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Terrorized, Traumatized and Killed: The Police State’s Deadly Toll on America’s Children

“ Mommy, am I gonna die? ”— 4-year-old Ava Ellis after being inadvertently shot in the leg by a police officer who was aiming for the girl’s boxer-terrier dog, Patches “‘ Am I going to get shot again .’”—2-year-old survivor of a police shooting that left his three siblings, ages 1, 4 and 5, with a bullet in the brain, a fractured skull and gun wounds to the face As family counselor Dorothy Law Nolte wisely observed, “If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. If children live with …

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Scaredy Cops: Fear-based training of police officers makes them more likely to shoot

Scaredy Cops: Fear-based training of police officers makes them more likely to shoot

Amber Guyger and Aaron Dean, the cops who shot and killed Botham Jean and Atatiana Jefferson, respectively, had something in common: Both shot an innocent person for no good reason because they were scared. Maybe that’s because they were trained to be. Guyger testified that she killed Botham Jean because she feared for her life. And clearly Dean, who had snuck into Jefferson’s backyard instead of announcing himself at the open front door, considered himself in grave danger just from seeing a woman’s silhouette in the window. But neither faced …

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We’re in a permanent coup

We're in a permanent coup

I’ve lived through a few coups. They’re insane, random, and terrifying, like watching sports, except your political future depends on the score. The kickoff begins when a key official decides to buck the executive. From that moment, government becomes a high-speed head-counting exercise. Who’s got the power plant, the airport, the police in the capital? How many department chiefs are answering their phones? Who’s writing tonight’s newscast? When the KGB in 1991 tried to reassume control of the crumbling Soviet Union by placing Mikhail Gorbachev under arrest and attempting to …

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The Value of Neoconservative Opinion

The Value of Neoconservative Opinion

Ed Snowden’s new book “ Permanent Record ” is out. A friend of mine sent me this non-review review by Paul Davis. As with so many things, the Washington Times is wrong about Ed Snowden too. The Times is in a strange competition with its similarly flawed near-peer, the Post, to be the DC voice for more war, more government, more surveillance, and more prisons. These elite mouthpieces surely sense that most people don’t actually like war, government, surveillance and prisons. They also sense that those folks are not buying …

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AT&T raises prices 7% by making its customers pay AT&T’s property taxes

AT&T raises prices 7% by making its customers pay AT&T’s property taxes

Enlarge Getty Images | Aurich Telecom companies like AT&T love creating new fees to tack on customer bills, and they really love raising those fees after customers sign contracts that are supposed to lock in a consistent price. It’s a win-win for the company, but not the customer: AT&T gets to advertise a lower price than it actually charges and has a mechanism for raising customer bills whenever it wants to. Customers who are angry enough to cancel service would have to pay early termination fees. This story about AT&T …

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Montgomery County DA Ligon recuses himself from Montgomery ISD hazing investigation

Montgomery County DA Ligon recuses himself from Montgomery ISD hazing investigation

Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon has recused himself from an investigation into an alleged hazing incident by several Montgomery High School football players at an off-campus location Sept. 27. “The district attorney has recused himself from the investigation of acts of alleged hazing involving Montgomery High School students,” Ligon’s office released in a statement Friday. “This recusal is based on personal relationships that both the District Attorney and members of his family have with persons involved in this matter. “The recusal is intended to avoid any appearance of partiality …

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PRESS RELEASE — APOSTLE CLAVER FORMS AN EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE FOR HD138 RUN

PRESS RELEASE — APOSTLE CLAVER FORMS AN EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE FOR HD138 RUN

For Immediate Release October 10, 2019 In preparation and consideration of a potential run for the Texas House of Representives, Apostle Claver T. Kamau-Imani has formed a potent exploratory committee. With the September 25th announcement by State Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R) that he would not seek re-election in 2020, House District 138 in west Houston is now an open seat. “I’ve been a resident of HD138 since 1997. I believe there can be no other candidate to enter this race that will know this district and its citizens better than …

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Chinese Citizens Will Need to Pass Facial Recognition Test to Use the Internet

Chinese Citizens Will Need to Pass Facial Recognition Test to Use the Internet

Chinese citizens will be forced to pass a facial recognition test to use the Internet in the latest expansion of the country’s draconian social credit score system. “At present, a Chinese citizen will need to show his or her ID card while applying for a landline or the internet,” reports the Daily Mail . “The facial-recognition test is set to verify that the ID card belongs to the applicant.” Under its social credit score system, China punishes people who criticize the government, as well as numerous other behaviors, including; – …

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Judge Gives Bible to Convicted Murderer and Atheists Go Crazy

Judge Gives Bible to Convicted Murderer and Atheists Go Crazy

Amber Guyger was convicted of murder after shooting Botham Jean, an unarmed black man. Guyger thought she was in her own apartment when she returned home, and that Botham Jean had broken into her apartment. She was sentenced to ten years in prison instead of the maximum 28. The brother of the murder victim embraced her and told her that he had forgiven her. In their brief encounter, he presented the gospel to her. After the official proceedings, the judge stepped down from the bench to offer Guyger some parting …

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How to Get Justice Back into the Criminal Justice System

home Tea Party Economist How to Get Justice Back into the Cri . . . The criminal justice system in America really is criminal. There are multiple reasons for this. The main reason for it is that it substitutes incarceration for restitution. In California, it costs something in the range of $60,000 a year to incarcerate a prisoner in a state prison. The victims of his crimes get to pay the taxes to keep him housed, fed, and learning new criminal techniques from his peers. What if he were given …

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