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- Kerrian Clofer, 26, was arrested Friday after an 8-year-old was taken to a hospital with burns on her hands and marks on her body
- The child says Clofer held her hands over the open flame of a gas stove because the child ate a snack without permission
- The child also accuses Clofer of handcuffing her to a bed while the woman slept and went to work
A Louisiana woman is facing a cruelty charge for allegedly burning an 8-year-old’s hands because the child ate a snack without permission, police say.
Twenty-six-year-old Kerrian Clofer was charged Friday with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and false imprisonment after authorities were called to a local hospital where the child was being treated for the burns on her hands and marks all over her body, according to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
When detectives arrived at the hospital, the child said Clofer held her hands over the open flame of a gas stove for eating the snack.
Charged: Kerrian Clofer, 26 (photographed), is facing a cruelty charge for allegedly burning an 8-year-old’s hands because the child ate a snack without permission
‘The victim told detectives Clofer would handcuff and tie her to the legs of a bed while Clofer slept and went to work,’ the press release states.
The relationship between Clofer and the child is unclear. Police say the child said she was not allowed to eat for days, and when she was allowed, Clofer fed her noodles with salt and pepper.
She also said Clofer would beat her with a belt and metal hangers.
Fed: Police say the child said she was not allowed to eat for days, and when she was allowed, Clofer fed her noodles with salt and pepper
The child is in the intensive care unit of a Baton Rouge hospital and a judge ruled that the child be placed in state custody upon release.
A judge set Clofer’s bail at $70,000 under the conditions that the woman have no contact with the victim and no other criminal activity.
She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center, according to the news release.
| 20 May 2015 | California will be the origin of America’s first wave of medical police state refugees fleeing medical tyranny if Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB 277 into law. SB 277 is California’s pharma-funded vaccine assault on all parents and children. It would eliminate all personal belief exemptions and force nearly all children in California to be forcibly injected with vaccines that are knowingly manufactured with neurotoxic substances such as mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and MSG. If he signs the law, Gov. Brown will be declaring medical genocide against children whose genetic makeup causes them to have extremely heightened risks to vaccine injury. No child will be safe in California, and the state will cement its position as the first real-life medical police state in America, where risks of a medical civil war skyrocket.
The number one error, engaged in by the majority of people, is failing to be an activist. The world’s going to hell, countless situations can be easily improved, lives can be saved, and most people just sit there and do nothing. Others actively work to make matters worse. So, if you’re working for peace and justice, you’re among the tiny minority that’s pretty much got the big stuff right. If constructive criticism drives you into despair, please stop reading this article right now and just continue what you’re doing with your life. You have my gratitude.
If you’re open to hearing some suggestions, for whatever they may be worth (and yes, of course, this list of errors will exclude those that I am myself guilty and unaware of), read on:
1. ELECTIONISM. We need elections but do not now have them in the United States, not at the federal level. Working for election reforms is one of the most important things anyone can do. But taking time off from activism to focus on elections is the biggest waste of resources we engage in. Election reform will come through creative nonviolent activism, education, organizing, media, disruption, resistance, and protest. It won’t come through elections. Registering voters is not activism. Creating automatic registration, as just done in Oregon, is activism. Please stifle your compulsion to ask me who I’m voting for. You don’t ask me if I want to win the lottery. (I do, but I will not buy a ticket or devote my life to staring at one.)
2. OBAMANISM. As bad as taking a break from activism every election cycle, is thinking and acting like a voter and a campaigner rather than an activist every day of every year, cheerleading for a team of corrupt officials rather than for policies, reforms, and actions that you support. “The nationalist,” said Orwell, “not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.” Nationalism is a huge problem, and its language, which has peace activists using the word “we” in saying “We are bombing Afghanistan,” may contribute to identification with crimes. But the problem of managing not to even hear about them applies to partisanship as well. If a Republican were picking men, women, and children to murder on Tuesdays, you’d see protests.
3. TOKENISM. “Black people are dumb.” “Muslims are violent.” These are understood to be ignorant hate speech. But “Women make better presidents” is not frowned on quite so much, despite its exactly equal idiocy. The problem is not the demographic characteristics of the president. The problem is having a single individual with the powers of a god, in debt to sociopathic billionaires, in a system dominated by militarism and corruption. We won’t change it with a female or gay or Latina corporatist warmonger.
4. STRATEGISM. Winning a first and a second and a third step down a path to peace or justice is not best achieved through the means that many activists think of as “strategic.” If you tell someone that they should halt one war so that the military can be better prepared for other wars, you weaken your argument against the one war, and you provide an argument for future wars. If you oppose the weapons that don’t work, you give legitimacy to the far worse weapons that do work. If you object to a gimmick that boosts weapons spending over a mandated limit by transferring funds from a war budget, you shouldn’t do so in a way that suggests either budget is acceptable at all, or in a way that suggests war spending is preferable to non-war-spending or budget trickery. Pre-compromising doesn’t get you a compromise result; it gets you incoherence and lack of believability. A young woman pointing out to Jeb Bush that his brother (and Hillary and a few hundred others) created ISIS does a lot more to move people against war than do the strategies coming out of DC peace groups. War is counterproductive on its own terms, immoral, illegal, and catastrophic. Its funding should be eliminated. Our job is to demand that. A small reduction is a first step toward our goal.
5. IMPOTENTISM. The most pervasive and powerful propaganda is that of powerlessness. Telling yourself and each other that you are powerless is no different than Judith Miller repeating CIA lies about WMDs. It’s exactly as ridiculous and exactly as damaging. We are not powerless. We quite easily have an impact frequently and could quite easily have a much bigger one. Expecting fairness won’t help. We have to work uphill, but it’s perfectly doable. Being impatient won’t help. We have to keep working however long it takes and however few help out. Self-flagellation won’t help. The money is against you and money is powerful. It’s not your fault you haven’t saved the world, but it might be thanks to you that your grandchildren save it.
6. PAROCHIALISM. We have to form uncomfortably large coalitions, and we really don’t want to. I’m not advocating what I critiqued above as strategism. Don’t sell your soul. Don’t promote destructive ideologies for short-term gain. But don’t be scared of guilt-by-association. Be willing to stand with people on an issue whose views and actions you deeply oppose on other issues.
7. LOCALISM. It’s far more satisfying to find peace in your heart or sustainability in your backyard than to take on the military industrial complex. But if the earth dies, so will you. There are local and hyper-local angles that contribute to the greater cause. Cities and states can change nations. But individual action alone is not enough. Even small group action aimed too near is not enough. If everybody with solar panels on their roofs had put half the money into a movement to create public solar arrays, we’d have them.
8. FREUDISM. In a popular, simplistic notion of nonviolent communication, one never persuades anyone through rational argument. This is a claim, by the way, that comes out of an ideology supposedly dedicated to respecting people and their “needs.” Apparently among those needs is not the need for a good reason to believe something. It would of course be equally simplistic to assert that all one ever needs are facts, or to ignore the age-old wisdom that it is hard to get someone to believe something they are paid not to. But when I tell people that college is free in other countries, their jaws drop, and it’s not 30 seconds before they’re saying it should be that way in the U.S. When I talk to non-self-selected groups about ending war, the majority say at the end that they have been moved toward believing that war can and should be ended. Facts are not enough, but they are one of the main things the corporate media deprives us of, and one of the key components of activism. They do nothing to help us see another’s point of view if we’re unwilling to look. They do nothing to alleviate high levels of fear. But it would be a mistake for us to become inversions of Edward Bernays working to manipulate people in a kinder, gentler manner.
9. FETISHISM. Here’s a little secret. The people who speak the viewpoints that serve big money are not smarter, wittier, pithier, or better at framing a topic. They’re on the air because they speak the viewpoints that serve big money. They may be more eloquent than you. They may be less so. But trying to think and sound like them in general is a quite risky proposition and completely unnecessary. There is nothing we need more than better media and better use of existing media by its readers, listeners, and viewers. There is no smarter place to invest as activists. But what we lack is not spokespeople. What we lack is microphones.
10. PINKERISM. “But haven’t you heard? War is going away on its own? I heard it from someone who read a review of a book by Steven Pinker.” War is not going to go away on its own. It is not even going away with our help. But it could go away if we really get our act together.
‘The CDC has been shunning the correlations between thimerosal and neurological disorders for a very long time. Although the FDA gave a two year deadline to remove the mercury based preservative from vaccines after the neurotoxin was banned in 1999, it still remains to this day in 60 percent of flu vaccines. A vaccine industry watchdog has now obtained CDC documents that show statistically significant risks of autism associated with the vaccine preservative, something the CDC denies even when confronted with their own data.’
‘The Israeli regime has further toughened its approach toward immigration, pressing African refugees to go back home or face indefinite imprisonment.
A report by The Washington Post on Thursday said Israeli officials were sending letters to the first group of some 45,000 Eritrean and Sudanese refugees, ordering them to leave Israel within 30 days for their home or an unnamed third country in Africa or choose indefinite incarceration at prison.
The Israeli regime’s strict policy includes building a fence along the Egyptian border, denying illegal migrants work permits and holding them in a detention center in the desert.’
‘A 17-year-old teenager was remanded in custody on Monday after facing a children’s court in Melbourne on unspecified charges of “engaging in an act in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act” and “possessing things connected with a terrorist act.”
For the second time in two weeks, alarming police claims and media reports about teenagers planning imminent terrorist attacks—first on April 25 (the “Anzac Day plot”) and then May 10 (the “Mother’s Day plot”)—have proven to be dubious.’
People who turn in their drugs to the Gloucester Police Department and ask for help won’t be arrested, they’ll be rehabilitated.
Additionally, the department will start using money seized from drug dealers to provide addicts’ families and pharmacies with Narcan free of charge. The life-saving drug, if administered at the scene, can reverse an overdose.
Chief Leonard Campanello announced over the weekend that any “addict” who walks into their department with drugs and paraphernalia will not be criminally charged.Matters-MN-charity-food-boxes-FB
“We will assign them an ‘angel’ who will be their guide through the process. Not in hours or days, but on the spot,” Campanello told Massachusetts Live. “I’ve never arrested a tobacco addict, nor have I ever seen one turned down for help when they develop lung cancer, whether or not they have insurance. The reasons for the difference in care between a tobacco addict and an opiate addict is stigma and money. Petty reasons to lose a life.”
- Xavier Arnold, 21, was killed while out with girlfriend Xenia Aims in 2013
- His mother Nichole Villafane has described the last time they were together
- Zion Wainwright, now 15, and Qutravius Palmer, 24, are on trial for murder
- Pair are accused of killing Arnold during an attempted robbery in Atlanta
Shot dead: Xavier Arnold, 21, was killed in Atlanta during an attempted robbery in 2013 while taking photographs with his partner Xenia Aims
The heartbroken mother of an Army reservist allegedly shot in the head by a 14-year-old has described her final moments with her son.
Xavier Arnold, 21, was killed in Atlanta during an attempted robbery in 2013 while taking photographs with his partner Xenia Aims.
Speaking in court, his mother Nichole Villafane said the day before he died ‘he came over and kissed me on my cheek, and he told me “I love you” and that was the last thing I heard from my son’.
Villafane, who works for the district attorney’s office, had to identify Arnold’s belongings found at the scene where he was killed, on a bike trail in Kirkwood.
Zion Wainwright, now 15, and Qutravius Palmer, 24, have been charged with murder, felony murder and aggravated assault for the shooting.
Prosecutors said Wainwright was 14 when he and Palmer attempted to rob Arnold, his girlfriend Xenia Aims and their friend Ibrahim Sanusi, reports WSB – TV.
Aims also spoke in court yesterday, describing her agonizing final moments with her partner.
She said: ‘It was just chaotic. It was chaos.’
Aims says Arnold tried to fight back and claims Wainwright shot Sanusi in the leg and before pointing the gun at her boyfriend.
She said Wainwright then shot Arnold in the head before running away – with Palmer right behind him.
Wainwright claims he was just doing what Palmer told him to do – while the older defendant says he had nothing to do with the crime.
Devastated: Arnold’s mother, Nichole Villafane, who works for the district attorney’s office, has also testified in court, describing the last time she her son
Heartbroken: Girlfriend Xenia Aims (left) also spoke in court yesterday, describing her agonizing final moments with her partner Xavier Arnold (right)
In her testimony, Aims said Sanusi, who drowned last year, gave a version of events which supported Palmer’s claim
She said: ‘(Sanusi) said “I remember him yelling shoot him, shoot him”.’
Aims previously said she and Arnold, known as X, were taking ‘artsy photographs’ of the graffiti in the area when they were approached by two men.
She described one as a ‘strange man’ in his early twenties, while the other was about 5ft 4in and ‘no older than 17′.
She added: ‘They pull out a gun, held it at X, and the other guy went behind him and started robbing him.’
Accused: Prosecutors say Zion Wainwright (pictured) was just 14 when he murdered the Army reservist
On trial: Zion Wainwright, 15, and Qutravius Palmer (pictured), 24, have been charged with murder, felony murder and aggravated assault for the shooting
The CORRECTIONS OFFICERS charged with burglarizing and looting from convenience store during Baltimore riots
Posted in criminal justice system, government, law, tagged BALTIMORE, Baltimore City jail, convenience store, correction officers, Freddie Gray, Maryland, Tamika Cobb on May 14, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
- Tamika Cobb and Kendra Richard work as Baltimore correctional officers
- They were allegedly filmed looting from 7-Eleven store during April’s riots
- Now, they have been charged with theft and burglary over video footage
- They have also been suspended from their jobs without pay, police said
- 7-Eleven was among several stores damaged and looted during the riots
- Thousands of people took to streets to protest over Freddie Gray’s death
- Cobb and Richard remain in custody; bail has been set at $35,000 each
They are responsible for the supervision of suspected and convicted criminals.
But these two correctional officers in Baltimore, Maryland, have been charged with theft and burglary.
Tamika Cobb and Kendra Richard, who work at Baltimore City jail, were allegedly captured on video looting from a convenience store during last month’s riots over the death of resident Freddie Gray.
On Wednesday, they were both suspended from their jobs without pay, according to a statement released online by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS).
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Charged: Tamika Cobb (pictured), who works, at Baltimore City jail, was allegedly captured on video looting from a convenience store during last month’s riots in Baltimore over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray
Beaming: On Wednesday, Cobb and her colleague, Kendra Richard (pictured), were charged with theft and burglary in relation to the alleged looting. They have both been suspended from their jobs without pay.
Posted in economics, law, politics, tagged campaign money, Congressman Hank Johnson, Cynthia McKinney, Hank Johnson, Johnson's campaign, Mereda Davis Johnson, Rep. Johnson on May 14, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
DECATUR, Ga. — More than $70,000 in campaign money has gone from Congressman Hank Johnson’s campaign into the pocket of the congressman’s wife, Mereda Davis Johnson. Rep. Johnson says his wife has earned every penny.
Democrat Hank Johnson was first elected to Congress following a memorable primary runoff in 2006 over the fiery incumbent Cynthia McKinney. Two years later, Rep. Johnson put his wife Mereda on the campaign payroll– even though Johnson was the only congressman in the state to run for re-election with no ballot opposition. Federal election records show Johnson’s campaign paid Mereda Davis Johnson $8250 in 2006. Mrs. Johnson has remained a presence on the payroll ever since.
“She kind of acts like a quarterback. A lot of people ordinarily just pick up the phone and call her,” Johnson said in an interview with 11Alive News. “I think anybody who deals with me knows that Mareda is intimately involved in every aspect of what I do.”
Congressional campaigns are financed with voluntary donations. No tax money is involved.
TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=14714
Timothy McVeigh. We’ve been told so much about him, the Oklahoma City bombing, and what it meant for America. But what if it’s all a lie? Join us today for this special Corbett Report podcastumentary as we examine the multiple trucks, multiple bombs, government informants, faked executions and other pieces of information suggesting that McVeigh was not a “lone wolf bomber” at all but a sheepdipped special forces operative working for the government, exactly as he claimed.
Posted in criminal justice system, economics, government, history, law, media, military, politics, tagged America, Brandon Smith, china, economic collapse, Elites, Max Boot, Wall Street on May 13, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
The elites have been at war with America all my life. I can remember in high school reading a Foundation study saying we needed to cut world population to a billion or so people. There have been hundreds of studies since which also concluded billions of people like you and me should stop breathing.I think I am justified to conclude that anyone who wants to kill 6 billion people has declared war against us.
I have decided to write this essay based on an article by Brandon Smith which appeared at Zero Hedge. It included a talk given by Max Boot on insurgencies. It seems the rich and powerful are worried that the 5 or 6 billion who are supposed to die to benefit the Uber Rich might object to decisions made concerning their early demise.
Smith specifically mentioned the US Army exercise Jade Helm which is using resources from the FBI and the DEA. This is clearly not an exercise designed to train US troops for battle in Iraq or Iran. He thinks the billionaires are preparing to defend their position because they know we are near an economic collapse.
I have said that the Mossad has put forward two publicity campaigns to explain to American Christians that an economic collapse in September of 2015 and even a war were the Will of God and not caused either by the gross criminality of Bankers or by Israeli Warhawks.
China has decided to apply to the IMF to add the yuan to the SDR basket of currencies. America depends on its ability to print the world’s reserve currency to feed itself. Wall Street has stolen everything so when we lose our reserve currency status 80% of Americans will be reduced to abject poverty. That is unless we reform the system.
There is so much corruption in our government that Bankers have been allowed to steal money by the tens of trillions of dollars and yet not one man from Wall Street has seen the inside of a jail. But then the Chinese are doing the same. The wealthy of China created nearly a trillion a year in false invoices to get money out of the country. They do have $4 trillion in British banks in the Caribbean. Asia Times magazine says the Banks launder at least $200 billion a year in bribes for Chinese officials.
My previous essay explored that relationship between the elite in America and China. I concluded that a threatened Thermonuclear involving the US, China and Russia could be used to keep the exploited citizens of those nations in line after their economies collapse more devastatingly than during the Great Depression.
Max Boot is an adviser to the Defense Department on insurgencies. His advice is well heeded by the elite. They need to control the flow of information to prevent Americans from resisting. Boot thinks American won the Revolutionary war because British public opinion turned against the war and its costs. Americans did make more money than did British workmen. But he thinks that the British could have won if they had waged war like the Romans did against Spartacus. Crucify a few thousand rebels. Only a minority of the colonials supported the revolt anyway.
Max Boot does not understand America. He was born in Moscow. He was raised in Los Angeles in a Jewish family and attended America’s best universities. But he actually thinks crucifying Americans could work. American Christians would seriously object to crucifixion. If he tried that today, he would not be able to count the number of bullets in the bodies of the men who followed his orders. American cops fired 137 bullets into the bodies of one unarmed couple in a car.
Boot thinks torturing resistance leaders is fine as long as the general public does not get wind of it. He likes the British Malay model. Put the people in concentration camps and cut off their contact with the rebels.
He can monitor us 24/7 with NSA snooping. But that is only good in the initial stages. It intimidates the timid. It also identifies the opposition. The government knows who does not like them. During the Bush administration, they compiled a list of 8 million people to be ‘Disappeared’ in case of national emergency. There are by now probably many more than that on their ‘To Be Disappeared List’. The problem is that Wall Street’s Minions in DC cannot go into full combat mode against 8 to 10 million people. If they want to ‘Disappear’ 10 million Americans, 20 or 30 million will think they are coming for them because there is no way to know you are not on the ‘Kill list.’ Millions of Americans will grab their guns and shoot the men seeking to do them harm. On Day 2 they will seek vengeance against those who gave the orders. The Resistance will probably cut all electricity going into Washington DC before Day 3 is over. It will not be a pretty sight.
Boot said they should use Special Forces to target specific men in the armed rebellion as the British did in Malay in the 1950s. The US has 25,000 Special Ops soldier. One problem is that even if he can get 50,000 soldiers to go out and grab 10,000 Americans a day, how many days would it take to grab 10 million people? And how many men would come back alive after Day One and then Day Two and Three.
Another problem is that Boot currently has no armed rebellion so what will he do? He could blow something up like the Israelis and the US government did on 911 at the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon. But people are already having trouble believing the lies they are told.
Boot also said the British succeeded by making promises of independence and reform to the people of Malay. That definitely can’t happen here. The Bankers control the government and stole money from us by the tens of trillions. They will not voluntarily go to jail and surrender the tens of trillions of dollars they stole from us. Nor will they surrender the right to charge us interest on the money they created out of nothing. And they cannot stop their attacks against the Bill of Rights.
Max Boot, Wall Street and Israel can never offer reform.