Off-Duty Officer ‘Treated As Ordinary Black Guy,’ Shot By Another Cop

This case proves that it doesn’t matter what the profession of black man is. He is automatically treated as a threat to be shot at for the slightest reason:

A black off-duty officer was shot by a colleague in his St. Louis neighborhood Wednesday night, the Missouri city’s police department confirms.

The city’s Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement that officers were responding to a possible car theft after a recognition software flagged a license plate. Suspects shot at the police officers after the car was stopped with spike strips and the off-duty officer, an 11-year department veteran who lives nearby, came out with his firearm to offer assistance, according to the statement.

The on-duty officers had asked the 38-year-old to get on the ground and he complied, but then they recognized him and told him to stand up and walk toward him.

“At this time, a responding officer (36-year old white male with over 8 years of service) just arriving in the area observed this and fearing for his safety and apparently not recognizing the off-duty officer, discharged a shot, striking the off-duty officer in the arm,” the statement says.

The victim was treated in hospital but has since been released, police confirmed. His lawyer, Rufus J. Tate Jr., told local news outlets that he considers the incident more severe than an accident. The police department has given no description of a threat, he said.

“This is the first time that we are aware, that a black professional, in law enforcement, himself being shot and treated as an ordinary black guy on the street,” Tate told Fox News. “This is a real problem.”

Bernie Sanders and wife hire lawyers amid FBI probe: reports

Maybe this guy is just another corrupt politician:

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful, and his wife, Jane, have hired a legal-defense team as the couple combats allegations of bank fraud, according to recent reports.

Politico Magazine on Thursday reported that the couple has hired separate attorneys as the Sanders couple face a probe led by Federal Bureau of Investigation into whether the progressive senator used his influence to help his wife obtain a loan for the expansion of now-defunct Burlington College, while she was president.

Sanders has retained Burlington attorney Rich Cassidy, and his wife is being represented by defense attorney, Larry Robbins, according to Politico and later reported by CBS News online.

Cops Sent Warrant To Facebook To Dig Up Dirt On Philando Castile’s Girlfriend

This case should finally destroy any notion that the system exists to protect law abiding citizens. Now it is time we overthrow the two-party dictatorship that allows the innocent to be terrorized, persecuted and/or murdered:

To “win” at killing citizens, you must start the spin immediately. Yanez spun his own, speaking to a lawyer less than two hours after killing Castile. Local law enforcement did the same thing. Documents obtained by Tony Webster show Special Agent Bill O’Donnell issued a warrant to Facebook for “all information retained” by the company on Diamond Reynolds, Castile’s girlfriend. This was to include all email sent or received by that account, as well as “chat logs,” which presumably means the content of private messages. The warrant also demands any communications that may have been deleted by Reynolds, as well as metadata on photos or videos uploaded to Facebook. It came accompanied with an indefinite gag order.

Why would law enforcement want (much less need) information from the victim’s girlfriend’s Facebook account? It appears officers were looking to justify the killing after the fact.

$15 wage group settles federal lawsuit alleging police surveillance and harassment

We know the government is out to destroy the labor movement. The #99percentmovement will not be deterred.

Advocates of $15-an-hour wages for fast-food workers have settled a lawsuit alleging Memphis and its police department trampled their civil rights with a City Hall blacklist and police surveillance.

Both sides claimed victory after a federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed in March by the Mid-South Organizing Committee, a local advocate of the nationwide Fight for $15.

The settlement terms generally say police won’t surveil, photograph or video the group’s protesters unless there’s a legitimate law enforcement reason. That’s similar to provisions of a 1978 court decree that came in response to concerns about political surveillance by police.

The committee claimed its leaders and members were illegally watched, videotaped and followed by police during and after protest events dating to 2014, and that three leaders were wrongly placed on the blacklist.

How did the U.S. Government not Know American held Captive by North Koreans was in a Coma for a Year?

This is another perfect example of how useless and inept the U.S. government is. Despite all the tough talk North Korea is allowed to falsely imprison Americans with impunity without fear from retaliation. How is it possible an American citizen can be held for over a year without the U.S. government not knowing or demanding to see him.

What was his crime? Stealing a poster:

Warmbier, a 21-year-old University of Virginia student, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea in March 2016 after being accused of attempting to steal a propaganda poster from his Pyongyang hotel room while on a visit to the country.

This young man was no spy. He was a tourist. What happened to him could happen to any one of us:

Warmbier was visiting North Korea as part of a tourist group arranged by Young Pioneer Tours, a tour agency based in Xian, China. He was arrested on Jan. 2, 2016, at Pyongyang Sunan International Airport on the last day of a five-day tour.

Three weeks later, North Korea announced it was holding Warmbier for a “hostile act” against the state.

Of course, the administration wants to take credit for his release. The man is a coma. How is that anything to take credit for. How could the U.S. government allow this to happen. He did nothing to deserve this treatment:

“At the direction of the president, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement Tuesday. “Mr. Warmbier is en route to the United States, where he will be reunited with his family.”

Not only was Warmbier missed by his family but his classmates. It could have been anyone’s child, friend, or colleague:

At the University of Virginia, classmates reacted with disbelief to his sentencing.

“It doesn’t feel real, this just doesn’t happen to people. I can’t comprehend it,” said student Alaina Patrick, who lived in the same dorm as Warmbier, and recalled that some hallmates had “crushes” on him.

Teachers and coaches at Wyoming High School where Warmbier, 21, graduated as salutatorian in 2013, describe him as a “great kid,” a “leader” and an outstanding student. He studies economics and global sustainability at the University of Virginia, which said it was in touch with his family.

And there are other Americans, Westerners being held captive. They are also forgotten because governments are too weak and cowardly to do anything about it:

According to the Daily Star, Tony Kim told Mr Leigh: ‘There’s a lot more Americans locked up here than anyone knows. Canadians, Americans, Europeans. There’s a whole place to hold them.’

Mr Kim told Mr Leigh that locals were aware of the secret prison and referred to it as ‘the house of people with no name’.

Mr Leigh said that Mr Kim was ‘specific’ about the jail because he feared he, too, was due to be sent there.

Now Just Five Men Own Almost as Much Wealth as Half the World’s Population

It’s criminal and foolish. The world is in chaos because of poverty. It would make infinitive sense to spread that wealth around. The wealthy won’t get to enjoy that wealth for very much longer if we continue to live on a planet that tolerates such horrific income inequality:

Last year it was 8 men, then down to 6, and now almost 5.

While Americans fixate on Trump, the super-rich are absconding with our wealth, and the plague of inequality continues to grow. An analysis of 2016 data found that the poorest five deciles of the world population own about $410 billion in total wealth. As of 06/08/17, the world’s richest five men owned over $400 billion in wealth. Thus, on average, each man owns nearly as much as 750 million people.

Subway Riders Stranded On Hot, Dark F Train For 45 Minutes

We have to hold the bullshit politicians accountable for this mess. If we remain silent it will only get worse:

Hundreds of commuters were stuck on a hot and dark F train when it suddenly stopped inside a tunnel Monday night.

The MTA says a power outage stalled the train, stranding riders in the dark, without air conditioning or ventilation, for about 45 minutes.

But for many, the ordeal felt a lot longer, CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported.

“This was a life and death matter. This needs to be taken extremely seriously,” passenger Michael Sciaraffo said.

He said the F train got so hot, “people started sweating, people were taking their clothes off.” He said some also felt faint.

The American dream? Top 20% pulling away from the rest, study finds

Is any wonder we have a billionaire tyrant for president. Income inequality has destroyed our free and democratic society:

Does the American dream exist? Or has the middle class ruined it by hoarding opportunity on a scale that makes even the infamous one-percenters appear harmless and ineffectual?

That’s the question economics professor and Brookings Institution fellow Richard Reeves has set out to answer, and his findings are worrying: the top echelons of the US middle class – those earning over $120,000 – are separating from the rest of the US, and pulling up the drawbridge behind them.
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The result, Reeves writes in a new book Dream Hoarders, out this week, “is a less competitive economy, as well as a less open society”.

U.S. Takes Dramatic Hit in Global Peace Rankings as Racism, Crime and Income Inequality Soar

America has become a second rate nation. We’ve ceased to be a free country. And we can thank the two-party system for that:

The United States has plummeted on a global ranking of countries based on levels of corruption, violent crime, racism and respect for human rights.

The Global Peace Index 2017, issued annually by the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP), shows the U.S declining 11 places in the global rankings to 114th out of 163 surveyed nations.

Declassified Top Secret Report Details Obama’s Illegal Spying on Americans

This should once and for all put to rest the notion that Obama was somehow a well meaning president:

A recently declassified, top secret court report shows that the Obama administration monitored the communications of American citizens. The report says the administration concealed its abuses, violated the Constitution, and illegally shared this spy data.

The 99-page report was released by the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court), which oversees requests for surveillance warrants. The report’s contents were filed on Sept. 26, 2016, and March 30, 2017. It was marked top secret, but was declassified on April 26.

“This is a very serious Fourth Amendment issue,” the report states, and notes the Obama administration’s surveillance activities using the National Security Agency (NSA), and its failures to disclose such information previously, showed “an institutional ‘lack of candor.’”

The Obama administration had been carrying out this unlawful surveillance for years and heavily increased the scale of its surveillance in 2016.

Poll: 43 Percent (and rising) Support Trump Impeachment

So why do Democratic politicians for the most part avoid the subject? We shouldn’t wait on them. We must demand that Trump be removed from office:

More and more Americans support Congress pursuing impeachment proceedings against President Trump, according to a new poll.

Support for Trump’s impeachment rose 5 points in the Politico/Morning Consult poll, from 38 percent to 43 percent, in the last week. Forty five percent now say the president should continue with business as usual.

Anti-Trump Protests Planned nationwide on Saturday

This protest/march day is important. But we don’t need any more investigations. There is enough proof that Trump broke the law, and just violating his oath office, for him to be impeached. I propose we march on Washington and stay there until Donnie is forced from office. We must demand that Congress do it’s job and impeach Donald Trump:

Protesters will gather in Washington, D.C., and 135 other cities on Saturday to call for an independent commission to investigate possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Secret court rebukes NSA for 5-year illegal surveillance of U.S. citizens

Edward Snowden was right. The government is spying on us in violation of the constitution. We should be in the streets demanding it stop and those responsible thrown in jail:

U.S. intelligence agencies conducted illegal surveillance on American citizens over a five-year period, a practice that earned them a sharp rebuke from a secret court that called the matter a “very serious” constitutional issue.

The criticism is in a lengthy secret ruling that lays bare some of the frictions between the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and U.S. intelligence agencies obligated to obtain the court’s approval for surveillance activities.

With the Quist Defeat Once Again Bernie Sanders Fails

Is this the person who is going to take us to the promised land? Bernie Sanders has done nothing but lose over the last year. The latest example was the Congressional election in Montana. The candidate Sanders campaigned for, Rob Quist, was defeated by a man who had 2 days before beaten-up a reporter. Now if you can’t defeat someone like that then you should not be calling yourself the leader of any revolution:

Republican Greg Gianforte muscled his way to victory in Montana, overcoming a challenge from Democrat Rob Quist and an election-eve scuffle with a reporter that led to a criminal charge being filed against him.

Mr. Gianforte defeated Mr. Quist less than 24 hours after he allegedly body-slammed a reporter from Britain’s Guardian newspaper and police charged him with misdemeanor assault.

The Associated Press called the race for the Republican more than 2½ hours after polls closed at 8 p.m. MDT.

With 83 percent of the precincts counted, Mr. Gianforte led Mr. Quist by a 50.3 percent to 43.9 percent margin. Libertarian Mark Wicks had 5.8 percent of the vote.

Every candidate Sanders has campaigned for has lost. Every cause and piece of legislation he has spoken on behalf has either failed, not come to pass yet, or was originally supported by someone else. Even his proposal for increasing the minimum wage to $15 is totally the credit of the ‘fight for $15’ movement. The legislation would raise the rate to that amount only after 7 years. That’s not progress. And it’s actually just a gimmick to get the House Democrats back in control in 2018:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday vowed to take up a $15 minimum wage in the first 100 hours of the next Congress if Democrats take back the chamber next year.

Pelosi offered the commitment while appearing alongside fellow Democratic leaders and advocates to release new legislation raising the minimum wage to $15. Her comments offer an early view at Democrats’ potential agenda for the House if they can regain control in 2018, a long-shot prospect that some in the party think could grow increasingly more realistic given President Donald Trump and the GOP’s recent struggles.

 

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Is Jared Kushner a Russian Agent of Influence?

This is a question that we must ask. The Russians are known for turning people to use as agents of influence. It’s beginning to look like a least 1 person in the Trump White House was exactly that:

It’s one thing to secretly meet with the Russians without disclosing it when you were legally required to disclose it. It’s a whole different level of troubling to secretly meet with a Russian banker who is reportedly one of Vladimir Putin’s top cronies.

According to reporting by NBC News on Saturday, Sergey Gorkov – the Russian banker Jared Kushner met with last December – is a close associate of Putin who often carries out “sensitive” work for the Russian president.

Trump’s obscene nepotism could be what finally brings down this White House:

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has been called out for omitting the considerable art collection he shares with wife Ivanka Trump from financial disclosure forms submitted to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, according to a recent artnet News report.

Hillary Clinton Calls Third Party Voters ‘Crazy,’ Continues Excuses for Election Loss

Crazy is believing that you would ever become president, Hillary. You are an ugly and bitter woman who thinks she is entitled:

Clinton also blamed the media for her loss, despite nearly every major newspaper in the country formally endorsing her campaign. Editorial boards of major publications were stocked with pro-Clinton pundits, and leaked emails revealed that journalists at several mainstream media outlets exchanged their journalistic independence for access to the Clinton campaign.

“Sixty-six million people voted for me, plus, you know, the crazy third-party people,” Clinton said in response to Traister bringing up some of the conservative hires in mainstream media, like New York Times‘ climate change skeptic Bret Stephens.

Clinton also blamed the media for her loss, despite nearly every major newspaper in the country formally endorsing her campaign. Editorial boards of major publications were stocked with pro-Clinton pundits, and leaked emails revealed that journalists at several mainstream media outlets exchanged their journalistic independence for access to the Clinton campaign.

“Sixty-six million people voted for me, plus, you know, the crazy third-party people,” Clinton said in response to Traister bringing up some of the conservative hires in mainstream media, like New York Times‘ climate change skeptic Bret Stephens.Save

GOP Congressional Candidate, Greg Gianforte, Beats up Reporter

This is what they do in Russia. And now this is what happens in Trump’s America. When politicians start beating up and killing journalists thats when we know we’re no longer living in a free and democratic country:

The Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he is alleged to have slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting, “Get the hell out of here.”

Ben Jacobs, a Guardian political reporter, was asking Greg Gianforte, a tech millionaire endorsed by Donald Trump, about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate allegedly “body-slammed” the reporter.

“He took me to the ground,” Jacobs said by phone from the back of an ambulance. “I think he wailed on me once or twice … He got on me and I think he hit me … This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”

Lo and behold, this jerk has ties to Russia:

A Republican congressional candidate has financial ties to a number of Russian companies that have been sanctioned by the US, the Guardian has learned.

Greg Gianforte, who is the GOP standard bearer in the upcoming special election in Montana, owns just under $250,000 in shares in two index funds that are invested in the Russian economy to match its overall performance.

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Poll: Trump, Democrats and GOP all unpopular

Bottomline: the public thinks the two-party system sucks:
Forty-two percent of people in an ABC News/Washington Post poll said they approved of Trump’s performance so far, while 53% said they disapproved. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll had 40% of respondents saying they approved of Trump and 54% saying they disapproved.
But the bad news wasn’t Trump’s alone. The ABC/Washington Post poll found significant majorities said both the Democratic and Republican parties were “out of touch” with the concerns of most Americans.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents said the Democratic Party was out of touch, as did 62% for the Republican Party. Less than a third said either party was “in touch.”

Democrats Should Proudly Call for Trump’s Impeachment

Democrats prefer to play politics than do the right thing

Some rank-and-file members are doing it. Why aren’t the party’s leaders showing the same courage of conviction?

But that shouldn’t spook Democrats out of telling voters they understand how critical removing Trump from office is—and that they will fight as hard as they can to do so, even if they ultimately fall short. In many ways the 2016 Democratic primary underscored the importance of finding this very kind of middle ground between promising to deliver popular ends—like Medicare for all—and opposing those ends outright on political-feasibility grounds. The promise to fight is an easy promise to keep.

“I know that there are those who are talking about ‘Well, we’re gonna get ready for next election,’” Waters, the House Democrat, rightly said last week. “No. We can’t wait that long. We don’t need to wait that long. He will have destroyed this country by then. We cannot wake up every morning to another crisis, to another scandal.”

Inside the Beltway: 77% of Americans say the nation’s moral values have tanked

There is a reason why so many voters have complained that they don’t recognize their country, their culture or the direction life appears to have taken. The nation’s basic tenets are in decline, and the public knows it.

“Americans’ ratings of U.S. moral values, consistently negative through the years, have slipped to their lowest point in seven years. More than four in five (81 percent) now rate the state of moral values in the U.S. as only fair or poor,” writes Jim Norman, a Gallup analyst.

Only 17 percent would rate the values as “excellent,” the pollster found, and a mere 16 percent say they are improving. Another 77 percent say they are worsening.

Source: Inside the Beltway: 77% of Americans say the nation’s moral values have tanked – Washington Times

Trump lavishes praise on Saudis, but silent on human rights

As President Donald Trump opened his keynote address in Saudi Arabia, he lavished praise on the “magnificent” kingdom and “the grandeur of this remarkable place.”

Then he made clear there would be no public lecture from America on Saudi Arabia’s abysmal human rights record.

“We are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship,” Trump declared Sunday.

Trump’s willingness to set aside human rights as a principal foreign policy has been one constant in his chaotic administration. Yet the absence of any public reference to the the kingdom’s treatment of women and political opponents during his two-day visit was still jarring, particularly when contrasted with his affectionate embrace of the royal family.

Source: Trump lavishes praise on Saudis, but silent on human rights | PBS NewsHour

Trump calls Islam ‘One of World’s Great Faiths’

If you voted for Trump will you finally agree that he is a total fraud? He has lied to you about everything:

As President Donald Trump is getting hammered on the left for not using the expression “radical Islamic terrorism” during his speech in Saudi Arabia, he is also taking heat from his avid supporters who were drawn to him due to his anti-Mulsim rhetoric when he is in the U.S.

His crime?

Calling Islam “one of the world’s great faiths.”

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Where is Bernie Headed?

Sanders doesn’t seem to know where he is heading. He has absolutely accomplished nothing since his treacherous endorsement of Hillary Clinton last Fall. He wants to run for president again and seems to believe that his post-election popularity will carry him to the nomination. The man is seriously deluded. The Democrats will NEVER nominate him or become a “grassroots party.”

But while Sanders does a great many things right, he has not yet converted the huge enthusiasm built up through his historic presidential campaign into a mass organization capable of effectively fighting for the policies he campaigned on. In spite of launching the small, top-down Our Revolution group, Bernie is still mostly a one-man army.

Sanders has repeatedly asserted that “right now” he’s working to “transform” the Democratic Party rather than building a new party, while at the same time insisting that he is “not a Democrat.” These contradictory statements have been recently repeated by Sanders during his “unity tour” with new Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez.

In a telling sign of the fundamental contradictions built into Sanders’ current approach, the Democratic “unity” tour turned overnight into a “disunity tour,” further exposing the sharp differences opening up within the party. Berniecrats booed Perez in city after city, as Perez held the party line on for-profit health care, corporate campaign cash, and the status quo party platform. Meanwhile, Democratic Party loyalists angrily called for Bernie to be thrown out of the party he’s not formally a member of.