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History Keeps Repeating


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We know that history tends to repeat itself.

Today is the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington, which brought us Martin Luther King, Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech.

It's the 46th anniversary of the infamous police riot that broke out during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, when police brutalized thousands of anti-war protesters on nationwide television as the demonstrators chanted, “The whole world is watching.”

57 years ago today, North Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond began an (unsuccessful) attempt to filibuster the Civil Rights Act of 1957. He spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes, setting a record for the longest filibuster by a single senator.

Today, though, it seems that not much has changed. Yes, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Ferguson, MO is ground zero in the summer of 2014 civil rights struggle. Police are regarded as the oppressors rather than the protectors. And Mitt Romney, while denying he'll run again, told a radio host that "circumstances can change." The reason people are even asking him the question are more puzzling than the idea that he'd even consider it: recent polls show Romney as the front runner, by huge margins, in both Iowa and New Hampshire, should he decide to throw his hat in the presidential ring again!

Not only does history repeat, but Americans have very short memories. I thought I'd do a public service and refresh those memories about Menacious Mitt. Feel free to share it liberally...

After hearing that, all I can hope for is that Mitt Romney will, indeed, run again!

Today on the Show

I first had Steven Thrasher on my show a few years back when he was writing for the Village Voice, and we spoke about the anniversary of the Stonewall riots.  Today, he's embarking on a few new journeys - including attending NYU as a Henry M. MacCracken Doctoral Fellow in American Studies, and writing a new weekly column for The Guardian. 

It was in the latter capacity that he went to Ferguson to cover the aftermath of the shooting death of Mike Brown. One piece in particular stood out to me in its sad truth, "Wisdom from Ferguson's kids: 'They shouldn't shoot people for protesting'."

BradBlog's Brad Friedman agreed to wake up early to join in the show today, so I took advantage of his presence! We spoke about the latest scandal to hit the McConnell campaign, the police falsifying and cover-up of the Michael Brown shooting incident report, the latest twist - and the twist on the twist - to the Don Siegelman political persecution, and a whole lot more.

I'll be back again tomorrow to wrap up the week, the month and the summer with Vice News' Jason Leopold. And for Flashback Friday and in honor of the ALS challenge that's taken the world by storm, Dan Navarro will join me live before we reach into my music radio archives for a session with Lowen & Navarro ... radio or not!


Cartoons of the Day- One Year After Newtown



John Branch


Chan Lowe


J.D. Crowe


Bill Day


Video- President's Weekly Address: Marking the One-Year Anniversary of the Tragic Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut



Bullying - Learned In School, Practiced In The Adult World - It Must Stop



We've all been exposed in real life to bullying -- either as an innocent bystander, perhaps even as a swept-up in the moment participant or sadly as a victim. Let's be real with ourselves, even if we can't be with others. We're more likely to have contributed at some point than to have rushed to someone's defense. That doesn't make us bad. It means we're all human and we're all vulnerable. Nobody wants to be on the outside looking in. There are pressures many times to join in or be ostracized ourselves. So we take the weak or cowardly way out. The course of least resistance.

Like sucking our thumbs or picking our noses, we generally outgrow these dirty habits. Some of them are learned naturally, others in school. They generally start when we're young and vulnerable. That's where they're most likely going to be corrected. Yet for many, the bad habits continue on to later in life when the damage can be even worse.

If we don't find ourselves early enough, if we don't develop the strength to stand up for justice, fairness and tolerance for others not as well off or popular, the future isn't pretty. Below is a video that's worth looking at.

Bullying - Catch it early or it'll catch us: The translation at the end says,

"A day of work doesn't have to be like this. Nor a day at school. Bullying is learned!"


Time For A Little Girl Fun -- Inspiring


Rube Goldberg machine

Okay, I don't, for a minute think these three young girls came up with this all on their own. And it doesn't matter. What does is fewer than 3 in 10 graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are women. And barely 1 in 10 engineers are women. Why? Stereotyping? That's gotta stop. And this video is just the panacea.

Think of how much fun this must have been to build. Move over Rube Goldberg. Make way for Ruth Goldberg... and her friends.


Cop Plants Drugs On 5th Grader, Kid Attacked By Cop's Drug Sniffing Dog



Oh, well, things, no matter how well-intended, do sometimes go wrong. Playing with matches near a fire. Leaving a loaded rifle unattended in a middle school. Planting drugs on a young kid to show how drug sniffing dogs work. I mean after all, this is America and that last one did happen far away... way down in Brazil.


What? It DID happen in Brazil... but Brazil, Indiana? I guess that makes it part of the US, then. Oopsy.

Here's the story, tragic but true. According to the Brazil Times, the local newspaper, police were holding a demonstration on how drug sniffing K-9's assist in catching drug offenders. Before the demonstration, the police officer met with five kids, all 11 years old. The officer, for demonstration purposes, placed a small quantity of marijuana into one boy's sock. The purpose was for Max, the dog on the team, to identify which student was carrying.

k-9 unit

And he did, alright. While unleashed and sniffing the kids, boys and girls, the dog became aggressive and that scared the kid with the stash in his sock. He twitched and Max attacked, biting the boy's ankle severely enough that he had to be transported by ambulance to the local hospital. Both the boy and Max are doing fine now.

Max has been relieved of duties pending his passing a rabies test. The young boy, name withheld, seems to be fine and proudly brandishes his stitches though minor surgery was required. He hopes Max won't have to be put down.

Now the cop on the other hand? Nothing. His actions which included leaving the dog untethered and unrestrained do challenge one to ask why? This dog is trained to be a deterrent. He's trained to be vicious. Knowing he was going to find drugs, shouldn't that have been a common sense warning. These are 11 year old kids. You're going to trust them to not move when approached by this animal?

Now here's the saddest part -- how stupid can the cops be to run a simulation test with kids and not expect them to react with some concern when a large dog growls and opens his mouth toward your leg -- especially when you know you have contraband on you?

Last week I reported on a shooting of a police officer's rifle (resulting in children's injuries) when he left his loaded and unattended at a middle school. This week it's a drug dog biting a kid who's used by the cops as bait.

Maybe it's time for the cops to stop visiting schools and hurting young students. Their job seems to be better served by patrolling problem neighborhoods. Less school demonstrations and more common sense. Fortunately the victim of this reckless police officer's demonstration will be fine. And hopefully his dog will too. But enough is enough.


Reckless Cops Visit School And Cause Student Shootings



Okay, how  many times do the police have to be told not to leave their fully-loaded weapons where someone could get to them? Then ask yourself how irresponsible is it for them to leave those weapons unattended near kids -- at a school? Hello. anybody home?

An 11-year-old told KCAL-TV that police officers were playing four square with students about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday and handing out stickers when one student wandered over to a police motorcycle that had a gun latched to it.

The event was part of “Red Ribbon Week,” which is intended to promote awareness about illegal drug use.

Maybe it should have been about gun safety instead.

What is wrong with the negligent officers? More than you might think. Read on from Real Story.

Chino police said the weapon was initially identified in reports as a handgun, but officers confirmed the firearm was an AR-15 rifle.

Okay, stop there. The police don't know the difference between a handgun and an AR-15? That's reassuring. So, when they got to the bottom of that, these trusty officers revealed:

They said the gun was discharged but never removed from its locked mountain device.

Now I'm going to venture a guess and say that statement has a typo. I think they probably meant the AR-15 was in a locked mounted device. But either way, it obviously wasn't that well locked that an elementary school kid couldn't get it to go off, ultimately causing multiple student injuries and hospitalizations

And finally this. The brain trust of these police officers on the school visitation came to this conclusion.

Similar weapons have been removed from police motorcycles during the investigation.

Just during the investigation, mind you. My question is this: when they say similar weapons have been removed are they talking about rifles, or the the police officers who were reckless and allowed for this event to happen in the first place?