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Thu, August 28, 2014 - 3:34 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open..

Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach..Others tout their upscale amenities like plush towels and marble baths..A bathhouse in Ohio has even added hotel rooms and a nightclub..

Gone are the days when bathhouses drew crowds just by offering a discreet place for gays to meet, share saunas and, often, have sex..

"The acceptance of gays has changed the whole world..It's taken away the need to sneak into back-alley places," said Dennis Holding, 75, who owns a Miami-based bathhouse..

In the heyday of bathhouses in the late 1970s, there were nearly 200 gay bathhouses in cities across the U.S., but by 1990, the total had dropped to approximately 90, according to Damron, the publisher of an annual gay travel guide..In the last decade, bathhouses, including ones in San Diego, Syracuse, Seattle and San Antonio, have shut down and the total nationwide is less than 70..Most patrons are older..

Hollywood Spa — one of the largest bathhouses in Los Angeles, a city regarded as the country's bathhouse capital — closed in April.. Owner Peter D. Sykes said fewer customers and rising rent put an end to four decades in business..

"Bathhouses were like dirty bookstores and parks: a venue to meet people," said Sykes, who still owns the smaller North Hollywood Spa.."Today, you can go to the supermarket.".

Bathhouses date to the Roman Empire..In the 19th and early 20th centuries, American bathhouses were built in many cities to maintain public hygiene among poor and immigrant communities..Chicago and Manhattan each had about 20 public bathhouses..

But the need for public places to wash up declined and by the 1950s and '60s, bathhouses largely had become rendezvous spots for gays, prompting occasional raids because sodomy was still criminalized..

Privately run, gay-owned bathhouses proliferated in the 1970s, offering a haven for gay and bisexual men to meet..Clubs like New York City's Continental bathhouse and Los Angeles' 8709 Club saw a steady stream of patrons..

Each venue was operated like a speakeasy: a nondescript building often located in the urban fringe..In-house entertainment was common, from DJs to live performers..Bette Midler even launched her career from the stage of the Continental..

Amid the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s, bathhouses were vilified for enabling promiscuity and helping spread the disease, and many either closed voluntarily or by legal pressure..Those that remained were stigmatized, and now many younger gays see them as anachronisms..

"The younger generation's main fear is that it's some dark, seedy place," said T.J. Nibbio, the executive director of the North American Bathhouse Association..NABA formed two years ago for bathhouse owners to pool best practices for marketing and operations..

To attract younger patrons, some bathhouses offer steep discounts, cutting admission by as much as 60 percent..At the three-story Midtowne Spa in downtown Los Angeles, 18- to 20-year-olds get in for $5 any time..On Tuesdays, Los Angeles' Melrose Spa lets those 18 to 25 in for free, a deal that brought 22-year-old Brett Sparks on a recent midweek visit..

"You're either hooking up online or you are here, or you go to bars in West Hollywood, get drunk and hook up," said Sparks, acknowledging that although the bathhouse crowd skews older, it's not as risky as going home with a stranger.."Here it's a safer environment — there's condoms and other protection.".

The CEO of Ohio-based Flex Spas, Todd Saporito, has positioned his bathhouse chain as a pillar of the gay community..Saporito uses the chain's Cleveland-based flagship spa, whose 50,000 square feet include luxury hotel rooms and a nightclub, to run the city's annual pride parade and this year's Gay Games, an international LGBT athletic competition..

Flex Spas also has sponsored the White Party, an annual electronic music festival in Palm Springs, and partnered with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, part of an effort to frame the bathhouse as an opportunity for preventing risky behavior..

Flex Spas has had mixed success over the past few years..Its location in Atlanta has seen "exponential" growth, but clubs in New Orleans and Columbus, Ohio, have closed, Saporito said..

Saporito said more progressive views on homosexuality aren't evenly spread across the country, underscoring the need for modern bathhouses in some areas..Still, he takes nothing for granted, regardless of the location..

"Bathhouses at some level will go extinct if you don't offer something more than a towel," Saporito said..
Wed, August 27, 2014 - 8:40 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
A Russian court tried a 13-year-old as an adult based on the size of his genitals..

A Russian court ruled that a Ukrainian boy who claims he’s 13 be tried as an adult based on the size of his penis, according to The Moscow Times..Tomas, whose last name was not released to protect his identity, was arrested on suspicion of stealing a cellphone in March—an accusation he denies..

The teen had moved to Moscow that same month to live with his aunt..His family claims he was 12 at the time of the arrest and has produced Ukrainian documentation that he used to cross the Russian border as proof..But authorities think he is older and ordered a medical examination to determine his real age..Based on the size of his penis and teeth, prison doctors told the court they believe he is actually 16 or 17..

It’s an important distinction. Individuals 16 and over can be tried as adults in Russia, and that age comes down to 14 in the case of more serious crimes like rape and murder..As a result, Tomas has since been sentenced as an adult and was sent to jail..His family has challenged the ruling, and the regional prison service has agreed to review his case..

What the hell kind of laws do they have in Russian and why are they allowed to examine this kids penis?.This is truly upsetting and makes no sense..
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A man is detained after a standoff between protesters and police Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo..Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb..

Thanks in part to young Kirk Siefert a Petition Organizer to: Require Ferguson and St. Louis County and City police officers to wear body cameras..Now with over 65,000 suporters..Kirk's petition:

Require Ferguson and St. Louis County and City police officers to wear body cameras:

I'm a native of the St. Louis area, and the killing of Michael Brown makes me beyond sick. Michael, only 18 years old, is around my age. He was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Many continue to speculate what happened, and we may never know the truth. But one thing we know for sure is that the officer who killed him did not have a car dash camera or a body cam to record the incident -- a camera that could have prevented the incident or given us clear information about what happened.

I've participated in the local demonstrations because I am so appalled by what has happened. These questionable police activities are unfortunately not new to many in this area. I've been illegally searched by the local police more times than I can count. Many of my friends can say the same. It's not right, and I won't stand for it.

And I won't accept Michael's death taken in vain. That's why I am asking for the St. Louis County Police Department, the St. Louis City Police Department and the Ferguson Police Department to require police officers to wear cameras and record any interaction with the public at all times.

Attaching cameras to the police officers' uniforms would come with many benefits. The cameras would cost a few hundreds dollars each and would:

-Provide greater transparency and a constant third party witness
-Enhance police and citizen motivation to act lawfully and truthfully
-Lessen the chance of deadly force being used by police
-Reduce the number of lawsuits and increase dismissed lawsuits with digital evidence
-Increase citizen's trust of his/her police force thanks to recorded actions

Police departments nationwide are using or testing on-body cameras and they're reportedly reducing police misconduct. When the Rialto Police Department in California adopted cameras, the number of complaints filed against officers fell by 88 percent and the use of force by officers fell by almost 60 percent. Other municipalities that have employed these cameras have seen a sharp drop in complaints and misconduct.

We must stop more preventable tragedies like the one that took place in Ferguson by taking this action. If something like this happens again, which I hope it never does, we will have a first-person view of any altercation with no grey area. Body cameras will protect both officers and civilians.

We need to be able to police the police. Please sign this petition to honor Mike's life with this change that will likely save many other lives in the future.

To:
Police Chief Jon Belmar, St. Louis County Police Department
Police Chief Thomas Jackson, Ferguson Police Department (Missouri)
Mayor Francis Slay, Mayor of St. Louis
Police Chief Samuel Dotson, St. Louis City Police Department
Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri

Require St. Louis County, City and Ferguson police officers to wear cameras and record any interaction with the public at all times..

End..

The City of Ferguson is exploring some serious changes to their police force..Most notably, police officers may soon be wearing cameras on their vests so all acts will be recorded..

In Rialto, California, the entire police force wears cameras of this kind..They record all interactions the officers have and they're about the size of a pager..In the first year of their use in Rialto, use of force fell by 60 percent and citizen complaints by 88 percent..The Rialto police chief explained, "When you talk about putting a camera on somebody, human nature is going to dictate that you’re going to mind your p’s and q’s and you’re going to be on the best behavior..At the same time, I think it’s had an impact on citizens..If they know you’re wearing a camera, they too will be on their best behavior.".

The city will also work to rebuild the business district, as many shops have been looted, and others have boarded up their windows in preparation..They will also work to increase the number of African American officers on their police force, as the predominantly African American population of Ferguson has a predominantly white police force..




Tue, August 26, 2014 - 12:17 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
The nightly protests in Ferguson, Mo., are receding..Sparked by the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson, the scenes of protest, rioting, and an ironfisted police crackdown emerging from the St. Louis suburb shocked the world..But they shouldn’t..

From the Civil War through the early 1900s, what we now call “race riots” were expressions of white rage..Often spurred by labor strife, rumors of a crime committed against a white person, or fears of black families moving into primarily white areas, whites would set entire black neighborhoods to the flame, destroying property and murdering blacks at will..

That changed in Harlem in March 1935, when a black teenager named Lino Rivera attempted to steal a knife from a store on 125th Street.. Rivera was caught by the manager, Jackson Smith..When the police came, they took Rivera to the back of the store to avoid a crowd that had gathered outside, but rumors began to spread that Rivera had been beaten or killed..When police refused to let the crowd see the boy, the incident took on a primal echo of the terror that Harlem’s black residents had come north to escape..Someone in the crowd threw something that shattered the store’s front window..

Alarmed, police attempted to disperse the crowd, arresting speakers and pulling one down from a lamppost in the middle of a speech for “unlawful assemblage” — a phrase that in Ferguson came crackling out of a police loudspeaker as a prologue to the launching of tear gas — which merely enraged the crowd further..The fires set in Harlem on March 19, 1935, would burn for two days, as thousands of blacks took to the streets clashing with police, looting stores, leaving businesses in ruins and several people dead..

A report commissioned by New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia assigned the riot’s cause to racial strife and poverty:

This relatively unimportant case of juvenile pilfering would never have taken on the significance which it later took on, had not a fortuitous combination of subsequent events made it the spark which set aflame the smouldering resentments of the city of Harlem against racial discrimination and poverty in the midst of plenty..The insecurity of the individual in Harlem against police aggression is one of the most potent causes for the existing hostility to authority..
Mon, August 25, 2014 - 10:21 PM permalink - 0 comments
 
Lino Rivera, 16, is shown in the W. 122nd St. police station on March 20, 1935, with Lt. S.J. Battle..

Harlem in 1935 would signal a shift in the nature of urban uprisings that would come full circle in the 1960s..Instead of whites massacring blacks, urban race riots evolved into blacks lashing out against symbols of white authority — and fighting for a full citizenship long denied — by targeting property more often than people..Harlem rioted again in 1943 after police officer James Collins shot black soldier Robert Bandy following a confrontation in which Collins attempted to arrest Bandy’s mother..

Like the Harlem riots, many 1960s uprisings were sparked by conflict between the community and the police..Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood went up in flames in 1965, after three family members were arrested during a clash with police following a drunk-driving stop.. St. Louis fell into chaos that same year after 19-year-old Donnell Dortch was shot and killed as he fled police officer Israel Mason, who said Dortch tried to grab his gun during a traffic stop..Detroit burned for five days in 1967 after police tried to arrest dozens of people during a raid of a speakeasy..“The primary period of black urban uprisings, which was 1963 to 1970, nearly all of them were sparked by confrontations between African-Americans and the police,” said Thomas Sugrue, a history professor at the University of Pennsylvania..“Almost every single one.”.

And the same goes for the two weeks of demonstrations — sometimes featuring calculated violence — that manifested in Ferguson..The recipe for urban riots since 1935 is remarkably consistent and the ingredients are almost always the same: An impoverished and politically disempowered black population refused full American citizenship, a heavy-handed and overwhelmingly white police force, a generous amount of neglect, and frequently, the loss of black life at the hands of the police..Yet we’re always surprised at what they cook up..

We have had 80 years of Fergusons..We may have more..Violence — as harmful and self-destructive as it is — sometimes works..

Mon, August 25, 2014 - 10:14 PM permalink - 0 comments
 
Firefighters kneel amid rubble in the street and spray water from a hose into a burning building during riots in Detroit, late July 1967..

Even though Ferguson is 67% black, five of the town’s six council members and the mayor are white, in part due to the fact that Ferguson holds municipal elections in odd years and in the spring rather than the fall, when federal elections are held and turnout is greater..There are only three black police officers on its 53-person force..Nearly 90% of vehicle stops involved black motorists, despite the fact that whites were more likely to possess contraband..According to a report by the nonprofit ArchDefenders, Ferguson police issued three warrants and 1.5 cases per household, and the town’s budget is sustained by fines and court fees that make up “the second largest source of revenue for the city, a total of $2,635,400.”.

The people of Ferguson and its surrounding municipalities are well aware that they are used as a revenue stream..“You got lines of black people standing around the block, every first of the month, from one municipality to the other, when you got a family and you trying to pay bills and everything,” said Rick Canimore, a protester outside the Ferguson police station..

And the view of the demonstrators on West Florissant Avenue differs sharply from Ferguson’s white residents, including Mayor James Knowles, who said, “There’s not a black-white divide in Ferguson.”.

Today, there are fewer Fergusons than there were in the 1960s, but more than is comfortable to acknowledge..Brown was one of four black men in the country to be killed by police in the preceding month, but only in Ferguson did the outcry grow into an uprising..Violence — often self-destructive — has long been an element of U.S. civil rights protests, despite the best efforts of civil rights leadership..

In Ferguson it manifested in late-night looting and the hurling of missiles at police..“The vast majority of people were here for peaceful protest, but some folks there, they were looking for a fight,” said Antonio French, the St. Louis alderman whose tweets and Vines initially provided the world with a window into the unrest in Ferguson..

Back in 1968, a report produced by the Kerner Commission — an 11-member panel convened by President Lyndon B. Johnson to get to the heart of a series of violent riots in 1967 — concluded:

White racism is essentially responsible for the explosive mixture which has been accumulating in our cities since the end of World War II.. What the rioters appeared to be seeking was fuller participation in the social order and the material benefits enjoyed by the majority of American citizens..Rather than rejecting the American system, they were anxious to obtain a place for themselves in it..

“The police are not merely a ‘spark’ factor..To some Negroes police have come to symbolize white power, white racism and white repression..And the fact is that many police do reflect and express these white attitudes,” the Kerner Commission declared..“The atmosphere of hostility and cynicism is reinforced by a widespread belief among Negroes in the existence of police brutality and in a ‘double standard’ of justice and protection — one for Negroes and one for whites.”.The words sound remarkably modern, considering the protesters in Ferguson who chanted as they marched down West Florissant Avenue, “Who do you serve?.Who do you protect?”.

The spark in Ferguson was the shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson following a confrontation in which Brown’s friend Dorian Johnson said Wilson told him and Brown to “get the fuck out of the street.”.Ferguson police say Wilson acted in self-defense when Brown tried to grab his gun; witnesses have said Brown was trying to surrender..The belief among his supporters that Brown was shot with his hands up inspired a rallying cry in Ferguson and all over the country: “Hands up, don’t shoot.”.

“The way he died, it was so bold, the fact that this unarmed man was shot in broad daylight, not only in the middle of the street but in the middle of an apartment complex for anyone to see,” said Patricia Bynes, a Democratic committeewoman from Ferguson..“It was just done with so much audacity, that it sent the message that the police don’t even care anymore, that they have complete free reign.”.

Brown’s body was left on the street in his Canfield Green neighborhood, lying in a sun-dried pool of blood for four hours..And for a week, Ferguson police withheld the name of the officer who shot Brown — giving him time to scrub the internet of his social media presences.. Then they simultaneously released Darren Wilson’s name with a surveillance video and incident report alleging Brown had been involved in the robbery of cigars from a convenience store shortly before his death — against the advice of the Justice Department, which said the material would increase tensions..

Police first said Wilson was unaware of the robbery when he stopped Brown, then backtracked and claimed Wilson connected Brown with the robbery in the midst of the confrontation..Whatever the truth, releasing the video struck many as a crude attempt to justify Brown’s death, and it ratcheted up tensions with outraged Ferguson residents..

Many of the protesters in Ferguson don’t believe Wilson can be convicted..But they have their hearts set on an indictment, if only because it would mean, in the eyes of their country and their government, that the taking of a black life matters as much as the taking of a white life..

“We will not accept three-fifths justice,” Brown family lawyer Benjamin Crump declared at Brown’s funeral..“We will demand equal justice for Mike Brown Jr.”.
Mon, August 25, 2014 - 10:00 PM permalink - 0 comments
 
Police violence as both a catalyst and response is a fundamental feature of American urban uprisings..“A lot of the personal injuries that happened during the riots in the 1960s were as a consequence of law enforcement activities,” said Sugrue..“The majority of rioters in American cities in the 1960s weren’t killing people, they were targeting stores, and restaurants, or engaging in protests and demonstrations.. Most of the casualties, injuries, and deaths in the 1960s were because of the actions of law enforcement officials, whether the police or National Guard.”.

But if much of America has forgotten the circumstances of earlier urban rebellions and the devastating consequences for the communities in which they took place, the people of Ferguson, whether consciously or unconsciously, tried to anticipate them..When police forced protesters to keep moving in the sweltering Missouri heat, residents pooled their resources and handed out free water to marchers..When the police shot tear gas into the crowd, protesters showed up with gallons of milk..When town officials delayed the start of school, teachers held classes in the public library..When late-night protests descended into bedlam, Ferguson residents woke up early the next morning to clean up the damage..

Radicals such as New Black Panther leader Malik Shabazz, clergy such as Elder Cornelius Moore, and freelance mediators such as Charles Mayo literally placed their bodies in front of demonstrators to prevent thrown bottles or verbal taunts from escalating into full-blown clashes with Ferguson’s heavily armed police..The same young black men dismissed as troublemakers or “militants” closed ranks in front of West Florissant Avenue’s beleagured businesses, seeking to stop the small minority of protesters who turned to looting..A tiny woman named Sharmale Humphrey, who had walked out on the Ferguson McDonald’s during minimum wage protests last year, used her bullhorn to shout down a crowd of young men screaming, “Fuck the police.”.

Those efforts were not universally appreciated..Fox News accused protesters in Ferguson of “forgetting Martin Luther King Jr.’s message” by “turning to violence.”.King famously called riots the “language of the unheard,” but he also condemned the mayhem in Watts by asking, ‘‘What did Watts accomplish but the death of 34 Negroes and injury to thousands more?.What did it profit the Negro to burn down the stores and factories in which he sought employment?.The way of riots is not a way of progress, but a blind alley of death and destruction which wreaks its havoc hardest against the rioters themselves.’’.

Yet the messy truth is that the role of violence in the civil rights movement is more productive than King — or most of us — want to acknowledge..Violence by blacks in black neighborhoods is certainly destructive, but the quiet discipline of the era’s nonviolent practitioners has overshadowed the black fury of the civil rights era and the fear it inspired..And King’s time was more violent than is often acknowledged, of course..Few possess the pious discipline to remain nonviolent in the face of oppression and physical assault..

Moreover, it was not just sit-ins and marches that finally moved President John F. Kennedy to conclude that federal civil rights legislation was necessary, but a riot — specifically, the 1963 conflagration in Birmingham..

King and other civil rights leaders had successfully pushed for a desegregation agreement in Birmingham during the spring of 1963..The images of the public safety commissioner, Eugene “Bull” Connor, turning firehoses and dogs on peaceful protesters are now iconic.. Recalled less often is the bottle throwing and brick hurling that marred some protests, or the riot that followed the nonviolent marches, after the Ku Klux Klan bombings aimed at King and his allies..The Klan bombed the A.G. Gaston Motel and the home of King’s brother A.D. King..Black residents gathered, and when police showed up, the confrontation escalated into open clashes between blacks and police.. President Kennedy mobilized federal troops..

Kennedy, pinned between the Democratic Party’s Southern segregationists and its integrationist liberal wing, was in a panic, and there seemed to be only one solution: “A bill to outlaw segregation by federal statute promised to resolve a hundred potential Birminghams from El Paso to Baltimore, and the clarity of inescapable tensions drew President Kennedy toward the relief of that single, huge gamble,” wrote historian Taylor Branch..

Jerome Smith, a field secretary for the Congress of Racial Equality, said that “unless the white man had something to fear — loss of life or his money — he was not going to give up anything,” according to historian Diane McWhorter..McWhorter writes that Smith told Kennedy “the nonviolent revolution was effectively over.”.Kennedy warned the press that, if civil rights weren’t dealt with soon, “worse leaders” would take King’s place..

The fear of more violence was part of the catalyst for developing legislation that eventually became the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964..“President Kennedy did not send troops to Alabama when dogs were biting black babies..He waited three weeks until the situation exploded..He then sent troops after the Negroes had demonstrated their ability to defend themselves,” Malcolm X told reporters at the time..“Kennedy did not urge that Negroes be treated right because it is the right thing to do..Instead he said that if the Negroes aren’t well treated the [Nation of Islam] would become a threat.”.
Mon, August 25, 2014 - 9:46 PM permalink - 0 comments
 
A policeman searches a suspect during rioting in the Watts area of Los Angeles, August 1965..

Ultimately, the two weeks of protest that followed Brown’s death may require no more explanation than the fact that, as with Lino Rivera, Robert Bandy, or Donnell Dortch, residents saw the possibility of their own friends and family in the lifeless body of Michael Brown..

“Two separate occasions, my nephew and my sons and [my daughter’s] boyfriend said they were walking down the street and the police said, ‘Get the fuck off the street,’ just like they did [with] Mike Brown,” said Carmelita Williams, whose sons and nephew used to live in Canfield Green..“My children, my sons, and my nephew could have been Mike Brown.”.

Protests began the day after the shooting, and in the early hours of that morning, the looting began..Ferguson police, geared up like special forces, responded to each successive clash with rubber bullets, pellets filled with pepper spray, wooden slugs, and tear gas..As before, rather than pacify the crowd, the police response seemed to only fuel the community’s rage over Brown’s death..

“I think clearly it was the local police department escalating the situation,” said French..“They took a very heavy-handed approach in the early days..They militarized the situation; it was a case of crowd control and they brought out the heavy guns..Whether you’re talking about the incident that started this off, which was the Michael Brown killing, or you’re talking about the first few days of the protest, it just shows how the local police departments here overreact when it comes to African-Americans.”.
Mon, August 25, 2014 - 9:30 PM permalink - 0 comments
 
Much has been made of Ferguson’s angry young black men, tattooed, with their pants sagging and their faces covered in shirts and bandanas, the men who sometimes answered “Mike Brown” when asked their names..

But these men are nothing new..If anything, it’s likely more of them existed in the 1960s..In Harlem in July 1964, when riots were sparked by the shooting of unarmed teenager James Powell by police officer James Gilligan, not even famed King lieutenant Bayard Rustin could calm the furious crowd, which Branch writes jeered Rustin as an Uncle Tom..Rustin’s response: “I am prepared to be a Tom if that’s the only way I can save women and children from being shot down in the street!”.When James Farmer of the Congress of Racial Equality told rioters they were merely inciting a police backlash, they told him, “We don’t wanna hear that shit!”.

Fifty years later, walking down West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson in the early hours of the morning, Charles Mayo would recall a similar experience after a night of mediating between police and protesters..“‘Y’all helping the man,’” Mayo said he was told..“No, I’m helping another kid get home tonight.”.

Since Aug. 19, the nightly clashes between police and protesters have ebbed..That night, wave after wave of green-clad police crashed into the crowd seeking those suspected of throwing bottles or rocks at police, but there was no tear gas..Clergy and black-clad peacekeepers huddled with men erupting in tearful rage at the police, preventing physical confrontations..Even if no one was thinking about Watts, or Detroit, or Birmingham, those nights long past were present, as the protesters looked at themselves through the eyes of the world..The protesters cried, “This is what you want,” and “Don’t give them what they want,” not just to the police but the media, whom they feared were escalating tensions in pursuit of a good story, compounding the tragedy of Brown’s death by turning black suffering into nightly entertainment..

Mon, August 25, 2014 - 9:23 PM permalink - 0 comments
 
The protests began to subside even though protesters achieved few of the goals they were seeking..Wilson’s case is in the hands of a grand jury, but he hasn’t been indicted or arrested — and his supporters have raised more money than the Brown family..St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McColluch, whom Michael Brown supporters see as biased because of his backing for the Ferguson police’s militarized response to the protests, a previous police shooting that he prosecuted, and because his father, a police officer, was killed by a black man while on duty, has not been recused from the case..As in the past, the nightly clashes with police may have sustained the protests by giving the community something to fight against..

But that doesn’t mean this is over..On Saturday, the NAACP organized a march of more than a thousand people down West Florissant Avenue, chanting, “Ain’t no power like the people’s power ‘cause the people have the power to vote.”.Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson and St. Louis County Police Chief John Belmar marched along quietly at the head of the line holding an NAACP banner..The demonstration was meant to “show we can march in a way that is dignified, organized, and respectful,” said the NAACP’s John Gaskin, an implicit rebuke to the violence that marred earlier protests..“The first way for a community to heal is to show things are going to back to normal and not escalating.”.

Brown’s neighborhood of Canfield Green has since become a kind of town square for black Ferguson..Residents gather there every day to talk politics and receive aid from Better Family Life, a charity that offers food, supplies, and counseling to residents hemmed in by the constant protests..Cars gingerly roll by a shrine to Brown, made up of melted candles, stuffed animals bleached by the summer sun, and dried flowers assembled around two traffic cones..

Some Ferguson residents viewed the violence as a necessary evil..“If you ask me, it wouldn’t be this big if it wasn’t for the looting and the riot, that’s what got it mainstream,” said Reggie Martin, who lives in Canfield Green..

“That’s why I love them young black boys, they might be white in they heads but the fact that they acting like white folks got a reaction from white folks,” added Isanusi Alimayu, one of Martin’s co-workers..Referring to the rancher who refused to pay cattle-grazing fees because he didn’t recognize the federal government, Alimayu said, “You remember Cliven Bundy..They got all them white men up there with submachine guns aimed at the cops — did any of them white boys get a scratch?.Hell naw, because they Americans.”.
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Sun, August 24, 2014 - 9:16 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
Demonstrators protest the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 22, 2014..

A police officer in Missouri was suspended Friday after he used Facebook to lash out at protesters condemning the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer..

A second officer in the Midwestern state was taken off the beat pending an internal review over a YouTube video in which he boasted about being a Jesus-loving "killer.".

Meanwhile, some 150 demonstrators returned to the streets of the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson at sunset Friday to demand justice for the August 9 death of Michael Brown..

Funeral services for the 18-year-old -- whose shooting in broad daylight has renewed a national debate about race and law enforcement in America -- are set for Monday..

Police kept a low profile, in sharp contrast to previous nights when tear gas and rubber bullets were used to disperse hundreds of protesters demanding that Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, be charged with murder..

- Contempt for protesters -

The police department in Glendale, another St Louis suburb, said Friday it had suspended one of its officers who had expressed contempt for the Ferguson protesters on his Facebook account.

Roses line the street at a makeshift memorial for Michael Brown in Ferguson…

"I'm sick of these protesters..You are a burden on society and a blight on the community," wrote Michael Pappert, in one of at least five posts that have gone up since Sunday..

"These protesters should have been put down like a rabid dog the first night," he added..

In a reference to the Boston Marathon bombing, he also wrote: "Where is a Muslim with a backpack when you need them.".

The Glendale Police Department, in a statement, said it suspended Pappert upon learning about the posts on Friday..It also cancelled a neighborhood block party for fear it might be disrupted by protesters..

"The matter is being taken very seriously and a thorough internal investigation will be conducted to determine why the posts were made," it said..

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Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown march through the streets of Ferguson…

It stressed that Pappert's posts were "absolutely" not shared by the Glendale police or city government..The suburb of 6,000 is 97 percent white..

Press photographers recognized Pappert as one of hundreds of St Louis area police officers called into Ferguson as crowd-control reinforcements..

One photographer remembered seeing him threatening journalists with a night stick.."He was ready to swing at us," he recalled..

On Wednesday, Ray Albers, a police lieutenant from another St Louis suburb, St Ann, was suspended after he pointed a semi-automatic assault rifle at Ferguson protesters and, using obscene language, threatened to kill them..

His conduct was captured in two videos that promptly went viral on YouTube..

Meanwhile, St Louis County Police said Friday it was opening an internal investigation into an officer assigned to Ferguson who, in a 2012 YouTube video, styled himself as a ruthless killer..

"I personally believe in Jesus Christ as my lord savior, but I'm also a killer," said Dan Page, a 35-year veteran of the force, who was speaking to a group called the Oath Keepers of St Louis and St Charles..

- 'It's that simple' -

"And if I need to, I'll kill a whole bunch more..If you don't want to get killed, don't show up in front of me..It's that simple," he said..

"I'm into diversity -- I kill everybody..I don't care," added Page, who also made disparaging remarks about President Barack Obama, the US Supreme Court, Muslims and homosexuals..

St Louis County police chief Jon Belmar told the St Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper he was "deeply disturbed" by Page's remarks about killing..

Page -- who allegedly shoved a CNN anchor in the middle of a live report from Ferguson -- has been taken off police work until the internal review determines whether he should be suspended, Belmar said..
Sat, August 23, 2014 - 11:07 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
Theo Murphy, left, and his brother Jordan Marshall, 11, light candles at a memorial where unarmed Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson..

A police report on the death of Michael Brown is missing key information and violates Missouri open records laws, an ACLU attorney said on Friday..

The two-page document, which the Ferguson Police Department released only after pressure from journalists and civil liberties advocates, is largely redacted or left blank..The most egregious omissions are the victim’s name and a description of the offense – the fatal shooting of Brown..

“They are breaking the law,” said Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri..

The report, obtained through the Missouri Sunshine Law, lists only the date, time and location..Fields for the type of incident, name of the complainant, and a summary of the circumstances are redacted..

“I’ve never seen an incident report that didn’t contain a description of the incident, at least on some basic level,” said Don Tittle, a veteran Texas civil and criminal attorney..“It makes you wonder if they don’t want to commit to a story.”.

The report comes nearly two weeks after Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, in broad daylight in the middle of a residential street..

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson has said Wilson was attempting to get Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, to stop walking in the middle of the street when the officer realized the pair fit the description of suspects being sought in the theft of cigars from a nearby convenience store..

A scuffle ensued and, according to Jackson, a shot was fired inside the officer’s squad car as Brown attempted to grab Wilson’s gun..

But Johnson has told reporters that it was Wilson who was the aggressor and that Brown never went for the weapon..Instead, Johnson says Wilson shot his friend while Brown was trying to flee but had stopped and put his hands up in surrender..

The death has sparked nightly protests in the mostly-black St. Louis suburb..Allegations of racism and a lack of transparency about the shooting have been at the heart of sometimes violent clashes between demonstrators and police..Chief Jackson waited nearly a week before revealing the name of the officer who shot Brown at least six times..

The ACLU filed a lawsuit to try and compel Ferguson to make the disclosure..But their attorney says that the incomplete police report just adds to the mistrust in Ferguson..

“It doesn’t tell us anything,” Rothert said..“We have to imagine what is there because it is all redacted.”.

Missouri’s Sunshine Law states law enforcement agencies must promptly provide incident reports that include among other things, “name of the victim and immediate facts and circumstances surrounding the initial report of a crime or incident.”.

Devin James, a contract spokesperson hired by the City of Ferguson since Brown’s death, said that questions about the report’s missing information “are beyond the scope of what my team can respond to.”.He referred questions to City Attorney Stephanie Karr, who didn’t immediately reply..

Officer Wilson, 28, is on paid leave pending the outcome of multiple investigations..A St. Louis County Circuit Court grand jury began hearing testimony about the shooting this week..The U.S. Department of Justice is also investigating possible civil rights violations..

The state investigation is being conducted by the St. Louis County Police Department..A copy of their offense report does list Brown as the victim, but doesn’t give a summary of what happened..

The county’s report reveals that the larger metro department didn’t receive a call on the Aug. 9 shooting until 12:43 p.m., about 40 minutes after Brown was killed..

“So we have no idea what happened during those 43 minutes,” Rothert said..“It just adds to the complete lack of transparency about what happened.”.

Last week, Chief Jackson gave members of the media 19 pages of police documents, photos and video from a convenience store robbery that occurred shortly before the fatal shooting..Police said they believe Brown and Johnson had just stolen cigars at the store before crossing paths with Officer Wilson on their way home..

“They have obviously taken the shooting of Michael Brown less seriously than the alleged robbery of cigarillos,” Rothert said..“That’s pretty disturbing.”.
Sat, August 23, 2014 - 1:47 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
No use saying Happy Birthday..
Sat, August 23, 2014 - 1:32 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
On July 17, 2014 NYPD cops used an illegal choke hold on Eric Gardner resulting in a homicide..On February 4, 1999 NYPD cops pumped 41 bullets into Amadou Diallo, an unarmed black male who had just returned home and was entering the apartment building where he lived, and on November 25, 2006 NYPD cops unleashed a barrage of over fifty bullets on Sean Bell, an unarmed black man who was leaving a night club after celebrating his upcoming wedding..

In each of these cases people demanded justice through peaceful protest and lawful means..Time will tell with Eric Gardner, but in other cases where NYPD cops murdered unarmed black men the cops got away with it, and little was done to address NYPD’s systemic problems of brutality and murder..

Within days of the police shooting of Michael Brown some 40 FBI agents launched an investigation, the Ferguson Police were relieved of authority to police the protesters and Democrats and Republicans in congress began efforts to curtail the militarization of police..

Rioting seems counter productive, but, if one objectively looks at the results, one is forced to acknowledge that the rioting in Ferguson did more in days, than years of peaceful activity to curtail NYPD violence have ever accomplished..

Why is it that the NYPD continues to get away with brutality and murder?.
One is forced to wonder if riots are the only way to get the federal government to pay attention when police murder and brutalize whole communities..If riots had occurred in New York would 40 FBI agents be investigating that homicide of Eric Gardner?.

Deaths at the hands of police are not rare incidents or aberrations, but a national issue..The StolenLives.org project has documented over 2000 murders by police since 1990 alone..Yet police brutality and murder continues to escalate..What can be done about it?.

Those in Ferguson seeking peaceful solutions turned to political organizing..They have marched peacefully, discouraged violence, and set up voter registration tables urging people to “register to vote, get on juries and choose your leaders.”.Channeling energy into peaceful efforts like voter registration is something we hope everyone would prefer to violence..

Well, perhaps not everyone..According to a report on Breitbart.com when Matt Wills, the Executive Director of the Missouri Republican National Committee learned that voter registration tables were being set up in Ferguson he replied ” I think it’s not only disgusting, but completely inappropriate.”.

So what, Mr. Wills, is an appropriate response?.Do nothing while unarmed black people are shot to death?.Riot?.Carry firearms to protect ones self from the police?.Actually, a Texas group, calling itself “The Huey P. Newton Gun Club” thinks that is precisely what is needed..So, in Texas, about thirty mostly black protesters, marched with shot guns, rifles and signs demanding justice for Michael Brown..Such offers a frightening reminder of Malcom X’s prediction that racial injustice would be resolved by “the ballot or the bullet.”.

Why, under these circumstances, does Matt Wills, a high level Missouri Republican National Committee member so oppose the very idea of voter registration that he calls it disgusting and inappropriate?.Does he speak for the Republican Party?.If not why has he not been fired?. Does the Republican Party actually prefer the bullet to the ballot?.

If Republican leaders oppose peaceful methods like voter registration and the ballot, what is left?.Riots and the Huey P. Newton Gun Club..
Fri, August 22, 2014 - 1:05 PM permalink - 0 comments
 
Happy Birthday Tory..
Fri, August 22, 2014 - 11:07 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
People say "I love you" so often and too soon..It's meaning has become watered down for both the one speaking and the one hearing them...When I tell someone "I love you," it will never be said casually or without great consideration and thought..When I say those words, you will know I have given my heart to you..
Tue, April 8, 2014 - 6:37 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
To enemies - Forgiveness
To friends - Your heart
To yourself - Respect
To poor - Charity
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Don't cry over the past, it's gone..
Don't stress about the future, it hasn't arrived..
Live in the present and make it beautiful..
Thu, January 2, 2014 - 10:44 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
Friends are welcome here, be at ease..
Go to bed when your ready, get up when you please..
Happy to share with you, all that I have..
The leak in the roof, and the soup in the pot..
You don't have to thank me, or laugh at my jokes..
Just relax and come often, your one of the folks..
Sun, October 21, 2012 - 7:02 PM permalink - 3 comments
 
Do your know if Google is tracking your Web activity?..If you have a Google account (for, say, Gmail) and have not specifically located and ''paused'' the Web History setting, then the search giant is keeping track of your searches and the sites you visit..This data has been separated from other Google products, but on March 1 it's being shared across all of the Google products you use when Google's new privacy policy went into effect..

If you'd like to prevent Google from combining this potentially sensitive data with the information it has collected from your YouTube, Google+, and other Google accounts, you can remove your Web History and stop it from being recorded moving forward..

After signing into your Google account, type http:www.google.com/history into your browser..If your Web History is enabled, you'll see a list of recent searches and sites visited..Click the gray Remove all Web History button at the top of the page and a subsequent OK button to clear your Web History..

(Alternatively, you can choose Account Settings from the pull-down menu in the upper-right corner of a Google product such as Gmail, Google+ or Google.com..From the Account Settings page, scroll down to the Services header and click on the "Go to web history" link)..If your Web History is enabled, you'll see a list of recent searches and sites visited..Click the gray Remove all Web History button at the top of the page and a subsequent OK button to clear your Web History..

By leaving it on "Pause" will stop the tracking and recording of your Web activity..
Tue, March 6, 2012 - 6:57 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
We have had an unusual increase in Tribe users' reporting a number of child exploitative images. We take this very seriously and have dedicated resources to responding to the reports and cooperating with law enforcement.

Tribe's Code of Conduct specifically prohibits the posting of any image or text which associates children with sexuality in any way and the vast majority of Tribe's users conduct themselves in keeping with our CoC. We have, consistent with our CoC, promptly reported illegal images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and are currently supporting law enforcement in the active prosecution of criminal violations.

This law enforcement process is ongoing, and while we expect the guilty parties to be brought to justice quickly, there is necessarily some delay while evidence is gathered. We appreciate the support of the Tribe community in bringing violations to our attention and want to assure the tribe community that we are working with multiple law enforcement agencies to expediently respond to all reports and to remove the violators from our community.

Please report any suspect images by sending the URL to abuse@tribe.net.
Tue, March 6, 2012 - 6:23 AM permalink - 1 comment
 
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