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Police Kill Unarmed Former Football Player Who May Have Been Seeking Help After A Car Crash

Jonathan Ferrell, 24, walked half a mile to find help. Instead, the unarmed man was fatally shot by an officer of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.


The Charlotte Observer reports that the car crash was so severe that Ferrell likely had to “pull himself out” of the wreckage. He then walked to the nearest house, about a half mile away, to seek assistance. But the local resident whose home Ferrell arrived at was frightened that he was attempting to burglarize her after not recognizing him.

The resident then made a 911 call and three officers arrived at the scene.According to police accounts, Ferrell, who is African-American, acted “aggressively” and charged towards the officers.

Please, try to tell me race had nothing to do with this. Go ahead. A skinny white kid running towards the cops, grateful that someone was coming to help, would have fared far better. If I’d just been in a terrible accident, I might run towards police as well, thinking they were there to help. 

At least the officer who shot him has been charged with voluntary manslaughter after investigators determined the use of lethal force was “excessive”.

(Source: think-progress)

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When I served in the executive branch for about a year and a half, and I learned how the bureaucrats operate. It gives me a lot of insight into how to defund them and get rid of them. When I went over to the Department of Energy one day, you walk down the hall and most of them who are drawing 6-figure salaries are sitting there reading books.

North Carolina Republican State Sen. David Rouzer, on why he wants to defund the Department of Energy. Because fuck books and their fancy “learnin’.”

Then he followed it up with, “So I stood up and told them scientists the only 3 letters they need to know is U, S, and A.”

Oh, he didn’t? Silly me.

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Baby Soaps and Shampoos Trigger Positive Marijuana Tests


Commonly used baby soaps and shampoos, including products from Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno and CVS, can trigger a positive result on newborns’ marijuana screening tests, according to a recent study. A minute amount of the cleansing products in a urine sample — just 0.1 milliliters or less — was found to cause a positive result.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, began studying the issue after an unusually high number of newborns in their nursery began testing positive for marijuana exposure. Newborn screening for marijuana at hospitals, particularly among babies of women who are considered at high risk of drug use, is not uncommon: at U.N.C. Chapel Hill, 10% to 40% of newborns are tested.

Positive results can precipitate an investigation by child welfare authorities. “We really did this to help protect families from being falsely accused,” study co-author Dr. Carl Seashore, a pediatrician in the U.N.C. Chapel Hill newborn nursery, toldMy Health News Daily

Researchers also tested ingredients used widely in soaps and shampoos, including polyquaternium-11 and cocamidopropyl betaine, which both elicited positive marijuana test results. So far, there is no explanation as to why the chemicals interfere with the test’s function…

Indeed, why hospitals test infants for marijuana exposure in the first place is not entirely clear. Twelve U.S. states designate prenatal exposure to any illegal drug as child abuse; however, there is no scientific evidence that connects marijuana-smoking by a parent with abuse.

The editorial raises an important point beyond marijuana use not being correlated with abuse, and the risks of unnecessary foster care — the screenings themselves are often based upon race [Emphasis mine]:

Although marijuana exposure has not been associated definitively with child harm, testing for it and placing children in foster care unnecessarily has been. Worse, the risks of custody loss are not applied equally to all women. Determining whether a mother is considered at high risk for drug use — and warrants newborn testing — is ostensibly based on objective factors like whether she failed to obtain prenatal care or has acknowledged being a drug user. But in reality, characteristics like race often dictate which women are singled out for testing: a 2007 study found that babies born to black mothers were 50% more likely to be tested than white infants, even though rates of drug use and odds of positive results didn’t vary by race.

For a list of products associated with the testing, check out the article. It’s an interesting read. Yet another reason to end the war on drugs…

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Wife of NC State Senator says Amendment One is necessary ‘to protect the Caucasian race’

[Chad] Nance paraphrased the remarks, as told to him by those who were present: ‘During the conversation, Ms. Brunstetter said her husband was the architect of Amendment 1, and one of the reasons he wrote it was to protect the Caucasian race. She said Caucasians or whites created this country. We wrote the Constitution. This is about protecting the Constitution. There already is a law on the books against same-sex marriage, but this protects the Constitution from activist judges.’

Nance said he recruited a friend, who works for the Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families, to witness his interview with Jodie Brunstetter. He said Brunstetter reluctantly acknowledged that she had used the term ‘Caucasian’ and then repeated the statement previously attributed to her, but substituted the pronoun ‘we’ for ‘Caucasian.’ Nance said Brunstetter insisted there was nothing racial about her remarks, but could not explain why she used the term ‘Caucasian.’

Huh. Fancy that. 

That argument sounds familiar… Riiiiight, Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967).

Read more about Jodie Brunstetter’s remarks here.

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From @WilbotOsterman:

Cops empty out Occupy Chapel Hill with assault rifles like it’s Baghdad. They really love protecting banks’ property

This is beyond disturbing. Do they think this is Call of Duty or something? The militarization of the police force in the US is ridiculous. It’s almost as if some of these cops want to be military, but not deployed. 
It’s sick.

From @WilbotOsterman:

Cops empty out Occupy Chapel Hill with assault rifles like it’s Baghdad. They really love protecting banks’ property

This is beyond disturbing. Do they think this is Call of Duty or something? The militarization of the police force in the US is ridiculous. It’s almost as if some of these cops want to be military, but not deployed. 

It’s sick.

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It’s Lefty Christmas, y’all!

  • Personhood Amendment voted down by wide margin in Mississppi
  • Issue 2 voted down in Ohio by projected 2 to 1 margin
  • A majority of Democratic candidates elected to North Carolina’s largest school board
  • LaWana Mayfield defeats Republican opponent Ed Toney for city council seat in Charlotte, North Carolina. She’s the city’s first openly gay official.
  • Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, architect of SB 1070 and BFF of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is recalled
  • The man who saved Gabrielle Giffords’ life, Daniel Hernandez Jr., won his school board race in Arizona with 62% of the vote. Oh, and he’s gay.
  • Adam Ebbin of District 30 in Virginia was elected to the state Senate, making him the Commonwealth’s first openly gay senator.
  • Mike Laster is the first openly gay man elected to the Houston City Council.
  • Democrat Greg Stanton wins mayoral race in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Iowa maintains a pro-marriage equality majority in their state Senate.
  • Cincinnati elects first openly gay city council member

All The Heritage Foundation can tweet about now is Obama’s Christmas Tree tax…

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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