing the spotlight to the next one. (One did say thanks for his new girlfriend, prompting raised eyebrows and interested whispers from several nosy aunts.)

Then came the adults, who gave thanks for new jobs, children who are starting college and newly born grandchildren. (Source: Read more)

Rudy Giuliani Goes Balls-Out Racist On Meet The Press

The Political Agitator response: Now this is good. So many times when there are heated discussions like this the real truth come out. See the percentages of what race is killed by their own race.

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Nancy Grace Absolutely Obliterates Darren Wilson And Prosecutor Robert McCulloch On CNN (VIDEO) –

The Political Agitator response: This is some good stuff Nancy is right on!

When Darren Wilson escaped being indicted for murder by the grand jury, outrage erupted in Ferguson and across the nation, and that outrage extended to the CNN set as Nancy Grace made it crystal clear that she thinks Wilson’s testimony is complete garbage and that he should have been indicted.

On Wednesday, Grace appeared on CNN with Brooke Baldwin to discuss the grand jury decision. Grace didn’t hold back, and she thoroughly ripped Darren Wilson, his testimony, the grand jury, and the prosecutor a new one.

GRACE: When people say, it just doesn’t add up, I will tell you what doesn’t add up, these photos. Because I was expecting to see and we’ve all seen them, I’ve looked at a them, I’ve studied them, and I was expecting to see his face mangled. I hear what he’s saying and that he was afraid and this happened and that happened, but I always go back to the beginning and the beginning is this: You got an armed man and an unarmed man. The unarmed man is shot six to seven times. He unloaded many many more bullets. Why? (Source: Read more)

Edgecombe County: Prep Football Storylines: Playoffs Week 3 – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: SouthWest & Tarboro we can do this. Let’s bring the “W” back to Edgecombe County.

SOUTHWEST EDGECOMBE (10-3) AT ELIZABETH CITY NORTHEASTERN (13-0)

PREGAME CHATTER: The Cougars have made the third round of the NCHSAA state playoffs three times in the past decade, but have failed to advance to a regional final each time. Jonathan Cobb and his players hope that changes tonight.  The Cougars have a healthy Marcus Williams in the backfield, which should give Devontrell Hyman a breather when it’s needed. Two of the team’s three losses this season came on the road, but they were by a combined 12 points.

NORTHEASTERN AT A GLANCE: He might not have any college scholarship offers, but Northeastern’s Ge’Dari Liverman is the best player in the upper east corner of the state. He has accounted for 3,111 yards of total offense this season and is the reason the Eagles are undefeated. The program has rolled through opponents this season and is averaging 45.2 points per game. The defense has also been credited with four shutouts. 

KEY TO A WIN: The Cougars haven’t faced an offense like Northeastern’s in a while, so the goal will be to weather the initial storm and then contain Liverman. He’ll lineup at a variety of positions including quarterback, so SouthWest Edgecombe will need to know where he is on the field at all times.

TELEGRAM ODDS: Northeastern by 7

TARBORO (10-3) AT WARSAW JAMES KENAN (11-1)

PREGAME CHATTER: Six weeks ago, it didn’t look like the Vikings would be in this position, but they are. Tarboro is playing its best football of the season on both sides of the ball, and it’s the seniors who are making an impact. Deshan Farmer (944 yards) has a chance to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark for the season tonight, while quarterback Malcolm Speller can continue to piece together a second-half of the season to remember. Tarboro hasn’t lost a road playoffs game since 2007 and is 35-8 in true road games since then.

JAMES KENAN AT A GLANCE: The Tigers are the defending 1-AA state champions, and have lost just two games since 2011. They are led by quarterback Ken Avent Jr., who is the son of head coach Ken Avent. The sophomore has thrown for 1,504 yards this season, with 25 touchdowns and just four interceptions to his name. There is also a staple of running backs led by JaQuan Williams (781 yards rushing, 17 touchdowns) making this a true dual-threat offense.

KEY TO A WIN: Eliminate the pass. Vikings coach Jeff Craddock knows that the Tigers can run the ball and pass, but he feels that the Vikings’ rush defense is the strength of the unit. So, if the Tigers are forced to run the ball, that could work in favor of the Vikings.

TELEGRAM ODDS: James Kenan by 6

CHART: What the Ferguson Witnesses Said They Saw – New Republic

The Political Agitator response: Let’s talk about this and leave the looting out. The looters that were arrested will get their day in court however Michael Brown will not. Well!

Michael Brown charged Officer Darren Wilson’s car. Or maybe he didn’t.

Wilson didn’t fire his gun at Brown while Brown was on the ground. Or maybe he did.

Brown was looking at Wilson when he was shot and had his hands in the air, although neither things are quite certain.

If you were sitting on the grand jury considering what happened on August 9, in Ferguson, Missouri, this is what you heard from witnesses. On some issues, opinon was divided. On others, most witnesses agreed, although on virtually no question was opinion unanimous.

The amazing chart below, put together by the staff of PBS Newshour, shows it all: (Source: Read more)

Cop at center of Ferguson case to leave force – Yahoo News

Washington (AFP) – The Missouri police officer who killed an unarmed black teen sparking months of protests in the city of Ferguson will never return to policing, his lawyer said.

Darren Wilson is currently in discussions with the Ferguson, Missouri police department on the terms and conditions of his departure, attorney Neil Bruntrager said this week.

“There’s no way in the world he can go back to being a police officer,” the lawyer said. (Source: Read more)

University of Massachusetts cuts ties to Cosby – Yahoo News

The Political Agitator response: Cash Michaels I totally agree with your following comments, “I’ve not said much about the Cosby debacle at all, but clearly, with at least 19 women of all colors making claims, at least one criminal investigation in Pa. (no charges due to lack of evidence) and at least one lawsuit settled, where there’s smoke there’s fire. It deeply pains me to say this, but Cosby’s arrogance about all of this has only fed it more. Folks don’t like dancing when there are serious charges on the table. I’m deeply disappointed in a man I grew up admiring!”

BOSTON (AP) — The University of Massachusetts-Amherst has cut ties with alumnus Bill Cosby amid allegations by women accusing him of sexual assault.

A university spokesman told the Boston Globe on Wednesday university officials had asked Cosby to step down as an honorary co-chairman of their $300 million fundraising campaign and Cosby agreed.

Cosby received a master’s degree and a doctorate in education from the university. He and his wife donated several hundred thousand dollars to the university. (Source: Read more)

St. Louis Grand Jury Indicted, Tried, And Convicted Unarmed Murder Victim Michael Brown – PoliticusUSA

The Political Agitator response: Now this is what I am talking about discuss the Prosecutor and the Officer because Brown is not around to talk. So let’s focus on what these good ole boys had and will continue to say. Those who don’t want the truth to be made known and for justice to prevail, they will concentrate on the looting. SMDH!

An Arraignment is a formal reading of a criminal charging document in the presence of the defendant to inform the defendant of the charges against him or her. Accordingly, in response to arraignment, the accused (defendant) is expected to enter a plea, such as guilty or not guilty, or through their defense counsel, enter peremptory pleas laying out reasons why a trial cannot and should not proceed. A judge then determines if there is adequate evidence to bind the defendant over for a jury trial. To save time, it is not unusual for a Superior court judge to convene a criminal “Grand Jury” that hears prosecution evidence for why the accused should face charges and be judged by a jury of their peers. A grand jury does not decide guilt or innocence; just if there is enough evidence for a jury trial.

Apparently, the St. Louis County Prosecutor, Bob McCullough, tasked with setting out reasons and evidence why an accused murderer, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, should be indicted and bound over for trial decided to use the grand jury to mount a robust defense for the accused murderer.  Not only did the prosecutor succeed in acquitting the murderer Darren Wilson, he convinced the grand jury to indict, try, and convict the unarmed murder victim Michael Brown.

The Incredible Shrinking Democratic Party – LA Progressive

The internal sniping and bickering has already begun among Democratic ranks but it’s their own damn fault. The internal debates following the 2014 midterm elections highlight the ideological schizophrenia that continues to plague the Democratic Party.

Is the Democratic Party the party of labor unions or the party of trade deals that outsource American jobs? Is it the party of the environment or a water carrier for fossil fuel corporations? Is it the party of public education or the party of busting teachers’ unions and privatizing schools? Does it favor a single-payer health care system or the predations of the for-profit model? Is it the party of peace or for endless wars? Is it the party of civil liberties or for government surveillance? Is it the party for economic justice or for catering to the rich? (Source: Read more)

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.’S PERSPECTIVE on rioting and social unrest in the 60s

The Political Agitator response: Now the following is powerful. Again folks especially black folks act as if rioting is something new and that it started with us. Hell when they bombed my forefathers houses, automobiles, buses, raped black women and killed my forefathers for just being black, I call that rioting but that is just my ignant opinion. But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. “It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society.”

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.’S PERSPECTIVE on rioting and social unrest in the 60s:

 

Very timely read from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commenting on social unrest in the 1960s:

“Now I wanted to say something about the fact that we have lived over these last two or three summers with agony and we have seen our cities going up in flames. And I would be the first to say that I am still committed to militant, powerful, massive, non-violence as the most potent weapon in grappling with the problem from a direct action point of view. I’m absolutely convinced that a riot merely intensifies the fears of the white community while relieving the guilt. And I feel that we must always work with an effective, powerful weapon and method that brings about tangible results. But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.”