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July 2, 2020

Florida man charged for pointing gun, unleashing racist tirade against Black homeowner

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Bigotry, Criminal, Gun Control, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 09:02

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-man-charged-pointing-gun-unleashing-racist-tirade-against-black-n1232651?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

“This is why you people get shot,” the white man yelled at the Black man, accusing the homeowner of stealing mail from his own mailbox.

 

A white man in Florida was arrested Tuesday for pointing a gun at and unleashing a racist tirade on a Black man, accusing the homeowner of stealing from his own mailbox.

Joseph Max Fucheck, 58, was booked on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm with prejudice and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, both of which are second-degree felonies, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement.

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Joseph Max Fucheck.Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation

The victim, Dwayne Wynn, was across the street from his home in Miami-Dade talking to a neighbor on June 14 when Fucheck pulled up and placed something in Wynn’s mailbox, the state attorney’s statement said. Wynn walked across the street to see what it was and found a business card that read: “We Buy Houses…CASH!” and “We Buy Houses… FAST!” He then returned to his conversation with his neighbor.

Fucheck circled back toward Wynn in his Jeep, “jumped out of his vehicle, and began a profanity-laced rant, stating, ‘That’s not your property motherf—er! I saw you! I was down the street watching you! I saw you take that out of there. You’re just a motherf—ing nosy neighbor! Give me my card, that’s my property!'” the statement said.

Fucheck twice lunged at Wynn before pulling out a firearm and pointed it at Wynn, the statement said. After he lowered the gun, Wynn began filming the encounter.

In the video Wynn recorded, Fucheck continued to wave the gun, referring to it: “Damn right I carry a motherf—ing gun.” He also continued to accuse Wynn of not owning his property, apparently slurring at times.

As he drove away, Fucheck shouted the N-word at Wynn and yelled: “This is why you people get shot.” Witnesses and children watched the incident unfold.

Please notice the trend of white people just assuming they have the right to interrogate POC with no authority.  It is white privilege.  If a person walked up to these same white people and demanded that they answer a bunch of questions about who they are and what they are doing,   these white people would go nuts screaming about their rights to liberty, to freedom, so on.  However they do not feel POC have those same rights.   If I was at my mailbox and some asshole demanded to know if it was mine I would tell them to go fuck themselves in clear terms crude language.    There is more at the link above, including the video.   Hugs

‘Beat it, little f***er.’ Officers laugh after shooting rubber bullets at protesters.

https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/investigations/article243932047.html

Fort Lauderdale police officers laughed and celebrated after shooting protesters with rubber bullets at a May 31 George Floyd rally in Fort Lauderdale, newly released body camera footage shows.

“Beat it, little f***er,” Detective Zachary Baro, leader of a Fort Lauderdale SWAT team unit,can be heard saying after officers shot “less lethal” projectiles at a protester. The protester was walking away after tossing a tear gas canister back at the line of police.

A few minutes later, another officer, Jamie Chatman,came up to Baro behind the police line and asked if his body camera was off. Baro replied — incorrectly — that his camera was in “stand-by” mode and not recording. The two officers then began laughing and joking about the people they had shot with rubber bullets.

“Did you see me f**k up those motherf****rs?” one of the officers said.

“I got the one f***er,” the other replied amid laughter.

George Kirkham, a former police officer and professor emeritus at Florida State University, condemned the behavior captured on the footage.

“This is serious misconduct. This is people with badges acting like thugs,” Kirkham said. “It’s like a cancer. If you let it go, it will spread.”

Maglione did not respond to questions about whether Baro and Chatman had been placed under internal investigation or removed from duty.

The officers’ conduct was revealed in hours of footage provided by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in response to a Miami Herald public records request. The footage bolsters protesters’ accounts that police aggression sparked the first documented confrontation between police and protesters.

Marchers hurled plastic water bottles after Officer Steven Pohorence rushed into a crowd of protesters and pushed a kneeling woman in the head. Police responded with a round of tear gas. Still, body camera footage shows that even after that, protesters quickly moved to reestablish peace.

“Please I am begging you, we’re peaceful,” one man can be heard yelling.

“Do you see this?” another man asked to the line of riot police pointing to the protesters taking a knee in the street. “We are going to stop this. We are going to be the generation that brings peace.”

After a few tense minutes, video shows police started to throw tear gas at the group again. Within 15 minutes of Pohorence shoving the woman, Baro had emptied his six-chamber rubber bullet launcher and had to reload, he can be heard saying in his body camera video. (Pohorence was charged with misdemeanor battery on Tuesday.)

“If you need it, give me a target,” Baro yelled to other officers from behind the line of police.

The comment stuck out to Robert Drago, a retired lieutenant colonel at the Broward Sheriff’s Office, who reviewed the footage.

“If you’re not seeing a threat, why are you asking for a threat?” Drago said. “That would almost lead you to believe that they were indiscriminately firing.”

Baro said in his incident report that he was firing rubber bullets at protesters throwing tear gas canisters and other objects.

“I understand what it’s like to have that adrenaline. I’ve been in a riot situation,” Kirkham said. “But that does not excuse that kind of verbiage and behavior. It suggests that the police think they can do whatever they want and get away with it.”

Other policing experts agreed.

“It’s unprofessional. They shouldn’t be laughing and joking about shooting and potentially hurting people,” said Philip Sweeting, former deputy chief of police in Boca Raton. “It reinforces the public’s distrust of the police. It shouldn’t be tolerated.”

Drago also criticized the behavior of Chatman, the officer who asked Baro if his body camera was off.

“It shows intent and then he makes inappropriate, unprofessional statements,” said Drago. “It’s not a carnival. This isn’t hit-three-times-and-get-a-stuffed-animal. It doesn’t seem like these officers had public safety in mind at all.”

Christina Currie, an attorney and chair of the Fort Lauderdale Citizens’ Police Review Board, said Chatman asking if the body camera was off posed a “grave concern.”

“It was pretty obvious the officers were comfortable about talking about turning the camera off,” Currie said. “It didn’t feel like the officer wearing the camera felt shocked about hearing that question. There need to be clearly articulated consequences for violations.”

Fort Lauderdale police policy on body cameras states that: “Once the [camera] is activated to record an interaction, it shall remain on until the event has ended.”

There is more at the link above.   The article clearly shows the police enjoying hurting the people, the police clearly are acting aggressively to establish their power and authority in a bullying thuggish manner.  These are not law officers anymore, they are a gang enforcing their desires through violence and paid for with tax payer money.  I hope people will read the article and understand this is a fight against the authoritarian police gangs who demand more and more of governments budgets and a progressive future.    Hugs

June 29, 2020

Look how the police are dressed, this was a peaceful event, yet the police wanted a confrontation. Fascist yet?

June 25, 2020

Millions Are Demanding Justice for Elijah McClain Who Died After Cops Put Him in a Chokehold Last Year

It has happened so many times, how can any say it is not systemic racism?   Hugs

It’s been nearly a year since Elijah McClain, a young Black man in Colorado, was placed in a carotid hold by Aurora police, who threatened to sic him with a dog as he sobbed, vomited, and said he couldn’t breathe.

McClain died in the hospital several days after the August 2019 incident. He was 23. The three arresting officers were placed on administrative leave, but they were not fired. In November, the local district attorney announced they also wouldn’t face charges.

 

The August 24 incident began when police were called to respond to a suspicious man wearing a ski mask and waving his arms, according to a news release from the Aurora Police Department. McClain’s family has said he was anemic, and wore the mask to keep him warm.

Plus, he was unarmed, hadn’t committed a crime, and had no history of arrest, according to local media reports. He was getting some iced tea when officers stopped him, his sister told KMGH, a local ABC affiliate, last September.

Officers said McClain “would not stop walking down the street” and resisted them. They tackled him to the ground; his sister said he may not have heard the officers because he had headphones in, according to KMGH. One officer said McClain reached for their gun.

McClain briefly fainted after he was placed in a carotid hold, which is a type of chokehold that cuts off blood flow to the brain by applying pressure to the side of the neck. The move has since been banned by several police departments. Colorado’s governor signed a bill earlier this month forbidding it across the entire state.

“I was just going home,” he can be heard sobbing in body-camera footage. He pleaded with officers that he had good qualities worth considering: he never got in fights, never disrespected people, and wasn’t judgmental.

“I’m just different, I’m just different, that’s all, that’s all I was doing. I’m so sorry,” he said.

“If you keep messing around, I’m going to bring my dog out and he’s going to dog bite you,” one officer told McClain, after he vomited. “Keep messing around.”

After being handcuffed by police, McClain was also injected with ketamine by paramedics who were called to the scene over the “level of physical force applied while restraining the subject and his agitated mental state,” according to police.

Ketamine can induce a trance-like state, and is sometimes used as a sedative or anesthetic. As paramedics were transporting him to a hospital, he went into cardiac arrest. He was revived, but went into cardiac arrest a second time a few hours later, according to The Sentinel.

Unarmed black man walking down a street breaking no laws, was physically accosted by police to the point of them choking him and causing his death.   How is this acceptable?   Are police to be revered and instantly obeyed like the king’s guard?   The young man pleaded with them to the point he was vomiting, and they kept threatening him, it seems they were taking joy in harassing him.   There is more at the link above, but I have tell you that we have a serious police problem and a racism problem.    The link above has several other incidences where police misconduct resulted in death including shooting one person in the back while claiming he was threatening them.    It amazes me so many black people have a special power that lets them threaten police officers while running away from them.     Hugs

Entitled cult snowflakes

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June 18, 2020

Video captured of peaceful protester Justin Howell being carried unconscious after sociopath police officers shot several bullets, hitting him in the head. Police tell protesters to bring him to them so he could receive help only to be shot with more bullets.

June 16, 2020

The Disgrace of Donald Trump

The political calculation behind Trump’s latest reality-TV display had historical overtones, dating back to the white-backlash “law and order” demagogy that helped elect Richard Nixon in 1968. In the Rose Garden, Trump proclaimed, “I am your president of law and order,” at the very minute that police cleared the way for his arrival in Lafayette Square by attacking law-abiding demonstrators with tear gas and sting-ball grenades. Having appropriated Nixon’s tag line, Trump then tried to one-up him with his Bible-toting God-and-country theatrics. Politics receded back into pathology.

Trump badly misjudged the moment. Nixon proclaimed “law and order” in 1968 to challenge the beleaguered incumbent administration of Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey, and he was able to sustain himself in office as the law-and-order president until his own lawlessness in the Watergate scandal brought him down. Nixon also encased his rougher rhetoric in appeals to national unity, promising to end the divisions under his responsible leadership, distinguishing himself from the arch-segregationist third-party candidate, former Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace. Trump, however, is himself the beleaguered incumbent president, trying, with spectacular viciousness, to distract the public from the colossal catastrophes of his own making. And Trump dispenses with themes of unity, content to intensify social hatreds for his own political benefit, and winds up sounding less like Nixon and more like Wallace.

The situation gradually deteriorated. On July 28th, Hoover ordered the encampments removed. Violent skirmishes broke out when police attempted to evict protesters from federal buildings slated for demolition. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the Army chief of staff, convinced that the protests had become a Communist uprising, assembled a massive show of force. Supported by cavalry, tanks, and tear gas, MacArthur’s troops overwhelmed the protesters and torched the shantytown, “amidst scenes reminiscent of the mopping up of a town in the World War,” The New York Times reported. In the day’s melee, two Army veterans were shot and killed, and the infant child of another vet reportedly died from the effects of the tear gas.

Hoover, although dismayed, raised no objection, and in time came to echo the storyline about Communist subversion. Meanwhile, in upstate New York, Roosevelt greeted reports of the bedlam by remarking to his adviser and future Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, “Well, Felix, this elects me.”

Donald Trump bears little resemblance to the learned, self-made President Herbert Hoover. Honored as the Great Engineer, Hoover was best known prior to his presidency for his humanitarian work, first in support of starving Europeans and Russians during and after World War I, and later, as secretary of commerce under presidents Harding and Coolidge. A reformer of sorts, Hoover’s downfall was his unwavering devotion to policies rooted in the old Republican dogmas of rugged individualism and limited government that sputtered in the face of the Great Depression.

Still, there are remarkable similarities between 1932 and 2020. Like the Hoover White House, the Trump administration showed scant sympathy for the protesters’ grievances. Like the Hoover White House, the Trump administration raised the specter of dangerous radicals — the president named “professional anarchists” and Antifa as instigators of the violence. Above all, in a tense election year, unfolding amid unprecedented social and economic dislocation, Trump, like Hoover, chose to deal with his adversaries with resistance and then repression, dramatized by a display of disproportionate force.

From that point forward, a radicalizing dynamic overtook Republican national politics. Constituencies that the traditional GOP had tried to absorb to build its post-1960s majority — conservative white Southerners, including, more broadly, white evangelical Christians — became the party’s heart and soul. Establishment Republican leaders vying for the presidency — Bob Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney — had to appease an ever-hardening right-wing base, centered in what has become the solidly Republican white South. When those leaders lost — as they did twice to Bill Clinton and twice to Barack Obama — the base despaired of anything resembling conventional conservative politics. The one GOP victor, George W. Bush, did win over the party base, thanks in part to his Svengali, Karl Rove, and in part to the patriotic surge that followed the attacks of 9/11. But Bush disastrously invaded Iraq, and he ended his presidency with the start of the Great Recession and the birth of the radical Tea Party, which went on to hound President Obama at every turn.

By 2016, after eight years of Obama, the Republican Party amounted to an assembly of distinct political interests, each claiming a sliver of the Reaganite legacy. And down the escalator of Trump Tower rode Donald Trump, who for all of his obvious vices was cunning enough to comprehend how the most active Republican voters had come to despise normal politicians who called themselves conservatives. Better than anyone, the many-times-bankrupt New York real-estate tycoon and outsider showman knew how to exploit that alienation, not by tempering the party’s base but inflaming it, with appeals that not only sounded racist and violent, but actually were racist and violent — not to mention misogynist, nativist, and anti-Semitic. After more than 50 years of Republicans soothing the ego of their right-wing white base with code words and dog whistles, Trump unleashed its id — an easy enough task, as it was his id as well.

After three years of unrelieved chaos, in which disregard for the rule of law finally led to his impeachment after an attempt to coerce a foreign power into a political dirt-for-cash deal, Trump’s incompetence as well as his meanness has brought the nation to the worst crisis in its history since the Civil War — a disastrous trifecta of killer contagion, economic collapse, and threats of unleashing martial law or worse on the citizenry, with intimations of race war. Trump’s popularity was sagging at least as badly as Herbert Hoover’s in the summer of 1932 — and that was before Trump’s disastrous moment in Lafayette Square.

There is more information at the link above.  This is a great read for anyone who loves history and wants to understand why things have played out as they have and what it may mean for the future.  I used a lot of clips, but if you want the context of those clips, I really suggest taking a few minutes to read the article.    Hugs

Rush Limbaugh: “Well, where are all the people with guns” to “push back” against the left?

Filed under: Bigotry, Fascism, Gun Control, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason, Videos — Scottie @ 06:40

 

You know what alarms me more than anything about any of this, folks? I’ll be flat-out honest with you, what alarms me about — and it’s bothered me for most of the years I’ve been doing this program. There is yet to be any pushback on this. And by pushback, I mean average, ordinary citizens who are being affected by this stuff, are just letting it happen. They’re not pushing back against it. And so they are ceding — C-E-D-I-N-G — they are ceding territory to these people, and everybody watches that happen. If there’s no pushback, then you’re going to feel alone.

And I, frankly, I’ve been waiting for 30 years, 25 years for there to be pushback. Not only is there not pushback, there isn’t — the few who do push back don’t get defended by very many people. I have made it a point — and I’m not trying to make this about me, I’m trying to be illustrative here.

 

I can’t tell you the number of blogs I’ve read over the years. I’m not going to name them, because I’m not trying to shame them. I’m just being illustrative again. I’ve read people bravely write, “You let them try that” — like about something that’s happening — “You let them try that. Who’s got all the guns in this country? We’ve got all the guns. They don’t — they don’t even like guns.” Well, where are all the people with guns?

I know they’ve got them. I know, I mean, gun sales are going like — where are they? They’re not pushing back. If there’s no pushback, then — and if the pushback isn’t seen, then people are going to get dispirited and think that nobody cares about this assault on the country.

 

I never said that. All I did was point out that we’ve got all these braggarts out there, writing at all these blogs that they’ve got all the guns. “And if there’s ever any attempt to take over the country, guess who’s going to win it, because the puke liberals are too scared to have guns, and we’ve got the guns.”

So I said, where are they? Where are these braggarts who said they had the ability to stop this stuff? They’re not showing up. It’s not an advocacy for an armed anything. I’m just pointing out, you wonder why you feel abandoned? I’m trying to explain it to you.

The reason why you feel alone is somewhat understandable, because you don’t see any pushback.

June 13, 2020

Defund vs Reform

Defund vs Reform

This is a really well written article that explains in easy to read language and uses examples of what defund the police really means.   I used two clips below but there is more information at the post link above.   Hugs

Can you guess what happened when the city of Camden NJ “defunded their police department” in 2013?

If you’ve been listening to right-wing media, you might be thinking something like the following:

You can’t just defund a police department! Who is going to protect you from criminals? Violent anarchists will take over! Dogs and cats living together!

But that’s just propaganda designed to stir up FUDVirtually nobody is saying that they want to eliminate law enforcement entirely. Instead, they want to reform it (as in “to form anew”) into something better. What happened in Camden is instructive.

Looking forward to now, in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, demonstrations in Camden remained calm. On May 30, the police chief marched alongside protesters with a sign that said “Standing in Solidarity”, and 21 other officers marched as well. The organizer of the protest said that the chief asked her for permission to join the march.

Meanwhile, just across the river in Philadelphia, protests erupted into violence, with police using tear gas and rubber bullets.

It is ironic that police in many cities are escalating violence in response to protests. This indicates that the police mistrust and fear the people they are supposed to protect. This fear leads them to think they should kill before they themselves get killed. And the vicious cycle continues.

More at the link above.   Hugs

June 12, 2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: tRump lives in his own reality

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump antifa imagination

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump confederate south decrees

Chris Britt Comic Strip for June 11, 2020

Robert Ariail Comic Strip for June 11, 2020

Kevin Kallaugher Comic Strip for June 11, 2020

 

 

Editorial Cartoon U.S. division social media Frankenstein

Tom the Dancing Bug Comic Strip for June 12, 2020

Steve Benson Comic Strip for June 11, 2020

Editorial Cartoon U.S. racism 

Matt Wuerker Comic Strip for June 11, 2020

 

June 4, 2020

Videos of Police Trapping and Brutalizing Protesters

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, Gun Control, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Videos — Scottie @ 04:55

This is a serious crime by authorities.  Is this a free land or Hong Kong?   Police herded and trapped peaceful protesters between two buildings, looks like a parking structure.   Then fired at them with pepper balls, rubber bullets, and gas from both ends and from above.   These people couldn’t get away, had no where to shield themselves.   This is terrorism on our own population by militarized police.   Is this the land of the free?  Angry hugs

June 3, 2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: With tRump everything.

There a lot of them this morning.   Each tells a story we need to read.  

Political cartoon

(story here) .. (cartoon by Dave Whamond)

 

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Rob Rogers Comic Strip for June 02, 2020

Editorial Cartoon U.S. America flames George Floyd protests tired of winning

Chris Britt Comic Strip for June 01, 2020

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump twitter baby

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump George Floyd church photo op 

Mike Luckovich Comic Strip for June 03, 2020

Andy Marlette editorial cartoon

Tom Toles Comic Strip for June 03, 2020

Jeff Stahler Comic Strip for June 03, 2020

Signe Wilkinson Comic Strip for June 03, 2020

Dave Granlund editorial cartoon

Clay Bennett Comic Strip for June 03, 2020

Mike Thompson editorial cartoon

Clay Jones Comic Strip for June 03, 2020

Andy Marlette editorial cartoon

Kevin Kallaugher Comic Strip for June 01, 2020

 

 

 

 

Don Landgren editorial cartoon

 

May 29, 2020

Guess which is which, guess which one lived and which one died. Bet you can tell their skin color?

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Death, Fascism, Gun Control, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 13:02

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May 27, 2020

Hell hath no fury like a suburban white conservative inconvenienced

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Hell hath no fury like a suburban white conservative inconvenienced.

May 25, 2020

Really about cosplaying a badass

Filed under: Cartoons, Fascism, Greed, Gun Control, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 06:59

Again think about this, take all the time you need. If you don’t understand it, ask a real adult.

We Need to Speak Honestly About the GOP’s Evolution Into a Conspiracy Cult |

May 21, 2020

Wanting it both ways

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Gun Control, Hate, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 05:50

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See how silly these tRump ideas are

Filed under: Cartoons, Fascism, Gun Control, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:19

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May 19, 2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: tRump the dim and his magical thinking

Ken Catalino Comic Strip for May 18, 2020

(cartoon by Stuart Carlson)

 

Political Cartoon U.S. Fox news jared kushner fauci

Robert Ariail Comic Strip for May 19, 2020

 

Tom Toles Comic Strip for May 19, 2020

 

Mike Luckovich Comic Strip for May 19, 2020

Editorial Cartoon U.S. Restaurant reopening coronavirus reservations

Editorial Cartoon U.S. salons reopening coronavirus

Phil Hands Comic Strip for May 18, 2020

Frazz Comic Strip for May 19, 2020

 

(cartoon by David Horsey)

 

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