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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: 19,295

Journal Archives

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.


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.”
(More at above link)

DU Exclusive: Want to call in and talk to the Rude Pundit and Me tonight? PM me...

Re: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025242614

Rude Pundit and I co-hosting a radio show? Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Rudie and I are trying out our first full collaboration this Thursday night at 7pm Eastern time live on Blogtalkradio.

A portion, no doubt with censor bleeps, will be broadcast during my regularly scheduled KCAA 1050am slot the following Monday at 2pm Pacific time in the Los Angeles basin.

Link for the show is

PM me with your area code and the last four digits of your phone number. The guest call in number will be (917) 889-3891 but I will only put folks on the air who have PM'd me here and who are not brand new DUers.

We will probably accept folks calls after 7:40pm EST.

Rude Pundit and I co-hosting a radio show? Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Rudie and I are trying out our first full collaboration this Thursday night at 7pm Eastern time live on Blogtalkradio.

A portion, no doubt with censor bleeps, will be broadcast during my regularly scheduled KCAA 1050am slot the following Monday at 2pm Pacific time in the Los Angeles basin.

Stay tuned for more details...

#IAmJada - Mocking of teen rape victim prompts major internet backlash


Photos of a 16-year-old American girl, who was allegedly raped, have been passed around social media and mocked by teens, using the hashtag #jadapose. Now, Jada and her supporters are fighting back

A few weeks ago Jada went to a house party with school friends. While there, she says her drink was spiked by the teenage male host. She fell unconscious, was stripped naked and allegedly raped.

Then pictures of her – bottomless, unconscious, splayed out on the floor – began to appear on social media, where they went viral.

Women and men have been posing pictures on social media in a show of solidarity with Jada - raising their fists and holding signs, as she did in a picture with the hashtag #IAmJada. They also appear under hashtags such as #StandWithJada, #JusticeforJadaand #Jadacounterpose and demand a change in rape culture, education - and for arrests to be made in Jada's case. They have slammed those who made fun of her and sent the photos viral.

I will be posting my own Jada support pic after work today to my social media accounts.


Another Facebook friend was harassed for the crime of being a woman in public

She tells of taking the subway home late at night, looking across from her and the guy had his penis out playing with it while staring at her. She is very shaken up about it.

Someone being on the street is not license for people to harass them. Almost a year ago I did a show with Alden Wicker and Amanda Marcotte about Street harassment of women after Alden had been harassed. I urge everyone who wants to fight that to join http://www.ihollaback.org/ . Here is the show of mine and the segment with Alden and Amanda begins at 10:45. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lesersense/2013/07/28/making-sense-with-steve-leser--street-harassment-and-more

This has to stop.

Santorum vs. The Independents, Conservatism vs Libertarianism

This is a schism we should encourage. I am not exactly sure how but I would like to see a civil war on the right over these disagreements

Trigger Warning - Teen Girl Drugged, Raped At Party – Classmates Set Up Hashtag To Mock Her Online



A 16 year-old Texas girl, who wants to be identified only as Jada, says she realized she was drugged and raped at a party after discovering images of her assault online.

In an interview with KHOU-TV, Jada explained she was served some punch by a teenage boy who hosted the party and Jada believes the drink was spiked. She reports passing out and having no memory of what happened. Other teens who attended the party posted evidence of the assault and began mocking her.

The teens have posted images of themselves lying on the ground in awkward positions with the hashtag “#jadapose.”

more including Heartbreaking Video at link.

Edited to add Trigger Warning

I just wanted to post a quick note of support for Violet Crumble...

... I just sorted through everything that "went on" the last few days. I think she made an honest mistake, we all make them and she is one of my favorite DUers.

Tip for DU usage. This tends to disqualify Freepers, Cavers and the like...

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