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Can community policing be implemented without becoming warlordism a.k.a. an independent MoFo Po-Po. Rather than the Black Panthers, community self-defense may have to take more unusual institutional forms including allying oneself with The Knights of the Templars to reduce "extrajudicial killing" and "self-injury while in custody" - euphemisms without substance in the age of George Zimmerman, Ferguson MO, NYC, and Baltimore MD. The bigger question is whether the official Masonic Order would approve of contemporary warlordism especially with the implication that Islam is meant to be opposed. No Fruits of Islam in the most intolerant city in LA County
Three people, including an aide to the California attorney general, have been arrested over an elaborate ruse involving a fake police force claiming ties to the "Knights of Templar," officials in California said late Tuesday.
Brandon Kiel, deputy director of community affairs at the California Department of Justice, and two others — David Henry and Tonette Hayes — reportedly face charges for their roles in the Masonic Fraternal Police Department.
Brandon Kiel, deputy director of community affairs at the California Department of Justice, and two others — David Henry and Tonette Hayes — reportedly face charges for their roles in the Masonic Fraternal Police Department.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department said law-enforcement agencies across southern California started receiving letters in January from the "Masonic Fraternal Police Department" requesting meetings with local police chiefs. Calls to set up meetings with the group soon followed.
The Masonic Fraternal Police Department (M.F.P.D.) is a Masonic Sovereign Jurisdiction (Municipality) located within the incorporated City of Santa Clarita, California. The Chief of Police is Honorable Grand Master David Henry 33º was elected and is Governed by a Grand Supreme Council, and 33 Masonic Jurisdictions. He currently oversees a 1/2 Million members throughout the United States.
Some may die with guns in their cold dead hands because they're simply the wrong color and if one's gonna go, the basic principle of Biblical reciprocity could apply with an armed populace operating under unconstitutional authority.
◄ Matthew 5:38 ►
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
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Given the rise in seven course Irish meals, proper Polish vodkas and the displacement of fries at Burger King by free-range chicken fries, we have proceeded past the maniera/ counter-maniera of the four Mannerist phases of an non-orthogonal, post Renaissance but are rather, not unlike the works of Correggio, beyond what are the Anti-Classical aspects of spuds but in the fuzzy logic of the late maniera or proto-Baroque of a time taken over by potato flakes, plantains, and new variants on starches.
POCATELLO, ID—Hailing our day and age as the “single greatest moment in history to be a potato consumer,” National Potato Council president Dan Lake declared Tuesday that the United States is in the midst of an unparalleled potato renaissance.

Drawing on his decades of experience as a celebrated cultivator, observer, and student of the root vegetable, Lake described “a great flourishing of the potato” across America, a profound phenomenon the likes of which we may never see again.

“If you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on a Yukon Gold or Red Thumb in the past few years, I needn’t tell you these are the halcyon days of the potato,” Lake said during his keynote address at the Idaho Potato Conference, stressing that he spoke not in his role as a potato representative, but as a connoisseur and human being. “At present, every aspect of potato culture, from the field to your plate, is undergoing a great and exhilarating renewal, and for those who appreciate the finer qualities of this starchy tuber, the bounty will be breathtaking.”

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As different as agricultural trees are from the forest, the California drought is devastating to the entire ecosystem with varying effects relative to the state's economy. The areas that will feel the effects are the overlap areas in the various adjacent foothills and of course the indirect yet associated effects on state fire resources as well as other long-term aspects - erosion, construction and lumber.
According to an aerial survey conducted last month by the U.S. Forest Service, approximately 12 million forest trees have died in Southern California and the southern Sierra Nevada mountains over the last year. The report credits unusually high temperatures, a diminished snowpack and a severe lack of rainfall with drying up the trees, leaving the region susceptible to forest fires.

Of the more than 4.2 million acres surveyed in Southern California, researchers found 164,000 acres with high tree mortality. They found approximately 2 million trees had died over the last year.

In the southern Sierras, researchers found over 10 million perished trees in 4.1 million acres. There, mortality is "widespread and severe" in the foothills among ponderosa, gray pine, blue oak and live oak trees.

California growers continue to expand their almond acreage in the state during the current drought while Governor Jerry Brown has mandated that urban families slash their water usage by 25 percent.
California’s 2014 almond acreage is estimated at 1,020,000 acres, up 50,000 acres from the 2013 acreage of 970,000, according to a recent  survey conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. That is an increase of 5 percent in one year.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/05/05/why-republicans-may-not-need-an-urban-agenda-in-one-chart/
It’s often pointed out that thanks to population distribution patterns and redistricting, Democrats have found themselves packed inefficiently into dense urban areas, while Republicans are more efficiently distributed across a greater number of districts, helping explain the impregnability of the GOP’s hold on the House.
As Greg Sargent suggests the density of cities might be correlated to the cognitive density of GOP RW ideology of Heartland versus Cities and that they may not need an urban agenda. This of course ignores any history of suburbanization or sprawl or even the existence of mobility or mass media. Cliven Bundy's view of land sovereignty sans the BLM. Landed property cannot trump humanity.

Like race and class don't affect spatial location, or that the "real country" is Mike Huckabee's God Guns, Grits, and Gravy", the redneck Take Back Our Country First fantasy of 19th Century Republicanist America - that pastoral, preindustrial fantasy like the nuclear family - a reality show world where no one sees how anything was manufactured.

Like the "efficiency" of free market or free trade, a homogeneously distributed America could only occur under Godwinist Lebensraum or even Communist forced re-education / re-location. This is the pre depression imagination of mortgaged landownership that helped the Bank Panics in the 1920s and the 2008 meltdown. Sorry GOP despite the Kochs, governance is not a commodity in this democracy nor are property relations the same as when the Founders apportioned power and suffrage.

“I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
— Thomas Jefferson.
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As expected in the kingdom of the one-eyed, Fox News tries to connect dots where none exist for farm-raised, catch-and-release violent extremists. Perhaps one of the now dead suspects was motivated by the specter of American gay-married pizza. But Fox News knows all about opportunistic co-opting and should probably also nominate Pam Geller as a soldier of the caliphate, although Glenn Beck's departure signaled that even Fox News has drawn a line in the sand.
The Islamic State terror group (ISIS) Tuesday issued a claim of responsibility for Sunday's attack on a Texas cartoon contest featuring images of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

The claim was made in an audio message on the group's Al Bayan radio station, based in the Syria city of Raqqa, which ISIS has proclaimed to be the capital of its self-proclaimed caliphate. It is the first time ISIS has taken credit for an attack on U.S. soil, though it was not immediately clear whether the group's claim was an opportunistic co-opting of a so-called "lone wolf" attack as its own.

The message described the shooting suspects as "two soldiers of the caliphate" and added "We tell America that what is coming is more bitter and harder and you will see from the soldiers of the Caliphate what harms you."...

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, told Fox News Tuesday that the attack was terrorism and at the very least inspired by ISIS.

McCaul also said in the days leading up to the attack, a joint FBI and Homeland Security bulletin was circulated and security for the event had been ramped up as a result, in Garland understanding that it was a target.

Authorities say the suspects, identified as Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, drove up to the building where the contest was being held in the Dallas suburb of Garland and opened fire. An unarmed school district security guard was wounded before a Garland police officer returned fire and killed both men.

Soofi had a long standing hatred of police and had studied overseas in Islamabad, Pakistan, according to a Facebook account that has since been disabled.

He once owned a pizza and hot wings restaurant in Phoenix called Cleopatra, but sold it years ago as it was struggling, the New York Times reports....

Court documents show that Simpson had first been noticed by the FBI in 2006 due to his ties to a a former U.S. Navy sailor who had been arrested in Phoenix and was ultimately convicted of terrorism-related charges. In 2010, Simpson was arrested one day before he was scheduled to fly to South Africa to undertake what he claimed were religious studies at a madrassa. Recordings played at Simpson's trial indicated that he was using his studies as an excuse to travel to Somalia to link up with militant fighters there.

Despite the more than 1,500 hours of recorded conversations, including Simpson's discussions about fighting nonbelievers for Allah, whom he referred to as "kuffars" the government prosecuted him on only one minor charge — lying to a federal agent. He faced three years of probation and $600 in fines and court fees.

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In the tradition of the 19th Century Salons des Refusés (sic). RWNJ Pam Geller and AFDI paid as much for police protection as she awarded to the winner of an art competition that mostly featured a mediocre collection of derivative entries barely rising to the level of interesting art therapy data. Apparently there's a reparative therapy for Islam as well, since the winner "...left the religion and now describes himself as a 'radical critic of Islam,'”
(Reuters) - Federal agents for years monitored one of the two gunmen who were shot dead after opening fire with assault rifles at a heavily guarded Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.

Two government sources who asked not to be named said the shooters were roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, of Phoenix. Court documents show that Simpson had been under surveillance since 2006 and was convicted in 2011 of lying to FBI agents over his desire to join violent jihad in Somalia...

Police and federal agents had planned security for months ahead of the event, organized by American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), a free-speech organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has described as a hate group, and which paid $10,000 for extra protection.

The event, the "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest," offered a $10,000 prize for the best artwork or cartoon depicting the Prophet. Artist Bosch Fawstin won for a depiction of a sword-wielding Prophet in a turban shouting, "You can't draw me."

The Winner
The AFDI has, among other activities, sponsored anti-Islamic advertising campaigns in transit systems across the country.
The 200 submissions to the contest


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Je ne suis pas Pam Geller
So if a RWNJ sets up a deer stand surrounded by 40 off-duty cops (police presence coming close in numbers to event attendees) and attracts gun-carrying wannabee Euro-blasphemy extremists - something's bound to happen.

The question of course is no different than any kind of provocation imitating European events in terms of media speech rights, but is clearly a manufactured violent extremist act in terms of actually sewing the flags for false flags, making the RWNJs complicit and rendering so-called stochastic terrorist acts not actually stochastic. Much like calling out the Texas State Guard to keep an eye on DHS maneuvers this Summer, causality and framing get pwned. Why bother getting wildlife hunting permits in a time of RW rutting, everyone's just conducting stochastic sting operations that should be left to professional leos rather than amateurs thinking that entrapment isn't a thing.

A real extremist punishment is having to look at the 200 entries, of which nearly a third may have been submitted by a middle school art class, if they even can afford those anymore, although a couple of "professional" cartoonists with actual drawing skills and three-digit IQs did some competitive works that were actually not derivative, unlike the "winner". One wonders whether he will actually get the $10000 or like the lottery, an annuity from AFDI.

Police in Texas were still checking a car for possible explosives early Monday and authorities reportedly were searching the Phoenix home of the two suspects who were killed in an attack on an art exhibit that inflamed radical Muslims.
The City of Garland, Texas said in a statement posted on its Facebook page that the men drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center on Sunday night and began shooting at a security officer. Garland Police Department officers returned fire, killing both gunmen, the statement said.

The statement did not say whether the shooting was related to the event, a contest hosted by the New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) that would award $10,000 for the best cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

One of the suspects was known to U.S. intelligence and had been part of a recent terror investigation for allegedly trying to travel to Africa, home of the Al Qaeda-linked militant group al-Shabab, sources told Fox News...

The bodies of the gunmen – who have not been identified -- still lay where they fell early Monday because they were too close to the car to be removed before the scene was clear, according to Officer Joe Harn, a spokesman for the Garland Police Department...

The event featured speeches by Pamela Geller, president of the AFDI, and Geert Wilders, a Dutch lawmaker known for his outspoken criticism of Islam. Wilders received several standing ovations as he quoted former President Ronald Reagan and Texas founding father Sam Houston.

"Muhammad fought and terrorized people with the swords. Today, here in Garland, we fight Muhammad and his followers with the pen. And the pen, the drawings, will prove mightier than the sword," Wilders said during his speech.

Geller said during the event that her group had spent thousands of dollars on private security guards, several of whom could be seen standing on stage. Wilders left immediately after his speech, and Geller was not seen by an Associated Press reporter inside the hall after the shooting.

After the shooting, about 75 attendees were escorted by authorities to another room in the conference center. A woman held up an American flag, and the crowd sang "God Bless America."

The account had posted a number of tweets supporting Islamic extremism, including Isis. Its profile picture shows Yemeni-American al-Qaida recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki, who in 2011 became the first US national killed by a drone strike.

Other tweets grabbed before the account was closed down suggested the individual behind the account was a newly converted Muslim, as it included statements such as “I don’t know Arabic” and “my fam didn’t trip when I became a Muslim”.

The name Amirul Mu’mineen, the leader to whom the individual behind the tweet pledges allegiance, is an Arabic title taken by Muslim rulers. These days it is attributed to both Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Mullah Omar, the head of the Afghan Taliban.

tweet prior to attack
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Sun May 03, 2015 at 09:52 AM PDT

Bernie Sanders's DIY campaign

by annieli

Is buying Sanders an ad on reddit really the best use of funds?

OTOH, if the specter of married gay pizza in Indiana can crowdfund nearly a million dollars, perhaps it can happen, although as one saw with the early 2004 campaign failure combining Howard Dean and Joe Trippi, one wonders whether Sanders can sustain a 50-state battle of ideas against the Clinton campaign.

He has $4.6 million available for his 2018 Senate re-election campaign that he can use for a presidential run, and Mr. Sanders said he hoped to galvanize a movement of small donors to give himself a fighting chance.

“We’re not going to raise $2 billion, and we’re not going to raise $1 billion,” said Mr. Sanders, who added that he did not intend to use the help of a “super PAC.” “I do not have millionaire or billionaire friends.”

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington on March 9, Mr. Sanders said he fantasized about getting 3 million supporters to each donate $100 to his campaign. The total, he joked, would be about a third of what the billionaire Koch brothers planned to spend to elect a Republican president.

Bloomberg ran an article last month titled “Bernie Sanders Hates Campaign Cash, the Very Thing He’ll Need to Beat Hillary Clinton.” The Boston Globe’s James Pindell wrote Tuesday: “If Sanders stands a shot, it would be through a few people willing to giving millions to a Super PAC – a concept he abhors.”

The real irony is that the news media is dismissing any chance of something else Sanders needs: help from the news media. He said it himself during the announcement of his candidacy Thursday.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos presented a fantasy to presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders – that Republicans would be running TV attack ads against him.

“I can hear the Republican attack ad right now,” Mr. Stephanopolous said Sunday morning on “This Week.” “He wants America to look more like Scandinavia.”

Of course, Mr. Sanders, a Vermont independent who announced Thursday he’s running for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, would only be the subject of such negative advertising if he were to topple the party’s heavy favorite, Hillary Clinton. Nevertheless, Mr. Sanders accepted the premise...

“That’s right,” he said. “That’s right. What’s wrong with that? What’s wrong when you have more income and wealth equality. What’s wrong when they have a stronger middle class in many ways than we do, a higher minimum wage than we do and they’re stronger on the environment than we are.”

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But nevertheless, thug is an interesting word, and to the extent that we need to be able to hear it as more than some antique, static, dictionary definition, then I think that that's part of the process of healing as well. Black people saying thug is not like white people saying thug.
       

That's one sick thug, yo

1) crazy, cool, insane
2) what one is on a test day

1) man, that trick was sick yo
2) i played sick on my big bio test day

Many years ago, during the Age of Puberty, I asked my 10th grade English teacher what (sic) meant and he didn't know, implying that I should have looked it up. Other than that, he was the only openly gay teacher I had, taught me how to read Melville at multiple interpretive levels, assigned my first 40-page research paper and gave me an appreciation for comparative literature in our 12th grade class on James Joyce. Neither were Dead Poets Society classes although he actually did stand on top of his desk once, probably because he was bored with teaching us.

Much of what I write does require that sense of having to look stuff up if only because of perhaps elitism, laziness, being in college too long, or some other pathology and thank goodness for the Internet, since so much of context is dependent on managing that kind of information.

Yesterday's NPR report on the use of the word "thug", as well as the Atlantic article, seemed to remind me of that problem, where archaic etymological notions of Thuggees and thuggery are conjoined with the double coding of the term as a proxy for racist epithets. It may be in fact that everyone is right - that it is about race, perhaps not the originary one, but it is about enmity in its utterance and it is never neutral or race-free, just as the discourse problems of correct questions and answers are revelatory for both the questioner/questioned or thugger(sic) and thuggee.

In her book The Strangled Traveler: Colonial Imaginings and the Thugs of India (2002), Martine van Wœrkens suggests that evidence for the existence of a Thuggee cult in the 19th century was in part the product of "colonial imaginings"—British fear of the little-known interior of India and limited understanding of the religious and social practices of its inhabitants...

Dash rejects the colonial emphasis on the religious motivation for robbing, but instead asserts that monetary gain was the main motivation for Thuggee and that men sometimes became Thugs due to extreme poverty.

                   
Usage notes

The word sic may be used in brackets to show that an uncommon or archaic usage is reported faithfully: for instance, quoting the U.S. Constitution:

The House of Representatives shall chuse [sic] their Speaker ...
It may also be used to highlight a perceived error, sometimes for the purpose of ridicule, as in this example from The Times:

Warehouse has been around for 30 years and has 263 stores, suggesting a large fan base. The chain sums up its appeal thus: "styley [sic], confident, sexy, glamorous, edgy, clean and individual, with it's [sic] finger on the fashion pulse."

Since it is not an abbreviation, it does not require a following period.

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The Wildcat Strike is over! The GOS is back spreading disinformation and chaos among RWNJs.

With the defeat of communist thugs attempting to implement DK3 and dry server blades at the Ground Zero financial center servers in Lower Manhattan, forces from Amazon's Cloud division virtualized Daily Kos in advance of the eventual roll-out of DK5.

DK boffins made a desperate and valiant attempt to fend them off and in the end, a moist Samaritan server farm in NYC lost control of the GOS.  

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A Fox News Reporter got shoved by someone in Baltimore but at no point was shoved into the back of a paddy-wagon for a "rough ride".
Fox News reporter Leland Vittert reported yesterday that law enforcement sources told him Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ordered the police to stand down on Monday before the violence and rioting got out of hand.

Vittert grilled her as she and Sharpton were walking and asked, “Why can’t we ask questions? We can’t ask questions?” He got really close and confrontational with them before Sharpton told him they’ll get answers soon and then Vittert was pushed aside.

Update- 5:01 pm EST: Vittert told his colleague Neil Cavuto that it’s unclear whether the reverend pushed him; but in a brief phone interview, Vittert told Mediaite he believes it was the mayor’s security detail.

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Allemagne, Berlin. 2 mai 1945. Le drapeau rouge flotte sur les to”ts du Reichstag  Soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev and Georgij Bulatov raise the Soviet Union flag on the roof of the Reichstag building in Berlin
Due to an impending invasion of communist thugs, and in memory of the anniversary of the Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrendering in 1997, a wildcat strike of Daily Kos has been called for 8am PT Saturday 2 May 2015 that will last one or more hours

A cold front is moving into the Amazon cloud filled with delivery drones, in memory of trade unions being banned by Godwin in 1933 and Radio Shack re-releasing Model III TRSDOS 1.3 with 2 fixes in 1981, this strike anticipates the resistance movement wishing to reinstate DK3 and has nothing to do with DK servers catching hurricane cooties from the easily flooded financial data servers of the 1% at ground zero.

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