Warren Zevon Was Right

    28 Jun 2014

    #bobbywomack

    (Source: youtube.com)

    27 Jun 2014

    thinksquad:

    The American Civil Liberties Union has released the results of its year-long study of police militarization. The study looked at 800 deployments of SWAT teams among 20 local, state and federal police agencies in 2011-2012. Among the notable findings:

    62 percent of the SWAT raids surveyed were to conduct searches for drugs.

    Just under 80 percent were to serve a search warrant, meaning eight in 10 SWAT raids were not initiated to apprehend a school shooter, hostage taker, or escaped felon (the common justification for these tactics), but to investigate someone still only suspected of committing a crime.

    In fact, just 7 percent of SWAT raids were “for hostage, barricade, or active shooter scenarios.”

    In at least 36 percent of the SWAT raids studies, no contraband of any kind was found. The report notes that due to incomplete police reports on these raids this figure could be as high as 65 percent.

    SWAT tactics are disproportionately used on people of color.

    65 percent of SWAT deployments resulted in some sort of forced entry into a private home, by way of a battering ram, boot, or some sort of explosive device. In over half those raids, the police failed to find any sort of weapon, the presence of which was cited as the reason for the violent tactics.

    Ironically (or perhaps not), searches to serve warrants on people suspected of drug crimes were more likely to result in forced entry than raids conducted for other purposes.

    Though often justified for rare incidents like school shootings or terrorist situations, the armored personnel vehicles police departments are getting from the Pentagon and through grants from the Department of Homeland Security are commonly used on drug raids.

    In other words, where violent, volatile SWAT tactics were once used only in limited situations where someone was in the process of or about to commit a violent crime — where the police were using violence only to defuse an already violent situation — SWAT teams today are overwhelmingly used to investigate people who are still only suspected of committing nonviolent consensual crimes. And because these raids often involve forced entry into homes, often at night, they’re actually creating violence and confrontation where there was none before.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/06/24/new-aclu-report-takes-a-snapshot-of-police-militarization-in-the-united-states

    27 Jun 2014

    26 Jun 2014

    latimes:

The U.S. soccer team lost at the World Cup today, but it was still cause for celebration. Here’s how the team advanced even without a win or a draw.

    latimes:

    The U.S. soccer team lost at the World Cup today, but it was still cause for celebration. Here’s how the team advanced even without a win or a draw.

    24 Jun 2014

    Teetering. #irs #oligarchy #clintons 

    Teetering. #irs #oligarchy #clintons 

    22 Jun 2014

    (Source: youtube.com)

    18 Jun 2014

    skreenedtees:

Nothing wrong with a little ole ‘Merican pride! Get it for the 4th: http://bit.ly/1uxUrFA

    skreenedtees:

    Nothing wrong with a little ole ‘Merican pride! Get it for the 4th: http://bit.ly/1uxUrFA

    18 Jun 2014

    This Brady Quinn?

    The head of a Columbus gay and lesbian anti-violence group called the report of Quinn using a slur “very distressing.”

    "That person is in theory a role model for so many people," said Gloria McCauley, executive director of the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization. "To have one of our well-known people engage in behavior that I consider hateful saddens me. We obviously need to do a lot more education."

    http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/02/brady_quinn_part_of_rowdy_grou.html

    17 Jun 2014

    #tonygwynn

    15 Jun 2014

    
Sarajevo preparing for 100th anniversary of assassination of Franz Ferdinand and the start of WWI.

    Sarajevo preparing for 100th anniversary of assassination of Franz Ferdinand and the start of WWI.

    (Source: iuvencula)