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iammyfather:

dailykos:

Yeesh.

Foreign Aid:  Can Not be Cut (Too Small)

"In fiscal 2013, U.S. government funding for humanitarian assistance and international development will total around $23 billion. (Back in October, I included spending on diplomacy in the numbers that I reported. In order to directly address the question of how much we give in aid to other countries, I’m now leaving out diplomacy and operations of the State Department.)

Foreign Military Assistance

In addition, the U.S. will spend around $14 billion in fiscal 2013 for foreign military assistance – that’s money spent on training foreign armies and providing them with weapons.”

https://www.nationalpriorities.org/blog/2013/05/06/how-much-foreign-aid-does-us-give-away/

So $37 B for the world is too little to cut, but the $75 B, is way too much food for Americans and was cut $4 B a year.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/09/19/house-gop-food-stamp-cuts/2839343/

dynastylnoire:

jujubee58:

priceofliberty:

thinksquad:

Newly obtained surveillance video shows the violent encounter between a 17-year-old girl and Clairton police officers that left the teenager in the hospital.

A 17-year-old girl claims she was beaten by police in Clairton after she and her friends were stopped for a curfew violation Tuesday night.

Merceedez Wright admits she and her friends were out a few minutes after the city’s 10 p.m. curfew, and that she both ran from officers and resisted them after being tackled, but she doesn’t believe she deserves the injuries she suffered.

Wright is now recovering in the hospital with injuries to her trachea, esophagus and neck, plus several cuts and bruises.

"She’s a cheerleader, she’s a lifeguard at the Clairton pool, she was just on prom court," said Wright’s mother, Audelia Amoah. "She’s a good kid."

Even so, Wright admits she ran from officers.

"I was scared because of how he got out of the car. He didn’t just walk out, he jumped out of the car and started chasing me, so my first instinct was to run," she said.

Wright also said she did resist officers once she was knocked to the ground. She said she was trying to get her arms free to protect herself.

Clairton police did not respond to requests for comment.

Read more: http://www.wtae.com/news/teenage-girl-says-police-beat-her-after-curfew-violation/26992088#ixzz388DHjtCm

You think this is sickening? Me too

551 Ravensburg Blvd
Clairton, PA
(412) 233-8113

press ‘OPTION 6’ to be connected to the Clairton Police Department.

Flood their mailbox, flood their inbox!

Robert Hoffman is the Chief of Police and you can contact them directly here.

I just wrote in: “Newly obtained surveillance video shows the violent encounter between 17-year-old Merceedez Wright and Clairton police officers that left the teenager in the hospital.

She admits to being out past 10pm AND to “running” from the cops. When I was her age, I was in the same situation and the altercation did not result in me being tackled, in my head or neck being smashed against pavement, or a hospital bill.

I was told to call my mother while the officer POLITELY waited there for her to come pick me up. How is CPD training these officers that their first course of action is to pummel a little girl? The officers involved should be reprimanded without compensation.”

They didn’t do it because she’s a girl, they did it because she’s a black girl!

Pittsburgh is not safe for black folks.

I’m trying to tell you.

70sscifiart:

Chris Foss concept art for the commercial towing spaceship Nostromo from the 1979 film Alien. The ship was designed last minute, and ended up looking very different from Foss’s concepts. The final picture here very similar to the concept art, and was used as the cover for this 1978 art book — it’s probably the closest we’ll get to a completed Chris Foss Nostromo.
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70sscifiart:

Chris Foss concept art for the commercial towing spaceship Nostromo from the 1979 film Alien. The ship was designed last minute, and ended up looking very different from Foss’s concepts. The final picture here very similar to the concept art, and was used as the cover for this 1978 art book — it’s probably the closest we’ll get to a completed Chris Foss Nostromo.
via Gavin Rothery
Zoom Info

70sscifiart:

Chris Foss concept art for the commercial towing spaceship Nostromo from the 1979 film Alien. The ship was designed last minute, and ended up looking very different from Foss’s concepts. The final picture here very similar to the concept art, and was used as the cover for this 1978 art book — it’s probably the closest we’ll get to a completed Chris Foss Nostromo.

via Gavin Rothery

boygeorgemichaelbluth:

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

blackourstory:

bathory-babe:

How many of you have heard Latasha Harlins?

*everyone is silent*

She was killed by Korean store owner Soon Ja Du, which set off the LA Riots. Ice Cube did a song about her called Black Korea, predicting that riot in fact. Some of us know. And no, I didn’t have to look her up. I remember. I read the Final Call.

She was murdered over a damn bottle of orange juice that store owner thought she was going to steal. There were eye witnesses and security camera footage.

The store owner still got no jail time! 

It’s not just an inconvenience to be followed around the store. You can be murdered if the store clerk decides to stand their ground.  If you’ve been followed around a store before, let Harlins tragedy serve as a reminder of why you shouldn’t go back.

Don’t spend money where you are not welcomed!

There’s a new book out about her:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Contested-Murder-Latasha-Harlins/dp/0199944571/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1406583793&sr=8-1

Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 3 Mid-Day Wrap-Up

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Today continues with the third day of the murder trial of Theodore Wafer in the Detroit front porch shooting death of Renisha McBride.  We covered days two and one here (presented in reverse chronological order):

Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 2 End-of-Day Wrap-Up

Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 2 Mid-Day Wrap-Up

Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 1 End-of-Day Wrap-Up

Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 1 Mid-Day Wrap-Up

This morning saw testimony from five witnesses, among them:

  • Davonta Bynes who texted with McBride the night of her death.
  • Ray Murad, a neighbor of Wafer’s who heard noise before the shooting, as well as the shot itself.
  • Michigan State Police Detective Sergeant Kevin Lucidi, an accident reconstruction expert.
  • Livonia Detective Wade Higgason, who recovered McBride’s cell phone from her impounded vehicle.
  • ATF Special Agent Stan Brue, an expert on cell phone records.

Before any witnesses were heard or the jury brought in, however, the defense once again renewed their calls for Judge Hathaway to allow into evidence certain of McBride’s texts and history of her prior driving accidents.  Again, they were refused.

With that, let’s get to the chronological tweets:

001 MW 001 Wafer seated in court

002 MW 002 defense prepares for day

003 GD 001 Carpenter requests supplemental discovery

004 an 001 judge denies prior accidents social media

004-1 or 001 Judge denies motion

005 GD 002 denied by Judge Hathaway

006 GD 003 what defense hoping to show

007 MW 003 witness Bynes

008 GD 004 Davonta Bynes testifying

009 GD 005 Bynes knew McBride as Nisha

010 GD 006 texts between McBridge and Bynes

011 GD 007 bynes and mcbride talk by phone

012 GD 009 sounded drunk

014 GD 010 McBride never seen house before

015 GD 011 Bynes describes location of house

016 GD 012 Carpenter crosses Bynes

017 GD 013 texts shown 1

018 GD 014 texts shown 2

019 GD 015 text messages shown 3

020 GD 016 done with bynes

021 MW 004 Ray Murad

022 GD 017 Ray Murad

023 GD 018 Murad in home office

024 or 002 wafer neighbor couldn't see

024-1 GD 026 Murad could not see porch from office

025 ea 001 Murad heard noise checked cars

026 GD 021 Murad checked on cars

027 GD 022 Murad heard gunshot 10-15 min later

028 GD 023 Murad in office, pretty close

029 GD 024 heard police within 2-3 min

030 GD 025 Murad knows Wafer as neighbor

031 GD 027 2-3 minutes before shot did not hear

032 MW 005 MISP Det. Sgt. Kevin Lucidi

033 ea 002 Lucidi inspected cars, crash site

034 GD 028 MI SP Kevin Lucidi

035 GD 029 Lucidi describes training

036 GD 030 Lucidi describes called examining crash scene

037 or 003 Mcbride car doing 31-43 mph

038 or 003 McBridge car caused serious damage

038-1 GD 034 040 AP asking about windshied damage

039 MW 006 Lucidi cracks in windshield

039-1 or 004 windshield crack probably caused by head

040 GD 032 no questions from defense

041 MW 007 Livonia Detective Wade Higgason

042 GD 036 Livonia Detective Wade Higgason called

043 MW 008 ATF Agent Stan Brue

043-1GD 038 Stan Brue ATF

043-2 GD 039 Brue expert on cell phone record analysis

044 or 005 Stan Brue ATF assigned to DPD homicide

045 GD 037 HIggason captured McBride cell on Nov. 8046 GD 038 HIggason captured screen shots of McBride cell

047 or 006 Brue has extensive pages of McBride cell phone records

048 MW 009 Brue looking at phone records

048-1 GD 042 cell records one hour behind Detroit time

049 MW 010 map of cell calls

050 GD 041 Brue tracked McBride location via cell phone towers

051 GD 043 Brue cell messages no tower info

052 GD 044 Carpenter crosses Brue

053 GD 045 Brue says much information after crash

054 GD 046 6 second call at 3 minutes after crash

055 GD 047 at 3-13AM a two minute call, seems to VM

056 GD 048 Brue did not listen to VM at 3-13AM

057 or 006 text call me now 4 hours after shooting

058 GD 049 AP Danielle Hagaman-Clark questioning Brue re-direct

059 GD 050 Brue all done

060 GD 051 lunch break

–-Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

P.S. The newest Law of Self Defense University Video/Podcast has just been released:  “#004: The Intersection of Tactics and Law.” Enjoy!

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