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New Allegations Against Erick Gelhaus Added to Andy Lopez Lawsuit

SANTA ROSA (BCN) — More than 100 people packed the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors chambers this afternoon to continue their protest of the killing of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a sheriff’s deputy in October.


The 20-page amended complaint alleges Sonoma County was aware Gelhaus had racist and extremist tendencies and beliefs, and attended and was an instructor at a shooting academy whose founder held extremist and homophobic, racist and separatist views.

The complaint alleges Gelhaus was a regular contributor to online shooting and firearms tactics magazines and blogs, and he “instructed and advised others on questionable tactics,” including “how an officer must respond to justify shooting a kid with a toy gun.”

After Gelhaus shot Lopez, he immediately tried to erase, conceal and otherwise destroy evidence of his racist, separatist and extremist beliefs, and he wrongfully erased his own commentary, postings in chat rooms and other writings in an effort to conceal his beliefs, according to the amended complaint.


"The orange tip, The orange tip"

my ass

'We called for help, and they killed my son,' North Carolina man says

Source: CNN

Seventy seconds: That's how long a North Carolina family says it took for things to go horribly wrong as they sought police help dealing with their mentally ill son.

Keith Vidal, 18, died Sunday. According to CNN affiliate WECT, he was just shot 1 minute and 10 seconds after a third law enforcement officer showed up at his Brunswick County home.

The three officers all were from different jurisdictions, and family members say that the third officer -- who came from a nearby city -- turned what had been an improving situation into an unnecessarily aggressive encounter that ended in their son's death.

"There was no reason to shoot this kid," the teen's stepfather, Mark Wilsey, told WECT on Monday. "They killed my son in cold blood. We called for help, and they killed my son."

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/07/justice/north-carolina-teen-killed/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Are WalMart's Low Wages A Drag On The Economy?

A new report claims that Wal-Mart’s wages could be costing taxpayers $900,000 to $1.75 million per year, per store.

“Wal-Mart’s The Low‐Wage Drag on Our Economy: Wal‐Mart’s low wages and their effect on taxpayers and economic growth” was prepared by the Democratic staff of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce and released today. The document claims to have calculated the cost to taxpayers in social services for workers paid the minimum wage.

It’s not the kind of summer blockbuster the American public expects, but it likely will become one.

It’s an update to the 2004 report: “Everyday Low Wages: The Hidden Price We All Pay for Wal-Mart.” That report sought to capture the public costs Wal-Mart’s business model imposes upon the nation’s taxpayers. It found that a hypothetical 200-person Wal-Mart store cost taxpayers an estimated $420,750 per year.


Low wages are stalling America’s economy

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — American workers should get a raise. They deserve a raise, and the economy needs it, too.

Low wages are holding us back. Since the official end of the recession more than four years ago, the average wage has barely kept up with inflation, even though workers are more productive and are creating more profits for the owners they work for.

Since June 2009, real average weekly earnings have increased 0.3% per year , even as productivity has increased 1.5% per year. Most of the income gains have gone to the highest paid workers, including the bosses. Real median weekly wages have actually declined 0.8% per year since 2009.

Slow income growth means consumer spending has also grown slowly. Most households are still trying to avoid taking on too much debt (like they did in the 2000s), so they don’t have the purchasing power to buy the additional goods and services that the economy could be producing.

If those additional goods and services can’t be sold, then businesses won’t hire the workers who would produce them, nor will they invest in the buildings or equipment that would be needed.


I don't want to eat in a Restaurant that pays the Wait staff $2.13 per hr

I need a list of the Cheap Ass Bastards (Restaurant Chains) who only pay the Wait Staff $2.13 per hour because I don't want to patronize any of them

I became enraged when I read this and I REFUSE to spend my money in any establishment that does that to fellow human beings

Even more shocking is the so-called tipped minimum wage (for workers who rely on tips), which has been frozen at $2.13 since 1991.

Fire destroys memorial for Santa Rosa teen

Source: KGO-TV

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- Investigators have concluded a fire at a memorial for a Bay Area teenager killed by a Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy was not arson. The 13-year-old, Andy Lopez, was shot while holding a pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle.

Investigators say there are no signs of an accelerant used to start the fire. Some of the items left on an alter were damaged and by Thursday night people have already replaced some of the things lost. Despite the findings some people are still suspicious.

"You know, I don't know what's going on. It's not right though, I know that," said Deborah Romelli, a neighbor.

The fire that partially burned the memorial to Andy has been raising suspicions.

Read more: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/north_bay&id=9379815

No - prejudice had nothing to do with the reasons the Deputy who shot a 13 yr old boy for carrying a TOY airsoft gun was cleared of any wrong doing and allowed to return to work.

The comments section and "Letters to the Editor" of the local newspaper have been a Battle Ground of prejudice against the proposals to turn the vacant lot into a playground named after the slain teen

Are the Feminist / MRA Argument Threads a means to "Divide and Conquer" DU - POLL

Lets face it folks its run the gamete far beyond reasonable discussion

But I'm asking for your opinion

So far the Fed has Bailed Out Banks $3.6Trillion and yet we can't raise the Minimum Wage

I ask you - "Now What in the Fuck is Wrong with that Picture"

Bernanke and his policy-making colleagues are contemplating how to finish a third round of so-called quantitative easing that has swelled the Fed’s balance sheet to a record $3.59 trillion. The unprecedented bond buying is aimed at combating unemployment and bolstering an economy that expanded by only 1.4 percent in the 12 months through June.


I see an Administration that sits by watching the working class suffer while pumping $Trillions into Wall St and the Wealthy 1%

Minimum Wage Raise Essential To Fixing Our Economy

The Walton (Walmart) heirs now have as much wealth as up to 40 percent of all Americans combined, and Walmart’s sales have been slowing down. What does the first fact have to do with the second? (Hint: Sign this petition for raising the minimum wage.)

The top 1 percent now rakes in 20 percent of the nation’s income and holds one-third of the country’s wealth. Meanwhile the economy remains stagnant because the incomes of regular people are stagnant and falling – meaning they can’t buy stuff and can’t invest in their own futures.

“40% Of Americans Now Make Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage”:



We throw Free Money to the Wealthy Elite and Surrender on issues for the Working Class

1% wealth increased 17% in 2013 - minimum wage works get Squat

Geez ya think it would be enough to make a president actually do something

A Christmas Message from the 1% to America

Obey - or else

We'll sick the dogs on you

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