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  • 'Sir, are you injured anywhere?' vs. 'f*ck your breath'. Only one kind of approach provokes riots, by Ian Reifowitz
  • Reclaiming secularism is the key to protecting religious liberty, by Jon Perr
  • On "riots" and roots, by Denise Oliver Velez
  • The White House Correspondents' Dinner: America's political saturnalia, by Dante Atkins
  • The most racist areas in the United States, by Susan Grigsby
  • Happy Birthday, Customer, by Mark E Andersen
  • Do we all live in a giant hologram, by DarkSyde
  • Hillary Clinton on Foreign Policy : Critical Perspectives from the Left, by koNko
  • A constitutional amendment is the only solution to our fraudulent politics, by Egberto Willies
Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby holding press conference
On Friday morning, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that the death of Freddie Gray has been ruled a homicide and that criminal charges will be pursued.

7:49 AM PT:

Mosby says #FreddieGray's death was ruled a homicide after autopsy

Officers did not have probable cause to arrest Gray, Mosby says


7:55 AM PT: Multiple charges will be brought against all officers, ranging from second degree murder, manslaughter, assault, false imprisonment, misconduct in office and more. Details will follow.

7:59 AM PT: Mosby says warrants for the officers arrest have been issued.

8:20 AM PT: A complete list of charges is below the fold.

9:38 AM PT: An informal statement from President Obama, who had not seen the details of the charges against the six police officers:

"It is absolutely vital that the truth comes out on what happened to Freddie Gray. It is my practice not to comment on the legal processes involved. That would not be appropriate. But I can tell you that justice needs to be served. All the evidence needs to be presented. Those individuals who are charged obviously are also entitled to due process and rule of law. So I want to make sure that our legal system runs the way it should. The Justice Department and our new attorney general is in communications with Baltimore officials to make sure that any assistance we can provide on the investigation is provided. What I think the people of Baltimore want more than anything else is the truth. That's what people around the country expect."

10:31 AM PT: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake just announced—without saying names—that five of the six police officers are now in custody.

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Freddie Gray alive, arrested, in coma
Late Wednesday night, The Washington Post reported played stenographer for the Baltimore Police Department, publishing a leaked document that suggested Freddie Gray somehow managed to sever his own spinal cord and crush his own larynx, based on a statement by a second prisoner in the police van on the day Gray suffered his fatal injuries.

This laughable piece of hacktacular stenography was immediately debunked by WBAL's Jayne Miller—who along with the entire WBAL team has provided outstanding coverage of this story since Day One—along with an appearance on MSNBC on Thursday morning where she pointed out that the second prisoner has "what we call 'a number of years hanging over your head' because he has a suspended prison sentence for a previous crime," and that he has given conflicting statements on what he heard that fateful day.

But never mind all that reality and those pesky facts because the media has a story and they're running with it. Here's just a few examples of stenography-by-proxy:

So kudos to the Baltimore Police Department. Mission accomplished. The seed was sown and the (poison) plant is spreading nicely.

9:30 AM PT: Go figure:

Johns Hopkins doctor: "There are 12,000 spinal cord injuries per year. There was one self-inflicted one. In Japan. In 2002."



Freddie Gray before dying from his spinal injuries at the hands of police
You can't make this crap up:
A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post.
(Obtained, leaked, whatever ...)

So, Freddie Gray severed his own spine and crushed his own larynx (during the 45 minutes it took the Baltimore Police to transport him less than a mile). O-kay.

Oh, and by the way, from Jayne Miller at Baltimore's WBAL on April 23:

BPD Comm Anthony Batts says 2nd prisoner in van with Freddie Gray reports no erratic driving by van driver and Gray mostly quiet

Coincidentally, over the past several hours, three different friends or relatives of the suspended police officers have gone on the news—anonymously and without showing their faces—to give amazingly similar stories of what really happened that night. (Hint: Not the cops fault!)

You can see where this is all going ...

Wed Apr 29, 2015 at  9:40 PM PT: Watch Jayne Miller of Baltimore's WBAL blow this craptacular story out the water here. (Link courtesy of icebergslim.)

A boy talks to a police officer near North Ave and Pennsylvania Ave in Baltimore, Maryland April 28, 2015. Baltimore erupted in violence on Monday as hundreds of rioters looted stores, burned buildings and at least 15 police officers were injured followin
A boy talks to a police officer near North Ave and Pennsylvania Ave in Baltimore, Maryland
After Monday night's chaos, Tuesday was a day of community, cleaning up and peaceful protests. And now the 10 PM ET curfew is fast approaching, with hundreds of protesters still in the streets.

Hopefully it will remain peaceful. And hopefully updates to this post will not be necessary.

Tue Apr 28, 2015 at  7:03 PM PT: Rep. Elijah Cummings is on the scene, calling for calm, urging people to go home and for the police to allow them to peacefully "make their way home."

Tue Apr 28, 2015 at  7:21 PM PT: While there a probably no more than 100 protesters remaining–more police and media—there have been sporadic throwing of rocks and bottles by a very small number of people. Police line has advanced slightly, so mostly maintaining their positions. And in the midst of all this tension, community members (including Rep. Cummings) are calling for people to go home.

Tue Apr 28, 2015 at  7:25 PM PT: Some sort of fireworks just thrown into police line (perhaps smoke bombs) and police are moving and media is moving out. Chris Hayes of MSNBC reported that it was not tear gas and also noted that there was also some molotov cocktails, rocks, etc. Getting ugly here, folks.

Tue Apr 28, 2015 at  7:32 PM PT: Conflicting reports on who was throwing what and what was thrown. Smoke bombs perhaps because reporters saying it absolutely is not tear gas. Police now saying they're deploying pepper balls.

Tue Apr 28, 2015 at  7:56 PM PT: At this time, things seem to be relatively calm.

Tue Apr 28, 2015 at  8:58 PM PT: Baltimore Police Commissioner Batts announced at a press conference a few minutes ago that so far there have been 10 total arrests since curfew began and declares it a success. We shall see.


What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...

  • A drone too far, by DarkSyde
  • Now they just kill us one by one, by Denise Oliver Velez
  • Japan laps the U.S. with new high speed train, by Mark E Andersen
  • How anti-abortion intensity wins in pro-choice America, by Jon Perr
  • Five ways the DEA is redundant, by Susan Grigsby
  • What game is Obama playing with the TPP? A bargain? A ruse, by Egberto Willies
  • Bobby Jindal advocates unholy alliance of fundamentalists and big business to back discrimination, by Ian Reifowitz
  • One-and-a-half million black men are 'missing' from local communities, many because of prison, by David Jarman
  • Same-sex marriage opposition is a modern-day "Mudsill theory," by Dante Atkins
  • Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Death & Destruction, Inc.
    Cartoon by Mark Fiore -- Death & Destruction, Inc.
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • A drone too far, by DarkSyde
    • Now they just kill us one by one, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Japan laps the U.S. with new high speed train, by Mark E Andersen
    • How anti-abortion intensity wins in pro-choice America, by Jon Perr
    • Five ways the DEA is redundant, by Susan Grigsby
    • What game is Obama playing with the TPP? A bargain? A ruse, by Egberto Willies
    • Bobby Jindal advocates unholy alliance of fundamentalists and big business to back discrimination, by Ian Reifowitz
    • One-and-a-half million black men are 'missing' from local communities, many because of prison, by David Jarman
    • Same-sex marriage opposition is a modern-day "Mudsill theory," by Dante Atkins
  • So, who else can come up with a reason for the word vomit spewing out of this guy's mouth?
    Bob Hutton, who represents portions of Nemaha County as a commissioner, raised safety concerns that kids might throw decorative rocks if they were used to replace mulch on the courthouse lawn, reported US92.

    “They could use them in their ‘n****r guns,’” Hutton said. [...]

    Hutton admitted it was a mistake after a few moments, the radio station reported.

    He later said he wasn’t sure why he used the racial slur.

    “I don’t (know),” Hutton said. “It just come to me that way, so that’s all I got.”

  • And speaking of racism and bigotry:
    Approximately a dozen Native actors and actresses, as well as the Native cultural advisor, left the set of Adam Sandler’s newest film production, The Ridiculous Six, on Wednesday. The actors, who were primarily from the Navajo nation, left the set after the satirical western’s script repeatedly insulted native women and elders and grossly misrepresented Apache culture.
  • "Godless"? Really?
    Advisers to Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick described a major bipartisan pre-K initiative as socialist and keeping children in a 'Godless environment' in a letter sent to lawmakers Tuesday. [...]

    "We are experimenting at great cost to taxpayers with a program that removes our young children from homes and half-day religious preschools and mothers' day out programs to a Godless environment with only evidence showing absolutely NO LONG-TERM BENEFITS beyond the 1st grade," the letter said.

  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook April 23:
    Cook in US Senate works 70 hrs/wk, needs food stamps, by StanFlouride

    Bobby Jindal Vows To Remain A Bigoted, Hateful Jackass, Louisiana Be Damned, by Dartagnan

    Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain--Kansas School Districts Forced to Close Early, by Doctor Jazz

  • What a scary thought:
    Yellowstone National Park is the home of one of the world's largest volcanoes, one that is quiescent for the moment but is capable of erupting with catastrophic violence at a scale never before witnessed by human beings. In a big eruption, Yellowstone would eject 1,000 times as much material as the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. This would be a disaster felt on a global scale, which is why scientists are looking at this thing closely.
  • Holy pterodactyl, Batman!
    Four thousand years after the woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth, scientists have deciphered the genetic blueprint that may offer a key to bringing it back.

    By comparing DNA recovered from two long-dead individuals, a team of researchers have sequenced the species’s entire genome — effectively providing a gene-by-gene instruction manual on how to build a mammoth.

  • Holy moly!
    A Nashville swingers club has undergone a conversion — it says it's now a church — in order to win city approval so it can open next to a Christian school. [...]

    The dance floor has become the sanctuary. Two rooms labeled "dungeon" are now "choir" and "handbells." Forty-nine small, private rooms remain, but most of them have become prayer rooms.

    Larry Roberts is the attorney for the club-turned-church ... "The ball is in Metro's court ... We've now gotten a permit to meet as a church, and a church is something that cannot be defined under the U.S. Constitution," he said.

  • If the Chinese governments gets its way, citizens may have to deal with embarrassingly sparse attendance at their funeral:
    In China, friends and family of the deceased may have to do without a special form of funereal entertainment: strippers.

    According to a statement from the Ministry of Culture on Thursday, the government plans to work closely with the police to eliminate such performances, which are held with the goal of drawing more mourners.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin notes the return of the "Clinton Rules," now with added Benghazi! Gop "fresh faces" sound like old faces. Rosalyn MacGregor on MI's Prop 1. Lynch votes, explained. Can hipsters make unions & biz governance retro cool?

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton smiles during her remarks at a campaign rally for Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Democratic nominee for Maryland governor, at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland October 30, 2014.  REUTER
"Remember when The Times reported Saddam had WMD?"
Today's New York Times has an utterly devastating report on the Clinton State Department signing off on a Russian agency taking control of a Canadian uranium mining company after those sneaky Canucks donated money to the Clinton Foundation and Bill was paid for a speech in Moscow. Quid pro quo! Smoking Gun! Oh, wait ... ten paragraphs in, the New York Times remembers to mention:
Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown.

... because as it turns out, "multiple United States agencies, as well as the Canadian government, had signed off on the deal." Oh. The smoke from the gun clears. Well, not really, as the article continues for another 60 or so paragraphs and this story will be breathlessly cited across the media universe, so ... mission accomplished!

And let's not overlook the Times explaining the genesis of this story:

Some of the connections between Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation were unearthed by Peter Schweizer, a former fellow at the right-leaning Hoover Institution and author of the forthcoming book “Clinton Cash.”
Really? That's it? Mr. Schweizer is a former fellow at a conservative think tank? Did they forget to mention that he's also a Republican operative whose past claims have been repeatedly debunked, who has ties to Ted Cruz, the Koch brothers and Sarah Palin, to name just a few, not to mention being a contributor at the uber-hacktackular Breitbart website? But apparently that wasn't important because:
Mr. Schweizer provided a preview of material in the book to The Times, which scrutinized his information and built upon it with its own reporting.
Their own reporting ... which came down to, "Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown." You know, the deal signed off on by "multiple United States agencies, as well as the Canadian government."

Is it legitimate to investigate and delve into the practices of and donations to The Clinton Foundation? Of course. But perhaps the New York Times could wait until they find some actual evidence of a quid pro quo before they roll out their next blockbuster. Or not.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) pauses as he addresses the Heritage Action's second annual Conservative Policy Summit in Washington January 12, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4L6A6
"I looked and looked, but the hymen was not visible to me ..."
Today's New York Times takes a nostalgic look back at 2016 Republican hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz's time as a master debater while in college, which includes this little nugget that's described as an "attempt at humor":
In one debate, he proposed a method to detect infidelity, in which God should “give women a hymen that grows back every time she has intercourse with a different guy, because that will be a ‘visible sign’ of the breach of trust ..."
So, a show of hands: Who thinks Cruz was kidding?

What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...

  • King v. Burwell unpopular, but anti-ACA propaganda having lasting effects, by Dante Atkins
  • Income inequality: Good service is good business, by DarkSyde
  • Ordinary people who made a difference: The Dunnes Stores strikers, by Denise Oliver Velez
  • Paul Ryan's immoral act requires a response, by Egberto Willies
  • More independent voters doesn't mean the country is moving toward the center, by David Jarman
  • GOP's 2016 Iran Contrarians comically embrace Reagan as role model, by Jon Perr
  • Left flank critique of Hillary Clinton: On Wall Street ties, by Armando
  • Freeping the Hugo Awards, by Susan Grigsby
  • Depression is nothing to be ashamed of, by Mark E Andersen
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addresses the Detroit Economic Club about his
"Did I say me? I meant my wife ... or something"
In a 2009 voter-registration application, obtained from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, Mr. Bush marked Hispanic in the field labeled "race/ethnicity."
And why would Bush III do that? Innocent mistake? Pathetic pandering?
A Bush spokeswoman could offer no explanation for the characterization.
Well, okay then ...

What's coming up on Daily Kos ...

  • Sex trafficking isn't "sex work," by Denise Oliver Velez
  • Windows 8: From Hell's heart I stab at thee, by DarkSyde
  • The right-wing and absolutism, by Mark E Andersen
  • Imagine a coalition unifying Black Lives Matter, LGBT equality, and the fight for a living wage, by Ian Reifowitz
  • Why Ted Cruz could win GOP primary and possibly win it all, by Egberto Willies
  • American Tragedy: A staggering 58% of police shooting victims are struggling with mental illness, by Shaun King
  • French elections produce perfect gender parity but the left fails to benefit, by Taniel
  • The religious right hates the Indiana RFRA compromise. That's why it needs to pass, by Dante Atkins
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