2-28-2017: Interfering with a cop ordinance in St. Louis County ruled constitutional by circuit judge
Editorial note: Since this ruling was at the Circuit Court level, it is still possible the the St. Louis County ordinance 701.110 could be challenged on Appeal, in Federal Court or could possibly ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The vagueness of the ordinance does make it likely to be abused in the future and subject to additional challenges.
2-27-2017: Trump refocusing on protecting police as some in minority communities worry about repercussions
2-25-2017: These St. Louis charter schools have struggled for 14 years, but continue to evade closure
Editorial note: See our related post, "Hidden Racism of Charter Schools"
2-24-2017: St. Louis considers new MetroLink routes
2-23-2017: Real estate and racism in St. Louis
Editorial note: If it's hellish for employees, imagine how bad it must be for inmates, especially those innocent ones who took a plea deal to escape even longer sentences.
2-23-2017: Tobacco money will help avoid cuts of in-home care, school busing, Missouri governor says
Editorial note: Why were police serving a search warrant at 8:30 p.m., in what police describe as a block known for drug activity? The 63 year old man might have been asleep and could have quite reasonably assumed someone was breaking into his house when police used a battering ram on the door. As we have stated, gun law is not equally applied.
Editorial note: First they came for Black Lives Matter, then Muslims, next they're coming for you!
Editorial note: See related, Protester rights. Utilize your right to a trial by jury. The night Trump was elected we posted, "Increase Your Legal Knowledge Before Trump Takes Oath of Office". The law has always been used to strip away rights and your only defense will be your understanding of the law and how to apply it for your benefit.
Editorial note: Trump's daughter, Ivanka converted to Judism and Trump's wife Melania is an immigrant, which is ironic considering much of his base expresses religious intolerance and disdain for immigrants. By targeting Muslims, Trump openned the door for Jews to be targeted.
Editorial note: See our related post, "Police Depicted as Animals in Art".
2-20-2017: Greitens not saying what he'll do with Missouri's $50 million in tobacco settlement money
Editorial note: See our related post from last February, "A Dose of Heroin Reality" that predicted increasing heroin overdoses.
2-17-2017: Larry Rice Is Now Running for Mayor
Editorial note: See our related Eminent Domain page.
2-16-2017: Mayoral race exposes lack of leadership
Editorial note: See our related January post, "Divide and Conquer – The State of Black Politics in St. Louis". Many people including myself had never heard of Lyda Krewson before this election. The sad reality is that the three strongest black candidates, who all enjoy much stronger name recognition with two already holding city wide office would most like easily win, especially with combined support. However, egos and the HNIC mentally will result with the black vote split three ways leaving all the ego candidates defeated, a mayor endorsed by Slay and beholden to the police union. The status quo could be extended for another four years and the new encumbant mayor harder to defeat. I would really love to be wrong, but I don't think I am.
2-16-2017: Deputies’ jail fight caught on video
2-15-2017: FOX 2 9AM PROJECX PERFORMS
Editorial note: St. Louis signing group ProjecX, were recognized with a resolution by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen and set an attendance record at the History Museum's Twilight Tuesday Jackson Five Tribute last year, and most recently was invited to attend New Edition's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony on January 23, 2017.
Editorial note: For those that may be wondering about campaign contributions and free speech, check out; "How Spending Money Became a Form of Speech"
Editorial note: India is making itself "great again". Before British rule and colonization, India had the largest ecomony in the world. India recently surpassed Britian to become the fifth largest economy in the world. Trump's withdrawal from the Asian trade deal will not do much to "make American great again".
2-14-20174: GOP lawmaker cuts off NAACP president's testimony, sparking a tense "NAACP Day" at Capitol
Editorial note: The Missouri solution, cut education funding, raise college tuition, build more prisons.
2-11-2017: Missouri Republicans' push to limit lawsuits could have unexpected beneficiaries: themselves
Editorial note: See related information about the "Team Four Plan"
Editorial note: Voting no! Not against soccer stadium, just against public dollars funding a private project when there are so many actual needs don't have funding.
Editorial note: This is why second opinions are always a good idea.
2-8-2017: Ex-police chief in East St. Louis pleads guilty of theft, agrees to cooperate in corruption probe
2-5-2017: Missouri consumer law is under attack
Editorial note: We warned on December 22, 2015, that more than a million retirees could see their pensions cut in half. Half of all jobs in the United States are in danger of being eliminated because of automation and robotics. Additionally, with more states including Missouri becoming right to work, even less money will be paid into pension funds.
Editorial note: See our 2-3-2017 comment concerning Yeman.
2-4-2017: Along for the Ride: Maryland Heights interchange tops list of 'most dangerous' intersections in state
2-3-2017: Settled: Ferguson pays $3 million to family of naked, unarmed man who died after police encounter
Editorial note: If you received SNAP (food stamp) benefits, you probably qualify for $5 or $10 high speed Internet service.
Editorial note: Trump’s Mar-a-Lago getaway could cost taxpayers more than $3 million. After Trump was sworn in as president, the Mar-a-Lago membership fee doubled to $200,000, prompting speculation that the Trump organization was selling access to President Trump.
Editorial note: As we expressed in a post last month, "Billionaire President Equals Massive Military Industrial Complex Profits".
2-3-2017: Judge slaps hold on Trump's travel ban
Editorial note: Lyda Krewson, as of January 27, 2017 was in the lead according to polls, which is to be expected in a racially polorized city with five black candidates. Sometimes things are not what they seem. I have to wonder if Joyce's semi-endorsement of two candidates is in reality an attempt to further split the black vote or to deflect votes away from the leading black candidate. "Beware of strangers bearing gifts". I don't know Joyce or any of the candidates running for mayor, however, I have voted for the two candidates who hold citywide office. Running for political office is sort of like warfare, winner take all. "All warfare is based on deception" – Sun Tzu, "The Art of War".
Editorial note: See related, "Divide and Conquer – The State of Black Politics in St. Louis".
Editorial note: As a former U.S. Postal employee, I was a member of the union, even though union membership is optional for federal employees. I didn't join the union until I decide it was the right choice for me and that is how it should be. No one should be forced to join any organization to work. Unfortunately, the highest paying union jobs have a very small percentage of working black members. At one point, I worked in management at a majority African-American owned and operated transportation business. When our trucks would arrive at union sites, our employees were not allowed to unload their own trucks. They had to wait at the dock, while mostly white union laborers unloaded and completed other work inside that our guys would traditionally do at non-union sites. Right to work may result in African-Americans gaining employment in areas where union membership was a barrier. This is not an indictment of all unions, but to some degree unions restrict non-whites from some of the best paying jobs. Even in black communities, it's common to see all white work crews on construction and other work sites.
2-2-2017: A history lesson at the movies: Gateway students, families gifted with a trip to see ‘Hidden Figures’
Editorial note: Hidden Figures was mentioned in our post, "Tired of the Same Black History Lessons?" where we highlight how even during Black History month, nothing new is taught to students in schools. Although our site already prominently features black history and how it relates to injustices the criminal justice system, keep an eye out for our post this month for interesting black history information.