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Name: Laser Haas
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Hometown: Anywhere USA
Home country: United States
Current location: NOMADIC
Member since: Mon Apr 21, 2008, 01:12 PM
Number of posts: 7,805

About Me

Love BB, Laser Tag, Poker (Tournaments only). Work with Occupy camps. Willing to help you in your fight for justice (let's discuss it).

Journal Archives

Former Georgia official uses n-word while advocating for Confederate History Month

Source: The HILL

A former city commissioner in Griffin County, Ga., used the n-word during a city council meeting while making a plea for a Confederate history month.

"There were white folks. There were black folks when I was growing up," Johnson says in the video. "There was white trash - my family. There was n-----town. I lived next to n-----town."

"You lived next to what town?" asked McCord.

"N-----town, son!" Johnson shot back. "I'm telling you that I've changed. I'm no longer white trash. And they're no longer called that."

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/382072-former-georgia-official-uses-n-word-while-advocating-for?amp&__twitter_impression=true

Manafort moves to suppress evidence found in storage unit

Source: Politico

Lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are arguing that what could be key evidence against him should be kept out of court because the FBI violated his Constitutional rights by illegally entering a storage locker belonging to Manafort's firm.

The FBI first got into the Alexandria, Va. storage unit last May with the assistance of an employee who worked at two or more of Manafort's companies, an agent told the federal magistrate judge who issued the warrant. Then, the agent used what he saw written on so-called Banker's Boxes and the fact there was a five-drawer filing cabinet to get permission to return and seize many of the records.

In a motion filed Friday night in federal court in Washington, Manafort's defense team contends that the initial entry was illegal because the employee did not not have authority to let the FBI into the locker. The defense also argues that the warrant was overbroad and that agents seizing records went beyond what limits the warrant did set.

"The FBI Agent had no legitimate basis to reasonably believe that the former employee had common authority to consent to the warrantless
initial search of the storage unit," attorneys Kevin Downing and Thomas Zehnle wrote

Read more: https://www-politico-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.politico.com/amp/story/2018/04/07/manafort-moves-to-suppress-evidence-found-in-storage-unit-507984

Ex-Romney staffer faces domestic abuse charge; reportedly had fiance sign sex slave contract

Source: USA Today

A Las Vegas political adviser who has worked on national campaigns for Republican candidates, including Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign, physically abused his ex-fiancée and had her sign a contract to be a "slave in training," according to a report published Wednesday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Review-Journal said the 46-year-old woman — whom the paper did not identify — gave reporters copies of emails, text messages and a signed copy of the five-page contract, which was dated Nov. 3, detailing her role as Benjamin Sparks' "slave and property."

The contract required the woman to kneel and avert her eyes "when she entered his presence, be nude at all times, have sexual relations with him whenever he wanted and wear a collar in private," the Review-Journal reported.

"He was very demanding and did not take no for an answer," Sparks’ ex-fiancée told the paper. "Over the last month it escalated into very rough sex where he’d actually hurt me. He back-handed me … and forced himself on me."

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/490522002

NY Police Fatally Shoot Unarmed Black Man On Brooklyn Street

Source: HuffPo


Police fatally shot an unarmed black man walking down the street in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, on Wednesday.

Officers responded to three 911 calls reporting that a man at an intersection was pointing what callers believed to be a gun at residents, New York Police Department Chief Terence A. Monahan said in a news briefing.

“Today at 4:40 p.m., the NYPD received several 911 calls of a man described as a male black, wearing a brown jacket, pointing what is described as a silver firearm to people on the street,” Monahan said. When officers arrived, they saw a man matching that description.

“The suspect then took a two-handed shooting stance and pointed an object at the approaching officers,” the police chief said.

Read more: https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5ac55c2ee4b09ef3b2434e86/amp?__twitter_impression=true

The shooting comes just two weeks after the killing of Stephon Clark by police in California.

Last Parkland shooting victim released from hospital

Source: The HILL

The last Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting patient was reportedly released from the hospital.

Anthony Borges, 15, appeared on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday after being released from Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Borges - the most severely wounded survivor of the shooting - was hit five times and had to have a third of his lung removed. One bullet came dangerously close to his liver and three hit his legs, according to the "Today" show.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/381589-last-parkland-shooting-victim-released-from-hospital?amp&__twitter_impression=true

Several White House domains lack anti-phishing tool: research

Source: The HILL

More than half of the email domains managed by the White House's Executive Office of the President have not yet implemented an email security tool designed to protect users from phishing attacks, according to new research.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has required that federal agencies and departments operating .gov domains implement the tool, known as the Domain Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance (DMARC).

DMARC enables organizations to flag potentially fraudulent emails that fail authentication tests or, when stronger settings are turned on, send the messages directly to a recipient's spam folder or block them entirely.

According to the Global Cyber Alliance, only one of the 26 email domains managed by the EOP - Max.gov - has implemented the highest DMARC setting.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/381591-several-white-house-domains-lack-email-security-tool-research?amp&__twitter_impression=true

ICE ignoring Mattis directive to not deport veterans in specific case: report

Source: The HILL

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ignored an order from Defense Secretary James Mattis to not to deport veterans in the specific case of a Chinese immigrant, according to The Washington Post.

The Post reports that Xilong Zhu enlisted in the Army and enrolled at the University of Northern New Jersey, a university that which was allegedly created by the Department of Homeland Security to appear as a real school in an attempt to catch people who issued fraudulent student visas.

Enrolling in the university allowed Zhu to enroll in basic training using the legal status he received by getting a student visa.

However, ICE reportedly asked the Army to release him for alleged visa fraud and his was detained and honorably discharged in November of 2016.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/381567-ice-ignoring-mattiss-directive-to-not-deport-immigrant-veterans-in?amp&__twitter_impression=true

Obama and John Lewis talk MLK on 50th anniversary of assassination

Source: The HILL

Former President Obama and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) met with a group of high schoolers at D.C. high school this week to discuss civil rights and Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of the leader's assassination.

In a video released Wednesday, Obama and Lewis sat down with the high schoolers at the all-male Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in a roundtable for My Brother's Keeper, Obama's initiative to help young men of color.

"If you are speaking on behalf of social justice, then by definition there's going to be some controversy because if it wasn't controversial, then somebody would have already fixed it," Obama told the students.

"Dr. King was controversial, but he studied and thought and crafted what he had to say. He knew, when he spoke, he was expressing a truth as well as he could know it," he continued.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/381581-obama-and-john-lewis-reflect-on-mlk-on-50th-anniversary-of?amp&__twitter_impression=true



Trump Is Like, How Can I F--k with Him?: Trumps War with Amazon

Source: Vanity Fair

For the first time in Donald Trump’s presidency, the West Wing soap opera appears to be in hiatus, with many of its starring characters (Gary Cohn, Hope Hicks) either permanently offstage or with much reduced roles (John Kelly, Jared Kushner). Currently, there’s one star—a situation Trump is obviously enjoying—and his new freedom is used to focus ever more closely on his perceived enemies and obsessions.

Amazon, whose owner, Jeff Bezos, also owns The Washington Post, is currently the main target.

Trump has ripped into Amazon in recent days, claiming in a series of tweets that Jeff Bezos’s tech giant benefits from billions in subsidies from the U.S. Post office while skirting sales taxes. “Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!” Trump tweeted.

On Monday, he wrote: “Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon. THEY LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed. Also, our fully tax paying retailers are closing stores all over the country . . . not a level playing field!” The tweets caused Amazon’s stock to plunge 5 percent on Monday.

Read more: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/04/trump-war-with-amazon-and-the-washington-post-is-personal/amp?__twitter_impression=true


Literally, They Put a "Brand" on Female Slaves: The Arrest of NXIVM's Keith Raniere.



Numerous people involved with NXIVM have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury in Brooklyn, and a criminal investigation of the Colonie-based organization is intensifying following last week's arrest of its leader, Keith Raniere, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.

The criminal charges accuse Raniere of organizing a secret group within NXIVM in 2015 in which women were lured into a slave-master club and some were allegedly coerced into having sex with Raniere. NXIVM issued a public statement last year denying any connection between the secret club and Raniere or NXIVM, but federal prosecutors allege Raniere founded the club, in which multiple women were branded with the initials of Raniere and Allison Mack, an actress and Raniere's confidante.

My emphasis is upon the word "branded"

Real bizarre case; which is scary!

Here's the link to the Times Union atory
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