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Line Of Fire

killer copsOn Wednesday the police in Pasadena, California shot and killed an innocent teenager, Kendrec McDade. They justified it by saying he "made a motion to his waistband".

Allow me to be very clear about this... no officer of the law should EVER be allowed to use the excuse that he "thought" someone has a gun as a reason to murder them in cold blood. Either the person has a gun or they don't. And the last time I looked we were allowed to own guns, even carry them around for fun. Using a gun in a criminal manner, though, makes you liable for any consequences but being murdered in cold blood simply because the officer in question has an overactive imagination is not a good enough reason.

So I went looking for statistics to see how many U.S. citizens the police kill every year and you know what I found?

Nothing. Bupkiss.

Even though the Crime Control Act was passed in 1994 requiring State Attorney generals to collect the data and make it public such reports are piecemeal at best. The information is being obscured and it's easy to understand why because if we REALLY knew how many people the police kill every year, and the number is obviously a staggeringly large one, (179 people were alone tasered to death in 2011) there would certainly be an outcry of tsunamic proportions.

But what the people don't know can't hurt the cops. Only us.

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Rachel Maddow's first book, Drift, was lovingly admired by the New York Times book reviewer Janet Maslin. She sums it up by saying "And thank Ms. Maddow for picking this and every other fight that “Drift” provokes. It will be a smarter public debate than the kinds we’re used to."


=Lefty=

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Note 1: Carbon dating relies on the half-life of naturally occurring radioactive materials. This science got rather confused when the U.S. and Russia started testing nuclear weapons in the atmosphere in the lat 40s. As a result, the official "Before Present" date for studies in this field is forevermore January 1, 1950.

Note 2: A young and prolific animator, Edd Gould, died recently at the age of 24 of leukemia. His 68 works on Youtube had wracked up an astounding 80 million collective views. I didn't know the man but I admire his industry and his craft. My condolences to his family.

Note 3: The operator of a women's clinic in Rockville, Maryland, turns the tables, with love, on anti-abortion protestors.

Note 4: Though Rush Limbaugh's show continues to shed advertisers a handful are slowly creeping back under the assumption that the firestorm over Rush's public derision of Ms. Fluke is easing. Dissuade them of this illusion by sending Rush's advertiser's a message.

Note 5: I had a pair of lovely Jehovah's Witnesses come to the door today. I took one of their pamphlets but I insisted they take one of these.

Note 6: Say "Hello!" to Rick Santorum!

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And now our Chart of the Day: Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed 1973-2007. (I wanted a chart of citizens killed by the police but they don't release those numbers. Gosh, wonder why.)

police deaths chart
Slightly more massive version available here.

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Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation3-30-2012: The House voted to end Medicare, again, but at least they signed a 90-day extension to the transportation bill. No jobs were created.



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Fox News Lies. Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies! The "Cornhusker Kickback" was never part of the new Health Care law. You wouldn't think that if you watched Fox News.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.


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American Psycho. Good film. Book is better.


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Today's Google Chow.

Title: How psychopaths rationalize

Cardinal Fang: God cannot abide the heretic.

Hockey mask guy: Mommy, why didn't you love me?

Dr. Evil: The sheep must always perish so that the wolf may thrive.

Police officer: I thought he had a gun.

Rollover: BONUS EXCUSE: WMD's! Look! WMD's all over the dang place!