Monday, October 20, 2014

Transgender pupil elected to homecoming court at Marietta high school

Election is thought to be a first-of-its-kind in Ga.

MARIETTA, Ga. — An openly transgender pupil has been elected to represent her high school during its Homecoming Week 2014.

"I couldn't stop smiling," said Sage Lovell, 16, who said she heard word of the final vote count while in her homeroom class.  "My entire homeroom erupted in very loud cheering.  Apparently it was able to be heard from across the school."

Ms. Lovell is a junior at Walton High.

"It was just sort of a slow buildup of almost trying different identities," she said.  "Being at middle school, being like 'I'm probably not straight,' and thinking I liked men.  Then it suddenly progressed from there, to, 'OK, you're not even male.  You're female.'"

She said she was able to express those feelings openly to many of her friends, some of whom she's known since pre-kindergarten.

"Telling the people who I trusted, and seeing their reactions, helped to fortify my feelings that everything would be fine," said Ms. Lovell.

As for being elected to homecoming court as a transgender student in the traditionally conservative municipality and county, Ms. Lovell understands the significance of the achievement.

"It means a lot to me, in a place where people tend to be extremely conservative, that something this liberal would happen," she said.  "It means so much."


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Florida woman claws ex-boyfriend moments after split

Victim had bruises all over upper body

DELAND, Fla. — Here is a daily reminder to get consent before deciding to scratch your man's groin, ladies.

The DeLand Police Office arrested a 20-year-old woman for abusing her ex-boyfriend so bad, he had bruises over most of his body.

The incident happened during a domestic dispute over bed covers and the temperature of the air conditioning unit.

Neighbors called the DPO at 4:16 Tuesday, October 14, after they heard Emma Campbell (pictured), 20, screaming at her then-boyfriend.  Ms. Campbell then attacked the victim with her allegedly newly-did fingernails, leaving deep cuts all over his chest, back and upper right thigh.

"Due to Campbell's aggressive attacks with her nails, the victim shoved her off of him at which time she landed on the floor," DeLand Police Office deputies wrote in their report.

Ms. Campbell was then arrested by the DPO and charged with battery causing bodily harm. She was released from Volusia County Branch Jail several hours later on her own recognizance.

New York Daily News

Pupil calls for Ore. teacher to be run

SALEM, Ore. — A high school pupil wants her teacher axed after she said that the female teacher indecently exposed her while trying to restrain her from leaving the classroom after the teen got uncomfortable with the environment of the room.

The victim fell to the floor in a struggle with a teacher that left her crying as classmates gawked at her upper body only covered by a red brassiere on Thursday afternoon.

“She doesn’t even have any right to put her hands on me,” the victim told KPTV-TV while describing how her teacher, Carrie McCann, put her in a choke hold and dragged her back into the classroom.

The victim tried to escape the room at Roberts Alternative High School Annex, an alternative school located in Oregon's capital city, during a heated argument between the McCann and another student over classroom behavior.  The explosive nature of the incident turned the victim into an anxious mess so she grabbed her bag, got up and tried to leave.

Her classmates and other peers are heard gasping as the embarrassing moment unfolded in live video footage that shows McCann yanking the girl’s sweatshirt right off.

“Everyone turn around please,” cried the victim to her shocked peers in a video shared after the incident.

“I never cried like that in my life,” the victim later told KGW-TV.  “I could hear the embarrassment, too, in my crying.”

The Salem Police Department was called and they inexplicably declared that despite the indecent exposure of the victim committed by McCann, no crime was committed.

“I could not be in here. I was hella stressed out,” the victim tried to tell McCann while she stood nearly topless at the front of the class.

McCann is on paid leave while the incident is investigated.  Let's hope that this teacher loses her job because what she did was a crime.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Study shows that people still prefer male bosses over women

Both genders prefer the male boss

BAMBERG — The numbers are in and while they are improving, they are still depressing in a way.

While 23 out of every 50 people said the gender of their boss does not matter, more than a third said they would prefer a male boss.

"Americans continue to prefer a male boss to a female boss, although, since 2002, the greatest percentage continue to say it does not make a difference to them," Gallup's Rebecca Rifkin wrote on the company's website.

Women are more likely to prefer a female boss than men are.  The Gallup poll did not ask about the age of the boss.

Huffington Post Women

US Supreme Court Commits the Highest Treason in American History by allowing Texas's Voter Suppression Law

WASHINGTON, DC — The US Supreme Court has decided that they just don't want to follow the Constitution anymore.

In several earlier rulings, they ruled that states have a right to suppress legitimate African-American voters.

Today, they ruled that Texas has a right to also suppress legitimate women voters.

The three women on the court knows what is at stake, and they didn't just dissent, they literally ripped their judicially activist colleagues, who are officially the enemies of the United States of America in black robes.

Just a reminder of an example of what is allowed and what isn't in Texas's voter suppression law: gun cards are allowed to vote, IDs from colleges are not.

This is what Paul Weyrich wants: suppression of legitimate voters who want to end his group's reign of terror against this nation.

Not surprisingly, the ruling was five to four, as Thomas, Alito, Kennedy, Scalia and Roberts have now committed the highest treason in American history and they ought to be removed from office – either voluntarily or by the force of handcuffs behind their backs, folks.

Dissent from Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan
Huffington Post Women
Raw Story

Friday, October 17, 2014

Man raped acquaintance in N.C. motel

BPO: Woman raped at Motel 6

BURLINGTON, N.C. — The Burlington Police Office has arrested a man for raping his female acquaintance at a motel.

Burlington Police Office deputies responded to the Motel 6 on Thursday morning.  Deputies say a woman was raped by her acquaintance.  The suspect and victim had rented a room together.

Harold Lee Reynolds, 48, was arrested by the Burlington Police Office and charged with rape.

Bond was set at $200,000.00.

Despite the arrest, the investigation is still ongoing.


Brad Hutto is the only true choice for the US Senate

This is the second in a series of candidate endorsements in the Tri-State of Georgia and the Carolinas. For the previous post, see here.

This year, it looks to be the S.C. Democratic candidates going up against the state's embarrassments – all of whom are on the GOP side of the ballot.

This US Senate race is different in one regard, though: there are two embarrassments going up against the Democratic candidate.

The first is obvious: the one who didn't even bother to show up for a debate recently.  Lindsey Graham is loathed by many in the state.  Although national pundits have this race as "Strong Graham", many here disagree.  And given S.C.'s winner take all style elections, it's no wonder why so many say that this year could be the year that Graham is finally fired.

What is a wonder, though, is why the far right hates Graham.  They have absolutely no reason to hate him: Graham has voted 93% of the time with the GOP on every issue that has come up ever since he took over the seat Strom Thurmond held from the 1940s until 2002.  He is racist and xenophobic, just like the rest of the GOP.  The GOP, and their candidates running as "independents" are all one and the same.

Just like Thomas Ravenel, for example.  He is just a Republican running as an "independent" because the state allowed him special treatment that I can guarantee you no African-American felon would ever get.  Convicted felons in South Carolina are permanently disenfranchised and that means that they have no say in the elections, which is the way the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Koch Brothers, the John Birch Society and the other classist, racist right wingers would want it.  That alone is reason enough to vote no on Ravenel.  In addition to the fact that he is just another Lindsey Graham.

That leaves only one true choice for the US Senate: Bradley C. Hutto.

As a state Senator, Mr. Hutto has taken a stand for the people against the personhood-type bills the state wants to force down the throats of pregnant people.  He also spoke out against the state's defense of a discriminatory (and unconstitutional) ban on LGBT marriages.  He has also spoken out against the cuts to education and SCDOT, and has called for increased funding for education and for our highway infrastructure, which is in terrible shape across most of the state,

Mr. Hutto has proven that he, unlike Graham or Ravenel, will be a voice of the people.  That is why on November 4, vote for Mr. Hutto for US Senate.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hank Hawes convicted of murdering USC professor/girlfriend, gets life in prison

Man tried to pull Ana Trujillo defense in trial

COLUMBIA — In the end, claiming that a murder victim was the aggressor just doesn't work anymore, folks.

Just like Ana Trujillo in her trial for murdering a University of Houston professor who was her boyfriend this past spring, Hank Hawes found that out the hard way in his trial.

Mr. Hawes was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, a USC professor, 38 months ago.

The victim was found dead in her home.  She had been stabbed more than 24 times.  Mr. Hawes and the victim were in a relationship at the time she was slain by him.

The judge handed down a life sentence immediately thereafter to Mr. Hawes.

WLTX News 19

GOP vow to shut the government down again over Obamacare if they re-take the US Senate on November 4

WASHINGTON, DC — The Republicans want power so they can disrupt Americans' lives.

That is, if you believe internal party memos that are being sent to their supporters.

Just 12 months after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the 2013 government shutdown over funding for Obamacare a “predictable disaster,” Republicans vow to do it again in on December 12.

A group of 14 Republicans, led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote to Boehner on Wednesday identifying a provision of the Affordable Care Act that a Government Accountability Office report concluded would require an additional appropriation from Congress in the next fiscal year. According to ThinkProgress, the provision allows the federal government to reimburse insurance companies that underestimate claims they will have to pay with profits from insurance companies that overestimated.  In their letter to Boehner, the Republicans wrote that the program “puts taxpayers at risk of a large bailout if insurers systematically lose money on exchange plans.”

That's their plans and they are relying on you, the voter, to keep it under wraps until November 5, when they could possibly wind up with a 51-seat majority in the Senate.

And that is not all: Mitch McConnell said that he wants to become Senate Majority Leader simply because he wants to shut down the government for no reason at all.

These conservatives are not patriots.  They are traitors.

These traitors need to be removed from office – and it is our responsibility to uphold the Constitution and get rid of all of them – from Nikki Haley and Nathan Deal to Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham – in 19 days.

Huffington Post Politics

Net Neutrality is a must for a free world

Even before last month's #InternetSlowdown event ended, Big Telecom, their lobbyists and corporate sycophants like the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle claimed that Net Neutrality was "a solution in search of a problem".

It is very obvious that Billy Morris, Michael Ryan and the Augusta Chronicle do not know how the Internet actually works.

The Internet is designed to prevent government or corporations from meddling with it and prohibiting the people from accessing the information that they want.  However, far too often, we have seen corporations like Verizon and governments like that of communist China censor sites that do not square up with their radical beliefs.

  • In 2007 – just days before this site went online, Verizon was caught blocking consumers' access to text messages from NARAL and Planned Parenthood, and that was just the first time they got caught blocking text messages, calls, sites, or apps that didn't square with their business model.
  • Five years later, Big Red was caught red-handed by the Federal Communications Commission blocking people from using tethering applications on their phones. Verizon had asked Google to remove 11 free tethering applications from the Android marketplace. These applications allowed users to circumvent Verizon’s $20 tethering fee and turn their smartphones into Wi-Fi hotspots. By blocking those applications, Verizon violated a Net Neutrality pledge it made to the FCC as a condition of the 2009 airwaves auction, an auction that saw Verizon and ATT hog up all of the critical 700 and 800 spectrum that mobile devices need for indoor reception.
  • Before they were purchased by T-Mobile, MetroPCS was going to implement an anti-consumer practice of blocking video streaming from all sites, except YouTube, on its then-4G CDMA network.  Which meant no news from your local stations would have been seen on a MetroPCS phone at that time.
  • In 2005, the nation’s largest Internet provider and worst company by consumers, Comcast, began secretly blocking peer-to-peer technologies that its customers were using over its network. Users of services like BitTorrent and Gnutella were unable to connect to these services. Investigations from the Associated Press, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others in 2007 confirmed that Comcast was indeed blocking or slowing file-sharing applications without disclosing this fact to its customers.
  • For a three-year period, American Telephone and Telegraph (ATT) forced Apple to block Skype and other competing VOIP phone services on the IPhone. The wireless provider wanted to prevent IPhone users from using any application that would allow them to make calls on such “over-the-top” voice services. The Google Voice app received similar treatment from carriers like ATT when it came on the scene in 2009.
  • And that was not the first time they done this. In 2012, ATT announced that it would disable the FaceTime video-calling app on its customers’ IPhones and Android phones unless they subscribed to a more expensive text-and-voice plan. ATT had one goal and one goal only in mind: separating customers from more of their money by blocking alternatives to ATT’s own products.
  • For a three year period, all of the Big Four carriers except for T-Mobile, blocked access to Google Wallet, a mobile payment system app.  ATT, Sprint and Verizon blocked Google Wallet because each of them had a stake in developing ISIS, a service that is similar to Google Wallet and Microsoft Wallet.
  • Three years ago, the Electronic Frontier Foundation found several small ISPs were redirecting search queries via the vendor Paxfire.  The ISPs identified in the initial Electronic Frontier Foundation report included Cavalier, Cogent, Frontier, Fuse, DirecPC, RCN and Wide Open West.  Paxfire would intercept an Internet user’s search request at Bing and Yahoo and redirect it to another page. 
  • By skipping over the search service’s results, the participating ISPs would collect referral fees for delivering users to the websites the ISPs wanted them to.

These are just some of the many examples of the abuses that Big Telecom and Cable companies are committing.  Repressive government agencies oppose Net Neutrality so they can control what you can see on the world wide web.

As the bulleted list shows, Net Blocking is a real problem and we need real solutions.  The Augusta Chronicle's Editorial Staff never has to worry about their site getting blocked because few opponents of Net Neutrality are very close cronies of the Chronicle, Morris and Ryan.

Small wonder why the Augusta Chronicle is losing readers to The State on this side of the Savannah River.

We know that Net Neutrality is the solution to a massive nine-year-old problem of Net Blocking.  Net Neutrality is a must for the free world.

The Augusta Chronicle needs to actually read about Net Neutrality before they write about it.

T-Mobile, Sprint, Free Press demand FCC investigation into AT&T's acquisitions

WASHINGTON, DC — Half of the four major wireless carriers and a grassroots consumer rights group have joined in calling for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) and their recent spectrum buyouts.

Earlier this year, the Commission ruled that deals that lead to any carrier grabbing control of 1/3rd of the spectrum below 1GHz in any individual market should be “subject to enhanced review”.

Fierce Wireless reports that AT&T has purchased several blocks of spectrum of the past few months:

  • Star Wireless, 700MHz C Block – 4 blocks in Wisconsin and Iowa
  • Consolidated Telephone Company, 700MHz C block – 2 blocks in Minnesota
  • KanOkla Telephone Association, 700MHz C Block – 1 block in Kansas, another in Oklahoma
  • Kaplan Telephone Company, 700MHz C Block – several blocks
  • Worldcall, 700MHz B Block – 2 blocks in Puerto Rico
  • Club 42 CM Limited Partnership, 700MHz – 2 blocks in California

Not surprisingly, though, Big Orange claims that they are not doing anything wrong and that they will be exonerated after the investigation.  It is worth remembering that in the mandatory spectrum auction five years ago, AT&T and Verizon hogged up 100% of the low-band 700 and 800 spectrum, the spectrum that channels 52 through 69 were on prior to the FCC ordering stations like WKTC-TV to vacate that part of the spectrum.  That is why the federal government had to intervene in the incentive spectrum, which is the selling of the 600 spectrum that is not in use by television stations, to be used by mobile companies.  This time, Big Red and Big Orange can't hog up all of the spectrum, but they can still get a majority of it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Palmetto Conservative Alliance chairman arrested by Greenville Police Office deputies for molesting boy, 3

Chair of far right group also associated with gubernatorial incumbent Nikki Haley in 2013

GREENVILLE — An ultraconservative Christian radio host and chairman of the Palmetto Conservative Alliance was arrested for child molestation.

Greenville Police Office deputies say that under the guise of of a game, the suspect fondled the child and committed other sexually acts against the boy, 3.

Josh Kimbrell, 29, was arrested Tuesday by the Greenville Police Office and charged with is charged with criminal sexual conduct of a high and aggravated nature with a minor under 11.  He is the host of Common Cents on Christian Talk 660AM/92.9FM and is the chairman of the Palmetto Conservative Alliance, a group that was behind the unconstitutional bills of attainder that zeroed out the funding of USC Upstate and the College of Charleston for pro-LGBT events.

Twelve months ago, Mr. Kimbrell and the PCA were part of an event for Nikki Haley as the group, and many other conservative organizations, endorsed her re-election campaign.  He also hosted Haley on February 18.

More recently, he also held events for Mick Mulvaney and Greenville native Trey Gowdy.

Bond was denied.

WYFF-DT News 4
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