WARNING: This Sort Of Shock Video Could Become Commonplace With More Police Body Cams

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Ever since the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, there’s been an increasing number of calls for the use of body cameras by law enforcement in big cities as well as small towns. Only a few weeks ago, the Obama administration began a program to study the impact of having officers routinely wear body cams to record interactions with the public, especially with people suspected of crimes or those with whom the officer may have a controversial encounter.

As reported by USA Today, the Justice Department is putting up tens of millions of dollars toward the purchase of some 50,000 body-worn video cameras.

“Body-worn cameras hold tremendous promise for enhancing transparency, promoting accountability and advancing public safety for law enforcement officers and the communities they serve,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.

However, as the video associated with this report graphically shows, what those police body cams capture can also hold the tremendous potential for exposing the public to shocking, even horrifying, scenes.

The New York Daily News reports that a 47-year-old Texas man was caught on body-mounted cameras worn by two police officers as he pulled a gun on the cops, who then dropped the man in a hail of bullets. It all happened on May 31st, starting inside a restaurant in Palestine, Tx., then moving outside, where the man is seen drawing a gun that turned out to be a BB pistol.

Identified as James Bushey of Elkhart, Tx., the man was supposedly wanted for questioning in connection with the theft of beer from a nearby store. What appeared at first to be an incident-free detention of the suspect in the restaurant’s bathroom quickly escalated into a fatal confrontation.

Ater an investigation by police and prosecutors, the two officers involved in the fatal shooting were cleared of wrongdoing and the recording of their actions was released. You can watch what happened by clicking on the video above.

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What do you think? Is it good that the footage from police body cams is released to the public so we can all see just what happened in cases like this? Weigh in on the conversation by commenting below.

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For Libs, Nothing Is Ever Enough

Just when NBC’s Chuck Todd worked himself into an on-air orgasm over the President’s good week last week, handed to him by the Supreme Court, the Supremes brought the nation’s chief lame duck up short on his serious agenda—specifically the EPA’s attempt at raising our electricity prices to previously unknown heights.

“If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them,” he said on the campaign trail in 2008.

Three years ago, he got the EPA to begin to issue standards which would do just that, especially when you consider that the United States is the Saudi Arabia of coal.

Early this week, despite his victory lap on so-called gay marriage, the Supremes handed him a crushing defeat on a huge economic issue which involves more than 39% of America as opposed to 1.7% of America (‘gay marriage’) or something like 10% of America (Obamacare subsidies).

Essentially, the Supremes said that the administration could not make up cost data as it went along—a bad habit the EPA has in just about everything it does.

“The cases today are shocking,” said Nan Aron to Politico. Aron is the kind of liberal Politico goes to for an instant quote. She is president of the Alliance for Justice, whatever that is. “Last week was wonderful and no one can take away the victories that occurred, but I think it’s also important to understand those victories in a context [that] the court is one that continues to rule in favor of powerful and wealthy interests at the expense of most Americans. The decisions certainly today suggest that trend continues.”

In other words, it’s never enough.

So, the LGBTQ (yes, the Q DOES stand for “Queer” I’m told) community was in love with the Supreme Court.

And so was Barack Obama.

But let one decision come down which goes against leftist orthodoxy, and they’re back to being conservative scum.

Well, nothing much has changed.

The truth is that the Supreme Court has always been willing—no matter the language of the Constitution—to embrace the whims of public opinion.

From Dread Scott to Brown vs. Board of Education to Roe v. Wade to Obamacare to gay marriage, it is as if the members of the Court run the world’s biggest and most influential Gallup Poll and decide accordingly.

But only on the big, high profile decisions. Which, it should be noted, are a very small portion of the Court’s caseload.

I’ve always explained Roe v. Wade by suggesting that the Justices of the Supreme Court read the Washington Post, too. And, back in 1973, most Americans backed the right of a woman to control her own body, irrespective of the fact that if you killed a live baby outside of the womb, you would go to prison.

Not surprisingly, so did the Supreme Court, using some very tortured reasoning to discover a “right” previously unknown.

But, when it comes to a hard economic issue–like how much your electric bill is–they are also more than a bit populist, no matter what people like Ms. Aron tell left-leaning publications like Politico.

The hard fact for Ms. Aron and our President to understand is that expensive power and electric cars to please the global warming crowd simply isn’t on the American agenda.

And, just like they did with gay marriage and Obamacare—they went with the majority, and the majority is fine with cheap electricity generated by coal.

Am I happy with the gay marriage decision and the Obamacare decision? Of course not.

You win some, and you lose some.

But, like most Americans, I like my electricity cheap. And that’s not in support of the wealthy and powerful. It’s in support of you and me.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

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BREAKING: New Jobs Report Just Out – Here’s The Ugly Truth Obama Doesn’t Want You To See

If you were to read only the first paragraph of the Associated Press report on the government’s brand new jobs report, you’d be led to believe that President Obama’s economic policies are working beautifully. But then the AP quickly changes its happy tune about the June jobs numbers for the nation and — in a stunning about-face that contradicts its own initial assessment of the country’s job health — reveals the dark side of the just-issued Labor Department report.

Here’s the AP’s opening “hip-hip-hooray, Obama” paragraph as carried on the left-leaning (and Obama loving) Huffington Post:

“U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a seven-year low. The numbers reflect a job market moving close to full health and raise expectations that the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates as early as September.”

Did you catch that part about the “job market moving close to full health?” If that’s the rosy scenario we’re now celebrating, how can the Associated Press — only a few words removed from that happy dance — say the following about the drop in the unemployment rate?

The rate fell mostly because many people out of work gave up on their job searches and were no longer counted as unemployed.

Other details in the report were less encouraging: The percentage of Americans working or looking for work fell to a 38-year low. Average hourly pay was flat. And employers added 60,000 fewer jobs in April and May than the government had previously estimated.

So, at the same time that the AP trumpets “a job market moving close to full health,” the news service acknowledges that more and more and more Americans have dropped out of the labor force. It’s as though the AP had that first celebratory paragraph ready to roll before the truly bad news found in the devilish details of the government’s report was released.

Does the old expression “whistling past the graveyard” come to mind?

Coverage of the Thursday jobs report by The Hill goes into greater detail about the dark underbelly of the statistics that the president and his liberal supporters certainly won’t be pointing out any time soon.

“The number of people in the labor force fell by 432,000, a reason for the lower jobless rate, while 56,000 fewer people were employed, sending the participation rate down to 62.6 percent, the lowest level since 1977.”

And as long as we’re unpacking the Labor Department’s numbers to disclose the facts about America’s jobs picture rather than the feelings the left would embrace, here’s the truth about the kind of jobs the private sector created in June. As you can see, they’re not high-skilled, high-paying positions — except possibly for the health care sector — as much as low-skilled, low-paying service jobs. Again, via The Hill:

Jobs growth was centered in the service sector — retailers added 33,000 jobs, the healthcare sector tacked on 40,000 while leisure and hospitality jobs increased by 22,000.

Manufacturing only added 4,000 while construction employment was unchanged in June.

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SHOCK SURVEY: 35% Of Americans Say They’d Consider This Extreme Action In The Age Of Obama

Considering how often the president of the United States criticizes his own country as a nation plagued by systemic racism, unfair to aspiring immigrants, burdened by the stains of social injustice, and economically divided by class struggles, it may actually be little surprise how many Americans say they’d consider giving up their citizenship.

CNBC reports on a recent online poll, the results of which show that more than one-third of those citizens surveyed — “35% of American-born residents and emigrants” — indicated they would be open to packing up and moving out of the United States. Some of the poll’s internal numbers are even more startling:

This percentage greatly increases for those age 18 to 34. More than half of millennials, a whopping 55 percent, said that they would consider leaving the U.S. for foreign shores. Among them, 43 percent of men and 38 percent of women noted that a higher salary would be a factor in their relocation decision.

The online survey of more than 2,000 adults was conducted by a company based in the United Kingdom whose business is facilitating peer-to-peer money transfer, thus avoiding bank fees.

The CNBC report also points out that, during the presidency of Barack Obama, there’s been a sharp increase in the number of expatriates — people who have renounced their U.S. citizenship and taken up residence in foreign countries. Noting that the number of annual expatriations was far below 1,000 up until 2010, CNBC says that figure for 2014 swelled “to a record 3,415 U. S. residents — a 14 percent increase since 2013.”

“But, that number continues to rise,” the report says. “In the first quarter of 2015 alone, 1,336 individuals chose to renounce citizenship, another record high reported by the [Treasury] department.”

A website called Daily Reckoning published an article a little more than a year ago in which author Doug Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, contended, “The U.S. government is driving some of its most productive citizens abroad. The only beneficiaries are countries such as Singapore and Switzerland, which offer sanctuary to Americans fleeing avaricious Uncle Sam.”

Bandow went on to argue that it is a “moral imperative” to reduce the government’s take of the citizens’ hard-earned income and wealth:

America once was a land of opportunity. As it loses that distinction more people are tempted to go elsewhere.

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WATCH: Obama, You Know You’re A Bad President When Jimmy Carter Calls You Out

For the second time in less than a year, former president Jimmy Carter was publicly critical of President Obama’s foreign policy, contending America’s “respect in the world is probably lower than it was six or seven years ago.”

Carter made the unflattering remarks while at the Aspen Institute last week.

Before touching on Obama, Carter was asked to give his opinion on Secretary of State John Kerry. “I think [John Kerry’s] one of the best secretaries of state we’ve ever had. I think he’s outstanding,” Carter said to cheers.

The former president was then asked about Obama’s successes on the world stage. “On the world stage, I think they’ve been minimal,” Carter answered. “I think he’s done some good things domestically, like the health programs and so forth, but on the world stage, just to be objective about it as I can, I can’t think of many nations in the world where we have a better relationship now than we did when he took over. If you look at Russia, if you look at England, if you look at China, if you look at Egypt, and so forth.”

“I’m not saying it’s his fault,” he continued, “but we have not improved our relationship with individual countries, and I would say that the United States’ influence and prestige and respect in the world is probably lower now than it was six or seven years ago.”

This is not the first time Carter has been critical of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. Speaking to the Ft. Worth Star Telegram in October, he called out Obama’s approach to fighting the Islamic State:

We waited too long. We let the Islamic State build up its money, capability and strength and weapons while it was still in Syria. Then when [ISIS] moved into Iraq, the Sunni Muslims didn’t object to their being there and about a third of the territory in Iraq was abandoned.

h/t: The Daily Caller

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