9 votes

Deadspin is Crowdsourcing a Police Shooting Database

Anthony L. Fisher | Aug. 20, 2014

As noted here on Hit & Run last week and on FiveThirtyEight.com yesterday, there is no comprehensive national database of shootings by police. Though academics like David Klinger and Jim Fisher have been on the case for years, there hasn't been a coordinated effort to compile all the necessary data into one place, until now. ||| Ben Re / FoterBen Re / Foter

As part of its coverage of the unrest in Ferguson, MO, following the police shooting death of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, Deadspin, the hugely popular Gawker Media-affiliated sports and pop culture website, is asking its readers to help crowdsource information on police shootings from 2011-2013.

For a few hours today, they were allowing their readers to update a Google doc spreadsheet, which proved unwieldly due to a limit on the number of concurrent users accessing the doc. They have since moved to soliciting info via a submission form on the site.

8 votes

It's time for the police to rethink 'shoot-to-kill'

The St. Louis County Police Department released video last night that shows two of its officers opening fire and killing a knife-wielding man who had just held up a nearby liquor store.

Here's the video. Warning: it is quite disturbing, although there are no close-ups of the dying man.

When I posted the video on Twitter yesterday, rather predictably, the reaction broke into two camps.

14 votes

Imagine - A tribute to Ron Paul’s 2009 radio address “Imagine” by Former IDF Officer

*Posted in full with authors permission*

"I grew up in Israel and served as an IDF officer. It took me years to realize that we had been brought up on lies, myths and propaganda and that Palestinians are no different from native Americans, blacks in S. Africa and other indigenous populations who were abused and dispossessed by European colonialism. Demolishing the Zionist myths and propaganda is the first step towards de-constructing the exclusionary colonial state and achieving historic justice and lasting peace."

Imagine by Ahad Haadam

23 votes

Keep playing golf, Obama

Because you are much more dangerous when passing executive orders or signing bills.

I see a terrible trend in thinking when so called conservatives howl and cry that the president is playing golf while world events pass us by. It is as if they are lost without a godlike figure in government to tell them what to do or to 'take-action' and bomb some people in a foreign country. Or at the least, get in front of a camera.

Are we hard wired to think like this? Or are these people under sedation and programmed to 'want' powerful government figures.

12 votes

Our Gift

Mankind has a gift.

Whether you believe humans were created by a higher power, evolved from the primordial ooze, or were genetically engineered by ancient aliens, the fact remains that, on this Earth, no creature has the gift that man has.

That is the gift of reason; the ability to use a rational thought process to make decisions.

Decisions. Choices.

Man is capable of making poor choices. Man is also capable of abandoning reason, and embracing - nay, celebrating! - irrational thought. This can only lead to evil.

We need to embrace our gift.


35 votes

Finally! The ONLY Proper Solution vs PoliceState Tyranny Activated: An Armed BLACK Citizen Patrol to police the Police!

Not just black, but EVERY American community should must do this; our very survival may depend on it! Something I've been expecting for some time: bravo brothas, bravo! But of course, the rabidly hoplophobic leftists will still call it "racist":

Huey P. Newton Gun Club and Black Panthers march on MLK Blvd.

Sky Chadde
Published on Aug 20, 2014

26 votes


A year and a half ago I logged in for the first time because I was so angry about the gun control "debate". I made my first post out of pure anger and disgust for what I was hearing those politicians say. That same night I discovered the Daily Paul Chat. I opened it up and I saw a user named "vince" in a heavy political debate with the other chatters. I thought to myself, finally I found some people I can talk to about politics.

8 votes

Rapiscan Airport Scanners Useless: Failed to detect guns, knives, explosives

August 20, 2014 | MarketWatch

Rapiscan Secure 1000, the full-body scanner deployed at U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013, was so unreliable that a team of researchers with no terrorist training were able to smuggle guns, knives and explosives past the machine without detection.

11 votes

What Ron Paul Wants For His Birthday


Ron Paul
Aug. 20, 2014

Dear Friend of Peace and Prosperity,

Today is my birthday, and though it is not polite to ask for a present I am going to make an exception this year. Won’t you please send a gift of support to my Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity? It would mean so much to me and to our cause.

Read the rest at the URL:


27 votes

Graphic Police Shooting in Riverview, MO yesterday Aug. 19 - anyone see this?

Found this while looking for *live* feeds from tonight:

"KWMU has published a video of what appears to be one of the shootings that happened yesterday. This happened in Riverview, about 15 minutes outside of the center of the protests. We believe that it is important to be transparent in what information we gather and allow for you to make the decision yourself on what you want to see or not see.

The video is graphic, and contains images of someone being shot and killed. Viewer discretion advised, you have been warned."

10 votes

High School Student Claims She Was Suspended For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Classmate Sneezed

High School Student Claims She Was Suspended For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Classmate Sneezed

August 20, 2014 11:53 AM

DYER COUNTY, Tenn. (CBS Charlotte) – A high school student was allegedly suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.

Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School, said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher told her that the term was for church.

28 votes

VERY Nice Birthday Editorial for Dr. Paul!

by Justin Raimondo, August 19, 2014

Ron Paul is 79 today

Libertarians owe him a great debt, one which can never be repaid. Without him, it’s more than likely that our movement would’ve either gone off the rails, succumbing to opportunism of the worst sort, or else slipped into obscurity, never to be seen or heard from again. Thanks to him, neither of those dreadful scenarios occurred.

What happened instead was the almost miraculous growth and development of libertarianism into a viable national movement, with “mainstream” media forced to sit up and take notice. Now we are told we may be approaching the “libertarian moment” — by the New York Times, no less! — and 90 percent of the credit (maybe more!) goes to Ron and the movement he inspired.

22 votes

How to Make Free Motor Fuel at Home... Using Wood?

Hey everyone! My work to promote freedom has centered around breaking our addiction to oil. Its a tough nut to crack, but real progress is here.


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