Low Popahirum, National Edition (8-14-14)

If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.” – Rand Paul/TIME

“Here’s a microcosm of the relationship between state and citizen: We know the names of the nine people charged with felonies in the Ferguson looting, but not the name of the police officer at the center of the case.” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

At the outset, let me note right up front that I am opposed to any form of violence that involves the looting, theft, or destruction of innocent third parties. I realize that this is happening right now in Ferguson and I find it inexcusable and indefensible. That having been said, I think it’s high time conservatives re-examined their gut-level reactions to what is going on there.” – Leon Wolf/RedState

“Five days after Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo. police, these are the latest developments in the case. ” – Complex.com

“The Pentagon might not have boots on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by police on Saturday, but it does have wheels on the street.” – USA Today

“The main culprit of police militarization is a 1994 law that allows the Pentagon to donate military surplus equipment to police departments. Since then, police departments have been flooded with weapons, vehicles, and uniforms whose place is on the battlefield and for policing an American street. The flow of arms and equipment to police departments has only increased since the 9/11 attacks. It is are likely to increase again as the ground wars in Afghanistan and Iraq come to an end and the excess equipment needs to be disposed of. – Kevin Boyd/Rare.us 

“Potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s lead over a crowded prospective Republican field has narrowed and her support has slipped below 50 percent, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.” – BND.com

“It details how men who go online to adult chat rooms and begin chats with people who say they are of legal age, then get entrapped as ‘sex offenders,’ when the date bait ‘reveals’ that she is actually underage. (I think that the date bait is, ironically, actually OF legal age, PRETENDING to be under age, ‘to catch a predator.’) The whole operation is so convoluted, creepy and calculated that it doesn’t seem to bear any relation to the stated intent of these stings, which is to protect the children who accidentally wander into these chat rooms and have no idea what they are stumbling into.” – Free Range Kids

“The President’s beach vacation has taken jabs from pundits, news reporters, and now, Jimmy Fallon. The Tonight Show funnyman certainly didn’t disappoint on Tuesday when he laid on joke after joke at Obama’s expense.” – IJ Review

What are Americans seeing here? What do the rise of ISIS in Iraq, the return of the squeegee men in New York, the murder numbers out of Chicago, the endless stories on health care losses, IRS bureaucrat Lois Lerner — what do all of these events have in common?” – Jeffrey Lord/American Spectator



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