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Things Not Looking Good for DC!

Last night less than an inch of snow paralyzed the Washington DC Metro area…

Now DC not really being a Northern City, my rule is to stay home (if possible) through the early parts of the first 2 snows, while Darwin eliminates a) the folks who have never driven on snow, and b) the morons in mega SUVs who haven’t learned yet that 4 wheel drive won’t stop you on ice – by allowing such folks to either crash into each other, innocent victims, or inanimate immovable objects. With such self-eliminated from those trying to get from place a to b – the roads become much safer. Don’t even think about going to the grocery store as ever ounce of milk and bread will be bought as folks stock up for 6 months even for a 3″ snowfall.

Inch of Snow Grinds D.C. to a Halt

After just an inch of snow Wednesday night, Washington, D.C., traffic was plunged into traffic chaos by a small storm system. Wednesday’s untreated roads led to icy conditions, with more than 100 area accidents and drivers at a standstill for nine hours. Even President Obama’s motorcade slid on the roads, making his evening commute stretch to nearly 90 minutes. A second, far larger storm may drop up to two feet of snow in the coming days, forecasters say.

Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted Thursday: “Last night the District failed to deploy the necessary resources in response to the snow – for that I am sorry.”

Seeing as how Meteorologists are forecasting a full-on Blizzard this weekend, ranging from 24″-36″ of snow…

This is not encouraging. Parts of the Bus System was even out this AM – and the Subway will be out for a day or two as they clean the ice off the above ground track should the snow be as bad as expected.

After “Snowpocalypse” of 2010 when 2 separate storms each dumped 15-18 inches a day apart, and I was without electricity, heat, or water for 5 days – BTx3 bought a “Snow Emergency” kit, including Generator, gas camping stove, water storage, Indoor propane heater, and propane camping lights. Being an outdoor sportsman, I also have the sort of clothing suitable to subzero temps and camping equipment. The Generator is only short term use, as it is a portable and is loud as heck. It can run the microwave and toaster oven – but not the refrigerator.  I also have a Computer UPS system – although when the power goes out – usually the Internet dies as well.

Bunker Up!

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2016 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Things That Make You go Hmmmmmm…

Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLAsays one of its news cars was broken into while the crew was at a press conference where DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and police chief Cathy Lanier were talking about a Task Force designed to fight robberies.

According to ABC7 News reporter Stephen Tschida, thieves tore through the news vehicle Wednesday morning and a culprit smashed a window out of the car and stole a cache of equipment.

Tschida said the crime happened within view of where the mayor and chief were speaking, approximately 100 feet away.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2016 in Nawwwwww!

 

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Shia Muslims Hold Anti-Terrorism Rally in DC

Expressions of peace…

Shia Muslims hold antiterrorism rally in Washington

Hundreds of Shia Muslims turned a major annual spiritual ritual into an antiterrorism rally Sunday, marching, singing and praying for hours from trendy Dupont Circle to the White House as tourists and brunch-goers rubbernecked.

Connecticut Avenue was a sea of black as Shia mostly from the D.C. region waved banners with the name of their spiritual forefather, Imam Husain, and pounded their chests with their fists simultaneously as an expression of mourning. His martyrdom 1,400 years ago is a major part of Shia narrative and a defining event in the break between Shia and Sunni Muslims, and is marked annually. A few days ago, more than 22 million Shia and others visited the Iraqi city of Karbala in a pilgrimage to the place where Husain died.

But this year the event twinned as a peace march. Muslims — including head-covered women, young children and hipsters with man buns on hoverboards — held signs condemning terrorism and ISIS and handed out hot chocolate and doughnuts in an effort to open conversations with passersby.

Some American Muslim groups and prominent U.S. Muslims have been making extra public efforts since the recent terrorism-related killings in San Bernardino, Calif., to speak against the Islamic State terrorist group and radical Islam.

“What’s happening now is we feel even more compelled to come out of our homes,” said Zehra Raza, 27, an electrical engineer from Alexandria, Va., who was there with her husband.

The crowd was smaller than in past years, she and others said, because many Muslims were afraid of being harassed or targeted with violence. Such incidents have been on the rise. Many police officers were on hand, and no obvious protests. When the crowd arrived at Lafayette Park across from the White House, tourists pulled out their cellphones. One group from Poland attempted in broken English to explain to a pair from Colombia what was going on.

“Some [Muslims] were afraid but I think this is the perfect time to come out and stand with people who are oppressed. ISIS is the same as what Husain was fighting 1,400 years ago,” Raza said.

ISIS has persecuted Shia – among other religious minorities – in Syria and Iraq, called them infidels and killed them.

As Raza spoke, and offered strangers Krispy Kreme doughnuts, a stranger from outside the group approached her to offer support. The woman hugged her. “God bless. Or whomever bless – the universe bless,” the woman said as she walked away.

Many of the signs echoed the views of marchers – that Shia are victims of ISIS, and in particular of the Wahhabi branch of Islam that dominates Saudi Arabia. The front row of the marchers was a phalanx of young boys holding posterboards with words such as “Americans unite against Wahhabi terrorism,” “Muslims against ISIS” and “American Shia Muslims stand with the victims of San Bernardino.”

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2015 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Twerking Attack at DC Gas Station – Women Attack Man

This one is indeed strange…I think the guy was right to be suspicious about what was going on.

Victim of twerking attack at DC gas station speaks out

Two women are accused of sexually abusing a man inside a gas station, and police say they have made one arrest. Surveillance video captured the women “twerking” and touching the man— and that victim is now speaking out to FOX 5.

The man, who has asked not to be identified, said he was getting gas at the Shell station in the 1700 block of New York Avenue NE on October 7 around 4 p.m. when he was attacked. The video shows the women coming over to the man, and then they are seen twerking and groping him. The man said the suspects also flashed him while he pumped gas and followed him as he called police.

“You don’t know who these people are. I was afraid of my safety. Like I said, I thought they were either transvestites, or women, or men dressed like women,” the victim said.

According to the victim, he asked the cashier for help, and the man behind the counter told him, “What do you want me to do?”

The victim said there were men outside of the gas station who he believed to be pimps, and he was concerned about what would happen to him if he acted in self-defense.

“And then, when I had the idea that they were women, I thought they would have a pimp who was pushing them to be prostitutes who could have been outside with one of the gentlemen that were out there watching and witnessing, could have been with guns to come and shoot me. I did not want to be shot that day,” the victim said.

The victim said he is a teacher and does not want to show his face because of the backlash he has received on social media for filing a complaint.

Police arrested 22-year-old Ayanna Marie Knight of Las Vegas on Tuesday. She is facing a third-degree sex abuse charge. The other suspect has not been caught.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Great American Rip-Off

 

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Black College Students Harassed and Arrested in DC -For Being Too Close to ATM

This one started by a call from some white folks that 3 black students were making them nervous…The kid being mauled is Jason Goolsby, a Howard University Freshman, who looks like he weighs in at about 120 lbs wet. No charges were made, and Goolsby was released.

DC Metro police are alleging the suspects ran, but no arrests were made for evasion. Their report reads, “The individual resisted, and was handcuffed while resisting after he refused to stop,” and “The person making the video was interfering with police, and was also detained while the incident was investigated.” The report concludes, “Neither individual was arrested.” Police also told local media that they offered medical attention, but that the suspect refused it and fled after being detained.

In the video, two cops assault 18-year-old Jason Goolsby as he lies on the ground writhing in pain screaming “I’m not resisting!” In the background, his friend is heard screaming, “He didn’t do nothing!”

Banking while black: College students handcuffed after ‘uncomfortable’ white customers complain

A black man identified by his Twitter name @darealbighomiee claims he and his companion were assaulted and handcuffed by District of Columbia police officers because a white couple said they made them feel “uncomfortable.”

According to WJLA, the man and his friend — both identified as Howard University students — were hanging out near a bank ATM when they were approached by police officers who were responding to a call stating a “suspicious person” had been spotted and might be trying to rob people.

According the Metro Police report, three individuals were approached and one fled, leading to a chase.

“The individual resisted, and was handcuffed while resisting after he refused to stop,” the report stated. “The person making the video was interfering with police, and was also detained while the incident was investigated.’

The report concludes, “Neither individual was arrested.”

In the video, two cops can be seen wrestling with 18-year-old Jason Goolsby on the ground, pulling his arms behind his back as he screams, telling him to stop resisting.

Goolsby’s companion, who was filming the incident, can be heard repeatedly telling the police, “He didn’t do nothing.”

After one officer screams at him to back up, a third officer shows up and threatens the cameraman with arrest before a scuffle breaks out and the video stops.

In a later tweet linked to the video, @darealbighomiee wrote: “We were approached because a white couple felt uncomfortable around me and my friend in the bank, this is how the police responded …”

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Louis Farrakhan – Republicans are “Whores”

20th Anniversary of the Million Man March. Nowhere near as big a crowd but the Rev spooled up and got it going. And, disappointingly….Takes a shot at Jewish people.

Nation of Islam leader compares GOP presidential field to ‘whore’ prostituting for money at ‘Justice or Else’ rally in D.C.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan Saturday compared the Republican presidential field to a “whore” who was prostituting herself for money.

At his “Justice or Else” rally, organized in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, the controversial speaker also called America “hypocritical” for challenging human rights issues abroad, and said Jews “have no forgiveness in them.”

But Farrakhan saved his sharpest barbs for Republicans seeking the White House.

“They are like the pretty girl showing her wares for someone to buy her,” Farrakhan said in a speech on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

“Who wants to be a whore? You think people who put their money behind you don’t expect something from you?”

Farrakhan, 82, addressed the “Black Lives Matter” movement that grew from the deaths of unarmed men and women at the hands of police, and said communities victimized by police brutality had had enough.

“This thing has reached the point of explosion,” Farrakhan said. “Even people of color at high places can’t take it no more. It’s like a volcanic explosion that’s coming now.”

Farrakhan chided blacks for being too tolerant and too forgiving of their abusers.

“Find me a Jew who forgives Hitler,” Farrakhan said. “And they say they’re the children of God, and they don’t have no forgiveness in them.”

Thousands of sign-waving, banner-carrying, bus-riding demonstrators, many of whom rallied 20 years before, came from every corner of the country to reunite and launch new initiatives.

“We just want to be treated equally,” Edna Nixon, 36, a psychology student from East New York, said as she rode a bus from Brooklyn to Washington, D.C.

Nixon said she participated in recent “Black Lives Matter” protests, and said she came to Washington D.C. to demand justice.

“Being from East New York, all we do is fight for justice,” Nixon said. “It’s not about me, it’s about us. We’re all in this together.”

William Fleming Jr., 61, said he was at the 1964 March on Washington and the 1995 Million Man March.

“We’ve come a long way,” Fleming said. “I’ve seen a lot of change. From Martin Luther King’s dream to now. We have Obama as President. Growth has come a long way from the struggles that our leaders died fighting for.”

June Busacco, 52, a Brooklyn resident, said the activism must continue after the rally.

“I’m going to show my photos to the guys who hang out on the corner,” Busacco said. “If you can reach 10 people and those 10 reach another 10, then we’ve changed something. You have to pass that torch along to the young ones. Take that change and move forward.”

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, Giant Negros

 

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It’s Not About Heritage

Heritage or Hate? I think the hate part comes through pretty clearly.

Here’s What It’s Like Inside A Pro-Confederate Flag Rally

More than 1,300 people were expected to attend a “Southern Heritage” rally in support of the Confederate flag on Saturday in front of the U.S. Capitol. Fewer than 50 showed up.

In the wake of this summer’s horrific murders of nine black churchgoers — committed by a manwho admired the Confederate flag — universities and state governments have faced heated calls to remove the flag from their public spaces. In response, many have taken down the symbols, prompting fierce backlash including pro-flag rallies in Alabama, Georgia, and now Washington, D.C.

In interviews with ThinkProgress, members of the small crowd said they wanted the U.S. government to hear their messages: preserve Confederate symbols, and squash the Black Lives Matter movement.

“This Black Lives Matter bull is racism that the government don’t see. It’s white genocide propaganda. They’re pushing folks to shoot cops and white people,” said Ron Feathers from Elliston, Virginia. Behind him, the crowd waved flags, let out “rebel yells,” and showed off their Confederate tattoos and belt buckles.

Looking across the park at a cluster of anti-Confederate protesters — who far outnumbered his own group — Feathers added: “If Robert E. Lee was alive today, this shit wouldn’t be going on. That’s when we had a true American in office.”  { Interesting, because Robert E. Lee never served political office to my knowledge}

Feathers, a self-identified Democrat who believes President Obama is planning to declare martial law and “rule the whole world,” said he’s been organizing “flag rollings” across Virginia — where people drive together with Confederate symbols on their cars — to push back against those he feels are “taking [his] history away.”

Unprompted, Feathers offered his thoughts about why “colored people in general” have a “ghetto lifestyle.”

“It’s because their daddies ain’t in the picture. All these kids are latchkey kids. They’re not being taught the right way. And they only do things in groups. They’ve got so much hatred.”

When DC artist and activist Sima Lee — who is black and indigenous — approached Feathers and yelled at him to get the Confederate flag out of her city, he repeatedly called her “babe” and told her, “Go back to that side where you belong.”

Though Feathers and other pro-Confederate demonstrators repeatedly prefaced their remarks by telling ThinkProgress they are not racist, several expressed anger at the Black Lives Matter protesters across the park.

“I am restraining myself because I am a southern belle,” said Ginny Meerman, a beauty pageant consultant and former “Mrs. Maryland” winner who sported a Confederate flag tattoo across her upper back. “But bless their little hearts if I got them in a quiet alley somewhere.”

When a group of several dozen local D.C. activists across the park began chanting “black lives matter,” she assured the group: “We are above them. We are so far above them they will never, ever be on the same plane that we are.”

“We are the Confederacy,” Meerman called out. “Look at the person standing to your left and right. That is the Confederacy. We are it.”

On the other side of the Capitol Hill park, dozens of local activists banged drums, held aloft homemade signs denouncing the Confederate flag, and spilled out into the street, blocking traffic.

Casey Udley, who grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and now lives in Northern Virginia, told ThinkProgress she came out to demonstrate because she wanted to show that “there is another way to be white and southern.”

“I brought my sweet tea and my signs and I’m here to say that hate may be our heritage, but it doesn’t have to be our legacy,” she said. “It’s important for white people to stand up to other white people and teach what it means to be anti-racist.”

The anti-Confederate demonstrators told ThinkProgress that those waving the Confederate flag were perpetuating racism whether that was their intention or not.

“I feel scared when I see it — genuinely afraid. I wonder what the person holding it thinks of me,” said Winter Brooks, an African-American student at American University. “It’s a symbol of hate, of pro-slavery, anti-blackness, anti-minorities. It’s frightening.”

Though a line of Capitol Police and several hundred feet separated the two protests, at least one protester on the pro-Confederate side expressed fear that something dangerous might happen if the two crowds collided. Jason Berry, a Civil War reenactor from Detroit, said he had wanted to bring his mixed-race 12-year-old child to the event, but decided against it.

“They’re the most racist group there is,” he said, referring to Black Lives Matter.

 

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, Domestic terrorism, The New Jim Crow

 

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