83 Responses to “Disturbing”

  1. 1 Allison
    January 21, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    This is very disturbing. Thanks, NW.

  2. 5 sherijr
    January 21, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    thank you for posting this, NW.

  3. January 21, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    As to the grand jury proceedings, short of the accused admitting guilt, what reason would there be to not hold a vote? Once a grand jury is in session and is deliberating, isn’t a verdict/decision required?

    Would this be a cause to bring ethics charges against the prosecutor, or is it considered to be part of his “rights/authority” in his role as state prosecutor? Honestly, when the decision of no indictment was announced, it gave [at least me] the perception that this was the grand jury’s decision. This admission sounds as if it was the prosecutor’s decision. Just another confirmation as to why there should be independence in investigations involving the actions of law enforcement (at all levels).

  4. January 21, 2016 at 1:46 pm

  5. 11 Nena20409
    January 21, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks for the new Post, NW.
    Congrats, Allison on your sole Au ⭐

  6. January 21, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    • January 21, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      I’ve been getting alerts about Winter Storm Jonas currently developing over the Plains states and moving towards the East Coast. Hope those in the areas where the blizzard is expected to hit are prepared and stays safe.

      • 14 yardarm756
        January 21, 2016 at 2:31 pm

        Chicago weather!

        • 15 SUEDUVALL SMITH
          January 21, 2016 at 3:39 pm


      January 21, 2016 at 3:54 pm


  7. 17 nospin
    January 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Nerdy -thanks for continuing to shining the light on this important issue. This is a sticking point for me and you may have already seen the following but am posting for those who have not.

    The democratic candidates fielded pointed questions about police violence, racial justice, reparations, white privilege and deportations at the Iowa Brown & Black Forum on last Monday, Jan 11.

    “Sanders told Browne that he believes Black communities’ distrust of law enforcement is justified, saying, “we need some radical rethinking about police procedures, and the relationship of police departments to minority communities,” listing police accountability after public deaths, police demilitarization and diversity in police staff as his priorities, showing responsiveness to demands made by Black Lives Matter activists.”


    I am not sure what O’Malley was thinking when he “tried to focus his attentions instead on refugees, telling the panel that he was ahead of the other candidates with his vocal defense of Syrians and Central Americans needing protection. “Whether it was in 1939, whether it’s today, we should never be sending American children back to death gangs so I’ve called for an end to these mindless deportation policies,” he said.

    Hughes asked Clinton what she would do to make sure Black lives mattered in her administration. “The figures don’t lie. We know what they are. But we have to bring it to a broader audience because it is such a violation of what our values are – equal before the law,” Clinton replied. “We have systemic racism that is implicit to our system and unless we begin to go after that and expose it and end it, we won’t stop this problem,” Clinton said, before continuing on with her belief that nonviolent drug offenders should be offered treatment rather than be incarcerated.


    When asked about white privilege:
    “The night’s loudest, sustained, round of applause from the audience came when a Drake University student asked Clinton what white privilege meant to her and if she could recall a moment where she had benefited from it. After the applause died down, Clinton replied: “Look, I was born white, middle-class, in the middle of America; I went to good public schools; I had a very strong, supportive family; I had a lot of great experiences growing up; I went to a wonderful college … I never really knew what was or wasn’t part of the privilege, I just knew that I was a lucky person and that being lucky was in part related to who I am, where I’m from and the opportunities I had.” She then shared a personal anecdote about volunteering with her church and babysitting migrant children when she was young, saying that doing so made her realize how different her life was from theirs.

    It was a long, stilted response, with her anecdote taking up much of the question’s allotted time so that Ramos moved on as soon as she was finished. She related a tearjerker story without addressing the crux of the question. Reaction from the student who asked the question has been negative.”

    I hope to hear more from candidates on these discussion and learn about their thoughts on actionable steps to take to make sure that all Americans are treated equally. That could make the difference in the race. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/34386-clinton-sanders-and-o-malley-address-police-violence-and-white-privilege-at-brown-and-black-forum

    • 18 99ts
      January 21, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Having had all the benefits of white privilege – it never occurred to me when growing up that this was what it was. I did recognize it when travelling after 9-11 – and my last many years on TOD have been such eye openers. I was of an age with Hillary & I can understand her comment. Would have been good if she could have expressed the reality of recent years.

  8. January 21, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you, NW. Every day we witness another outrage in our criminal justice system. I hope this new revelation about the Tamir Rice case leads to more ACTION and SOON. This family deserves justice and peace.

    • 20 nospin
      January 21, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      You are right about that meta. I also hope that Tamir’s case leads to more action and soon. Not sure why the media isn’t asking the candidates for their thoughts on this particular case. This is very relevant and would help to push for more action, bring more awareness and make clear who would take lead on fixing this.

  9. January 21, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Latinos in NV will make a difference.

  10. January 21, 2016 at 2:19 pm

  11. 23 jacquelineoboomer
    January 21, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    These tweets reflect so many awful events, and it’s hard to imagine how any of those families feel.

    One thing – I’ve often been impressed by Ari Melber of MSNBC. He’s been doing yeoman’s work as an legal investigative reporter, from what I’ve seen. Seems to latch on, and tries to get to the bottom of some of these issues, as far as he can take them. Getting the word out is so very important, especially when you consider how much has been hushed up and officially covered up, throughout our history.

  12. January 21, 2016 at 2:22 pm
  13. 29 nospin
    January 21, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Young people and students (especially minority students) will make the difference this election cycle.

    When Brown and Black Forum moderator and Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez asked Clinton to “name one way in which you are not?” like my grandmother. Referencing her disastrously conceived, culturally insensitive blog post listing “7 Ways Hillary Clinton Is Just Like Your Abuela.” – http://fusion.net/story/248809/why-hillary-clintons-abuela-campaign-backfired-with-latino-voters/

    Clinton responded, between laughs: “Well, you know, I’m obviously running for president. Not every grandmother does that.”

    Anguiano called that response “ridiculous,” and criticized Clinton for not addressing the blog post’s shameless Latino-pandering.

    “That showed me that she does not fully understand what white privilege is and how oppressed marginalized communities are in our society,” the university student told me. “I feel like I got more understanding from [fellow candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley] than Clinton tonight.” http://fusion.net/story/253848/hillary-clinton-iowa-brown-and-black-forum-white-privilege/

    The original link to the campaign blog post – https://www.hillaryclinton.com/feed/8-ways-hillary-clinton-just-your-abuela/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=fb&utm_campaign=20151222feed_abuela

  14. 30 Nena20409
    January 21, 2016 at 2:23 pm

  15. 31 Judith Fardig
    January 21, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    ALL candidates, not just the Democrats, need to be pressed hard on this issue. America has so much work to do for truth and reconciliation.

    • 32 0388jojothecat
      January 21, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      WOW, that is refreshing to hear someone being honest. The Trumpetters and ILL Douchettes crave people not being polictally correct I wonder if they can accept one of their own for being honest about what the Obama Administration has done to help them.

    • 33 99ts
      January 21, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      The media seems to accept that the GOP will NEVER work towards equality – I say it non stop – the media are much worse than the GOP in the rise of rwnjs – without the media Palin would have had her 5 minutes and never have been seen again post Nov 2008.

      Always the hard questions are asked of democrats. Trump treats anything other than an “I love you” question as an insult & simply attacks the questioner – who folds in an instant.

  16. 34 Nena20409
    January 21, 2016 at 2:24 pm

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  18. 38 Nena20409
    January 21, 2016 at 2:49 pm

  19. 43 Nena20409
    January 21, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    • January 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Sorry about the duplicate…that’s what happens when you don’t hit refresh before you post. But hoping that Congress isn’t just going through the motions.

      • 45 0388jojothecat
        January 21, 2016 at 3:06 pm

        You know some GOP member will apologize for having to call him before them when he was only doing his best to slash his budget on the backs of all those moochers and people wanting fresh water for free…..

        • January 21, 2016 at 3:12 pm

          Let’s see if they go after him as hard as they did with all the faux scandals in their attempt to taint the Obama legacy, and the whole Benghazi as part of their pre-emptive attacks on HRC’s [then] presumed candidacy.

          Anything less, again, is them just going through the motions.

      • 48 Nena20409
        January 21, 2016 at 3:21 pm

        The more, the Merrier 😉

      January 21, 2016 at 3:49 pm


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  21. 51 Nena20409
    January 21, 2016 at 2:59 pm

  22. 53 Allison
    January 21, 2016 at 3:06 pm

  23. January 21, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Come on America. You just can’t make this shit up. Trump leads Cruz; water poisoning in Detroit; no vote taken to indict on the murder of Tamir Rice. What is wrong with us!!

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  26. 64 Nena20409
    January 21, 2016 at 3:20 pm

  27. January 21, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    The Pentagon on Thursday announced the transfer of another two inmates from the Guantanamo Bay military prison, bringing the controversial facility’s remaining population down to 91.

    January 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm


  29. January 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    President Barack Obama’s landmark carbon rule for new power plants has survived its first legal test.

    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decided today to leave the rule in place while it hears lawsuits from states and industry critics that want to kill the regulation. The decision is a major win for the Obama administration, which has made the rule a centerpiece of the president’s pledge to fight climate change.


  30. 68 57andfemale
    January 21, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      January 21, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      57, this is a carefully thought through, well written article that should convince anyone that Bernie’s single payer plan is fraught with problems and is NOT going to happen any time soon. But Bernie fans will stick their fingers in their ears and refuse to hear that his plan is less than brilliant.

      • 70 57andfemale
        January 21, 2016 at 5:50 pm

        I tweeted to acasignups about another point: All of the other countries with universal health care pick up the tab of medical education. In return, the doctors are placed where they are needed for a period of time before beginning individual practices.

        The financial burden of training doctors in this country is a travesty. Even the most altruistic doctor trained in the U.S. has massive debt to pay back. So, if all doctors will be paid fees in line with socialized medicine, the system collapses. Period. You have to address the costs of becoming a doctor in this country.

        It is sickening that Bernie is putting this forth as easy to do. Has he really not thought any of it through, or is it a calloused political calculation? Which makes him no better than any other effing politician.

        • January 21, 2016 at 7:15 pm

          Profit is our problem.

          The main thing is, in ALL the other countries it’s ILLEGAL to make a profit off someone’s illness, because it’s a giant conflict of interest. Sadly Reagan changed that here, when he deregulated the non-profit healthcare industry and turned it into a profit-drive one.

          Getting the profit out of our system at this point is near-impossible, considering that PHARMA and the Health Insurance Cartels have almost as much power as BIG OIL.

          • 72 99ts
            January 21, 2016 at 8:18 pm

            Too many countries – including mine – are following the US example. Our health insurance companies all used to be non-profit – now most of them are for profit. Why anyone wants to follow the US system is beyond understanding.

          • 73 57andfemale
            January 22, 2016 at 9:18 am

            Absolutely right, Tally. But major, instant, change without a chance to evaluate and make adjustments, is destructive. That’s my problem with Bernie in general. Hey, I’m a 60’s child and every time he says “revolution” I want to scream. Medicare eased in, Social Security eased in. Extending Medicare eligibility to younger and younger participants seems to make sense to me.

            Can you see the political will in this country accepting the total destruction of profit in health care? I’d rather starve it slowly and move in the right direction.

            And, yes, Reagan was a demon. The reckless deregulation has led to the monstrous America we face right now.

        • 74 taiping1
          January 21, 2016 at 8:22 pm

          In Taiwan which has universal health care the divot sees 80 in a day, patients get 5 minutes and are given a numbered slip and have to wait for hours. People would never stand for Bernie’s plan if it were ever enacted with necessary rationing to control costs. Medicare does not currently cover cost of doing business which is why clinics that do see Medicare patients rely on private insurance to make up the difference.

  31. January 21, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    LOVE our SOS Kerry:

  32. 77 JER
    January 21, 2016 at 4:24 pm

  33. January 21, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Stay tuned:

    • January 21, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Total number of Guantanamo detainees = 91
      Number of detainees now cleared for release = 34
      Number of detainees Law of War detainees or “forever prisoners” = 25
      Number of detainees never charged awaiting parole board = 22 (including 10 at war court)
      Number of detainees at war court = 10

  34. January 21, 2016 at 4:46 pm

  35. 81 Allison
    January 21, 2016 at 4:54 pm

  36. 82 Allison
    January 21, 2016 at 4:56 pm

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