Below are news items from October 2016. For more current and breaking news items, see the main news page.
10-31-2016: Autistic black teen got lost running a 5K — and was assaulted by a man who feared getting mugged
Editorial note: During the 1980's and 1990's the U.S. Government allowed drugs to be imported into black communities which strenghened drug networks that are now devastating white communities. When you turn a blind eye to the oppression of others, eventually oppression visits you because of you silence; see "First They Came". The same rights violations groups such as Black Lives Matter are protesting against will begin to increase in white communities especially if those communities continue experience increasing drug addiction rates.
10-30-2016: America's 'invisible' Muslims
10-28-2016: Denver police officer accused of stealing cash from suspect after body camera reveals missing money
Editorial note: See our related post, "St. Louis' Arch Golden Anniversary".
10-28-2016: Incoming Missouri legislator files defamation suit against colleague who accused him of rape
10-28-2016: 'This is slavery': U.S. inmates strike in what activists call one of the biggest prison protests in modern history
Editorial note: A merger would dilute the political power of African-Americans and reduce the number of blacks serving on juries in trials as we mentioned on 10-25-2016.
Editorial note: A shinning example of white privilege. We predicted this outcome in February in our post, "Why the Oregon Terrorist May Go Free". A group of armed white men took over a Federal Building and will now go free. This is why we need to demand jury trials and participate in the jury process and use jury nullification when we are unfairly targeted and prosecuted. Unarmed black men are being killed in alarming numbers while white men who seized federal land while armed with military grade weapons were treated with kid gloves and eventually aquited of charges. As Malcolm X once stated, "In America, Democracy is Hypocrisy".
10-27-2016: Aldermen move forward with sales tax increase
Editorial note: Under the Hancock Amendment, any increase in taxes must be approved by voters. Why do our elected officials continue to throw money to Paul McKee. See our July 8th comments about this project.
10-27-2016: The Black Codes and Black Lives Matter
Editorial note: To see a sampling of the blackcodes, see "The Truth About How Slavery Started"
Editorial note: See related, "Obama Isn't Following Through on Pardons Promise".
Editorial note: The United States has a long history of police brutality. The new Denver police policy will encourage officers to use the minimum amount of force necessary. This is the policy that St. Louis area police should have immediated adopted after Ferguson. However, this is the policy police departments all across the county should have already had in place.
10-26-2016: George Allen Jr., who won St. Louis murder conviction reversal after 30 years, remembered for tenacity
Editorial note: See our Oct. 7th comments to understand why this outcome was predictable.
10-26-2016: This Missouri man promised women big money to audition for porn films; then he blackmailed them, prosecutors say
Editorial note: The police officer and the owner of a vehicle involved in an accident refused to cooperate with investigators. Since there were two people in the car and the investigators can't determine or prove who was driving, no charges are being filed in the case.
10-26-2016: Santa Ana to pay marijuana dispensary $100,000 after video appears to back police harassment claims
10-26-2016: Wikileaks shows Clinton advisers contemplating how to respond to Ferguson grand jury in '14
Editorial note: We rarely comment on individual political candidates, but Republican Lindsey Graham said it best when he expressed the sentiment that crooked beats crazy. Others have expressed, no one is crooked all the time and a crook can change, but crazy is always crazy. This site's primary function concerns the law and the next president will appoint Supreme Court Justices that will affect our legal and justice system for decades. It's important to choose wisely, even when the choices are the lessor of two evils.
10-26-2016: White House Urges Ban on Non-Compete Agreements
10-26-2016: The Skype sex scam – a fortune built on shame
Editorial note: St. Louis City has a majority black population and has a Black Board of Alderman President, Black Comptroller, Black Treasurer, Black License Collector, recently elected it's first presumptive Black Prosecutor and may even soon have a Black Sheriff and another Black Mayor. Re-joining St. Louis County would dilute black political influence and many of the offices currently held by African-Americans would be lost to county control. In St. Louis City the odds of getting a jury truely made up of your peers is probable. A merger would result in traffic and criminal charges most likely prosecuted by a white prosecutor, in front of a white judge and decided by a mostly white if not all white jury.
Editorial note: See our post, "Lessons St. Louis Needs to Learn from Losing the Rams" for comments about why St. Louis is being abandoned by so many businesses and institutions.
Editorial note: If you drive for a living, you better start developing another skill! Self-driving vehicles, and other technologies the will eliminate half of all jobs in the United States.
10-25-2016: Cardinals announce second phase of Ballpark Village, with luxury apartments, retail, offices
Editorial note: For many people, having no maintenance responsibility is a big draw to living in a condo. However, condo fees usually rise each year. According to the U.S. Census, average condo association fees run $2,400 annually or about $200 a month. As a home owner, if I don't want to cut the grass, rake the leaves or shovel the snow, for $200 per month, I could easily find someone to do those chores for me. Do your homework into the hidden cost and fees of condo ownership if you are considering one.
Editorial note: Although we wrote positive comments about AT&T in an earlier post, we still remain committed to providing information about your rights possibly being violated.
10-25-2016: Two corrupt cops joined forces with drug dealers. Now, dozens of criminal cases could be in jeopardy
Editorial note: Cities have been tightning regulation of the fast growing short term home rentals, possibly sponsored by the hotel industry lobby.
10-24-2016: Lincoln County judge accused of 'troubling' violations won't fight recommended suspension
Editorial note: See our related page on Reporting Misconduct by Judges.
Editorial note: The St. Louis area is losing yet another major corporate headquarters and jobs.
Editorial note: Check out some of our prison post: "40 Reasons Our Jails and Prisons Are Full of Black and Poor People"; "The Secret Meeting That Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation"; "Jail is a Slave Warehouse"; "Going to Jail for the First Time"; "From Captive to Captor: A Journalist's Journey from Prisoner to Prison Guard"; and Dr. King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
10-24-2016: Congress knew for at least two years about Pentagon efforts to take back bonuses from veterans
10-21-2016: St. Louis is the STD capital of the U.S.
10-20-2016: The dream of white privilege in Kirkwood
10-20-2016: Assisted-suicide law prompts insurance company to deny coverage to terminally ill California woman
Editorial note: Insurance company won't pay for treatment but will pay for suicide medicine.
10-19-2016: McKee's Northside Regeneration plan hits a snag
Note: Cops are using secret cellphone trackers nationwide to collect cellphone data—especially in poor, black neighborhoods
10-18-2016: St. Louis redevelopment authority approves issuing $120 million in bonds for NGA site work
10-18-2016: Judge denies new trial for 2 St. Louis cops ordered to pay $600,000 in excessive force lawsuit
10-18-2016: Paradise Cop Who Took 11 Minutes To Report Shooting Found Guilty Of Involuntary Manslaughter
Editorial note: Prosecutors initially were not going to prosecute, but protests prompted the filing of charges.
Editorial note: See our related post, "Character Assassination of Nate Parker – Birth of a Nation"
10-17-2016: Black Movie Sabotage at AMC Esquire?
10-17-2016: Head of nation's largest police chief group issues formal apology for 'historical mistreatment' of racial minorities
Editorial note: See our related post, "Long History of Police Brutality"
Editorial note: See, "Why White Cops Kill Black Men"
10-17-2016: Mortgage mistake nearly leads to foreclosure
Editorial note: In the "Art of War," Sun Tzu stated, "all warfare is based upon deception". U.S. history is no exception and is full of myth and propaganda. Although many of our founding fathers were slave owners, they are celebrated as champions of freedom and liberty. Just days ago, the U.S. celebrated Columbus Day, honoring one of history's worst enslavers of people, as a discovering hero. Jessica Lynch, who was seriously injured and captured during the 2003 invasion of Iraq was held up as a hero because she fought fiercely and shot several enemy soldiers, even though she never fired a shot.
10-14-2016: Man raped in jail gets billed for care
10-14-2016: ACLU & HRW Call to Decriminalize Drug Use & Possession After Documenting Arrests Every 25 Seconds
Editorial note: Jane Elliot, a former teacher and noted anti-racism activist, stated: "If you graduated from high school and you aren't a racist, you weren't listening, you should have gotten an "F" in social studies…we are conditioned to the myth of white superiority from the moment of birth," in response to the question; "are all white people racist?".
10-13-2016: Cleveland ordered to pay $13.2 million judgment for police officer in wrongful conviction suit
10-13-2016: Arizona’s Civil Forfeiture Laws Now Face Civil Rights Lawsuits and Federal Investigations
Editorial note: If there is concern about the quality of the low bidder's camera system, the simple answer would be to include some miniumum operational and performance standards that if not met cancels the contract.
10-13-2016: We've Reached the End of White Christian America
10-11-2016: Another do-over election in St. Louis is ordered, again over improperly cast absentee ballots
Editorial note: See our related post, "Columbus Day: Celebrating Slavery and Genocide".
10-11-2016: Honda 3D prints compact delivery EV
Editorial note: 3D printing, robotics, drones, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence are among the technologies the will revolutionize the world and eliminate half of all jobs in the United States. Job loss and legal action are closely related which is why you need to learn how to perform legal research to protect yourself when you don't have the financial resources to hire legal professionals.
10-10-2016: Dozens of suspicious court cases, with missing defendants, aim at getting web pages taken down or deindexed
10-10-2016: Missouri's 'right-to-farm' amendment doesn't apply to marijuana growers, St. Louis judge says
10-7-2016: Vermont police shooting deemed justified
10-7-2016: Vermont ditches Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples' Day, Hartford may make the switch for good
Editorial note: See our related post, "Columbus Day: Celebrating Slavery and Genocide". Vermont becomes the 2nd US state to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day. At least four states do not celebrate Columbus Day (Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, and South Dakota) with South Dakota officially celebrating Native American Day instead and Hawaii celebrates Discoverers' Day, commemorating the Polynesian discoverers of Hawaii.
10-7-2016: Aldermen pass legislation limiting campaign contributions to $10,000 in St. Louis elections
Editorial note: The U.S. Supreme Court in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruled that contributions made to candidates, issues or a political party is protected free speech under the 1st amendment. Therefore this more might simply be political window dressing to give the appearance that something is being done about St. Louis Corruption.
10-7-2016: She had an Illinois lottery ticket worth $50,000, until courts said it was bought with drug money
Editorial note: Civil
forfeiture law "theft" taken to a whole new level.
Editorial note: I agree with the ACLU, officers who review the footage ahead of time could choose to leave out information if it didn’t appear on video.
Editorial note: Rape is a horrible crime and my comments are not intended to be insensitive to victims of rape. It seems unusual for an exceptionally bright married woman to accept an invitation to an man's house at 9:30 p.m. to discuss amoung all things legislative business, before either of them has officially won office, while drinking wine. As an attorney, law professor, and politician, Ms Walker most likely knew about the prior allegations against Roberts since it was widely reported in the news. However, knowing the law and not immediately reporting the incident to police or going to the hospital to have a rape kit then waiting weeks later to report the incident also seems unusual. I do have to commend Ms. Walker for allowing herself to be named. Usually rape victims are not named to protect the victim, but the accused can sometimes be the victim when false allegations are made. Not hidding behind anonymity does lend more credibility to her claim.
Editorial note: Financial literacy should be a requirement in every school district. Practical and useful subjects such as home economics, carpentry or some other everyday skill should be available at every school. Years ago while visiting my brother, I asked; since we grew up in the same house, how did you learn to cook and I didn't? He replied, I learned to cook in high school in home ec.
Editorial note: The 33 year-old white police officer, this first on duty St. Louis County Police Officer killed in sixteen years was murdered by an 18 year old white male. I doubt police will now profile and fear 18 year-old whilte males. But had the suspect been an 18 year-old black male, that might have been used to justify recent killings of unarmed black men. My sympathies go out to the family and friends of officer Blake Snyder, we are truely sorry for your loss; may he rest in peace. I too lost a friend who was a police officer and had another friend who was severly injured while answering a domestic disturbance call.
Editorial note: Jesse Beshaw, a 29 year old white man was shot six times and grazed with a seventh shot on Sept. 16. When Black Lives Matter and similar protest concerning police shootings of unarmed men, whatever protections are put in place as a result also protect white victims. We're all in this together.
Editorial note: As mentioned in our post, "Now Hiring Black Police Officers", Starting annual salary for a St. Louis Police Officer is $43,424. The median annual Police Patrol Officer salary in Saint Louis, MO is $51,683, as of September 30, 2016 according to Salary.com, with a range usually between $43,043-$60,985 not including bonus and benefit information and other factors that impact base pay.
Editorial note: The situation will probably only get worse, half of all US jobs are predicted to be eliminated because of computerization and robotics. Automation will certainly dispropotionately affect working class jobs.
Editorial note: See our related Educational Oppression page.
Editorial note: White privilege also applies to drug addiction. Now that middle class white neighborhoods have become the fastest growing source of new drug addicts, the vocabulary used to define and describe addiction has changed; even in the face of high profile reports of herion addicts endangering children.
10-4-2016: St. Louis NAACP says girl, 13, accused of shooting couple at beauty supply store is 'not a monster'
Editorial note: This murder occurred a few days after I watched "Purge: Election Year" and the Candy Bar Girl immediately came to mind. Similarly, this 13 year old girl was caught stealing and then returned to retaliate. This seems exactly the type of case adult certification of juveniles was designed for. Black Missouri teens are tried disproportionately as adults. However, when gun violence is running rampant in St. Louis, trying to make excuses for what appears to be premeditated murder doesn't feel right. I have the utmost respect for the NAACP's historical record, but I believe this stance was the wrong move. If she was only "acting out" and killed two people, how will she act out the next time?
10-4-2016: ‘Brutal’ video shows white officer violently arresting black man sitting on his mother’s porch
10-3-2016: Best Buy Agrees to Pay $3.8 Million Civil Penalty, Implement Internal Compliance Program for Distributing and Selling Recalled Products
10-3-2016: FAFSA moves opening date to Oct. 1
10-3-2016: Police Detective Who Threatened To Kill Teens And Plant Drug Evidence, Is Suspended, Not Fired
10-2-2016: St. Louis officers shoot and critically injure boy, 14, after he first fired at them, police say
Editoral note: The Cortez Bufford dash cam video, the police union's strong opposition to body cameras and their support of Jason Stockley, the former St. Louis Police Officer, charged with murder after video surfaced more than four years later has eroded many people's faith in and the benefit of the doubt concerning the truthfulness of police statements. It's no surprise that there were no body cameras.
10-1-2016: Dash-cam video shows police trying to run over a mentally ill suspect before shooting him 14 times