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Keeping the divide going: AMC developing series based on BLM book, "They Can't Kill Us All"

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More fiction coming to your TV…

Ferguson was a liberal-funded protest. Baltimore race rioters were given permission by then mayor, Stephanie  Rawlings-Blake, to burn, riot, and loot their own city. Instead of waiting for the facts of police shootings to emerge, race agitators destroyed their communities.
Now a book about the riots from the BLM movement’s perspective is coming to TV. More fiction, no doubt.
Another show I won’t be watching.
From Deadline: AMC has put in development a drama based on Wesley Lowery’s bestselling nonfiction book They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice. It comes from Brad Weston’s Makeready and writer LaToya Morgan (Into the Badlands, Turn: Washington’s Spies).
Published in 2016 by Little, Brown & Company, the book was acquired by Makeready last fall. It examines how decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods with failing schools, crumbling infrastructure and too few jobs has led to the high-profile cases of police brutality in Ferguson, Cleveland, Baltimore and elsewhere and the birth of Black Lives Matter movement seeking justice for the deaths of Michael Brown (police officer Darren Wilson was cleared by Obama’s DOJ), Tamir Rice (a grand jury declined to indict due to the fact that Rice drew what appeared to be a real firearm) and Freddie Gray (the trial against Officer William Porter ended in mistrial. Officers Nero, Goodson, and Rice were found not guilty at trial. The remaining charges against the officers were dropped on July 27, 2016).
Written by Morgan, who is under an overall deal at AMC, the potential series also will reflect current events and race relations through the stories and voices of fictional characters. Morgan will executive produce with Makeready founder and CEO Weston and creative heads Pam Abdy and Scott Nemes.
Lowery, a reporter at The Washington Post, was a lead on the paper’s “Fatal Force” project, a database that tracked 990 police shootings in 2015. The project won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2016.
They Can’t Kill Us All joins the growing development slate of Makeready’s television division, headed by Nemes, which funds development and can deficit finance series, with Entertainment One handling international distribution. The slate also includes a series adaptation of Rocket Men, Robert Kurson’s upcoming book about the Apollo 8 odyssey; the Untitled David James Kelly project, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson’s Appian Way; Old City Blues, by screenwriter Arash Amel, based on the Boom graphic novel; Catching Out, from writer/executive producer Amy Harris and executive producer Chloe Grace Moretz; and the Jonás Cuarón-written drama Undocumented America, based on manuscript by journalist and DACA recipient Karla Cornejo Villavicencio about undocumented immigrants illegal aliens across America.
Morgan is repped by Echo Lake Entertainment, CAA, and Rob Szymanski.
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New York Times names street of Ferguson cop Wilson's home

Last November 24, 2014, the New York Times published an article by Julie Bosman and Campbell Robertson on the wedding of Darren Wilson, in which the short street on which Wilson’s home is located is clearly named.
Wilson is the Ferguson cop who both a Missouri grand jury and the Obama administration’s Department of Justice determined is innocent of wrongdoing in the shooting death of 300-lb 18-year-old Michael Brown. Since the jury decision, Wilson had left the Ferguson police force.

See “Ferguson grand jury reaches decision: NO INDICTMENT” and “Ferguson cop vindicated: DOJ won’t file charges.”

At the time when the New York Times published the story, the newspaper was taken to task for publishing the name of Wilson’s bride, a fellow officer in the Ferguson Police Department, as well as the name of the street. Critics maintain that publicizing the names endangers Darren and his wife because the street in question is relatively small and holds about 40 homes, which makes it easy for those searching to narrow down which one belongs to the Wilsons. Moreover, their neighbors are also potentially put in harm’s way because vandals may mistake a neighbor’s home for the Wilsons’.
But New York Times stood by its decision. (Washington Examiner)
It is now almost 4 months later, both the names of Wilson’s wife and their street are still in the NYT article:

Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, has been out of public sight ever since. Yet last month, he stepped into a St. Louis County office building, gave his name and applied for a marriage license.

Several days later, Officer Wilson married Barbara Spradling, a fellow officer in the Ferguson Police Department, public records show…. Officer Wilson and Officer Spradling own a home together on Manda Lane in Crestwood, Mo., a St. Louis suburb about a half-hour drive from Ferguson.

In its defense, New York Times argues that Wilson’s home location had already been revealed by media outlets.
Indeed, CNN was the first to do so in August 2014 on the day that Ferguson police chief Jackson released Darren Wilson’s name. In a video report showing Wilson’s house, including the street number, CNN reporter Ed Lavandera is seen walking in the street where Wilson lives (see pic below). The video shows a wide view of Wilson’s house and then pans around the street to show its relative position in the neighborhood. While Lavandera did not name the street, he did give its approximate location.
CNN reporter in front of Darren Wilson's house
Other media outlets immediately followed CNN’s example. Some, like USA Today and Yahoo News, named the town in which Wilson lives — Crestwood, a suburb of St. Louis. Others, notably The Washington Post, named the street itself — Manda Lane. (See “Media make public Ferguson cop’s photo and address”)
None of the above excuses the New York Times of naming the street and the town three months later. Doing so serves no journalistic “public’s right to know” purpose.
Both Darren Wilson and his wife are recognized for their performance as police officers. Officer Spradling received a medal of valor award in 2012 for her work as a police officer; Officer Wilson received a commendation in early 2014 for his arrest of a suspect in a drug case. Neither deserves having their home address outed by New York Times and other media.
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Ferguson cop vindicated: DOJ won't file charges

After all the rioting and looting and burning in Ferguson, St. Louis, and across America protesting the grand jury’s decision to NOT charge white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson with the shooting death on Aug. 9, 2014, of black 18-year-old “gentle giant” Michael Brown . . . .
After the media, led by CNN, jeopardized the lives of Officer Wilson and his family by broadcasting his home address . . . .
After all the millions of #BlackLivesMatter self-righteous tweets . . . .
After the race-baiting by Black extortionists like Al Sharpton . . . .
After a white Marine veteran sustained brain injury from being assaulted by 20 Blacks angry about Ferguson . . . .
After a black Texas school teacher told white Americans (“dumb duck ass crackers”) who disagree with her on Ferguson to “kill yourselves” . . . .
After Black Muslim Louis Farrakhan incited violence by publicly threatening race war . . . .
After the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder fanned the racial flames by traveling to Ferguson and speaking of his experiences as a victim of racial profiling . . . .
After the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama fanned the racial flames by claiming she and her husband had been victims of racism and racial profiling . . . .
And in spite of the President of the United States Barack Obama throwing a match into the racial fire by secretly meeting with Ferguson protest leaders to “stay on course” and telling black Americans via the Black Entertainment Network that white cops have a “subconscious fear” of  black Americans because they “look different” (when the FBI’s own statistics show that more black cops kill black felons than white cops kill black felons, and the real problem is that of blacks disproportionately killing white cops) . . . .
After all the above and more, the Obama administration’s own Department of Justice will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against Darren Wilson because the Obama administration’s own Federal Bureau of Investigation has found no evidence to support such charges.
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Matt Apuzzo and Michael S. Schmidt report for The New York Times, Jan. 21, 2015, that although Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and his civil rights chief, Vanita Gupta, will have the final say on whether the Justice Department will close the case against officer Darren Wilson, “it would be unusual for them to overrule the prosecutors on the case, who are still working on a legal memo explaining their recommendation.”

The FBI’s conclusion supports a prior and separate investigation by Missouri authorities who had recommended against charging Wilson.

The federal investigation did not uncover any facts that differed significantly from the evidence made public by the authorities in Missouri late last year. To bring federal civil rights charges, the Justice Department would have needed to prove that Officer Wilson had intended to violate Brown’s rights when he opened fire, and that he had done so willfully — meaning he knew that it was wrong to fire but did so anyway.

The Justice Department plans to release a report explaining its decision, though it is not clear when. Dena Iverson, a department spokeswoman, declined to comment on the case Wednesday.

But a broader Justice Department civil rights investigation into allegations of discriminatory traffic stops and excessive force by the Ferguson Police Department remains open. That investigation could lead to significant changes at the department, which is overwhelmingly white despite serving a city that is mostly black. It is not clear when the broader civil rights inquiry of the police department, known as a pattern or practice investigation, will be completed. Under AG Holder, prosecutors have opened more than 20 such investigations nationwide. The Justice Department recently called for sweeping changes to the Cleveland Police Department and negotiated an independent monitor to oversee the department in Albuquerque.

Benjamin L. Crump, a lawyer for Brown’s family, said he did not want to comment on the investigation until the Justice Department made an official announcement. “We’ve heard speculation on cases before that didn’t turn out to be true,” Mr. Crump said. “It’s too much to put the family through to respond to every rumor.”

Wilson’s lawyer did not return calls for comment.

Wilson resigned from the department in November, citing threats of violence against him and other officers. “It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal,” he said.

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV

See also “Only 1 in 10 Americans think race relations have improved under Obama” and our other posts on race by going to our “Black Racism” page.

~Eowyn

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Graphic video of Michael Brown (?) assaulting an old man

The video below is said to show Michael Brown, who was shot dead by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, and another young black man viciously assaulting an older black man. “Brown” twice knocked the victim to the ground, the second time so severely that the victim couldn’t get up.
I don’t know if the perp in the video was really Michael Brown. Even if he wasn’t Brown, this video of a vicious black-on-black assault is an example of the selective outrage of blacks and their supporters/enablers. Black lives don’t matter when it’s blacks doing the assaulting and killing.
Warning: Very graphic.
[youtube=https://youtu.be/Sn2eDyaq3mQ]
H/t Clash Daily
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U.C. Berkeley student protest against Ferguson police violence turns violent

Yesterday (Dec. 6) evening, University of California, Berkeley students organized an ostensibly peaceful protest against racism and police violence “in solidarity” with Ferguson protesters against the St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black teen Michael Brown.
Alas, the Berkeley students did not get the memo about the irony and the hypocrisy of a protest against police violence itself descending into violence and senseless trashing and looting of businesses that have nothing to do with Michael Brown or racism or blacks.

Berkeley riot Dec. 6, 2014Click map to enlarge

As recounted by the Berkeley Police Department:

Berkeley, California (Saturday, December 6, 2014) – This evening, a peaceful protest turned violent when several splinter groups broke off and began hurling bricks, pipe, smoke grenades, and other missiles at officers.
The protest began peacefully, and moved from Telegraph Avenue into the downtown area, and then to in front of the Police and Fire Public Safety Building. There, a small portion of the group splintered from the peaceful demonstrators and started throwing rocks, pipes and bottles at officers.  Numerous officers were struck, and one officer was struck with a large sandbag, and treated at a local hospital for a dislocated shoulder. These splinter groups also ran through several Berkeley neighborhoods vandalizing cars and breaking windows and looting businesses.
The crowd continued marching, arriving on Martin Luther King Jr. Way and University Avenue. Members of the crowd began vandalizing businesses on University Avenue, including Trader Joe’s, Radio Shack, and Wells Fargo Bank.
The crowd moved west, splintered and regrouped several times, as they moved to 6th/University, then back east to San Pablo Avenue and nearby streets, and eventually east up University Avenue, through the downtown area, and up Bancroft Way to Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley Police used smoke and tear gas after crowds refused to disperse and continued to vandalize local businesses and pelt officers with rocks, bottles, and pipes.
Numerous police vehicles were vandalized as the crowd moved through the south campus area….
The Berkeley Police Department is being supported by over a hundred officers from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Oakland Police Department, Pleasanton Police Department, Hayward Police Department, Alameda Police Department, California Highway Patrol and the BART Police Department.

Daily Mail says the protesters numbered around 400; 6 people were arrested.
Here are a video and photos from the Berkeley Riot of December 6, 2014. As you can see, most of the “protesters” are white college-age. Some were wearing U.C. Berkeley (“Cal”) sweat shirts.
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Ransacking the Radio Shack store

Ransacking the Radio Shack store


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A lone non-college age man

A lone non-college age man


Reportedly, members of the Revolutionary Communist Party, Workers World Party, Occupy Wall Street, and pro-Palestine statists have joined the Michael Brown protests across America. Read more here.

Update (Monday, Nov. 8):

Last night, there was another “protest” of 500-600 people which also devolved into violence. Stores along Shattuck Ave. in downtown Berkeley were looted.
~Eowyn

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Farrakhan threatens race war, as "teens" kill white man with hammers

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In a speech last Saturday (Nov. 29, 2014) at Morgan State University, a black college located in Baltimore, Maryland, leader of the black Muslim Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan — with his pasted-on hair and his malice barely concealed beneath his sinister smile — effectively calls for a race war in America by threatening that “we’ll tear this goddamn country apart” if the demands of Ferguson protesters aren’t met.
The protesters want to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year-old Michael Brown although a St. Louis County grand jury had reviewed the evidence and concluded that the shooting of Brown was justified and Wilson should not be indicted.
The Daily Caller reports that Farrakhan said that peaceful protests are only in the interest of “white folks.” Invoking the “law of retaliation” that he claims to be in both the Bible and the Koran, Farrakhan said violence is justified in response to the St. Louis County grand jury’s decision. “We are going to die anyway,” so “Let’s die for something.”
Farrakhan also said the parents of teenagers should teach their kids how to throw Molotov cocktails: “Teach your baby how to throw the bottle if they can. Fight!” Farrakhan then made gestures of throwing an explosive device.
Despite its name, the beliefs of the Nation of Islam have little to do with Islam but instead consist of bizarre notions that “the original man” was black, that a black scientist invented the white man — those evil “blue eyed devils” — in a lab some 6,000 years ago, and that the end days are near, when a big mother “wheel” or UFO will appear in the sky to restore blacks to their rightful place on Earth as the superior race. (See Message to the Black Man in America, by Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad, who was born Elijah Robert Poole.)
Meanwhile, a group of “teens” in St. Louis seemed to have heeded Farrakhan’s call to a race war.
In the early hours of Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, 32-year-old Zemir Begic was sitting in his car in south St. Louis when a group of “teens” began banging on the car. Begic, a Bosnian immigrant to the United States, stepped out of the car and was brutally attacked by the “teens” with hammers until he was unconscious and left for dead. The suspects then fled on foot.

Zemir Begic and wife, Arijana

Zemir Begic and wife, Arijana


KMOV St. Louis reports that Begic was found unconscious with injuries to his head, abdomen, face and mouth in the 4200 block of Itaska at 1:15 a.m. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Surveillance video led to the capture a short time later of two of the suspects, 15 and 16 years old, who were placed in the custody of juvenile authorities. Later, a third teen, 17, surrendered himself to homicide investigators.
The violent death of Begic sparked a spontaneous protest in south St. Louis’ Bosnian community with about 50 demonstrators blocking off traffic at Gravois and Itaska Sunday night.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson tried to assure the Bosnians: “I want everybody to know I take your safety and everyone in the community’s safety very seriously. I heard your message loud and clear. You want to make sure you are safe. I want to make sure you are safe in every neighborhood in our city.”
Dotson also said the strain Ferguson has put on his department is great as officers have been working 12 hour shifts and no days off, but he assured the crowd the police will be here to protect them.
So what’s the racial identity of the four “teens”?
Regular readers of FOTM should know by now that whenever the news media use vague words such as “teens” and “juveniles” in reference to crime suspects, those are code words for young BLACKS. In the case of Begic’s murderers, it’s no different. Here’s confirmation that his murderers are black.
1. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that “A police spokeswoman said investigators do not believe race played a role in the bludgeoning death of a Bosnian immigrant early Sunday, but declined to say what police believe is the motive in the killing.” That immediately is a clue that Begic’s assailants are black.
2. The deceased’s 23-year-old sister Denisa Begic told St. Louis Post-Dispatch that “some Bosnians are upset over her brother’s death because they believe the suspects, who are black and Hispanic, targeted Begic because he was Bosnian,” i.e., white. Why would those Bosnians think the suspects are black? Because not only was the brutal attack recorded by surveillance camera (the video of which has not been released to the public), there’s an eye-witness to the killing — Suad Nuranjkovic, 49, who was a passenger in Begic’s car “when a group of at least five teens started banging on the car.” Afraid for his life, Nuranjkovic got out of the car and hid in a parking lot across the street during the attack.
On Twitchy, people are tweeting about why the national mainstream media are not reporting the brutal murder by hammers of Zemir Begic. Here’s an example:
Twitter on Begic
Writing for Breitbart, Awr Hawkins concludes:

This senseless beating death—which came on the heels of the November 24 Ferguson looting and the August riots—demands a clear response from Republicans who aspire to run for president in 2016. Those would-be candidates need to study the 1968 GOP campaign and revive calls for “law and order.”

H/t Gateway Pundit and FOTM’s DCG
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Devil's Night in Ferguson: paramilitary men set car on fire

On the night of November 24, 2014, after St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the Missouri cities of Ferguson and St. Louis ignited in a conflagration of riots, looting, and burning.
Note that prosecutor McCulloch must have known that timing his announcement for 8 pm Central Time is sheer lunacy because anyone with two brain cells knows that darkness provides the perfect cover for looters, rioters, and arsonists.
Ferguson is part of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area, with a majority Black population (67.4% in the 2010 census).
Ferguson St. Louis map
Most of the destruction took place within two square miles, centering on Florissant Ave. and Chambers Rd. in northern St. Louis (with a majority Black population), right on the eastern edge of Ferguson.
Florrisant Ave. & Chambers Rd
I don’t watch network TV news, so the images captured in the video below are the first I’ve seen of the mayhem.

It was a Devil’s night of hell on Earth.

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDLpiEWlFZ0]
Here’s a breakdown and analysis of the video:
The video begins with a fire burning inside and smoke billowing out of the building of the Auto Zone store.
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Three men dressed in black hoodies and pants are outside the TitleMax Title Loans store. One of them smashes the glass door.
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Another store, Auto Parts, is engulfed in flames.
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Throughout all this, the voices of black men are audible, as cars drive past, honking, as if this was some ordinary night on the busy main street of some small town in America. Who are the people in the cars? Are they rioters or gawkers?
At the 0:52 mark in the video, four white men wearing facial masks, dark caps, dark jackets with some insignia on the front and back. One man is carrying a rifle.
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Who are these men? 
At the 1:05 mark, a fire is burning inside TitleMax Title Loans.
Beg. at the 1:10 mark, we see an extraordinarily brave unarmed woman determined to protect a Papa Johns store. A man (#1) in a dark jacket and backpack, wearing a light-colored cap and face mask, is breaking the glass window of the store. A white woman with short dark blonde hair confronts the man. A black man (#2) joins man #1, shouting at and arguing with the woman. Man #1 defiantly throws another rock at the window. More shouting at the woman. Man #1 kicks the window and shoves the woman against the boarded-up door. She stands firm.
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At the 2:13 mark, a group of five (including a couple holding hands!) stand in front of the Fashion R store. One of the group smashes a window with a garbage bin, as looters go in and out of the store’s broken door carrying armfuls of clothes.
At the 3:15 mark, things get really interesting.
A group of seven men in military-green jackets and pants, light-colored head gear and white face masks, carrying backpacks and assault rifles, stand around a car parked to the side of the Advance Auto Parts store. One of the men, dressed in black, throws something incendiary (a flashbang grenade?) into the car.

Ferguson7Paramilitary men in Ferguson riot, Nov. 24, 2014Click pic to enlarge

By the 3:24 mark, the video camera has moved away from the paramilitary men.
I cropped the second picture above to get a closer-up view of two of the men. Note the military field-green color of their uniforms, the big backpacks, white masks, and white shoes.
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They look paramilitary. What were they doing, throwing a grenade into a car?
The video camera then pans across the Advance Auto Parts store, showing a fire inside.
At the 3:28 mark, three more paramilitary men (inside the yellow circle I painted) are walking on the sidewalk past a row of cars parked in front of the auto parts store.
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At 3:37, the video camera comes in for a split-second close-up of three of the paramilitary men who had been standing around while the black-garbed man threw a grenade into the car.
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At 4:47, another business completely engulfed in flames.
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At 5:09, a man wearing a gas mask and dark clothes with the word “POLICE” in white on his back, walks past with a German Shepherd dog on a leash. Note that he looks nothing like the paramilitary men at Advance Auto Parts.
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At the 5:27 mark, TitleMax Title Loans is now completely engulfed in flames. You can hear the crackling sound of the fire. Next door is Hunan Chop Suey Chinese Restaurant, which also was burned down.
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At the 6:26 mark, Taco Bell is also burning.
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At the 6:48 mark, a group of men in dark clothing and helmets are standing next to two black police cars with flashing lights at a Mobile gas station. You can hear a black man’s voice saying they are “SWAT team.” Note that the SWAT men look different from the paramilitary men at Advance Auto Parts.
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At the 8:06 mark, a big store with the words “LOVE” on one of its windows looks ransacked and looted.
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The video ends with the image of a white man dressed all in black with short dark hair, wearing dark glasses and a black mask over his mouth, carrying some sort of weapon. Is he one of the SWAT team? Note that he does not look at all like the paramilitary men.
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Here’s a side by side comparison of paramilitary dudes vs. SWAT dude:
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Nor do the paramilitary men in Ferguson resemble the Missouri National Guardsmen who, despite having been activated by Gov. Jay Nixon, were nowhere in sight on the night of Nov. 24, 2014.  Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says National Guard troops were purposely held back. Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder has accused Gov. Jay Nixon of holding back the National Guard troops because of pressure from Obama’s attorney general Eric Holder.
The National Guard were deployed only the next day. This is what the Missouri National Guard look like (source of pic: USA Today). Note that they don’t look anything like those paramilitary men at Advance Auto Parts.
Missouri National Guard troops
So what were those paramilitary men doing at Advance Auto Parts, throwing an incendiary bomb into a car? Had they set the store on fire earlier, out of the sight of the video camera? Did they set other cars on fire like these at the 7:18 mark in the video (below)? What about the businesses like TitleMax Title Loans and Hunan Chop Suey that were burned down? Did the paramilitary guys also set the stores on fire?
Burning cars in Ferguson riot, Nov. 24, 2014
To add to the suspicion, in the video below, a man who identifies himself as a former fire chief, firefighter and a fire academy certified instructor, tells Alex Jones that in his expert judgment, the fires in Ferguson were the work of TRAINED arsonists.
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLz9qPJF3ec]
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H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV
~Eowyn

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Are Ferguson riots a planned event?

A day after the Nov. 24 Ferguson riots, Washington Post published a fascinating article by the Post‘s senior editor Marc Fisher and Wesley Lowery on how the riots had an inorganic staged character. In their words:

The unseemly buildup to the announcement of the grand jury’s conclusion that no crime was committed in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown has produced an expectation of ugliness. What occurred Monday night — and may continue in the days ahead — is rioting as planned event, so pervasively predicted, so extensively prepared for as to obscure the power and meaning of the protests.
A news media obsessed with predicting the next step, a security apparatus equipped to put down almost any uprising, and a political power structure apparently seeking to head off violence by predicting it have combined to produce an unprecedented sense of inevitability, reducing what has historically been an explosion of frustration to a kind of staged performance. […] Monday night’s violence became on-demand programming for a nation that flits from one blockbuster event to the next.

If you read the entire article, you’d know that Fisher and Lowery did not mean the riots were really “planned” and “staged” events, orchestrated like some theatrical performance. But Fisher and Lowery inadvertently may have come closer to the truth than they realized.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch


To begin, why did St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch schedule his announcement of the grand jury’s decision for 8 p.m. central time? Anyone with half a brain knows that the night provides just the perfect cover of darkness for looters, vandals, and arsonists to commit mayhem, which was precisely what happened.
Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse asks that and other questions, as well as points out ten oddities about the night of Nov. 24, 2014:
1. Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities had more than three months to prepare for the violence that would follow the announcement of the grand jury decision. The mainstream media endlessly hyped this controversy and everyone knew that trouble would be brewing.  But despite an enormous amount of time to prepare, very little was actually done to prevent any violence from happening.
2. Anyone involved in law enforcement knows that crowd control is far more difficult after dark. But prosecutor McCulloch made the decision to make the public announcement about the grand jury decision in the evening. This also ensured that instead of being tied up with work or school, a maximum number of protesters would be able to be involved in the violence.
3. The announcement of the grand jury decision was perfectly timed to provide the largest possible number of prime time viewers for the big news networks.
4. Just like back in August, no law enforcement authorities of any kind responded while dozens of businesses were vandalized, looted and set on fire.
5. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says National Guard troops were purposely held back from intervening in the rioting that was unleashed when the grand jury decision was made known to the public. The troops had been readied a week before by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, but as gunshots rang out in the night and looters torched buildings, they were nowhere to be seen. In a press conference, Knowles said the Guard troops were available but were not deployed when city officials asked.
6. Instead of being deployed for crowd- and riot-control, the Daily Mail reports that the heavily armed National Guard troops were limited to “keeping the peace at a courthouse, patrolling the outskirts of town and preventing disturbances in other suburbs” as violence raged in the heart of Ferguson on Monday night.
7. Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder has accused Missouri Governor Jay Nixon of holding back the National Guard troops because of pressure from the Obama administration. Kinder told Fox News:

“Is the reason that the National Guard was not in there because the Obama Administration and the Holder Justice Department leaned on you to keep them out? I cannot imagine any other reason why the governor who mobilized the National Guard would not have them in there to stop this.”

8. According to the Washington Post, a Justice Department official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said Attorney General Eric Holder had expressed to Governor Nixon “displeasure and frustration” about Nixon’s activation of the National Guard because doing so “escalated” the situation in Ferguson.
9. Firefighters in Ferguson did not immediately respond to calls to put out the multiple fires that were set by protesters. As a result, many businesses burned to the ground. (See “Ferguson: Before and After the Riots”)
10. In the worst of the “war zones,” journalists with cameras and microphones were crawling all over the place, but hardly any police was seen.
Snyder concludes by asking:

How is it possible that law enforcement could have failed so badly?  Could it be possible that this was orchestrated on purpose?

All of which brings us to this video of St. Louis County police officer Dan Page (who was a Green Beret and sergeant major in the U.S. Army) who gave an extraordinary speech to the Oathkeepers of St. Louis and St. Charles in 2012:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF2zKzXYAwQ&sns=fb
Here’s a transcript:
“Contractors are going to come in, maybe me. People like me who don’t have a side; they’re gonna kill you. You’re going to start seeing people — that person sitting right next to you, a few years from now will not be sitting here ’cause they’ll be gone. Somebody like me’s gonna come in and kill you….”
[Page passes out copies of what he calls “a proposed Constitution” that’s been drafted, ordered under George W. Bush] The new Constitution is all ready to go. They only need the right incident to bring it down, and they’re working on that right now. We’re not very far away from an event that’s gonna bring what you call martial law, but that term will never be used by the way, “Emergency Police Powers” will be.
“I know that there’s a big target on my back… I still carry a secret clearance…I get briefed every six months, I still do. You’re going to start seeing more, the news media will start banging on something, could be Ukraine, could be we don’t know. That’s how psychological warfare works: they talk about this, and this is happening over there [gesturing to his left]. It’s called a distraction….
“So number one is there’s gonna be an emphasis upon an international event, the news media’s gonna pound it, pound it. The second thing is you’re gonna start to see a group or a person guilty of racism or something along those lines. They’re gonna start pounding on that. They want your attention over here [gesturing to his right]. The third thing you’re gonna start seeing is people being arrested for domestic terrorism. The fourth thing you’re gonna see is…what I call ‘ancient hates, ancient madness, ancient revenge.’ When these things start to happen, people are gonna start rioting, the EBT cards are gonna shut down. Can you imagine what’s gonna happen in our St. Louis County when the EBT cards go down, when the ATM machines don’t work… Think about what’s gonna happen when the inner cities start to ignite, people are gonna start killing people they don’t know….”
[At the 3:23 mark] “Do you know how the Muslims take care of you? They cut your head off. Obama is allowing hundreds of thousands come in every week…. Muslims are passive until they gain parity with you or they exceed you in numbers, and they will kill you. I told my commander I’m not gonna obey an undocumented president [referring to Obama not being constitutionally eligible to be president]. And I left — I took two years early retirement.”
In other words, in 2012, many months before Ukraine (and Crimea) became an international crisis in which the Obama administration has locked the United States in opposition to the Soviet Union, Dan Page had already predicted that the U.S. news media would “pound on” Ukraine.
In 2012, two years before Officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown and so ignited racial riots in Ferguson and St. Louis and protests across America, Officer Dan Page had already predicted that “a group or a person” would be accused of racism, which would arouse “ancient hates” and “people are gonna start rioting.”
In the August riots in Ferguson, Officer Page made the news when CNN reporter Don Lemon complained to the police department that Page had shoved him.
On August 23, 2014, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that a day before, on August 22, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar announced that “officer Dan Page, a 35-year veteran of the department, has been suspended pending a review by the internal affairs unit” after Lemon brought the video of Page’s “incendiary” 2012 speech to the attention of Belmar.

Belmar told the Post-Dispatch that Page’s comments defaming President Barack Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court, Muslims and various sexual orientations, and especially his self-description as “an indiscriminate killer” were “beyond the scope of acceptable police conduct.”

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Blacks who protected stores from Ferguson looters

The other day, I posted about righteous blacks who spoke out against the Ferguson looters, arsonists and rioters, to remind us that we should not generalize from the looters to all black Americans.
Not only should we eschew generalizing from the Ferguson looters to all black Americans, we should not generalize from the rioters to all Ferguson blacks.
Why?
Because there were black Ferguson residents, including Bloods and Crips gang members, who risked their own safety by protecting small businesses from looters.

Black Ferguson residents protect white-owned store, Nov. 24, 2014

Black Ferguson residents protect white-owned store, Nov. 24, 2014


Emily Flitter reports for Reuters (via Las Vegas Review Journal) that on the night of Nov. 24, 2014, at least a dozen stores were set ablaze and others looted in racially charged riots in Ferguson after a grand jury cleared white policeman Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown.
But as looters were rioting and burning down businesses in a two-square-mile area of the predominantly black city, one business was spared — a white-owned Conoco gas station and convenience store. That was because a group of black Ferguson residents armed with high-powered rifles stood outside the store to protect it from the rampaging mob. 
Missouri allows the open carrying of firearms.
One of the protectors, a 6-foot-8 man named Derrick “Stretch” Johnson, held an AR-15 assault rifle as he stood in a pickup truck near the store’s entrance. Three other black Ferguson residents joined Johnson in front of the store, each of them armed with pistols.
That night, Jordan and his three friends at times were joined by other black men from the neighborhood, also armed. None of the men was getting paid to be there. They said they felt they owed it to the store’s owner Doug Merello, who has employed many of them over the years and treats them with respect.
Carrying a Taurus 9mm pistol in his sweatpants, a 29-year-old man who identified himself as R.J. said Merello is “a nice dude, he’s helped us a lot.” R.J. said the group chased away several groups of teenagers who wanted to loot the store, but also nearly got into a brush with soldiers from the Missouri National Guard who initially mistook them for looters. The guardsmen, rifles raised, had handcuffed one man before Merello came outside the store to explain that the residents were trying to help, not hurt.
Like the other volunteer protectors, R.J. had lived a short distance away from Merello’s store for most of his life.
Merello, whose father had first bought the gas station in 1984, said the men definitely saved his store: “We would have been burned to the ground many times over if it weren’t for them.”

Note: According to Channel 4 KMOV St. Louis, however, a Conoco gas station was among the businesses that were damaged in the riot: “A Conoco gas station and cars in the parking lot of a nearby car dealership were set on fire Monday night.”.

During the riots last August in Ferguson and St. Louis, there also were blacks who protected stores from looters.
Here’s a picture of three black men from the Bloods (red-orange color) and Crips (blue color) gangs guarding a beauty salon and supply store at 9070 W. Florissant Ave., St. Louis, in August 2014.
Bloods & Crips standing together to stop looters, Aug. 2014
Here’s a video of black Ferguson residents protecting a liquor store from looters on August 16, 2014:

H/t Clash Daily and Jimmy Wen
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Righteous Blacks speak out against Ferguson riots

Tempting though it may be, we must eschew generalizing from the blacks who rioted, looted, and burned after the grand jury decision, to all black Americans. If we do that, we are descending to the same irrational and passion-driven level of the rioters.
Instead, we must be SPECIFIC — distinguishing the rioters, the agitators and inciters (Missouri State Sen. Maria Chapelle-Nadali and Michael Brown’s stepfather Louis Head), and the forked-tongue demagogues (Barack Obama, Eric Holder) from rational and righteous blacks like Rev./Dr. James David Manning, media personality Johnathan Gentry, and Project 21, the national leadership network of Black conservatives.

Project 21’s Comment on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision:

Ferguson, MO / Washington, D.C. – After a grand jury chose not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death last August of local resident Michael Brown, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are speaking out about the ruling, what it means for the black community and how protestors might redirect their energies to find some redemption from the loss.
Stacy Washington“Now that we have a grand jury decision, may the process of healing begin in earnest,” said Project 21 member Stacy Washington, a St. Louis resident who hosts a local radio talk show. “I truly hope for a refocus of protest energy towards reflection and away from blaming the police for the difficulties facing black Americans today. We must begin to look at improving ourselves instead of blaming groups of others for endemic problems that plague the black community. May God grant the Brown family peace and closure.”
Joe Hicks“The grand jury’s decision shows that facts do matter,” said Project 21 member Joe R. Hicks, a former executive director or the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Los Angeles City Human Rights Commission. “From the inception — and despite the hyperbolic rhetoric from national black leaders, local protesters and political opportunists of all stripes — my position was that the facts and a thorough investigation would tell the story of what happened on that street between teenager Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson. Now that Officer Wilson’s actions have been deemed within the scope of a lawful police response to the dangerous actions of Mr. Brown, it’s now important to watch how the so-called black leadership responds. Will they irresponsibly reject the decision, along with the facts it revealed, and continue to claim that Brown was the murder victim of a racist white cop? To what extent will Ferguson protesters defy the orders of authorities for lawful behavior? We don’t need a replay of the violent, pathological riots we saw on the streets of that small suburb of St. Louis.”
Michael DozierIt amazes me that there are so many who dismissed the fact that Michael Brown robbed a convenience store and attacked a police officer prior to being killed,” said Project 21 member Michael Dozier, Ph.D. “Once again, the black community largely turned a blind eye to the real issues affecting the very lives of our youths. Black-on-black crime is an epidemic and thousands of black children are brutally killed every year, yet we do not see the Al Sharptons or Jesse Jacksons protesting their deaths. The President doesn’t proclaim their lives would reflect the life of a son he never had. The black community needs to stop with the excuses and victimization and stop allowing antagonists to come into their communities to promote their own agendas.”
Kevin Martin“Now that the grand jury has rendered a decision, people on both sides can now peacefully debate the result. The decision does not give anyone the right to engage in property destruction, physical assaults and general chaos if they don’t agree with that decision,” said Project 21 member Kevin Martin. “The grand jury looked at all the evidence, and it surely did its best to render a judgment respectful of all parties. It is long past the time for those who might seek to use violence to achieve an outcome to decamp from Ferguson and allow the community to heal.”
Since August, Project 21 has issued six press releases and posted numerous news-related blog entries addressing the death of Michael Brown and related events. Project 21 members have already completed over 150 radio and television interviews on the death of Michael Brown and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and have been mentioned by Cal Thomas in his nationally-syndicated column. Several Project 21 members have visited the area in the wake of the initial rioting, and two members live in the immediate area and another is currently there to chronicle events as they unfold.
Additionally, Project 21 member have been interviewed or cited by the media over 1,500 other times in 2014 – including TVOne, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Fox News Channel, Westwood One, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, SiriusXM satellite radio and the 50,000-watt radio stations WBZ-Boston, WHO-Des Moines, KDKA-Pittsburgh, KOA-Denver and WJR-Detroit – on issues that include civil rights, entitlement programs, the economy, race preferences, education and corporate social responsibility. Project 21 has participated in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding race preferences and voting rights, defended voter ID laws at the United Nations and provided regular commentary during the Trayvon Martin judicial proceedings in 2013. Its volunteer members come from all walks of life and are not salaried political professionals.

Rev./Dr. James David Manning:

Pastor James Manning, of the ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, New York, tells his people that if they want to progress, they must “break the demonic ancestral spirits” — the Barack Obamas, Nelson Mandelas, the Louis Farrakhans, the Jesse Jacksons, the Al Sharptons, who offer blacks nothing but “food stamps and cell phones” instead of helping them to be owners of homes and businesses. Instead of the Holy Spirit, these so-called leaders to whom blacks look up, are all demon-possessed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eZSb9dArVg

Johnathan Gentry:

On Gentry’s Facebook page, he writes this to the rioters on Nov. 25, 2014, a day after the grand jury decision:

“You showed absolutely No Respect to Michael Brown, his family, your community, or yourself! But yet, you demand respect as a human being. His family asked for a “Peaceful” protest. Yet, you disregarded, dishonored & disrespected their wishes & burned down your own city anyway. It’s your own actions & behavior that’s keeping you bound, stuck & not getting ahead. Everything you stood for went down the drain last night by burning down your own community. That’s no ones fault but YOURS!! Your behavior confirmed everything I been speaking on #Accountability #Responsibility.
“Your iniquities have turned these blessings away, and your sins have kept good from you.” (Jeremiah 5:25)

In the video below, Gentry says the rioting, looting, and burning “is not helping…. Change is not going to come unless we change it…. All we know how to do is march, and riot, and loot. This is not helping…. All we know how to do is to blame the police and white folks for our action…. ‘They mistreat us. They beat us up. Oh, slavery still exists.’ I’m sick of it! … Let’s change as black people. When is this going to stop! … How are our kids going to grow up when we out here are acting stupid! … [To the black civil rights leaders who converge on Ferguson chanting] ‘No justice, no peace. No justice, no peace.’ Shut up! When there were 60 plus [black-on-black] shootings in Chicago…, where were you? No where to be found… When little Ray-Ray kills little Lucas, where were you? No where to be found. When the little girl riding her tricycle in her front yard was hit by stray bullets, where were you? No where to be found. Police beat up on the black man — Aw, slavery exists! Slavery still exists!”
Listen to the rest of what this impassioned man has to say for yourself.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B092acMImJE
H/t AJG and FOTM’s maziel
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