If there happens to be anyone reading LGF who opposes nuclear disarmament for any reason, you probably need to know that our doomsday arsenal is less secure than a revolving door in a prison. I’m just saying that we’re lucky to die of climate change instead of Dr. Strangelove levels of radiation released by sheer incompetence.
Last week I wrote about the arrest of journalist and police watchdog Baltimore Spectator Dr. James MacArthur - littlegreenfootballs.com
Unfortunately, The Baltimore police have now moved beyond simply arresting and right into outright assault:
City Paper photo editor J.M. Giordano, beaten by police at Freddie Gray protest, explains what happened, with video: http://t.co/H5R9FwOXhC
As CityPaper reports:
City Paper photo editor J.M. Giordano was tackled and beaten by Baltimore City police outside of Western District headquarters last night while covering protests over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
In a video shot by City Paper managing editor Baynard Woods you can see Giordano, wearing a green jacket, and a protestor, both of whom had just been knocked to the ground by police, being beaten as Woods yells “He’s a photographer! He’s press!”
- See more at: citypaper.com
Giordano says he was standing next to the protestor in the video, facing the police line, at about 12:30 when someone threw a rock which hit a police officer’s shield.
“They mobilized,” he says. The police line moved forward and Giordano did not move fast enough for them. “I always move at the last second,” he says. Five or six police officers in riot gear hit Giordano and the other protester with their sheilds, knocking them to the ground.
“They just swarmed over me,” he says. “I got hit. My head hit the ground. They were hitting me, then someone pulled me out.”
- See more at: citypaper.com
It was not an isolated incident:
So yes I initiated a complaint last night with Sgt. Harty, but like past complaints against abuse from @BaltimorePolice, I expect no results
When I was nearly knocked over while doing photography, it GREATLY enraged onlookers. @BaltimorePolice knew what they were doing.
Would like to thank all the people at Gilmor Homes last night who approached officers after I was assaulted & attempted to get answers why
One man standing near the line got knocked with a baton for no reason. Did his best to remain calm and not retaliate. Many cheap shots taken
Numerous occasions I physically intervened between angry demonstrators & @BaltimorePolice, defusing situations. Police thanked me w assault
That's two times in less than a week now @BaltimorePolice have grabbed or assaulted me for no reason while I'm doing photography.
As FeminaziBitch already reported - the Baltimore Sun has a 6 month investigation into police brutality in the city - you can find that here:
Update: I referred to Baltospectator as Dr. James Marshall, in fact his name is Dr. James MacArthur, a mistake I can only attribute to exhaustion.
All around great dude - enjoy!
(maybe he did not get the memo on toning it down a bit?)
@marchaig Its because most Feminists are ugly.
@MarshallFSmith not my town, and don't call me cupcake. ma'am will do just fine - i certainly earned it.
So,obama is rushing to let his friends out of Gitmo. We need to put obama inside Gitmo. Damn Bastard Traitor.
obama is a walking Compost. Happy #EarthDay2015
on ‘bagheads’ oops sorry - we call them Muslims….
@DrMartyFox Dead Whitey does not matter to the Left.
on not understanding the difference between climate and weather….
and he really likes guns….
but as long as they don’t cost too much - it’s a rough economic world for bigots these days….
but really - he just likes guns….
@heavyhokie Money is tight so I'm going with a Bersa Thunder .380 or a Kel Tec PF9,both less than 300 bucks.
and moar guns!!….
on nonsense conspiracy theories….
retweeting super racist - Pat Dollard…..
@PatDollard obama once again using BigGov. as his Personal Louisville Slugger.
on Valerie Jarrett….
And that is just the last five days…. peruse on your own. (at your own risk, obviously, it may be catching)
I have reached out to Hampton Roads Tea Party for comment, but as of publication, none has been proffered,
On a cold January afternoon, Jerriel Lyles parked his car in front of the P&J Carry Out on East Monument Street and darted inside to buy some food. After paying for a box of chicken, he noticed a big guy in jeans, a hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap.
“What’s up?” the man said to Lyles. Others, also dressed in jeans and hoodies, blocked the door to the street — making Lyles fear that he would be robbed. Instead, the man identified himself a police officer, frisked Lyles and demanded he sit on the greasy floor. Lyles objected.
“The officer hit me so hard it felt like his radio was in his hand,” Lyles testified about the 2009 incident, after suing Detective David Greene. “The blow was so heavy. My eyes swelled up. Blood was dripping down my nose and out my eye.”
Phil does a good job of apologizing here, and explaining why it’s necessary to apologize to the reactionary trolls (probably of gamersgate derivation since they like to sling the “Social Justice Warrior” as if it were an insult,) so the apology also becomes a backhand to haters.
You’re wrong. First, it’s not up to you to decide what offends or does not offend a group of people you are not a part of. You may feel that this was not an offensive joke, and you are welcome to that opinion; certainly the joke wasn’t intended that way.
But what you don’t get to decide is what offends others, especially in a group you’re not a part of. You may think that offense is undeserved, or that they are overreacting. You have the right to think that, but you cannot dictate it to those others.
Even if there was no harm meant in the joke, people may still take offense at it, and that’s their right. In this case, I can easily see where transgender folks would be put off by it, even angered.
And here’s the important bit: Apologizing and changing it does no harm, and in fact does some good; it helps a group of people see that we can be sensitive to their needs.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) proposed a bill this week that would block the courts from hearing cases that could legalize same-sex marriage, so Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) has proposed a (satirical) bill to block King from legislating.
Polis’ office issued a press release on Friday announcing the Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act, playing off King’s Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act. Polis’ fake bill would prevent King from “abusing taxpayer dollars by substituting the judgments of the nation’s duly serving judicial branch of government with his own beliefs,” according to the release.
It’s personal for Polis — he’s the first openly gay parent to serve in the U.S. Congress, and has two children with his partner.
“For too long, Steve King has overstepped his constitutionally nonexistent judicial authority,” Polis said in the statement. “Mr. King has perverted the Constitution to create rights to things such as discrimination, bullying, and disparate treatment. These efforts to enshrine these appalling values as constitutional rights were not envisioned by the voters, or by King’s colleagues who must currently try to restrain his attempts to single-handedly rewrite the nation’s founding principles on a bill-by-bill basis.”
The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party on Sunday ruled out an informal deal with Scottish nationalists after a May 7 election if his party fails to win an overall majority, something he has previously declined to do.
When asked if left-wing Labour would negotiate with the Scottish nationalists after the election, Labour leader Ed Miliband told the BBC: “I’m not interested in deals no.”
Miliband had already ruled out a formal coalition with the Scottish National Party, but his failure to exclude a looser arrangement - known as a ‘confidence and supply’ deal - had been seized upon by Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives.
“I want to be clear about this. No coalition, no tie-ins. I’m not doing deals with the Scottish National Party,” said Miliband.
Syrian television said on Sunday that Islamist insurgents who seized a key northwestern town had since slaughtered civilians, but monitors of the war said only government supporters had been detained and no one killed.
Rebels including al-Qaeda’s Syria wing captured Jisr al-Shughour for the first time in the four-year conflict on Saturday, edging closer to Latakia, the coastal province of vital importance to President Bashar al-Assad.
“Terrorist groups committed a horrific massacre of civilians after entering Jisr al-Shughour,” state television quoted a military source as saying. It said at least 30 civilians had been killed in the town close to the Turkish border.
But the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the grinding civil war, said combatants had detained government backers and that there was no confirmation so far they had killed anyone.
This looks pretty cool. It’s also more than a little unsettling. I wouldn’t be too keen on the ghostly visage of the old 1 World Trade Center building suddenly looming into view, and then almost immediately fading away… especially while in the elevator of the new one on the way to the new observatory 1,268 feet above the ground.
The idea of it starting out encased in bedrock is kind creepy too because… people jumped, fell, and/or were buried in the rubble down there. *shudder*
Yeah, okay—need to stop thinking about this now.
An imposingly realistic vision of the old 1 World Trade Center, the ultimately doomed north tower, will begin appearing next month in a most unlikely place: the five special elevators servicing the observatory atop the new 1 World Trade Center.
From the moment the doors close until they reopen 47 seconds later on the 102nd floor, a seemingly three-dimensional time-lapse panorama will unfold on three walls of the elevator cabs, as if one were witnessing 515 years of history unfolding at the tip of Manhattan Island.
For less than four seconds (roughly proportional to the time the twin towers stood), jarringly familiar pinstripe facades will loom into view on one wall of the cab. Then, in a quick dissolve, they will evanesce. […]
It doesn’t appear that anyone has posted this yet and I think the declassified document might make interesting reading. For some reason I wasn’t able to get the PDF to embed properly, so here’s a direct link (it’s fairly large— 63.2 MB—so it may take a few seconds to download). If you prefer, you can also read the embedded version on this page over at the New York Times.
I suggest reading the entire article at the source as it provides additional links and a synopsis of what’s in the 700+ page report.
Based on the article, it seems that (like the NYPD’s failed surveillance program) it was mostly a useless endeavor. I wonder how much it cost the taxpayers…
WASHINGTON — The secrecy surrounding the National Security Agency’s post-9/11 warrantless surveillance and bulk data collection program hampered its effectiveness, and many members of the intelligence community later struggled to identify any specific terrorist attacks it thwarted, a newly declassified document shows.
The document is a lengthy report on a once secret N.S.A. program code-named Stellarwind. The report was a joint project in 2009 by inspectors general for five intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and it was withheld from the public at the time, although a short, unclassified version was made public. The government released a redacted version of the full report to The New York Times on Friday evening in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Shortly after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush secretly told the N.S.A. that it could wiretap Americans’ international phone calls and collect bulk data about their phone calls and emails without obeying the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Over time, Stellarwind’s legal basis evolved, and pieces of it emerged into public view, starting with an article in The Times about warrantless wiretapping in 2005. […]