Below are news items from November 2016. For more current and breaking news items, see the main news page.
Editorial note: There is an informative eight minute documentary video about the East. St. Louis Race Riot on our "Race Riot" page.
11-30-2016: Environmental racism in Robertson?
Editorial note: Expect downtown business closures when this project is complete. I don't see how any other sports related venue can compete with Ballpark Village, especially when you factor in tax payer subsidies and the fact that they're adding apartments and office space. Existing downtown buildings will have quite a problem on their hands. How many new occupants of Ballpark Village will be drained from other downtown properties?
Editorial note: If the City pays 40% of the cost, it should own 40% of the team and share the profits.
11-30-2016: The Justice Department just unveiled new prison reforms. But the Trump administration might scrap them
Editorial note: I want to be left alive if ever robbed. Extreme sentencing removes the incentive for criminals not to kill their victims. If a person is going to get 70 years anyway, they may reason killing the witness lessens the chance they will be caught.
Editorial note: If there is an another group willing to invest as a partner instead of taxpayers forking over $80 million, that seems like a viable solution that needs to be thoroughly investigated. Obviously, the soccer group would rather have the free public money because that would represent pure profit. If that option is rejected, hopefully the City of St. Louis will at least become an investor with an ownership position. That sort of deal would allow the City to share in profits and have a voice about the team leaving St. Louis in the future.
Editorial note: See our related post that posed the question, are the homeless being targeted?
Editorial note: Can you feel free speech slowly slipping away? Burning the flag, although controversial, is protected free speech. I wonder how Trump feels about crosses being burned.
Editorial note: It's hard not to notice how white victims are quickly offered settlements in the millions. We agree, the offer was an insult. There is no way to undo a wrong or bring some back, so the only remedy available to a family is money.
Editorial note: The history behind the photographs on Colin Kaepernick’s T-shirt: When Malcolm X Met Fidel Castro. How much of what we know about Cuba is propaganda? The U.S. Government listed Nelson Mandela on the terror watch list until 2008, the year Obama was elected President.
Editorial note: It's just a matter of time before municipalities find new creative methods still allowed under the law to "rob you without a gun". The main protection from their schemes is your understanding of your rights and how to apply them under the law. Continue using this and other sites to learn as much as you can about the law and the court system.
Editorial note: Cincinnati has a significate black population. Moving the trial most likely will reduce the number of potential of black jurors which would increase the likelyhood of an acquital.
11-27-2016: With health benefits in jeopardy, coal retirees turn to lame-duck Congress for a lifeline
Editorial note: Because racism has shape welfare policy, many of the people who supported reducing social safety nets are now or will soon be the very people who need them.
11-26-2016: Six people file complaint after Minneapolis officer shoots into car during downtown brawl
Editorial note: See our related post from last year, "Thanksgiving fairy tale and myth".
11-23-2016: Wal-Mart loses minimum wage pay fight as jury awards California truck drivers $54 million
11-22-2016: The Alt-Right: White Supremacy By Any Other Name
Editorial note: Three mortgage related tax benefits terminate on December 31st and could force many homeonwers into bankruptcy. See our related Bankruptcy Law page.
Editorial note: If your kids attend public school, you might want to consider supplementing with home schooling. You don't need to be a teacher in order to research educational resources available online to help your child.
Editorial note: Miseducation is an effective weapon. Reading ability is the foundation to learning. Slave owners understood teaching slaves to read was dangerous and would be in effect teaching others how to take their power away. Prevent someone from learning to read well and you have effectively eliminated that person as a competitor.
Editorial note: Now this is interesting. Usually, major corporations try to dispel conspiracy theories a myths, but here one of the world's largest corporations is claiming one of the world's richest family is involved in a conspiracy.
Editorial note: See "Going to jail for the first time", to learn abourt your rights in jail.
11-21-2016: Judge tells new citizens in Texas 'go to another country' if they don't like Donald Trump
11-20-2016: Student removed from Royal Oak Middle School after admitting to hanging noose in bathroom
11-20-2016: Obama says he can’t pardon Snowden
Editorial note: President Obama state, "I can't pardon somebody who hasn't gone before a court and presented themselves, so that's not something that I would comment on at this point." A Presidential pardon doesn't require a court appearance, when President Ford pardoned President Nixon, Nixon was required to make a court appearance.
Editorial note: The white grandmother of the bi-racial police shooting victim stated: “I always believed in the system,” … I no longer believe in the system and I might not ever again.”
Editorial note: Both former Kansas City, MO police commissioner and prosecutor say inmate Ricky Kidd is serving life-sentences for a crime he didn't commit but cannot release him due to deadline technicalities.
Editorial note: A bystander posted a video of the scene on Facebook after the shooting.
Editorial note: White privilege seems to also be a factor in law enforcement wrongful death settlements.
Editorial note: Video shows a white Baltimore teacher calling black 8th-graders "punk ass niggers who are 'gonna get shot".
Editorial note: Six people wrongly convicted of murder seek to garnish wages, seize property of sheriff’s deputies who helped put them behind bars
Editorial note: Big Brother is Watching! The law forces UK internet providers to store browsing histories — including domains visited — for one year, in case of police investigations. Will the U.S. be next?
11-16-2016: Ladue police investigating claim white student burned black student at high school, black students protest racist incidents
Editorial note: The homeless finding shelter at Larry Rice's New Life Evangelistic Center evidentially don't have a better option, so the city has failed to meet their needs. Next week kicks off the holiday season, I guess there's no peace on Earth or goodwill towards the homeless. Maybe the city could partner with Larry Rice instead of fighting him. The majority of people in the U.S. identify as Christians and the United States has the largest Christian population in the world, with nearly 280 million Christians. Therefore, I'll assume most downtown residents are Christians. I'm not a very religious person, however, attempting to take away shelter from the homeless seems to miss the point of the season; below is a reminder.
11-15-2016: Missouri Supreme Court to hear arguments over municipal court reform law passed after Ferguson unrest
11-15-2016: Appeals court orders St. Louis' top prosecutor to follow disclosure rule over witnesses, victims
11-15-2016: Divorced St. Louis County couple's frozen embryos are property, not humans, appellate court rules
11-15-2016: Similar name and appearance land wrong St. Louis woman in jail for a year on murder charge
Editorial note: You can expect drone evidence to start making its way into courtrooms on a regular basis. In fact, don't be surprised if the "law and order" president elect tries to create a national law enforcement drone surveillance program.
11-15-2016: West Virginia official who called 'Michelle Obama an 'Ape in Heels' fired following outcry
11-14-2016: Two Ladue students discliplined after chanting 'Trump,' saying black students belong in back of bus
Editorial note: As we have stated, we respect Kaepernick's stance against oppression. In the 1971 book, "None Dare Call It Conspiracy", the following is stated near the beginning of the first chapter, "We keep electing new Presidents…Yet despite high hopes and glittering campaign promise these problems continue to worsen no matter who is in office." Although we understand Kaepernick's sentiment, we disagree with his decision not to vote. There are more issues involved in an election than just the President. In St. Louis CIty, there were more than 30 ballot decisions including tax increases and local officials. Additionally, voter rolls are used to compile potential jurors list, so when black folks don't vote, they won't be called for jury duty resulting in white juries deciding cases.
11-14-2016: A Holocaust scholar compared Donald Trump to Hitler, and his California high school put him on leave
Editorial note: The election of Trump brings to mind the 1995, Sister Souljah, "Final Solution: Slavery Back in Effect", which imagines a police state where blacks fight against the re-institution of slavery; the video was banned by MTV. See our related post, "First They Came" and the article, "5 Ways Donald Trump Perfectly Mirrors Hitler's Rise To Power".
11-13-2016: Trump wants trial delay until after swearing-in
11-11-2016: Please don't give to panhandlers, St. Patrick Center pleads, in response to overdoses downtown
Editorial note: See our related post.
11-9-2016: City orders Rev. Larry Rice to stop operating his downtown shelter, citing lack of occupancy permit
11-9-2016: People 'like zombies' after OD'ing on synthetic drugs near downtown St. Louis homeless shelter
Editorial note: When the city forced New Life Evangelistic Center to limit the services they had provided to the homeless for years, what other outcome could you reasonable expect. Downtown residents complained about New Life, now they're dealing with the consequences. Downtown resident my want to read about the necessity defense recently used to justify a homeless man breaking into private property to protect himself from the elements.
Editorial note: BridgeGate is possibly the most foolish conspiracy I have ever heard of. What did Christie's staffers hope to accomplish?
Editorial note: This represents a shining example of white privilege that we predicted in February, see, "Why the Oregon Terrorist May Go Free". Originally, six separate charges were brought including against these armed terrorist: conspiracy to commit an offense against the US; assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon; use and carry of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence; interference with commerce by extortion; obstruction of the administration of justice; and aiding and abetting. Can anyone imagine a group of armed black men taking over any building let alone a federal building and not being convicted and sentenced to years or even decades in jail?
11-3-2016: A journalist at Standing Rock was shot by police for no reason—and caught the awful moment on video
11-3-2016: After release of embarrassing exchange, Baltimore Police make requesting emails more difficult – and expensive
11-2-2016: Homeowner who fatally shot 2 apparent robbers at Bevo Mill home says he's 'devastated over it'
Editorial note: Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, but this case seems a little odd. A truck is parked outside, two armed thieves open a garage door, point a gun at a 73 year-old man, demand his keys, then the elderly man somehow is able to pull out his gun from his pocket quick enough to avoid getting shot and shooting the two armed men dead, however, the men's bodies don't end up in the garage, but instead outside on the concrete area where the truck was parked.