MSNBC host Joe Scarborough expressed his anger at the media's portrayal of the situation in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, during a segment on Monday's "Morning Joe" series.
One thing that particularly upset the host was the way that St. Louis Rams players expressed solidarity with Brown by entering the arena with their hands held in the "Hands Up! Don't Shoot!" signature on Sunday.
"I'm sorry, this Ram thing, this was the final straw for me," Scarborough said from behind his desk. "I have sat here quietly and listened to BS being spewed all over this network and all over other networks. I can't take it anymore." more >>
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously voted 7-0 on Monday afternoon to deny a stay of execution for Scott Panetti, a severely mentally ill man who is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday for the murder of his parents-in-law. Panetti's lawyers have urgently asked the Supreme Court to intervene and save his life.
"Mr. Panetti is a sick man who has suffered from schizophrenia, an incurable mental illness, for over 30 years, including prior to and during the crime, and during his trial at which he represented himself in a floridly psychotic state," Kathryn Kase, attorney for Scott Panetti and executive director of Texas Defender Service, wrote in a statement.
"Widespread and diverse voices agree that Mr. Panetti's execution would cross a moral line and serve no retributive or deterrent value, including national and Texas leaders in mental health, leading conservative, libertarian and evangelical Christian voices, former judges and prosecutors, legislators, governors and attorneys general and many more," she continued. more >>
Christian leaders and pastors continue to play an integral part in the national discussion about the country's racial divide surfacing as the result of events that began in Ferguson, Missouri, one week ago, when violence erupted after a St. Louis grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
"It is important that the leaders in the body of Christ today be held accountable to speak to this matter because its continuance is affecting all of us as we bear the burdens of the systemic effects of racial division throughout our land," wrote Dr. Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas. "We must come together as leaders to repent and forgive one another and strategize together how we can best impact our communities and our nation for Christ and His kingdom."
From coast to coast, church services on Sunday included prayers for Ferguson and the nation. In prayers and commentary, many pastors pointed out that the Church itself still has a ways to go when it comes to racial division. more >>
Race is like gender. As society becomes more equal in those areas, leftist instigators resort to making up conflicts in order to create victim status where there is no longer much left. The Ferguson riots are a classic example. Every day across the country, police officers shoot criminals and nothing happens; there is no outcry or rioting, because the police officer is not white and the perpetrator is not black. But if the police officer is white and the perpetrator is black, suddenly the race baiters care, and instead of waiting for the facts to come out or an adjudication by a jury of peers in a court of law, they declare that the shooting was the result of racism.
Political researcher Trevor Loudon has written an expose on the left-wing activists who organized the violent Ferguson protests, detailing their long histories of inciting riots. Lisa Fithian, a white woman known as "Professor Occupy" for her leadership organizing Occupy Wall Street, trained people specifically for the Ferguson riots.
The ramifications of this trial by race baiters are deadly and only serve to needlessly worsen race relations. The Ferguson confrontation was provoked after Michael Brown was filmed in a convenience store surveillance video threatening and assaulting a shopkeeper, then committing strong-arm robbery of a package of cigarellos. Officer Darren Wilson, who was assigned to follow up on the crime, said he shot Brown in self-defense. Brown refused to succumb to arrest and instead charged him, reaching for his gun. more >>
On Tuesday, former NBA star Charles Barkley offered his opinion about the Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.
"The true story came out from the grand jury testimony," Barkley told Mike Missanelli, host on Philadelphia radio station 97.5. "Key forensic evidence and several black witnesses that supported Officer Darren Wilson's story," he continued. "I can't believe anything I hear on television anymore. And, that's why I don't like talking about race issues with the media anymore, because they (the media) love this stuff, and lead people to jump to conclusions. The media shouldn't do that. They never do that when black people kill each other."
Barkley is known for being controversial. In 2013, he notably said he agreed with the verdict handed down in the George Zimmerman case after Zimmerman was found not guilty of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The case, much like the Michael Brown case, divided the country and brought up the topic of race relations as well. more >>
A new case of child sexual abuse was filed earlier today against a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation in Hillsboro, Oregon.
The lawsuit, filed against the North Hillsboro Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, alleges that Velicia Alston and an unnamed plaintiff known only as John Roe, were sexually abused and molested by Daniel Castellanos, a Baptized Publisher and Elder or Ministerial Servant in the congregation. Alston and Roe were reportedly between the ages of 11 and 8-10, respectively.
"We will show that these innocent children had their lives ruined by this congregational leader and this religious organization, who suppressed its knowledge of a child predator within the congregation by following the policies imposed by the governing body of the Jehovah's Witnesses to keep such information secret at all costs to avoid scandal and public scrutiny," Irwin M. Zalkin of The Zalkin Law Firm, said in the press release. more >>