1-31-2017: Inmate dies in St. Louis Justice Center
Editorial note: For those not familiar with Brian Owens, I've included my personal favorites, a video of duet of Brian Owens and his father singing "A Change is Gonna Come". Disclaimer, although I don't know Mr. Owens, he is a friend of one of my sons.
Editorial note: St. Louis has sunken to a new low. I don't care what kind of issue you have with another person, shooting at a school bus is a cowardly act. What kind of person believes it is okay to jeopardize children? The fact that someone would commit such a blazen act during the middle of the day speaks volumns about what they thought about getting caught by the police. There should definately be an increased police presence when kids are catching the bus to school in the morning and coming home in the afternoon.
1-30-2017: African Union criticises US for ‘taking many of our people as slaves’ and not taking refugees
1-30-2017: Prisoner says Warren County, OH jailers raped her, nurses refused to give her epilepsy medication
Editorial note: See Gun Law in Missouri.
Editorial note: Walls not only keep others out, it keeps you in.
1-24-2017: Judge: Aetna lied about quitting Obamacare
Editorial note: Teacher puts black kids in front of middle school History class to act like slaves for a skit, by pretending to pick cotton and dig for coal
Editorial note: See our post, "Hidden Racism of Charter Schools"
Editorial note: Should I have my water tested (pdf)? If you use a private laboratory to conduct the testing, nitrate and bacteria samples will typically cost between $10 and $20 to complete. Testing for other contaminants will be more expensive.
1-23-2017: Missouri Bill Would Ban Red Light Cameras
Editorial note: Conceal carry permits cost up to $100 each. By February 2013, there were 171,000 active concealed carry permits and the number of permits increased each year through 2016. Under the old law, those permits needed to be renewed every five year. In additional to more guns on the streets, the new law means millions in lost revenue. See Gun Law in Missouri.
Editorial note: Asia contains close to 60 percent of the world's population and some of the world's fastest growing economies and is nearer to Africa which also contains some of the fastest growing economies. Trump may have restricted the United State's access to this massive market. Computerization, robotics and artificial intelligence will result in manufacturing becoming mostly automated, so even if manufacturing does make it's way back to the US, it won't necessarily result in dramatic job increases. This is why half of all jobs in the U.S. are predicted to be eliminated.
1-23-2017: Cops can’t be forced to return marijuana in failed drug cases, Colorado Supreme Court says
Editorial note: We mentioned the need for increased police presence at bus stops after Kameill Taylor was found, however, citizen patrols are the next best thing, especially since conceal and carry requirements have been relaxed. Those interested in learning more or participating in the neighborhood patrol are encouraged to call Azim Aziz at 499-4200 or send an email to Azim.email@example.com who stated, “If we cannot protect our children then we are worthless.”
Editorial note: Teacher who used marijuana while on vacation in Colorado where recreational use is legal, later tested positive during a drug test in Texas. “Possession of a usable quantity of marijuana is a criminal offense in Texas, but so is gambling,” But the court “would not recommend that the Board find a teacher unworthy to instruct in Texas because she legally gambled in Nevada.”
Editorial note: Artificial intelligence is a contributing factor why half of all jobs in the U.S. are predicted to be eliminated.
Editorial note: The three major black mayoral candidates have an estimated combined 40 percent of the vote, but individually, all fall way below Krewson's 27 percent. As was very predictable, the three major black candidates are spliting a the black vote. It's not too late for these candidates to get together and rally behind a single candidate. If you agree, email all three candidates, let them know they need to join forces. Lewis Reed firstname.lastname@example.org; Tishuara Jones email@example.com; and Antonio French firstname.lastname@example.org.
1-19-2017: As Body Camera Video Of Shooting Contradicts Cops' Story, SFPD Boots Reporters From Press Conference
Editorial note: After all the negative comments made during Trump's campaign, I still don't understand why an estimated 29% of Hispanics voted for Trump. Based on Trump's rhetoric, I would have been more surprised had he made a Latino appointment.
Editorial note: See our related post, "A City Full of Poor Black People Poisoned".
Editorial note: See related, Divide and Conquer – The State of Black Politics in St. Louis.
1-18-2017: You could get money back if you bought milk
Editorial note: Missouri milk producers participated in an alleged conspiracy in which drove up the price of milk by prematurely killing half a million cows to artificially reduce supply and increase price. People can file a claim online by Jan. 31 by visiting www.boughtmilk.com.
1-18-2017: Right-to-work law advances in Missouri House
1-17-2017: Secret Service agrees to pay $24 million in decades-old race bias case brought by black agents
Editorial note: The first black secret service agent on the White House detail, Abraham Bolden, has ties to St. Louis and was personally selected by President's Kennedy. Bolden tried to warn about the poor security surrounding Kennedy prior to his death. To keep Bolden quiet after Kennedy's death, he was framed and put in prison. Listen to his very interesting story below.
Editorial note: I can't imagine what would cause anyone to perform a hit on a 15 year old girl. However, our hearts go out to the family. These killers are acting as honorary klan members doing with a gun what the klan used to do with a rope.
1-17-2017: Trade school fires president after he gave homeless student shelter in library during sub-zero weather
Editorial note: Chelsea Manning, a transgender woman, formally Bradley Manning, was a former United States Army Private. Manning was arrested for passing classified material to the whistleblower website, WikiLeaks, in May 2010 in Iraq, where Manning had been stationed since October 2009. Manning was convicted in 2013 in military court of leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents and was serving a 35 year sentence. See related, "9 Liberties Lost Since 9/11"
1-17-2017: 18 million Americans would lose health coverage if Republicans partially repeal Obamacare, CBO says
Editorial note: See our response, "Police Depicted as Animals in Art".
1-16-2017: Martin Luther King jr. vs Donald Trump
1-15-2017: Police Depicted as Animals in Art
Editorial note: See our related, Missouri Gun Law page.
Editorial note: A while ago, we commented on our Educational Oppression page how the richest 85 people in the world held as much wealth as the poorest half; now a tenth of that number controls the wealth. For a few to be rich, many must be poor.
Editorial note: Our family used to attend this circus every year until we saw the UniverSoul Circus.
Editorial note: These factories and the machinst union should get together with St. Louis area public schools and the community colleges and help create and support programs to inform students about these opportunities. Many students, especially in St. Louis City, simply don't know about these sort of jobs and may be interested once informed.
Editorial note: See our response, "Police Depicted as Animals in Art".
Editorial note: We are glad to hear Kameill Taylor was found alive and our hearts go out to her family. My family moved back to St. Louis City almost 10 years ago. Both my sons rode school buses. My youngest son has caught a school bus since he was in the 6th grade, he's a high school senior now. Over the years my wife and I have suggested to the St. Louis police department that there should be a greater police presence near bus stops. Usually, my son sends a text or we text him to make sure he's on the bus, however, not all kids have phones. With so much crime and so many children waiting to catch their bus more needs to be done. School bus drivers should have a list of riders and turn over a list of missing kids to the school. If the kid doesn't show up at school after a certain time, then a parent could be called. Had Kameill's mother known she wasn't on the bus, that may have made a difference. Instead of giving "welfare to millionaires and billionaires" maybe we can provide grants to fix up existing vacant buildings.
1-14-2017: AT&T cuts 'lifeline' discounts in Missouri
Editorial note: Access from AT&T is another program that still provides high speed Internet access for only $5 or $10 per month depending on the speed available in your area. To qualify, at least one member in your household must receive SNAP benefits (food stamps).
1-13-2017: Tragedy 400 years in the making
Editorial note: See our post related to post traumatic slave syndrome which is mentioned in the article.
1-11-2017: 'Ferguson effect' quantified: Study says officers more reluctant to use force, make stops
1-11-2017: Trump’s News Conference: What You Missed
Editorial note: Current estimates place the city's black population at close to 40 percent, however, the white population votes sufficiently as a bloc to usually defeat the preferred candidate of black voters," the lawsuit argues. See related, Divide and Conquer – The State of Black Politics in St. Louis.
Editorial note: Claimed federal civil rights violations for being jailed on gang-related charges based on rap lyrics and social media postings. The lawsuit alleges that police violated constitutional rights to free speech and against unreasonable search and seizure.
1-10-2017: Clay will return controversial painting depicting police as animals to U.S. Capitol complex wall
1-10-2017: Dylann Roof Sentenced To Death
1-10-2017: Dylann Roof: I have a right to ask forgiveness, 'but I’m not sure what good that will do'
Editorial note: See related, "Divide and Conquer – The State of Black Politics in St. Louis"
Editorial note: This is one of the reasons why it was so important for our black political leaders to stand united instead of divided.
1-9-2017: Eric Greitens sworn in as Missouri governor: 'I come as an outsider, to do the people’s work'
Editorial note: See related, reporting misconduct by judges.
Editorial note: #MissouriSoWhite Missouri a former slave state has never elected a black statewide official in 196 years despite being 12% of population.
Editorial note: The Department of Justice estimates 1,900 people died during a police encounter in the 12 months ending in May of 2016.
Editorial note: See our recent post, "The Prosecutor – The Most Powerful Position in the Criminal Justice System"
1-6-2017: St. Louis comptroller: Scottrade Center proposal could hurt credit rating, public safety funding
1-6-2017: Congressman removes painting approved by Lacy Clay that depicts police officers with animal heads
Editorial note: See our related page, "War is a Racket".
Editorial note: See, "MLK Day and St. Louis' First Murder of the Year" written after I discovered the first murder victim of 2016 was someone I knew. Our sympathy goes out to this man's family and friends. We are all connected. As John Donne wrote, "Any man's death diminishes me," for that man many may be an unknown relative, the father or brother of my my son's best friend, the next MLK or Malcolm X, the person who would have cured cancer or the man who would have one day saved my life or someone close to me.
1-5-2017: Hate crime charges filed against 4 black suspects in beating of white man on Facebook Live
Editorial note: White people in this sort of situation are rarely denied justice so they don't have to protest when this sort of situation happens. The Black Chicago Chief of Police didn't wait for results of an investigation to denounce the dispicable treatment of a white teen by a group of black teens. That's the way it should be. However, when the situation is reversed, we are told that an investigation needs to be conducted before any comment can be made, the tape doesn't show wait happened before or some other excuse that delays justice. When the victim is black, the perpetrator often isn't arrested and hate charges are almost never brought unless a protest occurs.
Editorial note: This judge purposefully violated people's rights and denied their due process, why is she allowed to keep her job and pension. The practice of judges and lawyer protecting each other needs to be stopped. I can't think of any other situation where an employee would not be fired for these types of abuses. See our related, "Corrupt Judges" and "Reporting Misconduct by Judges" pages.
Editorial note: See related, "Billionaire Overthrow of U.S. Government".
1-4-2017: Black teen files $5m lawsuit against white police officer who pinned her to ground at pool party
1-4-2017: As Jennifer Joyce hits the road, Kim Gardner takes over as St. Louis' first black circuit attorney
Editorial note: See our recent post, "The Prosecutor – The Most Powerful Position in the Criminal Justice System".
Editorial note: See, "Reporting Misconduct by Judges".
1-3-2017: Bill and Hillary Clinton Will Attend Trump’s Inauguration, as Will George W. and Laura Bush
Editorial note: "Each new administration, whether it be Republican or Democrat continues the same basic policies of the previous administration which it had so thoroughly denounced during the election campaign." … FDR once said "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." – None Dare Call It Conspiracy (1971)
Editorial note: I wasn't familiar with the program, I've never watched it. If the incidents described in the article, "The First 48 Makes Millions Off Imprisoning Innocents," are representative of the show in general, I'd have to agree that it was a mistake to allow the show's participation.