Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Black Lives Matter

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Racism Cola
"There is nothing like a refreshing Coke, and strictly enforced Jim Crowe laws" - Everyone At Coke, apparently?

Two D.C. area ministers are claiming that, “we are losing more people to sweets than street,” as they file a lawsuit against the fizzy drinks giant Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association, last week.

Pastor Delman Coates, one of the two African-American pastors that filed the lawsuit told the Washington Post, “It’s become really clear to me that we’re losing more people to the sweets than to the streets.”

“There’s a great deal of misinformation in our communities, and I think that’s largely a function of these deceptive marketing campaigns,” he added.

The two pastors argue that soda ads – Coke in particular- are a lot similar to cigarette advertisements that surrounded the media in the earlier days and promote a dangerous product and lifestyle.

“It sells joy and health and beautiful bodies and social engagement,” argued Pastor William Lamar of the Metropolitan AME Church, and Coates partner in the lawsuit.

“It is a matter of life and death in our communities. Marketing for Coca-Cola is focused around health and fun and showing very sexy bodies in their advertising. You never see an obese person. If the people are consuming Coca-Cola at this rate, there is no way those bodies would look like that. It’s almost as if they are selling joy. They are equating this product with the things that people are hoping for — joy, smiles, and family. But this product will not deliver that. It delivers the exact opposite. Silence around this issue is violence,” Pastor Lamar added.

The lawsuit claims that beverage industry is making use of marketing to “deceptively to switch the focus from sugar-sweetened beverages to inactivity as the key driver of obesity and related epidemics, including through their expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars on research and programs that almost exclusively highlight exercise.”

In his interview with CBS News Coates stated. “The background of this lawsuit is that there’s an epidemic of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and a range of other degenerative diseases in the black and Latino communities, and really throughout America,” he explained. “For me, as a pastor, I see the toll it takes on families and children when they lose their parents much too soon. It breaks my heart and I’m saddened by the way in which we’re losing so many people.”

Maia Kats, a lawyer with the Center for Science in the Public Interest, further emphasize that the market schemes of such corporate giants such as paying bloggers to compare calorie counts in their product to the number of calories present in nuts are all “deceptive” tactics. “Their advertising campaigns do indicate that light exercise enables you to reward yourself with a Coca-Cola, but that’s deceptive,” stated Kats.

Coates argue that his fight against Coca Cola is something that runs much deeper. “As a person of African-American descent in this country and with a knowledge of the history, I’m deeply saddened by the way African-American slaves were used for the production of sugar and now African-Americans are dying because of sugar,” he stated.

The pastor were joined by the Praxis Project — a public health group– on filing their complaint against Coca Cola and the ABA.

“There’s a health crisis in the U.S., especially in our communities, and especially among children,” said Xavier Morales, the executive director of Praxis Project. “They target our communities with their marketing. We’re going into those communities trying to save lives, and they’re going out and erasing our message.”

Coca Cola denied all claims made against their and released a statement that read, “The allegations here are likewise legally and factually meritless, and we will vigorously defend against them.”

“The Coca-Cola Company understands that we have a role to play in helping people reduce their sugar consumption,” they added.

The American Beverage Association also wasn’t far behind to defend the industry’s conduct, as they stated “America’s beverage companies know we have an important role to play in addressing our nation’s health challenges. That’s why we’re engaging with health groups and community organizations to drive a reduction in the sugar and calories Americans get from beverages.”

And that, “unfounded accusations like these won’t do anything to address health concerns, but the actions we’re taking, particularly in areas where obesity rates are among the highest, can make a difference.”

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Police Protest
Is that really teaching your kid the proper attitude to have towards the police?

A shocking July 2016 attack which resulted in the death of two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy, as well as injuries to a further two deputies and an officer, has been blamed on the actions of civilian group Black Lives Matter.

A new lawsuit filed on behalf of one of the injured parties claims that the movement,

“Incited the violence against police in retaliation for the death of black men shot by police,” and “did nothing to dissuade the ongoing violence and injury to police.”

Further noting that,

“In fact, they justified the violence as necessary to the movement and war,”

Amongst the horrific wounds suffered by the claimant is a torn left ear, a shattered skull and a severely wounded eye, the officer is seeking at least $75,000 in compensation for the damages.

Shooter Gavin Long carried out the killings in July, just a few weeks after the death of Alton Sterling at the hands of a white officer. BLM had organized the “Weekend of Rage” protest march in response to the incident, a protest which is described as quickly having turned into a “riot”, BLM leaders were indicted for making no attempts to calm the violent sentiment on display.

Pressed with the charges, defendant DeRay Mckesson stated,

“This is the second lawsuit an officer has filed against me from Baton Rouge. … I’m confident it has no merit.

It is an inescapable fact that BLM presence has been linked to other such violent attacks. A prior incident in Dallas involving the death of Philando Castle, saw similar violent protests erupt with Mckesson himself arrested for his involvement in that instance. Again, the general atmosphere of hostility towards law enforcement seems to have led to a July 7th shooting which killed five officers and wounded seven others.

The murderer, identified as 25 year old Micah Johnson was a known BLM advocate with a search history showing a deep involvement with the party.

How long before this so called movement will be classified for what it really is? BLM is a hate group on equal footing with the KKK or any other such organization that seeks to prey on the prejudices of the weak-minded.

Whipping grieving communities into a frenzy that encourages violent reprisals against the very people policing them has caused the death of countless numbers on either side. Hopefully this case in successful in bringing the actions of these homegrown terrorists to light for what they really are, and holding them to account for the effect.

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Police Officer
He's just trying his best to protect the people, often times it's a thankless job. Thanks Al Sharpton and Obama!

In his more than 36-years as a military and police officer, including years devoted to training those who currently serve, David “Bo” Bolgiano says he never met a peace officer who got up in the morning thinking, “Gee, I hope I get to kill someone today.” In today’s “hot take” culture, where everyone from community activists to politicians are blessed with immediate, social-media transmitted insight into police use of deadly force, Boligiano’s recent deep-dive into the legal foundation for the use of deadly force by police, is a refreshingly rare moment of sober reasoning on an issue often statistically overblown; a debate typically book-ended between “all cops are racist killers,” and “every police action is justified.”

The lesson from Bologiano’s expert analysis of the case law and reasoning behind police use of force in the May edition of the Maryland Bar Journal, is that the aim of societal discussions and government action regarding the use of deadly force, should center on the circumstances of these incidents before they happen, rather than focus primarily (if not exclusively) on the legal proceedings that follow. The notion that only frequent and successful prosecutions of police will bring change, is not only woefully political, it searches for a simplistic resolution the courts made intentionally hard to achieve.

As Bologiano explains, decades of case law carve out a significant margin of error for police when it comes to deadly force, as necessary “to protect officers from the sometimes hazy border between excessive and acceptable force.” The courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, recognize the danger in placing the officer in an environment where he is supposed to pause to consider the legal nuances of his actions, in situations where split-second decisions could mean the matter of life and death; not just for the officer, but the public as well. Furthermore, given the high-pressure and complex nature of their work, the courts are reluctant to “second guess” police action, regardless of whether the force is later believed to be excessive or unlawful.

This is not to say that police have or should have complete immunity. The courts do make exceptions allowing for prosecution when actions of police demonstrate “only a purpose to cause harm.” However, as Bologiano notes, “neither the law nor reason requires a law enforcement officer to use the least forceful means available to stop a threat or make an arrest, only an objectively reasonable means.”

The broad safe harbor afforded to police is, as we know from recent incidents, not a politically expedient response to controversial actions by them; but it is an intentional design of the courts to keep police effective and the public safe. Attempts to dismantle this system via politically motivated decisions, like President Obama’s attempts to place local police departments under the purview of Washington, set to undo decades of carefully considered and reality-based case law.

To be sure, police make honest mistakes, and sometimes make terrible decisions. Yet, it is disingenuous to assume those actions are not taken seriously, or are part of a larger conspiracy, simply because officers are not eventually prosecuted in accordance with mob rule. Prosecutors should and can pursue charges when warranted, but blindly pursuing them out of political avarice (as appeared to be the case in Baltimore in 2015), or in the irrational hope of effecting institutional change, is a deeply mistaken and ultimately dangerous course of action.

Rather, citizens and governing bodies should look to improve police training — especially with regard to confronting non-violent citizens who are lawfully carrying firearms — which can help police make better decisions in their contact with citizens. As Dallas police officer Chelsea Whitaker notes, better training may have helped avoid the tragic outcome in the Philando Castile shooting.

Another worthy pursuit would be reducing the over-criminalization of our society, in which even selling “loose cigarettes” can end in a deadly police encounter. By reducing the reasons police would need to confront citizens, it naturally follows the potential for escalation would also be reduced.

The easiest and quickest way, however, to decrease the use of deadly force against citizens (rare as it is, contrary to media hype), is simply by treating police with respect, and obey their commands – even when they are wrong. Citizens should know their rights, including the right to not answer questions and have an attorney present when they do choose to speak; but ignoring an officer’s orders, engaging in back-talk or insults towards them, attempting to flee, or worst of all, physically resisting an arrest, is never an acceptable “protest.”

 The use of deadly force by police is regrettable, and in some instances, truly tragic. But, reducing the occurrences of deadly force requires understanding and cooperation by police and citizens. And, a key aspect of this cooperation is recognizing the legal protection of their actions, good or bad, that in turn help keep society safe.

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BLM Protest
Loudly marching in the street is still much better in my book than the savage violence you see from most protesters these days...

Following the shooting of a 17-year-old boy, Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke and his colleagues did everything they could to cover up all the wrong doings during the incident.

The cover up included false statements implying that the victim had first assaulted the officers; rejecting witnesses’ accounts and misleading officials, according to the charge handed out by the authorities.

In light of those false statements and misleading evidence, the shooting and killing of the teenager was justified. However, the video of the shooting, which authorities delayed releasing to the public for at least a year, blew the cops’ cover up. Eventually, authorities were forced to file murder charges against Jason Van Dyke.

The video, in which Van Dyke can be seen shooting Laquan McDonald at least 16 times, led to serious public outrage and eventually a US Justice Department probe that shows years of systematic civil rights violations by the Chicago Police Department.

The report documented a series of abuses including police officers shooting at run-away suspects, the use of force against people, and intentionally botching any investigations into fellow cops’ misconduct.

While Van Dyke awaits trial, earlier this month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel backed out of talks with officials to negotiate a court-enforced revamp of the police force.

Saying the investigation is an ongoing matter, the CPD’s police union declined to comment. However, Van Dyke’s attorney, Dan Herbert said that the real cover-up is now being exposed by the new indictment.

“The officers are charged with conspiring to ensure that ‘the public would not see the video recordings of the event,'” Herbert said. “If true then the entire command staff of the police department, including the former and current superintendents, must be part of the conspiracy considering they were aware of the reports and video when they signed off on the shooting.”

Eddie Johnson, Chicago Police Superintendent, referring to McDonald’s shooting, said, it “forever changed the Chicago Police Department.” He further reiterated his stance and commitment to making sure an incident like this never happens in the future.

“The indictment makes clear that these defendants did more than merely obey an unofficial ‘code of silence,'” the special prosecutor, Patricia Brown Holmes, said in a statement. “Rather, it alleges that they lied about what occurred to prevent independent criminal investigators from learning the truth.”

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The students from the University Wisconsin-Madison want black students to be offered free tuition and housing, but everyone else has to pay.

A student organization submitted a resolution to allow black people the opportunity for a free education since the laws of the past-restricted black education during slavery.

Tyriek Mack, the author of the resolution and a representative of the Associated Students of Madison school organization said, according to AP, that the aim is to improve diversity.

“The university’s rhetoric suggests that it is committed to diversity and inclusion, so this legislation compels the university to move towards action – which is imperative. If no one challenges the university’s empty promises, then the racial composition will remain stagnant.”

The resolution the ASM presented to the university wants all black students to receive free access and for inmates. The cost comes to about $20,000 a year.

Although the idea is presented seriously, there was no serious plan attached on how to pay for the program.

Just fifty black students would cost the university a million dollars, but that isn’t the case. In the school of roughly 43,000 students, 5% are black already. Roughly 2,150 students would stop paying for their education. The cost to the university would be $43,000,000 a year.

University of Wisconsin-Madison is the same school that hit the streets to protest our democratic and fair election.

It is very unlikely the school will adopt the proposed resolution, primarily due to the financial restraints.

Thoughts? Comment below.

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A Facebook post of what appears to be young white man with special needs being hit, kicked and cut by Chicago teenagers flew across the Internet and cable networks yesterday.

The original video, allegedly posted by one of the victim’s abductors, Brittany Herring, showed a bound man beaten until blood poured from his scalp.

A second video that has been found shows the same four teens forcing the young man to drink from a toilet as they shout “F**k Donald Trump!”

According to the Chicago Police Department, the teens have been arrested and federal hate crime charges are being considered, although unlikely under the Obama administration.

As shown on the social media profiles of the teens, they were supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The disturbing and unfiltered video can be watch below.

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anti-facist

A new breed of leftist is being developed to counter the coming presidency of Donald J. Trump.

Calling themselves the “Anti-Fascist Left” they are bold, ugly and organized.

These are the same people who protested in Chicago, Oakland and in Arizona. They’re Black Lives Matter, Occupy and disruptive college liberals rolled into one but guided by liberal intellectuals who are attempting to lead the fray.

They’re first action for the Trump administration will coincide with the billionaire’s first day in office. They’re calling it “J20” and it’s a general strike combined with a protest with a heavy dose of anarchism.

One of the first to call for the general strike was Kshama Sawant. Sawant sits on the Seattle City Council and is a self-described socialist.

Her and her partner will refrain from working or shopping on January 20th because “General strikes scare the hell out of the oligarchy, because it is the joining together as one of the working people of this country, an act that threatens wealth of the wealthy, ruling class, and thus tends to get attention of the affluent and puts in jeopardy their wealth privilege.”

Sawant assumes that she and her socialist friends spend enough to be noticeably absent from the economy on January 20th.

But her call to essentially do nothing, has excited the anti-fascist activist community that is planning to descend on Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day, wearing black and carrying red flags.

The protesters will likely be met by at least 15,000 Trump supporters who will be rolling in to town under the “Bikers for Trump” banner.

The pro-Trump group was initially told there was no space for their permit available until the organizer, Chris Cox, told the Park Service, they’ll be coming to town anyway and they can either be given a spot or they’ll be happy to “mingle” with the anarchists and disruptors from Black Lives Matter.

The Park Service allowed them to submit an application for their event.

Note that on January 20, 2001, the new group, Democratic Underground, was organized to protest the swearing in of George W. Bush.

Aside from a small blip on the parade route, the group went unnoticed.

Comment below.

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shooting

Over the weekend, Baltimore saw a horrible shooting that left 9 people wounded including a little girl, but why were there not protests like Charlotte?

A group of people were hanging outside when three gunmen, two with handguns and one with a shotgun, intentionally ran up and started shooting.

During the ambush one woman and seven men were injured plus one little three-year-old girl. Everyone was given care and they all are expected to live, but where is Black Lives Matter?

In Charlotte, the police shot a man that had a gun and resisted the officers warnings, yet protests have continued six days.

Could it be that everyone survived in Baltimore or they didn’t have the organization to plan a protest?

Maybe nobody protested because it was three black criminals that shot up the barbeque. Maybe it was because this was possibly a revenge shooting, and the little girl that got shot was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The truth is, Black Lives Matter is not am organization that supports black people, it is an organization that is anti-cop.

The only time BLM organizes a protest is when a police officer, white or black, shoots and kills a black person.

It is obvious that Black Lives Matter doesn’t think that black lives matter because they would rather protest the 150 or so police shootings a year than dealing with the fact that over 50% of the murders in the USA are committed by 14% of the population.

Black lives do matter in America, but not to Black Lives Matter. The organization is more focused on attacking police than they are actually helping their culture.

Look at this video of the “peaceful protests” in Charlotte instigated and led by the Black Lives Matter supporters to get a better understanding of what happened in Charlotte.

It is time for America to reject Black Lives Matter until they start proving they really believe that black lives matter.

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

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protests

“We out here like the Taliban” one protester shouted into a Facebook live video of Mills Shaka Zulu Gill as protests erupt after another police shooting.

Around 5:15 on Monday evening in Charlotte North Carolina, a black police officer shot a disabled black man waiting for his daughter to get home from school. Those are the facts we know for sure.

What we don’t know is weather the man was carrying a gun or was carrying a book.

Police say the man that was shot brandished a weapon and that is why the police shot him.

The family and eyewitnesses say that the man was carrying a book and the police had no reason to shoot and kill him.

The conflicting sides of the story and the Facebook live feed from a local resident named Mills Shaka Zulu Gill, is what fanned the flames of the protestors.

It started out as a few people hanging out and yelling at the police, but Shaka Zulu kept telling people to share his video and they did. At one point over 100,000 people were watching and the video received almost two million views.

People from all over kept showing up through the night. By 9pm the police had arrived with riot gear, but it wasn’t enough.

The crowd protesting for Black Lives Matter destroyed police cars, threw rocks and insults at cops and marched six miles to shut down interstate 85.

Twelve officers and at least one protestor were injured.

The protests lasted through the night and ended in the early morning on Tuesday.

Despite the good intentions of Shaka Zulu Gill, he was one of the main people that got into the faces of the police and antagonizing them.

He was the first one to start destroying one of the police cars. He was seen on Facebook live with a gun at one point and he smoked weed several times during the five hours he broadcasted.

At the end of the night, he went home and wasn’t arrested. None of the main agitators were arrested.

Instead, the police just stood their ground and launched tear gas and shot rubber bullets into the crowd.

The protestors looted trucks that they stopped on the highway, a Walmart that was along the way and countless other acts of vandalism.

The protest was not peaceful in any way. It was violent, only the police acted in a peaceful manner.

This isn’t going to stop either. The more black men that police kill, the crazier the protests are going to be until we see a full blown riot with dozens of police and protestors killed. It almost happened last night. It might happen tonight.

Charlotte is bracing itself for another round of protests and tonight people will be ready on both sides. The police will have their plan, but the protestors will be more organized and out in larger numbers tonight.

Hopefully peace can prevail, but after the way things went last night, tonight will most likely be a lot worse.

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Milwaukee

Milwaukee burned over the weekend because the news spread that a white cop shot a fleeing black man in the back. The facts prove something different.

On Saturday afternoon, the Milwaukee police pulled over a suspicious vehicle and the two occupants immediately fled on foot.

One officer was in a foot pursuit when Sylville Smith started to raise a stolen gun.

The cop demanded the suspect to drop the weapon and instead continued to raise the weapon. That is when the officer fired on the man.

Immediately after the shooting, the local residents were angry with the police.

Apparently it doesn’t matter the police were trying to keep the neighborhood safe and a man with a stolen gun tried to raise a gun on the officer.

Apparently it doesn’t matter the cop was black, unlike the reports that spread like wildfire on social media.

Even as reports clarified some details on Sunday after the original riots the previous night, people took to the streets again on Sunday night for more “protesting” and burning cars.

The entire craziness in Milwaukee is due to false reporting and the spread of lies on social media. If the initial reports said a black man with a stolen gun attempted to fire on a black officer during a foot chase, and the officer shot him, then we wouldn’t have seen the riots.

Some people in America are reacting to these shootings too quickly and they quickly turn to violence.

As Americans we understand there is a problem when we see videos like the one below.

But, the problem will not get solved when people react violently to police who are actually doing their job. It is time to end the violence and find some peaceful solutions.

What do you think about the riots in Milwaukee? Let us know in the comments below.

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