Editorial note: St. Louis was ranked the 15th most dangerous city in the World.
Editorial note: State Rep. Marsha Haefner, a Republican from St. Louis County stated, “We can’t take care of the people who actually need help if we’re using all our resources on people who don’t need it." I agree, that's why we shouldn't have spent over $16 million on a failed stadium bid or even considered giving hundreds of millions of dollars to Stan Kroenke. According to the ShowMeInstitute, Missouri Is One of the Top States . . . in Corporate Welfare. The benefits you allow to be cut today might be benefits you need in the future. More than a million retirees could see their pensions cut in half or more come July 2016. A U.S. News article, "Nickel and Diming the Poor", discusses how efforts in Kansas and Missouri to restrict food stamp use, demonize low-income families and waste time. Three years ago, it was predicted that half of all job that exist will be gone within ten years.
Editorial note: The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, will cause more than 500,000 and as many as 1 million of the nation’s poorest people will be cut off SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program). Adults aged 18-49 who are not physically or mentally unfit for work or caring for a minor child are ineligible for SNAP if they have received three months of SNAP benefits while unemployed or not in a work or training program for at least 20 hours a week during the previous 36 months. Among those who report their race, about half are white, a third are African American, and a tenth are Hispanic.
Editorial note: Public defenders caseloads were so heavy that they were spending only seven minutes preparing for each of their cases. This is one reason people should learn more about the law and their rights. See Public Defender – Pros and Cons.
1-28-2016: Former judge arrested for DWI
1-28-2016: St. Louis Police to Install Recording Cameras in Holding Cells After Outcry Over In-Custody Death
Editorial note: Usually, if your record is expunged (erased or closed), you will not have to state that you were arrested. Petition Form for Expungement of Arrest Record. Missouri statutes related to expungement are RSMO 610.122, 610.123, 610.124, 610.125, 610.126, 610.130 and 610.140.
Note: St. Louis' earnings tax is still targeted.
Editorial note: See why I prefer jury trials.
Editorial note: See January 20th news post how students can apply to have their student loans forgiven..
Editorial note: Let's not go down this road again, after just spending over $16 million dollars in a failed NFL stadium proposal. St. Louis already had a soccer team, the St. Louis Steamers. If St. Louis is such a great location for soccer, teams should be willing to finance their own startup cost, just like every other business in America.
1-26-2016: Former St. Louis prosecutor who admitted helping cover up officer's assault has law license suspended
Editorial note: Police officers fired 137 shots at an unarmed black man and woman killing both. See, “Why White Cops Kill Black Men"
Editorial note: Racial and ethnic minorities make up 40% of the U.S. Population, but only 14% of legislatures.
1-25-2016: Drug dealer who got letters of support from St. Louis County leaders admits money laundering
Editorial note: This kid should be praised as a hero, instead, teachers and administrators are treating black and brown children like criminals resulting in a "school to prison pipeline" that traps them in a vicious cycle.
Editorial note: In response to another police shooting of an unarmed man, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey stated on Meet the Press, “we can’t afford to have that sort of thing in policing, the role we play in a democratic society is just too important.”
1-22-2016: More babies are being born with organs outside their bodies, and experts have no idea why
Editorial note: A rare birth defect has become more common in recent years, particularly for young African American mothers.
Editorial note: See, "Why White Cops Kill Black Men"
1-21-2016: HRW: Rubber-stamp justice punishes the poor
1-21-2016: Wrongful death suit filed over off-duty St. Louis officer's shooting of VonDerrit Myers Jr.
1-20-2016: Courts need to help fight gun violence, St. Louis police chief says at mayor's meeting in D.C.
Editorial note: Borrowers with student loan debt can apply to have it eliminated under an obscure federal law that law forgives debt for borrowers who prove their schools used illegal tactics to recruit them, such as by lying about their graduates’ earnings. See related:
- 3 Times College Closings Can Affect Student Loan Repayments;
- Pursue a Federal Student Loan Discharge as a Victim of College Fraud;
- Federal Student Loan Forgiveness and Loan Repayment Programs (PDF)
1-20-2016: How secret donations influence US elections
Editorial note: I'm certain if you give any competent business man tens of millions of dollar, he can out compete most other businesses that did not get free money. That free money allow the business to build a bigger, better facility that can sell cheaper products.
1-19-2016: Missouri Appellate Court Rules in Favor of STL Police Officer in Reverse Discrimination Suit
See related post: What to do when car rental reservations aren't honored.
1-19-2016: Police officer suspended for allegedly urging drivers to run over Black Lives Matter ‘idiots’
Editorial note: At approximately $2,000 each in building supplies, imagine how many tiny homes could have been built in St. Louis with just a fraction of the $16 million spent on the failed stadium plan. See related story: New village for homeless to open in Seattle
Editorial note: As mentioned during a earlier post; while arguing for freedom and liberty, many of the principal founding fathers; George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and others were slave-owners. A total of twelve American Presidents were slave owners. To paint a happy picture and minimize the realities of slavery in a children's book is propaganda, a distortion and history and an attempt to brainwash children.
Editorial note: see the Education Oppression page for comments about this disparity.
1-18-2016: St. Louis County official resigns over letters written by Stenger, Belmar in support of relative in drug case
Editorial note: When you have a greater understanding of the law, you won't be as easy to intimidate as someone who does not know the law and their rights. Use this site to learn as much about the law as possible and tell others so they can do the same!
Editorial note: The City of Flint changed it's water source in April of 2014 and people immediately started complaining about the quality of their water. St. Louis City officials considered privatization of our water system with Veolia, the same company that told Flint, Michigan their water problem was fixable last February. According to the report, "Troubled Waters" (pg. 28), in 2007, St. Louis City Mayor Francis G. Slay accepted $15,000 from Veolia, for a “Best Tasting City Water in America” award. Three years later, in September 2010, representatives from Veolia toured the St. Louis Water Division facility. And they followed up three months letter with a proposed $250,000 consulting contract “in a supposed effort to cut costs,” Two years later in 2012, the city of St. Louis issued
a request for proposals for a consultant to conduct an efficiency study of the city’s water utility. The city’s selection committee chose to award the contract to Veolia. See related post, A city full of black people poisoned!
Editorial note: Per the Post Dispatch, many of the contractors had political ties. Since 2011, the companies engaged by the task force gave more than $200,000 to Gov. Jay Nixon, and more than $300,000 to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. Since this project was supposed to be so inclusive; I wonder how much of that 16.2 million was spent with minority contracts? I suspect St. Louis officials will try to put even more money in their friends pockets by stating we're trying to lure another team with our stadium proposal. Remember that the NFL said that even after spending more than $16 million, the St. Louis Stadium Plan was inadequate.
1-16-2016: Email may derail case against Bill Cosby
Editorial note: When a city subsidizes projects such as Ballpark Village with hundreds of millions of dollars, existing businesses that receives no welfare can't compete, so this is what happens.
Editorial Note: See Lessons from Rams loss.
1-14-2016: St. Louis County officials wrote letters of support for politically connected drug dealer
1-13-2016: Courts must stop charging for being poor
1-13-2016: NFL owners thrilled by Kroenke's move
Editorial note: Missouri law prohibits the use of rates that are unfairly discriminatory, excessive or inadequate. Insurers should follow standards and requirements set forth under Missouri law (§§379.318 and 379.470, RSMo and 20 CSR 500-4.200, as applicable) to ensure their compliance
Editorial note: The Christian college looks to terminate Larycia Hawkins after saying Christians, Muslims ‘worship the same God’. See related post about hijab wearing college professor.
1-10-2016: Obamas Invite Businessman Who Helps Low-Income Residents Afford Solar Panels To State Of The Union
Editorial note: Kudos to Mr. Davis for giving back to the community. We need more people to step up and provide service, especially for those who are likely to find themselves victims to predatory practices. As W.E.B. Dubois mentioned, we need our "Talented Tenth" (the 10% of our community who are the best and brightest to help and uplift the rest). What are you doing to uplift?
Editorial note: More than $3 million dollars in taxpayer money was spent putting together a stadium plan the Ram's owner never asked for, participated in or commented about. The city claims it doesn't have funds to properly repair streets or fix non-functioning traffic lights including intersections of MLK at Sarah and MLK at Euclid. However, the City was somehow able to find funds to help finance a stadium for a billionaire who ended up insulting the City that was trying to throw money at him. To add insult to injury, the NFL who supposedly originally offered to kick in $300 million for stadium financing, then reduced the offer by $100 million, now says the plan is inadequate. Way to go St. Louis City leaders; I wonder how many people with contacts in City Hall got rich participating in the stadium planning money grab?
Editorial note: See related post about hijab wearing college professor.
Editorial note: This is the first St. Louis City murder since December 19, 2015. Don't let anger and frustration lead to violence, especially young black men; that's exactly what your enemies want.
1-8-2016: Texas Governor Wants To Amend The Constitution So States Can Ignore The Federal Government
Editorial note: Maine’s Republican Govenor Paul LePage said out-of-state drug dealers are impregnating "young white" girls.
Note: Ranken can't find enough North County kids to give full ride scholarships to!
Editorial note: If a lobbyist trying to influence a lawmaker's vote is having sex with the law maker, it is legitimate that the public be made aware of that fact.
1-7-2016: Low-wage workers deserve disaster pay
Editorial note: See related post which was motivated by this article.
Editorial note: See our comments about this compassionate woman and her brave act against religious intolerance.
Editorial note: During the flood, I mentioned how foolish it was to give give hundreds of millions in public funds for private stadiums. That point is made even stronger when the team owner doesn't even respect the city offering the money.
Note: A federal judge accused him of hiding evidence in a fatal police shooting.
1-5-2016: Trump revisits Muslim ban in first TV ad
The difference between "thugs" and "peaceful protesters" is skin color.
Note: Cartoonist Carlos Latuff explored why heavily armed white men committing crimes might get treated with kid gloves while police can shoot black kids like Tamir Rice with few consequences.
Editorial Note: Fortunately, we have the Hancock Amendment in Missouri to protect us from these type of predatory tax increases!
Editorial Note: If religious freedom doesn't apply equally; it is meaningless for everyone! See: First They Came.