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January 3, 2013 5:10 pm

Outrage: Texas Women Cavity Searched by Police Over Alleged Marijuana Smell

In the video, reported by the UK Daily Mailand all over the national and international media, a trooper pulls over two women — a woman and her niece — for allegedly throwing a cigarette butt out of the car.

While talking to the women in the car over a littering charge, the trooper claims he smells marijuana.  He then searches the car and finds no marijuana.  He then administers a sobriety test, which the woman who was driving passed.  No marijuana, no impaired driving, and the observation of a police officer that they might have littered from a car that smells like pot.

So, naturally, he calls a female trooper to the scene to search the women for any contraband marijuana they might have been hiding under their breasts, in their colons, or up their vaginas. 

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE AND WATCH VIDEO

[NOTE* from Leftish: Two things really disgusted me about this story - the female officer inserted her gloved finger FIRST into the rectum, and THEN the vagina of the first woman…AND THEN SHE USED THE SAME GLOVES FOR THE SECOND SEARCH!!  WTF?]

November 4, 2012 3:59 pm

NYPD Arrests Veterans Reading the Names of Afghan War Dead.

via The Daily Kos

You wouldn’t have thought it possible. Not in your wildest dreams would you imagine that on the 11th anniversary of the beginning of American’s longest war would police have the temerity to arrest war veterans standing vigil, reading the names of their dead comrades in arms. And yet…

May 26, 2012 1:28 pm
PEACE OFFICERS GATHER FOR THE NATO MEETING, 2012.
Land of the Free, yup.

PEACE OFFICERS GATHER FOR THE NATO MEETING, 2012.

Land of the Free, yup.

April 20, 2012 5:53 pm April 17, 2012 2:15 pm
It’s the new American Way…If you try and express your right to Free Speech expect to  be pummeled…

It’s the new American Way…If you try and express your right to Free Speech expect to  be pummeled…

March 21, 2012 11:41 am March 18, 2012 3:56 pm
"Failing to use violence on peaceable assemblies should not be lauded as respectable restraint. Instead, we should be outraged that it is ever even a consideration in the first place!"
~ Nicholas Caleb, Lawyer, Professor, Occupy Protester

"Failing to use violence on peaceable assemblies should not be lauded as respectable restraint. Instead, we should be outraged that it is ever even a consideration in the first place!"

~ Nicholas Caleb, Lawyer, Professor, Occupy Protester

1:54 pm March 8, 2012 8:28 am February 19, 2012 6:30 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/17921755048/occupy-black-bloc">Occupy ≠ Black Bloc

This is a comment I wrote on Chris Hedges article, 

The Cancer in Occupy

We need a completely different strategy, one that does not give the Black Bloc an opportunity to interfere.  We need to do something other than have confrontations with “Peace Officers”.  Rallies, Marches, Staged Actions are a game that has been played out before.  The police know how to play this game very well.  They love a good challenge, and any opportunity  to try out their fancy weaponry in the field, so engaging with them is always going to end badly - they have the weapons, there’s no way to win…and besides that, these sorts of confrontations accomplish nothing and are not the true focus of Occupy.   

We were not drawn together to have confrontations with the police, we were drawn together by a common vision — the confrontations only came after they saw our peaceful, cooperative, incredibly ingenious and productive nonviolent movement, thriving in the most bizarre of conditions and they pictured the powerful potential of it, and decided that they had to break it up, muy pronto.

We were also not drawn together to camp out and have a party, nor to feed the homeless.  All these things came later, and were not the vision that originally brought us together in the first place - the group ideals and goals that we all instinctively shared, when that small group first set up camp in Zuccotti Park, and said “we’re not leaving until things change” had little to do with a desire to engage with authorities.  We were just wanting to be able to meet with our working groups, to try to figure out how to solve the world’s immense problems.  The cops were a pesky distraction at first, but their attacks continued to escalate, until their demands became all-consuming, and unable to be ignored, and they were finally able to take down the encampments in most of the major cities.

But this was all a side issue compared to the job we all have at hand: healing the planet so that humans can survive on it in health and happiness.

In many cities, the Working Groups are still meeting, and GAs are being held, even without the encampments.  I feel that everyone is waiting until Spring before we can determine our next moves.

I, myself would like to see the Occupy Movement do something really fantastic, unique and world-awakening this Earth Day.  A real “Event for the Earth”.  Like everyone turns off all of their electricity for one hour or doesn’t drive their car, or something really big, but not necessarily a rally, because again, I fear that confronting and engaging government will not fix our broken world, and rallies give the Black Bloc an environment to work in.  We need to come up with more creative ways to change the way our world is (not) working.  We need to rewrite the program, and give the world a restart.

The antics that the Black Bloc is engaging in will do nothing to change the composition of the air we breathe, or keep the purity of the seeds we plant, or protect our water from chemicals, our fields from radiation, or our oceans from oil spills, etc. etc.  We have bigger fish to fry than confronting the police and fighting in the streets with hand-made shields and weapons…we have other, more sophisticated tools we can use to reform, affect and change our world for the better.

P.S. Here’s a tactic to combat the Black Bloc: NO MASKS ALLOWED at Occupy Marches, Actions or Rallies.  PERIOD!  NIce in theory, but when I actually picture it, I don’t know.  What would happen?  Who would be brave enough to enforce that rule?  And how would the Occupiers get Consensus to make that rule in the first place, when there are provocateurs in the very GAs themselves?

Sigh…I don’t know, it was just a thought…

February 17, 2012 11:09 am
noneofthismatters:

Paramilitary Policing Begins
Fearing the rebellious peaceful hordes of Occupy, Chicago  mayor Rahm Emanuel has granted the city’s police force emergency  purchasing power to suit-up for NATO and G8 meetings this May. Top of  the list: 3000 new riot face shields worth $200,000. These face shields  are said to be better than existing ones because they fit easier over  top of gas masks and seal directly to the forehead of the helmet,  preventing liquids from passing through.
“Rioters known to attend NATO and G8 meetings have been known to  throw bags of urine and bags of feces at police. Chicago Police officers  need a shield that can adapt to what is being thrown at them, ”  Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields told the Chicago Sun Times.
In a city already strapped for cash for social programs, the move comes as a surprise to citizens and protestors alike.
Aaron Cynic of Chicagoist.com writes:

To our knowledge, no protesters plan on bringing any kind of scatological materials to the demonstrations in May. Furthermore, while cursory searching found plenty of speculation, rumor and hyperbole about such instances, we have yet to find any actual hard evidence outside of commentary. To the contrary, a civil liberties advocate told an independent news website in December: “This is part of a spectrum of information war strategies that the state uses to repress dissent.”

noneofthismatters:

Paramilitary Policing Begins

Fearing the rebellious peaceful hordes of Occupy, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has granted the city’s police force emergency purchasing power to suit-up for NATO and G8 meetings this May. Top of the list: 3000 new riot face shields worth $200,000. These face shields are said to be better than existing ones because they fit easier over top of gas masks and seal directly to the forehead of the helmet, preventing liquids from passing through.

“Rioters known to attend NATO and G8 meetings have been known to throw bags of urine and bags of feces at police. Chicago Police officers need a shield that can adapt to what is being thrown at them, ” Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields told the Chicago Sun Times.

In a city already strapped for cash for social programs, the move comes as a surprise to citizens and protestors alike.

Aaron Cynic of Chicagoist.com writes:

To our knowledge, no protesters plan on bringing any kind of scatological materials to the demonstrations in May. Furthermore, while cursory searching found plenty of speculation, rumor and hyperbole about such instances, we have yet to find any actual hard evidence outside of commentary. To the contrary, a civil liberties advocate told an independent news website in December: “This is part of a spectrum of information war strategies that the state uses to repress dissent.”

(via socialuprooting)

January 24, 2012 9:16 am January 5, 2012 11:44 am
Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops

cognitivedissonance:

This is not The Onion. In New London, Conn., you apparently can be too smart to be a cop:

A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.

Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.

The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.

I believe this is fairly revealing. I would also argue it may not be a matter of being bored with police work. More intelligent officers might question superiors, and orders they believe in violation of the US Constitution and their training. It appears the ideal cop for New London, Conn. is a person who is intelligent enough to absorb training, but not too smart. It’s Goldilocks - this one was too dumb, this one was too smart, but this one is just right.

December 20, 2011 9:22 pm

VIDEO: 5 Police Officers vs A law-knowing Citizen

November 20, 2011 5:48 pm
This movement is so much bigger than the camps!  And what a waste of time and money all the police raids have become!  On what grounds do they have the right to destroy the property of innocent, peaceful protesters?  None!  I feel sorry for these “Peace Officers” - having to put on riot gear so they can protect themselves while they beat on innocent citizens in sweatshirts and tennis shoes.  Meanwhile, my car was broken into, in broad daylight, 1/2 block from a cop station, and 1 block from Occupy Oakland - but all the cops were too busy patrolling OccupyOakland to actually have been patrolling the streetst!  I think we need to POLICE the God-Damned POLICE!
Okay, I know, I know, even the aggressive, misguided cops are part of the 99%, and they are being SCREWED by the 1% just as much, if not MORE than the rest of us — after all, they have to live with their consciences, and the memory of beating up innocent citizens.  I hope at least some of the cops thought twice about the fact that they were ignoring their oath to protect the citizens, and felt at least a tiny bit of guilt or remorse about it.  It must be hard for some of them to live inside their own heads.
I heard 70+ Oakland Cops resigned yesterday.  That is heartening.  I hope we have lots more of those kinds of headlines!

This movement is so much bigger than the camps!  And what a waste of time and money all the police raids have become!  On what grounds do they have the right to destroy the property of innocent, peaceful protesters?  None!  I feel sorry for these “Peace Officers” - having to put on riot gear so they can protect themselves while they beat on innocent citizens in sweatshirts and tennis shoes.  Meanwhile, my car was broken into, in broad daylight, 1/2 block from a cop station, and 1 block from Occupy Oakland - but all the cops were too busy patrolling OccupyOakland to actually have been patrolling the streetst!  I think we need to POLICE the God-Damned POLICE!

Okay, I know, I know, even the aggressive, misguided cops are part of the 99%, and they are being SCREWED by the 1% just as much, if not MORE than the rest of us — after all, they have to live with their consciences, and the memory of beating up innocent citizens.  I hope at least some of the cops thought twice about the fact that they were ignoring their oath to protect the citizens, and felt at least a tiny bit of guilt or remorse about it.  It must be hard for some of them to live inside their own heads.

I heard 70+ Oakland Cops resigned yesterday.  That is heartening.  I hope we have lots more of those kinds of headlines!