Brown family’s “autopsy expert” is NOT a doctor; has degree in non-existent medical field

This really should quiet down some of the conspiracy mob in Ferguson, but it won’t. 

from Gateway Pundit:

Oh, good grief!
The self-proclaimed expert who held a national press conference on the Mike Brown shooting is NOT A DOCTOR.

He holds a degree in a NON-EXISTENT MEDICAL FIELD.

Shawn Parcells, a forensic pathologist who assisted in the autopsy of Michael Brown points at an autopsy diagram showing where the gun shots hit Michael Brown as he speaks about the findings during a press conference at the Greater St. Marks Family Church on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.

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More from WDAF:

A Kansas City man is now front and center in the controversial shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Shawn Parcells owns a company that provides autopsy services, and some in the forensic community are taking issue with his involvement in this or any other case.

Parcells owns National Forensic Autopsy and Recovery Services. He says lawyers for the family of Michael Brown contacted him because of his expertise in gunshot wounds.

“I am a forensic pathologist assistant and medical investigator,” Parcells told FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien.

However, that’s something of a dubious title according to forensic pathologist Dr. Erik Mitchell.

“That is a degree that does not exist in my knowledge, except in the mind of Shawn Parcells,” Dr. Mitchell said.

Dr. Mitchell takes issue with Parcells’ title.

“You cannot claim the title, because it is a formal, licensable position. You can assist somebody; in this way I can say, for instance, I have paid my taxes, so I am an assistant President of the United States,” Dr. Mitchell said.

Parcells admits he has no certification as a pathology assistant, but says his qualification comes from experience.

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This is important because Parcells is claiming that one of the bullets that killed Michael Brown came from behind him, which completely contradicts the official autopsy results.  

Federal Reserve data reveals Obamacare as a disaster for business.

from Zero Hedge:

Remember all those allegations that Obamacare would be an unmitigated disaster for businesses, especially smaller companies? Well, now we have proof.

As the Philly Fed, which mysteriously soared at the headline level even as the vast majority of its components tumbled, reported moments ago, “in special questions this month, firms were asked qualitative questions about the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how, if at all, they are making changes to their employment and compensation, including benefits.”

What the survey found was very disturbing: not only did businesses report that as a result of Obamacare the number of workers they employ is lower than higher (18.2% vs 3.0%), that there has been an increase in part time jobs (18.2% higher vs 1.5% lower), leading to a big increase in outsourcing and most importantly, Obamacare costs are being largely passed on to customers (28.8% reporting higher vs 0.0% lower), the punchline was that while there is basically no change in the number of employees covered (17.6% higher vs 14.7% lower and 67.6% unchanged), there has been a big jump in Premiums, Deductibles, Out-of-pocket maximums, and Copays, which has been “matched” by a far greater reduction in the range of medical coverage and the size of the network.

In short a disaster.

NY Daily News cover blasts Obama’s “Golf War”

President Obama put his own spin on the oft-quoted advice of predecessor Teddy Roosevelt: speak strongly and carry a nine iron.

The vacationing commander-in-chief returned to the golf course Wednesday after calling for justice in the brutal killing of an American journalist by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) terrorists. …

The president zipped quickly from a local school to a Martha’s Vineyard golf course after his 12:45 p.m. media session. Obama delivered a short statement and took no questions from the assembled media.

Obama vows to be “relentless” against ISIS…after he finishes golfing and golfing…and golfing…

President was all smiles and fist bumps again today on the golf course with not a hint of concern about the American journalist still held in captivity ISIS nor the other American journalist who was beheaded earlier this week.  

Yesterday’s 5 minute speech on James Foley’s death was completely overshadowed by the 5 hour golf game Obama immediately rushed off to after the speech.

Obama is back on the golf course again today.

from Daily Mail:

President Barack Obama teed off again on Thursday, just 24 hours after pictures of his wide grin on the golf course drew condemnation in the wake of the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley.
'Admit it,' a White House pool reporter emailed the press corps. 'You all made small-dollar bets that POTUS would be playing golf today. And … you would be right!'
'We are at the Farm Neck Golf Club at 1:13 pm. and POTUS is hitting the links again.'
The president drew fire Wednesday after reacting to Foley’s on-camera slaying for just five minutes, and then gripping his driver.
He had told a global audience minutes earlier that ‘when people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done.’
Then he was seen laughing with friends and fist-bumping them during a five-hour round at Farm Neck on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Today’s trip makes the 8th time Obama has played golf in 11 days.  By my count, that makes 194 games of golf since Obama took office. 

Utterly shameful.

St. Louis police release disturbing video of officers shooting Kajieme Powell

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In the wake of the death of Michael Brown, St. Louis police shot and killed Kajieme Powell.  His death added immediate fuel to the fire in an already volatile situation. 

Today, the St. Louis police released cell phone video of the incident. This video raises as many questions as it answers, but one thing is for sure:

Kajieme Powell wanted to die.  

He can be heard on the video screaming at the officers, “Shoot me now, mother f***ers!” as he walked advanced them. This was certainly a case of suicide by cop.

You can also hear the police officers yelling, “Get your hand out of your pocket! Drop it! Drop the knife!”

However, the video may be somewhat at odds with the St. Louis Police’s official story.

from Reason:

After St. Louis police shot to death 25-year-old Kajieme Powell yesterday —and apparently for good measure cuffed his corpse, says an eyewitness at the scene of the video below around 2:45—St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told the press that he was a clear and present danger to the officers, having, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, “pulled out a knife and came at the officers, gripping and holding it high, Dotson said.” The Huffington Post reported Dotson as saying the knife was in an “overhand grip.”

This cell phone video—alas from pretty far away—does not look to me like Powell was raising his arms. Nor does it show any obvious sign that I can see of a knife at all, but I can’t be sure of that. But the position of his arms seems clear enough to me when the shots that killed him begin, around 1:35 or so of the video.

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The video also makes it clear that Powell robbed a store and was simply waiting for police to arrive with the clear intent of confronting him.  He wanted to die, and I believe he wanted to become a martyr.  Sadly, he got his wish. 

Before I post the video, I want to give an EXTREME content warning.  The video is too far away to be graphic, but it is very disturbing. You are watching a young man’s life end. There’s also a LOT of language.  This is in no way appropriate for children. 

You have been warned.

Here’s the video:

My gut feeling from watching the video is that the police officers will be found innocent of any wrongdoing.  Clearly, Powell wanted to die and was willing to force an aggressive confrontation with police in order to get what he wanted. 

However, that doesn’t mean that the events had to go down like this.  Do you think the police officers should have shown more restraint?  How do you think the officers should have handled the situation?  Did they do the right thing?

Consider this an open discussion.  

If you only watch one video about Ferguson and the “race wars,” watch this one

Stick to the facts and stay principled.  It’s what we’ve been saying since the very beginning of the Ferguson police shooting and subsequent riots. 

If the officer who killed Michael Brown did indeed shoot an unarmed man who had his hands up and was running away, he should be charged with murder.  But we must examine the facts before we come to that conclusion.

Bill Whittle, who examines Ferguson and the bigger picture of racial violence in America, sticks only to the facts. 

Here’s the video:

I couldn’t have said it better had I spent a week trying to collect my thoughts.  Bill Whittle cuts right to the heart of the matter. 

As regular readers of this website know, we take police brutality very seriously around here and make almost daily calls for greater accountability among cops. However, we always advocate sticking to the facts in every case, and that’s simply not what’s happening in the media’s coverage of Ferguson nor in the Obama administration’s reaction.  

Feel free to pass some facts along to your friends and relatives by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. 

VIDEO: CNN’s Don Lemon thinks an AR-15 is an “automatic weapon”

This is CNN.

This is why the gun debate is so frustrating to watch in the mainstream media.  The bone heads who oppose gun ownership (which is a guaranteed right in the Constitution) simply have no idea what they’re talking about.  They just know that they hate guns. 

Here’s the video:

We shouldn’t take away anyone’s 2nd Amendment right, but “we should examine it”?  Examine it and do what?  Then take it away?  

If Don Lemon had any credibility in the gun debate, he just lost all of it.  He knows less about guns than my 11 year old nephew.

Federal Judge orders Obama administration to release Operation Fast and Furious documents

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This is a big win for Congressional investigators who still don’t have answers as to why the Justice Department allowed thousands of guns to flow freely into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. 

from National Review:

A federal judge ordered President Obama’s team to hand over some documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious and to provide a list of withheld documents.

Once House Republicans see the list of withheld documents, they will have a chance to challenge the withholding of particular documents.

“This Administration has been so intent on hiding the contents of these documents that it allowed Attorney General Holder to be held in contempt instead of just turning them over to Congress,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said of the ruling. “The privilege log will bring us closer to finding out why the Justice Department hid behind false denials in the wake of reckless conduct that contributed to the violent deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and countless Mexican citizens.”

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U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson “signaled that under the ruling she would devise, DOJ would have to persuade her on each document as to why she should allow Holder to withhold it from Congress” when she heard the case in May, according to Breitbart’s Ken Klukowski.

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The ill-fated Operation Fast and Furious resulted in the death of hundreds of people including two Federal agents. 

Of course: Nancy Pelosi’s district is exempt from California’s water restrictions

San Francisco gets its water from the same source as the rural farmers who are forced by US Fish and Wildlife to endure a drought.  San Franciscans, like Nancy Pelosi, get to enjoy their water, but California’s farmers get to enjoy dead crops.

Why is that?

from Washington Times:

The Endangered Species Act has wreaked havoc for decades on rural communities, but a newly filed lawsuit could force San Francisco urbanites like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to share their pain.

A federal complaint filed this week contends that the Hetch Hetchy Project, which supplies water to San Francisco and the Bay Area, has unfairly enjoyed an exemption from the “severe cutbacks” required in rural California in order to save endangered fish species.

Craig Manson, who heads the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability (CESAR) in Fresno, said the lawsuit is aimed at addressing the “double standard” that forces farmers to give up water in the name of species conservation — without requiring Bay Area residents to do the same.

Mr. Manson wants the National Park Service to press the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to end the special exemption from the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but “the Park Service just won’t do it.”

Why not? Jeffrey Olson, National Park Service spokesman, said the agency cannot comment on ongoing litigation, but critics point out that San Joaquin Valley farmers have nowhere near the political clout of San Francisco’s political leadership, which includes Mrs. Pelosi and a good chunk of the state’s dominant liberal power structure.

“I think the law is being subjectively applied,” said Aubrey Bettencourt, executive director of the California Water Alliance. “California is a tale of two cities. If you added all the agrarian counties of California together in terms of registered voters, that’s not even enough to offset either San Francisco or Los Angeles. There are not enough votes.”

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The California water shortage is a man-made disaster.  Obama actually promised to veto any legislation that would turn the water back on to California’s Central Valley.  It’s outrageous, and it’s forcing people to suffer unnecessarily.  Not only that, but you only have to suffer if you’re one of the unprivileged ones.  

Ferguson Experiences Relative Calm; Protester Who Showed Up To Support Darren Wilson Arrested

This is a strange little story. The good news is that the city of Ferguson was relatively peaceful last night. The bad news is there are still people being arrested. One woman who showed up to support the officer was promptly arrested on an undisclosed charge. But, again, we shouldn’t be “supporting” anyone. We don’t know all the facts. The investigation isn’t complete.

The city of Ferguson, Mo. experienced something it had not witnessed on any night in nearly a week: peace.

Florissant Avenue, which has been ground zero for the protests surrounding the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, was a markedly different scene on Wednesday night compared to the chaos that has engulfed the small St. Louis suburb almost every day over the last 11 days.

Protests went on with only minor incidents throughout the night.

…The first real challenge to the peaceful atmosphere came around 9:00 p.m. when a woman showed up with a sign in support of Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown on Aug 9. Protesters were furious. They began screaming. Police began escorting the woman, which only drew further ire from the rest of the assembled crowd.

…Eventually, the woman was arrested. Police did not immediately provide details on any charge

Tweet of the day. Ouch.

H/T: PJ Media

Cop’s Washington Post op-ed: “If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me”

I actually found this article because a friend whose brother is a police officer posted it as if it were a good thing.  

A cop penned an op-ed in the Washington Post, and this is the actual headline:

The article is as bad as the title suggests.  It’s always the victim’s fault they got brutalized by a police officer.  They should just stand and take it. 

First he whines that people are always saying mean things and disrespecting cops.

Working the street, I can’t even count how many times I withstood curses, screaming tantrums, aggressive and menacing encroachments on my safety zone, and outright challenges to my authority. The he actually threatens the readers of his op-ed.

He writes from the perspective that police officers have special rights that ordinary citizens do not.  He speaks only of cops who fear for their lives when confronting a suspect, but never acknowledges that people have a legitimate fear for their own lives when dealing with a cop. 

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?

Then he actually says that if a police is violating your rights, you should just tough it out and file a complaint later. 

But if you believe (or know) that the cop stopping you is violating your rights or is acting like a bully, I guarantee that the situation will not become easier if you show your anger and resentment. Worse, initiating a physical confrontation is a sure recipe for getting hurt. Police are legally permitted to use deadly force when they assess a serious threat to their or someone else’s life. Save your anger for later, and channel it appropriately. Do what the officer tells you to and it will end safely for both of you. We have a justice system in which you are presumed innocent; if a cop can do his or her job unmolested, that system can run its course.

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I’m sorry, but this is a naive and twisted view of authority from a cop who is obviously unconcerned with the hundreds of documented cases of police brutality. 

Stand and take your constitutional violations like a man, he says.  Tell that to this guy. Or this guy.  Or this guy.  Or this baby.  Or this 13 year old kid. Or this homeless man. Or this guy. Or this guy. Or this 16 year old. Or this family. Or this pastor. Or this 10 year old. Or this nurse. Or this student.  

We could do this all day.  

Obviously, nobody is advocating being disrespectful to police officers, but to pretend like simply allowing a police officer to molest you is the better course of action is moronic.  

Cops disrespect common citizens every single day, but every day citizens don’t have the authority to club, taser, arrest, beat, or shoot police officers.  Only police have the authority to do this to you.

Source: Cop was badly beaten before shooting Brown

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According to a source close to the police department, the officer was badly beaten before he shot Brown.

From Fox News:

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department’s top brass told FoxNews.com.

“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”

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I think that it’s safe to say that there is enough evidence at this point to make people, at minimum, question the original narrative. Brown wasn’t shot in the back and there was an altercation with the police officer.

None of this necessarily means that the officer was justified in what he did. That’s for a grand jury to decide. But I do wish people would stop pretending like they know exactly what happened. None of us were there. Let’s let investigators do their jobs.

White Utah man gunned down by black police officer, media omits race

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There is a story out of Salt Lake City that has largely been under the radar. A 20-year-old white male, who was likely unarmed, was killed by a black police officer after he failed to heed the officer’s warnings and reportedly reached toward his pants. It was later learned that the victim, Dillon Taylor, was wearing headphones and likely did not hear the officer. Police haven’t said whether he was armed.

From The Salt Lake Tribune:

Protesters lined the sidewalk across the street from Salt Lake City police headquarters Monday afternoon to express their outrage at a spate of recent police shootings of unarmed people.

Among the demonstrators were friends of Dillon Taylor, the 20-year-old man who was shot dead by Salt Lake City police outside a 7-Eleven last Monday. Police were responding to a report of a man with a gun, but Taylor’s supporters say he was unarmed.

"It didn’t make sense to me when I first heard everything, and they tried to say he had a gun," said Taylor’s friend Aaron Swanenberg, who came to the protest straight from Taylor’s funeral. "I knew Dillon. He never packed a gun."

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You’ll notice that there’s something mysteriously missing from this story: The race of the victim and the race of the police officer. There’s a simple reason for this. It’s because the officer was black and the victim was white. The story actually parallels quite well with the story of Michael Brown but it doesn’t fit the media narrative.

(For video and more analysis, go here)

Don’t get me wrong, we shouldn’t rush to judgement in either of these cases. We need to have full investigations so that a jury can make an informed, unbiased decision and justice can be served. But media hypocrisy here cannot be denied. They have an agenda to push and a narrative to control.

Obamaland: More than 1/3 of Americans on welfare

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According to new numbers from the Census Bureau, nearly 110 million Americans are receiving welfare benefits. This is 35.4% of the entire country. 

from CNS:

109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014.

But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.

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Obama vowed to “fundamentally transform America.”  Now, people like Mitt Romney are actually surprised that it is happening. Nobody that’s been reading this website from the beginning is surprised. 

Anyone of any political stripe, should think that this number is too high. But unfortunately, we have an entire political party devoted to making people dependent on government. And honestly, this is the problem. This is the root of everything. Politicians bribe constituents in exchange for votes. The sooner the country realizes this, the better. Because things will never improve until it does.