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Oh No! The Communists Are Mad at Me

Maoist numbskulls don’t like me, and I am bereft
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RCP numbskull Travis Morales being arrested in Ferguson, wearing his REVOLUTION T-shirt

Following up on my post about the cultish Revolutionary Communist Party and their violent incitement in Ferguson, Missouri, one of the operatives identified in my post, Travis Morales, took time out from his busy schedule of stoking violent revolution to set his caps lock key on STUN and tweet these Palinesque word salad rants at me last night:

Maoists are kinda cute when they’re angry, don’t you think? Well, actually, not that cute, not when they do things like this, labeling Antonio French, one of the most active black community leaders, a “supreme bootlicker” because he didn’t put up with their crazy bullshit:

Another one of the RCP cultists let me know that I’m a McCarthyite COINTELPRO tool of The System! I think that’s bad.

And now they’ve posted a classy communist rant at their strange website, vowing to continue stoking violence and promoting themselves by any means necessary: Statement From the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA on the Arrests of Carl Dix, Travis Morales and Joey Johnson.

On Monday night, August 19, Missouri police singled out and arrested RCP members and supporters Carl Dix, Travis Morales and Joey Johnson, along with 75 other people during the course of that night. While some of the people defended them, the “peace police” community leaders worked with the police to get them arrested. Joey Johnson was blindsided and punched in the face by St. Louis politician Antonio French. Police Captain Ron Johnson, head of the operation, personally fingered Carl and Joey to get additional, higher charges. Carl and Travis were held overnight, and then released. Joey was also released that same day.

Their sole “crime” was attempting to read the RCP’s statement “To the Defiant Ones” to a crowd that had gathered. The politicians and news mouthpieces justify their arrests and call them agitators. Well, since when is “agitating”—which means nothing but speaking and bringing out sharply the facts of injustice—since when is it some kind of horrible crime to speak the truth about what this system does to people, and why people should stand up and fight against it? In fact, we need MORE agitation like this. As the great fighter against slavery Frederick Douglass said, power concedes nothing without a struggle. Maybe these people think Frederick Douglass was a “criminal”—in any case, they are definitely acting like modern-day overseers!

[blah blah blah…]

What all these politicians and tools for the rulers really fear is the fact: one, that people who have been demonized and cast off and consigned to an early grave or a life in prison are raising their heads and standing up, directing their anger where it needs to go; and two, that the people who are doing this, along with many others, are finding out about the Party and its leader Bob Avakian—the leadership that represents their highest interests and aspirations, and that actually has the strategy to LEAD a struggle to make revolution.

We will not back down. We will not go away.

HANDS OFF CARL DIX AND OTHER REVOLUTIONARY FIGHTERS!
STOP THE REPRESSION OF THE BRAVE FIGHTERS IN FERGUSON!

These are very bad people with very bad motives, and they have a terrible reputation among liberal community organizers for showing up at protests and doing their best to incite violence, then going home and watching themselves on TV. In short, these people suck.

Law Enforcement Officials Admit Officer Wilson Fired at Michael Brown as He Ran Away

A big admission, and a key piece of the puzzle
US News • Views: 14,602

A New York Times report on the huge differences between the accounts of eyewitnesses to the shooting of Michael Brown and accounts from Ferguson police doesn’t have much new information (if you’ve been following LGF, anyway), but it does show once again how consistent all the eyewitness accounts have been.

However, one new detail is very striking — because it’s the first time I’ve seen police admit that officer Darren Wilson actually fired his weapon at Michael Brown as he was running away.

Here’s the key section:

However, law enforcement officials say witnesses and forensic analysis have shown that Officer Wilson did sustain an injury during the struggle in the car.

As Officer Wilson got out of his car, the men were running away. The officer fired his weapon but did not hit anyone, according to law enforcement officials.

The first section is just a repeat of what Ferguson PD has been saying since the beginning, that Wilson and Brown struggled inside the car. Notably, none of the eyewitnesses confirm this story.

However, the second paragraph quoted above makes it very clear that officer Wilson was firing his weapon at Michael Brown as he ran away — in other words, even though law enforcement officials say he didn’t hit Brown or Johnson, he was indeed shooting at Brown’s back.

That’s a confirmation of one of the crucial bits of eyewitness information, and an explanation for the initial reports that Brown was “shot in the back” — because Wilson did try to shoot him in the back. And that’s not supposition any more; it’s the direct word from law enforcement.

Jim Hoft Calls #Ferguson Protesters “Roaches”

Yes, he’s a racist
Wingnuts • Views: 13,544

This morning Jim Hoft dropped all pretense and let his inner racist run free, calling the black people protesting in Ferguson “roaches.”

Related:
Jim Hoft’s Unsourced Claim That Officer Darren Wilson Had an “Orbital Blowout Fracture of the Eye Socket”
Jim Hoft Links to White Supremacist Site to Smear Michael Brown

Jim Hoft’s Unsourced Claim That Officer Darren Wilson Had an “Orbital Blowout Fracture of the Eye Socket”

A few problems in the dumbest man on the Internet’s narrative
Wingnuts • Views: 104,478

The entire right wing universe (including Drudge Report) is now screaming about this post by, yes, the Dumbest Man on the Internet again, claiming that anonymous sources told him officer Darren Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket” in a struggle with unarmed teenager Michael Brown: BREAKING REPORT: Officer Darren Wilson Suffered “Orbital Blowout Fracture to Eye Socket” During Mike Brown Attack | the Gateway Pundit.

It’s possible that someone did leak this information to Hoft, but I’ll remind my readers that Jim Hoft is probably the single most dishonest right wing blogger on the Internet as well as the dumbest, with a very long history of distorting facts and completely making stuff up to push his far right, often overtly racist agenda.

And there are some things to consider about Hoft’s claims this time as well, before lending them credibility they probably don’t deserve.

Here are the symptoms of an orbital blowout fracture:

The most common symptoms are bruising, tenderness and swelling around the eye; redness of the eye; double vision, ordiplopia (seeing two images at the same time); numbness of the cheek, nose or teeth; nose bleeds (epistaxis) [See figure 1].

Symptoms that typically indicate a more serious injury are pain on eye movement, double vision, air under the skin around the eye, and numbness of the cheek/mouth/nose on the side of the injury. Severe trauma may cause facial bone fractures, injury to the eye itself, and injuries to the skull/brain.

In the video taken by an eyewitness immediately after the shooting, officer Darren Wilson is seen walking calmly around the body with no signs of discomfort or injury, even though by this time he would have been in very serious pain.

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Also, no ambulance was called for Wilson, and no first aid was administered by other officers, which seems odd if he had indeed suffered this type of serious injury — or any injury at all.

And there’s more evidence that Hoft is trying to pull a fast one again; here is the original image posted at the AAPOS site, showing a CT scan of a blowout fracture (on the left), compared to the image posted at Gateway Pundit by Hoft (on the right):

Original example CT scan (L), compared to altered image posted by Jim Hoft (R)

Notice the difference? In the version posted by Jim Hoft, the text at bottom right that says “UNIV OF IOWA” has been crudely erased. Caught you, Jim.

Was Hoft trying to mislead his readers into thinking this was the actual X-ray (or CT scan) of Darren Wilson? His text does not make it clear it wasn’t Wilson’s CT scan — and the words “UNIV OF IOWA” have been blacked out, quite deliberately.

If Hoft’s intent was to mislead, it worked. All over Twitter and right wing blogs, the wingnuts are raving about “Darren Wilson’s X-ray” that shows a fractured eye socket — but this is just a generic example image of an unknown person’s CT scan.

Time will tell if Wilson is going to claim he had this type of injury, but nobody should take Jim Hoft’s word for it.

And one more point while I’m at it; Hoft writes:

This comes from a source within the Prosecuting Attorney’s office and confirmed by the St. Louis County Police.

If that’s true, it’s highly disturbing that the St. Louis prosecutor’s office and the St. Louis County police department are leaking information to a far right hateblogger known for his unrelenting dishonesty, who uses a white supremacist hate group as a source.

The Impressive Professionalism of Breitbart “News”

Don’t ever change
Wingnuts • Views: 19,480

With the whole world in flux, constantly changing, it’s nice to see some things that remain the same year after year.

For example, the boundless idiocy of the right wing crackpots who run Breitbart “News.” Today’s unchanging case in point comes via their latest fear-mongering article about the civil unrest in Missouri: RIOTERS THROW MOLOTOV COCKTAILS AT POLICE IN FERGUSON — AGAIN.

AGAIN! AGAIN, I SAY!

Except — the photo with which they illustrate this screaming headline actually shows a demonstrator throwing back a police tear gas canister, and it was taken five days ago, on August 14th.

Don’t ever change, Breitbrats!

UPDATE at 8/19/14 3:32:22 pm by Charles Johnson

And to make this even more absurdly idiotic, here’s a tweet from the man in that photo, revealing that he wasn’t throwing it back at the police — he was throwing it away from some kids.

(h/t: @arkyhawg.)

One of the Outside Groups Inciting Violence in Ferguson: The Revolutionary Communist Party

US News • Views: 24,102

Last night, with the help of some others on Twitter, I discovered an important story the media have so far missed: one of the main outside groups involved in inciting violence in Ferguson is the notorious Revolutionary Communist Party, a Maoist group started by cultish leader Bob Avakian. One of their slogans is “No solution without violent revolution.”

The RCP is generally despised by liberal community organizers, and well known for showing up at protests such as OWS and doing their best to instigate violent conflicts between police and protesters.

Here are some of the tweets posted on this subject:

The Troubling Treatment of Journalists During Ferguson Coverage

Law enforcement seems to be going out of its way to harass, detain, and arrest journalists covering events in Ferguson
Crime • Views: 22,653

The law enforcement response to the shooting death of Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson has been troubling in all aspects, but the local police (including Ferguson PD, St. Louis County Police, and other agencies) treatment of journalists is especially so.

Journalists are being harassed at every opportunity. They’ve been harassed while in private stores. They’ve been gassed/smoked out of their location shots by trigger-happy county police. They’ve been detained and arrested - all because they’re covering the events as they’re unfolding.

But remember, it’s the community that is engaging in violence. Right.

We cannot and should not ignore law enforcement’s excessive use of force, and singling out journalists for harassment and arrest.

This is hardly an isolated case in Ferguson.

Continue reading…

Monday Night in Ferguson, Missouri

US News • Views: 27,363

Here’s an open thread to follow what’s going on tonight in Ferguson, Missouri, with a fervent hope that peace will be restored.

But you can almost smell Jim Hoft’s eagerness for more violence in #Ferguson. The right wing blogosphere has been disgusting beyond belief today, validating once again my decision to run screaming away from them years ago.

Watch Live: President Obama Delivers a Statement on Ferguson and Iraq

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Live from the Brady Press Briefing Room.

Eyewitness Says Officer Darren Wilson Chased After Michael Brown While Shooting Him

Another consistent eyewitness report with new details
US News • Views: 51,942

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Eyewitness Piaget Crenshaw recorded footage of Michael Brown, and has now come forward to give her account on CNN. Ms Crenshaw says she saw officer Darren Wilson trying to pull Brown into his police car, when Brown broke away and started running down the street. Then, according to Crenshaw, Wilson got out of the car and began chasing Brown while firing his weapon. She says that when a bullet grazed Michael Brown’s arm, he turned around — and then officer Wilson shot him multiple times.

Note that Ms Piaget also says the police confiscated her camera — so they’ve had this evidence in their possession since the shooting happened.

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