HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » 7962 » Journal
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU
Page: 1 2 3 Next »

7962

Profile Information

Gender: Do not display
Hometown: Georgia
Home country: USA
Member since: Thu May 5, 2011, 10:40 PM
Number of posts: 2,881

Journal Archives

Police: SC state trooper fired, charged in shooting unarmed man

Source: Atlanta Journal

"After my review of the facts surrounding this matter, I have determined that Mr. Groubert’s actions rose to such an extent that his employment with us must be terminated. The facts of this case are disturbing to me, but I believe this case was an isolated incident in which Mr. Groubert reacted to a perceived threat where there was none. The department’s Use of Force Policy makes clear that officers shall use “only the level of force necessary to accomplish lawful objectives” and that “the use of force must be discontinued when it becomes apparent to the officer that the force is no longer needed.” That protocol was not followed in this case.
Further, this incident occurred in broad daylight. Mr. Groubert had a clear and unobstructed view of Mr. Jones. While Mr. Groubert was within the law to stop Mr. Jones for a safety belt violation, the force administered in this case was unwarranted, inconsistent with how our troopers are trained, and clearly in violation of Department policies. These violations demonstrate behavior that deviates from SCDPS standards and cannot be tolerated. "

Read more: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/national/police-sc-state-trooper-fired-charged-accused-shoo/nhTqg/?icmp=ajc_internallink_textlink_homepage#cmComments



Unfreaking believable!! They actually fire one without a public uproar!
This type behavior HAS to stop. People are going to stop responding to the police AT ALL.

Chad becomes 37th African state to seek ban on homosexuality

Source: Guardian UK

Chad looks set to become the 37th country in Africa to outlaw homosexuality after government ministers voted to make same-sex relations a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The decision, yet to be ratified by the country’s president, was condemned by human rights groups as another setback in the struggle for gay rights on the continent. Chad’s penal code is more than half a century old and does not explicitly mention homosexuality.

But section 361 of a draft new code states the punishment for anyone who has sexual intercourse with someone of the same sex is 15 to 20 years in jail and a fine of 50,000-500,000 Central African francs (£60-£600), according to a document seen by Agence France-Presse.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/22/chad-37th-african-state-seeking-ban-homosexuality

Wife Of Texas Anti-Gay Leader Divorced Him For A Woman

Source: Talking Points Memo

The wife of an anti-gay activist divorced him to be with a woman just before he started as president of a Texas anti-gay group, according to court documents reviewed by Lone Star Q.

Jonathan Saenz worked as a conservative consultant in Texas for Liberty Legal Institute, where he focused on abortion and religious freedom issues.

His wife, Corrine Morris Rodriguez Saenz, was dating a women when she filed for divorce from her husband in August 2011, according to court documents.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/anti-gay-leader-wife-another-woman



I try to tell people God has a sense of humor.

Russians mock Obama with racist images on US Embassy in Moscow

Source: News 965

President Barack Obama's approval rating is the lowest of his presidency, while Russia's president is enjoying some of highest approval ratings of his lengthy rule.
Russians are doing their part to show their national pride and belittle the United States and our president.

A Russian used a laser to project embarrassing, unflattering and outright racist images of Barack Obama on the side of the US Embassy in Moscow. The night of 4 August, activists of the initiative group of Moscow students projected for the United States Embassy building an unusual picture. Image resembled the face of Barack Obama. The composition was the animation and the painted mouth US president dived banana. At the end of the action on the building of the American embassy was projected inscription: "HappyBirthday Obama"

Read more: http://www.news965.com/news/news/local/russians-mock-obama-racist-images-us-embassy-mosco/ngxJQ/

New ‘anti-rape’ jeans to combat abuse crisis in India

Source: alarabiya.net

Two Indian women have designed a new line of “anti-rape” jeans which send distress signals to local police in the event of a sexual assault, the British daily the Daily Mail reported Thursday.

The collection, which was created by Siksha Pathak and Anjali Srivastava, aims to help in the fight against the growing number of sexual harassment incidents in the world’s largest democracy.
>
>
Each pair of jeans in the collection, which costs around $4 in India, includes a small electronic device that sends a signal to the closest police station when activated.

Read more: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2014/06/27/New-anti-rape-jeans-to-combat-abuse-crisis-in-India-.html



Isnt it a shame that we need this in 2014?

West Africa Ebola outbreak among 'most challenging' ever: WHO

Source: Yahoo News

Geneva (AFP) - West Africa's Ebola unprecedented outbreak is among the "most challenging" for health workers since the deadly disease emerged elsewhere in Africa four decades ago as the suspected death toll topped 100, the WHO said Tuesday.

Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said the agency was concerned about the spread of the virus from its epicentre in the forests of southern Guinea.

"We have not had an Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa before," said Fukuda, whose agency has rushed scores of aid workers to the region to contain the epidemic.

"This is one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have ever faced," he said.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/west-africa-ebola-outbreak-among-most-chilling-ever-154200277.html

Base commander: Sailor killed on Norfolk ship was 'heroic'

Source: Stars & Stripes

NORFOLK, Va. — He was a good kid from a humble family who seemed always to want to please his teachers and coaches. He got decent grades and played football and wrestled while in high school in Hagerstown, Md. He wanted to be a cop.

After graduation, Mark Mayo chose his path. He enlisted in the Navy, left home and trained to become a master-at-arms - a military police officer.

Soon he was in Bahrain, then Spain, then Norfolk.

He died here, at age 24, doing a job he loved.


Read more: http://www.stripes.com/news/us/base-commander-sailor-killed-on-norfolk-ship-was-heroic-1.274740#.UzSbba1dU5O



Obviously this young man had a bright career ahead of him. No telling how many others may have been killed if not for him.

4 accused gays whipped in Nigerian court

Source: Fox NY

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as punishment Thursday in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria, a human rights activist said.

The four were among dozens caught in a wave of arrests after Nigeria strengthened its criminal penalties for homosexuality with the new Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in January.

The men could face further violence in prison if human rights organizations do not come up with an additional fine of 20,000 naira ($120) each meted out Thursday by a judge in Bauchi city, Dorothy Aken'Ova, convenor of the Coalition for the Defense of Sexual Rights Network, told The Associated Press. The four were sentenced to 15 strokes plus a year's imprisonment if they cannot pay their fines.




Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/24901867/4-accused-gays-whipped-in-north-nigerian-court



What in the hell is going on in the world?? What year is this?

Snake-handling Ky. pastor dies from snake bite

Source: Atlanta Journal

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. — A snake-handling pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show "Snake Salvation" has died after being bitten by a snake during a weekend church service in Kentucky.

Jamie Coots was handling a rattlesnake at his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Middlesboro when he was bitten on the hand Saturday night, another preacher, Cody Winn, told WBIR-TV (http://on.wbir.com/1cLrs8A ). After the bite, Coots dropped the snakes, but then picked them back up and continued on. Within minutes, Winn said Coots headed to the bathroom.

"He had one of the rattlers in his hand, he came over and he was standing beside me. It was plain view, it just turned its head and bit him in the back of the hand ... within a second," Winn said.


Read more: http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/entertainment/snake-handling-ky-pastor-dies-from-snake-bite/ndQnk/



Never saw THAT coming.

Scenes from a militarized America: Iowa family ‘terrorized’

Source: Wash Post

Watch this video, taken from a police raid in Des Moines, Iowa. Send it to some people. When critics (like me) warn about the dangers of police militarization, this is what we’re talking about. You’ll see the raid team, dressed in battle-dress uniforms, helmets and face-covering balaclava hoods take down the family’s door with a battering ram. You’ll see them storm the home with ballistics shields, guns at the ready. More troubling still, you’ll see not one but two officers attempt to prevent the family from having an independent record of the raid, one by destroying a surveillance camera, another by blocking another camera’s lens.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2014/02/04/scenes-from-a-militarized-america-iowa-family-terrorized//?print=1



This "no knock" shit has got to stop.
Go to Page: 1 2 3 Next »