FAT WHITE COP ARRESTS MUSICIAN FOR LEGALLY SINGING IN SUBWAY & ITS CAUGHT ON TAPE1

THIS IS A FAT WHITE COP

FROM OUTSIDE OF NYC

DOESN’T KNOW THE LAW

WANTS TO KNOCK SOME HEADS

HE WANTS TO BE KING

HE WANTS TO BE DEAD

LET’S OBLIGE HIM

FUCK THE COPS

THIS HAPPENED IN BROOKLYN

IT’S LEGAL TO SING AND PLAY IN THE UNDERGROUND

BUT THIS COP IS A FATHEAD

FIRE HIM

AND WHILE YOU ARE FIRING HIM

HAVE HIM SIT IN THE SUBWAY NAKED IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER

SO WE CAN PISS ON HIM CONTINUALLY

HE CAN BE THE NEW HUMAN TROTH

THE POLICE THAT DIED IN 9/11 – NO SYMPATHY FOR THEM – THEY ARE THE DEVIL

THE FIREMEN WHO DIED IN 9/11 ARE THE REAL HEROS

TELL THAT TO ANYONE THAT ASKS YOU.

FUCK THE COPS

THIS IS THE FAULT OF NOT SEE BILL BRATTON POLICE COMMISSION

YOU CANNOT LIVE IN NYC IF YOU DON’T HAVE MONEY

ANYONE WHO LIVES IN THE OUTER BOROUGHS ARE SEEN AS THE ENEMY TODAY OF INDIE MANHATTAN ISLAND

WE NEED TO TALK OUT BRATTON & DeBLASIO – I TOLD YOU NOT TO VOTE FOR DeBLASIO – HE’S A NIGGER LOVING HYPOCRITE.

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It’s Legal To Sing In The Subway, But This Subway Singer Got Arrested Anyway

Posted: 10/20/2014 7:03 pm EDT Updated: 2 hours ago

The New York City transit authority has a rule that expressly allows people to play music beneath the streets.

So why did a cop arrest a busker over the weekend after he refused to stop singing and playing his acoustic guitar on a subway platform?

At the busker’s urging, the officer first read out loud the relevant section of the MTA rulebook, noting that “artistic performances, including the acceptance of donations,” are permitted.

Then he arrested the singer, slamming his guitar into the wall. In a video of the incident captured by a bystander, the musician sings Neil Young’s anti-authoritarian anthem “Ohio” as the officer and several backups handcuff him and drag him away. The crowd on the platform erupts into a chant of “Fuck the police.”

A police spokesperson told HuffPost in an email that the video is “under review,” but didn’t answer questions about the reasons for the arrest. The singer, Andrew Kalleen, 30, told HuffPost the arresting officer charged him with loitering, but only after poring over a law book in the back of the police van.

While state law prohibits people from loitering in the subway “for the purpose of soliciting or engaging in business,” that law seems to contradict the MTA rule, which allows performing for money.

Matthew Christian, a street violinist who co-founded BUSK-NY, a group that advocates for street performers, said the police often charge performers with vague offenses like loitering when they can’t find a more convincing justification for arrest.

“This happens so often,” Christian said. “When police officers don’t precisely know the law, they arrest someone over their own refusal to back down, and once the person is brought to the police station and booked, they can’t find anything else to charge them with, so they go mining.”

The arrest may be the latest example of a broader police crackdown on small-time hustles like panhandling and dancing in subway cars. In March, the police commissioner, Bill Bratton, proudly announced that arrests of subway peddlers and panhandlers had tripled under his watch.

“If you take care of the little things, then you can prevent a lot of the big things,”Bratton said at the time, expressing the conviction at the core of the “broken windows” strategy that he famously embraced during his first stint as New York’s top cop in the ’90s.

Critics of the broken windows theory point out that no one has conclusively proves it works, and they argue that a hard-nosed approach to minor offenses only leads to violent encounters, racially biased policing, and wrongful arrests. In July, the strategy came under heightened scrutiny after Eric Garner, a Staten Island grandfather, died at the hands of police. An officer had grabbed him in a banned chokehold while attempting to arrest him for the sale of loose cigarettes.

Kalleen said police have stopped him at least five times for performing in the subway station, and he has filed a complaint against them with the Civilian Complaint Review Board, an agency that investigates allegations of police abuse. He plans to sue the department over the latest arrest.

He spent Friday night in a police holding cell, but he doesn’t sound bitter about it. At the precinct, he said, he thanked his arresting officer and another cop for risking their lives to protect people, and told them about something that happened to his family a decade ago in Northern California: A masked intruder entered their home with a shotgun and struggled with his father before the police arrived and took the man away.

After he shared that story, he said, the cops warmed up to him.

“From that point on, we were able to have a real conversation. Both cops agreed that the system is very broken. Their bosses tell them it’s their job to go out and write tickets. It’s a revenue system. We all agreed that we want it to change, but they’re doing what they’re told.”

Kalleen said he later asked his arresting officer if he liked music. “It turns out that he plays guitar too, or he used to. We talked about music that we like, and there were some bands that crossed over: Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin. He’d recently gone to see Robert Plant.”

The officer did not tell Kalleen whether he likes Neil Young.

EBOLA WATCH – 10, 000 A WEEK ‘COULD DIE’ – THIS IS NOT YO MAMMY’S DISEASE!

EBOLA may have originated in Africa

but it’s NOT yo mama’s disease

It’s all our disease

They may have a serum but it’s not enough for all the sick nigga’s today

It could take a year for the serum to get approval la la la la la

Meanwhile if 10,000 pple die a week

that is 40,000 a month

by Dec 2014 it could be 110,000 dead people all around the world

THIS COULD END UP BEING VERY COSTLY IF WE DON’T HANDLE IT NOW

IT’S NOT JUST AN AMERICAN PROBLEM

IT IS

A

WORLD

PROBLEM

125 ON EBOLA WATCH

Nurses Say U.S. Hospitals Not Adequately Prepared To Handle Patients… WHO: New African Ebola Cases Could Reach 10,000 Per Week… 70 Percent Fatal… Spain’s Response Exposes Holes In West’s Readiness… ‘A Lot More People Will Die’ If World Doesn’t Step Up…

 

WHO: New Ebola Cases Could Be Up To 10,000 Per Week In 2 Months

Posted: 10/14/2014 8:37 am EDT Updated: 5 hours ago

GENEVA (AP) — The death rate in the Ebola outbreak has risen to 70 percent and there could be up to 10,000 new cases a week in two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday.

WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward gave the grim figures during a news conference in Geneva. Previously, WHO had estimated the death rate at around 50 percent.

Aylward said the 70 percent death rate was “a high mortality disease” in any circumstance and that the U.N. health agency was still focused on trying to get sick people isolated and provide treatment as early as possible.

He told reporters that if the world’s response to the Ebola crisis isn’t stepped up within 60 days, “a lot more people will die” and there will be a huge need to deal with the spiraling numbers of cases.

For the last four weeks, there’s been about 1,000 new cases per week — including suspected, confirmed and probable cases, he said, adding that the U.N. health agency is aiming to get 70 percent of cases isolated within two months to reverse the outbreak.

WHO increased its Ebola death toll tally to 4,447 people on Tuesday, nearly all of them in West Africa, from 8,914 cases.

Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia have been hardest hit nations in the current outbreak. Aylward said WHO was very concerned about the continued spread of Ebola in the three countries’ capital cities —Freetown, Conakry and Monrovia.

He said the agency was still focused on trying to treat Ebola patients, despite the huge demands on the broken health systems in West Africa.

“It would be horrifically unethical to say that we’re just going to isolate people,” he said, noting that new strategies like handing out protective equipment to families and setting up very basic clinics — without much treatment — was a priority.

In Berlin, a U.N. medical worker infected with Ebola in Liberia died despite “intensive medical procedures.” The St. Georg hospital in Leipzig said Tuesday that the 56-year-old man, whose name has not been released, died overnight of the infection.

The man tested positive for Ebola on Oct. 6, prompting Liberia’s U.N. peacekeeping mission to place 41 other staff members under “close medical observation.”

He arrived in Leipzig for treatment on Oct. 9. The hospital’s chief executive, Dr. Iris Minde, said at the time there was no risk of infection for other people, since he was kept in a secure isolation ward specially equipped with negative pressure rooms that are hermetically sealed.

He was the third Ebola patient to be flown to Germany for treatment. The first man recovered and returned home to Senegal. A Uganda aid worker is still being treated in Frankfurt.

POTUS OBAMA FUCKED UP WHEN TSA ALLOWED THE LIBERIAN ASSHOLES INTO AMERICA

IT’S BAD ENOUGH WE HAVE BLACK RETARDED PEOPLE  IN OUR COUNTRY WHO HAVE BEEN HERE FOR GENERATIONS

AND STILL HAVEN’T MADE THEIR MARK ON ANYTHING

GENERATIONS OF BLACK PEOPLE WITH NOTHING TO SHOW FOR THEIR LIVES EXCEPT CRIME, WELFARE, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND GANGS. THUGS FOR MOST OF THEM. IT’S UNREAL AND TO GET BACK AT WHITE AMERICA

WE NOW BRING YOU

EBOLA

THE KILLER DISEASE OF BLACK PEOPLE

TEXAS IS GOING TO DISAPPEAR IF THIS KEEPS UP

AM I DRUNK?

YEAH KINDA. BRANDY WILL DO THAT TO YA BUT I’M TALKING RANDOMLY

WE ARE GETTING READY TO VIEW THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 5

AND WE’RE READING ABOUT EBOLA AND FREAKING OUT

CDC SAYS SHIT LIKE “PROTOCOL WAS BREACHED”? REALLY? GAGGGGGGG!!!!

A NURSE IS INFECTED AND SHE WAS COVERED IN PREP FOR TREATING THAT MOTHERFUCKER DUNCAN

I HOPE HE’S ROTTING IN HELL CAUSE COMING BACK TO AMERICA WAS NOT THE THING TO DO.

AND NOW – AFTER 1 PERSON DIES AND ANOTHER NURSE IS SICK OBAMA STEPS UP TO THE PLATE

AND WANTS TO DO SOMETHING FEDERALLY TO STOP EBOLA FROM SPREADING?

WAS HE ASLEEP 2 WEEKS AGO?

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Obama Orders Immediate Federal Action To Help Halt Spread Of Ebola

Posted: 10/12/2014 1:50 pm EDT Updated: 10/12/2014 1:59 pm EDT
BARACK OBAMA 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has gotten an update about the latest developments on Ebola from his health secretary and his assistant for homeland security.

The White House says Obama has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to move as quickly as possible in investigating the apparent breach of infection control procedures at the Texas hospital that had treated a Liberian man with the virus.

Obama also is having federal authorities take more steps to make sure hospitals and health care providers are ready to follow the proper procedures in dealing with an Ebola patient.

According to a White House readout of the call, Obama directed the following:

· The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) investigation into the apparent breach in infection control protocols at the Dallas hospital move as expeditiously as possible;

· The additional officers CDC has dispatched to Dallas work closely with state and local authorities as well as hospital staff to review infection control procedures and the use of personal protective equipment;

· Lessons learned from that inquiry are shared quickly and broadly; and,

· Federal authorities take immediate additional steps to ensure hospitals and healthcare providers nationwide are prepared to follow protocols should they encounter an Ebola patient.

CDC IS BRACING FOR MORE PATIENTS OF EBOLA IN TEX-ASS – THIS IS INSANITY

SO THE CDC IN THE TV SHOW “THE STRAIN” IS 100 TIMES BETTER THAN THE ACTUAL CDC IN AMERICA

CDC SAYS THAT SINCE THE FIRST DICK – THE NIGGER WHO BROUGHT THE VIRUS TO THE US AND THE DIPSHITS AT TSA WHO DIDN’T CHECK HIM OR ANYONE ELSE ON THAT PLANE. LATER THAT PLANE WHEN ALL OVER THE USA TO 27 DIFFERENT STATES.

I CAN’T HELP BUT BE PISSED OFF AT OUR PRESIDENT WHO IS NOW CALLING FOR IMMEDIATE FEDERAL ACTION TO THWART THIS VIRAL INFECTION NOW THAT A NURSE IS INFECTED. A NURSE WHO TOOK CARE OF THE NIGGER.

I SWEAR TO GOD WE SHOULD PUT ALL THE PEOPLE FROM THAT PLANE IN GUANTANAMO BAY AND ISOLATE THE SHIT OUT OF THEM. THIS IS NOT A VAMPIRE VIRUS BUT THIS IS WORSE

IT’S CRIMINAL.

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Obama should be impeached over this outrage.

We have to recall all the people on that plane, everyone they came in contact with and everything that came in contact with anyone they knew -

put them all into guantanamo bay to isolate them.

The only good thing is that most of the people that will die will be black people.

The people on that plane, the people they knew and whom those people knew were mostly all black.

That’s all I’m saying.

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Here’s an explanation you will love!

Teri Frey · Top Commenter · San Antonio, Texas

Ah the lovely results of fractured healthcare infrastructure in America. Medicaid expansion rejected by Rick Perry resulted in an overcrowded Texas ER, thereby ensuring poor screening and treatment of an Ebola Patient. If the ER hadn’t been overwhelmed with uninsured poor, perhaps they would have done a better job. Obsess over Fetuses but allow Ebola patients to chill out at home – the Perry dynasty continues…

THAT JUST SUMS UP RICK PERRY’S PRESIDENT RUN FOR 2016 FOR ME – HOW ABOUT YOU?

 

Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Posted: 10/12/2014 7:22 am EDT Updated: 0 minutes ago
EBOLA

DALLAS, Texas, Oct 12 (Reuters) – A Texas health worker has contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian who died of the disease at a Dallas hospital last week, raising concern about how U.S. medical guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of the disease were breached.

The infected worker, identified as a woman but not named by authorities as they announced the case on Sunday, is believed to be the first person to contract the disease in the United States.

Health officials said the worker at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital had been wearing protective gear during treatment of Thomas Eric Duncan. Duncan was a Liberian who died on Wednesday after being exposed to Ebola in his home country and developing the disease while visiting the United States.

The outbreak in West Africa, the worst outbreak on record of Ebola, has killed more than 4,000 people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The new case in Texas indicated a professional lapse that may have caused other health workers at the hospital to also be infected, said the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“We don’t know what occurred in the care of the index patient, the original patient, in Dallas, but at some point there was a breach in protocol, and that breach in protocol resulted in this infection,” CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden told a news conference.

“We are evaluating other potential healthcare worker exposures because if this individual was exposed, which they were, it is possible that other individuals were exposed,” he said.

The worker was in close contact with Duncan and initial testing shows that the level of virus in her system is low. The CDC will conduct a secondary test to confirm the results from a lab in Austin that showed Ebola infection, he said.

“Unfortunately it is possible in the coming days that we will see additional cases of Ebola,” he said.

Frieden said there was one person who may have had contact with the infected health worker when she could possible transmit the disease and that person is being monitored.

Frieden said the intubation of Duncan and use of a dialysis machine – measures taken while trying to save his life – posed high risk for transmission of the virus.

Duncan died in an isolation ward on Oct. 8, 11 days after being admitted. More than 50 people attended to his care. The hospital said it was decontaminating its isolation unit while health officials said Duncan’s body had been cremated.

‘FULL CDC PRECAUTIONS’

Dan Varga, the hospital’s chief clinical officer told a news conference that the infected worker “was following full CDC precautions … so gown, glove, mask and shield.”

The hospital has already faced criticism for at first turning away Duncan when he first showed up there on Sept. 25, saying he had been in Liberia and had a fever. About two days after he was discharged, he grew much sicker and was taken back by ambulance and put in an isolation unit.

None of the 10 people who had close contact with him or 38 people who had contact with that group have shown any symptoms, state health officials said.

Texas officials did not identify the health worker or give any details about the person, but CNN said it was a woman nurse.

The Texas case is not the first outside badly hit West Africa in which a health care worker contracted the disease after contact with a patient.

In Spain, a nurse who contracted Ebola after caring for two infected priests repatriated to Spain remained seriously ill but is showing signs of improvement. Teresa Romero, 44, is so far the only person who has tested positive for Ebola through a transmission in the country.

Fifteen people were being monitored in a Madrid hospital for signs of Ebola on Sunday, as the Spanish government tries to contain recriminations over how it has handled the case. None have so far shown any symptoms.

EBOLA PAMPHLETS

In Dallas, there was a yellow hazardous material drum on the lawn of the brick apartment where the Texas health worker lived and information pamphlets about the Ebola virus were stuffed in the doors in the surrounding blocks of the apartment.

Neighbor Cliff Lawson, 57, said he was woken at 6:00 a.m. by two Dallas police officers who told him “don’t panic.”

“I went back to bed after that. There’s nothing you can do about it. You can’t wrap your house in bubble wrap,” Lawson said.

A team is decontaminating the patient’s apartment and car, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said.

The hospital said in a statement that the new patient, who had not been working for two days, had been taking her own temperature twice a day. The worker informed the hospital of a fever and was isolated immediately upon arrival there.

A union for registered nurses said the Ebola case in Dallas shows that not enough is being done to educate health workers on how to manage patients who show signs of infection.

“Handing out a piece of paper with a link to the Centers for Disease Control, or telling nurses just to look at the CDC website – as we have heard some hospitals are doing – is not preparedness,” said Bonnie Castillo, a registered nurse and senior official with National Nurses United.

SCREENING AT JFK AIRPORT

News of the second patient in Dallas came as U.S. authorities step up efforts to stop the spread of the virus. New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on Saturday began the screening of travelers from the three hardest hit West African countries.

Liberia is the country worst affected by the virus with 2,316 victims, followed by 930 in Sierra Leone, 778 in Guinea, eight in Nigeria and one in the United States, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Some 4,033 people are known to have died in seven countries from the outbreak, it said.

Ebola is spread through contact with bodily fluids of an affected person or contamination from objects such as needles. People are not contagious before symptoms such as fever develop.

The United Nations said on Friday that its appeal for $1 billion to respond to the West Africa outbreak was only 25 percent funded. (Reporting by Jim Forsyth in San Antonio, Frank McGurty in New York, David Bailey in Minneapolis, David Morgan in Washington and Sarah White in Spain; Writing by Jon Herskovitz, Jason Neely and Brendan O’Brien; Editing by Anna Willard, Stephen Powell and Frances Kerry)

COPS TAKE FROM WE THE PEOPLE & SPEND MONEY ON CARS, GUNS, ELECTRONICS & CLOWNS?

YOU HAVE TO READ THIS AND NOT THROW THE FUCK UP

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THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COPS AND CRIMINALS EXCEPT ONE WEARS A BADGE

Asset seizures fuel police spending

Published on October 11, 2014

Police agencies have used hundreds of millions of dollars taken from Americans under federal civil forfeiture law in recent years to buy guns, armored cars and electronic surveillance gear. They have also spent money on luxury vehicles, travel and a clown named Sparkles.

ABOVE: In Douglasville, Ga, population 32,000, an armored personnel carrier costing $227,000 was bought using money taken from Americans under civil forfeiture laws.

The details are contained in thousands of annual reports submitted by local and state agencies to the Justice Department’s Equitable Sharing Program, an initiative that allows local and state police to keep up to 80 percent of the assets they seize. The Washington Post obtained 43,000 of the reports dating from 2008 through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Stop and Seize: In recent years, thousands of people have had cash confiscated by police without being charged with crimes. The Post looks at the police culture behind the seizures and the people who were forced to fight the government to get their money back.
Part 1: After Sept. 11, 2001, a cottage industry of private police trainers emerged to teach aggressive techniques of highway interdiction to thousands of local and state police.
Part 2: One training firm started a private intelligence-sharing network and helped shape law enforcement nationwide.
Part 3: Motorists caught up in the seizures talk about the experience and the legal battles that could take over a year.
Chat transcript​: The reporters behind “Stop and Seize” answered readers’ questions about the investigative series.

The documents offer a sweeping look at how police departments and drug task forces across the country are benefiting from laws that allow them to take cash and property without proving a crime has occurred. The law was meant to decimate drug organizations, but The Post found that it has been used as a routine source of funding for law enforcement at every level.

“In tight budget periods, and even in times of budget surpluses, using asset forfeiture dollars to purchase equipment and training to stay current with the ever-changing trends in crime fighting helps serve and protect the citizens,” said Prince George’s County, Md., police spokeswoman Julie Parker.

Brad Cates, a former director of asset forfeiture programs at the Justice Department, said the spending identified by The Post suggests police are using Equitable Sharing as “a free floating slush fund.” Cates, who oversaw the program while at Justice from 1985 to 1989, said it has enabled police to sidestep the traditional budget process, in which elected leaders create law enforcement spending priorities.

“All of this is fundamentally at odds with the U.S. Constitution,” said Cates, who recently co-wrote an article calling for the program’s abolition on The Post’s editorial page. “All of this is at odds with the rights that Americans have.”

Of the nearly $2.5 billion in spending reported in the forms, 81 percent came from cash and property seizures in which no indictment was filed, according to an analysis by The Post. Owners must prove that their money or property was acquired legally in order to get it back.

The police purchases comprise a rich mix of the practical and the high-tech, including an array of gear that has helped some departments militarize their operations: Humvees, automatic weapons, gas grenades, night-vision scopes and sniper gear. Many departments acquired electronic surveillance equipment, including automated license-plate readers and systems that track cellphones.

The spending also included a $5 million helicopter for Los Angeles police; a mobile command bus worth more than $1 million in Prince George’s County; an armored personnel carrier costing $227,000 in Douglasville, Ga., population 32,000; $5,300 worth of “challenge coin” medallions in Brunswick County, N.C.; $4,600 for a Sheriff’s Award Banquet by the Doña Ana County (N.M.) Sheriff’s Department; and a $637 coffee maker for the Randall County Sheriff’s Department in Amarillo, Tex.

Sparkles the Clown was hired with asset forfeiture proceeds by police in the Village of Reminderville, Ohio, where she painted children’s faces at a community relations event. (Ron Fowler)

Sparkles the Clown was hired for $225 by Chief Jeff Buck in Reminderville, Ohio, to improve community relations. But Buck said the seizure money has been crucial to sustaining long-term investigations that have put thousands of drug traffickers in prison.

“The money I spent on Sparkles the Clown is a very, very minute portion of the forfeited money that I spend in fighting the war on drugs,” he told The Post.

About 5,400 departments and drug task forces have participated in the Equitable Sharing Program since 2008. Justice spokesman Peter Carr said the program is an effective weapon to fight crime but should not be considered “an alternative funding source for state and local law enforcement.”

“It removes the tools of crime from criminal organizations, deprives wrongdoers of the proceeds of their crimes, recovers property that may be used to compensate victims, and deters crime,” he said in a statement. “Any funds received through the equitable sharing program are meant to enhance and supplement, not supplant or replace an agency’s appropriated budget and resources.”

Money for gear, training

A local or state police agency can seize cash or property under federal law through the Equitable Sharing Program when a federal agency such as the Drug Enforcement Administration or Immigration and Customs Enforcement agrees to adopt the seizure under federal law. Federal agencies generally are allowed to keep 20 percent or more of the seizure after an adoption.

‘Your property is guilty until you prove it innocent’

In the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, an aggressive brand of policing called “highway interdiction,” which involves authorities seizing money and property during traffic stops, has grown in popularity. Thousands of people not charged with crimes are left fighting legal battles to regain their money.

(Gabe Silverman/The Washington Post)

In September, The Post reported that police across the country became more aggressive in their use of federal civil asset forfeiture laws after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Officials at Justice and the Department of Homeland Security encouraged a technique known as highway interdiction to help in the fight against drugs and terror.

There have been 61,998 cash seizures on highways and elsewhere since 9/11 without search warrants or indictments and processed through the Equitable Sharing Program, according to an analysis of Justice data obtained by The Post.

Equitable Sharing participants must follow rules contained in a 50-page Equitable Sharing guide that require the proceeds of seizures to be used “by law enforcement agencies for law enforcement purposes only.”

Permissible uses include overtime pay, training, building construction and improvements and equipment — everything from file cabinets and fitness gear to automatic weapons, surveillance systems and cars. They also can use proceeds to buy food and drinks at conferences or during disaster operations.

Police generally may not pay ongoing salaries or otherwise support annual budgets. One exception allows for departments to pay salaries of newly hired officers for one year or officers assigned to a drug task force as a replacement “so long as the replacement officer does not engage in the seizure of assets or narcotics law enforcement as a principal duty.”

The Justice Department has about 15 employees assigned to overseeing compliance. Five employees review thousands of annual reports for discrepancies. Justice employees also use analytical tools to search for spending patterns. Several attorneys review all sharing requests for $1 million or more, Carr said, adding that the locals also do their own audits.

 The annual reports from local and state police are required to help “promote public confidence” in the program and to protect against “waste, fraud and abuse,” the guidelines say. But the forms provide few details about what is actually purchased, according to documents and interviews. That is in part because the department leaves it up to local officials to decide how to categorize their spending. There is little room to provide line-item detail.

Justice’s inspector general’s office has conducted 25 audits on spending since 2008, an average of  four a year, examining more than $18 million in Equitable Sharing spending, roughly three-quarters of 1 percent of the money spent during that time. Justice has challenged millions of dollars in spending as unsupported or unallowable.

One audit examined about $3.4 million in Equitable Sharing funds that the Oklahoma Highway Patrol spent from July 2009 to June 2012.

The audit found $1.9 million in unallowable and unsupported expenditures relating to salaries, overtime pay, construction, fees paid to contractors and the use of two Ford F-150 pickup trucks by non-law enforcement personnel.

Oklahoma authorities did not return calls seeking comment.

Auditors found the Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff’s Office paid thousands for projectors, scanner equipment and other items that were not intended for law enforcement. They also paid for 20 lawyers in the Mesa County prosecutor’s office to attend a conference at the Keystone ski resort. Auditors questioned more than $78,000 in spending.

The Mesa Sheriff’s Office also did not respond to calls from The Post.

Some Highlights

BearCat armored personnel carrier
Douglasville Police Department, Ga.

$227,390

27 M-4 assault rifles
Braselton Police Department, Ga.

$54,000

Coffee maker
Randall County Sheriff, Texas

$637

Sparkles the Clown
community relations program
Reminderville Police Department, Ohio

$225

RELATED GRAPHIC: SPENDING SEIZED ASSETS
Since 2008, about 5,400 police agencies have spent $2.5 billion in proceeds from cash and property seized under federal civil forfeiture laws. Police suspected the assets were linked to crime, although in 81 percent of cases no one was indicted. How much is being spent in your state?

Trading cards and BMWs

One task force used the money for a subscription to High Times, a magazine for marijuana enthusiasts, at $29.99 for a year.

Several departments bought custom-made trading cards, complete with photos and data about their officers. Some, including police in Chelsea, Mass., share them with children in their communities.

“We have found that this is a great way to build trust and foster long-lasting relationships with the youth in our community who get to know officers on a first-name basis,” said Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes.

Ten agencies have used the asset forfeiture funds to pay their fees for the Defense Department’s excess property initiative, better known as the 1033 program, which enables local and state police to buy surplus military-grade equipment at cut rates. The equipment includes automatic weapons, night-vision gear and clothing.

Police in Sahuarita, Ariz., paid $4,300 to outfit a Humvee obtained through the 1033 program. The New Bedford, Mass., Police Department in 2012 paid $2,119 for shipping costs for M-16s from the military.

In Brunswick County, N.C., $5,300 from asset forfeiture funds was spent on challenge coin medallions. The coins were to be shared with local residents or other law enforcement. (Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office )

Dozens of sheriff and police offices paid a total of more than $100,000 for keepsakes known as “challenge coins” and lapel pins that they could share with one another and with local residents.

Scores of departments spent money on vehicles. Many of them were typical police cruisers, but dozens were new and used sports and luxury cars, including at least 15 Mercedes, a dozen Mustangs, a handful of BMWs and two Corvettes.

Others bought a variety of armored cars. Among them was the police department in Douglasville, Ga., and the sheriff’s office in Douglas County, Ga., which teamed up several years ago to buy an eight-ton, $227,000 BearCat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck).

Douglasville Deputy Chief Gary E. Sparks said they have used the vehicle a few times in barricade situations. But mostly it has been deployed for “officer down” and SWAT team exercises.

“It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it,” he said.

Police in Ferguson, Mo., also participate in Equitable Sharing. Since 2008, the department reported using seizure proceeds to buy $18,000 in weapons and protective gear, $71,000 in computers and communications gear, and about $43,000 in electronic surveillance equipment. Some of the money was seized in partnerships with other agencies, the annual reports show.

Jurisdictions in the Washington region have used the federal asset forfeiture program as well.

Virginia State Police spent $33 million on buildings and improvements and $11 million on computers and communications gear. A state police spokeswoman said the funds came from money forfeited by Purdue Frederick Company, the maker of OxyContin, to settle allegations that the company played down the drug’s addictive properties.

The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department was a leader in spending on informants and undercover drug purchases, reporting about $3.3 million under that category. The department declined a request to provide details.

Police in Prince George’s County, Md., spent $56,000 to paint two aging helicopters and more than $1 million on a mobile command bus using asset forfeiture dollars.

Prince George’s police spent $382,000 on license-plate readers, $56,000 to paint two aging helicopters and an undisclosed amount on a “cell site simulator” that can surreptitiously track cellphones.

Parker, the Prince George’s police spokeswoman, said the cellphone-tracking system is only used under court order and that the department “follows best practice policies” when spending forfeiture funds.

Fairfax County police have spent $1.3 million on weapons and protective gear, $561,000 on buildings and improvements and $208,000 on electronic surveillance gear. The department declined to share details about the spending.

The Justice Department audited Fairfax’s spending in 2009 and 2010 and found the department had complied with the guidelines at that time.

“Our financial stewardship of our Seized Account Funds is in compliance with all Federal rules and laws, State rules and laws, County rules and laws, and we undergo audits of these accounts by local and federal agencies,” Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr., the Fairfax police chief, said in a statement. “Additionally, we are subjected to internal audit processes to review all requests for expenditures to ensure purchases are pre-approved for compliance.”

Steady money for Ga. town

The Post analysis found that since 2008, more than 500 departments and drug task forces have reported receiving the equivalent of 20 percent of their annual spending plans at least once. Nearly 100 have done so in at least three of the past six years.

The local department that makes the most consistent use of Equitable Sharing funds per capita is in Braselton, Ga., a town of about 8,000 people along Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta. It has reported receiving the equivalent of 20 percent or more of its budget from  the Justice program in five of the past six years, documents show.

The Braselton Police Department’s approach to Equitable Sharing offers insights about the latitude the Justice Department gives local and state departments to spend seized proceeds. It also underscores how little Equitable Sharing participants are required to disclose to Justice each year.

According to the town’s annual reports, police in Braselton have spent $79,000 on weapons and protective gear since 2008, $139,000 on travel and training, $134,000 on salaries, $224,000 on computers and communications gear, $875,000 on a category characterized on the Justice form as “other,” and $905,000 on buildings and improvements.

Their spending included $806,000 for the purchase and modification of vehicles.

“It’s legit. We’re not buying stuff just to buy stuff,” he said, adding, “We spend the money if we have it. . . . It’s pretty cool. We’re not only able to help us, we’re able to help others.”

—Braselton Assistant Chief Lou Solis

In interviews, Assistant Chief Lou Solis said that not all the reported spending went to items for the town police. He said that Braselton uses its membership in the Equitable Sharing Program to buy things for law enforcement partners, such as the Georgia State Patrol.

The federal guidelines allow the formation of task forces and the participants to decide how to split the seizures among themselves, with Justice’s approval. Most of Braselton’s seizure proceeds came as a result of its participation in an Atlanta-based DEA drug task force that relies heavily on local police. Braselton has one officer assigned to the task force, Solis said.

Braselton police recently paid $6,000 for copiers for a nearby DEA office. “The DEA says, ‘Hey man, we need a copier,’ ” Solis said.

In some instances, town police help out on “whisper stops” after receiving informal tips about smugglers from the DEA, he said. Some of the seizures are made by the state patrol on nearby I-85, with help from Braselton officers, he said.

State police have sometimes partnered with Braselton on seizures in exchange for pledges from town police to provide cars and equipment for the state police. For example, Solis said, Braselton police recently bought 27 M-4 assault rifles, at about $2,000 each, for state police with proceeds from Equitable Sharing. Braselton also paid almost $8,000 in program funds for radar, lights and a tag reader for the state police.

The deals with Braselton enabled state police offices to receive the direct benefit of seizure proceeds rather than have the money go through the state patrol’s general fund, according to Solis and Capt. Kermit Stokes, a state patrol official.

Braselton police also used seizure proceeds to build an enclosed shooting range used by local, state and federal authorities, including the Department of Homeland Security, which also contributed funding, Solis said.

“It’s legit. We’re not buying stuff just to buy stuff,” he said, adding, “We spend the money if we have it. . . . It’s pretty cool. We’re not only able to help us, we’re able to help others.”

 In every instance, planned purchases are submitted to town authorities before being approved by Braselton’s police chief, he said. Every request from Georgia’s state patrol is accompanied by a formal letter, as required by the Justice program, he said.

“It’s checked and it’s double-checked,” Solis said about the spending. “It’s audited.”

When town police help out, other agencies sometimes promised to include them in a “DAG-71,” the federal form that specifies how sharing should occur. So many seizures have occurred in recent years, leading to so much sharing among local, state and federal authorities, that it has become common for one officer to tell another, “We’re going to ‘DAG you in,” Solis said.

After The Post brought the transactions to Justice’s attention, a department official told Braselton to stop using Equitable Sharing funds to buy items for other departments, said Carr, the Justice spokesman. Such transactions were not “explicitly prohibited previously,” but a new interim guidance for the program was issued this summer, Carr said.

“Braselton Police Department is now aware that this is not permitted and has assured the department it will comply with the new guidance,” Carr said. He added that other departments had made similar transactions in recent years.

Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco said he was not aware of the interim guidance but is happy to comply.

“We just never received the e-mail,” he said.

IT’S TIME TO START PUTTING PARENTS IN JAIL OF KIDS UNDER 18 YRS WHO COMMIT HEINOUS CRIMES

ALSO DO NOT HAVE A CHILD

YOUR KID IS NOT THE 2ND COMING OF JESUS

NOR IS HE/SHE THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD

WE DON’T NEED MORE DEPENDENTS AND I AM SICK OF PAYING HIGH PROPERTY TAXES BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT PAYING FOR YOUR OFFSPRING

FOR SCHOOLS – 1 CHILD GOES FREE TO PUBLIC SCHOOL AND IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE KID EACH ONE THEREAFTER HAS TO PAY FOR SCHOOL. U DON’T GOT THE MONEY? HOME SCHOOL THEM.

I’M TIRED OF PAYING FOR YOUR BRATS WHO RAPE, PILLAGE AND STEAL AND MURDER OTHERS

THEY LEARN THIS BEHAVIOR FROM SOMEWHERE

IT’S YOU

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR CHILDREN BREEDERS

BECAUSE IT’S PEOPLE LIKE ME 

THAT ARE GOING TO SEND YOUR KID TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET

SHOULD I RUN INTO THEM AND THEY TRY SOMETHING FUNNY WITH ME

I WILL TELL YOU ABSOLUTELY THAT I WILL END THEIR SASSY FUCKED UP LIFE

WITH ONE FELT SWOOP OF MY BLADE.

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IF this sounds hostile I am at the moment upset about all these things involving American public schools and makes the case for the awful but necessary CHARTER schools. Free schools are a thing of the past and these “students” are not able to cope. It is my belief that many of them are born with souls of wild animals and those souls are unteachable, barbaric and unreachable. Their parents cannot help them but they should never have had them in the first place.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SHOULD BE DUMPED & BRING BACK MUSIC & ARTS

SAYERVILLE NJ

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM AGES 15 TO 17 years old decided to haze the underclass of their football team

and APPARENTLY

RAPE THEM?

AND THIS IS A CRIME BECAUSE THE BOYS GOT IT UP THE ASS THIS TIME

NOT THE GIRLS

AND SO A BIG HALLABALLOO IS ENSUING OVER THIS

HANG THEM

TRY THEM AS ADULTS

ALL THE USUAL BULLSHIT

EXCEPT THE ONE THING THAT SHOULD BE SCREAMED FROM THE HALLS OFF THE MOUNTAINS

INDICT THE PARENTS OF THESE ATTACKERS

DO YOU THINK THESE KIDS DREAMED THIS UP THEMSELVES?

BEHAVIOR COMES FROM THE HOME

OR IS IT THE COACHES FAULT?

SO BRING THE COACH AND THE SCHOOL’S PRINCIPAL AND THE PERPS PARENTS INTO THIS

AND YOU HAVE YOUR CULPRITS.

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IT’S TIME TO START INDICTING THE PARENTS

AND TO BRING BACK

MUSIC

&

ART

AND

KICK

OUT

SPORTS

LASTLY, HOW MANY OF THESE RAPISTS ARE BLACK STUDENT?

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7 Sayreville football players charged in hazing, sexual assault of teammates (Exclusive)

SAYREVILLE — At least six members of the Sayreville High School football team were taken into custody by police this evening on charges in connection with a series of locker room sexual assaults on four victims, NJ Advance Media has learned.

A seventh player was charged, but not immediately taken into custody. He was being sought by police.

The detentions — on a night the team was scheduled to play Monroe High School for its homecoming game on its home field — came less than a week after its season was abruptly canceled by school officials in the wake of allegations of what was first called “serious bullying and harassment” of younger players.

The parent of one victim later described what occurred as a violent ritual involving anal sexual attacks by seniors who routinely preyed on freshmen.

The players taken into custody — who ranged in age from 15 to 17 — were at home with parents or guardians when police arrived, law enforcement sources told NJ Advance Media. Those sources, who were familiar with the arrests, asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

The charges were brought by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office, which confirmed the detentions after they were first reported on NJ.com.

According to Prosecutor Andrew Carey, three were charged with aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, conspiracy to commit aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal restraint, and hazing for engaging in an act of sexual penetration upon one of the juvenile victims. One of those defendants and four others were charged with various counts including aggravated assault, conspiracy, aggravated criminal sexual contact, hazing and riot by participating in the attack of some of the victims.

According to the complaints filed in the matter, one or more of the players held victims against their will, while others improperly touched victims in a sexual manner. In one case, one of the victims was kicked during an attack, said the prosecutor’s office.

Prosecutors said the events took place in four separate incidents at Sayreville War Memorial High School, between Sept. 19 and Sept. 29.

Aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree crime and even a juvenile would face up to five years of incarceration if found guilty. A prosecutor would also have the option of seeking to charge any of those arrested as adults, when they might face substantially more prison time, leave them with criminal records, and require their registration as sexual offenders.

Because they are all under the age of 18, the names of those taken into custody are not expected to be released.

Police were seen arriving at the home of team captain Myles Hartsfield, a 6-foot, 190-pound running back and free safety, a senior who is committed to Penn State, but it is not known if he was charged.

Three police officers also arrived at the home of Dylan Thillet, another team captain who is also a senior and plays guard and defensive end. They spent several minutes knocking on the door and circling the house with a flashlight. No lights in the home were on and no one answered the door.

At the Sayreville police station, three women wearing team sweatshirts declined to comment. Another woman walked in to headquarters and pulled her blue hooded sweatshirt around her face as she left 45 minutes later. She shook her head at photographers and said, “Awful, awful.” When asked by a reporter if she was referring to the media or the situation inside the police station, she replied “All of it.”

Dr. Richard Labbe, Superintendent of Schools speaks to the media about the cancellation of the season of the Sayreville Football team (Video by William Perlman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

All those in custody were being detained pending a Family Court decision on whether they will be held at a detention facility pending a court hearing, or be released to the custody of their parents or guardians until that hearing is scheduled. Juvenile hearings are not open to the public.

No coaches or anyone in a supervisory role were charged.

Sources said the charges against the players were unrelated to the drug case that surfaced last month involving an assistant Sayreville coach charged with possession of steroids.

Reached Friday night, Sen. Joseph Vitale, (D-Middlesex), whose district includes Sayreville, said: “This is beyond bullying — this is sexual assault and it should be treated as if it were. If these were acts against girls many people would be taking a different attitude. We have to grow up and treat boys as if it were girls being assaulted.”

Season canceled

Sayreville War Memorial High School has been the focus of intense scrutiny ever since allegations surfaced about what school officials described as “widespread and pervasive” incidents of bullying and harassment within the school’s storied football program.

District Superintendent Richard Labbe said he immediately brought the matter to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office after he was alerted by an anonymous allegation made to Sayreville police about a serious incident of inappropriate conduct — possibly more — by members of the team.

Within days, Labbe canceled the Bombers’ next game against South Brunswick High without explanation. Days later, he subsequently announced the decision to forfeit the rest of the season — ending the freshman, junior varsity and varsity football seasons after consulting with the prosecutor’s office.

The cancellation sparked immediate public outrage by parents of some players on the Sayreville football team, which has won three state sectional championships over the past four years. Earlier this week, amid catcalls and emotional pleas from players, parents and alumni, the board of education upheld Labbe’s decision to end the season.

Sayreville Board of Education meeting day after football season was canceledStudents, parents, and alumni as the Sayreville Board of Education upheld the cancellation of the football season earlier this week.

For the past week, however, rumors have been growing about the ugly secrets of the Sayreville team locker room that went far beyond a hazing ritual. While school officials declined to provide any detail about the allegations that led Labbe to go the authorities, the parent of a freshman football player in an interview with NJ Advance Media described a sexual assault targeting younger members of the team, which he said took place almost every day.

The parent, who asked not to be identified because of possible repercussions in a working-class town where football is almost a religion, said the assaults would begin with a howling wolf call from a senior on the team, before the locker room lights were abruptly shut off.

In the darkness, a freshman player would be pinned to the locker room floor, his arms and feet held down by multiple upperclassmen. The victim would then be lifted to his feet while a finger was forced into his rectum. Sometimes, the same finger was then shoved into the freshman player’s mouth.

“[For] 10 seconds, the lights would go off and they would grab a freshman and they would go on,” the parent said. “Right on the floor. … It was happening every day. They would get the freshmen.”

The parent added: “Kids would just sit around and witness [stuff] like this.”

The “ringleaders” involved in the hazing, according to the parent, were all seniors.

Earlier, another parent of a freshman player told NJ Advance Media that his son and teammates would “stampede” to the locker room after practices to try to get dressed before the senior players entered.Labbe has said that the coaches, including head coach George Najjar, and other school employees, were unaware of what was going on in the locker room. According to several former players of Najjar when he was the head coach at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn in the 1980s, hazing was a constant during preseason camp. They recounted initiation rituals that included Animal House-style paddling of underclassmen by upperclassmen, but they called it a “relatively harmless football tradition” and they did not believe Najjar had been aware it was happening.

In a statement after the charges were made public, Labbe said “as should be evident by now, the Sayreville Board of Education takes this matter extremely seriously and thus will continue to make the safety and welfare of our students, particularly the victims of these horrendous alleged acts, our highest priority.”

He said the district administration has already launched a harassment intimidation and bullying investigation of all athletic and extracurricular programs “to ensure that we take all steps necessary now and in the future to protect all our students.”

He said the district will continue to cooperate fully with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

“In the ensuing days, weeks, and months, we will come together as a school district and greater community to harness the strength required to support the young men who may have been victimized and then to begin the healing process for our beloved community,” he said.

Reached at home Friday night, the superintendent declined further comment.

‘The whole town is torn apart’

Throughout town, reaction was sad late Friday.

“My feelings go out to the victims, the kids who are arrested, the rest of the football team and the rest of the town, because the whole town is torn apart,” said Jim McIntosh, president of the Sayreville Bombers Touchdown Club. “If you don’t think it is, just look around.”

Wendy Rondeau, who was reading the story about the criminal charges on her cellphone outside Wawa on Washington Road Friday night, said Sayreville was a good town.

“For something like this to happen is shocking. But we will get through this,” she said.

Rondeau, though, said she always believed the allegations were serious. “You don’t just make stuff up like that.”

The parent who first detailed the allegations, meanwhile, said he was ecstatic.

“It’s like a gorilla jumping off my chest,” said the parent, who still wanted to remain anonymous because of possible repercussions against his family. “Over the past week and a half, I’ve tried to do everything in my power to get it out there.

“The only hero in this town are the kids, these freshman kids that stepped up.” He said the parents who had earlier defended the kids and “tried to intimidate the superintendent” should be ashamed of themselves.

Najjar, who makes $84,752 as a faculty member at Sayreville High School, and was to make $11,700 for coaching duties for the 2014-2015 school year, declined comment after answering his phone. He has been at Sayreville for 20 years.

Even before the season for Sayreville had come to an end, the program had already been rocked by revelations that an assistant Sayreville football coach had been charged with possession of steroids and of hypodermic needles a week earlier.

The assistant coach, Charlie Garcia, 38, of South Plainfield, was arrested after police said they discovered 800 mg of steroids and 14 hypodermic needles in his pickup truck during a traffic stop on Route 22 in Bridgewater on Sept. 26, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Garcia resigned and his attorney said the allegations had “nothing to do with the football program at Sayreville High School.” Charges against him are still pending.

Staff writers Ted Sherman, Vernal Coleman, Jeremy Schneider, Braulio Perez and Brian Amaral contributed to this report.

Matthew Stanmyre may be reached at mstanmyre@njadvancemedia.com.
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Muslim Murtza Hussain (male) thinks Bill Maher is a Bigot but in this article HUSSAIN comes out smelling like he fears the truth

MUSLIMS NEVER LIKE TO READ THE TRUTH ABOUT THEIR DISGUSTING RELIGION

JUST BECAUSE WE KNOW ABOUT THEIR RELIGION AND HOW IT EFFECTS OTHERS IN A NEGATIVE WAY

BE HEADINGS, RAPES OF WOMEN & CHILDREN, HANGING YOUNG TEEN GIRLS, BARBARIC & ARCHAIC DESIGN

MOSTLY BY MEN WHO HAVE NO BRAINS AND USE THEIR DICKS AS WEAPONS

I LAUGHED A LOT READING THIS BIGOTED PIECE OF DOG SHIT OF WHAT HUFFINGTON POST CALLES

“JOURNALISM”

APPARENTLY MURTZA HUSSAIN IS A BIGGER BIGOT THAN ALL OF US

CHECK HIM OUT – HE REALLY NEEDS A CLOSE SHAVE.

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I do admire the fact he isn’t named MOHAMMAD

https://twitter.com/MazMHussain

 

For the above Muslim, people like Ben Affleck will be easy to turn once the muslim bring ISLAM to America.

I won’t be easy and I will fight, kill, rape and murder any muslims; man/woman/or child

who tries to hurt me or the people I love

My Kantana is ready to strike and I will turn every Muslim in my path to dust.

 

you can email this idiotic Muslim below is his addy

I just scolded him on Twitter. He and Reza Aslan have no right to slap down other people’s opinions of Islam.

Islam is a disease America will find the cure and eliminate Muslims from this equation.

Simply put – if you are a Muslim – change your religion or die.

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BILL MAHER ISN’T A ‘POLITICALLY INCORRECT’ LIBERAL, HE’S JUST A BIGOT
Featured photo - Bill Maher Isn’t a ‘Politically Incorrect’ Liberal, He’s Just a Bigot

Like many others, of late I’ve been sharing in the surreal experience of watching Bill Maher transform from a mildly interesting, “edgy,” talk show host into a crude, overbearing demagogue. It hasn’t been pleasant viewing, but Maher really does appear to be in rare form these days. Between him sharing his fears about the terrifying number of babies today being named Muhammad, to complaining about Muslims in America who “bring that desert stuff into our world” — the first question that comes to mind is: this guy is a liberal?

Watching his increasingly outlandish public performances, one gets the sincere impression that Maher believes that since he smokes weed and supports gay marriage it’s impossible for him to be a bigot. Needless to say, it’s become glaringly obvious that self-awareness is not really his strong suit.

Maher last week got into a rather heated argument on his show with Ben Affleck over the broadly defined subject of Islam and Muslims. Maher, who became visibly scandalized by Affleck’s suggestion that most Muslims are normal people, launched into an indignant tirade about the Muslim world, alleging, among other things, that Islam “acts like the Mafia” comprised of people who will “fucking kill you” for trying to leave.

Fox’s New Favorite Racist

The fact that this is both impossible and false was apparently no deterrent. Maher and his utterly hapless sidekick Sam Harris defended their position against allegations of racism by basically just repeating it over and over. At one point Harris simply stated that “Islam is the motherlode of bad ideas,” in response to which Maher blurted “that’s just a fact”.

IT’S DEPRESSING THAT THIS NEEDS BE REPEATED ANEW EVERY GENERATION: MAKING INCENDIARY AND IGNORANT GENERALIZATIONS ABOUT VAST GROUPS OF PEOPLE IS NEVER A GOOD IDEA.

Maher’s primary defense against Affleck’s charges was that “Islam is not a race” but an idea, a claim Harris has repeated. Strictly speaking of course this is true. Islam is certainly not a “race”, at least not in the way in which the term is popularly understood in America. But because many people buy into the myth that theocratic governments or even groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS speak for all Muslims, Muslims have become — undeniably — a racialized group after 9/11.

Aside from the near-daily instances of assault and harassment against Muslims as a result of anti-Islamic prejudice, there are countless Sikh and Hindu-Americans in America today being beaten up and even killed for the crime of “looking Muslim.” These acts aren’t being committed by people who have interrogated their victims innermost existential beliefs, they’re basic racism.

While it’s depressing that this apparently needs be repeated anew every generation, making incendiary and ignorant generalizations about vast groups of people is never a good idea. Moreover, anyone with a modicum of familiarity with the Muslim world that goes beyond American pop culture can also tell you that the characterizations Maher makes are broadly incorrect.

Insisting on framing problems like apostasy laws in certain Muslim countries simply as issues with “Muslims” — thus implicating ordinary people who in the majority of cases are largely aloof from said laws — is not activism but pure bigotry. Despite this, that’s exactly what Maher does, night after night. Incredibly enough, he also seems to think that his rhetoric in this context represents some kind of act of personal bravery.

If that’s true, then Fox News must be the bravest news organization in the country. Maher, for all his supposed liberalism, has in fact become the new poster-boy of the right-wing network. He’s even won the enthusiastic support of luminaries like Robert Spencer thanks to his zealous “liberal” chauvinism.

Maher’s Weird Unraveling

To anyone who has followed Maher’s career over the long-run, his bizarre unraveling over the past several years has been at times agonizing to watch. Maher’s favorite rhetorical targets now — women and minorities — are people who simply don’t have access to the same resources that he does to make their voices heard in society. This is how, improbably enough, Ben Affleck became an overnight hero to many Muslim people in America and around the world for using his voice to speak on their behalf during another one of Maher’s tirades. It was both a touching gesture and a sad reflection of what things have come to.

In a revealing interview a few weeks earlier on Charlie Rose, Maher had complained:

“In this country, if you just use the wrong word about women, they go nuts …in all these other countries…They’re doing things like making them wear burkas. They’ve been brainwashed.”

Here, if I may, is liberal celebrity Bill Maher in a nutshell. Talking down to people who don’t have the power or apparently even the agency to talk back, while shamelessly seeking more latitude to engage in his own preferred prejudices at home. Neither Muslims nor women have any say in his characterizations of them – and Muslim women in particular who may disagree with him are blithely written off as a brainwashed zombies. It’s pretty gross, and over time it’s just getting grosser.

Needless to say, I don’t really have high expectations for the “civil dialogue about Islam” Maher is planning on holding along with fellow Islamic scholar Glenn Beck.

Photo: Janet Van Ham/HBO/AP

OBAMA WOULD NEVER CALL JORDAN MATSON HIS SON BECOS POTUS IS BASICALLY A COWARD

OBAMA CALLED TRAYVON MARTIN HIS SON OR “THAT HE COULD BE MY SON IF I HAD A SON”

MEANING MARTIN WAS A BLACK OPPRESSED AMERICAN & OBAMA CALLS THOSE AMERICAN BLACK MEN

HIS SON

BUT JORDAN MATSON IS A FORMER SOLDIER FROM 2006 TO 2007 AND FED UP WITH AMERICA’S LACK OF ACTION

TO HELP THE KURDS FIGHT ISIS IN SYRIA

HE ENLISTED

AND IS OVER THERE FIGHTING WITH THE KURDS

AND HE WENT THROUGH A LOT TO GET THERE

MY HEART IS WITH THIS COURAGEOUS YOUNG 28 YR OLD GUY

WHO WAS TIRED OF WATCHING CHRISTIANS DIE IN A MUSLIM LAND

I AM TIRED OF IT TOO

AS AN AMERICAN OF ARMENIAN DESCENT

ARMENIANS WERE SLAUGHTED WITH THE HELP OF GERMANS (PARDON ME WHILE SPIT THAT WORD OUT)

TURKS MURDERED ARMENIANS FROM 1915 TO 1920

MOST OF MY GRANDPARENTS FAMILIES WERE GONE BY THE TIME MY GRANDPARENTS CAME TO AMERICA, MET

MARRIED

HAD KIDS

WHO THEN GREW UP

AND HAD ME

I FUCKING HATE MUSLIMS

I FUCKING HATE ISIS

MY HATE KEEPS ME WARM AT NIGHT

AND IT FUELS THE FIRE IN MY BELLY

NO MATTER HOW OLD I GET TO LIVE

I WILL SLEEP WITH MY KATANA BESIDE ME

WAITING FOR THE MUSLIM TO COME

SO I CAN FINALLY AVENGE MY PEOPLE

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What Happened When Wisconsin Man Jordan Matson Decided To Take On ISIS

Posted: 10/08/2014 2:20 pm EDT Updated: 10/08/2014 2:59 pm EDT
JORDAN MATSON
DERIKE, Syria (RNS) Like many Americans, Jordan Matson is outraged by the brutality of the Islamic State. But unlike virtually every other American, he decided to take on the militants head-on.

Now, the 28-year-old Racine, Wis., man is recovering in a hospital in northeastern Syria from a shrapnel wound in his foot, the result of a mortar attack by Islamic State fighters in Jazaa, along the Iraqi border.

Tall with slightly graying hair, Matson conceded that people back home might call him crazy for joining Kurdish forces three weeks ago to help end the Islamic State’s reign of terror.

“I couldn’t just sit and watch Christians being slaughtered anymore,” he said in an interview with USA Today. “I got sick of giving online sympathy. Five minutes of lip service does nothing. These people are fighting for their homes, for everything they have.”

Matson was critical of the United States for being slow to launch air attacks on the Islamic State militants, who have been fighting in Syria for three years and seized large portions of Iraq earlier this year.

“It wasn’t until an American was beheaded did we do anything,” he said of the execution of journalist James Foley in August. “We just let the monster grow and grow.

“For the U.S. government, it’s not about human life. It’s about how they look in the opinion polls,” added Matson, who was wearing a military uniform and a traditional Kurdish black and white scarf across his shoulders.

Matson, who now goes by the name Sadar, served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman from May 2006 until November 2007, attaining the rank of private first class, according to Army Human Resources Command.

His record does not indicate why he left the Army after less than two years, but he said in the interview that he was discharged because of an injury and did not deploy overseas.

Matson said he knows one other American who has joined the fight against the militants but did not give that person’s name. “We met one hour before we were attacked and we were joking how funny it would be if we were attacked when we’d just met one another,” he said.

To get to the battlefield, Matson said, he worked as a delivery driver for a food service company for six months to save enough money for a flight and to support himself for the three years that he expects to be in Syria.

“I was Googling the Syrian civil war looking for a military force fighting ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIL) that wasn’t a terrorist organization. I found the YPG (Kurdish People’s Protection Unit) on Facebook and saw it wasn’t a terrorist organization so I contacted them,” he said.

“They asked me a few questions to make sure I wasn’t pro-ISIS and then they told me I could come. I just flew by the seat of my pants.”

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined to discuss Matson for privacy reasons and said she was unaware of any law barring a U.S. citizen from fighting with the Kurds.

Matson flew from Chicago to Warsaw to Istanbul and then drove to Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey. There he was picked up by a YPG member who drove him to Iraq, where he crossed the border into Syria pretending to be a doctor.

“They don’t pay me, but they treat me like family. If I need anything, they look after me,” he said.

Able to speak a few words of Kurdish and with the help of sign language, he manages to get his point across to his comrades and the doctors at the run-down hospital filled with wounded fighters in this largely desolate city.

Matson said the Kurdish forces are very young, with no heavy weapons or body armor. “Sometimes it’s just kids. That’s the way it is. I have a Kalashnikov (automatic rifle). That’s it.

“In the dark, with no night vision goggles, we can’t see ISIS,” he said. “The other night 12 black figures walked towards our base and just started shooting at us.”

He laughed as he recalled a young YPG fighter whose aim was so bad he wasn’t able to shoot a chicken for dinner one evening.

Despite his comrades’ shortcomings, he remains committed to the battle. “Once I can put a boot back on,” he said, “I’m back there.”

(The Army Times contributed to this report.)

 

FSU JAMEIS WINSTON IS A RAPIST & HIS COLLEGE KNEW IT & SO DID POLICE &

THEY HID ALL THE INFO FROM THE PROSECUTOR OF THAT CASE WHEN IT WENT TO TRIAL.

THAT’S ILLEGAL

ALL BECAUSE THIS RAPIST IS A HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER AND I DO RECALL ANOTHER HEISMAN WINNER – OJ SIMPSON

WHO IS GUILTY OF A DOUBLE MURDER –  DISGUSTED?

I AM AND IT’S NOT BECAUSE HE’S BLACK, IT’S BECAUSE HE’S BLACK & HIS SCHOOL & POLICE ARE COMPLICIT

IN THE RAPE

THAT’S HOW I SEE IT

THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF BLACK PEOPLE IN THE WORLD – JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE OF ANY PARTICULAR RACE

THERE ARE GOOD PPLE

THERE ARE BAD PPLE

AND THAT’S IT

JAMEIS WINSTON IS A BAD PEOPLE

HE DESERVES TO GET HIS ELITIST BLACK ASS KICKED SO HARD IT RATTLES HIS BRAIN

HE HAS BEEN IN TROUBLE MOST OF HIS COLLEGE CAREER AND MANY PEOPLE HAVE DROPPED THEIR SUPPORT OF HIM

HERE’S A GUY WHO IS A GOOD ATHLETE BUT HE SQUANDERS THE OPPORTUNITIES IT BRINGS HIM BECAUSE HE THINKS HE IS

ALL THAT

AND HE’S NOT ALL THAT

NO ONE IS — ALL THAT

NO ONE

SO HE DOES A LOT OF SHIT THAT IF ANOTHER BLACK PERSON HAD DONE THAT SAME SHIT

THEY WOULD BE COOLING OFF IN A JAIL CELL FOR YEARS TO COME

JUST SAYING.

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I WOULD NEVER PROTECT A RAPIST HOWEVER I THINK THE VICTIM IN THIS CASE WHO DID NOT RESPOND TO THE COURT CASE WAS EITHER

THREATENED

OR

PAID OFF

EXACTLY HOW MUCH DID SHE THINK HER HOURS OF TORTURE WERE WORTH? AND IF THIS IS THE CASE; THAT SHE WAS PAID OFF – SHE DOESN’T DESERVE ANOTHER SECOND OF THOUGHT=

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Jameis Winston

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston 2013 headcrop.jpg
Florida State SeminolesNo. 5
Quarterback Redshirt Sophomore
Date of birth: January 6, 1994 (age 20)
Place of birth: Bessemer, Alabama[1]
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career history
High school: Hueytown (AL)
 College(s):

Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com

Jameis L. Winston (/ˈməs/, jay-miss, born January 6, 1994) is an American collegiate athlete. He plays college footballand baseball for the Florida State University Seminoles. He plays quarterback in football as well as an outfielder and relief pitcher in baseball. He is a switch-hitter and throws right-handed. At the age of 19 on December 14, 2013, Winston became the second freshman and youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy. On January 6, 2014, he led the Seminoles to a victory in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game and an undefeated 14–0 football season.

Controversies

Sexual assault complaint

On November 14, 2013, the State Attorney of the Second Judicial Circuit announced they were opening an investigation into a sexual assault complaint involving Winston that was originally filed with the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) on December 7, 2012.[15] The complaint was originally investigated by the police and classified as open/inactive in February 2013 with no charges being filed.[16][17] Tallahassee police stated that the complaint was made inactive “when the victim in the case broke off contact with TPD, and her attorney indicated she did not want to move forward at that time” and then re-examined after media requests for information started coming in early November.[18] On December 5, 2013, State Attorney Willie Meggs announced the completion of the investigation and that no charges would be filed against anyone in this case. Meggs stated that “As prosecutors, we only bring charges for cases where the evidence will result in a likely conviction at trial. In this case, the evidence does not show that.”[19]Allegations of improper police conduct have been made by both parties, with the victim claiming to have been pressured into dropping her claim and Winston’s attorney alleging inappropriate leaks to the media. Adhering to Florida State’s policy that athletes charged with a felony cannot play until their case is resolved, Winston continued to play throughout the investigation because he was never charged.[20]

On April 16, 2014, The New York Times reported irregularities in the rape investigation involving Winston. Though a medical examination of the victim revealed injuries consistent with sexual trauma – including bruises and semen – and the victim would later identify Winston by name as her attacker, Tallahassee police reportedly never obtained a DNA sample from Winston, never interviewed him, nor attempted to obtain video of the alleged assault taken by Seminoles teammate Chris Casher. The investigation was conducted by Officer Scott Angulo, who, the Times’ article notes, did private security work for the Seminole Boosters, the primary financier of Florida State athletics.[21]

Shoplifting incidents

In July 2013, a Burger King employee called police in July to complain that Winston was stealing soda. According to the police report, Winston came in to the restaurant with three men, but did not order any food. An employee, who recognized him, first saw him using ketchup cups to take some soda. He asked for a water cup after she told him to stop, but he said he would use it for soda and filled it repeatedly with soda over her objections, the report said.[22] On April 29, 2014, Winston was issued an adult civil citation for shoplifting crab legs from a Tallahassee Publix store.[23] Winston was ordered to undergo 20 hours of community service and was suspended from any college baseball activity until he completed his community service.

Game suspension

On September 17, 2014, Winston was suspended for the first half of Florida State’s upcoming game against Clemson, for shouting “fuck her right in the pussy”, an Internet meme,[24]while standing atop a table in Florida State University’s Student Union.[25] Two days later, university president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox, citing results of an “ongoing investigation”, announced that Winston would be suspended for the whole game.[26]

Home-town reactions

In summer 2014, Winston’s home town of Hueytown held a formal celebration to admire his achievements. Three months later, some local residents said Winston had lost their support, with some asserting that he might have squandered the opportunities he was thought to have had.[27]

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Documents: Police, FSU hampered Jameis Winston investigation

Ramifications for Florida State in the Jameis Winston Case

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Legal analyst, Kevin Vaughn, explains what Florida State is facing in their handling of the Jameis Winston sexual assault case. Plus, what’s next for the Seminoles quarterback.
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