Open Discussion – Oct. 13, 2014

Butterflies, caterpillars, moths, (even crusty old moths), and all creatures great and small,

I’m tired.  I’ve been up all night (won’t tell you why. Don’t ask), and even now my eyelids are not cooperating with my fingers on the keyboard.

WIngadingadoodlecockadoodledee.  smiley

See what I mean?

Before I embarrass myself further, I’ll just get to the point — this thread is for open discussion.   But then, you knew that from the title, right?

Share what’s on your mind.  Give it a try and see if you can do so by filling in the blanks.

L is for _____

O is for _____

V is for _____

E is for ______

Be kind to one another and yourself.  Take time to tell every living thing, pet and human, that you love them.

By the way, I love you all!

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Posted on 10/13/2014, in open discussion and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 111 Comments.

  1. L is for Life, That’s as far as I got! ha!

    Love you! Hope all is well!

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  2. yahtzeebutterfly

    L is for Lending voice to better the world

    O is for Opening heart

    V is for Valuing all life

    E is for Ending injustice and inequality

    .

    Here’s a (((Big Hug))) for you, Xena!

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  3. Love
    Overall is
    Vital for
    Evereyone

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  4. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    Listen @ Life’s Laughter
    Outcasts Orient Orphans
    Value Vision & Velcro
    Everyone Expects Everything

    Not sleeping is sometimes caused by looking at a computer screen. I got this free program that many of us feel helps end insomnia. I hope it helps… take care of you.

    “f.lux
    f.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

    It’s even possible that you’re staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.”

    https://justgetflux.com/

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    • Jackie Saulmon Ramirez……. I have this. My Doctor told me to download it. And it really does help.

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      • Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

        Good for you! Seriously, you cannot be creative or 100% functional without a decent night’s sleep. ❤

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    • Sounds like a great software program, but my problem isn’t trouble sleeping. I have CFS and can literally sleep 18 hours straight. My problem is that I get involved in things, (reading, writing, researching, other projects) and time gets away from me. Generally it doesn’t interfere with other things because thankfully, I’m retired. 🙂

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      • I also have CFS and the Dr. prescribed me Ritalin. if not for that. I would be in bed 24/7. I couldn’t take being in bed anymore because I own my own business and didn’t want to get up and get it done ha. I call it my little energy pill. I am not one for taking meds. But I needed something. I tried it and it gets me through the mornings. It wears off about 2 pm. I take it at 5 am. I can take two a day. but don’t want to take one too late. I do want to sleep haha.

        Namaste’

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        • Shyloh,
          CFS is a complicated disease. Medication for me is like stepping on the gas pedal with a foot still on the brake. I’ve found supplements and herbs, even some from India, that work great sustaining what energy I have.

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      • Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

        When my brain is studying a problem I cannot sleep until I figure it out. Last weekend it was HTML for tables and wondering why it wasn’t stable so yes, I get that.

        If your sleep, or lack of it, does not interfere with your life then go with it. *Good Luck*

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        • Oh my goodness Jackie! HTML for tables? The last time I used HTML for tables was around 2004. I can relate — whether figuring out problems or having fun, time gets away from me.

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          • Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

            Ha ha ha! My husband laughed at me too when he saw what I was doing – but hey – I wasn’t born knowing and I never went to college so I have had to learn on my own. Hmm, I should have come to you sooner! ❤

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            • Jackie,
              LOL! I’m not sure if I remember HTML without a kick-start now. I go back to the days of DOS when programs were written in 9’s. Now, people and companies go out and purchase software because the days of main frames have gone the way of the dinosaur.

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  5. L- LOVE is the key to all things

    O- Be OPEN to others opinions

    V- Keep a positive VISION on life

    E- We are all EQUAL

    I love all of you. Namaste’

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  6. Well, I’m a bit one track minded, so here goes.. L is for Love, O is for Obama, V is for Victory, E is for Ebola

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  7. crustyolemothman

    Too bad there is not “U” (for understanding). Or perhaps a “T” ( for tolerance).. Or even a “P” (for peace)… Then again, perhaps the “L” could stand for listening to others opinions in a non judgmental manner… The right to life and the pursuit of peace and happiness should be for “all” citizens of this earth regardless of what some people think… I have often wondered if a person has as much love in their heart as they say, how do they find all the room for the hate they show toward their fellow man?

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  8. Let
    Our
    Voices
    Echo

    Yes I stole it – Think I’ll change my webpage name

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  9. Please sign and re-post. Thank you

    http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/federalpolicingreforms/?sp_ref=66121157.176.9522.f.36647.2&referring_akid=.1731254.mZ2qyH&source=fb_sp

    National leaders are paying more attention to racial profiling and police brutality than they have in years. Will you join us in calling on the federal government to implement critical reforms to end abusive, militarized, and biased policing targeting Black and brown communities?

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  10. yahtzeebutterfly

    Yamiche Alcindor @Yamiche
    Clergy now kneeling on Ferguson police station.

    deray mckesson @deray
    With the force of God, the clergy press the #Ferguson PD. We demand justice.

    Trymaine Lee @trymainelee
    Clergy reading list of names of young people killed by police. Each name followed with “REPENT!” from crowd.

    Michael J. Buell @buell003
    #BreakingNews: Dr. #CornellWest has been arrested

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Charles Wade @akacharleswade
      “@Yamiche: Rows of clergy members walking past police lines and getting arrested.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Quotes from books and speeches by Cornel West:

      “We have to recognise that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.”

      “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public”

      “You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people.”

      “Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through, but having the will to muster enough courage to do something about it.”

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  11. yahtzeebutterfly

    Liberate the oppressed

    Open the floodgates of LOVE

    Value the life of all

    Empathize
    ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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  12. what on earth is going on? the police are told you must wear name tags and you CANT arrest people on made up “rules” and they defy BOTH openly.

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  13. yahtzeebutterfly

    Livestreaming to begin at this link at 4:00 p.m. CDT:

    Rebelutionary Z @Rebelutionary_Z · 6m
    LIVE in STL by 4pmCDT! Direct action planned. #FergusonOctober #MikeBrown #Ferguson

    http://ustream.tv/z

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  14. TY for that seeing with your own eyes shows REALITY……….as in seeing Myers did NOT have a hoody or gun in the store means somebody is LYING about the hoody and gun……..and what criminal with his gun and disguise stashed close by stops to get a SANDWICH before he goes to get his disguise and weapon?….and NO reason for the first contact has ever been given……”suspicious” is NOT a legal reason to stop anyone, they have to articulate a reason why they were suspicious………NONE has been given…..”running” could be they didnt even notice the off duty officer and were running over some joke or silliness…….just running is NOT suspicious behavior.

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    • consider this i ran everywhere i went as a youth, the other kids thought i was really strange running to and from school…of course i knew my family could not afford college so i RAN to condition my body for sports which was my ticket out of the hills and into college.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Thanks, Bill, for sharing your excellent thoughts with us.

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  15. yahtzeebutterfly

    Now:

    Live streaming from a plaza (mall) where the protestors are peacefully demonstrating:

    http://www.ustream.tv/z

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  16. yahtzeebutterfly

    Cornel West was released earlier today.

    MariaChappelleNadal @MariaChappelleN · 2h 2 hours ago
    Me: “Did they treat you right in jail?”
    Cornel West: “We had rich dialog”

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  17. yahtzeebutterfly

    Trymaine Lee @trymainelee · 8m 8 minutes ago
    “Shut it down” at NFL game.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Xena, I tried to just copy the script of this twitter so it would only give a link that everyone could just click on to see this video clip. Would you please erase the video clip above.

      Everyone,

      You can just go to this twitter site to see the protest photos at the game:
      https://twitter.com/benjaminhboyd

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  18. yahtzeebutterfly

    Now 3rd Walmart:

    http://www.ustream.tv/z

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    • They are/were @ 3 different locations at same time. awesome. That’s what Taurean Russell talked about Friday re: appearance of disorganized but intentional.

      I’m proud of these young folks!

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    • There at a casino now.

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  19. butterflydreamer2

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  20. STL county police pulls shotgun out after stopping/pulling over a protestor during caravan travel.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      I heard there was this video, Peni.

      I appreciate your finding it and posting it here.

      Can’t get over that, just after the first officer (from another LE department) had said that the live streamer could remain there, Ofc. Blake from another department came and threatened him with the shotgun!

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    • omg!

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  21. butterflydreamer2

    Court overturns Marissa Alexander’s 20-year sentence for warning shot at abusive husband

    http://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2014/10/14/court-overturns-marissa-alexanders-20-year-sentence-for-warning-shot-at-abusive-husband

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Thanks for this, butterflydreamer!

      Excerpt from the article:

      A Florida appellate court ruled today that jury instructions, which unfairly made Alexander prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that she was acting in self-defense, were wrong — and that there were other incorrect instructions that self-defense only applied if the victim suffered an injury, which Gray had not.

      Today, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., lashed out at Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, who oversaw the failed prosecution of George Zimmerman and the prosecution in this case, saying, “Arresting and prosecuting her when no one was hurt does not make any sense. … What was certainly absent from the courtroom during Marissa’s trial was mercy and justice. Indeed, the three-year plea deal from State Attorney Angela Corey is not mercy, and a mandatory 20-year sentence is not justice.”

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  22. yahtzeebutterfly

    deray mckesson @deray · 3h

    BREAKING: State Lab Report of Gunshot Residue in VonDerrit’s killing. Must see.

    https://app.box.com/s/liotobnsaj5ify21y2ce

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    • crustyolemothman

      yahtzeebutterfly: Now all we need to do is figure out how and why the state lab falsified the results. We already know from the statements of the family and his friends that this child did not own or even know how to use a gun. Could the police union have forced the lab to falsify these reports?

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      • yahtzeebutterfly

        This whole thing has me confused, crustyolemothman.

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        • yahtzeebutterfly

          See, look at this Wall Street Journal link with this excerpt (the ME says he DID NOT swab Vonderrit’s hands):

          The city’s chief medical examiner, Michael Graham, performed an autopsy on Mr. Myers on Thursday morning, and found six or seven bullet wounds to his legs and one shot to the face that killed him. In the suburb of Ferguson, the Aug. 9 police-involved shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown led to weeks of protests, which included looting and confrontations with the police department. In that case, a grand jury is deciding whether to indict the white officer, Darren Wilson, on charges related to the shooting.

          “Everything I’ve seen so far comports with what the officer said happened,” Dr. Graham said.

          His department didn’t swab the teen’s hand to test for gunshot residue because that is an often inaccurate test, Dr. Graham said.

          The final report on the autopsy won’t be released until it can include results from toxicology tests, which can take weeks, he said.

          http://online.wsj.com/articles/demonstrations-planned-over-police-shootings-in-st-louis-ferguson-1412969680

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          • crustyolemothman

            Yahtzee, I can’t access that article, requires a subscription… But it is sort of confusing that the County ME said that his dept did not swab for gunshot residue, but the first link indicates that someone in his office did submit samples to the state lab. However it does not matter, even if he did shoot the gun the officer should not have killed him, he instead should have used negotiation skills or some other non lethal method to encourage the kid to surrender peacefully.

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            • The officer had a right to fire his weapon to protect himself. I just don’t trust the badges with guns in Missouri (as well as elsewhere). I speak from that distrust, Mothman, and hope that you understand. We need to go to the beginning and ask, why the pedestrian stop? Had there been no pedestrian stop, what then? Okay, the what if’s won’t change anything, but until I see change in the attitudes and behavior of law enforcement in St. Louis County, I still distrust them.

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            • crustyolemothman

              Xena,

              “Had there been no pedestrian stop, what then?”

              There is a major problem. If this “security officer” aka “rent a cop” had not attempted to violate this kids constitutional right to (1) be on a public street (2) run freely when he wished to (3) use his lawful “stand your ground rights”, we would not be having this conversation and the kid would still be alive… We have been told that the crime rate has fallen dramaticly over the last decade, allegedly primarly because of the possession and use of guns by private citizens. Yet during this same period the number of public and private police agency officers has increased. If in fact the crime rate has fallen, then we should insist on a reduction of personnel within the law enforcement community that reflects the drop in crime statistics. We also see much fear of the police officers by members of the public. To counter act this fear, we need to take a few steps to make the police less fearsome to the community, it seems that people are seeing black and white cars and suv’s and associating those colors with the police, so perhaps a change in color is in order? We could have all the police cars painted in a soothing color, I would think that any of the pastel colors would work, as they seem to create a mellow environment. The officers uniforms could be changed to a some what matching color to create a friendly atsophere as well.
              We need to look at the weapons the officers utilize as well, and considering that most of the crime commited today, especially murders, is at the hand of the various police agencies, perhaps we need to develope weapons that are much more safe for the general public. With the large reduction of crime we have seen, it would stand to reason that the lethal weapons the police currently use, are outdated and no longer needed. We need to find a way to eliminate those weapons and replace them with ones that do not injure or kill any member of the general public. These are just a few changes that are in order, I’m sure other people can add to this list, remember these police officers are our employees, the are supposed to “serve and protect” the people, not “shoot and kill” the people….

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            • Mothman,
              You’re being funny.

              There is a major problem. If this “security officer” aka “rent a cop” had not attempted to violate this kids constitutional right to (1) be on a public street (2) run freely when he wished to (3) use his lawful “stand your ground rights”,

              I’m not filling in the blanks. You have. To ask the reason for a pedestrian stop is a serious, and valid question. No matter a person’s background, race, etc., if LE or rent-a-cop do not see them doing anything wrong at that moment, why stop them? I am not going to give law enforcement the gift of being clairvoyant predicting that if they don’t stop a person now for doing nothing, that they will commit a crime in the future.

              There’s a lot of talk about “due process” for cops that kill, but that same constitutional right belongs to those they stop.

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            • crustyolemothman

              Xena, Actually, while it may appear that I am being funny, I am simply using the logic that the law enforcement community is applying to the public and instead applying it to them… IMO with the evidence that we currently have about this shooting, and keeping in mind the “security guard” has not made a legally valid claim to why he stopped the kid, the kid did have the three rights that I listed. One might be prone to ask, did the security officer identify himself to the victim? Did the kid have sufficient fear of his attacker to “stand his ground”? If the victim had been white and the attacker been black would the victim have had the right to “stand his ground”? Do the stand your ground rules only apply when the victim is white?

              As for the rest of my ideas (suggestions), if the law enforcement community actually wants to rebuild their image, they are valid suggestions. At this point in a large percentage of this nations citizens, the police are nothing short of murderers and it will take radical and difficult to bring about changes to repair their image with the general public. We need to return the image of our law enforcement community to “protect and serve” and get rid of the “shoot and kill” image that they currently possess…

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            • Mothman, as I understand it, the cop although off duty, was wearing his departmental uniform and carrying his department issued gun. He would have no doubt been recognized as a cop. So, the next question is, why do people run when they have not committed any crime? I think that depends on the experience of the person and what they fear that causes them to run. Patricia Cook drove away from a cop standing by her car. Why? No one knows because the cop shot through the driver’s side window and back of Patricia’s car killing her.

              There are some people who say if you haven’t done anything wrong, then you shouldn’t run. Yet, those same people if afraid of pit bulls, and see one loose, will run or buy a gun to shoot the dog.

              Re:

              As for the rest of my ideas (suggestions), if the law enforcement community actually wants to rebuild their image, they are valid suggestions.

              The only way to rebuild the image of law enforcement into a positive image, is for there to be laws that charge and prosecute them like any other citizen. “Excessive force” should not be an exclusive allegation just for them. There is no category of “excessive force” in child abuse when parents are the ultimate authority over their children. There should be no category of excessive force for law enforcement either — assault or attempted murder is what undeputized citizens would be charged with.

              The killings are only part of it. When cops place citizens in choke holds, drive their faces into the ground, place their knee on necks and backs, physically collect around “suspects” like tackling in football, and handcuff when unconscious or even dead, they have been exorcised of the basic human decencies.

              The way they go about it is enough to send anyone into survival mode and cause fear of being killed. There is no confidence that even when tased, that the tasing will stop even when the “suspect” is on the ground, unarmed, and defenseless.

              These are folks who have the authority to write reports alleging anything they want, lying by omission or outright.

              In short, too many members of law enforcement have established a pattern that unfortunately, taints the entire system. It’s like the reputation of pit bulls. So many people do not trust that breed because ____. They will never trust that breed. Law enforcement has communicated that they abuse, assault, punish, and kill under color and claim of official right and there’s not a darn thing anyone can do to stop them.

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          • yahtzeebutterfly

            Interesting, I just checked the link to the WSJ again and now the WSJ says I have to subscribe to see that article.

            Good thing I copied and pasted that excerpt when I did.

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          • yahtzeebutterfly

            Antonio French @AntonioFrench · 6h
            I’m disappointed that info in the killing of Vonderitt Myers is being released by partisan police union officials rather than city govt.

            We should learn from the mistakes of Ferguson. The mayor must not let the police union control this process in St. Louis City.

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  23. yahtzeebutterfly

    Shaun King @ShaunKing · 3h

    In 2004, after REPEATEDLY being cited for falsifying police reports. @roordaj was FIRED & lost his appeal.

    http://caselaw.findlaw.com/mo-court-of-appeals/1333908.html

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  24. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Security firm involved in shooting of St Louis teen has history of lawsuits
    Company that employed off-duty police officer who shot Vonderrit Myers Jr has paid out settlements over other incidents”

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/oct/11/security-firm-involved-in-st-louis-shooting-has-history-of-lawsuits

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  25. peni4yothot

    She was very proud of @SLU_Official president’s decision and what it means now for student activists on campus. #OccupySLU

    Students have set up tents @ SLU to occupy.

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  26. yahtzeebutterfly

    Here a police officer handcuffs a man for not giving him information:

    Here is an excerpt from the article I will link below:


    Whether or not police are looking for a suspect, they can ask you all the questions they’d like. An officer can even ask you to identify yourself, either with an ID or verbally. However, unless the officer reasonably suspects that you have committed, are committing, or are about to commit a crime, you are not required to identify yourself or answer any other questions, and may leave at any time.

    South Carolina is not one of these states, nor was Norton told he was suspected of a crime.

    In fact, in the video below, Brenton Norton was told by officer Liner, that he was, “not being detained.” This implies that Norton was then free to go.

    However, officer Liner, with callous disregard for the actual law, proceeded to handcuff Norton until he answered his questions, despite having any reasonable articulable suspicion.

    Norton: “What are you detaining (and handcuffing) me for?”

    Liner: “Because you’re not giving me any information.”

    Officer Liner then turned off Norton’s camera.

    This abuse of power is deplorable and officer Liner should not be allowed to enforce the law any longer. You can’t go around handcuffing people because they refuse to show you their “papers.”

    According to his youtube channel, Norton has filed a complaint with Forest Acres police and is requesting the police dashcam footage.

    http://thefreethoughtproject.com/give-id-handcuff-detain/

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  27. yahtzeebutterfly

    Excellent article:

    To Raise, Love, and Lose a Black Child
    Jordan Davis’s mother, Lucia McBath, reflects on the guilty verdict in his murderer’s trial.”

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/10/to-raise-love-and-lose-a-black-child/381189/

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  28. yahtzeebutterfly

    The NewsMuseum in Washington, DC has a current (3 year) 1960’s Civil Rights Exhibit.

    Ferguson/St. Louis protestors are creating a new civil rights movement!

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      brittany. @ · 5h 5 hours ago
      it is our duty to fight for our freedom.
      it is our duty to WIN.
      we must love and support each other.
      we have nothing to lose but our chains.

      Trineka · 12h 12 hours ago
      This is now my new favorite #Ferguson chant.We have NOTHING to lose but our chains.

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  29. yahtzeebutterfly

    Southern Poverty Law Center article:

    SPLC staffers travel to Missouri to march for justice

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/splc-staffers-travel-to-missouri-to-march-for-justice

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  30. yahtzeebutterfly

    Code Black Alert: Slave Patrols Alive and Well Across America, Part 1 – Killing Vonderrit Myers
    Submitted by Dr. Marsha Cole… on Wed, 10/15/2014 – 17:55

    http://www.blackagendareport.com/node/14463

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  31. yahtzeebutterfly

    Check out the tweets here:

    https://twitter.com/Rebelutionary_Z

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  32. yahtzeebutterfly

    deray mckesson @deray · 18m 18 minutes ago
    NEW EYEWITNESS in #Ferguson Mike Brown Case. Absolute must read. Immediately.

    http://today.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/witnessferguson-shooting/article_ab6e1e03-c49a-5c7f-8786-b0e88ec79349.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed&mobile_touch=true

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    • peni4yothot

      Always grateful for your findings.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      YW, Peni.

      Here are what tweeters are saying about this witness:

      Dr. Cornel Fresh @WyzeChef · 10m 10 minutes ago
      So this person says mike mumbled something that he couldn’t hear.? The others said they clearly heard him pleading for his life.

      Archibald Tuttle @DeadPrecariat · 16m 16 minutes ago
      @WyzeChef One anonymous witness appears two months later when details are known to the public, to support the police version. Sounds legit.

      Dr. Cornel Fresh @WyzeChef · 28m 28 minutes ago
      CLEARLY RT @pvc122266: @WyzeChef exactly. Today was a PR barrage by the police dept to justify their up and coming actions.

      Dr. Cornel Fresh @WyzeChef · 33m 33 minutes ago
      EXACTLY RT @tchopstl: @WyzeChef The new testimony doesn’t match the bullets fired.

      Jennifer Newell @WriterJen · 40m 40 minutes ago
      Damn, @WyzeChef making good points. Why release this info now… Grand jury decision coming soon? Story does take a tone…

      Ashley Ja’Terria @All_N_Yo_Tweets · 42m 42 minutes ago
      @WyzeChef Theyre gonna run with this “so called” witness account. Like those 6 witnesses account never matter. So that “no indictment” soon.

      Dr. Cornel Fresh @WyzeChef · 47m 47 minutes ago
      Mcculloch said that the investigation was over WEEKS ago. So NOW we have a new witness that’s contradictory to everything SIX WITNESSES

      Dr. Cornel Fresh @WyzeChef · 54m 54 minutes ago
      Get ready, folk. This no indictment is upon us.

      deray mckesson @deray · 18m 18 minutes ago
      And you better believe that the police in STL will try to kill us when we protest bc of a no indictment announcement. #Ferguson

      deray mckesson @deray · 15m 15 minutes ago
      And my ghost will haunt you if you have been silent on #Ferguson and suddenly tune in as they kill us after a no indictment announcement.

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      • These tweets says it all. This new witness (anonymous) suddenly appears out from nowhere. smh

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        • yahtzeebutterfly

          Yes!

          And this:

          deray mckesson @deray · 17m 17 minutes ago
          I have not lost hope. But I have witnessed lies and the etchings of a conspiracy in ways I didn’t think possible. #Ferguson

          deray mckesson @deray · 7m 7 minutes ago
          From slavery to Jim Crow to #Ferguson, they have tried to both consume and destroy blackness. Yet we remain. This will make us stronger.

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          • Yep, not sure if you’re familiar with political rapper; Dead Prez; awhile back (maybe 2006) one of the Marley’s collaborated a song, (not sure the title)

            “the police is the enemy”

            reality is no respecter of anyone.. This is what deray may be experiencing.
            Did you ever find out who Tarean Russell was frustrated at. Trymaine Lee reported Monday why the explicit speech from the podium Sunday night by Russell.
            Supposedly, a prominent civil rights leader (“she” referenced by Trymaine) wanted to charge the struggle to direct them how to organize.
            No wonder these young warriors are flustered.

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            • yahtzeebutterfly

              I missed all of that tweeting.

              Here is something that is going on right now:

              Rebelutionary Z retweeted
              Short Stack @stackizshort · 32m 32 minutes ago
              Video from my phone call with an @SLMPD police officer & calling my workplace. @Rebelutionary_Z filmed for me

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            • SMH! Police harassment at it’s best. Glad that she video-taped it.
              So her activism doesn’t coincide with her neighborhood make-up, according to the police on phone? Rather racist of the *&g.

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  33. peni4yothot

     deray mckesson retweeted

    David Menschel @davidminbklyn · 3h 3 hours ago

    Woman just fined $25 for sleeping over at her boyfriend’s house without being on occupancy permit. #stlouiscounty #thenewJimCrow

    ———————————————–
    What an outrage of a fine. This is how it was in the 50’s, 60’s

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Whew!

      Yes, it is the new Jim Crow as the tweeter says it is.

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    • Wait a minute. I thought occupancy permits pertained to public buildings — not private residences. And, even if a city has an ordinance that has occupancy permits for private residences, violations are the responsibility of the homeowner — not visitors sleeping over.

      If I had the name of the city, and time to research, I would dig into this more because it sounds fishy. Even public and Section 8 housing does not fine visitors — the official occupant is held accountable for how the premises are used. Those entities generally establish how many bedrooms are for how many occupants.

      The standard lease for renters generally has a section that says visitors who remain over a period of time, such as 30 days, will result in an increase in the rent. I would like to know what entity issued the fine — or is this another situation where the police are making law?

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      • Hi there, let me see if I can find the tweet again. I think the article link was attached, but I couldn’t copy it.
        I agree, so what do parents do for slumber parties?

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      • Xena, I think the town/city is called; Bel-Ridge.

        https://twitter.com/davidminbklyn

        Apparently David was sitting in court tweeting to keep some abreast of what was going on in court. (??)

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      • yahtzeebutterfly

        I just captured these tweets by him:

        David Menschel @davidminbklyn · 5h

        This isn’t so much a court; it’s a collection agency with the imprimatur of law. #stlouiscountymunicipalcourts

        As a defense attorney it’s weird to see a “court” without defense lawyers. Makes the whole thing seem illegitimate. #stlouiscounty

         
        Trial for lack of occupancy permit. Cop (only state witness) gives wrong address. Defendant wasn’t owners/on lease. Judge finds guilty

        Prosecutor & judge seem to suggest that if one sleeps over w boyfriend & is not named on his home’s occupancy permit, one is guilty of crime

        Woman just fined $25 for sleeping over at her boyfriend’s house without being on occupancy permit. #stlouiscounty #thenewJimCrow

        Now at municipal court in Bel-Ridge also in St Louis County. 50+ people in court. Only non blacks are judge, prosecutor, officers

        Bel Ridge even more offensive than Velda City. Just bilking people for money. Judge and prosecutor openly dismissive of defendants

        In Bel-Ridge court cashes out at about $100 a minute.

        My last dozen or two tweets were from two municipal courts in St. Louis County, near #Ferguson

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  34. yahtzeebutterfly

    5 crucial things about the grand jury investigation into Michael Brown’s killing”

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/15/justice/five-things-grand-jury-michael-brown-ferguson/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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  35. yahtzeebutterfly

    The Root @TheRoot · 2h 2 hours ago
    “40,000 voter-registration applications from blacks and Hispanics in #Georgia are missing:
    http://bit.ly/1vzm1Y4

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    • Hey Glenn!
      Wow! “Just doing the right thing.” I like that. Those young ladies make me proud. Thanks for sharing the video, Glenn.

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  36. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    L = Live and let live.
    O = Oh my! (Live for surprise.)
    V = Vegetarian (That’s me!)
    E = Express eagerness eloquently.

    You are fun!

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