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The Evening Blues - 4-17-14
Welcome! "The Evening Blues" is a casual community diary (published Monday - Friday, 8:00 PM Eastern) where we hang out, share and talk about news, music, photography and other things of interest to the community.
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South Carolina man faces federal charges after failing to pay $0.89 for drink refill
Is there no common sense anymore? This news story out of South Carolina is truly unbelievable:
The ticket was issued by the Federal Police Force at the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston after Christopher Lewis refilled his soda without paying the $0.89. A hospital spokesperson called it a "theft of government property."Not only did he receive a federal citation and a $525 fine, he also lost his job at the VA hospital:
"Every time I look at the ticket, it's unbelievable to me,” says Lewis, who works construction. “I can't fathom the fact that I made a $0.89 mistake that cost me $525."
Lewis is now out of a job. According to a hospital spokesperson, signs are posted in the cafeteria informing patrons that refills aren't free. Lewis says he never noticed the signs and admits he had refilled his drink without paying on other occasions. He says after he went back for seconds on Wednesday, a man who identified himself as the chief of police, stopped him.
"As I was filling my cup up, I turned to walk off and a fella grabbed me by the arm and asked me was I going to pay for that, and I told him I wasn't aware that I had to pay for that."
Lewis says he tried to pay the $0.89 right there, but wasn't allowed to. He says he wasn't given the chance to pay the cashier either.
"I'm done there, at the VA hospital. I'm not allowed to go on the premises anymore. I asked him can I still work on the job site and just bring my lunch and not got to the cafeteria and he said he wanted me off the premises."In response to local news coverage, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center released the following statement:
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is fortunate to have a highly trained Federal police force to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and employees. As Federal police they are responsible for enforcing the law. Today a Federal citation was issued for shoplifting in the VA cafeteria to an individual who stated to VA police he had not paid for refills of beverages on multiple occasions, even though signs are posted in the cafeteria informing patrons refills are not free. Shoplifting is a crime. The dollar amount of the ticket is not determined by VA as it is a Federal citation. The citation may be paid or the recipient may choose to appear in Federal court to contest it.See the full video report from WSTV here.
PA teen records people bullying him--and gets hit with CRIMINAL charges
A student at South Fayette High School in McDonald, Pennsylvania--roughly half an hour south of Pittsburgh--finally had enough of being bullied. So he recorded several instances of the torment he had to endure and showed it to his mother. Incredibly, not only has the district apparently not taken action against the bullies--it actually pressed criminal charges against the victim.South Fayette police Lt. Frank Kurta charged sophomore Christian Stanfield, 15, with disorderly conduct on Feb. 12 when his mother confronted school administrators about students bullying her son on a seven-minute recording he took on his iPad one day earlier. The school's principal, Scott Milburn, initially told police he believed he had a “wiretapping incident.”Christian's mom, Shea Love, had complained to school officials about her son being bullied as early as October, but apparently those complaints went unaddressed. When she saw the video, she stormed into Milburn's office and demanded something be done. Milburn did something, all right--he slapped Christian with a Saturday detention and reported him to the police for wiretapping. After Kurta had Christian come in for questioning, he and school officials ordered Christian to erase the video and charged him with disorderly conduct.
Stanfield's mother said he was diagnosed with a comprehension delay disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and an anxiety disorder. He told South Fayette District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet that he made the recording to show his mother the extent to which he was being bullied, according to a transcript of the March 19 hearing.
“I wanted her to understand what I went through,” he told the judge. “I really was having things like books slammed upside of my head.”
Christian appeared before judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet on March 19. Based on the testimony from that hearing, there was no defensible reason for him to have been brought up on any charges at all.He said classmates harassed him for several months, and even though he told his mom, he didn't have anything to show for it.Assistant principal Aaron Skrbin also testified that Love had complained about Christian being hit with spitballs even after Christian told him to stop--but incredibly, he didn't consider that bullying. Even more incredibly, McGraw-Desmet found Christian guilty and ordered him to pay a minimum $25 fine plus court costs.
“I wanted some help,” he said. “This wasn't just a one-time thing. This always happens every day in that class.”
Love testified that the recording includes one boy telling another boy to pull her son's pants down. The teacher tells them that if what they're talking about doesn't have anything to do with math, they need to stop talking.
Later in the recording, Love testified, there is a loud slam, and the teacher tells them to sit down.
Two boys ask, “What? I was just trying to scare him.”
When I first read about this on ThinkProgress, I thought this was something from the Onion. In what world can you possibly be brought up on criminal charges for standing up for yourself? Jonathan Steele, who is representing the family, wants to know the same thing. He's going to court on April 29 to appeal McGraw-Desmet's ruling--and is also making noises about filing a federal civil rights suit against the district for not protecting Christian. From where I'm sitting, Christian is owed the world's biggest apology, and at minimum Milburn and Skrbin should be heavily reprimanded. Those are about the only ways I'd even consider not filing a lawsuit if I were Christian and Love.
Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Hip Hump Day Wednesdays"
It's "Hip Hump Day Wednesday" on The After Show, where we put the hip back in your hump.
An Oklahoma school district is set to beta test the Bible Curriculum created by Hobby Lobby’s President Steve Green; SCOTUS will hear a case about whether it is constitutional to lie in campaign ads; and Louisiana lawmakers refuse to overturn the ban on oral sex because it is a crime against nature but leaves necrophilia legal because it isn't.
We will also be joined on The Last Half with Daily Kos Front Pager and Justice's fellow editor on Black Kos, Denise Oliver-Velez.
All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.
Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.
The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Netroots Radio.
Metaphor Monday, Hip Hump Day Wednesday, Thank God It's Giovedì! (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Friday.
Who luvs ya, baby?
Netroots Radio Presents: "A Piece of Broken Ribbon"
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I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.The playlist for Monday 14 April 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans FrontieresWho luvs ya, baby?
~~ "A Broken Piece of Ribbon" ~~
1 - The Smiths -- "I Started Something I Could Not Finish"
2 - The Replacements -- "Unsatisfied"
3 - Echo and The Bunnymen -- "Evergreen"
4 - The Psychedelic Furs -- "The Ghost In You"
5 - The Jam -- "Going Underground"
6 - Pet Shop Boys -- "West End Girls"
7 - Siouxsie and the Banshees -- "Christine"
8 - L7 -- "Andres"
9 - The Stranglers -- "No More Heroes"
10 - U2 -- "Where The Streets Have No Name"
11 - Midnight Oil -- "Blue Sky Mine"
12 - Depeche Mode -- "Personal Jesus"
13 - The English Beat -- "Mirror In The Bathroom"
14 - The Specials -- "Ghost Town"
15 - The B-52's -- "Planet Claire"
16 - The Clash - "Police On My Back"
17 - Tom Waits -- "16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought-Six"
18 - Halfhead Special -- "Quiet Gun"
19 - The Sugarcubes -- "Cold Sweat"
20 - Band of Susans -- "The Last Temptation of Susan"
21 - Beck -- "Loser"
22 - Cake -- "Nugget"
23 - The White Stripes -- "Seven Nation Army"
24 - Chumbawamba -- "Jacob's Ladder"
25 - Porno For Pyros -- "Bali Eyes"
26 - Nouvelle Vague -- "This Is Not A Love Song"
27 - De Phazz -- "Slums of Monte Carlo"
28 - Frances Livings -- "Candy's Caravan"
29 - Kate Bush -- "The Red Shoes"
30 - Massive Attack -- "Black Milk"
31 - Serge Gainsbourg -- "Ballade de Melody Nelson"
32 - 13th Floor Elevators - "Thru The Rhythm"
33 - Tripswitch -- "Stereogram"
34 - Quantic -- "Westbound Train"
35 - Hidden Orchestra -- "Strange"
36 - The Sound Defects -- "Peace"
37 - Yo La Tengo - "Don't Have To Be So Sad"
38 - Seu Jorge -- "Carolina"
39 - Nando Reis -- "Pra Voce Guardei O Amor"
40 - Zeca Baleiro -- "Telegrama"
41 - Vanessa da Mata -- "Boa Sorte"
42 - Bebel Gilberto -- "Aganju"
43 - Rosalia de Souza -- "Bossa 31"
What the heartland thinks of the Keystone XL pipeline, in one image
My friend and photographer extraordinaire Lou Dematteis went to Nebraska to document the heartland's artistic resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline.
Two days ago, on Saturday, April 12th, he snapped this image of Art and Helen Tanderup's farm located on the proposed pipeline route that crosses the Ponca Trail of Tears outside Neligh, Nebraska.
The 80-acre artwork — the latest protest environmentalists and landowners have employed against TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline — was created by the farmers, ranchers and Native American tribes of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in collaboration with artist John Quigley.
DC Kossacks Welcome Peregrine Kate at the NoKXL Resist and Protect Rally to the White House
Beloved Peregrine Kate will be in Washington DC !
I would like to welcome her on April 26th in a welcome meet-up near the Washington Mall and the White House. We intend to march at the "Reject and Protect - No Keystone XL" rally and have a "DC/VA/MD Kossacks Welcome Meet-Up" afterwards.
Would "a few good men and women" please:Connect! with mimiPeregrine Kate is active everywhere here on dailykos, organizes the Motor City Kossacks, is a strong supporter of the Climate Change SOS group, is founder of the Monday Night Cancer Club, where she writes in a way that it gets under your skin and directly into your heart. She is a true treasure to the Daily Kos site and anything I could say about her would sound clumsy to your ears. Therefore ...
Unite! with peregrine kate and
Act! in support of the Reject and Protect movement against the Keystone XL pipelinePlease follow me to the details of activities on April 26th on the Washington Mall and the White House.
Instead of talking, let's just come together and celebrate her!
Netroots Radio Presents: "The Face of Her Sister Whose Cheek is Buried in Wildflowers"
The Justice Department is on Netroots Radio.com Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!
I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.The playlist for Sunday 13 April 14 8pm to 9pm Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans FrontieresWho luvs ya, baby?
~~ "The Face of Her Sister Whose Cheek is Buried in Wildflowers" ~~
1 - Skatalites -- "Simmer Down"
2 - Dennis Brown -- "Man Next Door"
3 - Peter Tosh -- "Downpressor Man"
4 - Black Uhuru -- "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?"
5 - Baby Huey -- "Hard Times"
6 - Nina Simone -- "Rags and Old Iron"
7 - The Charmels -- "Dear Uncle Sam"
8 - Robbie Robertson -- "The Sound is Fading"
9 - Tinariwen -- "Afours Afours"
10 - Mount Madonna Choir -- "Alle Psallite"
11 - Ojos de Brujo -- "Tiempo de Solea"
12 - Caribou -- "The Barn"
13 - Cafe Americaine -- "L' amour"
14 - Burning Hearts -- "Iris"
♥☮Free Cecily♥☮ Trial Day-Five
Supporters of Cecily are calling on activists and friends to #PackTheCourts and serve as witnesses each day of the proceeding.
#Pack The Courts Everyday♥☮
9:00 am (Court ends at 4:30)
Manhattan Criminal Court
Room 1116, Part 41 @ 100 Centre Street
New York, New York 10013
Please Come And Show Your Support For Cecily
Dress Attire, Business/Casual
For any questions, email CecilysTrial@gmail.com
Tell NY District Attorney Cyrus Vance, To Drop The Charges Against Cecily.
Sign The Petition Only takes 2 minutes.Drop The Charges Against Cecily McMillan by Kevin Zeese, www.greenshadowcabinet.us February 16th, 2014Tentative Schedule Of Events
April 10th-No Court
April 14th-Prosecution Case Continued
April 15th-No Court
April 16th-Defense Case
April 21st-Closing Arguments
April 22nd-Jury Deliberation
How to Detect Lies Body Language, Reactions, Speech Patterns
Psychological Manipulation. (A type of social influence that aims to change the perception or behavior of others through underhanded, deceptive, or even abusive tactics.)
The most serious "crime" of majority of 2.3 million deported by ICE in 6 years was traffic violation
Over the last six years, which includes the last year of the Bush administration, this study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, (TRAC), indicates 2.3 million people were deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Secure Communities and ICE Deportation: A Failed Program? TRAC Series on ICE Deportation. During this period the "Secure Communities" program was launched and expanded to cover all jurisdictions in the U.S. which requires the ICE to maintain a centralized database of all fingerprints of immigrants and non-citizens, and requires local law enforcement agents to detain and submit the fingerprints of suspected undocumented non-citizens.
Analysis of ICE data covering these 2.3 million deportations obtained by TRAC show that while the agency was able to increase the number of non citizens it deported who had been convicted of a crime, this was largely a result of an increase in the deportations of individuals whose most serious conviction was an immigration or traffic violation.
As we see in Table 5, the top three most common charges among ICE deportees during FY 2013 were either immigration or traffic offenses. Conviction for illegal entry was first, driving while intoxicated (DWI) was second, and simple traffic violation was third.
In fourth place in FY 2013 was conviction for marijuana possession. This meant that out of all deportations where the most serious conviction involved drugs, the most common offense found was simple marijuana possession. The number of marijuana possession deportation cases had grown so that they exceeded convictions for cocaine possession, which had dropped to sixth place overall.
This report supports the view we've been hearing from many leaders of the Hispanic and other immigrant communities who have been pleading with President Obama to review the escalation of deportations they say is ripping apart families who have been well established here, and often deporting parents to places they no longer have any family, ties, or support infrastructure.
Even Republican Jeb Bush has voiced a more sympathetic view towards immigration issues recently.
An examination of millions of deportation records since the launch of Secure Communities — a massive government surveillance program — shows that this continuing effort has not increased the removal of its primary announced targets: non-citizens who have committed crimes other than minor violations. In fact, the number of such individuals deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has actually declined over the last four years.
Secure Communities is an ambitious national program under which millions of fingerprint records submitted to the FBI by local law enforcement agencies are passed along to ICE. At that point, the immigration agency issues "detainers" for those that ICE wants the local organizations to hold and then turn over to it. (According to ICE it has already reviewed 32 million fingerprint records through this program.) The broad failure of Secure Communities to achieve its stated goals has been masked by sharp increases in the deportation of those whose most serious conviction was for an immigration violation or traffic offense.
What becomes of these people? For the heart breaking story I jump ahead to the article by Daniel RobeloHow incredibly sad and tragic.
What becomes of the people who are deported? The sad, simple truth is that they will first likely be disappeared within the (increasingly for-profit) U.S. prison and detention system; then sent back to their countries of origin, where they may no longer have any ties to family or community, may lack basic survival needs like food, housing and health services and may face serious threats to their security. Those who are removed from the country are usually barred from reentry, often for life -- no matter if they have family members who are U.S. citizens or decades-long ties to their communities of residence here in the states. ... The result, then, is thousands of families broken and communities torn apart every single year.
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