We’ve been coming up on six years of existence and we don’t have a use of force on our unit. Which means we never tased anybody. We’ve never shot anybody. We’ve never hit anybody with [a baton]. But patients, talking to them, we get the result we want in the end. And we don’t have to force it on them. —
A San Antonio police officer who has been trained to recognize mental illness and respond to it in a nonviolent manner. The training has saved taxpayers $50 million over five years and dramatically reduced the number of violent interactions between police and citizens.
This needs to be implemented EVERYWHERE.
How the gay community shamefully lets Clintons off the hook -
Few political allegiances are more inexplicable than the love affair between Bill Clinton and America’s LGBT community.
During his eight years in office, our 42nd president not only introduced the military’s disastrous Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell policy in 1993, he also furthered the ban prohibiting HIV-positive travelers from entering the US, failed to pass the Employee Non-Discrimination Act and showed questionable leadership in easing approval for crucial HIV medications.
If that weren’t enough, Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented same-sex married couples from federal benefits and recognition.
As author and academic Nathaniel Frank explains, “Clinton will go down in history as the only president who signed…federal laws mandating discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans.”
I remember my first time [I was stop-and-frisked]. I cried. That summer, 15 times, stop-and-frisk. Thrown up against the gate, fingers to our genitals, cops looking for guns. You remember that. —
Desus, on The Bronx episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Related: The Harrowing Psychological Side Effects of Stop-and-Frisk
Praising the loyalty and generosity of the Southern Belle is about as cheery as celebrating the camaraderie of the Hitler Youth, the fresh air of the Trail of Tears, or the cardiovascular benefits of the Bataan Death March. … Every perk and beautiful part of white plantation life was created through black slavery. If Belles were patient and gracious, it’s because forced black labor enabled it. If the Southern life was pretty and sophisticated, it’s because slavery afforded it. Everything pleasant about Belle-hood was a function of human suffering on a vast scale—it’s conceptually impossible to separate the society bankrolled by slavery from the slavery itself. — Gawker
Council on Foreign Relations scholar Micah Zenko found that tip-over, [which is when “televisions, furniture, and appliances” fall onto their owners] kills about as many Americans per year as terrorism does, and injures many more. In theory, then, you should be just as freaked out by tip-over as you are by terrorism. Based on the fatality rate, you should be much more freaked out about tip-over than you are about Ebola. — Max Fisher
Passage of a Len Bias law in New York will send a clear message to drug kingpins that we are coming after them. The law would empower law enforcement and gives our District Attorney’s the tools they need to break down even the most intricate of supply chains. —
John Cahill, Republican candidate for New York State Attorney General, giving voters a good reason to oppose his candidacy.
The Len Bias laws “created more mandatory minimums for drug offenders, expanded police arresting powers, and poured more money into the DARE program at schools.” It was one of many wasteful, ineffective, and draconian anti-drug policies in the 1980s that resulted in a dramatic rise in incarceration rates. The number of people behind bars for nonviolent drug law offenses increased from 50,000 in 1980 to over 400,000 by 1997.
So if you’re eager to see a lot more poor people struggling with addiction tossed into cages rather than offered treatment, John Cahill is the man for you.
Alison Lundergan Grimes repeats refusal to say whether she voted for President Obama -
This is what happens when a candidate is overly concerned with polls and public perception (Obama has a 34 percent approval rating in Kentucky). They become incapable of answering direct questions or otherwise corresponding like a regular human being. I’m not sure who on the Grimes campaign supports her vow of silence regarding Obama but that person is a colossal moron. So much for Senator Grimes.
September 20, 1939: the Christian Mobilizers meet in New York City to discuss their hatred of Jews and Communists. They were photographed by the NYPD’s Alien Squad, which monitored political organizations in the late 1930s and 40s. This photo serves as a potent reminder that there were more than a few good ol’ boy American Christians who thought Hitler had a pretty good game plan.
It’s theoretically possible that if public programs like food and nutrition assistance were cut, marginally reducing tax burdens, people would give some of the money they saved to charity. But given the small percentage of donations that go to poverty relief, poor people would undoubtedly be left even worse off by such a change – and in any international comparison, things already look pretty bleak for them. For all of the great work of organizations that help the homeless and destitute in the U.S., charity is simply no substitute for the government safety net. — Businessweek
The term Southern Belle came to fruition during the Antebellum period (prior to the Civil War), acknowledging women with an inherent social distinction who set the standards for style and appearance. These women epitomized Southern hospitality with a cultivation of beauty and grace, but even more with a captivating and magnetic sensibility. —
This is from a clueless article in Blake Lively’s online lifestyle magazine Preserve.
Gotta love those graceful, captivating slave owners with their fancy hats.
The Pennsylvania Hinterlands
We do not expect Buddhists to apologize as Buddhist extremists massacre Muslims in Burma or for their human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. I also don’t ask Christians to apologize for the genocide that Bosnian Muslims faced less than two decades ago at the hands of Christian Serbs, or for the Lord’s Resistance Army and Christian militias who have killed tens of thousands of civilians and ethnically cleansed Muslims throughout Uganda, the Congo and Central African Republic. Nor do I ask every white American to apologize for hate crimes committed by self-proclaimed White Christian supremacist groups like the Klu Klux Klan. All of us instead recognize that religious fanatics perpetuate violent acts for their own deranged reasons. Why is an apology only expected of Muslims? — Linda Sarsour
Eight-person hot tub, alligator-wrapped hand rails, a lighting system that bathes the home in different-colored hues, 550-gallon fish tank and bullet-proof glass. —
Description of a townhouse in Tribeca owned by this guy, who was the inspiration for a very minor Wolf of Wall Street character.
On the one hand, this is a disgusting and extravagant display of wealth. On the other hand, enormous hot tubs and alligator hand rails sound pretty sweet.