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Pics Utah anti trump protests - yesterday

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Mar 19, 2016, 04:57 PM (0 replies)

Arial Pic - the anti trump crowd blocked off from the Trump rally in arizona

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Mar 19, 2016, 04:52 PM (2 replies)

Waitress stiffed: ‘Tips are only for normal-looking people’

Source: Fox

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A popular waitress at a restaurant in Iowa was closing out one of her tables on Tuesday night when she found a note on the receipt.

“At first, I felt really upset, I felt attacked, I almost felt like I was back in middle school all over again, like being bullied," Taelor Beeck told WHO-TV. "I felt like a burning anger inside of me."

On a bill worth $17.26, the tip line was crossed out.

"Tips are only for normal looking people,” the patron wrote.

"But I didn't act on it because it's not worth it when someone puts hate out there, you know to respond in a hateful way will do no good," Beeck said.

Read more: http://kdvr.com/2016/03/17/waitress-stiffed-tips-are-only-for-normal-looking-people/
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Mar 19, 2016, 05:11 AM (9 replies)

Idaho Sheriff Craig Rowland says that most rapes are actually consensual sex


The rape myth that lives on in Idaho

This week, an Idaho sheriff faced national backlash after saying that most rape victims in his rural county were lying. Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland told a local television reporter, "The majority of our rapes that are called in are actually consensual sex.”

That’s why, he said, the state shouldn’t force officers to test rape kits.

Rowland made his argument Monday (which he has partially retracted), just before Idaho lawmakers unanimously approved a bill that would, among other requirements, give local authorities 30 days to submit DNA evidence collected from victims and their clothing to the state police, who would then have 90 days to add it to their database. Currently, officers decide whether rape kits should be tested.


Rowland, who has not responded to requests for an interview and for rape statistics from his office, wrote on Facebook that he faced intense online backlash, and he apologized for offending people. He explained his thoughts:

A Deputy is sent to every one of these cases and that Deputy then in turn contacts the on call detective to help with the investigation. In some of these cases through the investigation it may be determined that the sex was consensual, but not always. In these types of cases after the investigation is complete and it was determined that the sex was consensual I don't believe that those kits should be sent to the lab.

Some users fired back in the comments. One wrote:

There is no excuse for the statement you made. None. What are you planning on doing to mitigate the damage your statement has caused, what will you do to help victims in Bingham county feel like they can come to you for help? Law enforcement sensitivity training? A sheriff sponsored sexual assault awareness campaign? Do you have a plan other than complaining about how difficult things are for you?
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Mar 19, 2016, 04:38 AM (9 replies)

Fabio becomes an American citizen

Who said Hollywood can’t be conservative?

Italian-born model and heart-throb to women everywhere, Fabio Lanzoni, 57, became a naturalized U.S. citizen this week. And apparently, conservatism has rubbed off on him already.

In an interview with Page Six, Fabio said he agreed with GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s immigration plan, saying, “If you want to come to this country, the American people are the greatest people on Earth and will welcome you with open arms.”

“But you have to go through the system — laws are made to be respected,” Fabio told Page Six.

Fabio also praised Trump for his honesty on the campaign trail and said the 2016 presidential race will be even better than cat-fighting reality television.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:46 AM (7 replies)

How a For-Profit College Preyed on the Homeless

Source: Time

The second-largest chain of for-profit colleges in the U.S. has already gone bankrupt, closing more than 100 campuses last year amid federal and state investigations, but newly released emails are alleged to show the depths to which Corinthian Colleges was willing to go to prey on vulnerable people.


Propublica sifted through thousands of pages of documents, including emails, filed as part of an ongoing lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of California against Corinthian Colleges, to uncover emails and testimony allegedly detailing the company’s questionable recruiting practices. Internal documents and testimony lay out Corinthian’s strategy for recruiting people living on the margins of society.

One witness testified that she was homeless and unemployed when a Corinthian recruiter enrolled her in classes, with the promise of future job prospects. She was allowed to live in a tent on campus while enrolled at the school. Eventually she realized the instruction she was receiving was never going to lead to a job and dropped out with $15,000 in debt.

Another testimonial describes recruiters targeting a young single mother, just out of foster care herself, who was promised special help with her learning disabilities. After just a few days in the program she dropped out with $6,000 in debt, ruining her credit, making her ineligible for housing assistance and possibly forcing her into homelessness.

According to the documents Propublica uncovered, recruiters were told to target students with “low self-esteem, few base hits”; “stuck, unable to see and plan well for future”; “few people in their lives who care about them”; and “isolated.” The alleged emails also contain evidence that Corinthian employees knowingly advertised programs that didn’t exist, lied about job placement statistics, hid the connection between the school and a lender it push students to use, and employed aggressive debt collection tactics.


Read more: http://time.com/money/4264670/corinthian-colleges-recruitment-strategy-emails/
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:10 AM (19 replies)

Pawpaw makes burgers for 6 grandkids. One shows up. Death threats result from internet

The story behind this photo a girl took of her ‘Papaw’ will break your heart

If you’re still lucky enough to have your grandparents around, this is going to make you want to give them a call right away.

Twitter user Kelsey Harmon’s photo of her grandfather, who she knows as “Pawpaw”, eating his supper has gone viral since she shared it on the social network on Wednesday.

Thanks to Kelsey’s heartbreaking tweet, the internet now loves Pawpaw too! Her post has received 123 000 retweets and over 200 000 likes.

As well as the heartwarming messages of support for Pawpaw that have been pouring in, his “lame” grandkids have been getting some serious Twitter hate, promting Kelsey to tweet, “pPapaw is ok guys I promise & he loves all grandkids equally, plz stop sending my cousins death threats everything is ok !!!!”

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:03 AM (9 replies)

Teen needs 7 machines to live. Utility turns off power. Fireman pays $1000 electric bill

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Michigan (March 18, 2016) — When the call comes, firefighters like Ryan McCuen always rush in, never quite sure what they’ll encounter.

On February 11, McCuen walked into this: a mother at wit’s end, a bedridden 18-year-old on a ventilator, his emergency battery power soon running out, and electricity to the home cut off by the local power company.

“I just happened to be put in that spot to do what I was supposed to do,” said 35-year-old McCuen. “I was just doing what you’re supposed to do.”

‘They needed their bill paid’

It started as a routine call in Michigan for Clinton Township’s Engine 5, a “nonemergency medical” as firefighters call it.

What they found in the living room of this suburban Detroit double-wide mobile home was Troy Stone, who suffers Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a particularly debilitating variation of the muscle-wasting disease. Stone, who has limited movement of his limbs and is no longer able to breathe on his own, had a tracheotomy last December. His family has struggled financially, and they had fallen behind on payments to the local utility.

Christy Stone, Troy’s mother, said their electric bill has gone up threefold since Troy had the breathing tube inserted. It now takes seven machines, all running on electricity, to keep him alive.

Despite having a letter from their doctor’s office informing DTE Energy that “there must be electrical power in the home to maintain … life support equipment,” the power was still cut off.


Christy Stone was astonished at the matter-of-factness of this firefighter she didn’t even know.

“Ryan was standing there and he looks at me and goes, ‘I’m going to pay your electric bill,’ and I was just like — are you serious!?”

He was, and he did.

Snapping a picture of her bill, McCuen paid it, all $1,023.76 of it.

A struggle to make ends meet

Stone and her husband, Guy, had been struggling for years to make ends meet. Together they have five children, and two of them suffer from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare genetic condition affecting mostly males.

Stone watched her brother die from the disease and her son, who was otherwise healthy until he was around 8 years old, is now in steady decline; the muscles throughout his body, genetically robbed of a crucial protein, slowly ebbing away. Stone’s 15-year-old son Tyler, now using a wheelchair, suffers the same condition.

Guy Stone, who works in shipping and receiving, was out of work for a year-and-a-half. He’s been back at work for a year but with five kids, two with extreme health issues, catching up has not been easy.

In January, his pay was garnished because a car was repossessed when he was unemployed. That started a slide into further financial instability, the family sinking a little further into debt every month. They’ve had help along the way from friends and family, a local church and other organizations helping with everything from house and trailer-lot payments to food.


Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:37 AM (33 replies)

Cop pepper sprays large group of bikers passing by for no reason

police officer in Fort Worth, Texas is under investigation following the release of video footage showing him trying to use his pepper spray against a group of motorcyclists who were not interacting with him.

Video for cop pepper sprays bikers
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2 days ago - 41 sec - Uploaded by East Texas Heat Productions
MUST WATCH!!! This is how our law enforcement chooses to "protect and serve". This is wrong ...

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram identified the officer as “W. Figueroa,” using the name listed for him in an incident report on Sunday.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Figueroa had pulled over a pickup and was citing the driver, Brittany Botella, and her passengers for blocking traffic while filming the bikers.

The footage shows Figueroa pull out his spray canister and fire it toward the bikers, who were passing by the traffic stop on US route 287. It was later posted on Facebook and YouTube by a member of the group, Chase Stone.


Authorities told the Star-Telegram that they received several calls accusing Stone’s group of reckless driving and obstruction of traffic. Jack Kinney, the rider who shot the video, accused police of conducting a “propaganda campaign to try to mitigate the damage.”

“What’s in the video? The people at that time, they weren’t committing any crime,” he said. “They were driving slower than the speed limit and they got pepper sprayed for it.”
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Mar 17, 2016, 01:03 AM (10 replies)


Where was Jeb Bush during the battle for his home state’s primary? He was pouting.

Spinning Bush’s failure to endorse his one-time protege Marco Rubio (whom he once touted for the vice presidency), or another non-Trump candidate, the former governor’s confidante Al Cardenas said:

[Bush] put his heart and soul in this race, and the outcome was disappointing to him. You get emotionally drained, and you just want to stay off the grid for a while. If you support someone, you have to go out there and work for the candidate, and I think the governor just wanted to take some time off. He has no more political aspirations beyond what he’s tried.

What nonsense. Bush could have endorsed another candidate without going on the campaign trail. In any event, is Bush so heartbroken that he couldn’t have showed up at a rally or two?

The fact that Bush, thankfully, “has no more political aspirations beyond what he’s tried” doesn’t mean he shouldn’t try to block Donald Trump’s dangerous aspirations. At this point, it shouldn’t be about Bush; it should be about the country.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Mar 17, 2016, 12:45 AM (0 replies)
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