Positive News from the USA

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby shiv » 27 May 2014 16:55

Migrants given government jobs in America
Last year, at least 60,000 immigrants worked in the federal government’s nationwide patchwork of detention centers — more than worked for any other single employer in the country, according to data from United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE. The cheap labor, 13 cents an hour, saves the government and the private companies $40 million or more a year by allowing them to avoid paying outside contractors the $7.25 federal minimum wage. Some immigrants held at county jails work for free, or are paid with sodas or candy bars, while also providing services like meal preparation for other government institutions.

13 cents an hour translates to a cool 1,800 Rupees a month, enough to feed an Indian family for a while. No wonder the queues are getting longer

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby pankajs » 27 May 2014 22:17

msnbc ‏@msnbc 2h

GOPer says openly gay lawmakers shouldn't have come out of the closet: http://on.msnbc.com/1wfexYS
Fleck’s personal decision to make his sexual orientation public was a mistake, according to Republican State Sen. John Eichelberger Jr.

“If [Fleck] had just gone about his business and people thought he was a homosexual or heterosexual or whatever, there wouldn’t be a problem,” Eichelberger told the Altoona Mirror.

“A lot of people thought that Mike was a homosexual,” Eichelberger added. “He didn’t announce it and it was OK. The feeling from many people is, he put them in a very uncomfortable position.”

There ... you so much love and freedom in Amreeka that you need not disclose your sexual orientation.

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby pankajs » 27 May 2014 22:21

Georgia declares all-out war on the poor

http://www.salon.com/2014/05/25/georgia ... r_partner/
Georgia has taken the lead in the mad dash to thwart the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and prevent poor people from accessing health care. Last week, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law two bills that ensure the state won’t be expanding Medicaid any time soon, and that make it decidedly more difficult for people to gain coverage under the ACA. These laws – a notch in the belt of conservatives preparing for the fall election – compound the social and economic injustices already experienced by many low-income Georgians.

Poor folks are found in turd-world countries like India wonlee .. so as all of you will realize the intent of this farticle is to malign the great country of Amreeka.

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby habal » 28 May 2014 11:34

Everyone is jealous of Amreeka onlee. :((

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/05/26 ... at-to-all/

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby Sonugn » 30 May 2014 11:01

What are the good white Christian cops of the americca doing these days? why no updates in last two days?

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby pankajs » 30 May 2014 17:59

Bhell ... had this tagged on my feed but was too lazy to post .. so here it goes on your demand ... not up to my expectations but will do for now.
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Albuquerque Police Face Federal Scrutiny, Local Outrage

http://www.npr.org/2014/05/22/314728781 ... al-outrage
Kenneth Ellis III was shot and killed by police in a 7-Eleven parking lot in Albuquerque, N.M.

He is among the dozens of people local police have shot over the last four years, 25 of whom have died. The U.S. Department of Justice issued a scathing report in April saying Albuquerque police have a pattern of excessive force that violates the Constitution.

Investigations and policy changes are in the works, while families of those who have been shot argue more needs to be done.

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Shannon Kennedy, who represents some of the families, says police treat suspects as if they don't have rights.

"In America, no one is above the law, and no one is below the law," she says. "And what happened in the city of Albuquerque is [police] officers were put above the law, and people with mental illness and people with criminal histories were put below the law, and that is what has got to be addressed here."

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Then in April, the Justice Department , saying Albuquerque police regularly encounter people who do not pose a threat but then escalate tensions until those people do pose a threat.

After those findings came two more shooting deaths, and more protests. One victim was a 19-year-old woman who police say waved a gun during a foot chase.


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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby Shreeman » 31 May 2014 08:40

U-NSN has been accused of being lazy and we hereby plead guilty. It is story telling time and children are going to bed without a good one, still until the fingers produce the next episode of the story we only have the daily diet to go on:
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The daily diet: The revelry and lovefest sections are new in every post, courtesy of google uncle, in case you haven't noticed. The 737 is the world's best selling airliner. In a 2-class configuration, it seats around a 100 people. Below, we keep counts by the plateful of loveliest and revelry reported so far in this series:

Image + Image + 3/4...

By the way, we are counting incidents and not victims.

Revelry:
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1 - very inclusive advertisement for NRA,
2 -nothing to see here ,
3 - summer trimming,
4 - just another day,
5 - traveling revelry,
6 - yet another statistic,
7- a matter of asking questions,
8 - later,
9 - capitalism in action,
10 - an unfortunate incident.

Lovefest: Remember: it is always avoidable, and it can also kill!
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1 - minor mistake,
2 - is third time still...,
3 - protected in five star accommodations,
4 - defecation in the open?,
5 -another minor mistake,
6 - missing person's report,
7 -hollywood extravaganza,
8 - keeping fit,
9 -one drink too many,
10 - racking up frequent flyer miles.

The US president has a task force for another non-existent problem.


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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby Shreeman » 01 Jun 2014 07:56

We rue the energy spent defending childrens' rights. As for another day, they go to bed without a story. But at least, there is the daily diet:
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The daily diet: The revelry and lovefest sections are new in every post, courtesy of google uncle, in case you haven't noticed. The 737 is the world's best selling airliner. In a 2-class configuration, it seats around a 100 people. Below, we keep counts by the planeful of loveliest revelry reported so far in this series:

Image + Image + 3/4...

By the way, we are counting incidents and not victims.


Revelry: Of late, there have been more "fireworks" than simple revelry. Its becoming difficult to keep count. This is what the airlines call "overbooking"
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1 - very inclusive advertisement for NRA,
2 -driving lessons ,
3 - the desert heat,
4 - just another day,
5 - an eye for an eye or what goes around..,
6 - paying homage to the parents,
7- gladiator in training,
8 - WWRED -- What would Rahm Emanuel do?,
9 - count to three,
10 - an unfortunate incident (left here for reinforcement learning).

Lovefest: Remember: it is always avoidable, and it can also kill!
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1 - free flights,
2 -purple is the color...,
3 - what happens in vegas...,
4 - defecation in the open?,
5 -also happens in Wake Forest,
6 - and Brooklyn,
7 -learning to sketch,
8 - do it yourself,
9 - X-Men and ...,
10 - and this makes no sense at all.

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby Rony » 02 Jun 2014 04:19

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby Gus » 03 Jun 2014 21:30

Florida...home of the weird news

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... -1.1815085
A Florida judge allegedly punched a public defender after the two stepped outside the courtroom to settle a beef.

The brawl erupted after Judge John Murphy began to argue with the lawyer, Andrew Weinstock, in a Brevard County courtroom just outside of Orlando on Monday.

“You know, if I had a rock, I would throw it at you right now,” Murphy is heard telling the attorney in a video recording of the spat, which aired on WFTV.

“Stop p---ing me off. Just sit down.”

But Weinstock — who felt he was being pressured to talk his client into waiving his right to a speedy trial — barked back at the angry judge.

“You know I’m the public defender,” Weinstock said. “I have the right to be here and I have a right to stand and represent my client.”

That’s when Murphy asked the lawyer if he wanted to settle the matter with their fists.

“If you want to fight, let’s go out back and I’ll just beat your ass,” he told Weinstock.

The lawyer can be seen in the video apparently following Murphy out of the courtroom before the sounds of a scuffle can be heard off camera.

“The attorney said that immediately upon entering the hallway, he was grabbed by the collar and began to be struck,” Blaise Trettis, public defender of the 18th Judicial Court, told WFTV.

“There was no discussion, no talk, not even time for anything. Just as soon as they’re in the hallway, the attorney was grabbed.”

Murphy punched Weinstock in the face before a pair of deputies broke up the fight. The lawyer was reassigned to another area to avoid another confrontation.

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby Abhijit » 04 Jun 2014 06:14

How come there is no discussion on the home of the brave and the land of the free, freeing 5 hardened terrorists in exchange for one soldier (who may have been thinking of deserting when he was captured)? What happened to 'we don't negotiate with the terrorists' and all that hollywood hoo haa? Even jassoo mithaiwalla got a better deal than the LOTF&HOTB

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby Shreeman » 04 Jun 2014 09:55

Abhijit wrote:How come there is no discussion on the home of the brave and the land of the free, freeing 5 hardened terrorists in exchange for one soldier (who may have been thinking of deserting when he was captured)? What happened to 'we don't negotiate with the terrorists' and all that hollywood hoo haa? Even jassoo mithaiwalla got a better deal than the LOTF&HOTB


Well I am not touching a diskussion of this kind of bunnies. They would need fluffy tails and pink ears before you get my attention, speaking personally. It is a swamp, afpak is, let the afpak discussion handle it. There is no contrast with any other event there to make satire of. Whats new?







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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby Shreeman » 04 Jun 2014 14:25

The daily diet: The revelry and lovefest sections are new in every post, courtesy of google uncle, in case you haven't noticed.

The 737 is the world's best selling airliner. In a 2-class configuration, it seats around a 100 people. Below, we keep counts by the plateful of loveliest and revelry reported so far in this series:

Image + Image + Image + ...

By the way, we are counting incidents and not victims.

Revelry:
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1 - Education,
2 - youth sports ,
3 - some shopping,
4 - home of CNN,
5 - nothing special,
6 -small town activities,
7 - only three so far,
8 - better uses for cars,
9 - just some copycat,
10 - nothing special.

Lovefest: Remember: it is always avoidable, and it can also kill!
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1 -- drawing lessons,
2 - On the Buses,
3 - a matter of habit,
4 - taking to drink,
5-entertainment for the elderly,
6 - On the Trains,
7 -In the Gym,
8,
9 --dont call the cops,
10 - Think of the children!.

The US president has a task force for another non-existent problem.

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby Shreeman » 04 Jun 2014 14:31

And now to start the children's story again. Some background is here. Here are the positive hypotheses:

* Some things can only happen in Zimbabwe -- like corruption,

* The world's greatest educational institutions are in the land of the free -- they can do no wrong,

* It is a land of laws -- not people, its the same law for everyone -- not like some countries,

* There is no racism or discrimination in god's own country . If it happened to you -- its your fault.

So lets now get about proving these hypotheses systematically. Why pick on these stories/theories -- well they are what we had handy. You can find your own, if you took the time. Its a level playing field, there is no lack of stories of any kind. See the daily diet for the other kinds we found.

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby Shreeman » 06 Jun 2014 07:51

This is a children's story. The story so far:
0. The initiation.
1. The dictionary.
2.The White house takes lead in promoting the United States leadership in robotics.
3.The United States takes lead in high-technology -- haptics, robotics, and healthcare.
4.An editorial: the value of satire.
5. The Freedoms: Thou shalt not take the lord's name in vain.
6. The Law: In whom shall we place blind faith.
7. The Zeal: Where humans aim to imitate and excel upon sheep.
8. Hiatus to observe pastafarian sabbath

and, an anecdote for the young'uns, and aFAQ, and some background is here. Here is the first section of the next chapter, from the webpage Doc found before, linked earlier in the thread.

Here are the positive hypotheses:

* Some things can only happen in Zimbabwe -- like corruption: $1,515,578 + $240,160 + $1,809,437 +… This is neither small money, nor does it appear this gent was allowed to use this.

* The world's greatest educational institutions are in the land of the free -- they can do no wrong: court cases - 2:12-cv-06870-KSH-CLW in New Jersey + CV-12-6306 RSWL (RZx) in Los Angeles + search 24-C-12-006249-CN, Baltimore.

* It is a land of laws -- not people, its the same law for everyone -- not like some countries: court decisions - "At the end of a jury trial in case number 24C12006249, circuit Court for Baltimore City, with Judge Althea Handy presiding, a jury determined on April 23, 2014 that Johns Hopkins trespassed on my property (my webpage included), retaliated for filing plagiarism complaints, and withheld salary and accrued benefits. The jury awarded back pay, withheld benefits, and damages. The money judgment has been paid, not appealed, and is now final". However, regardless of the court results from: here-- this remains in the same state as outlined in the page. Rule of law? Extensive searches have brought forth NO indication of any action against any of the perpetrators. None, what-so-ever.

* There is no racism or discrimination in god's own country - This prose may get quoted. So I will leave this to your judgement.

We will keep keep adding to these hypotheses systematically. Why pick on these stories/theories? -- well they are what we had handy. You can find your own, if you took the time. Its a level playing field, there is no lack of stories of any kind. See the daily diet for the other kinds we found.

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby Shreeman » 06 Jun 2014 15:15

This is a children's story. The story so far:
0. The initiation.
1. The dictionary.
2.The White house takes lead in promoting the United States leadership in robotics.
3.The United States takes lead in high-technology -- haptics, robotics, and healthcare.
4.An editorial: the value of satire.
5. The Freedoms: Thou shalt not take the lord's name in vain.
6. The Law: In whom shall we place blind faith.
7. The Zeal: Where humans aim to imitate and excel upon sheep.
8. Hiatus to observe pastafarian sabbath
9. Events that are difficult to explain (a) the Doctor's findings

and, an anecdote for the young'uns, and aFAQ, and some background is here.

Here is the second section of the final chapter (with due credit to the anonymous forum member who so first highlighted this, they can claim credit if they wish). Here are the positive hypotheses:

* Some things can only happen in Zimbabwe -- like corruption: This too is neither small, nor does it appear to be straightforward. "But on May 17, 2010, agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, wearing bulletproof vests, raided his university offices. A parallel scene played out at Dr. Laskar’s home…." for some reason, you first arrest then ask questions.

* The world's greatest educational institutions are in the land of the free -- they can do no wrong: " Dr. Laskar’s tenure hearing is held at Georgia Tech. The electrical and computer engineering department head under oath, admits Dr. Laskar and Sayana did nothing wrong nor unusual. Read Laskar vol. 1, Laskar vol. 2, Laskar vol. 3, Laskar vol. 4 in their entirety. "...

* It is a land of laws -- not people, its the same law for everyone -- not like some countries: court decisions - "Georgia Court of Appeals issues a statement as it affirms the lower court’s decision regarding Dr. Laskar’s termination and due process. Read the  statement in its entirety"...

* There is no racism or discrimination in god's own country - This may get quoted. So I will leave this to your judgement.

We will keep keep adding to these hypotheses systematically. Why pick on these stories/theories? -- well they are what we had handy. You can find your own, if you took the time. Its a level playing field, there is no lack of stories of any kind. See the daily diet for the other kinds we found.

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Re: Positive News from the USA

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby SanjayC » 07 Jun 2014 14:03

President Obama protecting the British Queen's backside.

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby SanjayC » 08 Jun 2014 16:01

There needs to be a thread for positive news from all West, not just US. For example, here is something unique: "Anti-homeless spikes" outside a building in posh London neighborhood spark outrage.

http://rt.com/news/164524-spikes-homele ... n-outrage/

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Imagine if evil high-cast Hindus had done this for low-caste poor.

These spikes seem to be everywhere, even under the flyovers.

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Homelessness rife in UK: Research shows millions are paycheck away from losing home

One-third of UK residents only have enough money to pay rent one month at a time, meaning millions only have a paycheck-sized buffer between themselves and losing their homes. For entire families, the situation is particularly dire.
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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby vishvak » 08 Jun 2014 17:25

This actually shows how humane and civilized people are, somehow. At least the homeless have title of homeless, without going through caste hatred.

The argument may not change anything but at least it makes others look worse. Now let us not talk of fascist people like NaMo because of words like fascist in the same line. That way we can avoid idea of indegenous progress for all in a third world country.

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American Universities Are Such Safe Places of Higher Educati

Postby UlanBatori » 08 Jun 2014 18:39

Clery Act Safety Alert
1. Robbery (note how kind and gentle American robbers are compared to Third-World robbers)
Incident Date/Time: June x, 201x, at approximately 7:25 p.m.
Incident Location: Courtyard between the xxxxx Building and xxx Civil(ized) Engineering Building -near yyyyy Drive, xxxxx Drive
Incident Description: A student reported that as he walked through the courtyard area between the Physics Building and the Mason Building, two suspects approached him from behind, pushed him to the ground and demanded the student's belongings. The suspects fled the area on foot towards the xxx xxxx Building. There were no injuries reported.
Description of Suspects: Suspect One: (color specified) male 16-18 years old, 5'6"-5'8" tall Blond curly hair, Light blue shirt, Unknown color pants. Suspect Two: (color specified) male 16-18 years old, 5'6"-5'8" tall, Short black hair, Yellow shirt, Unknown color pants

Status of Investigation: This incident is being investigated by the xxxx Police Department. Report any information regarding this and other criminal incidents to the xxxx Police Department by calling xxx-xxx-xxxx or by emailing xxxx

See Something, Say Something: Report any information regarding this and other criminal incidents to the xxxxx Police Department (xxPD). In addition, you can help xxxx and the community fight crime. Don’t look the other way or ignore suspicious activity. If you see something that prompts concern, say something and notify xxxx immediately.

Additional Safety Information for (xxx American university)
Walk in well lit areas. To report inoperative exterior campus lighting, visit:http://404.edu/requests/lighting.php. Walk with a friend or in a group. Be alert of your surroundings. Immediately report suspicious activity to the xxxx Police by calling xxx-xxx-xxxx. Program xxPD's number into your cell phone.
For on campus transportation from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., please call xxxx at xxx-xxx-xxxx.
Safety escorts are available through the xxx (university) Police Department by calling xxx-xxx-xxxx.
Opt-in to the xxx xxx system to give xxPD access to vital info in case of an emergency and to allow cellphone users to make an emergency call directly to xxPD.

Clery Act Requirements
Federal law, the Clery Act, requires colleges and universities to report certain crime statistics as well as to make timely notifications about crimes that pose a threat to the community. The purpose of this alert is to help make you aware of crime so that you are able to take appropriate precautions. For more information, please visit www.xxx.xxx.edu

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby UlanBatori » 08 Jun 2014 18:42

American Youth Mobs Are Highly Energetic, Gender-Diverse, Empowered and So Much Kinder Than Third World Mobs

Clery Act Safety Alert
Robbery
Incident Date/Time: June x+1, 2014, at approximately 12:00 a.m.
Incident Location: xxxx between xxx and xxx (all on campus)
Incident Description: A staff member reported that as he walked east on xxxx towards xxx a group of 15-20 possibly juvenile males and females struck him from behind knocking him to the ground. The suspects fled the area on foot in an unknown direction with the victim's belongings. The victim was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Status of Investigation: (c above 4 da rest)

See Something, Say Something (c above 4 da rest)

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby Shreeman » 08 Jun 2014 19:43

The less you know..., the better in some cases.

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby member_22733 » 10 Jun 2014 19:22

US lawgic: 1 in 3 women in US universities have one night stands at one point or the other:

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby vishvak » 12 Jun 2014 01:39

NSA: too complex to stop deleting data link
If the judge agrees, it will be official that Americans can continue. Or something like that. Plus official stamp of complexity on spying system.

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby member_22733 » 13 Jun 2014 01:53

For all those who were bothered with the Bundy clan member shooting up Las Vegas:

How to identify a deranged psychopath carrying a gun from a second amendment loving patriot:

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby kancha » 17 Jun 2014 19:39

Refused Bathroom Trip, Girl Pees on Plane Seat

It all started when the flight attendant said the girl, Summers, couldn't use the restroom while the plane was delayed and sitting on the tarmac in New York last Monday.

Devereaux got up to clean the mess and refused to the flight attendant's order to sit down. At that point, the plane started moving back toward the gate and the pilot announced that a non-compliant passenger was on board who had to be taken to security


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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby Paul » 19 Jun 2014 08:56

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/09/us/wa ... ticle&_r=0

War Gear Flows to Police Departments
By MATT APUZZOJUNE 8, 2014
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A military-style armored personnel carrier, top, that the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Florida bought off a contractor. Credit Jacob Langston
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NEENAH, Wis. — Inside the municipal garage of this small lakefront city, parked next to the hefty orange snowplow, sits an even larger truck, this one painted in desert khaki. Weighing 30 tons and built to withstand land mines, the armored combat vehicle is one of hundreds showing up across the country, in police departments big and small.

The 9-foot-tall armored truck was intended for an overseas battlefield. But as President Obama ushers in the end of what he called America’s “long season of war,” the former tools of combat — M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more — are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice.

During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.

The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units. Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclub in 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of “barbering without a license.”

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Military Equipment for Local Police
As the nation’s wars abroad wind down, many of the military’s surplus tools of combat have ended up in the hands of state and local law enforcement. Totals below are the minimum number of pieces acquired since 2006 in a selection of categories.


MRAPS BY STATE
WA
ME
432
= 1 vehicle
ND
MT
VT
MN
MRAPs
OR.
MA
ID
NY
WI
WY
Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicles
MI
CT
NE
IA
NJ
PA
NV
OH
UT
MD
CA
IL
IN
CO
WV
VA
KS
KY
MO
NC
TN
AR
AZ
OK
NM
SC
GA
AL
LA
TX
FL
HI
435
44,900
533
93,763
180,718
Other armored
vehicles
Night vision
pieces
Aircraft
Machine guns
Magazines
Planes and helicopters
5.56 mm and
7.62 mm rifles
Including cars and trucks
Including sights, binoculars, goggles, lights and accessories
No ammunition
Source: Department of Defense
Correction: An earlier version of this graphic included an incorrect label for an illustration of a magazine. The label should read “Magazines: No ammunition’' — not “Magazine cartridges: Cartridges only, no ammunition.”
When the military’s mine-resistant trucks began arriving in large numbers last year, Neenah and places like it were plunged into the middle of a debate over whether the post-9/11 era had obscured the lines between soldier and police officer.

“It just seems like ramping up a police department for a problem we don’t have,” said Shay Korittnig, a father of two who spoke against getting the armored truck at a recent public meeting in Neenah. “This is not what I was looking for when I moved here, that my children would view their local police officer as an M-16-toting, SWAT-apparel-wearing officer.”

A quiet city of about 25,000 people, Neenah has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average. Neenah has not had a homicide in more than five years.

“Somebody has to be the first person to say ‘Why are we doing this?’ ” said William Pollnow Jr., a Neenah city councilman who opposed getting the new police truck.

Neenah’s police chief, Kevin E. Wilkinson, said he understood the concern. At first, he thought the anti-mine truck was too big. But the department’s old armored car could not withstand high-powered gunfire, he said.

“I don’t like it. I wish it were the way it was when I was a kid,” he said. But he said the possibility of violence, however remote, required taking precautions. “We’re not going to go out there as Officer Friendly with no body armor and just a handgun and say ‘Good enough.’ ”

Congress created the military-transfer program in the early 1990s, when violent crime plagued America’s cities and the police felt outgunned by drug gangs. Today, crime has fallen to its lowest levels in a generation, the wars have wound down, and despite current fears, the number of domestic terrorist attacks has declined sharply from the 1960s and 1970s.

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Police departments, though, are adding more firepower and military gear than ever. Some, especially in larger cities, have used federal grant money to buy armored cars and other tactical gear. And the free surplus program remains a favorite of many police chiefs who say they could otherwise not afford such equipment. Chief Wilkinson said he expects the police to use the new truck rarely, when the department’s SWAT team faces an armed standoff or serves a warrant on someone believed to be dangerous.

Today, Chief Wilkinson said, the police are trained to move in and save lives during a shooting or standoff, in contrast to a generation ago — before the Columbine High School massacre and others that followed it — when they responded by setting up a perimeter and either negotiating with, or waiting out, the suspect.

The number of SWAT teams has skyrocketed since the 1980s, according to studies by Peter B. Kraska, an Eastern Kentucky University professor who has been researching the issue for decades.

The ubiquity of SWAT teams has changed not only the way officers look, but also the way departments view themselves. Recruiting videos feature clips of officers storming into homes with smoke grenades and firing automatic weapons. In Springdale, Ark., a police recruiting video is dominated by SWAT clips, including officers throwing a flash grenade into a house and creeping through a field in camouflage.

In South Carolina, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s website features its SWAT team, dressed in black with guns drawn, flanking an armored vehicle that looks like a tank and has a mounted .50-caliber gun. Capt. Chris Cowan, a department spokesman, said the vehicle “allows the department to stay in step with the criminals who are arming themselves more heavily every day.” He said police officers had taken it to schools and community events, where it was a conversation starter.

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Kevin Wilkinson, the police chief of Neenah, Wis., said having a vehicle built for combat would help protect his officers. Credit Darren Hauck for The New York Times
“All of a sudden, we start relationships with people,” he said.

Not everyone agrees that there is a need for such vehicles. Ronald E. Teachman, the police chief in South Bend, Ind., said he decided not to request a mine-resistant vehicle for his city. "I go to schools,” he said. “But I bring ‘Green Eggs and Ham.’ ”

The Pentagon program does not push equipment onto local departments. The pace of transfers depends on how much unneeded equipment the military has, and how much the police request. Equipment that goes unclaimed typically is destroyed. So police chiefs say their choice is often easy: Ask for free equipment that would otherwise be scrapped, or look for money in their budgets to prepare for an unlikely scenario. Most people understand, police officers say.

"When you explain that you’re preparing for something that may never happen, they get it,” said Capt. Tiger Parsons of the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office in northwest Missouri, which recently received a mine-resistant truck.

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Pentagon data suggest how the police are arming themselves for such worst-case scenarios. Since 2006, the police in six states have received magazines that carry 100 rounds of M-16 ammunition, allowing officers to fire continuously for three times longer than normal. Twenty-two states obtained equipment to detect buried land mines.

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In the Indianapolis suburbs, officers said they needed a mine-resistant vehicle to protect against a possible attack by veterans returning from war.

“You have a lot of people who are coming out of the military that have the ability and knowledge to build I.E.D.’s and to defeat law enforcement techniques,” Sgt. Dan Downing of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department told the local Fox affiliate, referring to improvised explosive devices, or homemade bombs. Sergeant Downing did not return a message seeking comment.

The police in 38 states have received silencers, which soldiers use to muffle gunfire during raids and sniper attacks. Lauren Wild, the sheriff in rural Walsh County, N.D., said he saw no need for silencers. When told he had 40 of them for his county of 11,000 people, Sheriff Wild confirmed it with a colleague and said he would look into it. "I don’t recall approving them,” he said.

Some officials are reconsidering their eagerness to take the gear. Last year, the sheriff’s office in Oxford County, Maine, told county officials that it wanted a mine-resistant vehicle because Maine’s western foothills “face a previously unimaginable threat from terrorist activities.”

County commissioners approved the request, but recently rescinded it at the sheriff’s request. Scott Cole, the county administrator, said some people expressed concerns about the truck, and the police were comfortable that a neighboring community could offer its vehicle in an emergency.

At the Neenah City Council, Mr. Pollnow is pushing for a requirement that the council vote on all equipment transfers. When he asks about the need for military equipment, he said the answer is always the same: It protects police officers.

“Who’s going to be against that? You’re against the police coming home safe at night?” he said. “But you can always present a worst-case scenario. You can use that as a framework to get anything.”

Chief Wilkinson said he was not interested in militarizing Neenah. But officers are shot, even in small towns. If there were an affordable way to protect his people without the new truck, he would do it.

“I hate having our community divided over a law enforcement issue like this. But we are,” he said. “It drives me to my knees in prayer for the safety of this community every day. And it convinced me that this was the right thing for our community.”



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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby Singha » 20 Jun 2014 15:55

some justice however belated and small compared to the years in prison for the 5 men falsely implicated in the central park jogger case
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/20/nyreg ... ml?hp&_r=0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Park_jogger_case
One of the suspects' supporters, Reverend Calvin O. Butts of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, told the New York Times, "The first thing you do in the United States of America when a white woman is raped is round up a bunch of black youths, and I think that's what happened here.

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Re: Positive News from the USA

Postby Singha » 20 Jun 2014 15:59

another epic case from the past

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