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Josh Marshall

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This video will blow your mind.

On the plus side, the officer in question was fired from the South Carolina Highway Patrol and has now been charged with aggravated assault. But here's the story (with video). White Highway Patrol officer stops a black man for a seat belt violation outside Columbia, SC. The state trooper Sean Groubert, 31, asks the driver for his license. The driver, Levar Jones, reaches into the car to retrieve his license - at which point Groubert screams "get out of the car" and proceeds to unload four or five rounds from his pistol into Jones at close to point blank range.

Dashcam video after the jump ...

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Back in what we might call the glory days of the 'War on Terror' - by which I mean that handful of years in which various armchair warriors and big-thinkers tried to manufacture an ideology out of America's post-9/11 trauma - there was this frequent refrain that the 'problem' with the Muslim world was that, unlike Europe, Islam had never had a Reformation. And with the recent resurgence of terrorism punditry, I'm hearing the same idea bandied about again.

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Which big companies have dropped ALEC, the legislative advocacy group which seeds odious legislation in states around the country? Turns out quite a few. Here's the list.

From the AP ...

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says the U.S. and partner nations have begun airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants, using a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk missiles fired from ships in the region.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says that because the military operation is ongoing, no details can be provided yet. He says the decision to strike was made early Monday by the military.

The strikes are part of the expanded military campaign that President Barack Obama's authorized nearly two weeks ago in order to disrupt and destroy the Islamic State militants, who have slaughtered thousands of people, beheaded Westerners, including two American journalists, and captured a large swath of territory stretching from within Syria to land across northern and Western Iraq.

I reiterate the point I made this morning about not expanding the security perimeter around the White House. But some interesting new information has surfaced about fence jumper, Omar Gonzalez. After the jumping incident, police found "more than 800 rounds of ammo in his car plus two hatchets and a machete." At an earlier stop in Virginia in July, police found several assault rifles and a sawed off shotgun. While this news ups the ante about what sort of threat Gonzalez may have posed, the details tend to confirm what most news reports have noted: that Gonzalez has serious psychological problems. Presumably if he'd been making a rational attempt at killing someone in the White House he would have brought one of his weapons with him.

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Cliven Bundy and his clan were not prosecuted for their armed standoff with federal land management employees earlier this year. But an ATV protest ride - which happened just after the standoff and was closely associated with the Bundy protest has not been so lucky. Five Utah men have now been charged with federal misdemeanor conspiracy and misuse of federal lands tied to the protest.

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