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And another one - Baltimore Police Officer Charged With Assault And False Imprisonment

Baltimore Police Officer Charged With Assault And False Imprisonment After Brutal Arrest Is Caught On Camera


Police Sgt. Ethan Newberg was charged with assault, false imprisonment and misconduct after tackling and arresting a bystander.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said Sgt. Ethan Newberg has been charged with assault, false imprisonment and misconduct after bodycam video footage showed the officer tackling and arresting a man.
Newberg, 49, has been on the force for 24 years and The Baltimore Sun noted that he was the city's second highest paid employee in 2018. Through his work and overtime, he was able to rake in $243,000. In fact, he made more than the mayor last year.

Footage from the bodycam showed Newberg arresting another man on May 30 and forcing him to sit on the curb. Lee Dotson was walking by and asked the officers why they were leaving the man on the wet sidewalk.
Newberg immediately became enraged and tackled 30-year-old Dotson by the neck, hitting him while dragging him down. His partner joined him in holding him down by the neck and handcuffs him. As the incident unfolded, Dotson asked why he was being arrested.

"Because you don’t know how to act,” Newberg says in front of about eight officers." "Just go to jail and take your charge like a man.”

The other officers allowed Newberg to arrest Dotson and bring him to the station, where he was later released once prosecutors learned of the situation. Newberg initially lied on the police report and said Dotson was impeding his arrest of the other man by "creating a hostile crowd." Once the bodycam video was released, it was clear the officer's account was untrue.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Tue Jun 18, 2019, 09:44 PM (8 replies)

Why won't someone ask him for proof? He keeps saying companies are moving to the US

See this is the bullshit that his followers believe. I wish reporters would push him on this. What companies? Can you give us a name?
I have yet to read this anywhere. From what I have read, companies considering leaving China are not coming to the US, so still No US jobs!!! They are even considering Mexico!!! - Some of these companies were already planning to move before the tarrifs by the way. Why do they allow him to get away with lying.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Wed Jun 12, 2019, 02:06 PM (5 replies)

Better Schools Won't Fix America

Abigail Disney's discussion this morning on Stephanie Ruhle's Show made me think of this article I read yesterday.

Better Schools Won’t Fix America
Like many rich Americans, I used to think educational investment could heal the country’s ills—but I was wrong. Fighting inequality must come first.


Long ago, i was captivated by a seductively intuitive idea, one many of my wealthy friends still subscribe to: that both poverty and rising inequality are largely consequences of America’s failing education system. Fix that, I believed, and we could cure much of what ails America.

This belief system, which I have come to think of as “educationism,” is grounded in a familiar story about cause and effect: Once upon a time, America created a public-education system that was the envy of the modern world. No nation produced more or better-educated high-school and college graduates, and thus the great American middle class was built. But then, sometime around the 1970s, America lost its way. We allowed our schools to crumble, and our test scores and graduation rates to fall. School systems that once churned out well-paid factory workers failed to keep pace with the rising educational demands of the new knowledge economy. As America’s public-school systems foundered, so did the earning power of the American middle class. And as inequality increased, so did political polarization, cynicism, and anger, threatening to undermine American democracy itself.

Taken with this story line, I embraced education as both a philanthropic cause and a civic mission. I co-founded the League of Education Voters, a nonprofit dedicated to improving public education. I joined Bill Gates, Alice Walton, and Paul Allen in giving more than $1 million each to an effort to pass a ballot measure that established Washington State’s first charter schools. All told, I have devoted countless hours and millions of dollars to the simple idea that if we improved our schools—if we modernized our curricula and our teaching methods, substantially increased school funding, rooted out bad teachers, and opened enough charter schools—American children, especially those in low-income and working-class communities, would start learning again. Graduation rates and wages would increase, poverty and inequality would decrease, and public commitment to democracy would be restored.
But after decades of organizing and giving, I have come to the uncomfortable conclusion that I was wrong. And I hate being wrong.

What I’ve realized, decades late, is that educationism is tragically misguided. American workers are struggling in large part because they are underpaid—and they are underpaid because 40 years of trickle-down policies have rigged the economy in favor of wealthy people like me. Americans are more highly educated than ever before, but despite that, and despite nearly record-low unemployment, most American workers—at all levels of educational attainment—have seen little if any wage growth since 2000.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Tue Jun 11, 2019, 09:18 AM (2 replies)

Disney CEO makes 1424 more than the median Disney worker- Who decides who brings value?

A big problem in this country is income inequality

Stephanie Ruhle had an excellent piece this morning with Abigail Disney talking about this topic - Stephanie mentioned that the Disney CEO has brought a lot of value to the company. I thought about the article that someone posted a few days ago about a boy with autism that was having a melt down and the Disney worker laid on the floor with him. That made the trip so much better for that boy's parents. That was not the first time I heard of a Disney worker doing such a thing.

When these workers do this, these stories often go viral - That brings tremendous value to the company. How many other parents with children with autism on the fence about taking their children to Disney decided to go to Disney after reading that story? Yet they don't make the big bucks these CEOs make.

Seriously, it should be criminal that CEOs and people that sit in boardrooms make insane amounts of money and people that are doing the work on the ground can hardly make ends meet. These people had to fight to make $15 per hour. Insane!

Posted by tulipsandroses | Tue Jun 11, 2019, 09:02 AM (3 replies)

Nurse Beaten by Patient Denied Request for Unpaid Time Off and Fired

This is what happens when we let money influence politicians. I don't blame the sick patient.

Nurse Beaten Unconscious in Iowa
State law limits unions ability to bargain safety; putting public employees at risk

Iowa’s decision to weaken collective bargaining for state employees is putting state employees at risk. This claim was made by the AFSCME Council 61 after a nurse was beaten unconscious at a state mental health facility.

The nurse, Tina Suckow who was attacked by the patient, was put in the hospital for weeks and required surgery. Although the attack happened in October, she is still recovering. After she was unable to come to work due to her injuries and the state denied her request for time off without pay, Suckow was fired.

According to AFSCME, a 2017 state law limits the ability of government employee unions to negotiate resolutions on issues other than salary, including safety matters. The law also resulted in changes in employee grievance procedures. The union believes that this change prevented them from being able to fairly represent Suckow.

“Any reasonable human being should have concern because if it’s OK for the state of Iowa to treat workers this way, then Casey’s can do it, Ruan can do it, any employer in the state of Iowa can do it,” said Danny Homan, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61.

The union also has said that since the law took effect, terminations and forced resignations have tripled. They also warn that hospitals are becoming understaffed putting both workers and patients at risk.

The law, which was passed in 2017 with the help of big money groups backed by the Koch Brothers, was recently upheld in a 4-3 decision by the Iowa Supreme Court.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Wed Jun 5, 2019, 02:36 PM (15 replies)

Gillette's Trans teen's first shave ad- Cue the faux outrage

Gillette Ad Features Black Trans Teen Shaving for the First Time

With Pride season soon upon us, we’ll soon be inundated with rainbow apparel and items from brands falling over themselves to remind us all how inclusive and woke they all are.

Every once in a while, however, a brand gives us something genuinely heartwarming and good.

In the latest ad from Gillette, posted to the brand’s Facebook on Thursday, Samson Bonkeabantu Brown, a trans teen from Canada, is shaving for the first time with his dad nearby.

Take a look at the ad—and the joy on Brown’s face—and try to keep it together.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Sat May 25, 2019, 09:22 PM (5 replies)

So when we take back the White House, Random question

Yes I am putting positive energy out there that we will take back the White House.

Here is a random question for you guys that tend to think so as well

What is Faux Noise, going to be talking about?

Just wondering? Are they going to go back to "They are going to take away your guns", to boost the fledgling NRA?

What do you think their Schtick is going to be? There will be no Trump to defend.

But then again, I'm sure they will find new conspiracy theories for the New Democratic President.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Thu Apr 11, 2019, 11:05 AM (1 replies)

" I'm still a trump fan"

I just saw a segment on Craig Melvin about a Trump fan disappointed with her tax return which was half of what it used to be. She acknowledged that she felt Trump misled people about tax cuts helping the middle class. She said she believes "he doesn't want to show his taxes because he doesn't pay taxes while we are paying everything" . This is a woman with kidney disease who is on dialysis awaiting a kidney transplant but still said she was a Trump fan.

I am so confused. I am confused by these type of Trump fans. As a person of color, I can only conclude. You are a racist. You like his racist ideologies. If he is not making your life better economically what are you fan of? He lacks moral leadership, so I doubt that's it. He's a joke on the international stage.

I am especially confused by this person who has kidney disease, a pre-existing condition and Trump trying to tear down the ACA. I am befuddled about what she is a fan of?
Posted by tulipsandroses | Wed Apr 10, 2019, 11:19 AM (47 replies)

Jess Hilarious issues apology for her rant/profiling of Sikh passengers

Apparently not only is she is an Instagram comedian, she is on a show on Fox - I'm sure Fox was not pleased. with her antics. The circumstances of what happened on the plane are still not clear. In her apology she says she did not tell the airline she felt threatened and she did not get the men removed from the flight.

'Bear With Me, I'm Still Learning': Jess Hilarious Apologizes to Sikh and Muslim Community For Racial Profiling

“I’m not sure if these particular individuals that were on the plane are aware of my actions by now, but either way, I would love to apologize personally to them first for my insensitive and ignorant behavior,” Jess noted. “Yet, I would still like to apologize to all of you who were aware and offended by my actions.”

Jess reiterated that she didn’t get the Sikh men kicked off the plane; neither did she directly express her concerns to any airport or flight officials, leading to their removal.

“I refuse to teach, spread or be an advocate for hatred—I just want to make people laugh,” she said.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Tue Mar 19, 2019, 06:09 PM (3 replies)

Why So Many Latinos Are Converting to Islam

I hope I am posting in the right place. But I thought it was more than a religious discussion. Its related to Trump and his wall and Xenophobia.

Why So Many Latinos Are Converting to Islam
Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups within Islam in America. VICE's Lee Adams travels to Houston Texas, the home of America's first Islam in Spanish center, to investigate what’s behind this phenomenon and how America’s current political climate might be related.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Tue Jan 22, 2019, 07:59 PM (0 replies)
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