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Re: “You Had One Job, Jim Tracy

Sorry Prag, I never watched Dexter. I'm guessing that's a Dexter TV show reference. That's my cat being bored with the trolls incessant yammer.

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 08/26/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Tough Questions, Frank Answers at Town Hall Meeting On Ferguson

"murder requires 'malice aforethought' which I doubt works here."

The question is how long?

Did the officer need to get up that morning and think, "I'm going to kill someone today."? Did he need to form the intent one minute before the shooting? 10 seconds? 1 second?

Even if first-degree murder doesn't apply, there are lesser levels of murder and manslaughter that might apply.

I hope the ultimate outcome of all this is that the shooting was justified, because that would mean Brown didn't die unnecessarily and Wilson would not need to face charges. However, I'm not going to let that hope cause me to jump to any conclusions.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 08/26/2014 at 10:48 AM
Posted by JohntheRevelator on 08/26/2014 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Tough Questions, Frank Answers at Town Hall Meeting On Ferguson

The New Reoublic, a magazine that thinks Hitler was a light weight, now that is rich!

Malice and forethought can legally be satisfied in an instant. The fact as it now stands that Officer Wilson exited his car and apparently walked several steps, had time to expend many rounds, six of which were hits on Mike Brown, pretty much establishes his opportunity to achieve proper qualification for malice and fore thought. Do not forget, Officer Wilson is a trained and six year experienced LEO, and by law is required to exhibit proper restraint.

Will he be convicted, well, as illustrated on many previous occasions (Zimmerman for example) it is quite difficult to convict a white person for the murder of a black young man unless it is obvious. And especially in the current climate put forth by a suspect prosecutor and the realities of a Grand Jury. Will he be held liable in a federal civil rights action, THAT is where the truth just may come to the surface

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Posted by Jim Collins on 08/26/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “David Olney is still a contender. Can you say the same?

This is a wonderful story about a remarkable artist. It is great to see David get the recognition that he deserves as a writer and performer. His work is always thrilling and the article captures his breadth. Thanks Skip

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Posted by Jay Pilzer on 08/26/2014 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Will Congress Address Police Militarization?

How about addressing the real problem, gang and drug violence! How about addressing all the police officers that have lost their lives this year! How about admitting there is a problem within these "ghettos", that are breeding out this thug culture that thrives on stealing, intimidation, and terrorizing peaceful citizens. Oh but we have a police problem, yeah right, police killed compared to "unarmed" black teens is around 1000/1. If the police force in Fergusson didn't have the riot gear, all the looting would still be going unchecked today. Law enforcement has to be prepared for events like riots, when drug gangs are illegally receiving automatic weapons, why do liberal whiners insist that our police force only be armed with rubber bullets and pepper spray?

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Posted by supporting law enforcment on 08/26/2014 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Tough Questions, Frank Answers at Town Hall Meeting On Ferguson

JC, murder requires "malice aforethought" which I doubt works here. I'm no lawyer and favor Wilson; this seems contrary to your thinking. Going for murder may have harmed any chance of convicting Zimmerman in Fla.

I believe if it can be shown MB attacked him, bruising his face and trying to get his gun the officer will go free. This assumes he is indicted. There are 9 whites on the g-jury. We know nothing of them.

And, then there is Missouri law which favors Wilson- from the NEW REPUBLIC:

"In Missouri, the burden doesn’t budge an inch, even after we know that the defendant has killed the victim. It doesn’t matter that there is certainty that Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown. As long as there is still the slightest possibility that Wilson acted in his own defense, Missouri law favors Wilson."

Anyone else have a comment about an outcome, a "vote" so to speak?

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Posted by john on 08/26/2014 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Tough Questions, Frank Answers at Town Hall Meeting On Ferguson

DL: Partnering yourself with yoyojohn makes me rethink my intelligence appraisal of you previously offered. GOD, it must be sad when that yahoo is your ally!

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Posted by Jim Collins on 08/26/2014 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Will Congress Address Police Militarization?

Diatribean!!: You know that even at your age, you can go back to school and concentrate on vocabulary and military science! giggle, giggle

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Posted by Jim Collins on 08/26/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Gibbons and Cates Need to Stop Looking for Absolution and Start Asking for Forgiveness

The Fear of comeuppance for their folly and disregard for the protestors right to assemble, right to protest, right to access to public property, MIGHT have a consideration here. Perhaps in hindsight they realize what they did. and it was wrong. Those that called for more draconian measures (see yoyojohns sock-puppet above) are simply unable to accept the constitutional right to dissent, that is unless THEY are the ones protesting.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 08/26/2014 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Gibbons and Cates Need to Stop Looking for Absolution and Start Asking for Forgiveness

Hasn't this issue already been settled by the fact the arrests were determined to be unjustified? Are Gibbons and Cates being sued now? If not, "qualified immunity" would seem to have no significance.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 08/26/2014 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Gibbons and Cates Need to Stop Looking for Absolution and Start Asking for Forgiveness

Looking back,

I'm sorry they did not tear gas 'em.

Ahhh, hindsight.

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Posted by Ghost of Steve McNairs Hunchback on 08/26/2014 at 6:05 AM

Re: “Tough Questions, Frank Answers at Town Hall Meeting On Ferguson

It certainly does NOT look good for the officer. Absent of some smoking gun (so to speak) changing the overwhelming eye witness story and on the surface and preliminary autopsy and video evidence so far presented, I would say the officer is guilty of some degree of murder.

As for your dubious claims on the local protestors, even the state police said they were outsiders, and NOT indicative of the vast majority. The right to assemble and protest is a sacrament of the constitution, and to deny is indicative of the 60's style police abuse of civil rights protests. as happened earlier by the local police prior to most any of the crowd generated violence.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 08/26/2014 at 5:29 AM

Re: “You Had One Job, Jim Tracy

@yo-yo: @Donna Locke: Looks like you have the lap dogs yapping.

The only dog in here is you nipping at everybody's heels like some hyperactive far-right chihuahua.

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Posted by Williamson Willie on 08/26/2014 at 3:49 AM

Re: “You Had One Job, Jim Tracy

JtR, I've got to ask while things are quiet. Is Dexter the subject of your picture here? If so, he still looks tired from his failed run for office.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 08/26/2014 at 12:47 AM

Re: “The Daily Links: Solitary Confinement, Monster Groupers and Ferguson

c'mon Jim, he's blowing the dog whistle.

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 08/26/2014 at 12:02 AM

Re: “You Had One Job, Jim Tracy

not a peep out of a troll since 4:18 PM...

it's as if they evaporated.

winning.

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 08/25/2014 at 11:58 PM

Re: “Can cars, bikes and pedestrians share Nashville's roadways without someone ending up in the hospital?

@VR where did you move from? Just curious, as I know the BPAC is looking at other city models and taking input to see what could improve our roads here.

Posted by AbbyW on 08/25/2014 at 11:11 PM

Re: “Can cars, bikes and pedestrians share Nashville's roadways without someone ending up in the hospital?

To state my bias up-front, I am pro-bicycles. I like riding a bicycle. I used to ride occasionally in NYC, both in the street and on bikeways.

That said, I think riding in Nashville is even more dangerous than riding in NYC. The traffic is usually moving faster in Nashville and the roads are narrow, winding and hilly. It's a recipe for disaster.

I fully support the creation of more greenways and bike lanes wherever the city's landscape and physical infrastructure permit. Heck, I'd support letting cyclists ride (slowly) on sidewalks in most parts of town, since outside of downtown the sidewalks are typically deserted.

But as a driver, I also think cyclists need to recognize that they are often creating a dangerous situation simply by their presence on the road. I'm not talking about downtown commuters, I'm talking about recreational cyclists (yes, in spandex on fancy road bikes) in the suburbs. On a 40 mph road. Going 15 mph uphill. I can't pass safely because there's no way I can give the cyclist a 3-ft safety zone without going over the yellow line into oncoming traffic.

So I wait. And drive at 15 mph. The recreational cyclist essentially is saying that all the drivers have to go more slowly so that he (usually a man) can get some exercise. Often less patient people will try to go around the cyclist, veering over the line and putting themselves, other drivers and the cyclist at risk.

I've given it a great deal of thought. I don't think there are easy answers. I think we all need to be more understanding and tolerant and respectful of one another.

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Posted by Aaron Midnight on 08/25/2014 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Can cars, bikes and pedestrians share Nashville's roadways without someone ending up in the hospital?

I've just moved to Nashville from a town where I rode my bike to work daily. There were bike paths and mutual respect on the road for cyclists. Please give drivers constant reminders that cyclists are on the road and to pay attention. If Nashville traffic is as bad as I'm hearing, the city will suffer without adequate alternate transportation methods for its commuting citizens. Traffic turns people off.

Posted by VR on 08/25/2014 at 10:36 PM

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