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More proof that republicans are trash - John Oliver discusses black hair

Excellent presentation by John Oliver.

If you don't want to watch the whole thing. Skip to the 18 minute mark- That's where the trash/racist republican appears. I am sure he thinks he's not racist.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Tue May 11, 2021, 01:45 AM (3 replies)

Old case floating the net about 6 yr old charged after picking a flower

Charged with injury to property.

This story is making the rounds on the internet. Apparently its 13 yrs old. Nonetheless, what the hell kind of country are we living in that would charge a kindergartener or first grader for picking a flower? WTF? WTF, WTF????

The fact that its 13 yrs old should not lessen the shock.

A recent report out of North Carolina is receiving national attention for spotlighting a case revolving around a six-year-old boy who was forced to appear in court for allegedly picking a tulip from a yard at his bus stop.

Bridges’ damning report also notes that—between 2015 and 2018—nearly 7,300 complaints were filed against children between the ages of 6 and 11. And of those complaints, 47 percent were against Black children, despite the fact that just 22 percent of the state’s population is Black, while 70 percent is white.

Thankfully, many social justice groups and other organizations—the National Juvenile Justice Network chief among them—are pushing hard for the age for juvenile proceedings (like the one that forced a 6-year-old boy to appear before a judge) to be raised.


Who the fuck calls the police on a 6 yr old? Seriously? What kind of soul less pitiful excuse of a human being are you?

Original story

The 6-year-old dangled his legs above the floor as he sat at the table with his defense attorney, before a North Carolina judge.

He was accused of picking a tulip from a yard at his bus stop, his attorney Julie Boyer said, and he was on trial in juvenile

court for injury to real property.

"Should a child that believes in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the tooth fairy be making life-altering decisions?" asked New Hanover County Chief District Court Judge Jay Corpening.


Posted by tulipsandroses | Wed May 5, 2021, 09:51 PM (2 replies)

Billy Porter throws shade at Kaitlyn Jenner

Billy Porter depicts California's response to Kaitlyn Jenner's announcement she's running for governor.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Mon May 3, 2021, 09:53 PM (9 replies)

This case highlights the absurdity of qualified immunity - SC decision on shooting of Amy Hughes

Ali Velshi talked about this case on his show this morning:

The case started in 2010 when three police officers responded to a 911 call reporting that a woman had been seen acting erratically by hacking at a tree with a knife.

They saw Sharon Chadwick standing in the driveway of a house. A second woman, Amy Hughes, emerged from the house, holding a kitchen knife. She stopped six feet from Ms. Chadwick.
Although the officers did not know it, the two women were roommates. Ms. Hughes was not moving, spoke calmly, held the knife at her side and made no aggressive movements.

Ms. Chadwick later said that she did not feel threatened and that Ms. Hughes had appeared composed.
The officers drew their guns and told Ms. Hughes to drop the knife, but it is not clear that she heard them. Officer Andrew Kisela opened fire, shooting Ms. Hughes four times.
Screaming and bleeding, Ms. Hughes asked, “Why’d you shoot me?”
She survived and sued the officer for using excessive force.


The Supreme Court Gives Police a Green Light to ‘Shoot First and Think Later’

The Supreme Court just ruled that a police officer could not be sued for gunning down Amy Hughes. This has vast implications for law enforcement accountability. The details of the case are as damning as the decision. Hughes was not suspected of a crime. She was simply standing still, holding a kitchen knife at her side. The officer gave no warning that he was going to shoot her if she did not comply with his commands. Moments later, the officer shot her four times.

As Sotomayor argued in dissent, the court’s decision in Kisela v. Hughes means that such “palpably unreason­able conduct will go unpunished.” According to seven of the nine Justices, Hughes’ Fourth Amendment right to not be shot four times in this situation is less protected than the officer’s interest in escaping accountability for his brazen abuse of authority. According to Justice Sotomayor, “If this account of [the officer’s] conduct sounds unreasonable, that is because it was. And yet, the Court ... insulates that conduct from liability under the doctrine of qualified immunity.”
In 1982 it meant that “a reasonable person would have known” an action was unlawful. Fast forward to 2010 and “clearly established” meant that “every ‘reasonable official would have understood that what he is doing violates that right.’” The difference between “a” and “every” may seem technical, but, as Dean Chemerinsky and the late Judge Stephen Reinhardt explained, this change marks the difference between a measured fair notice standard under which it was possible to hold law enforcement accountable and what we have now: a system that “protects all but the plainly incompetent or those who knowingly violate the law.”

Qualified immunity has become a misnomer. It should be called what it is, as Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg did in their dissent from last week’s opinion. It is an “absolute shield.”

Posted by tulipsandroses | Sat May 1, 2021, 10:42 AM (1 replies)

I hope the DOJ is looking into pay for pardon schemes that trump and his minions were up to

On Ari Melber- He's talking about text messages from Gaetz buddy Greenburg to Roger Stone offering 250K for a pardon
Posted by tulipsandroses | Fri Apr 30, 2021, 06:26 PM (5 replies)

One way of strengthening police/community relations is to fund PAL and similar programs

For those not familiar

National PAL
The World's Foremost Leader in Engaging Kids, Cops & Community

The National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League, Inc. exists to aid in the preventing of juvenile crime and violence by providing mentorship, civic/service, athletic, recreational, enrichment and educational opportunities and resources to PAL Membership Chapters. As a membership based organization, National PAL seeks to provide its Chapters with resources and opportunities to aid them within their organizational growth, as well as, to assist them within their pursuits of showcasing their unique programs and enhance the quality of individual youth engagement experiences.


-- With some changes made to the mission. Take the focus off preventing juvenile crime. Make it about community engagement. Make it a mandatory part of the job. Or incentivize participation.

My son attended a PAL program one summer that I was broke, short on funds to send him to a paid summer program. It was a positive experience. They took neighborhood kids to the circus, blocked off neighborhood streets, played baseball, football with the kids and even opened the fire hydrant so the kids could cool off. This was 20 years ago in NYC. The following summer, PAL did not operate in my neighborhood. They had no funds.

Far too many police officers have no skin in the game. They don't know the people in the communities they serve. Communities see them as enforcers, state sanctioned terrorists. They in turn, all too often, cannot see the humanity of the people that pay to keep them employed.
They do not see black children, as children. Two black 13 year old boys fighting in the street can end up being a life changing experience. Arrested and sent to jail for something that would not happen with 2 white 13 year old boys fighting in their neighborhood.

As a health care provider, the most important tool in my tool box, is building rapport with patients. You can't have buy in without that.
Policing should be the same way. You need to build a rapport with the community.

I think this would go such a long way to not only building relationships with the communities, but may also have a significant impact on crime in areas where there is high crime. People are more likely to open up to you, if they have some kind of trust or relationship.

If you are engaged in the community. Know the local folks, it would be a lot easier to de-escalate situations. You would be able to see people as more than a threat, even on a day that may be one of the worst days of their lives. Use the rapport and good will to de-escalate and keep the peace.
Just a thought that I hope is being pursued in some way.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Fri Apr 30, 2021, 06:00 PM (6 replies)

Meet James Rhodes, proud racist, and formerly employed, now homeless


A female driver was trying to do her job when she was unceremoniously attacked with racial slurs before her attacker threatened to blow her head off. All of this in front of her young child. Thank God she wasn’t hurt but more importantly she was brave enough to hit record because now appears her viral encounter may get her some justice. (see video below)

It’s now being reported that 53 year old James Thomas Rhodes of Stow, Ohio who went on that vicious racist rant, towards a black female DoorDash driver has been charged with ethnic intimidation, a fifth-degree felony; and aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor according to Stow Municipal Court records. James Rhodes who exploded on the woman repeatedly called her the N-word and threatened to shoot her with an AK-47 for delivering food in his apartment complex is also being reported have been evicted from the apartment complex where the incident occurred, and he has also been fired from his job. Allegedly. James Rhodes has pleaded not guilty and is out on a $10k bond.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Fri Apr 30, 2021, 12:26 AM (45 replies)

FDA Moves To Ban Menthol Cigarettes And Flavored Cigars

If you are black, smoke, or know black smokers - Hard to find folks that don't smoke Newports. That's not by mistake.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is moving to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, based on the evidence of the addictiveness and harm of the products. Tobacco companies have long targeted African Americans with advertising for menthol cigarettes.
The FDA said that "menthol masks unpleasant flavors and harshness of tobacco products, making them easier to start using. Tobacco products with menthol can also be more addictive and harder to quit by enhancing the effects of nicotine."

African American adults have the highest percentage of menthol cigarette use compared with other racial and ethnic groups, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The NAACP welcomed the FDA's announcement.
"For decades, data have shown that the tobacco industry has successfully and intentionally marketed mentholated cigarettes to African Americans and particularly African American women as 'replacement smokers;' that menthol smokers have a harder time quitting smoking; and that tobacco use is a major contributor to heart disease, cancer, and stroke – three leading causes of death among African Americans," NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Thu Apr 29, 2021, 05:44 PM (19 replies)

NYPD Said Killing of Kawaski Trawick Appeared "Justified." Video Shows Officers Escalated Situation.

Trigger Warning****
Posted by tulipsandroses | Sun Apr 25, 2021, 08:10 PM (5 replies)
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