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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Making worse are the bizarre laws in Florida that seem to often favor those who use force and/or fail to prevent a death as opposed to protecting victims. Florida is very scary.
    I could see that happening out here in California, too. Some members of society are sick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBatmanFan05 View Post
    Anonymous call or anything...and they did not a thing (ever), knew he was drowning, and taunted and laughed during and after.
    Products of a society that stresses personal responsibility and "boot straps" over helping your neighbor. Disturbing and upsetting.

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    Florida is a mess on the off chance you get charged on something do not worry a jury will let you off. I saw one on a wife who on tape is telling an undercover to kill his husband, this is on video tape where you can see her. The jury was not sure and caused a mistrial, most ass backwards place in the country it seems.

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    Boston to fight Islamophobia with viral 'how to' transport cartoon

    A viral online illustrated guide on how to respond to Islamophobic harassment has been adopted by US cities in a bid to make commuters more confident to intervene if they witness abuse.

    Marie-Shirine Yener’s step-by-step guide first appeared on Tumblr in September, in response to what she described as “wave of Islamophobic hatred” in France. In it, the Paris-based illustrator, who goes by the alias Maeril, suggested supporting the victim by engaging them in conversation.

    “It can be anything: a movie you liked, the weather …” she wrote. “Keep eye contact with them, and don’t acknowledge the attacker’s presence: the absence of response from you two will push them to leave the area shortly.” She concluded by urging her followers on Tumblr to share the how-to guide: “it could push a lot of people to overcome bystander syndrome.”

    The cartoon quickly went viral, garnering more than 200,000 responses and came to the attention of four San Franciscans who were seeking to make the city’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (Bart) system more inclusive. With Maeril’s permission, they crowdfunded a run of 40 posters and displayed them in the advertising spaces on Bart trains.
    Alicia Trost, a spokeswoman for the transit system, told Guardian Cities the project inspired the network to its own poster campaign for inclusivity, which launched in March on the theme of “the Bay Area rides together”.

    But not all of the response to the campaigns was positive, said Trost. “There was very nice social media reaction, but they also spurred racist and insensitive tweets and letters.” She added that while they don’t have any evidence that the posters helped to deescalate abusive situations, the city “strongly feels the posters help raise awareness and get people thinking about these important issues.”

    Now the city of Boston has followed suit, with Maeril’s cartoon at the centre of a new public service campaign. On Monday, mayor Martin J Walsh announced a run of 50 posters to be displayed at bus stops and in other public spaces for the next six months.
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    Hey, uh, WBE?

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    Interpol circulates list of 173 suspected members of Isis suicide brigade

    Interpol has circulated a list of 173 Islamic State fighters it believes could have been trained to mount suicide attacks in Europe in revenge for the group’s military defeats in the Middle East.

    The global crime fighting agency’s list was drawn up by US intelligence from information captured during the assault on Isis territories in Syria and Iraq.

    European counter-terror networks are concerned that as the Isis “caliphate” collapses, there is an increasing risk of determined suicide bombers seeking to come to Europe, probably operating alone.

    There is no evidence that any of the people on the list, whose names the Guardian has obtained, have yet entered Europe, but the Interpol circulation, designed to see if EU intelligence sources have any details on the individuals, underlines the scale of the challenge facing Europe.
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    Meet one of the new 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Judges, John Bush!

    The Senate voted Thursday to put judge John Bush on a seat on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, despite Bush’s questionable past statements about abortion, slavery, climate change, health care and Nancy Pelosi.

    Every Republican voted to confirm Bush, except for Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), who was absent. Every Democrat voted against him, except Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) who abstained. It’s a lifetime post.

    Bush, a 52-year-old Kentucky lawyer, has drawn fire for comments he made on a blog he maintained for years under a pseudonym, G. Morris. Amid his hundreds of posts, Bush compared abortion to slavery, calling them “the two greatest tragedies in our country.” He also called for gagging then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, applauded critics of same-sex marriage, mocked climate change and celebrated “the witch is dead” when he thought the Affordable Care Act might not be enacted.

    Ahead of the vote for Bush, progressive groups teamed up to try to tank his confirmation. Twenty-seven LGBTQ rights groups wrote to senators urging them to reject Bush. NARAL Pro-Choice America ran ads on the online front pages of certain GOP senators’ hometown papers, urging them to oppose this “dangerous” nominee. They also sent supporters to Capitol Hill to deliver copies of Bush’s blog posts to GOP senators seen at potentially flippable, including Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).

    Bush’s confirmation is just the beginning for President Donald Trump, who is unbelievably well-positioned to revamp the nation’s federal courts. He inherited a whopping 108 court vacancies when he became president ― double what President Barack Obama inherited when he took office ― and, despite his knack for sabotaging his party’s agenda, has been quietly plowing ahead with sending conservative judicial nominees to the Senate.

    With Republicans in control of the Senate, Trump’s court picks will have a relatively easy time getting confirmed, too.
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    It was three years ago on this date that "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" published our profile of the former shamed Speaker of the House and 2012 Presidential Candidate, Newt Gingrich, a race-baiting, egomaniacal hypocrite who was the poster-child of the Republican Red Wave back in 1994 that took over Congress, and immediately went about setting standards for partisanship that we’ve come to see from the GOP today. Under his watch there were two separate government shutdowns, and after a series of witch hunts against President Clinton, Newt finally thought Clinton’s dishonesty about cheating on his wife was enough to wield a hammer to try and impeach him. This from a supposed “Family Values Republican “ who himself has been married 3 times, and handed his second wife divorce paperwork while she was in a hospital bed with cancer, and his mistress (now third wife) waited in the hall. Newt’s 2012 campaign had several bizarre moments, like when he said he was “bit by a penguin”, or how he promised that America would colonize the moon by the end of his second term in office, and in spite of that, for a time he actually managed to pull ahead of Mitt Romney in the polls. In the end, Newt not only came up short in votes, but in cash, as of April 2015, his long-deceased presidential campaign from three years earlier still was $4-5 million in debt (no word on where that number is these days).


    In both 2015, as well as in 2016, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profiled Greg Heartsill, a member of the Iowa House of Representatives who has represented District 28 in Iowa now since 2012. We noted that Heartsill was also making some noise as a member of Ted Cruz’s leadership team in his bid to win the 2016 Presidential election, and how in his first term in office, he had filed legislation to allow a doctor performing an abortion to be sued for malpractice if their patient simply felt regret over the entire decade following the procedure. Heartsill also demanded school conferences for LGBTQ Youth regarding bullying be cancelled, because he claimed “obscene” materials would be passed out to students, and speakers might use profanity. However, when quizzed by the media as to what the LGBTQ acronym even stood for, Heartsill was unable to do so. This embarrassing gaffe still did not deter him, and Heartsill sent a letter out to all school superintendents in Iowa to gather the attendance numbers for all faculty, staff, and students in attendance, as well as a list of the costs so he could work towards defunding the event in the future. We covered Heartsill’s issue positions, including his support for Fetal Personhood, so there’s also that. As much as he was terrified of the thought of school children being exposed to lectures about being more accepting of fellow youths who were LGBTQ, what Heartsill isn’t afraid of is letting those same children start packing heat. That’s right, Greg Heartsill voted for Iowa’s HF 2281, a bill to authorize kids under 14 to be allowed to possess a handgun. We’re sure no kids will be hit by a stray bullet, but hopefully they’ll be able to dodge all those dreaded kind words about gay kids, though. That’s what you’ve really got to watch out for.

    Heartsill easily won re-election over Democrat Martin Duffy in 2016, https://ballotpedia.org/Iowa_House_o...lections,_2016
    and thus went back to his Evangelical crusade, voting to strip funding from Iowa Planned Parenthood clinics and try to place a ban on abortion at 20 weeks.

    We’ll continue to monitor this bizarre zealot, because he seems rather determined to push a theocratic agenda, no matter whose rights he tramples on to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Making worse are the bizarre laws in Florida that seem to often favor those who use force and/or fail to prevent a death as opposed to protecting victims. Florida is very scary.
    It's kinda a complicated issue somewhat because you really have to carefully craft omission-premised crime statutes. You can't come at it from a "normal person" perspective, but try to imagine crazy examples where someone (very elderly or challenged or not clearly sure they were drowning etc) could be charged that shouldn't be. Like here, a decent careful law might be you (with clear knowledge of the severity of the situation) have to do something small/minimal that demonstrates you sought help. Proof/claim you ran for help or tried to call or yelled for help...that's on the reasonable careful end of the spectrum on a new Florida law that should happen, probably.
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