A white, middle-aged gunman, in what appears to be a politically motivated anti-government attack linked to immigration, fired more than a hundred rounds at buildings in downtown Austin early Friday and tried to set fire to the Mexican consulate before he died of a gunshot wound.
Politically motivated? Ya think? Gee, wonder where his anti-government and anti-immigrant views came from?
The Ferguson thing brought this back to my frontal lobes.
It was about 15 years ago, I was a patrol officer, with about seven years on the job, and I spotted a car moving faster than the posted speed limit. It wasn't outrageous, but enough to catch my attention. I pulled said car over. My intention was nothing more to issue a verbal warning. I'd done this countless times before. As I approched the driver's side door, I could see the driver was an elderly African-American man. His wife was beside him. The look in their eyes was a look of pure terror. I'd never seen that look in the eyes of any white person I'd pulled over. These two very nice people, who made a minor transgression, were terrified of me. Where do you think that comes from?? I issued my warning, but the facial expressions of those two people stick with me. I really think they thought I would at best, haul them off to prison, or at worst, kill them. My intention was nothing more than "hey, slow down! I don't want to see you get hurt." End of story: Verbal warning issued, look of huge relief on faces of driver and wife.
No matter what your feelings in the matter, the evidence presented to the grand jury wasn't sufficent to get at least nine of 12 members to hand down an indictment on the least of the four charges Officer Wilson could have faced. As I noted earlier, in the words of Sol Wachtler, "a grand jury would 'indict a ham sandwich."
The sources told CNN that the victim was involved in a car accident. Campbell's 33-year-old boyfriend, who was not identified, was driving the car and told investigators that Campbell began waving a gun around and joking that the couple were ready for Ferguson, the sources said.
The boyfriend said he rear-ended another car while ducking to avoid the gun, which then discharged and struck Campbell in the head, the sources said. The victim later died at a hospital.
The boyfriend told police that the couple purchased the gun because they feared unrest that may arise from a grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a white police officer, the sources said.
Gotta wonder if this woman would still be alive if it weren't for the media frenzy.
Supposed to come after five P.M. I really do not know what to expect. The consensus among the punditry indicates a "no true bill" finding, but a grand jury will indict a ham sandwich, and it takes only nine of twelve (sounds like a Borg) to return an indictment. We'll see, I suppose.
UPDATE: Announcement pushed back to 9 P.M. I'll probably be in bed when it comes (I rise for the day at 0530).
Grand jury deliberations are secret, so if the decision is a no true bill, its possible we'll never see the evidence.
The two children of Richard Mellon Scaife have demanded, in court filings last week, an accounting for hundreds of millions of dollars that they said was drained from a trust to cover the losses of the Tribune-Review newspapers, despite the trustees’ duty to preserve funds for them.
Jennie Scaife, of Palm Beach, Fla., and David N. Scaife, of Shadyside, filed similar petitions in Orphans Court of Allegheny County. They claimed that three trustees who controlled $210 million in 2005 let that dwindle to nothing by the time of their father’s death, four months ago.
The Trib has never made a profit, but it appears that Dicky Scaife didn't keep the paper operating by using his own vast fortune, instead draining his offsprings' trust fund by over 200 million dollars!
Dicky's kids might have to go out and get jobs now!