sights & sounds

May 31, 2010

Gaza Flotilla Attacked

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May 29, 2010

‘the humanity of ordinary people’

Lynndie England, Abu Ghraib torturer.

From a post on Feministe about women in military. Emphases mine:

I don’t know why, but I’m a sucker for slideshows. Add a feminist theme, and I’m all over it. So I really enjoyed stumbling upon this collection of images of women in the military, starting way back with the American Revolution.

According to the story that goes along with this image, this is Sharon Hanley Disher and she’s part of “the first [family] in American history to send every member to the Naval Academy” – which is pretty awesome, I say. Her story is pretty cool, I suggest you read it if you have some time.

We’ve covered the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots) before, but what are your favorite stories of women in the military?

Needless to say, I was unpleasantly surprised at seeing military service lauded on an ostensibly progressive, leftist blog; and in my initial comment, I said as much.: (more…)

May 18, 2010

police accountability

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7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones

From Associated Press; emphasis mine:

DETROIT — State police will take over the investigation of the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl by a Detroit police officer during a weekend raid at the girl’s home, a prosecutor said Monday.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said bringing in the state police to investigate the killing of Aiyana Jones would avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.

“I agree that it is most appropriate that this be done independently,” Worthy said.

Aiyana was asleep on the living room sofa in her family’s apartment when Detroit police, searching for a homicide suspect, burst in and an officer’s gun went off, fatally striking the girl in the neck, family members said.

Her father, 25-year-old Charles Jones, told The Detroit News he had just gone to bed early Sunday after covering his daughter with her favorite blanket when he heard a flash grenade followed by a gunshot. When he rushed into the living room, he said, police forced him to lie on the ground, with his face in his daughter’s blood.

“I’ll never be the same. That’s my only daughter,” Jones told WXYZ-TV.

Assistant Chief Ralph Godbee said officers set off the flash grenade as they entered the apartment with their guns drawn about 12:40 a.m. Sunday with a warrant to look for a suspect in the Friday slaying of a 17-year-old boy. The lead officer’s gun went off after he encountered a 46-year-old woman inside the front room of the home and “some level of physical contact” ensued. Police do not believe the gun was fired intentionally. (more…)

May 15, 2010

“heroism”

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From Butler Shaffer on LewRockwell; Emphases mine.:

The U.S. military is considering the creation of a new medal to be awarded soldiers who resist the temptation to kill civilians in foreign wars.  To be known as a medal for “courageous restraint,” troops may soon be rewarded for not “using lethal force” where injury to non-combatants might occur.  It was doubtless coincidental that news of this proposed medal was made sometime after Seymour Hersh’s reporting on the widespread use of ”battlefield executions” of prisoners by American soldiers in Afghanistan.

War is an insane enough activity without it being used as a parody of itself.  Perhaps the idea for such a medal arose from the history of so many Nobel Peace Prize recipients, who were honored after they had ceased engaging in statist butchery: Woodrow Wilson, George C. Marshall, and Henry Kissinger being among the more prominent awardees.  Even Barack Obama won the award, not long after assuming the presidency and as he was intensifying the war in Afghanistan. When Tom Lehrer declared that he stopped engaging in satire after Kissinger won this prize, one gets a sense of the absurdity of the war system parading as its opposite.  The derangement implicit in the Strategic Air Command’s motto “peace is our profession” is recalled. (more…)

May 7, 2010

‘child endangerment’

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From Columbia Tribune; emphases mine:

A man arrested on suspicion of drug charges and child endangerment said he is concerned with the actions of police who shot two dogs they described as “aggressive” while serving a drug-related search warrant at his home earlier this month in southwest Columbia.

Police arrested Jonathan E. Whitworth, 25, of 1501 Kinloch Court on Feb. 11 on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and second-degree child endangerment.

A police SWAT team entered Whitworth’s residence around 8:30 p.m. suspecting a large amount of marijuana at the location, police spokeswoman Officer Jessie Haden said. SWAT members encountered a pit bull upon entry, held back and then fatally shot the dog, which officers said was acting in an uncontrollably aggressive manner.

Whitworth was arrested, and his wife and 7-year-old son were present during the SWAT raid, Haden said. A second dog, which Whitworth’s attorney Jeff Hilbrenner described as a corgi, also was shot but was not killed.

“The family is concerned with what happened,” Hilbrenner said. “We don’t feel like what happened in the home was appropriate. The priority right now for us is the misdemeanor charges.”

(some upsetting video footage of the incident below the cut)
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May 5, 2010

“We do know who you are.”

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At first, I thought this was a parody, but apparently not.

May 3, 2010

“Get the fuck out of here! I’ll fucking kill you all!”

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A gaggle of black bloc anarchists recently set their sights on an American Apparel store, startling the hipster shoppers into action – windows were smashed, cops were summoned1, and much silliness ensued. Footage of some of the incident below the cut: (more…)

April 25, 2010

of police states and imaginary borderlines

From the NY Times; emphasis mine.:

Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the nation’s toughest bill on illegal immigration into law on Friday. Its aim is to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants.

The law, which proponents and critics alike said was the broadest and strictest immigration measure in generations, would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Opponents have called it an open invitation for harassment and discrimination against Hispanics regardless of their citizenship status.

[Governor Jan Brewer] acknowledged critics’ concerns, saying she would work to ensure that the police have proper training to carry out the law. But she sided with arguments by the law’s sponsors that it provides an indispensable tool for the police in a border state that is a leading magnet of illegal immigration. She said racial profiling would not be tolerated, adding, “We have to trust our law enforcement.”

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“We have to trust our law enforcement”? (more…)

April 22, 2010

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’? Don’t Care.

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From Telegraph:

Activists from GetEQUAL, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group, shouted at Mr Obama while he was speaking, venting their frustration over the slow progress of repealing the ban on openly homosexual people serving in the United States armed forces.

“What about ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell?'” one protester shouted, according to a White House pool report.
Mr Obama replied: “We are going to do that.”

He then raised his voice to speak over the demonstrators. “We are going to repeal don’t ask, don’t tell,” he said. (more…)

April 15, 2010

The Rape Axe ‘solution’

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From GlobalPost.:

“Rape-aXe is a flexible polyurethane condom-like tube that fits into the woman’s body. Rows of jagged plastic hooks line the inside of the tube — bent backward like teeth in a shark’s mouth — and lodge in a perpetrator’s penis upon entry. The perpetrator can withdraw from the woman, but the Rape-aXe remains clamped on. Trying to pull it off will cause discomfort.

Though the device causes great distress, it does not draw blood, Ehlers says, which is crucial in areas where HIV/AIDS rates are high. A man must seek medical attention to have the Rape-aXe removed. Until then, he cannot urinate, essentially tagging him until he gets to a hospital, she explains. Ehlers says she consulted an engineer, gynecologist and psychologist on the design.”

Though the intentions are good, there are a number of enormous problems with this device. (more…)

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