Tuesday Night Open Thread

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Good evening:

(1) We begin on a deadly serious note, with an entry in the we-live-in-an-out-of-control-police-state department. We have a graphic video of officers from the Albuquerque Police Department murdering a homeless man who was camping without a permit. Here’s the disturbing helmet-cam video with commentary by the Young Turks.

In the don’t-bother-to-ask department, don’t bother to ask if they have been charged with murder.

(2) In the search for #MH370, we have a report from Australia that two of the four pings detected by searchers in the south Indian Ocean were too weak to have come from black boxes and probably came from marine animals tagged with beacon locators.

(3) In the turn-your-other-cheek department, we have Magic Johnson’s classy response to Donald Sterling’s racist, incredibly mean-spirited and disgusting rant against him by saying, “We’ve got to pray for the man. I think we need to get him some help.”

(4) Finally, in the comic-relief department and man-does-not-live-by-bread-alone department, watch a Congressman hard at work as Representative Joe Garcia (D-FL) eats his ear wax. I. Kid. You. Not.

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19 Responses to Tuesday Night Open Thread

  1. Two sides to a story says:

    I just came across this – Kendrick Johnson’s parents are suing their school district.

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/13/us/georgia-kendrick-johnson-lawsuit/index.html

  2. http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/death-row-execution-stayed-in-eleventh-hour-255288899537

    Here’s Chris Hayes with a report about the Texas inmate who was scheduled to be executed last night.

    In the lying-scumbags department, prosecutors and the Texas Department of Corrections have known for more than 12 years that Robert James Campbell’s intellectual functioning (IQ tested at 68 and 71 while in prison) is right at or below the basement threshold that prohibits execution established by the SCOTUS. Yet they hid the results and denied that he had been tested until a few days ago.

    Hayes interviews his attorney and Dahlia Lithwick about that and the bizarre scandal regarding the extraordinary lengths to which states are willing to go, including the use of deception and cash payments, to obtain what are, in effect, illegal street drugs that they will use to murder inmates.

    Little wonder that they are refusing to identify the drugs they are using, from whom they obtained them, and how much they paid for them since they are violating the drug laws to kill people.

    Unlawful, disgusting and unconscionable behavior in our names at taxpayer expense.

    • MKX says:

      I just read that and it is just layers and layers of awful. I feel bad for that young lady.

      This is righteous rage:

      • Eloquent and righteous rage.

        The militarization does not stop with the police. It extends to jailers and in this way human dignity is ground into dirt and torture is not only tolerated, it serves as entertainment.

        Any one of us at any time can suddenly become a victim of this monstrous inhumanity, even if we are just dancing in the park.

  3. Malisha says:

    These cops who killed Boyd were simply out on a mission to kill him. They look a bit like those recruitment videos of the killer cops. The addition of the German Shepherds adds the Nazi touch, doesn’t it? “Drop the knife!” when he’s on the ground paralyzed? “Drop the knife, drop the knife!” — brilliant. Paid administrative leave: Isn’t that commonly called “vacation”?

  4. masonblue says:

    Two U.S. health workers ill after MERS exposure; World Health body meets in Geneva
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-health-mers-20140513,0,2386909.story

    “We’re not going to see the last of this,” said Dr. Kevin Sherin, director of the Florida Department of Health for Orange County. “We are going to see more cases coming to our community. … All of the emergency departments in the United States, to be perfectly honest, need to become very familiar with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, and making sure the protocols are in place.”

  5. colin black says:

    My Mom used to refrain to me when She thought I was being a mite to inquisitive.

    Mind your own beeswax .

    I would reply I will if you eat your own earwax.

    And then run!..

  6. In the this stinks department, Business Week is reporting:

    Representative John Conyers of Michigan, the longest-serving U.S. lawmaker running for re-election this year, doesn’t have enough petition signatures to qualify for the ballot, the Wayne County Clerk ruled.

    More than 1,400 of the 2,000 signatures filed by Conyers’s campaign for re-election to the U.S. House were invalid, Clerk Cathy Garrett said today. That leaves the Democrat with 592 valid signatures — more than 400 short of the 1,000 needed under Michigan law to qualify for the Aug. 5 primary ballot.

    • bettykath says:

      There’s no excuse for him coming up short. He should have had someone who knows the requirements overseeing the work. There should be enough of an on-the-ground organization of registered voters gathering signatures. You collect twice as many as required, as he did, to allow for signers who aren’t registered voters in your party. He’s well-known enough that he will probably prevail as a write-in.

  7. If you missed today’s post about the Pistorius trial, you missed some superb lawyering by prosecution and defense. Check out the comment thread for my description of the blow-by-blow.

    Judge Masipa will issue her ruling tomorrow at 0930 regarding whether she will grant the prosecution’s motion to commit Pistorius for a 30-day observation and mental health evaluation.

  8. The AP is reporting this evening that the Fifth Circuit has issued a stay of execution for Robert James Campbell, whom I mentioned in last night’s open thread.

    He was scheduled to be executed in Texas tonight.

    • bettykath says:

      Amazing! The stay for the reason of the unknown cocktail was refused. It was issued because he is mentally impaired. Rick Perry vetoed a bill that would have prevented execution of the mentally impaired. The state has had the tests that showed the impairment for quite some time.

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