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This is the place for you to have your say — to engage, criticize, chime in, insult or just plain vent about the news of the day. I post, you decide in the comments, where I will also mix it up with you. Always wanted to be an op-ed columnist?  Here’s your big chance. Ready…aim… let ‘er rip.

First, the news from Ferguson:

Michael Brown was shot in the head and chest multiple times, according to Mary Case, the St. Louis County medical examiner.

While Case declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation into Brown’s death, another person familiar with the county’s investigation told the Washington Post that Brown had between six and eight gunshot wounds and was shot from the front.

In addition, Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, according to this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.

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Legendary M.E. Michael Baden weighed in earlier:

Dr. Baden provided a diagram of the entry wounds, and noted that the six shots produced numerous wounds. Some of the bullets entered and exited several times, including one that left at least five different wounds.

“This one here looks like his head was bent downward,” he said, indicating the wound at the very top of Mr. Brown’s head. “It can be because he’s giving up, or because he’s charging forward at the officer.”

As I observed on Facebook yesterday:

All the shots hit Brown in the front, and the final shot hit him in the top of his head, indicating he was likely charging the cop when the officer put him down. Looking at Baden’s sketch, it is possible to suggest that the cop was trying to hit him center mass but was missing to the left (common in the case of a right-handed shooter, especially under pressure). My guess is that the two head shots likely came at closer range than the others. We shall see.

It’s hard to see a happy ending for this one.  Black people were understandably outraged at what first seemed to be an unwarranted police shooting (it may still be.  We don’t know all the facts yet.) Still, the ever-helpful New York Times does its best to race-bait:

… majority-black Ferguson has a virtually all-white power structure: a white mayor; a school board with six white members and one Hispanic, which recently suspended a highly regarded young black superintendent who then resigned; a City Council with just one black member; and a 6 percent black police force.

(The Washington Post begs to differ, here.)

There was once a failed, now vanished, state that kept obsessive, taxonomic tabs on racial statistics and I think we all remember what it was. Meanwhile, speaking of fascists, the Democrats in Texas have now sunk to a new low: criminalizing politics. Even lefties like Jonathan Chait are aghast at the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry for the crime of doing his job:

They say a prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and this always seemed like hyperbole, until Friday night a Texas grand jury announced an indictment of governor Rick Perry. The “crime” for which Perry faces a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison is vetoing funding for a state agency. The conventions of reporting — which treat the fact of an indictment as the primary news, and its merit as a secondary analytic question — make it difficult for people reading the news to grasp just how farfetched this indictment is.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg — a Democrat who oversees the state’s Public Corruption unit — was arrested for driving very, very drunk. What followed was a relatively ordinary political dispute. Perry, not unreasonably, urged Lehmberg to resign. Democrats, not unreasonably, resisted out of fear that Perry would replace her with a Republican. Perry, not unreasonably, announced and carried out a threat to veto funding for her agency until Lehmberg resigned.

I do not have a fancy law degree from Harvard or Yale or, for that matter, anywhere. I am but a humble country blogger. And yet, having read the indictment, legal training of any kind seems unnecessary to grasp its flimsiness.

And just who is Rosemary Lehmberg? Behold the shrieking Dem harridan/DA the Dems are defending by trying to indict Perry:

Jailer: You’ve been arrested for DWI.

Lehmberg: That’s your problem, not mine.

Of course, she didn’t resign — why would she? She’s a Democrat! And now the Travis County thugs are using lawfare against the governor, the same way they did against former Rep. Tom De LayNow you know what happens when a criminal organization masquerading as a political party gets its hand on the levers of government. Remember: they never stop, they never sleep, they never quit. They have to BE stopped. As Andy McCarthy notes, this is now politics as combat, and the rule of law be damned. 

Did someone say “criminal organization“? As John Hinderaker asks at Power Line, “Is Nancy Pelosi a Crook?” Let’s ask Maerose Prizzi herself! 

Lachlan Marklay, writing in the Washington Free Beacon, reports that Nancy Pelosi steered more than a billion dollars in subsidies to a light rail project that benefitted a company run by a high-dollar Democratic donor and in which her husband is a major investor. Here, according to Marklay, is how the scheme operated:

Pelosi has worked for more than a decade to steer taxpayer funds to a light rail project in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, where Salesforce had planned a new campus. Experts say the project boosted the value of Mission Bay real estate.

The company’s CEO, Marc Benioff, is a high-dollar Democratic donor. Pelosi and her leadership PAC are among the recipients of his generous campaign contributions. Pelosi’s husband is also a major Salesforce investor.

In April, Salesforce sold its property in the Mission Bay area for a significant profit. CEO Benioff, the big Dem donor, obviously benefited from the increase in property values that federal funding helped generate. So did Pelosi, through her husband’s large investment in Salesforce.

Read the whole thing. As George Washington Plunkitt famously said, “I seen my opportunities and I took ‘em.”

Over to you. Follow me on Twitter @dkahanerules.

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Kristen Powers, a clear thinker.

LOL! Now Ive heard it all.

Why anybody listens to this twit is beyond me.
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I confess, I've been having fun. I've been taking the black faces of those Ferguson looters and replacing them with white faces. Like Senator Corzine, who looted the hedge fund he was president of. And Lerner of the FBi, who looted the political rights from citizens trying to exercise their political rights to get rid of President Fake It. Or how about Geithner, Bernake, and Yellen, looting the pension savings of pensioners with low interest rates to bail out the Wall Street banks. Truly, looting is in the eye's of the looters. It's not looting when you call it QE. If you can't make it, fake it.
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Imagine that, Pelosi because she belongs to the right party can commit a billion dollar diversion of funds to reward her husband and his friends and nobody cares.
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Perry/Lehmberg: Perry was NOT indited by a Texas Grand Jury. He was indited by a TRAVIS COUNTY grand jury. Big difference. Travis County is basically a demidog county, with Austin at the center. I'm neither a Perry nor a Lehmberg fan, so it boils down to who I think is right/wrong. Perry didn't threaten her, he promised that if she didn't resign he would veto the Public Integrity funding, which is used by the Travis County DA office to investigate wrong doing by government officials. He didn't want a drunk handling that money. Neither do I, as I reside in Travis County, which GAVE her the money to operate on since she wasn't going to receive state funds. MY tax dollars. Only good thing in Texas is that there are no demidogs in state elected positions.
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Hi Michael, I have wanted to ask you about something. Back when photos of Jay Carney's house showed that he had Soviet propaganda on the walls, you said something like people shouldn't make too much of a big deal about it as you also owned Soviet propaganda posters and you knew Jay Carney personally. Not too long ago, I read a note that Jay Carney's 12 year old son is in a band that has a video on You-tube. Apparently, the name of the son is Hugo. Given that Hugo Carney must have been born around the time Hugo Chavez came to power, I was wondering, was he named after Hugo Chavez? Thanks!
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I have no idea.
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I think Tio Che could handle things in Ferguson.
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We know the Democratic party is a criminal organization...

We know Barack Hussein Obama is not who he says he is...We know Sheriff Arpaio, with 50 years in law enforcement, 30 at the Fed level and overseas, has proven his birth certificate is a forgery...his Selective Service Card has a two-digit year, date stamp, the only one in the world, one of kind... we know his purported father was never an American citizen which makes Obama the ONLY President EVER elected with ONE citizen parent since the ratification of the US Constitution, again one of kind...


Where was PJMedia then...Where is PJMedia now?

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Charles, you didn't go quite far enough. Barack Hussein Obama is NOT his name. His LEGAL name is Barry Soetoro. He was legally adopted by Lolo Soetoro and renamed - LEGALLY. At the same time, he became an Indonesian citizen. The US does NOT have and has NEVER had a treaty concerning dual citizenship with Indonesia. He came to the US on a Fulbright scholarship given to ONLY foreign students. He has NEVER applied to change his name, nor has he addressed becoming a US citizen. He was financed thru college by a "happy" Saudi prince, and further financed in his ideology by George Soros, who is currently working to bring down S&P and Dow stock markets. Nice feller, huh????
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It's right here, allowing you to post.
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Failure to stop drill sort of. What do you know? It appears Browns little Homie might have been telling a fib.

I'm shocked. Now, back to the real crime of seeing very large arse's in spandex.
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Real estate appears to be the way for career politicians to go from rags to riches. Harry Reid, Dennis Hastert, Al Dixon, Chris Dodd, Barrack Obama, etc. Look at their real estate deals. Look at the sweet heart loans (interest rates, loan forgiveness, valuations, ownership obscurence), the legislation that happens to enhance land values either directly or indirectly through public works projects, often transportation related e.g. the interstate high way system, rail projects, etc., payment for land at inflated values. Peter Schweitzer should examine this form of self-dealing enhanced by political power to either increase property values by changes in law or regulations, or government grants, or by payoffs for land or by loan deals.
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Kirsten Powers on "The Five" tonight said the presence of police in riot gear was provocative, precipitating violence and looting. "The riot gear made me do it?" Yeah, that'll fly before a judge. Anyway, a bizarre claim by someone who generally thinks more clearly than that.
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Kristen Powers, a clear thinker.

LOL! Now Ive heard it all.

Why anybody listens to this twit is beyond me.
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"Twit" is too strong a word to describe Powers. She often challenges the administration, pretty rare among Democrats. Now, Wasserman Schultz, Sheila Jackson Lee, Cynthia McKinney--there you have some bona fide twits.
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The main thing on Perry that even people like David Axelrod and Jonathan Chait get is that the optics for the Texas Democrats here are awful, with Lehmberg not just still in office, but with her dash cam and booking area videos all over YouTube.

If she had resigned last year under the deal Perry and some Democrats were allegedly discussing about the time the grand jury probe started, the Dems optics would have been better today, because at least Rosemary would be out of the picture. But she's not, and those going after Perry here have to explain why they're more concerned about that than about Lehmberg's .239 blood alcohol level, her abusive conduct towards the police and jailers and her demands for special treatment. But Rosemary and her supporters couldn't bear to give up control of the Public Integrity Unit even for 3 1/2 years, if she had resigned and Perry had named a Republican successor (Travis County voters would have put a Democrat back in as DA in 2016, but the PIU was the only statewide power the party had left -- now in 2015, Greg Abbott and the Republican-controlled Legislature will likely take the PIU out of the Travis County DA's office and either give it to the Attorney General's office or the DPS-Texas Rangers).

For a party whose plans for recapturing Texas include winning over suburban moms, there's no way to spin this with the YouTube videos out there for the world to see. But Austin is in its own little world of people who pine for Texas to be more like New York and California, so they're going to ride this indictment straight into the ground.
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Lehmberg is a lesbian
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Wow, a drunk rug muncher. I wonder if she was a hit in their women's correctional facility?
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