I’ve spoken of this before. I’ve experienced it in my youth. So have some of my friends. That’s what happens when you are considered “trouble” or just a punk with no one to care about you. In the back of my head I’ve had this since this broke. They took him for a ride to Western District HQ. Just how that ride went is up in the air. No one seems to know what transpired. They put Freddy in a police van. In my day in North Philly it was called a “Paddy Wagon.” In the old days there was no seatbelts or anything but two benches in the back. That and all open metal framing. No insulation. No padding. Since I have not been in the back of one recently I do not know what it looks like. But padded or not, if you are taken on a nickel ride, one cop watches you and instructs the other on when to slam on the brakes or yank the wheel to inflict the most damage. When your hands are cuffed behind you, you can get the picture. So now they are looking into weather or not this happened. What has happened is a total breakdown of law enforcement. A new bullet proof breed that thinks they are the answer. They’ve always been scattered through out the industry. Seems to be more now. You know how many time I ran from the cops? It was common procedure. The police were not the friends of corner boys or anyone else who looked like “trouble.” Seems Black looks like trouble all the time anymore, and the finger is always on the trigger. Desensitized to the reality of it all it seems. Rioting is not the answer, but I know what helplessness feels like. I also know what payback looks like. And I’m white.
The Iranian military on Tuesday seized a Western cargo ship in the Persian Gulf, the Pentagon said, roiling markets. () Warning shots were fired but no injuries were reported, a shipping agency said.
The Pentagon said the Marshall Islands-flagged Maersk Tigris did not have any U.S. citizens aboard and was traveling through the Strait of Hormuz when the confrontation occurred.
Al Arabiya, the Saudi news network, initially reported that a U.S. vessel has been fired on and steered to the Bandar Abbas port by Iran. Iran’s Fars News Agency also reported that an “American trade vessel” had been confiscated.
The Pentagon said it was reviewing its U.S. defense obligations to the Marshall Islands after the seizure. It also called the Iranian firing of warning shots at the ship “inappropriate.”
At last week’s Women in the World Summit in New York City, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton dug into why women around the world can’t seem to get full access to abortion—reductive religious beliefs.
During her keynote address last Thursday, Clinton made this salient point, via The Hill:
Two pieces from the anti-choice hub LifeNews over the past week tell us oh so much about the gender politics of that movement right now: that women should be willing to sacrifice everything, up to and including their lives, to satisfy their ideal of how women should be.
The first, which hits close to home because it’s about me, was graciously brought to my attention by friends on Facebook who were cackling witchily about it. The article, titled “Feminist Writer: ‘I Don’t Particularly Like Babies, If Birth Control Fails I’m Having an Abortion,’” quotes large chunks of a blog post I wrote last year at Raw Story in defense of women who get abortions simply because they don’t want to give birth right now.
Using myself as an example and shoring it up with some cheeky language, I’d argued that women should not feel obliged to give in to conservative guilt-tripping about how we should curtail our own happiness to fit their notion of a “model” woman. The idea that women should have that level of autonomy is treated as so self-evidently evil at LifeNews that the site simply quotes me, at length, and expects its audiences to be horrified.
Saudi Arabia has arrested 93 people suspected of belonging to the Islamic State militant group, including two people who planned a failed suicide car bombing against the U.S. embassy in Riyadh, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.
The 93 included at least 77 Saudi nationals, a ministry statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency said.
“Activities are ongoing against the deviant group which seeks to undermine the security of this country … They are ceaselessly seeking to achieve this through their criminal plans,” the statement said.
A cell involving two Syrians and a Saudi planned a suicide car bombing against the U.S. embassy in Riyadh but the plot was detected in March. One of the two Syrian suspects and the Saudi suspect were among the 93 arrested, the ministry said.
The criminalization of America’s poor has been quietly gaining steam for years, but a recent study, “The Poor Get Prison,” co-authored by Karen Dolan and Jodi L. Carr, reveals the startling extent to which American municipalities are fining and jailing the country’s most vulnerable people, not just punishing them for being poor, but driving them deeper into poverty.
“In the last ten years,” Barbara Ehrenreich writes in the introduction, “it has become apparent that being poor is in itself a crime in many cities and counties, and that it is a crime punished by further impoverishment.”
A few months ago, the Department of Justice’s Ferguson report revealed how that city has disproportionately targeted its majority minority population with traffic and other minor infractions that heavily support the municipality’s coffers. But Ferguson is far from alone. Municipalities like New York City have greatly increased the number of minor offenses that are considered criminal (like putting your feet up in the subway) or sitting on the sidewalk. Wealthy white people in business attire are rarely targeted for such summonses, and if they are, they can quickly pay the fine or hire counsel to get out of it. The over-punishment of minor offenses is just another way the rich get richer, and as the report says, the “poor get prison.” They also get poorer and more numerous. In one striking statistic, the Southern Educational Foundation reports that 51 percent of America’s public schoolchildren are living in poverty.
Fox News is desperately trying to create a new Congressional investigation of Hillary Clinton even as Clinton Cash crumbles before their eyes.
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Fox News Sunday’s interview of Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer, revealed their true agenda.
Transcript via Fox News Sunday:
The Prince of Wales is on the brink of eradicating all fossil fuel investments from his financial holdings, becoming the latest high-profile addition to a fast-growing and UN-backed divestment campaign.
It is calling on investors to sell their stakes in coal, oil and gas because world reserves are already several times greater than can be burned while keeping climate change in check.
Prince Charles has frequently voiced the need for rapid action on global warming, referring recently to the Earth as a “sick patient”. He does not comment publicly on his personal financial dealings, but sources at Buckingham Palace told the Financial Times that “his private investments and his charitable foundation do not have any fossil fuel holdings”.
Many religious conservatives continue to insist that the same-sex marriage debate pits religious Americans against non-religious Americans. That was largely true even as recently as 2003, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage. That year, there were no major religious groups among whom a majority supported allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. The highest levels of support among major religious groups came from white mainline Protestants, of whom 36 percent favored same-sex marriage, and Catholics, with 35 percent support. Nearly two-thirds of the religiously unaffiliated, by contrast, supported same-sex marriage.
Over the last decade, though, the debate has shifted from one between religious and non-religious Americans to one that primarily pits older, conservative Christians against moderate, progressive, or younger Christians, Jews, and the religiously unaffiliated.
This new terrain is not only lost on conservative religious leaders; opponents of same-sex marriage, more than other Americans, remain convinced that public opinion is on their side. In early 2014—more than a year after national polls began consistently finding majority support for same-sex marriage—Americans who opposed legalizing same-sex marriage were roughly three times more likely to say that most of the country opposed rather than supported same-sex marriage.
Because support for same-sex marriage is higher among religiously unaffiliated Americans, many wrongly believe that the movement of non-religious Americans are primarily responsible for the new battle lines. But in fact, the bulk of the shift in favor of same-sex marriage over the past decade has taken place among religious Americans. While more than three-quarters of religiously unaffiliated Americans favor same-sex marriage today, that number is up only 12 percentage points since 2003.
On Monday, April 27, President Obama welcomed a delegation from Chabad-Lubavitch into the Oval Office to commemorate Education and Sharing Day, USA. Established by Congress in 1978 to honor the life’s work of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson (1902-1994), the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Education and Sharing Day provides an opportunity to focus on education’s importance and recognize the contributions Rabbi Schneerson made during his lifetime in the fields of education and morality, ethics and justice.
Since the establishment of Education and Sharing Day, which occurs on the Rebbe’s birthday, every President has issued an annual Proclamation marking “Education and Sharing Day, USA”. This year’s Education and Sharing Day Proclamation acknowledges the emphasis Rabbi Schneerson placed on the education of girls, noting: “In an era where a woman’s education was not valued the same as a man’s, the Rebbe worked to tear down barriers that stood in the way of girls who wanted to learn.”
In addition to issuing an annual proclamation, every President since the establishment of Education and Sharing Day has invited a delegation from the Chabad-Lubavitch movement into the Oval Office. The delegation included the leadership of American Friends of Chabad-Lubavitch, Rabbis Abraham and Levi Shemtov; Rabbi Yossy Gordon from Chabad on Campus; Rebbetzin Chave Hecht, a pioneers in girls’ education who has been teaching for more than 70 years; and Menachem Benjaminson and Chaya Goldstein, two children who are leaders in Chabad-Lubavitch children’s service organization, the Jewish Children’s Corps.
President Obama presented the nine-person delegation with a framed, commemorative copy of this year’s proclamation, which was signed on March 31, 2015, noting his appreciation for the Rebbe’s lifetime of work and recognizing that education is among many shared Jewish and American values - values that have shaped and strengthened his own connection to the Jewish community.
The President called combating rising anti-Semitism a moral obligation and emphasized that he will continue to raise the issue with other world leaders.
Finally, the delegation recited the blessing typically made upon meeting a head of state and presented the President with a menorah bearing an inscription, which reads in part:
Mr. President, you represent the middle flame, which stands on a higher plane, dedicated in service to others and the greater good, carrying the dreams and aspirations of an entire nation upon your shoulders.
Worst. Anti-Semite. Ever.