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Illinois: Police officer fired after saying Darren Wilson 'did society a favor' by killing Michael Brown

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Frequently folks post on social media without thinking of the potential repercussions
A police officer in Elgin, Illinois with a history of disciplinary issues related to social media was fired after a Facebook post disparaging dead Missouri teenager Michael Brown, the Elgin Courier-News reported.

According to police records, Jason Lentz was fired in connection with an Aug. 15 post linking to a Fox News video of Brown allegedly stealing cigarillos from a Ferguson, Missouri store. Lentz reportedly wrote, "Hmmm ... Innocent victim my ass. Did society a favor," a reference to Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9. Lentz also failed to follow a request from his superior that he remove the post, instead shortening his comment to "Hmmm ..."

Lentz also criticized Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who was asked to take over security in Ferguson after clashes between local police and demonstrators, writing that Johnson "appears to be the enemy within" in a post showing Johnson flashing a salute for the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity alongside a protester.

Deputy Police Chief Bill Wolf said in response to an open records request that Lentz, a 17-year veteran, had broken a department rule against "conduct that would undermine the credibility of the city or employees," which included their personal social media sites.

Comment: While it's nice to see police departments chastising their officers for minor offenses, it'd be much more comforting if they arrested the ones who killed unarmed civilians in questionable circumstances.

Megaphone

70 yr old Pastor accused of sexually abusing young girl over six year period

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Light in the Darkness Pastor Jerry Dean Wallace
North Carolina pastor was arrested this week on charges that he sexually assaulted a young girl over a six year period. According to WBTV, the girl told Iredell County Sheriff's Office investigators that 70-year-old Pastor Jerry Dean Wallace sexually assaulted her multiple times from 2008 through 2014. Dean is pastor at Light in the Darkness church in Union Grove.

Witnesses to the assault in another county were also located and interviewed. Investigators said that Wallace "declined to make a statement." He was arrested on Tuesday, and was being held at the Iredell County Detention Center on $150,000 secured bond.

Detective Sgt. Brian Fink of the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Special Victims Unit said that additional charges could be forthcoming.
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Crazy christians: "Tennessee is a pro-life state" uses reality tv show fame to push anti-abortion amendment

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The entire Duggar family on their TLC reality show
Duggar's - conservative Christian reality TV stars - held a press conference on Monday to express their support for a ballot initiative in Tennessee that would give state lawmakers the power to enact greater restrictions on abortion.

"We have the responsibility under almighty God to protect innocent lives that cannot yet speak for themselves," said Michelle Duggar, according to the Times Free Press. "If we don't speak up and do something to stop this holocaust, the blood of these little ones will be on our hands."

The family, which follows of the Quiverfull movement and is headed by patriarch Jim Bob Duggar, is featured on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting. Seventeen of the Duggar's 19 children attended the recent press conference in Nashville

Josh Duggar, executive director of the Family Research Council Action and the oldest of the Duggar children, said that 50 percent of likely voters in Tennessee supported Amendment 1, a proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot.

"We are here to educate people on Amendment 1," he said. "When we ask people how of them are pro-life, an overwhelming 64 percent of voters in Tennessee stand for life. "Our mission is clear. We are going to make this very simple. Tennessee is a pro-life state, and therefore Amendment 1 is an amendment that anyone who is pro-life must support."

The amendment would reverse the Tennessee Supreme Court's 2000 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Sundquist, which held that several anti-abortion laws violated the right to privacy in the state's constitution.
Pistol

Video: Cop cleared after killing Dillon Taylor, 20 years old, in Salt Lake City


Dillion Taylor, 20 years old, was killed by police in Salt Lake City, Utah
Prosecutors cleared the Salt Lake City police officer who shot an unarmed man last month outside a convenience store, saying his actions were justified because he felt threatened. But the family of 20-year-old Dillon Taylor said went into the confrontation with a "biased viewpoint" and expecting to shoot.

"Why do officers have this mind-set?" Kelly Fowler, an attorney for the family, told The Salt Lake Tribune. "When you're a hammer, all you're going to see is nails."

Officers were called the evening of Aug. 11 to a 7-Eleven, where witnesses reported seeing a man waving a gun around. Taylor, his cousin and brother closely matched the descriptions provided by a 911 caller, investigators said, and police said the three men were "making a scene" on their way to the store. Polices ordered them to raise their hands, but investigators said Taylor continued walking away from them with his hands in his waistband.

Body-camera video shows Officer Bron Cruz following Taylor with his gun drawn, repeatedly screaming at him to "get (his) hands out" of his pants. Taylor turns around, hands still tucked in his waistband, says "nah, fool," and walks backward for a few feet, the video shows. Cruz again orders him to get his hands out, and Taylor complies and pulls up his T-shirt - which police are trained to perceive as part of a possible weapon draw.

That's when Cruz quickly shoots him twice, in the chest and abdomen.

Comment: Clearly Dillon wasn't in a clear state of mind, but did he deserve death?

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Video: Florida officer tasers 62-year-old black woman in the back as she walks away

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Viola Young was tased and arrested for 'resisting an officer'
A Florida police officer has place been on paid administrative leave after cell phone video showed him using a Taser to stun a 62-year-old African-American woman in the back as she was walking away. In a press conference held at 3:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo announced that Officer Terry Mahan had been placed on leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Police said that officers were responding to reports of drug dealing in a neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon. Cell phone video provided to police by a neighbor shows officers placing three suspects in the patrol cars, and repeatedly warning them about walking in the street.


Comment: Apparently, in Florida, walking along a small street in a residential neighborhood is reason enough to land you in the back of a patrol car.


Viola Young, 62, approaches Officer Mahan to ask about one of the men who was being detained. Mahan advises her to stay back, and tries to grab her arm. After she turns and walks away, the officer pulls out his Taser and fires it into her back. Young falls face down onto the pavement. She was taken into custody on charges of resisting an officer without violence. Young was released on Wednesday.

Comment: Avoid the police, they are dangerous, and likely to arrest or shoot people for kicks. "When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. "

Roses

India's PM Narendra Modi launches massive drive to clean up country

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A low-caste sweeper cleans excreta flowing out of a public toilet at Ajmer, India.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a massive nationwide cleanliness drive to spruce up the country and provide toilets to all households by 2019. The challenge will be daunting in a country whose sprawling cities often overflow with garbage due to poor waste disposal systems and where more than half the population does not have access to toilets.

Challenge: civic volunteerism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi literally wielded the broom Thursday in a poor colony housing sanitation workers in New Delhi before administering a pledge to tens of thousands of school children and government officials to spend two hours every week in cleaning up the country.

He asked people to make a beginning with themselves, their families, neighborhoods, workplaces and villages.

Ministers, lawmakers and school principals also picked up brooms and trash cans to sweep streets and clear garbage to raise public awareness of better sanitation in a country where littering is common and where cleaning is considered a task to be done by lower castes.

Modi urged India's 1.25 billion people to turn the drive into a social campaign.

He said it takes time to change old mindsets and habits, and is a tough task. But if everyone joins hands to make it a mass movement, then India too will be counted among the world's clean countries.

Comment: Very few of the hundreds of millions of voters including politicians, civil servants who voted for Narendra Modi saw this type of activism coming. Are there any thing more to it?
Swachh Bharat: How Modi cleverly hijacked Gandhi's legacy from the Congress

Modi launched Clean India drive from Balmiki Basti (schedule caste locality) in the national capital, to symbolically send a message that he cared for not just for safai{cleanness} but also Safai Karamcharis{cleaning workers}. Gandhi cared for Harijans and Congress had got them as a solid social constituency in inheritance. Rise of Bahujan Samaj Party and other variants of Dalit politics based parties in other states took away that constituency from Congress. By picking up a broom in Balmiki Basti and inaugurating a public convenience complex there, Modi is attempting to tell this politically sensitive community that he was there to work for them.

Modi and vast mass of his support base picking up a broom has left Aam Admi Party confused - has he popularised AAP symbol or has submerged it under his persona?


Arrow Down

New York town makes it a jailable offense for allowing dog to bark

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Union - A central New York town has instituted jail time as a penalty for a wide variety of menial violations of the town's extensive pet control laws.

With a population of 56,000, the Town of Union now stands out as having among the most draconian laws in the country for pet owners. Among the laundry list of pet "offenses" is a prohibition on barking.

Pet owners could face up to fifteen (15) days in jail or $250.00 fines for any of the following offenses - among others - listed in Chapter 71 of the town statutes:
Ambulance

Where is the outrage?! Kiev shells Red Cross's Donetsk HQ, kills Swiss worker

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A Swiss Red Cross worker was killed in Donetsk as the office of the humanitarian organization was shelled, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The ICRC has confirmed on its Twitter account that its office in Donetsk has been shelled and a humanitarian worker died in the attack.

ICRC spokesman Ewan Watson confirmed that the worker was a Swiss national.

"One of our colleagues, a Swiss national, was killed in Donetsk, Ukraine, when a shell hit close to our office. We're deeply distressed by this loss," Watson told Reuters.

"A Red Cross representative, Laurent Etienne, a citizen of Switzerland, born 1976, has been killed," Eduard Basurin, head of the political department of the Defense Ministry of the Donetsk People's Republic, told TASS news agency.

Etienne was deputy head of the Red Cross mission in Donetsk, according to an Interfax correspondent.

The death of the humanitarian worker is very concerning, a spokesperson for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine told RIA Novosti.

Comment: Kiev has been massacring civilians for months. Every step of the way, Kiev seems to have been following the model set by the IDF: bombing civilians, calling them terrorists, killing women and children. They've even taken a page out of U.S.-created ISIS, torture, execution, beheading. But ask your average brainwashed westerner and they'll tell you the Ukrainian army are the good guys, and evil Putin is stirring up rebellion in the east. Now, like the IDF, Kiev is apparently targeting humanitarian institutions. We'll just have to see if the death of a western European humanitarian worker in Ukraine is enough to spark the outrage of the average westerner. Something tells us it will not, and the mindless killing will continue.

Pocket Knife

Clinic sued by mother after botched circumcision leaves infant son mutilated

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Dejuan Williams
Clayton County, Georgia's Stacie Willis has misgivings about having her newborn son circumcised, but those misgivings deepened to horror when a medical error left the boy's penis permanently mutilated.

"I had concerns about this from the beginning," Willis told Atlanta's Channel 2 News, but when personnel at the Life Cycle Pediatrics informed her about the accident, "it was like reality had just smacked me in the face."

"No child deserves to go through this," she said.

As Dejuan's first birthday approaches, his mother is filing a $2 million lawsuit against Life Cycle, the clinic's owner Anne Siguin and nurse-midwife Melissa Jones, who performed the botched circumcision, which sliced off the end of the boy's penis.

"It's shocking. It's catastrophic. I don't know what other extreme words you could use about someone having essentially the end of their penis amputated, for a male, is almost the worst thing you can imagine," said Willis' attorney Jonathan Johnson.

Comment: There is plenty of evidence that not only is circumcision an unnecessary procedure, it's also dangerous and traumatic for babies to experience:

Health

Ailing woman dies after private prison transport company forces 1,000 mile trip in cramped van

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Denise Isaacs before her incarceration
The Miami-Dade Police Department has opened an investigation into a private prison transport company after a woman who had shoplifted died in its cramped van during a grueling 1,000 mile trip.

Tennessee-based Prisoner Transportation Services of America was given the job of transporting 54-year-old Denise Isaacs from Kentucky to Punta Gorda, Florida after her probation was revoked over a shoplifting accusation, The Miami Herald reported.

During stop at a Miami-Dade Taco Bell, transport officers noticed that she was slumped over. So they first called their superiors at Prisoner Transportation Services of America in Tennessee. And then they called 911, but it was too late.

"I knew she wouldn't be able to make a trip like that because of her weakness and pain," Isaacs' daughter, Kallie, told the paper.

Sources told The Miami Herald that Isaacs had suffered hallucinations during the trip. She reportedly drank little water, and refused a meal just hours before she died.

Isaacs had been arrested in 2012 for stealing $1,200 worth of merchandise from a Port Charlotte Walmart. She pleaded no contest, and was allowed to return to Kentucky under the supervision of corrections officers. But when the Florida Department of Corrections found that she had not completed her 200 hours of community service, and still owed $607.90 in restitution, it revoked her probation.
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