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Name: Steven Leser
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Seen on Twitter Re: Sandra Bland. Personal policy regarding tweets about Bland...

I agree 100%

from: https://twitter.com/Bipartisanism/status/625164229763428352

I love Ed Schultz. I wish he was keeping his show, but his ratings made the show unsustainable

I don't know what viewers are looking for, but whatever 'it' is, Ed wasn't getting it done. Same with Hayes. Both were getting clobbered not just by Fox but by CNN. I don't think making this into a conspiracy is helpful.

What we need is some kind of expert think tank on the Liberal side to figure out how to get folks to tune in to liberal media.


Ratings for MSNBC’s The Ed Show continue to fall and Thursday saw a new low for the 5 p.m. program with just 25K viewers in the 25-54 demo tuning in. That’s about ten times less than Fox News’ The Five, which had 245K and a quarter of CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, which had 95K.

From 5 to 6 p.m., MSNBC’s PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton managed to more than double Ed Schultz’s ratings, rising to 57K in the demo. Then, Hardball with Chris Matthews did it again at 7 p.m. with 103K.

Boy George: This is the world I was fighting for back in 1984


Back in 1972, a young South Londoner named George Alan O'Dowd saw androgynous glamazon David Bowie on Top of the Pops, and it changed his life. Roughly a decade later, when O'Dowd — now cheekily known as Boy George — famously performed on the same BBC program with his band Culture Club, his appearance had a similarly seismic effect on many starry-eyed pop fans. Wearing full-face kabuki makeup, flowing dreadlocks, and a knee-grazing smock dress, this girlish Boy played with concepts of sexuality and “gender-bending” in a way that was possibly even more radical and shocking in the '80s than Bowie had been in the '70s.

Flash-forward 30 years, as Culture Club embarks on a much-hyped (and already once-delayed) reunion tour, and the world has drastically changed. As George points out, now “Sam Smith can say, 'I’m gay,’ and no one goes on about it,” and Caitlyn Jenner has been enthusiastically embraced by the media and public at large. George is humble, but acknowledges that he and Culture Club helped pave the way.

“I always think that change is like a daisy chain,” says George, speaking exclusively to Yahoo Music in the Men’s Chorus dressing room at one of Culture Club tour’s stops, Los Angeles’s Greek Theatre. “People that kind of made my life easier, like Bowie, Quentin Crisp, Oscar Wilde, Sylvester, Klaus Nomi, it goes on and on and on… there are people that get the glory. And maybe I was one of the ones that got the glory, in the same way as Caitlyn Jenner ; you know, there’s a lot of other transgender people, but Caitlyn is in the moment when people are willing to embrace that. I think that’s such a beautiful thing.

"And in a funny sort of way, it’s the world that I wanted to be in. It’s that world I was fighting for in 1984. That was what I wanted. I wanted people not to care about whether you were gay, straight, black, white, transgender, whatever it may be… That being said, there’s more work to be done… I still want to change the world, absolutely. And I feel like we did back then was part of that.”

I thought you might all appreciate this post.


I just can't believe how delicate some of the folks are regarding their candidate, folks we all here in the BOG I am sure remember and recognize as relentless critics of Baracks.

Memphis cop fatally shoots black teen after mistaking him for someone else, family says


A mother in Memphis said over the weekend that a case of mistaken identity led to police tragically killing her 19-year-old son.

Investigators told WSMV that Darrius Stewart was the passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over on Friday night for a broken headlight. The driver was cited for the headlight and was allowed to leave, but Stewart was detained over several outstanding warrants, including a sex-related offense in Iowa and failure to appear in Illinois.

Officials said that when the officer returned to the car to handcuff Stewart, the suspect kicked the door open and fought with the officer. Blurry cell phone video showed the two men struggling on the ground before the officer fired his weapon to end the fight. Stewart later died after being transported to Regional Medical Center.

The teen’s mother explained to WSMV that this was not the first time her son had been stopped by police because someone with the same name had outstanding warrants. “They told him he could leave because he wasn’t the one they were looking for, but to be safe, because there is someone out there with the same name and a lot of warrants,” she recalled.

The mother also said that she did not understand why an officer who was much larger than her son needed to use deadly force to end the fight. “The officer standing 6-feet tall or 6-2, weighing over 200 pounds. My son standing 5 feet or 5-6, weighing about a hundred pounds,” she noted. “How is it possible?”

Bland was pulled out of her car window by the arresting officer.


A friend said she called him from jail Friday night and told him her version of what happened.

"She was smoking when he pulled her over. Told her to put her cigarette out, she had an exchange of words and it just went downhill. She said he snatched her out of the window and slammed her on her face," LaVaughn Mosely said.


See my post in GD regarding a petition for the DOJ to take over the Sandra Bland investigation


to the group here

Sign the petition requesting the USDOJ take over the Sandra Bland investigation

My comments: "We need to know what happened and only an impartial investigating agency outside of the jurisdiction can do that with any degree of confidence."


Petition text:

On Monday July 13th 2015 Sandra Bland, a 28 year-old Black woman from the suburbs of Chicago was found dead in a Waller County, Texas jail cell. The circumstances surrounding her death are at best unclear and given known facts, very disturbing.

Sandra Bland, a Prairie View A&M graduate, had recently arrived in Texas to start new employment in the state and was residing with her uncle. On Friday July 10th 2015, Ms. Bland was pulled over by local Waller County Sheriffs for failing to signal before changing lanes.

What we know of what happens after that is unsettling.

Local press affiliates were able to obtain a nearly 2-minute long video of her arrest. We see Ms. Bland lying face down in a grassy marsh immediately abutting a public sidewalk. There is a male police officer with both knees pressed down on top of her back. Her arms are being sharply pulled behind her back and Ms. Bland is screaming and crying. We can clearly hear her say, "I can't feel my arms!" "I can't hear!" "You slammed my head into the ground! I'm a female. Don't you care that you slammed my head into the ground!?"

Significantly - one of the other two police officers notices the unidentified pedestrian who was taking the footage and ON CAMERA immediately attempts to intimidate him and make him STOP FILMING. As you know, The Supreme Court just recently upheld the RIGHT of any United States citizen to FILM POLICE on public property (and even in some private properties). The SCOTUS judgment also specifically prohibited police from doing exactly what this police officer was shown on camera to do: attempt to intimidate & stop a private citizen from filming an arrest on public property.

The next thing we (the general public) know for sure is that on Monday, July 13th 2015 at 9AM - local police said they found Sandra Bland dead. They said she was found "hanged" and are indicating that it was a suicide.

Based on a number of factors:

a) Sandra Bland had just RELOCATED from Chicago, Illinois to Texas to begin a brand new job.

b) Evidence that she took this new employment seriously and enthusiastically is indicated by the fact that she relocated across the country to start that job.

c) Per all family, friends and peers who have spoken publicly on this matter - Ms. Bland was a very bright, vital and happy person with absolutely NO indications of depression or suicidal tendency whatsoever!

d) Ms. Bland is clearly seen and heard on video screaming that she had been very seriously physically assaulted and damaged. She cites lack of feeling in her arms. That her head had been bashed into the ground. and as significantly - that she couldn't hear.

All three concerns are extremely disturbing (and relevant) in light of what we know happened (her being found lifeless 2 days later) in that all three would be consistent with the onset of cerebral hemorrhaging.


And for that matter outside any local or state authority.

The circumstances of this young woman's death is highly suspect and it is in the interest of justice for an outside, disinterested party with the proper legal authority to assume jurisdiction over this investigation...to avoid any appearance of impropriety or concealment.

The Department of Justice has to conduct an independent autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Was there hemorrhaging due to her head being slammed to the ground (as she exclaimed twice)?

It is in the public's interest...and in the interest of justice that we find out


I started this petition because the LIFE of Sandra Bland MATTERS.

Because it has become painfully clear through a pattern of heavy-handed, hyper-violent and wantonly callous interactions between police and citizens, particularly black citizens nationwide...that the system of law enforcement as currently practiced is broken. And we need change.

We can start here.

We can start by finding out what truly happened to Sandra Bland.

And we can get justice...at least for her.

Her life matters.

Black Lives Matter.

"Thanks to Citizens United, #GOP Nomination process is reduced to a Billionaire Cockfight & Trump's

his own rooster."

- Seen on Twitter

"Do you have any idea who I am?"

This was just sent to me and it is probably an urban legend but I don't care:

This happened at a New York Airport. This is hilarious. I wish I had the guts of this girl. An award should go to the United Airlines gate agent in New York for being smart and funny, while making her point, when confronted with a passenger who probably deserved to fly as cargo. For all of you out there who have had to deal with an irate customer, this one is for you.

A crowded United Airlines flight was canceled.

A single agent was rebooking a long line of inconvenienced travelers.

Suddenly, an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket on the counter and said, "I HAVE to be on this flight and it has to be FIRST CLASS."

The agent replied, "I'm sorry, sir. I'll be happy to try to help you, but I've got to help these folks first; and then I'm sure we'll be able to work something out."

The passenger was unimpressed.

He asked loudly, so that the passengers behind him could hear, "DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO I AM?"

Without hesitating, the agent smiled and grabbed her public address microphone.

"May I have your attention, please?", she began, her voice heard clearly throughout the terminal. "We have a passenger here at Gate 14 WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHO HE IS. If anyone can help him with his identity, please come to Gate 14."

With the folks behind him in line laughing hysterically, the man glared at the United Airlines agent, gritted his teeth, and said, "F*** You!"

Without flinching, she smiled and said, "I'm sorry sir, you'll have to get in line for that, too."
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