postmaster general’s DC condo 0 replies
Demonstrators marched to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s home in the District on Saturday to protest recent changes at the U.S. Postal Service that are leaving some Americans concerned about the agency’s ability to handle the massive amount of mail-in ballots expected in this year’s presidential election. Dozens of protesters marched through Northwest D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood before holding a loud protest in the middle of Connecticut Avenue—right in front of the condo where DeJoy lives.(Snip) Some of the protesters banged on empty buckets, plus pots and pans, while other protesters blasted air horns and sirens. Almost all of the demonstrators chanted
night of violence after police declare
an unlawful assembly and clash with
BLM protesters—setting off smoke bombs 8 replies
Chaos erupted in Portland for a 79th consecutive night on Friday after police declared an unlawful assembly during a peaceful demonstration and stormed a protester shield line, beating people with batons. About 300 protesters had gathered in the city’s Peninsula Park around 9pm for a peaceful march across North Portland that was expected to end at the Police Association building on N Lombard Street.(Snip) Activists standing on the frontline held up their handmade wooden shields, emblazoned with the Black Lives Matter logo of a raised fist. Others in the crowd were heard chanting as one man played the drums.
police markings on cans 22 replies
Seattle—When customers buy a beer from the small Seattle-based brewer, Mirage, they might see a message on the bottom of the can. In June, a beer called “Choosey Lover” had a stamp that read “ACAB means all cops.” ACAB stands for “all cops are bastards.” In a text message, Mirage owner and brewer Michael Dempster wrote, “I used the markings because I stand against institutional racism, of which modern policing is a militarized arm.”(Snip) Dempster wrote, “If it means someone won’t buy my beer anymore, good. The beer was not created for them. I make my beer for folks who are
who was enforcing coronavirus dining rules 16 replies
Three people have been arrested in connection with the assault of a teenage Chili’s hostess who was trying to enforce the restaurant’s seating restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus, according to Baton Rouge police. Tammy Dabney, 48, was booked on a count of aggravated second degree battery, while both 27-year-old Rodneka Dabney and 46-year-old Erica Dabney were booked on counts of disturbing the peace and simple battery.(Snip) As Wallace tried to figure out what to do with the large group, the altercation turned physical. Tammy Dabney first punched Wallace in the face multiple times before grabbing a “wet floor” sign
$300,000 to repair his store after it
was looted in May riots will sue the
city after it was ransacked AGAIN last
week—and slams cops for doing nothing 13 replies
A Chicago businessman says he’s going to sue the city after police failed to respond when his convenience store was looted for the second time since May. Walid Mouhammad’s store was destroyed Monday, when the city experienced widespread looting. He said he watched the looters in real time on surveillance cameras as they ripped out the new steel security door that he’d recently installed, after spending $300,000 to repair the damage done when his store was first looted in May.(Snip) Mouhammad’s landlords said they called police multiple times on Monday during the looting, but that authorities didn’t show up until it was too late.
jingle to replace ‘racist’ song
‘Turkey in the Straw’ 17 replies
Get ready to scream for ice cream—with a brand-new song. RZA, of the Wu-Tang Clan, has partnered with Good Humor to write a cheerful new ice cream truck jingle in place of “Turkey in the Straw”—an earworm with a troubled history long criticized for being racist. “Remember that ice cream jingle?” the rap legend, 51, said while introducing his new song. “Of course—we all know it. I’m not gonna play it right now because we come to find out that it has racist roots.(Snip) In 2014, NPR documented the history of the tune, which was used in racist minstrel
blockade between St. Paul and Minneapolis 15 replies
Rush hour on Interstate 94 between St. Paul and Minneapolis can be a slow trip under normal circumstances, but Wednesday evening’s commute came to a crawl when a convoy of vehicles driving at a snail’s pace blocked all westbound lanes. The incident, which the State Patrol described as a protest, included as many as 60 vehicles driving about 10 mph.(Snip) MnDOT traffic management cameras showed motorists sitting atop vehicles waving both American flags and flags of the Oromo Liberation Front, a political party established in 1973 by Oromo people in Ethiopia. Last month, a group affiliated with the Oromo blocked a freeway
military draft is constitutional 6 replies
A federal appeals court in New Orleans on Thursday ruled that the all-male military draft system is constitutional, pointing to a 1981 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, which was argued in March, stemmed from a lawsuit filed by two men with the National Coalition for Men who had challenged the historic male-only draft. They had argued that the 1981 case was outdated and was ruled on when women were not as involved in combat as many are today. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rule that “only the Supreme Court may revise its precedent.”
the country for economic outlook, study
finds, as businesses begin to flee amid
fears it will take years to recover from
the pandemic and widespread protests 28 replies
New York has the worst economic outlook of any state in the US, according to a recent ranking that comes as thousands flee the Big Apple amid escalating crime and chaos. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) published its 13th annual Rich States, Poor States ranking on Wednesday. The researchers looked at issues such as taxation and the economic competitiveness of the state. The economic outlook rating state gross domestic product, absolute domestic migration and non-farm payroll employment. Utah, for the 13th year running, was top of the ranking and New York, for the sixth year in a row, was last.
shot at in Virginia, forced
to make emergency landing 21 replies
A U.S. Air Force helicopter had to make an emergency landing in Virginia Monday after a person had shot at the aircraft and injured a crew member.
The UH-1N Huey helicopter was conducting a routine training flight before it was forced to land at an airport in Virginia, McClatchy reported. The aircraft is assigned to the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, where presidential aircraft Air Force One is housed. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident and said it “dispatched Special Agents and its Evidence Response Team to the Manassas Airport after receiving reports that a helicopter
for police chief’s departure 20 replies
Some members of the African American community say racism prompted Seattle’s first Black female police chief to retire. They are blaming one of Seattle’s most diverse city councils ever. They point out there are no Black people on the City Council for the first time since the 1960s. And they believe racism forced Carmen Best to leave her job as the city’s top cop. Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best wouldn’t call out the Seattle City Council. “Yeah, I’m not using that harsh word,” she said. Neither would Mayor Jenny Durkan, her boss. “They wanted to micromanage and play mini-police chief,” was all Durkan
to stop the largest fraud in
Washington state history? 6 replies
Revelations last week that this spring’s $576 million unemployment fraud, the largest in state history, started much earlier than previously acknowledged have spurred a storm of new questions over the handling of the crime. Data released Aug. 3 by the state Employment Security Department (ESD) shows that criminals were filing fake claims in the first week of March. That’s more than two months before ESD publicly disclosed the fraud and temporarily froze benefit payments, in mid-May, by which time a staggering 56% of the weekly claims ESD was paying were from criminals, many of them reportedly overseas.