WATCH: Cop Aims Rifle at Ferguson Protestors, Yells ‘I Will F*cking Kill You!’

 This one is rather dynamic: An out of control officer caught on camera threatening protesters…

Mediaite

In video uploaded to YouTube Tuesday night, a police officer can be seen stalking the middle of a Ferguson street, waving his rifle at protestors. When several onlookers in his line of fire, one of whom was livestreaming the protests, insisted that their hands were up, he shouted, “I will fucking kill you. Get back!”

When the officer was asked his name, he replied “Go fuck yourself,” and is referred to for the rest of the video as “Officer Go Fuck Yourself.”

Eventually another officer appeared and led him away. “He had to be told by another officer to stop pointing his gun,” said someone off-camera.

Watch the footage below:

10 things you need to know today: August 20, 2014

Foley in November 2012. 

Foley in November 2012. (AP Photo/Nicole Tung, freejamesfoley.org)

The Week

The Gaza cease-fire unravels, ISIS beheads a kidnapped American photojournalist, and more

1. Gaza cease-fire collapses and Israel brings home its negotiators
The truce between Israel and Hamas collapsed on Tuesday. Palestinians fired rockets into southern Israel from Gaza. Israel responded with airstrikes that targeted a Hamas commander and killed three people, according to Gaza health officials. The violence began eight hours before the 24-hour extension of the truce, which was intended to give negotiators in Egypt time to hammer out a long-term peace. Israel called its negotiators home. [Reuters]

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2. ISIS releases video showing journalist’s apparent beheading
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria posted a video online Tuesday purportedly showing a militant beheading American freelance photojournalist James Wright Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria on Thanksgiving 2012. Later, the killer threatens to execute another journalist, Steven Joel Soltoff, unless the U.S. stops airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq. The White House said intelligence officials were working to determine whether the video was authentic. [NBC News]

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3. Perry turns himself in to face abuse-of-power charge
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) made a brief appearance Tuesday at the Travis County Courthouse to bebooked on charges of abusing his power by vetoing funding for anti-corruption prosecutors. Perry called last week’s indictment by a grand jury in liberal Austin “an attack on the constitutional powers of the office of governor.” He cut the funding after a Democratic prosecutor refused to resign after a drunken driving arrest. [New York Daily News]

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4. St. Louis police kill man wielding a knife, adding to Ferguson tensions
As unrest over a fatal police shooting continued in nearby Ferguson, St. Louis police officers shot and killed an emotionally disturbed 23-year-old black man on Tuesday after he approached them brandishing a knife. Police and witnesses gave similar accounts, saying the man had argued with people inside the Six Stars Market before confronting officers outside. In Ferguson, police reported less violence late Tuesday and early Wednesday than the night before. [The New York Times]

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5. Details emerge on Google’s YouTube subscription music service plans
Google plans to launch an ad-free subscription-based YouTube music service called YouTube Music Key, according to the blog Androidpolice.com. The company will offer a 30-day free trial with subscriptions for the service running $9.99 per month, the blog said, citing leaked screenshots. Eugene Munster, senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, said such a move is risky, because a paid YouTube service “seems a little bit out of their character.” [Androidpolice.com, Techcrunch]

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6. Harshest drought conditions spread in California
“Severe” drought covers 99.8 percent of California, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitorreport. The state has held steady for the last two weeks — in May, 100 percent of the state was in “severe” drought. That does not mean relief has arrived — 82 percent of the state is in “extreme” drought, up from 77 percent in May, and 58.4 percent is in the harshest category — “exceptional” drought — up from 25 percent. [U.S. Drought Monitor, Los Angeles Times]

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7. Three of Pope Francis’ relatives die in car wreck
Three relatives of Pope Francis were killed Tuesday in a car crash in Argentina. A fourth — Emanuel Bergoglio, the 38-year-old son of a brother of the pope — was hospitalized with extensive injuries. Bergoglio’s wife, Valeria Carmona, and two children, ages 8 months and 2 years, died before reaching a hospital. A spokesman said Pope Francis asked “all who share in his grief to unite with him in prayer.” [The Associated Press]

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8. Protesters march on Parliament in Pakistan
Thousands of protesters marched on Pakistan’s Parliament building in Islamabad on Tuesday, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The protest was led by former international cricket star Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri. Khan accuses Sharif of rigging elections last year. The protests increased already intense pressure on a government struggling to contend with high unemployment and a Taliban insurgency. [Reuters]

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9. Apple shares rise as enthusiasm builds for next month’s iPhone 6 launch
Apple stock on Tuesday shot to its highest close ever (after adjusting for a 7-to-1 June stock split) as investors eagerly anticipated the iPhone 6 launch on Sept. 9. The company’s shares gained 1.4 percent to end the trading day at $100.53, slightly better than the previous record set two years ago, just before the iPhone 5’s debut. [CNET]

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10. Former Obama aide Plouffe joins Uber
On-demand car service Uber has hired David Plouffe, once a top adviser to President Obama, to help the startup company develop its political and branding strategy. Plouffe called Uber potentially a “once-in-a-decade if not once-in-a-generation company” with a shot at taking on the “taxi industry cartel.” Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said Tuesday that Plouffe would be a key player in the company’s global growth. [The Huffington Post]

Senator Claire McCaskill & Governor Jay Nixon All the Citzens of Missouri are your Constituents-This Includes Ferguson!

kstreet607:

This guy is in serious denial about the events going on in Ferguson…

Originally posted on 3CHICSPOLITICO:

If it’s true Darren Wilson is testifying before the Grand jury today, and AG Holder is rolling into town Wednesday, it’s becoming clearer now why Governor Nixon ordered the National Guard in Ferguson.

Q&A: The Michael Brown shooting is going before a grand jury. Here’s how it will work.

Is Darren Wilson’s going to walk? The citizens of Ferguson DO NOT TRUST their local PD or local government. It’s all a dance & pony show from the leaders, starting with the mayor of Ferguson and past elected officials.

These are the folks you’re voting into office. Please remember this in November.

First Ward, Councilwoman Fran Grecco
From Ferguson Cop Embroiled in a Brutality Suit to City Councilwoman

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Mayor Knowles “I don’t know NOTHIN’ ‘BOUT NO TROUBLES IN FERGUSON!

“There’s 22,000 residents in our community,” Knowles told MSNBC Tuesday. “This has affected about a half-mile strip of street in our community,”…

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David Letterman …. a tribute to an old friend!!

kstreet607:

I’m going to miss Robin Williams’ genius. He was simply the best of the best in his field.

Originally posted on It Is What It Is:

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~~August 20, 2014~~

ROBIN WILLIAMS

Letterman said he “had no idea that the man was in pain”

Letterman showed clips from Williams’ appearances on his show, saying he’d been friends with Williams for 38 years. Among the clips The Late Show trotted out: a young Letterman’s cameo on Mork & Mindy.

“What I will add here is that, beyond being a very talented man and a good friend and a gentleman, I am sorry I, like everybody else, had no idea that the man was in pain and the man was suffering,” Letterman said.

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Letterman’s show was on break the week when Williams died, so this was his first episode to address his friend’s passing. Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers all honored Williams in tributes of their own last week.

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“Two things would happen, because Robin was on the program,” Letterman told his audience. “One, I didn’t have…

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Oklahoma Gets Hit With 20 Earthquakes In One Day

In this Nov, 6, 2011 photo, Chad Devereaux examines bricks that fell from three sides of his in-laws home in Sparks, Okla., following two earthquakes that hit the area in less than 24 hours.

In this Nov, 6, 2011 photo, Chad Devereaux examines bricks that fell from three sides of his in-laws home in Sparks, Okla., following two earthquakes that hit the area in less than 24 hours. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/SUE OGROCKI

The first question that comes to mind is:  Were there as many (if any) earthquakes before fracking became so prevalent in Oklahoma?  Most companies and Oklahoma officials deny that there’s any correlation for a number of reasons, the main one being profit above all else…

Think Progress

Oklahoma’s Geology Survey recorded an unprecedented 20 small earthquakes across the state on Tuesday, highlighting the dramatic increase of seismic activity that has occurred there as the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing — otherwise known as fracking — has spread across the state.

Though 18 out of the 20 earthquakes that occurred Tuesday were below Magnitude 3, rendering them mostly imperceptible, the largest one registered as a 4.3 near Guthrie, a city of more than 10,000 residents. And while U.S. Geological Survey scientists have said that Oklahoma is historically known as “earthquake country,” they also warn that quakes have been steadily on the rise; from 1978 until 2008, the average rate of earthquakes registering a magnitude of 3.0 or more was only two per year.

“No documented cases of induced seismicity have ever come close to the current earthquake rates or the area over which the earthquakes are occurring,” the Oklahoma Geology Survey said in a recent presentation addressing the alarming increase in quakes. By “induced seismicity,” the OGS is referring to minor earthquakes that are caused by human activity, whether that be fracking, mass removal mining, reservoir impoundment, or geothermal production — anything that could disrupt existing fault lines.

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One of the most researched human activities that could be causing the dramatic increase in earthquakes is fracking. The process that could be causing the quakes is not the fuel extraction itself, but a process called “wastewater injection,” in which companies take the leftover water used to frack natural gas wells and inject it deep into the ground. Scientists increasingly believe that the large amount of water that is injected into the ground after a well is fracked can change the state of stress on existing fault lines to the point of failure, causing earthquakes.

Cornell University geophysics professor Katie Keranen is the latest researcher to produce a scientific study showing a probable connection between earthquakes wastewater injection, finding in July that the more than 2,500 small earthquakes that have hit Oklahoma in the past five years can be linked to it. Keranen’s study analyzed four prolific wastewater disposal wells in southeast Oklahoma City, which collectively inject approximately four million barrels of wastewater into the ground each month. The research showed that fluid from those wells was migrating along fault lines for miles, and Keranen’s team determined the migration was likely responsible for earthquakes occurring as far as 22 miles away.

The link between earthquakes and wastewater injection from fracking is not definitive. As Jennifer Dlouhy in Fuel Fix notes, the research lacks necessary data on sub-surface pressure, which is rarely accessible.

The OGS says that as it is now, the chances of a large, damaging earthquake happening in Oklahoma are small. However, some scientists have warned that seismic activity stands to get stronger and more dangerous as fracking increases.

“I think ultimately, as fluids propagate and cover a larger space, the likelihood that it could find a larger fault and generate larger seismic events goes up,” Western University earth sciences professor Gail Atkinson said at a Seismological Society of America conference in May.

As of publication Wednesday, five more earthquakes had already occurred in Oklahoma, three of which registered on or above the 3.0 magnitude mark.

REWIND – RYAN TRIES TO REWRITE SHUTDOWN STORY

The Huffington Post

In his new book, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) recounts shaking his head in frustration last fall as fellow Republicans sought to use a government shutdown as leverage to gut Obamacare.

“It was a suicide mission,” Ryan writes in The Way Forward, his memoir released Tuesday. “This can’t be the full measure of our party and our movement. If it is, we’re dead and the country is lost.”

Reflecting on the shutdown that Newt Gingrich had led in 1995, Ryan wrote of his worry about repeated missteps: “I saw the damage it did. We couldn’t afford to take a hit like that again — not for a strategy that had no hope of advancing our core principles.”

As is often the case with political memoirs, however, the actual history was far more complicated. Ryan’s office told HuffPost that his co-authorship of an eventual budget deal with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) proves he was against the shutdown.

“Chairman Ryan voted several times both to avoid the shutdown and to restart funding for various parts of the government during the shutdown,” Ryan spokesman Brian Bolduc said in an email.

But during the October 2013 standoff, Ryan didn’t seem like a lawmaker nervous about damaging the party or movement. Instead, he was often obstructive.

In the days after the shutdown began, the House Budget Committee chair advocated tying the government shutdown fight to the federal government’s looming credit default — an idea that only raised the stakes of negotiations and ensured the shutdown would last at least another two weeks. In an Oct. 8 Wall Street Journal op-ed, he suggested reforming entitlements in exchange for raising discretionary spending levels.

Tea Party types weren’t thrilled with the idea since it left intact the president’s health care law, which had been the shutdown’s raison d’etre. But reaction from the press corps was mixed. Some reporters hailed Ryan for starting a dialogue between House Republicans and the White House. Others saw it as a thinly disguised play for conservative policy reforms.

Either way, the shutdown continued. And in the subsequent days, Ryan dug in. The Washington Post reported on Oct. 12 that in a closed-door meeting, he railed against a bipartisan Senate deal to reopen the government, “saying the House could not accept either a debt-limit bill or a government-funding measure that would delay the next fight until the new year.”

“According to two Republicans familiar with the exchange,” the Post reported, “Ryan argued that the House would need those deadlines as ‘leverage’ for delaying the health-care law’s individual mandate and adding a ‘conscience clause’ — allowing employers and insurers to opt out of birth-control coverage if they find it objectionable on moral or religious grounds — and mentioned tax and entitlement goals Ryan had focused on in a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.”

With days to go before the debt limit deadline was breached, House Republican leadership ultimately found themselves in a horrible jam, with the public blaming them for keeping the government closed and hurting the economy. Senate Republicans swooped in with a bill to reopen the government, raise the debt limit and provide a framework for future budget talks.

If, as he suggested in his book, Ryan thought the whole episode had been a stain on the GOP’s brand, it would seem logical that he would have jumped to support the one piece of legislation left to end the standoff. But when that Senate bill came to the House floor, he was one of 144 Republicans members who voted no. The bill passed with Democratic support.

“To pay our bills today — and to make sure we can pay our bills tomorrow — we must make a down payment on the debt,” he said. “Today’s legislation won’t help us reduce our fast-growing debt. In fact, it could extend the debt ceiling well into next year, further delaying any action. In my judgment, this isn’t a breakthrough. We’re just kicking the can down the road.”

After the stopgap bill reopened the government, Ryan negotiated a longer-term budget deal with Murray that removed the specter of another government shutdown. That deal actually raised spending levels from sequester levels, though it extended the sequester’s 2 percent cuts to Medicare providers by two years. It included none of the entitlement reforms that Ryan had suggested in his Wall Street Journal op-ed.

Here’s Rick Perry’s Mugshot

New York Magazine Online

Texas governor Rick Perry wasindicted last week on two felony counts of abuse of power. Today, he turned himself in to the Travis County Courthouse so he could be booked, fingerprinted, and have his mugshot taken.

The whole process took about 10 to 15 minutes, and on his way out, Perry stopped to thank the courthouse staff for their professionalism.

Then, he did what every criminal does after being booked: he went and got some ice cream.

Is now a good time to admit I find Glasses Rick Perry kind of hot?

GOP Attacks On Obamacare Fizzle In Key Senate Races

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TPM LiveWire

Since the law’s botched rollout last fall, Republicans have been licking their chops over the prospect of riding Obamacare failures to victory in the 2014 elections. But now that the law has recovered and is providing insurance coverage to millions of Americans, issue ads involving the health care law are slowly disappearing in key states like North Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas.

In North Carolina, Obamacare was mentioned in 54 percent of issue ads in April; it fell to 27 percent in July, per data from Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group.

In Louisiana, Obamacare fell to 41 percent of top five issue ads in July; in Arkansas it dropped to 23 percent, according to CMAG. The issue dominated the airwaves in both states in April.

Democrats in these Republican-leaning states — Sens. Kay Hagan (NC), Mary Landrieu (LA) and Mark Pryor (AR) all of whom voted for Obamacare — are considered among the most vulnerable this fall. That remains the case whether or not the law is an effective weapon for Republicans. But even as Democratic senators refrain from touting it, due to its unpopularity with conservative voters, Republican strategists are realizing that the issue won’t carry them to victory in the midterm elections.

New Page Added – “Ferguson”

Hi TFC friends,

It appears that Ferguson is the most dominant story in the news these days.  Partly because Congress and the POTUS are on vacation.

Also,  the news abroad has been sidelined considerably even though the Israeli/Gaza conflict continues and ISIS has finally been checked by US and Iraqi forces...

Therefore I’ll be reducing my coverage on Ferguson.  There is a new link at the top of this site listed with 2014 Elections, About Kstreet and Black History.  The link is listed as Ferguson, MO

 

Amnesty International has come to Ferguson

Protesters stretch across the street in Ferguson, Mo., on Sunday. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Associated Press)

For the first time ever, Amnesty International has come to the United States of America…

The Washington Post

In an unusual move, the global rights organization Amnesty International has dispatched a delegation of observers and organizers to Ferguson, Mo., to provide direct support to community members and to observe the police response to protests. The 13-person delegation, which arrived late last week, was the first of its kind deployed by Amnesty within the United States, the organization said.

The St. Louis suburb has been filled with unrest since since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on Aug. 9 by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. That unrest intensified once again on Sunday, with reports of gunshots prompting law enforcement officials to respond with tear gas.

Overnight, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) announced that he’ll send the National Guard into Ferguson.

Amnesty decided to send a delegation to the city last week — a day after Amnesty International USA’s Executive Director Steven Hawkins sent a letter to law enforcement officials there expressing “deep concern” about Brown’s death and the way in which the police responded to protesters in the following days.

On Saturday, Hawkins criticized Nixon’s decision to impose a mandatory midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew on Ferguson. Nixon on Monday rescinded the curfew, following another night of violence on Sunday and his decision to deploy the Guard.

Jasmine Heiss, an Washington-based campaigner for Amnesty International, was part of the delegation that traveled to Ferguson. Her previous deployment? Palestine.

“What was unprecedented and is unprecedented,” Heiss said of Ferguson, “is the scope of [Amnesty's] mission.” Amnesty’s response in Ferguson, she added, was more akin to the organization’s work during the 2013 protests in Turkey than it was to any previous action the group has taken in the United States.

Amnesty International routinely sends research teams to report on potential human rights abuses during and after crisis situations in the United States, such as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. And the group provides ongoing organizational support to certain communities in the U.S. — Hess, for instance, has worked on prisoners’ rights issues in Louisiana.

But this is the first time the organization has sent delegates to support and observe a community in the middle of a crisis.

Heiss, who returned to Washington on Sunday, said the most striking thing she saw during her time in Ferguson was the “overall lack of transparency” from law enforcement.

“Reflecting on our time there, one of the most troubling things is what we didn’t see,” she said, referring to limits placed by law enforcement officials on access to the protests. “When you see this kind of restricting of people protesting … it seems clear that the authorities are using the ill will of some to undermine the rest.”

Some members of the Amnesty delegation, including Heiss, worked as observers during the protests. Others provided direct training and support to the community, including non-violent direct action and “street medic” training.

Heiss is planning to return to Ferguson soon. The Amnesty team, she said, would remain in place in the community until local organizers there determine they are no longer needed.