|THE KILLING OF OSCAR GRANT|
January 08, 2009
FAIR WARNING. This is disturbing video. This is a KTVU-TV news report on the New Year’s Day execution-style shooting of an unarmed 22-year old man at the Fruitvaile BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station in Oakland, CA by a BART police officer.
According to witnesses police had removed a few young men from the train for reportedly fighting and Oscar Grant, one of the young men pulled from the train, was taken by three police officers from a seated position against a wall where they had previously placed him (where Grant was seen with his hands up at one point and was not seen resisting according to witnesses) and was placed prone on the ground on his stomach by the officers with his hands behind his back.
Here is where it gets strange. Inexplicably say witnesses - and this seems to be corroborated by what is on the video - one of the officers who had his knee placed in Grant’s back or neck area as Grant was on the ground face down, all of a sudden and without warning as to what he was about to do, rose up to a near upright standing position, pulled his service issue pistol from his right side holster and shot Grant once in the back.
This part of the killing, the officer rising, drawing his gun and shooting, is visible on the video. It takes no more than four seconds or so for the officer to stand, pull his gun, point it and fire. The officer is seen on the video quickly firing one round from the service pistol, once that he has the weapon out, in his hand and pointed down at the man’s back. It is shocking and scary, no two ways about it.
OFFICER REMAINS FREE AFTER SHOOTING UNARMED MAN IN BACK
Here is where it gets even stranger. The officer who did this shooting - the killing, execution style of a unarmed man on the ground laid out prone on his belly - remains free and has not been charged with a crime.
No rational individual of average intelligence could ever buy into the fantasy that had that situation been reversed – had a 22-year old black man in Oakland, California been caught on video standing up and shooting point blank into the back of an unarmed white police officer (while the officer was face down on the ground and no threat) resulting in the death of the officer – that young black man would be out walking around free eight days later with no charges filed.
This whole thing boggles the mind. Among many unanswered questions is this one: why did not his fellow officers who were right there when it happened - inches away in one case - not arrest the shooter on the spot?
The killing of Grant, and no charges being filed against the shooter, led to riots in the street last night in Oakland as a group of protesters broke away from a larger protest march and began pelting police with rocks, smashing car windows and setting a few vehicles on fire before police moved in with tear gas to disperse the crowd.
The video itself raises more questions than it answers. Watch it closely and you will see things that make no sense at all, beyond the shooting itself which makes no sense. Watch closely and you'll notice the officer who did the shooting tug on his gun three times - three times mind you! - to get it out of his holster to fire that fatal shot when clearly the man lying face down on the ground was no threat to him. Grant had already been subdued.
Why in the world was this officer so intent on pulling the weapon and firing? Why, when he was tugging three times on the holster did the other officer, at Grant's head, not grab his arm and stop him from pulling the weapon out or at least stop him from firing?
Many, many unanswered questions to this incident.
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|DOG SINGS JINGLE BELLS|
December 11, 2008
The neighbor's dog RALPH singing Jingle Bells. Sure he's off tune a bit but what da ya expect? He's dog for cryin' out loud! CLICK READ MORE to bring up video icon.
|LATIN: THE MUSIC NOT THE LANGUAGE|
December 10, 2008
From an MTV unplugged show Ricky Martin does "Tu Recuerdo." Can't understand all the words (our Spanish is a bit rusty) but it's one of those great feel good Latin tunes. It is also one of those songs you have to be in the mood for but if you're there…you’ll like it.CLICK READ MORE to bring the video icon up.
|THE DOG WHO STEALS SLEDS|
December 08, 2008
So ya say ya had a bad day at work? Lost yer job Spunky? Came home to find the house flooded by the mighty Skykomish River and every stick of furniture and all the electronic stuff you ever owned is ruined? Then you find a note from your wife on the fridge saying she’s divorcing you because you’re a loser? Well this video will perk ya right up Spunky. It’s a dog that loves stealing sled from kids. This will make you smile. Really. Click READ MORE to bring up the video icon.
|THE ONE GUY WHO TOLD IT|
LIKE IT WOULD BE
November 18, 2008
Amazing, almost prophetic video. Peter Schiff turned out to be right back in 2006 & 2007 about where America's economy was headed (into the dumpster) and all the so called "experts" on FOX TV News who thought Schiff was smoking loco weed turned out to be dead wrong. ALL OF THEM WERE WRONG.
Schiff, who was economic adviser for Ron Paul's 2008 presidential campaign, is president of Euro Pacific Capital. He is the author of "The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets." In an October 16 article in the Washington Post Schiff wrote "This crisis resulted from government reluctance to regulate the unbridled greed of Wall Street. Many economists and market participants who were formerly averse to government interference agree that a more robust regulatory framework must be constructed to cage the destructive forces of capitalism." Click the words READ MORE below to see video.
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