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Feeling the Bern

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Principle before party is my belief. Lifelong Democrat, but I have no tolerance for blue dogs, tepid centrists, or weak Democrats that feel apologetic to Republicans. The way to win a political war is to fight the enemy using their tactics against them.

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More Good cops:Cop Beats Innocent Child So Gruesomely With Flashlight He is Now Permanently Disabled

Grand Rapids, MI — Suffering permanent physical and mental damage after a Michigan police officer savagely beat his head bloody with a flashlight, an unarmed teen recently filed a federal lawsuit against the cops for violating his Fourth Amendment rights. Although the teen was cleared of the charges against him, none of the officers involved in the beating received any disciplinary action.

Around 9 p.m. on June 13, 2014, then-15-year-old Donovann Austin Braswell was hanging out with four other black teens when officers, searching for an armed man, ordered the kids to stay put. Instead of complying, Braswell and two others fled on foot. As Braswell attempted to climb over a fence, Grand Rapids Officer Sean McCamman grabbed the teen and threw him to the ground before repeatedly striking him in the head with his flashlight.

Guess the race of the child.
Posted by Feeling the Bern | Thu Dec 31, 2015, 10:43 AM (0 replies)

These are your cops: His attitude sucks and his Twitter is bigoted racism - Re: Tamir Rice

Javier Ortiz is the president of the Miami Policeman’s Union. This is his Twitter account. It’s basically a lot of anti-Muslim rhetoric and retweets, along with Donald Trump-supporting chatter. The kind of stuff you expect from a middle-aged man who chews on Viagra the way children once ate Flintstones multivitamins. It also has strange racist retweets from accounts like “Black Violence,” a group of (probably) angry white men/boys who scour the internet for terrible crimes perpetrated by black people. Strange things for the head of a policeman’s union to put out in public. He posted this the other day, which has since come down. The screengrab came from the Miami New Times.

Asshole with a badge.


Someone troll this punk's racist Twitter.

No issue what so ever shooting and killing a 12 year old child. Police applaud it apparently.

There is a police War on Americans. . .when will people stand up and rise up to stop it, or are we all too frightened and bought off by gadgets and gizmos to care anymore?
Posted by Feeling the Bern | Thu Dec 31, 2015, 01:31 AM (0 replies)

More Good Gun Owners: Police: Florida Mom Fatally Shoots Daughter After Mistaking Her For Intruder

ByASSOCIATED PRESSPublishedDecember 30, 2015, 12:56 PM EST 6597 views

ST. CLOUD, Fla. (AP) — Police in central Florida say a mother mistook her daughter for an intruder and shot her to death.

St. Cloud police Sgt. Denise Roberts said Wednesday the mother was asleep when she heard someone enter her home late Tuesday.

The mother told police she heard footsteps approaching quickly so she fired a single shot. She then discovered the person was her 27-year-old daughter.

See? More guns do make us safer.
Posted by Feeling the Bern | Wed Dec 30, 2015, 03:16 PM (17 replies)

Police Do Not Work For or Even Care About You (long video)

Posted by Feeling the Bern | Wed Dec 30, 2015, 12:56 PM (4 replies)

America's insane legal immigration process from someone doing it now - needs changes

Short abstract of this post: It's easier and cheaper with less aggravation to do it illegally than legally.

After going through the process of making my Chinese national wife a legal permanent resident (Green Card), I have come to the realization our immigration system actively works to close the doors in order to prevent people from coming rather than embrace our self-instilled propaganda as a country of immigrants.

1: Forms

The amount of paperwork to get a Green Card for an "alien spouse" is insane. . .I can't imagine how it is for people who aren't married to or have American relatives.

First, there's the I-130 which must be filled out perfectly. Of course many of the questions allow errors to be done by an immigrant, but don't worry, immigration lawyers are there to help you, for insanely inflated fees. One lawyer my wife and I wanted to entrust wanted a $3000 retainer. Both she and I walked out. So I did the paperwork myself as best as I could.

Fee: $420

Oh, most people come here on a tourist visa, according to the Dept. of State. B1 and B2 American visas prohibit working legally, so if a person comes here, they need to file an I-485 Change of Adjustment Status, allowing the immigrant to legally work while their case is being processed. It takes a minimum of three months to get approval, so that's three months of no working in a new country.

Fee: $1070 plus a biometrics check.

Once that is done, it's on the I-765 form, which authorizes the immigrant to gain a legal work permit. That takes another 75 days, minimum. So far, you are up to at minimum six months of no working.

Fee: $465 plus a biometrics fee.

So, right now, you're up to almost $2000 in forms and you can still be told no.

2: Calling the USCIS

They cannot give you answers about anything. Anything that could answer a question will be met with a "we can't answer that," or they will explain everything in such unhelpful bureaucratic language that it would make a native speaker's head spin.

3: Visa fees.

Now, let's say the person is coming to get married. It's time for the K1 visa. Fiancee enters the country, you got 90 days to get everything done or else the fiancee is bounced unceremoniously out of the country.

Let's say you're married already. It's time for the K3 visa, the spouse visa. Okay, time for your immigrant interview. Be prepared to have your foreigner spouse be treated with hostility and suspicion. If it's a foreign husband, the consular officer will look at him as a threat to national security. If it's a foreign wife, she will be looked at as a "green card" wife. Interviews are not designed for anything other than denial and recharge for all fees necessary. Non-immigrant visas are even worse.

So to get the K3, you will need to prove the marriage is legit, that you two love each other, that it's not a "mail order bride" and that she isn't getting the green card and then run away. So, the way they treat people at the consulates and embassies is insulting to the American and humiliating to the foreigner.

Fee: The I-129F form costs $340 and takes at least three months to process ink and paperwork. It is free if you are doing it while you are also processing a green card. In China, the only place you can go for the immigrant visa interview is Guangzhou. Beijing, Chengdu, Shenyang, Hong Kong and Shanghai will not do the IV interview. So there's a plane/train ticket to and from, hotel room and loss of wages/salary for days off. So let's make it a total of $340 for the form plus another $1500 for the tickets, hotel, food and loss of wages. And if you're denied due to the interview, be prepared to do it all over again.

Running total. . .minimum $4000 dollars.

4: Green Card with conditions.

Okay, you're done. You've gotten through the bullshit. You have your green card. Everyone looks at you and they are happy. 10 years of resident status. It comes in the mail or you get it when you turn in your K3 visa packet to the Port of Entry upon entry into the country. Your spouse looks at it. It says "two year conditional." That's right. Unless you've been married at least five years, you only get a two year conditional green card. Don't worry though. 90 days before the damn thing expires, you can file an I-751 to remove the conditions for another $590, with a third biometrics test. It takes two-three months and then you get the 10 year green card.

Running total. . ..minimum $5000 dollars.

5: Conclusion

It is a humiliating, overpriced process that literally sucks the life and soul out of you. I am glad my wife is married to me. Her processing time started August 18th and on December 4th, her packet went to the national visa center for processing her K3 visa. I can't imagine how people doing a green card through their employer or on their own can survive or handle this process.

One can understand why immigration laws are broken. The system is designed to keep people out, or to put up as many roadblocks and prohibitive costs as to make it completely unrealistic or impractical to come.

The system needs a complete overhaul.

Don't worry though. According to my teabagger, gundamentalist, Trump supporting sister-in-law, my wife needs to do this to prove she wants to be in the United States and she should kiss the feet of the government for allowing her to "leave her Chinese shithole to come here." After all, if "these foreigners want to come, they should pay, since they get everything for free in the first place."
Posted by Feeling the Bern | Tue Dec 29, 2015, 11:52 PM (6 replies)

My ignore feature is going into overtime. How is yours doing?

I've begun to notice a rather unpleasantness in DU recently, with a lot of clique-ish, clannish attitudes and quick to ridicule.

I don't normally engage that. I put on ignore and move on. How do you all deal with rude people on a message board?
Posted by Feeling the Bern | Tue Dec 29, 2015, 10:06 PM (73 replies)

American fast food joints in Malaysia are a trip

It feels weird walking into a Mickey D's and seeing Halal certifications everywhere. All sausage sandwiches use beef or chicken sausage.

Being Kosher here is so much easier than it was in other places I've lived in Asia. I hope Singapore is the same way. I'm heading there in a month or so.
Posted by Feeling the Bern | Tue Dec 29, 2015, 03:38 PM (0 replies)

Greatest Harry Chapin song ever, and even more relevant today

Posted by Feeling the Bern | Sun Dec 27, 2015, 01:20 AM (5 replies)

Old School Cop: Out of Shape, Lazy Cops are Biggest Hazard to Public

HIALEAH — Leo Thalassites has been a police officer for more than 50 years.

He fought in WW2 and the Korean War.

When he came back, he competed in Greco-Roman wrestling.

He began building strength early on, deadlifting 540 pounds while weighing only 170 pounds.

I couldn't agree more.
Posted by Feeling the Bern | Thu Dec 24, 2015, 12:30 AM (4 replies)

More Good cops: Victim this time. . .11 year old girl taking a shower

SWAT Yanks 11-yo Girl from Shower, Hold Children at Gunpoint in Search of Non-Existent Plant

The eleven-year-old girl shrieked in horror as the shower curtain was ripped away, leaving her exposed to the view of a large male stranger. Her sense of violation was compounded by the threat of immediate, violent death: The marauder was wearing body armor and aiming an assault rifle at the naked, terrified child.

Downstairs, the offender’s comrades were ransacking the house and barking profane orders at the traumatized child’s family. Sterling Harrison, her 19-year-old brother, was sitting in front of a game console when three of the invaders burst into his upstairs room, bound him, and shoved him down the stairway. Her terrified siblings – one thirteen years of age, the other seven – were corralled and imprisoned at gunpoint in the living room along with the rest of the family.

More badge wearing fascists.


When is enough enough?
Posted by Feeling the Bern | Tue Dec 22, 2015, 11:13 PM (5 replies)
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