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Cops Invade Neighborhood Party…Fun Ensues

Courtesy and a bit of humanity go a lot further in policing the community than “tough guy” approaches. Now that isn’t always possible – but when it happens, it does a lot to build trust and respect.

I know I paste a fair amount about bad cops – but there are a lot of good guys out there too.

North Carolina Cops Respond To Party Complaint, Ride A Giant Waterslide Instead

These officers didn’t break up the party. They joined it.

It’s never any fun when police officers show up to your Fourth of July party. That is, unless giant waterslides are involved.

Officers Carrie Lee and Joe Jones of Asheville, North Carolina, took a ride down a homemade slip-and-slide on Sunday after responding to complaints that the slide was blocking the road, according to the Charlotte Observer.

The officers reported to the block party to assess the danger, but once they determined there was no problem, they decided to join in on the fun.

“The first thing I said [was], ‘I’m not here to come break up your fun,’” Lee said she told partygoers, according to a video tweeted by the Asheville Police Department.

That’s when Lee made the call to ride down the slide, which was built on a hill in the neighborhood. According to the officers, Lee put on a trash bag and scooted herself down the water slide.

“When the female officer asked for a garbage bag, we almost didn’t believe it. But she took off her radio and went for it!” Katlen Joyce Smith, a resident who was at the party, told ABC News. “They told us to have a great day, posed for some pictures and thanked us for the fun!”

Knowing he couldn’t fit in a trash bag as easily as Lee could, Jones thought their mission was complete. Then the neighborhood kids brought out a large inflatable raft.

“I’m too big to fit in a trash bag so I was like, ‘I’m getting out of it,’” Jones explained. “But then the kids pulled out this big raft, and so I had no choice.”

Jones took his place in the raft along with a neighborhood kid and, with more weight, the two slid easily down the hill and landed in a small pool.

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Posted by on July 7, 2017 in BlackLivesMatter, The Post-Racial Life

 

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Why the Evil Cabal of Rethugs Have to Go – NC Senate Cuts Funding to Democrat District Schools

Rethughy Majority in North Carolina goes after the children in Democrat Districts…

 

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Supreme Court Rejects North Carolina Discriminatory Voting Law

0 for 4, it looks that NC Racist Republican led Legislature is out of luck… again.

Up Next is the North Carolina Racist Republican Gerrymandering of districts.

Likely up by this fall is the legality of stripping Education Funding from Democrat and minority districts.

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Supreme Court won’t review decision that found N.C. voting law discriminates against African Americans

The Supreme Court will not consider reinstating North Carolina’s 2013 voting law that a lower court ruled discriminated against African American voters, the justices said Monday.

A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit had found in 2016 that North Carolina legislators had acted “with almost surgical precision” to blunt the influence of African American voters.

Although Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. took pains to note that the court’s decision did not reach the merits of the case, Democrats, civil rights groups and minority groups celebrated the demise of the law. It was one of numerous voting-rights changes passed by Republican-led legislatures in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision striking down a key section of the Voting Rights Act that effectively removed federal oversight of states with a history of discrimination.

“This is a huge victory for voters and a massive blow to Republicans trying to restrict access to the ballot, especially in communities of color,” said Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.

The appeals court did not allow the law to be used in the 2016 election, and voters replaced Republican governor Pat McCrory with Democrat Roy Cooper.

Cooper and the state’s new Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein told the Supreme Court they did not want to appeal the lower court’s decision that the law violated the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.

“We need to be making it easier to vote, not harder — and the court found this law sought to discriminate against African-American voters with ‘surgical precision,’ ” Cooper said in a statement after the Supreme Court acted. “I will continue to work to protect the right of every legal, registered North Carolinian to participate in our democratic process.

As is its custom, the justices did not give a reason for declining to review the lower court’s decision. But in an accompanying statement, Roberts noted the particular circumstances of the appeal, in which the Republican legislative leadership attempted to continue the appeal and the Democratic governor and attorney general sought to abandon it.

“Given the blizzard of filings over who is and who is not authorized to seek review in this court under North Carolina law, it is important to recall our frequent admonition that ‘the denial of a writ of certiorari imports no expression of opinion upon the merits of the case,’” Roberts wrote.

Last summer Roberts and the court’s other conservatives — Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. — said they would have allowed the law to be used in the 2016 elections while the appeals continued.

But they were unable to find a necessary fifth vote from one of the court’s four liberals.

The battle against the law, considered one of the nation’s most far-reaching, consumed years of litigation by the Obama administration and a wide coalition of civil rights organizations.

“An ugly chapter in voter suppression is finally closing,” said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.

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“Today we experience a victory for justice that is unimaginably important for African Americans, Latinos, all North Carolinians, and the nation” said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP, the lead organizational plaintiff in the case.

North Carolina legislative leaders did not immediately respond to a request for comment about what the next step may be.

The Supreme Court will soon rule on a case about whether the state’s congressional districts were racially gerrymandered, as a lower court found. And federal judges have also said the state must redraw state legislative districts for the same reason. That decision is being appealed.

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In the voting rights case, a unanimous panel of the 4th Circuit on July 29 agreed with allegations from the Justice Department and civil rights groups that North Carolina’s bill selectively chose voter-ID requirements, reduced the number of early-voting days and changed registration procedures in ways meant to harm African Americans, who overwhelmingly vote for the Democratic Party.

“The new provisions target African Americans with almost surgical precision” and “impose cures for problems that did not exist,” Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote for the panel. “Thus the asserted justifications cannot and do not conceal the state’s true motivation.”

 

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Even Republicans Are Tired of North Carolina Legislature Fascism

There come a time in everyone’s life when you see something, and recognize “This ain’t right”…

And respond to it.

It may be something as small as standing up for someone, or some idea being unfairly treated.

Sometimes its a big thing, putting your person in physical or legal danger.

The difference between American Patriots and the white-wing scum who have taken over the Republican Party is simply this…

Patriots believe in putting the values andd laws of our country over their Party.

Republican North Carolina judge resigns — and slams the GOP on the way out

In a dramatic response to a power-grab by Republicans in the North Carolina legislature, a Republican judge resigned today to circumvent efforts to strip power from the Democratic governor.

The Charlotte Observer reports that following today’s surprise resignation by Republican Judge J. Douglas McCullough, Democrat John Arrowood was sworn in. Judge McCullough worked as a staffer for Senator Harrison Schmitt (R-NM) before being appointed by President Ronald Reagan as United States Attorney in the eastern district of North Carolina.

Since Democrat Roy Cooper was elected Governor of North Carolina last fall, the Republican Legislature has gone to great lengths to strip his office of power. Yet with a three-sentence resignation letter this morning, Judge McCullough has proven that not all Republicans are willing to go along with shenanigans by legislative Republicans.

North Carolina has a mandatory retirement age for judges. To prevent the Democratic Party governor from appointing replacements for Court of Appeals judges nearing forced retirement, the Republican Legislature passed a bill to shrink the size of the court from 15 to 12 judges — thereby denying the Democrat of three scheduled appointments.

The legislation was vetoed on Friday, but a successful veto override was expected later tonight.

However, before the legislature could vote to override Governor Cooper’s veto of House Bill 239, Judge McCullough resigned 36 days prior to his forced retirement. This allowed the appointment of Judge Arrowood at 9:45 a.m. this morning.

“I did not want my legacy to be the elimination of a seat and the impairment of a court that I have served on,” Judge McCullough explained.

Newly sworn-in Judge John Arrowood is the first openly gay member of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

 

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Who’ll Take the Governor With The Skinny Legs?

Ex- North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory of HB2 infamy is having a hard time finding a new job…

Pat McCrory, who signed North Carolina’s HB2 bill, can’t find work because people think he’s a “bigot”

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“It’s almost as if I broke a law,” former N.C. Governor Pat McCrory says

Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican best known for his controversial bill banning transgender people from using the bathrooms that match their gender identity, is now complaining that the association with anti-transgender prejudice is hurting his post-gubernatorial career.

“People are reluctant to hire me, because, ‘oh my gosh, he’s a bigot’ – which is the last thing I am,” McCrory complained on a podcast for an Asheville-based evangelical Christian website known as WORLD on Friday, according to the Raleigh News and Observer.

During a previous interview he told WORLD that “if you disagree with the politically correct thought police on this new definition of gender, you’re a bigot, you’re the worst of evil. It’s almost as if I broke a law.”

McCrory also told the Raleigh News and Observer on Monday that “I’ve currently accepted several opportunities in business to do work that I’d done prior to becoming governor in consulting and advisory board positions, and I’ve also been exploring other opportunities in academia, nonprofits and government. And I’ll hopefully be making some of those decisions in the near future.”

He added that academics were reluctant to hire him for teaching positions because of his association with the anti-transgender bill, arguing that “that’s not the way our American system should operate – having people purged due to political thought.”

McCrory also discussed a recent incident in Washington in which he was filmed fleeing from protesters chanting “Shame!” at him.

“I’m sitting there without security and thinking, ‘Is this really happening?’ I was in fear for my safety,” McCrory said.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2017 in The Definition of Racism

 

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Need To Try Something a Bit More Forceful in North Carolina

The North Carolina Republicans have hijacked the state during the recess, calling a special session to pass laws disenfranchising voters and basically putting the state under fascist rule.

The good folks of the state have been trying the same old stand and sing songs from the Civil Rights era. It ain’t working.

You can’t make peace with a rabid dog…Al you can do is use a 2 x 4.

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North Carolinians Revolt Over Republicans’ Brazen Post-Election Coup

“The avalanche of anti-voter surprise bills introduced yesterday by the extremist leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly in a constitutionally suspect ‘extra session’ is an insult to the democratic values held by all people of goodwill in this state.”

Refusing to accept Republican lawmakers’ brazen power grab, hundreds of North Carolinians flooded the halls of the General Assembly building in Raleigh Thursday evening to shame the officials as they passed a series of measures aimed at stripping power from Governor-elect Roy Cooper.

Twenty people, including one journalist, were reportedly arrested for disrupting the special session, during which the GOP-led legislature passed a number of bills that would limit the ability of the incoming Democratic administration to make appointments and control elections.

According to the Charlotte Observer:

On Thursday evening, some protesters began to laugh when senators characterized one of the proposed bills as designed to end partisanship, said Lori Bennear, 44, of Raleigh.

“Then people booed,” she said, “and they got a second warning. So people started making hand gestures instead. Some people hissed, and the (Senate) said the hissing and the hand gestures were disrupting the business of the Senate.”

A similar move followed in the House. Protesters then filled the upper floor of the rotunda, chanting “Whose House? Our House!”

Afterwards, a crowd of roughly 300 gathered outside the chamber, cheering as police officers led away those who had refused to vacate the gallery. “A chant of ‘All political power belongs to the people’ rang out uninterrupted for about 15 minutes,” the Observer noted.

Rev. William Barber II, president of the state chapter of the NAACP and leader of the Moral Monday movement, issued a statement Friday condemning the legislative action.

“The avalanche of anti-voter surprise bills introduced yesterday by the extremist leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly in a constitutionally suspect ‘extra session’ is an insult to the democratic values held by all people of goodwill in this state,” Barber said. The session had been convened under the auspices of passing relief funding for victims of recent flooding and wildfires.

“It is immoral, it is unconstitutional, and this illegal session is a direct attack on the people of North Carolina,” he added.

There are more protests planned for Friday as the General Assembly will hold final votes on the most controversial bills before they land on the desk of outgoing Republican Governor Pat McCrory.

One bill that passed the House on Thursday “calls for making Cooper’s Cabinet appointments subject to approval by the state Senate and drastically cutting the number of state employees the governor can hire and fire,” the News & Observer reported. Meanwhile, “[t]he Senate approved a bill that would evenly split election boards between the political parties rather than keep them under control of the governor’s party.”

“These changes represent deep violations of the Democratic process,” Barber continued, “and the faith that voters place in the elected process. To these legislators, who were elected under racially discriminatory redistricting plans, we say that this madness must end now and the people’s vote must be respected.”

He continued:

These bills corrode fundamental principles of separation of powers. The bills introduced for consideration attack public education and the environment, rig democratic institutions, and attempt to control future elections with no public comment, no notice, and no attempt for bipartisan considerations that would include the voice of African Americans and other people of color and our chosen representatives.

For his part Cooper, currently the state attorney general, has said, “They will see me in court.”

Videos of Thursday’s stirring demonstrations were posted online. As for Friday, the General Assembly is reportedly attempting to wrap up by 1pm “to miss the largest crowd,” according to the NC NAACP, which is asking demonstrators to come early. Updates are being shared with the hashtags #RespectOurVote, #NCGA, #NCpol, and #StoptheCarolinaCoup.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2016 in Second American Revolution

 

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Federal Court Orders New Elections in North Carolina Due to Racial Gerrymandering

Looks like there was more than just vote tampering going on in North Carolina…

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Federal court orders North Carolina to hold special 2017 elections after ruling “racial gerrymander” of districts unconstitutional

NC lawmakers must redraw legislative map that won the GOP veto-proof majorities despite losing 2012’s popular vote

North Carolina lawmakers have been ordered by a U.S. federal court to redraw 28 state House and Senate districts and to hold a special legislative election next year after the court struck down the state’s legislative map as an unconstitutional “racial gerrymander.”

A three-judge panel of the Middle District Court ruled Tuesday that the Republican-drawn legislative map had illegally packed African-American and Hispanic voters into a few districts, ruling that 28 of them were unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. The judges found North Carolina’s legislative districts to be so racially biased that they are forcing the state to redo its elections next year.

In an 83-page ruling last summer, the same three-judge panel found that Republican lawmakers’ “new provisions target African Americans with almost surgical precision.” While the court ruled at the time that 28 of the General Assembly’s 170 districts were illegal racial gerrymanders, it decided it was too late in the election cycle to redraw new maps and hold elections in November. On Tuesday, the judges ordered lawmakers to redraw its own districts by March 15, meaning those elected to the state House and Senate a few weeks ago in districts ordered to be redrawn would serve just one year, not two as expected.

“This gives the state a total of seven months from the time the districts were held to be unconstitutional, which is longer than it took the 2011 legislature to redistrict the entire state,” read the order by Judges James Wynn, Thomas Schroeder and Catherine Eagles. The ruling also requires lawmakers to submit new maps to the court within seven days of passage.

This is a major blow to Republican control of the state legislature in North Carolina.

Democrats in North Carolina carried the popular vote for Congress and won a 7-6 majority in the state’s House delegation in the 2010 election, under the redistricting plan drafted by Democrats in 2001. As Executive Editor of the non-partisan, non-profit ReclaimTheAmericanDream.org, Hedrick Smith, explained, in 2012, Democratic House candidates again won a statewide popular vote majority for the House, but a new gerrymandered map drawn by the Republican-dominated legislature allowed the GOP to emerge with 9 seats to 4 for the Democrats. Republican state lawmakers  managed to win veto-proof majorities in North Carolina despite losing the popular vote in 2012, by drawing up such racially gerrymandered districts to dilute the power of voters of color.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Second American Revolution, The New Jim Crow

 

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