Below are news items from November 2016. For more current and breaking news items, see the main news page.
Editorial note: Justice Dept: Louisiana parish jailed hundreds without charges or probable cause in past three years, including crime witnesses & their relatives, as part of practice going back decades
12-31-2016: In Evangeline Parish arrest scandal, civil liberties took back seat to decades of tradition
Editorial note: I don't drink, so drinking and driving has never been a concern for me, except watching out for those who do. However, I would not want to be made to submit to a breath test and I wonder if this could be unconstitutional. You have a right to remain silent and not produce evidence. Sufficient probable cause is required in order to obtain a search warrant and just refusing a breath test is not sufficient. The "no refusal" seem like punishment for exercising your rights. See Missouri Revised Statute 577.020 concerning implied consent and our related "What are my rights at various checkpoints".
12-30-2016: Clay says he won't remove painting in U.S. Capitol tunnel that has drawn criticism from police, others
12-28-2016: Police say a black man was shot after pulling a blade on officers. A new video raises doubts
Editorial note: White privilege determines how these cases are prosecuted and reported. Had the woman been black, the news reports would have most certainly reported that Casenet (14SL-CR04309-01) indicates a notice of drug testing and an arrest warrant were issued on 4-29-2014. Elizabeth Hawthorne plead guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 5 years incarceration (suspended execution of sentence) and given 5 years probation instead. There would be calls for her probation to be revoked. She is now charged with Abuse Or Neglect Of A Child (16SL-CR09265). We can imagine how this senario would play out in the "injustice system" had this been a woman of color.
Editorial note: The cost of living in Mexico is 59% lower than the United States.
12-27-2016: Cop Admits to Throwing 4yo Child Against the Wall, Causing Serious Injury, Gets Slap on the Wrist
12-27-2016: ‘It made me hate the police’: Ugly encounters with officers fuel loss of trust, costly payouts
Editorial note: See our "Billionaire Overthrow of U.S. Government" page, which includes a discussion about tax exempt foundations.
Editorial note: If the only way St. Louis can attract a soccer team is with 120+ million in tax dollars, then the cost of doing business is too high, let the soccer team go to another city.
Editorial note: See our "White Privilege" page which contains the documentary "White People", whose primary question is, "what's it like to be white?"
12-23-2016: Viral Video Depicting Shocking Arrest of Mother Shows 'Reality of Being Black in America'
Editorial note: See our related "Medical Oppression" page where we discuss medical aparthied, experimentation and provide a link to another source that ranked hospital by letter graded A thru F. The results for St. Louis hospitals were surprising, with at least one well respected local hospital receiving a "D" grade.
12-22-2016: Tishaura responds to Post smear
Editorial note: See our related post, "School-to-Prison Pipeline Complete — New Law Makes Schoolyard Fights Felony", This will be yet another mass incarceration tool which will certainly be disproportionaly applied to black students. Parents you need to teach your children to remain silent until they speak with you or an attorney. Requesting a jury trial should be an automatic response when a child is charged unfairly. See our related School to Prison Pipeline page.
12-21-2016: Nixon says state tax credits are ideal to clear St. Louis site, with or without a soccer stadium
Editorial note: Dowd Bennett, a Clayton law firm, will add Gov. Jay Nixon to their practice next year after his term as Governor expires. I can't help but wonder if any of Dowd Bennett's clients will benefit directly or indirectly from the proposed stadium site.
Editorial note: Most St. Louis Police officers live outside of the city. If they lived here, I could take their recommendation for mayor more seriously. St. Louis is a majority black city, but it's officers are majority white. The fact that most officers are white and live outside of the city makes it seem like an occupying force. Police officers are some of our best paid city employees, but those paychecks are spent in other communities, which weakens our local economy. If more officers were part of the community, their continued presence would be a deterrent to crime. I'm sure in whatever community our officers live, their neighbors feel a little safer knowing a police officer lives nearby.
12-21-2016: Missouri Supreme Court reinstates law license of former St. Louis mayor Freeman Bosley Jr.
12-21-2016: St. Louis prosecutor uncovers 'important evidence' in voter fraud probe, turns over case to feds
Editorial note: For quite so time, we've been warning since half of all jobs in the U.S. are predicted to be eliminated, the need for legal services will be great.
12-21-2016: 'Speak English, You're in America,' Woman Tells Latina Shoppers in Rant Caught on Camera
12-21-2016: 4 bodies found at property of retired N.Y. cop
12-20-2016: Facing continued enrollment declines, St. Louis Public Schools will close two more schools
Editorial note: Visit our "Educational Oppression" page and view Dr. Clark's enlightening comments about public education.
12-20-2016: Meeting on tax credits for St. Louis soccer stadium postponed after governor-elect's criticism
Editorial note: As we stated last year, "until people educate themselves and become familiar and active within our 'justice' system, justice will remain a concept unavailable to many." Sometimes the only person you can depend on is yourself.
12-19-2016: Gov.-elect Greitens calls public money for St. Louis soccer stadium 'welfare for millionaires'
12-19-2016: Missouri's new gun law may be changed to keep guns away from people convicted of domestic violence
Editorial note: See related, "Gun Law in Missouri".
Editorial note: Billionaires have officially overthrown the government of the United States.
Editorial note: A Missouri Republican legislator proposed similiar measure last year.
Editorial note: The point isn't that other communities have a worse lead problem, the point is that Flint had a safe source of water and that source was switched even though red flags were raised. See our related post, "A City Full of Black People Poisoned".
12-19-2016: If the U.S. Won't Pay Its Teachers, China Will
12-17-2016: Jury awards $2.5 million civil penalty in deadly police chase across Poplar Street Bridge
12-17-2016: Pharmaceutical executives accused of bribing doctors to 'unnecessarily prescribe' fentanyl
Editorial note: More than a half dozen pharmaceutical executives and managers were taken into custody by federal officials this month on charges that they "led a nationwide conspiracy to bribe medical practitioners to unnecessarily prescribe a fentanyl-based pain medication and defraud healthcare insurers.
12-17-2016: CBD hemp oil named a Schedule I drug by DEA
Editorial note: Schedule I drugs, the same category as heroin, LSD, ecstasy, meth, peyote and marijuana are substances, or chemicals that are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse, according to the DEA website. Just because a state may have legalized marijuana, it's still illegal under federal law. The Trump administration reverse course from the Obama's and target marijuana users and sellers.
12-16-2016: Judge, defendant and paralyzed victim agree that shooting of Cardinals' fan in St. Louis was senseless
Editorial note: Most people do not realize that you can be convicted more than once for the same crime. A sentence of 35 years was given in Federal Court and a sentence of 40 years was given in State Court. See, "Federal Prosecution of Gun Crimes, The New Mass Incarceration Tool?"
Editorial note: See our recently added page, "Billonaire Overthrow of U.S. Government"
Editorial note: If you've ever downloaded porn, you might want to see how this law firm extorted millions from porn downloaders.
Editorial note: Two years ago the City of St. Louis adopted a "ban the box" policy to give deserving people a second chance.
12-15-2016: On guns, governors, cities and mayors
12-15-2016: Dylann Roof guilty in Charleston church shooting
12-15-2016: Video: He was naked, unarmed and tripping on LSD. Police ordered their K-9 to attack him.
Editorial note: The controversial hair test is alleged to discriminate against black officers.
Editorial note: See related post, "My 87 Year Old Father Fears Police". Dad just celebrated his 88th birthday this week!
12-14-2016: ‘Poverty pimp’ faces slap on wrist
Editorial note: See comments about poverty pimps.
12-14-2016: Mayor pushes tax proposals for MetroLink expansion, neighborhood development and soccer stadium
Editorial note: If tax dollars fund it, we should own a portion of it. See our Nov. 11th comments.
12-14-2016: Campaign begins to counter 'all white' Christmas
Editorial note: I suspect this homeless man is a scapegoat. Downtown residents had been complaining specifically about the New Life homeless population and magically about 300 of those specific homeless people overdosed from tainted K2. Where did this homeless man get his supply of drugs? If he was so sucessful selling the drug to that many people in such a short period of time, why was he still homeless? Why didn't the supplier sell the tainted drugs to any other dealers in another location?
Editorial note: After Trump spoke negatively about the cost of Air Force One, I guess Boeing decided we better head to D.C. to more effectively lobby the Trump administration.
Editorial note: Ten companies control most of the major food brands in the U.S., so in situations like this, it's difficult to switch brand as the same company might also produce the competing product.
12-13-2016: Monsanto shareholders approve merger with Bayer
Editorial note: See our post "Bayer and Monsanto a marriage made in Hell".
12-13-2016: Evansville, Ind., cops caught beating a handcuffed man, then lying about it. They won't face charges
Editorial note: This was common sense, here's how fracking works.
Editorial note: Forcing presidential candidates to release their tax returns may be illegal and could be the first step to force other candidates of federal, state and local offices to release their returns. See 26 U.S.C. 6103. See "IRS Disclosure and Privacy Law Reference Guide" and "How private are your tax records? Surprise!", which explains how any information you give to a third-party tax preparation company such as H&R Block or off-the-shelf software companies such as TurboTax can legally sell your information.
12-12-2016: Former head of St. Louis police group sentenced to 12 months in federal prison for stealing funds
12-12-2016: Why Innocent People Plead Guilty: The Truth About America's Overwhelming Prison Population
Editorial note: See our related Plea Bargain page and our post, "40 reasons our jails and prisons are full of black and poor people"
12-12-2016: Terminally-ill child dies in Santa’s arms
Editorial note: Legal issues can be monumental and stressful, trust me, I've had my share. But stories like this remind you to be grateful for whatever blessing you have. See our related post from last year, "Merry Christmas from a broke family".
12-11-2016: Carrier says it will spend millions automating Indiana plant, plans to lay off workers Trump ‘saved’
Editorial note: As we mentioned in our post, "Increase your legal knowledge before Trump takes oath of office", the day after the election; "Since half of all jobs in the U.S. are predicted to be eliminated, the need for legal services will be great. Although Trump has promised to return manufacturing jobs, that promise is not realistic. Manufacturing is increasingly becoming automated, so even if manufacturers open U.S. factories, those factories will not produce anywhere near the level of employment of traditional manufacturing in the past. "
12-11-2016: KKK members claim they aren’t white supremacists
12-10-2016: ‘The Angel of Death has entered into this city’
Editorial note: As we have indicated before, white privilege results in larger settlements being offered more quickly to white victims than to black victims. Less than two weeks ago, a black family felt insulted that they were only offered $300,000 for the death of their loved one.
Editorial note: See our related post about what to do when a retailer won't exchange defective merchandise.
Editorial note: A black woman was accused of stealing — so this Victoria’s Secret kicked out all black customers. See our post about post traumatic slave syndrome that might help explain this woman's emotional rollercoaster from anger to tears after she was unfairly targeted and put out of the store.
12-7-2016: Missouri House speaker calls for probe of prisons as harassment claims cost state millions
Editorial note: As we have mentioned many times before, half of all jobs in the United States will be eliminated because of automation and computerization. Artificial intelligence will chip away at the other half. “Jobs like engineers, lawyers, nurses, teachers, truck drivers, and secretaries will all disappear,”…“As will physical labor jobs, like construction workers, trash collectors, or plumbers. Robots will be better, and they’ll never be late to work, argue with the boss, or sue their employer because they fell off the roof.
12-7-2016: Noam Chomsky & Harry Belafonte in Conversation on Trump, Sanders, the KKK, Rebellious Hearts & More
12-7-2016: Lawsuit filed to stop Trump presidency
Editorial note: See our related page, "War is a Racket".
12-5-2016: Mistrial declared in case of South Carolina officer who shot Walter Scott after traffic stop
Editorial note: See our post, "Why White Cops Kill Black Men"
Editorial note: See our page, "Ku Klux Klan – The Invisible Empire".
12-5-2016: ‘Raw hatred’: Vandals break into interracial couple’s home, spray-paint slurs and swastikas
Editorial note: See our page, "Racism – A History"
12-4-2016: What's a "drive-by lawsuit"?
12-4-2016: Boston police's plan to monitor social media, internet for potential threats is drawing criticism
Editorial note: 10 of 11 people charged with money laundering and food stamp fraud of millions of dollars in connection with a Fundamentalist LDS Church conspiracy will receive no jail time. Obviously, white privilege even applies to food stamp fraud.
Editorial note: A black woman, appearing to be in her fifties, is arrested for an incident that happened before she and her husband arrived in the store. The innocent handcuffed woman was held for at least a half hour after being eliminated as a suspect by the victim. This video demonstrates why everyone needs to learn their rights and how to envoke them.
12-2-2016: Mall of America hires its first black Santa
12-1-2016: Trevor Noah and conservative Tomi Lahren go head-to-head on Black Lives Matter on ‘The Daily Show’
Editorial note: Trevor Noah posed a question, why are you angry? It has always amazed me that even after slavery, Jim Crow, mass incarceration, income inequality, institutionalized racism and more, white people seem more angry than black people. Understandably, many people love the flag, but this country through law has endorsed unimaginable oppression and the flag also represents the official oppressive policies.
12-1-2016: For blacks, police pursuits far more deadly
Editorial note: This is exactly the type of action we talked about in our July post, "Protest minus disruption or violence equals failure".
Editorial note: It's scary to think that doctors might be treating patients while harboring racist sentiments towards them.
12-1-2016: Cleveland woman jailed while waiting for judge to accept no contest pleas to traffic violations, contempt charge
12-1-2016: U.S. jobless claims rise to five-month high
Editorial note: As we have mentioned before, the situation will probably only get worse, half of all US jobs are predicted to be eliminated because of computerization and robotics.