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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
Number of posts: 59,693

About Me

Long time political activist, working to tint my lil "Mayberry" more blue. Collector of strays of various species and minds.

Journal Archives

OPUS has a plan to make America great again!

Small group of Chicago police costs city $34 million in settlements since 2009

a small group of officers — just 124 of the city's police force of roughly 12,000 — who were identified in nearly a third of the misconduct lawsuits settled since 2009, suggesting that officers who engaged in questionable behavior did it over and over. The Tribune's investigation also found that 82 percent of the department's officers were not named in any settlements. Still, the conduct of those 124 officers cost the city $34 million, the Tribune investigation found.

The Tribune also found that while many officers as well as police union officials attribute claims of misconduct to the rough and tumble of working in crime-ridden neighborhoods, complaints against Campbell, Sautkus and their colleagues have often occurred while the group patrolled relatively low-crime areas, focused on quality-of-life issues.

Of the more than 1,100 cases the city settled since 2009, just 5 percent were for more than $1 million. Many of those involved fatal shootings, wrongful prosecutions and the sort of brutality allegations that have drawn the attention of the U.S. Justice Department, which recently launched an investigation into the Chicago Police Department's use of force.

The bulk were settled for less serious incidents, including officers allegedly injuring arrestees during traffic stops, making false arrests, uttering racial slurs or other alleged misconduct while officers were off-duty.

Still, those lawsuits cost the city millions of dollars, the Tribune's analysis shows, but underwent little scrutiny. A vast majority, 85 percent, were settled for $100,000 or less, which meant the deals did not require City Council approval. And Chicago officers accused of misconduct are rarely disciplined, data show.

Very good article, lots of detail.

Encouraged by the Oregon squatters, I have a few demands of my own :

This is what I want:

I want to be 40 years younger but still have my hard earned experience and painfully gained wisdom

and a paid up mortgage

and to be x# of pounds lighter

and world peace...i want world peace.

Also, for pot to be legal in Ala.

Right damn NOW!!!!!!

Ok...what are your demands?????

Some people ( 2-3?) protesting death of Blue Tarp man, at Burns Courthouse ----pic

In keeping with tradition, a totally *WTF?* sign is involved

Planned Parenthood protest photo....( Look closely)

How the different snow amounts affect different parts of the country:

"To show how ruthless FBI is, I would put my own wife, daughter out on the front lines to be shot"

A former Arizona sheriff who has taken the side of cattle ranchers in Nevada said this week that he would have allowed his own wife and daughters to be shot as human shields because it would look bad for the federal government on television.

In a statement to Fox News on Monday that was first flagged by Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, former Sheriff Richard Mack talked about their strategy to put women on the front lines if a gunfight broke out between “rogue federal agents” and rancher Cliven Bundy, who reportedly owes the taxpayers more than $1 million for allowing his cattle to graze on government land.

“We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front,” he recalled. “If they are going to start shooting, it’s going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers.”


“I’m sorry, that sounds horrible,” he continued. “I would have put my own wife or daughters there, and I would have been screaming bloody murder to watch them die. I would have gone next, I would have been the next one to be killed. I’m not afraid to die here. I’m willing to die here.”

Video at link..he sounds deadly serious......

2016 Profiles in Courage Award seeking nominees----do you know of someone who deserves this award??

Nominations for the 2016 award will be accepted on a rolling basis through February 1, 2016.
Ordinarily, the award will be made to living Americans who are or were elected officials. Individuals at all levels of government—federal, state and local—are eligible for the award.
An emphasis will be placed on contemporary acts of political courage.

Submission Page:

Noam Chomsky just came out in support of Bernie!!!! Update: Corrected information, see post

Saz facebook feed.

The site saw had a misleading headline:

Bernie Sanders Just Picked Up Support from the World’s Most Renowned Intellectual

body down in the body it says
Chomsky stated that he would ultimately back Clinton in the general election, though he did not endorse her so much as malign the competition.


I plead midnight posting madness........

So, yeah, Chomsky's remarks could be construed as support, even tho he says he will vote for Hillary to ensure Republicans do not win.
Which I think is the wrong reason for voting......ever notice how we alway seem to be forced to vote AGAINST something rather than FOR something?

I want a ballot that gives the option to vote for "None of the Above"

So it won't surprise you that Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is gonna endorse Donald Trump. in Iowa

Yep..he's gonna grab his 15 minutes of spotlight by going all the way to Iowa to endorse El Trumpeter.

Joe Arpaio, the hard-line anti-immigration sheriff from Maricopa County, Ariz., will appear with Donald J. Trump in Iowa on Tuesday and endorse his candidacy, according to Mr. Trump’s campaign.

Mr. Arpaio, who espouses some of the Republican Party’s most conservative views about undocumented immigrants, will appear with Mr. Trump in Marshalltown, a month after appearing with Mr. Trump in Arizona. Mr. Trump has made combating illegal immigration a staple of his candidacy, including a proposal to build a wall at the southern border.
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