This guy was arrested for “Jaywalking” and suspicion of drug possession…No Drugs were ever found.
This guy was arrested for “Jaywalking” and suspicion of drug possession…No Drugs were ever found.
The pushback against Trumps racism and encouragement of KKK tactics against protesters at his rallies is gaining steam. Two days before the Primary in Ohio, Drumph has to cancel another rally, this time in Cincinnati.
Donald Trump has cancelled a planned rally in Cincinnati, a day after a postponed Chicago rally descended into chaotic clashes between supporters and anti-Trump protesters .
The rally in Cincinnati was due to take place on Sunday afternoon , two days ahead of Tuesday’s Ohio primary, in which the Republican frontrunner will seek to knock Ohio governor John Kasich from the presidential race.
Political leaders on both sides of the party divide, meanwhile, tried to dress wounds that were opened in Chicago. Hillary Clinton said “violence has no place in our politics”, and Republicans John Kasich and Ted Cruz pinned blamed on Trump for the inflammatory rhetoric.
Friday’s Trump event saw myriad protesters, including students and people affiliated with the black lives matter movement, demonstrate against Trump’s policies on immigration and racially tinged rhetoric.
The protest, which produced scuffles and arrests, including that of an Indian American CBS reporter who was charged with resisting arrest, came after days of escalating political rhetoric and violent incidents at Trump events.
Trump himself has suggested in recent months that protesters at his events should be “ taken out on stretchers ”, and said he would like to punch a demonstrator in the face.
On Saturday, Trump took to Twitter to say : “The organized group of people, many of them thugs, who shut down our first amendment rights in Chicago, have totally energized America!”
He also told a crowd in Vandalia, Ohio, that his supporters in Chicago “were so nice” and “caused no problem”. He instead blamed “these other people”, naming Bernie Sanders supporters specifically, as the culprits who “taunted” and “harrassed” his fans.
Trump’s Republican rivals were quick to condemn his speech. On Saturday, Marco Rubio, whose last presidential hopes rest with his home state, which also votes on Tuesday, hedged on whether he would support Trump as the Republican nominee.
Addressing reporters ahead of a rally in Largo, Florida , the senator offered a blistering critique of frontrunner’s incitement of violence.
“It’s called chaos, anarchy and that’s what we’re careening toward,” Rubio said. “We are being ripped apart at the seams now, and it’s disturbing. I am sad for this country. This country is supposed to be an example to the world.”
Asked if he would still support Trump if he were the party’s nominee, as he pledged to do at a debate in Detroit a week ago, the senator responded: “I don’t know. I intend to support the Republican nominee, but [it’s] getting harder every day.”
Kasich also appeared to waver on the question of backing Trump, according to reporters with the governor in Sharonville, Ohio, on Saturday. “It makes it extremely difficult,” he said, of the violence in Chicago.
On Friday night, the Texas senator Ted Cruz, Trump’s nearest rival for the nomination, accused the billionaire developer of whipping up tensions.
“When you have a campaign that is accused of physical violence against members of the press,” Cruz said, “you create an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discord.”
Dayton Rev. William Schooler was shot dead by his brother during the Sunday service…More shocking is the identity of the killer.
The Rev. William Schooler turned over Sunday service at his Ohio church to the choir director and headed to his office.
Then, as the choir sang, Schooler was shot and killed, the Dayton Daily News reported.
“We heard pow, pow,” St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church member Beulah Booker-Robertson told the newspaper. “The usher at the door said ‘everybody get down, everybody get out.’”
On Sunday, police arrested Schooler’s brother, Daniel Gregory Schooler, on murder charges. He was expected to be formally charged Monday, the Associated Press reported.
Jail records do not list attorney information for Schooler; his first court hearing is scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Sgt. Richard Blommel described the shooting as a “domestic incident,” NBC News reported.
Reports paint a chaotic scene at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton. About 20 people were in the congregation during the shooting, and William Schooler was pronounced dead at the scene, WDTN reported.
“I just got everybody out of the church and we just kept hearing shooting and shooting,” parishioner Alberta Blayth told the Dayton Daily News.
A parishioner who called 911 told the emergency dispatcher, “We were still having church services when he started shooting,” according to audio obtained by WDTN-TV.
The pastor, 70, was shot multiple times, police told the newspaper.
“I can’t believe it,” church member Vonette McGraw told the station. “I can’t believe that my pastor is gone.”
Always knew that boy was on somethin’!🙂
The celebrity who hosted “The Montel Williams Show” for a decade is scheduled to endorse Issue 3 during a Columbus appearance Wednesday. Williams also will announce opposition to Issue 2, a proposed ban on constitutional monopolies that’s designed to block the marijuana effort.
Wednesday’s event will include Ohio patients who could benefit from access to medical marijuana if the amendment passes Nov. 3.
A spokesman said Williams does not intend to be an investor in any of the 10 authorized growing sites created by the proposal and has no current plans to be involved in the Ohio cannabis business.
There were two sizeable Tri-Racial communities in Ohio – this is the story of one, and efforts to preserve it’s history. Longtown was “Post-racial”…Before anyone else in America came up with the idea.
Amid the corn and soybean fields of western Ohio lies a progressive crossroads where black and white isn’t black and white, where the concept of race has been turned upside down, where interracial marriages have been the norm for nearly two centuries. The heavy boots of Jim Crow have never walked here.
Founded by James Clemens, a freed slave from Virginia who became a prosperous farmer, Longtown was a community far ahead of its time, a bold experiment in integration.
Now that history is in danger of being lost. Longtime Longtown residents are dying, and whites are moving in and buying property. Many historically black-owned buildings have already been torn down or remodeled.
But Clemens’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson is working to save his family’s heritage. Though his eyes are blue and his skin is pale, Connor Keiser, 22, said that his childhood is filled with memories of “cousins of all colors” playing in the pastures at the family farm.
“We were a typical Longtown family. We all looked different, and we were taught that color didn’t matter,” Keiser said. “As long as I have anything to do with it, Longtown won’t die.”
Largely because of Keiser’s efforts, the National Park Service, the National Register of Historic Places and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center have recognized Longtown as a place noteworthy for its early embrace of racial integration and educational opportunities for blacks. But the town’s institutions are in peril.
Longtown’s former school, the Union Literary Institute, founded in 1845, has a largely forgotten history as one of the nation’s first integrated establishments of higher education. Notable alumni include the first black man to serve in the U.S. Senate, Hiram R. Revels of Mississippi. The school, which closed in 1914, fell into disrepair and until recently was used to store farm equipment.
The original Clemens farmstead is in better shape; the two-story brick farmhouse, built around 1850, still has its original fixtures and woodwork. Although the National Park Service has dispensed $25,000 to restore the property, Keiser estimated that the project will require an additional $100,000.
So Keiser has hit the road to appeal for money. He’s been drawing big crowds to area libraries with his presentation about the racial harmony of Longtown and the desperate need to preserve it.
“I don’t think the public was aware this was here,” Keiser said. “Black history is not talked about a lot in general, and I think [the fact] that we have that kind of history means something to a lot of people.”
The racial harmony of Longtown is the legacy of Clemens, who found his way here in 1818 and purchased 390 acres — probably with the aid of abolitionist Quakers, sympathetic Native Americans and, by some accounts, his former owner in Rockingham County, Va.
Clemens was of a mixed-race ancestry — black,white and Native American. So was his wife, Sophia. They served as a beacon to other integrationists, as well as runaway and freed slaves looking for succor and education during and after the Civil War.
The couple became conductors for the Underground Railroad and — while the rest of the nation endured Reconstruction and Jim Crow laws — built a mixed-race town that numbered close to 1,000 people at its peak in the 1880s.
But Longtown began to falter after World War II, when residents were forced to seek help from bankers to modernize their farms.
“When we began to need machinery and bank loans to expand and grow and become competitive, that’s when there was trouble,” said Carl Westmoreland, a senior historian with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center who has visited Longtown.
“Banks would not help black farmers purchase new equipment. In Longtown, people gradually had to go to industrial centers for jobs. And if you are not part of the day-to-day energy of the community, it begins to decline.”
Today, only a handful of families remain. But Longtown lasted longer than other integrated rural villages once scattered across the Ohio plains.
“Because Longtown’s population was so much larger than others like it, it took longer for it to whittle down,” said Roane Smothers, a distant cousin of Keiser’s and an active Longtown preservationist.
“And because Longtown was so much larger, more structures have survived,” Smothers said. “As these other communities faded away, white folks bought the land and structures, and many times all that was left was the church.”
A junior majoring in international studies at nearby Wright State University, Keiser seems an unlikely savior for this blink of a town. Unfailingly polite, possessing a bright white smile, Keiser looks as Caucasian as the rest of Darke County, which was 97.7 percent white at the last census.
But Keiser doesn’t consider himself white. Nor does he consider himself black. Instead he calls himself by the dated and, to some, offensive term “colored.”
“I know who I am and what I am. I may look white, my appearance is white, but my insides are not. I know I am not white,” Keiser said. He makes it a point to tell anyone who will listen about his black ancestry. “I tell everyone about it, whether they want to hear it or not. I am so proud of it.”
The issue of race has long perplexed America. In the past year, the racial identities of high-profile black activists such as former Spokane NAACP chairman Rachel Dolezal and Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King have come under scrutiny. If birth certificates tell the story, both Dolezal and King are Caucasians trying to pass as black.
From the perspective of his own racial heritage, Keiser finds them “pretty cool. You don’t hear of many white people wanting to be black,” he said.
Not many people anywhere these days want to be called “colored.” But it’s common in Longtown.
Take Edith Perkins, 75, who also looks white. For 30 years, she worked in human resources at Alcoa in nearby Richmond, Ind., where prejudice surfaced as soon as people learned she was from Longtown.
“I was never really accepted by the whites, who viewed me as black. Nor was I really accepted by the blacks, who viewed me as white,” Perkins said. “So I ate lunch by myself for 30 years.”
Patricia Hope, 82, has snow-white hair and a fair complexion and also identifies as “colored.” She said her family has a long mixed-race lineage in Longtown.
“That’s why we worship in this church, to keep our little crossroads alive,” Hope said, referring to the Bethel Long Wesleyan Church, which still holds services every Sunday. This Sunday, the church will celebrate its 159th annual homecoming with a potluck and picnic. Every year, the event becomes larger, as former residents come back to reconnect with their heritage.
“This place is all we know,” Hope said.
Her husband, Thomas, died in 2013. One by one, the repositories of Longtown’s legacy and its stories are passing to the grave. Keiser grew up steeped in the town’s oral history, stories passed down from his great-grandfather, Maze Clemens.
“He was the keeper of Longtown’s history, and my biggest hope is to make him proud by doing the same,” Keiser said.
While Longtown itself was a haven, a refuge from prejudice, sometimes biases from the outside world would creep in. The Ku Klux Klan would visit periodically. Keiser said his great-great-great-great-grandfather was murdered by the Klan. As recently as 2003, racist notes were left on the door of the church, Keiser said. In nearby Hollansburg, Ohio, Confederate flags flutter casually from many front porches.
“If the rest of the world got along as well as we do here in Longtown, there wouldn’t be problems,” said James Jett, 90. His dark skin, smooth despite his age, contrasts with his wife Brenda’s much lighter complexion.
Jett grew wistful remembering Longtown’s heyday, pointing to cornfields that were once filled with houses. And he remembers the Tigers, the town’s semi-professional baseball team, which sent many players to the Negro leagues. The Tigers’ appearance often confounded opponents.
“The Tigers showed up to play a team in Indiana, and they said, ‘Where’s the black team?’ And they responded, ‘We are the black team,’ ” laughed Brenda Jett, who declined to give her age.
This group of itinerant morons apparently didn’t get the email, text message, or tweet…
This is more like it, complete with a taste of the paranormal for drama…
And it (bridge stealing) has even gone international!
A railroad spokesman Pavel Halla reported that the theft, which was worth millions, happened when a group, claiming that a bridge in Slavkov had to come down. Halla stated:
“The thieves said they had been hired to demolish the bridge, and remove the unwanted railway track to make way for a new cycle route.”
They came with very convincing, albeit forged, paperwork, which passed inspection, allowing the thieves to dismantle and take away the bridge, along with 650 feet of unused railroad track. Halla went on to stated that:
“It was only after they had gone that checks were made and we realised we’d been had. The cost of replacing the bridge will run into millions.”
This is not the first bridge to be stolen in the Czech Republic, though it is the largest. In 2008, thieves made off with a 4-ton railway bridge outside the Czech city of Cheb. A police spokeswoman stated of that theft that, “We are not sure if it was taken for personal use or for its scrap value.”
While stealing bridges is not a regular occurrence, stealing metal has become a commonplace activity, especially in the face of an economic crisis. Thieves have been known to strip copper wire from the insides of traffic lights and street lights. Metal theft in Great Britain is estimated to cost the economy about £770 million every year.
In what are considered bellweather elections prior to the 2012 contests, Republicans went down on a lot of fronts…
Mississippi voters Tuesday defeated a ballot initiative that would’ve declared life begins at fertilization, a proposal that supporters sought in the Bible Belt state as a way to prompt a legal challenge to abortion rights nationwide.
The so-called “personhood” initiative was rejected by more than 55 percent of voters, falling far short of the threshold needed for it to be enacted. If it had passed, it was virtually assured of drawing legal challenges because it conflicts with the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a legal right to abortion. Supporters of the initiative wanted to provoke a lawsuit to challenge the landmark ruling.
The state’s new collective bargaining law was defeated Tuesday after an expensive union-backed campaign that pitted firefighters, police officers and teachers against the Republican establishment.
In a political blow to GOP Gov. John Kasich, voters handily rejected the law, which would have limited the bargaining abilities of 350,000 unionized public workers. With more than a quarter of the votes counted late Tuesday, 63 percent of votes were to reject the law.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, a folksy moderate Democrat, cruised to victory as expected with about 56 percent of the vote over a Republican and an Independent candidate.
The only bad news? Johnny Dupree lost in his run for Mississippi Governor. Republican Phil Bryant had 59 percent of the vote to 41 percent for Democrat Johnny DuPree, with 43 percent of the votes counted. If DuPree had won, the mayor of Hattiesburg would have been the first African-American to win statewide office in Mississippi in modern times.