The Fining Of Black America: Are Municipalities Issuing Tickets Along Racial Lines?

Years before Ferguson, Missouri became famous for the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, the City’s finances were in trouble, and the Finance Director had a proposal to help fill the gaps.
The Finance Director’s proposal, as Priceonomics reports, was to have the police generate more revenues from fines (eg: traffic violations, parking tickets, missing court appearances), warning that the city would be in financial trouble “unless ticket writing ramps up significantly before the end of the year.” The Finance Director went on to add that “given that we are looking at a substantial sales tax shortfall, it’s not an insignificant issue.”
This correspondence was uncovered as part of the US Department of Justice’s investigation of the Ferguson Police Department as a result of the Michael Brown shooting in August 2014 with the goal of better understanding why the citizens of Ferguson felt so at odds with the police department.
The DOJ concluded that the mistrust primarily resulted of excessive fining. “Ferguson’s law enforcement practices are shaped by the City’s focus on revenue rather than by public safety needs” the DOJ report stated. Adding that the use of fines to fund the government undermined “law enforcement legitimacy among African Americans in particular”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 26, 2016.

Generational Chaos Ahead

The Fourth Turning
Attitudes Are Generational
Heroes, Artists, Prophets, & Nomads
A Turning Roughly Every 20 Years
Guide to the Fourth Turning
The Worst Yet to Come
Some Final Thoughts on Brexit Before the Vote
Las Vegas, Maine, and Writing Time
‘This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.’
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
‘Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent that the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.’
– George Orwell
After a lifetime of watching financial markets, the speed at which traders react still amazes me. Sometimes it seems to me like they hail from the ‘ready, shoot, aim,’ school of thinking. Economic trends almost never turn on a dime; and though we can look back and find a moment that was the exact bottom or top, there were forces building that caused people to move from one side of the boat to the other, tilting the economy or markets or society in a different direction. New data can alter our probabilities – but rarely as fast as trading algorithms seem to think. Long-term trends, by definition, change slowly.
I had that thought in mind when I asked Neil Howe to be our kick-off speaker at the Strategic Investment Conference and invited Niall Ferguson to wrap it all up three days later. As historians, they both gaze back through time to identify patterns and draw lessons. They were the bookends who framed the wide-ranging discussions in between. They have both been very influential in helping me develop my understanding of the world.

This post was published at Mauldin Economics on JUNE 19, 2016.

FBI’S OWN REPORT EXPOSES ‘WAR ON COPS’ AS PURE PROPAGANDA – IT’S THE CITIZENS WHO ARE IN DANGER

Following a year in which the public was relentlessly barraged with alarmist rhetoric about a ‘war on cops’ and the dreadful impact of the so-called ‘Ferguson Effect,’ official FBI statistics confirm that violent line-of-duty police deaths declined precipitously in 2015.
According to the Bureau:
‘Preliminary statistics … show that 41 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2015. This is a decrease of almost 20 percent when compared with the 51 officers killed in 2014.’ A greater number of officers (45) suffered fatal injuries in duty-related accidents, 41 of which involved motor vehicles.
Through May 17 of this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, there have been 35 line-of-duty police officer deaths, 21 of which involve violence, such as gunfire or vehicular assault. This suggests that 2016 might see an increase in that grim total, but fortunately that remains only a possibility.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on MAY 19, 2016.

Electoral Distraction And Media Dysfunction

America’s moral compass was performing surprisingly well until a few months ago. Citizen journalism and social media were driving the news cycle and framing the narratives. The mainstream media can try to spin atrocity, but they can’t completely control the stories that emerge from war zones and urban occupations, much less how the public conscience responds to those stories. This is especially true now that every individual with a smartphone is potential photojournalist, and any affecting image or alternative news story can go viral through social media.
The recent movement against predatory police was not part of the program. The general public was not supposed to see Eric Garner choked out by NYPD cops while pleading ‘I can’t breathe,’ Michael Brown’s corpse left for hours to bake on the hot asphalt in Ferguson, or a platoon of militarized cops besieging an American community.
Also not part of the program was the turn of American public opinion against Israel following the 51 Day War on Gaza. The general public was not supposed to see the shattered bodies of little boys sprawled out in the sand after they were bombed by the IDF while playing soccer on a beach in Gaza. They were not supposed to see a video of a little girl under siege begging the viewer to believe that she is not a terrorist and that she just wants to live.
All of the above flashpoints happened during what could be called the Long Hot Summer of 2014 (which may yet prove as historically significant as the Long Hot Summer of 1967). For a full year after that summer, the world’s worst chronic injustices were live issues and hot stories. Ever brighter sunlight was shining on the world’s worst brutalizers, and there was little their apologists in the media could do about it.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/24/2016.

AMERICAN PATRIOTS COMMANDEER GOVERNMENT BUILDING… BEGINNING OF CIVIL UNREST?

The polarization of America continues apace.
On the one side you have a self-styled ‘militia’ – some 150 strong – that has occupied a federal refuge as to protest the imminent jailing of Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, who are going to prison on Monday for the next five years because they tampered with land that the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) claims belongs to the government.
On the other side you have former talk-show host Montel Williams turned bloodthirsty drug dealer (he peddles chemicals for the pharmaceutical industrial complex). Williams has taken to Twitter to call for the National Guard to storm the militia members held up in a vacant wilderness building to ‘shoot to kill.’ He even called for them to be ‘disemboweled’!
And throngs of state worshippers like him agree. It’s slave-on-slave action. Montel and people like him enjoy their slavery and if anyone, in any way, stands up to being enslaved, they will call for them to be immediately shot or brutally murdered. These are the same people who are in favor of ‘gun control’, by the way. By ‘gun control’ they mean that they want their owners (government) to use guns to take away the slave’s guns.
The polarization is evident in that many of the people who were supportive of uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore are adamantly against what is going on in Oregon. And many of the people who support the pushback in Oregon were adamantly against what occurred in Ferguson and Baltimore. What they don’t realize is that they are both symptoms of the same problem… an overarching government oppression that is pushing people to the brink. And this divisiveness is what the government wants.

This post was published at Dollar Vigilante on JANUARY 4, 2016.

Liberty Imperiled – Welcome To Cop-Land

If you’ve been listening to various police agencies and their supporters, then you know what the future holds: anarchy is coming — and it’s all the fault of activists.
In May, a Wall Street Journal op-ed warned of a ‘new nationwide crime wave’ thanks to ‘intense agitation against American police departments’ over the previous year. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie went further. Talking recently with the host of CBS’s Face the Nation, the Republican presidential hopeful asserted that the Black Lives Matter movement wasn’t about reform but something far more sinister. ‘They’ve been chanting in the streets for the murder of police officers,’ he insisted. Even the nation’s top cop, FBI Director James Comey, weighed in at the University of Chicago Law School, speaking of ‘a chill wind that has blown through American law enforcement over the last year.’
According to these figures and others like them, lawlessness has been sweeping the nation as the so-called Ferguson effect spreads. Criminals have been emboldened as police officers are forced to think twice about doing their jobs for fear of the infamy of starring in the next viral video. The police have supposedly become the targets of assassins intoxicated by ‘anti-cop rhetoric,’ just as departments are being stripped of the kind of high-powered equipment they need to protect officers and communities. Even their funding streams have, it’s claimed, come under attack as anti-cop bias has infected Washington, D. C. Senator Ted Cruz caught the spirit of that critique by convening a Senate subcommittee hearing to which he gave the title, ‘The War on Police: How the Federal Government Undermines State and Local Law Enforcement.’ According to him, the federal government, including the president and attorney general, has been vilifying the police, who are now being treated as if they, not the criminals, were the enemy.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/21/2015.

Warning: If You Live Anywhere Near Chicago, Brace Yourself For Massive Rioting

A video is going to be released tomorrow that shows a white police officer shooting a 17-year-old African-American young man named Laquan McDonald 16 times. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez says that this video is ‘graphic’, ‘violent’ and ‘chilling’, and it is expected to provoke a very strong emotional reaction from Chicago’s very large African-American community. Over the past few years, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray have all become household names because of the way that they died, and now it looks like Laquan McDonald’s name will be added to that list. But the situation in Chicago is potentially even more volatile what we witnessed in either Ferguson or Baltimore. More than a million African-Americans live in the Chicago metropolitan area, and the crime rate in the city has already been skyrocketing. In fact, it is being projected that Chicago’s murder rate will increase by 20 percent in 2015. This is a city that is always living on the edge of chaos, and now the case of Laquan McDonald could be the spark that sets Chicago ablaze.
After everything that has happened over the past few years, the last thing that we need is another incident that will make racial tensions in this country even worse. Unfortunately, that appears to be exactly what we are going to get. Cook County Judge Franklin Valderrama has ordered the city of Chicago to release the video of the death of Laquan McDonald to the public by November 25th. The following comes from CNN…
Laquan McDonald was walking down a Chicago street the night of October 20, 2014, carrying a four-inch knife and behaving erratically, authorities say.
A police officer told him to drop the knife. He didn’t listen, and the officer fired on him out of fear for his life, according to a police union spokesman.
McDonald, 17, died. He was shot 16 times.
Now, more than a year later, the public will be able to see what happened.
This video is reportedly extremely disturbing. For African-American activists that have already had their patience stretched to the maximum by similar cases over the past few years, this horrifying video could prove to be the final straw.
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez specifically moved up the announcement of murder charges against the white police officer that shot McDonald to November 24th in a desperate attempt to defuse the reaction to the video that will be released on the 25th. This next excerpt comes from USA Today…

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on November 24th, 2015.

Montana Slaps Down Police State: Bans LEOs from ‘Receiving Military Equipment from the Pentagon’

With the mounting police state surrounding modern day America, and numerous scenarios under which martial law, FEMA camps and civil war can be unleashed upon populations who dare to resist the federal takeover of the country, there is some good news.
Perhaps the flash points in Ferguson and Baltimore has put the question in front of everyone: do we want our police and law enforcement to become militarized, and to operate with the weapons of war?
Many states are fighting back and using cutting off local laws to cut police off from federal grants and military surplus equipment – including armored vehicles, grenade launchers, night vision goggles, weaponized drones and combat-configured aircraft.
Earlier this year, New Jersey passed a law requiring express local authorization for the receipt of military equipment under the Pentagon’s 1033 surplus program.
Now Montana is going even further by banning receipt of 1033 surplus military equipment altogether. Is this a major blow to the mounting police state?
As the Tenth Amendment Center reported:
Today, a law that will heavily diminish the impact of federal programs militarizing local police in Montana went into effect.
Introduced by Rep. Nicholas Schwaderer (R-Superior), House Bill 330 (HB330) bans state or local law enforcement from receiving significant classes of military equipment from the Pentagon’s ’1033 Program.’ It passed by a 46-1 vote in the state Senate and by a 79-20 vote in the state House. Gov. Steve Bullock signed the bill into law in April.
Schwaderer told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle he was a surprised Bullock signed the bill. He said he feared the governor would cave in to law enforcement lobbyists who opposed the legislation and veto the bill.

This post was published at shtfplan on October 2nd, 2015.

Panicked super rich buying boltholes with private airstrips to escape if poor rise up

September 2015 – ECONOMIC COLLAPSE – Super rich hedge fund managers are buying ‘secret boltholes’ where they can hideout in the event of civil uprising against growing inequality, it has been claimed.. Nervous financiers from across the globe have begun purchasing landing strips, homes and land in areas such as New Zealand so they can flee should people rise up. With growing inequality and riots such as those in London in 2011 and in Ferguson and other parts of the USA last year, many financial leaders fear they could become targets for public fury. Robert Johnson, president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, told people at the World Economic Forum in Davos that many hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes.

This post was published at UtopiatheCollapse on September 5, 2015.

Missouri Protesters Get 2nd Amendment Lesson

This article was written by Bob Livingston and originally published at Personal Liberty Digest
Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, are getting a lesson on the Constitution, a document most of them seem completely unaware of.
The lesson is coming from members of the Oath Keepers organization who showed up in the city Tuesday donning protective vests with handguns holstered on their belts and carrying those rifles with 30-round magazines that so frighten leftist gun grabbers, bed wetters and the social Marxist collectivists elites. Missouri is an open-carry state.
According to media reports, the Oath Keepers were confronted by protesters asking why they were allowed to openly carry weapons. ‘I’m happy that we’re able to defend ourselves,’ one unidentified Oath Keeper replied. ‘It’s been our right for a long time.’
Actually, given that self-defense is a natural right, it has always been there. And both the U. S. Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution provide protections designed to remind government functionaries of its presence. Unfortunately, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar is apparently unfamiliar with the concept, as well as the constitutions of the United States and Missouri.

This post was published at Alt-Market on 13 August 2015.

ISIS Led Paramilitary Forces Are Probing US Defenses In Preparation for a Major Attack

There are claims that are going to be made in this article that will, on the surface, seem to be quite unbelievable. However, the facts have established that ISIS and their partners (e.g. Hamas, Sinoloas , Zetas, Sanchez Peredes) have penetrated into the United States and have set up deep cover residence. This latter fact is not surprising. What is surprising is that ISIS has engaged the US military and the the US military has engaged an ISIS led conglomeration of terror groups on US soil.
In the first part of this article, the case supporting a strong ISIS presence on American soil is made. In the second part of the article, the case for the engagement of ISIS led forces is offered.
ISIS Participation in the Ferguson Riots
My friend and fellow broadcaster, John Moore, issued the following email in late November of 2014 which contained the following excerpts:

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on 08/11/2015.

The Real Reason Why Police Are Stocking up on Armored Vehicles

After the citizens of Ferguson clashed with the police last year, the militarization of America’s police departments finally became a hot button issue. But of all the controversial issues that were revealed to the American public, the one that stood out was the Defense Department’s 1033 program, which allows police departments to request surplus military equipment from the Pentagon.
One of the most common request was and still is, for armored vehicles. But contrary to frequent claims that these vehicles are needed for hostage situations, rescue missions, and counter-terrorism, the most common reason a police department requests one of these vehicles, is for drug busts

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on August 11th, 2015.

ISISI Led Paramilitary Forces Are Probing US Defenses In Preparation for a Major Attack

There are claims that are going to be made in this article that will, on the surface, seem to be quite unbelievable. However, the facts have established that ISIS and their partners (e.g. Hamas, Sinoloas , Zetas, Sanchez Peredes) have penetrated into the United States and have set up deep cover residence. This latter fact is not surprising. What is surprising is that ISIS has engaged the US military and the the US military has engaged an ISIS led conglomeration of terror groups on US soil.
In the first part of this article, the case supporting a strong ISIS presence on American soil is made. In the second part of the article, the case for the engagement of ISIS led forces is offered.
ISIS Participation in the Ferguson Riots
My friend and fellow broadcaster, John Moore, issued the following email in late November of 2014 which contained the following excerpts:

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on 08/11/2015.

Dad’s Army: Oathkeepers Inserts Itself Into the Ferguson Media Circus

Joining in the Ferguson media spectacle, a detachment of ‘Oath Keepers’ militiamen arrived at West Florissant Ave early Tuesday. As cameras flashed, militiamen displayed their military impressive gear for the cameras, while appearing to be ‘patrolling’ through the crowds of protesters who have gathered for the one year anniversary of the death of 18-year-old resident Michael Brown.
As standard, Oathkeepers were armed to teeth – complete with semi-automatic assault rifles, handguns, radio units, Oakely shades and combat vests, telling Ferguson street demonstrators, ‘We’re on your side.’
According to one civil rights advocate in Ferguson, Karl Dix (photo, left), Oathkeepers are, ‘An unofficial arm the government working hand in hand with the police to suppress rage.’


This post was published at 21st Century Wire on AUGUST 11, 2015.

Washington Post Reporter Charged with ‘Trespassing’ in Ferguson, Missouri as the ‘War on Journalism’ Continues

A year ago, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, was arrested in a McDonald’s in Ferguson Missouri. The fast-food establishment had been used as a staging area for several reporters, including theHuffington Post’s Ryan Rilley, who was also arrested. Here’s last year’s video clip of Mr. Lowery being harassed by a paramilitary police officer.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Aug 11, 2015.

Street Thugs vs Thug Cops: Ferguson Anniversary Sparks Street Gunfight

21st Century Wire says…
Peaceful commemorations turned violent late Sunday night. What was marketed by activists and community organizers as a ‘peaceful event’ quickly morphed into a scene out of New Jack City, albeit without the bling.
All bets were off when armed street agitators and police exchanged gunfire last night.
County officials declared a ‘state of emergency’, citing violence by demonstrators as crowds converged on the town of Ferguson, Missouri to mark the one-year anniversary of the death Michael Brown.
‘The recent acts of violence will not be tolerated in a community that has worked so tirelessly over the last year to rebuild and become stronger,’ said St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.
Regrettably, mobs could not resist looting some of the very same stores which they destroyed on multiple occasions in 2014.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on AUGUST 10, 2015.

BANNED #Ferguson Video Media is Covering Up

The following video was published by VisionVictory on Aug 10, 2015
A new micro-doc lashes out at Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Cenk Uygur, and Rachel Maddow for spreading the lie of “hands up, don’t shoot,” which gave rise to protests and even rioting in Ferguson, Missouri.
Not one apology was given to Darren Wilson, the police, or America for fanning the flames of hate and injustice, even after the discovery that Michael Brown never had his hands up, according to eye witness testimony and forensic evidence. Mr. Brown, after robbing a convenience store, attacked Officer Wilson to the point where he had no choice but to fire his weapon.

Media Coverup in #Ferguson & #BlackLivesMatter Blackout!

The following video was published by FutureMoneyTrends on Aug 10, 2015
A new micro-doc lashes out at Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Cenk Uygur, and Rachel Maddow for spreading the lie of “hands up, don’t shoot,” which gave rise to protests and even rioting in Ferguson, Missouri. Not one apology was given to Darren Wilson, the police, or America for fanning the flames of hate and injustice, even after the discovery that Michael Brown never had his hands up, according to eye witness testimony and forensic evidence. Mr. Brown, after robbing a convenience store, attacked Officer Wilson to the point where he had no choice but to fire his weapon.

Protesters Declare They Are Ready For War As America’s Impoverished Inner Cities Threaten To Erupt

Are we about to witness a new round of racially-charged protests, riots and demonstrations all across the United States? On Sunday night, a protest that had been organized to commemorate the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri took a very violent turn. An 18-year-old named Tyrone Harris that is being described as a ‘real close’ friend of Michael Brown opened fire on police with a stolen handgun. Police returned fire and Harris got hit. He is now in the hospital and his prognosis is uncertain. Of course this just raised tensions to an entirely new level, and at this point a state of emergency has been declared in Ferguson.
So what would cause an 18-year-old young man to pick up a gun and start firing at police?
This didn’t just happen in a vacuum. An environment of violence and racial conflict is being purposely created, and the mainstream media and our politicians are continually fueling the fire.
On July 30th, the leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, delivered a speech during which he stated that he was looking for ’10,000 fearless men who say death is sweeter than continued life under tyranny’. The following is an excerpt from that speech…

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on August 10th, 2015.

Ferguson Turns Bloody Again As Multiple Shootings, Clashes With Police Mar Protests

If there were any questions as to whether America has begun to “heal” a year after the shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri touched off months of racial tension across the country, culminating (but not ending) with a night of rioting in Baltimore in April, they were answered on Sunday when a day of peaceful protests in suburban Missouri turned into a night of violent clashes with police on the one year anniversary of the Michael Brown’s death.
Storefronts were smashed, helicopters circled overhead, and after a glass water bottle and rocks were thrown at police, gunshots rang out. Although it was initially unclear who shot first, CNN now says a man with a stolen handgun “unleashed a remarkable amount of gunfire” when pursued by officers. The man was then shot and is reportedly in critical condition and undergoing surgery. Here, allegedly, is what happened:
When officers first saw him, he was running away after allegedly exchanging gunfire with an unknown person.
Some gunfire rang out as reporters were talking to Ferguson’s acting police chief, Andre Anderson. A startled Anderson continued speaking with a steady burst of gunfire in the background. Crowds scattered.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/10/2015.