Craig Westover: In Ferguson, Powerlessness Drives Violence

I am going to disagree a little with my friend, Walter Hudson on this.

In a PJ Media post on the Ferguson situation (sarcasitically subtitled "Because nothing says "Justice for Michael Brown" like committing injustice against many others"), Walter writes:

"Whether Michael Brown’s killing was justified or not, the question will not be settled by stealing things, breaking stuff, or “burning shit in the street.” Indeed, any legitimate criticism of police conduct losses its impact when coupled with open disregard of justice as such."

With all do respect, Walter misses the point. The Ferguson situation is not a debate about "legitimate criticism of police conduct."

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Challenging Our Children - 1

Best-selling author James Patterson made an insightful comment in this interview about kids and reading:

[My son] wasn’t a big reader when he was younger, and one summer, my wife and I said, “You don’t have to do the lawn, but you have to read every day.” Parents have to make reading a rule and it will become a great habit.

His comment brought back my own memories of getting kids to read.

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Tools of the Trade

If you want to know why the police in Ferguson, Missouri, have looked like an occupying force, here is the answer:

Since 2006, the Pentagon has distributed 432 mine-resistant armored vehicles to local police departments. It has also doled out more than 400 other armored vehicles, 500 aircraft, and 93,000 machine guns.As The New York Times reported in June, the Defense Department has been making use of unused military equipment by giving it to local precincts.

Some of it looks like this:

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MN candidate with big pockets takes another big loss

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Matt Entenza got smoked again in a third quest for statewide office, even with all the zeroes on his personal contribution checks.

Yet if antipathy could be monetized, the former Minnesota House minority leader got more than his money’s worth in challenging incumbent Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto, a fellow member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party.

Read more at Watchdog.org MN Bureau

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Unexpectedly

The monthly unemployment numbers issued by ’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) are much anticipated as a barometer of the state’s economic health.
 
This month's report contained the disappointing news that lost 4,200 jobs during the month of July and the further bad news that the June number had been revised downward by 3,200.  In summary, we now believe that 7,500 fewer Minnesotans are employed than we thought were employed a month ago.

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Priorities

MNSure is a disaster that’s going to cost us hundreds of millions of dollars – much more, in fact, that most of the state’s natural disasters.  .

Behind the happy talk, the state’s economy is showing signs of slowing

Our major cities’ minority achievement gaps are worse than those in Philadelphia, New Orleans and Detroit.  Indeed, we are worse than the proverbial “cold Omaha”. 

So what’s been the top news of the week among the left and media (pardon the redundancy)?

Some ill-advised tweets about Robin Williams by the MNGOP’s deputy.

Follow-up question:  What is it that bothered the left/media about Mr. Fields’ tweets?  Was it the politicization of a tragedy?  Or was it that someone would tweet something grossly inappropriate? 

Because I’m sure nobody on the left would politicize a tragedy or tweet something stupid.

I’m sure we’ll hear back on that.

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The NARN Closer - 08/17/2014

This will be my final broadcast in the Patriot bunker until after Labor Day, but it's sure to be a memorable one. I will be on the air with today's edition on The Closer from 1:00 until 3:00 pm Central Time.

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The DFL’s audacity

Ken Martin, the chairman of the DFL, is getting good at projection. Check out his quote in this article:

“They will forget about the Range when the election is over,” DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin said in an interview prior to Tuesday’s primary.

Those are words from an expert on forgetting about the Range the day after an election. The DFL has asked for the Range’s votes, which they’ve given enthusiastically year after year. The minute that the election is over, though, the Metrocrat wing of the DFL, which is the dominant wing of the DFL, shuts things down.

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The Dayton/DFL disaster

Gov. Dayton and the DFL have been praising themselves for implementing policies that will “grow the economy from the middle class out.” This month’s jobs report won’t help Gov. Dayton and the DFL legislature sell that BS.This article isn’t what the DFL needed. This part is particularly tough on the DFL:

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AFSCME’s smear campaign starts

AFSCME Council 5 didn’t waste time to start their smear campaign against Jeff Johnson. Tuesday night, they issued this statement. Wednesday, they took to Twitter to smear Johnson:

tweet from Afscme

In their Tuesday statement, AFSCME Council 5 called Jeff Johnson “a right wing extremist.” That’s likely because Jeff Johnson has specialized in highlighting the times when government has spent the taxpayers’ money foolishly.

That’s something that AFSCME Council 5 can’t tolerate. In fact, the DFL can’t tolerate a politician, whether he’s at the top of the executive branch or a member of the legislative branch, who spends the taxpayers’ money wisely. A politician who highlights the legislature’s spending of $90,000,000 on an office building that’s used 3 months a year might make life uncomfortable for a union like AFSCME.

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Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn – Post Primary Caviling

cavil |?kav?l| verb [ no obj.] make petty or unnecessary objections:

I’m fairly confident some people were rooting for Jeff Johnson to lose last night. Not because they supported another candidate in the Republican Governor Primary, but because they wanted to see the Republican Party and its grassroots activist driven endorsing process to fail.

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