Bureaucratizing Street Gangs

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Original Post: Bureaucratizing Street Gangs.

Did you ever wonder why do-gooders and social planners never pay for their crimes? Yesterday, I wrote about Jesse Jackson dressing down at the hands of activists in a McDonald’s parking lot in Ferguson. I pointed out that Martin Luther King and Dick Gregory were similarly dismissed by rioters in the 1960s. Some things never change.…

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Exposing the Race Hustlers in Ferguson

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Original Post: Exposing the Race Hustlers in Ferguson.

There’s an awesome YouTube video of Jesse Jackson getting skewered in Ferguson. First, though, a little history. One of the greatest books ever on race-based poverty and jobs programs is Tom Wolfe’s Mau-Mauing the Flak-Catchers. You won’t understand race politics in America without reading it. Twice. Four times, maybe. If you’ve read it, you know why…

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How Jay Nixon Lost the Liberal Press

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Original Post: How Jay Nixon Lost the Liberal Press.

“And then say what? say, ‘forget you’re hungry, forget you got shot inna back by some racist cop—Chuck was here? Chuck come up to Harlem—’ ”“No, I’ll tell you what—” “‘Chuck come up to Harlem and—’ ”“I’ll tell you what—” “Say,‘Chuck come up to Harlem and gonna take care a business for the black community’?”…

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ACTION: Tell Missouri Legislature to Pass Tax Holiday for Ferguson

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Original Post: ACTION: Tell Missouri Legislature to Pass Tax Holiday for Ferguson.

We’ve officially kicked off the #Ferguson BUYcott, but we’re far from done. First, we’re asking people to keep the BUYcott going while we organize a bigger event for Labor Day Weekend. Second, I texted Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones on Thursday with another idea: an emergency Sales Tax Holiday for Ferguson/Dellwood area.  Please contact your…

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What I Saw at the #Ferguson Riots (Video)

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by Sgt. Gary Wiegert

I respect St. Louis County Police Chief John Belmar and wish he was in charge the night I happened to be in the fergusonriots1middle of a riot.

Like everyone in the country, I had different opinions on the actions of the police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo.  I became set in my beliefs when I worked the security detail Friday night for CNN reporters covering the protest in the Ferguson maelstrom.

To quell the looting, rioting, and gun shot incidents,on previous nights, the Ferguson police needed help from police departments in the St. Louis area. These officers worked  under the unified command of the St. Louis County Police Department. St. Louis County Police Chief John Belmar was in charge. Some people took exception to the use of armored vehicles, displaying of  guns and arrests of protesters and media.

That is when politics changed the equation and a void in leadership occurred.  Governor Nixon, with the support of Senator Claire McCaskill, County Supervisor Charley Dooley and St. Louis Police Chief Doyle Dotson determined to give command and control to the Missouri Highway Patrol.  The highway patrol was out of their league and chaos ensued.

While working security for the camera crews I was stunned when the highway patrol abandoned the citizens and businesses of Ferguson.  I, too, felt abandoned. I watched looters and rioters ply their trade while the police refused to respond.  I was powerless to protect the camera crew, so I kept the van running with an escape route if rioting became too dangerous.

For 3 hours I was parked beside the Ferguson Market and watched as looters systematically stole liquor and cigarettes.  The thieves were a gang of bloods wearing red and black and they controlled the theft until they had their fill.  When they drove off  individuals ran up and mass looting occurred with looters running off in different directions carrying the leftovers from the market.

I also observed rioters go to their vehicles and place handguns in their waistbands as they shuffled past me to join the protesters.  Meanwhile, carloads of thugs arrived wearing masks. Scores of white agitators wearing gas masks joined the pandemonium.  Through all of this, random gunfire punctuated the night. No police response.

At one point, the gunfire grew so heavy that an eight-man security team evacuated its position in the QuikTrip parking lot, dragging along newscasters. I was stunned by the courage of news cameramen who hung in to the last possible moment of escape. They had to get  “The Money Shot” of looters and arsonists. At this point, it was every man for himself as news crews and security scrambled to save their lives. The Missouri Highway Patrol was missing in action.       .

The predators observed weakness in the new commander Captain Johnson. Criminals took advantage of his appeasement strategy.  His comments apologizing for police behavior and stated embarrassment at wearing the blue uniform did not help the situation.  His misguided belief in hugs and kisses to the protesters did not placate the looters and rioters.

The solution to the problem relies on local control and strong, local leadership.  Interference from Governor Nixon and Attorney General Eric Holder won’t help the situation.

Video by Lee A. Presser

Why St. Louis Tea Party Went to Ferguson To Shop

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Original Post: Why St. Louis Tea Party Went to Ferguson To Shop.

You can’t change the world in your living room. That’s why a small band of (mostly) white people from (mostly) West County drove to Ferguson (and Dellwood) to shop tonight. We targeted the small businesses that were hit hard by violence–violence committed (mostly) by out of town agitators, criminals, vandals, and hooligans. We drove to…

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The Export-Import Bank Story the Post-Dispatch Refused to Print

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Original Post: The Export-Import Bank Story the Post-Dispatch Refused to Print.

Since the Post won’t run my reply a recent op-ed about the Ex-Im Bank, I’ll publish it here: Huge multi-national corporations like to preach from the “small business” bible when it comes to the Export-Import bank. Unfortunately, most of the Ex-Im propaganda about how “small business” benefits crumbles under scrutiny. Professor Stanford Levin of Southern…

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Ferguson Shopping Ideas

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Original Post: Ferguson Shopping Ideas.

Here are some businesses people should frequent: Eat at Sweetie Pies on W. Florrisant, or head to Paul’s Market on Elizabeth, Drive down N./S. Florrisant for Shop-n-Save, Chinese Food, local eats, bakeries, dollar tree, etc.  Ferguson also extends to New Halls Ferry and 270, where there is a Home Depot, another Shop-n-Save, Party store, UPS…

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Municipal Court or Kangaroo Court?

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Original Post: Municipal Court or Kangaroo Court?.

Guest post by Lee A. Presser On Wednesday, April 16, 2003, I was in Bel-Ridge, Missouri, Municipal Court to plead “not guilty.” The violation listed on the ticket did not match the reality of what actually happened on the road. In a file folder, I had documents and photographs to rebut the charge. The ticket…

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