Here is one of the boys, obviously drunk, who somehow believes he is going to toss racial slurs and curses at the folks on a NYC Subway Train…
Gets his ass kicked by the other passengers, and a free bowl of soup in the face,
Here is one of the boys, obviously drunk, who somehow believes he is going to toss racial slurs and curses at the folks on a NYC Subway Train…
Gets his ass kicked by the other passengers, and a free bowl of soup in the face,
An evil Trump racist attacks two black girls on a subway train. Three male passengers step up to defend the girls from a raving bigot. The bigot attacks the rescuers with a knife leaving two dead and one wounded.
Is the story here about the fact that some of the rescuers were white males, or the fact that black girls aren’t safe riding the subway because Trump has enabled an encouraged racist followers to attack them?
Countless times across America, every single day people stop to help each other in issues big and small with no consideration of race, ethnicity, or sex. Why do we let those evil actors define our conversation and thinking – and why do we let the issue of race color our perception of people just trying to do the right thing?
Survivor Micah Fletcher urges supporters to focus on the girls who were targeted, not him.
Portland stabbing survivor Micah Fletcher is calling for supporters to focus their attention on the girls racially and religiously attacked during Friday’s train attack.
He was one of three people stabbed after confronting a man on a MAX train for verbally attacking Destinee Mangum, 16, and her 17-year-old-friend, who is Muslim and was wearing a hijab. While Fletcher survived, Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche died from their wounds. Police arrested Jeremy Christian, who has ties to white supremacist groups, soon afterward.
Fletcher thanked supporters for an outpouring of kindness and money in a moving video he posted to Facebook Wednesday, but then he said there’s a problem that needs addressing.
“We need to remember that this is about those little girls. I want you to imagine that for a second being a little girl on that MAX,” Fletcher said. “This man is screaming at you. His face is a pile of knives. His body is a gun. Everything about him is cocked, loaded and ready to kill you,” he continued. “There is a history here with this. You can feel that this has happened before, and the only thing that was different was the names and faces. And then a stranger, two strangers, three strangers come to your aid. They try to help you. And that pile of knives just throws itself at them. Kills them.”
Even after experiencing such trauma, Fletcher has a way with words. The 21-year-old is a poet and student at Portland State University. Oregen Live reported that Fletcher won a 2013 poetry competition for two pieces of work: one that dealt with the blame rape victims face and another focused on the prejudice leveled at Muslims in America after the attacks on September 11, 2001. His work focuses on social injustices, and he wants his poems to inspire change.
“We in Portland have this weird tendency to continue patterns that we’ve done forever and one of them is same old just to put it bluntly: white savior complex,” Fletcher said in the video. “I think it’s immensely immensely morally wrong and irresponsible how much money we have gotten as opposed to how much support, money, love, kindness that has been given to that little girl.”
The poet linked to a fundraiser organized in honor of the two teenagers who were targeted during the train attack. At the time of this posting, about 1800 individuals donated more than $65,000 of its $150,000 goal. The group is raising money to provide the teenagers with safe transportation options and mental health services.
Multiple fundraisers were set up in the days following the attack and, in total, they surpassed $1 million in money raised. A GoFundMe page devoted to supporting Fletcher’s medical bills has received more than $255,000. A campaign organized by local nonprofit, Muslim Educational Trust, has raised more than $530,000 to support Fletcher and the families of the two men who died standing up to the attacker.
“Although this campaign is organized by Muslims, we welcome people of all faiths to contribute,” the campaign’s page says. The group reached its $60,000 goal within 5 hours. Its new goal is set at $550,000.
Portland restaurateur Nick Zukin started a GoFundMe page as well, which has raised $540,000 of its of $600,000 goal.
“They are heroes, yet their families are not only going to be faced with the pain of losing people they love, but with financial hardships from their passings,” Zukin wrote on the page. “I’ve started this GoFundMe to help them with costs as a result of their deaths and injuries.”
Fletcher asked followers to like and share his video, which has been viewed more than 300,000 times in the 14 hours since he posted it to Facebook.
Wow…The Trumpazoids are really getting nuts-so….
They either need to lock this wench up for a very long time, or put here in a psychiatric hospital for some extended treatment.
A woman has been taken into custody after allegedly stabbing a transgender black man in his face when he offered his seat Sunday night on the subway, only to have her say, “I don’t want to sit next to black people.”
According to PIX11, Stephanie Pazmino, 30, was taken into custody and charged with assault as a hate crime, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon after assaulting Ijan DaVonte Jarrett.
According to Jarrett, he offered his seat to Pazmino who refused before turning to her companion and saying in Spanish that she didn’t want to sit next to a black person.
“I got up anyway and said to her that she didn’t have to sit next to me,” Jarrett,told the New York Daily News. “I took a seat across from her and just forgot all about it.”
According to Jarret, the woman attacked him by punching him as attempted to get off at his stop, and that he didn’t know he had been stabbed until bystanders stepped in to help.
In addition to being slashed in the face by Pazmino, Jarrett was also stabbed in his left arm. The police recovered the two inch knife Pazmino used to stab Jarrett when she was arrested in the street.
Jarret was taken to a local hospital and was listed in stable condition.
No food on the trains was one of the original rules of the DC Metro System. Actually, I’m glad they are enforcing this again. The Washington Metro Train System used to be the cleanest subway system in the world. Unlike NYC or Chicago, the cars are not painted over with grafitti, and until the last two years or so, you could comfortably take a seat without messing up your suit because some ass left his happy meal on the seats.
Apparently the new management at Metro has decided to clean up the trains again, in light of their numerous other problems.
Young lady deserved to get arrested. Nobody want to ride the subway sitting in your shit.
Having worked underground in Metro’s tunnels installing equipment, I can tell you it is rather nice when you reach in an electronics cabinet not having a 3′ long rat hanging on your arm when you pull your arm out unlike in NYC.
Keep it clean!
The Black Lives that matter in this case are the other riders. About 60% of all subway rides on Metro are intra-city, serving the poorest sections of the city as well as some well to do areas. People in the Southeast section of the city, where some of the poorer areas are located, depend on that train to get to work every day, go to weddings, funerals, or to shop. There is no reason they should be forced to wade through some thoughtless cretins crap along the way.
They’re not charging her in the apparent case of “contempt of cop.”
Transit police in Washington, D.C., violently arrested a young black woman on Tuesday night because she was carrying snacks.
Videos posted Wednesday do not capture the beginning of the interaction between a trio of Metro Transit Police officers and the unnamed teenager.
But they show one of the cops kicking the woman’s feet out from under her and shoving her to the ground, while she is in handcuffs. And officers in the video confirm to angry bystanders that the arrest happened because the teenager wouldn’t relinquish a bag of chips and a lollipop when they confronted her in the Columbia Heights metro station.
After the takedown, the heavy-set officer who knocked the teenager down seems to realize the rough arrest has attracted a crowd. “Have a good day, folks,” he says. “If you wanna ride the system, put your card through and go attend the trains. If not, leave the station.”
In the first video, the teenager expresses distress at how tightly they cinched her handcuffs and shouts at a second officer who starts rifling through her backpack.
“You acting like it was a four-course meal,” she says. A moment later, one of the bystanders begins to address the officers directly, telling them their actions are ridiculous. The officer who earlier knocked the handcuffed girl to the ground and a second officer in a bike helmet argue with the woman criticizing them briefly.
“Little girls break the law, little girls get arrested like anybody else. And she goes to juvenile detention and her mom comes and picks her up, that’s how it works,” the bike cop says.
This is the BIG problem plaguing our subway system in DC. This one does not appear to be a failing power connector. If you look closely towards the bottom left there appears to be a bit of trash, possibly tin foil caught on the insulator holding the 3rd Rail, allowing it to arc to ground and the travelling rail. 700 Volts at 6,000 Amps makes a hell of a boom when it is shorted!
One of the central destructive beliefs of right wingers is that the Government is evil. That and that somehow you can tax cut your way out of debt. That is about as stupid as saying I am jobless, so I don’t need my computer and the Internet. When Republicans control the House, which appropriates all the monies to run the Government – bad things happen. Having an inborn and irrational hatred of DC, that means that cuts and services to the region tend to go to hell in a handbasket.
The METRO Subway system is the second largest in the United States behind that of New York City. It carries 800,000 Passengers a day. 53% of those riders are Federal employees, and as such, the system is crucial to the day to day operation of the Federal Government, which actually “leases” all the Federal Grounds, including that of the White House, Capitol, Mall, and Federal Buildings in lieu of paying Taxes for city maintenance of roads, sewer, water, and City Services (Police/Fire). There is no Federal Fire and Rescue, although there are about 25,000 Federal “Police” of different types in the City – making the City have the highest number of Police per capita in the US…And perhaps the world. There are 28 separate police departments in DC, only 4 of which belong to the city.
When there is a Republican majority in the House, there is a constant effort to submarine this system of payments, which includes payments to the METRO System to provide services supporting Federal Agencies. A number of the Subway stops on the METRO are where they are, specifically to serve clusters of Federal Buildings. which doesn’t get into all the special services provided to support Inaugurations, the Capitol security and Homeland.
There has been a Republican majority in the House since 2010
This doesn’t let systemic mismanagement at Metro off the hook – but is part (a BIG part) of the problem.
House lawmakers made it clear that Congress won’t be cutting big checks to help the struggling transit agency.
Congress won’t be cutting big checks anytime soon to help D.C.’s troubled Metro system cover its operating costs, House lawmakers warned Wednesday.
“I tell you: I am not going to bail you out,” shouted Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of a House Oversight transportation panel, during a hearing about the sometimes life-threatening safety and maintenance woes that forced a daylong shutdown of Metro’s rail system last month. He ripped into Metro officials, saying they had millions of dollars in funding on-hand but didn’t spend it as needed.
Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly fired back at Mica for trying to pin Metro’s financial burden on D.C., Maryland and Virginia, which help pay for the system’s operations. He noted the system’s benefit to the federal government.
“He says he doesn’t want a burden on his people,” Connolly said. “Well, I don’t want a burden on mine.”
At the hearing, Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans pleaded with lawmakers to boost their contribution to the beleaguered system’s operations account, which lacks a steady funding stream despite sprawling over three jurisdictions. Evans says the feds should contribute $300 million annually for operational needs.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has received congressional appropriations for capital projects since 2008, in addition to grant money from the Federal Transit Administration for upgrades, but typically gets no funding for running the system aside from fare revenues and its state and local government support.
Mica said Metro’s unliquidated balance as of mid-March was $783 million. WMATA officials couldn’t immediately verify that number.
Local lawmakers have generally trod carefully when talking about Congress’ role in boosting WMATA’s accounts, saying the agency should demonstrate a better safety record and command of its finances before getting more money from them. Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, has been key to securing $150 million annually since 2008 for capital projects at Metro, but the money can’t be used for operating expenses.
“When you do the math, your United States Senate and the taxpayers of America have provided over $1 billion for Metro,” Mikulski said Wednesday at a meeting with Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld before the House hearing. “So we not only want to know if we’ll be getting our money’s worth, but we really do care about the constituents and the riders — about what is going on.”
Evans said Metro’s high operating costs are in part due to its size — it’s the second-largest transit system in the United States. If Congress doesn’t increase its commitment to Metro, he said, “next time something happens, I’m blaming it on you guys.”
Referring to Mica’s complaint about nearly $800 million of unspent money, Wiedefeld said Metro can be under contract to receive major purchases — such as new buses or rail cars — and the cash doesn’t immediately flow out if, for example, it’s still waiting to receive the products. So the money has been obligated for specific projects.
“I just would urge you quickly to help dispel this myth of, you’re sitting on a lot of capital and you don’t know what to do with it,” Connolly said.
How bad is DC’s Metro?
They are shutting down for 24 hrs, over a workday…to “inspect the system”.
That leaves approximately 800,000 daily workday passengers SOL.
I don’t even want to think about what the impact of putting 500,000 more cars on the road tomorrow (3/16/16) will be. The impact to traffic will be worse than the blizzard dumping 3 ft of snow on the area just two short months ago. Since 53% of the riders on Metro are government workers, it may well wind up that there is a Federal Government shutdown as well.
The system has been plagued with numerous problems, both self inflicted, and by the fact that much of the infrastructure is 30-40 years old. Due to the self-inflicted problems the company is not able to keep pace with the repair work necessary to renovate the system. In particular, the electrical system is ancient on the older lines is beyond it’s projected lifecycle causing about a half dozen major incidents in the last year, with a passenger fatality on a stuck train due to smoke inhalation. Just Monday this week, another electrical failure stopped traffic on the system’s busiest tunnel system, shared by 3 lines. One of the lines is still not fully operational.
BTx3 is working from home tomorrow.
This is the section of tunnel which arced and caught fire last year resulting in a passenger fatality, just outside the L’Enfant Metro Station.
The entire D.C. Metro system will shut down for 24 hours starting at midnight and lasting for the entire day Wednesday for an emergency investigation, two sources tell News4.
Metro officials are expected to announce at 4 p.m. Tuesday that they need to inspect as many as 1,200 pieces of equipment, as News4’s Tom Sherwood was first to report.
A cable fire early Monday caused delays on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines throughout the day.
This is an abandoned trolley tunnel under DC, built back in the 1949
This is a current Metro tunnel on the Red Line – the oldest operating line.
Appears that Jared, the Subway pitchman, who lost weight eating only Subway low-calorie sandwiches… Is going to jail. For Kiddie-Porn and Child sex.
Subway is trying to run away from Jared as fast as they can, but after a 10 year relationship, cleaning up all reference to Jared in their material and ads is proving a herculean job.
And while there is absolutely no relationship between Subway and Jared’s crimes…That is a sticky issue, which is why the company has been frantically trying to erase all ties.
Meanwhile Fogle’s wife also announced she was jumping ship.
Longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography.
U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said during a press conference Wednesday that Fogle, who has amassed millions as the spokesperson for the sandwich chain, used his privileged position to hide his crimes.
“This is about using wealth, status and secrecy to illegally exploit children,” Minkler said during the press conference.
Prosecutors allege that Fogle knew the pornography had been secretly produced by the former director of his charitable foundation, which sought to raise awareness about childhood obesity. The Jared Foundation regularly arranged for Fogle to visit schools and urge children to adopt healthy eating and exercise habits.
Fogle sat in court with his hands clasped and quietly answered “no” when the judge asked whether he had any questions about his rights on Wednesday morning. He is expected to enter the formal plea at a later date to one count each of travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and distribution and receipt of child pornography.
The agreement released by prosecutors said Fogle agrees to pay $1.4 million in restitution to 14 minor victims, who will each receive $100,000.
The terms of the plea agreement say Fogle will participate in a program of treatment for sexual disorders. It also notes that Fogle can not have any unsupervised meetings, non-incidental communications, activities or visits with any minor unless they are approved by the probation officer.
Fogle cannot be employed in any position or participate as a volunteer in any activity that involves unsupervised meetings, non-incidental communications, activities, or visits with minors except as disclosed to the probation officer.
Fogle will also become a registered sex offender….
Fogle’s wife, Katie Fogle, released a statement, saying she is “extremely shocked and disappointed by the recent developments involving Jared,” adding that she is seeking a divorce.
“My focus is exclusively on the well-being of my children,” she said, adding that she would not have any further comment.
So…In light of the huge financial losses, and loss of freedom…Need to answer the question why Jared didn’t do the “Republican” thing and go overseas to the Dominican Republic like LImbaugh, or Thailand? About 60% of kid sex tourists in the Western Hemisphere are American, and 90% of those are middle aged white guys…
Saw this and couldn’t believe it. Not sure what level of stupidity inspired this woman to first, tongue lash, make fun of, and then take a swing with shoe in hand at this guy (and several other folks)… Yeah she was being an ass, and right up until she, and her girlfriends tried to take on the whole subway train with their shoes and hands – I think he would have walked away.
But, these clownettes bit off far more than they could chew.
Hope these young women learned a lesson they obviously didn’t learn at home – Civility.
He’ll forever be known as the tall guy wearing the 8-ball jacket who slapped a woman on the F train in New York City. But what he won’t be known as is the guy who ultimately faced charges for the slap.
According to Jorge Pena’s attorney, charges were dropped against his client because the woman, Danay Howard, was the aggressor. Pena spent four nights in jail after slapping Howard but eventually posted his $1,000 bail on Tuesday.
In an interview with the New York Post, Pena’s lawyer, Cary London, said that the system worked. “Thank God for smartphones because the DA’s office was able to have all of the information in front of them at an early stage to show that our client did nothing wrong and acted in self-defense,” he said.
But the situation isn’t over; London plans to press charges against Howard on behalf of his client, whom he referred to as a gentle giant.
In speaking about the video, which so far has more than 4 million views, London said Howard was making fun not only of his client’s 8-ball jacket but also of his speech impediment before hitting him with her shoe. London said Pena was just trying to get home after a long night of working as a bouncer at a bar.
The Cat Empire, fresh from their successful conquest of the Internet…
Now has their eye on a new victim…The Subway System!
It only took two kittens to stop the New York City subway in its tracks.
Power was cut Thursday to the B and Q lines in Brooklyn for more than an hour after a woman reported at about 11 a.m. that her kittens were loose in the subway, transit officials said. How they got there was a mystery.
But soon, the two were seen running dangerously close to the high-voltage third rail.
Their owner rushed to a station with cat food for transit workers dispatched onto the tracks to use to try to corral the furry visitors — one black, the other white with gray stripes.
The woman who owns them declined to have her name made public, said Judie Glave, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Power was suspended between several stops — about half the Q line, and the B line’s entire service in Brooklyn — on both the local and express tracks between for 90 minutes, Glave said. The express line was stopped another half hour while workers kept searching.
But the skittish kittens disappeared again, and were still missing by late Thursday afternoon.
Officials say workers and passengers in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood were on the lookout for them and train operators were being asked to proceed with caution. If they saw anything moving on the tracks, they would be required to stop and notify the rail control center.
Some passengers wanted to help by scouring the tracks, but were turned down by MTA workers citing safety concerns.
While the effort on behalf of the kittens created delays for passengers, shuttles were provided to take them to other Brooklyn subway stations, transit officials said. They could not immediately provide the cost of the extra service.
One of the tactics utilized by the Hosni Mubarak Government in Egypt to ty and stop the protests was to cut off internet and cell phone services…
Seems it worked so well for Mubarak,,, The San Francisco Subway Authority (BART) decided to try it.
The operators of the Bay Area Rapid Transit subway system temporarily shut down cell service last night in four downtown San Francisco stations to interfere with a protest over a shooting by a BART police officer, a spokesman for the system said today.
“BART staff or contractors shut down power to the nodes and alerted the cell carriers,” James Allison, deputy chief communications officer for BART, told CNET. The move was “one of many tactics to ensure the safety of everyone on the platform,” he said in an initial statement provided to CNET earlier this afternoon.
Activists had planned to protest the fatal shooting of Charles Blair Hill, who BART police said went after them with a knife before an officer shot him on July 3.
“Organizers planning to disrupt BART service…stated they would use mobile devices to coordinate their disruptive activities and communicate about the location and number of BART police,” said the original BART statement. “A civil disturbance during commute times at busy downtown San Francisco stations could lead to platform overcrowding and unsafe conditions for BART customers, employees, and demonstrators.”
The initial statement from BART said the subway system had asked the wireless carriers to suspend the service in the stations, but Allison later said BART itself pulled the plug and notified the providers after the fact.