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TX: Unconstitutional Cavity-Searches On Women's Genitals During Traffic Stops (not making this up.)

Texas state troopers caught on camera probing women's privates aren't isolated incidents: lawyers
Multiple highway patrol officers in Texas have been captured by dash cams doing 'unconstitutional' cavity searches on women's genitals during traffic stops. Lawyers and civil rights advocates say the 'mind-boggling' searches are all too common.

The first video was graphic enough. Two women, as shown in a Texas state trooper’s dash cam recording, are probed in their vaginas and rectums by a glove-wearing female officer after a routine traffic stop near Dallas.

A few days later, a second video surfaced. It was an eerily similar scenario, but this time the traffic stop was just outside Houston, and with different troopers. Two women, pulled over for allegedly speeding, are subjected to body cavity searches by a female officer summoned to the scene by a male trooper.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/troopers-texas-probe-genitals-women-traffic-stops-article-1.1414668#ixzz2avJkBSyY

The first video was graphic enough. Two women, as shown in a Texas state trooper’s dash cam recording, are probed in their vaginas and rectums by a glove-wearing female officer after a routine traffic stop near Dallas.

A few days later, a second video surfaced. It was an eerily similar scenario, but this time the traffic stop was just outside Houston, and with different troopers. Two women, pulled over for allegedly speeding, are subjected to body cavity searches by a female officer summoned to the scene by a male trooper.

Unlike the earlier tape, this one had clear audio. Yells can be heard as the female trooper shoves her gloved finger inside one woman.

In both invasive incidents, the female troopers don’t change gloves between probes, according to the horrified victims.

Texas officials say the searches are unconstitutional. So do attorneys for the shaken women, who have filed federal lawsuits.

So how did Texas troopers hundreds of miles apart get captured on dash cams conducting body cavity searches under nearly identical conditions?

“The fact that they both happened means there is some sort of (department) policy” advocating their use at traffic stops, Jim Harrington of the Texas Civil Rights Project told the Daily News. “It’s such a prohibited practice. I don’t know why they think they can do this. It’s mind-boggling.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/troopers-texas-probe-genitals-women-traffic-stops-article-1.1414668#ixzz2avInCLwy

"Quinn Rose"


Sally Quinn, The Washington Post journalist and Editor in Chief of On Faith, let NowThis News into her DC crib to show us everything we wish we could have in our own homes. A pool, a tennis court and a lot of Warhols are just a few of the awesome features in the house that Abraham Lincoln’s son once owned.

Journalist? OMG grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Massive Toxic Black Cloud, Brought To You by the Koch Bros, Blows Over Detroit

MInd-boggling video of a billowing, high-carbon, high-sulfur cloud from the mountain of petroleum coke - waste from Canadian tar sands shipped from Alberta to Detroit, and the dirtiest potential energy source ever - illegally stored by the Koch Brothers along the Detroit River. Produced by Marathon Refinery but owned by Koch Carbon, the pet-coke piles have for months been producing "fugitive dust" - ie: thick black crud - that blankets the homes of outraged residents and lawmakers; analysis shows the dust contains elevated levels of lead, sulfur, zinc and the likely carcinogenic vanadium. Environmental officials say the Koch Brothers broke the law by not getting a permit for their toxic dump, and they can't guarantee there won't be another "dust event," but not to worry: The Kochs reportedly plan to move the mess to some other poor beleaguered place. We await the day we can exercise our right, not just to free expression and clean air, but to the end of Koch power.

"Is that the petcoke?! Is that the petcoke?! But can we breathe it? Oh my god." - appalled spectator recording the cloud.

Check out the new NSA Power Vac

reminded me of this:

Yeah. As if that's the problem with today's U.S.: Too much transparency.

When retired Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hayden headed the CIA, one question vexed him so much that he set up a special working group of his private-sector advisory board to help him answer it: “Will America be able to conduct espionage in the future, inside a political culture that every day demands more and more transparency in every facet of national life?”

Mr. Hayden said the working group, headed by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, “came back with the answer, more or less: ‘We’re not sure.’”


By the way -- wasn't Mikey the one who called in Booz-Hamilton to do work for the NSA...?


How The Wild West REALLY Looked!

More BEAUTIFUL Sephia pics & info:

“Congress Was Fully Briefed” … at the Last Minute


......75 days after the House Intelligence Chair asked for a document that even DOJ claimed to agree was important for all members of Congress to have access to, DOJ finally provided it.

Two days later, on December 16, the House Judiciary Committee reported its bill; at the time the Intelligence and Financial Services Committees got an extension to January 29, 2010, which was just days before the PATRIOT provisions expired. And while those committees ultimately discharged the bill on January 29, it wasn’t that bill that got considered in the House or Senate. Rather, Congress pushed through http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/02/26/us-usa-congress-security-idUSTRE61P0EV20100226 a one year extension of PATRIOT as it existed, thereby avoiding any of the new limits on the dragnet collection passed by the Judiciary Committees.

DOJ played similar games the following year, when Congress tried to pass real extensions. That time around, DOJ provided its document on February 2, a week after Jim Sensenbrenner introduced another emergency bill to http://www.dni.gov/files/documents/2011_CoverLetters_Report_Collection.pdf extend the PATRIOT Act long enough so it could be extended for real later that year.

We believe that making this document available to all members of Congress, as we did with a similar document in December 2009, is an effective way to inform the legislative debate about reauthorization of Section 215.

DOJ said, as they handed over information about an emergency debate that had already started.

This is what counts as good faith briefing of Congress, providing highly controlled documents to Congress well after important parts of the debate have already taken place.

But don’t worry. All three branches of government have approved the dragnet.

- See more at: http://www.emptywheel.net/2013/08/02/congress-was-fully-briefed-at-the-last-minute/#more-37116


LOL: Nixon Disses Aristotle

Nixon Dissed Aristotle
by BooMan
Fri Aug 2nd, 2013 at 05:49:08 PM EST

See if you can figure out what these guys were talking about:

Nixon: CBS came on with a movie. They had two magnificent handsome guys, and a stupid old fellow in it. They were glorifying homosexuality!

Ehrlichman: Was that a panel, sir?

Nixon: Hell no, it was a movie!

Haldeman: No, that’s a regular show, it’s on every week. And usually it’s just set in the guy’s home. It’s usually just that guy, who’s a hardhat.

Nixon: That’s right, he’s a hard hat.

Ehrlichman: And he always just looks like a slob.

Nixon: Looks like Jackie Gleason.

Haldeman: And then he has this hippie son-in-law. And, uh, usually the general trend of it is to downgrade him, and upgrade…

Nixon: Upgrade the hippie son-in-law.

Haldeman: Make the square hardhat to be bad.

Ehrlichman: What’s it called, I’ve never seen it.

Nixon: Archie is the guy’s name.

Ehrlichman: Now that’s real family entertainment, isn’t it?

Nixon: The point that I make is that goddamit, I do not think that you glorify, on public television, homosexuality! You ever see what happened, you know what happened to the Greeks? Homosexuality destroyed them. Aristotle was a homo, we all know that. So was Socrates.

Ehrlichman: But he never had the influence that television has.

Nixon: The last six Roman emperors were fags. You see, homosexuality, immorality in general, these are the enemies of strong societies. That’s why the communists and the left-wingers are pushing it. They’re trying to destroy us.

More Here:

Man wins battle to wear pasta strainer on his head

Lukas Novy says he’s a member of the “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster,” a satirical faith which teaches that a creature composed of pasta and meatballs “created the world much as it exists today,” that pirates “were peaceful explorers and it was due to Christian misinformation that they have an image of outcast criminals today,” and that beer is good. In observance of this faith, Novy, a resident of the Czech Republic, insisted that he be allowed to wear a pasta sieve on his head while being photographed for an official government ID. And he succeeded:

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