Ferguson Verdict — NO CHARGES FOR WILSON! — Grand Jury Declines to Indict Due to Lack of Evidence

In a long-winded attempt at civilizing the process surrounding this, the attorney general in Ferguson announced that officer Darrell Wilson will not face any charges.  The explanation of the verdict included a sweeping reprimand to social media and the “24/7″ news cycle, citing conflicting witness reports as to what happened to Michael Brown.  Basically, the entire revelation of the verdict was designed to try to explain how great a job the prosecution did in presenting the facts and witnesses to the grand jury.  It also served as an acquittal of the jury itself by trying to convince everyone that the jury did an exhaustive investigation before coming to a decision.

The final result:  it turns out the facts did not line up with what rioters and protesters have insisted since the very beginning.  The grand jury decision should be a final moment when everyone goes on with their life.  Unfortunately, a crowd of people that have already made up their mind based on non-factual accounts will probably choose to take the life of others instead of going on with their own.  Despite pleas from Michael Brown’s family for peace, it is entirely likely that will not happen.  What happens going forward remains to be seen, and Common Sense Conspiracy hopes that everyone makes the right decisions in the wake of this fateful day.  More importantly, hopefully the people of Ferguson will wake up safe and sound with their property intact.

Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict to Be Revealed at 8:00PM CST/9:00PMEST — Preparing for Martial Law or Waiting for After Dark?

The situation in Ferguson, Missouri has been plenty convoluted for weeks as a grand jury poured over a case that probably should have taken a few minutes to decide, regardless of which way you fall on the issue.  Now, after a week of high tension as protesters/rioters planned their strategies for the verdict, we finally have been told that the official findings of the grand jury will be revealed just under two hours from now at 8:00 PM Central Standard Time.  It has been a known fact that the grand jury completed its service and was released in the 4:00 hour, so revealing the verdict has been delayed by several hours.  What does that mean?

Well, it depends on how you look at it.  It’s hard to imagine a scenario where delaying the verdict is good news for supporters of Michael Brown.  If the grand jury elected to charge Darren Wilson, the officer that shot and killed Brown, it’s hard to imagine why a delay would be required.  The delay seems to indicate that they are preparing for a bad situation in Ferguson.  There are two schools of thought on what the purpose of the delay might be.  On the one hand, it gives time for everyone to get home for the night.  It also gives the police and National Guard time to get ready for whatever happens.  On the other hand, it also gives protesters time to organize, and gives them an even more important advantage:  the cover of darkness.  And then you throw in the martial law conspiracy theory.  This is basically the concept that at 9:00 PM, the jury’s decision will be announced followed by an immediate mandatory curfew requiring everyone to stay in their homes or face the consequences up to and including being shot on sight.  In other words, a full-on martial law declaration that would include all citizens.

With just a little while to go, Common Sense Conspiracy will continue to monitor the situation from all angles, but it’s hard to see a very positive outcome looming on this one.  And the insinuation that Officer Darren Wilson would be able to return to work “immediately” is the most ridiculous thing anyone ever said.  Wilson’s life is ruined.  He will never work in law enforcement again.  He will not be able to live in the same town.  He may not even be able to live in the United States of America.  This is regardless of which way the verdict goes.

Stay tuned, and let’s all hope that peace rules the day, even if it’s hard to imagine a scenario where it might win out.

Video of Speech Where President Obama Explained Why He Doesn’t Have the Authority to Do What He is Doing Tomorrow

Blast from the past…President Obama explains to a heckler demanding that he do something about the deportation of illegal immigrants that he doesn’t have the authority to do anything about it. We are a nation of laws, and he has to work together with Congress to make changes.

My, it seems that something has changed.

Emperor Obama Will “Go It Alone” With Executive Orders on Immigration — Millions of Legal Illegal Aliens?

Well, one thing you have to give President Barack Obama credit for.  He follows through on his threats.  He has long indicated that he would happily take executive action if Congress didn’t pull through with a comprehensive immigration reform package, and he didn’t let America voting the Republican Party back in control of both houses of Congress slow him down any.  Despite repeated warnings that this will only further an already near-terminal divide between the parties, Obama announced that he will reveal executive actions on immigration in an address to the nation on Thursday night.

Don't tread on me.
Don’t tread on me.

Like most things in government, the actions proposed don’t seem to have much purpose toward fixing anything.  Millions of current illegal aliens will suddenly have no fear of any repercussions for their illegal entry and living in the country.  What economic and sociological impacts this will have are uncertain, but there are few out there that see it as a positive.  The only things it’s sure to do are piss off the Republicans, make a lot of people that became Americans the right way mad, heavily encourage more people to sneak into America, and last but not least, take a steaming dump on the rule of law America and how whenyourekingthe system of checks and balances was supposed to work.  Actually, this may be Obama’s coming out party.  Emperor Obama, as he has been called by some Republican politicians, might be making his first moves that show his plans for what should have been a lame duck two years.  King Obama doesn’t look to be going down quietly, and you can bet many in conspiracy circles will be wondering if this isn’t the beginning of the long-held theory that Obama would somehow introduce another term for himself or better yet, declare himself dictator of America.  Remember, this is the same guy that said that for him to do exactly what he is doing on immigration was illegal.

Is any of that terribly likely?  Probably not.  What Obama is really doing is an old Democratic standby.  Buying votes.  All of those illegal aliens that are about to wake up American citizens through no fault of their own are definitely going to feel pretty endeared to the Democratic Party.

So Bill Cosby Raped the Whole Town — Why Can You Not Watch Reruns of His Shows on TV Land

Bill Cosby, now 77 years of age and planning a sweeping comeback to the comedy and television scene, was once everyone’s favorite TV dad with his hit sitcom in the 1980s that is forever etched into America’s collective vernacular.  Here in the last few months, Bill was trying to launch a pretty big comeback.  He had a new television sitcom in the works with his old pals at NBC, continued to schedule dozens of stand-up comedy performances around the nation, and even had a comedy special coming to Netflix.  Now, they won’t even show reruns of the Cosby Show on TVLand.  What the hell happened?

Come on guys.  It's not like he raped anyone on the show.
Come on guys. It’s not like he raped anyone on the show.

Well, multiple women have come forward saying that the beloved comedian is actually a rapist.  In fact, the allegations seem to indicate a troubling pattern of behavior resulting in several sexual assaults over the years.  Now, mind you, all of these allegations are decades in the past, and Bill Cosby has never at any time been charged with a crime in any of these instances.  Despite that, NBC cancelled its plans to produce a new show with Cosby, Netflix cancelled his stand-up comedy special, and today, TVLand announced that they won’t even show reruns of his shows on their station.

So, in recap, a man that has never been convicted of anything has basically been shunned by three major companies in Hollywood over allegations that there are no actual facts to back up.

Having said all that, you can’t help but wonder if there isn’t some truth to these stories.  After all, there are multiple allegations, and investigators in previous cases have said in interviews that Cosby probably committed the crimes in question but there was never enough evidence to push forward with criminal action.  Cosby did settle at least one situation out of court, which could mean that these women are hoping that he might do the same today.  However, there is no threat of any of these allegations becoming a criminal issue, because not one of the accusers is alleging a crime that wouldn’t be decades past any statute of limitations.  The only punishment Cosby is receiving for these alleged crimes is in the pocketbook.

While it might make a little sense not to want to produce a stand-up comedy special with Cosby for next year for fear he might go on a new raping tirade between now and then, it’s hard for any reasonable person to see how anyone could be offended by seeing a rerun of the Cosby Show on TVLand.  Are we really to the point where we can’t even watch a wholesome family comedy sitcom from the 1980s because the main character might have committed a crime.  What difference does it make?

Which brings up an interesting point.  Jameis Winston, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback of controversial Florida State University was accused of rape by a woman last year.  He was not charged, although many believe there is more to the story than Jameis is saying.  Should ESPN and the major networks refuse to broadcast Florida State football games?  After all, we have an alleged rapist on the field.  There is no evidence to back up the claim, but if we can do it to Bill Cosby, why not Jameis Winston?  In any case, no one can cry that this is a racial issue, can they?

Schools in Ferguson, Missouri to Be Notified of Verdict Ahead of Time Because Children May Be in Danger

For those of you that have been following the insane events in Ferguson, Missouri for the last couple of months, it may seem that it can’t get a whole lot worse than it already has.  Well, it can, and many seem to think it will.

People in Ferguson, Missouri are arming themselves like crazy.  Gun retailers said sales were up as much as 300% as people await the grand jury verdict and anticipate a repeat of the violence and destruction that happened earlier in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown.  It seems that law-abiding, taxpaying residents of Ferguson aren’t just going to take this lying down this time.

The grand jury has long been expected to return a verdict on whether or not police officer Darren Wilson will be charged with a crime of any sort in the killing of Michael Brown around mid-November.  Now, the governor of Missouri has already proclaimed a state of emergency and put the National Guard on alert.  But even more disturbing is a new revelation that the schools are being notified in advance of the verdict so that they can make sure children get home safely before whatever is going to happen begins.

Yes, you read that right.

Common Sense Conspiracy wants to make a couple of points about this.

#1.  It doesn’t matter what the grand jury says, the people that want to riot will find a reason to do anyway.  If the grand jury does not elect to indict Wilson, they will riot.  If they do, they will riot.  They already have decided.  It makes no difference.  The reason is in #2.

#2.  People that think rioting, which involves hurting and damaging the property of other citizens that have nothing to do with the event they are upset about, is a productive way to address such a problem are animals.  And not like all humans are technically animals.  We mean it like it sounds.  If you would do something like that, you are no better than an animal.  If we have to worry about schoolchildren being safe going home from school because of what you might do, you are an animal.  It is not a racial issue.  If white people do these things, they are animals too.  Police that attack peaceful protesters are animals also.  Anyone that uses violence or rapes and pillages is an animal.  It’s that simple.

Okay, now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about the “state of emergency.”  As most of you probably realize, state of emergencies are normally called for natural disasters.  To call one in a situation like this is highly unusual and has many people in conspiracy circles wondering what the reasoning behind it is.  On the surface, it seems legit enough.  There has to be a state of emergency declaration in order to activate the National Guard.  In some ways, the governor of Missouri simply got the ball rolling ahead of time.  On the other hand, a state of emergency also gives the police and National Guard quite a bit of latitude in how to handle their affairs.  Smells an awful lot like martial law, doesn’t it?  Could this be the ultimate goal here?

War on Christmas — Myth or Massive Conspiracy?

In keeping with the holiday season, we will take a break from the usual conspiracy theories and look at something that gets brought up at this time of year over and over again.  What is the supposed “War on Christmas?”  Does it really exist?  And if so, who is the active perpetrator of this war?

What Do You Mean “War on Christmas?”

There are plenty of people trying to capitalize on the idea of a war on Christmas.
There are plenty of people trying to capitalize on the idea of a war on Christmas.

The actual term “war on Christmas” has no specific origin.  Yes, popular conservative figures like Bill O’Reilly may claim to have coined the term (he even published a book with that as the title), but in fact, the phrase has been tossed around for decades.  What does it really mean?  Well, that is totally up to you, the individual.  Your viewpoints on a variety of issues will probably determine how you feel about the alleged “war on Christmas” and what it means to you.

For our first example, let’s take an atheist who is tired of Christianity and religion in general dictating too many things in our world.  To him or her, the term “war on Christmas” is typical religious nonsense.  They will find it laughable.  A deeply devout Christian probably believes the war is very much alive and raging on as we speak.  Some on the fence may view Christmas as so commercialized by now that it hardly matters.  As you can see, where you stand on these issues greatly shapes how you feel about this.  But which of these groups has the facts on their side?  Isn’t that the real question?

Once again, the problem with trying to factually debate an issue like this is the fact that there are little facts.  One thing we know for sure:  the Christmas holiday is a mad commercial success.  The all-important fourth quarter literally makes or breaks companies.  It is there to save a company in a slump, and it can be the final nail in the coffin if it doesn’t live up to expectations.  If there is a war on America’s most celebrated holiday, it has lost bitterly.  Even those atheists we discussed above probably exchange Christmas gifts with friends and family and go along with the holiday to some extent.  From this standpoint, it’s hard to see any way that a war like this is being successfully waged.

Myths Propagate Myths and People Believe What They Want to Believe

Another reason that the idea of a war on Christmas has become so prevalent in society today is that myths propagate myths.  What does that mean?  Okay, it’s a little confusing.  The premise here is that if you use proven myths as facts to support something, it only snowballs.  A great example is the now six-year-old legend of President Barack Obama and the First Family ending the tradition of the White House Christmas tree.

Whoops!  What do we have here?
Whoops! What do we have here?

Ever since President Obama took office, each year a message circulates through email and social media explaining that President Obama has decided there will be no Christmas tree at the White House any longer.  This is usually tied into the “War on Christmas” and the other even longer running mythical legend that President Obama is actually a closet Muslim that somehow ascended to the highest position in the land.  People eat this up.  They want to believe it, and they insist that it has to be true.  After all, everyone knows that President Obama is a Muslim, right?  The reality is that people believe what they want to believe.  People hear what they want to hear.  If it supports the position they have, then they usually jump onboard.  This is no different.  Mind you, a simple Google search for each of the years that the Obama family has occupied the White House will quickly reveal videos and photographs of the Christmas trees and the holiday theme that was selected by First Lady Michelle Obama for that year.  The story simply isn’t true.  It can be disproven with a few simple keyboard strokes.  Yet, every year, it is passed around and a whole new group of people take it as gospel.

What About a War on Christianity?

If you really want to get down to the meat of this issue, people that believe there is a war on Christmas actually probably mean something different.  The war on Christmas would more accurately be described as one battle in the war on Christianity.  Is there a wider war on the religion of Christianity in America?

Well, once again, the first thing to check is how Christianity is faring.  While every atheist in America will vehemently deny that the United States of America is a Christian nation, there still is an undeniable truth that the overwhelming majority of Americans identify as being a member of some form of the Christian religion.  To insist that Christianity is not a force to be reckoned with is lunacy.  Like it or not, Christianity continues to exert huge influences on politics and law in America, regardless of how many efforts there are to remove any references to it from places of government business.  Much like we found with Christmas, if there is a war on Christianity, it isn’t winning.

Winning alone doesn’t determine whether there is a war, however.  You can wage a war on something and lose, but a war is still a war.  Many Christians point to atheist movements as proof of their position.  It can be hard to argue with some of their points of view.  On a daily basis, atheist organizations file lawsuits over prayers in schools and such.  The lawsuits often succeed, because by the letter of the law they may be right.  Of course, reasonable people would find little reason to be offended because little Tommy says a prayer to himself in the school cafeteria before he scarfs down lunch, but some people can’t stand it in any way, shape or form.  Just like there are those Christians out there insisting that they are being horribly persecuted, there are an equal percentage of atheists pushing agendas like this that have little purpose but just to enrage the other side and claim some sort of “moral” victory.  Meanwhile, the real loser is the American public, whose taxpayer dollars have to facilitate these gargantuan wastes of time in the court system.

So, what is our conclusion here?  Is there a war on Christianity?  Well, it’s probably not a war.  More like a few people out there trying to start a war, but finding an American public that is largely indifferent.

The Real War on Christmas

After all of that analysis, we are just going to come out and say it.  There is a war on Christmas.  It is raging right now.  It is raging out of control.  And it is winning.  Say what?

The holiday of Christmas used to mean something different in America than it does today.  Yes, the religious implications are obvious.  That’s not really what we are talking about.  What we mean is that America used to look at Christmas as a holiday for everyone to enjoy a break from hard work, some well-deserved family time, and just try to show a little goodwill for your fellow man.  In this day and age, Christmas is different.  The holiday season officially kicks off with Black Friday, where people tackle each other to get the best deals in retail establishments that already ruin Thanksgiving by opening their doors halfway through what should be a family dinner.  The same people that used to keep stores closed on Sundays for the sanctity of family now can’t even stay closed one day.  People don’t spend time with their loved ones talking about things that matter; they talk about the Black Friday ad breaking at six o’clock and then leave before grandma’s apple pie is through warming up.

It kind of makes sense though.  It is a small look at our overall society.  Family life has changed.  People don’t sit down at the dinner table like they did in decades past.  It’s a world that runs twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  More people have jobs where they are working overnight swing shifts.  More and more parents hardly ever see their children.  The effects on society are obvious and moving.  Still, thanks to the real war on Christmas, we can’t even let all of that be suspended for one twenty-four hour period.  The march of capitalism and commercialization does not stop for holidays.  The almighty dollar doesn’t have time for Christmas or Thanksgiving.  This is the true war on Christmas.  This is not a myth.  This is happening, and chances are, you already knew about it, whether or not you chose to admit it to yourself.

So, what can you do?  Do you want to fight back?  That’s the beautiful thing here.  This is not about religious people versus atheists.  This is not about conservatives versus liberals.  It’s not black or white, boys or girls.  It’s a war that is being waged on every single one of us in America, and it is a golden opportunity for us all to fight together as one for one thing.  Can’t we all at least agree that Christmas, whatever it might mean to you deep down, is a tradition worth saving?  Can’t we all agree that at least a few hours of family time a year should be protected from the greed of the retail industry?  Can’t we all agree that a 24/7 society doesn’t have to be 365 too?

The war on Christmas is real, but the truth is that it is really a war on you.  The question is what are we going to do about it?