Is anyone else out there starting to become nostalgic for the good old days when the big campaign issues on the table were Big Bird, bayonets and binders full of women? As Twitchy reported today, the Wendy Davis gubernatorial campaign has now introduced dildos into the political discourse for 2014.
As long as we’re going there, it might be time to check on “Savage Love” sex advice columnist and no friend of Republicans Dan Savage. It turns out those increasingly creepy and desperate fundraising mails from the Democrats are getting on his followers’ nerves too.
We can relate.
One problem we’ve heard before: breaking up with the DCCC is hard to do.
However, we can do our best to put them out of business.
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At an Obama campaign event Democrats walked out.
This is being portrayed as an event where Obama campaigned for a Democrat running for the office of Governor in Maryland.
But that portrayal is not convincing. Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown is ahead of his GOP opponent by 11 points according to Real Clear Politics. So this wasn’t Obama helping out a local politician. This was a local politician with a comfortable enough lead that he believed that he could afford proximity to the President without ruining his campaign. This was Obama campaigning for himself.
But the plan backfired. People voted with their feet and they voted against the President. Even a mainstream news source like Reuters reported on the President’s unpopularity:
President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.
With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election.
Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity.
“There are no excuses. The future is up to us,” Obama said.
A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke, however, and a heckler interrupted his remarks.
So even among the attendees of a rally for a Democrat candidate for governor, Obama is still quite unpopular.
Supposedly, Governor Pat Quinn is going to also have Obama campaign for him in Illinois. We will see. Perhaps some crisis will change Obama’s plans. Since the President is from the Chicago area, it is possible that Obama might be able to rally some votes there. I don’t pretend to understand how liberals think.
But it is clear that, in most of the country, Obama is wildly unpopular.
Let’s pray this leads to real national repentance.
You ever have that nightmare that you’re a teenager and you find yourself at school naked?
Remember how relieved you felt to wake up and find out it was just a nightmare?
Well, that nightmare came true last Thursday for Oregon teen Sara Rue at Salem’s Roberts Annex alternative high school.
Rue told KATU News that she thought she was having a panic attack as the teacher was confronting another student on an unrelated matter. Rue got up to leave the classroom and remove herself from the stressful situation and the teacher began grabbing her aggressively to keep her in the room.
The teacher yanked Rue so hard, she pulled her to her knees and ripped her sweatshirt off, leaving her exposed down to her red bra in front of all of her shocked classmates.
On the video above, you can hear the other students gasping and Rue can be heard whimpering pitifully for them to please turn around and not look at her.
Via NY Daily News:
“She doesn’t even have any right to put her hands on me,” Rue told KPTV-TV while describing how her teacher, Carrie McCann, put her in a choke hold and dragged her back into the classroom.
“I never cried like that in my life,” Rue later told KGW-TV. “I could hear the embarrassment, too, in my crying.”
Yeah. You can hear it. Watch the video. Sounds like utter humiliation.
Rue wasn’t doing anything wrong but trying to remove herself from a situation that was sending her into a panic attack. If you have ever had a panic attack, you know this is the right thing to do. What kind of school is this that the teacher has the right to grab a student so aggressively that she rips her student’s shirt off?
The teacher Carrie McCann has been put on paid-administrative leave in the meantime while the school district “investigates,” so she not only gets to treat a student that way, she gets a paid vacation for doing so.
Investigates what? I’m not really sure, considering the video pretty much says it all. That lady got worked up confronting another student, then turned her aggression on a different student for no reason and took it to a place it shouldn’t have gone.
That teacher was supposed to be the adult here. Obviously, she needs to grow the hell up, behave like an adult, and get a new line of work because she sucks at this one.
Oh, and apparently the Salem Police Department reviewed the footage briefly and found no crime had been committed…so if you are a teacher, you can grab a student just because the student is leaving the room, not just grab but aggressively grab that student so hard you pull her to the floor, and then rip the student’s shirt off and that’s…just fine?
Think about it. If you are a parent in this country and you did that same exact thing to your child in a public place like that, you would be arrested and have your child removed by family services in a heartbeat.
Can you imagine being a teen girl who already gets so upset that you are prone to panic attacks in the first place, then when you try to deescalate the situation, your teacher grabs you and yanks on you so violently when you get upset that she throws you to the floor and exposes your bare body in front of your classmates? How do you go back to school and look at your fellow students in the face after that?
What if she was a girl who didn’t wear a bra? What then?
What the hell is going on in America’s schools? Why do students apparently lose all their rights whatsoever — even to their very own bodies — when they set foot on school property?
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As criticism mounted last week over President Obama’s naming of Ron Klain as his Ebola “czar,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest struggled to explain why it’s not important that the former aide to Joe Biden knows virtually nothing about the Ebola virus. Earnest said that Obama was more interested in a person who could…
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(CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR) Parents who watch multiple movie scenes of sex and violence quickly become more permissive about how old a child should be to watch films with disturbing content, according to a study released today in the journal Pediatrics.
Researchers from the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania showed a nationally representative sample of 1,000 parents six different film clips from movies rated R and PG-13, such as “Terminator,” “8 Mile” and “Taken 2.”
After each scene, which either showed violent or sexual conduct, they asked the parents at what age a child should be before watching the movie.
As Twitchy reported, President Obama was hilariously mocked earlier tonight for having a large number of his supporters leave while he was speaking at a rally for gubernatorial hopeful Anthony Brown in Maryland.
Well, the mocking is just getting started. Behold the wonderfully funny #ReasonToExitAnObamaSpeech!
Here are some of the best ones of the night:
Read all the zingers from a #ReasonToExitAnObamaSpeech here.
It is probably not hard to guess why campus interracial violence is not a major national news story.
Here is how a local station is reporting the incidents:
The ABC7 I-Team is reporting a rash of random attacks near the University of Illinois flagship campus. A safety alert for students was posted after Champaign police say five students were jumped and beaten by a roving gang over the weekend.
One-by-one early Saturday morning, a gang of men attacked several people as they walked down streets near the U of I campus. For about an hour, the gang roamed a small section of Champaign and police say they targeted random victims, beating them to the ground, in what resembles a big city gang ritual.
The beat-downs took place between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Saturday, with five victims at four different locations near the U of I campus.
Even though it was overnight, the attacks took place on residential streets and there were witnesses.
Police say a group of six to eight men battered innocent victims as they walked on these streets. The targets were random and they were attacked for no apparent reason, according to police, thrown to ground and kicked in the head and body.
Some victims told police the attackers had jumped from vehicles; a cell phone was stolen. There were no life-threatening injuries, but three people were treated for facial wounds, cuts and bruises.
While police here have posted an alert for last weekend’s attacks, crime records reveal there were at least three similar unprovoked muggings the previous Saturday – among 45 assaults in the area since October 1.
Investigators describe the attacks as black males, 25 years old, and each wearing dark clothing, possibly driving in a blue sedan or SUV.
No apparent motive? Does that mean that the race of the victims has been all over the map so that the police can eliminate a racist motive? Or does that mean that they simply don’t want to acknowledge the possibility of black on white hate crime?
Unless a report explicitly addresses the possibility of a racial motive, and gives reasons for not believing such a possibility, I am prone to be suspicious for many reasons.
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“It’s been over five months since the night a SWAT team broke into the house in which we were staying…We were staying with relatives and my whole family was sleeping in one room. My husband and I, our three daughters and our baby (nicknamed “Baby Bou Bou”) in his crib. Dressed like soldiers, they broke down the door. The SWAT officers tossed a flashbang grenade into the room. It landed in Baby Bou Bou’s crib, blowing a hole in his face and chest that took months to heal and covering his entire body with scars…
“Doctors tell us that my son will have to have double reconstructive surgeries twice a year, every year for the next 20 years… [I]n five short months our family has taken on nearly $ 900,000 in medical bills, some of which have now gone into collections… After initially offering to cover the medical expenses, the county has since refused to cover any of our medical costs, all of which would never have happened if the SWAT team hadn’t broken into the home.”—Alecia Phonesavanh
Who pays the price for the police shootings that leave unarmed citizens dead or injured, for the SWAT team raids that leave doors splintered, homes trashed, pets murdered, and family members traumatized and injured, if not dead?
I’m not just talking about the price that must be paid in hard-earned dollars, whether by taxpayers or the victims, in attempting to restore what was vandalized and broken by police. It’s also the things that can’t be so easily calculated to a decimal point: the broken bones that will never quite heal right, the children’s nightmares at night, the uneasy sleep, the broken family heirlooms, the loss of faith in a system that was supposed to serve and protect you, the grief for loved ones whose lives were cut short.
Baby Bou Bou may have survived the misdirected SWAT team raid that left him with a hole in his face and extensive scars on his body, but he will be the one to pay the price for the rest of his life for the SWAT team’s blunder in launching a flashbang grenade into his crib. And even though the SWAT team was wrong about the person they were after, even though they failed to find any drugs in the home they’d raided, and even though they may have regretted the fact that Baby Bou Bou got hurt, it will still be the Phonesavanh family who will pay and pay and pay for the endless surgeries every year to reconstruct their son’s face as he grows from toddler to boy to teenager to man. Already, they have racked up more than $ 900,000 in medical bills. Incredibly, government officials refused to cover the family’s medical expenses.
That is just one family’s experience, the price they must pay for living in a police state. Tally their pain, their loss and their medical bills, and add it to that of the hundreds of other families in cities and towns across the nation who are similarly reeling from the blows inflicted by the government’s standing armies, and you will find yourself reeling. For many of these individuals, there can never be any amount of reparation sufficient to make up for the lives lost or shattered.
As for those who do get “paid back,” at least in monetary terms for their heartache and loss, it’s the taxpayers who are footing the bill to the tune of millions of dollars. Incredibly, these cases hardly impact the police department’s budget. As journalist Aviva Shen points out, “individual officers are rarely held accountable for their abuses, either by the police department or in court… Internally, police departments rarely investigate complaints of misconduct, let alone punish the accused officers. Because cities insulate police officers and departments from the financial consequences for their actions, police on the street have little incentive to avoid unnecessary force, and their departments may not feel the need to crack down on repeat offenders. And so the bill for taxpayers keeps growing.”
For example, Baltimore taxpayers have paid roughly $ 5.7 million since 2011 over lawsuits stemming from police abuses, with an additional $ 5.8 million going towards legal fees. That’s money that could have been spent on a state-of-the-art recreation center or renovations at more than 30 playgrounds. As the Baltimore Sun reports:
“Victims include a 15-year-old boy riding a dirt bike, a 26-year-old pregnant accountant who had witnessed a beating, a 50-year-old woman selling church raffle tickets, a 65-year-old church deacon rolling a cigarette and an 87-year-old grandmother aiding her wounded grandson… Officers have battered dozens of residents who suffered broken bones — jaws, noses, arms, legs, ankles — head trauma, organ failure, and even death, coming during questionable arrests. Some residents were beaten while handcuffed; others were thrown to the pavement.”
- New York taxpayers have shelled out almost $ 1,130 per year per police officer (there are 34,500 officers in the NYPD) to address charges of misconduct. That translates to $ 38 million every year just to clean up after these so-called public servants. Over a 10-year-period, Oakland, Calif., taxpayers were made to cough up more than $ 57 million (curiously enough, the same amount as the city’s deficit back in 2011) in order to settle accounts with alleged victims of police abuse.
- Chicago taxpayers were asked to pay out nearly $ 33 million on one day alone to victims of police misconduct, with one person slated to receive $ 22.5 million, potentially the largest single amount settled on any one victim. The City has paid more than half a billion dollars to victims over the course of a decade. The Chicago City Council actually had to borrow $ 100 million just to pay off lawsuits arising over police misconduct in 2013. The city’s payout for 2014 should be in the same ballpark, especially with cases pending such as the one involving the man who was reportedly sodomized by a police officer’s gun in order to force him to “cooperate.”
- Over 78% of the funds paid out by Denver taxpayers over the course of a decade arose as a result of alleged abuse or excessive use of force by the Denver police and sheriff departments. Meanwhile, taxpayers in Ferguson, Missouri, are being asked to pay $ 40 million in compensation—more than the city’s entire budget—for police officers treating them “‘as if they were war combatants,’ using tactics like beating, rubber bullets, pepper spray, and stun grenades, while the plaintiffs were peacefully protesting, sitting in a McDonalds, and in one case walking down the street to visit relatives.”
That’s just a small sampling of the most egregious payouts, but just about every community—large and small—feels the pinch when it comes to compensating victims who have been subjected to deadly or excessive force by police. The ones who rarely ever feel the pinch are the officers accused or convicted of wrongdoing, “even if they are disciplined or terminated by their department, criminally prosecuted, or even imprisoned.”
Indeed, a study published in the NYU Law Review reveals that 99.8% of the monies paid in settlements and judgments in police misconduct cases never come out of the officers’ own pockets, even when state laws require them to be held liable. Moreover, these officers rarely ever have to pay for their own legal defense. As law professor Joanna C. Schwartz notes, police officers are more likely to be struck by lightning than be made financially liable for their actions.
Schwartz references a case in which three Denver police officers chased and then beat a 16-year-old boy, stomping “on the boy’s back while using a fence for leverage, breaking his ribs and causing him to suffer kidney damage and a lacerated liver.” The cost to Denver taxpayers to settle the lawsuit: $ 885,000. The amount the officers contributed: 0.
Kathryn Johnston, 92 years old, was shot and killed during a SWAT team raid that went awry. Attempting to cover their backs, the officers falsely claimed Johnston’s home was the site of a cocaine sale and went so far as to plant marijuana in the house to support their claim. The cost to Atlanta taxpayers to settle the lawsuit: $ 4.9 million. The amount the officers contributed: 0.
Meanwhile, in Albuquerque, a police officer was convicted of raping a woman in his police car, in addition to sexually assaulting four other women and girls, physically abusing two additional women, and kidnapping or falsely imprisoning five men and boys. The cost to the Albuquerque taxpayers to settle the lawsuit: $ 1,000,000. The amount the officer contributed: 0.
In its report on police brutality and accountability in the United States, Human Rights Watch notes that taxpayers actually pay three times for officers who repeatedly commit abuses: “once to cover their salaries while they commit abuses; next to pay settlements or civil jury awards against officers; and a third time through payments into police ‘defense’ funds provided by the cities.”
A large part of the problem can be chalked up to influential police unions and laws providing for qualified immunity, which invariably allow officers to walk away without paying a dime for their wrongdoing. Conveniently, those deciding whether a police officer should be immune from having to personally pay for misbehavior on the job all belong to the same system, all cronies with a vested interest in protecting the police and their infamous code of silence: city and county attorneys, police commissioners, city councils and judges.
In a nutshell, the U.S. Supreme Court’s reasoning when it comes to qualified immunity for government officials (not just police officers) is essentially that these officials might be too cautious in carrying out their duties if there was a risk that they might be held personally liable for wrongdoing on the job. Frankly, we’d be far better off if government officials operated under the constant fear that there would be ramifications for wrongdoing on the job. As it now stands, we’ve got way too many lawbreakers, scoundrels, cheats and thugs on the government’s payroll, (many of whom are actually elected to office).
So what’s the solution, if any, to a system so clearly rigged that it allows rogue cops who engage in excessive force to wreak havoc with no fear of financial consequences? As HRW concludes:
The excessive use of force by police officers, including unjustified shootings, severe beatings, fatal chokings, and rough treatment, persists because overwhelming barriers to accountability make it possible for officers who commit human rights violations to escape due punishment and often to repeat their offenses…. Officers with long records of abuse, policies that are overly vague, training that is substandard, and screening that is inadequate all create opportunities for abuse. Perhaps most important, and consistently lacking, is a system of oversight in which supervisors hold their charges accountable for mistreatment and are themselves reviewed and evaluated, in part, by how they deal with subordinate officers who commit human rights violations. Those who claim that each high-profile case of abuse by a “rogue” officer is an aberration are missing the point: problem officers frequently persist because the accountability systems are so seriously flawed.
Unfortunately, we’re so far gone as a nation in terms of cronyism, corruption and unequal justice that there’s little hope of reformation working from the top down. As I point out in A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, if any change is to be made, if any hope for accountability is to be realized it must begin, as always, at the local level, with local police departments and governing bodies, where the average citizen can still, with sufficient reinforcements, make his voice heard.
So the next time you hear of a police shooting in your town of an unarmed citizen, don’t just shrug helplessly and turn the page or switch the channel. Form a coalition of concerned citizens and call your prosecutor’s office, email the police department, speak out at your city council meeting, urge your local paper to cover the story from both sides, blog about it, stage a protest, demand transparency and accountability—whatever you do, make sure you send the message loud and clear that you do not want your taxpayer dollars supporting illegal and abusive behavior.
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“Liberty Speaker” Gavin Seim has guts: So I made this traffic stop today… It’s very off the cuff. I had about 60 seconds from the moment I thought “NOW is the time to address this” and flagged the officer over, to the moment I was engaging him. Email Sheriff Tom Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask him…
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