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Name: Jesus Malverde
Gender: Male
Hometown: SF
Current location: Japan
Member since: Fri May 17, 2013, 11:44 PM
Number of posts: 10,274

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Jesús Malverde, sometimes known as the generous bandit or angel of the poor is a folklore hero in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. One day we\'ll live free and no longer in fear. Fear of losing jobs, fear of being raided, your dogs shot, your children kidnapped by the state. Your land stolen, and maybe even your life lost. Fear no more, the times are a changing.

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Posted by Jesus Malverde | Thu Aug 1, 2013, 07:45 PM (2 replies)

Ibragim Todashev’s shooting needs explanation

Ibragim Todashev was mysterious in life, but he has fallen into a void in death.

Todashev was fatally shot during an interrogation by Boston-based FBI agents in Orlando on May 22. The Russia native was being asked about his friendship with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the presumed mastermind of the Boston Marathon bombing. Unusual as it is for someone to be shot to death during questioning, silence has reigned in its aftermath. The FBI’s few statements have been more confusing than illuminating.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts made an attempt Tuesday to spur somebody, anybody, into providing clarity. It called on state authorities in Florida and Massachusetts to conduct their own investigations. The questioning was being done by the FBI and Massachusetts State Police, though some reports have indicated a lone FBI officer was in the room when Todashev was shot.

In response, Attorney General Martha Coakley made it clear her office has no intention of getting involved, pleading lack of jurisdiction. Florida officials have maintained all along that they have no standing to investigate. There doesn’t seem to be any reason to think they are about to change their minds.

It’s entirely possible the state attorneys general are not the ones to investigate this killing. Still, it’s odd how little people seem to care about the fatal shooting of a witness.

Posted by Jesus Malverde | Thu Aug 1, 2013, 01:40 PM (2 replies)

Richmond, CA first to jump into eminent domain battle

Taking a controversial plunge into uncharted waters, Richmond is poised to become the first city in the country to invoke eminent domain to address its foreclosure crisis.

"After years of waiting on the banks to offer up a more comprehensive fix or the federal government, we're stepping into the void to make it happen ourselves," Mayor Gayle McLaughlin said in a conference call Tuesday.

On Monday the city sent letters to 32 investors - largely private-label security trusts - offering to buy 626 underwater mortgages at discounts to the homes' current value. If the offers are spurned, the letter said Richmond may use the power of eminent domain to condemn the mortgages and seize them, paying 80 percent of the homes' market value.

The city would then help the underwater homeowners refinance into mortgages in line with their homes' current worth.

Wall Street vehemently opposes the untested idea, claiming it violates property rights and would have a chilling effect on future mortgages in Richmond while leading to years of costly litigation.

Posted by Jesus Malverde | Tue Jul 30, 2013, 04:44 PM (17 replies)

'Circumcision is one of the oddities of the Royal Family'

It is one of the oddities of the Royal Family -- shared by the majority of the English upper classes -- that for many generations they have circumcised their male sons, invariably using a Mohel, the Jewish word for a circumcision practitioner. It was rarely done on medical grounds, nor on religious ones, but was a matter of class.

This has prompted some speculation as to whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will chose to follow suit. Understandably, Clarence House will not comment on such a private and delicate matter.

However, it is unlikely because the connection between class and circumcision, which continued up into the 1970s, has all but died out in Britain. Indeed by the time the Duke of Cambridge himself was born in 1982, it is understood that Diana, the Princess of Wales, refused to continue the tradition, in keeping with the then medical opinion that it was an unnecessary procedure whose risks outweighed any possible benefits.

The NHS now tries to guide parents away from the practice and the most recent figures suggest just 3.8 per cent of male babies are circumcised in the UK. This is down from a rate of 20 per cent in the 1950s, when there was a belief, especially among those who could afford to have it done privately, that it was more hygienic.


Whether the royal baby is getting the royal snip is our new obsession

Britain Wonders if Baby Prince Will be Circumcised; Prince Charles Snipped by Royal Mohel
Posted by Jesus Malverde | Mon Jul 29, 2013, 07:40 PM (31 replies)

Hikers are rescued, then drive to their deaths in Atlantic Ocean off Maine

Two lost hikers who had just been rescued during a driving rainstorm in a Maine state park died after they took a wrong turn and drove their van into the Atlantic Ocean, authorities said Wednesday.

The women — identified as Amy Stiner of Machias, Maine, who was five months pregnant, and Melissa Moyer of Sunbury, Pa. — were found dead in the back of the van about 175 feet from shore in Pond Cove near Roque Bluffs State Park on Tuesday night, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Their dog was also dead, the sheriff's department said.

According to the sheriff's report, the women got lost while hiking in the park about 9 p.m. ET in heavy wind and rain. A member of a local search rescue service found the women and their dog, and state wildlife wardens drove them back to their van.

About an hour later, the Warden Service got a call that the women had driven their car into the water about a mile from where they had last been seen, the sheriff's report said.

Posted by Jesus Malverde | Thu Jul 25, 2013, 12:38 PM (5 replies)

Federal agents raid marijuana dispensaries in Washington

Source: Associated Press

Federal agents have raided a number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the Puget Sound region.

Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Jodie Underwood said Wednesday afternoon the operation ended Wednesday evening, but she declined to provide any specifics of the operation.

Washington state legalized adult possession of up to an ounce of marijuana last fall, but marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Seattle medical marijuana attorney Douglas Hiatt said the targeted dispensaries include Seattle Cross, Tacoma Cross and Bayside Collective in Olympia.

Read more: http://www.katu.com/news/local/DEA-raiding-marijuana-dispensaries-in-Washington-216826061.html
Posted by Jesus Malverde | Wed Jul 24, 2013, 09:45 PM (135 replies)

Carson City sheriff describes tense scene with gunman at Olive Garden restaurant Sunday

At 8:53 Sunday evening, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was notified of a violent threat at the Olive Garden Restaurant on South Carson Street.

Initial reports indicated that a man, later identified as David Paul Lane had entered the business alone and at some point became agitated, then confronted the manager and staff with a loaded semi-automatic pistol.

Lane is reported to have drawn his pistol in the restaurant while walking through the dining area.

He demanded to go back to the kitchen area. Efforts to calm Lane were unsuccessful. He confronted a second manager and chamber a round into the gun (ejecting a round that was already in the chamber) and threatened to shoot if not allowed in the kitchen.

Posted by Jesus Malverde | Tue Jul 23, 2013, 12:04 AM (11 replies)

Right and left unite on surveillance issue

An improbable, bipartisan coalition has emerged on Capitol Hill to force the Justice Department and the National Security Agency to consider changes to the once-secret collection of ordinary Americans' telephone calling information as part of antiterrorism efforts.

The rare convergence is another sign that the post-Sept. 11 emphasis on domestic security at all costs is gradually giving way to nagging concerns among Republicans about a "Big Brother" federal government and Democrats worried about protecting individuals' civil liberties.

The shared concern follows explosive revelations about domestic surveillance by fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

The shared outlook reflects "a real change in both parties on the war on terror, the role of the military and intelligence agencies, and a new common ground on distrust of government," said Norman Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. "There is still a strong bipartisan coalition (favoring intelligence gathering), but the pressure will only grow on the White House and the security agencies to implement some changes."

A parallel right-left coalition emerged just last week when a number of libertarian Republican senators, including Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and David Vitter of Louisiana, supported legislation by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., that would overhaul the armed forces to deal more effectively with sexual assault.


Echoes Rep. John Conyers, the liberal Michigan Democrat: "This is unsustainable. It's outrageous, and must be stopped immediately."
Posted by Jesus Malverde | Sun Jul 21, 2013, 12:57 PM (1 replies)

A Boys' Camp to Redefine Gender

Over the past three years, photographer Lindsay Morris has been documenting a four-day camp for gender nonconforming boys and their parents.

The camp, “You Are You” (the name has been changed to protect the privacy of the children and is also the name of Morris’ series), is for “Parents who don’t have a gender-confirming 3-year-old who wants to wear high heels and prefers to go down the pink aisle in K-Mart and not that nasty dark boys’ aisle,” Morris said with a laugh.

It is also a place for both parents and children to feel protected in an environment that encourages free expression.

“(The kids) don’t have to look over their shoulders, and they can let down their guard. Those are four days when none of that matters, and they are surrounded by family members who support them,” Morris said.

Morris has stated that her photographic goal for the project is “to represent the spirit of these boys as they shine.” Some of the ways in which the kids shine is through the talent and fashion shows at camp that are popular and for which the campers come well-prepared.

Posted by Jesus Malverde | Sat Jul 20, 2013, 07:35 PM (6 replies)

The Drone That Killed My Grandson

I LEARNED that my 16-year-old grandson, Abdulrahman — a United States citizen — had been killed by an American drone strike from news reports the morning after he died.

The missile killed him, his teenage cousin and at least five other civilians on Oct. 14, 2011, while the boys were eating dinner at an open-air restaurant in southern Yemen.

I visited the site later, once I was able to bear the pain of seeing where he sat in his final moments. Local residents told me his body was blown to pieces. They showed me the grave where they buried his remains. I stood over it, asking why my grandchild was dead.

Nearly two years later, I still have no answers. The United States government has refused to explain why Abdulrahman was killed. It was not until May of this year that the Obama administration, in a supposed effort to be more transparent, publicly acknowledged what the world already knew — that it was responsible for his death.

Posted by Jesus Malverde | Fri Jul 19, 2013, 02:06 PM (8 replies)
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