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look at these pics. the cops brutalized a black protestor, let the white protestors alone


Baltimore protester wearing 'F--- THE POLICE' shirt pepper sprayed by police (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)


A group of about 50 protesters, who were mostly white, assembled at a city intersection at 10 p.m. and stated they knew they would be treated differently than black protesters, reports The Baltimore Sun.

"Media: We are not talking. Please reach out to Black led organizing for analysis on racism/white supremacy in Baltimore," read one sign.

The group was given three warnings by 10:10 p.m. and the remaining members of the group left without incident. No one was arrested.

Baltimore police did not respond to messages seeking comment on the incident or the man’s condition Sunday morning.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun May 3, 2015, 03:30 PM (6 replies)

when Freddy Gray complained one cop said he had "jailitis". a faked condition.


Task force members continued to investigate all possibilities even though they felt confident that Gray had suffered a "catastrophic injury" while being taken from the arrest at Gilmor Homes to the Western District police station. They discovered that the van's video camera was broken and that one of the officers during the transport said Gray had "jailitis" — a faked illness — when he complained about his condition.

And they spent many hours retracing the actions of Officer Caesar R. Goodson, Jr., the wagon driver. Goodson, the investigators said, had heard Gray ask for medical help a number of times — a key factor in the charges Mosby would bring against him. Still, there were gaps along the route where no video or witness statements existed.

The investigators sought to understand why Goodson had made a stop that was discovered in a review of video camera footage. All they could determine was that Goodson looked into the back of the van, but did not touch Gray. But they wondered: Were there other stops?

To find out more about the van route, officers took to the streets.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun May 3, 2015, 03:10 PM (0 replies)

the two midwives who delivered Kate's baby while male surgeons stoodby

The unsung heroines of the Royal birth were midwives Arona Ahmed and her boss, Jacqui Dunkley-Bent, Professor of midwifery at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, who together delivered the Princess.

According to hospital insiders, the professor, 51, had struck up a close rapport with the Duchess of Cambridge when she delivered Prince George two years ago at St Mary's Hospital, West London.
Mrs Ahmed, 44, had missed out on that occasion because her shift ended before the birth and she was replaced by another midwife.
But yesterday, Mrs Ahmed helped at the princess's birth, while the team of suited male surgeons, led by Mr Guy Thorpe-Beeston, Surgeon Gynaecologist to the Royal Household, looked on.
Kate had a meticulous birth plan. She had opted to be seen first by the midwives, and as a source said: 'What the duchess wants, the duchess gets.'
So while the male doctors waited in a nearby room, it was the red-uniformed midwives – the colour denotes their seniority – who monitored Kate as her contractions progressed and supported Prince William.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3065678/Call-midwives-calm-duo-delivered-Princess.html#ixzz3Z2rCabVf
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat May 2, 2015, 11:10 PM (10 replies)

David Simon calls Baltimore police 'an army of occupation'

“In these drug-saturated neighborhoods, they weren’t policing their post any more,” he said. “They weren’t nurturing informants, or learning how to properly investigate anything. There’s a real skill set to good police work.

“But no, they were just dragging the sidewalks, hunting stats, and these inner-city neighborhoods – which were indeed drug-saturated because that’s the only industry left – become just hunting grounds. They weren’t protecting anything. They weren’t serving anyone.”

Police, rewarded for high arrest rates and receiving overtime pay for court hours, learned incentives for indiscriminate tactics, Simon continued. In past interviews, Simon has pointed out that many American cities have pursued similar strategies over the years.

“They were collecting bodies, treating corner folk and citizens alike as an Israeli patrol would treat Gaza, or as the Afrikaners would have treated Soweto back in the day. They’re an army of occupation. And once it’s that, then everybody’s the enemy.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat May 2, 2015, 09:03 PM (9 replies)

My 49 hours in a Baltimore cell – for being a reporter

My 49 hours in a Baltimore cell – for being a reporter
I was one of hundreds confined in squalid, overcrowded cells with inedible food and rights ignored waiting for a criminal charge that in my case never came


As a working member of the press, I was arrested on 27 April, just as Baltimore began to erupt, and detained for 49 hours before being released without charge. A flurry of legal maneuvering, coupled with the fog of a state of emergency, meant that I and several others were deprived of our constitutional protections under the first, fourth, sixth, and eighth amendments.

My journey started after Freddie Gray’s funeral, when I heard reports of a riot breaking out at Mondawmin Mall. I arrived in the middle of a melee. Unmasked people were running straight up to the police lines, brazenly pitching bricks from as little as 10 feet away. Clouds of teargas filled the air. I didn’t witness a single arrest – I only heard a captain shout out: “Just remember their faces.”

A line of riot police then charged against a throng of rioters – I followed them, camera in hand, trying to capture the tumultuous scene. I was hit directly in the forehead with a plastic “less lethal” projectile that explodes with an irritant powder on impact. I stumbled over to the sidewalk. Everything went black for a moment, and the next thing I saw were faces staring down at me as I lay on the grass.

Stunned, I got up and tried to continue reporting. Within a few minutes, the intersection cleared, and the riot squad stood at bay. A few television cameras remained, and I joined them to try to snap some photos of the police line. An officer from behind the line came up to me and told me that I needed to move. I reached in my jacket to show my press pass, and asked the armor-clad giant which way I should go. He started to say, “I don’t know, but you can’t stay here …” and was interrupted by a captain barking: “Him! He goes!”

Before I could say another word, I was thrown to the ground and put in handcuffs.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat May 2, 2015, 09:00 PM (6 replies)

Court-appointed guardians ripping off Nevada’s most vulnerable

Kristina Berger, who suffers from severe bipolar disorder, received a court-appointed guardian, Patience Bristol. The guardian proceeded to drain nearly a half-million dollars from Berger in just five years, leaving her nearly penniless, before the guardian was caught stealing from Berger and was sent to prison.

Berger is left with nothing more than a feeling that she has been abused not just by Bristol, but also by the county government that gave Bristol nearly unchecked power to ruin her life.

“All they did was give her a license to steal, and a license to keep me in bondage and to keep me oppressed,” Berger told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

More than 8,500 adult residents of Clark County are incapacitated, through age or disability, to the point that the county considers it necessary for them to have a legal guardian. In most cases, the guardian is a family member.

However, many who need legal guardians have no family. In addition, Nevada law prohibits a resident from another state from acting as a legal guardian. So if a Nevadan needing a legal guardian has no family members, or none who live in the Silver State, a private guardian is appointed for that person.

Guardians are granted massive power and control over the affairs of their wards:

“Once a guardian has been appointed, they literally become that person,” explained senior citizen advocate Rana Goodman. “They take over everything they own. Their bank account, their trust account, their stock portfolio, everything they have.”

In addition, there is little legal authority controlling guardians. Guardians can spend their wards’ funds without providing receipts or other documentation:
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat May 2, 2015, 08:54 PM (0 replies)

Car donation helps drive women from poverty to self-sufficiency

The new car feeling is like few others, full of hope, pride, a bit of anxiety and a lot of responsibility. For Caress Pouncy, it means a whole lot more.

"This is truly a blessing," Pouncy said before being handed the keys to a fully refurbished 2010 Nissan Altima during a reception on Friday, April 24, at Automechanika Chicago, the world's largest automotive aftermarket trade show. "I feel like the kid in 'Miracle on 34th Street.'"

It was less a miracle than a wide-reaching initiative to provide a woman in need with transportation. The Altima is the first ever car donated as part of a community-building program facilitated by the National Auto Body Council (NABC) and propelled by Women With Drive (WWD), a Chicago-based nonprofit, to drive women out of welfare and down the road to self-sufficiency.

"The No. 1 reason welfare-to-work programs fail is because of unreliable transportation," Molly Cantrell-Kraig, founder of the Women With Drive Foundation, said at the reception. "Communities have resources to train, suit and get women to the point where she can get a job, but transportation is where that process breaks down."

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat May 2, 2015, 01:50 PM (13 replies)

no more Jerry Lewis Telethon.

My family would watch and call in a donation. Back in the 70s. I remember watching at night, going to bed, waking in the morning and checking in the
Progress. Seeing Jerry get punch drunk from lil sleep


Los Angeles.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is ending its annual Labor Day telethon, a television tradition for decades that has slowly disappeared from view since the sudden end of Jerry Lewis' role as host following the 2010 show.

The telethon was a relic from a different age, a tuxedoed Lewis oozing show biz schmaltz and hosting stars from Frank Sinatra to Jennifer Lopez over 45 years, pushing through his exhaustion to sing "You'll Never Walk Alone" as a tote board rang up millions of dollars in donations.

From 21 and a half hours in Lewis' final year, the show had been reduced to two hours the last two years on ABC.

"It's not a 21-hour world anymore," said Steve Ford, MDA executive vice president, on Friday.

With television time costly, the MDA's fundraising efforts will move primarily online, he said. The success of a viral event like "The Ice Bucket Challenge" proves this is a potent area for philanthropy, he said.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat May 2, 2015, 01:27 PM (8 replies)

55 bedrooms maybe more, each with a full bathroom. for sale in Texas

I hope it comes to some use before it starts to deteriorate

A 60,000-square-foot house for sale in Brazoria County has the potential for 55 bedrooms with full baths.

"It's probably more like 70 bedrooms," said Mona Miller of the Christy Buck Team at RE/MAX Top Realty in Houston. "They're not completed, so it's difficult to tell."
The house at 2354 County Road 59 in Manvel is on the market for $3.5 million. It would be ideal for some type of institutional use, Miller said.
"We have had some inquiries for assisted living," she said.

With a 15-acre setting, there would be room for smaller cottages around the main building, she said.

Started in 2001, the structure was apparently the project of a physician and his wife who wanted to build a post-surgical rehab center, Miller said. The design included a large, indoor natatorium.

Before the center was finished, however, the couple built a smaller structure on adjacent property, which Miller said she thought they ended up using.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat May 2, 2015, 12:51 PM (22 replies)

Baltimore Police union Gofundme page for Baltimore 6 taken down

Baltimore Police Union tries to upload GoFundMe page for six cops charged with the death of Freddie Gray - but it's taken down 40 minutes later
Organization's page was shut down as it violated terms and conditions
Had reportedly raised around $1,000 by the time the page was deleted
The group insisted they would find other ways to raise funds
Stirred controversy this week by comparing protesters to a 'lynch mob'
Lawyer for group said on Friday the charges against the cops was a rush

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3065063/Baltimore-Police-Union-tries-upload-GoFundMe-page-six-charged-Freddy-Gray-cops-s-taken-40-minutes-later.html#ixzz3Z0I3Qi83
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat May 2, 2015, 12:35 PM (5 replies)
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