I read the tweet, and then I read the username.
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She couldn’t find help for her family so she held it down!!! #QueenAppreciation #Queens #FatuKekula #Ebola #strength #love #health #news
She did this with trash bag, rubber boots, gloves, and a MASK.
And the goddamn CDC couldn’t save. One. Liberian. Man.
been seeing this trending on instagram too
A concerned woman tried to grab the baby, and a police officer slammed the door on her.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Around the block from where Ezell Ford was killed by LAPD, officers from the Newton Division stopped, Brandon Dawson, 26, on Sunday evening. Dawson had just finished his shift as a dental assistant and was picking up his seven-month-old daughter from his grandmother’s house. He was strapping the baby’s carrier into the car when officers stopped Brandon asking why Brandon had parked in the private driveway. Brandon explained that there were no other spaces available and he had just pulled up to pick up his daughter. The police asked for no papers, and told Brandon to put his hands up as they snatched the father’s baby. Soon after, Brandon would be tazered, beaten, and arrested by police on suspicion of assaulting a gang officer from LAPD’s Newton Division, according to Officer Lilliana Preciado. However, Officer Preciado claims not to have any details regarding what led to Dawson’s arrest.
An eyewitness on the scene that asked not to be identified or recorded due to police terrorizing members of low income communities that call for police accountability, watches the confrontation between Daawson and LAPD. A witness who says that after LAPD snatched the baby from Brandon’s arms, an officer began violently shaking the seven-month-old back and forth as if they were intentionally trying to make the baby fly out of the carrier.
“My baby! My baby!” screamed Brandon. LAPD then put the infant on the sidewalk. Alone.//
A concerned woman tried to grab the baby, and a police officer slammed the door on her. Upset, Brandon’s grandmother came and took her grandchild from the sidewalk. Ten cop cars soon pulled up. Police officers piled on top of Brandon, tazering and beating him. A beating that was recorded on video that has yet to be released. Witnesses and angry community members surrounded the officers recording the police. Police told witnesses to stop recording, but community members continued to film the police anyway. Police responded to by taking photos of those recording them. A tactic that police use to intimidate community members with threats of arrest and deportation according to the witness.
Upset, community members gathered calling police out, “He did nothing to nobody.” “They (police) threw his baby.”
The community response was caught on tape by Ceebo Tha Rapper. Ceebo has been organizing the neighborhood and recording music about police brutality ever since the same police department killed his cousin, Ezell Ford. However, as the community filmed, police swiftly formed a line. With hands resting on their guns, officers aggressively push the crowd back in the video as community members remind police, “We’re unarmed.” This incident which began as a traffic stop between 7-8 pm, had 65th & Broadway sealed off and occupied by a small army of LAPD until midnight.
Following Brandon’s arrest, his mother, Linda Washington, was shocked when she received a call from her sister. She had just gotten off the phone with her son. He had called to say goodnight and ask how her day was. “(My) sister called saying I needed to come down because something happened with Brandon and the police.” Mrs. Washington didn’t believe her at first. After all, it was only minutes ago that Brandon was fine and now suddenly, her family was thrust into an emergency.
Given the wrong information several times by police, Mrs. Washington says she had to do a lot of running around just to locate Brandon and his impounded vehicle. Out on $50,000 bail, Brandon is being treated at the hospital. He has injuries and scars on his neck, forehead, and wrist from being beaten by LAPD. To make matters worse, Brandon’s wallet containing $1200 for his rent, was inside his car. Both the wallet and his rent money are now gone. According to witnesses, Brandon’s vehicle was driven away by a police officer, not a tow truck.//
This seems to be about more than a traffic stop, according to Mrs. Washington. One of the officer’s recognized Brandon from two years ago when they had stopped and arrested him in the very same place destroying his pending opportunity to join the marines as an officer on Monday night reminded Brandon: “You thought you were going to the Marines last time.”
This is a young boy with a baby in the car. And it’s obvious, he’s got on work clothes. What harm is he doing?
Washington asked regarding LAPD immediately using force on her son. Residents of Dawson’s grandmother’s building and his Mom all say Dawson is a sweet and hardworking young father. He has nothing to do with gangs or drugs. In fact, the only other problem Brandon has ever had with police, was in the very same place by 65th and Broadway two years ago with the very same notorious Shootin’ Newton Department.
Concerned about the psychological affects police targeting may have, Mrs. Washington remains determined to support her son.
What happens if every time you take two steps forward someone pushes you two steps backward? Once the police come at you, you’re almost tagged… It’s almost as if they intentionally want to get him to the point to get him locked up.
The eyewitness expressed similar sentiments about local police targeting the community:
They’re racist against the black and latino community. They insult us. They humiliate us. They belittle us.
Statistics back up their sentiments regarding police targeting and racist policing.
According to the NAACP:
- African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
- African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites
- Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population
The Newton Police Department has been under fire from community members since August when officers from the department killed unarmed Ezell Ford nine days after they killed unarmed Omar Abrego. Regular demonstrations demanding justice for Ford and Abrego and an end to police brutality have been ongoing, but have yet to be met with any response other than force from the Newton Police Department. All of this of course occurring while those rallying for #FergusonOctober are making it look like there will either be justice against racist killer cops or revolution in America. One more family may be joining the efforts to stop killer cops and end police brutality. Mrs. Washington said her family hopes to attend the October 22nd day of national action against police brutality in Los Angeles.
Orlando Jones, you sweet prince.
#okay i love that data’s programming doesn’t allow him to store idioms as frozen phrases the way that humans do#which means he must process language as its root semantic meanings not as specific vocabulary#which suggests that data’s language center in his positronic brain always goes through a translation matrix#so english slash federation standard is not data’s ‘native language’ as his native language is raw android information#it’s also suggests something interesting about the weighted priority of english vocabulary in data’s translation matrix though#since he chooses ‘ignite’ instead of ‘burn’ and ‘petroleum’ instead of ‘oil’#’ignite’ instead of ‘burn’ suggests that english words with latinate roots as opposed to germanic roots#seem to be given more weight in the selection process#both ‘oil’ and ‘petroleum’ are latinate words but data’s program has selected the more subjectively formal of the two#uh i just fell down a rabbit hole that looks like the unholy love child of optimality theory and the oxford english dictionary help me#i’m gonna think on this more carry on nothing to see here#tl;dr: data is a computer mylittleredgirl none of this should be shocking yes ok
data confirmed for adorable baby
This is Chester. When I was in Afghanistan I got a care package from one of those “Adopt a Soldier” programs that lets families send care packages to service men and women who are deployed overseas. Anyway, I got this care package, and it came with the usual stuff: Baby wipes, crackers, peanut butter, the Dad threw in a pack of cigarettes, and there was some jerky. But there was also a little beanie baby gold fish and a hand written note from a 7 year old girl that said
“Dear Soldier, (I wasn’t even mad)
I hope you are doing well. I’m sorry you have to miss thanksgiving with your family. This is my friend Chester. He keeps me safe from monsters, but I think you need him more than I do. I hope he keeps you safe from the monsters you’re fighting. Take good care of him for me”.
You bet your ass that little fish was in my pocket every time I went on patrol.
So the Prime Minister of Australia (the one on the right, with no shirt on) declared he’d “shirtfront” the President of Russia (the one on the left, with no shirt on) at the upcoming G20 summit. This has lead to a series of escalating tensions and questions about both leaders and I’ve set out to answer the most vital of those questions.
1. What the hell is “shirtfronting”?
It’s the thing AFL players do (apparently) when they grab the front of each others shirts and go at it. Like they have a push-and-pull fight, they don’t…go at it.
2. Why the hell did Abbott say that?
In part, it’s over the Russian government’s support of the Russian separatist rebels in the Ukraine, who fired on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 a few months ago. Abbott wants to confront Putin over his reaction to the flight going down, but also to his original support of the rebels. Further, it’s an attempt by the Oxford-educated, upper-class politician to sound “colloquial” and “ocker,” along the lines of Kevin Rudd’s classic aphorism, “fair shake of the sauce bottle.” Yes, I know. Cringeworthy.
3. How did the Russians react?
Very poorly. Despite Australia not exactly being a world power, apparently relations between our two fair nations are at below-Cold War era levels.
4. Who would win in a fight between Abbott and Putin?
A brief lowdown. Putin is 169 to 170cm tall, and weighs about 77kg (figures from 2011, Wikipedia). Abbott, according to this venerable source, is 5’11, and looking at the above photo, I’ll put him around 75-80kg too. Abbott’s got height, Putin’s got heft.
Abbott’s also got age and virility over Putin - he’s 56 to Putin’s 62, with three daughters and a current wife as opposed to Putin’s two daughters and former partner. This also gives Abbott an edge, as he’s not only fighting to prove his worth as a leader, but he also has to prove his worth as a husband and father. As Abbott is a known conservative when it comes to women, we can only assume he’ll hand over either his wife or one of his daughters if he is not victorious in the fight.
Unfortunately for Abbott, Putin has history on his side. Putin was born in the Soviet Union and as we all know, Mother Russia Makes You Strong. Abbott was born to an Australian mother (good) and English father (not so good) in England (rainy, smoggy, cold, not a good place to raise a future Prime Minister). Unfortunately for everyone involved, Abbott and his family emigrated to Australia in 1960 under the Assisted Passage Scheme (Ten Pound Poms, for all you playing at home).
Abbott, if this fight does go ahead, will have the home team advantage, as he’ll be fighting on Australian soil, though I’m sure many Australians will be happy to see him nobbled by the Russian President. Abbott also has experience in boxing, and won two Blues for boxing while at Oxford. He was a heavyweight with “modest height and reach,” according to the venerable source, Wikipedia. Blues are the heighest level award for boxing at many universities, so we can assume Tony knows how to take and give a punch or two. Abbott also regularly cycles, swims and does triathalons, gifting us with the picture that graces the top of this post. He is also an active member of a CFA branch in New South Wales, fighting fires that are so common to the Australian experience.
However, Putin leaves Abbott in the dust when it comes to fitness and fighting experience. Though Tony’s got experience at punching near the heads of women who displease him, Putin’s got experience at punching enough people to become a black belt in karate, a 6th dan in judo and a Sports Master in sambo (a USSR form of martial art). He began with sambo at age 12, and has practised judo since he was 14. Putin also cycles, fishes, ice-skates, skis and wrestles bears (apparently).
Unlike Abbott’s chill background of considering joining the priesthood, Putin was busy gaining experience and influence. A member of the KGB since 1975 (resigning in 1991), Lieutenant-Colonel Putin was stationed in East Germany, recruiting foreigners to spy for the GDR secret police. After the fall of the Wall, Putin was reassigned to Russia. Putin will also have the fury of Gaia on his side, as he was an early supporter of the Kyoto Protocol and supervises several programs to save rare and endangered Russian animals.
Vladimir Putin, 2007 Times Person of the Year, expert in International Law, former KGB agent, owner of a dog called Buffy, is honestly my favourite to win in this fight, but that’s also probably related to Tony Abbott being a moronic dickhead who thinks he’s a major player on the World Stage when he’s got the same amount of influence on international affairs as Pluto’s reintroduction as a planet.
5. Can you never post a photo of shirtless Tony Abbott again, please?
I swear by all the stars in the sky. I didn’t want it on my blog either.