October 5th, 2010
If you live near Olympia, please attend Pony’s arraignment in solidarity. Wednesday, October 6, 9 am. Olympia Municipal Court: 909 8th Ave SE. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=161008403925978
Everyone, everywhere, please spread the word. It is too often that acts of violence by the police go unnoticed because they are committed against women, queers, people of color, poor people, disabled people, and others low on Amerikkka’s hierarchies. Do not let them take away our voices. ACAB.
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There are several witnesses to this act of violence against me. We cannot let them get away with this. This fight is about all of us. Please stand up with me.
This is just disgusting on so many levels. I pretty much bolded Pony's entire statement because it's just so heartbreaking. If anyone is in or near Olympia The description of the assault doesn't convey the brutality that the photo does but I didn't post the photo in here in case anyone's triggered, you can find it at the source.
In an incident at the famed Stonewall Inn — widely considered the birthplace of the gay rights movement when rioters clashed with police there in 1969 — a gay man was beaten when two assailants attempted to rob him in the restroom of the Greenwich Village bar around 2 a.m. Sunday morning.
Matthew Francis, 21, and Christopher Orlando, 17, both of Staten Island, will be charged with attempted robbery and assault as a hate crime.
On learning the establishment was a gay bar, Francis reportedly used an anti-gay slur and told the victim to get away from him, according assistant district attorney Kiran Singh said.
“I don’t like gay people. Don’t pee next to me,” Francis added, according to the prosecutor; the paid then demanded money before attacking the victim.
And in another incident, just before midnight Friday in the predominantly gay Chelsea neighborhood, a group of men were saying good-night and kissing and hugging each other good-bye when they were confronted by a group of several men who yelled anti-gay slurs at them.
According to police, Andrew Jackson, 20, and another unidentified man assaulted the men. Jackson allegedly hurled a metal garbage can into one victim’s head.
Jackson was arraigned over the weekend on hate crime assault and other charges. The other assailant is still at large.
The attacks come at a time when the LGBT community is mourning the deaths of more than 6 teens who committed suicide last month due to anti-gay bullying.
Dissident republicans are being blamed for planting a car bomb that exploded close to a bank and hotel on the outskirts of Derry city early this morning.
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The New York business tycoon and reality TV star appeared on Fox & Friends to say that he is "actually thinking about" running for president claiming that the situation in the country "has never been worse." He went on to say that China was "ripping this country like no one has ever ripped it before," although he disclosed his own business ventures with China.
Trump also appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," to express his desire to run for president, which he hinted at a little over 10 years earlier on NBC. Trump continued to talk about China and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) saying, "outside forces are destroying this country."
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One more video at the source.
I don't even -- WHAT. I have a new worst nightmare: President Trump and Vice President Palin. D:
Prisoners in England and Wales should work a 40-hour week, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has said.
Mr Clarke made the announcement to the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham on Tuesday.
He said the government will begin a major expansion of prison industries to get more inmates working.
The Prison Reform Trust said there were questions about what would happen to disabled prisoners but welcomed the idea of people gaining work skills.
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Two members of the Libération cell of the Front de libération du Québec knocked at his door, disguised as delivery men. Admitted to the house by a maid, they pulled their guns and kidnapped him.
By the time the crisis ended on Dec. 28, Quebec labour minister Pierre Laporte had also been kidnapped and then murdered, the national government of Pierre Trudeau had invoked the first peacetime use of the War Measures Act – suspending Canadians’ civil liberties – and the army had been deployed in Ottawa and throughout Quebec.
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DISCUSS, ONTD_P. I'd be interested to see the demographics relating to the survey about terror laws - "terrorist" carried (carries?) pretty specific connotations after 9/11 - i.e. of course the majority of (white) Canadians don't care if police can randomly stop and search you, because they wouldn't stop a white guy anyways. Also, is Canadian relative unconcern about individual rights one of the reasons for less controversy surrounding gay marriage, abortion, etc?
Obama-fied Justin Trudeau TYFTY (LOL WAT TINYPIC. WAT).
More than $69 million in California welfare money, meant to help the needy pay their rent and clothe their children, has been spent or withdrawn outside the state in recent years, including millions in Las Vegas, hundreds of thousands in Hawaii and thousands on cruise ships sailing from Miami.
State-issued aid cards have been used at hotels, shops, restaurants, ATMs and other places in 49 other states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, according to data obtained by The Times from the California Department of Social Services. Las Vegas drew $11.8 million of the cash benefits, far more than any other destination. The money was accessed from January 2007 through May 2010.
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Lisa Robinson, 41, was on the train with her husband and son, five, when they were verbally abused by Cardiff City fans after a win over Millwall.
She stepped on to the tracks at Ystrad Mynach until police arrived.
The train was terminated and the fans had to end the journey on foot. British Transport Police are investigating.
Ms Robinson, a civil servant, and her husband Peter, 61, were on a day trip to Cardiff on 25 September to celebrate the their son's birthday and were returning home.
She said about 30 drunken Cardiff fans were on the Penarth-to-Bargoed Arriva Trains Wales service, celebrating their team's win after an early home kick-off against the London club.
She said things turned nasty when they began shouting sexist chants at a woman on the platform at Lisvane railway station and Ms Robinson asked them to stop.
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This woman is kind of my hero right now.
At a court hearing Tuesday, Faisal Shahzad, a U.S. citizen originally from Pakistan, told a federal judge in Manhattan that if given 1,000 lives "I will sacrifice them all in the name of Allah" before he was sentenced to life in prison. "The defendant has repeatedly expressed his total lack of remorse, his desire if given the opportunity to repeat the crime," U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum said. Mr. Shahzad "has now announced and, by his conduct, has evidenced his desire is not to defend the United States or Americans, but to kill them."
Mr. Shahzad, 31 years old, pleaded guilty to a 10-count indictment in June, including charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting an act of terrorism.
"Brace yourselves, the war with Muslims has just begun," Mr. Shahzad said prior to sentencing. "Consider me the first droplet of the flood that will follow." He then said the defeat of the U.S. is "imminent."
Mr. Shahzad, who was living in Shelton, Conn., has been in custody since his arrest on May 3, two days after the midtown New York City bombing attempt. He was taken off of an international flight headed out of John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Inside the vehicle, the New York Police Department bomb squad found several bags of fertilizer, two red five-gallon gasoline canisters, 152 M-88 fireworks, three propane gas canisters and two alarm clocks connected to wires.
Mr. Shahzad told authorities after his arrest that he planned to detonate a second bomb in New York two weeks later if he had not been taken into custody, prosecutors said.
"If you call us terrorists, we are proud terrorists," Mr. Shahzad said Tuesday. "And we will keep on terrorizing you."
Prosecutors have alleged Mr. Shahzad received explosives training in Pakistan in December from people affiliated with Tehrik-e-Taliban, a militant extremist group based there. He allegedly received about $12,000 in cash to help fund the attack, prosecutors said.
In a sentencing letter last week, prosecutors said Mr. Shahzad accessed websites that provided real-time video of the crowds in Times Square in the weeks prior to the attack "as part of his effort to maximize the deadly effect of his bomb."
Mr. Shahzad wanted to select a time with the most pedestrian traffic "because pedestrians walking on the streets would be easier to kill and to injure than people driving in cars," according to prosecutors.
After he was sentenced, Mr. Shahzad said his sentence "will only be for the limit God has for me in this world."
"I'm happy with the deal that God has given me," he said.
The judge urged Mr. Shahzad to consider whether the Koran wants him to kill people. His response: "The Koran gives you the right to defend. That's all I'm doing."
As part of their sentencing submission, prosecutors submitted a video of a controlled explosion conducted by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of a bomb similar to Mr. Shahzad's in order to measure its explosive effects.
In the video, a Nissan Pathfinder is parked in a field, surrounded by four automobiles, two mailboxes, several newspaper boxes and figures representing people.
The fiery explosion violently flips over two automobiles and generally leaves a wake of destruction in the area. Mr. Shahzad believed the explosion would have killed at least 40 people, prosecutors said.
Last week, a group of Connecticut high school cheerleaders begged their school board for uniforms that don't reveal their midriffs. They say skimpy outfits violate league rules, but like most aspects of cheerleading, there isn't really a standard for uniforms.
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By Matt Taibbi
It's taken three trips to Kentucky, but I'm finally getting my Tea Party epiphany exactly where you'd expect: at a Sarah Palin rally. The red-hot mama of American exceptionalism has flown in to speak at something called the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, a gospel-music hoedown in a giant convention center filled with thousands of elderly white Southerners. Palin — who earlier this morning held a closed-door fundraiser for Rand Paul, the Tea Party champion running for the U.S. Senate — is railing against a GOP establishment that has just seen Tea Partiers oust entrenched Republican hacks in Delaware and New York. The dingbat revolution, it seems, is nigh.
"We're shaking up the good ol' boys," Palin chortles, to the best applause her aging crowd can muster. She then issues an oft-repeated warning (her speeches are usually a tired succession of half-coherent one-liners dumped on ravenous audiences like chum to sharks) to Republican insiders who underestimated the power of the Tea Party Death Star. "Buck up," she says, "or stay in the truck."
Stay in what truck? I wonder. What the hell does that even mean?
Scanning the thousands of hopped-up faces in the crowd, I am immediately struck by two things. One is that there isn't a single black person here. The other is the truly awesome quantity of medical hardware: Seemingly every third person in the place is sucking oxygen from a tank or propping their giant atrophied glutes on motorized wheelchair-scooters. As Palin launches into her Ronald Reagan impression — "Government's not the solution! Government's the problem!" — the person sitting next to me leans over and explains. "The scooters are because of Medicare," he whispers helpfully. "They have these commercials down here: 'You won't even have to pay for your scooter! Medicare will pay!' Practically everyone in Kentucky has one."A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea Party represents, I can't imagine it.
After Palin wraps up, I race to the parking lot in search of departing Medicare-motor-scooter conservatives. I come upon an elderly couple, Janice and David Wheelock, who are fairly itching to share their views.
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There's a lot more at the source.
I checked through the back entries, and I didn't see this article posted - if it has been, mods please delete!
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First Posted: 10- 4-10 05:33 PM | Updated: 10- 4-10 10:01 PM
The paperwork scandal that has prompted several banks to halt evictions and review their foreclosure procedures is reminiscent of the predatory lending scheme that inflated the housing bubble.
"It's the same process, falsifying documents to make them look acceptable to someone," said Tom Domonoske, a lawyer and consumer advocate in Virginia. "They're falsifying foreclosure documents so judges will look at them and say, 'Here's an affidavit. It's signed.'"
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Brown was responding to an e-mail House Minority Leader Paul Stam of Apex sent to members of his caucus about House Speaker Joe Hackney getting an award from the Equality NC Foundation, a gay-rights group.
Brown sent his reply to nearly 60 e-mail addresses.
"I hope all the queers are thrilled to see him," said the message dated Sept. 27. "I am sure there will be a couple legislative fruitloops there in the audience."
Ian Palmquist, executive director of Equality North Carolina, said Brown should apologize for using anti-gay slurs.
"I think it's disgusting to see a member of the legislature talking about his own constituents and fellow North Carolinians that way," Palmquist said. "I would hope that he would apologize and his colleagues would speak out about that kind of bigotry."
Brown did not return telephone calls today.
Stam said the e-mail was intended to be private and the only people Brown should apologize to are those who got the e-mail and were offended.
"It was not sent to a public group," Stam said. "There's a lot of language that is used by public officials in public and private that should not be used. I don't use that language myself."
Stam wouldn't say whether he talked to Brown about the e-mail, or if any other caucus members objected, saying he considered such conversations "internal communications."
"If any of them want to tell you what they told Larry, that's fine," he said.
Stam said he sent a copy of the announcement about Hackney's award to Republican members because he's getting it for supporting two bills they opposed - one expanding sex education to include more information about contraceptives, and the another an anti-bullying measure that identifies gay students as potential bully targets.
Brown, the former mayor of Kernersville, is in his third term. He is running for re-election unopposed.
Dog bites man or man bites dog?
A conservative group in Missouri is picking up the backing of the Tea Party and Joe The Plumber in its quest to stop the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups from passing "radical" anti-puppy mill legislation.
The measure, which can be read in full here, is called Proposition B or the "Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act." It aims to help eliminate the "3000 puppy mills" in Missouri that constitute "30% of all puppy mills in the U.S.," according to Michael Markarian, the Chief Operating Officer of the HSUS.
The HSUS is a national animal rights advocacy group that doesn't financially support local Humane Society shelters.
"This measure would provide common sense standards for the care of dogs," Markarian told TPM, including sufficient food and clean water, vet care, regular exercise, and adequate rest between breeding cycles, among other things. Markarian said the measure only applies to "commercial dog breeding facilities" that have more than 10 breeding females who they use for "producing puppies for the pet trade."
Sounds pretty straightforward, no?
Well, according to the Alliance For Truth, the main force behind the anti-Prop B movement, there is something much more nefarious afoot (er, apaw) in the HSUS measure. The Alliance For Truth claims that the HSUS has a "radical agenda" and is "misleading the public with its intentions on Prop B. The society seeks only to raise the cost of breeding dogs, making it ever-more difficult for middle-class American families to be dog-owners."
Anita Andrews from Alliance For Truth told TPM that it's a "deceptive, lying bill" that is "trying to purposefully get rid of the breeders." The state of Missouri, she said, has been given a bad rap as "the puppy mill capitol" of the U.S. but "in truth we have the best ribbon breeders in the country." And, Andrews said, the state already has anti-cruelty laws on the books.
"They don't like animals," she said of the Humane Society of the United States.
Andrews also explained that Cass Sunstein, "one of the biggest animal rights activists," and President Obama's Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, is tied to the HSUS, and is helping them give Obama "a punch list" of the animals rights activists' agenda.
You see, there's a difference between animal rights activists and animal welfare activists. Unlike the HSUS, Sunstein, and other animal rights activists, animal welfare activists like the Alliance For Truth have "no intention of wiping every animal off this earth," Andrews said. Animal welfare activists believe in hunting and that people should take care of animals.
Rights activists, on the other hand, think "humans and animals are on the same level, ownership of an animal is slavery," and that "animals should have attorney representation" (presumably so every dog can have his day in court).
The reference to Sunstein is probably related to a paper he wrote in 2002, called "The Rights of Animals: A Very Short Primer," in which he explores whether or not animals should have rights. Sunstein also co-wrote a book in 2004 about animal rights, in which he writes: "On this view, representatives of animals should be able to bring private suits to ensure that anti-cruelty and related laws are actually enforced.
The Alliance For Truth also has the support of some better-known conservative activists, like Joe 'The Plumber' Wurzelbacher, who wrote on the Alliance For Truth site that the HSUS is "cowardly hiding behind animal cruelty, lying to our citizens and taking our constitutional rights away - one state at a time."
This bill forces breeders to limit the number of dogs they can own - regardless of care. Think about this a minute . . . . Should the government have the right to limit the number of houses a realtor can sell? Or the number of cattle a rancher can raise?
The Tea Party has also gotten on board the anti-Prop B bandwagon. A meeting called "Vote NO on Proposition B" on October 12 is advertised on websites for the Missouri Tea Party and the Tea Party Patriots. The event, held at Coach's Pizza World, is being organized by the Mexico Tea Party, which activist Ron Beedle told TPM is a relatively new chapter of the Tea Party. This is their first meeting, he said, and Prop B is about the "government or the big company trying to tell people what to do."
The Missouri chapter of Phyllis Schlafly's conservative Eagle Forum has also gotten behind the movement, calling the measure (.pdf) part of a "hoax."
Markarian said that the Alliance For Truth's claims "are nonsensical arguments. The Humane Society celebrates pets everyday."
"We want people to have pets," he said. "We just want the pets to come from good sources." Accusations like these, he said, are "par for the course when these groups cannot defend the cruelty of puppy mills."
h/t Right Wing Watch.
(i didn't want to post a screencap of the video, so here's a gif of puppies running)
A Bosnian girl who gained worldwide notoriety after footage of her gleefully throwing puppies into a river was posted online has escaped punishment.
Police in her home town of Bugojno have said the girl, who is believed to be 12 years old, is too young to be prosecuted.
They also claim the puppies were saved by an elderly woman who fished them out of the river, and was later photographed with them.
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Rabbis Halt Gay Wedding Announcements
By Advocate.com Editors
Editors at a Jewish newspaper in New Jersey said they will not publish wedding announcements for same-sex couples after a group of rabbis condemned their publication of an announcement for a gay couple last week.
"We set off a firestorm last week by publishing a same-sex couple's announcement of their intent to marry," the editors of The Jewish Standard said in a statement Monday. "Given the tenor of the times, we did not expect the volume of comments we have received, many of them against our decision to run the announcement, but many supportive as well."
The rabbis pointed out the "deep sensitivities within the traditional/Orthodox community" over the issue of marriage equality. The editors concluded that their decision caused "pain and consternation, and we apologize for any pain we may have caused."
The announcement was for Avi Smolen, 23, who submitted the blurb about his future wedding to Justin Rosen, 24.
Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, said the paper's move was "disgraceful" and that it ended up being more divisive than unifying.
"It's ironic because they said they wanted to do this to bring people together, but I can't think of a more divisive policy," he said to NorthJersey.com.
The newspaper, founded in 1931, is the oldest Jewish weekly newspaper in New Jersey. According to its website, "The Jewish Standard is not affiliated with any program, organization, movement, or point of view, but is dedicated to giving expression to all phases of Jewish life."
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Bobby Spurlock, the imperial wizard knighthawk and grand dragon of South Carolina and North Carolina, said today the group has met with school officials and plans to protest the school’s treatment of Jennifer Keeton, reports the Augusta Chronicle.
Keeton, 24, who is pursuing a master’s degree in counseling, said she was ordered to undergo a re-education plan that requires her to attend “diversity sensitivity training,” complete additional remedial reading and write papers to describe their effects on her beliefs, according to a lawsuit filed last July.
Keeton has said in and out class that, according to her Christian beliefs, homosexuality is immoral and a lifestyle choice.
The protest, planned for 1 p.m. on Oct. 23, will be in full dress and located across from the Georgia school’s main entrance. Spurlock said the KKK has not been in contact with Keeton herself.
Are police in Metropolitan D.C. participating in a heavy dose of transphobia? Sure seems like it, according to a new report, Moving Along: Policing Sex Work in Washington, D.C., which suggests that transgender folks inside the Beltway face routine harassment and mistreatment by law enforcement.
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Especially in places like DC where the rate of people with HIV is so high, it's awful that police can scare people away from carrying condoms around with them, especially those who are at higher risk. And also, when police are continually transmisogynistic, it could discourage a transwoman who's been assaulted, for example, from going to the police if they'll just assume she was attacked by "clients".