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Name: Steven Leser
Gender: Male
Hometown: New York, NY
Home country: USA
Current location: NYC
Member since: Tue Jan 4, 2005, 04:36 PM
Number of posts: 21,456

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Rigged monopoly game speaks to the mindset of privilege and the issues of wealth inequality

This has been posted on DU before around a year or so ago but I think it bears a repost

Everyone should watch this video as it explains some of what we Democrats/Liberals/Progressives say about wealth inequality in this country. Folks born into privilege, as some might say, born on third base, behave as if they hit a triple. And are then mean to those who were born having to hit a single just to make it to first base.

xpost from GCRA: Woman shoots her 7 y/o grandson in her home mistaking him for an intruder

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/tampa-grandmother-mistakes-grandson-7-for-intruder-shoots-him-deputies-say/2193576

TAMPA — A grandmother accidentally shot and badly injured her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday, thinking he was an intruder at their Town 'N Country home, authorities said.

The boy, Tyler Maddox, was in critical but stable condition at St. Joseph's Hospital.

The boy and his twin brother, Tyrique, were sleeping in the five-bedroom house at 6505 Alta Monte Drive with their grandmother, Linda Maddox, 63.

She had placed a chair against her bedroom door for security, according to Hillsborough County sheriff's officials. About 1 a.m., she heard the chair moving against the wood floor. Thinking the noise was from an intruder, Linda Maddox retrieved a .22 caliber pistol she keeps near the bed and fired in the darkness toward the door, deputies said.

Woman shoots her 7 y/o grandson in her home mistaking him for an intruder

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/tampa-grandmother-mistakes-grandson-7-for-intruder-shoots-him-deputies-say/2193576

TAMPA — A grandmother accidentally shot and badly injured her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday, thinking he was an intruder at their Town 'N Country home, authorities said.

The boy, Tyler Maddox, was in critical but stable condition at St. Joseph's Hospital.

The boy and his twin brother, Tyrique, were sleeping in the five-bedroom house at 6505 Alta Monte Drive with their grandmother, Linda Maddox, 63.

She had placed a chair against her bedroom door for security, according to Hillsborough County sheriff's officials. About 1 a.m., she heard the chair moving against the wood floor. Thinking the noise was from an intruder, Linda Maddox retrieved a .22 caliber pistol she keeps near the bed and fired in the darkness toward the door, deputies said.

I believe this is the incident that led to the ramping up of police weaponry and armament

The 1997 North Hollywood bank robbery where two suspects wearing body armor and using a car full of armor piercing bullets in AK-47 assault rifles outgunned local law enforcement for a considerable amount of time until S.W.A.T could be brought in. I am not saying I agree or disagree with this incident as justification, just that I seem to remember this is what started police units down the road of requesting higher powered weapons and armor.

Wow... 8 Hides in 14 days, flagged for review and a 76 day timeout

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=profile&uid=309333&sub=trans

And his last OP was calling out President Obama for taking too many golf vacations

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5400962

paging admins... Large pizza with extra cheese is needed!

My official response to House Republicans suing Obama...

xPost from GD: Shocked by a hateful (Bigoted Anti-LGBT) church sign a few blocks from me in Harlem

This church apparently has a reputation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlah_Worldwide_Church I had no idea about this until I walked by it. I literally stood by mouth agape for a good two minutes staring at it and I guess I my expression was enough to attract a number of bystanders.

I dont yet know what I am going to do about this but I am going to do something.

Edited to add from wiki:

Atlah Worldwide Missionary Church is a Christian church and ministry located in Harlem, New York, USA. The church is led by James David Manning who is the chief pastor. The church campus is the site of the ATLAH Theological Seminary, where classes are offered on preaching and prophecy. The church is also the home of the Manning Report. In early 2014 the church gained attention for statements on the sign outside its building that expressly called for violence against LGBT persons and were critical of Barack Obama.


Shocked by a hateful (Bigoted Anti-LGBT) church sign a few blocks from me in Harlem

This church apparently has a reputation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlah_Worldwide_Church I had no idea about this until I walked by it. I literally stood by mouth agape for a good two minutes staring at it and I guess I my expression was enough to attract a number of bystanders.

I dont yet know what I am going to do about this but I am going to do something.

Edited to add from wiki:

Atlah Worldwide Missionary Church is a Christian church and ministry located in Harlem, New York, USA. The church is led by James David Manning who is the chief pastor. The church campus is the site of the ATLAH Theological Seminary, where classes are offered on preaching and prophecy. The church is also the home of the Manning Report. In early 2014 the church gained attention for statements on the sign outside its building that expressly called for violence against LGBT persons and were critical of Barack Obama.


Hillary Derangement Syndrome about her Presidency begins 30 months early

"Is anyone else scared Hillary will incite a war with Iran" - http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5286402

This is a nutty and sexist viewpoint that suggests Hillary will start a war because she is a woman and thinks she will need to prove something.

"Wall Street and Neocons embrace Hillary" - http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017204678

The same folks that are attacking Hillary nonstop already and have manufactured scandals partially aimed at Obama but mostly aimed at stopping her election particularly Benghazi, are supposedly 'embracing' her.

PLEASE let no one ever 'embrace' me like that. And no, its not triangulation, its a full out war to stop her election. Get a grip those of you trying to claim this.

Police fire 137 shots into unarmed couples' car after chase, killing both

Note, this is not a new story, but it is the first time I heard of this one.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/06/police-shoot-137-times-into-car-after-chase-killing-unarmed-couple.html#

The phenomenon is common enough that there’s a name for it: High-Speed Pursuit Syndrome. It’s the “condition” police officers sometimes suffer from during a high-speed chase, when, as an ACLU spokesman once put it, they “get so angry and pumped up, and the adrenaline rush is such that … you see violence visited on suspects at the end of a pursuit.”

Rodney King was a prime example, but it happens all the time, and it rarely makes the national news. Take the Nov. 29 shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams in Cleveland: After leading police on a 25-minute chase through city streets, Russell found himself surrounded in a dead-end in East Cleveland. Police have said that they opened fire when Russell tried to run one of them over. That version may eventually be tested in court, but what is undisputed is that 13 officers unloaded a total of 137 bullets into Russell’s 1979 Chevy Malibu, killing both him and Williams.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Williams’s uncle, Walter Jackson, said that 24 bullets had been removed from her body and the damage to her face and torso was extensive. Williams’s mother, Martha Mae Williams, said, “I’m not going to let them close her casket … They’re going to have to look at what the police did to my child.”
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